Hurricane Isaiah is expected to strengthen from a Category 1 hurricane to a Category 2 hurricane as it crosses over the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday, slowing the islands that are still recovering with sustained winds of up to 100 km / h.
According to the National Hurricane Center update at 8 a.m., Isaiah is about 340 miles southeast of Nassau and maintains winds of 80 mph.
Southeast Florida, from Ocean Reef to North Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee, is kept under surveillance by tropical storms, and the center of the hurricanes predicted that South Florida could see several inches of rain and strong winds. tropical storm over the weekend.
Forecasters have been unsure about Isaiah’s trajectory and intensity, which is harder to predict, from the start. Thursday night, the forecast quickly shifted from expecting a weak Category 1on Saturday morning to a strong Category 2.
Forecasters said part of the strengthening comes from warm waters near the Bahamas, which are three to four degrees above normal. Higher sea surface temperatures are one of the main ways in which climate change affects hurricane formation, and the heat that was recorded in the region during the summer is one of the reasons why scientists predicted it would be an active hurricane season.
The long-awaited road has also turned to the coasts of Florida and the Bahamas several times this week, although models generally seem to agree that the Isaiah road will take it between Florida and the Bahamas below.
“Some strengthening is possible today and Isaiah is expected to continue to be a hurricane over the next few days,” and although there appears to be some “uncertainty” on the storm track, there is a “remarkable likelihood that a hurricane is approaching near the east coast of the United States, so the forecast continues to show this scenario, “the forecasts wrote in the news.
According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds in Florida will be felt from Pompano Beach to Palm Bay, where there are potentials for winds of 58 km / h. Miami-Dade and most of Broward are expected to see winds of 39 mph to 57 mph.
Homestead in West Palm Beach could be seen in a storm, and Homestead in Melbourne could see flooding. The hurricane center predicted that South Florida east of central Florida could see two to four inches of rain, and some points saw six inches.
Miami-Dade County said Thursday it had everything ready to open 20 hurricane shelters, but has no plans to open any, so far avoiding a test of the county’s planned provisions to impose social distancing and screening. coronavirus in shelters.
The county also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, including beaches and parks, will close until 8 a.m. Friday in preparation for the storm. State-sponsored COVID-19 test sites across Florida will also close at least until Tuesday morning.
Other clocks and warnings
The Bahamas is the first region to issue a hurricane warning to Isaiah. Hurricane warnings were issued over the northwestern Bahamas, which includes the Abacus Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Andros Island; in the northwestern Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, the Abacus Islands, the Berry Islands, the Grand Bahamas, and Bimini Islands; the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands; and the central Bahamas, including Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.
Tropical storm warnings remain in effect throughout the southern and northern coasts of the Dominican Republic. Warnings also apply to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Tropical storm clocks are in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, such as Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, the Abacus Islands, the Berry Islands, the Grand Bahamas, and the Bimini Islands.
Bahamas backed for the second round
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called on the Bahamas to take the approaching storm seriously and again urged them to “prepare for the worst just in case.”
All government offices will close at noon on Friday to allow people to prepare for the storm, Minnis announced. He also said this weekend’s COVID-19 blockade, put in place to try to stem the tide of rising coronavirus cases, will be relaxed to allow people to prepare for the storm. The opening hours of supermarkets and other shops will be extended and individuals will be allowed to move around.
On Friday, from 22:00 until 5 am, there will be a curfew until further notice.
According to current indicators and the data provided, a blockade will still be needed after the passage of this storm, Minnis said. “Much stronger protection and mitigation measures need to be put in place,” he said.
He also told Bahamians that the country remains in the midst of a pandemic and that if they do not act responsibly, the consequences can be disastrous. He asked them not to use the storm to “socialize” and reunite with friends and family.
“The situation we are in is very fast and fluid,” he said.
Minnis also appealed to the country’s youth, who have booked reservations at local hotels to await the hurricane. Minnis asked them not to participate in COVID-19 matches or hurricanes.
“Use this time for safety and security, please. Don’t get involved in a hurricane or a COVID match. It won’t help us and it can be devastating. We’ll see the after-effects, if not in two weeks, possibly later,” Minnis said.
While the Bahamas is still recovering from the devastating effects of last year’s Hurricane Dorian, which hit the Grand Bahama Islands and the Abacus, it is also facing an increase in coronavirus cases after a complete reopening of the borders on July 1st. to announce a travel ban for American travelers. Since then, he has modified it by saying that all visitors are welcome, but they will have to do a quarantine, in his charge, in a government facility for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before being discharged.