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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…
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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:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CaneConf02AKKoon517.mp3] Forecasters predict a below average season, but warn that just like Andrew 20 years ago, all it takes is one to change everything.

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