TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season is off to an early start, according to the specialists at the national Hurricane Center and the officials at the state's emergency operations center.
Florida's emergency officials include Bryan Koon, who runs the state's emergency response team.
"We've got Tropical Storm Alberto in the Atlantic, so our timing is particularly good," he said.
They're keeping an eye on Alberto, but the main focus this week is the annual hurricane drill.
This year's scenario calls for a category four hurricane to slam into Tampa Bay during the GOP nominating convention in August.
The hurricane simulation began Monday morning and lasts until Thursday.
As far as Alberto is concerned, forecasters say they expect it to drift offshore before eventually tracking north-eastward, away from the Carolina coast and toward the open Atlantic Ocean.
They say they don't expect this storm to become intense or to survive for long once it reaches the open sea.