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With Lake O’s level high, water managers watch storm closely

By Christine Stapleton - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

South Florida is about to enter the worst of hurricane season with Lake Okeechobee already a foot above normal — a statistic that has environmentalists cringing and water managers on alert.

“We’re in trouble,” said Paul Gray, Okeechobee science coordinator at Audubon of Florida. “For it to be July 8 and the lake this deep … if this storm comes in, we’re really in trouble.”

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