Power outage leaves Manhattan in the dark
NEW YORK A power outage cast darkness across dozens of blocks in New York City early Friday, as many people in the city were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. Con Edison said in a tweet that it was aware of a brief service interruption in Manhattan and was looking into the cause. The utility added that crews have been working around the clock to restore power across the city due to the tropical storm that battered the East Coast earlier this week. Live video showed few lights across Manhattan, including parts of the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Harlem, around 5:15 a.m., WABC-TV reported. Some customers said their power was back by 6 a.m.
Florida tops 500K virus cases as testing resumes after storm
A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Antigen testing reveals whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited outside Hark Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning for a coronavirus testing site to reopen after being closed because of the storm. The Hard Rock site, which is now offering antigen testing, briefly shut down Wednesday because of lightning in the area.
Isaias, again a tropical storm, spawns wild inland weather
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Tropical Storm Isaias brought dangerous winds and heavy rain over eastern Virginia early Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. A tropical storm warning extended all the way up to Maine, where flash flooding was possible in some areas on Wednesday. Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) was upgraded again from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Monday evening. Early Tuesday the storm, downgraded again, was centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Greenville, North Carolina. Whether its labeled a tropical storm or a hurricane, you should take this storm seriously, and make sure your family is ready, Cooper said.
Florida reports near-record high COVID-19 deaths as state sees drop in new cases
State-supported test sites were scheduled to resume testing operations Tuesday after suspending testing protocols over the weekend. In some cases, test sites in hard-hit South Florida were closed for five days. The closures are believed to have a significant impact on Floridas coronavirus numbers. The Florida Department of Health reported 5,446 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the state overall total to 497,330 since March. The governor did not address the FDOHs low numbers and the closure of state-run coronavirus test sites during his briefing Monday.
Residents hit Flagler Beach as Tropical Storm Isaias goes up Floridas coast
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. Flagler County officials did not issue evacuation orders or open emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Isaias moved up the coast. The storm did not stop people from hitting the beach or going to the pier. Just taking a little bike ride, checking out the impending weather coming up from the south, Robert Manella said. Officials want people to be on the lookout for flooding at high tide in low lying areas and spots with poor drainage. The reason is so residents did not leave garbage out to cause an increase in debris getting picked up by high winds.
Isaias near hurricane strength as it crawls toward Carolinas
The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina. "We are forecasting it to become a hurricane before it reaches the coast this evening," senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown said. Authorities were getting ready in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ordering swimmers out of the water to avoid rough surf and strong rip currents. Were from Michigan, so we get snow and go through it all," Aliyah Owens, who arrived in Myrtle Beach for a summer vacation Sunday, told WTBW-TV. Anything that can move we tie down or bring inside, Philo told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach.
Isaias leaves, sea breeze storms return to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. After dodging major impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend, Central Florida on Monday will see a 50% chance of rain as tropical moisture remains in place. Isaias remained off the Florida coast early Monday on a projected path toward the Carolinas. Orlando officially received 0.08 inches of rain from Isaias and has a yearly rain deficit of 3.70 inches. The high in Orlando will be around 93 degrees Monday. We return to our typical sea breeze pattern soon, with a 70% coverage of rain Tuesday through Sunday, News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.
Tropical storm Isaias spares Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Tropical Storm Isaias skirted the coastal cities of Brevard County on Sunday, sparing residents from the brunt of its winds and rain. News 6 measured sustained winds in the Indialantic area at 20 miles-per-hour at the peak of the storm with gusts of 30 miles-per-hour at the beach. Pawn fronds littered area roadways, but there were no power outages and little to no damage reported. Many people flocked to the beach to look at the rough surf kicked up by the storm. We were sort of enjoying the storm at home and we thought, you know what?
Leave them alone: Dont gather sea turtle eggs exposed by Tropical Storm Isaias
When the surf settles, Tropical Storm Isaias could unearth untold numbers of endangered sea turtle eggs and hatchlings during a peak time for turtle nesting, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. But Florida wildlife officials urge those who come across exposed turtle eggs or stranded baby turtles to not collect them. Federal and state laws protect sea turtles and forbid taking, possessing, disturbing, mutilating, destroying, selling and harassing all types of sea turtles, their nests and their eggs. Even better in Brevard County, call the local nonprofit Sea Turtle Preservation Society's emergency hotline at 321-206-0646 if you find a sea turtle in need. This years sea turtle nesting season is already a success, and the storm season will not change that fact, STPS posted on its website.
With busiest Florida testing sites closed, new coronavirus cases drop significantly
Most Florida-run testing sites have been closed since last week when forecasts put most of the state in then Hurricane Isaias path. For context, all last week the state reported more than 87,000 people tested per day. With the states largest testing sites now closed for five days, Florida reported a drop in testing by 26,000 tests per day. Because testing numbers dropped significantly beginning July 30 when many testing sites closed deaths and hospitalizations are important factors to monitor. Below is a breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida by county.
Free COVID-19 testing to resume at Econ Soccer Complex in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. After a dayslong pause, free COVID-19 testing is set to resume Tuesday at Econ Soccer Complex in Orange County, according to a news release. The testing site shut down last week ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, which was forecast to have significant impacts on Central Florida before it skirted the state at the last minute over the weekend. A number of state-run sites, including the Orange County Convention Center, also temporarily paused operations due to the storm. Testing at the Econ Soccer Complex, which is located at 8035 Yates Road in Orlando, will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, the release said. Anyone looking to be tested at the site must be 18 or older and live in Orange County.
State-supported COVID-19 testing sites to start opening back up
ORLANDO, Fla. – With the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias diminishing, more than a dozen state-supported COVID-19 testing sites that were shut down due to the inclement weather are planning to reopen as early as Monday. 15 state-supported COVID-19 testing sites closed due to #Isaias will resume operations tomorrow. Though the state-supported sites closed because they’re set up outdoors and can’t handle wind and rain, many private sites continued operating through the weekend. Still, officials have said that the free sites closing temporarily could have an impact on the state’s coronavirus figures. On the flip side, Mike Jachles from the Florida Department of Emergency Management said there could be at least one benefit to the decrease in testing.
News 6 weather team provides Tropical Storm Isaias updates
ORLANDO, Fla. – With all eyes on Tropical Storm Isaias, News 6 is providing timely updates as the storm bears down on Florida. The News 6 weather team, including chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells, will frequently provide updates on Isaias to help keep you prepared. [MORE: Radar | Plan and prepare | Sandbag locations]Just check back on this page at the following times to get the latest information about the storm. SUNDAY SCHEDULENews 6 meteorologists started providing updates hourly at 15 minutes past the hour beginning at 9:15 a.m.With Florida out of the cone as of 5 p.m., updates have been postponed until further notice. Thanks for watching and be safe!
UPDATES: Tropical Storm Isaias skirts Florida
Tropical Storm #Isaias Advisory 26: Isaias Forecast to Make Landfall Tonight as a Hurricane. The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to be near hurricane strength when it reaches the Carolinas. Tropical Storm #Isaias could produce 2-4 feet of storm surge flooding above ground level along portions of the Florida east coast and Carolina coast. As of 630 a.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Isaias was forecasted to make landfall in Brevard County in the evening. Tropical Storm Isaias was spinning 45 miles northeast of Ft. Lauderdale and located about 45 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.
Here’s what to expect in Central Florida as Isaias moves up coast
The storm is expected to impact Central Florida as a tropical storm Sunday into early Monday. [MORE: Radar | Plan and prepare | Sandbag locations]As it does, parts of Central Florida are bracing for potential storm impacts. Here’s what you can expect in Central Florida on Sunday:Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. (WKMG)Tropical Storm Isaias' impacts for inland portions of Central Florida. (WKMG)Tropical Storm Isaias' impacts on inland portions of Central Florida.
UPDATES: Isaias expected to regain strength overnight as storm moves closer to Florida
The storm is expected to become a hurricane again overnight Saturday, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. 8:15 p.m. Isaias expected to regain strength overnightNews 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos breaks down the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The governor said the Florida National Guard is monitoring the situation and is ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice. On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, knocked out power, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 12 p.m. Central Florida ‘threats and impacts’The National Weather Service tweeted graphics that represent the “reasonable worst case scenario” for Central Florida as Hurricane Isaias heads on a projected path toward Florida.
Tropical Storm Isaias warnings haven’t stopped beachgoers in Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Red flags flying didn't stop beachgoers from soaking up the sun and enjoying the waves ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. Brevard County’s public safety director said Saturday that preparations for Tropical Storm Isaias do not include ordering evacuations or opening shelters. [MORE: Radar | Plan and prepare | Sandbag locations]In Volusia County, officials said cars will no longer be allowed on the beach until after the storm. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, shelters will open in Volusia County beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. “[We have] hand sanitizer, literally five gallon buckets full,” Jim Judge, director of Volusia County Emergency Management, said.
LIVE TRACK: Forecast cone, computer models, updates as Isaias approaches Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. Slowly but surely, Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing on its path toward Florida. It continues to move slowly off the east Central Florida coast with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, allowing it to keep its tropical storm status. Here is the latest advisory for Isaias from the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to remain a tropical storm as it approaches Florida, possibly coming ashore Sunday evening. Tropical Storm Isaias' impacts for inland portions of Central Florida.
Florida health officials report roughly 7,000 new cases of COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. As Tropical Storm Isaias brings rain and strong winds to Floridas east coast, the department of health recorded 7,104 new coronavirus cases Sunday. Across the state, 27,150 people are hospitalized with severe cases of the virus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administrations Saturday report. Coronavirus deaths increased by more than 1,100 last week, Florida reporting records for its daily death count four times in the seven-day period. Saturday evening, Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm while still making its way toward Florida. Public health officials say coronavirus numbers will likely see a significant drop in the coming days due to the decrease in testing.
Storm shelter closes in Brevard County due to lack of turnout
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. A storm shelter has closed in Brevard County due to lack of turnout as Tropical Storm Isaias moves up the coast, according to emergency management. Emergency Management officials said the shelter at Viera Regional Community Center opened at 11 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. only one person showed up. County officials said arrangements were made for the one person who showed up. A tropical storm warning is still in place for Brevard County. The National Weather Service said tropical-storm-force winds are possible in the county until early Monday morning.
WATCH LIVE: News 6 at 6 p.m. with team coverage of Tropical Storm Isaias
ORLANDO, Fla. With Tropical Storm Isaias projected to skirt Central Floridas east coast, News 6 will livestream team coverage at 6 p.m. on ClickOrlando.com. To watch the newscast, just click the play button in the video player at the top of this story. The system was a Category 1 hurricane for almost two days before it was downgraded back to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon. The storm is expected to impact Central Florida as a tropical storm Sunday into early Monday. Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more coverage.
Heres how Volusia County is preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Volusia County government officials gave an update to the public on Saturday evening, ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. Volusia County Beach Safety officials urged people to not enter the water at the beaches and said they had already made several rescues on Saturday. [VOLUSIA COUNTY STORM GUIDE: Everything residents need to know before a storm]Several emergency storm shelters are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Sunday. The Volusia County Sheriffs Office said on Saturday that it also has extra deputies on patrol this weekend. Click here for a complete breakdown of everything Volusia County residents need to know ahead of a storm.
CHOOSE YOUR VIEW: Radar, tropics tracker, beach cam, more as Isaias approaches Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Isaias churns toward Florida, ClickOrlando.com is providing views of radar, a hurricane tracker, a beach camera and more. [CHOOSE YOUR VIEW: Radar, Tropics Tracker, Downtown Cam, Beach Cam, Port Cam]Click the link above to see all the options. In addition, News 6 newscasts will be available atop the Watch Live page when they air. Thanks for watching News 6 and visiting ClickOrlando.com. [MORE: Radar | Plan and prepare | Sandbag locations]Be safe!
Tropical Storm Isaias: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex closed
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Sunday due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The visitor complex had reopened its doors in May after being closed for over two months due to the novel coronavirus. A hurricane must have sustained winds of 74-95 mph to be a Category 1 storm. TRACKING ISAIAS | As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Isaiah had weakened to tropical storm status, with maximum sustained winds of... Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Saturday, August 1, 2020Brevard County remains under a hurricane warning and a storm surge watch. They expect the first bands with tropical storm force winds around midnight.
Brevard County not ordering evacuations, opening shelters for Isaias
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. Brevard Countys public safety director said Saturday that preparations for Tropical Storm Isaias do not include ordering evacuations or opening shelters. The county gave out free sandbags to residents Friday and Saturday. [COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Heres how Isaias will impact Central Florida]The last drivers lined up until 3 p.m. at five county locations, including Calvary Chapel in Viera. Just a couple inches of rain are expected, but county leaders believe the wind could gust as fast as 65 mph. Make sure youre not just preparing for you, but for your entire family.If at any time the county changes its stance on not ordering evacuations and not opening shelters, News 6 will update this story.
Heres how Isaias could affect your weekend plans in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. As of Thursday night, Hurricane Isaias is still churning in the Atlantic on its way through the Bahamas. [RELATED: WATCH LIVE: Forecast cone, computer models and updates for Tropical Storm Isaias]The weekend impacts for Central Florida will vary depending on how close to our coast Isaias comes, and how much more it will intensify. [RELATED: County-by-county look at Isaias impact in Central Florida]For now, we are expecting tropical storm conditions to impact the coastal areas of Volusia, Brevard, and Flagler counties. Look for the first bands of Tropical rain to arrive in Southern Brevard County around 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Any deviation of the current track could also bring those conditions across the Inland areas.
County-by-county look at Isaias impact in Central Florida
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. As we watch Hurricane Isaias move northwest the question becomes just how much of an impact will it have on Central Florida. [RELATED: WATCH LIVE: Forecast cone, computer models and updates for Tropical Storm Isaias]The answer depends on location, location, and location. Brevard County:The action begins Saturday with first bands by around 6 p.m.3 to 5 inches of rain before it is over. Strong Tropical Force Winds until Sunday nightVolusia County:The action starts closer to 11 P.M Saturday night into Sunday. 3 to 5 inches of rainTropical Storm Force winds along the coast until Sunday nightFlagler County:Overnight Saturday into Sunday the action begins3 to 5 inches of rainTropical Storm Force winds into Sunday night.
Tropical Tracker: What could be in the cards for Tropical Storm Isaias
Isaias becomes the earliest “I” storm on record beating out Irene of 2005. In fact, Isaias developed earlier than any eighth named storm prior to the 2020 season. The ninth named storm of the season typically doesn’t develop until Oct. 4. There has been higher degree of uncertainty with this storm because it had not developed a center until late Wednesday evening. August areas for tropical developmentThis is where the strongest storms of the season typically develop.
Florida governor says state will likely feel impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias
Ron DeSantis said the state will likely feel impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias, adding that now is the time for residents to prepare. DeSantis delivered prepared remarks for about five minutes, saying that Floridians are strong and resilient in the face of both the storm and COVID-19. For we have one goal, and we are one Florida, DeSantis said. He asked that everyone keep abreast of storm updates and take the time now to stock up on food and medications. To keep up with the latest on Tropical Storm Isaias, go to ClickOrlando.com/Hurricane.
Tropical Storm Isaias becomes ninth named storm of year
Tropical Storm Isaias has formed in the Caribbean and is the ninth named storm of the year. The ninth storm of the season usually doesnt develop until October. Tropical Storm Isaias is born! pic.twitter.com/FowiSVPdV5 Tom Sorrells (@tomsorrells) July 30, 2020This is the earliest I storm on record and is also the fifth named storm in July. As of Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and was moving west-northwest at 20 mph.
WATCH LIVE: Forecast cone, computer models and updates for Tropical Storm Isaias
The government of the Bahamas has upgraded the tropical storm watch for the central Bahamas to a tropical storm warning and has issued a tropical storm watch for the northwestern Bahamas. Tropical storm conditions continued across portions of the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Wednesday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Central Bahamas beginning Friday morning and are possible in the northwestern Bahamas beginning late Friday. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Bimini. The timing and movement of this high will dictate where Tropical Storm Isaias will move.
Heres how COVID-19 testing site closures could impact Floridas coronavirus numbers
Thats not the only impact the closures could have on the data, though, according to Dr. Raul Pino, with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. [RELATED: All state-supported COVID-19 testing sites to close temporarily as storm approaches Florida | Florida continues to report record number of COVID-19 deaths]Pino addressed a number of possible impacts during a news conference Thursday afternoon, including how the closures could affect the countys positivity rate. According to Pino, thats only a fraction of the testing Orange County offers. [RELATED: UPDATE: See Floridas curve when it comes to coronavirus cases]The site that is going to close does about 1,500 tests -- a little bit more depending on volume --and we have about 4,000, 5,000 tests, Pino said. Demings said if the storm ends up missing the region, testing could resume as usual sooner than expected.
Isaias causes floods, slides, then grows into hurricane
It was centered about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east-southeast of Great Inagua Island in the southeastern Bahamas late Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning was issued for the northwestern Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Bimini. It's a rather difficult experience because it reminds us of Maria.More than 50 people sought shelter in Puerto Rico, said Gov. There's no other alternative.U.S. President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration in Puerto Rico as a result of the storm. Isaias was expected to produce 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain across Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and northern Haiti, with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches (25 centimeters).
WATCH LIVE: Cone, computer models, updates for system expected to become Isaias on path toward Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. A disturbance in the Caribbean is still expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Isaias as early as Wednesday as it continues on a projected path toward Florida. As of Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said the system was 55 miles west-southwest of Dominica and was moving west-northwest at 23 mph. The tropical wave is expected to move through the Leeward Islands, and near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday night. [MORE: Seminole, Orange counties offer free sandbags | Heres how to plan and prepare]Warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and numerous other islands. One model, the GFS, slows the system down as it nears the south and west coast of Florida, she said.
System in tropics likely to become Isaias -- heres how to pronounce it
ORLANDO, Fla. There seems to be a lot of debate surrounding what could be the next named stormed of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. A tropical wave in the Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias, with models showing Florida in its path. As the development edges closer to Florida, properly pronouncing Isaias has become a hot topic. There are different ways to pronounce Isaias but for the sake of a named storm, the National Hurricane Center has informed meteorologists this pronunciation will be the standard. The Atlantic hurricane list is compiled of named derived from English, Spanish and French cultures, due to the countries that surround the Atlantic basin.
Florida governor says hes monitoring potential tropical cyclone very closely'
CLEARWATER, Fla. Now that Florida is in the cone of uncertainty for a disturbance in the Caribbean thats predicted to become Tropical Storm Isaias, Gov. [READ: Heres how the coronavirus pandemic will impact hurricane season in Florida | COVID or no COVID, some Central Florida residents will need to evacuate if hurricane comes]We are monitoring (Potential) Tropical Cyclone Nine very closely. It looks like were not going to know the storms exact strength and trajectory for a couple more days, DeSantis said. Because social distancing guidelines are in place, local leaders have been forced to reevaluate how they prepare for hurricanes and other potential storms. [RELATED: Florida reports more than 200 COVID-19 deaths, setting new single-day record | What is a potential tropical cyclone?]
List of Central Florida COVID-19 testing sites set to close as storm approaches
ORLANDO, Fla. The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced state-supported drive-thru and walk-up coronavirus testing sites will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the state. State and County officials announced the following COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily close:The Orange County Convention CenterTesting through Orange County Health ServicesSaturdays scheduled testing at Winter Springs High School has been canceledState walk-up testing at Oviedo Home Depot will end at 5 p.m. on ThursdayThe outdoor sites are not capable of handling tropical-storm-force winds. The drive-thru and walk-up sites will reopen at the latest by 8 a.m. on Aug. 5, according to the department of health. The reopening of the testing sites all depends on what happens with the storm. The DOH said the sites will reopen when it is safe to do so.
With Florida in systems path, Flagler County adjusts storm shelter plans due to COVID-19
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. With Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine -- which could soon become Tropical Storm Isaias -- on a path toward Florida, Flagler County officials are urging residents to prepare for possible dangerous weather in the coming days. According to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the system could reach tropical storm strength by Wednesday night. Officials with Flagler Countys Emergency Operation Center said Wednesday that residents storm plans will likely look different this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Also ahead of possible bad weather, county officials announced changes to their storm shelter plans due to coronavirus concerns. Flagler County shelters will have separate areas for those who know they have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of the virus, according to EOC officials.