Westward Shift in Track
As suspected, the official forecast track of Tropical Storm Isaac has shifted slightly west with the latest 10:00 am CDT/11:00 am EDT advisory, with potential landfall now near Gulfport, MS. Remember, the forecast track for Isaac will continue to be adjusted in the next couple days as conditions change, so don’t focus on the center of the track, but rather the wide cone. Hurricane Watches have been extended farther west along the Louisiana coast, to just east of Morgan City, LA and now includes the city of New Orleans.
Isaac is currently located about 80 miles southeast of Key West, Florida and is moving west-northwest at 18 mph. The strength of Tropical Storm Isaac has not changed and still has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, but it is becoming better organized. A partial eyewall is now visible from the Key West Radar. Despite the movement west in track, impacts from Isaac are still expected to be felt in across the Tennessee Valley, since this is such a large system. Outer cloud and rain bands, along with gusty wind could start affecting the region as early as Tuesday, as the system approaches the northern Gulf coast. Stay up-to-date with the latest information and check back here frequently!
- Jennifer Watson
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