News Nets Planning Massive Coverage of Historic Hurricane Irma

By Chris Ariens 

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The Weather Channel along with CNN, MSNBC and Fox News are planning extensive coverage of approaching Hurricane Irma, with Fox News touting 68 hours of “continuous live coverage.”

As of the 11 a.m. Friday update Irma is a category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph. The eye is located 100 miles south of William’s Town, on the island of Exhuma in The Bahamas.

In addition to the notes below, NBC News will broadcast special reports anchored by Lester Holt throughout the day Saturday from Miami, including a special report during half-time of the Georgia/Notre Dame game. On Sunday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. ET, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie with anchor a special edition of the Today show. Also, Fox News is sending Bill Hemmer to anchor coverage from Miami beginning Sunday, when Irma is expected to make landfall on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula.

Here’s a list of assignments from the news networks. Here’s a Twitter feed from the NHC with constant updates.

Weather Channel:

Jim Cantore and Mike Seidel are in Miami Beach, Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes are in Ft. Lauderdale, Justin Michaels is in West Palm Beach, John Zarrella is in Cocoa Beach, Reynolds Wolf is in Jacksonville Beach, Ron Blome is in Savannah and Jen Carfagno is in Charleston, SC.

ABC News:

World News Tonight anchor David Muir will lead coverage from Miami, George Stephanopoulos leads coverage from New York, and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee tracks Irma’s path.

GMA news anchor Amy Robach, senior meteorologist Rob Marciano, chief national correspondent and World News Tonight weekend anchor Tom Llamas, and correspondents Gio Benitez and Alex Perez are reporting from Florida

Linzie Janis is in Puerto Rico. Foreign correspondent James Longman will report from the Bahamas. Senior national correspondent Matt Gutman and correspondents Eva Pilgrim and Victor Oquendo will report from locations to be determined. Correspondent David Kerley will cover travel disruption and chief business and economic correspondent Rebecca Jarvis will report on the potential economic impact of the storm.


Lester Holt leads coverage along with Al Roker in Miami. Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer is also in the field. Meteorologist Bill Karins and weather anchor Dave Price will provide forecasts in-studio.

Correspondents include Kristen Dahlgren in Fort Myers, Gabe Gutierrez, Gadi Schwartz, Kerry Sanders, Mariana Atencio, Jacob Soboroff, Miguel Almaguer and Maya Rodríguez from various locations in south Florida. Catie Beck and Jo Ling Kent will be on the ground in Fort Lauderdale. Philip Mena will be live from West Palm Beach. Morgan Radford is in Puerto Rico. Thomas Roberts reports live from the Miami area and Rehema Ellis is in the Bahamas.

Medical correspondent Dr. John Torres will be in Miami beginning Saturday.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes will host All In live from the beach in Miami, FL on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

Throughout the weekend, Ari Melber, Craig Melvin, Chris Jansing, Ali Velshi, Yasmin Vossoughian, Ayman Mohyeldin, Alex Witt, and Richard Lui will anchor live from New York.

Saturday, Thomas Roberts anchors live from Florida beginning at 2 p.m. ET through 4 p.m. ET.

Sunday, Brian Williams will anchor MSNBC’s coverage beginning at 6 a.m. ET through 12 p.m. ET. and 7 p.m. ET through 9 p.m. ET live from New York.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd will anchor live on Sunday from 3 p.m. ET through 5 p.m. ET from Washington D.C..

CBS News:

Jeff Glor co-anchors the CBS Evening News from Miami with Anthony Mason in New York. They will also co-anchor CBS This Morning Saturday. Then on Sunday,  Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will anchor a special edition of CBS This Morning beginning at 7 a.m. followed by CBS Sunday Morning and Face The Nation.

CBS News correspondents David Begnaud, Manuel Bojorquez, John Blackstone, Don Champion, Kenneth Craig, Don Dahler, Jericka Duncan, Adriana Diaz, Carter Evans, Jeff Glor, Mola Lenghi, Meg Oliver, Elaine Quijano, Mark Strassmann, Kris Van Cleave and Jonathan Vigliotti provide continuous coverage from Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia and other states in Hurricane Irma’s path for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Additionally, meteorologists from CBS affiliate stations will track the storm during CBS News’ coverage.

CBS News correspondents David Begnaud, Don Champion, Kenneth Craig, Don Dahler, Tony Dokoupil, Adriana Diaz, Carter Evans, Mola Lenghi, Meg Oliver, Elaine Quijano, Mark Strassmann and Kris Van Cleave provide continuous coverage and on-the-ground reporting from Puerto Rico, Florida and other coastal states.

Fox News:

Bryan LlenasAdam HousleyJoel WaldmanPhil Keating, and Steve Harrigan will be live from Miami. Matt Finn will be live from Jacksonville. Griff Jenkins, Fox & Friends correspondent Jillian MeleRick Leventhal and Lauren Blanchard will be live locations TBD in Florida. Jonathan Serrie and Peter Doocy will be live from a locations in the Southeast U.S., depending on where Irma tracks.

Fox News meteorologists Janice DeanAdam Klotz and Rick Reichmuth contributing to reports from New York.

CNN, HLN, CNNI and CNN en Espanol:

Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, John Berman and Victor Blackwell will anchor from Miami. Other reporters throughout Florida include Bill Weir, Rosa Flores, Bryn Gingrass, Kaylee Hartung, Randi Kaye, Kyung Lah, Ed Lavandera, Alex Marquardt, Miguel Marquez, Sara Sidner, Brian Todd, Michael Holmes, Isa Soares, Derek Van Dam, Ana Maria Mejia, Jose Manuel Rodriguez, Gustavo Valdes and Erica Hill. Havana-based correspondent Patrick Oppmann reports from Cuba; Paula Newton is in Cap-Haitien, Haiti; Cyril Vanier and Stefano Pozzebon are in Nassau, Bahamas; Leyla Santiago had been in San Juan and is now heading to Antigua and Barbuda.

Fox Business:

Jeff Flock will be reporting live from various locations in Florida. On Monday, Cheryl Casone and Lauren Simonetti anchor a 2-hour live edition of FBN:AM beginning at 4 a.m.