Tropical Storm Isaac Expected to Become Hurricane Today, Tracking Towards Caribbean

Tropical storm Isaac is expected to become hurricane Isaac within the next few hours. The current track, as forecasted by the National Hurricane Center, has the eye of the storm staying south of Saint Martin. Of course, the models tend to vary, so the risk to Saint Martin is still very real.

The forecast over at has had Isaac tracking south of Saint Martin for the last couple of days, so hopefully that indicates that the track has stabilized to allow those in the path of the storm to focus on making last minute preparations.

The current speed of the system (9 mph westward) has it forecast to hit the Lesser Antilles late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Based on the currently forecasted track, it appears that Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia would be at the highest risk for a direct hit from this storm.

Tropical storm Helene is following just behind Isaac, and is also expected to become a hurricane soon. Helene’s currently forecasted path has it tracking far north of the Leeward Islands and out into the Atlantic.

We’ll keep an eye on these systems, and any others that develop, and will provide updates as conditions change.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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