President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for several counties in the eastern part of Florida in the face of Hurricane Isaías, as announced on Saturday by the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, who asked Floridians to be prepared and vigilant.
Although “the eye of the storm stays off the coast, we will have impacts,” said the governor on the Isaias approach, category 1, which is currently on the northwestern part of the Bahamas.
Isaiah’s eye is expected to be near Florida’s east coast between tonight and tomorrow, although the rain and winds from the outer bands of the hurricane are going to be felt sooner, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
At a dam wheel in Tallahassee, the state capital, DeSantis said approving a pre-cyclone emergency “will help the state respond quickly to any impact from the storm.”
The counties included in the declaration would be: Miami-Dade, Broward, Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia.
DeSantis said there are no plans to evacuate hospitals from southeast Florida, where the epicenter of COVID-19 is located in this state, which is the second in number of cases in the entire US.
Isaías will impact more to the north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the most populous icudades in the area, according to the National Hurricane Center, specifically from Boca Raton up the Florida Atlantic coast.
Boca Raton is located 73 kilometers north of Miami.
Due to the incidence of COVID-19 in Florida, the preparations for the arrival of the hurricane are different from the usual ones.
The usual concentration in shelters of people in areas threatened by the cyclone is not the most advisable, but there are plans ready in case it is necessary, with temperature measurement and separation of people with symptoms, in addition to the delivery of masks, gloves and disinfectant.
The governor reiterated that the state is fully prepared for an emergency situation added to that of the pandemic.
Several citizens narrate the terrible moments they experienced during the passage of the tropical cyclone.
According to government data, the state’s emergency management agency has 20 million face masks, 22 million gloves, 10 million special suits and 1.6 million face displays, as well as 20,000 thermometers, among other supplies.
At DeSantis’ suggestion, there are also 50 generators available in the event of power outages by Isaías. 100% of the elderly centers in the state have a generator in operation.
In addition, the emergency management agency has 9.9 million bottles of water and 2.6 million prepared meals.
Florida is currently the county with the most COVID-19 cases after California, and daily deaths from the disease have been breaking records for four days in a row.
According to the Florida Department of Health, from March 1 to yesterday 470,389 people have been infected and 6,966 have died, including 123 non-residents in the state who died here from COVID-19.