Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

A tropical storm may form off the Texas Gulf Coast by Friday, bringing heavy rains to areas already drenched in the past few weeks, US government and private forecasters said on Tuesday.

By the time it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength before weakening on Friday. Satellite images show very little left as a recognizable tropical storm.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Watches were also discontinued for St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba and Eustatius.

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring the Met Office via its social media accounts and website at www.metoffice.gov.tt for updates.

A tropical wave could strengthen as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico today, forecasters said.

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"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.

Florence could become a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared previous year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

Forecasters were monitoring five tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin, with the strongest, Category 4 Hurricane Florence, threatening the Carolinas.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. Heavy rain and winds from Olivia downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii's Maui island but spared the state widespread damage Wednesday. It continues to move westward at 17 miles per hour.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico.

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