Tropical chat with a former hurricane center director

Bill Read

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT-TV) Even in retirement, Bill Read manages to stay very busy.  He was in Alabama on a whirlwind tour, speaking to students in Montgomery, National Weather Service employees in Calera, emergency managers in Clanton and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association.  It was there that I caught up him; I’ve know him for years, first when he was the meteorologist in charge of the Houston weather service and then when he headed the National Hurricane Center.

His talk to the NWA focused on where he thinks the “next” big storm will hit.  He’s particularly concerned about places like Tampa, Jacksonville and Norfolk, who have dodged the bullet for a long time.  Coastal development continues to grow in places like Miami and Houston.  Read believes the lack infrastructure in those places puts those residents at risk.

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