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June 17, 2009

"Hurricane Week" on The Weather Channel June 21-26 Will Prepare Viewers for 2009 Hurricane Season

The Weather Channel brings viewers drama, updates and information during "Hurricane Week" from June 21-26.  The Weather Channel - the Hurricane Authority - will present long-form programs, live on-location reports, and informative specials devoted to explaining, analyzing and raising awareness about the amazing power of hurricanes and the dangers presented during hurricane season, which officially began June 1.

"We are gearing up once again to provide the most comprehensive hurricane coverage anywhere," said Geoffrey Darby, executive vice president of programming for The Weather Channel.  "Viewers turn to The Weather Channel and Hurricane Week for the most trusted coverage of severe weather to help prepare for what the season may bring."

"Hurricane Week" will include four new, hurricane-related episodes of popular series Storm Stories and the premiere of an original hurricane special titled Hurricane Force.  The schedule includes: 

  • Storm Stories: Hurricane Andrew - Sunday, June 21, 8 p.m. ET Florida residents are reminded in August of l992 just how destructive a hurricane can be.  The Hurricane Andrew experience is told through the eyes of a young couple expecting their first child and a TV meteorologist and crew who must heed their own advice and take cover.
  • Storm Stories: Ivan/Cayman Islands - Sunday, June 21, 8:30 p.m. ET Hurricane Ivan makes a devastating direct hit on the Grand Cayman Islands in September 2004.  This episode weaves the incredible stories of shock and survival of two residents whose homes were literally ripped apart by the Category 4 hurricane. 
  • Storm Stories: Andrew - Homestead - Monday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET The program tells the stories of two Homestead families that did not evacuate as Hurricane Andrew made a beeline towards South Florida in August of 1992, showing actual video from daring, all-night coverage (by now NBCU News Miami correspondent Kerry Sanders). 
  • Storm Stories: Ike's Storm Surge - Monday, June 22, 8:30 p.m. ET This program follows three sets of Galveston County residents as they struggle for survival last September when the storm surge from Hurricane Ike came earlier than expected.
  • Hurricane Force - Sunday, June 21, 9 p.m. ET Narrated by Al Roker, this definitive hurricane hour uses 3-D graphics to show what a hurricane is, how it forms, and its accompanying dangers.  The original HD documentary looks at extreme historic U.S. hurricanes, such as the deadliest, costliest, most intense, fastest-moving and the most destructive inland storms.  Hurricanes are the deadliest natural disasters on the American continent, but we may not have seen the worst hurricanes can do.  TWC looks at future possibilities and past stories from survivors, experts and storm chasers.

"Hurricane Week" also includes live reports and vignettes covering multiple locations and topics:

  • Monday, June 22 - Jim Cantore live from the Bolivar Peninsula on the Gulf Coast in Texas, with updates after Hurricane Ike
  • Tuesday, June 23 - Jim Cantore live on Galveston Island for more hurricane recovery
  • Wednesday, June 24 - From Miami, Julie Martin visits the National Hurricane Center
  • Vignettes will include a 2008 season recap, the economy and preparation, hurricanes and social networking, construction in Grand Isle, LA, Gulf Coast storm fatigue, and more

In addition, hurricane-related content will be available at http://www.weather.com/ online and on mobile.


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.