The National Hurricane Center on Thursday said Tropical Storm Isaias, beating the Dominican Republic on its planned road to the U.S. east coast, is likely to become a hurricane on Friday. The storm has already spilled small landslides and caused widespread floods and power outages in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from previous hurricanes and earthquakes.
The maximum storm withstood 60 miles per hour, the wind also covered trees and some telephone and electrical wires throughout the island.
The southern region of Puerto Rico, which is still shaken by daily earthquakes, has been particularly hard hit. Santos Seda, the mayor of the southwestern city of Guánica, told The Associated Press that he had received reports of fallen trees and flooded areas where the earthquake-damaged houses are still there.
“Every day the people̵7;s emotional state is getting worse,” he said, adding that the crews would try to assess the damage as the weather warmed.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Isaiah was concentrated about 250 miles southeast of the Bahamas in the southeast until Thursday afternoon. The northwest was expected to be 20 miles per hour, and its center was expected to reach the southeast of the Bahamas late Thursday night.
Isaias has already overgrown trees in the Dominican Republic as government workers used speakers in some impoverished neighborhoods to encourage people to evacuate before the storm. Police also arrested a handful of surfers in the capital of Santo Domingo, accused of violating government warnings of the storm.
According to government officials, Isaiah destroyed power for more than 400,000 customers in Puerto Rico and left about 150,000 customers without water. Crews opened the gates of one dam whose water level was so low last month that officers cut off service to about 140,000 customers every other day. Neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands were also reported.
Minor damage has been reported elsewhere in Puerto Rico, where tens of thousands of people are still using the gaps as roofs over homes built in 2017. September. Damaged by Hurricane Maria.
José Pagán, 22, who lives in the eastern mountain town of Juncos, said his power came out before dawn.
“I didn’t think it would be that strong,” he said of the storm, adding that his house was a little flooded. “It’s a pretty difficult experience because it reminds us of Mary.”
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and the southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas. A tropical storm clock was issued on the east coast of Florida.
Isaias is expected to grow from 4 to 8 inches of rain in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti, with a single maximum of 10 inches of clouds.
The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands had 4 to 8 inches of rain, Cuba had 1 to 2 inches, and the maximum division was 4 inches.
“These amounts of precipitation will cause a life-threatening rapid flood and mud slopes, as well as river floods,” the Hurricane Center warned.
According to Hurricane Researcher Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, Isaias is the ninth earliest storm named after the Atlantic Ocean. The previous entry was Irena in 2005. August 7, Klotzbach tweet.
So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gert and Hanna have also been the earliest named Atlantic storms in alphabetical order.