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August 11, 2015

The Weather Channel Reflects on Katrina’s 10th Anniversary and Looks Forward

Cross-Platform Content Includes Stream of 2005 Broadcasts, Futuristic Special “Katrina 2065” & Digital Editorial Series

The network to concurrently bring awareness to hurricane season as peak season begins with
“Hurricane Week” from Monday, Aug. 24 - Friday, Aug. 28
 
WHAT: To mark the 10 year anniversary of one of America’s worst disasters, The Weather Channel (Weather) presents a week of Hurricane Katrina-focused multi platform content.
 
The centerpiece of Katrina coverage revolves around “Katrina 2065,” a scientific journey through likely scenarios that could take place if Hurricane Katrina hit 50 years from now. The future-focused special hosted by Sam Champion and featuring Jim Cantore and other Weather meteorologists utilizes cutting-edge weather animations to address the question much of the Gulf Coast still asks itself: Could we endure this again?
 
On Friday, Aug. 28, Weather will revisit two cities that were devastated by Katrina for the network’s special report, “Katrina: 10 Years Later.” Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams will anchor “Wake Up With Al” live from New Orleans while Jim Cantore returns to Gulfport, MS, where he covered Katrina in 2005 for live reports throughout “AMHQ.” Cantore will be accompanied by hurricane specialist and storm surge expert Michael Lowry.
 
Weather will also explore a wide array of Katrina topics with a powerful multimedia experience on weather.com/katrina2015, which launches Aug. 20. The site will feature photo sets of New Orleans pre and post-Katrina; interviews with individuals who came of age during Katrina; an investigative piece on the levees; an investigative piece highlighting Bayou La Batre, AL - a city that was also devastated by Katrina; and an in-depth look at the health effects of Katrina. On Aug. 25, visitors will also be able to view a nine-hour continuous stream of highlights from 2005 Katrina coverage from the network, which starts at the same time as the 2005 footage and will feature clips from the historic event.
 
“Hurricane Week” will present live and long-form programs and informative specials devoted to explaining, analyzing and raising awareness about the amazing power of hurricanes and the dangers presented during hurricane season.
 
WHERE/WHEN: Katrina Anniversary and "Hurricane Week" programming includes:
 
Katrina Anniversary
  • Weather.com/Katrina2015 - Tuesday, Aug. 25:
    • "Katrina as it Happened" (Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. ET): A comprehensive nine-hour replay of Katrina 2005 footage from The Weather Channel.
    • FEMA photographer revisits New Orleans: Showcasing photographs taken from the same spots as 2005 but 10 years later.
    • "Class of Katrina": A feature story focusing on four people who were entering their senior year of high school when Katrina struck.
    • “The Levees”: Partnership with The Lens - a group of investigative reporters, this story looks into the quality of the rebuilt levees.
    • Post-Katrina health in New Orleans: How do populations change when they respond to trauma? This piece examines the health effects of Katrina on the population of New Orleans, with a particular eye on mental health.
    • "The Soul of New Orleans": Photography capturing the beauty and diversity of the city, post-Katrina.
    • “Changing Neighborhoods”: New Orleans residents discuss the city and neighborhood changes that have occurred post-Katrina.
    • "The Forgotten City": An investigative report on Bayou La Batre, AL. This town didn’t get the headlines New Orleans did in the wake of Katrina, but it was equally devastated by the storm and then had their oyster industry slammed by the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe.
  • “Weather Underground” (Week of Aug. 24 from 6-8 p.m. ET) - New show debuting on Aug. 24 will feature daily segments on Katrina anniversary
  • “Katrina 2065” - Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET
    • A scientific journey through likely scenarios that could take place if Hurricane Katrina hit 50 years from now.
  • Katrina: 10 Years Later - Friday, Aug. 28​
    • “Wake up with Al” - Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams live from New Orleans at 5 a.m. ET
    • “AMHQ” - Jim Cantore and hurricane specialist Michael Lowry live from Gulfport, MS at 7 a.m. ET

 

Hurricane Week (Monday, Aug. 24 - Friday, Aug. 28):
  • “Wake Up with Al” (weekdays 5-7 a.m. ET) – hurricane-themed segments throughout the week
  • “AMHQ” (weekdays 7-10 a.m. ET) – hurricane-themed segments throughout the week
  • “Top Ten Worst Hurricanes” - Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. ET
    • This countdown explores the deadliest, most damaging storms to ever make landfall in the U.S. Hitting coastlines from Maine to Texas, these storms have produced storm surges higher than a house, killed thousands of people, and caused billions of dollars in damage.
  • “Irene’s Fury” Special - Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
    • This special takes viewers along Hurricane Irene's path as it moved up the Eastern Seaboard, leading to at least 46 fatalities and leaving massive flooding, destruction, power outages and mass transit interruptions in its wake.
  • “Coast Guard: HMS Bounty” Special - Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET
    • The special focuses on a daring and heroic rescue by the Coast Guard during Superstorm Sandy. Braving the dangerous conditions, they ventured into the teeth of the storm to save 14 crew members of the HMS Bounty. In this special one-hour program, we hear from the Coast Guard rescue crews and the survivors about this harrowing, hurricane-fueled, life and death experience that originated on a storied ship with a glamorous past.
  • “Katrina 2065” - Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Building Invincible: Hurricane-Proof Ballpark” - Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. ET
    • This episode explores Miami’s futuristic ballpark, Marlins Park, which combats Florida's hot, humid weather with a state-of-the-art retractable roof. Take a closer look at how the engineers have built the ballpark with radical aerodynamic solutions and innovative technology to withstand killer hurricane impacts.

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