While Hurricane Isaac – also called Tropical Storm Isaac in some reports – has weakened a little, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reports that it is still ‘expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the Leeward Islands later this week.’

Where will this affect?

Hurricane Isaac is expected to travel between St Lucia and Antigua. According to AccuWeather’s forecast (issued on Monday) the following islands are likely to be affected:

Moderate impact 

  • Guadeloupe
  • Dominica
  • Martinique
  • St Lucia

Some impact

  • St Kitts and Nevis,
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Montserrat
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barbados

People in Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands and Grenada should all continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Isaac as well. Weather.com expects high surf and strong winds to reach the islands on Wednesday.

You can find the latest update from the National Hurricane Center here – scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest information.

You might also be interested in reading this piece from Brandon Thompson at Drum Cussac – Tips to help you stay safe during and after a hurricane.

Advice for travellers

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent. 
  • Monitor media reports/resources listed below.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered. 

Resources

Official advice

Headlines

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