State of the Union Early Bird for August 28, 2011
August 28th, 2011
05:30 AM ET
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State of the Union Early Bird for August 28, 2011

(CNN)-We are here to bring you the latest on Hurricane Irene, state-by-state.

Be sure to watch State of the Union for interviews for the very latest from FEMA, the National Hurricane Center, and the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey.  We'll also get analysis from former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

CNN’S state-by-state


Hurricane Irene churns up East Coast; Va. boy, Md. woman killed in storm

Thousands without power, phone service as Hurricane Irene advances

Storm surge from Hurricane Irene peaks near record levels

Hurricane Irene left Hampton Roads early this morning with widespread flooding, downed trees and hundreds of thousands without power, but the storm fell short of residents’ worst predictions.

Irene was rated a Category One hurricane, but in some areas its winds topped out at tropical storm-level speeds. A top gust of 67 mph was recorded at Langley Air Force Base and a 63 mph gust at Norfolk Naval Station, the National Weather Service said.

Irene slams Virginia, leaving two million without power

Up to two million Virginians spent the night in the dark — and some could be that way for days — as a weakened but formidable Hurricane Irene whacked Virginia with torrential rains and stiff winds.

Almost 800,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the state were without power as of 9 p.m. Saturday, including more than 370,000 in the Richmond-Petersburg area, 329,000 in southeastern Virginia and 43,000 in the Northern Neck region. About 75 percent of Central Virginia was without power.

"All I can say is our customers need to be prepared for a multiday event," said Dominion spokesman David Botkins.

Irene whips Maryland

Damage was reported along the East Coast starting Saturday evening. The state Highway Administration said more than 100 state roads were closed due to trees or debris, and about 50 had traffic signals out as of 12:50 a.m. Many roads were closed due to high water. Power outages were widespread, and thousands of evacuees from Ocean City and other parts of Maryland crowded shelters.


Hurricane Irene: County by county reports of evacuations, flooding, damage


New York City Shuts Down Amid Flooding Fears

More than 100,000 people in the New York area had lost electricity by early Sunday morning — 16,596 on Long Island, according to the Long Island Power Authority which shut power to Fire Island, Captree Island, Robert Moses, and Oak Island; 89,000 in New Jersey, according to Public Service Electric and Gas; and about 20,000 in the city and in Westchester, according to Consolidated Edison. Of those more than 8,400 were on Staten Island, according to utility’s Web site, and about 5,000 in Queens and Brooklyn.

The Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, said that “thousands” of people were spending the night in county facilities, including Nassau County Community College. He asked people in areas that were in danger to stay with friends or relatives, if possible.

Trains and buses won't be up until 'well into' tomorrow, creating messy morning commute


Rain, Winds Hitting State, Shelters Open, Mass Transit Shuts Down

All air, train and bus service has been suspended, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and he said he probably would close the Wilbur Cross and Merritt parkways after midnight for fear of wind blowing trees into the roads.

Many businesses will be closed, and some churches have canceled services.

Five hundred Connecticut National Guard troops are in position at armories across the state and will be deployed Sunday morning, Malloy said.


Five dead, families stranded, thousands without power after Irene

Hurricane Irene triggered at least five deaths, swamped coastal families in waist-high water and left more than 500,000 homes without power.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You might be a libertarian if: you do not believe in infrastructure, interstate highways, post offices, government buildings, social security and medicare, bringing electricity to Kentucky Tennessee, & Nevada; police, firemen, pubic schools, teachers, veterans administration, high speed railroads, airline safety, clear water and air standards, national parks, government workers, FBI, CIA, FEMA, homeland security, safety regulations for mineworkers, and want to eliminate all government agencies. It is amazing that anti government libertarians run for office, take taxpayer money, and refuse to work for the people, or even act with justice.

    August 28, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. luckjoe

    FEMA employees 7,600 people. All on the taxpayer payroll, pensions, benefits. How many disasters responses in America need to be coordinated by the federal government?

    August 28, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the Perry post, 'randy' observed that Irene wind speeds were only 40 mph, suggesting that the hurricane was just another debunked 'Fox like' conspiracy theory. (wag the dog) There might be 4 million people without electricity that would argue with him. For sick right wingnuts, if you don't hear it on Fox or Limbaugh, you are a denier, and Fox is still complaining about Obama spending 68 days on vacation in his first 31 months, while W spent 225 days on vacation in his first 31 month.

    August 28, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would ask 'luckjoe' if he feels the same about the size of our military. After all, how many wars do republicans think are necessary?

    August 28, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Chrisg510

    luckjoe: Do you live in the south and Now the east coast were disasters happen every time a hurricane hits the U.S.? Or maybe in the West or this year Midwest where forest fires have wiped out entire towns. Or maybe the North where flooding has been unprecedented. I know, you live on another planet,

    August 28, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. contraryjim

    FEMA and like government agencies suck up massive amounts of tax money and provide the impression that people don't need to look after their own well being, but that the "government is here to help". A review of the Katrina mess reveals hundreds of toxic trailers unused and years later people not returning to their homes. It is said that God helps those who help themselves and why shouldn't government do likewise?

    August 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Clwyd

    Ron has no understanding of America. He wants to legalize drugs and now do away with something that costs so little of the budget (.001%) He is too old and his Alzheimer's is already noticeable!

    August 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    Meanwhile the quiet competence of the Obama administration just hums right along.

    Yet ANOTHER of the Second-in-Command [No. 2] of al queda has been forcibly retired.

    Chalk this up to The President`s gutsy call to send in a clandestine assault team to get OBL rather than using laser & GPS guided bombs.

    August 28, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Unreasonable comments coming from right about emergency preparation for Hurricane Irene many are saying over prediction
    More than 3 million with out power that mean catastrophe we live in 21st century

    I am not big supporter of Obama but he show leadership on Osama Bin laden death , Gadhafi fallout and Hurricane Irene. If right can’t accept the fact they have to zip it

    August 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |