Joyce to transform to a tropical storm in day or two -NHC

Joyce to transform to a tropical storm in day or two -NHC

Joyce to transform to a tropical storm in day or two -NHC

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St Eustatius. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are expected to arrive, which makes outside preparations hard or risky - and Tropical-storm-force winds are possible within the tropical storm watch area today.

The center of Isaac passed between Dominica and Martinique around 9 a.m. AST, with westerly winds reported on both St. Lucia and Martinique, indicating that Isaac is still a tropical storm.

Saint Lucia was spared the effects of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac which was expected to produce 50 mm - 100 mm on the island from September 12 - 14, 2018.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Helene is heading north towards the British Isles at around 14mph and sub-tropical storm Joyce was some 945 miles WSW of the Azores drifting southwest.

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As of the 11:00 am Advisory, bands of rain from Isaac will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles. Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning. "Some wind, no rain and rising sun". The storm had also picked up considerable speed and was racing west at 21 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles.

States of emergency were declared in the Carolinas; Virginia; Washington, DC; and Maryland, where some coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

Isaac may bring a moisture surge to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, increasing shower and thunderstorm activity there late this week.

It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Isaac had arrived at and pushed past the Lesser Antilles at about 9 a.m. Thursday. The upper level winds are light, meaning the storm is likely to maintain intensity, or even strengthen a bit before making landfall.

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