To the WITN station, weather plays an important part and WITN has the only truly live Doppler radar in Eastern Carolina providing critical extra minutes of warning about bad weather approaching. Two weeks before WITN's station signed on the air in 1955, three hurricanes hit Eastern Carolina and the new station's studios were so badly flooded, they had to broadcast from the tower site in Grifton. These early experiences have led to the development of quicker warning methods about severe weather conditions and WITN can now alert you right on your desktop if you download their Storm Team 12 First Alert 2.0 Desktop Weather program. This desktop weather alert has a neat, tidy interface that, when minimized, sits quietly in your taskbar displaying the current temperature of your location. If WITN sends you an alert, you will hear an audible sound from your computer, after which a text crawl, just like a newsreel crawl, will display your weather warning across your computer. The program features Country specific weather, watches, and advice, and zoomable maps. It includes an RSS Reader with WITN News feeds. All you need is an Internet connection to download WITN's First Alert desktop weather application and it is delivered to your desktop within minutes of your signing up, free of charge.