TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott calls off the Republican National Convention in Tampa as a Category 3 storm bears down on Florida's west coast in a fictitious scenario worked by state emergency employees this week in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.
Florida heads into the storm season that begins June 1 having gone an unprecedented six straight years without a hurricane making landfall on its shores.
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to meet in Tampa between Aug. 27-30 smack dab in the middle of the storm season.
Two of the most damaging hurricanes to hit the U.S. hit Florida in late August. Hurricane Katrina made landfall north of Miami on Aug. 25, 2005 while Hurricane Andrew came ashore with 145 mph winds just south of Miami on Aug. 24, 1992.
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