Tropical storm Isaias cut off power on Thursday and caused floods and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, following predictions that the storm would turn into a hurricane as it moves toward the Bahamas and the U.S. east coast.
The maximum continuous wind storm – 60 miles per hour – flowed through the streets of Puerto Rico, The Associated Press reported.
Trees and phone lines were reportedly overturned, and the National Guard was supposed to rescue at least 35 people, including two newborns.
“Everyone is in a constant state of emergency,” Marieli Grant of Mercy Corps told AP.
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According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Isaiah was concentrated about 250 miles southeast of the southeastern Bahamas.
Forecasters believe it could be near the central Bahamas by Friday and could move near South Florida by Saturday.
The U.S. should prepare for “the effects of winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges” as Isaiah goes on his intended path to the East Coast, the center warned on Thursday.
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“There is a risk that winds, heavy rainfall and storms will begin in Florida this weekend, growing in several parts of the U.S. East Coast and spreading north to the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic early next week,” the advisory said.
Fox News Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to the report