In Monroe County, both electric companies servicing the Keys — Florida Keys Electric Cooperative and Keys Energy — reported sporadic outages, but said that crews were able to restore service.
While South Florida appears to have dodged the worst of Isaac, the region was advised to be alert for rip currents and dangerous surf through at least Tuesday.
Assessing the damage so far, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday evening that Florida was fortunate to only see mild flooding and sporadic power outages in some parts of the state. Still, he said the storm could do its worst damage in the Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle in the coming days.
“Now it’s headed to Southeast Louisiana,” he said. “While that might be a positive for Florida, your heart goes out to the individuals in Louisiana.”
Scott canceled his upcoming appearances at the Republican National Convention, and said he would spend Tuesday in Tallahassee to assess the impact of the storm.
“My job is to makes sure that the 19 million people [in Florida] are safe,” he said. “Our focus is to keep everybody safe and keep everybody alive.”
In Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, life on the remote U.S. Navy base resumed its routine Monday after a three-day disruption that canceled this month’s pre-trial hearings in the Sept. 11 terror case and forced postponement until October.
All 168 captives were back in their usual surroundings, the detention center spokesman said, referring to an array of five prison camps, the detention center hospital and psych ward. Before Isaac swerved north and away from the base, the detention center moved to a hurricane-proof building those detainees and troops that are usually housed in sea-front lockups and trailer parks.
Damage to the crude war court compound overlooking the bay and prison camps complex overlooking the Caribbean was “minimal,” said Navy Capt. Robert Durand. Troops found “pools of water on roadways, minor leaks and seepage but no major storm damage.”
“We are back to routine operations,” he said midday Monday by email.
Beaches were still closed Monday across the 45-square-mile Navy base because of rough seas. But the base social director announced on Facebook that there would be Bingo at a hall adjacent to the Irish pub on Tuesday night. Monday night’s free-of-charge movie for troops and their families was That’s My Boy — the Adam Sandler R-rated comedy showing at the outdoor Lyceum drive-up cinema.
As Isaac makes its way up the Gulf on Monday, South Florida is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy.
About 158 flights were canceled and 117 were delayed at Miami International Airport as of 5 p.m., mostly from American Airlines and its sister carrier, American Eagle.
Greg Chin, an MIA spokesman, said Monday’s cancellations were a result of Sunday’s weather, which resulted in more than 500 flights cancelled.
“They can’t go from 500 flights canceled to 100 percent operations the next day,’’ he said. “They’re gradually bringing aircraft back.’’
Community Blood Centers of Florida reported that Isaac had affected blood collections, forcing the nonprofit group to close its doors Sunday. Most Community Blood Centers reopened Monday — except for those in the Keys — and the agency issued a call for donations of all blood types, especially Rh negative.