Bahamas, Florida brace as Hurricane Isaias bears down

Officials in Florida close beaches, marinas and parks; set evacuation centers on standby with COVID-19 safety measures.

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National News

July 31, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Diagram shows hurricane's influence on surrounding weather systems

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a track for the U.S. East Coast.

Officials in Florida said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks in Miami-Dade County beginning Friday night. Mayor Carlos Giménez said the county has 20 evacuation centers on standby that could be set up with COVID-19 safety measures.

“We still don’t think there is a need to open shelters for this storm, but they are ready,” he said.

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