"A general northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the next day or so, followed by a north-northwestward motion by late Sunday". On Abaco island, officialsevacuated people who had been living in temporary housing since Hurricane Dorian hit the region a year ago, The Associated Press reported.
As it moves off towards the northwest at roughly 10 miles per hour, it will likely re-gain some momentum and return to hurricane strength; this will likely happen overnight Saturday into Sunday morning as it approaching the southeast coast of Florida.
Isaias, located about 185 kilometers south southeast of Nassau, is expected to make landfall on Florida's southeastern coast late Saturday or Sunday.More news: Mexico's COVID-19 death toll becomes the world's third-highest
Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told The Associated Press news agency that while the islands can normally withstand strong hurricanes, some have been destabilised by the coronavirus pandemic and the damage caused by Dorian. State-run virus testing sites are closing in areas where the storm might hit because the sites are outdoor tents, which could topple in high winds.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis relaxed a coronavirus lockdown as a result of the storm, but imposed a 10 p.m.to 5 a.m. curfew. "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".
A storm surge watch is in effect for.
The state of play: After pummeling the Bahamas and parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a Category 1 storm Friday, Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane Saturday evening. One man died in the Dominican Republic.More news: MTV's VMAs to honor coronavirus shutdown music
Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Friday for all of the state's counties along the Atlantic coast.
Concerns about the coronavirus and the vulnerability of people who are still recovering from Dorian were adding to storm worries.
The confluence of hurricane season with the spike in COVID-19 cases led the American Meteorological Society on Thursday to issue new guidance for hurricane preparedness. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.
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At one of four shelters in Palm Beach County on Saturday afternoon, people had their temperatures checked at the door before entering.