Hurricane Isaias snapped bushes and knocked out energy because it blew by means of the Bahamas on Saturday and headed towards the Florida coast, the place officers mentioned they have been closing seashores, parks and coronavirus testing websites.
The hurricane is bearing down on locations the place the virus is surging, threatening to complicate efforts to comprise it and piling one other burden on communities already hit laborious by different storms and illness.
Florida authorities mentioned they’ve ready shelters however did not count on to must evacuate folks.
“Crucial factor we would like folks to do now’s stay vigilant,” Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned.
Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by final 12 months’s Hurricane Dorian, beginning Saturday night.
In the meantime, officers within the Bahamas cleared folks out of Abaco island who’ve been dwelling in short-term buildings since Dorian devastated the world, killing no less than 70 folks.
Isaias had most sustained winds of 130 km/h at 11 a.m. ET Saturday morning, a slight decline from earlier within the day, the U.S. Nationwide Hurricane Middle mentioned. The storm was anticipated to drop from 10 to 20 cm of rain within the Bahamas and the…