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Isaac better organized; hits Caribbean Islands tonight

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Isaac has gained some strength overnight and looks much better organized today. The storm is quickly moving westward, and will hit the Lesser Antilles tonight. 

From there, the storm will press on into the Caribbean Sea where it should strengthen into a hurricane and approach the Dominican Republic and Haiti by the weekend. This will be a key stage for Isaac, as the tall mountains of Hispaniola could significantly weaken the storm if it passes directly overhead. 

As the storm re-emerges over the waters near the Bahamas on Sunday, it’s track becomes even more un-certain. Many track possibilities are being suggested by model guidance, including tracks over the Florida peninsula, up the East Coast, and out to sea. 

The bottom line is that it’s simply too early to suggest whether a US landfall is likely – or where it would occur. With that being said, it is a storm to watch for us in North Carolina as we head into next week. It’s also a great time to revisit your hurricane plan and make sure you’re ready for a storm as we hit the heart of hurricane season. 

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101.

Meteorologist Tim Buckley




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