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Tropical weather could affect RNC

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Going to the Republican National Convention? Then you may want to monitor the tropics because Tropical Depression # 9 is churning away in the Atlantic Ocean heading west at 20 mph with 35 mph winds.

The early forecast models track the system into the western Caribbean and over Cuba toward Florida by early next week. Wind speeds within #9 are expected to reach 39 mph by Tuesday night at which time it will become Tropical Storm Isaac. It will further intensify and become a hurricane by Thursday.

Tampa, Florida is the sight for the Republican National Convention and that city is long overdue for a major hurricane. The last direct hit was in 1927 when a category three hurricane struck Tarpon Springs and put both downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg underwater.

Since the convention is still a week away, the track and intensity could change several times before then. Isaac may also affect Charlotte, North Carolina early the following week just in time for the Democratic National Convention. I guess that would make Isaac a "Fair and Balanced" Hurricane.

Either way both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention need to keep an eye on the tropics because things are getting busy and several more tropical waves have formed off the coast of Africa and are heading westward.

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