Isaac may restrengthen after threatening Jamaica this weekend
After plowing through the Lesser Antilles with flooding rain and gusty winds, Tropical Depression Isaac will threaten the western Caribbean by next week.
Isaac passed through the Lesser Antilles on Thursday near Dominica and Martinique and will continue on a westward path through the Caribbean into Sunday.
Isolated wind gusts around 80 km/h (50 mph) were found on the island of Dominica on Thursday.
Now past the Lesser Antilles, Isaac is a tropical depression forecast to track south of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. An uptick in shower and thunderstorm activity is expected in these areas late in the week and over the weekend.
The southern-facing coastlines may have rough seas as well as stronger rip currents.
Residents and visitors of Jamaica will need to closely monitor the track of Isaac as well.
The storm may pass very close to the island by the end of the weekend, bringing with it heavy rain and gusty winds.
Even with the storm's brisk movement, rainfall can be heavy enough to trigger localized flooding. Tree and power line damage will also be possible.
Small craft may need to remain in port on Sunday, as seas may remain dangerous until Isaac dissipates or moves away.
Those on the island of Jamaica should make sure to have an emergency preparedness plan in place if you do not already have one.
6 ways to prepare now for hurricanes
Hurricane proof your yard with these expert wind-resistant tree planting tips
Don't wait until it's too late: 5 expert tips for getting your finances in order before a natural disaster strikes
The track of Isaac will become more uncertain late in the weekend.
"Waters remain very warm over the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"Provided wind shear is low, there is the potential for Isaac to gain strength and ramp up, possibly to hurricane strength, before approaching any land in along the U.S. Gulf Coast next week," Sosnowski added.
If Isaac is unable to overcome the area of disruptive winds in the atmosphere, the environment instead could weaken Isaac to just a tropical wave before reaching the Yucatan Channel.
Should this be the case, lingering tropical moisture could bring heavier rains to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico as well as the western half of Cuba early next week.
Stay up to date with the latest tropical developments by downloading the free AccuWeather app.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 3:11:18 PM EST
As a potent storm slides across the interior West, shifting winds will create difficult travel for some motorists across Southern California and the southwestern United States in general into the middle of this week.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 11:33:17 AM EST
Parts of western Europe, including much of the Netherlands, Belgium and France, will look like a winter wonderland beginning on Tuesday.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 3:19:58 PM EST
Following a quick blast of Arctic air, a slow-moving storm will drench the southern United States and raise the risk of localized flooding spanning Tuesday to Thursday of this week.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 9:34:56 AM EST
Flu season is in full swing, and according to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity remains elevated in the United States as the flu is widespread in most of the country.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 10:41:39 AM EST
A total lunar eclipse glowed red in the night sky on Sunday night, the last of its kind anywhere in the world until 2021.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 2:41:17 PM EST
A dangerous winter storm moved across the Midwest and Northeast this past weekend, blanketing areas of the region with snow and bringing some of the lowest temperatures of the season.
After the storm: Dangerous stretch of subzero AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to grip northeastern US
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 10:12:17 AM EST
A polar plunge of brutal cold has descended on the northeastern United States, which can threaten lives and complicate travel and cleanup efforts following the weekend snowstorm.
Weather News - January 21, 2019, 3:02:11 PM EST
A quick-hitting shot of snow to start the new week across the Rockies will be enough to cause travel issues but a fresh base for the ski resorts.