The United States must prepare for “impacts from winds, heavy rain and heavy storm” as Tropical Storm Isaias moves on its predicted path to the East Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned -Thursday.
The storm, as of Thursday afternoon, was beating Puerto Rico with sustained winds up to 60 mph and was about 85 miles southwest of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
“There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rain and storms over portions of the U.S. East Coast starting this weekend in Florida and spreading north to the Carolinas and the states. south of the Atlantic early next week, ”the Hurricane advisory said, adding that“ tropical storm or hurricane clocks could be issued for portions of South Florida later today. “
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Isaias will “produce heavy and potentially life-threatening rain and floods and flashslides across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas” as they move toward the -United States
However “due to Isaias interacting with Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), the details of the planned tracks and intensity are still uncertain and it is too early to determine the magnitude and location of these potential impacts. , “added the center.
The storm has so far felt the power to more than 400,000 customers across Puerto Rico and left about 150,000 customers without water, according to government officials. Widespread flooding and some small landslides have also been reported there.
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In the Dominican Republic, Isaias felled trees as government workers in some slums used speakers to encourage people to evacuate in the face of the worst of the storm. Police also arrested a small number of surfers in the capital Santo Domingo accused of violating government storm warnings.
Isaias was moving northwest at 20 mph on Thursday afternoon. Its center was expected to move onto Hispaniola later in the day, and near the southeastern Bahamas early Friday.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Turkish and Caicos Islands, portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas.
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Isaias is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti, with an isolated maximum total of 10 inches.
The Bahamas, and the Turkish and Caicos Islands could see 4 to 8 inches of rain while Cuba could see 1 to 2 inches, with a maximum isolated total of 4 inches.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.