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It’s going to be a long night in the newsroom. With Hurricane Ike - now a colossal storm, almost as big as Texas itself - bearing down on the Texas coast, we’ve got a full team of producers and reporters in the field.
Anderson is in Houston. We’ve also got reporters in Galveston, Baytown, La Porte, Clute and Beaumont.
At this hour, Ike is just shy of a Category 3 storm. It’s already flooded Galveston’s western end with the worst still to come. Despite orders to evacuate, about 40 percent of the city’s more than 50,000 residents have stayed.
Now it’s too late to leave. About an hour ago, city officials said emergency crews were no longer able to help people. The window for safe evacuations has closed.
We’re keeping a close eye on a freighter stranded off the coast with 22 people aboard. Rescue crews were unable to reach them earlier today. They’ll have to ride out the storm at sea. We’ll have more on their plight in the program.
Ike will make up most but not all of our coverage.
Gov. Sarah Palin is also in the rundown. Earlier, ABC News released more of Charlie Gibson’s interview with the Republican vice presidential candidate. Our political panel will weigh in on what she said - and what she didn’t say.
Sorry for short post tonight. Lots to do before now and air time.
We’ll see you at 10 eastern.
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