The fictitious Hurricane Echo hits South Florida as a powerful category 3 storm.
But, it's not real.
It's part of the annual mock storm drill staged by Florida Power and Light (FPL).
FPL spokesman Bryan Garner says there is a major change this year: the company is partnering with the Florida National Guard.
Garner says its the first public-private partnership of its kind in the country.
Soldiers will be embedding themselves with FPL emergency crews to observe how they respond following a disaster.
Following an actual disaster, the Guard will help with logistics and power restoration efforts.
Friday's drill involves more than 130 employees simulating a system-wide response to virtual Hurricane Echo.
FPL's annual, week-long hurricane preparedness drill culminates with this exercise which is a key component of the company's year-round storm preparations.
The exercise takes place across FPL's 35-county service are and serves as the company's final tune-up before the official start of hurricane season June 1st.
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