As Hurricane Irene churns 1,000 miles away from the New York City, today’s noon newscasts on WCBS/Channel 2 and WABC/Channel 7 predictably emphasized the potential serious storm.
Both stations gave team coverage to preparations for Irene, which is expected to make landfall in the tri-state area Sunday.
The team coverage included reporters gathered throughout New York and New Jersey.
But, if you want to know how serious Irene may be for New York, just look no further than WNBC/Channel 4.
WNBC preempted The Rundown, a mostly taped faux newscast. Instead, morning anchors Michael Gargiulo and Erika Tarantal gave viewers a live update on the impending storm, highlighted by longtime station meteorologist Chris Cimino.
Then at 12:20, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie began a briefing in Trenton. Not only did WABC, WCBS, and WNBC take the governor’s remarks, WNYW/Channel 5 broke in with it (and simulcast on sister station WWOR/Channel 9), as did WPIX/Channel 11.
Christie remained on every station taking Q & A until 1:00 p.m.
WCBS went back to Elliott one more time before leaving the air.
WPIX, with weekend weather anchor Lisa Mateo, spoke briefly after Christie’s press conference.
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