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World Watches Hurricane on Houston TV Web Site

Internet traffic for TV stations in Houston spiked during the recent hurricane. KHOU-TV, Belo’s CBS affiliate in Houston, had 8 million page views Sept. 12, as Hurricane Ike approached the area, according to The New York Times. There were 9.2 million hits the next day when the storm made landfall. People turned to the online coverage after the ongoing debacle on Wall Street bumped everything else off of the national news scene. KPRC-TV, Post-Newsweek’s NBC affiliate in Houston, reported averaging around 5 million page views per day. KHOU reported online video of the storm generated 250,000 plays during the peak of the weather front. Views continued in the ensuing days, with messages coming in from Australia, Belgium, India, Norway, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world.