Hurricane watch means start your storm plan now

Published: Aug. 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's WLOX 24/7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Reader.  I've spent much of this Sunday morning in the weather office, analyzing data from the National Hurricane Center.  Let me start this discussion by sharing the latest coordinates with you.  As of 10:00 this morning, Tropical Storm Isaac is at:

Location:  23.9N 80.8W
About 80 miles SE of Key West, Florida
Maximum Sustained Winds:  65 MPH
Present Movement:  WNW at 18 MPH
Minimum Central Pressure:  995 MB/29.38 inches

The NHC has issued a Hurricane Watch for the coast of South Mississippi.  And for the first time, that hurricane watch extends further to the west.  It now includes Morgan City, Louisiana.

Let me explain what that means.  A hurricane watch means that winds of at least 74 mph could impact the coast within 48 hours.

While Tropical Storm Isaac is still in the Florida straits,  computer models indicate a track more to the west.  This means, at least for now that Isaac could impact the Mississippi coast as a category  two hurricane by late Tuesday through early Wednesday.

Now is the time to start executing your hurricane plan.  You need to know your situation.  Is your house safe?  Are you in a flood zone? You need to talk with your family.  You need to decide if you will evacuate.  If you decide to evacuate, where will you go?  Top off you disaster kit.  Remember you need at least a three day supply of food and water.  If leaving the areas you should have a contact person outside the storm impact area.

Keep watching WLOX.  Check the WLOX Facebook page.  Log onto WLOX.com/hurricane.  Or click on your WLOX app.  Each of those tools will give you the most up-to-date information about Isaac, and its potential impact on South Mississippi.

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