Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches Issued for Isaac – updated
Dominica is under a Hurricane Watch and Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts/Nevis are under a Tropical Storm Watch, Tuesday.
The watches were issued as Tropical Storm Isaac edges closer to the Eastern Caribbean. The 2:00 p.m. Advisory placed it at 14.6 degrees North, 50.4 West or about 725 miles (1,165 KM) East of the islands. Isaac is currently moving towards the West at 16 mph (26 km/h) and, on this path, it is expected to move near to or over the islands during Thursday and into the Caribbean sea on Thursday night.
Isaac is packing maximum sustained winds at near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. It is expected to be near hurricane strength when it passes the islands but some weakening is forecast for afterwards on Friday.
Antigua’s sister island Barbuda was hit on September 5 last year by the Category Five hurricane Irma which destroyed about 95 percent of the island’s building. Dominica was struck by another Category Five hurricane Maria on September 18 and was left was catastrophic damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture and a number of deaths.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.