On Tuesday, 21st August 2012, forecasters track a Tropical Storm Isaac moving in west direction of Atlantic Ocean. It may pose strong threat to Florida during Republican National Convention organized in coming week in Tampa. It’s very early to say whether it will transform into a hurricane and hit west coast of Florida. But it’s a kind of weather that organizers were predicting during hurricane season and they have some backup plans already in place to face any worst scenario.
It’s been more than 90 years since any giant hurricane has hit Tampa. Hurricane Charley was a last to strike west coast of Florida but even after that the real estate market of Florida has failed to recover strongly. The storm of 13th August 2004 was normal yet extremely powerful which initially predicted to strike Tampa Bay before it actually smashed Port Charlotte. The computer models of National Hurricane Center predicted that Isaac might transform into a hurricane in a week or so, with wind speed limit may go up to 74 mph. Some models even projected a storm in Florida, including Tampa Bay area later crossing Bahamas or Cuba on Sunday morning.
GOP as well as state officials have some contingency plans in case storm makes the way to Tampa. The plans even include complete evacuation of Tampa in extreme case scenario which may result in immediate immigration and downfall in property prices of Tampa. More than 70,000 party officials, delegates, protesters, journalist and some other members expected on the conference which involves nomination of Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney for the post of vice president and president respectively.
Meanwhile, the communications director of Republican National Convention, James Davis said that they are monitoring the GOP signals and are in constant touch with the key officials of state, federal as well as local agencies. During the month of May, mock hurricane session of four day was also held, featuring the fake major storm hitting the Tampa during the day of convention. Jane Castor, the Tampa Police Chief said that they are prepared for everything and ready to avoid damage from a major hurricane of category 3 with winds up to 170 kph.
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