5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

Hurricane Florence Won’t Be The Last To Hit The US This Season As More Form In Its Wake

Antiguans and Barbudans can feel some relief that Tropical Storm Isaac, which was forecasted earlier as a potential hurricane to hit the twin island state by today had been deemed yesterday to be "poorly organised" and weaker as it moved closer to the Caribbean. When Isaac reaches the west-central Caribbean Sea in a couple of days, the shear may relax somewhat and the global models suggest that there will be an increase in mid-level moisture.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

At 8 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 54.1 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

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People in areas vulnerable to the unsafe hurricane, particularly those in coastal regions, have fled ahead of the storm. The storm was centred about 835 miles (1340 kilometres) southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

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Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring the Met Office via its social media accounts and website at www.metoffice.gov.tt for updates.

Isaac remained a strong tropical storm as of late Wednesday afternoon, located about 300 miles east of Martinique.

Elsewhere in the nation, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence, which will be a major storm. Weather forecasters are watching a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico that has a 50 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Kirk in the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Since we're now at the height of hurricane season it's important to stay focused and have plans ready, should any tropical activity threaten.

However, it is expected to generate accumulations of rain of between five and seven centimeters in isolated areas of the Lesser Antilles, with a danger of flooding.

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