Winter Storm '09...where do I start? For once, I can tell you I did not ever have to report out in the elements this week. FOR ONCE. I'm ok with that---I've done my share of EARLY morning live shots, standing in hurricanes even, but I'm still shocked we were covered here with reporters and I didn't have to go out. That said...boy, did I deal with the elements and can relate to those in homes without power.
After watching the forecast at 5pm Monday night, I decided to grab the last hotel room in Cape and stay the night before the storm hit. Good thing I did, but...
Driving into the Breakfast Show at 3am Tuesday morning, I got stuck right outside the Holiday Inn Express! William St. wasn't clear at all. Finally, I put 'er in forward, reverse, forward...and made it down Broadway to the station. I couldn't make it up any more hills, so I decided to park out front on Broadway. Well, I knew I'd get plowed in, and sure enough, my car stayed there for the remainder of the week.
What's worse, my home in Scott County lost power Tuesday. I didn't have a car...didn't have a home with heat....but the station did put me up in a hotel. So, I'm glad I was at work to get my mind off the things going wrong personally. I really can relate to any of you without power. It's so frustrating. Not knowing a timetable of when your power will go on is even worse. I'm told it could be another WEEK for me!
But back to reporting...this week, I've been manning the computers from 7am to 9am answering questions 'live' and immediately for viewers in need of help, disaster assistance, road reports-you name it---all on the KFVS12 blog. I've also been helping write the Noon news. We have so much information to get on, it's easy for producers to become overwhelmed. I also edited video coming in from the photographers, so we could get this on air as soon as possible. I interviewed Sen. Jason Crowell and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson today. I asked them both when more "help" would get here from the state and national government.
So, it's been an action-packed week both professionally and personally. I truly appreciate the nice comments from viewers, especially now that the "angry calls" are starting to come in from people who are understandably upset about their current situations. Everybody, "Hang in there!" I'm with you!