By: Staff Writer
A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe although Isaac has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area in this case within 36 hours.
While Antigua and Montserrat are under Tropical Storm Watch.
At 11:00 am was located at 14.6 North and 49.7 West or 750 east-southeast of Dominica and about 775 miles (1250 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.
On the forecast track Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday.
According to the Hurricane Center, Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with isolated amounts near 10 inches across the southern Leeward Islands late this week, with 1 to 2 inches anticipated across portions of the Windward Islands. A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels is possible near and to the north of where the center moves through the Lesser Antilles. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 5 p.m. AST – Hurricane Center