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GOP prepares for possible hurricane during Tampa convention
 
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the East Coast residents should expect 105 mph winds and flooding.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the East Coast residents should expect 105 mph winds and flooding.
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Tropical Storm Isaac barreled into the Caribbean on Wednesday, gathering strength and threatening to turn into a hurricane that some models predict could hit Tampa next week, as 70,000 Republicans gather for their presidential nominating convention. Predicting the path of hurricanes is a notoriously inaccurate endeavor, but Florida officials and convention planners are preparing for the possibility of a destructive storm. The last major hurricane to hit Tampa, on Florida's west coast, was 90 years ago, although 2004's Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 tempest, came too close for comfort.

 

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