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Potential Hurricane Threatens Republican National Convention

Tropical depression 9. Tuesday morning

Organizers of next week's Republican National Convention may be experiencing a case of tropical depression.

While it's too early to make landfall predictions, a tropical depression in the Atlantic could intensify into a hurricane and may rain on convention organizers best laid plans.

Tropical depression 9 is headed towards the Caribbean and is expected to soon become a Tropical Storm. Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik at Bay News 9 says conditions look favorable for the storm to eventually become a hurricane.

While some of the so called "spaghetti models" show the storm heading right for Florida's Gulf Coast, others show it remaining farther south and continuing into the Gulf towards Mexico or South Texas.

Kacmarik says if the storm comes towards the Tampa Bay area the worst of the wind and rain will come during the first three days of the convention. Monday through Wednesday.

If the storm stays south, it will suck most of the moisture out of the air and there will be great weather for the convention.

In the meantime, convention organizers, delegates and media can only do what the rest of us  will do. Watch the weather and hope.