Tropical Depression Nine forecast to strengthen

11:47 AM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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At 11:00 a.m. the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 15.1N longitude 52.8W. The depression is moving toward the west near 20 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of Days.

On the forecast track, the cyclone should move through the central Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands Wednesday afternoon and emerge over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Thursday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaac later today.

Storm Summary:

Location: 15.1N 52.8W
About 580mi E of Guadeloupe
Max Winds: 35mph
Movement: W at 20mph
Pressure: 29.77in

We will have to watch this storm very closely as the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for T.D. 9 to become category 2 Hurricane Isaac and brings it near Cuba by Sunday morning.  There is some good news as the latest trend in the models wants to take the storm along the east coast of Florida or even through the Bahamas.  It is still a long way out and the forecast is likely to change so check back often for updates.

National Hurricane Center

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