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Letter: The multiple dangers of tropical storms

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock

The multiple dangers of tropical storms

Forecasters led by the National Hurricane Center deserve high praise for accurately predicting the track of Hurricane Florence [“ ‘It’s a big one,’ ” News, Sept. 13]. Ken Graham, director of the center, provided the facts without hype, emphasizing the danger of storm surge and inland flooding in the Carolinas. Graham reminded all of us that the reduced intensity of the hurricane did not change the storm surge threat nor the potential for inland flooding.

It is up to all of us to listen, understand and respond to the multiple dangers that accompany high water and take the threat of tropical storms seriously.

Leonard Symons,Plainview

Editor’s note: The writer is deputy commissioner of public safety for the Town of Oyster Bay.

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