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South Florida Prepares For Worst As Isaac Gets Closer

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In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the Florida coast on August 26, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to reports, Isaac has become stronger as it moves toward the Florida Keys and forecasters say it could strengthen into a Category 2 storm. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the Florida coast on August 26, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to reports, Isaac has become stronger as it moves toward the Florida Keys and forecasters say it could strengthen into a Category 2 storm. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

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(CBS NEWS)  – A steady stream of cars has been bringing evacuees north from the Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Isaac gets stronger and closer.

Forecasters predict Isaac will be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the Keys later Sunday.

How is the storm impacting the Republican National Convention taking place in Tampa?

Mark Pischea GOP Great Lakes Convention Spokesman — is in Florida for the convention. Speaking live on WWJ, Pischea says most of the activities are set to get underway a day later than originally planned.

Why was the convention planned for Florida in the heart of hurricane season? Pischea says it boils down to the fact that Florida is an important state.

The path of the storm and its impact is an hourly thing … our schedule is to suspend activities Monday and start with the roll call on Tuesday.

Find out the latest on Tropical Storm Isaac HERE.

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