A hurricane swirls toward a low-lying coastal city. An arena and a convention center are packed with fearful people.
Hurricane Isaac shoves the water of the Gulf of Mexico up Tampa Bay, flooding the Channelside area of downtown Tampa where the Republican National Convention is being held. The Hillsborough River, swollen by rain and unable to drain fully into rising Tampa Bay, floods. The low areas north of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the main site of the convention,sink under murky dirty infested water. Water rises five feet high between the Forum and the nearby Convention Center. The lobby of the Marriott hotel is a lake.
The electricity is down, killing light rail to Ybor City. Buses can’t plow through the deluge. Temperatures climb to the 90s and the humidity is ferocious. There is no air conditioning. Food runs out. Booze runs out. Water water everywhere nor any…
Some Republicans try to cross the bridge over the Hillsborough River to higher ground in Hyde Park. Angry mobs and rogue cops turn them back.
Conditions are horrible and getting worse. By some estimates nearly 40,000 people could be jammed into the Forum and the Convention Center. Stranded. Hungry. Thirsty. Off their meds.
Would it take five days to rescue this mostly white, Republican crowd?