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August 29th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Gov. Perdue: North Carolina is resilient despite damage

Brattleboro, Vermont (CNN) - As a much-weakened Irene entered Canada, it left parts of the U.S. East Coast still grappling Monday with dangerous floodwaters, widespread power outages and stranded residents.

At least 21 deaths in nine states were blamed on Irene, which fizzled to a post-tropical cyclone and headed over eastern Canada on Monday.

In North Carolina, more than 340,000 customers were without power Monday, down from more than 440,000 on Sunday night, the state's division of emergency management said.

Dominion Power reported more than 600,000 customers were without power in Virginia and northern North Carolina.

As many as 200 residents were isolated and without power Monday on Ocracoke Island, near where Irene had first made landfall as a hurricane on Saturday. Supply transport to Ocracoke was hampered as ocean waves dislodged large chunks of a key roadway.

Dunes at Ocracoke's northern end "have apparently been spread across the road, so no one yet knows how badly the pavement is damaged," said Clayton Gaskill, manager of Ocracoke's tiny FM radio station WOVV.

This morning on American Morning, we spoke with North Carolina Gov. Bev. Perdue on the latest in the rescue efforts and the extent of the damage in the state.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Irene
August 29th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Evaluating the government's response to Hurricane Irene

President Obama cut his vacation to Martha's Vineyard short this weekend so he could be at the White House when Hurricane Irene made landfall. He was one of many politicians who exercised caution in handling Irene in an attempt to avoid the political pitfalls that were seen in the handling of Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

Yesterday, he warned Americans that while the storm had dissipated, the disaster is still unfolding.

"Many Americans are still at serious risk of power outages and flooding, which could get worse in the coming days as rivers swell past their banks," the president explained. "So I want people to understand that this is not over."

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst breaks down the government's response to the hurricane with Carol Costello on American Morning today.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene
August 29th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

How did the memories of Hurricane Katrina influence the government response to Irene?

More than three million people along the Northeast are without power this morning as they continue to grapple with dangerous flood waters in the wake of Hurricane Irene this morning.

The U.S. government estimated that the cost from wind damage alone is expected to top $1 billion, with downed power lines leaving more than 4 million people without electricity.

Today on American Morning, Chad Sweet, former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, joins Ali Velshi to weigh in on how the government is responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene
August 29th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin explains how officials are responding to mass flooding

Despite being bordered on all sides by land, Vermont residents struggled with the impact of Hurricane Irene yesterday as fast-moving floods swarmed towns from Brattleboro to Woodstock and beyond.

Numerous "swift-water" rescue teams were dispatched Sunday night around the state as hundreds of roads were closed and flooding knocked homes from their foundations.

Vermont's Governor Peter Shumlin discusses the situation within the state today on American Morning today, explaining how the administration is responding to damage caused by the mass flooding.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene
August 29th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

Tea Party Express gears up for cross-country bus tour

Just as the Republican campaign for the White House is beginning to take shape, the Tea Party Express is heading across the country to try to rally its base.

The group is kicking off a bus tour this weekend in California that will eventually take them to Florida, just in time for the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP presidential debate in September.

Lloyd Marcus, performer on the Tea Party Express tour and Darcy Van Orden, organizer for the Utah Tea Party, weigh in on politics and FEMA's response to Hurricane Irene with American Morning's Carol Costello.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Politics • Tea Party
August 29th, 2011
05:22 AM ET

Talk Back: What will Dick Cheney's legacy be?

"In My Time," Dick Cheney's self-described "political and personal memoir" is set to be released tomorrow and it is already creating a buzz on Capitol Hill.

Cheney himself has said that "heads are going to be exploding all over Washington" when the book comes out.

The tell-all memoir describes the role that Cheney played as vice president in George W. Bush's administration and takes aim at numerous Bush administration officials including Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

Talk Back: What will Dick Cheney's legacy be?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back