September 2nd, 2010
09:32 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hurricane Earl Bearing Down on East Coast

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

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.

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jesse


    Great job dealing with the rep. from Texas on the scholarship issue. Way to "keep em honest."

    September 3, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  2. Sean

    Hello, I live in North Wildwood, NJ. I would like to know how will the South Jersey Coast be affected by this storm? I've looked everywhere, NOAA, weatherchannel, and local news stations. I can't find anything about my hometown.

    Yes, I've seen storms like this before, but lets just say, I'm worried. Any info would help.

    Thank You,
    Sean O'Brien

    September 3, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  3. diana

    Kim – I wondered why they hadn't mentioned Canada either. Perhaps because it may change in a day or two. Is the Canadian gov. telling people to prepare,be ready to evacuate, etc?

    Glad Johnson isn't my rep. She is very disappointing, but so are so many of our congresspersons.

    September 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  4. Dan0

    I just got home and first thing on the tv... another government official is caught cheating the system again?

    When are these people going to be held accountable for these actions? Maybe we should clean house and drop the bipartisan BS by getting new people into the system. By new people, I mean including other parties that might know how to play well with others.

    September 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  5. greg

    wow. that rep Johnson sounds ridiculous. I reside in her district, have a kid that graduates in 2011 and wants to go to a university that costs $38,000 per year., That woman gives money that is entrusted to her and keeps it for her own family. I am really pissed. How could she not have seen any documents. What did she use to make a decision if she did not. It is time for her to resign.

    September 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  6. Kim S

    I have been watching CNN to get coverage of the Hurricane, and I wonder why the forecasters and weather folks and anchors do not discuss that Earl is heading to Canada, I certainly hope CNN understands that many Canadians watch your news cast and I can not understand why there is not mention of the hurricane heading for a direct hit on Nova Scotia?

    September 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  7. roger

    I'm having trouble believing Rep. Johnson's statement about not knowing the rules. Sounds like Paris Hilton with chewing gum or Lindsay Lohan with the dog eating her passport.

    Surely a member of Congress could not be so lacking in knowledge.


    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. marie

    Fine example she is setting for the younger generation of her family. Her family motto must be "How to fleece the system, 101."

    September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Annie Kate

    A hurricane larger than the state of California – wow, that is one big storm. Hopefully everyone followed evacuation orders and no one will be killed by this storm.

    So Rep. Johnson's story is she didn't know about the rules? She has served for what – 8 terms? How could she not have at least reviewed the rules in that long of a time? Pleading ignorance of the rules looks about as bad as doling the money out to her family. Looking forward to the show.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm |