August 30th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

On the Radar: Earl, Emmys and drilling for trapped miners

Hurricane Earl is churning toward the island of St. Martin on Monday.

Hurricane Earl - All eyes are on Hurricane Earl, which has become a Category 3 storm and could strengthen as it approaches the U.S. coast over Labor Day weekend. Earl's center is about 25 miles northeast of the island of St. Martin. As of 11 a.m. ET, Earl's maximum sustained winds were at 120 mph (193 kph) with higher gusts. Are you in the storm's path? Tell CNN iReport about it. iReport already has received video of rough waves and palm trees whipping near St. Martin.

Trapped miners - Chilean officials plan to start drilling a rescue shaft Monday into a mine where 33 men are trapped. The miners have been trapped since an August 5 cave-in, and it could be four months until they are reached. They have been living off supplies sent down through a tube about 4 inches in diameter. There's been much concern and debate about how to keep the men mentally healthy. On Sunday, the miners were able to speak to their families for the first time through a line that gave each a brief time to connect with those they love and miss. One miner told his wife that when he got out, she could buy a fancy dress and they would renew their wedding vows in the Catholic wedding they had always dreamed about. So what does it feel like to be trapped in a mine? talked to people who know. Two miners recall singing a Kenny Rogers song to maintain their sanity.

Emmys - The sitcom "Modern Family" swept the Emmys on Sunday night. The show won six Emmys out of 14 nominations - beating out the heavily favored "Glee" - while "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" continued their winning streak in the drama category. "The Pacific," which won seven Creative Arts Emmys last weekend and outstanding miniseries during the prime-time show, was the overall champ. But the night's big winner was the HBO TV movie "Temple Grandin," which won five Emmys on Sunday night and seven overall, including actress Claire Danes who picked up her first Emmy. CNN took a look at the real Grandin, an autistic professor of animal science in Colorado. Watch her talk to CNN after speaking at TED. And see the evening's top dresses here.

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