Tropical Depression Nine formed this morning over the Atlantic, and the storm is beginning to mature with greater circulation. The tropical depression will likely become Tropical Storm Isaac in the very near future.
Satellite imagery shows the storm in the lower right (southeastern) part of the map, and it is moving west toward the Lesser Antilles.
There are many, many questions regarding the track of this storm, but virtually all computer models continue to show strengthening as the storm pushes farther west, across the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the Lesser Antilles, and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Puerto Rico. The official National Hurricane Center track forecasts the storm to become a hurricane by the end of the week.
Some curving to the north is expected, although it is not yet clear how sharply (or soon) the curve will occur. Therefore, those in the Caribbean and along the Southeast Coast, from the Gulf side of Florida to the Atlantic beaches, all the way up into the Carolinas, will continue to watch closely.
Any impact - if there is one on the Continental US - will not likely be until next week.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:29:31 GMT
Portions of Moore, Oklahoma were ravaged by a mile-wide tornado this Monday afternoon. This follows a near-record quiet start to tornado season. Strong storms may reach northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan by Tuesday.More >>
Recovery efforts continue in Moore, Oklahoma after a catastrophic tornado on Monday. The tornado season that began quietly in 2013 has roared to life this week. Severe weather is possible in Northwest Ohio on Tuesday and Wednesday. 13abc and 13abc.com will update throughout the day. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:15:43 GMT
Thousands of shipwrecks rest close to home and some local divers are on a mission to discover them. The weather on Lake Erie can be violent at times without much warning. Darkness, fog, wind and wavesMore >>
Local divers are on a search to discover some of the thousands of shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Erie.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:51 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:51:10 GMT
On Monday, we'll likely climb to 88 degrees. If we reach 88 on Monday, it would become our warmest day since August 31st, when we reached 93 degrees. Monday's record high is 92 degrees, from May 20th of 1962.More >>
Monday was the warmest day of the year. The temperature hit 90 degrees at Toledo Express Airport at mid afternoon. That is the warmest day since August 31st of last year. Toledo reached 93 degrees on that date. Monday's record high is 92 degrees, from May 20th of 1962. Get Toledo's only live, local radar 24/7 at 13abc.com/weather.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:55 AM EDT2013-05-19 12:55:26 GMT
It has been a slow severe weather season up to this point, but this weekend will be the busiest of the season so far. There were more than 20 tornado reports on Saturday and over 200 severe reports totals.More >>
More than 200 severe weather reports and 20 tornadoes were observed in the plains on Saturday.More >>