Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

As of 2 p.m., the slow-moving storm barely had Category 1 hurricane strength and was nearly at a standstill over southeastern North Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order).

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane Florence view from Space Station

At this time no tropical storm/hurricane watches or warnings are in effect for Barbados.

Forecasters on Friday warned of flash flooding and wind gusts of 25 to 40 miles per hour.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday", the hurricane center said.

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All tropical lows are formed the same way, but once a hurricane crosses the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean it becomes a Typhoon.

Further south, just north of South America, is where you'll find Tropical Storm Isaac, a system packing maximum winds of around 65 km/h.

It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week.

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The storm is tracking to the west at 16 miles per hour. When Isaac reaches the west-central Caribbean Sea in a couple of days, the shear may relax somewhat and the global models suggest that there will be an increase in mid-level moisture.

The area of disturbed weather in the central Caribbean Sea continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Damaging winds, floods, high surf and storm surge are still possible.

Subtropical Storm Joyce could transition to a tropical storm in the next day or two over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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