I read a blurb in my local paper that it's an International committee naming these storms. They didn't say who or what that committee is. With a little searching I find tropical storm names are maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
I agree, this name is a failure. I don't mind sharing names with people of other languages, but there are plenty that are easier for all to pronounce.
Right now it seems like we're going to get some wind and rain, but I'm 32' above sea level and my house has seen worse. I cranked up the generator (in case power fails), sprayed the paper wasps making their homes under the storm awnings (sorry girls), and put reusable ice packs in the freezer. If the storm doesn't get any worse, that's all the preparation I'll do.
A lot of people in South Florida live in mobile home parks and manufactured housing. These people should go to shelters if the storm gets worse. I hope it doesn't because that seems like it will be a breeding area for more COVID.
I've seen predictions like this and sometimes they veer more easterly after passing Hispaniola and head up "hurricane alley" to the east of our coast. The center is still disorganized so it's still quite unpredictable.
It's really early in the year for a letter "I" storm.
It's pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs and is Spanish for Isaiah. Now I love my Latin American neighbors, but what about Isidro? (ee SEE drow) That one I can pronounce