One day after officials decided to postpone the Republican National Convention, concerns about the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on Tampa, Florida seemed to lighten as the storm indicated its impending track would shift west of the convention site.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday the convention would officially convene Monday but speeches and other events would not begin until Tuesday afternoon.
Forecasters on Sunday adjusted Isaac's projected path further to the west, which would take it farther away from Tampa than had earlier been expected. Still, tropical storm conditions are expected in Tampa Sunday night and Monday morning with heavy rain and strong, gusty winds.
The storm is projected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday along the Mississippi coast.
The now three-day convention will still feature all or most of the major scheduled speeches, Priebus said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Delaying the start of the convention was "the right thing to do," Priebus said.
"Everything is going to be back to normal on Tuesday," Priebus said, adding that some speeches may be shorter than originally planned.
Convention officials released an adjusted schedule for the week. Among the major changes: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's speech has moved to Tuesday night, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks on Wednesday night and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush delivers his remarks Thursday night.
The primetime hour of 10 p.m. ET did not undergo any changes. "There have been a few speakers who weren't headliners that we had to let go," Romney for President Strategist Russ Schriefer said on the call.
Earlier Sunday, GOP officials signaled they were considering making an extension to the convention by holding events on Friday, but the new schedule does not include any events for that day.
"We are not considering a Friday session," convention organizers told reporters. "However we have a weather event. We'll watch the weather and if because of the weather something has to change, we'll let you know."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, meanwhile, canceled his planned convention appearances for Tuesday in order to monitor issues related to Isaac, his office said Sunday.
"We made sure that the delegates that are coming, they have information about how they should act around here with regard, because some of them have never been around a hurricane," Scott said in a news conference, adding that the storm has moved slightly west and could affect other Gulf states.
Still, the state already experienced the force of Isaac on Sunday, with rain and whipping winds hitting the Florida Keys and the southern tip of the peninsula.
The storm is expected to gain strength in the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico and become a hurricane by early Monday.
Earlier on CNN Sunday, Scott said the Sunshine State was prepared to handle Isaac should it turn into a hurricane and hit its shores.
"We do hurricanes well and we do hospitality well," Scott said on CNN. "And this week we've got to show both sides."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signaled he may miss the convention, as his home state prepares for potential impact of the storm. Jindal missed the convention four years ago when Hurricane Gustav slammed into New Orleans.
"The Governor was slated to speak at the convention in 2008 when Gustav hit, he not only didn't speak, he didn't even go," said Jindal's communications director, Kyle Plotkin, in a statement to CNN. "He will certainly not leave the state if our people are in peril."
Jindal later Sunday declared a state of emergency for the state, though he did not say whether he would attend the convention.
"My priority is the safety of our people. Certainly as long as the storm threatens the public safety here in Louisiana, I'm not going anywhere," he said at a news conference. "I'm not thinking about the convention. I'm not thinking about politics right now."