Update on Isaac: Forecast path more likely to impact Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have shifted Isaac's expected path further West, meaning a higher likelihood of impacting the RNC in Tampa and then moving into the Carolinas.

Isaac has strengthened slightly this evening, but rapid intensification could occur before the storm makes landfall on Haiti tomorrow.  After weakening over land, it should restrengthen once again once it enters the warm waters of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

It could hit Florida as a Category 1 hurricane by Monday, targeting the Western peninsula.  Next, the forecast track takes it into the panhandle, then into drought-stricken Georgia, where flooding could be a concern.

The system is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Carolinas on Wednesday.  Localized flooding will be possible in our area.  You can keep up with the very latest in the tropics here.