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Hurricane Andrew Remembered at Storm Conference
May 16, 2012
By Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center`s director says his successor will face the same problem that has perplexed forecasters since Hurricane Andrew barreled into Florida two decades ago: predicting how bad a storm will be.

Forecasters say they`ve significantly improved their ability to predict a storm`s path, giving coastal residents more time to prepare.

Hurricane center director Bill Read says the challenge that remains is seeing a day or two in advance how big a storm could be, or whether a storm will rapidly intensify the way Andrew did as it approached Florida.

Read joined emergency managers Wednesday at the Governor`s Hurricane Conference to re-examine Andrew`s legacy. It remains one of the most expensive natural disasters in the U.S.

Read leaves the center June 1, the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
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Story image: Destruction left behind by Hurricane Andrew. Courtesy: NWS Miami-South Florida
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