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Bryan Norcross is signing off after 25 years

By JOAN FLEISCHMAN, jfleischman@MiamiHerald.com

nor00_bry_home_ho Bryan Norcross, a South Florida TV meteorologist for 25 years, has signed off. His contract at WFOR-CBS4 expires on Monday, and he told station president and GM Shaun McDonald he will not renew.

That's because Norcross and Max Mayfield, WPLG-ABC10's hurricane specialist and former director of the National Hurricane Center, are trying to build up their business, America's Emergency Network.

Norcross explains: ``An emergency communications system that will survive disaster, including hurricanes and earthquakes, so that people will have information, even after the storm. It's already installed and working in Tallahassee, at the state emergency operations center.''

He says he realized, while watching coverage of the devastating Midwestern floods, that he would not be able to juggle two jobs and do both well. ``Beside that, I'm president and CEO of the company, and it requires full energy.''

Norcross, 57, joined WPLG-ABC10 in the summer of '83 as weekend meteorologist. In January '90, he moved to WTVJ (then Channel 4) -- and it was there that he became a local hero for his marathon 23-hour coverage during Hurricane Andrew, which hit South Florida on Aug. 24, 1992.

He has been at CBS4 since February '96. McDonald says the station is sorry to see him go, but adds ''the door is still open'' should he want to return.

Norcross scaled back his on-air in time in '06, coming in for only major weather threats. He continued to do hurricane analysis for CBS News.

He leaves the TV biz with mixed feelings. "It's going to be an odd sensation, the first time a storm comes along and I'm not part of it. But I have total confidence in the team that I've worked with."  Chief meteorologist is Dave Bernard.

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