13 September 2018- Bye Tropical Storm Isaac!
All is well with Barbados! Just a little rain here and there.. nothing remarkable to report.. although some thunderstorms may occur later today and into the night. We may also experience some rough seas and therefore sea bathers should exercise caution. In the meantime, Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean Sea. The 11 am map from the National Hurricane Center shows that Isaac has already moved past Barbados. We therefore end our updates here. Thanks for tracking this system with us at Plombagine Cottage!
12 September 2018- Tropical Storm Isaac Weakens
-The 5 pm National Hurricane Center advisory states that some additional weakening will occur over the next 48 hrs.
-According to the 8 am Public Advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Isaac has lost some strength since yesterday. The NHC Public Advisory states that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. In addition, gradual weakening is likely over the next few days. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. However, there are no watches or warnings in effect for Barbados.
According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, Tropical storm-force winds of this system extend outward up to 105 miles from the center. However, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac will pass about 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) north of Barbados early on Thursday morning. As such, Barbados is not within range of the tropical storm-force winds of this system. Nevertheless, Barbados will experience rain and possibly intermittent thunderstorms from the outer bands of the system as it progresses through the Caribbean Sea. Guests at Plombagine Cottage should therefore exercise caution if going to the beach today.
11 September 2018- Tropical Storm Isaac
As at 11 am this morning, Tropical Storm Isaac was inching closer to the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center notes that the system may regain hurricane strength and then weaken again, before reaching the Caribbean. However, Tropical Storm Isaac is maintaining a course which will take it across the central Lesser Antilles at or near hurricane strength around Thursday. Hurricane watches are in effect for the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. A Hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are expected within the watch area within 24 hours.
The Barbados Met Services expects that on the current track, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to pass about 150 miles (240 km) north of Barbados on Thursday. As such, no tropical storm or hurricane watches are in effect for Barbados at this time. Some scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, and occasional gusty winds may occur on Wednesday. Although Plombagine Cottage is on the western side of Barbados, Isaac may cause some sea swells as it approaches the Caribbean region from the Atlantic on the eastern side of the island. Guests may, therefore, experience some rough seas and should accordingly exercise caution when going to the beach.
10 September 2018- Isaac Downgraded to Tropical Storm
The 11 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center states that Hurricane Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm. However, the NHC expects the system will be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the Caribbean. The system is likely to start affecting the Caribbean Region around Thursday. However, the system is still not likely to make landfall in or near Barbados.
10 September 2018- Hurricane Isaac Update
5 AM: Hurricane Isaac remains a Category 1 hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is moving in a westerly direction towards the Caribbean, at a speed of 13mph. Maximum sustained winds are reportedly 75mph. Viewing the track forecast by the NHC, at this moment the system is not expected to make landfall in Barbados. However, Barbados is likely to get some showers as the system moves through the Leeward Islands. The Barbados Meteorological Services Office notes that it may become necessary to place Barbados under a watch or a warning as the system moves closer. However, there are no tropical storm watches or warnings in effect for Barbados at this time.
9 September 2018- Tracking Hurricane Isaac
As at 11 pm, the system was upgraded to hurricane status. Hurricane Isaac is now the 5th hurricane to form this 2018 Atlantic Season. Hurricane Isaac is slowly making its way towards the Caribbean. However, the system has increased speed from its previously recorded 9mph and is now moving at 14mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Isaac is still on a course to impact the Caribbean around Wednesday or Thursday this week.
9 September 2018- Tracking Tropical Storm Isaac
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to gain strength as it churns its way across the Atlantic Ocean. As at 5 pm Sunday, 9 September 2018, the system was still a tropical storm. However, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects that the system will reach hurricane strength by tonight. According to NHC Advisory No. 9, the system will move across the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday or Thursday this week. The models predict that the system is likely to pass well north of Barbados. However, guests at Plombagine Cottage should continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac as it makes its way towards the Caribbean. While Hurricane Irma made landfall in the British Virgin Islands in 2017 at Category 5 strength, Barbados was lucky and hopes to have another uneventful hurricane season.