You know all that talk about preparing for the worst but hoping for the best? That appears to be what’s happened with Irene, now a tropical storm, and moving out of New York City. The storm made a second landfall around 5:30am this morning along the Jersey Shore and a third in New York City as a tropical storm.
The cable networks and New York’s local stations remained in live coverage throughout the night. And there continues to be a lot of resource sharing across the networks: CNBC’s Bob Pisani spotted on the Weather Channel talking about whether the NYSE will open tomorrow, WNBC hits on MSNBC, WCBS and WABC coverage on CNN, and FBN simulcasting FOX5.
Winds are still gusting pretty good, power is out for thousands across the Tri-State, airports and mass transit are still closed, there is flooding in low-lying areas, and Suburban rescues are making the local news. But at the moment, the clouds are beginning to lift in Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene now moves north. All that hoping/preparing may have worked. (Radar image from 10:21am)