Tropical Depression Nine has become Tropical Storm Isaac and is located east of Dominica.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the island.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions are EXPECTED somewhere within the Warning area, in this case within 24 hours.

At 5 pm, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near Latitude 15.4 North, Longitude 53.9 West or about 495 miles east of Dominica.

Isaac is moving toward the west near 17 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, the center of ISAAC should move through the central Lesser Antilles Wednesday evening and emerge over the Eastern Caribbean Sea by Thursday morning.

Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

The expected conditions are winds up to Tropical Storm force by Wednesday afternoon in Dominica with rainfall amounts of 4 – 8 inches and rough seas.

Residents are asked to monitor the movement of Isaac closely and make all final arrangements. We

Authorities continue to warn against being close to areas prone to landslides and flash flooding. Residents along the coastline should also be mindful of possible high sea swells.

Fishermen and small craft should not venture out tomorrow morning as the conditions will have significantly deteriorated.