US meteorologists estimate that tropical storm Isaiah, which today hit the Bahamas, could reach a hurricane rating as it approaches the US east coast.
Passing through the Bahamas, where it caused some damage, the tropical storm Isaías reached winds in the order of 110 kilometers per hour.
In preparation for the arrival of Isaías, Florida authorities decided to close beaches, parks and testing sites for covid-19, in what is one of the US states most affected by the disease caused by a new coronavirus.
Even so, state officials hope that there is no need for displacement of the population.
The center of the storm is expected to hit the southeastern Florida coast on Sunday morning, then travel across the east coast of the United States of America throughout the day.
According to the Associated Press, meteorologists say that Isaias reaches the category of hurricane overnight.
As the Caribbean passed, the tropical storm caused several damages, uprooting trees from the soil, destroying crops and houses and giving rise to floods and landslides.
In the Dominican Republic, the tropical storm killed at least one man, similar to the one recorded in Puerto Rico, where, in addition to the deadly victim, another 35 had to be rescued from floods.
The passing of the tropical storm – which could reach the hurricane classification – raises concern in Florida, which in recent weeks has been a strong point of the covid-19.
Due to the pandemic, the authorities have had difficulty in establishing shelters, due to the application of the necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (153,314) and also with the most confirmed cases of infection (more than 4.5 million).
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 680,000 deaths and infected more than 17.6 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.