The storm, a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson five-step scale, prompted authorities in parts of Florida to shut down COVID-19 testing sites and people to stock up on essentials.
Isaias is expected to deliver heavy rain to the state’s Atlantic coast from Friday night before hitting the eastern Carolinas early next week, the NHC said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has instituted a state of emergency for a dozen Atlantic coast counties, making it easier to mobilize resources. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper followed suit.
2 deaths in the Dominican Republic
The storm has killed at least two people in the Dominican Republic and destroyed trees, flooded streets and turned off thousands of homes and businesses in Puerto Rico, media reported.
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Public beaches, parks, marinas and golf courses were closed in Miami-Dade County on Friday.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties have also closed drive-through and walk-in testing sites for COVID-19, as the state at the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak reported a record increase in deaths from coronaviruses for a fourth consecutive day.
DeSantis said testing sites will remain open on the west coast of Florida and testing in hospitals and community centers may continue as well.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, the NHC is issuing advisories on TD 10 northeast of the Cabo Verde Islands and is monitoring a tropical wave that could become a tropical depression within days north of the Leeward Islands. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/syWDLhHJjC
– @ NHC_Atlantic