Monday, August 27, 2012
School will resume Tuesday and all operations will go on as normal, the district said.
All Pinellas County Schools and district offices will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 28, the district announced on its website. All district operations will go on as normal for students and staff. Schools were closed Monday because of the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac.
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 …
Rough surf, large waves and the possibility of rip tides caused by Tropical Storm Isaac pose a hazard to swimmers, even if the skies clear up.
Even though skies may be clearing, beachgoers should still stay out of the water for now, Pinellas County officials warned Monday morning. Rough surf along the beaches, six- to eight-foot waves and the possibility of rip tides pose a hazard until the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac passes, officials said. Beachgoers are asked to avoid going in the Gulf of Mexico waters while storm conditions persist. At Clearwater Beach, double red flags were posted Monday morning, meaning there is no swimming allowed and lifeguards were not on duty.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for most of the Tampa Bay area as Isaac begins moving through the Gulf of Mexico.
The Tampa Bay area won’t likely see a direct hit from Tropical Storm Isaac, but that doesn’t mean the storm won’t wreak havoc on the region’s weather. “(We’re) expecting Isaac to stay well out to the west,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Gass. However, “rain bands will continue to move across the area.” There’s also a threat for isolated tornadoes today and a possible storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal in the coastal areas at high tide, Gass added. Strong wind gusts are also possible. Isaac was located about 180 miles southwest of Ft. Myers at 5 a.m. today, Aug. 27, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is heading west northwest at 14 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It is anticipated …
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
The tropical storm continues to shift westward, but forecasters aren't giving an all-clear in the Tampa Bay area just yet.
Many Tampa Bay area counties remain under a tropical storm warning despite a further shift to the west in Tropical Storm Isaac’s track. “Even though it does look like conditions are going to be improving, we still want people to be on the lookout,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Talley. The tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Only the coastal area of Pasco County is still under a tropical storm warning. The National Hurricane Center put Isaac just south of Key West as of its 5 p.m. advisory. The storm is moving west northwest at 16 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Isaac is still expected to reach hurricane strength as it makes its way through…
Three shelters will open this afternoon, including two that serve people with special needs.
Three Pinellas County Shetlers will open at 4 today, in anticipation of worsening weather overnight from the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac. The shelters that are: The shelter for people who live in flood-prone areas. Winds of 20-30 mph are expected, with higher gusts with bands of rain. The weather is expected to last throughout the day and evening on Monday. Call Pinellas County Citizen Information Center at 727-464-4333. Phones will be answered 24 hours a day during this weather-related emergency.
The storm’s size makes it a continued concern for the Tampa Bay area, forecasters say.
The latest projections call for Tropical Storm Isaac to move even further to the west of the Tampa Bay area, but forecasters at the National Weather Service are saying it’s still too early for the region to breathe a sigh of relief. “It’s a pretty big storm,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Jillson. “Tropical storm force winds are extending 180 miles to the northeast of the center.” With this in mind, Jillson said tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the entire Bay area, including Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Pinellas counties. A warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 36 hours. Isaac was 80 miles southeast of Key West when the National Hurricane Center released its …
While Isaac’s center will pass to the west of the region, forecasters are anticipating a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet.
It’s becoming less and less likely Tampa Bay will take a direct hit from Isaac as it makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico. Even so, forecasters say the Bay area isn’t out of the danger zone just yet. The tropical storm, which is expected to reach hurricane strength sometime later today, is anticipated to bring a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet to the Tampa Bay area. It’s also likely Isaac will bring heavy rain, gusty winds and the potential for isolated tornados as it moves through the area. “Even though the center should be offshore, (we) should get several inches of rain,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Fleming. From Sarasota up to Pasco County, “across that whole area, 4 to 8 inches (of rain is possible) …