Reporter Uses Cellphone to Give Viewers Close-Up Glimpse of Hurricane Hanna

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Video from a reporter’s cellphone shows Hurricane Hanna making landfall.

KPRC Houston reporter Michael Lopardi was on the ground Saturday when the Category 1 hurricane made landfall.

Lopardi was on location covering the first hurricane of the season. He did a Facebook Live while walking around to show viewers an area around the hotel where he was stationed. Lopardi didn’t narrate the video because it was too windy without a proper mic.


Hanna came ashore with 90 mph winds on Texas’ coast, 130 miles south of Corpus Christi, where Lopardi shot his video. The second landfall happened nearby.

By Saturday night, winds had dropped to 75 mph.