Isaac Now a Tropical Depression But Rains Still Coming

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to be at hurricane strength when it reaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page said: "There remains large uncertainty in the exact route Storm Helene will take, however, a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of south-west England and west Wales, then later south-west Scotland and the southeast of Northern Ireland".

Subtropical Storm Joyce has maximum sustained winds of near 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Subtropical Storm Joyce could transition to a tropical storm in the next day or two over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Isaac continued west at 15 miles per hour with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

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Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts. If Isaac survives, some forecast models want to turn it to the northwest towards the Gulf next week, so we'll keep watching this one closely.

The NHC expects Isaac to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday, move into the Eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night, and move into the central Caribbean Sea by the weekend.

Storm Surge Inundation: Up to 2 to 4 feet of inundation is possible in portions of the Storm Surge Watch area Friday into Saturday. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering unsafe flooding. Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Far from this hurricane parade on the other side of the globe, Tropical Storm Olivia is flying solo east of Hawaii.

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