Cayman urged to watch Tropical Storm Isaac as path waivers

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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.

Given its expected slow speed once it rolls ashore, they warned the heavy rain and storm could spread across a wide area.

The Portuguese weather service said that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning. It's expected be south of Jamaica by Sunday morning.

"As it tracks towards the United Kingdom it will degrade - it will become an ex-tropical storm".

"At this time, Tropical Storm Isaac is not considered an imminent threat to the Cayman Islands but that could change", said Tara Rivers, Minister responsible for HMCI.

The Hurricane Centre says Isaac is almost completely devoid of deep convection at the moment and is not trackable in radar data from Guadeloupe and Martinique.


Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Olivia is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves over the main Hawaiian Islands. This rainfall may cause risky flash flooding, N.H.C. said.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.

Bridges, airports and ferry services in the affected areas face closure if winds grow too violent, while roads and rail routes might also be cut off. Based on the current forecast, Isaac will move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday. A hurricane hunter plane is scheduled to investigate the system Thursday. Flash flooding is going to be a big issue soon - certainly catastrophic.

"Isaac is expected to produce additional rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of up to 5 inches across southeast Puerto Rico", the center said. It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said.

Varlack Ventures announced Tuesday evening that it anticipates the ports will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday, and said it will announce the last runs between Cruz Bay and Red Hook after Wednesday's 1 p.m. advisories.

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