|Northwest Bahamas remains under tropical storm warning at 3pm alert|
|Sunday, 26 August 2012 14:33|
Alert #30 on Tropical Storm Isaac issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology at 3pm, Sunday 26th, August 2012.
Isaac has not strengthened.
Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the Northwest Bahamas, namely Bimini, Grand Bahama, Andros, New Providence, Berry Islands, Abaco and Eleuthera but have been discontinued for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Central and Southeast Bahamas.
At 2pm, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 23.9 degrees north and longitude 81.5 degrees west or about 232 miles west-southwest of Fresh Creek, Andros, 277 miles west-southwest of Nassau, and 180 miles south of South Bimini.
Isaac is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 miles per hour. A west-northwest to northwest motion is expected during the next 48 hours with a gradual decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Isaac is expected to move near or over the lower Florida Keys later today and tonight and move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours however the likelihood of Isaac becoming a hurricane before it reaches the Florida Keys is decreasing.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center. However a band of strong thunderstorms trailing in the wake of Isaac will produce strong gusty winds in the northwest islands for the next few hours.
Localized flooding can be expected in all low-lying areas.
Small craft operators in the warning areas should remain in port and ensure that their vessels are safely moored.
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