Tropical Storm Isaac Tracking Toward Florida, RNC

While it's too early to tell the impact Isaac will have on the RNC, officials are watching the storm's path closely.

Tropical Storm Isaac and its potential effect on the Republican National Convention are the talk of the town. The convention starts Monday, Aug. 27, in Tampa, and the storm is almost certain to impact the area in some way.

According to Bay News 9, computer models have Isaac moving west into the Caribbean. At that point many variables would come into play that would determine if Isaac moves toward Florida or tracks elsewhere.

"The spaghetti plots show agreement of a turn to the northwest," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marques says. "It's something we will continue to watch over the next few days."

It's those spaghetti models that area officials and RNC planners will follow for the next few days, as they attempt to predict the storm's potential affect on the convention.

RNC officials didn't get specific with  Marissa Lang and Richard Danielson of Tampabay.com when referring to "contingency plans" for the convention. The article says that the U.S. Secret Service would coordinate, if there were to be an emergency response.

RNC officials say they knew disruptive tropical storms, common in late summer, were a possibility during the convention. They also say they're ready.

"We've been working this for well over a year, and we've planned for any and all contingencies," Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told Tampabay.com

You can view all the latest models for Tropical Storm Isaac on the website for the National Hurricane Center.

Stay with Patch for updates on Isaac as they become available.

Tony August 23, 2012 at 03:04 AM
No worries. Will head up east coast of FL into SC. There is just 1 model out of 2 dozen or more that says it's coming here-the almost 40 year old GFS model which is right on about 15% of its forecasts up to 3 days. There is a trough of low pressure hanging near us (helping cause all our recent rains) and it will slowly move east about tbe time the soon to be Hurricane starts cranking up and the trough will help guide the storm further east. That and high pressure over the Atlantic that won't be as strong as the mldel assumes.
Lucinda Johnston August 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Thanks Tony! I'm hoping it moves east and sucks all the moisture with it. I'd love to see beautiful weather for the convention. I'm a liberal Democrat but I love my city and I want the world to see what a great place the Tampa Bay Area is. Welcome Republican! Please bring lots of money to spend!
Jennifer S. August 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Tony, it's a little early to be saying "no worries". The GFS model predicted Debby to come into Florida while most of the other models had it going west toward Texas or Mexico. The GFS and all the other "models" are just that -- computer-generated estimations of where a storm might go. Just because "most models" have a storm going a certain way, doesn't mean it actually will. It's way too soon to tell anything with Isaac and nobody can predict anything. Best to be prepared. Debby caught a lot of people by surprise and there were a lot of flooding issues and evacuations. Even if it doesn't "hit" Tampa head-on, we could be in for a lot of bad weather, storm surge, etc.
rick barasso August 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Using the Pat Robertson theory of natural disasters, that bad things happen to bad people. Watch out Tampa, you're about to get swamped...Thanks members of the RNC for bringing this on to us. For their sake, let's hope the strip clubs are on high ground...
Bill McElligott August 23, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Those who had a hurricane plan utilizing a hotel or motel within 50 miles of tampa may want to check on orlando depending on the Category and surge model mobile homes and low lying areas may be evacuated . stay tuned and plan ahead


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