As Tropical Storm Isaac continues to head toward the Caribbean, the American Red Cross asks all Florida residents to take precautions. Red Cross disaster teams are assembling and coordinating with local governments. Locally, Red Cross volunteers have been asked to be on full alert as the potential for severe weather is expected to increase into the weekend.

Tropical Storm Isaac

Aug 23, 2012

8/27/12 11:30 AM

Isaac is moving west northwest over the eastern gulf of mexico. All watches and warnings have been discontinued for the west coast of florida.

Today will be partly sunny and windy with highs in the mid 80’s, with showers and a possible thunderstorm.

The wind is southeast around 25 miles an hour.

Tonight scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight then a chance for thunderstorms after midnight. It will be mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 70’s. 

Emergency managers urge Florida residents to get ready for a possible tropical storm or hurricane as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to gather strength as it moves west through the  Caribbean.  The current forecast track – and there’s still lots of wiggle room – puts the system as a category 1 hurricane off Naples Monday morning.  Emergency managers like Wayne Sallade with Charlotte County say now is the time to pay attention and prepare. 

  • A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Tropical Isaac continues its trek through the Caribbean.  At 11:00 AM the center of the storm was located near latitude 15.9 north,  longitude 59.3 west with sustained winds of 45 miles an hour. Isaac is expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves toward the west at about 21 miles an hour.