CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – The Hurricane Isaac 2012 projected path is leaving Florida tracking concerns for Sunday. Hurricane Isaac 2012 will reach Florida as early as Sunday, according to the last hurricane tracking reports issued by multiple weather news agencies this morning. The consensus among those news reports is that TS Isaac will pass over Haiti Friday and will reach the western, southern tip of Florida, as Hurricane Isaac, Sunday. But Hurricane Isaac’s projected path is still causing confusion for Florida.
The latest update for Hurricane Isaac is not good for the Gulf. Weather news agencies are alerting that on Friday August 24, 2012 TS Isaac will be passing through the Dominican Republic and Haiti. On Friday, in passing over the island of Hispaniola, TS Isaac will increase. After days of remaining a tropical storm, Isaac will intensify Friday, officials tell news, growing to hurricane status.
Isaac will pass over Cuba Friday and Saturday. In fact, officials tell news that pre-trial hearings set for the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been currently cancelled. Moreover, at least two hundred people have been evacuated from Cuba in advance of Isaac’s arrival this weekend.
For Friday, the concern initially remains the residents of Haiti. Nearly a half million residents, who lost their homes in the deadly earthquake two years ago, live in a tarp city. They tell news that are refusing to leave their tarp homes, despite the arrival of Isaac today. Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is advising residents to prepare accordingly. He has designated evacuation facilities. But local news is reporting that residents are not agreeing to leave their homes. “The risks are obvious in terms of flooding of low-lying areas,” said Jean-Michel Vigreux, director for CARE International in Haiti.
But what will happen to Florida? The National Hurricane Center out of Miami is in consensus with other weather news agencies that Isaac will pass toward the western, southern tip of Florida and move northerly, starting Sunday. That is causing concern for Tampa.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn tells news that the Republican National Convention, scheduled to start Monday, is happening just as Isaac passes through central Florida. Buckhorn tell news that he has multiple contingency plans in place if in fact Isaac impacts Tampa. Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirms the same to news. Convention CEO William Harris tells news, however, that “We continue to move forward with our planning and look forward to a successful convention.”
In a news briefing this morning from Miami, the National Hurricane Center said that that hurricane watch for Friday covers Haiti. The NHC also tells news that “interests in the remainder of Cuba …. the Bahamas, South Florida, and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of Isaac.”
Massive flooding could come from Isaac. Initial reports indicated rain accumulations of up to eight inches is expected. Now those numbers have been adjusted upward to twelve inches.
The NHC tell news “not to focus on the exact track because of forecast uncertainties and the fact that Isaac has a large area of tropical storm force winds.” Isaac is expected to be a Category 1 Hurricane next week. It could reach the Florida/Alabama line on Wednesday after passing through Texas and Florida Sunday.