Tropical Storm Isaac forms in Atlantic, could become hurricane
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane by the weekend.
August 21st, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Tropical Storm Isaac forms in Atlantic, could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday afternoon, and it could become a  Category 1 hurricane by Thursday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Isaac was 500 miles east of Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands and moving west at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph, just beyond the threshold for a tropical storm. It would become a hurricane if winds reach 74 mph.

Tropical storm watches and warnings cover much of the Leeward Islands as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Conditions are favorable for strengthening as the storm enters the northern Caribbean Sea, forecasters said.

It could become a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds above 95 mph, as it approaches Cuba on Saturday.

Forecasters caution that the forecast track is uncertain and the storm could be anywhere from the Bahamas to the north and the Cayman Islands to the south on Saturday.

It is still too early to tell what, if any, effects the storm will have on the U.S. mainland, but there are several computer models that bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico, while others move the storm further east.

With roughly 50,000 people headed for Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention August 27-30, there is heightened interest in the future path of the storm.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Murdock Supreme

    Plan 9 From Outer Space

    August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol....
      Silly movie.
      Gotta love Roger Corman...

      August 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murdock Supreme

      @Banasy, CLOSE! It was Ed Wood! But they were very similar.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Duh, banasy!
      They *did* have similar schticks, didn't they?

      August 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Many people think this is THE worst movie ever made. I've seen it, and believe you me, there are MANY that are far worse. In fact it's kind of fun-in a campy cultish sort of way.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tjp44

    your disgusting.....be careful his kin may come for you.........

    August 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita

      Banasy is the best. Never disgusting.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kismet

    Okaaaaaaaaayyyyy......

    August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Well, thanks, Bonita!

    August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. davetharave

    I will be really interested to hear what Michele Bachmann has to say about it if Hurricane Isaac ends up right over Tampa during the Republican convention.

    August 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't care what Bachman thinks, but I'll have a kid down there that I love, and I don't want anything happening to her...

      August 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      I also hope your child will be OK. I am referring to her remarks against the Democrats when an earthquake and hurricaine hit Washington DC last year.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Just as long as Mitt Romney's cash remains safe in the Cayman Islands, it's not a problem.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      I know what the Democrats would say...it was God's way of saying "yes" to Obama, God hates Republicans, blah blah blah. There is a reason why the icon for Democrats is a seven letter word for donkey.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karma, it's a...

      How fast can Congress pass a tax break for raincoats and galoshes?

      August 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well it went from a tropical depression to being a named storm...uh oh.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, that kid that is so loved will be leaving on Saturday for New Orleans and then Monday for Tampa. She's shopping my closet for anything red. There is no need for red retail therapy after that book bill. Fortunately she will be in a place that is higher elevation and not in a Zone 1 flood zone. Thankfully there is family in both cities.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. ted

    Blame Bush for the hurricane.....and everything else. 🙂

    August 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beesbees

    Well............this could be a problem for my cruise trip this Sat. Gotta love mother nature (serious).

    August 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jersey

    How the HECK does a hurricane become a partisan issue? Grow up!

    August 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CS Madison

    Well this ought to tell the R's something! Pretty sure if this hurricane hits Tampa it means God hates Republicans.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • beavis

      *snerk snerk* heh heh heh

      August 22, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. pkMyt1

    This is God showing displeasure with the GOP

    August 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rightospeak

    I hope that the Hurricane Isaac hits the Republic Convention to knock some sense into the people that sold principles for money.Ron Paul could have done what the country needs. Romney is going to waste people's money and Obama will get reelected to continue the same policies of serving the richest 1%.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. elijah Moyo

    God help us

    August 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ggg

    its the end of the world,,,,weve never had hurricanes anywhere before now,,,,what a bunch of fear-mongers...you floridians get ready for your homeowners insurance to skyrocket again,,and by the way you CANT buy homeowners ins, right before a hurricane is going to hit you,,but dont worry obama will make everything right,,,its not your fault you never have insurance

    August 24, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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