Hurricane Isaac tracker: Barrelling storm brings storm-force winds to Leeward Islands

Thursday, September 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

EX-HURRICANE Isaac is moving dangerously close to the Leeward Islands, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the island chain.

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

According to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update at 8.00am AST (1pm BST), Isaac is moving quickly towards the west at a speed of 21mph.

Currently, around 25 miles east of Dominica, Isaac’s wind speeds have dropped to 45mph making it a minimal tropical storm.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft set out to inspect the storm on Wednesday, finding the cyclone has decreased in ferocity slightly.

However, Isaac is still predicted to trigger tropical-storm-force winds and life-threatening flash flooding.

According to the predicted forecast, Isaac should move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea later today, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea this weekend.

The NHC said: “Little change in strength is expected over the next several hours as Isaac moves through the Leeward Islands.”

However, as Isaac moves through the eastern Caribbean, it is forecast to weaken.

Currently, tropical-storm-force winds have been recorded extending outward up to 160 miles (260 km) from the centre of the storm.

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