Tropical Storm Isaias cut power and caused flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, following predictions the storm would turn into a hurricane, as it moved towards the Bahamas and the east coast of the United States.
The storm’s maximum sustained 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 knocked down and the National Guard had to rescue at least 35 people, including two newborns.
“Everyone is in a constant state of emergency,” Mercy Corps’ Marieli Grant told the AP.
TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS: AMERICANS SHOULD START PREPARING FOR “WINDS, HEAVY RAIN AND STORM SURGE”, SAYS HURRICANE CENTER
Isaias was centered about 250 miles southeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters believe it could be near central Bahamas by Friday and could potentially move near South Florida by Saturday.
The United States should prepare for “the impacts of winds, heavy rains and storm surges” as Isaias heads to the East Coast, the Center warned Thursday.
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“There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rains and storm surges along parts of the east coast of the United States from this weekend in Florida and spread north to the Carolinas. and the southern mid-Atlantic states early next week, ”the notice read.
Greg Norman of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report