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Hurricane Blew Through WMBB’s Disaster Plan

Keeping a station on the air during a disaster means crafting and rehearsing a plan that’s often based on previous experiences. As Nexstar’s ABC affiliate in Panama City, Fla., learned from October’s Hurricane Michael, sometimes the unforeseen still happens. After the WMBB building lost power, the news team set up in the station’s parking lot for newscasts.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 150: PANAMA CITY, FL

An Inside Look At WMBB During Hurricane Michael

MARKET SHARE | DMA 50: NEW ORLEANS

WDSU’s Neighbors Telethon Nets $45K

MARKET SHARE | DMA 43: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WVTM Gets $500,000 Check For Michael Recovery

MARKET SHARE

Fear For The Missing In Mexico Beach

MARKET SHARE | DMA 35: CINCINNATI

WXIX Holds Day-Long Michael Relief Telethon

MARKET SHARE | DMA 16: MIAMI

WSVN Creates Relief Fund For Michael Victims

MARKET SHARE | DMA 43: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WBRC, Salvation Army Team On Michael Relief Drive

Reporting Goes On At Newsrooms Hit By Michael

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, many journalists in the Florida panhandle are living through the same nightmare as other local residents, and working in incredibly difficult conditions. Power grids are down. Communications are spotty. Some local newsrooms suffered severe damage. So did the homes of some of the reporters.

MARKET SHARE: DMA 150: PANAMA CITY, FL

WJHG Updates Panama City Via Facebook Live

MARKET SHARE | DMA 18: ORLANDO, FL

WESH Holding Telethon Today For Michael Victims

Broadcasters Foundation: Hurricane Michael Likely To Drive Up Aid Requests

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is preparing for another influx of emergency grant applications from victims of Hurricane Michael, even as requests for emergency aid from those affected by Hurricane Florence are still coming in. Broadcasters whose personal lives or property are acutely affected by Hurricanes Michael or Florence are encouraged to find out if […]

Reporters Trying To Reach Michael’s Worst-Hit Areas

Television journalists standing out in the rain and wind is a staple of hurricane coverage. Some viewers love it, others think it’s ridiculous. No matter what you think, Wednesday showed the limits of those spectacular live shots. Hurricane Michael was so ferocious that reporters near the center of the storm could not physically stand in the worst of the winds.

Breaking Taboo, Negative Ads Fly During Michael

As Hurricane Michael bore down Wednesday on the Panhandle with Category 4 winds, the Republican Party of Florida broke with tradition and continued to air two ads bashing Ron DeSantis’ Democratic rival in the race for governor, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, over his city’s response to a hurricane in 2016. And in the U.S. Senate race, the Democratic super PAC backing Sen. Bill Nelson (D) began running a negative commercial in strike-zone markets attacking his opponent Gov. Rick Scott. Also in those markets, a Republican super PAC supporting Scott is attacking Nelson in an ad for being “an empty suit.”

How The Networks Are Covering Michael

Hurricane Michael is delivering 155 mile-per-hour winds as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday. Here is who’s at the panhandle.