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A tropical disturbance in the eastern Caribbean has now formed a well-defined centre and has been named Tropical Storm Isaias, the ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
As of 8am, Tropical Storm Isaias was less than 100 miles off the coast of Hispaniola. A projected storm path, released by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, shows Isaias travelling directly over the Dominican Republic and up towards the Bahamas and Florida.
Tropical Storm Isaias was producing winds of 60 miles per hour this morning. It is currently moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 20mph.
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is currently monitoring the storm and said Isaias’ trajectory will see the system remaining outside of the Cayman area.
“This storm poses no immediate threat to the Cayman area,” said chief meteorologist Kerry Power. “However, an increase in cloudiness and shower activity is likely over the weekend.”
Meanwhile, a storm watch has been issued for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and the Bahamas.
“Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and landslides for [the countries that issued storm warnings],” reads an advisory bulletin from the NHC.
Further east, another tropical disturbance has formed off the western coast of Africa.
The NHC said the system has a 20% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours.