Tropical Storm Isaiah cut off electricity and caused floods and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, following predictions that the storm would turn into a hurricane as it moves to the Bahamas and the east coast of the United States.
Maximum winds of 60 mph sent rivers of water flowing through the streets of Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported.
Trees and telephone lines were also reportedly removed, and the National Guard had to rescue at least 35 people, including two newborns.
“Everyone is in a permanent state of emergency,” Marieli Grant of the Mercy Corps told the AP.
ISAI FOR A TROPICAL STORM: AMERICAN SHOULD BEGIN PREPARATION FOR “WIND, WEIGHT, ACTIVE AND STEAM FOOD”
Isaias was in the center about 250 miles southeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters believe that by Friday it could be close to the central Bahamas and potentially move near South Florida until Saturday.
The United States must prepare for “the effects of winds, heavy rains and storms,” as Isaiah embarks on his predicted journey to the East Coast, the Center warned on Thursday.
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“There is a risk of wind, heavy rain and storm effects off parts of the east coast of the United States starting this weekend in Florida and spreading north to the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic countries early next week,” the advisory report said. .
Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report