Lester Holt

Weather Channel, news networks, go all in on Harvey coverage

The Weather Channel plans to tally at least 188 consecutive live hours on Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath into this weekend — and the network's coverage is not just for people fascinated by eye walls and occluded fronts.

TWC has distinguished itself with its coverage of the unfolding humanitarian disaster, with its meteorologists appearing in hip-deep in flood waters like reporters at the general news networks. The network has aired rescues and alerted viewers to the worst of the flooding from the record-shattering tropical system.

Traditional news outlets have relied on water-logged correspondents to tell the story of Harvey and its aftermath. Network star power has been...