Isaias weakens to a tropical storm but could still make landfall in Florida as hurricane

Dry air and wind shear gave Isaias a beating Saturday afternoon, and the weakened storm entered Florida’s coastal waters as a tropical storm with a new, westerly path that could bring it ashore this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaias, inching toward the coast Saturday afternoon at only 10 mph, would have enough time over warm ocean water to re-strengthen into a hurricane before a potential landfall on Sunday.

The latest track still kept the odds of serious damage in Miami-Dade or Broward low, although the closer path upped the odds either county could see tropical-storm-force winds.

There was also still a good chance a “significant number” of Florida Power and Light customers could lose power during the storm, the company said Saturday. Coronavirus complications could delay restoration efforts.

But to the north, the rest of the state’s coastline remained in the cone and at risk for potential landfall

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on August 1

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding Hurricane Isaias in South Florida and around the state and Caribbean. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Hurricane Isaias more likely to scrape Florida coast instead of hitting it, NHC says

11:40 a.m.: Odds of a Florida landfall for Hurricane Isaias appear to be decreasing as the storm made landfall on Andros Island in the Bahamas Saturday morning.

Saturday morning updates from the National Hurricane Center showed the predictions for worst impacts have inched north and later, leaving Miami-Dade and Broward comfortably out of the cone. Despite that, Isaias’ windfield is large enough that tropical-storm-force winds could be felt as far as Homestead, although the chances of that keep getting lower with each update.

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One county’s test-run for managing a hurricane during a pandemic

11:30 a.m.: Isaias brought a test-run for Miami-Dade’s plans to manage a hurricane

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Florida deaths rising sharply but nation’s new cases trending down; Herman Cain dies; Trump suggests delaying election

New U.S. COVID-19 cases showed signs of trending downward Thursday while deaths in Florida rose sharply one day after the U.S. death toll surpassed 150,000.

In Washington, D.C., President Trump suggested delaying the November election, saying reliance on mail-in voting due to the pandemic would be “inaccurate and fraudulent.”

And the Commerce Department issued a record-breaking report of the U.S. economy, announcing that the gross domestic product contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period.

In Florida, reeling from sharply rising daily death reports, the state’s largest school district announced that it will begin the school year virtually on Aug. 31. This despite a push by Gov. Ron DeSantis to have school districts provide an in-classroom options.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Democratic leaders and Trump administration officials said they were far apart on a $1 trillion stimulus package. Without it, there won’t be

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Teachers sue Florida governor over school reopening plan

The Florida Education Association, a union representing 145,000 educators, filed a lawsuit on Monday against Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s Department of Education in an attempt to stop schools from reopening at the end of August. The lawsuit argues Florida’s plan to reopen schools is unsafe due to the coronavirus pandemic, and therefore violates the state constitution, CBS Miami reports.

“The Florida Constitution mandates ‘[a]dequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools,'” the lawsuit says. “The Defendants’ unconstitutional handling of their duties has infringed upon this mandate and requires the courts to issue necessary and appropriate relief.”

The lawsuit also names Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez as defendants. 

“The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control,” FEA

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WHO says pandemic worsening; Trump RTs tweet saying CDC ‘lies’; Florida logs second largest number of cases

Florida reported another alarming number of new coronavirus cases Monday as President Donald Trump displayed his frustration with the CDC and the World Health Organization’s director warned that the global pandemic is worsening.

“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday, adding that “lurching from lockdown to lockdown … has a hugely detrimental impact on societies.”

Total confirmed cases across the nation surpassed 3.3 million – about 1% of all Americans have now tested positive since the outbreak began racing across the nation just a few months ago. More than 135,000 Americans have died.

Florida reported more than 12,000 new cases Monday, one day after its 15,000 new cases smashed the daily record for any state since the pandemic began. Florida’s infection total now stands at 282,435 – more than all but

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