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August 22nd, 2012
10:47 AM ET

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn details preps for Tropical Storm Isaac as city gets ready to host Republican National convention

Republicans this morning are not feeling threatened by Democrats or new ads from superPACs, but rather a tropical storm named Isaac. Isaac has been picking up steam in the Atlantic and could become a hurricane by Thursday, posing a potential threat to the GOP convention in Florida next week. The convention, which is expected to bring in more than $153 million for city, is located in an evacuation zone in the event of a weather event.

In addition, 50,000 people are expected to travel to Florida for RNC but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he isn’t “really worried about this one yet.”

Buckhorn tells John Berman on "Early Start" that “the good thing about living in Florida is we’re accustomed to this.”

“This is our reality every storm season. So we’ve trained for this. Inevitably it will happen at some point but we’re monitoring it, we’re watching it, we’re tracking it. I think we’re going to be ok but we’ll be prepared in the event it heads this way,” he adds.  

Mayor Buckhorn went on to say that he hopes Isaac moves further away from his area but “if its doesn’t – its still going to be a great convention and I think the Republican National Committee is going to be happy.”

The last hurricane to hit Tampa was in 1946.

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