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Isaac churns in Caribbean, threatens Republican convention

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:07

Aug. 23 - Officials in Florida make contingencies as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens the Republican National Convention while the Dominican Republic and Haiti brace for the storm. Sarah Irwin reports.

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Tensions run high at a tent city in Haiti - as people still displaced from the 2010 earthquake - brace for Tropical Storm Isaac. As it moved across the Caribbean late Thursday, forecasters expected the storm to strengthen to a hurricane within a day - before tearing across the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Computer models put the storm on track to hit off the coast of Florida by Monday - the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Florida governor Rick Scott. SOUNDBITE (English) Florida Governor Rick Scott "It's full speed ahead. We are going to have a great convention. We are looking forward to the delegates coming. We are going to keep them safe. We do this. This is what we do for a living in Florida. We are a hospitality state that knows how to deal with hurricanes." Workers filled sandbags to protect the coast - and across town, organizers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, prepared for the four-day Republican convention. Authorities have not ruled out postponing or relocating the event - if the storm takes direct aim at the Gulf Coast city.

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Isaac churns in Caribbean, threatens Republican convention

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:07