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.
Hallandale Beach handed out sandbags
1 p.m.: The city of Hallandale Beach distributed sandbags Friday morning in anticipation of the storm. By noon, all of them were handed out. The city suggested residents opt to get some at a home improvement store and advised against beach runs to gobble up sand.
We have run out of sandbags and thus the sandbag distribution is now over. If you were not able to get sandbags from us and you need them, we advise you to purchase bags and playsand at a home improvement store. Do not try to get sand from the beach. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/pseitCGnmb
— Hallandale Beach (@MYHBeach) July 31, 2020
Hurricane watches issued for Florida coast as Cat 1 Hurricane Isaias crosses Bahamas
11:15 a.m.: A hurricane watch has been issued for north Broward through Brevard County as Hurricane Isaias pummels the southern Bahamas as a Category 1 storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update, Isaias is about 295 miles southeast of Nassau and maintaining Category 1 status with 75 mph winds, a slight weakening from earlier Friday morning.
The tropical storm watch for southeast Florida from Ocean Reef north to the Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee was upgraded to a warning, and a hurricane watch was issued from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard County Line.
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Some garbage and recycling pickup canceled
11 a.m.: Due to the possibility of tropical storm force winds on Saturday, some garbage and recycling pickup has been canceled on Saturday. If that is your day for pickup, for example in Hollywood, instead secure your garbage cans and solid/commingled and recyclable materials in a safe, sheltered location.
When will South Florida see nasty weather from Hurricane Isaias?
10:50 a.m.: With Hurricane Isaias expected to strengthen to a Category 2 as it crosses over the Bahamas Friday and Saturday with winds that could reach 100 mph, the National Hurricane Center predicted South Florida could still see several inches of rain and tropical-storm-force winds Saturday and Sunday.
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