As Brian Lehrer hosted WNYC
's coverage of Hurricane Sandy Monday night in New York City, what stood out, he says by phone, were "the eye-popping, outsized numbers that were coming in that I could hardly believe and had to do a double take before putting them on the air." Such as the 100 mile-per-hour gusts closing the Triborough Bridge -- "that’s not a figure you hear with respect to wind in New York City," Lehrer says.
Lehrer, 60, has hosted a show on WNYC since 1989. Since Sunday he's been camping out in Lower Manhattan near the station's studio. His usual two-hour morning show was extended to three hours Monday, and he co-anchored the station's special coverage during the storm Monday night. Tuesday morning he was back on for three hours; he's looking forward to getting back to his house at Manhattan's northern tip this afternoon. WNYC's offices -- which also house classical station WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio -- are operating on generator power now.