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Hurricane forecasts, warnings reviewed in Miami

February 28, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane experts and emergency managers are considering how potential budget cuts may affect storm forecasts and warnings.

Federal and military officials and academic researchers were in Miami Monday to discuss what programs can be improved for the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1.

The directors of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service say they aim to cut errors in half over the next 10 years in predictions about when storms will rapidly strengthen. Those forecasts have lagged significantly behind improvements in predicting a storm's path.

The annual Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference continues through Thursday.

Last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record with 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes.



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