Transcript for State of emergency as Hurricane Isaias targets Florida
And good evening. Thank you for joining us on a Friday night. I'm Tom llamas in for David. We begin tonight with the state of emergency in Florida. A life threatening tomorrow in the middle of a life-then, pandemic. Hurricane Isaias targeting the coast. A cat-1 with winds of up to 75 miles per hour. Causing flooding and mud slides, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The hurricane now taking aim at the Bahamas with wind and rain. Hurricane hunters flying over the eye of the hurricane today. Watches and warnings post in the Florida. The state closing some coronavirus testing site until at least Tuesday. It could hit or come close to hitting Florida in weekend. Here's the track. Moving its way up the east coast. North Carolina already issuing mandatory evacuation orders for parts of the outer banks. ABC's senior meteorologist rob Marciano is in Miami to lead us off tonight. Reporter: Tonight, after pummeling the caribbean, the entire east coast on alert. Hurricane Isaias gaining strength. Now taking aim at the epicenter for coronavirus cases, Florida. I just signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency in every coastal county up Florida's east coast. Reporter: Florida residents racing to prepare. When you've got a trailer, you've got to be concerned about everything. Reporter: The coming storm also forcing coronavirus testing site in the storm's path to close down. Our sites, because they're outdoors with tents, if it were to get 40, 50-mile-an-hour winds, it would just collapse. Reporter: Isaias was still a tropical storm when it slammed the caribbean, killing at least two on the Dominican Republic, including a 5-year-old boy. Flooding neighborhoods across Puerto Rico. Knocking out power to nearly 5 hundred thousand. The National Guard rescuing children -- even a newborn -- from floodwaters in mayaguez. The infrastructure on the U.S. Territory still fragile. We've had two hurricanes that we've had to deal with. We've had two earthquakes and multiple tremors that we've had to deal with. We have this pandemic, and now we have this tropical storm. So we have endured a lot. And we are thinking about Puerto Rico tonight. Let's get right to rob with the timing and track of this hurricane. Reporter: Tom, the wind field is expanding. Starting to feel the effects here in Miami. The center of this hurricane now less than 500 miles to ourspout and east and will be here tomorrow afternoon. Look at the satellite. Not just here, but across the Bahamas and the track brings it very close or making landfall somewhere near west palm beach and riding the coast Sunday, potentially peeling off to the Carolinas Monday, hopefully weaken, even clipping new England Tuesday night. The impacts, damaging winds, heavy rain, a storm surge as well bum the track as it parallels the coast, Tom, is going to be affecting millions of Americans either way. Tom? We have to keep our eye on it. We'll stay tracking it through the weekend. Thank you. Tonight's other major
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