Joyce becomes a tropical storm in central Atlantic

Sustained winds remained at 90 miles per hour, but the storm - which was never expected to threaten the USA coast - should begin to weaken over the next day and become a tropical storm on Thursday, forecasters said in an 11 a.m. advisory. The storm surge, major flooding, and damaging winds extending well beyond the center of the storm could cause major damage to coastal communities.

As of the 11:00 am Advisory, bands of rain from Isaac will continue to affect the Lesser Antilles.

The poorly organized, 45-mph storm is not expected to strengthen but should maintain its tropical storm strength for the next few days.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday", the hurricane center said.

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.

An outer band associated with Isaac will bring some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms to Barbados today. The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h).

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Issac became the fifth hurricane of this season on Sunday night when it was around 1,300 miles east of the Windward Islands. This storm is lined up behind Florence in the Atlantic. "Additional strengthening was expected over the next day or two".

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This weekend Isaac is forecast to move toward the central and western Caribbean as a tropical storm.

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 72 hours.

Four named tropical systems were spinning in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St Eustatius.

Residents especially those in flood and landslide prone areas are to be vigilant; and small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to locally rough seas.

Joyce could become a tropical storm within the next day or so. Along the coast, large waves will accompany the surge.

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