Isaac Now a Tropical Depression But Rains Still Coming

FLORIDA, United States, Friday September 14, 2018 – Isaac has weakened to tropical depression and could degenerate anytime now, but bands of rain from the system are continuing to affect the Lesser Antilles.

At 11 a.m., Isaac, with maximum sustained winds down to 35 mile per hour, was located about 300 miles southeast of  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and 665 miles east southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving towards the west at 16 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that motion is expected over the next couple days, and Isaac is forecast to move over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea during the next few days. A turn to the west-northwest is possible early next week if Isaac survives.

But according to the NHC, “Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave at any time”.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft has been sent to investigate the depression.

All watches and warnings were discontinued yesterday.

However, forecasters say Isaac is expected to produce additional rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of up to 5 inches across southeast Puerto Rico. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands; while 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches are possible across the south-central portion of the Dominican Republic, southwest Haiti and Jamaica.

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