The 2014 National Hurricane Conference is underway in Orlando, Florida. The conference provides training opportunities for emergency managers and first responders on all aspects of dealing with a land falling hurricane or tropical storm.
In addition, lessons learned from recent storms are presented during workshops held throughout the week.
Max Mayfield, former National Hurricane Center Director and current hurricane expert for WPLG in Miami, and I had the pleasure of talking about the 2004 hurricane season that pummeled Florida as well as what to expect this year and beyond with KPRC sister station WKMG Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells.
Florida is marking the 10th anniversary of hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne and Ivan, which all made landfall in the Sunshine State. True to form, it was a beautiful sunny morning for doing the interview out by the hotel pool.
Key changes since 2004 included advance in technology and the explosive growth of social media. Key challenges include the continued growth on the coast and humans' natural tendency to be in denial about the threat.
As for this season's apparent forecasts of a low number of storms, we pointed out that no matter what the seasonal forecast, we need to prepare as if this year we were going to be hit. After all, it only takes one.