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Bipartisan Florida Effort To Improve Hurricane Forecasts Passes U.S. Senate

MGN Online

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes a bipartisan effort from Florida’s Senators to improve hurricane forecasts. More than a year ago, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act. Rubio says after Floridians experienced two major hurricanes this year, his bill is truly needed to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA better track storms.

“This bill would require NOAA to improve guidance for hurricane track, intensity, and storm surge forecasts,” said Rubio, . It’s modeled after NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project, which has laid the groundwork for coordinating and improving research. This program has a worthy goal of reducing errors and storm tracking and with continued research, it is my hope a reduction in the loss of life, injury, and economic harm will result.”

Those provisions were included in the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act—recently passed by the U-S Senate. It’s now awaiting approval in the House.

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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.