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New hurricane center head turned fear into career

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JENNIFER KAY
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricanes used to frighten the National Hurricane Center's new director when he was growing up in Florida and Texas.

Rick Knabb understands tropical storm systems better now, but he says he still doesn't like their howling winds. He says being prepared with supplies and a secured home helps ease his concerns long before a storm nears land.

Knabb urges coastal residents to get ready for hurricanes now instead of waiting for storm warnings to be posted.

Knabb took over at the hurricane center in Miami from Bill Read, who retired June 1 after four years as director. He's returning to Florida after two years at The Weather Channel.

Two tropical storms have already formed off the US coast this year. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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