While a new color, "FEMA blue", has been added to the palette of roofing options all along the Gulf Coast this season, it was hard to believe our eyes when we looked up at television screens following our morning editorial meeting to see that Hurricane Warnings had been posted for the Gulf Coast of Florida. It's not that Alberto is a big storm (as of this writing it is not even a hurricane... rather, a strong tropical storm), but it did come out of nowhere and intensified early today. Most models now point to landfall early tomorrow, and a lot of rain for folks who don't need it. We will deal with the approaching storm tonight.
We'll also deal with a dynamic situation in the Middle East... a lot of it having to do with internal Palestinian politics. The president held a meeting at Camp David today on war strategy. Robert Bazell will report on what has become a diabetes epidemic in America. We will also mark the new longevity record set in the U.S. Senate -- as we go off the air with a profile of West Virginia Democratic Senator Robert Byrd tonight.
A busy newscast this evening... we're off to put it together... and we hope you can join us.