and russia launching the first air strikes in syria, but isis may not be who they are targeting. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm boris sanchez. it is thursday, october 1st. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we are following breaking news. joaquin now a category three hurricane bearing down on the bahamas as another storm produces record rainfall up and down the east coast. >> look at massachusetts. a very dry september ending like this. 4 inches of rain. north the boston, the woman had to be rescued after being stuck in the flood waters. this driver in worcester, massachusetts, gets to dry land and stalls out. opens the car door and all the water. the weather snarling traffic across the region. >> it's bad. it's gridlock everywhere. it's flooded everywhere. i've been on the road for two
hours. >> in maine, the national weather service says more than 5.5 inches fell on portland. one of the ten all time wettest days in that city's history. rain knocking out power and trees and flooding roads. let's go to maryland west of baltimore. knee deep flash flood water rushing through the streets. a local ymca flooded out. three feet of water there. the car in this photo we will show you totalled. here's the owner. >> i really didn't know that flash flood meant quick rain, everything. >> it looked like a freaking river. >> this is a prelude to hurricane joaquin. where will it hit? let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning. the latest update from the national hurricane center in the last few minutes. the changes in the forecast that we touch on with the category
three. the rainfall potential through the roof in the turks and caicos and bahamas at this hour. it is strengthening in the next several hours. beyond that, the track shifted to the east. this is good news when we see hopefully take place over the several days as we approach sunday into monday. the reason i say that is the models over the past several days have a lot of consistency with the seaboard and mid-atlantic states. gradual shifting to the east with good news. i want to show you the track. this takes it into the carolinas and cape hatteras and kill devil hills. 90-mile-an-hour winds. beyond that, it would approach new jersey some time on tuesday. shortly after midnight to 2:00 a.m. that would put it in new jersey as a strong tropical storm. we hope this track continues to
shift. something we notice, you don't want to buy in with the central track. it can go to west and east. if it takes the easterly tract. again, if you look at the vast majority of the models with the spread, it is still there. we don't have the high concentration in one particular region with one model offshore. again, you notice the particular model we followed with the track that would take to the northeast with the trough that digs in to the northeast. we have a hurricane offshore. notice how they interact. that is a key player in the tropical feature and shove it right to the northeast. that is what we do not want to see play out and the europe model is nudging it back to the west. it will go out of the areas into the open waters. that would be good news.
if this comes in close to land, we are talking about significant rainfall. 10 inches on top of the 6 plus inches over this region. you think about this time of year, the trees with a lot of leaves on the trees and winds will weigh down on the trees. it is something worth following. >> it reminds me of tropical storm irene. that hit when it was full blown. everything was leafed out. a real halloween storm. for us on the east coast, we are storm weary here. >> absolutely. this is a good time to make all those precautions even if the storm system takes a right turn. we have not seen a major impact sits 2005. this will not get to a major hurricane to the u.s., but an area that was hit too hard a couple of years ago. proper precautions.
>> pedram says don't fall in love with the middle tract. thank you, pedram. the u.s. countering russian claims its first air strikes in syria targeted isis. russia's first word about the air strikes came when a russian official appeared at the embassy in baghdad with a note to warn stay out of the syrian air space. barbara starr asked ash carter about the unusual move. >> you are dealing with the russians for years. a russian general shows up at the embassy in baghdad and apparently reads you a note saying air strikes will begin in one hour. what do you make of that? is that as secretary of defense, is that acceptable military to military relations with you and where does this leave you if you sit down and talk with the russian military about a way ahead? is this not a little bizarre? >> you are right. i have been dealing with them for a long time.
this is not the behavior that we should expect professionally from russian military professionally. that's one reason why i think it is a good thing to have an avenue of communication that is less unprofessional than a drop-in. >> the u.s. also accusing russia of misleading about the target of its air strikes. american officials say the war planes were not flying in isis-held regions and the washington post reports that it hit anti-rebel troops in syria. accusing russia of pouring gasoline on the fire of syria's civil war. for the latest, let's bring in matthew chance live in moscow. matthew, russia's priority is not isis, right? >> reporter: i think that actually if you watch closely at the russians and what they have been saying, they never stressed
the emphasis is isis. they are talking about isis a lot. they know well that isis has no friends and if russia emphasizes the target, no one will contradict them. they also said their priority is supporting the government of bashar al assad. vladimir putin a couple days ago at the u.n. called him a valiant fighter against extremism. it was a mistake for the west not to give more support to bashar al assad and his government. that is the priority now. they are striking isis targets, but striking other targets as well. the kremlin doesn't draw distinction between isis and other groups. it puts them all in the same basket as islamic terrorists. it committed itself to fighting all of them. it is particularly focusing, it seems on the groups that pose
the biggest threat to the regime of bashar al assad. these are non-isis groups in the first stage. that is why the strikes are focused on the groups other than the islamic state. >> matthew, thank you. sergei lavrov will meet with the secretary of state later today. congress passing a stop-gap spending bill with hours to spare keeping the government funded through december 11th. that is when republicans are expected to push hard to defund planned parenthood. president obama signing the measure when it reached his desk calling it good news and a cause to celebrate even if the bar for congress is quote somewhat low. a high-ranking official facing possible disciplinary action this morning for allegedly trying to smear the reputation of congress her chaffetz. edwin laury accused secret
staffer members to release private information about the lawmaker. specifically the lawmaker applied to the secret service years ago and was rejected. he admits these revelations have him rattled. >> it is scary. secret service diving into my background as a sitting member? it is not about me, but what are they doing over there? these people are entrusted with guns. they are supposed to be secret service. we give them police powers and the ability to dive into confidential information. it is very disconcerting. >> slamming house majority leader kevin mccarthy for the suggestion of the 2012 investigation of the benghazi terror attack was paying off politically for republicans.
chaffetz saying mccarthy should apologize. he says the house investigation was a success because it is now contributing to hillary clinton's slumping poll numbers. the democratic frontrunner, hillary clinton, eager to pounce on the comments. >> when i hear a statement like that which demonstrates this was meant to be a partisan political exercise, i feel it does a disservice and dishonors the memory of the four we lost, but who served our country. >> new e-mails released by the state department show her staffers were concerned of the use of a private e-mail server worrying it would invite hackers. the e-mail span between 2010 and 2011 and reveal five phishing attempts while she was secretary of state. it was revealed that two months
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donald trump and jeb bush butting heads again on the campaign trail. this time over refugees fleeing the civil war in syria. trump telling the new hampshire town hall and our very own don lemon as president he would send refugees back because he thinks they could be isis sympathizers in disguise. >> why are we accepting all of these thousands -- i heard a number today. 200,000. that's almost like are they bringing -- are they isis? we have no idea. i'm telling you right now.
they may come in through the weakness of obama, but they are going out, if i become president, they are going back to syria whether it is safe zone or whatever. >> we have a noble tradition of taking care of refugees. we have done it since the beginning of time. i think we need to maintain that. having said that, we need to make sure we screen people and do all of the things appropriate to make sure that the people coming here are legitimate. send them all back to a hellhole? this is the same guy, by the way, who is advocating what seems to be supportive of putin and his emergence in syria. >> the political jabs from jeb did not stop. bush campaigning in new hampshire says donald trump needs to put on his quote big boy pants. jeb's former florida protege
marco rubio, speaking out. >> there is so much talk about donald trump and how he affected bush's campaign. the other story line is how marco rubio is effecting the campaign. rubio is doing better in new hampshire and nationally, but a personal issue for him because the two of them knew each other very well in florida. the two are friends. jeb bush was his mentor. there are a lot of republicans who we talked to are torn. i asked jeb bush about that. >> i'm a proven leader. i disrupted the order in tallahassee. i relied on marco rubio and many others to follow my leadership. we moved the needle. we led the nation in job growth. reduced the role of government. reformed the things that were broken. took on powerful interests and we won. i can be that disrupter in
washington, d.c. look, we had a president who came in and said the same thing. new and improved. hope and change. he did not have the leadership skills to fix things. he is the most divisive president in modern history. we need the proven leadership to fix things. >> that line talking about his leadership. that is something he is trying to press more and more. we heard it here at his town hall and maybe more importantly, his campaign is now spending money, big money, on ads talking about his bio and his record. ads here in new hampshire and other early contest states because his aides believe this is something he can actually pull off because he's got the money and the organization as long as people actually know he is just not another bush. the question is how long that will take and they said they are in it for the long haul. a big third quarter haul for ben carson.
his campaign announcing it raised more than $20 million in the third quarter. he sounded a bit like donald trump when talking about his campaign. >> i made it very clear that i'm not going after the billionaires and the special interest groups. i'm not licking anybody's boots. i'm not going to be beholden to any special interest groups. there is only one special interest group i'm interested in and that is the american people. and hillary clinton's fund raising take was $28 million. that was a few million more than bernie sanders. it is also a sharp drop from clinton's record take of $47 million in the spring. the pace for bernie sanders picked up over the summer. he collected $35 million in the
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the east coast flooded already and then could it happen again? hurricane joaquin gains strength nearing the u.s. will this be a one-two punch? we are tracking the storms. russia launching new air strikes in syria, but isis does not seem to be the target. welcome back to "early start." i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm christine romans. breaking news this morning. joaquin a category three hurricane bearing down on the bahamas as another separate storm system produces record rainfall up and down the east coast. >> is causing problems in massachusetts. a dry september ending in dramatic fashion with 4 inches of rain.
a woman in boston had to be rescued in her car after being stuck in the flood waters. look at this car in worcester, massachusetts. the driver gets to dry land. opens the car door and gallons pouring out of the car. the weather is snarling traffic as you can imagine across the region. >> it's bad. gridlock everywhere. flooded everywhere. i've been on the road for two hours. >> in maine, the national weather service says more than 5.5 inches fell on portland. one of the ten all time wettest days in the city's history. the rains knocked down power lines. >> and west of baltimore, knee deep flash flood water rushing through the streets. a local ymca flooded out with three feet of water and stuff everywhere. check out the car in this photo. it's totalled. listen to the owner. >> i really did not know that
flash flood meant boom, quick rain. >> it looked like a freaking river. >> it is not over. the heavy rain is one storm system. then there is hurricane joaquin churning over the bahamas. where will it hit? let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, boris and christine. category three sitting across the bahamas and turks and caicos islands. models indicate this could get to a category four. the latest update bring this up to the portion of the northern portion of the carolinas. kill devil hills in the early morning hours of monday. and southern areas of new jersey in the early morning hours of tuesday. important to note, you don't want to fall in love with the central track. this can take a westerly track and easterly track and then offshore. you notice the model discrepancy. you notice yesterday, there was more confidence with one model
offshore. now we have a break apart in the models. we hope that indicates the storm track will shift to the east and become an offshore event and talking about showers in the area. at this point, if it does come close to the coastline, tremendous rainfall possible. possibly of 10 plus across carolinas and to the north with 4 to 6 inches in addition to what has come down in the region. we know with 80 million people, this is the time to make precautions. >> precautions are important. pedram javaheri, thank you for that. to syria now. the u.s. countering russian claims that its first air strikes in syria targeted isis. russia's first word to the u.s. came when a russian official appeared at the u.s. embassy in baghdad with a note warning to stay out of the area. barbara starr asked ash carter
about the move. >> you have been dealing with the russians for years. a russian general shows up at embassy in baghdad and apparently reads you a note saying air strikes will begin in one hour. what do you make of that? is that as secretary of defense, is that accept military to military relations with you and where does this leave you if you sit down and talk to the russian military about a way ahead? is this not a little bizarre? >> you are right. i have been dealing with them for a long time. this is not the kind of behavior that we should expect professionally from russian military professionally. that is one reason why i think it is a good thing to have an avenue of communication that is less unprofessional than a drop-in. >> a drop-in. the u.s. accusing russia of misleading about the target of the air strikes. american officials say the war planes were not flying in isis
held regions. the washington post reports that strikes hit anti-government rebels in syria. some backed by the u.s. and trained by the cia. carter accusing russia of pouring gasoline on the fire of the syrian civil war. i want to bring in matthew chance for us live in moscow. at the very least, this is a dangerous new phase in the four-year civil war in syria. matthew. >> reporter: i think the kremlin would argue that training rebels in syria to fight the government would be pouring gasoline on the flames as well. which is why they say they are taking this action. the western policy has failed. u.s. policy has led to chaos. they are moving in now to back the syrian government, which they believe is the best force or best hope of stopping isis and other fundamentalist groups
in their tracks. there has been some confusion, shall we say, over the targets the russians have been striking on the first day of their air campaign in syria. publicly, they are pretty much emphasizing the defense ministry it was the islamic state they are targeting. saying we hit eight isis positions. fuel dumps and ammunition depots and commander and control centers. things like that. the video emerged from the ground of the province which is not controlled by isis indicates otherwise and also u.s. reports that other rebel groups have been struck. since then, u.s. officials -- sorry, russian officials have been slightly nuancing their message saying their were invited by the syrian government to combat isis and other terrorist groups as well. this has been reiterated by the russian foreign minister after a meeting with secretary of state
john kerry and a few moments ago by the spokesman by the kremlin as well. there are other groups opposed to the syrian government as well. >> matthew, who takes the lead here? if you have russian jets bombing i innside syria and the bombing raids on isis positions, who is in charge here? is this all about making sure that the russians and americans now at this point, don't hit each other? there is no accident with the militaries? >> reporter: this is a conflict of interest with the united states and russia. they are both flying mission, but who have different objectives. they may overlap in targeting of isis. the russians are still targeting isis, but there are other groups backed by the west and united
states that russia is also striking. yes, there is a need for what they call deconfliction and so the militaries are planning to speak with each other urgently to make sure they don't shoot each other. >> deconfliction equals don't shoot each other. that military parlance can sound difficult. thank you, matthew chance. back to the u.s. no government shutdown at least for now. breaking overnight. congress passing a stop-gap measure to keep the government funded through december 11th. that is when republicans are expected to push hard to defund planned parenthood. president obama signed the measure calling it good news and cause to celebrate even if the bar for congress is quote somewhat low. e-mails released by the state department show hillary clinton staffers were concerned about her use of a private
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refugees back as president because he believes they could be isis i am practisympathizers >> i heard 200,000. are these people isis? we have no idea where they are or where they come from. i am telling you, they may come in through the weakness of obama, but they are going out f i become president, they will not stay here. they are going back to syria. >> we have a noble tradition of taking care of refugees. we have done it since the beginning of time. i think we need to maintain that. having said that, we need to make sure we screen people and do things appropriate to make sure that the people coming here are legitimate. send them all back to a hellhole? this is the same guy, by the way, that is advocating what seems to be supportive of putin and his emergence in syria. >> also on the republican
ticket, ben carson, despite comments about muslims, he had a big third quarter haul. campaign announcing it raised more than $20 million in the last three months. he sounded a bit like donald trump when funding his campaign. >> i made it very clear that i'm not going after the billionaires and special interest groups. i'm not licking anybody's boots. i'll not be beholden to any special interest groups. >> let's turn to the democrats. hillary clinton's take for the third quarter is $28 million. a few million more than bernie sanders. also a drop from clinton's record setting take of $47.5 million in the spring. the pace of donations for sanders campaign picked up over the summer. look at the crowds. he collected $25.5 million in
breaking overnight. afghan special forces have reta retaken the city of kunduz. the operation launching late wednesday still ongoing. the cnn international editor nic robertson joins us now. what is keeping the afghans confident they will hold on? >> reporter: boris, the more information we get in today, the more we are learning about the situation on the ground. it still seems to be fluid. they believe that they can hold on at the moment because they come back into the city and they have reinforcements. they outnumber the taliban. the taliban has support in the town. that's why they were able to get in so quickly because people in the city are disgruntled if you will with the government.
that is one of the reasons why the army fell back. what has turned the situation around is not just the reinforcements. we know there have been six u.s. air strikes helping the afghan forces advance into the city. what the interior ministry tells us is they control the major points in the city. they say the taliban are rihidi out in houses and they come across taliban fighters holed up in the houses in the city, they put up fierce resistance. rather than the picture we had from the afghan government a few hours ago which stated they were in control of the city, it seems they are still fight for control of parts of the city that this is not a done deal yet. they have the force of arms now. they have u.s. military backing. they have their reinforcements there. it is not going to be an easy battle. boris. >> nic, thank you. tough news to stomach.
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good thursday morning. i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures are higher. suggesting a strong start to the fourth quarter if all of this holds. stocks climbed yesterday. dow rose 235 points. not enough to save the worst quarter in four years. a lot of uncertainty dragging sentiment from the federal reserve and china slowdown and political gridlock. a lot to get through. it looks like a bounce for today. this is a big day for your credit card. today is a milestone to the shift to the more secure chip enabled cards. banks used to cover the transactions for fake transactions. now today is the shift to less
protection. if a chip enabled card is used in a store that has not upgraded the system, the retailer is on the hook for the fake swipes. the cards are more secure, but it will take longer to swipe at the checkout. that could cause confusion for you. be prepared. it could take another minute or two to get through with your screaming kids at the checkout lane. >> i just got mine in the mail. >> it is supposed to be more secure. hurricane joaquin gaining strength overnight. "new day" starts now. >> joaquin is now a category three. >> forecast models are not agreeing. >> think ahead. have a plan. >> hope for the best. prepare for the worst. russia launching air strikes. >> this approach is tantamount to pouring gasoline on the fire. >> when russia said it was helps
assad, it meant helping assad. >> donald has a harder time taking criticism. he probably needs to put on his big boy pants, too. >> the only time i go after people is when they hit me. i'm a counter-puncher. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good "new day." it is october 1st. joaquin is a cat three hurricane and heading this way. that means 120-mile-an-hour winds as it bears down on the bahamas. joaquin could gain more strength today. >> 80 million people on high alert. flooding is the concern. virginia declaring a state of emergency. the question is will it make landfall in the u.s. and where and whether? cnn has the coverage. let's start with chad myers with the latest forecast models. chad.
>> they are different than yesterday. which is not exciting. we want them to all agree all the time. that is the way we know they are correct. 120-mile-an-hour storm. hurricane hunters have been flying through the storm all night long. it will hang out in the bahamas for almost 48 hours. then it will make a run to the north. it is the hanging out part that has the models confused. they don't know if it will shoot to the north or shoot to the east and away. we still have this differential of models. one to the left of the united states and one not. everyone is asking if it will hit new york city and long island? look how far the line goes to west virginia? or all the way out to bermuda when we get that far out. models were focused on north carolina. not so much today. many models missing north carolina. we showed you these models yesterday. one is gfs. the american model right there.