Tropical Storm Isaac lashed south Florida with strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday after battering the Caribbean, and officials said it could strengthen into a hurricane by midweek as it heads toward the Gulf Coast.
Emergency management and law enforcement officials in Key West ordered visitors and residents to remain indoors when the system moves through the island chain. “You’ve chosen to remain in the Keys during this storm and the only safe place for you to be is indoors,” said Monroe County Emergency Management Director Irene Toner. “Stay off roads and don’t go outside.”
Reported by NBC News staff and wire reports
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