Tropical Storm Isaac is still a long way from the coastline of the United States, but on August 22, Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel tweeted about the storm’s potential impact on Florida and the Gulf Coast states. “Hard to imagine FL/Gulf state w/o impact at this time,” hurricane expert Cantore tweeted around 3:30 p.m.
Experts at The Weather Channel expect Tropical Storm Isaac to become a hurricane by Friday. Numerous watches and warnings have been issued, including a hurricane warning for the southern portion of Dominican Republic and a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Haiti. “It’s a dangerous storm, regardless of strength, because of flooding potential,” Jim Cantore said on-air on Wednesday afternoon. The Dominican Republic and surrounding areas could pick up as much as 20” of rain as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Isaac is very hard to predict because the storm is showing multiple centers. Jim Cantore said that The Weather Channel wouldn’t be able to narrow the storm’s track or forecast its exact intensity until sometime on Friday. “Multiple centers present problems with tracking tropical systems,” Cantore explained to Weather Channel viewers.
Computer models currently track Isaac on a path for Florida. On Wednesday, Jim Cantore said that there are very subtle differences between the GFS and Euro models. He also said that Florida should experience some impact from Isaac. “Don’t let your guard down because I believe Isaac will eventually be a very impactful storm,” Cantore later tweeted.
The National Weather Service issued its first statement about Florida’s potential impact from Tropical Storm Isaac. It reads…
Intensification is possible after Isaac’s interaction with Cuba. Although the latter part of the track is uncertain, tropical storm conditions are possible in the Florida Keys as early as Sunday. Now is the time to make or review your personal or family emergency plan. Our staff meteorologists will monitor Tropical Storm Isaac around the clock from the Florida Keys National Weather Service office in Key West.
All eyes will be on Isaac as it nears the coast of Florida, but officials in Tampa are watching especially closely. The Republican National Convention opens on Monday, August 27 in Tampa. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN on Wednesday, “We’re watching it. We’re tracking it. I think we’re going to be OK but we’ll be prepared in the event it heads this way,”
If Tropical Storm Isaac does indeed turn into Hurricane Isaac and heads to Florida like Jim Cantore suspects it may, look for the meteorologist to be on the move sometime this weekend to cover the storm’s impact. Florida residents are hoping that he doesn’t turn up where they live.
Jim Cantore is a seasoned hurricane specialist, having reported live from Hurricanes Andrew, Bonnie, Fran, Georges, Gustav, Floyd, Katrina, Mitch and Rita. In 2011, he reported live from Battery Park as Hurricane Irene made landfall and flooded parts of Lower Manhattan. He later moved to Vermont to cover Irene’s after effects in New England. Jim is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
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