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TV Stations Get into ‘Irene’ Mode with Noon Newscast, Gov. Christie’s Remarks

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.

On WABC, with anchors Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and meteorologist Amy Freeze (filling in for Bill Evans) tracked the now category three hurricane with the latest data.

The team coverage included reporters gathered throughout New York and New Jersey.

WCBS also dedicated a large chuck of their regular noon broadcast to Irene. Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi led the newscast with weather anchor John Elliott.

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.

WNYW wrapped up its breaking news coverage with Good Day New York anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, while Mike Woods provided an update on the forecast.

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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