Hurricane Isaias douses Bahamas, heads to virus-hit Florida Aug 02, 2020 0 1086 12345 AFPMiamiHurricane Isaias dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas Saturday as it rumbled toward Florida -- the first big test for the storm-prone US state reeling from the coronavirus crisis.The category one storm was expected to unleash up to eight inches (20 centimetres) of rain on the islands before directing its fury at the United States.As of 1200 GMT, Isaias was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 85 miles (136 kilometres) an hour, and was located over the northwestern Bahamas.“The latest projections have Isaias coming very close to the east coast of Florida as a category one hurricane later this evening and into tomorrow,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “The most important thing we want people to do now is remain vigilant.” The storm slowed down as it went over the Bahamas, moving at only about 12 miles an hour.“Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of the Florida east coast late Saturday,” the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, adding a “dangerous storm surge” was possible in some areas.In the Bahamas, the deputy director of the country’s meteorology department, Jeffrey Simmons, told The Nassau Guardian “the worst part” of the storm came to New Providence, the most populous island, early Saturday.It is the archipelago’s first hurricane since Dorian, a maximum strength category 5 storm last year that devastated two islands, pummeling them for three days.Prime Minister Hubert Minnis relaxed strict virus-related stay-at-home orders to allow residents to prepare for the storm, but urged them not to use the time for “socialising.” RELATED ARTICLES US official cautions over China, Russia virus vaccines as race heats up Aug 02, 2020 0 469 Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic, warns WHO chief Aug 02, 2020 0 383 Thousands of ‘Covidiots’ protest in Berlin over virus restrictions Aug 02, 2020 0 667 Japan’s Okinawa declares state of emergency as virus cases soar TOKYO: Japan’s Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases. Governor Denny Tamaki on .. First US recipient of partial face transplant dead at 57 WASHINGTON: Connie Culp, the first US recipient of a partial face transplant, has died at age 57, according to Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, where she underwent the delicate operation nearly 12 years ago. The health centre .. UK seeks ‘tougher action’ from France on Channel migrants AFP London Britain on Saturday urged France to get tougher on stopping migrants using the Channel to reach the UK, with one minister saying the crossings were “unacceptably high”. The call came after Border Force figures .. Trump says fed agents to stay in Portland until police ‘cleanup’ AFP Washington US federal officers will stay in the protest-wracked city of Portland until local law enforcement officials finish a “cleanup of anarchists and agitators,” President Donald Trump said. The president .. South Korean sect leader arrested for hindering coronavirus efforts AFP Seoul The elderly leader of a secretive South Korean sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested on Saturday for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. ..