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WRAL Airs Hurricane Floyd Doc

On the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Floyd, WRAL Raleigh will air a documentary on what it calls “the worst natural disaster in North Carolina’s modern history.” Called Floyd, the doc runs at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.

According to the Capitol-owned station, Floyd “provides a retrospective of the state’s worst storm and the devastating flood that followed, revisiting affected communities and ongoing recovery efforts. The documentary also examines the storm’s lasting impact, advances in flood mapping, emergency response and other measures that have been taken to help the state better prepare for future floods.”

Floyd hit North Carolina Sept. 16, 1999, ten days after Tropical Storm Dennis dumped a foot of rain on the region. Floyd claimed the lives of 52 North Carolinans. Viewer interest in Floyd was such that its coverage gave Weather Channel some of its highest ratings in network history.

WRAL’s news documentary producer, Clay Johnson, spearheaded the project.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.