(Photo: National Weather Service) Tropical Storm Isaac Force Wind Possibilities
With Tropical Storm Isaac still gaining strength and possibly getting hurricane status, it still hasn't deterred people from protesting at the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC).
The convention starts on Monday and organizations are preparing plans in case Isaac delivers powerful rain and winds to the Tampa area.
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According to the Associated Press (AP), a small group of protestors have said the storm might derail their demonstration which includes large signs and papier-mâché political puppets.
Regardless of the weather, organizations such as the AFL-CIO union, Code Pink, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Planned Parenthood are determined to demonstrate during the RNC.
Talking to the AP, Florida Consumer Action Network's Michael Long said, "We're no longer really considering indoor options. Some regular rain and wind won't stop us. They would have to be unsafe conditions to make us consider changing the plans."
Long's organization will start their protest a day early at the RNC's kickoff party at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field.
Floridian Governor Rick Scott has said RNC plans will proceed as normal.
"We're monitoring the situation very closely," said Republican National Convention spokesman Kyle Downey to CNN. "We are working closely with state, federal and local officials and plan on putting on a great convention."
Florida officials have organizations preparations ahead of Isaac's arrival, activating the state's Emergency Operations Center.
The National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Isaac is located between 165 miles and 185 miles from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In order to gain hurricane status, Isaac must reach maximum sustained winds of 74 mph.
The Center has issued a hurricane watch for the Hispaniola island, the Bahamas, and parts of Cuba. Tropical storm watches are on for Andros Island and Jamaica.