Isaac poised to become hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac is now churning in the Caribbean Sea near the French island of Guadaloupe and forecasters say it is on a path to Cuba and Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre says Isaac will likely strengthen to a hurricane by the time it reaches Florida.

Puerto Rico and other nearby islands are making preparations for the storm including closing ports and suspending flights.

Martinique had already been swamped by more than 80 mm of rain by this morning.

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