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Brand new personality Chris Cuomo certainly picked a dramatic night on which to make his CNN debut.
Stationed outside of the network's New York bureau, the now former ABC News correspondent and co-anchor battled gusting winds, and steady snowfall, as he filled in for Piers Morgan in his very first assignment since joining his new network:
"Alright, our thanks to everybody here, it's truly an honor to join the CNN team. Thank you for the coat, there's a hat somewhere as well," said Cuomo, referencing his recently received, logo emblazoned winter outerwear.
Then, the 42-year-old revealed a bit of his personality:
"I've got my first big exclusive for you: Piers Morgan? He's okay. He's landed, in London, safely," said Cuomo with a smile.
Switching to a story he described as being "literally all around us," the guest host began reporting on the potentially "record-setting blizzard" that's presently pounding the Northeast, calling predictions "terrible" with as much as 36 inches of snow listed as a realistic possibility.
On his first evening on the air, CNN certainly handed Cuomo a qualified stable of reporters, beginning with Ali Velshi who found himself positioned on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Admirably managing to keep his balance, with whipping winds battering him, Velshi stood on the shores of the beach, as water rushed in, and explained the situation:
"Something has happened in the last five minutes that has become substantially stronger, and I don't know whether it's affecting our signal to you," said Velshi, providing a bit of inadvertent foreshadowing.
Answering critical tweeters – based in the Midwest and Canada – who noted that those areas often get more snow than this blizzard is currently bringing, Velshi had a response ready:
"You don't get it with this speed, they don't get it with this velocity, so we've got that going on," he said. "Here on Cape Cod, as you know Chris, probably about a quarter million people residing here, in the winter. Some of them may have left..."
And with that, as Velshi had suggested, his signal disappeared, leaving Cuomo to fill in the blanks:
"Ali was right, they did have trouble with their signal. You see there, the wind whipping around, driving the tide toward him. Another problem, with these two fronts that are converging, to make this massive blizzard, is that you're going to have super-sized snow. It accumulates quickly, it can really damage quickly, as well."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Chris Cuomo weathered the storm – and perhaps some first night jitters – filling in for the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.
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