Today, the new Category 1 Hurricane Isaias has kept its path headed for the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast by the weekend, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour as it tracked northwest across the Atlantic Ocean at a speed of around 30 kph (18 mph).
#Isaias is now a hurricane based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters. The intensity forecast shows a stronger storm than before, but the track forecast is unchanged. Go to https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB for details. pic.twitter.com/tXraiehHMX
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 31, 2020
Parts of the Bahamas are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that killed at least 70 people, with more than 280 still missing.
On July 30th, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that he was relaxing a coronavirus lockdown due to the impending storm but that an overnight curfew would apply from Friday. Adding that supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and hardware stores would be allowed to stay open as long as weather permitted.
“These are especially difficult days,” he said during an online news conference. “We need at this time the spirit of love and unity.”
Before it was upgraded to a hurricane, Tropical Storm Isaias caused power outages, toppled trees and triggered flooding and landslides across the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Thursday. At least one person was killed in the Dominican Republic, while hundreds of thousands of people were without power and water in Puerto Rico.