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Hurricane Warnings from N.C. to Mass.: Join the Live Chat
August 26th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Hurricane Warnings from N.C. to Mass.: Join the Live Chat

Anderson will reporting live tonight from Battery Park, New York. Much of Lower Manhattan is under a mandatory evacuation order that takes effect tomorrow afternoon. Hurricane warnings are now posted from North Carolina to Massachusetts as Irene approaches the U.S. We'll look at how residents all along the east coast a preparing for the storm. We'll also get insight on what Irene could do to New York City's skyscrapers and subway system. And meteorologist Chad Myers will have the latest from the National Hurricane Center on Irene's potential path this weekend.

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  1. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Stay safe in the "Stormy Weather!" May we all have a safe cozy weekend!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    BTW,
    Please stay safe for us and Be careful on East Coast people!!!!!! 🙂

    August 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    Will be watching over the weekend. Stay safe, Anderson!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    oh my – don't rats start running when they sense water coming? the question to ask is ... "where are the rats evacuation FROM?" (and then stay away from there). rats are actually quite intelligent and have incredible survival instincts and abilities.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Everyone stay safe and anyone in the path of the hurricane please heed all the warnings and instructions.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  6. Paula, Colorado

    It's unfortunate that Hurricane Irene should be hitting NYC on the anniversary of Katrina.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  7. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Thank you & good night Anderson & Team 360. I pray that NYC does not get hit Hard, that the storm becomes much weaker.

    Good night fellow writers. I wish peace & safety, especially for those of you in the path of the storm,. My thoughts will be with you all.

    I also pray that they catch Gadaffi & sons/families ASAP, so Lybia can move forward.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  8. Janis

    Good luck East Coast. Stay safe.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  9. Lori - CA

    Stay safe Anderson.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  10. Grant

    Good night everyone,

    hope everyone is safe, My brother is in NY and it seems we will all be touched by this storm in some way. Try to post and let us know your OK next week.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  11. Janis

    People had no warnings in the 1938 New England hurricane like they have now.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  12. Lori - CA

    Good night Anderson! Good night Everyone. Stay safe and take care of yourselves. Help each other.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  13. Lori - CA

    Gloria, stay safe! This will pass.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  14. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Have a safe weekend everyone please stay safe ! Goodnight Anderson i hope you have a sfe weekend and everyting will be ok

    August 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  15. Sharon Hastings

    I've been through this. What I missed most was showers and air conditioning. Then my son who also lives down here got a big generator and we all went to his house. Most people used to this have generators to run the fridge, air, etc. It takes a while to get the power back in a huge outage.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  16. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Battery park looks nice view

    August 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  17. lisal -canada

    i think just the loss of power and shortage of last-minute supplies (both food and repairs) are going to surprise a lot of people – the storm is huge based on meteorologists' descriptions – the worst case scenarios sound a tad scary

    August 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  18. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Everyting is shutting down even the broadway plays the city that never sleeps this is really bad

    August 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  19. Lori - CA

    I wonder if NYC will be subject to flash flooding?

    August 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  20. Sharon Hastings

    Wow, those pictures of all that water flooding in NYC and it wasn't anything like this hurricane will be.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Grant

      It's scary Sharon.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Yes, Sharon, the thought of how much water could flood the subways is very scary. It could take a month or more to pump out the whole system, not to mention then cleaning up debris and checking All of the electrical items in that system.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yup, It is........ I agree...... Sharon!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  21. Janis

    I've all sorts of questions about NYC skyscrapers and gale force winds. Sounds like it won't be like 1938.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      I am hoping that the force of this storm will fall off......

      August 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        Me too Janis, me too!

        August 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This is scary!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Grant

      Best of luck Gloria.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Grant

        Try to post Monday so we know your alright.

        August 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
        • Sharon Hastings

          Yes, everyone in the path or who has loved ones who are, let us know later if you're okay.

          August 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
        • Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

          You bet!

          August 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      Take care. It will pass.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family & friends all of the weekend.

      Please post Mon. likke Grant said so we know you are alright.

      God bless you.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  23. Paula, Colorado

    The east coast has done a good job in preparing for the worst–hopefully the storm will have less impact than expected.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  24. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Some of the poeple tha that Susan Candiotti interviwed don't want to leave thier homes depite the evacutaion notice

    August 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  25. Janis

    Imagine all that stuff from the Bahamas footage floating in the water with you if you were caught in a storm surge. That's terribly dangerous.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  26. Lori - CA

    Does NY and New England usually get hurricanes? When was the last one?

    August 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Grant

      1938 was the last time NY experienced something like this.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Lori,
      Only NY hit hurricane around since 1938.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      I remember a hurricane in the 1960's when i was living in Bucks County, PA, just outside of Philly. It was at tropical storm strength.
      I was a teenager and found it pretty frightening and we were pretty far inland,.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  27. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The lines of traffic trying to get out of the costal area were so long the frantic pace of it's so scary

    August 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  28. lisal -canada

    my adrenalin levels are rising a little just seeing some of the storm rain in the coverage shots – trying to imagine being somewhere in the path – got a few shivers

    August 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  29. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Thanks@Megan ihave missed everyone too ! The eye of the storm through the satelite is amzing ad terriying as i saw on the news today

    August 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  30. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Thanks@Megan ihave missed everyone too ! Nothing like this has happened to NYC in along number of years i hope everyone has prepared for this .

    August 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Welcome, Michelle...... Yes, They are prepare to be ready when hurricane comes right away, If they disobey all the local & state to leave, That will be serious warning!!!!!!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Vince

      Greetings everyone,

      Michelle,

      Indeed, it has been a long time since New York had a hurricane pass through (1930s). That's why mindset is important because there is always a general belief in places where hurricanes are rare that it will never happen. The key is being prepared as advised by Local Officials, the Weather Channels etc. because after the hurrucane passes so many basic needs can become inaccessible. Being prepared makes a big difference.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  31. Lori - CA

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone! Good evening.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  32. Janis

    There are so many people living in the coastal areas of the East Coast. I heard that the impact of Irene's path to the coastal population would be the same as several times the entire population of Australia. Amazing.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      That's true, Janis........ Good point there!!!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Wow Janis, that is an amazing statistic!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  33. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Everyhing is shuting down the subays and how will poeple be able to cope with this storm

    August 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello blogger friends!

    I finally spoke to my little sister who lives at Kill Devil Hills (one of the outer banks island). Of course, i knew she was going to stay. She has promised to stay in touch as much as she can. She says that 50% of the islanders are staying (go figure).

    Thank God CNN has a reporter at Kill Devil Hills so i will have some idea how she will be doing. Needless to say, i am very worried.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Grant

      I hope all goes well.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
      • Vince

        Agree – and wishing all those on the East Coast in the path of hurricane Irene, a "safe passing".

        August 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      Oooh Starr. That's a dangerous situation for her but I understand the behavior. It's always the water that gets you though–I hope she'll be safe from those surges.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        thank you Grant & Sharon. She tells me she is 10ft. up on pilings, but doesn't seem to know what the tidal surge will be.
        She makes me crazy sometimes, however, she has survived 3 other hurricanes in the past. My fingers and toes are crossed!

        August 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Janis

      Hope she stays safe. Glad she's going to stay in touch with you.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        Thanks Jans. She has a charger for her cell phone in her car. But that will only work if the cell towers are still standing.
        I love her dearly, but this is a little nerve-racking!

        August 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Starr,
      Anderson and I hope your sister will be safe for sure, our thoughts and prayer with your sister as well..... I hope everything are ok........ Be careful! 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  35. Janis

    Hello everyone.

    Been following the Irene coverage most of this PM. Fascinating how much science is involved. People need to listen to officials and get away from the coastal areas.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  36. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    I hope NYC gets spared the worst maybe it will not impact the city so much i hope

    August 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  37. Grant

    Good evening everyone,

    The press talks a lot about the category of the hurricane and i understand that it is a great measure of it's strength but on Sunday and Monday it is not a term we will hear on the ground. We'll be talking about finding loved ones, destroyed houses, and economic recovery. Unfortunately the people who assumed a Cat 1 is survivable are the one likely to experience some of the worst losses.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      I think you may be right Grant. I have relatives in New York and some who stay down on the coast who were taking it lightly and said "we don't even board up for a Cat. 2' and others saying they're going to have a hurricane party. But I have noticed that most people have left when told to.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      My real concern is for the cities. Fflooding into the subways and low lying areas could be devestating in Phila., NYC & Boston.
      My prayers that people will Listen and not be harmed and take care of their pets too.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Grant,
      Good point there....... That will be more worst damage than before...... That's right, Grant!!! 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  38. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    It birngs back memories of years past of Anderson reporting out in hurricanes ,

    August 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      Yes, I remember him almost blowing away too. He's lucky for now to be out of it.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Grant

      Remember when he was within a few feet of a giant piece of sheet metal blowing around like a paper.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        Hey Grant, i defintely remember that. I forget who he was with that grabbed him and pulled him out of the way of that metal sign.,
        I'll never understand people's facination of covering hurricanes.

        August 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • Sharon Hastings

        Yes I do. We can laugh now but it was foolishly dangerous.

        August 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, I remember Anderson and our CNN's John Zarella were there in Florida and other places many years ago, Including NOLA! That right, Michelle!!! 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  39. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The waves that were crashing in the background earlier in Long Island during the newsroom shot today looked preety intense

    August 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  40. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Hello Anderson and bloggers

    Pleas e stay sfaer Anderson during this storm

    August 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Hi Michelle!!!
      Welcome back tonight, we missed you...... Anderson already know what he have prepare his place or work as well..... He is so smart guy! 🙂

      August 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  41. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you from Battery Park in NYC–very lovely view.
    –Not a good forecast for the hurricane. I pray everyone stays safe, and that damage along the coast is minimal.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      I agree with you, Paula......... Not good sign for them..... my thoughts exactly what you said! 🙁

      August 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooooo everyone and Anderson!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Thursday night!!!
    :Warning!!!!!!!: North Carolina slammed by Hurricane Irene today!
    Anderson,
    I agree with you....... Sunset is so beautiful I love!!!!!! 🙂

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. When my daughter in law dropped off my grandkids for the weekend I said for her to come in, sit down, and join me watching the every 10 second update on the hurricane. Hope it's not as bad as predicted but it sure is getting alot of press. Prayers for all the people in it's path.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |