Roughly 50,000 people are expected to make their way to Tampa, FL, next week for the Republican National Convention, so we asked the meteorologists at weathertrends360 for a rundown of what GOP-ers can expect when they arrive in the Sunshine State.

As you may have heard, it isn’t going to be very sunny. From the looks of the forecast, we’ve got just one, simple packing tip: Bring your rain gear.

Meteorologists are currently predicting that the 4-day convention period will be the wettest in 20 years, with flooding likely across most of Florida thanks to Hurricane Isaac.  Temperatures will be the warmest in 5 years (ranging from 79-91 degrees), and it’s expected to be very humid and potentially very windy.

Unfortunately, Isaac is likely to cause major travel delays and even flight cancellations, since the storm (or hurricane) will most likely be just off the coast of Tampa Bay on the 27th and 28th.  In addition, beaches are likely to have rare 12-15 foot waves, with higher-than-normal tides that are expected to create flooding problems for downtown.  The meteorologists at weathertrends360 are predicting that the storm will move into the southeastern US toward the end of the RNC, so going home may also bring more travel headaches to the East Coast.  Lots of eyes will be on Tampa next week – but here’s to hoping that a hurricane eye isn’t one of them!

For 1-14 day animated forecast updates on Hurricane Isaac, visit the map pages, and click on “pressure/precipitation.”

For more information, check out our hurricane safety tips, and take a look at our Travel 911 video on planning a smart strategy for a hurricane.


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