Tampa braces for Isaac, RNC convention
By TOM SMOLARZ
Talk Radio News Service
TAMPA - Tropical Storm Isaac is fast approaching, and the local residents, as well as thousands of visitors for the Republican National Convention, are preparing for the effects. While the storm has been down played from a category one hurricane to a tropical storm, the city and convention are still taking all the security and safety precautions necessary for its forces. As a result the Republican National Convention’s events scheduled for today have been canceled.
According to Mike Clay of Bay News 9, we are expecting to experience gust in the Tampa Bay area that reach around 50 mph, which will result in minor damages such as; downed tree limbs, squalls, and minor storm surge. It seems that with damages of that scale the city may encounter power outages from scattered and falling debris, and possibly wind gusts, seeing as how most of the outdoor facilities are composed of canvased tents. The storm is showing similarities to previous hurricane paths such as; Rita, Katrina, and Ike by flowing to the west of Florida and then hitting home in the other golf states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. As stated earlier though, the weather in Tampa should not be excepting to get hit with too much extreme weather.
Additional reporting for this story was conducted by Dan Patterson.
Short URL: http://reportergary.com/?p=26977