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Mannix About Manatee: Near information overload for tropical storm

Most weeks the TV watching at our house is routine.

For Sherri, it's the Rays.

For me, it's whatever is on ESPN.

Not last week.

It felt like we were glued 24/7 to The Weather Channel.

That is, when we weren't tuning into ABC 7's dapper chief meteorologist Bob "Hurricane" Harrigan, hanging on his every word at six and 11 p.m. daily.

With Isaac on the horizon, there's no such thing as having too much information.

Although TWC comes close.

They can inform and overwhelm you all at the same time.

Which is why we also wanted to hear Harrigan break down what Isaac can be expected to do right where we live.

I respect Jim Cantore and like his animated style, but if I never see him again, it'll be too soon.

Depending on what Isaac does, it'll probably be today, Monday, Tuesday ...

That's never a good thing.

During one telecast earlier last week, another TWC anchor asked the meteorologist if he knew where he would be going to do one of his must-watch live remotes along the hurricane's path.

I felt like shouting, "DON'T COME HERE!"

Cantore had just gotten through surmising how Isaac was going to do a number on Sarasota and Bradenton according to the storm track they were following after the latest National Hurricane Center update.

That got my attention.

I don't think I've ever watched spaghetti models more times and more closely on hurricane websites than I have the past several days.

One morning most of them were curving north along our east coast.

All right.

The next day they were draped all over the state.

Hmmm.

The following day they were aligned along our side of Florida.

Uh, oh.

They were still there last time I looked Friday afternoon.

That went for the cone of uncertainty, too.

Or "Cone of Doom," if you will.

Even though it shifted a little further west each day, freeing up a good portion of the state's eastern half, we were still in the cone at the start of the weekend.

So even though there's a growing confidence we're not going to get a direct hit, we've still got to be prepared for wind and rain.

Nobody knows what Mother Nature will do, right?

Not even TWC.

Or Bob "Hurricane" Harrigan.

Nevertheless, we'll be watching them until Isaac leaves town.

Watching and waiting ... and praying.

Mannix About Manatee, by columnist Vin Mannix, is about people and issues in Manatee County. Call Vin at 941-745-7055. Twitter:@vinmannix.

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