Rain and strong winds begin in Haulover Beach, ahead of Hurricane Isaias’ arrival

HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Residents in Haulover Beach are waking up to stormy weather Saturday morning, ahead of Hurricane Isaias’ expected arrival later in the day.

The stormy weather began in the area at around 7:30 a.m.

7News cameras captured the strong winds blowing several palm trees near the shore.

A few beachgoers seen getting an early morning workout in had their plans cut short as the rain started coming down.

Some businesses along Collins Avenue are already prepared for Hurricane Isaias’ landing on Saturday evening, as they had their storm shutters up.

Others seemed to be preparing to have customers come in, at least for the first half of the day.

By the afternoon, the rain showers were off and on, and some residents in the area took advantage of the time when it was sunny.

“This weather is perfect for walking,” said one resident. “It is beautiful for me now– later, maybe stronger. We will keep inside maybe afternoon until this ends, maybe tomorrow morning, tomorrow night.”

Several people could be seen going for a walk, running and riding bikes, although wind speeds reached up to 30 mph at one point in the day.

Officers have been out patrolling the area as Haulover Beach remains closed.

Leaders in Miami-Dade County want to urge residents to stay safe as the day progresses.

“Everyone should be safely staying at home,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Do not go out unless you really need to. Yesterday you should have finished any necessary preparations in advance of the storm.”

“Pools, parks and beaches are closed,” said City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Marinas and boat ramps are also closed, and of course, our COVID testing has been suspended until further notice. Our storm water operations team was out doing last minute cleanings of storm water hot spots where flooding normally occurs.”

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