Tropical development likely in the Gulf by Thursday

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A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane that investigated the oncoming Tropical Storm Isaac Wednesday evening and found that the system has weakened a bit, according to the National Weather Service. Tropical storms generate winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, just below hurricane force.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe by tonight or early Thursday. Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help. The storm is expected to cause widespread damage, with some estimates saying it will be the costliest storm to ever hit the United States.

Instead, Atlantic tropical storms are given their names based on pre-set lists from the National Hurricane Center (lists that originated in 1953) and are maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an global committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

There are now four storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean with the formation of Tropical Storm Joyce.

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A duty forecaster yesterday urged Jamaicans to keep abreast of regular updates on the system and to take seriously the potential threat from Isaac, even as a tropical depression.

The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane, which is the strongest area of the storm. "There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue". That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had about 7 inches.

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In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. "What we will get are the remnants of the tropical storm".