Even though Broward is not under a hurricane warning, Broward’s director of emergency operations, Chuck Lanza, said Saturday that residents still need to be prepared for damaging tropical storm-force winds.
“I’m putting up my own shutters,” he said. “This is not something to take lightly.”
Though Isaac’s wind had yet to reach hurricane strength, the huge storm still left a path of death and damage in the Caribbean.
In Haiti, the Office of Civil Protection confirmed seven deaths from Isaac — up from four deaths reported Saturday night.
The new deaths, says spokesman Edgard Celestin, include a young man who died from a landslide in DonDon, a town in northern Haiti.
Elsewhere in Haiti, a home collapsed, killing a 10-year-old girl while flooding persisted in quake-battered Port-au-Prince, where the swollen Grise River inundated homes in the poverty-stricken Cite Soleil neighborhood.
At least two other deaths were reported and rain was still falling much of Saturday across the country, which is prone to deadly flash floods and mudslides.
Havana’s Meteorological Institute reported that the storm touched down in Maisi, a municipality east of Guantanamo Saturday afternoon. Radio Baracoa reported that two homes in the island’s easternmost city of 48,000 had collapsed.
But the storm’s drama fizzled at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where the military had scrapped this month’s Sept. 11 terror trial hearings.
“The bad weather did not materialize here,’’ detention center spokesman Robert Durand said.
Miami Herald staff writers Alexandra Leon, Hannah Sampson, Carli Teproff, Charles Rabin, Julie K. Brown, Christina Veiga, Susan Cocking, Kathleen McGrory and Jacqueline Charles in Haiti contributed to this report.