CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – The Hurricane Isaac 2012 projected path is prompting concerns for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Hurricane Isaac 2012 will be arriving to the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands tonight, and then closer to south Florida by Friday August 24, 2012, the National Hurricane Center tells news.
Tropical Storm Isaac will become Hurricane Isaac 2012 within the next thirty-six to forty-eight hours, officials tell news. As a result, Isaac is causing concerns for Cuba and the region. In a news briefing out of Miami this morning, NHC officials report that dangerous surf and rip tides will grow today through the weekend. Water levels will also grow. Officials report that, in Puerto Rico especially, water levels may rise as much as three feet above normal tide levels. “The surge will be accompanied by dangerous waves” as well.
The Windward Islands and Leeward Islands could get upwards to eight inches. Flooding is expected in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with concerns for possible mug slides and flash floods, officials tell news.
Officials report that, for Wednesday afternoon, the concern is the Leeward Islands. On Thursday, Hurricane Isaac will reach the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Officials warn that the storm is strengthening between today and Friday. NHC adds “Isaac could become a hurricane by Thursday.” Isaacâ€™s center Wednesday night will be the Leeward Islands and then the Caribbean Sea, officials indicate in today’s news briefing.
A hurricane watch hence remains in place for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The same alert is in place for the South Coast of the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona Westward to the Haiti Dominican Republic Southern Border. For continuing coverage, click HERE.