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what a historic moment for you. but for you especially and your partner. best of luck to you both and thank you for being with us. >> thank you so much. >> of course. take care. >> and thank you for starting your morning with us. your "new day" continues right now. good morning to you. we're following a lot of news this morning. and so great to feel have you on board with us. breaking nudes we are watchiwatch i -- news we're watching this morning is catastrophic and unprecedented. the flooding. look at the pictures coming in. 27 million along the east coast are dealing with situations like this. this specifically in south carolina. you saw there people forming a human chain, a link, trying to pull a man out of the water who was holding on to a stop sign. who is another man up to his
neck that water. this is so -- this is such a good example behalf we're talking about what we say flooding. it's not just about rising water. it's about water that moves so quickly that 12 inches of or 12 feet of water can move an entire car. you can imagine how much it takes just to move a person. >> just 12 inches to move the car. officials have been called to more than 100 water rescues across dorchester county. one county that is affected here. many others are dealing with the flooding. that number likely to grow in the coming hours and days. this morning nearly 30,000 people across south carolina without power. three counties under a flash flood emergency. so you know the epicenter of what we're seeing here is that eastern coast of south carolina. >> yeah. they're saying 18 to 24 inches can move an entire like an suv or larger -- a larger vehicle. so nick valencia is in charleston, south carolina.
we've seen a lot of problems and they expect even more with this next band that is coming through. nick, what are you hearing today? >> reporter: well, kristy, it's almost as if when this rain stops you think you're going to get a break the rain picks up and starts up again. the good news here, at least where we're standing some of the water receded a little bit. you see the area that we're standing in a little while ago. you see the satellite truck there. the water receded a tiny bit. but just a little while ago, we saw a toe truck driver able too get in here as the water receded and able to pull us out which we were reporting next to. what is left behind is a toxic soup thing. i don't know if you can make it out or if it translates to the camera. oil marks and slicks and just really no other way to put it just gross stuff here in the water. that was part of the concern from the local officials here is that the sewage system was really impacted and affected over the course of the last few days. more than 14 inches here in
downtown charleston. we understand that south carolina charleston international airport had a record-breaking day there. more than 11 inches at the airport. you see what is left behind. you can zoom in on the cars submer submer submerged. that's a gas station next door. we talked to somebody who lives in a tent here down the street. about 50 people are down there in a tent what some call a tent city. even those trying to find refuge in the rain are still getting caught in it. the bad news we've heard time after time from meteorologists is this weather event is supposed to last well into monday and, you know, some may be thinking this is the effects of hurricane joaquin. the rain event is well to the west of hurricane joaquin. you have two competing weather systems that have made this area, you know, dangerous and
extremely, extremely tough to get through. >> yeah. and so slow moving. that's part of the reason that intense rain that just won't go anywhere. it just sits over atop that area. nick, thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> as we said earlier, the storm is affecting -- when you think about it six states in 27 million people. that's huge. >> and more rain to come. cnn meteorologist watching this from the weather center. we heard from nick there was a weather system already that was dumping water on this region for days, but getting a lot of assist from joaquin. >> yeah. they had a system last week that dumped a couple of inches. but it saturates the ground. think of it like a spoung thnge is full. that's what the ground is like for a lot of these places. it's a couple of different options we have here. you've got the low sitting over
florida. that right there is not moving. it's associated at the end of the frontal boundary. you have hurricane joaquin funneling moisture to the low sitting over florida. it's being able to pull all of that rich tropical moisture from the hurricane and just sit over certain spots. then you have the high pressure that is sitting back here. that's bringing a lot of pretty intense winds in between the two systems. and the combination of that together does not make for good weather. take a look at the rainfall totals. we've had 18 inches in berkeley county, south carolina. 17 inches in mount pleasant, south carolina. about 15 inches in charleston. charleston, by the way, had the wettest october on record. we're barely into the month of october yet. here is a look gills creek at columbia, south carolina. they're at 17 feet right now at this croeek. the old record? 9.4. they have almost doubled what the previous record in the creek. obviously we know it is well outside the banks.
that is why we have continued flash flood warning and flood watches in effect for the states here. the rain keeps coming back in and into the exact same areas over and over again. so unfortunately cities like charleston and columbia, it's not over yet. we expect to pick up an additional 6-to 10 inches in a couple of spots. even locally located spots of 10 inches. that's on top of what they had. strong winds up-and-down the entire east coast. 62 miles per hour wind gusts yesterday in new jersey. it's a combination of all of these that doesn't make for good conditions anywhere along the east coast. >> thank you so much. we should point out, too, there are four states of emergency in the carolinas and new jersey, and virginia. four people have died. one was a tree, i believe, that fell on a car. take a look at the some of the pictures we've gotten in.
>> people trying to drive across the roads. we heard from officials that one of the most dangerous things you can do is try to drive through the standing water. for two reasons, the road you think you know may not be there. many of the roads watch out. and then if something falls, you can't see that under the surface. so be careful out there. three deaths in south carolina on the roads. one in north carolina. we'll get back to this coverage in just a moment. also, talking this morning about the oregon shooter's father and the fact he is speaking out now saying a lack of gun laws is to blame, essentially, he believes, in part for the massacre. >> plus, donald trump talking about guns. he also says that there should be more of them.
so in oregon students and faculty at umpqua community college are getting ready to return to campus tomorrow. as you can imagine, surprising, you know, that they would. no classes are being held here. the campus is being reopened, however. >> we know that the investigators, though, they are continuing their investigation and they now say that14guns have been linked to the shooter, and that he committed suicide after a shoot out with police. dan simon is live in roseburg,
oregon. and dan, i understand, the father of the gunman is speaking to cnn. what did he have to say? >> reporter: well, ian mercer clearly says that his son not gotten ahold of all the weapons had he not been able to purchase them, that this shooting likely would not have happened. this will be seized upon by gun control advocates. this is what he told our ryan young. >> how on earth could he compile 13 guns? how can that happen? you know, you talk about gun laws, you talk about gun control every time something like this happens, they talk about it and nothing is done >>well, mercer declined to say whether his son had mental or health issues. he said he's going to leave that up to the authorities. that he hasn't seen his son in two years since he moved to
oregon from california. >> dan, i understand there are some details that are newly coming in about what happened inside the classroom. another account of what happened when the shooter started firing. what have you learned? >> reporter: well, we know that officers arrived on scene here about five minutes after the initial call to 9-1-1. they quickly confronted the shooter and authorities say had that not happened, that certainly would have been more carnage. we're learning this very powerful account from a victim who relayed what happened to her family. she says that when the shooter came into the classroom he identified a particular student, handed him an envelope and said, you're the lucky one. meaning that person was going to live. now it's believed that envelope contains some type of manifesto but authorities are not talking about it at this point. that student is in the hospital, that victim, she's the youngest student 16 years old. she was shot in the back.
the bullet pierced her lung, lodged into her kidney, and her kidney was removed. but her family is hopeful she's going to live. >> more people in hospitals there. dan simon, thank you so much. let's move to the political arena. what would the late night show be without a presidential candidate? hillary clinton turn her turn on "saturday night live." take a look! >> somebody say vacation? [ cheers and applause ] oh, my god. they're multiplying! [ laughter ]
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all everyone wants to talk about is donald trump. >> isn't he the one that is like "you're all losers?" [ cheers and applause ] >> cnn senior media correspondent joining me now and chuckling. so clinton is making these types of appearances, as we understand, to increase her likability. do they help, do you think. any sign that they affect her campaign? >> i saw a lot of positive reviews online last night. even the they tend to be pretty partisan if you tend to like hillary, you tend to like her more. if you don't like her, you might like her less. there is always something scripted to the appearances even though they are fun and playful. it was fun and playful. if you think about one of the tests that political strategists apply to campaigns is who would you rather have a beer with? she's literally at a bar playing for that sort of answer. all though, she was serving
vodka. maybe it's who would you rather have a hot vodka with. there was an emission to hillary clinton she came to her opposing the keystone pipeline rather late. she could have evolved on the issue of gay marriage later tea. she was owning the impersonation of her that kate mckinnon does so well. i think it's a damning impersonation at times. it's so effective and sometimes kind of cringe worthy. she's owning it and embracing it by appearing alongside kate and hillary vote a hillary for hillary is a vote for four more years of the impression. >> we'll talk about twitter in a moment. i want to show the other clip of her. again, she's poking fun at trump here. >> you know he knows that if he says crazy things he'll go up in the poll numbers. >> come on, that's just not
true. i don't say outrageous things for poll numbers. i speak from my heart. >> really? because i hear your numbers go down a little bit, sweetie. >> mexicans are stealing our children. >> so, apparently donald trump was up late last night and he approved of the impression of him but he didn't like hillary. he retweeted -- go ahead. >> he retweeted a couple of fans of his who were saying that his impersonator was better than the real hillary clinton, for example. so he was in indicating his satisfaction with it. there have been talks about trump appearing on snl. there was some speculation he would show up in person on the first episode. instead it was hillary clinton's night. before long, i think we'll see trump's turn at the snl stage. >> there's no way he's going to let her take the stage without some sort of follow up, yes? >> i was hoping they would appear together in some fashion. >> can you imagine? >> i guess only the impersonator will be doing that. >> i guess so.
brian set zer, good to see you. strong words from donald trump. speaking of trump, on gun control. he released a sec amendment policy paper on his website, but last night he put down a bit of a marker. watch. >> by the way, it was a gun-free zone. i will tell you, if you had a couple of the teachers or somebody with guns in that room you would have been a hell of a lot better off. [ cheers and applause ] >> trump's comments after the shooting at that oregon community college. let's bring in chief washington correspondent and anchor of "state of the union" jake tapper. sadly, this is not the first mass shooting during the campaign. i wonder if you think now it will take a larger role and be part of a larger conversation for the campaign for some time. >> it's tough to say. i mean, obviously the most horrific event in the last ten years when it comes to mass shooting has to do with sandy
hook and nothing happened after that. significantly when it cams to national discussion, national dialogue, achievement on any of the issues that were talked about. mental health, further restrictions on guns to keep them out of the hands of people with serious mental problems. or the culture. i remember president obama and the white house at the time talking about they wanted a holistic approach to this. they wanted to address all the things that might have contributed to it. right now the white house seems to be focussed on just the gun component. it's tough to say. if sandy hook didn't shock the nation to do something, whatever you think the something would be, i'm not sure why this would change it. >> or charleston what we saw there earlier this year. we know you have snairyou have john mccain elizabeth warren. >> we have a lot to talk about. we have mark kelly, gabby
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will include homosexuality and whether homosexual families should be married and raise children. the meeting comes a day after a monsignor was fired from the vatican after admitting he is in a gay relationship. four students are facing conspiracy charges after police got word of a plot to shoot up a california high school. they pu the plot was still in the early stages. because they got to it, thankfully no one was hurt. more on the breaking news. 27 million people are waking up to a flood watch or advisory this morning. and this is why this is the worst of it in columbia, south carolina. people there making a human chain trying to rescue someone. you can see them holding on to a stop sign. it's just a normal road here in the neighborhood. firefighters just told cnn they've had more than 50 swift water rescues over night.
officials are calling it catastrophic flooding. three counties in that state are under a flash flood emergency. we'll be walking you through it all day long. thank you so much for staying with us. >> john king up next. "state of the union" at 9:00 with jake tapper. another mass shooting puts guns front and center in campaign 2016. >> our thoughts and prayers are not enough. it's not enough. >> plus, are these top republicans ready for prime time? the man in line to be speaker gives hillary clinton a huge gift. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable. right. we put together a benghazi special committee. >> donald trump praises putin's military push in syria. >> let russia take care of isis. >> ben carson is asked how he would prepare the nation