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Associated Press/Ricardo Arduengo – People run over a bridge covered by debris as waves hit the seawall, caused by Tropical Storm Isaac in Barahona, Dominican Republic, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened slightly as it spun toward the Dominican Republic and vulnerable Haiti on Friday, threatening to bring punishing rains but unlikely to gain enough steam to strike as a hurricane. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Tropical Storm Isaac brought heavy rains to Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday.
It bore down on Haiti’s southern peninsula early Saturday.
It may cause deadly flash floods and mudslides in Haiti because so much of the country is deforested.
Local residents stay under the rain in Enriquillo, southwestern Dominican Republic, as Tropical Storm Isaac roared toward the island of Hispaniola. (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
Local residents stay under the rain in Enriquillo, southwestern Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength as it roared towards the Domincan Republic and Haiti, where it was to make landfall later in the day, threatening survivors of a devastating 2010 earthquake. (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
Soil from a mudslide that crashed through the kitchen wall of a house is seen at Upper Neckles Drive, Carenage, following heavy showers caused by the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac August 23, 2012. Tropical Storm Isaac unleashed heavy rain and winds off Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as it moved across the Caribbean on Thursday and could strengthen into a hurricane before tearing across the Dominican Republic and Haiti. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva
Tropical Storm Isaac hit the Caribbean and it strengthened on Friday as its lashing rains took aim at Haiti.
It is not expected to become a hurricane until it reach the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Forecasters said Isaac would hit Cuba and the southern tip of Florida before making landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle in the northwestern part of the state to Alabama and as far west as New Orleans.
Firemen remove a tree that fell in the yard of a house at Farfan Street, Diego Martin, about 8 km (5 miles) west of the capital Port-of-Spain, during heavy showers and high winds caused by the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva
Pensioner Theophile Jpseh looks at the broken fence and damaged road outside his home at Upper Mount Pleasant Road, Carenage, about 8 km (5 miles) west of the capital Port of Spain, which was caused by the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva
Broken appliances and building material lay in a heap outside a house at Scorpion Alley, as part of the destruction from a mudslide following heavy showers caused by the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac, in Carenage, about 10 km (6 miles) west of the capital Port-of-Spain August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva