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NASA Sees Tropical Storm Isaac Bring Heavy Rains to Eastern Caribbean [video]

Tropical Storm Isaac continues moving through the Caribbean Sea and NOAA's GOES-13 satellite has been keeping an eye on it.


An animation of satellite observations from August 20-23, 2012 show Tropical Storm Isaac moving through the eastern Caribbean Sea. This visualization was created by the NASA GOES Project at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., using observations from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.


At 8 a.m. EDT on Thursday, August 23, Isaac's maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kmh). Isaac's center was near 15.4 North latitude and 64.8 West longitude, about 225 miles (360 km) south-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, or about 315 miles (505 km) east-southeast of Isla Saona, Dominican Republic. Isaac continues to move west at 13 mph (21 kmh). The National Hurricane Center expects Isaac to continue moving west and "pass through the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm before entering the eastern Caribbean, where it could intensify into a hurricane."


A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the south coast of Dominican Republic from Isla Saona westward to the Haiti-Dominican Republic southern border and all of Haiti. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in addition to the north coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haiti-Dominican Republic's northern border eastward to the north of Isla Saona.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, The Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information, go to NASA's Hurricane page at


Rob Gutro

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project


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Uploaded on August 23, 2012