A projected storm track on TS Isaac from the National Hurricane Center as of Tuesday afternoon at 5 pm. (NHC/NOAA/NWS)
ATLANTA -- Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said a newly-formed tropical storm could threaten the site of next week's Republican National Convention by early next week.
Storm warnings were issued Tuesday for portions of the eastern Caribbean Islands after Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
As of 5 p.m., Tuesday, Isaac had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Isaac is moving to the west at 17 mph. On its present track, it is expected to pass over the Windward Islands on Wednesday, moving into the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of the Windward and Leeward Islands, including Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe and the surrounding islands, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Anguilla, Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatious and St. Maarten. Tropical storm watches have been posted for Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Vieques, Culbera and the British Virgin Islands.
The National Hurricane Center says that interests on Hispanola and Cuba should closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The storm track released by the National Hurricane Center in Miami suggests the storm would pass over portions of western Haiti and eastern Cuba as a hurricane by this weekend. Forecast models suggest the storm may move into the Gulf of Mexico and possibly up the western coast of Florida by early in the week.
The Republican National Convention is slated to get underway in Tampa on Monday.