All Isaac needs to do is come close to Tampa to bring a lot of problems to the Republican National Convention. Even during an average summer thunderstorm in this area, major roads can flood.
When a tropical storm raked the Tampa Bay area in June, thousands of homes and businesses lost power, tornadoes spun off and streets and bridges were closed as the storm was blamed for seven deaths statewide. It's still too early to say where Isaac will end up, but officials are watching the storm and say they're ready to make any decisions, if needed, about evacuations as 70,000 delegates, journalists and protesters descend on the city.
"Public safety will always trump politics," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.
The forecast has Isaac strengthening into a hurricane Thursday night and heading toward South Florida, arriving around Monday, the opening day of the convention and nearly a week of events culminating with the nomination of Mitt Romney.
The storm was still hundreds of miles from the tip of Florida on Wednesday, and forecasters said it could miss the state altogether.
Director of meteorology at Weather Underground, Jeff Masters, said based off the latest forecasts, there was a 3 percent chance of needing to evacuate the arena hosting the convention. There was 9 percent chance of Tampa experiencing tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph when the convention begins. He said, "Those odds are probably going to rise."