Isaias Tropical Storm crashed electricity and caused flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, following forecasts predicting the storm would take on a hurricane as it moves toward the Bahamas and the East Coast of the United States.
The maximum sustained storm winds of 60 mph sent rivers of water flowing through the streets of Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported.
Trees and telephone lines also fell and the National Guard had to rescue at least 35 people, including two newborn babies.
“Everyone is in a state of emergency,” Mercy Corps’ Marieli Grant told the AP.
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Isaias was concentrated about 250 miles southeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters believe it may be close to central Bahamas by Friday and could potentially move close to South Florida by Saturday.
The United States must prepare for “impacts from winds, heavy rainfall and storms” as Isaias runs along its projected route to the East Coast, the Center warned on Thursday.
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“There is a risk of being affected by winds, heavy rainfall and increased storms along parts of the US East Coast starting this weekend in Florida and spreading north to Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states early next week,” he said. counseling.
Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report