TAMPA, FLA. – As Arkansas braces for Isaac, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, headed home Thursday so that he could be on hand should the storm cause serious flooding or other damage.
"I think my district is right in the eye of it," Griffin said as he rolled his suitcase across the hotel lobby floor.
Griffin had planned to be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight to hear Mitt Romney accept the Republican Party nomination for president.
Instead, he left the Hilton Garden Inn Thursday morning to head to the airport for a flight home.
"I want to be on the ground in the very unlikely chance of an emergency. If we need to have a disaster declaration," he said.
Weather forecasts and other reports that Griffin has seen indicate that it is very unlikely that an emergency will occur, but Griffin said he did not want to risk being unable to fly into Little Rock on Friday as planned.
"I’ll watch (Romney’s) speech on TV," Griffin said.
The storm, which dumped nearly a foot of rain on New Orleans on Wednesday, was heading northward toward Arkansas.
Although it has weakened, Isaac remains a dangerous threat. Torrential rains could cause inland flooding and there is also the potential for tornadoes.