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Mayor: ‘Absolutely Prepared To Call Off’ GOP Convention If Isaac Threatens Tampa

Tampa CBS Local  Tampa’s mayor warns that the Republican National Convention could be canceled if Tropical Storm Isaac heads for the city.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN that he is more concerned about the safety of his people than holding the convention.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off,” Buckhorn explained to CNN. “I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that.”

Buckhorn also added that the city has contingency plans ready in case of an emergency.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a factor in this particular convention,” Buckhorn told CNN. “But we are prepared in the event that it is.”

Isaac could threaten Florida as early as next week.

On Wednesday, leaders across much of the Caribbean closed schools and government offices and urged people to stay at home as Isaac swept toward the region, threatening to soon become a hurricane and perhaps eventually to menace Florida.

The storm was 140 miles east of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe late Wednesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Isaac was moving west at 21 mph and was expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

In Dominica, one of the first islands in the storm’s path, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay home from work on Wednesday.

“I want us all to be safe,” he said. “I don’t want lives to be lost. I have listened to the advice of the experts and so I am asking all to stay indoors.”

In Puerto Rico, Gov. Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. He also canceled classes and closed government agencies on Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard ordered all commercial vessels bigger than 200 gross tons to leave the port or obtain permission to remain in port.

The Liat airline said it expected to cancel flights to and from Dominica by Wednesday afternoon, and American Eagle has already canceled all its flights, according to Benoit Bardouille, CEO of the island’s Air & Seaport Authority. The fast ferry that runs to Guadeloupe and Martinique also will temporarily suspend service, he said.

Disaster Coordinator Don Corriette warned of landslides and asked people in low-lying areas to seek shelter if needed.

The storm’s center was expected to move over the Leeward Islands on Wednesday evening, and forecasters said it is expected to hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba as a hurricane later in the week.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and a swath of islands across the Caribbean including Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Culebra and Vieques.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and the south coast of the Dominican Republic.

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4 Responses to Mayor: ‘Absolutely Prepared To Call Off’ GOP Convention If Isaac Threatens Tampa

  1. imp says:

    According to the Bible, Isaac was the father of Israel. Ah, Synchronicity!

  2. NC says:

    “Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN that he is more concerned about the safety of his people than holding the convention.”

    Well Bob, I just have to tell you one thing about your bullshit statement that makes me want to puke a hurricane in itself and that is something my good founding father Bennie told us, “A person who gives up freedom for security, deserveth neither.” Benjamin Franklin

    I don’t think a little hurricane is going to cause problems. It never stopped them from having it before.

    OHH….That’s right!! If there’s a hurricane, then those poor military troops won’t be able to focus on shooting all of those Ron Paul supporters from the pier and their offshore boats and that means that the corrupt Republican representatives won’t be protected from WE THE PEOPLE who would strike them down if they so much as screw with our delegates.

    It’s come to the obvious conclusion that the RNC is just looking for excuses to cancel or delay the convention as long as possible. They know they are doing everything wrong. I just don’t understand their stupidity and how they can go on living with themselves after this is all over and they still are unable to unite the party. Maybe that’s what they want. Maybe by destroying the Republican Party, they will just have the people try and accept a ONE PARTY and changing the Democratic Party to the Socialist Democratic Party and eventually change it to the Communist Party. I don’t know. But since this corruption is all blatantly out there, one has to wonder if it was really meant to be that way for a reason or for just THAT reason. Who knows.

  3. NC says:

    “The storm was 140 miles east of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe late Wednesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Isaac was moving west at 21 mph and was expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.”

    45 mph winds? That’s not a hurricane. That’s a walk in the park for Floridians. That’s like saying we are going to cancel the RNC because of a 3.0 Earthquake in L.A. or something. Now if it were 70-120mph. Then we’ll talk. What a bunch of wusses. Excuses, excuses. Enough already. This crap is getting ridiculous.

  4. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    Everybody please watch the U.S. Government Weather satellite network for the sector within 1000 miles of Tampa. Look for perfect circle holes in the natural cloud patterns in the few days leading up to the GOP convention. Or go to dutchsinse.com, who may be tracking HAARP weather modifications to guide a hurricane into Tampa after helping create it. This is not grandpa’s convention and you ALL should have HAARP digested and understood by now. Dutchsinse.com to understand HAARP weather modification and earthquake creation.

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