Tropical depression Isaac drenches Puerto Rico, causing power outages

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Power failures were reported Friday morning in Puerto Rico when the tropical depression left Isaac raining over the territory of the US. Maximum sustained wind Friday morning was near 35 mph with higher gusts.

The tropical storm remains pass south of the island and move to the west over the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advice that there could be up to 5 centimeters of rain in Puerto Rico.

"Isaac is expected to produce additional rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of up to 5 inches in the southeast of Puerto Rico," said the center. "Rain totals of 1 to 2 inches with a maximum of 3 inches are possible in the rest of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands."

"Rainfall totals of 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum quantities of 4 inches are possible in the south-central part of the Dominican Republic, the southwest of Haiti and Jamaica," it said. "This rainfall can cause life-threatening sudden floods."

The probable path of Isaac from Thursday morning.

National Hurricane Center

The hurricane center said Isaac is expected to weaken in the next few days.

Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria almost a year after the Category 4 storm hit. The death toll in the aftermath of that storm was estimated at nearly 3,000 people.

The island's electricity grid remains fragile and almost 60,000 houses still have makeshift roofs that can not withstand a Category 1 storm.

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