Storm Isaias heads near Florida’s east coast
MIAMI (US) – Though Isais, came down from being a hurricane but it was still a powerful tropical storm, which came close to Florida on Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center said that by 5 am (0900 GMT), Isaias was about 45 miles (75 km) southeast of West Palm Beach, moving northwest with top sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph).
The Miami-based NHC said if it heads on its current path, Isaias will either move near or along Florida’s east coast during Sunday.
That said, not much change was expected in strength in the next couple of days.
According to the NHC, parts of the US East Coast from south Florida to Cape Fear in North Carolina could get affected by storm surges, if a storm pushes tidal levels above normal, as much as 4 feet (1.22 m).
The state emergency management division was providing shelters with enough personal protective equipment for at least 10,000 people, Governor Ron DeSantis said on Saturday.
As the storm lashed out at parts of the Bahamas through high winds and heavy rainfall on its way to the United States, it took the lives of at least two people in the Dominican Republic. Power went off in thousands of homes and businesses in Puerto Rico, according to media reports.
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