Tropical Storm Isaac is still a long from the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”, but as of right now, that’s the area where Issac looks to be heading – with potential landfall centered between Destin and Panama City starting around sunset this Tuesday evening.
If you live in the Panhandle or in the southern areas of Alabama, now’s the time to start preparing for the possibility of a Category Two hurricane.
Isaac will become a Category One hurricane on Sunday as it moves away from the eastern tip of Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico – where it’s forecast to increase in strength and become a Category Two storm over the warm, open Gulf waters on its track to the Panhandle of Florida.
Everyone I’ve talked to over the last 24 hours has asked me “where” I think it’s going to hit, and here’s the answer: Everywhere from Pensacola to Port St. Joe – which is about 200 miles of coastline!
This is a BIG storm right now, and it’s still just a tropical storm. As it gathers strength over the next few days, damaging winds will fan out hundreds of miles from the eyewall - which means you shouldn’t pay too much attention to exactly where the center of the storm is going to make landfall.
The damage from a large storm like this is going to reach far and wide – and well north of I-10, into areas that have not been impacted by a hurricane in quite a while.
Flooding and wind damage are going to be widespread – and not just along the coast – with the possibility of 6 to 8 inches in many spots. Numerous tornadoes are likely to spin-up as the storm pushes into central Alabama Wednesday.
Sunday is the day to start making preparations - even in southern Alabama - because Monday will be the day when Hurricane Watches and Warning will start to be issued and conditions will start to deteriorate in a hurry. Don’t wait to fill your car with gas, get some extra batteries for your flashlights, some candles and matches, water, peanut butter, bread, milk and other non-perishable food items.
Get prepared now for power-outages and flooding, wind-damage and heavy, long-term downpours… they’re on the way.