As of the 2pm AST report on wed, aug 22 the center of tropical storm Issaac is about to pass over the leeward islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
Isaac Reaches the Dominican Republic
We’ve started a new post with the updated information on Tropical Storm Isaac once it reached the Dominican Republic. Check Isaac hits the Dominican Republic for the latest information.
Isaac Hurricane watch as of 8/22/12
Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength as it is passing by Puerto Rico Thursday. There is a Hurricane watch for Puerto Rico, Vieques, culebra and the US and British Virgin Islands.
There is also a hurricane watch for the entire southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Isal Saona west to Haiti including La Romana, Boca Chica and Santo Domingo.
Isaac Tropical Storm Watch
The entire north Coast of the Dominican Republic is under a Tropical Storm Watch at this time. This watch includes Punta Cana, Samana, and the northern coastal cities like Sosua and Puerto Plato.
At this point total rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 8-12 inches in areas of the Dominican Republic with maximum amounts reaching up to 20 inches in some areas. This high rainfall could cause flash floods and mud slides so precautions should be made if you are in one of the areas of the DR that is prone to these problems.
Dominican Republic Travel Plans
If you have travel plans that include landing in one of the Dominican Republic airports over the next few days you will want to monitor reports and expect delays.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) will be one of the first Dominican airports that will be hit by the storm, while it is expected that the center of the hurricane will pass south of Punta Cana, strong winds and rain may still affect flights arriving and leaving from the airport.