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Hurricane Isaac forecast to enter Caribbean Sea this week

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The arrival of tropical waves along the western portion of the Yucatan Peninsula will result in rains for most of the coast.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a tropical wave along the western side of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is generating isolated moderate-to-locally strong rain showers.

Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea are associated with a tropical wave and an upper-level trough. The disturbance is forecast to move slowly west-northwestward across the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next couple of days.

Upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development when the system moves across the western Gulf of Mexico Wednesday through Friday.

Hurricane Isaac to enter Caribbean Sea. Photo: NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also says that tropical storm Isaac is now a small Category 1 hurricane, having developed overnight. Hurricane Isaac is currently moving toward the west at 20 km/h, but they say the hurricane will likely pick up an increase in speed toward the end of the week.

On the forecast track, Hurricane Isaac is said to be moving across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea. They report that Hurricane Isaac is expected to enter the Caribbean Sea region by Thursday.

The NOAA has not yet released a forecast if they anticipate Isaac will hit any Mexican land or if he will simply bypass the region. They  report that “Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is higher than normal,” adding that they will continue to monitor the storm during the next few days.