NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

Moving west at around 21mph, the storm is expected to continue on that track for the next few days before it comes into the central Caribbean Sea at the weekend.

As a result, two foreign governments and one local government have taken the decision to end their islands' storm warnings or storm watches.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported that class has been canceled and students have been encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits.

Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

States of emergency were declared in the Carolinas; Virginia; Washington, DC; and Maryland, where some coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. At that time, Isaac is expected to be a tropical storm with top winds of 50 miles per hour.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, a burst of deep convection developed Thursday and covered the previously exposed center of Isaac Thursday evening, but there was evidence of northwesterly shear over the cyclone, causing some of the cloud cover to quickly blow off toward the southeast. The storm is expected to slow down and possibly stall near or over the coast on Friday.

An update from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said today several inches of rain were expected in the Azores.

Isaac had winds of 60 miles per hour, and the hurricane center said gradual weakening is anticipated over the next few days.

For this reason, all warnings and storm surveillance for the Lesser Antilles have been raised.

Hurricane Isaac, we hardly knew ye.

Swells generated by Florence could cause unsafe rip currents and coastal flooding Saturday in areas including coastal DE and New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

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