Hurricane Isaias edged closer to Florida on Saturday, adding to woes for a state grappling with record cases of Covid-19, and potentially causing $3 billion in economic losses as it lashes the eastern seaboard.
Winds dipped to 75 miles (121 kilometers) per hour, barely high enough to maintain it as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Isaias was moving into the Florida Straits about 125 miles southeast of Miami, the National Hurricane Center said in a 2 p.m. EDT advisory.
Hurricane warnings stretch along Florida’s east coast; Governor Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump declared an emergency. NASA may have to delay the return flight of two astronauts from the International Space Station planned for Sunday given the conditions.
The hurricane swept across the Bahamas, weakening as it did so, but it’s expected to strengthen again as it crosses the warm water in the Florida Straits and Gulf Stream.
“Hurricane conditions area expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area in Florida tonight and will spread northward through Sunday,” the NHC said in its advisory. “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”
I’ve signed Executive Order 20-181, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane #Isaias. For those living on the East Coast, prepare now. Have 7 days of food, water, medicine & other supplies in case you lose power. Follow @FLSERT for updates.10:41 PM · Jul 31, 2020
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