Miami prepares 20 evacuation centers with COVID safety measures as Hurricane Isaias toward Florida

Miami prepares 20 evacuation centers with COVID safety measures as Hurricane Isaias toward Florida

Hurricane Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it ripped through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials are sterilizing evacuation centers and stocking them with protective gear in a desperate bid to avoid spurring new cases of coronavirus in the already hard-hit state. 'Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,' the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Saturday. 'Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area in Florida tonight and will spread northward through Sunday.' 'Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength later today, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous,' the NWS said. Landfall is expected in South Florida by 8pm on on Saturday, and storm tracks predict the hurricane will veer north along the coast, threatening Georgia and the Carolinas on Sunday into Monday, and reaching New York City as early as Tuesday. Florida authorities said they have prepared shelters, but didn't expect to have to evacuate people. 'The most important thing we want people to do now is remain vigilant,' said Gov. Ron DeSantis. Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by last year´s Hurricane Dorian, starting Saturday evening. Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour at 11am Saturday morning, a slight decline from earlier in the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Florida's well-honed hurricane responses have been partly upended by its grappling with one of the ...
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