Florida Braces for Hurricane Isaias, 85 MPH Winds

Florida Braces for Hurricane Isaias, 85 MPH Winds


Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said Friday that 20 evacuation centers were on standby.

“We still don’t think there is a need to open shelters for this storm, but they are ready,” he said.

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Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by last year’s Hurricane Dorian, starting Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas evacuated people on Abaco island, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian.

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People living on the eastern end of Grand Bahama were also being moved.

Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph on Saturday

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