Throwing Away the Script and Winging It

How 'bout that Hurricane Dennis (search)?

Maybe it was divine providence, but the storm seemed to diminish a bit just before landfall. It went from 145 mph when I began my “Weekend Live” shift at noon EDT — down to around 120 mph when it hit landfall. Because it was so "tightly packed" the worst damage was in a fairly small zone. Anchoring a show during an unpredictable story like this is challenging. You mostly throw away the script and wing it. I have great appreciation for our reporters who are out there enduring the storm in an effort to bring pictures and information. You have no idea how difficult this work can be.

I spent some time in Mobile, Alabama as a young(er) reporter and often vacation in the area — so the story was personal to me to some degree. Everything you hear from the hurricane experts is that this is probably a precursor to a very rough storm season.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the city is again focused on possible Supreme Court (search) retirements. As one source told me, "there's a lot of buzz, but no bees." Most of the "buzz" centers on Chief Justice William Rehnquist (search), but you also hear occasional rumors about Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. Usually, when there is this much smoke — you eventually find fire. However, I have been working the phones for days now and no one really seems to know anything solid. If it's anything like Sandra Day O'Connor's (search) recent retirement, we won't get much warning.

I know it’s early, but we have a bit of a surprise scheduled for next Sunday's edition of “Weekend Live.” It'll be at near the end of the show. More to come in my next blog…


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Brian Wilson is a congressional correspondent for FOX News and anchor of the Sunday edition of "Weekend Live."