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breaking overnight. what a night across the midwest and great plains and oklahoma. severe storms spawned dozens of tornadoes. flattening homes and injuring at least 13 people. heavy, heavy rains in flash flooding that followed these storms. >> this morning, people picking up the pieces in oklahoma. dozens of homes torn apart in the oklahoma city area. a flash flood emergency declared in the metro area. a flash flood emergency for the first time in history. the main airport cancelling all flights for the rest of the night. look at the scene in norman. this is 20 miles from oklahoma city. cars doing their best to navigate roads. the areas of amber and bridge creek, south and west of the metro area reporting heavy damage. >> the storms with nine confirmed tornadoes. officials in the state are assessing the damage. a lot of people are figuring out
what happened when the storms moved through. two homes were severely damaged in sedgwick county. one lifted off the foundation. winds so powerful they snapped trees. this happens occasionally. tombstones in cemeteryies toppled. >> the huge twister in southern nebraska. the guy who shot this video says he saw it destroy a farm near the town of hardy. not far away in roseland nebraska the tornado yanked homes off their foundations and ripped others to match sticks. >> i never thought i would see it in real life. i saw one cloud and saw it dissipate. i saw two clouds meet as one. we could hear the sound of a train. our ears started popping because of the air pressure. we went to our looker room. >> the heavy rains swelled creeks and rivers. look at the flash flooding across the state.
>> meteorologist derek van dam is tracking the latest. >> remember only one foot of rain can float a vehicle. two feet of rushing water can float an suv down a stream. not a good idea. there is a reason the national weather service talks about turn around don't drown when you see a flooded roadway. 46 reports of tornadoes on wednesday. we currently have a severe thunderstorm watch near the texas and oklahoma border. that lasts through 7:00 a.m. local time. this is right in the heart of the busiest severe weather part of the season. around 276 tornadoes on average during the month of may. we reported 46 just in one day alone. one wedge tornado caught on camera in nebraska. unfortunately unfortunately, it is not over yet. john mentioned we have another
round of severe weather. we have upwards of 9 million americans under a slight risk for large hail damaging winds and isolated thunderstorms or tornadoes. that's for portions of kansas into the oklahoma and texas panhandle. even the eastern sections of colorado under the severe weather threat this thursday. look at this oklahoma city. third rainiest day in the 24-hour period. over 7 inches of rainfall took place. no wonder we have all kinds of visuals of flooding across the region. john and christine. >> derek, that's a lot of rain. four minutes after the hour. so there is no smoking gun. this long investigation by the nfl into the deflate gate found two new england patriots employees probably did release air from footballs for the afc championship game and that quarterback tom brady was probably generally aware of that
rules violation. andy scholes joins us with the details. andy. >> john i can sense the sadness in your voice right now. you know there wasn't hard evidence against the patriots and tom brady, but a mountain of the circumstantial evidence that they intentionally deflated footballs. the most damning evidence were the texts between jim mcnally who referred to himself as the deflator and john jastremski the equipment assistant. one text tom sucks. i'm make the next a expletive balloon. he talked about you last night. he said you must have a lot of stress getting them done. they talked about getting shoes and signed footballs for the deflated footballs. brady declined to turnover text
messages or any other information during the investigation. the report cites evidence that mcnally took the game balls an adjacent to the field bathroom for 100 seconds which was enough time to deflate 13 footballs with a needle. robert kraft released a statement. to say we are disappointed in the findings which do not include any hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the afc championship game would be a gross understatement. he goes on to say we will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on the report. kraft and bill belichick had no knowledge of the wrongdoing. will tom brady get suspended and will the patriots have a fine or have draft picks taken away because of the findings of the
wells' report? >> when is tom brady going to talk? we have had half a day already. he has to come out and explain or admit to it or talk against it. >> the cover up is always worse than the crime. >> do you think there will be a tom brady suspension? >> i say one game. andy says? >> sean payton got a whole season because he would not cooperate during bounty gate. i think he gets three or four games. >> i don't know why you take a risk like that for a deflated ball. i don't get it. investigators becoming confident that the two men who tried to attack a texas contest to draw the prophet muhammad were lone wolves. acting alone here. law enforcement officials say they have not found any evidence that nadir soofi and elton simpson had direct orders from isis.
officials and a cnn analysis find that simpson was in contact through social media with isis systemmpathizer sympathizers. junaid hussain is a concern because simpson had contact with him via social media. our cnn correspondent pamela brown has the latest for us. >> reporter: john and christine, a warning from the key isis operative who may have been connected to the texas attack. on tuesday, he tweeted out you ain't seen nothing yet. hussain is believed to have been connected to elton simpson. in fact they were tweeting around the time of the attack. officials i have been speaking with say junaid hussain is very active on social media and could inspire others.
we know hussain exchanged tweets with him and other terrorists. officials say that is the reason why the fbi reopened the investigation into elton system on in the past few months. i'm told he was a priority subject which allowed law enforcement to use all of the resources available. i'm told he was monitored, but did not have 24/7 surveillance. i have been talking to a family friend close to the simpson family. that friend says that the family is in shock. that it had no idea of elton simpson's extremist leanings. elton elton's father saw him in the past few weeks and did not detect anything wrong. his brother called it a tragedy. john and christine. >> thank you, pamela. the mother of the gunman nadir soofi, said she called her son to chew him out when she heard he bought an ak-47.
sharon soofi heard about the purchase from her younger son who lived in the same apartment as nadir soofi. the wall street journal reports said he moved out because he was worried of the radical interpretation of islam. sharon soofi said i had all of the hopes and dreams he would grow up and be successful. for whatever reason he thought that wasn't what i needed to do. something else called him to take the path he did. soofi is scheduled to be buried today outside kansas city. a video giving us the first look at elton simpson. he appeared in a 2012 fund raising video with the mosque he attended with the other attacker. in the video, simpson talks about a power of prayer being a spiritual form of armor. >> it charges your imam as well
when you come and pray five times a day with your brothers. >> so the president of the mosque tells cnn a few months ago simpson completely stopped coming to services there. the pentagon is developing a program with 400 u.s. military members arriving in turkey to begin the training as soon as this week. the pentagon will furnish weapons and trucks and tactical radios once the fighters make it through the program. hillary clinton ready to rake in big money for the white house bid. she is courting donors to give to other super pac. backers are hoping to raise up to $300 million in what could be the most expensive presidential election in history. clinton is meeting donors today in california. >> she is criticized for raising money for super pac ss ss. the issue is jeb bush is raising
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prosecutor. the police investigation into the death of the freddie gray does not follow the charges filed against the officers. that is what the sources are telling cnn. lawyers already filing motions challenging a key finding in the case of marilyn mosby. she claims the arrest was legal because the knife was legal. the knife was not a switch blade. lawyers for the officers say the blade was legal in baltimore. we have more from cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: according to maryland state law, a knife is illegal if the blade deploys with the push of a button. without manual assistance. >> it all comes down to a spring. >> essentially. this is the one that gets closer to a switch blade. you barely push that and it clicks open. you just bang. >> reporter: it is spring
assisted but legal. if successful the knife argument could derail the case against the officers. says the former prosecutor who has been critical of the charges and how quickly mosby filed them. if the knife is illegal. >> the two arresting officers will be exonerated. her whole case depends on those two and on the illegal arrest. >> that report from athena jones. the mayor of baltimore stephanie rawlings-blake is asking the justice department to expand the inquiry into the case. into the civil rights violations. the mayor is asking for a broader investigation of the baltimore police department practices. 18 minutes past the hour. testimony resumes in the penalty phase of the dzhokhar tsarnaev trial in boston. jurors there expected to hear more from the defense about the super max prison where the convicted marathon bomber would
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medical supplies in to yemenis now after weeks of the bombardment of the clashes and clashes on the ground. also today, we hear john kerry has met with the foreign minister asking for an unspecified last force to intervene for stability there. after claims in that letter that 50 civilians were killed as they tried to flee the port city of aden in boats, the government says was shelf fire from the houthi rebels. we now rather than pause in saudi air strikes, suggested by a recent statement they made seen continue bombardment and heavy clashes on the ground. the saudis have hinted at the
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communities suffering this morning waking up to assess the damage. we are tracking the storms. the patriots likely cheaters. it is more probable than not that tom brady is at the center of this. it does not look good for the super bowl champs. the case against several officers in the death of freddie gray hinges on a key piece of evidence. the knife. what does this knife mean to the case against them? we'll explain. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 30 minutes past the hour. breaking news. storms tear across the plains. tornadoes injuring at least 13 people and dropping heavy rain that produced flash flooding. >> this morning, they are assessing the damage in oklahoma. dozens of homes torn pardon in the oklahoma city area.
the flash flood declared in the area for the first time. the main airport in the city canceled flights for the entire night. i want to show you norman oklahoma. about 20 miles from oklahoma city. you see the cars trying to work their way through the roads. submerged by the flash flooding. amber and bridge creek south and west of the metro area reporting heavy damage. >> the storms produced nine confirmed tornadoes in kansas. people assessing the damage now the strongest storms have moved through. two homes were severely damaged in sedgwick county. one lifted off the foundation. winds so powerful trees snapped in two and tombstones toppled at the cemetery. no reports of injuries. huge twister in southern nebraska. look at that video. stunning. the man who actually took that video said he saw the twister destroy the town of hardy.
not far away from this in roseland nebraska a tornado pulled homes off their foundations. >> it is like what you see on tv. never thought i would see it in real life. i saw one cloud and then i saw it dissipate. i saw two clouds meet as one. we could hear the sound of a train. our ears started popping because of the air pressure. we went down to our locker room. >> the heavy rains that came with the storms. you see what it did to the creeks and rivers there. what a night. meteorologist derek van dam tracking the severe weather for us. derek. >> good morning, john and christine. terrifying video from the midwest there. this is our peak season. may typically we receive about 276 tornadoes in the central u.s. just in one day, 24 hours, folks, we reported 46 tornadoes. anywhere from nebraska to kansas and oklahoma to texas and
eastern colorado. our threat at the moment severe weather watch box in effect for the next couple of hours. it expires at 7:00 a.m. near the border of texas and oklahoma. we are under the gun once again. we have the possibility of severe weather for basically the same locations. we have a collision of air mass. very warm and moist air from the gulf of mexico interacting with the dry air mass coming off the colorado rockies. that spells severe weather once again. upwards of 9 million americans under the threat of large hail and damaging winds. we cannot rule out isolated tornadoes. kansas and oklahoma and central and northern texas. oklahoma by the way, had its third rainiest event in all time recorded history just over 7 inches of rain falling in a 24-hour period. 5 inches of that occurring within a two-hour period. no wonder they had flash
flooding. this is the computer models for the next 24 to 48 hours. severe rain for the greater oklahoma region. that could spell more flash flooding. >> history in oklahoma is not what they want. developing this more thanning investigators are confident that the two men were acting alone in texas. officials have not found any evidence that nadir soofi and elton simpson were working with anyone from isis. simpson was found to have contacted an inspired territory junaid hussain. cnn's pamela brown is in phoenix with the latest on the story. >> reporter: john and christine, a warning from the key isis
operative who may have been connected to the texas attack. on tuesday, he tweeted out you ain't seen nothing yet. hussain is believed to have been connected to elton simpson. they were tweeting around the time of the attack. officials i have been speaking with say junaid hussain is a quote real problem. the concern is he could inspire other americans to launch an attack. he is very active on social media. we know hussain not only exchanged tweets with him, but other terrorists. officials say that in part is the reason why the fbi reopened the investigation into elton simpson in the past few months. in fact i'm told that he was a priority investigative subject which allowed law enforcement to use the resources available. i'm told he was monitored, but did not have 24/7 surveillance. i have been talking to a family friend who is close to the simpson family. that friend says that the family is in shock.
that it had no idea about elton simpson's extremist leanings. the father just saw elton in the past couple of weeks and did not detect any issues whatsoever. i spoke to elton's brother. he was visibly shaken up and called it a tragedy. >> pamela in phoenix, thank you. a video is providing our look at elton simpson. he appeared in a 2012 fund raising video for the mosque. in the video, he talks about the power of prayer as a form of spiritual spiritual armor. >> it charges your imam as well when you come together and pray five times a day with your brothers. you are reminded about the hereafter. >> the mosque president tells cnn a few months ago simpson stopped attending services there. the mother of nadir soofi says she called her son to chew him out when she heard he had bought an ak-47 rifle.
sharon soofi heard about the purchase from her younger son ali who lived in the same apartment as nadir and elton simpson. the younger son moved out because he was worried about the radical findings. sharon said he hoped he would have good life and be successful. something else called him to take the path he did. nadir soofi is scheduled to be buried today outside kansas city. time for an early start on your money. not a very good day for stocks so far. european shares down a bit as the u.k. heads to the polls in a closely fought election. asian shares are down.
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so no smoking gun, but a months long investigation by the nfl into deflate gate finds that two new england patriots employees probably did release air from footballs for the afc championship game and that tom brady, more probable than not, he was generally aware this was going on. andy scholes joins us now with the bleacher report. >> john that's findings could not have been worse for the patriots. no hard evidence that the patriots and tom brady involved in deflate gate but a mountain of circumstantial evidence that
they did intentionally deflate footballs last season. the evidence between jim mcnally and john jastremski. here is an example of the exchange between the two in october of 2014. tom sucks. i'm going to make that next ball an expletive balloon. then tom talked about you last night. he said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done. they discussed receiving autographs and shoes for altering footballs. a couple of findings that don't make brady look good is one he hadn't talked to jastremski on the phone for months but once the scandal broke, they talked numerous times. in terms of the actual deflate gate game against the colts, the report cites that mcnally took
the footballs in the bathroom adjacent to the stadium and stayed there for 100 seconds, which was a sufficient amount of time to deflate. robert kraft released a statement. to say we are disappointed in the findings which do not include any hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs in the afc championship game would be a gross understatement. he said we will accept the findings and take the appropriate actions of the findings. the report found that kraft and belichick had no knowledge of wrongdoing but the big question is how will the patriots be punished? lose draft picks or be fined and will tom brady be suspended? we have never seen anything like this before. we don't know what to expect. >> we have to hear from tom brady. he hasn't spoken publicly. >> he has to speak. >> i have to believe that will
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baltimore police not seeing eye to eye with the top prosecutor. the investigation into the death of freddie gray does not support the charges filed against the officers. that's what sources briefed on the police and prosecutor's investigations are telling cnn. lawyers are challenging a key finding in the state's attorney case. marilyn mosby states the arrest was illegal because the knife gray was carrying was legal. the knife was not a switch blade. lawyers for the officers say the blade was illegal in baltimore. we get more on all of this from cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: according to maryland state law, a knife is illegal if the blade deploys with a push of a button without manual assistance. it all comes down to a spring. >> absolutely. this is the one that gets closer to what you call a switch blade.
when you click that, it clicks the rest of the way open. >> reporter: this is spring assisted but still legal. if successful the knife argument could derail the case against the officers says a former prosecutor who says the charges were filed quickly. if the knife is illegal. >> the arresting officers will be exonerated. her case depends upon those two. >> that report from athena jones. stephanie rawlings-blake is asking the justice department to expand the case into the issue of civil rights of freddie gray is violated. asking for a broader investigation of the patterns and practices of the baltimore police department. penalty phase of boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev will continue in hours.
the jurors will hear more about the super max prison where he would spend the rest of his life. emotional testimony in the colorado courtroom from the woman who survived the movie theater massacre. james holmes accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70. sandy phillips lost her daughter. she has been in court each day and has no plans to stop going. >> you get through the day. you're exhausted. you go home. you try to eat something. you go to bed. you prepare yourself as best you can to go through it the next day. but it is extremely hard and it is extremely hard when you hear that you're supposed to have empathy or sympathy for the person that butchered your
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elton simpson himself. >> when you come together and you pray five times a day with the brothers you're reminded about the hereafter. >> he expressed to me admiration specifically for osama bin laden he used the word hero. is the patriots quarterback a cheater? >> there's a mountain of circumstantial evidence that they intentionally deflated the footballs. >> i feel like i've always played within the rules. i would never do anything to break the rules. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. good morning, welcome to your "new day." it is thursday may 7th. 6:00 in the east. a tornado outbreak in the southern plains destroying homes, overturning cars. more than 40 tornadoes reported overnight in oklahoma kansas and nebraska. >> the storms injuring at least a dozen people in a mobile home park in oklahoma city and forcing officials to declare a flash flood emergency for the first time in the city's history. shutting down roads and
grounding all flights. cnn meteorologist chad myers is in the cnn weather center with our top story. how's it looking, chad? >> well it's going to continue for now, today and longer into the weekend. 46 tornadoes yesterday. debris launching into the sky. >> mike we have a roof that just flew through the air here. i don't know where it came from. >> tornadoing wreaking havoc yet again across the plains. >> large tornado north of verdon oklahoma. >> i got trees down power flashes, i got to back out of here. >> red cross and emergency personnel begin combing through the neighborhoods damaged or destroyed in oklahoma kansas and nebraska. >> i saw two clouds meet as one. and then we could hear the sound of a train. our ears started popping because of the air pressure. >> for the first time in history the national weather service declaring a flash flood emergency in