Tropical Storm Isaac may not have had a direct hit on Tampa and the Florida coast, but flooding was still a concern across much of the state. As our Zack Fink tells us, many are wondering if the week’s events should have been scaled back a bit.
TAMPA. Fla. -- In the end, the storm took a different path than original forecasts were predicting. Isaac wound up passing way to the west of Tampa.
"Here in Florida, especially during this time of year, we are prepared for any type of weather issue that comes up. It was a big issue for a lot of the media that was from out of town. But we're used to dealing with it," Tampa Chief of Police Jane Castor said.
But the storm did cause trouble here. Monday's convention events were cancelled in anticipation of a direct hit. And all week, there has been a lot of discussion about how republicans should handle a dangerous storm. Should what amounts to a full fledged celebration be scaled back if Isaac wreaks havoc along the coast? Democrats weighed in on that Thursday.
"Probably a challenging situation for them. There are probably other ways they could have chosen it other than the way they chose. Could have taken things down a notch. I think it was another example of their continued focus on winning at all costs," Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
In the meantime, Isaac is pounding parts of Louisiana. Officials opted to intentionally breach a dam to prevent it from bursting and causing a flood.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said, “The idea is to allow that water to flow out of that area, now that the winds have shifted they're planning on having pumps on site to help de-water that area as well."
So the storm wound up being a big part of the story down here this week, even if it bypassed the Tampa metro area. In fact, local leaders say Tampa hasn't had a direct hit from a hurricane in over 90 years.