GOP delays convention business due to Isaac

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Republican Party will delay the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather forecast from Isaac.

 

That's according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

 

Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed.

 

He says in a statement that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials. The Republican governor has declared a state of emergency for Isaac, which crossed the eastern end of Cuba on Saturday.

 

The storm is now approaching the Florida Keys and it is expected to strengthen to a hurricane in coming days.

 

 

UPDATE: Fla. prepares for Isaac on eve of GOP convention

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Isaac poses a threat to Florida early next week, just as the Republican Party gathers for its national convention in Tampa.

 

The National Hurricane Center says a hurricane warning is in effect for the state and Isaac could eventually hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 2 hurricane. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as officials prepare for possible bridge closures, flooding and other problems that could arise.

 

Vacationers are being urged to leave the Florida Keys.

 

The storm has been making its way over Cuba, after causing flooding and at least four deaths in Haiti.

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