Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

12 is it moved closer to the Caribbean.

At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 30.9 North, longitude 72.5 West. Florence is moving toward the northwest near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through Saturday.

The Met Office said a Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique but was expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening.

The government of the Netherlands has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Saba and St. Eustatius.

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 storm caused an estimated $125 billion of damage along the Gulf Coast. "As we enter the more active phase of the hurricane season residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans well established and in place, and be ready to complete final arrangements such as shuttering and moving to safe shelter if necessary".

"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".

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The hurricane center said Isaac is expected to weaken in the coming few days.

Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds. The winds of Isaac are not expected to affect the Virgin Islands.

As of 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) Florence was producing tropical storm-strength winds of 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour, while it lashed the Carolinas with heavy rains and threatened deadly flash flooding. Besides Florence, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring four other systems now.

The firm's prediction for Florence, which is packing 130-mile-per-hour winds, is that it will now move more slowly, reaching land sometime on Saturday as cooler water temperatures delay its progress westward.

Hurricane Florence is now generating waves up to 83 feet, almost double the height measured on Tuesday.

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