A hurricane watch was in effect from north of Deerfield Beach northward to the Volusia-Brevard County Line.
The Category 1 hurricane bearing down on Florida prompted authorities to close COVID-19 testing sites and people to stock up on essentials.
Hurricane Isaías is now expected to move directly toward Florida's East Coast Saturday night, producing hurricane force winds and a life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Treasure and Space Coasts. You can check for any further updates from the National Hurricane Center here, and read up on Walt Disney World's hurricane policy here.
Expect scattered showers and storms this evening and a chance of storms overnight.
On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and water.
According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane would weaken to a tropical storm after brushing Florida on Sunday and hitting the Carolinas on Monday, but the center of the storm would move over the southeastern tip of New Jersey on Tuesday.
The hurricane has already hit the Dominican Republic, where a 53-year-old man was killed and rivers broke their banks.
"With the right protection and sheltering, we can keep people safe from the storm while at the same time trying to avoid making the pandemic worse", Cooper said Friday afternoon. They say they'll also have personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand. Emergency officials have warned it may take residents longer to obtain those items due to shortages caused by COVID-19. Most hotel clerks said they had plenty of capacity and weren't receiving any Isaiah-related bookings yet.
"And it's an ongoing, very fluid situation", he said.
Both North Carolina and Virginia declared state of emergencies ahead of the hurricane's arrival. It could, he said, bring winds, heavy rainfall and a possible storm surge to the Palmetto State based on the latest trends.
The Bahamas has reported more than 500 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 14 deaths.
Flooding may be similar to what the county experienced with Hurricane Dorian, he said, and may begin as early as Sunday's first high tide, at 1 a.m., or, more likely, the second high tide at around 1 p.m. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said he did not plan to issue a state of emergency or evacuation orders, but local leaders along the state's Grand Strand have issued their own orders.