Isaiah, the tropical storm that hit countries like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, is advancing dangerously toward the U.S. east coast.
Causing small landslides and widespread flooding with power cuts, Isaiah moves in countries that have not yet recovered from the onslaught of previous hurricanes and earthquakes.
Recorded winds of 60 miles per hour have blown away telephone wires as well as trees. Puerto Rico is the most affected after the damage from Hurricane Maria.
“People’s emotional state is deteriorating more and more every day,” said Santos Seda, mayor of Guánica in Puerto Rico.
Early Friday, it is expected to move to the Bahamas with winds of 31 km per hour, after having already crossed the Dominican Republic as well.
From that country, authorities alerted the population to evacuate the most vulnerable areas of the country while arresting several surfers in Santo Domingo for violating government measures taken in the face of the storm.
In Puerto Rico, the storm left 4,000 people without electricity, as well as some outages in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where people also used tarps on roofs to protect themselves from the winds as they did with Hurricane Maria.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that strong. It’s a pretty difficult experience because it reminds us of Maria,” said Jose Pagan, a resident of one of the affected towns.
And although there were people who sought refuge in the nation’s capital, there were many others who did not want to leave their homes for fear of contagion from Covid-19 on the island. The authorities rescued several families who lived near swollen rivers.
“We have to take a chance. There is no other alternative,” said Alan Rivera, from the town of Mayaguez, who moved with his family to his parents’ house because of the floods.
According to the Hurricane Center, Isaiah will not be a hurricane before he arrives in the U.S., since the storm has certain characteristics.
“Isaiah is sending out some mixed signals. Forecasting intensity remains a challenge,” the Hurricane Center said.
This storm is number 9 on the list of natural phenomena in the Atlantic according to researchers at Colorado State University. The previous record was set by “Irene” in 2005.
This #ThursdayMorning, the #GOESEast 🛰️ is watching #TropicalStormIsaias, the 9th named storm in the Atlantic of 2020, which formed Wednesday over the Caribbean Sea. It is the earliest “I” storm on record, previously set by Irene on Aug 7, 2005. https://t.co/1L8q1zg4eW pic.twitter.com/afxIS96SE1
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 30, 2020
Completamente inundadas las calles en Villas de Lavadero, en Hormigueros, por las lluvias de la tormenta #Isaias en Puerto Rico.
(Vídeo: Rubildo López) pic.twitter.com/SOqGq5PJBe
— V. Torres Montalvo 🧼 (@Motinsitepegas) July 30, 2020