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Tropical Storm Causes Flight Cancellations In Toronto

08/26/2012 04:10 EDT | Updated 10/26/2012 05:12 EDT
AP
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Isaac located about 50 miles southeast of the Florida Keys. Isaac is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph with maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the system during the afternoon. While some strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, the likelihood of Isaac becoming a hurricane before it reaches the lower Florida Keys today is decreasing. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Florida Keys, the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach southward to Ocean Reef, and Florida Bay. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for areas east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Indian Pass, Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Villa Clara, the northwestern Bahamas, the Florida east coast, Lake Okeechobee, the Florida west coast, and the Florida Panhandle. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Cienfuegos, the Florida east coast north of Sebastian Inlet to Flagler Beach. In addition to strong to damaging wind gusts, heavy rain with total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and locally higher amounts of up to 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and the southern Peninsula of Florida. Total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are possible in portions of the central and southern Bahamas. A few tornadoes are also possible in southern and central Florida through this afternoon and tonight. For more information on Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit http://www.wunderground.com/tropical. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
More than a dozen Florida-bound flights were cancelled at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Sunday, as a result of the tropical storm that is headed toward the Sunshine State.

As of the mid-afternoon, the airport website listed at least 16 flights to Miami and Fort Lauderdale that had been cancelled on Sunday.

The airport had previously advised passengers on Twitter that "most flights to Miami have been cancelled."

Passengers were advised to check their flight status with the airline providing their flight.

Forecasters say that Tropical Storm Isaac could grow into a hurricane by the time it reaches the Florida Keys on Sunday evening.

Jessica Showers of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Florida will see at least four to eight inches, or 10 to 20 centimetres, of rain as a result of the storm.

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