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Isaac Now a Tropical Depression But Rains Still Coming

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Sandy Nunez | 16 September, 2018, 17:01

Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed between the Caribbean island nations of Dominica and Martinique late Wednesday and early Thursday, is now moving nearly due west across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

For this reason, all warnings and storm surveillance for the Lesser Antilles have been raised.

But according to the NHC, "Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave at any time".

The tropical storm remnants are passing south of the island and moving west across the Caribbean region. 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.

Little change in strength is expected over the next several hours as Isaac moves through the Leeward Islands.

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The US National Hurricane Centre in its 8 a.m. tropical storm update reported Tropical Storm Isaac's centre was 25 miles east of Dominica and 80 miles southeast of Guadeloupe.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure".

Now, while the US East Coast gets prepared for the Category 3 storm (earlier downgraded from four), Hurricane Florence satellite images revealed that two more storms are swirling above the Atlantic Ocean, forming a rare phenomenon.

National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.

However, a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius while St. Martin and St. Maarten were added to the watch on Wednesday afternoon. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. "Storm surge is the main cause of the death and destruction associated with hurricanes", NBC News explained after Hurricane Ike hit Texas.