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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:36 pm | Updated: 1:10 pm, Wed Jul 31, 2013.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The director of the National Hurricane Center is urging coastal residents to pack their hurricane kits now, weeks before the storm season officially begins.

Rick Knabb is joining Florida's emergency managers in Fort Lauderdale this week at the annual Governor's Hurricane Conference.

Knabb said Tuesday that the big lesson learned from the 2012 season was that storm surge and flooding still pose serious challenges. It's hard to predict where the high-water mark will be, and sometimes even harder to communicate that hazard to the public.

The hurricane center has been working for several years to improve its storm surge forecasts and public warnings about potential flooding risks far from the coastline. Knabb says last season has added urgency to get those upgrades ready by the 2015 season.

Be prepared and stay informed by following ABC 7 and MySuncoast.com's weather team at  the Official Suncoast Hurricane Center.

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