The Weather Channel Reflects on Hurricane Katrina With Pair of Hour-Long Specials

As Anniversary Nears, Network Looks Back at Nation's Costliest Natural

Disaster Through the Eyes of Those Who Survived it



07 Aug, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Weather Channel

    ATLANTA, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Before Katrina, we thought we knew how
 bad a natural disaster could get. Before Katrina, we thought we were
 prepared. But Katrina changed all of that. Now, a year after Katrina, The
 Weather Channel visits the Gulf Coast to see how the area and its residents
 are faring, and how they're preparing for the next hurricane that
 threatens, in a week of special programming beginning and ending with two
 one-hour specials airing on subsequent Sundays, August 20 and 27, at 8:00
 p.m. ET/PT.
     Though figures denoting the economic impact of the storm can be
 overwhelming, the stories of those trying to rebuild their lives -- such as
 restauranteurs Leah and Dooky Chase and shrimper Frank Parker -- bring the
 reality into clear, and sobering, focus. "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special" tells these stories and more as it kicks off
 the week- long commemoration of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday, August 20 at
 8:00 p.m. ET.
     One week later on August 27, The Weather Channel premieres "Postmark
 Katrina," produced in association with the United States Postal Inspection
 Service. For the first time, the heroic efforts of this little-known agency
 in the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S.
 history is told on network television.
     The program follows USPIS agents as they go to extraordinary lengths to
 recover mail from demolished postal facilities and safeguard it until it
 gets into the hands of Gulf Coast residents, many of them in dire need as
 they anxiously await their monthly checks.
     From Aug. 25, the anniversary of when Katrina first hit the Florida
 coast through Aug. 29, when it smashed into New Orleans, The Weather
 Channel will feature live reports from meteorologists Jim Cantore, Jeff
 Morrow, and Mike Seidel as they return to Gulfport, Biloxi, and New
 Orleans, to provide updates on the area and its residents.
     In the week leading up to the anniversary, the network will present
 encore airings of Katrina-related episodes of Storm Stories, its
 award-winning series. Airing from 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET/PT August 21 - 26,
 each episode tells the dramatic stories of those who faced this historic
 hurricane and against all odds managed to survive the experience.
     Storm Tracker Jim Cantore is the host of Storm Stories and has covered
 hurricanes for The Weather Channel for more than 15 years, including live
 reports during Hurricane Katrina from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in
 Gulfport, Mississippi. He along with meteorologists Stephanie Abrams, Jeff
 Morrow, Mike Seidel, and hurricane expert Steve Lyons are available for
 interviews about the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
     To schedule an interview, contact Matt Boyter (mboyter@weather.com) at
 770-226-2191.
     Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Coverage on The Weather Channel:
     Sunday, August 20 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special"
     Monday, August 21 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Mississippi
 Katrina" - On August 29, 2005, Mississippi is struck by Hurricane Katrina.
 It is the third poorest state in the nation. One day after Hurricane
 Katrina, the world spotlight is focused on New Orleans, but just across the
 border, Mississippi is reeling.
     Tuesday, August 22 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: New Orleans
 Katrina" - Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States
 history. It killed more than 1,300 people along the Gulf Coast and caused
 damage the scope of which has not been seen in generations; it will be
 years before its full extent is calculated.
     Wednesday, August 23 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Covering
 Katrina" - How do you cover the story when you're a part of it? Despite
 their best planning, nothing could prepare a New Orleans television station
 for the challenges of covering the biggest story they would ever
 experience.
     Thursday, August 24 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina
 Students" - For two New Orleans high school students, Hurricane Katrina
 wiped out a senior year full of excitement and promise. Despite this, they
 remain committed to resurrecting their neighborhood and their school.
     Friday, August 25 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Kennard vs.
 Katrina" - August 29th, 2005. Hurricane Katrina is approaching the Gulf
 Coast. In Slidell, Louisiana, 65-year-old Kennard Jackley, has chosen to
 stay and ride it out. The retired merchant marine feels he can survive
 whatever nature has to offer.
     Saturday, August 26 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina - The
 First 24 Hours" - For the thousands of New Orleans residents who didn't
 evacuate, a human drama of epic proportions is about to unfold in The Big
 Easy. In the middle of this drama are the men and women of the U.S. Coast
 Guard are determined to save as many lives as possible.
     8:30 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina - After The Flood" -
 Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and overnight the Big Easy was
 transformed into ground zero of the worst natural disaster on American soil
 in one hundred years. Those lucky enough to have weathered the storm are
 now perched on rooftops, highway overpasses, or whatever patch of high
 ground they've managed to stake out. Coast Guard crews battle fatigue,
 equipment malfunctions, and the elements as they work around the clock to
 rescue survivors.
     Sunday, August 27 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Postmark Katrina" 9:00 p.m.
 ET/PT - "It Could Happen Tomorrow: The Lost Episode" - Five months prior to
 Katrina's landfall, The Weather Channel produced a pilot episode for its
 new series with the premise of a major hurricane devastating New Orleans.
 In this updated version, the predictions from the original episode are
 compared to the realities of Hurricane Katrina, complete with the comments
 of the scientists, emergency managers, and survivors who experienced it.
     Monday, August 28 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Postmark Katrina" - encore
 airing
     Tuesday, August 29 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special" - encore airing
     About The Weather Channel
     The Weather Channel, a 24-hour weather network, is seen in more than 89
 million U.S. households. Its Web site, weather.com, reaches more than 30
 million unique users per month. Its content is generally ranked within the
 10 most popular in the U.S. by Nielsen//Net Ratings. The Weather Channel
 also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour, all-local weather network available
 in 22 million households, The Weather Channel Radio Network, The Weather
 Channel Newspaper Services, and is the leading weather information provider
 for emerging technologies. This includes broadband and interactive
 television applications, with wireless weather products accessible through
 high-speed Internet services, phones, pagers, and personal digital
 assistants. The Weather Channel is owned by Landmark Communications, Inc.,
 a Norfolk, VA- based, privately held media company.
 
 

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    ATLANTA, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Before Katrina, we thought we knew how
 bad a natural disaster could get. Before Katrina, we thought we were
 prepared. But Katrina changed all of that. Now, a year after Katrina, The
 Weather Channel visits the Gulf Coast to see how the area and its residents
 are faring, and how they're preparing for the next hurricane that
 threatens, in a week of special programming beginning and ending with two
 one-hour specials airing on subsequent Sundays, August 20 and 27, at 8:00
 p.m. ET/PT.
     Though figures denoting the economic impact of the storm can be
 overwhelming, the stories of those trying to rebuild their lives -- such as
 restauranteurs Leah and Dooky Chase and shrimper Frank Parker -- bring the
 reality into clear, and sobering, focus. "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special" tells these stories and more as it kicks off
 the week- long commemoration of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday, August 20 at
 8:00 p.m. ET.
     One week later on August 27, The Weather Channel premieres "Postmark
 Katrina," produced in association with the United States Postal Inspection
 Service. For the first time, the heroic efforts of this little-known agency
 in the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S.
 history is told on network television.
     The program follows USPIS agents as they go to extraordinary lengths to
 recover mail from demolished postal facilities and safeguard it until it
 gets into the hands of Gulf Coast residents, many of them in dire need as
 they anxiously await their monthly checks.
     From Aug. 25, the anniversary of when Katrina first hit the Florida
 coast through Aug. 29, when it smashed into New Orleans, The Weather
 Channel will feature live reports from meteorologists Jim Cantore, Jeff
 Morrow, and Mike Seidel as they return to Gulfport, Biloxi, and New
 Orleans, to provide updates on the area and its residents.
     In the week leading up to the anniversary, the network will present
 encore airings of Katrina-related episodes of Storm Stories, its
 award-winning series. Airing from 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET/PT August 21 - 26,
 each episode tells the dramatic stories of those who faced this historic
 hurricane and against all odds managed to survive the experience.
     Storm Tracker Jim Cantore is the host of Storm Stories and has covered
 hurricanes for The Weather Channel for more than 15 years, including live
 reports during Hurricane Katrina from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in
 Gulfport, Mississippi. He along with meteorologists Stephanie Abrams, Jeff
 Morrow, Mike Seidel, and hurricane expert Steve Lyons are available for
 interviews about the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
     To schedule an interview, contact Matt Boyter (mboyter@weather.com) at
 770-226-2191.
     Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Coverage on The Weather Channel:
     Sunday, August 20 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special"
     Monday, August 21 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Mississippi
 Katrina" - On August 29, 2005, Mississippi is struck by Hurricane Katrina.
 It is the third poorest state in the nation. One day after Hurricane
 Katrina, the world spotlight is focused on New Orleans, but just across the
 border, Mississippi is reeling.
     Tuesday, August 22 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: New Orleans
 Katrina" - Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States
 history. It killed more than 1,300 people along the Gulf Coast and caused
 damage the scope of which has not been seen in generations; it will be
 years before its full extent is calculated.
     Wednesday, August 23 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Covering
 Katrina" - How do you cover the story when you're a part of it? Despite
 their best planning, nothing could prepare a New Orleans television station
 for the challenges of covering the biggest story they would ever
 experience.
     Thursday, August 24 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina
 Students" - For two New Orleans high school students, Hurricane Katrina
 wiped out a senior year full of excitement and promise. Despite this, they
 remain committed to resurrecting their neighborhood and their school.
     Friday, August 25 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Kennard vs.
 Katrina" - August 29th, 2005. Hurricane Katrina is approaching the Gulf
 Coast. In Slidell, Louisiana, 65-year-old Kennard Jackley, has chosen to
 stay and ride it out. The retired merchant marine feels he can survive
 whatever nature has to offer.
     Saturday, August 26 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina - The
 First 24 Hours" - For the thousands of New Orleans residents who didn't
 evacuate, a human drama of epic proportions is about to unfold in The Big
 Easy. In the middle of this drama are the men and women of the U.S. Coast
 Guard are determined to save as many lives as possible.
     8:30 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: Katrina - After The Flood" -
 Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and overnight the Big Easy was
 transformed into ground zero of the worst natural disaster on American soil
 in one hundred years. Those lucky enough to have weathered the storm are
 now perched on rooftops, highway overpasses, or whatever patch of high
 ground they've managed to stake out. Coast Guard crews battle fatigue,
 equipment malfunctions, and the elements as they work around the clock to
 rescue survivors.
     Sunday, August 27 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Postmark Katrina" 9:00 p.m.
 ET/PT - "It Could Happen Tomorrow: The Lost Episode" - Five months prior to
 Katrina's landfall, The Weather Channel produced a pilot episode for its
 new series with the premise of a major hurricane devastating New Orleans.
 In this updated version, the predictions from the original episode are
 compared to the realities of Hurricane Katrina, complete with the comments
 of the scientists, emergency managers, and survivors who experienced it.
     Monday, August 28 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Postmark Katrina" - encore
 airing
     Tuesday, August 29 - 8:00 p.m. ET/PT - "Storm Stories: A Hurricane
 Katrina Anniversary Special" - encore airing
     About The Weather Channel
     The Weather Channel, a 24-hour weather network, is seen in more than 89
 million U.S. households. Its Web site, weather.com, reaches more than 30
 million unique users per month. Its content is generally ranked within the
 10 most popular in the U.S. by Nielsen//Net Ratings. The Weather Channel
 also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour, all-local weather network available
 in 22 million households, The Weather Channel Radio Network, The Weather
 Channel Newspaper Services, and is the leading weather information provider
 for emerging technologies. This includes broadband and interactive
 television applications, with wireless weather products accessible through
 high-speed Internet services, phones, pagers, and personal digital
 assistants. The Weather Channel is owned by Landmark Communications, Inc.,
 a Norfolk, VA- based, privately held media company.
 
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