Gov. Nikki Haley next week could face her first hurricane evacuation while in office — 350 miles from South Carolina, at the Republican National Convention in Florida.
Tropical Storm Isaac is projected to grow to Category 1 hurricane status over the next few days, and the center of the projected path early next week is along the west coast of Florida, where the GOP will convene in Tampa.
Haley is scheduled to speak to the convention Monday night, at about the same time Isaac is forecast to arrive.
If the storm remains on track and at hurricane strength, Monday night and Tuesday could force some decisions by convention organizers on whether to go on with the show.
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Of course, hurricane forecasts that far out are prone to large margins of error. South Carolina even could be in the far east edge of the National Hurricane Center’s cone of probability when the forecasts are updated Thursday.
But on the slim chance the storm comes our way next week, evacuation decisions here are unlikely. Unless the system throws forecasters a curve and heads east of the eastern edge of the cone, the storm probably will have been weakened by brushes with land in the Caribbean or Florida.