I just came from the morning news meeting here bearing Executive Editor Bill Hawkin's formal all-clear order to shut down Storm Watch's Ernesto coverage (For the record: we went off the 24-hour news cycle last night at 6:44).
Our Ernesto coverage began around 1 p.m. on Tuesday and included 137 posts and two photo galleries, all of which will remain available and searchable. According to Statcounter, these reports have generated more than 16,500 hits, and we're still getting residual traffic this morning, much of it from other parts of the country. Even without a storm, Storm Watch remains our most popular blog at this hour.
We'll hold a lessons-learned meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the staff's performance during Ernesto, and we've collected multiple comments, suggestions and ideas to discuss at there. Much of what we've learned from the public reflects a desire for up-to-the-minute information, but a loathing of hype. That's good to know. If you've got feedback for us, please leave it in comments to this post.
Storm Watch will "go live" again the next time a major tropical system threatens the Lowcountry. Until then: Roger, out.