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Change in plans for delegates after cancellations

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Those visiting the Tampa Bay area for the Republican National Convention aren't going to get a dose of our best weather, with Tropical Storm Isaac sure to put a damper on things over the next 24 hours.

Especially along coastal areas, expect high wind, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes Sunday evening through Monday. Local emergency officials met over the weekend and have declared a state of emergency.

And Bay area bridge closures could prove to be a big problem. During Tropical Storm Debby, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed for days – the longest period ever.

As for the delegates, they're trying to have the best time they possible can after hearing that Monday's RNC events had been canceled. The plan: Just wait it out.

"It's out of my mind," California delegate Emily Sanford said. "We are going to have a wonderful convention, and I'm not worried about the weather – truly. I served two and a half year in Okinawa, and we had typhoon seasons, so I'm used to the rain."

RNC organizers say they have contingency plans if delegates need to be evacuated.

The storm caused flash flooding and killed at least four people in Haiti before moving across the very eastern tip of Cuba. It tore down trees and power lines, and forced thousands of evacuations.

Heavy bands of shower and wind should move into the area Sunday, with bad weather lasting through Monday. But the worst of the storm should miss the Bay area.

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