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Tampa Bay Is Under a Tropical Storm Watch

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:

  • Hillsborough
  • Pinellas
  • Manatee
  • Sarasota
  • Desoto
  • Highlands
  • Charlotte
  • Lee
  • Hardee

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.

The storm will churn through the Gulf of Mexico to threaten the Tampa coastline on Monday. If Isaac stays on its projected course, its arrival in the Tampa Bay area will  coincide with the start of the Republican National Convention.

The city is preparing for a flood of 50,000 visitors, from media to delegates, for the GOP nomination of Mitt Romney for president.

Isaac is not yet a hurricane, but is already a deadly storm. Three people are reported dead near Port-au-Prince in Haiti, with flooding a major problem.

The storm is expected to crawl by eastern Cuba today and possibly travel over central Cuba tonight. Isaac then will set it sights on Florida and is forecast to travel near or over the Keys and southern peninsula Sunday or Sunday night.

Stay tuned to Patch for details.

 

 

 

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Mark Warren August 25, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Any word on if/when the City is going to provide sand/sandbags?
carol zavacki August 25, 2012 at 06:38 PM
thank you for keeping us updated, this is new for me, and Im enjoying it.....the trouble with floridians is they don't believe this will happen......I personnally would be prepared as a test, practice run, if it's comes better for us.....
Gina S August 25, 2012 at 06:46 PM
mark, i am copying this info from the pasco sheriffs fb page : IMPORTANT STORM INFORMATION: Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to make landfall near Key West at 2am Monday and be near the Pasco County area around 8pm Monday evening. Sand Bags Locations Questions contact Public Works at 727-847-8452 West Side: Fire Station # 10 (7918 Rhodes Rd- Hudson) Fire Station # 17 (2951 Seven Springs Blv- NPR) West Pasco Government Center (near ice machine) Mitchell Park (off Little Rd.) Central: Land O Lakes Recreation Center (Collier Parkway) East Side: C- Barn on Warder Ave in San Antonio Citizens must bring their own shovel and are limited to 20 sand bags per house hold. they have also added another station on 7 springs
Michael Nutter August 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The Philadelphia Inquirer ENDORSES Romney/Ryan; says hurricane is Obama's fault
Mark S. Hankins August 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The HAARP tracker site says they're blasting Florida right now. Can this be for real?! http://www.haarpstatus.com/haarpstatus/haarpmap.html

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