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The storm that has slammed parts of the US and Caribbean this week has made landfall on Florida, and it is expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain over the weekend.
Hurricane Isaac will hit the Keys and Florida early next week, as it approaches Florida, but it will probably do little damage in those states, experts say.
As Isaac approaches, the storm will bring strong winds, which will be particularly damaging in the Keys, where the storm could reach up to 35 mph (50 kph).
“I think the Keys are going to be a disaster,” said Scott McDaniel, an insurance broker and hurricane expert at the Insurance Information Institute.
“We’re going to see a lot of damage there.”
The Keys have been battered by Tropical Storm Isaac before.
In 2012, Isaac devastated the area with strong winds and flooding.
This time, the National Hurricane Center predicts Isaac will bring sustained winds of 85 mph (130 kph) and sustained rainfall of more than five inches (10 centimeters) for most of Florida.
“It’s going to hit the state of Florida like it did a few years ago,” McDaniel said.
The storm is expected with wind gusts of 100 mph (160 kph), and rain of 20 inches (50 centimeters) or more.
“If it doesn’t hit the Florida Keys, it’s not going to have a very big impact,” McDan said.
“But I don’t think it’s going be a major storm.”
It is possible that Isaac could bring a lot more rain to parts of Texas and Louisiana, where heavy rains are expected.
The National Hurricane Centre said that the storm is likely to bring more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain.