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Updated at 5:10 a.m. ET Tuesday

The National Hurricane Center says Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., on Monday just after 11 p.m. ET with sustained winds of 85 mph, but it lost some of its steam within hours, weakening into a tropical storm.

The system was expected to swirl up the Mid-Atlantic coast and into the northeastern United States on Tuesday night.

Update as of 11:30 am Saturday:

Isaias has slightly weakened this morning, and is now producing 80 mph sustained winds, as of the latest update from the National Weather Service. The storm is making landfall over the North Andros Island in the Bahamas, about 40 miles west-southwest of Nassau. 

Gov. DeSantis Declares State Of Emergency For Isaias

Jul 31, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
David Santiago / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday issued a state of emergency for all counties along Florida’s east coast in response to Hurricane Isaias as the storm tracks close to the state's shoreline along its northern journey.

Updated at 11:11 p.m. ET

Florida will stop testing for the coronavirus for several days due to concerns about the potential impact from Tropical Storm Isaias.

After the state's testing sites close Thursday evening, they won't reopen until at least Tuesday morning, Candy Sims of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County told NPR. Some locations could be closed for longer, she added, depending on the weather.

Hurricane evacuation shelter
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

With a storm in the Atlantic pointed its way, South Florida could soon get its first real test of a hurricane season during a pandemic and one of the more difficult things to manage: evacuation shelters.

The Cone For The Expected Tropical Storm Isaias Now Includes South Florida

Jul 28, 2020

The cluster of clouds and rain showers that was moving west across the Atlantic Ocean has been designated Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update, adding that it was soon expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday night or Wednesday.

As Texas contends with the ongoing aftermath of one hurricane on Sunday, Hawaii is bracing for the impact of another.

Hurricane Hanna slammed into South Texas on Saturday, making landfall twice as a Category 1 storm. While it was downgraded to tropical storm status early Sunday morning, its relentless rainfall continues to pose a threat.

Updated at 5:15 a.m. ET Sunday

South Texas is braced for flooding after Hurricane Hanna began battering the state. The first hurricane of the season made landfall twice Saturday as a Category 1 storm.

The first landfall happened at around 5 p.m. about 15 miles north of Port Mansfield, which is about 130 miles south of Corpus Christi, according to the National Weather service. The second landfall took place nearby in eastern Kenedy County. The storm arrived with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Protecting Your Property From Flooding During A Hurricane

Jun 30, 2020
Provided to WMFE by Jim Rinaman

The 2020 hurricane season is projected to be a busy one, and knowing how to protect your property from flooding is important.

Here are the guidelines set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on how to prepare your home:

NASA Earth Observatory

Monday kicked off the start of another busy hurricane season, forecast to be the fifth in a row with an above average number of storms.

Lynne Sladky / AP

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93.

"She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that."

Hurricane Prep Tax ‘Holiday’ Begins Today

May 26, 2020
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE --- Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season.

In addition to helping residents buy everything from coolers to generators, Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Scott Shalley hopes the seven-day tax “holiday” can provide a boost for businesses suffering from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today called for another above average hurricane season in the Atlantic, making it the fifth in a row threatening to break previous records.

COVID-19 Adds To Hurricane Response Costs

May 19, 2020
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Restoring electricity after hurricanes this year would have added costs because of coronavirus physical-distancing requirements, utility officials told the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday.

Plans are underway to establish more staging areas to reduce crowds of relief workers, shift to single-serve packaging of food and revamp sleeping arrangements for restoration crews working remotely, as utilities look to prevent the spread of the virus.

NASA

South Florida has been sizzling in recent weeks, with a slew of new record high temperatures, and a record for the number of records being smashed.

There’s something else heating up: the ocean. And that could be bad for hurricane season.

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