Friday, August 24, 2012

11 p.m. update: Isaac getting better organized

Includes 11 p.m. EDT update from National Hurricane Center.

The latest forecast cone for Tropical Storm Isaac shows it getting stronger and faster, and that the main track has moved a bit back toward Florida's Gulf Coast, increasing the chance Manatee County may experience high winds by Monday or Tuesday.

At 11 p.m., the National Hurricane Center notes Isaac is getting better organized as it grinds toward Haiti.  

The storm was expected to reach Haiti before daybreak Saturday. Gradually, the forecast track for Isaac has the storm moving over Cuba by Saturday and crossing the Florida Keys on Sunday.

At 11 p.m. Friday, Isaac was located about 65 miles south-southeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti and 245 miles from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It had sustained winds of 70 mph with higher gusts, and was moving northwest at 14 mph, down from 16 mph earlier in the day. Tropical-force winds are extending 230 miles from the storm's center.

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