The Damage Done

Aug. 26, 2005 11:11 a.m.
Dade County, FL

Sitting in a Ford Expedition in an overflowed lake with Pontius. The first day of a hurricane you look for the worst wind. The second day you look for the worst damage. The water here is up to the bumper. There are three abandoned cars in front of us, and a downed tree to the left. Cars come up, some turn around, some get stuck, some make it through. Pontius can usually guess by the type of car and the driver's strategy whether they will make it or not.

We will do a few hits on the videophone. It is a better shot close to the abandoned cars, so I will roll up my pants and get in. I'd like to move from the cars to the tree, but the picture on the videophone breaks up some when you move around too much.

I got some goggles as a present a few years ago, which I never thought I'd wear, but I will bring them for the next beach hurricane. It feels like sand now when I close my eyes.

E-mail Harrigan

We watch you all the time-Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico and getting drenched and blown around in Florida. Keep up the good work-and be safe!!!

John & Shirley

Steve, come on up this way and stay at our house. We are a skip to the beach and 4,000 sq ft of house. Only condition is you have to feed our cats if we evacuate. If we don't, this would be an interesting and first ever "day in the life of" a family during a hurricane.

David & Tania


I absolutely love your story telling!!

Towson, MD


Stay dry over there. Hurricane Charley kicked my butt last year. My business in Port Charlotte was closed for five and a half months. I'll have some beers and watch you on TV this weekend.



Couldn't get more live than crouched in Afghanistan with bombs dropping...Those were the good old days when I thought you were short.

Donna in Kansas

Thanks much for your reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico City. It's about time this story has reached Middle America. 43 Americans kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo??? Why isn't that the Biggest News Ever??

My husband and I have discussed many times about the risk all of you take to give the news to us - the good, the bad, and the ugly. You sacrifice much time that could be spent with your family and friends. But, somehow, I believe you thrive on getting to the heart of the matter for yourself. We trust you, Steve, and just want to say thanks to you, your family, and FOX News. Job well done!

Leon & Sarah
Jackson, Louisiana

Wow...your ability to "joke" with people is off the charts! I imagine a situation like that doesn't present itself very often.

Woodlands, TX

Steve: I have always liked your way of reporting, for you tell it like it is. I would like to see you hold an interview with Vicente Fox.