We just received word that Monday’s slate of events for the RNC in Tampa will be postponed .
Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that “the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th.”
That move essentially postpones the activities of the first of four scheduled days of the convention. But Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that the details of the revised schedule were not yet settled, and could be announced as soon as Sunday.due to the approaching storm. The convention will be gavelled in and out, with the schedule being shifted to the remaining three days.
We’re still working on contingency plans and checking the flight schedules. The RNC held a conference call for us a short time ago in which they stressed the fact that as much of the full slate of speakers as can be managed will still take the stage. As the details come out, we’ll try to keep you updated here. In the meantime I’ll be watching the airline web site. We’re still going to get this done, but Mother Nature may throw a few glitches into the schedule.
Update: (Jazz) As of Sunday morning, the National Hurricane center has continued to move the projected path of Isaac to the West, as this updated graphic demonstrates.
Of course, as they stress in their update, just because the projected path of the storm is no longer covering Tampa, that’s just the actual hurricane and tropical storm boundaries. Clouds, thunderstorms and gusting winds can extend considerably further outward. Also, these are still just projections. We’ve gotten pretty good at forecasting these events, but conditions could still change. With that in mind, the RNC was still probably wise to err on the side of caution and give the storm an extra day to make sure everyone’s safety is assured.
What will this mean for air travel today and tomorrow? Stay tuned.