Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens Florida Coast
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
We're following news this morning of Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm is gaining strength as it approaches the Florida Keys, and is expected to become a hurricane. Of course, as Isaac heads toward Florida's West Coast, much of the Republican Party was also hoping to head there. The Republican National Convention was to open in Tampa tomorrow. Republicans canceled the first day of events, citing concerns about the weather.
The storm isn't likely to hit Tampa head on, but it could dampen, at the very least, spirits, not to mention unleash a mess of rain and strong winds, snarling transportation. Isaac has already thoroughly disrupted airline travel in and out many cities in South Florida, with hundreds of flights cancelled.
The Republican convention will still open officially, but will immediately recess until the next afternoon. Republican officials are working now to shrink the four-day RNC schedule into three days. We'll be following the story, and the storm, as it develops.
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