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Isaac to miss Florida, residents still prepare

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Developing news to our south as Tropical Storm Isaac is still churning. It's now headed west and it might just miss the Sunshine State.

The storm had originally threatened the Tampa Bay area. The storm is expected to cross the Florida Keys Sunday night but it's expected to gain strength over the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana and Mississippi have already declared states of emergency. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suggesting that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.

Oil companies have been scrambling out of Isaac's path, withdrawing offshore workers and cutting oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest projections say it will soon be a hurricane but some people in Florida aren't taking this lightly.

To hear from a Largo, Florida resident we talked to on the phone Sunday night, you can click on the video above.

KSFY also spoke with a former South Dakota couple, Karen and Loirs Kohler, who moved down to the Tampa, Florida area years ago. Sunday night, they're keeping a close eye on Isaac as so many people are.

They tell us they've gotten a lot of rain this summer so the tree roots are pretty weak. Even if this storm misses Florida, more rain and wind could cause those trees to easily break and knock down power lines and damage homes. Karen says some areas are prepared.

"On the walkways in downtown Tampa, they put covers over the top of our walkways. Now they're getting concerned the wind might get underneath them and start lifting them and it might cause damage," Karen Kohler said.

The Republican National Convention which is being held in Tampa is now being shortened because of Isaac. Officials have pushed back major activities to at least Tuesday.

Even though the storm is moving west, planners decided Saturday to delay the convention's start, then had to scramble to shave some speakers and find new places for others. Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave up his speaking spot to deal with the storm.

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