Florida is getting ready 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 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 among the US states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
It has recorded greater than 480,000 coronavirus circumstances, the second highest variety of all US states after California, which has double the inhabitants.
Coronavirus testing centres are being quickly shut and there are fears the hurricane may hit nursing properties 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 individuals residing in cellular or manufactured properties. Officers are grappling with opening shelters that adjust to social distancing rules and stop the unfold of the virus.
Mr De Santis advised residents to anticipate energy shortages and to have every week’s provide of meals, water and medication.
Isaias has already uprooted bushes, destroyed crops and houses and precipitated flooding and landslides within the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. At the least two individuals have died.