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article imageHurricane Isaac may hit Tampa Bay Republican National Convention

By Melissa Horrocks     Aug 23, 2012 in Environment
Tampa - Hurricane Isaac, a tropical storm, is due to hit southeast of Puerto Rico and Florida next week. If it does hit Tampa Bay, then the effects could be devastating.
The hurricane is due to occur, the very same day, that Mitt Romney and 50,000 Republican delegates, journalists, protesters and guests come to Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Therefore, as things get heated politically, the weather is due to follow suit.
At the moment, it's not known whether the convention will actually take place. Golembo said that they don't know whether to cancel the convention or let it go ahead. Nobody knows whether the storm will hit Tampa dead on. The very worst case scenario is that Hurricane Isaac remains on the western track, skating over the Caribbean Sea south of Haiti, crossing over West Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, then curving east, towards Tampa, according to ABC News.
It is worrying, that the devastating effects of this hurricane could be compared to Hurricane Katrina, according to Golembo. Tampa is extremely vulnerable and the water could funnel into the bay area and completely flood the whole city of Tampa.
Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, was not worried about any major threat to the convention. Buckhorn openly encouraged people to come to the convention and enjoy themselves. He explained that Isaac was over 2,500 miles off the coast of Florida and was not a serious danger.
Many of the prediction models display that the storm will take an eastern track. However, Golembo said that a lot of meteorologists use a very important model and this model shows Isaac slamming directly into Tampa. If the storm hits Tampa, dead on, then it could cause serious, irreparable damage.
Golembo warns people that the model meteorologists are using, is THE model. However, Buckhorn believes that people should not be worried about the storm since Floridians are used to these kind of storms.
Buckhorn made his case that, Tampa had not been hit by a hurricane in 90 years. However, they still have plans and preparations in place.
Wusf News reports that, organizers of the Republican National Convention are experiencing tropical depression. It's still far too early to make any concrete predictions, but there is a strong possibility that the hurricane may hit the convention. Tropical depression 9, is heading towards the Carribean and is likely to become a Tropical Storm. Meteorologist, Diane Kacmarik, at Bay News 9, has said that the weather conditions are favorable for the storm to turn into a hurricane.
It is the "spaghetti models" that show the storm will head for Florida's Gulf Coast, yet others predict it will go south into the Gulf towards Mexico or South Texas.
Kacmarik has said that if the storm comes towards Tampa Bay, then the three days during the convention, will be the most serious. Monday through Wednesday.
If the hurricane remains south, it will suck a lot of the moisture from the air and there will be excellent weather for the convention. Many people are following the weather intently to see if there is going to be a hurricane on the Gulf Coast of Florida. In a 5-7 day period, weather details may not be accurate. It is usual to make some errors. If a hurricane hits the Tampa Bay area, then there would need to be a mass evacuation during the 4 day period that the Republican National Convention takes place. Furthermore, if the hurricane does strike, the effects could be devastating, reports
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