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August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey by the Numbers

ONSITE LIVE COVERAGE + PROGRAMMING
  • As the first network to service around-the-clock field coverage, The Weather Channel began live reporting on Friday (8/25) at 5 a.m, with Meteorologist Paul Goodloe, and will continue through Saturday (9/2) at 1 a.m.
  • By that time, the network will have delivered 188 hours of continuous live coverage.
  • The Weather Channel has 13 teams working around the clock from 9 locations, including Corpus Christi, Victoria, Houston, Port Lavaca, San Antonio, Galveston, New Orleans, Baytown and Austin.
  • The network is currently producing Harvey: The Unimaginable, a one-hour special hosted by Jim Cantore.
 
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
  • From August 25 through August 27, The Weather Channel has seen a total of 23,427,468 impressions and 666,386 engagements on Twitter, with an additional 8,377,050 engagements on Facebook.  
NETWORK RATINGS
  • The Weather Channel was the top-viewed cable network on August 25 and August 26.
  • Over 37 million viewers, and 1 in 5 households tuned-in to the network over the weekend of August 25.
  • The Weather Channel’s viewer engagement surpassed CNN, FOX News and MSNBC.
 
ADDITIONAL RECORD-BREAKING STATISTICS
Wind + Landfall   
  • Harvey's landfall pressure of 938 mb is the lowest for a U.S. landfalling hurricane since Rita (2005).
  • The landfall pressure of Harvey of 938 mb is sixth lowest on record (since 1851) for a hurricane making landfall in Texas.
  • Harvey is the seventh Category 4 hurricane on record (since 1851) to make landfall in Texas.
  • Hurricane Harvey is the first Category 4 to make landfall in Texas since Carla (1961).
  • First Category 4 to make landfall in US since Charley (2004).
  • First Category 3+ to make landfall in US since Wilma (2005).
  • Harvey still a named storm 59 hours after landfall - the longest a Texas landfalling hurricane remained a NS after landfall on record.
Flooding
  • Largest flood in Houston-Galveston history
  • Likely be the largest economic US natural disaster, according to the National Weather Service