Gotta Watch: Hurricane-ravaged reporters
Hurricane Irene churns toward the east coast and is sure to create some memorable reporting moments.
August 26th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Hurricane-ravaged reporters

Hurricane coverage generally means plenty of reporters in the rain.  They tell you to steer clear of the storm and seek shelter when they're planning to do the exact opposite. It seems odd, right? All this hurricane talk reminded us of other memorable weather moments. You've gotta watch these correspondents tackle fierce winds, heavy rain and flying debris. And don't worry, it's OK to laugh. We won't judge you.

Get back! It's coming apart! – It's like the quintessential scene of a TV reporter covering a hurricane until a large hotel sign comes flying toward CNN's Anderson Cooper and John Zarrella. Things go from not-so quaint to downright scary. Even Zarrella admitted he'd never seen anything like it before, and you could hear the tension in his voice.
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Weather woes – If there's one thing you learn from how news networks cover hurricanes it should be this: In the battle of storm versus reporter, the storm ALWAYS wins. Bonus: Sometimes we drag everyday people into the madness and they get soaked, too.
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I stand alone – For almost a minute, Gary Tuchman battled Hurricane Dolly's furious winds while trying to report. At times he almost seemed parallel to the ground as he struggled to keep his footing. All the while the storm just kept pushing him back.
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  1. wbrooks

    As the winds were dying down in Long Island, the reporter sure had me believe the wind was still blowing at 80 mph, as he was shouting into the mike, hunching over from time to time as if he was having hard time maintaining his balance. Then THEY came. Those darned New Yorkers (well, Long Islanders) sure have the knack for showing up at the worst opportune moments to ruin everything. About a dozen of locals showed up behind the reporter taking leisurely stroll on the boardwalks. Some stopped to chat while some posed to take snapshots. One dude slowly rode his bicycle across the TV screen. Most were dressed not in raincoats, but in T-shirts and shorts. They did not seem a bit bothered by the storm. The only one that seemed distressed was the young CNN reporter, who for a while, had me believe that the storm of the century was upon us.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Lambertson

    This is just another in a long line of reporter self promotion – just give us the darn weather report

    August 29, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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