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The Republicans have decided to delay by a day discussions at their national convention in Florida because of the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The gathering would convene on Monday but then be immediately postponed until Tuesday, the National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced.

The meeting in Tampa will formally nominate Mitt Romney as presidential candidate to challenge Barack Obama.

US forecasters predict that Isaac could hit Florida on Sunday.

A storm warning has been issued for the state’s coast extending to the north of Tampa, and Isaac is expected “to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the Florida Keys”, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns.

Officials have organized shelters and urged holiday-makers to leave the Florida Keys.

The storm is now located 340 miles east-southeast of Key West in Florida, moving north-west at 17mph.

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