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Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

The hurricane center said Isaac is expected to weaken in the coming few days.

The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour. "Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday".

At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 54.1 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend.

A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The storm is moving at 17 miles per hour to the west and has 60 miles per hour winds.

At this time no tropical storm/hurricane watches or warnings are in effect for Barbados.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's strength should continue through Thursday.

On the right side of this view is Helene, a Category 2 hurricane that will likely peter out in the Atlantic without making landfall, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of NOAA.




As of Tuesday evening, this storm is a Category Four and is expected to remain strong as it heads towards the coast of North Carolina.

As the storm continues toward Southeastern North Carolina, it will bring life-threatening storm surges, flooding and risky waves to the coast, the briefing said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches. Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas.

"Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence", said the NHC.

A system in the central Gulf of Mexico was a little less certain.

The Met Office assured that Tropical Storm Isaac poses no direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago as it continues to move away from the Lesser Antilles.