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The storm known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaias as it passed through the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday night and Thursday morning, while a new system began the journey from the African coast towards the Caribbean.
The large storm with the unusual name – Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine – had not become better organized by shortly after midnight Wednesday, but was continuing to move on the U.S. Virgin Islands at a brisk 25 miles per hour.
The V.I. government will not distribute sandbags and does not plan to open shelters for the tropical weather system due to hit the territory Wednesday afternoon, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen and Human Services Director Kimberley Causey-Gomez said.
The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition X-Ray at 2 p.m. Tuesday for all maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following a tropical storm warning for what has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone 9.
The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey for the maritime ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday, due to possible sustained gale force winds, greater than 39 mph, arriving in the islands within 72 hours.
Residents of the Caribbean dodged a bullet Saturday when Tropical Storm Gonzalo passed through the region before fizzling out, but they don't have a lot of time to relax as another system churns relentlessly across the Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is bringing an increased risk of wind and rain impacts to the southern Windward Islands this weekend, the National Hurricane Center reported, although there is "significant uncertainty" in how strong the weather system will be.