Florida is preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias which is predicted to hit the US state afterward Sunday.
Isaias, the ninth named storm of 2020, was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after battering the Turks & Caicos Islands and therefore the Bahamas.
“Don’t be fooled by the downgrade,” Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents. State authorities have opened shelters and closed beaches and parks.
Florida is one among the US states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
It has recorded quite 480,000 coronavirus cases, the second highest number of all US states after California, which has double the population.
Coronavirus testing centres are being temporarily shut and there are fears the hurricane could hit nursing homes already badly suffering from the Covid-19 virus.
Early bands of heavy rain lashed the state’s Atlantic Coast early Sunday morning. The storm is now continuing along the coast with winds gusting up to 110km/hour (68mph).
A voluntary evacuation order is in situ for people living in mobile or manufactured homes. Officials are grappling with opening shelters that suits social distancing regulations and stop the spread of the virus.
Mr De Santis told residents to anticipate power shortages and to possess a week’s supply of food, water and medicine.
Isaias has already uprooted trees, destroyed crops and houses and caused flooding and landslides within the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. a minimum of two people have died.
Source: bbc news