Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Tropical Depression Isaac drenches Puerto Rico, Sparks Outages

Tropical Depression Isaac drenches Puerto Rico, Sparks Outages

As a result, two foreign governments and one local government have taken the decision to end their islands' storm warnings or storm watches. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.

This weekend Isaac is forecast to move toward the central and western Caribbean as a tropical storm.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon. Depending on the track after Friday, the threat for strong winds could spread beyond the Watch area across southeast SC and parts of southeast Georgia Saturday.

"At this time, Tropical Storm Isaac is not considered an imminent threat to the Cayman Islands but that could change", said Tara Rivers, Minister responsible for HMCI.

Elsewhere in the nation, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence, which will be a major storm.

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Steered westward by high pressure to its north, Isaac is forecast to move through the Lesser Antilles today and tomorrow.

At 8 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 54.1 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend.

The Hurricane Centre says Isaac is almost completely devoid of deep convection at the moment and is not trackable in radar data from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that up to 5 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico. Heavy rain and winds from Olivia downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii's Maui island but spared the state widespread damage Wednesday. Indeed, stalling just off the coast on Friday could increase the storm surge, which is now expected to be as high as 14 feet.

Residents especially those in flood and landslide prone areas are to be vigilant; and small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to locally rough seas.

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