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Cat 1 Hurricane Irene Makes First Landfall Near Cape Lookout, NC

Hurricane Irene made landfall around 8:30amET this morning near Cape Lookout, NC and the Category 1 hurricane continues its march north. That’s the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel (left) in Nags Head on MSNBC this morning. “It’s a wild morning on the Outer Banks, and we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Seidel

Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren was supposed to be on a sailing trip yesterday. That was scrapped and she returned to host her show last night. All day on FNC, Shepard Smith will be trading off hours with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. Smith from 9am-Noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm and Hemmer and MacCallum from Noon-2pm and 4pm-7pm.

MSNBC has brought in former NBC Weatherplus Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri for weekend coverage. Ranieri is now chief met at NBC station KNTV in San Francisco/San Jose

Around 9:30am, the cable news networks carried a news conference from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Most of the models have the storm on top of the New York metropolitan area tomorrow morning, with landfall just east of the city.

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Morning Show Earthquake Notes: CBS Only Program With Reporter in Japan, Morning Joe Goes Political

Not surprisingly, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami was the big story on all of the broadcast and cable morning shows this morning.

Of the broadcast shows, CBS’ “Early Show” was the only program to have a reporter file an on-air report from Japan, Lucy Craft:

NBC had a producer in Tokyo, but on-air coverage was mostly handled by Ann Thomspon in London and Jeff Ranieri in San Francisco, Ranieri is a former NBC WeatherPlus meteorologist, now chief meteorologist at KNTV.

Update: CNBC did have a correspondent report on-air from Tokyo, Kaori Enjoji.

ABC dedicated all of “Good Morning America” to covering the situation. Guests included Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Brian Schiro of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and physicist and TV news regular Dr. Michio Kaku.

On the cable networks, CNN and Fox News dedicated their morning shows almost entirely to the quake (Related: CNN had correspondent Kyung Lah reporting live from Tokyo), while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” took a slightly different angle:

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Weather Plus, Minus Four More

meretsky_12-30.jpgTVNewser has learned today is the last day on the job for most of the remaining on-air talent of the former NBC Weather Plus: Jackie Meretsky (pictured), Gary Achibald, Todd Santos and Britta Merwin. Meretsky, who provided forecasts for MSNBC mornings including “Morning Joe” is currently on maternity leave. Archibald, Santos and Merwin worked mainly on MSNBC or CNBC programs as well as for the now shuttered 24-hour digital channel.

That leaves just Weather Plus originals Bill Karins and Jeff Ranieri as on-air meteorologists for the networks of NBC.

NBC announced in October it would shut down Weather Plus, following the acquisition by NBCU of The Weather Channel. “We’re going to look at everybody and make a determination about what we’re going to do,” said NBC News president Steve Capus at the time.

NBC, MSNBC and CNBC have been using Weather Channel meteorologists more and more in recent weeks.

Weather Channel Blows In to MSNBC Graphics

Haven’t seen this before — the Weather Channel logo appearing in the lower left hand corner during an MSNBC live shot with Jeff Ranieri this morning.

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NBCU, along with private equity, owns the Weather Channel. The network shuttered NBC Weather Plus in October.

As Ike Gets Closer to Shore, So Do the Networks

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ABC’s Sam Champion had arrived in Texas in time for Nightline last night. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broadcast live from Houston as well, and while getting an update from meteorologist Chad Myers asked Myers to email him the best (or perhaps worst) location to broadcast from tonight.

This morning, CNN and MSNBC have begun squeezing back their programming, keeping Hurricane Ike stats on the screen.

Even The Weather Channel is trying to show the seriousness of the Cat 2 storm to anyone choosing to ride it out. Here’s their morning headline: “A Potential Life-Threatening Surge from Ike.”

We’ll update this post throughout the day as we hear who is going to be covering the storm and from where…

• CNN — More than 70 anchors, correspondents, producers and support-personnel will report along the Texas coastline, representing CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Espanol, CNN Radio, CNN.com and Headline News. In addition to Cooper, Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Sean Callebs, Betty Nguyen, Susan Candiotti, Jeanne Meserve, Ali Velshi, Rusty Dornin, Rob Marciano and Reynolds Wolf will report on the storm. CNN will remain live all night and into the morning.

• CBS — Hari Sreenivasan is in Houston. Dave Price is in Galveston. Both will report for the Evening News tonight and The Early Show tomorrow.

• FNC — Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harrigan and Marianne Silber are in Galveston, TX, as is Jeff Flock from FBN. Kris Gutierrez is in Surfside Beach, Freeport, Casey Stegall is in Clear Lake and Rick Leventhal is in Port Lavaca. Also, Shepard Smith anchors tonight from 10pm-MidnightET (from New York), followed by Rivera Midnight-3amET and Jamie Colby from 3am-6amET.

• NBC/MSNBC/CNBC — Amy Robach is in Galveston for Today & Weekend Today. Janet Shamlian, Don Teague, Kerry Sanders, Charles Hadlock, Kristen Dahlgren and Jay Gray are on the scene, as is NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Jeff Ranieri and CNBC’s Scott Cohn. NBC will also use correspondents and meteorologists from soon-to-be owned The Weather Channel.

• ABC — In addition to Sam Champion, GMA Weekend’s Bill Weir is in Texas as well as Sharyn Alfonsi and Ryan Owens.

When Does The Opening Ceremony Start?

For the past couple days, MSNBC has been using a lower third that says, “Opening Ceremony Begins at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT Tomorrow” (seen here from this afternoon during a report from correspondent Jeff Ranieri — getting in the Olympic spirit with a USA swimming T-shirt, which Contessa Brewer just said makes him look “buff”). The problem is, the Opening Ceremony doesn’t begin at 7:30pmET — it starts at 8:08amET (or 8:08pm local time in Beijing). The NBC tape delay begins at 7:30pmET.

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> Update An emailer notes Amy Robach, filling in on Nightly News last night, also said, “NBC will broadcast the Opening Ceremony live on Friday night.”

Dolly Moves Toward Land

CNNDolly_7.22.jpgCNN has broken out the Hurricane Stats box, where programming can be squeezed-back allowing for details along the right hand side of the screen. Tropical Storm Dolly is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm tomorrow along the Texas-Mexico border.

For NBC/MSNBC, correspondents Don Teague and Charles Hadlock are in South Texas and Weather Plus’ Jeff Ranieri is en route.

For Fox News, Claudia Cowan is the lead correspondent.

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> Update: For CNN: Reynolds Wolf and Ed Lavandera in South Padre Island, Sean Callebs, Brian Todd and Susan Roesgen in Corpus Christi, and Gary Tuchman in Brownsville.