CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – The Hurricane Isaac 2012 projected path remains on track for West Florida today, officials tell news. Hurricane Isaac 2012’s path Sunday remains consistent with initial tracking predictions Saturday; but Isaac is shifting slightly more westerly than anticipated. The National Hurricane Center, in a news briefing out of Miami this morning, reports that the Florida Keys remains in the path of Isaac. But with Isaac’s shift westward, several communities on Florida’s eastern side will be impacted as well.
Hurricane Isaac 2012 is prompting a mixture of both hurricane and tropical storm alerts for southern Florida today. While Miami is not in Isaac’s path, beaches will experience rising tide levels and communities could experience tropical weather patterns, officials tell news.
The same is true elsewhere across south Florida today. But while Isaac still remains a tropical storm, it will increase to hurricane status as it nears Key West Sunday, officials tell news. After reaching Key West, Isaac will further intensify, passing through the Gulf of Mexico, the NHC tell news.
How strong will Isaac get? The National Hurricane Center is advising news today that Isaac will become a Category 2 Hurricane, at least by Tuesday. In fact, Isaac will reach its greatest strength as it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, officials tell news. With a category 2 hurricane status, Isaac could bring to northern Gulf communities winds in excess of one hundred miles per hour.
Hurricane Isaac is expected to reach the Florida Keys Sunday evening. Isaac is expected to be over central Florida Tuesday and then reach the northern Gulf communities on Wednesday. But in a news briefing this morning, NHC issued a a hurricane watch for east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Indian Pas, Florida, including New Orleans. A hurricane warning, however, remains in effect for the Florida Keys. A warning is also in place for Bonita Beach southward to Ocean Reef. In contrast, a tropical storm watch has been extended for Florida’s east coast north of Sebastian Inlet to Flagler Beach, officials tell news.
NHC tell news that a hurricane watch governs activity within the next forty-eight hours. In contrast, a hurricane watch covers activity in the next twenty-four hours.
Within the last hour, officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Meantime, Shell is shutting down operations and evacuating platforms in Gulf of Mexico because of the stormâ€™s anticipated arrival on Monday.
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