A bipartisan storm reminder
Forecasts of a distant storm’s path prompt officials to ponder potential postponements — and even cancellations — of major events. That scenario should sound familiar to Lowcountry residents. After all, we live in a hurricane zone.
But experts don’t deem this particular tropical storm, dubbed Isaac, a threat to the South Carolina coast. Instead, he’s evidently a serious menace to Florida’s Gulf Coast — and next week’s Republican National Convention.
According to National Weather Service projections, Isaac might achieve hurricane strength — and might arrive in the Tampa area as soon as Monday, just in time for the planned opening of the Republican National Convention there.
So why would the GOP schedule its political spectacle in late August — prime hurricane time in the Sunshine State?
Perhaps topping the list of many reasons: Florida has gone to the White House winner in each of the last four — and in 19 of the last 21 — presidential elections.
And before assuming that the Sept. 3-6 Democratic Convention in Charlotte is out of hurricane reach, remember, that city took a serious knock from Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Let’s hope Isaac spares not just the Republicans but Floridians of all political persuasions.
Regardless of where Isaac goes and how hard he hits, though, the storm offers a timely reminder to folks around here that this is hurricane season.
And even if you haven’t figured out who will get your vote in November, be ready to get out if a big enough storm comes our way in August, September or October.