Many of you in the Northeast have never covered a hurricane, so time for the semi-annual warning not to get killed covering the storm.
Don't underestimate Mother Nature. Case in point: while I was covering Hurricane Isaac in August, at one point I actually had to get down on all fours to cross the street because I was being blown off my feet. And this was only a category one hurricane.
Getting too close to the water is another big risk. Water can trump anything: brick, steel, and easily the human body.
Flying debris is another danger: 75 mile per hour winds can send wood and metal flying at you like a rocket.
So don't be stupid. You may think doing a live shot on the water's edge is more dramatic, but it's just dumb. And you may think that kind of shot on your resume tape will get you a job, but News Directors have seen hundreds of those.
Safety first. No story is worth dying for.