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Tropical Weather System Churning Toward Puerto Rico, Florida

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By    |   Thursday, 30 July 2020 06:16 AM

A tropical weather system in the Caribbean Sea was threatening to strengthen into a tropical storm and possible hurricane that was aiming first at Puerto Rico and even Florida by the weekend, forecasters are predicting.

“Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine” had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was within 180 miles of Puerto Rico late Wednesday, approaching from the southeast and moving west-northwest at 23 mph, AccuWeather said.

The ill-defined center of the system, which was keeping National Hurricane Center from declaring it a tropical storm and naming it Isaias, was expected to pass just south of Puerto Rico late Wednesday night.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of the Leeward Islands, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.

A potential track of the storm posted by the National Hurricane Center has it making landfall in Florida near Miami at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

Florida has been experiencing nearly four times the number of daily new coronavirus infections of any other state, more than 9,000 a day since July 9, although its seven-day moving average has been declining for the past week.

In anticipation of the oncoming storm, Collier County — on the Gulf Coast just north of the Everglades — has announced via Twitter that it is temporarily closing three COVID-19 testing sites.

While making no reference to the coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also issued warnings — including via Twitter — for residents to prepare for the storm by stockpiling seven days worth of disaster supplies.

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A tropical weather system in the Caribbean Sea was threatening to strengthen into a tropical storm and possible hurricane that was aiming first at Puerto Rico and even Florida by the weekend, forecasters are predicting. "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine" had maximum sustained...
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