Authorities Florida State coronavirus testing centers will close on Thursday, July 30, 2020, anticipating the scourge of the tropical storm Isaiah, which according to meteorologists will be formed on Wednesday night as it passes through Puerto Rico.
President Donald Trump approved a statement of emergency for the isla, a territory of the United States in the Caribbean, reported on Twitter the representative of the White House for Puerto Rico, Rear Admiral Peter Brown.
The storm advances by Puerto Rico and it is planned to reach Cuba and South Florida over the weekend, although meteorologists have been unable to anticipate with what intensity.
The cyclone system, which blows with winds of 75 km / hour, has not yet received a name from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). When it gets stronger, which will happen on Wednesday night, it will be the tropical storm Isaiah.
“A tropical storm is forecast to form later today or tonight,” wrote the Miami-based NHC.
It will weaken as it passes through the Caribbean islands, but “some strengthening is possible again this weekend,” he added.
As prevention, the testing centers of covid-19 in Florida, which is the epicenter of the pandemic, will be closed from Thursday July 29 in the afternoon until it is safe to reopen them, announced the Division of Emergency Management of this southeastern state.
“They are all campaign structures that cannot withstand tropical storm winds,” he explained in a statement.
County test centers will remain open, at a time when one in 50 Floridians has been infected with coronavirus, every day about 10,000 new cases are added and the dead amount to 6,333.
Meanwhile, the Puerto Ricans They prepared for the storm on Wednesday, adding to a series of catastrophes after two hurricanes in 2017, a string of earthquakes that have not stopped this year, and a drought.
Responding to fears that the island may not be able to deal with another disaster, Brown wrote in Spanish that “there are adequate resources – water, food, supplies, shelters, and responders – for this threat.”
Several were arranged shelters half their capacity to keep a certain social distance, with orders to wear a mask even during sleep.
“We are all going to have to be wearing a mask at the shelter at all times,” said the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz.
As night fell, some isolated rains and gusts were felt on the island.
The system will scroll through Puerto Rico Wednesday night; will traverse the Hispaniola island, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on Thursday; will pass near Cuba and Bahamas on Friday and will hit south of Florida Friday, July 31 at night.