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As Maria Crosses Atlantic, National Hurricane Center Has No Full-Time Director

Max Kutner
As Maria Crosses Atlantic, National Hurricane Center Has No Full-Time Director

The National Hurricane Center has been operating without a full-time leader since May, even as major hurricanes have hit the United States and its territories in recent days and weeks. The center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which falls under the Department of Commerce. On Wednesday, the agency was monitoring Hurricane Maria as it crossed the Atlantic and hit Puerto Rico.