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Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread in Florida on Sunday as Isaias headed toward the state, the National Hurricane Center said. The tropical storm continued to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Bahamas as it passed over the island chain. 

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Isaias was located about 40 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.

It had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving northwest at 8 mph.

#Isaias has a burst of convection this evening. Want the latest satellite imagery, forecasts, and social media updates? Check out https://t.co/ktMvux9U6r pic.twitter.com/0mUEDNF99W

— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 2, 2020

CBS West Palm Beach affiliate WPEC reported rain bands had started in the area. Shelters had opened at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Dangerous storm surge is possible along the Florida east coast from Jupiter Inlet to Pointe Verda Beach, where water could rise 2 to 4 feet above ground level. 

Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for parts of North and South Carolina. A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for Holden Beach, North Carolina, CBS Wilmington affiliate WWAY. 

Heavy rains and potentially life-threatening storm surge is possible along the whole East Coast. 

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Meanwhile, the state is currently the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. There were over 9,600 new cases of the coronavirus reported on Saturday, and 179 new deaths from the disease, according to the Florida Department of Health. 

A runner is seen as Tropical Storm Isaias passes through the area on August 02, 2020 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The storm is brushing along the east coast of Florida and tropical storm conditions will extend northward along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. / Getty Images

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters gatherd to greet him on the airport tarmac during his arrival at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2020.Joshua Roberts | Reuters

President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be working over the next couple of weeks on an executive order to require health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

Insurance companies were prohibited from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act passed under former President Barack Obama, known as Obamacare, which the Trump administration has tried to scrap.

"Over the next two weeks I'll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers," Trump said at a news conference at his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The Republican president, who is trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3, gave no details about his plan.

Trump has criticized the cost and coverage under Obamacare and has been promising since his 2016 campaign to replace it with a better plan.

His administration asked the Supreme Court in June to invalidate the Obamacare law.

Biden has condemned Trump for fighting to gut Obamacare, accusing him of threatening healthcare protections for millions of Americans in the midst of a raging pandemic.


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