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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, June 18, 2024


Sept. 7, 2003 — While the news still focuses on Hurricane Fabian's destructive hit on Bermuda and what is now Tropical Depression Henri's very wet impact on Florida, V.I. residents should look eastward to Tropical Storm Isabel.
After watching a low-pressure area near the Cape Verde Islands for several days, the National Weather Service classified it as Tropical Storm Isabel on Saturday morning.
It's too soon to tell, of course, the storm's exact track, but meteorologist Scott Stripling at the National Weather Service in San Juan said that while computer models initially had it tracking north of the Virgin Islands, successive evaluations now indicate the storm will turn north close to the islands.
"It might get close enough to give us some weather," Stripling said.
As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Isabel was centered at 13.7 degrees north latitude and 37.1 degrees west longitude. Its winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. It was moving west at 10 mph. The pressure stood at 994 millibars or 29.35 inches.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 mph.
It was located about 830 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.
However, Isabel won't reach the Caribbean area until next weekend, which gives forecasters lots of time to track the storm and residents much time to worry.
The forecast had it developing into a Category 1 hurricane on Monday, but now expect it to become a hurricane on Sunday.
But Stripling said winds could intensify beyond the Category 1 level.
"It has the potential to become a '3'," Stripling said.

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