Florida coronavirus death record, with tropical storm on the way
The state of Florida broke a record for the third consecutive day when registering 253 deaths from coronavirus this Thursday, July 30, when it prepares to receive a tropical storm that left severe floods in Puerto Rico.
The 253 deaths from coronavirus far exceed 216 on Wednesday and 186 on Tuesday, for a total of 6,586, according to the Florida Department of Health.
But, as the pandemic rages in Florida, the state prepares for the blow of tropical storm Isaías.
The cyclone is expected to hit the southeastern United States over the weekend with an intensity that forecasters cannot yet predict.
Still, this is the time for everyone to start preparing at their homes and businesses, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said at a press conference.
If you live in a tidal zone, you should have an evacuation plan, he recommended, although there are no eviction plans yet.
Isaías, which blows with maximum speed of 95 km / hour, left severe floods and landslides as he passed through Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, in addition to fallen trees and poles, flooded homes and thousands of people without electricity.
If you are watching this, please, we need help! asked a man from Mayagüez, in the west of the island, in a video shared on social networks where he showed his family on the roof of the car, while the flood went up and took the house.
A video from the Wapa-TV channel shows a national guard carrying a child on his back, with water up to his chest and still wearing face masks to protect himself from the pandemic.
Isaías currently crosses the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
A slight weakening is possible as Isaías moves over Hispaniola and a further strengthening is expected on Friday, when it will hit Bahamas and then Florida, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.
It is too early to predict its exact trajectory and intensity.