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Isabel threatens U.S.

There's bad news and good news about Hurricane Isabel: a hit somewhere along the U.S. east coast is becoming more likely -- but Isabel will also probably have weakened by then, according to the National Hurricane Center.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 14, 2003

There's bad news and good news about Hurricane Isabel: a hit somewhere along the U.S. east coast is becoming more likely -- but Isabel will also probably have weakened by then, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters from both the National Hurricane Center and Colorado State University were firming up predictions that Isabel will hit the U.S. east coast. But the question was -- where? On Sunday, those predictions ranged from Georgia all the way to New England.

People cleared out of the Bahamas Sunday as Hurricane Isabel back to a Category 5 storm Sunday morning continued churning toward land.

Category 5 storm is the most powerful category on the Saffir-Simpson scale that measures hurricane intensity.

Portions of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico could see dangerous swells over the next several days.

The U.S. State Department on authorized non-essential diplomats to leave the Bahamas and warned U.S. citizens against visiting the islands because of the damage that could be caused by Hurricane Isabel.

Disaster responders have begun to mobilize plans for the potential of Isabel hitting the U.S. east coast.

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management sent a bulletin that said it is now "likely that Hurricane Isabel will at least threaten the East Coast of the United States."

"People with interests on the coast should consider precautions for Hurricane Isabel late next week," said the report.


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