A weakened tropical storm, Isaias, swept off the South Florida coast on Sunday morning, no longer threatening to become a hurricane.
After pouring torrential rains on the Bahamas, Isaias headed Saturday evening towards the coast of Florida, one of the American states most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
At around 5:00 pm local time, Isaias was advancing in the Strait of Florida between the Keys archipelago and Cuba, with winds of up to 110 km / h.
According to the NHC “Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane until Monday, followed by a gradual weakening Monday night or Tuesday,”
However, shortly after the announcement, it was downgraded from Category 1 hurricane to tropical storm.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that the cyclone would not become a hurricane again.
Puerto Rico is saved from being impacted directly by Isaías
In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from the floods.
The NHC extended the tropical storm warning that was from Jupiter Inlet, Florida to cover Surf City, North Carolina.
A tropical storm watch was also issued for the North Carolina coast, from Surf City to Duck and including Pamlico and Albermarle Sound.
Florida storm surge surveillance was discontinued, from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach; but one is still in effect from Edisto Beach (South Carolina) to Cape Fear (North Carolina).
NHC experts indicate Isaias will continue to move north-northwest toward Monday morning, when he turns north and increases his travel speed.
The eye of the cyclone is forecast to pass near the east coast of Florida on Sunday, and during Monday and Tuesday to move rapidly from the edge of the Georgia coast to states in the northeast of the country.
State of emergency declared
On Friday, the Republican Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency for counties on the state’s east coast, from Miami-Dade to Nassau, which was approved by United States President Donald Trump on Saturday, allowing the ‘granting of funds. “This will help our state respond quickly to any damage,” Mr. DeSantis tweeted.
At 11 am, the storm produced maximum winds of 65 mph, its center located 55 miles southeast of Fort Pierce. Strong winds were beginning to approach land, with a gust to 47 mph at Juno Beach.
A hurricane warning and storm surge warning was raised Sunday morning on the east coast of Florida. A tropical storm warning was also raised south of the Jupiter Inlet and for Lake Okeechobee.
However, South Florida remains at risk of dangerous winds, and the authorities are expected to make a pronouncement soon regarding the first scare for Floridians this hurricane season.
The hurricane warning has been replaced by a tropical storm warning from Broward County to the east coast of the state and into the Carolinas.
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