Florida Braces As Hurricane Isaias Heads Toward East Coast

Forecast track for Hurricane Isaias shifts slightly west

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. National Hurricane Center update, was projected to at least swipe the Florida coast by Saturday night, leaving local governments on alert but not anxious enough to utilize more urgent emergency protocols.

DeSantis said Palm Beach County has issued voluntary evacuations for coastal residents, but he said that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, such orders will be "limited".

Hurricane Isaias strengthened slightly as it lashed the Bahamas on Saturday, bearing down on Florida, and was expected to approach the southeast of the state later in the day before traveling up the eastern USA seaboard.

Isaias will track near the coast of Florida starting tonight and into early Sunday. Southeast were bracing Friday night as Hurricane Isaias approached - expecting it to impact the region this weekend and early next week. The storm strengthened slightly on its way to Florida and set to approach the southeast of the state later in the day before traveling up the eastern U.S. seaboard. "This state of emergency will ensure localities and communities have the assistance they need to protect the safety of Virginians, particularly as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis".

In addition to Isaias forecasters are tracking Tropical Depression 10 near Africa, which isn't expected to strengthen, and a tropical wave in the central Atlantic that could become a depression in the next few days.

Heavy rain will lead to flooding, strong winds (primarily along the coast) and rip currents are the primary concerns at this time. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are preparing to make the first splashdown return in 45 years, after two months docked at the International Space Station.

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A storm surge watch is in effect for.

As the storm moves now toward the southeast coast of Florida, a hurricane warning is in effect from Boca Raton to the Volusia-Flagler county line, which lies about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north.

Officials reported that a man died in the Dominican Republic when he was electrocuted by a fallen electrical cable.

Bahamian officials said they were concerned about a Category 1 storm hitting amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.

In the Bahamas, officials evacuated people in Abaco and in the eastern end of Grand Bahama who have been living in temporary structures since Hurricane Dorian.

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