Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

16 September, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Myra Gill
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"Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night, and move into the central Caribbean Sea by the weekend", NHC officials said in an advisory issued today at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

As a result, two foreign governments and one local government have taken the decision to end their islands' storm warnings or storm watches. Though there now are no coastal watches or warnings, over the next couple days the disturbance could produce gusty winds and rain storms for Hispaniola and Jamaica.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce up to 4 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain.

"According to the IPMA's forecast, it is likely that the western islands [Flores and Corvo] should begin to feel the effects of the storm from Saturday afternoon". "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".


Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for several Caribbean islands as a weakening Tropical Storm Isaac continues its trek toward the Leeward and Windward Islands. The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms", Mr Cooper said. "We should also continue to keep our brothers and sisters located in the Carolinas in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Florence approaches their area". A watch is typically issued 48 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are expected to arrive, which makes outside preparations hard or risky - and Tropical-storm-force winds are possible within the tropical storm watch area today.

"Jamaica should monitor the progress of Isaac", the hurricane center said Saturday. Beyond that brief period, the cyclone should weaken a bit as it completes extratropical transition while passing just to the northwest of the Azores Islands and traversing much cooler waters.

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