WPTV provided viewers with weather coverage of Isaias for more than 20 hours all while staying safe and socially distanced. Due to the virus, everything from food planning to sleeping arrangements at the station had to be modified.
Typically, when there’s a major news or weather event, like a hurricane or wildfire, TV stations bring in as many people as possible to help with coverage.
But when the ninth named storm of the season, Isaias, formed in the Caribbean and strengthened into a fast-moving hurricane, WPTV, the Scripps NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., had less time than usual to plan and schedule coverage.
WPTV provided viewers with weather coverage for more than 20 hours all while staying safe and socially distanced.
Due to the virus, everything from food planning to sleeping arrangements at the station had to be modified.
This included directing, producing and editing remotely from home, and maintaining safe social distancing inside the station, inside WPTV vehicles and in the field.
“WPTV First Alert Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle, our amazing team of meteorologists, and news team are truly the best in the business.” said Lloyd Bucher, WPTV’s general manager Lloyd Bucher.
“It really stands out in this environment. We have a very comprehensive hurricane prep plan and I’m happy with how it was all implemented. However even the most prepared plan needs constant reconsideration when faced with the real-time events taking place in and out of the station.”
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