The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued a hurricane warning for the Florida Keys which is defined thus on their website:
A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. A WARNING IS TYPICALLY ISSUED
36 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF TROPICAL STORM
FORCE WINDS...CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULTOR DANGEROUS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE
RUSHED TO COMPLETION.
This is rather annoying news because it seems Tropical Storm Isaac remained much more intact than expected while clipping the island of Hispaniola, and is thus stronger as it approaches Cuba. Furthermore the weather forecasters are estimating the cyclone will spend less time than originally estimated over Cuba and will likely lose less power...than originally estimated.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 73.3 WEST. ISAAC IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...22 KM/H...AND A
WEST-NORTHWEST TO NORTHWEST MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WITH SOME INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ISAAC WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER EASTERN
CUBA TODAY...AND MOVE NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA TONIGHT AND
APPROACH THE FLORIDA KEYS ON SUNDAY.
All of which means today is preparation day before I go in to work tonight and get locked down. It's a drag but at least so far it's only supposed to be a category one storm for us. Quite possibly much worse for the Gulf Coast. Bad for them better for us.
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