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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

National Hurricane Director Warns about Florida

U.S. National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield ended his career at the Miami storm center with a warning that the worst was yet to come.

Mayfield warns that building densely populated areas in hurricane alley (like Immokalee) will result in tragic losses unless the buildings are built with appropriate structural standards and emergency planning:
"We're eventually going to get a strong enough storm in a densely populated area to have a major disaster," he said. "I know people don't want to hear this, and I'm generally a very positive person, but we're setting ourselves up for this major disaster."


In all of the hype about Uncle Tom's Florida cabin(s), nowhere have I seen such promises made about hurricane-safe design.

Mayfield does say Florida is ahead of the curve, but not perfect:
Mayfield praises the Florida state government for its well-oiled disaster-response program and steps toward improving building safety, in contrast with other states along the Gulf of Mexico that he says still have no statewide building standards.


It would make it even more expensive to be ready for the "big one" Mayfield sees coming. So it seems weather is a big concern about Florida.

see the full story at the LA Times

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