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Hurricane Andrew remembered at storm conference

Hurricane center director: Forecasting storm intensity still challenging 20 years after Andrew By The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ' 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.

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