Tropical Storm Isaac

All eyes at the weather center are on Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) say that Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday the 10th of September and the US National Hurricane Center is predicting that Isaac will no longer be at hurricane strength as it nears the Lesser Antilles on Thursday. They have even cancelled the hurricane watch for those islands, however; tropical storm watches and warnings remain in effect for Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.

As of 10 pm Central Daylight Time, on Tuesday 11th of September, Tropical Storm Isaac was located about 580 miles east of Martinique and was moving west at 16 mph. The storm is weakening and the hurricane center have recorded that the winds are now down to 65mph. They expect the gradual weakening to continue over the next few days as Isaac runs into wind shear.

Tropical Storm Isaac should continue heading west for the rest of the week. The intensity of these smaller tropical storms are more difficult to predict but the forecast is that this one will weaken as it enters the Caribbean because of increasing wind shear. This should cause the storm to dissipate altogether.

INETER were predicting a best guess landfall location (if it makes it that far) somewhere between the mouth of the Coco River (border of Nicaragua and Honduras) and the northern part of the Honduras.

The National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters (SINAPRED) have asked the population to use this warning to review their self-protection plans and ensure they have basic resources to face a possible impact by a storm this season which could bring heavy rains and cause floods and landslides. SINAPRED urges people to remain in contact with national news channels for updated information.

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