Hurricane season starts next month and meteorologists, emergency managers, first responders, and government officials are already preparing. The annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference is currently underway in Fort Lauderdale. Attendees at the conference will participate in workshops and discussing budgets. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Levy County Director of Emergency Management, Mark Johnson, is one of the more than 1700 people attending the conference. Johnson says most people and businesses can’t afford to wait until the last minute for hurricane preparation. He expects a busy hurricane season.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/johnson1.mp3]
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Major Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa shortly after 3 PM Wednesday and more than twelve hours later, it is still bringing flash flooding to central Florida before an eventual exit along the east coast.