Tropical Storm Isaac pummeled southwest Florida and the Keys with rain and wind as it headed toward the Gulf Coast, where it could hit land as a Category 2 hurricane by Tuesday.
“Folks along the northern Gulf Coast need to be taking this storm seriously,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Sunday.
Residents of coastal Alabama, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle and parts of Louisiana were advised to begin gathering supplies and preparing for the storm while the weather is still calm. A hurricane warning could come in the next several hours, Feltgen said.
In South Florida and the Keys, residents were lashed Sunday by bands of heavy rain and high winds as the center of the storm made its way toward them. Residents were also warned of the possibility of small, short-lived tornadoes.