Hurricane Isaias: Some Florida counties, North Carolina, Virginia declare states of emergency as Southeast braces
Several states in the U.S. Southeast were bracing early Saturday as Hurricane Isaias approached — expecting it to impact the region this weekend and early next week.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Friday for all of the state’s counties along the Atlantic coast. The declaration affects 19 of Florida’s 67 counties, and all beaches, marinas and parks have been closed in those areas. Twenty evacuation centers were on standby as well.
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The hurricane, which forecasters say could reach the shores of Florida first, was expected to hit “as early as late tonight into tomorrow morning, with the potential to increase in strength to Category 2 [hurricane],” DeSantis said at a news conference.
As of 2 a.m. EDT Saturday, the hurricane was at Category 1 with winds up to 85 mph, and was expected to continue strengthening.
It was located about 115 miles south-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, and 245 miles southeast of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the National Hurricane Center said in a bulletin.
It was moving at 14 mph, the NHS said.
Hurricane warnings were in effect for Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard county line in Florida as well as the northwestern Bahamas and central Bahamas, the hurricane center said.
A hurricane watch was in effect for Hallandale Beach to the south of Boca Raton.
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia both declared a state of emergency as well.