But it likely will ruin outdoor plans for at least Sunday and Monday.
As I wrote yesterday, Isaac's westward track means it will have to travel further over land to reach our area, which will sap its strength.
But when you notice how little punch Isaac picked up, despite stalling for hours over warm Gulf waters, it indicates again my theory that Isaac is a wimp of a storm.
In fact, the wind gusts being reported - mostly 50 MPH, with a high of 85 MPH being the maximum in one location - means Isaac has not reached the reported 90 MPH gusts some parts of the DC area experienced during this summer's derecho storm.
It's all relative, of course. Rain bands and winds are causing more damage and flooding in Gulf states because the storm isn't moving, rather than because of the storm's inherent strength.
If Isaac was a true "killer storm," the TV people wouldn't be out in it. They'd be blown away, swept away by waters, or slammed by large debris. (If those folks knew what was in that water they're standing in around the streets of New Orleans, I doubt they'd be out there to begin with!).
In short, Isaac will be easier for Bethesda and the DC area to handle than the derecho. The worst is behind us. For now.
CURRENT LOCATION: 50 miles SSW of New Orleans
WINDS: 80 MPH
MOVING: NW at 6 MPH
+12' storm surge in Plaquemines Parish
+People are on rooftops there
If and when Isaac's remnants hit Bethesda, stay tuned to this blog and @BethesdaRow on Twitter for 24/7 weather news and information directly from Bethesda.