Monday, August 27, 2012
The region may have escaped the worst of Isaac, which is heading toward the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.
All tropical storm and tornado warnings have expired for the Tampa Bay area as Isaac continues to move further west over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Monday. The good news for Tampa Bay means bad news for the northern Gulf coast, as Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength over the next 48 hours as it approaches the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warns of significant storm surge in the northern Gulf coast region, where several tropical storm and hurricane warnings are in place. The storm was about 250 miles south of Apalachicola at 11 a.m. Monday and moving at about 14 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of up to 65 mph, forecasters said. Locally, bands of heavy rain and wind gusts are still …
The district has canceled classes and before- and after-school activities due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Pinellas County Schools and offices will be closed Monday, Aug. 27 due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. All before- and after-school activities and programs scheduled for Monday are also cancelled, the district announced Sunday morning. Superintendent John Stewart and his staff are in close contact with Pinellas County Emergency Management and will continue to monitor Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac, the district said. It is unknown if schools will be open Tuesday. When a decision is made, parents will be notified in the following ways:
County parks will be closed until 10 a.m. Tuesday due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of emergency. The state of emergency allows local officials to streamline certain administrative procedures to better respond to the needs of county residents during a weather related emergency. All Pinellas County government offices under the Board of County Commissioners will be open to the public for regular business hours Monday, Aug. 27. County parks will be closed until 10 a.m. Tuesday. Except for emergency matters, first appearance advisories and juvenile shelter and detention hearings, the courts in Pasco and Pinellas counties will be closed on Monday.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Do you have a boat? Now is the time to secure it before Isaac moves into the Gulf. Boats that break free can pollute waters and cause significant damage.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises boat owners to secure boats from heavy winds from Tropical Storm Isaac. Vessels that break free can cause problems in waterways with leaking fuel and oil pollution; by drifting into bridges, docks, seawalls and piers; and from interfering with navigation. In addition, the boats themselves can sustain damage. “Now is the time to properly secure your vessel to make sure it doesn’t break free and cause damage to property or result in people getting injured,” said Capt. Tom Shipp with the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. If boat owners trailer their boats, the FWC recommends they secure their vessels in a safe location, let some air out of the trailer tires, block the …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Isaac is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and reach the Tampa Bay area Monday.
Most of Florida's west coast is under a tropical storm watch, as Isaac gains strength and momentum tonight off the coast of Cuba. The storm is anticipated to become a hurricane Sunday and reach the Tampa Bay area Monday. Although its precise location is uncertain, hurricane officials expect Isaac to travel west of Tampa. Isaac will impact the Tampa Bay area, regardless of whether it touches land. Tropical force winds from Isaac extend outward for up to 205 miles, bringing rainfall measuring from 8 to 20 inches. At 5 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service reported that Isaac was traveling at 21 mph with winds near 60 mph. The storm is expected to reach the Florida Keys on Sunday as a hurricane. The Tropical Storm watch now in effects …
The watch covers Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, and Hardee counties.
As Isaac menaced Haiti Saturday morning, the National Weather Service put the Tampa Bay area under a tropical storm watch that extends from Lee County to Pinellas County. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours. The tropical storm watch is from Bonita Beach in Lee County to Tarpon Springs in north Pinellas County. The following counties are under a tropical storm watch: A tropical storm watch also was issued for Florida's east coast north of Sebastian Inlet to Flagler Beach. Isaac is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday and muscle its way over the Florida Keys, which is under a hurricane watch that extends up the southern Florida peninsula to Palm Beach County…
St. Petersburg is making sandbags available to residents Saturday and Sunday at two locations.
The city is offering free sand and bags, with DIY operations at two different locations. They are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Grab some bags and fill them to keep the flood waters out of your home or business. Just go to:
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Florida Keys and southern Florida are under a tropical storm watch, as Isaac approaches.
Tropical Storm Isaac is "getting better organized," as it moves northwest toward Haiti, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Friday night. The Tampa Bay area still is within the cone of uncertainty, with Isaac projected to arrive Tuesday morning, as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm could affect plans for the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday in downtown Tampa and runs through Thursday. The New York Times reported Friday that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's nomination has been moved up two days, from Wednesday to Monday. The change will enable the process to be completed before the storm is forecast to reach the Tampa Bay area. Isaac was moving northwest at around 14 mph as of 11 p.m. Friday but is …
The Tampa Bay area remains in the five-day cone of uncertainty, as seven Florida counties are put on tropical storm watch.
The Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula are under a tropical storm watch tonight, with the center of Isaac about 790 miles southeast of Miami, the National Weather Service reports. The storm has shifted to the east slightly, keeping the Tampa Bay area within the cone of uncertainty. Tropical Storm Isaac is 880 miles southeast of Naples. Florida's tropical storm watch extends from the Keys to Palm Beach County and (inland) to Glades County, as the storm intensifies, with winds reaching 65 mph. At 6 p.m. Friday, the storm was traveling in a northwest direction at 16 mph. Isaac is expected to move across eastern Cuba Sunday. It is projected to travel west of Tampa Bay Tuesday morning, as a Category 1 hurricane. If the storm stays…
It's too early to know with certainty. Tampa is still in the cone of possible tracks, but Isaac may arrive west of Tampa Bay early next week.
We're not in the clear just yet. At 8 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Isaac churned at sea, just south of Haiti, where a hurricane watch is in effect. The National Weather Service expects the storm to crawl at about 15 mph toward Florida, crossing Cuba Sunday morning. But hurricane officials are not anticipating a direct hit on the Tampa Bay region. If current projections stand, Isaac will arrive west of Tampa Bay after midnight Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane. There is a chance that Isaac will impact Florida's panhandle next week. Of course, all that may change with the unpredictability of the storm as it edges closer to landfall, hurricane officials said. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Carlisle, the Tampa Bay …