TAMPA — Lena Horne, call your office. In addition to all its other heartaches and potential problems, next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa may be in for a dose of stormy weather.
Tropical Depression 9 is just some harmless fussy weather in the Atlantic now Tuesday. But it’s scheduled to be Hurricane Isaac in a couple of days, probably a category two, and paying a visit to Hispaniola and Cuba.
Isaac’s current straight westerly path would take it well south of Florida. But it almost certainly won’t stay on this path. The weather elves say that when the high pressure system north of the storm moves off, the storm will turn north. If that high pressure moves off fairly early, Isaac will spin harmlessly into the Atlantic, well east of the United States. If the system moves off later, the storm will turn north later, putting the U.S. in its path.
Even with the late northerly turn there is plenty of territory Isaac could bedevil. But one of the possible destinations for a late-turning Isaac is the west coast of Florida and Tampa. Mother Nature, you see, is non-partisan.
National Republican officials will soon understand why this time of year Floridians watch more weather reports but enjoy them less.
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