Tropical Depression #9 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaac, the ninth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. There are no watches or warnings issued because of it for now, but that could change in the coming days. Isaac joins Florence and Helene in the basin.
As of the latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5pm AT the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 36.6 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 7 mph. A westward motion with an increase in forward speed are expected during the next few days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. According to the National Hurricane Center, additional strengthening is forecast during the next few days and Isaac could become a hurricane by Monday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.
The latest official track from the National Hurricane Center brings the storm as a hurricane through the Windward or Leeward Islands by Thursday afternoon. People there should make sure they have a Hurricane Action Plan in place and be stocked with supplies well ahead of the storm’s potential arrival.