Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

As Isaac heads to Louisiana, some minor effects linger in Tampa Bay

Although Isaac steered clear of Tampa Bay, some weather conditions caused by the storm will linger Tuesday in the region.

A 60 percent chance of rain was forecast with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into Tampa Bay Tuesday morning and afternoon. Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are at risk of dangerous rip currents. Minor beach erosion is possible as shores receive waves up to 3 feet above average during high tide before noon on Tuesday.

A single red flag was posted on Clearwater beaches Tuesday morning, indicating the water is open but still potentially dangerous.

Flood warnings remained in effect at Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens in Pasco and Little Manatee River in Wimauma.

"It's kind of a reflection of Isaac," said National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Rude, adding that current weather conditions were caused by moisture coming off of Isaac as it moves in the gulf.

Winds will diminish Tuesday to about 10 to 15 mph.

In Palmetto Beach on Monday, about six houses sustained minor damage and a car was pushed several feet by strong winds near the 1300 block of 22nd Street, according to Tampa Police.

A funnel cloud was also reported in Wesley Chapel in Pasco and a water spout was spotted near Causeway Boulevard.

Meanwhile in the gulf, Isaac slowed down to 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center Tuesday morning. Forecasters said the storm, which spans 205 miles, will likely become a hurricane on Tuesday.

Isaac was located about 100 miles south of the Mississippi River Tuesday morning. It was expected to reach Louisiana Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and some areas of Florida's northern coast may sustain significant storm surge. Tornadoes may form along the northern gulf coast on Tuesday. Isaac could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas.

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