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FAQ About Hurricane TV

About the Broadcasts

How long have these broadcasts been on the internet?

In 1997, we were broadcasting audio only covering hurricanes with the "Weather Information Network". At the beginning of hurricane season 1998, HurricaneCity & WIN covered Hurricane George's hitting Puerto Rico. Broadcast's began at HurricaneCity.com in 1998/1999 while located in Pompano Beach, Florida. In 2003 the setup was moved to Delray Beach, Florida and the process began for producing live video which would eventually become Hurricane TV.

What is Hurricane TV & what is its purpose?

We felt continuous coverage of hurricanes making landfall would inform and entertain listeners as well as allow visitors to interact with the broadcast by calling our observers & taking calls during hurricane warnings and other major weather events. Studio shot(2003).

Who operates Hurricane TV? Who is involved?

Jim Williams, the host of the broadcast, handles most of the technical detail & broadcasting. Bill Phillips in Virginia Beach handles quite a bit of the coverage by streaming media from any affected areas.

What will I hear and see?

What do you broadcast?

Major weather events such as hurricanes making landfall, tornadoes that hit major metro areas with many fatalities and crippling snow storms in major metropolitan areas (usually over 12" accumulation in less than 24 hrs). Major weather situations like the Superstorm of 1993 which affected whole states. Broadcasts will also take place for a major earthquake or other natural disasters which could affect hundreds of thousands of people.

When can we hear you?

Well, usually if a major weather story breaks "suddenly" we will be live usually that same night or the entire next day depending on severity & news resources. Bill Phillips is always ready to pull the trigger on a broadcast if a tornado touches down in a metro area. Hurricane coverage usually begins when warnings are issued for a particular area. Coverage usually ends 24 hours after the initial disaster occurs unless news is plentiful, then we will stay on longer, sometimes for days. For example, in 2005 for Hurricane Wilma Jim Williams had technical issues due to storm damage & Bill Phillips took over. Jim was able to give live updates via cell phone & Bill took calls and emails from observers. Another example, during Hurricane Michelle in November 2001 we allowed listeners to hear the Hurricane Watch Net ham radio reports for 3 days in a row, 24/7, as well as the Bahamas Radio Network.

What can I expect to hear?

We only cover major weather stories, meaning "when live" you will see local TV coverage, radio, webcams, radars & damage reports as they come in. On April 28th, 2002 an F-4 Tornado touched down in Maryland. During the touchdown WABN (audio only at the time) was live with radio coverage from local radio stations as well as our own radar summary.

How do you do this?

Do you have a studio? Where does this originate?

Well we tried to make this as much like a pro studio here in Delray Beach, Florida, the same location as HurricaneCity.com. The content originates from our office with 4 computers on a network. We also have weather equipment for monitoring such as weather data & internet streams. We also have weather software that gives us the latest updated advisories as they happen. We also monitor short wave frequencies & local scanner frequencies during local disasters. During our live broadcast in 1999, for "Hurricane Floyd", the broadcast had ham radio from the Bahamas Radio Network & listeners had a chance to hear what was happening in the Bahamas. We also stream live streaming cams wherever they are available from affected areas as there are many security cams most people don't know about that we access during hurricanes. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 we were able to stream two live video cams from downtown New Orleans during & after Katrina. So basically during live broadcasts, the chairs are rolling back & forth constantly checking for new info and showing you what is happening from the affected areas.

What equipment do you use to broadcast?

We have 4 Dell workstations on a network. The studio has APSI multiple battery backup & generator to keep broadcast alive "if we get hit". NOTE: This does not guarantee our broadcasts never have problems as many things are beyond our control such as local broadband availability at our end. As far as production, we mix all audio, telephone calls & all other audio/video through a Eurorack mixing board with a Telos digital phone coupler & feed it through video card to the streaming computer. Take a Look(2008).

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How many people can watch these broadcast's?

Back in 2005, we could only serve a thousand streams at one time due to bandwidth constraints on our own server. Now we can stream to unlimited amounts of viewers using social networks primarily periscope & facebook. During our live coverage of Hurricane Michael in 2018 we had over 80,000 combined viewers between the two.

Can my company sponsor the broadcasts?

YES! Sponsorship is needed to help us absorb the cost of broadcasting. Your company will be mentioned on air during events with a negotiated fee. More here. During hurricane coverage your advertisements will be heard by thousands of listeners per day, as HurricaneCity draws tens of thousands of interested visitors and listeners per day. If you would like your company mentioned during the videocasts, please contact us for more info.

I know I can listen and watch, but can I participate?

We encourage people to contact us from the affected areas, if you have important information unknown to us to be passed on to our listeners, please email us at Hurricane TV with pictures & videos from your cell phone or post them on our twitter feed @hurricanecity or facebook/hurricanecitytracking.

I missed a broadcast. Can I still hear/see it?

All archives can be found on our video archives page

What about Hurricane TV's future, what are your plans?

Some have asked how do you get away with streaming a TV station? Don't they get mad? Actually we have had several TV stations contact us to tell us they are streaming live content and to please re-stream it. Sometimes we may stream the Weather Channel because it is passing along life saving information. The major networks we tap for minutes at a time when the situation is critical to get out the word. In a nut shell, we hope to have the most entertaining weather broadcast on the internet without focusing on just one source. With more and more cell phones producing better video & snap shots we fully expect this media to be passed along to us by observers so you can see what they are seeing. Finally, more & more streaming webcams are online in affected areas & we find them & show them to you as it is all going down. We may also be implementing our own live remote video from the scene, stay tuned. On a side note, most of our video archives are not monetized.

Can you give our radio & television station live information?

Jim has been heard on several stations in the Atlantic basin, from New York to South Florida. If you would like to have Jim on your radio show when a hurricane is coming, either call into his show or send him an email, he will be glad to accommodate you. He has tons of statistics for each area of the Atlantic basin.

Tell us about the HurricaneCity listener base

From 1999 until 2003 we kept track of listeners by people who fill out the form before listening. We got rid of this feature so people can watch right away without filling out a form. The following cities & islands had so many listeners, we stopped counting them (in alphabetical order)... Atlanta, Austin, Bahamas as a whole, Baltimore, Barbados, Baton Rouge, Beaumont Texas, Bermuda, Boston, Bradenton FL, Cancun, Cape Coral FL, Cape Hatteras, Cayman Islands, Charleston, Charlotte NC, Clearwater FL, Corpus Christi, Cuba, Dallas, Daytona, Deltona FL, Detroit, England, Fort Lauderdale, Ft Myers FL, Galveston, Grand Cayman, Grand Rapids Michigan, Houston, Jacksonville, Jamaica as a whole, Key West, Kingston, Lafayette LA, Lakeland FL, London, Melbourne, Miami, Milwaukee, Mobile, Naples, Nashville TN, Nassau Bahamas, New Orleans, New York NY, Ontario, Orlando, Palm Beach, Panama City FL, Pascagoula MS, Pensacola, Pineville LA, Pittsburgh, Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie FL, Puerto Rico as a whole, Saint Petersburg FL, San Antonio TX, Sarasota, Summerville SC, Tallahassee, Tampa, Toronto, Tulsa, U.K. as a whole, Virginia Beach, Wilmington NC.


Pictures from a 2005 broadcast with special guest storm chaser Jim Leonard.


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