National Geographic Channel To Air In-Depth Documentary On Wrath and
Destruction of Hurricane Sandy in Superstorm New York: What Really Happened
Premieres on Sunday, 25 November 2012 at 11.00pm on
National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553)
National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553) announced today the premiere of an in-depth documentary detailing Hurricane Sandy and its mammoth and merciless wake, which caused more than 110 fatalities in the U.S., and paralysed life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states.
Superstorm New York: What Really Happened, a one-hour special, premieres Sunday, 25 November 2012 at 11.00pm, and will air globally this month in 171 countries.
Go inside the eye of the storm to understand how 145 kilometres per hour winds extended from its centre and driving rains and fatal storm surges left thousands displaced and millions without power — with the hardest hit in New Jersey and New York communities, who are still reeling in its aftermath. And for the first time, find out in depth how this storm — dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by some media — developed and grew, taking almost 200 lives from the Caribbean to the East Coast, and dig further into the unpredictability of nature’s fury in the 21st century
Superstorm New York: What Really Happened also weaves together user-generated stories from those who rode out the catastrophic storm, first responders, weather experts and storm chasers. For example, we will see home video of an explosion at the ConEd power plant in New York. “Looked like something out of a sci-fi movie, and everyone was screaming,” John Mattiuzzie, a documentary film maker and resident of Brooklyn, explains.
And hear from one family who captured on their phone camera three trees falling outside their house. “I’ve never felt something like that before,” said John Mateer, “home is the safest place you know and to feel threatened, it feels extremely frightening…. like I was in a horror movie.”
Also, hear in detail for the first time from New York Fire Department Social Media Manager Emily Rahimi, who chronicles how she answered Twitter messages because people could not get through to 911. “This storm was definitely a 21st century storm. This was the first one, I think, to use social media for help,” she recalls in the documentary.
“Hurricane Sandy has proven to be a catastrophic storm of historic proportions – monstrous in scale, shocking in the extent of its devastation and capable of completely reshaping an entire urban landscape” says Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for NGCI. “This film shows the tragic events of this superstorm unfold in remarkable pictures – cars floating in the streets of Manhattan, entire neighbourhoods engulfed by surging flood waters. Superstorm New York will explain the unusual forces of nature that drove the storm across a massive land area home to millions of people, wreaking havoc.”
Jeremy Dear, SVP programming for Pioneer Productions, said, “Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey, and affected thousands of communities and millions of people across the mid-Atlantic and north-eastern United States. We’ve made countless hours of weather programming before, but the nature of this storm really does make it exceptional. This film will break down the true cause and consequences of Sandy’s devastation using CGI, news footage, compelling home video and new first-person interviews.” Pioneer Productions is the creator of NGC’s Witness: Disaster, as well as other extreme weather specials such as “Raging Planet,” “Britain’s Worst Weather” and “The Year the Earth Went Wild.”
With this recent event, National Geographic Channel will broadcast a special 2 day programming: When Disaster Strikes on Saturday, 24 November & Sunday, 25 November at 10.00pm & 11.00pm showing current disasters that have happened in Asia and all around the World to examine how these disasters happened and how we can prepare for such a catastrophe in the future.
Saturday, 24 November at 10.00pm, Witness: Disaster tells the story of what happened, as it happened, from a first-hand perspective. And at 11.00pm, Witness: Disaster In Japan reconstructs the earthquake and tsunami as they happened, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.
Sunday, 25 November at 10.00pm, Stormageddon presents the dramatic images of a catastrophic weather year and introduces you to the men who risked their lives to capture it. And at 11.00pm Super Storm New York: What Really Happened, stories behind the biggest storm to hit New York in living memory.
Superstorm New York: What Really Happened is produced by Pioneer Productions for National Geographic Channel (NGC). For Pioneer, executive producers are Stuart Carter and Bob Strange; producer is Andrew Barron. For NGCI, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content is Hamish Mykura.