Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM DC is implementing their 24-hour storm desk and gearing-up for whatever Hurricane Sandy may bring to the Washington area. The station is also mobilizing a team of veteran reporters throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to help prepare residents and report the most up-to-date info. As Washington’s breaking news, traffic, and weather station for more than 40 years, WTOP has been a lifeline for area residents through the most memorable storms from “Snowmageddon” to “Derecho”, and this storm will be no exception.
“It’s all hands on deck at WTOP,” says WTOP PD Laurie Cantillo. “We’ll be engaging our listeners on-air, online and through social media. We found that during the summer derecho, our Twitter feed turned into a wire service of sorts, with a constant stream of information on outages, storm damage, closures, and how listeners were coping with the storm. WTOP has been and continues to be THE GO-TO source in the region for severe weather.”