Weathering the storm
Isaac heads toward Florida
- Duration 3:19
- Date Aug 26, 2012
Isaac heads toward Florida
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While officials in Florida have been preparing for hurricane season for months including simulating what impact a storm like -- would have on the -- is right now is the director of Florida's division of emergency management -- Kuhn.
Brian first off the convention center itself is that a safe place to be and should this thing kicked him.
Oh yes the at a convention center and the Tampa Bay times -- or are extremely well built.
Buildings so our delegates.
The delegates that are down there for the convention are going to be well protecting.
Let's talk about what some of the problems could be -- for the Tampa area because.
It wouldn't it be storm surge that would be that the main thing that you would be concerned about.
We are concerned with storm surge and we've been talking very closely.
With the National Hurricane Center as well as the -- in the local National Weather Service offices.
Any emergency management officials down there though.
We've got a pretty good idea of what that storm surge is going to look like we've analyzed the impact -- the impact could be -- beachfront hotels where many of the visitors world will be staying we've taken a look at the impact to the bridges -- the roads there.
We think that it's going to be at a level that it's not going to have a significant impact right now we may see a few roads get over top with water a little bit we may see some.
Beach in issues on the beach but I think we're going to be OK at this point.
With the storm -- we're concerned with with wins is going to be.
Gusty winds sustained winds in a tropical storm force area I had a forty mile an hour range and -- also be a fair amount of rain three to six inches of rain.
As the storm passes that way which could lead to some thoughts on some flights of some road flooding into some river -- so those are the issues we're looking at the Tampa Bay Area.
And I know you have tested the emergency preparedness system down there in the Tampa Bay Area for a year and a half say.
You know you've been -- -- for this but with interest here is and we had a graphic on this program on Friday.
That the Tampa Bay Area is more vulnerable.
To storm surge and hurricanes -- even.
New Orleans and it has to do with the way the bay is laid out right.
That's correct all that water can cop pile up in the north end of Tampa Bay there -- the water and weighs just continue to push -- -- -- -- so -- a larger storm if you get a storm coming in there.
The right intensity with the right track you could have some very significant storm surge in the Tampa Bay Area luckily this storm does not appear to be one of those that helped generate.
That level of like.
And Brent real quick what are you hearing when do you think it's going to hit Tampa if at all.
The latest thing we have we anticipate that they're going to start getting tropical storm force winds.
Late tonight in the overnight hours.
And that most of the day tomorrow there will be yet again tropical storm force winds and the forty mile an hour range with some heavier gusts.
But by the time everybody wakes up on Tuesday morning the storm is going to be some subsiding.
And Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday were lined up for some pretty good weather down there so as long as we get through Monday.
The rest of the week should be pretty sore right -- -- the director of the Florida division of emergency management thanks much for your time and silicon -- their --