The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority on Thursday suspended airport operations ahead of the passage of Tropical Storm Isaias.
The suspension of operations took effect at 9 p.m. local time as projections for Tropical Storm Isaias puts Turks and Caicos in its path.
Bands of heavy rain and squalls swept through the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are beginning to arrive in the Dominican Republic.
One squall produced a 52 mph gust as it swept through St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands late Wednesday morning. A wind gust to 51 mph was clocked at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday afternoon.
At 11 p.m. on Thursday, the storm was located at 15.8 N 67 W, moving WNW at 17 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50mph. Turks and Caicos Islands is under a tropical storm warning with adverse weather conditions expected on Thursday, July 30.
Airport operations are suspended for Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports.
The Airports Authority is encouraging all passengers to contact their respective airlines for flight rescheduling, and promised to issue updated reports whebecome available.
Airport operations are expected to resume after the passage of the storm and the issuance of the “ALL CLEAR” by the Turks and Islands’ Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME).