Tropical Storm Isaac: Watch Out For Falling Palm Fronds UPDATED

If you're like us at Riptide, your eyes have been rolling all morning watching NBC 6, CBS 4, Local 10, and WSVN make fools of themselves reporting on the "awful" conditions brought by Tropical Storm Isaac. Yeah, there's been some rain and wind, and Miami even experienced some brownouts last night, but the hysteria the local channels are drilling into viewers seems a bit laughable and disturbing at this point. It gives people a reason not to trust the warnings the next time a really dangerous storm heads our way.

So we're going to cut the bullshit here and tell you that you'll be OK, and you can probably even go to Target and Publix today, both of which are still open -- we called. However, Miami-Dade Transit will suspend operations starting at noon, so hopefully you have a car.

Miami-Dade County public schools still will remain closed on Monday. (Hurricanes: South Florida's version of a snow day.)

Here's the latest advisory from NOAA: Miami-Dade is no longer under any kind of hurricane watch or warning. However, the county still remains under a tropical storm warning. The Florida Keys still remain under a hurricane warning.

Isaac is moving west/northwest toward the Keys at 18 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. So far, the fear that the warm waters of the Florida Straits would intensify the storm haven't come to fruition. Still, as the storm passes the Keys and goes into the Gulf of Mexico, it seems it could be headed toward New Orleans next.

Update: 2 p.m. advisory from NOAA is basically the same. Storm still moving west/northwest at 18 mph with a maximum sustained winds at 60 mph. Your plastic lawn furniture has probably tipped over at this point.

FPL reports that out of over 1 million customers in Miami-Dade, only 3,400 are currently without power. Sucks for the .3 percent of you. Actually, at 6 p.m., that number is now at 7,910. Still, less than 1 percent of the county lost power. To put that into perspective, when Wilma hit South Florida in 2005, over 3 million customers lost power in the area.

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