NEW YORK (AP) — The urgency of hurricane coverage with its colorful satellite maps and reporters standing in the wind is a television staple. But devastation in Hurricane Michael’s wake was so severe that it made images of some of the hardest-hit areas in Florida trickle out as slowly as if from a distant, third-world nation.
For news organizations, Thursday was a race to get to Mexico Beach, considered the hardest-hit community by the strikingly potent storm.
Reporters had to make their way through roads clogged by downed trees and power lines. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin made it by helicopter and delivered heartbreaking images before many of her rivals made it. News organizations also made use of drones for striking aerial footage of storm damage.