Tropical Storm is likely to form today's Isaias; Florida is in a cone of prediction

The National Hurricane Center said in its update at five in the morning on Wednesday that the ninth potential tropical cyclone has not yet become a tropical storm, but Florida is still in its expected path and is expected to reach land by the end of the week. If it evolved, the tropical storm would become a politician.

NHC said the storm was moving at 23 miles per hour with maximum winds of 45 miles per hour and located 55 miles south of Dominica and 350 miles from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The meteorologist at FOX 35 Jayme King said that the system is still trying to regulate as its center is still not so well defined that it cannot be considered a tropical storm causing it to move toward a western path more than originally expected.

"This can ultimately lead to him being weak, whatever he turns into, forcing the western path in the long run," King said.

Florida is in the expected cone, but the NHC said details of the long-term pathway remain unclear due to the lack of a specific center.

As of Wednesday morning, a tropical storm warning was issued for the northern coast of Haiti alongside the northern border of the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamian government issued surveillance for tropical storms for several islands including Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay Inaguas, Mayaguana and Ragged Islands.

Currently the following regions are still under tropical storm warning: Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Martin, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic from Cabo Cocido east to Cabo Engano.

Tropical storm conditions can be felt in parts of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday morning, as the center of the storm is expected to move within the next few hours. It is then expected to pass over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening and near or over Hispaniola on Thursday; Arriving in the Bahamas on Friday and landing in South Florida by Sunday.

The NHC gave 90% chance to develop the system into Isaias Tropical Storm over the next two to five days.

"Satellite imagery indicates a significant heat load explosion near the well-defined center, which will likely cause the system to become a tropical storm later in the day," said Eric Blake, chief hurricane specialist at NHC. "Further intensification is possible before land in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, assuming that the structure continues to improve, and the wind speed forecasts are adjusted slightly in the near term."

King said the turmoil is expected to increase in strength on Wednesday evening, but some weakness is expected with the storm heading over the Hispaniola Mountains, where the range varies as "a history of tearing up the storms." At this point, the storm is expected to slow its movement forward, too. More shear may limit the development of the storm as it passes through the Florida Strait as well.

Tropical storm winds extend outward about 275 miles from the center. Antigua recently reported winds of up to 47 mph.

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