Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.
The weather forecast for Tampa, Fla. and vicinity: High winds, pounding rain, possible tornadoes and scattered convention delegates looking in vain for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
OK, that last part wasn't in the official forecast, but it should have been. As for the rest, the upshot is this: With 50,000 attendees to the Republican National Convention flooding into Tampa, the forecast is calling for actual flooding around the convention arena and tropical storm conditions through Monday...
...By the time the convention begins in earnest Tuesday, Fleming said the storm should have largely subsided. He said there would still be a 50% chance of rain that day, but with likely breaks of sunshine.
So can the delegates' families head to the beach for a little fun? That may not be the best idea. "Everyone wanting to go to the beaches should be aware that there will be strong rip currents," Fleming said. "It won't be the safest conditions."
And Lynryd Skynyrd? The band was scheduled to give an outdoor performance as part of the convention festivities Sunday night, but announced that it was canceling.
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