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Tampa mayor 'not worried yet' about Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac formed Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to threaten the Caribbean beginning Thursday, potentially as a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center says the west coast of Florida is within the five-day “forecast cone” of uncertainty, though Isaac’s path remains highly unpredictable.

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“I'm not really worried about this one yet. You know, the good thing about living in Florida is we're accustomed to this. This is our reality every storm season,” Buckhorn said. “So we've trained for this. Inevitably, it will happen at some point. But, you know, 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 that it heads this way.”

Buckhorn, a Democrat, noted that Tampa gets “heavy rains almost every afternoon.”

City officials “hope [Isaac] moves further away from us, but if it doesn’t, it’s still going to be a great convention.”

Right now, convention organizers have the benefit of time in preparing for contingencies should the storm strengthen into a hurricane and point toward Florida.

“That's the good thing about hurricanes ... that you have plenty of time to prepare,” he told CNN host Soledad O’Brien.


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