Florida Will Pause Coronavirus Testing Due To Impending Storm

Prospective Cyclone Nine is heading towards the Leeward Islands and is anticipated to get to Floridas coast this weekend. The state says it will suspend coronavirus screening as a precaution.

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Prospective Tropical Cyclone Nine is heading towards the Leeward Islands and is anticipated to show up at Floridas coast this weekend. The state says it will suspend coronavirus screening as a preventative measure.

National Weather Service

The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management is advising homeowners to be in a “Ready” mode as the storm techniques, advising them to evaluate their disaster sets and emergency situation strategies. Since Wednesday afternoon, all county services continued their normal operations.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine was steaming among the Leeward Islands, roughly 105 miles south-southwest of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management first announced the change in an email to test website supervisors on Wednesday, according to Tallahassee TELEVISION news station WCTV.

The tropical system is currently called Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. The National Hurricane Center states it is almost specific to become a hurricane– likely by early Thursday. If it does so, it will be called Tropical Storm Isaias.

The storm is anticipated to bring heavy rains and wind gusts. And unlike Tropical Storm Gonzalo, the small storm that just recently travelled through the Caribbean, this system is big: “Tropical-storm-force winds extend outside approximately 275 miles,” the NHC says.

Florida will stop checking for the coronavirus for a number of days, due to issues about the possible effect from a looming tropical weather system.

After the states testing websites close Thursday evening, they wont resume up until at least Tuesday morning, Candy Sims of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County tells NPR. Some locations might be closed for longer, she adds, depending on the weather.

The system has activated storm watches and cautions for at least a dozen islands, as its predicted path takes it towards Floridas southern pointer. The state sits squarely in the center of the systems forecast cone; it might begin to affect Florida by late Friday, the typhoon center states.

Florida has reported more than 451,000 coronavirus cases, according to information put together by Johns Hopkins University. Floridas tally is 2nd only to California (475,305 cases) amongst U.S. states.