Due to the elements, COVID-19 testing centers were closed in some areas of the state.
Tropical storm Isaias, whose wind speed reaches 100 kilometers per hour, is moving towards Florida.
Hurricane Isaias weakened to a tropical storm after sweeping through the Bahamas.
“Don’t let the downgrade fool you,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said.
DeSantis declared a state of emergency in dozens of counties on the state’s Atlantic coast.
“The most important thing we want is for people to remain vigilant,” DeSantis said.
“Isaias” will pass over the East coast of Florida at a time when this state is trying to cope with the out-of-control COVID-19 epidemic.
Miami-Dade County authorities said they do not see the need to open evacuation centers due to the storm, but 20 centers will be on standby in case the situation changes.
Florida is one of the 19 States most affected by COVID. As of Saturday, more than 480 thousand cases of the disease were registered here, and more than 7 thousand people died.
Because of the storm, COVID-19 testing centers were closed in some areas of the state.
The national hurricane watch center said the issued storm warning extends further North along the southeastern coast of the United States to the South Santee River in South Carolina.
In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in coastal counties and declared the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was affected last year by hurricane Dorian.
In the Bahamas, Isaias felled trees and led to a power outage. Authorities evacuated residents of the Islands of Abaco and the Eastern part of the island of Grand Bahama.