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Behind the Scenes at the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and this coming Monday the National Hurricane Center will release its official forecast for the coming year.

Noah Adams visited the center recently to find out what goes on during the months of preparation for what may be a violent and deadly storm season -- the first season since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

The building itself -- a bunker-like compound with 10-inch-thick concrete walls -- is built to withstand the strongest of hurricanes.

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.