Tracking the Tropics: Florence nears NC coast, watching Isaac

Tracking the Tropics: Florence nears NC coast, watching Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed between the Caribbean island nations of Dominica and Martinique late Wednesday and early Thursday, is now moving nearly due west across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

At 11 a.m., Isaac, with maximum sustained winds down to 35 mile per hour, was located about 300 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and 665 miles east southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving towards the west at 16 miles per hour.

They said: "A tropical storm warning is in effect for all of the Azores Islands".

A Tropical Storm Watch which had been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda and Antigua was also expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening.

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Tropical storm force winds from Isaac expected soon at Leeward Islands.

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Saint Lucia was spared the effects of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac which was expected to produce 50 mm - 100 mm on the island from September 12 - 14, 2018.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft has been sent to investigate the depression.

Now that this storm is closer to land, we are getting a better understanding on where it will go. The winds may increase a bit Saturday night, possibly gusting over 40mph, especially in the northern/eastern CSRA. Isaac also has the potential to bring 1-2 inches of rain to portions of St. Croix.

On the right side of this view is Helene, a Category 2 hurricane that will likely peter out in the Atlantic without making landfall, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of NOAA.

This week marks the midway point of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically peaked.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

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