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Tropical Storm Isaac tracks farther west
Though still days off shore, Tropical Storm Isaac continued to track farther west than previously forecast and is now expected to spare more of Florida than previous models indicated, Florida Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Sunday evening from Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. “It now looks like landfall in Mississippi, which is good for Florida but not good for Mississippi,” Scott told reporters shortly after 6 p.m. in Tampa. The Florida Panhandle could still see up to 18 inches of rain by mid week. Escambia County could experience tropical storm force winds for up to 40 hours as Isaac moves inland later in the week. Even with the storm moving farther west, the Panhandle is already saturated so 18 inches of rain is a significant problem,” Scott said. Organizers of the RNC cancelled most activity for Monday in deference to the storm. A busier slate of activities has been scheduled beginning Tuesday.