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Tropical Storm Isaac Forecasts, Path And Updates: Sunday (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Tropical Storm Isaac did not strengthen into a hurricane while passing through the Florida Keys, though it is still expected to do so.

The center was about 75 miles west-southwest of Key West at 11 p.m. Sunday, churning west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

Isaac is now expected to become a hurricane "in a day or two" while approaching the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, said the latest National Hurricane Center advisory. A hurricane warning was extended west along the Louisiana east coast to include Lake Pontchartrain and metro New Orleans, where the mayor declared a state of emergency.

Though Isaac's tropical storm-force winds extend 205 miles from its center, there were no major reports of damage in Miami-Dade or Monroe Counties, and hardy Keys residents described Isaac as "just a summer day in Key West."


Florida Keys Sheriff
Virtually no damage reported in the Keys so far. No injuries reported. One tree down on Big Pine Key. Just lots of wind and rain.

Still, more than 15,980 people were reported without power in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and almost 600 flights were grounded in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Molleda told the Miami Herald that though fast-moving squall lines could still move through South Florida Sunday, tropical storm-strength gusts should clear South Florida by midnight.

Hurricane, tornado, and tropical storm watches have been canceled for Miami-Dade County.

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