As a devastating storm nears landfall in the Northeastern US, Breaking News has staffed up to provide expanded real-time coverage, 24 hours a day. A storm of this magnitude – stretching across several states and hundreds of local media companies and government agencies – will produce an avalanche of information. Our editors are monitoring these sources in real time, and we’re filtering and publishing the most important reports as they’re made available. We’re also sharing the most impactful eyewitness photos and videos we discover and verify via social media.
On Friday, we created @BreakingIrene to give you a concentrated feed of real-time Hurricane Irene updates, alerts and eyewitness media curated by our editors. It was very much an experiment for us. We were already covering the story on BreakingNews.com, @BreakingNews and our other social media channels, but we suspected many users would want to consume and share information about the hurricane on Twitter.
That seems to be the case. By mid-day Sunday, @BreakingIrene had more than 12,500 followers. We’ve sent more than 500 tweets - and we’re not done yet.
We’re converting @BreakingIrene to @BreakingStorm, effective immediately.
@BreakingStorm will be an ongoing real-time resource throughout the hurricane season. You can expect similar tweets to our Irene coverage, though we expect the volume to ebb and flow depending on the news.
Incredible tornado videos and photos from Joplin: The first mention of Joplin, Missouri on BreakingNews.com yesterday came from a frantically-worded tweet by @stormchaser4850: “**MULTIPLE VORTEX TORNADO REPORTED NEAR JOPLIN, MISSOURI** TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY!!” Minutes later, we followed up with the ominous post, “Tornado has struck Joplin, MO.; local hospital reportedly on fire.”
Since that moment, we’ve been scouring social media for the latest photos and videos from the tornado-ravaged town. What stands out the most, however, is a dark video clip (above) with the horrific sounds of the tornado — the breaking windows, the howling winds and the terrifying screams and prayers from a group of Joplin residents who took shelter in the cooler in the back of a store.
Fortunately, everyone in that cooler escaped with their lives — over 100 others were not so fortunate. Video from two separate storm chasers (here and here) illustrate the ferocity of the tornado, which tore a deep channel of destruction through the city. Flickr photographer Cloven Leaf captured the devastation in a serious of stunning photos, and Thomas Stout was one of the first to post a video of the aftermath. Chris Reilly shot this amazing photo of a car literally wrapped around a pole. And there are many more.
Our favorite tweet of the story comes from the newspaper in Tuscaloosa, which just endured its own tornado tragedy: “To our friends in Joplin, MO: the thoughts and prayers of Tuscaloosa are with you. May the world support you as it has supported us.”
Amazing photos from Newfoundland:Hurricane Igor tore into Newfoundland, Canada, flooding neighborhoods and toppling trees and poles. It didn’t take long before many residents began posting photos and video of the aftermath. “My mom’s car!” writes Candice Udle, who posted this photo on Twitter. “Thank goodness everyone is OK.” We also linked a photo from @a_posteriori and a YouTube video from TopShelfRocket. Stay safe, everyone!
A storm to remember in NY: A meteorologist says it’s “practically a miracle” that only one person died when tornadoes touched down in Brooklyn and Queens on Thursday night. Hundreds of people snapped photos — we linked to pictures from @AresandEros, @Kingdom_saint and @avivatevah — but one of the most compelling scenes is this YouTube video clip from luomanyc that shows the storm steaming into Brooklyn.
We linked the clip moments after it was posted, and it didn’t take long for it to rack up over 100,000 views and counting. A storm that New York will remember.