The start of the 2012 Republican National Convention has been pushed back at least one day, from Monday to Tuesday, due to the approach of Hurricane Isaac. Tampa, Florida, the site of the convention, is not expected to get a direct hit from the storm, but does appear set to be hit by high winds and heavy rain:
WASHINGTON POST: Republican officials abruptly announced late Saturday that they would delay their national convention until at least Tuesday afternoon because of Tropical Storm Isaac, which was expected to become a hurricane early Sunday and reach Florida later in the day.
As of late Saturday, Tampa was expected to avoid a direct hit but would almost certainly be pelted with high winds and rain that could cause major disruptions to the convention.
Tampa sits in a low-lying area prone to flooding, with many bridges and causeways. Convention delegates might need to be evacuated from their hotels, many of which are on beaches in nearby Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Locals who are staffing the convention could face problems getting to work. And the convention site is within a block of the water.
“Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Saturday evening. . . . Read More