Approaching storm forces Republicans to delay convention start

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Organizers of the Republican National Convention have postponed  the Monday start of the four-day event in Tampa, Fla., because of the approaching tropical storm.

The convention will convene Monday as scheduled, then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Saturday night.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to pass off the Tampa coast Monday, brining heavy rain and strong winds.

The storm has already been blamed for several deaths in Haiti and is now making its way across Cuba toward the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane once in open water again and is project to cross the Florida Keys, then pass off the Tampa coast. A hurricane warning has already been issued for the Keys.

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