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Florida's August Weather: Scenarios and how to cope

Tampa is no stranger to Florida's severe storms. So, with the 2012 Republican National Convention event bringing more than 50,000 visitors to the city in August, we decided to gather facts and trends surrounding Tampa Bay's weather during the last month of summer. From daily thunderstorms to rainfall, lightning and evacuation zones, below is a graphic look at scenarios and preparedness tips for handling Florida's unpredictable summer weather season.

Severe weather

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Emergency officials pick RNC as subject of hurricane disaster drill

It's a nightmare scenario: a hurricane swirling off Florida as delegates start to arrive in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Officials are preparing for the worst, just in case.

The 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa

The 2012 Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa, FL, and the Tampa Bay Times and are covering the GOP campaign trail leading up to it.

RNC 2012: Guide to the Republican National Convention in Tampa from the Tampa Bay Times

Things To Do: Guide to fun in Tampa Bay

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

Republican National Committee