Tropical storm Isaias cut off electricity and caused floods and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. According to forecasts predicting a storm, it would morph into a hurricane as it moves toward the Bahamas and the east coast of the United States.
Storms with a steady wind of 60 mph sent rivers of water flowing through the streets of Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported.
Trees and telephone lines were reportedly toppled and the National Guard had to rescue at least 35 people, including two newborns.
“Everyone is in special condition,” said Marieli Grant of the Mercy Corps.
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Isaias concentrated about 250 kilometers southeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters believe it could be close to the central Bahamas on Friday and potentially move close to South Florida by Saturday.
The United States should prepare for the “effects of wind, heavy rain and storms” as Isaias heads down the expected route to the east coast, the center warned on Thursday.
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“There is a risk of the effects of wind, heavy rain and storms along parts of the east coast of the United States, which will begin this weekend in Florida and spread north to the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic states early next week,” the consulting company said.
Greg Norman and The Associated Press from Fox News contributed to the report