By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
As hurricane Isaac threatens Tampa Bay, the Republicans have canceled the first day of their convention. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead reports that Alabama’s delegates are safe in Tampa and will wait out the severe weather in their hotel.
Chairman Armistead wrote on Facebook, “The RNC has notified all of the Delegates here in Tampa at the convention that the Monday session of the Convention is being cancelled because of Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac to insure the safety of the 50,000 who are here to participate in the Convention. We are not expecting to get the brunt of the storm but are expecting heavy rain and winds. It is expected that the convention will start a day late on Tuesday. Alabama’s 97 Delegates are safely here at the Tampa Crowne Plaza but we ask for prayer for all who may be in the pathway of the storm. We will have our own Church Service in the morning here at the hotel. Thanks to those of you who are praying for safety for all attending the Convention. May God also keep you and yours safe.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has canceled his own plans to join the convention festivities based on the high likelihood that the strengthening hurricane will impact Alabama.
Day 2 of the Republican Convention is scheduled to continue as planned. Isaac is currently predicted to make landfall near Mobile on Wednesday.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said on Facebook, “We are continuing to keep a close watch on Isaac. Everyone needs to be ready for what Isaac may bring. Forecasts and weather conditions can change rapidly, and I urge everyone to stay close to sources of weather information and take precautions ahead of the storm. ReadyAlabama.gov has good preparedness information.”
There have not been any evacuations ordered at this time in Alabama. The state is urging everyone in areas that are likely to be impacted to make sure that they have an emergency kit ready. The state is also recommending that you fill up the tank of your automobile now and be sure to have enough food and supplies that you can stay in your home without electricity for a minimum of three days
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