‘Ready or not,’ Hurricane Irene storms weekend front pages

As Hurricane Irene made a second landfall Sunday around 5:30 a.m. in Little Egg Inlet, N.J., some people were waking up to newspaper front pages that captured the storm’s impact. Several of those papers used the same photo by Chuck Liddy of the Raleigh News & Observer, including the New York Daily News and New York Post, which also had similar headlines.

This photo — captured by a News & Observer photographer and distributed by the AP — made its way to several front pages, including the Daily News. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The New York Post used the same photo and a similar headline. (Courtesy: Newseum)

A few papers also used the same photo from Virginian-Pilot photographer Bill Tiernan.

Virginian-Pilot photographer Bill Tiernan got a fresher angle on storm impact. (Courtesy: Newseum)

Do people really want to see the same generic hurricane images? Pounding surf, boarded-up windows, empty grocery shelves, bobbing boats. Some new angles on those same subjects came from The New York Times’ Brian Stelter, who was in Nag’s Head, N.C.

One of the more clever headlines I saw on Sunday’s front pages was this from The Times of Trenton.

Word play can sometimes work in serious headlines as long as the meaning is clear. (Courtesy: Newseum)



Across the Eastern Seaboard, Saturday’s front pages featured Hurricane Irene tracking maps, satellite photos and information to help people prepare before they lose power or face floods. Here are some of the best, courtesy of the Newseum, which has the complete collection.

The New York Daily News uses the hurricane flag for a dominant image. (Courtesy: Newseum)
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The New York Post used a satellite image to show Irene’s size. (Courtesy: Newseum)
Irene made landfall Saturday morning at Cape Lookout, N.C., with winds of about 85 miles per hour, as the Greensboro News & Record anticipates. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The hurricane heads next to Virginia, where the Daily Press in Hampton Roads prepares its readers for the storm. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Courier-Post in southern New Jersey reminds readers that Gov. Chris Christie has little patience for people who put themselves in harm’s way. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Philadelphia Daily News speaks for its city: “Bring it, Irene!” (Courtesy: Newseum)
Following New York’s first-ever evacuation order, governments on Long Island also told people in low-lying areas to leave, as Newsday reports. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass., shows when the storm is likely to hit. (Courtesy: Newseum)

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