Tropical Storm Isaac is wreaking havoc on plans for the Republican National Convention, as National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced they would be canceling Monday's events.
“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th. After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket,” he said in a news release.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is canceling his plans for the convention to prepare for the storm. His staff said Saturday that he was canceling his plans to attend events on Sunday and Monday, including his speech scheduled Monday night.
Scott has already 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 Sunday.
A hurricane warning had been issued for the Florida Keys, and officials warned tourists to leave. The storm likely won't hit Tampa head-on, but it could lash the city with rain and strong winds just as the convention ramps up.