Big Story Weather Tropical Update- August 23, 2012
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
This afternoon we are now dealing with two tropical systems in the Atlantic — Isaac and Joyce.
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to track southward of Puerto Rico as it is slowly beginning to shift on a west-northwest track this afternoon. Winds are estimated around 40mph with a central pressure of 1003mb.
Isaac is going to continue tracking west-northwestward and, as you can see from our models above, the track is set to put the storm over Cuba by this Sunday and then into the Southern Gulf by Monday before making a landfall in the panhandle of Florida by mid-week.
At this time, conditions are favorable for this storm to become a hurricane over the next few days.
If you live anywhere from New Orleans LA to the panhandle of Florida you will want to keep a close eye on this system.
Tropical Storm Joyce has also formed today and is currently tracking west-northwest and should remain over open waters. However, Bermuda needs to keep a close eye on this system as it tracks that direction.
Estimated pressure this afternoon is around 1006mb and winds are near 40mph.
This storm is forecast to intensify over the next few days.