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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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT (kcmo Hurricane model agency)

    oh course it's going to rain... have you seen the size of those clouds?

    August 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    Those clouds, they, extend out from the center up to 450 miles. That's an awesome size storm. The tropical storm force winds up to 250 miles from center and thankfully hurricane force winds only about 75 miles from center. And in regards to the reporters, they remind me of cows. Don't have enough sense to come in out of the rain. Look at me world, I'm getting wet while I tell you the rain is wet.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      EXACTLY, I see someone knows what they are talking about and it paying attention

      August 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Just Watchin'

    Your roof is collapsing, Dude!

    More Jeannie Moos and certainly more Al Roker please! He's such a lightweight these days, he might blow away this time. Yes gang, the wind blows and it rains with fierce intensity in hurricanes. That's why they call them that!

    August 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adrian R

    So how long before some reporter (or iReporter) gets killed try to get one of these "rain" shots ? I hope it never happens but it probably will, particularly with all the amateur iReporters and tornado hunters etc around ...

    August 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      There is no cure for stupid.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Annoyed

    A little off the subject here, but these damn commercials are driving me crazy! Every time I click to open a video, I get a 15 or 30 second selling message first. It's really frustrating! I've stopped watching your clips. Do you really have to sell every available opportunity? Enough already!

    August 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathanael

      Yeah, tell me about it. Its the same damn ad too. And that geologist's voice is creepy.

      August 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      It's annoying, but ads are what pay for web site maintenance. Without the ads, they would charge you to view the videos. Of course, if began charging an access fee, not many would be willing to pay.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |

    i wonder if the reporters can file abuse charges against the hurricane?

    August 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    Why do news companies, like CNN, force their employees to ignore mandatory evacuations?

    August 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. T

    so if residents have to evacuate ~ why do they let news reporters stay?????

    August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michele

    Between the reporters outside in all kinds of stupid conditions and the idiotic interviews of "regular folk," TV news is really just silly. After the earthquake on the east coast, we were subjected to interview after interview of people whose biggest insight was along the lines that it is unsettling to have the building you're in shaking. Do they really pay people to do those inane interviews? I'd rather see the storm from stationary cameras than see some dumb newscaster outside telling us that it's windy or rainy or snowy or what have you. And then they go from town to town with these stupid clips, as though it is somehow worthwhile to show newscaster A in town X, then newscaster B in town Y, and so forth. Incredible waste of resources and time, incredibly stupid risk to all of the people on and off camera.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      They have all become tabloids. Just a few days ago on Good Morning America (I listen in while I'm getting ready to go to work) they had Diane Sawyer doing a 30-second clip of what would be on the "world news" on ABC that evening. Nothing about actual news, like Libya's revolution or missles being lobbed into Israel from Gaza, but her "big story" was who gained more weight after a divorce, men or women. They call that world news? Shameful.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alyssa

    Lmfao!! this is hilarious! Get the hell outta the way duh!

    August 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Liz

    You can't report weather and the affects of whats happening in X region unless you actually have people there in that region. Its dangerous but thats what reporters pretty much sign up to do. People can sit and say they're stupid or crazy but they're really not and often we wouldn't realize just how bad things are or whats coming our way if they weren't out there reporting it. Its like calling a soldier crazy because he goes out to a place we know is full of the enemy. Its part of the job and they know they might get hurt or worse.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Have you ever been through a hurricane ? Let me tell you about some telltale signs of how bad things are out there. The shingles being torn of your roof, if not the roof itself. Trees bending over touching the ground and being whipped back and forth until they snap like toothpicks. Examples are endless. Believe me, if you are in a hurricane, you don't need some idiot standing out in the middle of it to tell you how bad it is.

      August 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    Sorry, I don't feel like sitting through 90 seconds of advertisements... I'm sure they are hilarious though. It took me less time to write this message.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Where's the censors..."Dolly blows Gary."

    August 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gwen

    @Leafonthewind– I agree with you about the featured stories, whether they are Diane Sawyer or any of the other anchors. News used to be news, now they are full of fluff pieces.
    I miss the days of a Cronkite, Bradley, etc. We never would have had such nonesence, when they were actually reporting the world news, of the day.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. justathought

    I have always thought it kind'a stupid to see a reporter standing out in a hurican and telling people to stay out out of the area and they are the only people that are in the area. How stupid is that? It just as rediculus to brodcast to people and tell them they have no electricty–Like, I know that, you don't need to tell me. Or weather reports that say there is 99% chance of rain and all you have to do is look out the window and it's pournig down like, I don't want to go out in that. Well I guess thats news reporters for you.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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