September 12th, 2008
09:51 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/12/08

Hurricane Ike hitting Texas hard right now. Anderson is in Houston. We are live for two hours.

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at midnight ET.

Filed under: The Buzz
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Diane

    Dan Rather hopes the government reacts faster than they di for Katrina....DUH!!!! Is there any question about that?? Who lives in Texas???

    September 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  2. Robert in Greensboro

    We're feeling the effects of Ike in North Carolina. I went out earlier to top off the gas tank in my Honda. Gas prices are up from 3.60 yesterday to as much as 4.60 tonight. Several stations are completely out of gas. Should be an interesting couple of weeks.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  3. Tracy

    People are walking their little pooches on the beach?!?! What is wrong with them? That poor thing almost got sucked out into the deep blue!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you too bloggers,
    That is so scary for freighters stay there!!!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I wish Anderson would say something about how they are protecting the zoo animals and others in animal sanctuaries. Those poor creatures must be scared to death; they are a lot more sensitive to weather conditions than humans are.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  6. Erica - California

    I am praying for all those suffering because of hurricane Ike. I hope that the response post Ike will be more swift and more efficient than in New Orleans.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  7. Renee, nc

    Praying for the guys on the freighter! Can you imagine what a terrifying experience that would be. Their families must be scared to death.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  8. Claire

    Tracy-If you've seen the aftermath of these kinds of storm upclose and also seen the history of what hurricans have done in the past then I believe they can reasonable say that. Galvaston is an island at sea level and if they get a storm surge of 20 feet that will cover most houses.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  9. Josette... Denver,Co

    Anderson & crew please stay safe!!!!! Gas is $5 in Denver and $6 in the Vail as of 5 pm today. Thank you for the great coverage. All are in my prayers tonight as well as the victims of the train crash. Get back to NY safely!!!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  10. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Being on that freighter is probably like being on a plastic boat in a bathtub.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Nicole (Canada)

    I'm happy to see that they have moved Gary and Rob inside. What's with the people out on the beach right by the water?

    I live on the coast, and I know when a storm comes, you don't go near the shore, it is so easy for a rogue wave to take someone out to sea, as someone unfourtunately found out tonight.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Patty

    The freighter stuck in the storm off Texas is horrifying.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Heather

    Its just terrible.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  14. lynn

    Those people on the freighter must be petrified. i can't even imagine it!!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Tracy

    Aw, Dan Rather just passed the torch to Anderson!

    Oh, and thanks Casey. I guess I missed that bit of knowledge.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Heather

    Oh I hope the people on that freighter are ok.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Julie-Maine

    Stay safe CNN team and my prayers are with the people of the Lone Star State.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Emma

    I think it's better to be overly cautious rather than underestimate the strength of the hurricane. Better safe than sorry.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  19. MaryBeth

    The hurricane hunter plane guy did say they were making a couple more trips into the hurricane...they would probably be out until 2-3am...

    September 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Don, WA

    About the Dan Rather clip: Don't yuh just love the sound (dis)quality of old news clips – it's just more news like and less magazine like. Can you ask Dan if the reporters stood in the storm in those days?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Tracy

    How can any meteorologist tell people that they will face "certain death" if they stay? How can they determine that?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Matt - Conroe, TX

    Hannah, don't worry. Ike will probably smack those people behind Anderson.
    They aren't taking it seriously. I guess we know what was included in their "hurricane emergency kits". Ummm, Cheers?!

    Stay safe Anderson – you are an inspiration to everyone! You have extreme integrity and we all owe you a....HUGE THANK YOU!!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  23. MaryBeth

    Tracy: the hotel that Gary is at is built to withstand hurricane winds...I think he reported earlier that the police have made it their base.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Heather

    What an honor to have Dan Rather on the program tonight.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Tracy, the hotel Gary Tuchman is referring to is built to withstand hurricanes.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Donna Dickerson

    Do the hurricaine hunter planes fly during the night? May sound like a dumb ?? but I can't imagine being in that type storm in the daytime!! God Bless and may you all stay safe!!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Heather

    I live in Cal and we have any evacuation plan that includes any out of state contact to call or email in case of emergency.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  28. amina in TN

    i just tuned in, and wanted to say stay safe to anderson and gary.
    and to all others out there

    September 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Donata from Amarillo, TX

    Yeah, but you got to love the chicken guy. Maybe he could show up on other remotes. It was funny. And yet, Anderson, remains the professional.
    Quick note possible gas shortage. Here in Amarillo everyone is filling up and worrying that we may run out. So, this is an insane storm. Great coverage CNN and AC 360.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I don't get why law enforcement allows media into storm zones? It doesn't make any sense. It's just more people to get in the way when/if something goes wrong.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar

    I think that all animals zoo in Houston are safe and Moody Gardens Aquarium already evacuated to other places right now......

    September 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Tracy

    Can a hotel withstand a surge? Even if you could get to a high floor, what about the winds? Are hotels built to withstand that kind of abuse?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Joseph A. Abrams

    I appreciated your comment tonight in your introduction of Dan Rather which said "before I was born there was Dan Rather doing a report on a situation in Texas, or something to that effect. as a former news reporter I am well aware of the fact that we all make mistakes, but
    Dan Rahter was a giant in this industry and I still respect his contribution to news reporting.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Jen

    Anderson, can a hurricane strengthen as it makes landfall. I thought it slowed down as it approached land?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Justin, La Porte, TX

    It's a bit surreal to see CNN correspondents in my coastal town. It's a relief to see that the storm surges felt elsewhere have not yet arrived in our town, though that is no measure of what is yet to come.

    For Gary, Rob, and Anderson, your dedication for our sense of relief and for the sake of information is deeply appreciated.

    I have to wonder what the tops of the business district of Houston are doing. I work there, too, and can't imagine those windows will hold up once Ike moves further in.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Take care you,down in Houston.You and the CNN Crew are in ma pray

    September 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  37. jenn

    You guys are really brave.Please stay safe.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  38. MaryBeth

    Milka: I work at a hotel and it is a 24/7/365 operation. Ppl are probably there for shelter...ppl who couldn't or wouldn't leave...high ground..high floors...

    September 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Tracy

    So, have any correspondents in Galveston outlined their personal plan for escape, yet? I'm worried that it might be too late.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I'm glad Gary Tuchman moved to a safer place. We didn't need to see him being knocked to the ground to know they are in a huge storm.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I see Anderson is preparing himself by putting on the famous CNN red jacket. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be doing Gary and Rob any good, but at least they are easier to see.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Emma

    Wow, Anderson, Gary, Rob, and the CNN crew, please be careful and stay safe.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  43. kim-chicago

    I agree...I feel like a mother hen blogger...
    This is not a joke...take cover...being hit by a large pane of glass is a little different than a piece of cardboard.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  44. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX ..."Yee~Haw we’re gonna ride it out!"

    Betty, exactly where are you (in relation to Houston)?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  45. Tracy

    Wow, what were those two boys thinking? They could've been swept away...

    September 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  46. lynn

    David Gergen was exactly right about Palin...she doesn't have a clue about the economy and now she has changed her mind that global warming is man made.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Anne, Canada

    Ike is certainly proving to be quite a menace, I hope everyone keeps safe – very scary stuff – Anderson looks bored – he is definitely an action man – Be safe all! Great job as usual CNN – you are truly the best.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Hannah Storm

    ok I want to smack those people behind Anderson.......this is serious, it is not a joke

    September 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Milka

    Anderson where on earth do you journalists stay during the storms? Abandoned hotels(because what business would stay open)?
    To all CNN reporters... stay safe!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Pat

    Pat here blogging from San Antonio Tx. The hotel that Gary is reporting from is such a beautiful place and I'm sure he will be safe.
    Stayed there many times. I hope all the people of Galveston know we are all praying for them. Anderson stay safe in Houston you have all those Big high building. My prayers are with all of you reporting and your crew. God Bliss.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
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