Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart

NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart

Weather forecasters are watching a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico that has a 50 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Kirk in the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Isaac was moving to the west at 21 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Tropical Storm Watches were also discontinued for St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba and Eustatius.

However, it is expected to generate accumulations of rain of between five and seven centimeters in isolated areas of the Lesser Antilles, with a danger of flooding.

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.

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

Isaac a little weaker and continues to lose organisation as it moves westward.

Another system in north-central Atlantic waters was upgraded to a subtropical storm, Joyce, Wednesday afternoon as it approached the Azores.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. After landfall, then, the concern will even continue as inland flooding may bring a serious risk to a large area, depending on the eventual track. Indeed, stalling just off the coast on Friday could increase the storm surge, which is now expected to be as high as 14 feet.

Meanwhile, Caribbean Airlines has announced that due to Tropical Storm Isaac flights BW 434 BW 435 Port-of-Spain to St. Lucia will be affected and passengers are advised to contact its reservation offices for rebooking on the next available service.

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