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ISAAC EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN

Tropical Storm Isaac, born Thursday night out of a tropical depression in the far eastern tropical Atlantic, continued moving to the west-northwest on Friday and is expected to strengthen.
At 5 p.m. Friday the center was estimated about 2,270 miles east of the Virgin Islands near 13.8 degrees north latitude, 31.0 degrees west longitude. The tropical storm is packing 50 mph winds and is expected to reach hurricane status by Saturday.
"Isaac is moving to the west-northwest at 18 miles per hour," according to hurricane forecaster James Franklin. The short-term forecast calls for additional strengthening, but after the next three days, upper level winds are expected to take hold of the system.
However, Franklin noted a change in the long-range forecast. "There has been something of a shift in the longer-range prognosis," he said. Computer forecast models at the present time "do not show as strong a northward turn in the four to five day period as has been indicated.
"Some impact on the Lesser Antilles … while unlikely … cannot be ruled out at this time," Franklin said Friday afternoon.
Advisories on Tropical Storm Isaac are being issued by the National Hurricane Center every six hours.

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