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Howard Kurtz: Media Went Off the Deep End With Hurricane Irene Coverage
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Irene Coverage Went Off the Deep End

'Category 5' reporting on a Category 1 storm: Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - Cable news reported on Hurricane Irene as if it was Armageddon in the making, and in the end, the coverage was a tempest in a teapot, writes Howard Kurtz for the Daily Beast . "The tsunami of hype on this story was relentless, a Category 5 performance that was driven...

Hurricane Irene Death Toll Hits 31

And millions could be without power for weeks

(Newser) - At least 31 people in 10 states have now been confirmed dead thanks to Hurricane Irene. The AP provides a full list of those who died and includes the cause of death for each of them. Victims range from an 89-year-old Connecticut woman whose house caught on fire after a...

Tomb of Unknown Soldier Guarded During Hurricane

'The Old Guard' posts photos on Facebook

(Newser) - Despite the nasty weather Hurricane Irene hurled at Arlington, Virginia, over the weekend, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery was still guarded. The 3rd US Infantry Regiment posted photos from the weekend on Facebook , noting that “members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb...

Bachmann: God Sent the Hurricane, Earthquake...

To make Washington spend less

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is the latest candidate to make the risky political move of “attributing political motive to natural disasters,” as Alexander Burns writes for Politico . The St. Petersburg Times reports that this weekend at a campaign event in Florida, while praising the Tea Party for its focus on...

FEMA Suspends Joplin Relief to Pay for Irene Relief

And Obama will likely have to ask Congress for additional funding

(Newser) - How will FEMA pay for Hurricane Irene disaster assistance? By suspending payments related to the Joplin tornado, the Washington Post reports. The FEMA disaster relief fund currently has only $900 million in it, less than the preferred $1 billion minimum. President Obama has already signed emergency declarations for the District...

After Irene: 25 Dead, 4M Without Power

Flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines snarl many communities

(Newser) - With Irene gone, cleanup crews began pumping water out of soggy subway tunnels, fixing traffic lights in the nation's capital, and clearing debris from hundreds of roads as the East Coast readied for the workweek. While early indications were that the damage was not as bad as feared, the...

Soldier Leonard John Egland at Large After Suspected Hurricane Killing Spree
Soldier Suspected of Killing Spree Found Dead
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Soldier Suspected of Killing Spree Found Dead

Leonard John Egland apparently shot himself

(Newser) - A soldier suspected of killing four and evading police amid Hurricane Irene was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading police on a manhunt all day. Leonard John Egland, 37, had recently returned home to Virginia from the most recent of three Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, and...

Obama on Irene: 'This Is Not Over'

In statement, president warns that impact will continue

(Newser) - Despite Tropical Storm Irene's weakened punch, President Obama urged those in its path to stay vigilant and warned that the storm's impact would continue to be felt for some time. "This is not over," Obama said today in a statement from the Rose Garden. "The...

New York Stock Exchange Will Open Tomorrow

Building, systems in working order after Irene

(Newser) - The opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange will ring on time tomorrow. The operators of the historic Big Board and other major US exchanges said they plan to open for trading as usual. Weather has shut down or delayed the opening of the stock markets about two dozen...

Evacuation Orders Lifted in Irene's Wake

Residents begin returning to NYC, other areas

(Newser) - Hours after Hurricane (or Tropical Storm, depending on your location) Irene hit New York , the worst appears to be over: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the 370,000 residents he ordered to evacuate from their homes in low-lying parts of the city can now return. Some people had already begun...

Weather Reporter Wallows in ... Raw Sewage?

Fox reporter Tucker Barnes was giving Irene update from Ocean City

(Newser) - We're used to seeing reporters weather rain, sleet, snow, and even gale-force winds to bring us the story, but getting pelted with raw sewage? Meet WTTG reporter Tucker Barnes, who, in the course of giving a Hurricane Irene update from Ocean City, Md., was drenched by what he described...

Irene Hits NYC, Downgrades to Tropical Storm

Nine people now confirmed dead in storm

(Newser) - The newly weakened Tropical Storm Irene banged into the edge of New York today, unleashing rain and wind on a city girded for the worst. Salty floodwater surged toward lower Manhattan, threatening Wall Street and the heart of the world financial network with devastating damage. The storm pushed a 3...

Irene Lands in NJ, Big Apple Braces

'Time for evacuation is over,' says Bloomberg

(Newser) - Barely a hurricane but massive and packed with rain, Irene lumbered onto the New Jersey shore this morning on its way toward pummeling New York, which the AP reports turned eerily quiet as the city hunkered down. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the huge storm reached land...

6 Die, 1.9M Lose Power as Irene Drenches Virginia

Hurricane Irene works her way north

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene is here, unloading a foot of rain on North Carolina and Virginia and ripping power lines from poles and snapping trees in half. Six people are dead and nearly 1.9 million customers are already without power, reports AP . NYC's mass transit system has been shut down,...

Hurricane Irene Death Toll: 1
 Hurricane Irene Death Toll: 1 

Hurricane Irene Death Toll: 1

Man dies after being struck by tree limb

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene blew a large tree limb onto a man this morning, killing him, say authorities in North Carolina. The man was apparently walking outside his home in a rural area of Nash County around 10:20am when he was struck. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the man...

Why Hurricane Irene Is Good for the Outer Banks
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Why Hurricane Irene Is Good for the Outer Banks

It carries new sand to the area, which helps prevent it from eroding

(Newser) - It's counterintuitive, but it's true, says a Duke University geology professor. Hurricane Irene "is just what" the Outer Banks need. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times , Orrin Pilkey acknowledges the many, many downsides of the storm: "We are going to see an awful lot...

Hurricane Irene Nears NC
 Hurricane Irene Hits NC 
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Hurricane Irene Hits NC

Its winds have slowed slightly, but its bite hasn't faded, say experts

(Newser) - The good news: Hurricane Irene's power faded slightly overnight, with the National Hurricane Center reporting that the storm's top sustained winds have slipped from 100mph to 90mph. The bad news: "The hazards are still the same," according to an NHC hurricane specialist. "The emphasis for...

Track Hurricane Irene With Google's Help

Map produced by the Google Crisis Response Team

(Newser) - Worried about how Hurricane Irene will affect you? Google to the rescue. The Google Crisis Response team has produced a map that tracks Irene's path and provides other valuable info. Search for your address at crisislanding.appspot.com and see how close your home is to the thick of...

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Advises East Coast on Hurricane Irene

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Katrina Mayor Offers Hurricane Advice

Ex-New Orleans mayor warns that people 'may not heed the warnings'

(Newser) - First, East Coasters endure chuckles from California over Tuesday's earthquake. Now former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is handing out hurricane advice? Though the Daily Caller points out that many would classify the reaction to Hurricane Katrina as a "colossal failure," Nagin, who was mayor when Katrina...

Fearing Irene, NYC Takes Historic Steps

Transit system to be shut down, 250K ordered to evacuate

(Newser) - New York City is taking historic measures in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's bite: Beginning tomorrow around noon, the entire mass transit system will be shut down, a process that could take as long as eight hours. Additionally, a quarter of a million people have been directed to evacuate. Mayor...

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