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It's time to get prepared: Hurricane season starts Wednesday

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
editor@chieflandcitizen.com
On Monday, Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson was checking out the TV coverage of the Joplin, Mo., tornado disaster on one screen while cranking up a couple of laptop computers for a tabletop exercise in Chiefland on Tuesday.
He moved into his office, where the tornado coverage was repeated on one screen, and on two other screens he was checking the progress of a fictional Hurricane Griffin. The storm was part of the statewide hurricane exercise being held that day. He was dialing into the latest "update" on Griffin's move into Central Florida bringing gale force winds to Levy County later in the exercise.
"This thing is going to go right up there, out into the Gulf, reform and then hit us on the other side," he said tracking the expected path of the storm into the Gulf of Mexico then back into land in the Big Bend.
This one, if real would be a headache.


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