Tropical Storm Isaac: Hurricane Warning, Schools Closed Monday UPDATED

It's happening, people! Southern Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys are under a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Isaac keeps moving northwest at 17 mph. The northern part of the county remains under a hurricane warning.

The latest NOAA update has the storm making landfall in Cuba with max sustained winds at 60 mph. If Isaac manages to keep it together, the warm waters between Cuba and Florida could drive it up to hurricane status.

Update: Miami-Dade public and most private schools will be closed Monday. Florida International University will be closed tomorrow and Monday. Art and culture events cancellations here.

Also Miami Beach has issued a boil water order for ares near Purdy Avenue on South Beach after a water main break. Unclear whether this is storm-related. It should be okay by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Update 2: NOAA's 5 p.m. update shows little change in predictions for the storm's path. Most of Miami-Dade looks to be riding a razor's edge as far as how much Isaac will affect the area, while the Florida Keys are expected to take a direct hit on Sunday night.

Miami-Dade remains under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch, while the Keys and Southwestern Florida are under a hurricane warning. 

Forecast has it possibly hitting the Florida Keys as hurricane around 8 p.m. on Sunday. And considering the size of Isaac, Miami will most likely get its fair share of wind and rain.

As far as closing are concerned, The Miami Herald reports that County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said public transportation and Miami International Airport remain open.

And what about the Republican National Convention in Tampa? Well, the GOP still is moving forward with plans and NBC 6 is reporting that protesters will be there "rain or shine."

Isaac, coincidentally, is threatening South Florida around the same time 20 years ago Hurricane Andrew destroyed much of southern Miami-Dade. Of course, not to alarm you, Andrew was a Category 5 storm and much better organized than Isaac. So should you panic? Probably not. But you might want to pick up some drinking water and canned goods just in case.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
Contact: Jose D. Duran