About three weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida things are largely back to normal for broadcasters in the state, but the memory of the storm remains fresh.
While Hurricane Irma was raging and causing serve damage to Florida, Orlando-based ABC affiliate WFTV was able to keep providing critical news to its viewers with the help of Panasonic’s P2 Cast cloud-based news production system.
The 2017 hurricane season has been especially lethal with Harvey and Irma wreaking havoc of historic proportions across wide swaths of the U.S. most notably in Texas and Florida.
The damages caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have affected a number of broadcasters, in response, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has granted $420,000 in emergency relief to 10 stations impacted by the storms.
Hurricane Irma took its toll on TV and radio broadcasters in Florida and the Caribbean with nine television and 51 radio stations being knocked off air, according to a Sept. 12 running total from the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System.
Two-hundred-thirty-six people, 26 dogs, numerous cats, assorted reptiles an even a colorful Macaw aren’t the typical TV staffing compliment, but Sunday, Sept. 10, was no typical day at WZVN, the Montclair Communications-owned ABC affiliate, and WBBH, the Waterman Broadcasting-owned NBC affiliate, serving Fort Myers and Naples, Fla.