Hurricane Isaias is expected to strengthen somewhat into a strong Category 1 hurricane as it crosses the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) now predicts that Isaias will come extremely close to Florida's east coast later this weekend.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the strongest winds in Florida will be felt from Pompano Beach to Palm Bay, where there is potential for winds from 58 mph to 73 mph. Miami-Dade and most of Broward are forecast to see winds of 39 mph to 57 mph.
The NHC recently released hurricane bells from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard County line, predicting two to four inches of precipitation from south-central to southeast Florida, with potential totals of six inches. There is also potential for some major overrun, with exact levels depending on Isaiah's future tracks and intensity.
Residents are strongly urged to prepare for the above-average Isaiah and other storms during this hurricane season – especially with the added challenge of COVID-19.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said that Southern Floridians should "begin to explore what other opportunities or alternatives they may need to be from South Florida."
Florida has recently seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. In preparation for the storm, the Florida Department of Emergency Management has closed all COVID-19 test sites.
“The more we can do as individuals and focus on the things we can do to reduce the burden on the government will be extremely helpful as the mayor, the county administrator deal with various new challenges and try to be innovative to the point where we do not shut down. government completely, but at the same time we do not allow unnecessary risks and exposures to this virus, "said Tony.
Wind-damaged property damage is covered by ordinary homeowners, tenants and business insurance. Rental insurance covers the tenant's property while the landlord insures the structure.
Property damage to a home, the tenant's property and a business – which is the result of a flood – is generally covered under FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), if a homeowner, tenant or business has purchased one. Several private insurance companies also offer flood insurance.
Passenger cars damaged or destroyed by either wind or floods are covered by the voluntary comprehensive part of a car insurance. Nearly 80 percent of American drivers choose to purchase comprehensive coverage.