Florida was "very fortunate" that Isaac did not damage it worse than it did, although there is lots of flooding in Palm Beach, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday.
“We’ve been very fortunate from where we started about a week ago, where we thought it was going to hit right into Tampa," Scott said in a 6 p.m. briefing.
A flood warning was in effect for parts of Broward County through Tuesday as more rain is possible throughout South Florida in the aftermath of Isaac. It was a tropical storm when it skirted the Florida Keys Sunday and became a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
Isaac made landfall in extreme southeastern Louisiana Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.
As of 11 p.m. Eastern, the center of Isaac had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph as it moved northwest at 8 mph about 75 miles southeast of Houma and 75 miles south-southeast of New Orleans.
“Our heart goes out to everybody that lives there, and we hope that they don’t have as much damage as is anticipated," Scott said of people in southeastern Louisiana.
Heavy rain on Monday caused flooding across Broward County, especially in Lauderhill. County-wide accumulations ranged from 3 to 7 inches in the heaviest areas.
Some parts of Broward, including the area of Northwest 50th Street and Pine Island Road in Lauderhill, remained flooded early Tuesday. The flood warning remained in effect until 8:30 p.m.
Lauderhill Police Capt. Rick Rocco said he would be touring the areas that were flooded Monday to get an update on the conditions Tuesday.
The local weather pattern Tuesday will have some sunshine with the potential for more afternoon rains, though the rain won't be as widespread as Monday. Any rainfall in Broward County will aggravate the abundant rainfall that came yesterday.
The governor said that there are still tropical storm force gusts in the Florida Panhandle, and noted that storm surge and rain remain concerns there.
He said he would attend a briefing at the South Florida Water Management District in Palm Beach at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to learn how officials there prevented more flooding, and then take a tour of the area.
An improving pattern will return to South Florida with more sunshine and less rain Wednesday. A fair weather pattern will hold steady on through the Labor Day weekend with mainly dry conditions, mostly sunny skies and highs around 90.
In Broward County, regularly scheduled bulk pickups would handle storm debris. Drop-off centers will also be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at: 2780 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, 5490 Reese Road, Davie and 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., West Park.
As of 5 p.m. 3,910 customers were without power in Miami-Dade, and 1,910 had no power in Broward.
Officials at Miami International Airport reported 3 flight delays and 13 cancellations as of 9 a.m.
In Palm Beach County, officials were assessing damages from flooding in the western communities. The county emergency management was meeting with state and federal disaster teams about disaster declarations. For more information please call 561-712-6400.