TAMPA, Fla. — Everyone expected a storm and the delegates were told to stay inside. This is the calm after the storm.
The streets are all but empty and so is the convention hall.
"It looks like a great set for a zombie apocalypse movie, right now, especially because the delegates aren't here for the most part. So, you're looking at empty streets and a bunch of guards. It's a little bit eerie, but I'm sure it'll fill up over the next couple of days," said Chris Moody, political analyst.
Part of it is the storm. Part is the extraordinarily tight security given the threat that extremists might attempt to disrupt the convention.
Wisconsin security expert Brian Dorow says the RNC plan is about as strong as he's ever seen. With 8 foot fences, blocked off roads, heavily restricted access and police on nearly every corner.
"I'm very impressed, that's my area of expertise and how they have the flow of traffic secured and how they have what we call target hardening. Each of the key buildings have a security fence around it, so nobody can compromise that security line. As well as your not going to have if protesters would come, you're not going to have the damage because the distance away from the actual building," said Dorow.
The Delafield resident is observing the operational security plan and will take lessons back to Wisconsin, where he advises municipalities that host big ticket events.
"The key is they're allowing attendees to know in advance. They're a security checkpoint so you don't get there and everything is bottle-necked," said Dorow.
The Tampa plan is using more than 5,000 officers on the ground, some traveling in small units, known as strike teams, not posted in one place, but constantly on the move looking for problems.
"The preparedness is at the highest level for this venue here, you have the presidential nominee, the vice presidential nominee all the governors and senators, everyone is here," said Dorow.
Kenosha native Reince Priebus, who made the call to delay the convention, has said repeatedly is top priority here is safety.
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