New York : Isaiah weakens before making landfall in Florida; with strong winds it is still a danger

People enjoy the waves on the closed beach in Miami beach, Florida, USA, 01 August 2020. Hurricane Isaias weakened and lost intensity after passing over the Bahamas and it still on course to arrive off the coast of Florida Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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The storm tropical Isaiah weakened in recent hours on its final approach to the southeast coast of Florida, where it will arrive this Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km / h).

Isaías, which became a Category 1 hurricane as it passed through the islands of the Caribbean, where it left heavy rains this Saturday and at least two fatalities, will maintain its strength while moving near or on the east coast of Florida this Sunday and early Monday, said the National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami.

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By then, the storm tropical will raise your current travel speed from 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) while continuing northbound, which will take the center of the meteorological phenomenon to enter the United States, probably in the states of South Carolina or North Carolina The next Tuesday.

A “hurricane hunter” plane from the Air Force of EE.UU. The storm flew over tonight, where it calculated that its winds had lost some of its intensity and ruled out that it can strengthen again as a category 1 hurricane.

All in all, the force winds of storm tropical (between 39 and 73 miles per hour or 63 and 117 kilometers per hour) extend up to 185 kilometers from the center of Isaías, located 45 miles (75 km) from the cities florid from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The strong winds 1,500 clients from the southeast of Mexico have already been without electricity Florida, according to the specialized website Poweroutage.us, and about thirty flight cancellations have been registered so far at the airports of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, according to Flightaware.com.

Another threat from the tropical storm is the possible floods due to the combination of sea level rise due to the tide and strong waves, and the NHC warned that in areas of the east coast of Florida the water could rise to 4 feet (1.2 meters) high between the towns of Jupiter and Ponte Vedra Beach.

To this should be added accumulations of rain up to 6 feet (1.5 meters high) in the eastern state and 8 feet (2 meters) in the northwest Bahamas, precisely in the area of ​​the archipelago where just 11 months ago Hurricane Dorian devastated that area, leaving 70 dead and billionaires economic losses.

The Executive of Nassau It has not yet released a balance report of the Isaías pass, although local media reported countless floods, power cuts and the fall of trees.

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