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As Republican Convention Nears, 'Fear of Isaac' Grows

All eyes are on the Mid-Atlantic as newly formed Tropical Storm Isaac picks up steam, posing a threat to the Republican National Convention.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 8/22/2012, 2:56 PM

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All eyes are on the Mid-Atlantic as newly formed Tropical Storm Isaac continues picking up steam, possibly posing a threat to the Republican National Convention, which convenes in Tampa next week

According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaac is currently spinning with 40-mph winds about 500 miles east of the island of Guadeloupe and is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday with winds in excess of 74 mph.

The exact path of the storm has yet to be determined, as it could move along several paths as it nears the United States, from the Gulf of Mexico to east of Florida, said Michael Brennan, a specialist at the National Hurricane Center.

“It’s certainly too soon to get specific about where this system might be in five or six days,” he said, according to The New York Times.

It’s “the peak of hurricane season – there’s always the risk of impact anywhere in the hurricane-prone areas,” he continued. “This is the time of the year when we have the most storms. Everybody needs to be prepared.”

Republican National Convention spokesman James Davis said Tuesday that officials have already been coordinating with state and local emergency officials in preparation for the storm.