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August 30th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Five-year-old iReporter takes Irene by Storm

One reporter made her on-screen debut this weekend as Irene blew through the Northeast: Five-year-old Jane Haubrich.

Haubrich, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, captured the attention of viewers with her home-made iReports on Hurricane Irene. Jane's father Frederic, a documentary film maker who was behind the reports' production, says his daughter has always been interested in being on-camera and might have a future in news.

Jane Haubrich and her family talk to American Morning about her journalistic debut during Irene.


Filed under: Irene • Weather
August 26th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue discusses evacuations, state preparation

North Carolina is the first state on the Northeast that could take a direct hit from Hurricane Irene.

The latest hurricane center advisory projects that Irene will make landfall late Saturday afternoon near Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. Tropical storm-force winds and rain are expected to begin late Friday and could increase to hurricane-force winds later Saturday.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for counties east of Interstate 95 and beginning this morning, all Hyde County residents and all visitors to Dare County will be evacuated.

Governor Perdue talks with Ali Velshi about the evacuations today on American Morning, explaining what hurricane preparations are underway in the state.


Filed under: Hurricane • Hurricane Irene • Weather
August 26th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Is NYC ready to deal with Hurricane Irene? Emergency preparedness analyst discusses

Irene's currently on track to potentially become one of the most destructive hurricanes to strike New York City since 1938 and officials are already preparing accordingly. Orders have been made for the evacuation of nursing homes and senior centers in low-lying areas and administrators are making plans for the possible shutdown of the entire transit system.

Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered states of emergency, allowing them to free funds and prepare resources that may be needed when the storm hits.

Stephen Flynn, president of the Center for National Policy and author of "Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation," joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss how prepared New York City is to respond to the hurricane and to explain what types of conditions New Yorkers should be expecting.


Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Weather
August 25th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

What should you do to get ready for Hurricane Irene? FEMA administrator explains

Hurricane Irene is expected to be upgraded to a category four storm today as it moves over the northwestern Bahamas with sustained winds of 115 mph.

As Irene moves toward the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents of states along the East Coast to take steps to prepare their families and businesses for the severe weather.

Mandatory evacuation orders for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks will take effect this morning as state emergency officials prepare for the arrival of of the storm.

Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator, discusses hurricane preparation today with Ali Velshi and weighs in on how prepared the East Coast is to handle a storm of this magnitude.


Filed under: Hurricane • Weather
July 4th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

IMAX movie features storm chaser capturing video inside a tornado

The IMAX movie "Tornado Alley," documents Sean Casey's eight year mission to capture the perfect shot inside of a tornado.

In that eight-year period, he has done something no one else in history has done – designed and built a functional tank that allows him to physically intercept a tornado.

Casey, storm chaser and host of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," joins us on AM to talk about his movie and shows Christine Romans and Ali Velshi his Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV).

"Tornado Alley" opened in New York City on July 1st and has been rolling out across the country to sold out theaters.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
June 8th, 2011
08:15 AM ET

Wild weather: What's behind the recent tornadoes, floods, record heat

When it comes to the weather this year, the U.S. can't seem to catch a break.

With historic flooding, a record number of tornadoes, raging wildfires in Arizona and record heat across the country, could all these weather elements be related?

Jack Hayes, the director of the NOAA National Weather Service, talks with American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why the U.S. is experiencing intense weather and whether it's part of a bigger trend.

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Filed under: Environment • Weather
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