UPDATE at 7 a.m. on WEDNESDAY
The National Weather Service reported late Tuesday night that Tropical Storm Issac has indeed formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the National Hurricane Center's latest potential track for the storm, which is attached to this article, Issac is projected to track through the Caribbean starting as early as Friday morning — and then move on to effect the Florida coastline late Sunday night to early Monday morning.
With Tropical Storm Issac beginning to become more organized, the NWS has issued watches and warnings for the Dominican Republic.
East Haven Patch will continue to keep an eye on the storm's track — and the possibility it could be headed the Connecticut shoreline's way.
ORIGINAL STORY (Posted Tuesday at 10 a.m.)
Right around this time last year, we were all and how it and throughout the rest of the state.
In preparation, local emergency personnel issued .
but that didn't stop it from , creating and leaving major flooding damage throughout Vermont, upstate New York and other areas of the Northeast.
'Issac' Expected to Form
Now, another I-storm is in the news.
According to the WXEdge.com website, a potentially extreme weather pattern is brewing in the tropics and if it forms into a tropical storm, it will be called Isaac.
"The timing of this storm is right around the same time as Irene was just one year ago," Sam Kantrow said on the WXEdge website. "Some of the models take it to the south, and into the Gulf of Mexico, others take it northward to Florida, and others show it being a direct hit for Connecticut. There's also a chance it will be out to sea."
"That big storm has an 80% chance of turning into something tropical and would get the name Isaac," he said.
Labor Day Weekend
MacLaughlin said he can't say whether a repeat performance of last summer's extreme weather will occur.
"What we do know is this... Labor Day Weekend could be interesting for some part of the United States," he said. "If this storm forms and behaves the way many storms do at this time of the year in that part of the world, our coastlines will need to be on-guard... much like last year."