Hurricane Isaias threatens Florida, already ravaged by the coronavirus (photos)

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Due to the weather, the state had to close Covid-19 testing centers.

Isaias poured torrential rains over the Bahamas on Saturday and was heading as a tropical storm to the coasts of Florida, where it is expected to become a hurricane again on Sunday and to test the emergency services of that state, already one of the most affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 in the United States.

Planned amplification

Isaias, which was demoted from Category 1 hurricane to tropical storm on Saturday night, was blowing maximum winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour on Saturday night and emerging over the Florida Strait between the Keys and Cuba.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm would amplify and revert to a hurricane overnight as it approached southeast Florida before advancing toward the eastern coast of the peninsula. The region was already enduring gusts of rain on Saturday afternoon.

Roads submerged by mud, high voltage lines torn off, decapitated trees and vegetation, flooded houses… Since Thursday, Isaias has already done a lot of damage in Puerto Rico, American territory, in the Dominican Republic, not to mention the Bahamas.

Emergency state

The Republican governor of Florida declared a state of emergency on Friday for counties on the state’s east coast, from Miami-Dade to Nassau. The passage of the hurricane over Florida comes as this state in the southeast of the United States is already grappling with a sharp upsurge in the coronavirus epidemic.

Due to the weather, the state has had to close Covid-19 testing centers, often in tents, in anticipation of the hurricane’s arrival, even if the county testing centers remain open.

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