Hurricane Isaias lashes the Bahamas as it bears down on Florida

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a low off the coast of Africa that has an 60 percent chance of development in two to five days

Isaias was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour, and was emerging over the Straits of Florida between the Florida Keys and Cuba.

With Hurricane Isaias approaching Florida's southeast coast, where storm conditions are expected to steadily intensify this weekend, the National Hurricane Center is warning that "preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion".

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Ocean Reef to south of Boca Raton Florida, Lake Okeechobee, and the Volusia/Flagler County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida The Hurricane Watch from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton Florida has been discontinued.

Several states in the U.S. On the forecast track, a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next day or so, followed by a north-northwestward move by late Sunday and a turn toward the north and north- northeast on Monday. "It stopped right outside, then spun and gained a huge amount of strength", he said, referring to Hurricane Michael, a powerful category five storm that struck the area in 2018. It was moving northwest at 9 miles per hour (15 kph) and expected to be near Florida's southeast coast early Sunday, then tack near or along the state's Atlantic coast during the day.

Hurricane Isaias has lashed the Bahamas as it churns towards Florida, bringing new dangers to a USA state suffering record deaths from an unrelenting coronavirus outbreak.

Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday, then slow weaken on its climb up the Atlantic seaboard. People living in the eastern end of Grand Bahama were also being moved.

"People are doing the best they can to prepare, but a lot of businesses still have not fully repaired their roofs or their structures" since Dorian, said Miller.

The hurricane center said those along the southeast coast of the United States should be on alert. The governor said the state is anticipating power outages and asked residents to have a week's supply of water, food and medicine on hand.

DeSantis, the governor, said Saturday that 12 counties have adopted states of emergency, although no immediate evacuation orders have been given.

Still, the pandemic forced officials handling disaster response to wrestle with social-distancing rules.

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez said on Friday that 20 evacuation centres were on standby that could be set up with Covid-19 safety measures. Any evacuees infected with the new coronavirus would be isolated in classrooms separate them from the general population, Giménez said. At least one person died in the Dominican Republic as a result of the storm, according to the AP. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.

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