Gov. declares severe weather alert week

By Blake Mathews - Meteorologist
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Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll talks about severe weather at St. Marks Episcopal School.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Florida is no stranger to severe weather. Due to our year-round risk from severe thunderstorms, hail, high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes, Gov. Rick Scott has declared this week as 2013's Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Florida has been affected by every single weather phenomenon possible including two of three known category five hurricanes to hit the United States (Andrew and the Labor Day hurricane of '35). Also, the Interstate 4 corridor receives more lightning strikes than any other part of America.  

Therefore the governor and lieutenant governor are doing a seven city sweep of Florida to raise awareness of the volatile weather that can affect us year-round.  As part of that tour, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carrol visited St. Mark's Episcopal Day School in Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon.

A statewide tornado scheduled for Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week was postponed because of the threat of real tornadoes. Officials say they are rescheduling it for Friday because of hazardous weather forecast for north Florida and the Panhandle.

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