Tropical Storm Isaac Moves Closer To Lesser Antilles

Katie Ramirez
September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence weakened to Category 2 storm overnight, but with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, it was within 1 miles per hour of Category 3 and the wind field is expanding. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and the NHC forecast track shows the storm heading west towards Central America. Florence has 130 miles per hour winds, enough to make it a unsafe Category 4 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Isaac is moving west in the Caribbean and will regain enough strength to become a hurricane again, forecasters said Tuesday.

About halfway between Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Helene is the small but risky Tropical Storm Isaac, which was downgraded from hurricane status early this morning (Sept. 11).

It's now expected to continue weakening and dissipate in five days.

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There are now four storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean with the formation of Tropical Storm Joyce. Storm winds could intensify through the day and tonight, but weaken slightly Thursday as it nears the coast.

"Just because we have a landfall to the south doesn't mean your out of the woods because the wind around this storm is huge", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said Wednesday morning.

Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week.

"Cloudiness and showers associated with a trough of low pressure over the south-central Gulf of Mexico have decreased since yesterday and the Air Force reconnaissance plane scheduled to investigate the system for today will likely be canceled", said the NHC on September 12.

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