Forecasters urge caution as storm churns in Gulf

NHC says tropical depression likely to form in Gulf

Satellite images show very little left as a recognizable tropical storm.

N.H.C. said at 5:00 p.m. that the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.9 North, longitude 63.2 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next few days.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Joyce continues its advance through the southwest Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour, although it does not represent a threat to populated areas. The duty forecaster pointed out that the showers and thunderstorms associated with the system are expected to dump 50-100 millimetres (two to four inches) of rainfall or as much as 150 millimetres (six inches), in some cases, on the island. A tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

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Tropical Storm Isaac, once a hurricane as it traveled southward into the Caribbean has been continuous weakened by wind shear to the point where it was barely hanging onto tropical storm strength on Friday.

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring the Met Office via its social media accounts and website at www.metoffice.gov.tt for updates.

Strongest winds are expected to spread from southern Ireland and the west of Cornwall and Wales, moving into north-western England, western Scotland and then northern Scotland.

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"Wave heights to 83 ft were measured early this morning under the [northeast] quadrant of Hurricane Florence", tweeted the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

When that pile of water hits land, it becomes a storm surge, and they can be devastating. Still, the system is forecast to bring heavy rains to the Coastal Bend.

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Still, she said, "I think we're going to stay put", noting her neighborhood's past success in avoiding power outages and flooding. The town of Oriental, North Carolina , got more than 18 inches of rain in just a few hours, while Surf City had 14 inches.


Even if the system doesn't develop into a cyclone, it's expected to increase chances of rain in the area for Friday and Saturday.

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