A National Weather Service chart published Wednesday morning showing the probable path of the storm based on still imperfect computer modeling puts the outer-bands of Isaac over Tampa as of Monday morning, with the full storm moving in that afternoon.
“We can say at this point that there is the potential for periods of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, gusty winds, flooding, rough surf and heavy seas as Isaac turns to the north and moves near or over Florida spanning Monday into Wednesday,” an AccuWeather.com media advisory warned.
“At present forward speed (approximately 20 mph), the greatest impact in the Tampa area is likely to occur Monday afternoon into Tuesday with conditions potentially deteriorating during Sunday night, depending on the nature of spiral bands preceding the system.”
Should Isaac become a hurricane by then, even if it’s just a Category 1 or 2 storm, it would bring torrential rains, damaging winds that down trees and power lines, potential electricity failure, hundreds of canceled flights and likely more troubling effects. AccuWeather said that a “worst case scenario” would see the hurricane linger in the Gulf briefly before turning northward late Monday or early Tuesday, potentially as a much more powerful storm that completely disrupts the RNC and causes significant damage.
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