TAMPA - Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac are affecting Florida's east coast.
The Tampa Bay area was under a Tornado Warning for a brief time today. There was no immediate word of any damage.
Emergency preparations are underway along the northern Gulf coast as Isaac moves across the Gulf of Mexico.
The Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center is strongly advising residents and visitors not to venture out into the Gulf. This includes beachgoers who run the risk of encountering dangerous rip currents.
At 2 p.m. Monday, the center of Isaac was located about 280 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Movement was to the northwest at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 65 mph.
Isaac is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane and make landfall along the northern gulf coast.
A Hurricane warning is in effect from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Destin, Florida. Metropolitan New Orleans is included in that warning.
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Tampa police closed several roads Monday morning because of flooding caused by rain from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Police closed sections of Dale Mabry Highway, Bayshore Boulevard and Church Avenue in Tampa. Officials also closed the left lane of the westbound span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, which spans Tampa Bay to link Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Police are urging motorists, including many in town to attend the Republican National Convention, to use extreme caution while driving in the Tampa Bay area on Monday.
Monroe County Sheriff's officials say Tropical Storm Isaac left little damage in the Florida Keys.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin says there were no injuries and few reports of damage as the storm crossed near Key West on Sunday.
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