Hurricane Isaias is expected to intensify from a Category 1 to Category 2 storm as it passes through the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday, hitting islands still recovering with sustained winds of up to 100 km / h.
According to the 8am National Hurricane Center update, Isaias is about 340 miles southeast of Nassau and holds 80 mph winds.
Southeast Florida from the Reef Ocean north to Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee remain under tropical storm hours, and the hurricane center predicted that South Florida could see several inches of rain and tropical winds-strength over the weekend.
Predictors have been unsure about Isaiah’s trail and intensity, which is harder to predict, from the start. Thursday night, the forecast shifted rapidly from expecting a weak Category until Saturday morning to a strong Category 2 strength.
Forecasters said some of the strengthening comes from warm waters near the Bahamas, which are going three to four degrees above normal. Higher sea surface temperatures are one of the main ways that climate change is affecting hurricane formation, and the record heat seen in the region during the summer is one of the reasons scientists predicted this would be an active season of Hurricane.
The expected route has also dropped across the coasts of Florida and the Bahamas several times this week, though models generally look at the consensus that the Isaiah Road will take it between Florida and the other Bahamas.
“Some strengthening is possible today, and Isaiah is expected to remain a hurricane for days to come,” and while there still appears to be some “uncertainty” in the storm path, there is a “visible chance of a hurricane approaching nearby.” the east coast of the US, so the forecast continues to show that scenario, ”write the forecasters in the consultation.
According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds in Florida will be felt from Pompano Beach in Palm Bay, where there is a possibility of winds from 58 mph to 73 mph. Miami-Dade and most of Broward are projected to see winds from 39 mph to 57 mph.
Homestead in West Palm Beach could see around a storm crash, and Homestead in Melbourne could see flooded rain. The hurricane center predicted that South Florida in east Central Florida could see two to four inches of rain, with some spots looking six inches.
The Miami-Dade County said Thursday it had everything prepared to open 20 storm shelters but has no plans to open any, so far avoiding a test of the county’s planned provisions to implement social distancing and coronavirus screening in shelters.
The county also announced that all facilities operated by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and the Outdoors, including beaches and parks, will be closed by 8pm Friday in preparation for the storm. State-backed COVID-19 test sites across Florida will also close at least until Tuesday morning.
Hours and other warnings
The Bahamas is the first region to issue a hurricane warning for Isaiah. Hurricane warnings were issued for northwestern Bahamas, which includes the islands of Abacos, the island of Grand Bahamas and the island of Andros; Northwest Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas and Bimini; Southeast Bahamas including Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana, and Ragged Islands; and central Bahamas, including Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.
Tropical storm warnings are still in effect for all of the southern and northern coastlines of the Dominican Republic. Warnings are also in force for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Tropical Storm Hours are in effect for northwestern Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas and Bimini.
Bahamas parentheses for two rounds
The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, urged the Bahamas to take seriously the approaching storm and again urged them to “prepare for the worst even in case.”
All government offices will be closed at noon on Friday to allow people to prepare for the storm, Minnis announced. He also said the closure of COVID-19 this weekend, set in place to test and curb coronavirus growth case rays, would be quiet to allow people to prepare for the storm. The hour of supermarkets and other shops will be extended and individuals will be allowed to move.
On Friday in effect, a curfew will be in place from 10pm to 5am until further notice.
Based on current indicators and data provided, a blockage will still be needed after this storm passes, Minnis said. “Much stronger safeguards and mitigation measures are absolutely necessary and will have to be implemented,” he said.
He also told the Bahamas that the country remains in the midst of a pandemic and if they do not act responsibly, the consequences could be severe. He begged them not to use the storm to “socialize” and meet 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 wait for the hurricane. Minnis urged them not to get involved in COVID-19 parties or hurricanes.
“Use that time for safety and security, please. Do not get involved in a hurricane or COVID party. It will not help us and can be devastating. “We will see the effects afterwards, if not in two weeks, maybe later,” Minnis said.
While the Bahamas is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian last year, which struck the islands of Grand Bahamas and Abacos, it is also dealing with an increase in coronavirus cases after fully reopening its borders on July 1st. to announce a travel ban for American travelers. He has since changed that, saying that all visitors are welcome, but will have to quarantine – at their own expense – a government facility for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before being discharged.