CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The center of Tropical Storm Isaias is currently about 90 miles west-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and 150 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Heavy rain, gusty winds and flash flooding will continue to impact the two islands, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republican, through Thursday afternoon.
As of the 11 a.m. Thursday, Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 20 mph , and a west-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts.
On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move over Hispaniola today and move near the Southeastern Bahamas by tonight or early Friday.
The storm will weaken to a degree as it moves over the mountains of Hispaniola today, however, it will likely re-strength as it nears the Bahamas Friday night.
It remains too early to tell exactly how this Isaias will impact the United States mainland. Those impacts will largely be based on the storm’s track through the weekend.
Some models have hinted that Isaias could bring tropical rains to the Carolinas by early next week. Check back consistently as we’ll keep you updated on the latest forecast on Tropical Storm Isaias.
- Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey