By Adele Hampton - 08/24/12 12:20 PM EDT
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is hopeful Tropical Storm Isaac won't be a problem for Tampa's GOP convention.
Scott on Friday downplayed worries that the storm will disrupt the convention, set to begin on Monday, saying Isaac had moved to the west and was unlikely to be a hurricane when it reaches the Florida Keys.
While delegates might get wet from the rain, Scott suggested there's little chance the convention will be postponed.
"Fortunately, the storm has moved a little further west from Tampa, looks like when it'll hit the Keys it'll be a tropical storm now, which is positive, not a hurricane," Scott said Friday morning on CNN's "Starting Point." "But we're going to get some rain."
The governor said he spoke with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and reassured him about the state's preparedness to combat the oncoming storm.
Western parts of Florida are still saturated from Tropical Storm Debbie, which hit the state in June, and state officials say the additional rain from Issac runs a high risk of flooding.
But even with the threat of flooding and high winds, Florida officials are confident in their ability to handle rough weather. Earlier this year officials held a simulation of a hurricane hitting the convention site and two days ago, Scott started to hold twice-daily briefings with the RNC, with federal, local and state officials.
"We are ready; this is what we do," Scott said.