Tropical Storm Irma Monday 9 a.m. Notes: ‘We Think You Can Make It. Come On. Swim.’

By Chris Ariens Comment

Nielsen announced that national and local TV ratings will be delayed due to Hurricane Irma. The ratings service’s office is in Oldsmar, which sits on Old Tampa Bay.

“Our first priority and thoughts are for the safety of our clients, Nielsen associates, and communities in which we operate and serve,” the company said in a statement this morning. “The team that reports ratings has evacuated the Tampa Bay area due to Hurricane Irma. Therefore, our ratings will be delayed in the near term. We are actively monitoring the situation in Florida and will provide another update as soon as we know more.”

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm just after 8 a.m. ET this morning.

CBS This Morning went on early this morning with a 6 a.m. ET special.

Live on the Today show, NBC’s Kerry Sanders, reporting from Marco Island, attempted to rescue a dolphin that had washed ashore.

  • Earlier on TVNewser: After Covering 60 Hurricanes NBC’s Kerry Sanders Says Irma is Different

Some viewers are confusing TV news correspondents, as ABC’s T.J. Holmes found out last night:

After being on for most of Sunday, Chris Cuomo, in Naples, and Anderscon Cooper, in Tampa, and John Berman, in Miami, were back on CNN this morning:

And while Irma is heading north into Georgia and South Carolina, forecasters are keeping an eye on Jose about 340 miles north of Punta Cana, Domincan Republic, and moving north, northeast with no warnings or watches posted at this time.