Tropical storm Isaac becomes stronger as it moves west

24 August 2012 14:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tropical storm Isaac became a little stronger on Friday morning as it was moving west, reaching maximum sustained winds of 50 miles/hour (80 kilometres/hour), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Isaac was about 175 miles southwest of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The storm's centre will move over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday and move near or over southeastern Cuba on Saturday, 25 August, the NHC said.

Chemical manufacturers on the Gulf coast keep a close eye on weather patterns during the hurricane season, as severe weather can disrupt operations, although no hurricanes hit the area in 2011.

On Friday, Florida emergency workers were making preparations, as some forecasts said Isaac could strengthen and hit the Tampa Bay area as a category 1 hurricane on Monday, 27 August, officals at the state's emergency management department said.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for Haiti and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, parts of Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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