Tropical Storm Isaias drenches Puerto Rico and might hit U.S. mainland

Upper- advanced
2020/08/03 13:20

Today's Vocabulary

1.knocked out (phr. v)
to stop a machine, sysytem, etc. from working


2. tarps (n)
 (a large piece of) heavy waterproof cloth used as a covering

3. hurricane (n)
a violent wind that has a circular movement

4. tweeted (v) 
to publish a short remark or piece of information on Twitter


5. cyclone (n)
a violent tropical storm 

6. evolution (n)
 a gradual process of change  and development


Tropical Storm Isaias drenches Puerto Rico and might hit U.S. mainland

The storm knocked out power to more than 300,000 clients across Puerto Rico, according to the island’s Electric Power Authority. Minor damage was reported elsewhere in the island, where tens of thousands of people still use tarps as roofs over homes damaged by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

The hurricane center said Isaias, for now, is not expected to become a hurricane before reaching the U.S. mainland.

“Isaias is sending some mixed signals,” the forecast discussion stated. “Model forecasts are showing a complex evolution of the tropical cyclone during the next day or two.”

Isaias is the earliest ninth Atlantic named storm to form, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Irene on August 7, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gert and Hanna have also been the earliest named Atlantic storms for their alphabetic order.


  1. What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane?
  2. Are there ways we can prepare ourselves in advance to cope with disasters?
  3. If you had the power to stop a natural disaster that has happened in the past, which would you choose? Why?

"When disaster strikes, it tears the curtain away from the festering problems that we have beneath them.”

Barack Obama