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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 12:12pm

Isaac May Bring Heavy Rain To Georgia

Tropical Storm Isaac has strengthened Friday, with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, but isn’t expected to become a hurricane until it hits the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

On its current path, forecasters say Isaac will wash over Haiti, hitting Cuba and the southern tip of Florida before possibly making landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle or Alabama to as far west as New Orleans.

Laura Belanger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says Georgia should brace for storms to hit mid-week:

“Sometime during the day on Wednesday, we can start to see the more significant impact of Isaac, as it moves in like high wind speeds, possible isolated tornados, but also things like enhanced precipitation, that could cause some flooding in the area, especially across the western half of Georgia.”

Organizers of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa are working closely with state and federal authorities on monitoring storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday there were no plans to cancel the convention.