Cat 1 Hurricane Irene Makes First Landfall Near Cape Lookout, NC

By Chris Ariens Comment

Hurricane Irene made landfall around 8:30amET this morning near Cape Lookout, NC and the Category 1 hurricane continues its march north. That’s the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel (left) in Nags Head on MSNBC this morning. “It’s a wild morning on the Outer Banks, and we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Seidel

Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren was supposed to be on a sailing trip yesterday. That was scrapped and she returned to host her show last night. All day on FNC, Shepard Smith will be trading off hours with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. Smith from 9am-Noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm and Hemmer and MacCallum from Noon-2pm and 4pm-7pm.

MSNBC has brought in former NBC Weatherplus Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri for weekend coverage. Ranieri is now chief met at NBC station KNTV in San Francisco/San Jose

Around 9:30am, the cable news networks carried a news conference from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Most of the models have the storm on top of the New York metropolitan area tomorrow morning, with landfall just east of the city.