Forget FEMA and television newscasters. How’d the web do for live coverage of Irene? Surely I’m not the only guy bored by our local coverage, as Yahoo Buzz puts “Hurricane Irene” as the third-most searched term on Yahoo (after the words Facebook and YouTube).
So how are we doing? Well the online-video coverage is varying about as much as the weather in the U.S. right now… from amateur (consumer generated) weather footage and news reports to the coverage of the Puerto Rico street shark, let’s have a look…
- MdWeather.com has a live U-Stream report that’s already fetched 20K viewers, and ranked high on a Google search.
- YouTube shows the latest amateur footage of the hurricane: click here to search the most-recent videos tagged “Hurricane Irene.” For example, here’s “CalebInPublic” showing the tree that landed on his roof.
- NBC coverage was disappointing with mandatory Quicktime that wouldn’t play on my Mac.
- Weather.com’s Hurricane Irene coverage on its website it a bit more organized, and easy to navigate.
- Here’s another YouTube search that shows more of the professional coverage on YouTube (searched “hurricane irene” on YouTube videos uploaded today.
- This Bahamas video seems to be on of the most popular consumer-generated coverage so far.
- Then there’s the Hurricane Irene Puerto Rico street shark photo. Real? Of course not, but how cool? Naturally, while the Sharks may be in Puerto Rico, the Jets still rule NYC.