At the radio station that also remained on air through Katrina, hosts are sleeping in the office to broadcast round-the-clock. For many people in this powerless city, it’s a lifeline.
As of Monday, over 350,000 cable subscribers were without service in the path of Hurricane Ida, with 338,115 of those in Louisiana, where the category four storm made landfall with sustained winds of 150 mph. On the broadcast side, two TV stations reported being out of service, WGNO and WNOL, both in New Orleans.
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Producers and directors were forced to evacuate their control room at Nexstar’s New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO on Sunday night. Reporter Chris Welty tweeted a photo where people could see straight through the damaged roof and into the sky (above). Also on Twitter, Meteorologist Brooke Laizer described parts of the ceiling as coming down inside the weather center.