By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Aug 28, 2012 06:48 PM EDT
After Isaac caused a cancellation of Monday's opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, officials are still continuing to keep the convention going.
Schedule alterations and postponements have been made due to concerns over the natural disaster, according to a public statement by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
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"Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow. "
Convention officials were forced to cram two days worth of speeches and other notable convention business into one day on Tuesday because of the fear that Hurricane Isaac would directly strike the Florida Gulf Coast.
Isaac is currently spanning close to 200 miles from its center and is headed toward New Orleans. Evacuations have been orchestrated in Mississippi's counties along the coast.
The storm had strengthened on Tuesday bringing winds up to 80 mph. Isaac has also remained on pace to reach land in southern Louisiana near the Mississippi River by early Tuesday evening.
Isaac may be turning from a storm into a hurricane nearly seven exact years after Hurricane Katrina had landed in Florida as a Category 1 on Aug. 23, 2005.
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