Fla. governor halts RNC plans, including speech

Associated Press
This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a mass of clouds in the Caribbean Sea associated with Tropical Storm Isaac as it pounds Hispaniola with heavy rain and strong wind.  Isaac will continue on its path toward western Cuba and southern Florida through the weekend, possibly gaining hurricane strength.  For more information, please see http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/.  Clouds in the Plains are associated with a front that is producing a few areas of rain and thunderstorms in the area. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a mass of clouds in the Caribbean Sea associated with Tropical Storm Isaac as it pounds Hispaniola with heavy rain and strong wind. Isaac will continue on its path toward western Cuba and southern Florida through the weekend, possibly gaining hurricane strength. For more information, please see http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/. Clouds in the Plains are associated with a front that is producing a few areas of rain and thunderstorms in the area. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is canceling his plans for the Republican National Convention to prepare for the tropical storm approaching his state.

His staff said Saturday that he was canceling his plans to attend Tampa events on Sunday and Monday, including his speech scheduled Monday night.

The Republican governor already declared a state of emergency for Isaac, which crossed the eastern end of Cuba on Saturday.

The storm is now approaching the Florida Keys and it is expected to strengthen to a hurricane in coming days.

A hurricane warning had been issued for the Florida Keys, and officials warned tourists to leave. The storm likely won't hit Tampa head-on, but it could lash the city with rain and strong winds just as the convention ramps up.

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