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September 5th, 2008
11:31 PM ET

Blown off the air....

David Mattingly | Bio
AC360° Contributor

If you blinked, you missed me. Just as I started talking during my liveshot, the deluge that is Tropical Storm Hanna blew out our lights. Electronics and water don't mix.

The really strange thing was the timing. I had been standing there with the light working for almost 15 minutes before Anderson spoke to me. I continued reporting in the dark. Take my word for it...even though you couldn't see it, it was raining–a LOT!

September 5th, 2008
10:53 PM ET

Got rain?

David Mattingly | Bio
AC360° Contributor

Got rain? We sure do. Myrtle Beach is getting soaked by Hanna right now and so are we.


Filed under: Tropical Storm Hanna
September 5th, 2008
04:37 PM ET

Waiting for Hanna

David Mattingly | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

For the last several days I have been hearing Tropical Storm Hanna described as "disorganized" and "poorly shaped". This kind of unflattering talk has apparently made Hanna mad.

This storm is getting it's act together just in time to hit the northern South Carolina coast tonight. I am in Myrtle Beach where we've been told to not be surprised to see Hanna become a hurricane just as it arrives late tonight.

A lesson from the recent past should tell us not to take Tropical Storm Hanna lightly. If predictions are correct and it upgrades to a Cat 1 hurricane before landfall, don't make the mistake of calling it a "minimal" hurricane.

The last time I was reporting live from a Cat 1 Hurricane I was knocked off the air by torrential rains. I remarked later (after we re-established a signal) that it was pouring so hard I would choke on the blowing rain as I tried to breathe.

That happened three years ago in Hollywood, Florida and the storm was called "Katrina". That "minimal" Cat 1 left behind widespread flooding in Florida before moving on to terrorize the Gulf Coast.

Hanna is expected to go north and diminish as it goes up the eastern seaboard. But all hurricanes deserve respect. Here's hoping Hanna remains "just" a tropical storm.