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 is the Senior Executive Director of Weather Content and Presentation, and 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.
From 2008 until 2010, Bryan was President and CEO of America's Emergency Network, Inc, an emergency-communications networking company based in Miami. The AEN system allows local governments and other agencies to stream live news briefings to the public and the media without news crews or other conventional video-transmission systems. AEN was used at the National Hurricane Center in 2009 and 2010 to disseminate live NHC briefings.
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 Association of Arts and Sciences, and the DuPont and Peabody awards, the highest awards given in broadcasting. Bryan's comprehensive hurricane guide called "Hurricane Almanac" was released by St. Martin's Press in July 2006. 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 resident of Miami and Atlanta.
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.