Florida is getting ready for Tropical Storm Isaias which is predicted to hit the US state in a while Sunday.
Isaias, the ninth named storm of 2020, was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after battering the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
“Do not be fooled by the downgrade,” Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents. State authorities have opened shelters and closed seashores and parks.
Florida is likely one of the US states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus testing centres are being briefly shut and there are fears the hurricane might hit nursing houses already badly affected by the Covid-19 virus.
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Early bands of heavy rain lashed the state’s Atlantic coast early on Sunday morning. The storm is now persevering with alongside the coast with winds gusting as much as 110km/hour (68mph).
A voluntary evacuation order is in place for folks dwelling in cellular or manufactured houses. Officers are grappling with opening shelters that adjust to social distancing laws and forestall the unfold of the virus.
Mr De Santis instructed residents to anticipate energy shortages and to have every week’s provide of meals, water and medication.