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Isaac to Batter Region With Torrential Rain … Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Alert

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Isaac will plow westward and bring strong winds and flooding rain to the Lesser Antilles midweek.

Isaac was located roughly 775 miles east of the Lesser Antilles as of midday today.

Isaac will continue on a westward path toward the islands into midweek.

The storm is rather compact in size and this may make it susceptible to fluctuations in strength in the coming days.

Isaac weakened to a tropical storm on Monday night, but may once again reach Category 1 hurricane strength in the next day or two.

Hurricane watches were issued for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica. At the same time, tropical storm watches were issued for the islands of Antigua and Montserrat at midday today.

Once Isaac approaches, the storm is expected to once again encounter increased wind shear ahead of reaching the islands.

Wind shear, or the change in wind direction and/or speed with altitude, can rip apart any tropical system, but especially small systems such as Isaac.

Exactly how much wind shear Isaac encounters will determine whether it retains its status as a strong tropical storm or is a hurricane as it passes through the Lesser Antilles.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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