Carving its way through Bahamas on August 1, ripping shingles off roofs and blowing over trees, Hurricane Isaias has now headed towards the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said that they were shutting down beaches, marinas and parks.
Meanwhile the officials in Bahamas evacuated people living in the eastern end of Grand Bahamas, and also those living on Abaco island, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian.
“We still don’t think there is a need to open shelters for this storm, but they are ready,” said Miami Mayor Carlos Giménez on July 31. He earlier said that 20 evacuation centres were on standby and could be set up, keeping in mind, COVID-19 safety measures. Authorities in North Carolina have ordered evacuation of Ocracoke Island that was hit by Hurricane Dorian last year.
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami has said that Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (135 kph) early August 1 and some strengthening was possible later in the day.