September 12th, 2008
09:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Bracing for Ike, too late to leave

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Cate Vojdik
AC360 Writer

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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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. C Carlile

    Need to send your LaPorte reporter down to the Sylvan Beach Pavilion, which has been flooded by each storm through the years. That route also has bay front homes and piers...

    A final note...Having reporters doing dumb things ~out in the rain without gear or standing in an area of flying objects...etc. during a storm certainly does not set a responsible example for viewers....thus, many who find themselves in harms way do not evaculate thinking how "exciting" and fun it will be to stay ~instead of moving to safety.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  2. Don, WA

    "Too late to leave" – don't yuh hate it when that happens.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Deone Henrickson

    Hey Anderson you stay safe and dry. No matter what story you cover it's always amazing,you take such risks! It must drive your mother nuts! I know right now everything is the weather and politics. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the little child missing in Florida-Caylee Anthony. I will never understand how any parent could hurt their child,especially a mom. Now back to politics,today it's being reported that's Sarah Palin is trying to block the subpenas(however you spell that) invesitgating her-what's the story on that? If she has nothing to hide why block them? She's a bit scary-she's against everything and doesn't really seem to know that much-I think she's being used as a token. John McCain is so old and out of it-she's the token female and younger-she doesn't have to know anything just sound and look good-which of us women hasn't had that said to us-that are over 50 anyway. I just hope that politics get back to the issues. I hope the media will stop feeding the stupidity about who said what and ask the hard questions on the issues. You have always continued to do that,it's time all do. I don't really care what animal someone puts lipstick on-I want to know what their plans are about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,loss of jobs in our country,gas prices,forclosures,education of our children,environment-on and on. We need to change to path our country is on for our children!! Lets talk to the candidates about that-not lipstick or how many homes they own.

    September 12, 2008 at 9:56 pm |