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Friday, 21 April 2017 14:39

Experts Debate Whether Hurricane Matthew's Risks Were Understood

(TNS) - Six months after dangerous Hurricane Matthew buzzed up Florida’s Atlantic coast, storm experts are still debating why some people didn’t evacuate in the face of what became the 10th most destructive storm in U.S. history.

A clutch of coastal condo dwellers and beachfront homeowners refused to budge despite mandatory orders and unusual public pleas from South Florida hurricane hero Bryan Norcross and National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb.

They got lucky when Matthew delivered only a glancing blow, but how to better convey potential storm risk was a theme at Wednesday’s National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans where forecasters lamented ineffective messaging.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Experts-Debate-Whether-Hurricane-Matthews-Risks-Were-Understood.html