As Category 5 Hurricane Andrew was bearing down, people huddled in their closets and under their mattresses were tuned to "the man who talked South Florida through". This is the story of the storm that set the benchmark for damage - almost four times the previously most expensive U.S. disaster - and the TV coverage that kept people safe and sane through the hellacious night. Bryan Norcross was on the air with life-saving guidance for every minute of Andrew's onslaught. Cities in South Florida declared Bryan Norcross Days in his honor. This is the story behind the acclaimed TV coverage, and why Bryan was first to raise the alarm. Learn untold stories about the storm that rewrote our understanding of hurricanes. How will we deal with extreme storms in the future? Bryan considers the lessons we learned from Andrew, the lessons we should have learned, and what steps we need to immediately take. If you think you know the story of Hurricane Andrew, it is likely you do not. Relive the incredible event from Bryan’s vantage point as the man who was connected to South Florida residents through the terror of the storm and the horror of what came after the Great Hurricane of 1992.
About the Author
BRYAN NORCROSS Senior Hurricane and Emergency Communications Specialist Author of “My Hurricane Andrew Story” Bryan Norcross is Senior Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta. He joined the channel in the summer of 2010, bringing his extensive experience covering tropical storms and hurricanes to The Weather Channel’s round-the-clock coverage. He has anchored the coverage of every important hurricane in the last seven years from the Atlanta headquarters, including his extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, both on television and online.
Bryan was profiled in the New York Times following his long hours of television coverage of Hurricane Sandy, plus his blog and Facebook posts that provided detailed analysis of the storm threat and criticism of the government’s communications systems. The Times article quotes a Twitter post that describes Bryan as “the most trusted hurricane human on the planet.” His urgent message to Florida residents in advance of Hurricane Matthew posted on YouTube trended number one on Twitter.
Bryan became nationally known after he “talked South Florida through” Hurricane Andrew in 1992. From 1996 through 2008 he was the in-house hurricane analyst for CBS News in New York and anchored the coverage of numerous hurricanes for WFOR-TV, CBS in Miami. Prior to that time, he worked for WTVJ, NBC in Miami, and on NBC News programs from New York including the Today Show.
After Superstorm Sandy, Bryan testified before the New York City Council concerning the city’s threat analysis and communications processes before the storm. After Hurricane Andrew, Bryan was named Expert Advisor to the Academic Task Force on Hurricane Catastrophe Insurance by Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, and was a member of the Governor’s Committee to evaluate state response and recommend changes to the state emergency management system by Governor Lawton Chiles.
In appreciation for his work before, during, and after Hurricane Andrew, Bryan received the 1993 David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication. He was also publicly recognized with designations of Bryan Norcross Days in Miami, Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, among other cities. In addition, he’s the recipient of an Emmy Award from the southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the DuPont and Peabody awards, the highest awards given in broadcasting in the United States.
Bryan released his newest book, “My Hurricane Andrew Story” in May of 2017. It is a story of the Great Hurricane of 1992, and how Bryan and the television station he was working for prepared and became indelibly linked with the event. The book also includes Bryan’s analysis of steps that need to be taken now, if we are to successfully navigate the great hurricanes of the future.
In 2006, Bryan’s comprehensive hurricane guide called “Hurricane Almanac” was released by St. Martin’s Press. The book covers hurricane science, history, preparedness and more. A follow-up edition was released in the spring of 2007.
Bryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and a Master of Science degree in Communications and Meteorology from Florida State University. In addition Bryan received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Florida International University. Bryan is a long-time resident of Miami Beach.