We are a group of people fascinated by hurricanes. We’ve
spent decades covering, researching, chasing them. We
have a thirst for experiencing the awesome power of
nature and communicating that in real time.
first memory as a child is of a hurricane: the extraordinary
hurricane Donna lashing my home on the New Jersey shore
1960. I was 2. The experience helped shape my life.
I was one of the originals at CNN in 1980 and spent
most of the past 25 years covering hurricanes, floods,
droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, snow storms. I never
missed a big hurricane.
At HURRICANENOW.COM our focus will be
reporting: the latest pictures, sound and information
from the scene of the storms. Our mission is to continue
to report when conditions are at their worst. I was
often frustrated as a network TV reporter, pulling out
our million dollar satellite trucks out just when the
best of the worst was coming. HURRICANENOW will use
multiple new technologies so that we can continue to
report from the scene when you most want to hear what’s
There are a lot of other hurricane web sites out there.
Most of them are great and we often visit ourselves
because they provide excellent data. We’ll be
supplying links to our favorites. We don’t want
to copy what they do. What WE will do is report real-time
pictures and information from the scene of land-falling
hurricanes. No one else on the web or TV does it the
way we do.
As for when it starts: we will begin to
report in earnest when the first hurricane nears the
US. We’ve all seen TV reporters, out in the wind
for the sake of it, looking foolish and guessing about
wind speeds and what’s going on. Our team has
decades of experience covering hurricanes. Yes, we’ll
be out in the storm. But we won’t be guessing
about what’s happening. We’ll TELL you when
you most want to know. You won’t get that anywhere
In addition to the free portion of the site, we will
be making some of our most compelling reporting available only to those who chose to subscribe.
This will include live streams of reports, pictures
and sound and access to the most complete and updated
feeds from our feedroom. We’ll customize e-mail
alerts for our subscribers and they will also have the
ability to interact live with me and the rest of our
team in the field.
It’s been said that a hurricane
is the ultimate challenge: man against nature. The news
is so filled these days with stories of man against
man, Republican against Democrat, liberal against conservative,
Muslim against Christian. Frankly I like the story of
man and what he has created against the awesome power
of nature and what something greater has created. Those
are the stories we’ll tell here. We hope you’ll
come along for the ride.