All eyes are on Isaac, but the Lowcountry’s going to get rain anyway
Tropical Storm Isaac is getting attention not only from weather watchers but also from political junkies and trivia hounds as well.
Isaac, the hurricane season’s ninth named storm, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, maybe by this afternoon. Lately, the letter “I” has packed particularly strong storms, according to The Weather Channel. “I” is tied with “C” for most retired storms, 9, seven of them from 2001 to 2011. The World Meteorological Organization retires names when a storm is particularly deadly or costly.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast track shows Isaac potentially threatening South Florida on Monday, including the Tampa area, which will host the Republican National Convention starting next week.
But it’s not just Floridians who should be concerned.
“It’s pretty far out at this point, but based on its current position and forecast models could definitely have some impact on our area next week,” said Jonathan Lamb, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
The storm could affect Charleston if it moves up the Southeast coast, he said, but “one thing people do not realize is, even if it did move into the Gulf and across the Florida panhandle, we could still have substantial impacts because that sort of a track generally brings quite a few tornadoes and also potentially torrential flooding.”
Lamb said it will be a few days before the track can be predicted, but in the meantime, Lowcountry residents can expect wet weather anyway.
Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoons for the next several days. “It’s nothing of the magnitude that we would be seeing if there was a tropical system at play,” Lamb said.
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