Threats of severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaac will delay the start of the Republican National Convention, in Tampa. The convention was slated to begin with a full day session, Monday. Instead, RNC officials say the convention will convene Monday, then immediately recess until Tuesday.
Due to the Tampa Bay Forum's location, there still stands the possibility that the entire arena may be evacuated. Arena officials on the floor today were talking about emergency preparedness and the possibility of bringing in sandbags.
There's no word yet on how that will alter the speaking schedule.
Here's the official statement from RNC President and CEO Bill Harris:
“Our chief priority is the safety of the residents of Florida, of those visiting the Convention, and all those in Gulf Coast states who may be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac. We have been working closely with the campaign, the party, and state and local officials for months to ensure a successful, enjoyable convention. Federal, state and local officials assure us that they are prepared to respond, if needed, and the scheduling changes we are announcing today will help ensure the continued safety of all participants – our foremost concern. We are also committed to keeping the delegates and guests of the convention well informed about the situation, and we will continue providing updates in the hours and days ahead.”
RNC Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released this statement:
“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th. After consulting with Governor Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.”