Tropical Storm Isaias, the most recent disturbance in the 2020 hurricane season, is pounding the Caribbean as it slowly makes its way west and north. The Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and other islands are under tropical storm warnings Thursday. Torrential rainfall lashes the islands as strong winds bend back palm trees and churn the ocean waters.
This storm has been moving in a pattern that suggests it may make landfall in Florida. The storm could make landfall in the US as soon as Saturday, but many factors could alter its trajectory and destination. At present, islands including Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico are under tropical storm warnings while the storm cuts its path through the tropical region.
Caribbean Feels Force of Storm
The Caribbean region is no stranger to tropical storms. However, this doesn’t mean residents are happy to see yet another powerful storm tearing through their region. In Puerto Rico, many disasters have been reported due to the heavy rainfall. Fallen trees are blocking roadways in some areas, while the flash floods have triggered many instances of frightening mudslides. These have the potential to push homes off of their foundations.
Bands of rain spinning off from the heart of the storm are lashing up against many islands. Within those rain bands, wind speeds up to 50 MPH have been recorded. As the storm rotates through the region, many residents are seeking shelter on higher ground to avoid flooding and mudslides. The storm’s slow pace has exacerbated this, as it vents its fury over a longer period due to its sluggish pace.
As the storm lumbers past the Caribbean, it seems to be on track to move west and north. This will bring it into landfall with Florida if it follows the projected path. This projection holds that the storm could impact the East Coast of Florida, bringing wind and rain all along the soaked region. Then, the storm could push northward along the Coast, through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, lashing out with bands of rain and gusting winds all the while.
However, it is unclear what strength the storm could have when it makes landfall. Indeed, it’s not yet clear if the storm will even make landfall with the US. At present, until the storm is north of Hispaniola, it will be difficult to determine what its eventual path might look like. Until then, residents of the southern East Coast are warned to stay posted about potential movement in the storm.