Cuba Prepares For Tropical Storm Isaac

CUBA (CBSMiami) — Residents of Cuba should brace for a beating from Tropical Storm Isaac.

While Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to weaken as it crosses mountainous terrain in parts of Cuba, it is forecast to re-strengthen as it enters the warm waters near the Straits of Florida and the Florida Keys.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports on preparations and precautions at Guantanamo Bay.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for all Cuban provinces except Matanzas and Cienfuegos in northwest Cuba. There, a tropical storm watch is in effect because tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 mph or greater) are possible by Sunday night.

In eastern Cuba, tropical storm conditions are expected by Friday night, and four to eight inches of rain are likely in the provinces of Holguin, Baracoa, Guantanamo Bay and Santiago de Cuba.

In central Cuba, the strong winds and rain are expected Saturday and Saturday night in the provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Granma, Ciego De Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara.

As if the rain and wind isn’t enough, a storm surge will raise water levels by one to three feet. That above-normal tide is expected in areas of onshore winds. Dangerous waves will batter the coastline.

>> Visit the CBS4 Tropics Page for an interactive Tropical Tracker, the newest computer model tracks and more.

>> Here’s how to use the CBS4 site to prepare for and monitor Isaac:

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