Isaac winds slow to 45 miles per hour, heavy rain, high surf expected

Hannah Rogers
September 17, 2018

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center.

Isaac is about 1,305 miles east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order). It will continue to move to the west and away from the V.I. during the overnight hours.

For this reason, all warnings and storm surveillance for the Lesser Antilles have been raised.

According to Mashable, if Florence hits North Carolina as a Category four storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

The other remaining tropical system is distant Joyce, south of the Azores on the other side of the Atlantic.

After a bit of cloud cover early tomorrow morning, we'll finally see the return to sunshine by Friday afternoon with high temperatures into the 70s for most locations.

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We'll continue to monitor Florence, but as far as our weather is concerned, all of the storm is expected to stay south of our region through the weekend.

Storm surges are one of a hurricane's most risky effects. The system has now weakened into a Tropical Depression and convection associated with Isaac diminished considerably.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 949 mb (28.03 inches).

The National Hurricane Center (N.H.C.) in its 5:00 p.m. advisory said all tropical storm watches and warnings for Isaac have been discontinued, news that will be welcomed by interests in the Caribbean.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

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