Dhe tropical storm “Isaias” has been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane and is approaching the Bahamas and the American state of Florida, which is particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, at wind speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The American hurricane center NHC expected on Friday night (local time) that the hurricane would continue to intensify within the next 48 hours. According to the NHC, he was about 110 kilometers east-southeast of the island of Great Inagua in the southeast of the Bahamas and was moving in a north-west direction. “Isaias” was expected to reach the center of the Bahamas on Friday evening and southern Florida on Saturday.

On Thursday, “Isaias” caused floods and small mudslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and caused power outages. In Puerto Rico, roads flooded, trees felled, and telephone and power lines were damaged due to heavy rain. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the effects of previous hurricanes and earthquakes. The National Guard saved at least 35 people, including two newborns. According to authorities, a woman was missing in the town of Rincon who was washed away while trying to drive over a bridge.

In the Dominican Republic, the government warned the population over loudspeakers and called for an evacuation. A person was killed in the storm. Police arrested some surfers in the capital, Santo Domingo, who were accused of violating government storm warnings.

Several corona test sites closed

In Florida, the authorities had already closed several provisional corona test sites that only consist of tents on Thursday due to the approaching storm. The authorities spoke of a “precautionary measure”. However, no evacuation orders have yet been issued.


Santo Domingo on July 30th: The hurricane has already wreaked havoc in the Dominican Republic.
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In the southern American state, 253 corona deaths were reported on Thursday alone. This is a new 24-hour high and the third in a row. The state has become one of the centers of the pandemic in the United States, with more than 461,000 reported coronavirus infections. Only the most populous American state, California, has more cases of infection. Almost 6,600 of Florida’s 21 million residents have died as a result of a corona infection, according to authorities. In total, the United States has already registered more than 150,000 corona deaths.

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