Alert #14 on Tropical Storm Isaias issued by The Bahamas Dept. of Meteorology

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Isaias continues to produce life threatening flash flooding and gusty winds over Puerto Rico, heavy rains and gusty winds spreading over the Dominican Republic.

A Tropical Storm warning remains in effect for the Central and Southeast Bahamas. This includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Ragged Island, Long Cay, Samana Cay, Exuma, Cat Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Long Island.

A Tropical Storm warning also remains in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A Tropical Storm warning means that Tropical Storm conditions could be experienced somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm watch continues for the Northwest Bahamas. This includes the islands of Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands including the neighboring Cays.

A Tropical Storm watch means that Tropical Storm conditions could be experienced somewhere in the watch area within 48 hours.

At 11 a.m edt, the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located neat latitude 18.1 degrees North and longitude 68.9 degrees West, or about 151 miles Southeast of Santiago, Dominican Republic, or about 303 miles Southeast of Grand Turk, or about 353 miles East-Southeast of Inagua, or about 723 miles Southeast of New Providence.

Isaias is moving towards the Northwest near 20 mph, and a West-Northwestward to Northwestward motion with some decrease in forwards speed is expected over the next couple of days. On this forecast track, the center is Isaias will move over Hispaniola today and move near the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands by tonight or early Friday. Isaias is forecast to be near the central Bahamas Friday night and approach the Northwest Bahamas Friday night and Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some slight weakening is possible as Isaias moves over Hispaniola today. Re-strengthening is forecast on Friday and Friday night.

Tropical Storm force winds extends outwards up to 310 miles primarily to the North of the center. Tropical Storm force winds are occuring along the Southern Coast of Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm conditions are expected to spread over the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands later today. Tropical Storm conditions are also expected in the Central Bahamas beginning Friday morning and are possible in the Northwest Bahamas beginning late Friday.

Localised flooding are expected throughout The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands as Isaias is forecast to produce rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches.

Residents in the Central and Southeast Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands should rush to complete all preparations to mitigate damages due to flooding and secure all loose items around their property. Resident in the Northest Bahamas should now begin to do likewise.

Residents are urges to follow all advice given in alert messages.

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