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From Haiti to the Florida Keys, Bracing for Isaac

Satellite image of Isaac on August 24, 2012. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team(NEW YORK) -- As hundreds of thousands of people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hunkered down in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Friday night, a storm watch was issued for the Florida Keys.

Already Friday, Isaac had started to blast parts of the island of Hispaniola -- shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic -- with winds that are expected to reach 50 to 60 m.p.h. Downpours also could dump nearly two feet of rain in places.

Nearly 400,000 people are still living in makeshift tent cities in Haiti, more than two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the region.

Aid workers Friday made a frantic last-minute effort to warn refugees, many of whom did not know a massive storm was on the way.

“The flimsier of these tents will be the first to go like kites into the sky,” said Bill Horan of the nonprofit group Operation Blessing International. “There’ll be people screaming, children terrorized.”

In addition to fears of flash flooding, those in the area were concerned about the spread of disease.

And in the Keys, locals were stocking up on supplies to brace for the first major storm to approach Key West in seven years. Isaac, said to be twice the size of a typical hurricane, is now just 48 hours out.

In Miami, big retailers were sold out of water, and people along the Keys were installing hurricane shutters and tying up boats.

Many tourists in the Keys told ABC News they intended to stay through the storm. Monroe county officials said Friday that since Isaac should still be a tropical storm when it reaches the Keys, they had decided not to issue a visitor evacuation.  Schools and government offices, however, will be closed Monday.

Isaac, which was originally feared to be headed toward the GOP convention in Tampa, will now likely bring heavy rain there with winds of up to 50 mph, but not the hurricane-force wind, rain and flooding that was originally predicted.

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Tropical Storm Ernesto Soaks Jamaica; Florence in Atlantic

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tropical storm Ernesto is expected to soak Jamaica with three to six inches of rain and winds of 50 mph today as it barrels toward Central America. It is forecast to make landfall there Monday or Tuesday.

The storm has lost some of its circular motion and "organization" but is expected to continue gaining speed today and reach Honduras within 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm's westerly track has decreased the likelihood that Ernesto will become the first hurricane of the summer to reach U.S. shores.

The storm is expected to be felt from the Cayman Islands to Aruba today, before it heads toward landfall over Belize or Mexico.

While Ernesto will likely miss the U.S., a new tropical storm, Florence, has formed in the mid-Atlantic and is picking up speed as it heads toward the Caribbean.

Florence, which formed just west of the Cape Verde Islands, has sustained wind gusts of 60 mph and could be upgraded to a hurricane today. It is the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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Tropical Storm Carlotta Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A storm system off the Pacific coast of Mexico -- strengthened from a tropical depression to a tropical storm overnight -- is on track to become a hurricane when it makes landfall on Friday.

As of Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Carlotta is moving northwest at 10 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but that's expected to change soon.

"Right now we are expecting it to reach at least Category 1 hurricane strength before it nears the coast of Mexico on Friday morning, but certainly Category 2 intensity is not out of the question," Stacy Stewart from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says.

The National Hurricane Center says a hurricane watch is in effect for the south-central coast of Mexico, from Barra de Tonala to Punta Maldonado.  Heavy rainfall could impact tourism along the Mexican Riviera, including popular hot spots like Acapulco.

"Right now most of the computer models we have indicate that the storm will slow down and possibly stall in the general vicinity of Acapulco and of course that would just keep the heavy rainfall ongoing much longer than if the storm would just move through and get out of the area," Stewart says.

That could lead to flash flooding and mudslides, she adds.

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Southern Philippines Struck by Deadly Flashfloods

Bradley Ambrose/Getty Images(MANILA) -- The southern Philippines have been hit by flashfloods which have left more than a hundred people dead.   

The flooding was triggered by a tropical storm. Tens of thousands of people in Mindanao in the southern Philippines have fled to higher ground, although many of the victims were asleep when the storm  struck.

Officials say the floodwaters rose at an alarmingly fast pace as rivers burst their banks. Large areas have been left without power. Reports of casualties are still coming in and the death toll is expected to rise.

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Tropical Storm Katia Forms off West African Coast

NOAA/National Weather Service/ National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Hurricane Irene has come and gone, and now another storm is threatening to take her place and become the latest hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season.

Originally a tropical depression, the storm picked up strength off the West African coast overnight to become Tropical Storm Katia on Monday.

Katia is currently located over 500 miles west/southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, according to Michael Brennan, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Although "it's a minimal tropical storm," Brennan says Katia could gain some muscle by the end of the week.

"We do expect the system to strength over the next several days.  It could be near hurricane strength by the time we get to late Wednesday, early Thursday," he says.

As for whether the storm poses a threat to the United States, Brennan says it's still too early to tell.

"It's just too far out and the weather patterns are too changeable...once we get beyond four or five days," he says.

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Tropical Storm Emily Bears Down on Haiti

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti) -- Tropical Storm Emily is bearing down on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with heavy rains expected to arrive around noon Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center expects up to ten inches of rain to fall, triggering flash floods and mudslides as many Haitians still find themselves living in makeshift tents after last year’s earthquake.

Many Haitians have received text messages warning them to seek safer shelter, though few of them have any option to do so.

There was already been a mudslide on the island of Martinique in Emily's wake -- following widespread flooding.

Five thousand customers are without power on that island, and one death there has been blamed on the storm.

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Flood-Ravaged Australia Braces For Storms

Photo Courtesy - TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images(QUEENSLAND, Australia) -- Summer in Australia has been anything but relaxing, with record flooding to blame for 35 deaths, and nearly 30,000 homes and businesses destroyed by the brutal weather. On Sunday, separate regions of the country were bracing for cyclones that could bring as much as 11 inches of rain.

In the northwest Queensland region, which was recently devastated by floods for over a month and suffered billions of dollars in damage, Cyclone Anthony is expected to bring 80 mph winds. On Sunday, it was upgraded to a Category 2 storm, and weather reports from the Bureau of Meteorology predicted it would bring destructive winds and more flooding when it made landfall on Monday.

The country's southwest region had nearly 9,000 homes without power on Sunday because of severe storms. Additionally, storm warnings were in effect all day Sunday as ex-tropical cyclone Bianca neared the coast. A cyclone warning was canceled on Sunday by the Bureau of Meteorology, but strong winds and rising tides still may be an issue for residents.

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Navy Sends Ship to Haiti Ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas

Photo Courtesy - Shanika L. Futrell/US Navy via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- U.S. Southern Command is sending an amphibious assault ship to Haiti in advance of tropical storm Tomas' projected arrival later this week.

According to the U.S. Navy, USS Iwo Jima, along with its 10 helicopters and two landing crafts, will travel from Suriname to Haiti in case humanitarian relief is needed after the storms hits.

By the end of this week, Tomas is expected to veer towards Haiti, where over a million people are still living in tents and under tarps, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfall and wind.  The earthquake-ravaged country has also been battling a recent outbreak of cholera that has sickened thousands of people.

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Now a Hurricane, Tomas Bears Down on Caribbean

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MIAMI) -- Tropical Storm Tomas is now a category one hurricane that forecasters predict will dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on the Windward Islands before moving into the Eastern Caribbean.

“We're expecting it to steadily strengthen to a major hurricane…and at that point the storm should be positioned somewhere south of Hispaniola or southeast of Jamaica,” said John Cangialosi of the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is not expected to hit the U.S. mainland, but Cangialosi says it could affect Puerto Rico.

Tomas is the 12th hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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'Richard' Strengthens, Becomes Hurricane

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Tropical Storm Richard strengthened to a category one hurricane Sunday, and continues to inch closer to Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

"Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 85 miles per hour and therefore it is a hurricane," said Dave Roberts at the National Hurricane Center.

Belize has issued a hurricane warning for its coastline.

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