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What to expect on TV as Earl churns up the Atlantic Coast and wheels toward us with its monstrous feeder bands

Hurricane Correspondent Handbook:

The days before a hurricane are the most challenging for roving correspondents, because not much is happening. Needless to say, if you've got a choice between hanging out at the local Home Depot or cruising the beach, head immediately for the surf.

When the storm finally comes ashore, always stand dangerously near the rough water and position yourself so that the spray hits you directly in the face. If it's not raining yet, take off your hood and let the wind mess up your hair. Remember: A wet, tired and weather-beaten appearance is crucial to your credibility as a hurricane journalist.

Photos of hurricane correspondents in their natural element on the Cape, including, of course, the Weather Channel reporter's party tent.

A tip of the reporter's wind-swept hood to Meg for the link.


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What's wrong, suckas? Budget not big enough to get you to Nantucket where the real (if any) action will be? Get some stones and get out to Great Point Light.

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Around Boston, I expect nonstop, hype-filled TV coverage that will drive many people into a frenzy of unnecessary milk and masking tape purchases.

Get Ready for Freddy, etc. ...

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