President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on August 2, 2012.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama delivered an update on Tropical Storm Isaac from the White House before departing on a three-state campaign trip.
President Barack Obama called on Gulf Coast residents Tuesday to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is close to hurricane status as it heads toward land.
"Now's not the time to tempt fate," he said. "Now's not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously."
The White House is aiming to balance leadership on the storm with the president's campaign plans. Obama is scheduled to leave the White House for a two-day trip to Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.
Republicans canceled the first day of their convention in Tampa when the storm appeared to be headed for landfall in Florida. But the party is resuming convention activities Tuesday.
The tropical storm is on the verge of becoming a hurricane as it veers toward New Orleans.
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A mother and daughter were rescued from a house fire in the Citrus Park area of Tampa on Saturday afternoon.