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Gayle in MD
08-22-2012, 03:13 PM
By AMY BINGHAM (@Amy_Bingham)
Aug. 22, 2012

Hurricane Isaac, currently a tropical storm brewing southeast of Puerto Rico, is on track to hit Florida the same day that Mitt Romney and 50,000 Republican delegates, journalists, protestors and guests descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

While it is too early to accurately predict the storm's path, ABC meteorologist Max Golembo said it will hit southern Florida. Whether it will skim the east coast near Miami or crash head-on into Tampa, is still up in the air.

"Any way you take it, it's going to be a wind and rain event in Tampa," Golembo said. "We don't know if it's going to be damaging to Tampa, cancelling the convention or just delaying it."

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said today that cancelling the convention is absolutely an option.

"Absolutely we are prepared to call it off," Buckhorn told CNN's Early Start. "Human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that. The organizers, certainly Gov. Romney, recognizes that."

"Whatever we do will be based on getting people out of harm's way," Buckhorn continued. "Politics will take second place and all of us recognize that."

As of this morning, the worst possible scenario is that Hurricane Isaac stays on the western track, skating over the Caribbean Sea south of Haiti, crossing the primarily flat landscape of western Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico then curving east and hitting Tampa dead-on.


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Isaac, left, reached tropical storm status... View Full Size

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Isaac, left, reached tropical storm status and is approaching the Lesser Antilles islands as it moves westward, Aug. 22, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean.
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"Tampa is just as vulnerable as New Orleans was in the sense that the water will funnel into the bay area and from the storm surge which will flood completely the whole entire city of Tampa," Golembo said referring to Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2005.





"It would be a disaster in the Tampa area," Golembo said.

While most prediction models show the storm taking a more eastern track, Golembo said one "very important model," one the meteorologists use "a lot," has Isaac slamming directly into Tampa.

"That's why the meteorologists are pulling their hair out right now," Golembo said. "If it was a model we wouldn't care, but it's THE model."

Buckhorn said Tampa is "as well equipped and as well prepared as any city could be," for a major weather event during the convention.

"We are prepared for it, we train for it we have contingency plan after contingency plan," he said in the CNN interview. "But I don't think it is going to be a factor in this particular convention, but we are prepared in the event that it is."

The Republican National Convention has been working with local, state and federal authorities for more than a year to create contingency plans in the event this worst case scenario came true. RNC spokesman James Davis told ABC News that convention planners are "monitoring the storm" and "will make sure everyone's health and safety is protected."

"We will release information as we get it. Right now we are looking forward to having a great convention," Davis said. "We are confident we will be able to get the business done of our convention which is to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan."

Davis would not say when or if the convention would be called off, rescheduled or moved.

Under the best case scenario, the storm could smash into the mountains of Haiti which "would really kill the system," then the weakened storm could sweep over the Bahamas and swirl off the east coast of Florida, bringing strong winds and rain to Miami, but missing Tampa, Golembo said.

In that scenario, Tampa would see 30 mph winds and about 1 inch of rainfall, Golembo said.

The weatherman said, "I don't think they would have to cancel anything."

"Pack an umbrella at least and maybe a poncho and galoshes, but don't quite break out the boats and don't start building the arc," Golembo said.





http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hurr...ory?id=17057501 (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hurricane-isaac-threatens-swamp-republican-convention/story?id=17057501)

Soflasnapper
08-22-2012, 03:28 PM
I was in Detroit for the '80 GOP convention for Reagan. (Working in the private sector, not attending.)

One morning of that week, the skies turned dark green (or maybe not, I'm color blind, actually), the street lights turned on, and some hellacious weather came through-- high winds, fierce driven rains, lightning. Power was lost for about half the city, although where I was it came back up quickly and the work day continued. As of a week later, still about 100,000 people had no electricity. A line of thundercap clouds had come through that area, about 20 miles long and 5 miles wide.

I've often thought that was the wrath of God. Now we may have the bookending event, for another malefactor of the people.

Sadly, Fort Lauderdale is likely equally at risk, and my father needs daily medical home care, which I was told today will not come out as of 45 mph winds, understandably. Stocking up his meds and needed supplies, we're fairly well set, but I pray for all those affected and in the zone of risk, including my former fellow Tampons. (That didn't come out right!)

Gayle in MD
08-22-2012, 10:03 PM
Tampons lol...gee, what is the correct way to say it, never thought much about it, Tampans, still sounds too much like Tampons, Tampanians....maybe...?

Well, I'd be packing, I think..even though we know these storms can end up taking unpredictable paths, way off from the predicted computer models, and I have surely seen enough of that in my time.

But, even with a cone spreading from new Orleans, to the Carolinas, this one looks dead ahead for Tampa, to me.

Then, when I think of the story of Isaac, and all of the ironies that smack of Mitt, Ryan and Republicans...hmmm...too many ironic similarities. Loads of lies, even about pregnancy! Lies and tricks on a blind man...Romney's college pranks?

Rampant denials, and dirty tricks.

Cousins marrying cousins...

fetishes with digging wells????

Where is Mac when we need him? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Not to mention they are comparing a hit on Tampa, to the hit on New Orleans, where Republicans treated the victims like crap...

So, I'd say, get outta Dodge my friend! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

LOL... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Now watch, just because I said that, Isaac will come right straight up the Chesapeake Bay! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif

G.

Gayle in MD
08-23-2012, 06:06 AM
BTW, I hope both you and your family, your father, all make it through fine, whatever happens.

I keep thinking about those poor people in Haiti! They don't even have a tree around to hang onto!

I wonder if they have any sort of public shelters built, at all?

G.

LWW
08-23-2012, 06:41 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I was in Detroit for the '80 GOP convention for Reagan. (Working in the private sector, not attending.)

One morning of that week, the skies turned dark green (or maybe not, I'm color blind, actually), the street lights turned on, and some hellacious weather came through-- high winds, fierce driven rains, lightning. Power was lost for about half the city, although where I was it came back up quickly and the work day continued. As of a week later, still about 100,000 people had no electricity. A line of thundercap clouds had come through that area, about 20 miles long and 5 miles wide.

I've often thought that was the wrath of God. Now we may have the bookending event, for another malefactor of the people.

Sadly, Fort Lauderdale is likely equally at risk, and my father needs daily medical home care, which I was told today will not come out as of 45 mph winds, understandably. Stocking up his meds and needed supplies, we're fairly well set, but I pray for all those affected and in the zone of risk, including my former fellow Tampons. (That didn't come out right!) </div></div>

<span style='font-size: 26pt'>HOLY OVER THE TOP MOONBATTERY BATMAN!</span>

eg8r
08-23-2012, 07:58 AM
I hope everything goes alright and you father has no problems. Hopefully this thing dies out in the sea before anyone gets hurt.

eg8r

Soflasnapper
08-23-2012, 09:06 AM
Thanks for that. Are you and yours out of the cone, or at some risk? (Or are you traveling still?)

eg8r
08-23-2012, 09:26 AM
I haven't really checked to see where it is going to go. I am up in Orlando so anything going to Tampa generally drops plenty of rain on us also. After 2 months in the UK, I am thankfully home for a short while.

eg8r

Soflasnapper
08-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Heavy rains and some flooding is a best case scenario on a glancing blow. Which is now the hope here, should be all the central state gets as well (or less, God willing).