Here Are the TV News Coverage Plans for Hurricane Dorian

By A.J. Katz Comment

When the calendar flips to September, residents of the Gulf Coast and South Florida know hurricane season is in full effect. And Hurricane Dorian appears to be the first heavy-hitter of 2019.

As of Thursday, Dorian is making its way through the Caribbean and is now forecast to be at Category 4 when it hits landfall in Florida, likely on Sunday night. It will continue to bring impacts to mainland through mid-next week, with an increasing likelihood of devastating hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge along portions of Florida’s east coast.

“And regardless of Dorian’s exact track and strength, it will be moving slowly and could also cause an inland flooding disaster somewhere over Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States into next week,” The Weather Channel’s Dr. Rick Knabb said on Thursday.

Speaking of TWC, on-Camera meteorologist Paul Goodloe is already covering from Puerto Rico today, while Jim Cantore, Mike Seidel and Tevin Wooten are in Florida.

Here’s how some of the networks are covering Dorian. This item will be updated as additional plans from the networks trickle in.

ABC News:

  • World News Tonight Anchor David Muir will anchor from Florida.
  • Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, Meteorologist Rob Marciano, Correspondents Gio Benitez, Kaylee Hartung, and Victor Oquendo will all fan out across the region and report from the storm zone.
  • Correspondent Marcus Moore will report from the Bahamas
  • Steve Osunsami is reporting from South Carolina
  • ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage and live updates of Hurricane Dorian on ABCNews.com as the storm approaches and when it makes landfall. ABC News Live – the network’s 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel – will feature multiple live feeds and satellite tracking of the storm, continuous reports from ABC News’ team of correspondents and expert meteorologists and live local coverage in the affected region. It will be available on Hulu Live, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, FacebookYouTube, Twitter and the ABC News site and mobile phone apps.
  • ABC News Radio will provide extensive coverage of Hurricane Dorian including four one-minute status reports each hour as the hurricane is anticipated to make landfall and in the aftermath as well as live anchored coverage as news warrants. ABC News Correspondents Alex Stone and Pete Combs will report from the expected hurricane zone.
  • ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide full coverage with Correspondents Elizabeth Hur, Serena Marshall and Megan Tevrizian reporting from the storm zone in Florida. NewsOne provides news content and services for more than 200 ABC affiliates and international news partners.

CBS News:

  • CBS News has a team of journalists covering Hurricane Dorian including the latest forecast and on-the-ground reporting as it heads toward Florida.
  • CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who covered Tropical Storm Dorian from Puerto Rico, has re-located to Cocoa Beach, Florida, for the latest reporting.
  • CBS 2 News chief weathercaster Lonnie Quinn is tracking the storm.
  • Additional coverage is also expected from CBS News correspondents Mark Strassmann, Janet Shamlian, Mireya Villarreal, Mola Lenghi and Jamie Yuccas as news warrants.
  • The coverage will be featured across all broadcasts and platforms, including CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 live, streaming news service, CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell, CBS This Morning: Saturday, CBS Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation.
  • On Monday, Norah O’Donnell will anchor the CBS Evening News from Cocoa Beach, Fla.

CNN:

CNN has been live from Puerto Rico, and will have anchors and correspondents positioned throughout Florida and the Bahamas to provide extensive coverage of Hurricane Dorian and its after effects. Additional details will be announced.

Fox News/FBN:

  • Throughout the duration of the storm, FNC correspondents Steve Harrigan, Rick Leventhal, Griff Jenkins, Jillian Mele, Jeff Paul, Ellison Barber, Lauren Blanchard, Ray Bogan and Jacqui Heinrich will be reporting live from various locations across Florida.
  • The network will continue its live hurricane coverage with Senior meteorologist Janice Dean and meteorologists Adam Klotz and Rick Reichmuth providing continuous updates from New York headquarters.
  • On Monday, the network will continue with breaking news reports throughout daytime and prime time programming with America’s News HQ (12 – 2 p.m.), Shepard Smith Reporting with guest anchor Trace Gallagher, (2-4 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET), and Your World with Neil Cavuto (4 p.m.).
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, America’s Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer will report live from Jacksonville, Fla., delivering the latest news and developments throughout daytime and prime time hours.
  • Beginning Monday at 8 p.m ET, FNC will present continuous special hurricane coverage with anchor Jon Scott leading up to an extended broadcast of Fox News @ Night anchored by Shannon Bream (11 p.m. – 1 a.m. ET)
  • Additionally, FNC will remain live until 4 a.m. ET to provide the latest updates on the storm with anchor Leland Vittert and FNC correspondent Aishah Hasnie
  • Fox News Radio will also provide coverage of Hurricane Dorian, with live updates at the top and bottom of every hour, as the storm progresses
  • FNR reporter Eben Brown will be live on the ground in Florida providing details throughout the weekend across all Fox News audio platforms.

NBC News/MSNBC:

  • NBC News will have continuing coverage on the latest of Hurricane Dorian throughout the weekend on all programs, including Weekend Today, Weekend Nightly News, Sunday Today and Meet the Press.
  • Throughout the weekend, MSNBC will provide the latest updates as the storm progresses. Beginning Sunday, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi will anchor live from Florida.

The following NBC News and MSNBC correspondents will be reporting from locations across Florida:

  • Kathy Park
  • Gabe Gutierrez
  • Morgan Chesky
  • Kerry Sanders
  • Mariana Atencio
  • Catie Beck

NBC News’ coverage can also be found online: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/dorian.

Noticias Telemundo:

  • Telemundo will be covering live with Noticias Telemundo Nightly News Anchor José Díaz Balart and Noticias Telemundo Weekend edition Anchor José Díaz-Balart in the field, together with national and local correspondents.
  • Coverage will be produced in partnership with Telemundo’s Orlando and Miami local stations.
  • All Noticias Telemundo digital platforms (NoticiasTelemundo.com and Noticias Telemundo at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) will be offering continuous coverage, including original content.

The Weather Channel:

  • As of Friday, Mike Seidel is live in Melbourne, FL.
  • Tevin Wooten is in Vero Beach, FL
  • Felicia Combs is live in Orlando.

Univision Noticias:

  • Univision has had special segments on all of its news programs led by its meteorologist Albert Martinez, Univision’s chief meteorologist and principal weather anchor and Jackie Guerrido on Primer Impacto.
  • Martinez has also been reporting on the hurricane on all of Univision’s digital platforms, including UnivisionNoticias.com, its minute by minute live blog, special infographics, and on social media via Univision’s Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter accounts.

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