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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