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The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore on how social affected Sandy coverage: ‘Nothing travels faster than the news on social media’

Surreal is the only way to describe the past 24-hours in NYC. While the city’s still in a bit of shock and hundreds of thousands in Manhattan alone are still without power, a sense of “the show must go on” is in the air. We caught up with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore in Battery Park in Manhattan to discuss social media and “one of the five costliest disasters out there,” Hurricane Sandy.

We caught up with Cantore in Battery Park, a part of Manhattan that felt Sandy the worst. He had recently come from filming a guest appearance on Letterman, which will air tonight at 11:35 Eastern on CBS (and was filmed in front of no audience). In the following video interview, Cantore told Lost Remote how important Twitter was last night when they lost power in their truck. “Nothing travels faster than the news on social media,” he explains.

“There was a point last night when we couldn’t get our signal out from the satellite truck,  so I would just go on Twitter to get my updates. The fact that I follow people who I respect and put out great tweets and pictures… I could then forward my tweets through ReTweets…Last night was a good night to do that.”

Cantore’s amazing work over the past few days is proof that both TV and social media are thriving together. Social is not replacing TV and TV is not replacing social. As Cantore’s coverage on The Weather Channel helped take people through the devastation, he made sure to check Twitter and his trusted followers to help improve his coverage.

 

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