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.