“Now is not a time to tempt fate … They need to take this seriously,” said the U.S. president.
Residents of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico should listen to local authorities and follow their instructions as tropical storm nears Isaac said Tuesday President Barack Obama.
“Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss the official warnings. You need to take this seriously,” Obama said.
The White House tries to balance leadership with respect to storm the president’s campaign plans. Obama made brief remarks about the storm just before departing on a campaign trip in two days to Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.
Obama aides said that although there were no plans to change the travel itinerary of President, the White House was monitoring the storm and adjust your schedule if necessary.
Republicans canceled the first day of their convention in Tampa when the storm appeared headed for landfall in Florida, but the game resumed on Tuesday the convention activities.
The tropical storm was about to become a hurricane as it headed toward New Orleans. Obama said the storm could cause significant flooding and other damage.
The president declared a state of emergency Monday in Louisiana, more than 24 hours before the storm reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The declaration makes available federal support to save lives, protect public health and safety, and property in coastal areas.