Hurricane watch issued for British Virgin Islands

22 August 2012 15:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The government of Antigua has issued a hurricane watch for the British Virgin Islands as tropical storm Isaac was nearing the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday morning, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Isacc could become a hurricane by Thursday, the NHC said. Isaac is currently some 210 miles (340 kilometres) east of Guadeloupe, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, moving west, it added.

Hurricane watches are also in effect for Puerto Rico, and the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Kitts and number of other Caribbean islands, the centre said.

Weather officials in Florida said that some computer models indicated that Isaac could possibly strike the state’s Tampa Bay area over the weekend.

US chemical manufacturers keep a close eye on weather patterns during the hurricane season since hurricanes can disrupt operations. However, no hurricane hit the US Gulf coast in 2011.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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