Meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel was reporting on Hurricane Irene from New York City when he learned of severe flooding in his hometown in Vermont via Twitter. Cantore was devastated and heartbroken to discover the news and see the pictures on social media sites. He was stationed in Battery Park in New York City to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene when the upsetting news hit home.
Jim Cantore was raised in White River Junction and graduated from Lyndon State College in Vermont, which postponed the start of classes three days due to severe flooding from Hurricane Irene. Cantore usually reports on weather events, but yesterday he was part of them when he learned about the flooding in Vermont. Cantore talked about it yesterday on The Weather Channel…
This is definitely tough on my heart. Vermont is dealing with a catastrophe. I’m taking this personally because I grew up in Vermont. The full scope of Irene has really been realized.
Cantore was anxious to learn all the details of the flooding in Vermont and interviewed the governor on the phone, while sill stationed in New York City. Here’s what Governor Shumlin told Jim Cantore yesterday on The Weather Channel…
We’re seeing unprecedented rain and Irene shocked us. We’ve been hit from north to south. One hundred roads and bridges have been washed out. We have one missing person who was swept away. We’re trying to get emergency personnel into places that need it. We have our hands full here in Vermont.
With most rivers in Vermont expected to crest today, so Governor Shumlin urged people to stay put.
We can replace buildings and roads, but we can’t replace human life.
Jim Cantore plans on leaving New York City today to travel to Vermont. He wants to work with Governor Shumlin and the people of Vermont to shed light on the seriousness of the situation. Cantore posted the following message on Twitter last night…
Hang in there. We will tell your story. Lots of coverage on TWC.
In the meantime, Governor Shumlin will tour the state of Vermont today in a National Guard helicopter to assess the statewide damage. The rain may be over, but Vermont has months, if not years, of cleanup to recover from Irene. Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel plans on helping his home state as much as he can.
To view more videos about the flooding in Vermont, check out this VTDigger link.
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