The hurricane Isaias is more and more threatening. It happened in the night from Thursday to Friday on the status of tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane (on 5), with winds of up to 130 km/h, according to the latest bulletin from the national hurricane Center (NHC) to 20 hours (midnight GMT). It was reached Friday, the archipelago of the Bahamas, where it is expected to strengthen before hitting Saturday, the Florida, american State that already has among the most affected by the upsurge of the pandemic Covid-19 in the United States. It should " strengthen themselves in the evening (Friday) and Saturday morning ", and "remain a hurricane in the next two days," said the NHC.
Its winds began Friday to sweep the south-east of the Bahamas, already devastated by September 2019 by hurricane Dorian category 5, which had at least 70 dead, hundreds missing and billions of dollars of property damage. Isaias should move in the night towards the centre of the archipelago, before touching Saturday and Sunday the east coast of the Florida peninsula, on part of which a notice of "vigilance hurricane" has been issued. The hurricane " could bring heavy rains in the south and east of the Florida from Friday ", which could be caused by spots of "flash floods" and " flooding in the cities ", warned the emergency management agency of Florida. During his time in the dominican Republic, including 14 of the 32 provinces had been placed under red alert, Isaias has left one person dead and caused flooding of rivers. Roads submerged by the mud, high-voltage power lines torn down, and trees and vegetation beheaded, houses flooded... It has also caused Friday, a great deal of damage to Puerto Rico, american territory.
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The arrival of a hurricane, while Florida has become one of the epicenters of the pandemic Covid-19 in the United States is a disaster scenario for this State, whose hospitals are already overwhelmed. "The Covid is serious. A hurricane is severe. If one combines them, the result is worse than the sum of the two (...). This will have a multiplier effect, not cumulative ", had said in April the former head of emergency management services in this State, Bryan Koon.
The president, Donald Trump has released on Friday in the Sunshine State, which has registered a record number of deaths from the virus in 24 hours for the fourth consecutive day. Florida said Friday 257 deaths in one day, surpassing the balance sheets of the previous days (253 dead Thursday, 216 Wednesday, 186 Tuesday). She also has over 470 000 cases detected since the beginning of the pandemic, exceeding New York, long the epicenter of the us epidemic in the spring. Florida has, despite everything, began to close of the screening centres of the Covid-19, although often developed in one of the tents, in anticipation of the arrival of the hurricane. "These are temporary structures that cannot withstand the winds of a tropical storm ", had explained the emergency management agency Florida before that Isaias does not take hurricane status. The screening centres of the counties, which are less numerous than those managed by the State, will remain for their part open.