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

burmesefeaturedimage

Workshop Sparks Debate on Dangers of Burmese Pythons

Florida wildlife officials have boosted their efforts against Burmese pythons by inviting the public to join the fight, but some researchers and breeders disagree on the severity of the python problem.


Small lopsided fruit from greening-infected citrus tree. Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS.

New Funds Help UF/IFAS Fight Citrus Greening In Central Florida

University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences was awarded about $13.4 million to help fund four research projects aimed at finding a solution to citrus greening.


nonnativefishphoto1

FWC Hosts First Statewide Nonnative Fish Catch

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts the first statewide nonnative fish catch. The contest was created to raise awareness and help reduce the growing population of invasive fish species in Florida’s waters.


Farmer Cody Galligan, 35, hangs his tools on the side of the building at Siembra Farm.

Siembra Farm Encourages Sustainability Through Local Community Food System

Local farm practices sustainable farming techniques through community supported agriculture. The University of Florida Office of Sustainability has been working with the farm to provide sustainable food options to the community.


Hydroponic Farm Finds A Cleaner, More Natural Way To Grow Crops

A farm that uses Blue Grotto Spring water is finding a cleaner and more natural way to grow produce through hydroponic farming, a method that grows plants without soil.


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