Though looking a little ragged,
It also remains on a projected track that would take it over the Keys early Monday and close to
However, the system could bring squally to severe weather to much of the state, starting Sunday. It could also disrupt the Republican National Convention, which starts on Monday.
At 5 a.m. Friday, Isaac was about 165 miles south of Santo Domingo,
Cuba issued a tropical storm watch Thursday afternoon, with a tropical storm warning for some provinces Thursday night. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the central Bahamas late Thursday.
The system is projected to hit the south shore of the
How much time the system spends over those land areas could determine how strong it will be when it arrives near Florida.
Isaac is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen only slightly by the time it approaches Tampa.
Still, the city would be on the storm's more vicious side and subjected to howling winds and torrential rains.
For now the Republican Convention is still on, although Gov.
Scott said on Thursday morning that state officials are working with convention officials and monitoring Isaac's progress.
“Obviously we're hopeful it doesn't hit Florida, but we must take every precaution,” Scott said.
The convention is expected to draw 4,500 delegates, plus alternates, and tens of thousands of media and politicians to the Tampa area.
It's still is uncertain how much bad weather Isaac will produce over South Florida, but the National Weather Service in
"It’s still iffy, but you have the potential for tropical conditions," said weather specialist Bob Ebaugh.
Because heavy rainfall is possible, the
Emergency managers urged South Florida residents to remain alert, in case the forecast takes a turn for the worse.
"This storm is going to keep us guessing," said
Johnson noted one wobble could bring the storm much closer to this region than currently forecast.
"Our citizens need to have their disaster plan in place, and they need to stay informed," he said.