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    In an equally bizzare situation, the headquarters of the National Hurricane Center is in Miami, Florida. I remember them getting having to hunker down during Hurricane Andrew.

    It always seemed to me that the National Hurricane Center would be more logically placed in Kansas or some other location that doesn't get actually hit by hurricanes.

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    by Muwarr90 on Wed Jul 12, 2006 at 11:41:34 AM PDT

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      offices can back each other up.  The Storm Prediction Center in Kansas City is, or at least was, one of many that backs up the Hurricane Center, which itself backs up other offices.

      The Joint Typhoon Warning Center is located on Guam, which is notoriously a typhoon target.  I remember a knowledgeable person remarking that the Center should have been located at Clark AFB on Luzon, which had historically been spared the worse effects of the typhoons hitting the Phillipines.  Clark was however vulnerable to volcanos: Mt. Pinatubo.  The main emergency warning center in New York City was, alas, very close to the World Trade Center.

      It occurs to me that the Pearl Harbor Ford Island location for not only the Tsunami Warning Center, but apparently the National Weather Service Offices as well, might be vulnerable to hurricanes as well as tsunamis, not to mention, and God forbid, military or terrorist attack.  I hope that a more secure location, for backup purposes, is at least being considered.

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