Isaac On Track Towards Florida
By Donna Thomas, BrowardNetOnline - Tropical Storm Isaac is moving through the Lesser Antilles today. As of 2 P.M. on Wednesday, Isaac was located near 15.8 North, 60.2 West, about 140 miles east of Guadaloupe. The storm’s maximum sustained winds remained near 45 miles per hour at 2 P.M., but Isaac’s forward speed has accelerated to 21 miles per hour as it moves to the west.
Isaac is expected to become a hurricane by early Friday. Tropical storm warnins and hurricane watches are in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the south coast of the Dominican Republic is under a hurricane watch. Isaac is forecast to pass over eastern Cuba on Saturday, after crossing over Hispaniola on Friday.
Most of Florida is now squarely in the middle of the 5-day risk area (“the cone”). Based on the forecast track and forward speed of Isaac, South Florida can expect deteriorating weather conditions on Sunday, with Isaac passing near or over our area Sunday night and into Monday. Isaac is expected to weaken over Cuba but could regain hurricane strength as it enters the Florida Straits and approaches South Florida. You should check out your hurricane plan, follow updates on Isaac, and be ready to take any necessary actions later this week and into the weekend.
The various Emergency Operations Centers have a variety of things you should be doing as Isaac nears Florida. Some of the information is available in several languages.