His final warning

Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 12:20 a.m.
"You can't afford to wait for the hurricane to come knocking at your door before you get prepared. You may think that you've seen the worst of the hurricanes, but I assure you that you have not." - Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, retiring this week after 34 years as a forecaster.
Yes, Florida dodged a bullet this hurricane season. But having tracked more than 900 storms in his career, Mayfield wants Floridians to know that one lucky season does not a trend make. "We're eventually going to get a strong enough storm in a densely populated area to have a major disaster," he said. "I know people don't want to hear this, and I'm generally a very positive person, but we're setting ourselves up for this major disaster." Don't say we weren't warned.

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