Republican National Convention Closely Watching Tropical Storm Isaac

Republican National Convention Closely Watching Tropical Storm Isaac

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:06am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:09am

Tropical Storm Isaac is battering areas from the Caribbean to Florida, but it is not a hurricane yet.

It is not known yet what threat Isaac could pose to next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said the state is ready.

"It's still too early to predict where Isaac could make landfall.  It could strike almost anywhere in Florida or in some of our neighboring states.  Now, put aside the RNC for a moment. Florida has a lot of experience dealing with hurricanes.  We're going to be prepared for Isaac in the event it does impact our state, in the event it does become a hurricane," said Scott.

Governor Scott said it will be up to convention organizers to decide the fate of the event. 

Meanwhile, stores in South Florida are getting ready for an influx of customers. 

In Miami, store shelves are stocked with water, ice and batteries, with more inventory on standby.

There is heightened interest in the storm's path because of the Republican National Convention, scheduled to start on Monday.  An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said if Isaac crashes the convention, safety will come first. 

"Absolutely we're prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that," said Buckhorn.

The 2008 Republican Convention was also affected by a hurricane. As the convention was getting under way in St. Paul, Hurricane Gustav was hitting Louisiana. 

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