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Poll: Most Floridians don't fear a hurricane hit this year

Poll: Most Floridians don't fear a hurricane hit this year

After 10 years without a hurricane hit, about 60 percent of Floridians think they'll escape unscathed again this year. Even if hurricane threatens, most state residents don't fear the potential damage and about a third say they wouldn't evacuate in the face of a Category 1 hurricane, even if ordered to do so by emergency officials. These were some of the main findings of a Mason-Dixon poll, which interviewed 800 residents by phone this month – and found complacency has settled in after a decade of tropical calm. "It is relatively clear that the long period of time since the last Florida hurricane has made residents put their guard down and that many younger...

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