Monday, August 27, 2012
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
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…
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 …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A handy list to keep in case of disaster.
Stay with Carrollwood-Northdale Patch for updates about the weather.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The storm’s projected track has changed little throughout the day.
Update 2:24 a.m. Aug. 23: The 2 a.m. advisory from the National Weather Service still has Tampa Bay within the five-day cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Isaac. The latest forecast map shows the storm, projected to be a hurricane, southwest of Tampa Bay by 8 p.m. Monday. Earlier: While it’s still too early to tell for sure where Tropical Storm Isaac will eventually strike, the entire Tampa Bay area remains in the five-day cone of uncertainty. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. Aug. 22 advisory, Isaac remains southeast of Puerto Rico right now. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph at the moment. The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane sometime between Thursday and Friday. A brush with the Dominican …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
There’s more to getting ready for a storm than just stocking up on water.
Emergency management officials across the Tampa Bay area are asking residents to get a plan in place. But what exactly does that mean? According to the National Hurricane Center, there’s more to it than just stocking up on water and nonperishable food. Here’s a checklist of things the center recommends residents do in advance of hurricane season: Source: National Weather Service For more tips on storm preparedness, just click on the "2012 Hurricane Guide" link below, or visit Hillsborough County Emergency Management online.
An expert shares advice on what to do in the days and hours leading up to a storm.
Forecasting the path of a hurricane is no simple matter. Many factors can affect the probable course, even at the last minute. That’s why meteorologists use a forecast cone to outline areas that are in a probable strike zone. Although forecasts are often uncertain, it's important to pay attention to the cone, Pinellas County spokesman Thomas Iovino says. Here’s what Iovino recommends if your home falls inside the forecast cone as a storm approaches. When a Storm Is Forming Even when a storm is a week or more away and there’s no clearly defined path, Iovino said it’s a good time to: “Use that time wisely,” he said. Five Days Away If the Tampa Bay area is in the 5-day cone, it’s time to: Three Days Away 48 Hours Away 36 Hours Away For more…
Here's what emergency planners say you need to know as hurricane season gets under way.
Hurricane season 2012 is just around the corner, and emergency planners are working hard to get the word out that preparation is key to survival. We asked emergency planners for their Top 5 tips to help residents stay safe this season. Here’s what Thomas Iovino of Pinellas County Emergency Management said applies to Tampa Bay area residents: For more tips on storm preparedness, just click on the "2012 Hurricane Guide" link below, or visit Hillsborough County Emergency Management online.