Florida Braces For Hurricane Conditions As Isaias Approaches
Faizan Hashmi 9 days ago Sun 02nd August 2020 | 12:30 PM
Miami, Aug 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2020 ) :Florida braced for hurricane conditions Sunday, with forecasters warning tropical storm Isaias could strengthen before slamming into the state, which is already struggling with the coronavirus.
Isaias is threatening to trigger a storm surge and flash flooding in parts of Florida, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday, adding that "preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion." Winds were gusting up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour as the tropical storm churned toward Miami, in Florida's southeast.
"We will start seeing impacts from the storm tonight and then obviously through tomorrow into tomorrow night," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Saturday evening, adding that Palm Beach county had issued a voluntary evacuation order.
As the state battened down in the face of raging winds and rain, it was also battling its coronavirus outbreak, which has complicated preparations.
Florida has the second highest number of cases of all states except California -- which has double its population.
On Saturday, Florida reported 179 deaths -- a new state record that pushed its virus death toll to 6,843.
The storm has had an impact beyond earth too, with NASA monitoring whether the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft could safely bring two astronauts back from the International Space Station for a splashdown on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.
"The teams are working really hard, especially with the dynamics of the weather over the next few days around Florida," Doug Hurley, one of the astronauts, said in a farewell ceremony on board the ISS.