ISAAC ALMOST A HURRICANE MOVING FASTER TOWARD THE WEST OVER THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC

SUMMARY
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LOCATION…14.5N 40.3W
ABOUT 1390 MI…2240 KM E OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…997 MB…29.44 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of
Isaac
.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 5:00 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 40.3 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and is expected to accelerate during the next 36 hours. A westward motion is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with Isaac expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday night or Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Weakening is anticipated to begin by the middle of the week while Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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None.

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