Hurricane conference attendance spikes after Irma, Maria

MAY 16, 2018

National Hurricane Director Kenneth Graham speaks during the Governor’s Hurricane Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, May 16, 2018, in West Palm Beach. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

Monroe County Emergency Manager Marty Senterfitt, a stocky guy with a composure shaped by 30-years as a first responder, finally broke down.

He had been working 18-hour days after Hurricane Irma’s crash through the Florida Keys when he picked up a statewide conference call and was asked the question no one had: “Marty, how are you doing?”