Gov. Rick Scott has announced he was pulling out of his Republican National Convention activities, including his speech scheduled for Monday night in Tampa.

Scott said his focus needed to be on being the governor of Florida and on Tropical Storm Isaac's advance on the state. He added the state is closely monitoring the storm as it moves near the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico.

The governor said it is a real possibility the storm could have a Category 2 hurricane landfall on the Florida panhandle.

“We prepare for storms like this every day in Florida and all visitors and residents can be assured that they will be safe in the Sunshine State,” Scott said. “As governor of this great state, I am responsible for all 19 million residents and visitors and it is my duty to make sure we can quickly respond to the regions affected.” 

Scott said he and his family are still coming to Tampa, but he will be focused on the storm.