Local Isaac Advisory from Nat. Weather Service in Tallahassee

TROPICAL STORM ISAAC MOVING TOWARD THE GULF OF MEXICO...
WATCHES NOW IN EFFECT FOR MARINE AREAS...

NEW INFORMATION...
NO TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR ANY LAND AREAS OF NORTH FLORIDA AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER, A HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE OFFSHORE MARINE AREA FROM DESTIN TO APALACHICOLA OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE OFFSHORE MARINE AREA FROM APALACHICOLA TO THE SUWANNEE RIVER ENTRANCE OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES. THIS INCLUDES APALACHEE BAY.

AREAS AFFECTED...
THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATER LEGS OF THE EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE, FLORIDA BIG BEND, SOUTHEAST ALABAMA, SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA AS WELL AS THE GULF OF MEXICO COASTAL
WATERS FROM DESTIN TO THE MOUTH OF THE SUWANNEE RIVER.

WATCHES/WARNINGS...
FOR MARINE INTERESTS, A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM DESTIN TO APALACHICOLA OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FROM APALACHICOLA TO THE SUWANNEE RIVER ENTRANCE
OUT TO 60 NAUTICAL MILES.

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE SPECIFIED AREAS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE SPECIFIED AREAS.

MARINE INTERESTS IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR
THE SPECIFIED CONDITION LONG BEFORE TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARRIVE.

STORM INFORMATION...
AT 5 PM EDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.3 NORTH AND LONGITUDE 76.0 WEST. THIS WAS ABOUT 810 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TALLAHASSEE FL OR ABOUT 860 MILES SOUTHEAST OF PANAMA CITY FL. STORM MOTION WAS NORTHWEST AT 21 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 60 MPH.

SITUATION OVERVIEW...
TROPICAL STORM ISAAC CONTINUES MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST ACROSS THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA TOWARD THE FLORIDA STRAITS AND SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. ISAAC IS PREDICTED TO GAIN STRENGTH AND TURN MORE
NORTHWARD ACROSS THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO ON SUNDAY AND NEAR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
FOR THOSE RESIDENTS INLAND ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE, FLORIDA BIG BEND, SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA, NOW IS THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR HURRICANE DISASTER PLAN AND BECOME READY TO ACT IF A WATCH OR A WARNING IS LATER ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.
EVERYONE IS STRONGLY URGED TO STAY INFORMED. IF EARLY EVACUATION ORDERS ARE ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA STAY CALM AND TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO LEAVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND IN AN ORDERLY FASHION.

MAKE PLANS TO EVACUATE IF YOU LIVE ON THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND BARRIER ISLANDS OR IN A HIGH RISE BUILDING OR IN A MOBILE HOME OR IN A PLACE THAT FLOODS EASILY. BE READY TO ACT IF A WATCH OR WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.

PROBABILITY OF TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE CONDITIONS...
THE CHANCE FOR HURRICANE CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME IS 15 PERCENT. ALSO THE CHANCE FOR TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME IS 70 PERCENT. THE ONSET OF TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS COULD START AS EARLY AS LATE MONDAY EVENING. THE ONSET OF HURRICANE CONDITIONS COULD START AS SOON AS EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

...WINDS...
TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES OR WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED SOON. AS TROPICAL STORM ISAAC MOVES CLOSER...THE THREAT FOR SUSTAINED WINDS WILL LIKELY INCREASE. THE LATEST FORECAST IS FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS TO BEGIN AFFECTING THE AREA MONDAY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WINDS OF TROPICAL STORM INTENSITY ARE CAPABLE OF CAUSING MODERATE DAMAGE TO MOST MOBILE HOMES. HOUSES OF POOR TO AVERAGE CONSTRUCTION WILL HAVE MODERATE DAMAGE TO SHINGLES, SIDING AND GUTTERS. WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL ALSO SEE SHINGLE AND SIDING DAMAGE WITH SOME ROOF DAMAGE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY WITH LONGER LASTING WINDS. MAKE SURE YOU SECURE LIGHT TO MODERATE WEIGHT ITEMS THAT COULD BECOME AIRBORNE CAUSING ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AND POSSIBLE INJURY. CONSIDER STOCKING UP ON NON-PERISHABLE FOODS LIKE CANNED GOODS AND BOTTLED WATER. A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS TO HAVE AT LEAST A THREE DAY FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY FOR EACH PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY. REFILL ANY NEEDED PRESCRIPTIONS THAT YOU MAY NEED IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE STORM. MEDICINES MAY BE IN SHORT SUPPLY IN THE AREA WORST AFFECTED BY THE STORM. BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE IF ORDERED TO DO SO. LISTEN CLOSELY TO THE ADVICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN YOUR AREA.

STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...
IT IS TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE THE EXACT HEIGHTS OF COMBINED STORM SURGE AND TIDE WATERS FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS WITHIN THE FORECAST AREA TO BE CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM ISAAC. MUCH DEPENDS ON THE PRECISE SIZE, INTENSITY AND TRACK OF THIS SYSTEM AS IT APPROACHES THE COAST. AT THIS TIME THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING SOMEWHERE ALONG THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE COAST. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG THE SHORE SHOULD MONITOR FUTURE FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE IF ORDERED BY LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS.

INLAND FLOODING...
DUE TO EXCESSIVE RAINFALL OVER THE LAST MONTH THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD FLOODING IS INCREASED. DEPENDING ON THE FUTURE TRACK OF ISAAC 10 TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN WITH ISOLATED HIGHER TOTALS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THURSDAY.


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