TAMPA, FLA. -- Planners of the Republican National Convention in Tampa have decided to delay the start of the convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
GOP leaders will convene Monday, then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon.
Gov. Rick Scott also cancelled his appearance at the RNC so that he can focus on emergency operations in Tallahassee.
Isaac, which is expected to ramp up to hurricane strength on Sunday, is forecast to pass about 100 miles west of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico.
Emergency operations officials said a thorough review of safety measures now will help to reassure them that all bases have been covered when Isaac comes calling on the Sunshine State as the GOP convention gets rolling.
Authorities say they'll want to make sure that shelter and potential evacuation infrastructures are up to handling the expected demands, and then some, if Tampa would need to button up and face a named storm.
Officials said the worst possible outcome would be such a storm hitting a populace that is ill-prepared for it, and they want to rule out that outcome immediately.
Forecasters said they'll be staying in constant touch with their emergency ops counterparts in Tampa if it looks like any tropical trouble begins to turn this way.