Storm Expert's Prediction of Major Catastrophe Proves True

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Nations top "hands-on" severe weather expert warned of an impending hurricane disaster in 2002.

In 2002 severe weather expert Warren Faidley, a renowned journalist who specializes in the coverage of severe weather, predicted an epic hurricane disaster. On August 29, 2005 his predictions came true when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

Faidley's severe weather survival handbook, entitled "How to Survive Any Storm," warned of a similar "unprecedented hurricane disaster." The following is an exeprt from his book:

"Preparing for the 'Big One'” October 2002

It is my belief that an unprecedented storm disaster is drawing near for the United States. Studies conduced in several coastal cities concluded that tens of thousands of people could be in “extreme risk” if a serious hurricane hit before high-density coastal areas could be evacuated.

Statistically, we are quite overdue for an epic disaster. In recent years, several intense and potentially devastating hurricanes have formed and approached the U.S. coastline. Fortunately, they diminished right before landfall."

Faidley says the most frustrating part is that no publisher ever picked up his safety guide. "Everyone thought I was crying wolf," Faidley says. During his national lecture series, Faidley continued to stress the need for better preparation – noting the "big one" was only a matter of time -- especially with changing weather patterns.

Faidley is best known as one of the world's top hands-on extreme weather experts and as an award-winning storm photographer. He often serves as an on-air severe weather expert for the media including Fox News. He is a corporate safety advisor and spokesperson for several Fortune 500 companies.

Faidley covered Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall in Mobile, Alabama and in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a veteran of over 15 major Hurricanes and is one of the few individuals who have survived both a Category 5 hurricane (Andrew 1992) and an F-5 tornado.

Faidley encourages everyone to support the relief efforts.

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