Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

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

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

Not the most ideal of weather-situations and apparently it's only about to get worse because the tail-end of a hurricane is about to hit Ireland and it's not going to be pretty. The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was 25 miles east of Dominica.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Isaac is expected to reach the islands, which remain under a tropical storm warning, by Thursday afternoon and cross the Caribbean through Saturday.

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There are now four storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean with the formation of Tropical Storm Joyce.

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches was expected to affect Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands with isolated areas receiving up to 4 inches.

Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected.

Surf swells from Isaac could be life-threatening and coastal flooding is a risk in the Lesser Antilles.

After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.

Isaac was a hurricane Sunday night but downgraded when maximum sustained winds fell below 74 miles per hour.

It is predicted the Carolinas could begin feeling tropical storm force winds late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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