Legislative assistant Ryan Fernández places sandbags in the trunk of a resident's car in Palmetto Bay, near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias as a state of emergency is declared on 19 counties Source: AFP

After passing through Bahamas where he tore roofs and fell trees, it is hoped that Hurricane Isaías I reached the coast of Florida this weekend as this southeastern state of U.S records a record number of deaths from coronavirus.

Florida, the second most affected state due to the coronavirus pandemic after California, reached this Friday a new record with 257 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, for a total of 6843 deceased and 470,386 infected.


Anthony Perrone closes the hurricane shutters on his home on July 31, 2020 in Lake Worth, Florida. Perrone said he closed the blinds to prepare his home for the possible arrival of Hurricane Isaias. Hurricane expected to hit Florida's east coast Source: AFP

Hurricane Isaías, that left its mark on the southern Bahamas, causes concern about his imminent arrival in Florida. The authorities of Miami announced the complete closure of beaches, marinas and parks.

Isaías is a category one hurricane, which blows with maximum sustained winds of 130 km / hour, and which strengthened on Thursday night as it passed Dominican Republic. In the meantime the state of Florida, already devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and with the hospitals overflowing, it prepares for the blow of the natural phenomenon, probably as a category 2 hurricane, which is equivalent to winds of more than 154 km / hour.

Sectors on the east coast of Florida are already under hurricane watch. The entire southeast coast is expected to receive tropical storm winds over the weekend. The state governor, Ron DeSantis, reported at a press conference on Friday that had signed an emergency declaration for the state's east coast counties.


As Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias, a state of emergency was declared in 19 counties. A woman prepares sandbags to distribute to residents of Palmetto Bay, near Miami
As Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias, a state of emergency was declared in 19 counties. A woman prepares sandbags to distribute to residents of Palmetto Bay, near Miami Source: AFP

The Florida governor argued that it is not necessary at the moment to enable shelters, but recommended to the population "to remain vigilant" and stock up on water, food and medicine for a week.

At the same time, the mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, announced that the city has 20 evacuation centers ready to be assembled with the necessary security measures to prevent coronavirus infections.

Giménez said that, if the shelters are needed (installed in the gymnasiums of the schools), people who test positive for coronavirus will be isolated in classrooms, an area that is not enabled in normal situations.

Covid-19 test centers were closed in Florida on Thursday until further notice, as they are campaign structures that cannot withstand tropical storm winds. Giménez was concerned about the situation facing the city and stated that they will distribute masks and sanitizers. "We have to take additional precautions because of Covid-19," he said.

Hurricane Isaías on its way through the Bahamas

Isaiah passed through the central Bahamas on Friday night and will be on or near the eastern part of the Florida peninsula on Saturday afternoon or Sunday. On Thursday, as he passed through Puerto Rico, he left severe flooding, flooded homes, tree falls and lamp posts, and thousands of people without electricity.


A resident walks with full containers of gasoline at the Cooper service station before Hurricane Isaias arrives in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas,
A resident walks with full containers of gasoline at the Cooper service station before Hurricane Isaias arrives in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Source: AP

Isaías is a category one hurricane, which blows with maximum sustained winds of 130 km / hour, and which strengthened on Thursday night as it passed through the Dominican Republic. The National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami, reported that at 9:00 p.m. it was an expansive storm moving northwest at a speed of 24 km / hour, causing severe storms and hitting the island chains of the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The NHC forecast storm surges of up to 1.5 meters and 200 mm of rainfall for the Bahamas. Prime Minister of this Caribbean archipelago, Hubert Minnis, announced Thursday night a relaxation of the stringent containment measures for the coronavirus pandemic to allow residents to prepare for the hurricane. However, he cautioned residents not to use flex to see acquaintances. "Don't use this hurricane readiness period to socialize and visit friends or family," he said.

"We are in the midst of a pandemic and if we do not act responsibly, the consequences could be serious," Prime Minister Minnis added at a press conference.

Isaías is the first hurricane to pass through the Bahamas since last year when Category 5 Dorian destroyed two of its islands by punishing the archipelago for three days in a row.

With information from AP and AFP

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