South Florida officials were relieved Sunday as Tropical Storm Isaac began shifting west.

“We are lucky this is passing by quicker than we thought,” Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said.

He said there would be trash collection on Monday but urged residents to wait until Monday morning to take out their bins.

A spokesman for the City of Miami Police said they would begin red light assessment. “In the perspective of the police department, thank god that the worst of the storm is over,” he said. Police said there were no reports of any catastrophic problems.

The National Hurricane Center discontinued the hurricane watch for Miami-Dade County at 11 a.m. Miami-Dade and Broward, though,they remain under a coastal tropical storm warning.

“We prepared for the worst and for us it’s a relief,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez  said. “I don’t think it’s going to be too bad.”

As of 5 p.m., Isaac had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph as it moved west-northwest at 16 mph about 40 miles southeast of Key West.

The effects of Tropical Storm Isaac were felt in South Florida as early as Sunday morning.

A tornado watch was canceled at 5 p.m. for Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Mainland Monroe County, according to the National Weather Service.

Miami-Dade officials said they were suspending public transportation as of noon Sunday due to deteriorating conditions.

“Wind gusts are really starting to pick up and are being consistent,” Fernando Figueredo, Director of Communications at Miami-Dade County.

He said Miami Beach residents remained under a boil water advisory after a water main break Saturday and two additional breaks Sunday.

City of Miami officials Sunday said they were ready for the storm and prepared to begin the clean-up process on Monday.

“We believe we’re going to to experience a lot of local flooding, also strong winds,”  Regalado said. He urged residents to stay indoors and off the streets.

According to Florida Power & Light, as of about 5 p.m. 11,180 people in Miami-Dade and  5,180 people in Broward had no power.

FPL did not specify the amount of outages in Monroe County but said they were minor.

“Tropical Storm Isaac is producing very strong sustained winds, there will be some outages,” said Eric Hofmeyer, a spokesperson for FPL. “But we are ready to respond.”

Greg Brostowicz, a spokesperson for FPL said 2,000 out-of-state crews were making their way to Florida to aid local teams.

“We want to get as many trucks and crews into this to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” he said. “These strong squalls are starting to come in now.”

Brostowicz said residents can call, visit their mobile-friendly website, Facebook page or Twitter feed to report outages or obtain information. He urged residents to call 911 or FPL if they see downed power lines.

“If they see power lines down, stay away, treat them as live,” he said.

Though crews will work to restore power to homes as quickly as possible, Brostowicz said once winds get above 30 mph, it would no longer be safe for crews to work outside.

Source: NBC Miami


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