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Mayor Bob Buckhorn says city is 'absolutely' prepared to call off RNC if Isaac comes to Tampa

12:01 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says human safety trumps politics and they're be ready to call off the Republican National Convention if need be, in the event of a hurricane coming to Tampa Bay.

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The Mayor is understandably concerned and says he too is watching Tropical Storm Isaac's progress carefully. Not only is Buckhorn playing host to the RNC, but he also has to worry about making sure Tampa residents and services are ready to handle whatever challenges the storm may bring our way.  

"We're prepared for it," Buckhorn told CNN. "We train for it. We have contingency plan after contingency plan. It is our reality as Floridians."

Mayor Buckhorn goes on to say, "We have a beautiful city here on the water. Obviously, there are some sorts of stances that involve weather that we can't predict, that we can't control. But we are ready in the event that it happens. I don't think it's going to be a factor in this particular convention, but we are prepared in the event that it is."

On Wednesday, meteorologists warn the forecast track is still uncertain, and the storm could be anywhere from the Bahamas to the Cayman Islands by Sunday.

In a worst case scenario: "Absolutely, we are prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics."


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