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Storm Isaias unleashes flooding, landslides in Puerto Rico

The storm will produce "potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides" in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, and the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said in an early Thursday morning report.

Isaias will likely make a landfall in the Dominican Republic today and be near the Turks and Caicos Islands and Southern Bahamas on Friday.

Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and approach the Northwest Bahamas or southern Florida Friday night and Saturday.

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The forecast path shows the center of the storm tracking northward close to the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas through Tuesday. However, the second model has Isaias taking a sharp turn northward toward Florida's east coast and would continue moving north along the greater USA east coast over the weekend.

Isaias was centered about 125 miles (205 kilometers) west of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and about 105 miles (175 kilometers) east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Thursday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

What to expect: The potential tropical cyclone is forecast to impact Florida with "heavy rains and strong winds arriving to South Florida as early as Friday", per the statement.

"There is increased confidence that the system will bring elevated surf and rip current activity to eastern NC beaches beginning this weekend, but other impacts remain uncertain, and will be dependent on how the storm develops over the next couple of days", the National Weather Service said late Wednesday.

Should Isaias turn north, it will hit most states along the US east coast through Tuesday while it continues to weaken.

Isaias could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and northern Haiti, with isolated areas getting up to 8 inches.

"Isaias is expected to move across Hispaniola, as the storm's interaction with the mountainous island should cause some weakening and disruption to the circulation".

The Dominican Republic and Bahamas could get a bit more - 4 to 8 inches with isolated amounts of 10 inches. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and was moving west northwest at 20 miles per hour (32 kph).

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