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. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Let me clarify the "gay" question. Homosexuality is NOT a choice. We're born this way. Thank you Governor Palin, now go educate yourself.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  2. Tracy

    Politicians who smile throughout the entire interview are always suspicious. I agree with Gerg on this one. Even though the Palin Attraction is unreasonable, she's still got a rock-star persona that overshadows the issues.

    Ugh, leadership is not reciting a poorly written script, Buchanan. Leadership is being honest and forthright, which Palin has not been so far.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  3. Presley

    She didn't pass a test, throw her in front of the Press, unprepped, please, this was safe and cozy.
    She does not speak for me or my POV. She is nothing like me or my friends. It was horrible.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Even if that freighter gets to shallow water and drops anchor, the anchor will probably no hold in hurricane winds and seas.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar

    Tracy in NY,
    2 trains were same on the track and collided each other, I think he didn't know other train is coming this way and hit the train. maybe he didn't see that train coming.......

    September 12, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  6. Jill

    Gov. Palin said she wouldn't judge someone's opinion on whether orientation is learned or genetic (what an inane concept), but she didn't take it one step further and say she would not judge someone based on their orientation. Telling.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  7. lynn

    Palin's comments on adoption, etc and her comments on making earmarks and gov't spending transparent is exactly what the democrats and Obama have been saying along.! She is like a chamelion.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  8. Gail from NC

    Praying for all those affected by Hurricane Ike.. Keep safe

    September 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Greg: NASA did evacuate and backup teams are in Austin, TX and Huntsville, AL. Most NASA aircraft moved to El Paso, TX. Info taken from press release from NASA.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  10. David, Indiana

    I caught something about seeing the moon through the eye of the Hurricane when Gary Tuchman and Rob Marciano were talking, I don't know how I feel about that, but the storm is beautiful the waves whipped up onto land something about that. Glad they got in when they did.

    Too much news tonight. Bad train accident in CA, hope the crew on the freighter is all right

    Mayor of Galveston has her hands full and still waiting on the surge. I hope they can get the rescues needed done before the surge

    September 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Palin's stand on abortion will be a problem. You should not change laws to fit in with your own personal opinion. You need to take into account the opinions of the voters no matter how you feel.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  12. Diane McKeel

    My niece Stacey is waiting it out in Houston, we are waiting all evening from Yakima, WA praying for you all. Be careful.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  13. Tracy

    Even if you're pro-choice, you should at least be lenient enough to allow the raped to get abortions. Why traumatize them twice?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  14. Nicole (Halifax, Canada)

    After living through Hurricane Juan, which was only cat 1, I can only imagine what everyone in Texas is going through tonight.

    I remember the sound of the wind, seeing the glass in the windows bow in and out, listening to the sounds of transformers exploding, and the sounds of trees falling.

    Please get yourself and your families safe. Mother Nature is a force we must respect. Let Ike do it's damage, and try to get out of his way!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  15. Larry in Okinawa

    Looks like this storm is going to curve all the way up through Arkansas.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  16. EJ (USA)

    What did Anderson just say about a Category 4?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  17. Khyla Nashville, TN

    Hi Erica, and everyoneI

    t's amazing that people have decided to stay especially on the waterfront as they have been continually given information on how bad this storm is going to be. I hope that the correspondents and Anderson. I have familiy and friends in Houston, and prayerfully everyone is ok; haven't been able to speak with them yet.

    It seems that FEMA and the rest of the federal government are ready this time. Hopefully they are.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  18. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I find it amazing that so many people stayed and didn't evacuate. I wonder if that was because the last one two weeks ago, wasn't as severe as expected and they figured this would be the same way too.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Erica!!!
    Happy see you tonight...... yes, we are so busy breaking news of train collided in Los Angeles....... my breaking heart for 10 more died that train.....

    September 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  20. Heather

    Good question Greg. I know they move the Shuttle.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  21. sam, ca

    @Greg: I was wondering the same thing about NASA. Did they evacuate, secure all the aircraft they have there? That must be a huge task to secure all of that.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Keep hearing about Galveston & Houston, but we have friends in Baytown, do you know what's happening there?

    Keep safe Anderson!


    September 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  23. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hello Erica!
    We are "hunkered down pass it around" here in TX.
    A little trip to the liquor store will help us make it through the night! My house is full of evacuees!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  24. Justin, La Porte, TX

    I'm hearing power is out in La Porte and it's beginning to push back further inland. Any confirmation?

    I've also heard that power may be out for up to a week or more, but I can't find any sources. Any help?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  25. Tracey, NY

    My heart go out to the people in Los Angeles......how can something like this happened???

    September 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  26. Amanda WG

    Very sad about the train collision, my lord sometimes watching tv is so depressing, you get so much bad news and see so much destruction at one time.

    Prayers are with the families ...

    from your neigbours in Ontario Canada.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  27. Danny, Midland, Texas

    Living through Hurricane Andrew in '92, I can tell you that Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause major damage. I hope to God that people who have decided to stay and weather it will live to see tomorrow. God Bless Them!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  28. Lisa, NC

    Kenneth: They are "hoping" the ship will drift into shallow enough water where it can drop anchor. That's what I heard on an earlier report.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  29. patrick peters

    Is there a way for your views to experience the storm with the sound. We here you and your team and we can see what the storm is doing. I experienced Andrew first hand and the thing that made it real was the sound – a sound I will never forget.


    September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  30. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone - thanks for blogging tonight. Sorry this is my first post – as you can tell, lots of breaking news on this Friday

    September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  31. Greg Wood

    Did Nasa evacuate? Who is controling the international space station?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  32. Heather

    The train wreck is just terrible. They happen a lot out here in cal.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  33. MaryBeth

    Mike: and that's just sad...it's even more sad b/c 90% probably could have evacuated....and so that leaves 30% who decided to stay and take their chances..lots of needless deaths will happen.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  34. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Let me try this while power is still steady in between Ike bands down here. The house generator keeps kicking on and off. We've been getting wind and rain in South Central LA for two days now. The people in all low-lying areas of all parishes in Louisiana were told to evacuate starting yesterday. Where the levee breached, those people should have been out of there.

    This is unreal. I think Gary and Rob are certifiable.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  35. Renee, nc

    My best friend is on a business trip in Houston. Third floor in a Hotel. Just spoke with her. They are duck tapeing curtains to the walls in case glass breaks. They also received a notice that if the power is out for an extended time they will have to evacuate the Hotel. Where would they go? Stay safe Jo Jo...We are praying for you.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  36. Kenneth

    I heard that there is a boat lost its engine power and is out in the Gulf of Mexico with 22 people on it. The US Air Force and Coast Guard tried to help, but the wind was too strong. They told the crew to head for shore to anchor down for safety. How could they do that with no engine power?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar

    Good question Casey.......
    If building caused swayed to move to damage, but they don't have fountain to support to protect the skyscrapers.... that is depend on......

    September 12, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  38. Tracy

    Aw, poor Rick! He doesn't even have a poncho!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  39. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Even if 90% left Galveston, that still leaves 6,000 people. If the island gets submerged, many will die.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  40. David, Indiana

    I can totally see why the national weather service said staying in the coastal areas would mean certain death. 22 ft storm surge, areas of Galveston island only five feet above sea level, you'd get swept away by the ocean. That kind of message gets your attention when you're listening to a weather radio. Good question though and nice interview with Dan Rather.

    I agree Hannah, those guys behind Anderson maybe needed a smack or two

    September 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  41. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    How would you like to be swaying around at the top of one of those skyscrapers?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar

    Gary and Rob already decided to stay in the garage during storm best way to safe place...... good job guys!!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Some of those scenes they were showing reminded me of a J.M.W. Turner painting. This storm looks surreal; there is something eerily beautiful about it.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  44. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    @CAsey~ I am 2 hours north of Houston. We epect cat 1 winds.
    Power during Rita was over 2 weeks in areas.
    In the meantime~ Cheers!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  45. Heather

    You got to be kidding me. Poor little dog.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  46. Ana-Boston

    Anderson , Gary and everyone , you are the real heros. This is a professional jornalism. You are the only ones that take the courage to cover this terrible storm.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  47. Clarence, Albuquerque

    Tremendously treacherous, and yet they report... and someone has a place to take a nap. Good job Lisa

    September 12, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  48. Justin, La Porte, TX

    Typically, zoos and such will spread their animals across to other zoos well ahead of time. If I recall correctly, New Orleans just recently returned their animals back to their zoo for the first time since Katrina.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  49. Yvonne

    I think it's time to go inside guys.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  50. MaryBeth

    LOL...love that bumper sign!!!! That poor dog!!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
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