TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida emergency leaders are removing
some protective boom intended to buffer the state's inland
waterways and estuaries in the Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico

Workers began removing the boom Wednesday because of potential
tropical weather, and officials monitor the development of a
tropical wave.

Officials say the boom could do more harm than good during high
winds and storm surge, which could carry the boom into sensitive
wetlands, damaging those areas.

The Hurricane Center in Miami says the system is supposed to
pass near or over South Florida in the couple of days and will
probably move into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Right now,
it has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or
storm within the next 48 hours.

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