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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The cold front is expected to first arrive at the Pensacola area early Friday evening. It will then travel through the Panhandle into North Florida overnight through Saturday morning.