Fla. begins annual hurricane exercise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After a year off, state officials are participating in the annual hurricane exercise.

Last year's test was canceled because officials were busy dealing with a real emergency -- the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A hurricane that took aim at Florida on Monday is fictional, but it's designed to provide realistic training for a new emergency team including Governor Rick Scott.

What's been dubbed "Hurricane Griffin" will follow the same track as Hurricane Frances in 2004.

That will take the pretend storm across the southern part of Florida's peninsula from east to west and into the gulf, where it will head north toward Tallahassee.

That forced Scott and emergency mangers to evacuate the capital city for a temporary headquarters at Fort Blanding near Jacksonville.


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