Tropical Storm Isaias strengthens into hurricane, lashes Puerto Rico, targets US East Coast


The storm also provides damage to the Dominican Republic today.

Isaias has strengthened from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center announced Thursday evening that the storm’s maximum winds estimated at 80 mph, higher gusts.

The government of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Warning Center and the southeastern Bahamas.

A special Advisory will be issued to.

The storm continued through its path to the Caribbean, leaving a strong flood Puerto Rico.

Municipalities on the West and on the East side of the island, has been hardest hit by the storm.

On the West side of the island at least 41 people have been rescued in the midst of the flooding, the Puerto Rico National Guard, General Jose Reyes told ABC News.

Officials also visited the affected areas of the island as the intense rain continued to Thursday evening.

A woman’s car was swept away by the water in Rincón, at the West Side United States territory. The head of the island’s Emergency Management Services, confirmed in a press conference, they are still looking for her, but her car has been found.

Heavy rains and strong floods lead to the destruction of communities already vulnerable, due to the earthquake.

About 400 000 households without power and at least 150 000 people are without water.

Island Power Authority Executive Director Jose Ortiz, said most customers should have the right”today or tomorrow”.

As the island faces multiple emergencies, Reyes told ABC News that one of his main concerns is how they have to stretch their resources.

“This is about when you have a certain amount of resources and you have two, three, and four battle fight”Reyes said. In the storm, Puerto Rico was still trying to recover Maria hurricanes and the ongoing earthquake, and the Battle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently there are 22 shelters open more than 60 people following social distancing guidelines.

Tropical storm Isaias has now reached the Dominican Republic as it continues its way to the East coast of the United States

Isaias will likely be close to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas South last week five.

Some fluctuations in intensity are expected in the storm of the interaction of mountainous terrain, if the Hispaniola.

If the storm can maintain its organization and some of the strength of the past of the island of Hispaniola, there will be the opportunity to strengthen on Friday and Saturday as the storm moves through the warm waters near the Bahamas and East of Florida.

Isaias will bring tropical storm force wind speed exceeds 50 miles per hour Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Speakers of 4 to 8 inches of rainfall is expected in these Caribbean Islands, and this may lead to flooding and mudslides.

In the past 24 hours, some model consensus has shifted to the East of the track has shifted East. Once the storm passed the island of Hispaniola, will have a better understanding of how this storm’s behavior as it moves towards the United States.

If the storm manage to stay East of Florida, and avoided a lot of land interaction, the conditions could use some strengthening Kanto South coast line.

Water temperatures are very warm along almost the entire U.S. East Coast, which will help the storm maintain strength or gain strength decreased slightly.

This is reflected in the official forecast track. The cone of uncertainty, including the possibility of a storm just stay on the ocean and along the East coast into early next week.

If this happens, there may be some impact to the Georgia, Carolina might be in the Mid-Atlantic and into parts of the Northeast.

Regardless of the accuracy of the forecast track, the impact of Isaias is still likely along the East Coast, even if the exact location and scale of these effects is still uncertain.

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