If there’s one thing a meteorologist knows when making a forecast, it’s that no one is immune from the elements. Nowhere is that truer than with a hurricane.
Dothan was one of the dozens of communities impacted by Hurricane Michael last year, and Storm Team Meteorologist Griffin Hardy was in Dothan at the time, helping our local sister station WDHN cover the storm. Last week, Griffin made the trip back to Dothan to recall what it was like to ride out a true Category 5 storm.
“We were on back-to-back coverage for about eleven to twelve hours,” WDHN anchor Tonya Pruitt says. “…and then the power went out, and then we had to relocate to the civic center.”
“I had been in charge of our news operation since April. And in October we’re facing [the] storm of the century.”
Ben Stanfield is the news director and evening anchor at WDHN in Dothan and talked to CBS 42 about how he felt knowing that Dothan was in the path of the most powerful hurricane of 2018.
“Needless to say, I was terrified. I won’t say it in front of a lot of folks, but I was pretty petrified.”
Storm Team Meteorologist Griffin Hardy and his colleagues at WDHN had to evacuate the station during their continuous coverage, because of concerns that the winds would be strong enough to knock down the transmission tower located above the station. The tower itself moved about six inches, according to WDHN anchor Ben Stanfield.
The people of Dothan are still dealing with the fallout from Hurricane Michael. Local Dothan resident Lane Miller talked to us about his story from riding out the storm in his house.
“A large oak tree in our front yard came through the house in the middle close to where we were in the kitchen area,” Miller told CBS 42. “Luckily, everybody was safe and nobody was injured, but just did some extensive damage to our house.”