TS Isaac Gathers Strength, Sets Sights Further WestwardAugust 26th, 2012 at 10:19 am by davidyeomans under Weather
Tropical Storm Isaac is continuing to churn through the Florida Straits, slowly getting better organized.
As of 10am this morning, TS Isaac was centered just 80 miles southeast of Key West, FL. Winds have increased slightly to 65 mph. Here is how the storm appeared this morning on KXAN’s VIPIR radar:
Isaac should move across the Florida Keys as a strong tropical storm or weak category 1 hurricane during the day today. After that, the track of Isaac has become less certain.
Yesterday at this time the computer models were indicating a landfall in the Florida Panhandle, between Tallahassee and Pensacola. As of this morning, as the models continue to gather data from Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance flights and other observations, the model tracks have shifted significantly westward.
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center, seen below, puts the sub-sea level city of New Orleans in the firing line. In what could be a case of horrible irony, a landfall of then-hurricane Isaac near New Orleans on Wednesday would coincide exactly with the 7-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating landfall in the same area.
Some computer models are indicating an even further-westward track, possibly moving into eastern Texas Thursday or Friday.
As we continue to gather more information on the progression of TS Isaac, stay tuned to the KXAN weather team for the latest.