(Photo: National Hurricane Center) Tropical Storm Isaac's projected path.
Tropical Storm Isaac is still gaining power while drenching the Caribbean and ahead of the expected arrival in Florida on Sunday.
The storm has already proved fatal for three Haitians. A woman and two children have been found dead due to Isaac, while up to 5,000 people were evacuated due to flooding. The storm has also put in danger many tent cities that were created back during the devastating earthquake in 2010.
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According to USA Today, Jean-Gymar Joseph, a resident in the Haitian town of Cite Soleil, said, "From last night, we're in misery. All our children are sleeping in the mud, in the rain."
Cuba has already issued a state of alert after as much as eight to 20 inches of rain were reported in Hispaniola.
As Latinos Post reported, plans for the Republican National Convention (RNC) are set to continue as normal for the 70,000 people expected to attend in Tampa. Florida Governor Rick Scott has also said the RNC will proceed.
Demonstrators have also said Isaac won't alter their protesting efforts.
Talking to the Associated Press, 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."
The same determination can't be said for Vice President Joe Biden who cancelled plans for an event set for Tampa on Monday. Biden is also set to visit Orlando and St. Augustine on Tuesday but no word yet on the status of those events.
According to the Washington Post, Biden's schedule change "is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa."
The National Hurricane Center reported the tropical storm can reach hurricane status on Sunday. Isaac must reach maximum sustained winds of 74 mph in order to be upgraded to a category-1 hurricane. Current wind speeds for Isaac have measured to be 60 mph.
But as Latinos Post reported earlier today, if the storm continues its latest trend, Tampa could see wind speeds reach 70 and 75 mph, guaranteeing hurricane status. By Tuesday, meteorologists have predicted winds to increase further to 85 mph. If true, it will be only 11 mph away from reaching category-2 hurricane status.