Networks move to Wilmington for Hurricane Florence coverage
All three network newscasts moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, after reporting from Wrightsville Beach, the night before as Hurricane Florence moves closer to shore.
All three networks moved inland — by about six miles — for Thursday’s broadcasts.
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt anchored the entire newscast from a metal ramp extended into the water, which bobbed and swayed as he stood on it, holding a handheld microphone partially wrapped in plastic and gripping his soaked script sheets.
Nothing can ever beat the time he anchored the entire newscast from a helicopter.
— Ricky ''Reports'' Sayer (@RickyReports) September 14, 2018
In addition, “Nightly” also switched its blue lower thirds to red — similar to the network’s breaking news look — for stories related to Hurricane Florence.
Al Roker joined the broadcast again from New York City’s “Today” studio’s 40-foot video wall.
In addition, as is common with storm coverage, all three networks had correspondents spread out across the path of the hurricane. NBC showed them on a blue and red map.
Before each report, the network also used a hurricane themed wipe and locator map stinger.