Isaac Set To Strengthen In Gulf Of Mexico
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Tropical Storm Warning along the east coast of Florida has been discontinued north of Jupiter Inlet.
At 11:00 p.m., the center of the storm was located about 75 miles west southwest of Key West or 510 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds remain 65 mph with some higher gusts and it was moving to the west-northwest at 14 mph.
A HURRICANE WARNING is in effect east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Destin, Florida, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
A HURRICANE WATCH is in effect for east of Destin to Indian Pass, Florida.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is in effect for the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas and Florida Bay and also Lake Okeechobee. Also, the Florida Peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward on the east coast and from Tarpon Springs southward on the west coast and east of Destin, Florida to the Suwannee River.
A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours.
On its current track, Isaac will continue to move away from the Florida Keys Sunday night, move over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday and approach the Northern Gulf coast on Tuesday as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane.
Here’s how to use the CBS4 site to monitor Isaac: