Isaac lashes Caribbean as it heads toward Florida


Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 8:02 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac is churning toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, after dumping heavy rain on parts of Puerto Rico.

It's threatening to strengthen into a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as Republicans gather for their national convention next week in Tampa. Forecasters say some forecast models have the storm moving further to the west, but that it's too soon to tell.

By late afternoon, the storm was about 180 miles south-southwest of San Juan, with top sustained winds of 40 miles an hour. It was moving to the west-northwest at 16 miles an hour.

The prime minister in Haiti urged people to avoid crossing rivers and to tape their windows. And he said they should ask relatives overseas to wire money so they can stock up on food and water.

About 400,000 people in Haiti remain in settlement camps that are clusters of shacks and tarps as a result of the country's 2010 earthquake.

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218-a-10-(Governor Rick Scott, R-Fla., at news conference)-"is the state"-Florida Governor Rick Scott says the storm is swinging more toward the west, but it's still not certain if Florida will be hit. (23 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *218 (08/23/12)>> 00:10 "is the state"

213-a-11-(Rachel Brumbaugh, operations manager, World Vision, in AP interview)-"been sent out"-World Vision operations manager Rachel Brumbaugh says preparations for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac are well underway in Haiti. (23 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *213 (08/23/12)>> 00:11 "been sent out"

GRAPHICSBANK: Possible track of Tropical Storm Isaac through the Caribbean towards Florida, (Aug 23, 2012, 12:15 UTC) NOAA graphic image, partial graphic (23 Aug 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Tropical Storm Isaac over Caribbean south of Puerto Rico, (Aug 23, 2012, 12:15 UTC) NOAA satellite image, partial graphic (23 Aug 2012)