Hurricane Katrina

Coast people the ‘nicest I’ve met covering a storm,’ Fox News reporter remembers

Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan reports live from Texas during Hurricane Harvey.
Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan reports live from Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Courtesy Fox News

For a journalist, there’s no joy in covering a natural or national disaster. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be compassionate and meet people who make an impact on your life.

Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan has been on the ground in Texas since then-Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25. Harrigan was in the coastal town of Corpus Christi when the storm hit. On Wednesday, he said he was heading to Beaumont to survey the situation there.

“We also went to Rockport to see the damage there,” Harrigan told the Sun Herald. “A lot of buildings in Rockport are down — as people (on the Coast) know, it’s just sticks and furniture and clothing everywhere, it’s complete devastation.”

Harrigan knows how destructive a hurricane can be as he was also embedded in Gulfport on Aug. 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast.

“We were in Gulfport when it hit, and it was winds of like 110 miles per hour, it was a feeling I’d never felt because you could lean forward and the wind would keep you up,” he said. “It was so powerful you couldn’t fall down.”

Harrigan said he was in South Mississippi for a few days after the storm. Although his stay was brief, he said the experience was memorable.

“The people around Gulfport were the nicest people I’ve ever experienced in any story anywhere — the people were bringing us food and taking us into their houses just as if everything was fine, the hospitality was great,” he said. “I’m sorry I only go to Mississippi when bad things happen because I really love to go there.”

If you would like to hear more of Harrigan’s interview with the Sun Herald about the the storms, you can listen to it on the #ClarkCast Podcast by clicking here or by clicking “play” on the embedded player below.