TALLAHASSEE – Tropical Storm Isaac is currently located over the Eastern Caribbean Sea just south of Hispaniola and is becoming better organized. The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to provide resources to the counties as requested. Governor Scott and the State Emergency Response Team are monitoring the situation and prepared to support local officials.
“I am impressed with the level of detail and close coordination of Florida’s emergency managers and I am confident in our ability to respond to Tropical Storm Isaac as needed,” said Governor Scott. “While Florida officials are prepared, it is critical for all of Florida’s families and businesses to make sure they are also prepared with an emergency plan and all the supplies they would need to get through a disaster.”
Families and businesses can visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to build their emergency plan and learn about what to stock in the disaster supply kits, including water, food, medication, important papers and other essential items. Supplies should be able to sustain your family for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Residents and visitors should heed all instructions from local officials and stay tuned to local media for the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac.
While storm forecasts are still uncertain and subject to change within the next 48 hours, current predictions suggest Tropical Storm Isaac will make landfall over the Florida Keys Sunday evening, then travel over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall again along the United States Gulf Coast, from southeastern Louisiana to Florida’s Nature Coast.
At 5 pm ET, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located about 808 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Isaac is now moving to the northwest at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph. The current forecast takes Isaac northwest over Haiti and eastern Cuba tonight and Saturday. The forecast track then moves Isaac into the Florida Straits Saturday night and into the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night and further strengthening once back over the water is expected. The storm is then expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the eastern Gulf by 2 pm Monday afternoon.