Tropical storm Isaac moving westward through Caribbean

23 August 2012 13:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tropical storm Isaac was moving westward through the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning, reaching maximum sustained winds of 40 miles/hour (65 km/hour), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.

Isaac was 225 miles south east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the NHC said.

Isaac could become a hurricane on Friday, before it reaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the centre said.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the south coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the NHC said.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the north coast of the Dominican Republic, the centre said.

The NHC added that the meteorological service of Barbados has discontinued its tropical storm warning for Dominica and the government of Antigua has discontinued a tropical storm warning for St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and Anguilla.

Weather officials in Florida said earlier that some computer models indicated that Isaac could reach the state’s Tampa Bay area by Monday.

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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