MIAMI (FOX 35 WOFL) - Tropical Storm Isaac is moving westward across the eastern Caribbean Sea and bands of rain are lingering over the Lesser Antilles.
Located about 195 miles south of St. Croix and about 440 miles southeast of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, Tropical Storm Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in their 11 p.m. advisory that this general motion, with a decrease in forward speed, is expected for the next few days. With this track, Isaac should move over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea during the next days.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. The NHC forecasts Isaac to gradually weaken over the next few days and could degenerate into a tropical wave at any time.
The NHC says that Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to
3 inches with isolated amounts up to 5 inches across the northern Windward Islands into the Leeward islands, and southeastern Puerto Rico. Totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Haiti. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding.
Swells generated by Isaac are affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles, reports the NHC. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
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