Hurricane Earl is headed for North Carolina tonight, where in the next few hours the state is expected to get hit with hurricane force winds and pounding surf. The monster storm, larger than the state of California, will brush the Outer Banks overnight.
"It's a serious storm, and we all need to treat it like a serious storm. We're watching very carefully and will all night," said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.
After threatening North Carolina, Earl will head north where hurricane or tropical storm watches are in effect from Virginia to Nova Scotia, Canada.
Chad Myers will have the latest on the storm's path from the CNN Weather Center. We'll also check in with meteorologist Rob Marciano in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina to see how residents and visitors at the popular beach destination followed the mandatory evacuation order. We'll also take you to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where CNN's Susan Candiotti has a look the preparations underway in that vacation destination.
You'll also hear from the Congresswoman at the center of a scholarship scandal in Texas we told you about earlier this week. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said she didn't know about the rules against giving donated money to her relatives. How could that be? We're keeping them honest.
And, have you seen the video of the debate debacle in Arizona? If not, you will tonight on the program. Gov. Jane Brewer had an awkward opening statement in last night's gubernatorial debate. At one point she just stopped talking. She told a Phoenix radio station it was "the longest 16 seconds of my life." We've got the raw politics.
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