Isaac winds slow to 45 miles per hour, heavy rain, high surf expected

Isaac winds slow to 45 miles per hour, heavy rain, high surf expected

Isaac winds slow to 45 miles per hour, heavy rain, high surf expected

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm is Category 4 in strength. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

The Portuguese weather service said that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. "This storm is extremely risky". In a 2 p.m. advisory, forecasters said sustained winds remained at 60 miles per hour, down from 75 miles per hour Monday.

Ocala and Gainesville have a small chance of receiving tropical storm force wind.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the center of the tropical storm was located approximately 916 miles east-southeast of St. Croix near 14.6 degrees North, 51.3 west.

The cloud system associated with Isaac remains poorly organized and Saint Lucia fell between the rain bands of Isaac, hence the island has thus far not received the expected rainfall.

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"As long as it seems there is a threat to lives, we want to make sure people are safe", Shaw said.

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Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week, and interests there should monitor the progress of this system", it added.

Experts said residents in the Caribbean - including Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas - and the United States mainland should stay aware of Isaac's path beyond the Lesser Antilles.

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