Isaias will bring tropical storm force winds of over 50 miles per hour to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said on "Fox & Friends".
Today, Isaias will pass by or over Hispaniola, which may interfere with it somewhat. "It looks like its getting better developed across the Lesser Antilles".
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the center of the storm was located about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico and about 265 miles southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and moving west-northwest at a pace of 20 mph.
Tropical Storm Isaias is brining heavy rain and high winds to Puerto Rico this morning.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the central Bahamas, including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.
"Heavy rain is going to be the big story", Dean said. The rainfall amounts could lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, as well as potential riverine flooding.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of the Leeward Islands, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.
In anticipation of the oncoming storm, Collier County - on the Gulf Coast just north of the Everglades - has announced via Twitter that it is temporarily closing three COVID-19 testing sites. "Interests there should monitor the progress of this system and updates to the forecast over the next few days".
A track over the Dominican Republic and Cuba could tear the circulation apart or disrupt it enough to prevent it from becoming much more than a rain threat for anyone in its path.
Based on the latest forecast track, forecasters are expecting the center of Tropical Storm Isaias to move over Hispaniola on Thursday, near the southeastern Bahamas by early Friday and close to southern Florida on Saturday.
Water Temperatures are very warm along almost the entire U.S. East Coast and that will help the storm maintain intensity or gain strength slightly.
The names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.