WUFT News

Hurricane forecasters encourage preparation

By on May 17th, 2012

Hurricane forecasters, state officials, as well as disaster preparedness experts and exhibitors have gathered at the Broward County Convention in Fort Lauderdale this week.  They’re there to talk about the upcoming storm season at the Governor’s Annual Hurricane Conference.  Governor Rick Scott keynoted the conference on Wednesday by telling attendees that quote the “odds are NOT in our favor” when it comes to comes to Hurricanes.  This year’s theme: the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated parts of South Dade in August of 1992.  Meteorologist Bryan Norcross was a hero to many on television for WTVJ in Miami back then, guiding viewers through the category 5 storm. He agrees with Governor Scott that south Florida remains in the bullseye…

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1st.  Florida has not been hit by a hurricane in nearly 7 years, and the state’s emergency management director Bryan Koon says they’re job is to prevent complacency.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Forecasters predict a below average season, but warn that just like Andrew 20 years ago, all it takes is one to change everything.


This entry was posted in Environment, Florida and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

The Orange Bird is a cartoon character mascot created in 1970 by Disney for the Florida Citrus Commission.   A likeness of the famous icon now hangs in the hallway of Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks.

Why The Orange Is So Important to Florida – The Greening Series, Part 1

In our first of a three-part series on citrus greening, WUFT’s Heather van Blokland takes us through a bit of history on Florida’s connection to the orange


VIDEO: Horse Protection Association Of Florida

Because of flooding on 150 acres of Micanopy land, the Horse Protection Association of Florida is in need of dry land for its rescues. A suitable area was found for 23 of the horses, but HPAF’s Morgan Silver worries about organizing the funds to continue paying rent.


Horse

Small-Scale Horse Operations Guide to Protect Florida Water

The Florida Department of Education released a manual for small-scale horse operation best management practices in order to help preserve the state’s water resources.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

State Targets Growing Feral Swine Problem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new $20 million program, designed to stop the growth of feral swine, began this month. Florida received $400,000 on Monday.


Officials Ensure Energy Prices Will Not Rise With New Coal Ban

Locals are reacting to the possibility of a utility rate increase that would accompany Gainesville’s possible switch away from mountaintop coal removal.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments