(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Gustav as it heads towards the Gulf Coast and Republicans begin the trek to St. Paul, Minnesota, to nominate McCain for president.
“John McCain has always been sensitive to national emergencies,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said. “In 2000, Senator McCain delayed announcing his candidacy because of the situation in the Balkans. We are monitoring the situation very closely.”
Gustav struck Jamaica just short of hurricane strength. The storm is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane Monday or Tuesday, triggering alerts across the U.S. Southeast. There are particular concerns that Gustav could strike New Orleans which is still rebuilding from devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina three years ago.