Isaac dodged but plenty of rain and wind for Bay area

Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Isaac continues marching northwest in the Gulf of Mexico but it appears the Bay area won't have to deal with much more than rain and wind.

As the storm moves away from the Bay area, heavy bands of rain and wind will continue to rotate through the area. Although a tornado watch for parts of the area ended earlier today, Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez said another could be issued.

The main threat today continues to be gusty winds, possibly up to 45 mph, and heavy rain. With the rain, flooding could be an issue in some areas. Some parts of the Bay were pounded with rain early Monday, including Polk County, which saw more than three inches of rain in Winter Haven.

Meanwhile in Clearwater, officials closed the beach to swimmers due to rough surf from Isaac.

Earlier Monday, Tampa police briefly closed parts of three roads in south Tampa due to flooding concerns. They were all reopened shortly after 7 a.m.

"More rain will come into the area today," Marquez said. "The rainy conditions will likely last throughout the day with some gusty winds and bands of Issac come through the area."