Tropical Storm Force Winds Reach the Coast
As seen from the illustration the 50mph winds (area in orange) are up against the southern coast of the Dominican Republic as of 8am Friday morning with the general path of the storm moving in a westernly direction. Later today the path of the storm is expected to return to it’s west by northwest direction taking it over a portion of Haiti.
It was expected that Tropical Storm Isaac would have gathered considerably more strength by this time. At this point the hurricane warnings and watches have been dropped for the Dominican Republic leaving only tropical storm warnings, although there is still a hurricane watch for Haiti.
Preparation for Isaac
On Thursday schools were closed nationwide in preparation to the upcoming storm, condition red, was called for many of the Providences including interior Providences like Cotui and the international airports were put on alert.
Path of Tropical Storm IsaacEven with the downgraded predictions for Isaac it is still expected to drop large amounts of water over the Dominican Republic over the course of today (Friday). A strong surge will increase the water level as much as 1-3 feet above normal tide level along the coast today which can be accompanied by dangerous waves and rip currents.
After passing over part of the Dominican Republic and Haiti Isaac will continue in a west by northwest direction toward Cuba in a direction toward Florida. As Isaac passes over water it is expected to once again start increasing in strength.
Floods and Mud Slides
Total rainfall is expected to reach 8-12 inches with a possible maximum of 20 inches. Most of this will be falling later today and with it brings the strong possibility of floods and mud slides. Residents in areas frequently affected by floods and mudslides should take precautions to prevent loss of life and property.
8/25/12 Tropical Storm WindsOvernight Tropical Storm Isaac passed over Haiti after the center of the storm dodged the Dominican Republic. For the Dominican Republic the hardest hit areas were in the southern portions of the DR including Santo Domingo. Tropical Storm force winds
After passing by the DR Isaac passed directly over a portion of Haiti. As I get reports I will post them to the comments section of this page.
A hurricane watch is still in affect for Haiti although the current sustained winds is at 60mph down from 65 mph. There is also a hurricane watch on the east coast of Florida from Golden Beach southward. The Florida Keys and Andros islands in the Bahamas is also under a hurricane watch.
The West coast of Florida from Bonita Beach southward, Florida Bay, and the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas all are under a hurricane warning.
After passing over Haiti, Isaac is in a path over Cuba and in the direction of Florida. After the cyclone remained well organized and lost little strength (drop of 5 mph winds) as it crossed Haiti and given its path where it will have minimal interaction with Cuba, Isaac is expected to gain strength as it continues its west-northwest path.
Over the next 36 hours Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength. In the next three days it is expected that the west-northwest path of Isaac will change to a northern path as it passes by most of Florida and heads up into the gulf.