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A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

In an update on Thursday, September 13, 2018, the Met Office said the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac passed through the northern Lesser Antilles at approximately 9:00 am Thursday and was passing over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Though there now are no coastal watches or warnings, over the next couple days the disturbance could produce gusty winds and rain storms for Hispaniola and Jamaica.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that the territory is prepared for any further developments of Tropical Storm Isaac, as well as for the remainder of the hurricane season.

U.S. authorities on Friday downgraded Florence from a hurricane to a tropical storm, as the still risky weather system unleashed torrential rains but saw its wind power weaken slightly, reported AFP. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. Although the storm is expected to weaken, it has followed a wavering path and could still pose a threat to Cayman early next week.

At 11am EDT, the Miami-based hurricane centre said Florence's maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 65 miles per hour (100 kph). But in the 9 a.m. advisory, the center said this would "be the last forecast/advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system".

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Isaac is the only system that bears monitoring over the next few days from the East Coast of the US's standpoint.

Two other storms are brewing in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Helene tracking north and east in the central Atlantic, expected to dissipate to a tropical storm, with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, by Sunday.

Residents especially those in flood and landslide prone areas are to be vigilant; and small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to locally rough seas.

The storm, presently called Invest 95L, is predicted to bring one to three inches of rain to the Houston area, according to meteorology blog Space City Weather. Along the coast, large waves will accompany the surge.

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