The Associated Press
A boy plays in the surf in waves ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac in Orange Beach, Ala., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Dorothy Crockett says she wasn't about to let Isaac, the tropical storm gaining hurricane strength, keep her from a minute of the Republican National Convention.

The Arkansas spitfire — decked out in red, white and blue from her jacket to her earrings — was among a couple hundred delegates who showed up for the abbreviated opening Monday despite the cancellation of the speaking schedule.

"At my age I have never experienced a hurricane," the 77-year-old from northeast Arkansas says. "The only hurricane I want to experience is the Republicans taking over the House, the Senate and the White House. This is the Republican hurricane."

— Brian Bakst — Twitter


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