New Season Kicks Off Tornado Week; TWC Asks Viewers to Submit Stories to be Featured in a Upcoming Storm Stories Episode
ATLANTA (February 10, 2009) - Storm Stories, the series that chronicles the true stories of survivors and rescuers battling amazing weather events, returns to The Weather Channel Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. The first episode, which kicks off Tornado Week, will feature the tornado that struck Windsor, CO, in 2008. To mark the debut of the new season, The Weather Channel is giving viewers an opportunity to become part of the series by sharing their own "storm stories" online at www.weather.com/tv beginning Feb. 19th. The new Storm Stories season will consist of 26 original episodes, with the first five premiering during Tornado Week from Feb. 22-March 1.
Storm Stories captures the drama of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. Hosted by renowned Storm Tracker Jim Cantore, the series tells these harrowing, yet inspiring, tales through first-person accounts and archived footage. The new episodes are being produced in HD for the network by NBCU's Peacock Productions ("Caught on Camera," "Intervention: In-Depth," "Mystery of the Crystal Skulls," "Disappeared"), and after the premiere week, subsequent Storm Stories episodes will premiere Sunday nights at 8 p.m. and 12 midnight ET. Information about both the Storm Stories season and Tornado Week can be found at www.weather.com/tv and via mobile device at http://www.weather.com/.
The Feb. 22 premiere episode features the May 2008 "Windsor Tornado" that touched down in northern Colorado, destroying much in its path, threatening a campground and a news crew, and ultimately hitting a daycare center. The Weather Channel will premiere four additional new Storm Stories episodes each night during Tornado Week at 8 p.m. ET from Feb. 22-26, including:
- Monday - the "Parkersburg, IA, Tornado" on May 25, 2008, killed seven people and demolished the southern half of the town; first-hand accounts are given by residents.
- Tuesday - the "Greensburg, KS, Tornado" on May 4, 2007, wiped out the entire town. The story is told through the experiences of next-door neighbors who saved a mother and her baby from the rubble.
- Wednesday - "Super Tuesday" tornadoes cut a swath over a wide area Feb. 5, 2008; touching stories come from people that were affected in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
- Thursday - the "Boy Scouts Tornado" hit the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in western Iowa last June, catching everyone off guard. The surviving scouts are forced to put their training to use in the midst of a terrifying situation to help keep injured scouts alive in the aftermath.
The Weather Channel also offers viewers a chance to be featured in a future episode of Storm Stories. Beginning Feb. 19, enter your personal "storm story" online at www.weather.com/tv. Users will also be able to get more information via their mobile devices, including programming information about Storm Stories and Tornado Week, a tornado photo gallery and more details about tornadoes and safety.
"Everybody has a storm story" - in fact, everywhere I go, the two things I always hear are ‘Jim, what happened to Storm Stories?,' and, ‘you should tell my story on The Weather Channel, '" said Jim Cantore, host of Storm Stories and on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "Storm Stories is coming back with all new episodes, and now our viewers will have the chance to tell us their stories."
Along with Storm Stories, throughout Tornado Week, The Weather Channel will feature new content and programming to mark the beginning of the tornado season including:
- Throughout the week, Jim Cantore will be live in towns that have seen tornado destruction first hand, including Parkersburg, IA and Picher, OK.
- Sunday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m. ET: "Greentown," a new episode of When Weather Changed History takes a deeper look at Greensburg, KS. In the town's attempts to rebuild as a green town in the wake of devastation, it just may be writing a modern survival guide for rural America.
- Monday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m. ET: "Tornado!" is a new one-hour program that delves into the danger and unpredictability of tornadoes.
- Tuesday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. ET: "Storm Session: Nature's Fury" is a comprehensive overview of tornadoes and what causes the formation of this phenomenon. Joined by host Jim Cantore, severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes and Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes of Abrams & Bettes - Beyond the Forecast look "behind the scenes" of tornadoes.
- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET: "Super Outbreak," a new episode of When Weather Changed History, looks at the April 1974 outbreak when 148 tornadoes tore through the Midwest and South, killing 335 people, debunking several tornado myths, and forever changing the way we look at and forecast tornadoes.
- Tornado-focused encore presentations will air of such series as Full Force Nature, It Could Happen Tomorrow, and past episodes of Storm Stories.
While Jim Cantore reports from storm damaged areas during Tornado Week to mark the beginning of tornado season, he and The Weather Channel will deliver free subscriptions to its weather notification product, Notify! to residents. Parkersburg, IA, and Picher, OK, recently saw firsthand what tornado destruction can do, and while still rebuilding, residents can enjoy the peace of mind that the service provides. Notify! by The Weather Channel is a customizable alerts product triggered by severe weather warnings that delivers notifications via phone, text or e-mail. For more on Notify!, visit www.weather.com.
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