Gov. Rick Scott: Scott: Wait and see on Tropical Storm Isaac's RNC impact

2:04 PM, Aug 24, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- Tropical Storm Isaac's time over Cuba will determine if the Republican National Convention in Tampa would face a Category 1 hurricane or a little wind and rain, Gov. Rick Scott said during a Thursday evening briefing.

How Isaac emerges from the Caribbean also will determine if Panhandle communities between Tallahassee and Pensacola should prepare for a hurricane.

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"The nice thing would be if it turned into a nice little rainstorm," Scott said. "We'll have to wait and see."

The state's Division of Emergency Management its emergency-operations center activated Thursday to monitor Isaac as Scott participated in three briefings about state, federal and local preparations.

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Scott said he spoke to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and provided him with details on the storm.

"I think he was more just interested in getting as much information as he could," Scott said.

Scott said forecasts show Isaac will lose steam as it skirts over Haiti and Cuba, painting a somewhat encouraging outlook on its impact.

"From there, we want to see if it will dissipate or not and strengthen when it gets to that warm water on the other side," Scott said.

Republican National Convention CEO William Harris said in a statement organizers planned to continue communicating with Romney and Scott to solidify contingency plans.

"We continue to move forward with our planning and look forward to a successful convention," Harris said.

Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said no state resources have been deployed, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency had begun to stage supplies.

Allan Jarvis, of FEMA, said an incident support base will be opened Friday at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

"They can safely stage there so they're bringing a lot of commodities there," Jarvis said.

Throughout the day, Scott said state responders were experienced in disaster response and the state is well known for its hospitality.

"We have to continue to watch the path; the path is going a little bit west and has it coming back between Tallahassee and Pensacola," Scott said. "We'll have a lot better idea in the next two days."

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