Tropical Storm Issac poses threat to southern coast of Florida

August 23, 2012CARIBBEAN - The churning center of Tropical Storm Isaac spun over tiny islands at the eastern entrance to the Caribbean, where many seafront bars and restaurants stubbornly remained open Wednesday evening as lightning and thunder crackled and choppy surf slapped against piers and seawalls. U.S. forecasters said Isaac was likely to approach Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as a hurricane late today or early Friday after intensifying over the Caribbean Sea. It was predicted to move on to Cuba as a tropical storm and perhaps eventually menace Florida as a hurricane. By late Wednesday, the storm was 270 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 m.p.h. Isaac was moving west at 20 m.p.h., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters also said a tropical depression formed far out in the Atlantic Ocean and was expected to strengthen into a tropical storm today. It was about 1,045 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. But most eyes were on Isaac. The storm unleashed downpours on Guadeloupe, said local chief meteorologist Norbert Aouizerats. In Martinique, officials warned of swollen rivers and flooding. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay home from work Wednesday. “I want us all to be safe,” he said. “I don’t want lives to be lost.” Military authorities in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, canceled several days of pretrial hearings in the case of five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They also planned to evacuate about 200 people, including legal teams and relatives of 9/11 victims. In the foothills of Dominica’s Morne Aux Diables volcano, Tess Hunneybell, owner of Manico River Eco Resort, said most of the day was “weirdly quiet’ after she and others wrapped the resort’s signature tree houses in tarpaulin and nailed shut louvre doors. In Puerto Rico, Gov. Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. He canceled classes and closed government agencies. Federal officials also closed the popular San Felipe del Morro castle. The storm was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico today. The U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to incoming commercial ships. The U.S. Virgin Islands commissioner of public works, Darryl Smalls, said crews distributed sandbags to residents in St. Croix, where schools and government offices will close today. St. Kitts also announced similar closures for Wednesday. -Weather Watch
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5 Responses to Tropical Storm Issac poses threat to southern coast of Florida

  1. robind333 says:

    I live in this area!!! We’re definitely keeping a close eye on it…I haven’t had any dreams about it so until God allows me to “see” I’m sure it will be alright.

  2. Richard says:

    I hope it brings some rain north…without the wind. We don’t need another IKE, but my dessert lawn sure could use some water

  3. Irene C says:

    I’ve been following this since it became Tropical Depression 9. As of now, it seems to be veering south, which could make it a stronger storm and drive it more into the Gulf Coast. The entire Gulf coast is under alert all the way to Houston TX. Right now I’m concerned about Haiti. People are still living in tents due to the 2010 earthquake and 90% of the trees have been cut down for fuel, which will cause massive erosion and deadly landslides. I have friends who are missionaries in Haiti, and I am definitely praying, not only for them for everyone who will be affected by this storm. It is predicted to become a hurricane and it is a big storm.

    As a side note: The Republican Convention just happens to be going on next week – in Tampa FL. Maybe Isaac’s a Democrat. (jk)

    Another interesting note: One of the meteorologists from The Weather Channel will be in Cuba. This is the first time that Cuba has let a Weather Channel meteorlogist into Cuba.

  4. Anne says:

    Puerto Rico is another hurricane hot spot. It would raise the pressure as it goes over the area that could trigger a large EQ that is overdue in Puerto Rico. Those of us who live in the Gulf Coast area are aware of the methane gas mound (BP oil rig disaster) offshore. We were warned that a tsunami could cause the methane to escape and explode into a firestorm.
    Please pray to God this will not be the case!

  5. Anne says:

    UPDATE: Lowell’s (EQ) Blog – the path of the storm will bring low pressures over the region of Puerto Rico which will allow this area to rise, reducing the stress in the subduction zone. This may lead to a strong EQ in the area, or at least to an increase in regional seismicity.

    A seismic watch is being called for the northern Caribbean. This would most likely occur in the Puerto Rican Trench.

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