TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida survived the hurricane season unscathed but now faces another threat from Mother Nature: wildfires.
State officials marked the end of the hurricane season on Tuesday by warning dry weather could mean a destructive wildfire season lies ahead.
Emergency Management Director David Halstead said current drought conditions resemble 1998. That was the most severe wildfire season in recent Florida history.
State meteorologist Amy Godsey said cooler than normal water temperature in the Pacific Ocean, known as the La Nina phenomenon, resulted in an above average hurricane season although Florida dodged the storms. Godsey said La Nina now, though, causing dry conditions in the Southeast.