San Juan / Miami, Aug 1 (EFE) .- Floods, power cuts and fallen trees is the provisional balance of the passage of Hurricane Isaías through the Bahamas, which this Saturday touched land north of Andros Island with maximum sustained winds 130 kilometers per hour and is now heading to the Florida Strait.
According to the 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT) bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Category 1 Isaias is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida (USA) tonight.
At this time, the eye of the hurricane was located 225 km (140 m) southeast of Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and 185 km (115 m) south of Freeport (Grand Bahama).
The force of its sustained winds have decreased to 120 km / h (75m / h) and the travel speed is 19 km / h (12 m / h) in a northwesterly direction.
MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE IN BAHAMAS ISLAND HOSTELS
This category 1 system passes through the Bahamas archipelago just 11 months after Hurricane Dorian, which left a trail of 70 dead and multi-million dollar damage.
The Bahamas also welcomes Isaías with an unstoppable outbreak of COVID-19 cases, which in the last 24 hours has registered more than 60 new infections.
The Government reported that a total of 53 people sought shelter in shelters set up on Andros Island, the largest in the Bahamas.
For its part, the state company Bahamas Power and Light reported that strong gusts and falling trees on lamp posts caused interruptions in electricity service on the island of New Providence, where the capital Nassau is located.
The electric company did not give figures of subscribers who lost service, although it highlighted that the most affected areas in New Providence are those of Sea Breeze, South Beach Estates, Sans Souci, Skyline Heights, Sandford Drive, Imperial Park, Grove West Bay, Orange Hill and Eastern Road.
Authorities have asked residents to stay indoors while experiencing hurricane force winds, as there are tornado risks.
The Police also announced that it will not tolerate acts of looting such as those that occurred after Dorian’s passage, so that surveillance efforts will be reinforced.
The Bahamas Meteorological Service reported that the hurricane warning was no longer effective for much of the islands in the central region, thereby adding to the southwest area.
However, it remains in effect for the Northwest, which includes the Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and Berry Islands, in addition to the neighboring cays, making it the most inhabited part of the Bahamas.
ISAIAH COULD “HAIR” THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA
In Florida, where the meteor is expected to comb the north east coast between tonight and early Sunday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Saturday that US President Donald Trump has already approved a emergency declaration for multiple counties.
At a press conference in Tallahassee, the state capital, DeSantis said approval of a pre-cyclone emergency “will help the state respond quickly to any impact from the storm.”
Although “the eye of the storm stays off the coast, we will have impacts,” said the governor.
DeSantis said there are no plans to evacuate hospitals from the southeast, where the epicenter of COVID-19 is located in this state, which is the second in number of cases in the entire US.
More than 7,000 people have died in Florida from COVID-19 and more than 480,000 have been infected with the virus since the first case was detected in this state on March 1, according to figures updated this Saturday.
BETWEEN THE PANDEMIC AND THE HURRICANE
The Florida governor reiterated that the state is fully prepared for an emergency situation added to that of the pandemic.
According to the NHC, Isaías will impact more to the north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the most populous cities in the area, specifically from Boca Raton up the Florida Atlantic coast.
Boca Raton, in Palm Beach County, is located 45 miles (73 km) north of Miami.
Several local television channels in English, such as NBC’s WPTV Channel 5 West Palm Beach, are broadcasting information in Spanish related to Isaías, something they have been doing for at least a couple of years.
The county opened four shelters for people living in the most precarious houses near the sea, including one for families with pets.
Palm Beach authorities have warned that people will be taken a temperature at the entrance to the shelters.
The counties hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami-Dade and Broward, appear to be spared a devastating effect.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez told the population today that although Isaías is pointing north, “strong winds and rain are expected in some parts of the county,” so he urged that food and a radio be on hand. laptop.
“We still do not believe there is a need to open shelters for this storm, but they are ready,” said Giménez.
The Florida Power & Light (FPL) electricity company announced that it has already mobilized 16 brigades from 15 states in the country to repair the electricity line, contingents that total some 10,000 people.
Although Isaiah has weakened after passing over Andros Island in the Bahamas, some strengthening is expected between tonight and Sunday morning, when the cyclone will move over the warm waters of the Florida Strait and the Gulf Stream.
Isaias will remain a hurricane until Monday, followed by a slow weakening on Monday night or Tuesday, the NHC said.
(c) EFE Agency