Maria Torres is the National Hurricane Center’s new bilingual public affairs officer

“I remember back in 1989, it was my first experience going into Hurricane Hugo when it hit Puerto Rico,” said Maria Torres. “It was a Category 3 hurricane.”Maria Torres’ passion for weather began at a young age. She and her family left San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Miami, Florida over 25 years ago. Torres attended Braddock High School where she was a part of the ESOL Program that helped her learn how to speak English. Torres was also the first person in her family to attend college and get a degree. “It’s a big accomplishment and I feel that it was a push for my cousins ​​from both sides of the family to be able to say ‘hey if she can do it we can do it as well,'” said Torres. Torres interned with the Federal Government while attending college. This experience helped her land her first job at the National Weather Service as a forecaster in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Torres eventually took another job within the National Weather Service and moved to Brownsville, Texas, which is close to the Your Neighborhood: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News“During the time that I was there in South Texas, projects I tried to get with the community is to build better relationships with them,” said Torres. speak to them in their language, was a way to build better trust with the community and educate them in the process of showing what are the watches and warnings and what do they mean what are the different hazards that could affect the area and how can they be prepared for it.” After the Lonestar State, Torres, her husband, and her son moved back to the Magic City for another role at the National Weather Service in Miami. said Torres, “I moved back to Miami in 2016 and I had to deal with Hurricane Matthew. That was my first one here as a forecaster.”Today, Torres is now the new bilingual public affairs officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “I’m really proud of carrying that culture with me and sharing that through my son and the family that we have here in Florida,” said Torres. “I carry those deep roots within me, and they define who I am. that through my career as well.” Never miss anything:Sign up for personalized newsletters and alerts from WPBF 25 News

“I remember back in 1989, it was my first experience going into Hurricane Hugo when it hit Puerto Rico,” said Maria Torres. “It was a Category 3 hurricane.”

Maria Torres’ passion for weather began at a young age. She and her family left San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Miami, Florida over 25 years ago. Torres attended Braddock High School where she was a part of the ESOL Program that helped her learn how to speak English.

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Her love of atmospheric science led her to Florida State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in meteorology. Torres was also the first person in her family to attend college and get a degree.

“It’s a big accomplishment and I feel that it was a push for my cousins ​​from both sides of the family to be able to say ‘hey if she can do it we can do it as well,'” said Torres.

Torres interned with the Federal Government while attending college. This experience helped her land her first job at the National Weather Service as a forecaster in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Torres eventually took another job within the National Weather Service and moved to Brownsville, Texas, which is close to the border.

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“During the time that I was there in South Texas, projects I tried to get with the community is to build better relationships with them,” said Torres. “Having a Hispanic person who could speak to them in their language, was a way to build better trust with the community and educate them in the process of showing what are the watches and warnings and what do they mean what are the different hazards that could affect the area and how can they be prepared for it.”

After the Lonestar State, Torres, her husband, and her son moved back to the Magic City for another role at the National Weather Service in Miami.

“Once I got to Miami, it was get ready!” said Torres. “I moved back to Miami in 2016 and I had to deal with Hurricane Matthew. That was my first one here as a forecaster.”

Today, Torres is now the new bilingual public affairs officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

“I’m really proud of carrying that culture with me and sharing that through my son and the family that we have here in Florida,” said Torres. “I carry those deep roots within me, and they define who I am. I carry that through my career as well.”

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