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02 Aug 2020 | 09:08 AM UTC

US: Tropical Storm Isaias nears Florida August 2 /update 2

Tropical Storm Isaias continues as it nears Florida August 2; strong winds, heavy rains, and associated disruptions possible in the coming days

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USA

Event

Tropical storm Isaias continues towards Florida as of Sunday, August 2. Although Isaias has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it is still expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding as it continues towards Florida. Winds speeds of up to 65mps (100 kph) have been recorded as Isaias continues northwestward in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida's authorities have closed beaches, parks, and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing sites in preparation for the storm.

Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges are expected along Florida's east coast throughout the coming days. Isolated flash flooding, associated disruptions to travel and business, and power outages should be anticipated.

Context

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from late May through to the end of November, with activity typically peaking in late August and early September. Numerous tropical storms form in the Atlantic Ocean during this period, with most affecting the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the east coast of the United States. Although communities in the region are generally well prepared for adverse weather conditions during the hurricane season, severe storms bring a significant risk of flooding and infrastructural damage

Advice

Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

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