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Ahead Of Season, Sen. Marco Rubio To Hold Hurricane Forecast Hearing

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) met with Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, May 9, 2016. He now wants to hold a Congressional hearing with Knabb testifying.

Hurricane Preparedness Week begins Sunday, and one Florida Senator will hold a hearing Wednesday as the hurricane season fast approaches.

As Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will lead the meeting called “Improvements in Hurricane Forecasting and the Path Forward.”

Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, is expected to testify about improvements made to better forecast hurricanes as well as predict their intensity.

Rubio says he’s also holding this hearing so Knabb can outline the importance of passing legislation he introduced last year that Rubio says will improve accurately predicting these storms.

The hearing will be held in Washington D.C. at 2 p.m. Wednesday—a week before the 2016 Hurricane season officially begins.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.