Tracking Isaias: Virus-battered Florida braces as storm churns toward East Coast
Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and weakened to a tropical storm as it churned toward the Florida coast, where it still threatened to complicate efforts to contain the coronavirus in a hot spot.
The storm, which was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Florida, was piling another burden on communities already hard-hit by other storms and sickness.
Forecasters are closely watching the path of Hurricane Isaias as it churns toward the U.S. East Coast and possibly the tri-state area.
The tri-state region remains in the storm's so-called "cone of uncertainty," or within its probable path, so the storm could head this way as it carves a trail up the East Coast over the next few days. News 12 meteorologists will continue to track the storm's path, but it's expected to bring impacts to the area early next week.
Those local impacts could include tropical downpours, gusty winds, coastal erosion and rough surf. The storm is currently expected to reach the Northeast region as a tropical storm Tuesday into Wednesday. But stay with News 12 for the latest forecast information as our meteorologists continue to monitor the storm closely.
Florida authorities closed beaches, parks and virus testing sites. Though officials did not expect to have to evacuate people, they wrestled with how to prepare shelters where people can seek refuge from the storm if necessary, while safely social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
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