Tropical Storm Isaac (previously Hurricane Isaac) is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Thursday morning, and to keep moving through the Caribbean sea over Friday and Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory at 1100AM AST on Wednesday

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Martinique
* Dominica
* Guadeloupe

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Antigua
* Montserrat
* St. Kitts and Nevis
* Saba and St. Eustatius

Tropical storm conditions remain serious and could cause flooding and widespread disruption. However, the forecast is less serious than previously believed. From the Wednesday morning advisory

RAINFALL:  Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up 8 inches across
Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, 1 to 2 inches with isolated
amounts to 4 inches across Puerto Rico and the southern United
States Virgin Islands, with up to an inch anticipated across the
remaining Windward and Leeward Islands.  This rainfall may cause
life-threatening flash flooding.

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected on Martinique,
Dominica, and Guadeloupe early Thursday.  Tropical storm conditions
are possible within the tropical storm watch area on Thursday.

STORM SURGE:  Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore
winds.  Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large
waves.

SURF:  Swells generated by Isaac will begin to affect portions
of the Lesser Antilles this afternoon.  These swells are likely to
cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please
consult products from your local weather office.

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

Click through on the links below for travel advice for the different islands. (Always good to do, just to make sure you knew you are not allowed to wear camouflage clothing in Antigua and Barbuda and which islands carry a zika risk.)

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