ABC News Announces Hurricane Irene Coverage Plans

ABC News is providing viewers with comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Irene as the storm makes its way toward the U.S. mainland – delivering the information people need to prepare appropriately and to make well informed decisions heading into the weekend.

“World News with Diane Sawyer” will lead the storm coverage tonight with updates from the ABC News team in the field up and down the east coast, and the latest on the path of Hurricane Irene from ABC News’ weather editor, Sam Champion. Sawyer will also anchor a special edition of the program on Sunday.

Hurricane Irene battered the Bahamas, and ABC’s Linsey Davis has been covering the storm from Nassau since Wednesday morning for “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

Throughout the weekend, additional reporting will be provided by ABC’s John Berman from Long Island and correspondent David Kerley from Cape Cod, as forecasts continue to show that Hurricane Irene is headed for some of the east coast’s biggest cities.

ABC News’ weather editor Sam Champion continues to track the storm from the ABC News weather center in New York for all broadcasts and platforms (WATCH Sam’s 3D-View of the Storm’s Path).

Tonight’s “20/20” will lead with the latest report on the impending landfall and the preparations and fears up the east coast. ABC’s Matt Gutman will report from the Outer Banks of North Carolina as people board up their homes and try to beat the hurricane.

Then on tonight’s “Nightline,” the entire program will be dedicated to the hurricane and updated for the west coast version of the show.

On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor a special edition of “Good Morning America” from Times Square from 7:00-11:00 a.m., ET with the latest developments. “GMA” weekend anchors Dan Harris and Bianna Golodryga also report.

“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” will then bring viewers the latest on the storm and the government’s response from its studio at the Newseum in Washington, DC. ABC’s senior political correspondent Jake Tapper substitute-anchors.

ABC News Radio will provide live updates throughout the weekend with Aaron Katersky reporting from New York City and Steven Portnoy in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. ABC’s Ann Compton reports from Nags Head, North Carolina, Jim Hickey from the Jersey Shore, and Jim Ryan from Long Island.

ABCNews.com will have up to the minute coverage as the storm progresses including the latest dispatches from all over the east coast, livestreaming video from various locations, an updated real-time storm tracker, and everything you need to stay safe, including flood and evacuation zone mapping.

For the latest on ABC News coverage plans throughout the week – follow @ABCNewsPR on Twitter.

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