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Originally posted by pajoly
6:30 AM here in FL an not much has changed overnight. The path continues to be the same, though it appears to have slowed just a bit and put it due west of the area (about 50 miles offshore) Tuesday morning around 8AM. It is much better to have a storm hit in the light of day, though we will feel the effects long before then, with outer bands creating rain squalls and thunderstorms by Monday evening. The distance from the eye will keep us (at this point), away from the strongest winds, but the worry here will be the surge and the path is bad for us on that front.
Still, not a big deal if only a cat 1 and the convention won't postpone over those conditions I do not think.
Fort Brooke is the current site of the Tampa Bay Convention Center, which hosts the Republican National Convention on August 27 - 30 this year. The convention center is in Evacuation Zone A, which is evacuated for Category 1 hurricanes. The Tampa Bay Times Forum and two major convention hotels--the Tampa Marriott Waterside and the Embassy Suites--are in Evacuation Zone B, which is evacuated for Category 2 hurricanes. In a worst-case Category 4 hurricane, the Convention Center could be immersed in 20 feet of water. Clearly, even a Category 1 hurricane would be enough to spoil the convention.