Mitt Romney Says Tropical Storm Isaac Won't Hinder RNC

Presumptive GOP nominee confident Republicans will throw an excellent convention.
3:00 | 08/24/12

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The big question now, what could tropical storm isaac mean for the republican national convention which starts monday in tampa. Abc's matt gutman has the latest on all that for us. Good morning, matt. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Overnight, we learned that all the public schools in the florida keys will be closed on monday. While that storm does keep creeping west of here, there is still strong concern of flooding here in tampa. It is the most flood-prone city in america. They're fearful that roads and bridges, even walkways at the convention like this, could be under water. This morning, tropical storm isaac is lashing into haiti and the dominican republic. And its winds are downing trees in puerto rico. 600 miles across, it's the size of texas. The new forecasts, shifting it west into the gulf. Residents of tampa are waking up this morning to breathe a sigh of relief. It's the site of next week's republican national convention. And is no longer threatened by a direct hit from isaac. But no doubt will feel the strong winds and heavy rain. My job is to ensure we are prepared for emergency in every community in florida. Reporter: But nearly 800,000 people live in tampa's larger evacuation zone. They're expecting 50,000 delegates and visitors for the convention, who could be flooded out, even by a tropical storm. How many people live in this red zone here? We're thinking about 180,000-plus people that could be evacuated from our level-a. That's what we call our level-a. Reporter: Key west said to take a direct hit from the tropical storm-force winds. And across southern florida, residents are feverishly buying supplies, enough to survive three days without electricity. And airlines are allowing passengers to change tickets without penalty. Any plans in tampa depend on the airports being open, ready to receive the delegates and people like myself, able to get there. I have a feeling that we'll be in tampa and have a great contention. Reporter: The rnc has contingency plans. It could delay the convention. Or even pick up stakes. At that point, robin, it is extremely unlikely. Every point taking precautions. All right, matt. Thank you very much.

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