More showers for Tampa area today
The word for today is squally. And, yes, you can look it up. Steve Jerve, chief meteorologist for News Channel 8, says despite Isaac passing well to the west, the Tampa area will experience more squally showers today, with brief, heavy rain and there remains a small threat of tornadoes through the day. Hold on to that umbrella because strong winds will continue from the southeast. Along the coast, tides will rise above normal and dangerous riptides are likely off the beaches. Temperatures should remain mostly in the 80s.The west coast of Florida was not the only place getting rain on Monday. A system dumped 9 inches of rain on West Palm Beach. Tampa police on Monday reported damage in a two-block area of Palmetto Beach. Tree limbs fell on a house at 2014 Maple Ave. causing minor roof damage. Strong winds pushed a car several feet at 1305 22nd St. and five to six houses in that area have minor damage, police said. After two tornadoes were detected by radar around 1:30 p.m., tornado warnings were issued for southeastern Hillsborough and eastern Manatee counties. As of 11 p.m. on Monday, Isaac remained a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. It was centered about 190 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and was moving northwest at 10 mph. The storm's center was forecast to move over the central Gulf of Mexico late Monday and approach the coast of southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center said.