A hurricane warning has been issued for the US Gulf Coast as tropical storm Isaac gathers in strength.
After the havoc wreaked in the Caribbean over the last few days, nothing is being left to chance.
A state of emergency has been declared in low lying regions from Louisiana to Florida including New Orleans where Isaac is expected to make landfall on or near the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Republicans who will formally nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate at their convention in Florida this week appear not to be put off by the bad weather.
Becky Burger from the Texas Delegation said:
“ I sit on the state republican executive committee in texas and we are very excited to be here and support Mitt and to get him elected.”
Isaac is forecast to become a category two hurricane in the next 48 hours which means winds of 169 Kph. But forecasters say a slight westward shift in the storm’s track has put the convention out of harms way.