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Hurricane Isaias Moves Over the Caribbean

After delivering heavy rains and tropical-force winds to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Isaias headed for a brush with Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

This nighttime image of the category 1 storm was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite at 2:20 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time on July 31, 2020. Isaias threatened several Caribbean islands (including Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas) with flash floods and mudslides.

Forecasters expect the storm to generate heavy rains that will affect south and east-central Florida over the weekend and the U.S. East Coast by early next week.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Caption by Adam Voiland.

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