‘Isaac’ drops rain on Puerto Rico, sparks outages

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that the territory is prepared for any further developments of Tropical Storm Isaac, as well as for the remainder of the hurricane season.

Winds of tropical storm strength could reach Puerto Rico on Friday morning.

"Jamaica should monitor the progress of Isaac", the hurricane center said Saturday. A fifth would add to an already crowded map that includes Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas Friday, and tropical storms Helene, Issac and Joyce.

Speaking of Florence, by the 5PM update Thursday, Hurricane Florence remains a Category 2 with winds sustained at 105 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Isaac had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour Tuesday morning, which made it a tropical storm instead of a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. If Isaac survives, some forecast models want to turn it to the northwest towards the Gulf next week, so we'll keep watching this one closely.

"We do not anticipate experiencing any tropical storm or hurricane force winds, but we could experience rain and will be placed under a flash flood watch", said Governor Kenneth Mapp in a release issued late Thursday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Tropical Storm Isaac is moving away from Lesser Antilles and eastward into the Caribbean Sea.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds. "Storm surge is the main cause of the death and destruction associated with hurricanes", NBC News explained after Hurricane Ike hit Texas. Rip Currents: High risk for rip currents at all beaches today and likely into this weekend. However, cloudiness and showers trailing Tropical Depression Isaac will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles including Saint Lucia during the next 24 hours.

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