Aug 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Makes Landfall In Haiti

Gale-force winds and driving rain are lashing the coast of Haiti after Tropical Storm Isaac made landfall.

The US National Hurricane Centre says the heavy rainfall is a "major threat" and may cause floods and mudslides.

Aid groups warn that some 400,000 Haitians still living in makeshift camps after the deadly earthquake of 2010 are extremely vulnerable.

Storm warnings are also in place for neighbouring Dominican Republic, as well as Cuba and parts of Florida.

The United States National Hurricane Centre (NHC) predicts that the storm will move near or over Cuba later on Saturday and approach the Florida Keys on Sunday.

It said Isaac had displayed "some increase in forward speed" as it ripped across Haiti.

The storm could pose a potential threat to Florida during the US Republican National Convention.

Although Isaac did not become a hurricane as it hit Hispaniola - the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic - the near-hurricane strength winds and rain have the potential to cause great destruction, especially in Haiti.


Post a Comment


Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More