Tropical Storm Isaac Has South Florida “In The Cone”
By Donna Thomas, BrowardNetOnline – Tropical Storm Isaac is approaching the Lesser Antilles and becoming better organized early Wednesday. As of 5 am on Wednesday, Isaac was centered at 15.5 North and 57.3 West, about 280 miles east of Guadeloupe. Maximum sustained winds were estimated a 45 miles per hour. Isaac is moving west at 18 miles per hour. The Lesser Antilles will experience heavy rains and squally winds throughout the day on Wednesday.
Isaac is expected to become a hurricane by early Friday as it approaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti. As of early Wednesday, hurricane watches are in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Isaac is also expected to pass over or near eastern Cuba this weekend.
Mainland South Florida, the Keys, and the Bahamas are all in the 5-day risk area as of Wednesday morning. Everyone in the area should pay close attention and keep in mind that we could have to prepare for hurricane conditions beginning late Sunday and into Monday.