Monday, August 27, 2012
The region may have escaped the worst of Isaac, which is heading toward the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.
All tropical storm and tornado warnings have expired for the Tampa Bay area as Isaac continues to move further west over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Monday. The good news for Tampa Bay means bad news for the northern Gulf coast, as Isaac is expected to reach hurricane strength over the next 48 hours as it approaches the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warns of significant storm surge in the northern Gulf coast region, where several tropical storm and hurricane warnings are in place. The storm was about 250 miles south of Apalachicola at 11 a.m. Monday and moving at about 14 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of up to 65 mph, forecasters said. Locally, bands of heavy rain and wind gusts are still …
As the tropical storm’s rains begin to push through the area, we want to see your photos of the weather and how the storm is affecting you.
Is your neighborhood up to its ears in water? Are the winds starting to kick up outside your window? Planning to enjoy the day off school that Tropical Storm Isaac has delivered? As Isaac makes its presence known in the area, Carrollwood-Northdale Patch wants your photos and videos. Just upload your shots to this gallery to help us tell the story of Tropical Storm Isaac through your eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you’re snapping shots of flooded streets, trees bending in the wind or an afternoon tropical storm party, you’re invited to share your images of the storm right here on Patch. Just remember, as we weather the storm, to stay safe out there!
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for most of the Tampa Bay area as Isaac begins moving through the Gulf of Mexico.
The Tampa Bay area won’t likely see a direct hit from Tropical Storm Isaac, but that doesn’t mean the storm won’t wreak havoc on the region’s weather. “(We’re) expecting Isaac to stay well out to the west,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Gass. However, “rain bands will continue to move across the area.” There’s also a threat for isolated tornadoes today and a possible storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal in the coastal areas at high tide, Gass added. Strong wind gusts are also possible. Isaac was located about 180 miles southwest of Ft. Myers at 5 a.m. today, Aug. 27, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is heading west northwest at 14 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It is anticipated …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Other campuses are also closed.
University of South Florida Tampa campus students can now enjoy a long weekend thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac. The university has decided that its Tampa campus will be closed and all classes canceled on Monday, Aug. 27. Other campuses, including St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee are also closed tomorrow. All USF health clinics will also be open on schedule. Here’s the breakdown of what’s open and what’s closed, according to the USF website: Stay with Patch for updates about other closings or openings as they become available.
Conditions are still being monitored by school officials.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Update 8:49 a.m. Aug. 27: College officials have decided to close all HCC campuses today, according to the school's website. Earlier: Hillsborough Community College students do have to report to class tomorrow. The college has announced all classes for tomorrow are on as scheduled. “We will continue to monitor conditions and are prepared to respond should conditions deteriorate,” is the message posted on the school’s website. Stay with Patch for updates on closings as they become available.
The tropical storm continues to shift westward, but forecasters aren't giving an all-clear in the Tampa Bay area just yet.
Many Tampa Bay area counties remain under a tropical storm warning despite a further shift to the west in Tropical Storm Isaac’s track. “Even though it does look like conditions are going to be improving, we still want people to be on the lookout,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Talley. The tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Only the coastal area of Pasco County is still under a tropical storm warning. The National Hurricane Center put Isaac just south of Key West as of its 5 p.m. advisory. The storm is moving west northwest at 16 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Isaac is still expected to reach hurricane strength as it makes its way through…
Tropical Storm Isaac has caused the closing.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
This just in: Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy is closed on Monday, Aug. 27 due to Tropical Storm Isaac. The school is located at 15906 Mapledale Boulevard. Check Patch for updates on whether the school will re-open on Tuesday.
The closing is a “precautionary measure” as Tropical Storm Isaac makes its way north, according to a media release.
Most Hillsborough County workers are getting a long weekend courtesy of Tropical Storm Isaac. The county announced a short while ago it was closing government offices and suspending services tomorrow. The closings apply to all county administrative offices that are “non-essential to immediate public health and safety,” according to a media release. “This is to help keep employees and residents safe, by eliminating their need to travel to County offices Monday (tomorrow) in potentially hazardous driving conditions.” As Isaac makes its way north into the Gulf of Mexico, the county’s Emergency Operations Center is now on 24-hour activation. The entire Tampa Bay region remains under a tropical storm warning, which means hazardous weather is …
The Supervisor of Elections has decided to close down as Tropical Storm Isaac nears.
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard is adding his offices to the growing number that are closing down on Monday due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac. The closing is a “precaution for inclement weather associated with Isaac,” a media release said. “All voter registration drives and election-related activity conducted by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election Office on Aug. 27 will also be cancelled.” For more information about the elections office, visit the agency online. Stay with Patch for more updates on storm-related closings as they become available.
The storm’s size makes it a continued concern for the Tampa Bay area, forecasters say.
The latest projections call for Tropical Storm Isaac to move even further to the west of the Tampa Bay area, but forecasters at the National Weather Service are saying it’s still too early for the region to breathe a sigh of relief. “It’s a pretty big storm,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Jillson. “Tropical storm force winds are extending 180 miles to the northeast of the center.” With this in mind, Jillson said tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the entire Bay area, including Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Pinellas counties. A warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 36 hours. Isaac was 80 miles southeast of Key West when the National Hurricane Center released its …