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Hurricane targets Caribbean

Disaster responders and meteorologists are casting wary glances toward Hurricane Isabel.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | September 10, 2003

Disaster responders and meteorologists are casting wary glances toward Hurricane Isabel, a Category 4 storm moving slowly toward the Caribbean.

Isabel, according to the predictions of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, is currently on a course followed by Hurricane Fabian, which struck Bermuda last week. Isabel, however, is not expected to make the northeastern swerve that brought Fabian to Bermuda.

The storm is not currently expected to strengthen into a higher category storm, according to NHS spokesman Frank Lepore. In fact, Isabel appears to be slowly losing power, and is predicted to drop to Category III by Sunday, he said.

Based on the storm's current speed (between 12 and 14 mph), and its current trajectory (easterly), Isabel would likely move to the north of Puerto Rico by Monday morning, Lepore said.

"But there is a great deal of uncertainty beyond that point," he said.


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