On the Radar: Hurricane Irene, the hunt for Gadhafi, Apple's future, unemployment
A NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene in the Caribbean Sea.
August 25th, 2011
07:28 AM ET

On the Radar: Hurricane Irene, the hunt for Gadhafi, Apple's future, unemployment

Irene

Officials in a stretch of coastal North Carolina ordered all visitors to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irene, which damaged homes in the Bahamas on Wednesday as it churned toward the U.S. East Coast. Irene, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, could jump to Category 4 strength on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Federal emergency management officials had a simple message for those in or near the path: Be prepared.

Libya

The future of Libya remained in question Thursday even as rebels moved to solidify their hold on power, while fighters battled forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and the hunt intensified for the embattled leader. Elsewhere, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was to meet in Milan with the interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril of the National Transitional Council, and the Libya Contact Group was to meet in Istanbul.

Steve Jobs

The tech world is reeling from Wednesday evening's news that iconic innovator Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.

What has Jobs meant for Apple, for technology and for the economy? And who is Tim Cook, the executive who is taking over for him?

Employment

The Labor Department's weekly jobless claims figures will be out at 8:30 a.m. ET. Investors are looking for unemployment claims to fall by 8,000, to 400,000 claims. President Obama is honing his jobs plan while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

African famine

The African Union holds a summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pledge help for the victims of the drought in the Horn of Africa. According to the United Nations, some 640,000 children are threatened with acute malnutrition. The U.N. is seeking private and government donors.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. tim

    Italy meeting with Jibril is a terrible idea that will give legitimacy to someone who has close ties with the muslim brotherhood and the taliban. The European community shouldn't show support for the first thug that comes along, we need to make a very clear statement to Libya that a democratic society is the only acceptable outcome for the world community.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. joshua

    Regarding the recent earthquake, I believe government needs to ensure people's safety for possible future occurence. I pray it will not be worse.
    Hurricane Irene should not catch people unawares. Half of a word is enough for the wise.
    Regarding Lybian civil war, people should not just scout for the present president, but for who will rule the country better. I mean what is the essence of trying to get rid of someone and not finding a possible replacement?
    About the recent bomb attack in Nigeria, hope the country does not have insiders for a kind of terrorist attack.

    August 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ellen

    I always watch CNN but I am Sooooo disappointed that you have just ignored people in Philly area in this storm. We may not be in the direct path but in hours and hours of coverage it is all NYC and you can't even give us 2-3 minutes per hour? I have to go to local news now. Usually I am comforted by CNN. Disappointed. Ellen

    August 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robin Gantz

    Our you folks crazy? You have reporters standing out on the beaches with the wind blowing so hard one can hardly stand, rain in torrents, reporters warning people how dangerous it is to be out, warning people to take shelter....as they stand in the hurricane's approaching force. One airborne object and we lose a correspondent. One loss of balance, an injured human being. We don't need this extreme coverage. We need our CNN reporters safe as possible while still doing a good job of weather coverage. This is not the extreme coverage that is needed. Model the good sense that you stress for others to follow.
    Someone cherishes those folks!

    August 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Je-Lo15212

    Civil authorities are warning civillians to seek shelter from this fierce, deadly storm.

    CNN has a reporter wade waist-deep into the churning ocean, attempting to give play-by-play account, holding on to a piling from a pier while being filmed from the shore. This is just TOO STUPID for me to watch.

    Sorry Wolf, I'm switching to the Weather Channel.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Johnny

    I thought it was the corespondent that was stupid for getting into the water. if it was CNN's decision, then they are both stupid.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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