Networks Prep for Coverage of Hurricane Irene

By Chris Ariens 

The news networks are preparing coverage for the first major hurricane of the season, as Irene beats a path for the coasts of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and points north. The current projected path has the storm skirting the east coast of Florida Thursday night at Category 3 strength.

The national desks in New York are watching the storm, prepared to dispatch Southeast region correspondents while network morning weathercasters including GMA’s Sam Champion and the “Today” show’s Al Roker may be sent south.

NBC News has the benefit of having access to Weather Channel meteorologists in the field and in the forecast center. The Weather Channel is owned by NBCUniversal, Bain Capital (co-founded by Mitt Romney) and Blackstone Group.