Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida and east coast of US

Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday expected to take it to the U.S. East Coast by the weekend as it approached the Bahamas.

Parts of the region are still recovering from the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Dorian which claimed 84 lives.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Isaias was about 30 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island, the second largest island in the Bahamas. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and it was moving northwest at 17 mph.

It is currently listed as Category 1 – 4 levels down from the Category 5 of Dorian – but has the potential to rise as it gathers strength and speed on it’s trajectory towards the US state of Florida.

Isaias knocked down trees and power lines in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where at least 35 people had to be rescued from floodwaters.

Hurricane warnings have been issued in the Bahamas for Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahama, and Bimini.

Last year’s Hurricane Dorian caused massive destruction in Abaco and Grand Bahama, and authorities there said crews have been working to remove debris left over from that storm.

Some residents whose homes were destroyed by Dorian are still living in tents, and they have been encouraged to find shelter elsewhere.

The Miami-based Hurricane Center expects the storm to impact the coastal areas of South Florida on Saturday.

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