Much of this planning, and all the expectations, could be turned upside down and inside out if Isaac strengthens into a hurricane, which is expected by Friday, and turns toward Florida, which on this past Thursday afternoon was uncertain. U.S. forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Isaac will likely become a Category 1 hurricane by Friday as it nears the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Heading toward Cuba, it may weaken somewhat. Currently the storm is projected to turn toward Florida on Monday, but some computer models show it moving farther west into the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa has 400 buses on hand to shuttle conventioneers and guests from the arena to other locations if an evacuation is ordered, NPR reports. The arena is in an area where an evacuation is mandatory if winds reach 96 miles per hour. Contingency plans involve the city, the state, the GOP convention team and the U.S. Secret Service.
Verizon has its own emergency plans in place, from years of experience with hurricanes, according to spokesman Hamby. A separate team would be dedicated to working with the GOP if the convention itself has to be relocated elsewhere. The "super switch" is architected to endure a Category 5 hurricane, he said. But cell sites and other infrastructure elements could still be affected by the storm.
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