Colleagues, FORECAST: HURRICANE ISAAC is close to making landfall in the Louisiana Delta with winds of about 80 mph and will get to New Orleans probably as a Tropical Storm Wednesday morning. I will continue to weaken as it re-curves. At this moment, Pensacola is having very heavy rains and gusts from a Squall. Western Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana can expect more of the same for a day or more. locally very heavy rain for a relatively short time. And surge. The rain could extent through much of the panhandle for the next couple of days from time to time. Rain in Peninsular Florida, some of it quite intense, is not related to ISAAC. With these coastal squalls can come strong gusts, up to 100 mph and high waves.
Above all else, the most important thing is safety. The coastal areas are not safe and the water is incredibly not safe, no matter how much it beckons the adventurer in you. Any loss is equally tragic if it comes from a Cat 1 or a Cat 5. It is all the same so do everyone a favor and just stay well out of harms way. Lets make this a no causality event. Stay out of the water.
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