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DeSantis: Hurricane Isaias Could Strengthen To Category 2; West Coast State-Run COVID-19 Test Sites To Remain Open

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In this GOES-16 satellite image taken Friday, July 31, 2020, at 8:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, Hurricane Isaias churns in the Caribbean. Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday toward the U.S. East Coast as it approached the Bahamas, parts of which are still recovering from the devastation of last year's Hurricane Dorian. (NOAA via AP)

Governor Ron DeSantis briefed reporters Friday morning on Hurricane Isaias, which currently is a Category 1 storm. But, the governor says that could change quickly:

"The center of the storm is currently crossing the southeastern Bahamas, heading northwest at 17 miles per hour," DeSantis told reporters just before noon. "Projections have Isaias affecting South Florida as early as late tonight (Friday), into tomorrow morning, with potential to increase in strength to Category 2."

On state-run COVID testing sites, DeSantis says only sites in eastern counties affected by Hurricane Isaias will close down. That's a reversal from the state Division of Emergency Management’s 's announcement earlier this week that all state-run sites would close Friday through Tuesday, at the latest