The United States must prepare for “wind gusts, heavy rainfall and storm surges” as tropical storm Isayas makes its way to the East Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday.
The storm, as of Thursday afternoon, hit Puerto Rico with constant winds of up to 60 mph and was about 85 miles southeast of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
“There is a risk of gusts of wind, heavy rainfall and storms floating along parts of the East Coast of the United States, starting this weekend in Florida and spreading north to Carolina and the southern South Atlantic early next week,” the Hurricane Center said in a statement. that “a tropical storm or hurricane clock could be issued for parts of South Florida later today.”;
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Isaias “will cause heavy rains and potentially life-threatening outbreaks and muddy rains through Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the northern islands of Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas,” advancing to the United States.
However, “thanks to Isaas, who interacts with Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), the details of the route forecast and intensity remain uncertain, and it is too early to determine the scale and location of these potential impacts,” the center added.
So far, the storm has snatched more than 400,000 customers through Puerto Rico and left about 150,000 customers without water, according to government officials. There was also extensive flooding and some small landslides.
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In the Dominican Republic, Isaiah felled trees when government officials in some impoverished areas used loudspeakers to urge people to evacuate on the eve of the worst storm. Police have also arrested several surfers in the capital, Santo Domingo, on charges of violating state storm warnings.
Isaias was moving northwest at 20 mph on Thursday afternoon. Its center is expected to move over Hispaniola later in the afternoon and near the southeastern Bahamas by early Friday.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Turks and Caicos Islands, parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas.
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Isaiah is expected to bring 4-8 inches of rain through Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti, with separate maximum amounts of 10 inches.
In the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, you can see 4 to 8 inches of rain, while in Cuba you can see 1 to 2 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.