Isaac could still cause flooding, tornadoes

Published 7:55 pm Sunday, August 26, 2012

The latest maps show Tropical Storm Isaac making a possible Louisiana landfall late Tuesday.

Emergency Management officials in Escambia County continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac as it makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico — a storm that could produce tornados in our area.

EMA Director David Adams said the latest information released by the National Weather service puts the storm on land in Louisiana late

“The National Weather Service has advised that this track may change as the storm continues across the Gulf of Mexico,” Adams said. “A
hurricane warning is still in effect for the coast area from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. The warning for the Florida coast may be
lowered this evening.”

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Adams said the intensity of the storm is currently forecast to be near 85 miles per hour before making landfall. That force could produce
winds in the Atmore area that should be monitored.

“If this track holds, our area may see tropical storm force-winds of 39 miles per hour or higher by Tuesday afternoon and into Tuesday
night,” Adams said.  “Tornado activity is possible in the outer rain bands, especially on the northeast side of the approaching storm. tornado watches and warnings may be issued as early as tonight and on
through the event.”

Although Adams encouraged area residents to remain alert to changing weather conditions, tornadoes and strong winds aren’t the only
concerns in the area.

“Given the recent local rainfall, heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Isaac could cause local river and stream flooding,” Adams said.
“The forecast now calls for localized eight to 10 inches of rainfall over three days with this storm. The possibility of flooding will
depend on how widespread the heavy rainfall is.”