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'Don't be fooled by the downgrade,' DeSantis says of Isaias

Governor says tropical storm expected to regain hurricane strength
Gov. Ron DeSantis Hurricane Isaias news conference, Aug. 1, 2020
Posted at 8:09 AM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 17:45:07-04

TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that although Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm, he warned that forecasters "do expect it to gain strength as the night goes on."

DeSantis said Floridians living in coastal communities and the east coast will feel the impacts Saturday night and into Sunday.

Even with tropical storm-force winds, DeSantis said, residents can "pretty much be assured you are going to see power outages."

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DeSantis said Palm Beach County has issued voluntary evacuations for coastal residents, but he said that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, such orders will be "limited."

"Look, if it's a close call, err on the side of people just hunkering down rather than sending people on the road," DeSantis said.

Although Isaias has weakened some since his earlier news conference, DeSantis said Floridians shouldn't let their guards down.

"Don't be fooled by the downgrade," DeSantis cautioned. "We do think it will be upgraded back to a hurricane later on this evening."

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2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.