South Florida Hurricane Coverage Panic Ratings
5. WTVJ 6 (Miami)
The WTVJ weather team is led by veteran meteorologist John Morales. It also has state-of-the art 3-D simulators to show you exactly what's going on deep within a hurricane, because apparently, that's superimportant to you. They're pros and thorough with their reporting, which means their delivery can be a tad intense, even though they don't mean to sound like alarmists. WTVJ is the weather station your noncrazy aunt watches. Just enough information to be too much information, but not enough to scare the bejesus out of you.
Hurricane Panic Rating: MY VOICE IS REALLY INTENSE, BUT I DO NOT MEAN TO ALARM YOU. THIS IS MY REPORTER VOICE, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOWER THE VOLUME.
4. WPBF 24 (West Palm Beach)
Mike Lyons is WPBF's severe weather expert (official title!), and he takes his job damned seriously. Like a skinny Wilford Brimley without the mustache (and he probably doesn't pronounce diabetes "diabeetuss"), Lyons can be a little hyperbolic, but that's only because you need to put down the damned texting machine and pay attention.
Hurricane Panic Rating: MY VOICE IS REALLY INTENSE, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T LISTEN YOU'RE GONNA STEP INTO A PUDDLE WITH A DOWNED WIRE LIKE THE IDIOT THAT YOU ARE.
3. WPLG 10 (Miami)
WPLG is a mixed bag of alarm and calm. The folks at WPLG have Max Mayfield, which automatically means they're gonna be cool with their reporting. But still, they manage to keep it a little intense while trying not to scare you but doing so anyway. At least they have Betty Davis who can pretty much tell us about the weather any time at all. ;)
Hurricane Panic Rating: I don't mean to alarm you but... If I were you, I'd be shitting my pants.strong>