FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott is set to address
emergency managers, meteorologists, first responders and government officials preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
The annual Governor's Hurricane Conference is underway in Fort
Lauderdale. Scott, the director of the National Hurricane Center
and Florida's new emergency management chief, are scheduled to speak at the conference's general session Wednesday afternoon.
The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. The
National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration will release its
forecast for the 2011 storm season on Thursday.
Weather forecasters at Colorado State University are predicting
an above-average hurricane season with 16 named storms. They expect nine of those storms to strengthen into hurricanes, five of them
Last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record
with 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes.