tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN May 26, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PDT
. breaking news this morning. storms ravaging texas and oklahoma. at least six people killed and a dozen more missing this morning following record rainfall and flooding. the damage done and the storms still on the way. breaking news this morning out of iraq. just moments ago, we learned that iraq has launched a new operation to take back territory seized by isis. will this work? we are live in baghdad. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
>> and i'm john berman. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. officials are warning that the storms that killed six people in oklahoma and texas. officials say the missing likely including some children are from two families gathered at a vacation home for the long weekend. that home just washed away in a flash flood. with the ground completely saturated, forecasters are warning there may be more flash flooding ahead. the texas governor greg abbott adding to the disaster declaration to 37 counties. >> we are urging all citizens to get out of harm's way. don't risk your lives by trying to not evacuate the water that may be rising. >> across the region, hundreds of rescues and narrow escapes.
>> oh, my gosh! he needs to get out! oh my god! >> that terrifying situation in kendall county texas. it had a happy ending. the 68-year-old driver was able to get out of that suv and make it to safety. elsewhere, crews rescued people by land and water. this is in austin. this is in caldwell county where a blackhawk helicopter pulled the man from the truck. he stayed on the phone with his pan panicked daughter. >> said please don't leave. i'm here for you. he said i don't know what to tell you. >> it was about real quick three feet. it hit the side of my door
enough to be more powerful than i'm going. five or ten miles an hour. it pushed me off the road so i could no longer go forward. i'm instantly stuck here. >> rainfall totals topped 12 inches in someome areas in the past five days. pushing rivers past the flood stage. on the lake taexcoma it caused flash flooding. >> as many as 400 homes washed away. another 1,000 homes badly damaged and thousands of residents are now homeless. this food store will be out of commission for some time. no question about that. farms and ranches facing disaster. crops ruined and livestock
scattered. >> the river through hayes county has topped more than 40 feet saturday. cnn's ed lavandera has more on the blanco river. >> reporter: john and christine, a staggering scene in the town of wimberley. the flood waters rised dramatic dramatically dramatically. people only had a matter of minutes to escape from their homes. it was described as a wall of water rushing downstream in the blanco river. the refrigerator from the home upstairs. a lot of the trees, massive trees, it is hard to describe and give you the sense of how large the trees were that were swept away and washed out bridges along the way. there is a great deal of concern of more rainfall in the coming
days, john and christine. the blanco river crested more than 40 feet over the usual here in central texas. the flood waters were rising quickly. because of that because of the saturation and the tributaries and creeks are filled the concern is it will not take much more rain to create flash flooding situations. that is what the concern is. the warnings going out to people urging them to react quickly if the flood waters in the rainfalls move back in to pay close attention. it takes a matter of minutes for flood waters to get out of control. >> thanks to ed lavandera in wimberl wimberley. firefighters evacuated dozens of people in twin lakes as the raging river washed away foundations of their homes. near broken bow, oklahoma
rescuers tried to get to 13 people trapped in a cabin. >> they are fine. nothing hazardous as their safety as of yet, but time is of the essence with the water rising. >> a confirmed ef-1 tornado hit southwest houston on sunday with winds up to 100 miles an hour. that twister tore the roof off several buildings. the residents will be moved to new homes. the severe weather stranded fans in the toyota center after the rockets beat the warriors. not many were complaining about the order to stay put after dwight howard took to the court to greet fans. >> the only game they won. >> people had to be patient. no relief in sight for the residents of the south. meteorologist pedram javaheri is
tracking the forecast. >> remarkable. the only thing i would say that is similar to what we are seeing here is a tropical storm making landfall. slow moving tropical storm. the national weather service in houston issued a flash flood emergency for houston and ft. bend and harris county as well. this continuous event. the verbiage is ominous. do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area under flooding. tremendous rainfall in place. some thunderstorms like training. storms fuel off each other. these are rolling through houston and working through i-20 and i-55 to the east. new orleans getting in on the action. active line of weather. a tornado watch in effect for 1.8 million people until 5:00 a.m. local time. we had 19 reports of tornadoes on monday. this active pattern still
continuing over the region. flash flood watches and warnings in place. now they are on the eastern edge of texas and louisiana and much of arkansas in line with the heavy weather in the next couple of days. notice rainfall totals in the last 24 hours. these are all out of areas around houston for several months which would get this much rainfall. they are getting it in a couple of hours. this is at ten feet on monday. look at it sky rocket at 40 feet high. >> let me ask you about houston, pedram. you have people trying to go to work in houston. the fourth largest city in the united states. what are officials telling people? >> this expires in the next hour. water levels will be less and less into the morning hours. right now, they are saying stay
indoors as officials figure out the situation in town. the rivers 150 in texas, at or above flood stage. >> pedram javaheri thank you. we have breaking news out of iraq. the government has announced an operation to retake anbar province from isis. they will meet stiff resistance. isis tightening its grip on that city ramadi which it captured one week ago. we want to get the latest from our cnn correspondent nick paton walsh. nick, this is the iraqi government with the forces. >> reporter: john interesting news now. long awaited counter attack from the iraqi security forces but also the shi'a armed groups who have met so much of the tip of the spear of the fighting here
in isis. >> we are having a hard time establishing communication with nick. the important thing is the iraqi government trying to make the case it is on the offensive in anbar province after losing the city of ramadi one week ago to isis. we do not know if that is a substance operation from the iraqi government. we will check back in with nick. >> the american defense secretary said they lost the will to fight. the operation launching as officials in u.s. and iraq are sniping as each other over the fall of ramadi to isis. president obama used memorial day to talk about the sharp break from what ash carter told cnn about iraqis losing will to fight. and the deputy prime minister
criticized forces of retreating from ramadi. michelle kosinski has more from the white house. >> reporter: surprising to hear the words from the secretary of defense ash carter to cnn, very bluntly describing what he termed the iraqi forces lack of will to fight. they let the city of ramadi fall to isis. now what we are hearing from the administration is some clarification of those comments or you might call it damage control. he was referring specifically to the situation in ramadi. over the last 18 months iraqi forces have held that city in the face of fierce fighting. terrible casualties low pay, poor leadership. not being able to see their families and wave after wave of the gigantic isis truck bombs. we saw monday morning a phone call from the vice president to the iraqi prime minister who had
expressed surprise himself over the defense secretary's comments. the vice president told him that the u.s. recognizes the enormous sacrifice and bravery of iraqi forces welcoming the decision to call in additional troops and try to take back ramadi and the u.s. pledging its continued support and expedite more training and equipment to counter the isis truck bombs. john and christine. >> thank you, michelle. time for an early start on your money. asian stocks are higher. european shares are lower with worries about a greek default. u.s. stocks looking sluggish. charter communications will announce a $55 billion deal to buy time warner cable and brighthouse network this morning. charter is the third biggest provider in the country. time warner is the second. together 18.8 million broadband
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>> reporter: that is right. the first session this morning is over. he was arrested along with his wife and two of their friends last july christine. others were released on bail after a couple of months. jason remained in custody and held in solitary confinement in the notorious prison. it was possibly he was held on "parts unknown." but by april of this year it was clear the charges were more serious than initially thought. the establishment and jew jewdischery claims there is no fair back up to the claims and process so far. what we do know is the judge
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26 more counties to the disaster declaration bringing the total to 37. >> we urge all citizens to get out of harm's way. don't risk your lives by trying to not evacuate the water that may be rising. >> across the region hundreds of rescues and narrow escapes. >> oh, my god! stop! he needs to get out! oh, my god! >> wow. in kendall county officials say the 68-year-old driver of the vehicle was able to get out of his suv and make it to safety. elsewhere, crews rescued people by land and water. this was in austin texas and also from the air. in caldwell county a blackhawk helicopter pulled one away from his truck in the current.
throughout the ordeal he stayed on the phone with his daughter. >> i called him over and over. he said i don't know if i'm going to make it. i said please don't leave. i'm here for you. he said i don't know what to tell you. i'm sorry. >> it was about real quick three feet. it hit the side of my door enough to be more powerful than the speed i'm going five or ten miles an hour. it pushed me off the road so i could no longer go forward. i'm instantly going i'm stuck here. >> rainfall totals topping 12 inches in the last five days pushed rivers and lakes past flood stage. on lake texoma the rather ran over the spillway there since the time it was built in 1957. >> flash foods wiped out neighborhoods in hayes county.
as many as 400 homes washed away. another 1,000 badly damaged with another 1,000 left homeless. this picture of a whole foods store. it will be some time before it reopens. farms and ranches now face disaster with crops ruined and livestock scattered. >> and the blanc river topped more than 40 feet late saturday. cnn's ed lavandera has more from wimberley, texas. >> reporter: john and christine, a staggering scene in the town of wimberley, texas. all of the debris flooded and rushed out of the blanco river as flood waters rose quickly. people had a matter of minutes to escape from their homes. it was described as a wall of water rushing down stream from the blanco river.
this refrigerator from a home upstairs. massive trees, it is hard to describe and how large the trees were that were swept away and washed out several bridges along the way. a great deal of concern, john and christine, about more rainfall in the coming days and what that will mean for the flooding situation. the blanco river crested more than 40 feet over the usual levels here in central texas. a dramatic scene where the flood waters rising quickly and because of that and so much saturation and a lot of the tributaries and creeks are filled the concern is it won't take much more rain for flash flooding situations. the warning going out to people urging to react quickly if the flood waters and rain waters move back in to pay close attention to the situations because it takes a matter of minutes to get the flood waters
out of control. >> some of the rivers hitting ridiculous levels. the violent storms hit oklahoma where rising waters caused rescuers to get people from homes. near broken bow, oklahoma, crews raced against the swelling river to get to 16 people in a cabin. >> we have been in contact with them at all times. they are fine. nothing hazardous with their safety yet. time is of the essence. >> a tornado ripped through the town in southern oklahoma on monday afternoon killing one woman and destroying several trailer homes. >> a confirmed ef-1 tornado hit southwest houston on sunday with up to 100 miles an hour. the tornado tore off roofs of apartment buildings.
the housing department will help out the displaced. >> and the rockets beat the golden state warriors in game four. fans did not seem to mind much of getting the order to stay in place as dwight howard greeted fans stuck inside. in relief in sight for the storm weary residents of the south. we have meteorologist pedram javaheri tracking the forecast. >> i don't think people appreciate the force of the water when you see the flood videos. unless you experienced the flooding and you see six inches of water. if it is moving swiftly, it can knock you off your feet. that's why we have hundreds of water rescues across the region of texas. the steering currents and the atmosphere and the meteorology set up across far eastern texas and louisiana and arkansas over the next coming couple of days.
the climate prediction center releasing the forecast. the first week of june above average rainfall in texas. and above average with the eastern side of the country. moisture not going anywhere anytime soon. 19 reports of tornadoes across the region. much coming from oklahoma and texas with a couple from arkansas and the concern remains high for active weather. tornado watch in effect for portions of new orleans. active storms in the i-10 corridor. think of box cars on a train. they roll through houston and we have the flash flooding situation with the tornado watch with the storms exhibiting rotation in new orleans under that tornado watch until 5:00 a.m. local time. flood threat is high and severe weather threat. a slight risk for 49 million people this includes chicago, detroit, cleveland,
indianapolis for strong thunderstorms and large hail and damaging winds and a few tornadoes possible for tuesday afternoon. guys. >> pedram that blanco river, it caught people by surprise. at one point in 30 minutes, it rose 17 feet. this is normally a slow you know meandering river. we have breaking news from iraq where the government announced an operation to retake ramadi and the rest of anbar province from isis. that is where the offensive is. they are likely to meet stiff resistance. isis sending in reinforcements to that area. i want to get the latest from cnn's correspondent nick paton walsh live in baghdad. nick what can you tell us? >> reporter: john we are hearing from the iraqi prime minister confirmation of what we
had heard from with the groups on the counter attacks. they are launching an offensive across anbar province. ramadi is the capital. and the province to the north and they are trying to cut supply routes from there into anbar. this is the beginning of the rhetoric. it is fair to say that the shi'a armed group talking about how they are pushing in with armed forces along the military and potentially to try to urge people from the disenfranchised sunni people in iraq as well. that is what they are saying on paper and echoed by the iraq prime minister who said the police and military are saying. and they will soon see the liberation of anbar. that may be a tall order. isis has had over a week to prepare themselves for this coming counter attack and we
know of course iraqi security forces and the militia they work alongside and tribes don't always talk of the same page. a very complex task ahead. after criticism from the pent pentagon that the iraqi army lacks the will to fight, the prime minister promising to begin the operation in the days ahead. we are hearing the announcements that the operations are underway. will this translate on the ground? we will see ahead. perhaps this is the moment of truth for iraq security forces and those shi'a armed groups as well. can they push isis out of the newly taken territories? >> how will the shi'a militias be received? nick paton walsh, thank you. 42 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your
money. u.s. stock futures are lower after the long holiday weekend. we will get a look at home prices and consumer confidence. merger news. charter communications announced a $55 billion deal to buy time warner cable and smaller brighthouse network this morning. charter is the third biggest cable provider. time warner is number two. together that company would have 18.8 million broadband subscribers. those numbers would be a big advantage when negotiating with channel owners and competing with netflix. it has to negotiate with the government. that stopped the comcast merger earlier this year. the fbi investigating a series of threats against passenger planes this weekend. what we are learning about the threats this morning next. you wouldn't do half of your daily routine. so why treat your mouth any differently. brushing alone does less than half the job
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agency and that is why the north american aereo space command launched two fighter planes to guide that aircraft in. the reason they did that is the air france did not respond to the calls asking if they needed help. well the plane landed. passengers were debriefed. plane was searched. nothing credible was found to substantiate the threat. the threats continued. another one at jfk. american airlines birmingham england to jfk. not credible threat. airports switched. united from newark to madrid. it was searched. passengers were debriefed. nothing found to be credible from that threat.
then atlanta. hartsfield international. it was a non specific threat. there was also something very curious on monday memorial day, that had a somewhat different scenario. southwest airlines at buffalo niagara was checked by an explosive detection k-9 unit at the request of the pilot. nothing was found. that plane went on. all in all, multiple planes received threats. multiple airlines. at least four different law enforcement agencies received the communications of those threats. the big question now for today is who is responsible for the criminal behavior. john christine. >> i'm sure that investigation will turn up some key facts. a washington post reporter on trial right now in iran accused of espionage in closed
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public even the wife and mother from the courtroom. cnn's becky anderson is monitoring this for us from abu dhabi. >> reporter: this is a troubling case. jason was arrested with his wife and two others last july. the others were released on bail after a couple of months. jason was held in solitary confinement in the notorious prison. now there was speculation he could have been arrested over some of his writings or appearance on cnn's anthony bordain's "parts unknown" which was six weeks before the detention. in april of this year it became clear that the charges against jason were far more serious than initially thought. now the iranian security
establishment establishment and judiciary have been on this trial and no fair process so far. what we know the judge assigned to the case is known to be close to the operators in iran and accused of passing down politically motivated sentences in the past. perhaps this is at heart of the matter. this is a political trial. jason a pawn in a wider power struggle with iran with the president rouhani and the present hard liners who may wish to embarrass him with the nuclear deal with the west by the end of the next month. perhaps with a reporter on trial is not good for the critics. that is why they decided to trigger the trial now. the fate of jason and the trial less perhaps about what happens in the closed court and it is
closed and more about the give and take in the corridors of power in tehran. the first session is now over. very little detail as of yet. john. >> a lot of people simply a travesty of the situation. becky, thank you. a long weekend is a great time to see a movie. right? not this year. a holiday box office bust to tell you about next. headache? motrin helps you be an unstoppable, let's-rock-this-concert- like-it's-1999 kind of mom. back pain? motrin helps you be the side-planking keeping-up-with- your-girlfriend- even-though-you'll-feel-it- later kind of woman you are. body pain? motrin helps you be an unstoppable, i-can-totally-do-this- all-in-one-trip kind of woman. when pain tries to stop you, there's motrin. motrin works fast to stop pain where it starts. make it happen with new motrin liquid gels.
i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. european stocks are down with growing concerns that greece will default on its debts. we get a look at the housing markets. plus a look at consumer confidence which fell last month. a holiday flop at the box office. typically memorial day weekend, one of the biggest weekends of the year but this year movies brought in $190 million total. that is the lowest since 2001 and that is bad considering
ticket prices have soared since then. the key reason for empty theaters disney's "tomorrowland" was a miss. it got mixed reviews. a lot of people thought this would have the people who created it would have a better debut. the worst memorial day box office. >> people don't like the movies they won't buy the tickets. "early start" continues right now. breaking news this morning. houston under water. storms pounding texas and also oklahoma. at least six people now killed in the storms and dozens more missing. following record rainfall and unprecedented flooding and tornadoes. the damage that has been done and storms still on the way. breaking news this morning from iraq. iraqis launching a new operation to take back territory seized by isis. will it work? we are live in