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5:00 a.m. on the east coast. at least seven people killed and dozens injured as the line of deadly storms from the gulf coast to the upper midwest. spawning rain and high winds and tornadoes. watch the twister in northern mississippi. >> look at that. oh, man. hope it's not hitting houses. >> unfortunately it did hit houses. major damage reported to homes, vehicles and power lines along the tornado's path. >> he actually did see it happened. he said he looked out the window and saw the grass circling and tons of, it wasn't trash, but tons of our neighbor's house blow in our yard all the way to the interstate which is a way over that way. >> parts of the neighbor's home flying in their yard. mississippi emergency officials say four people were killed in the state and 40 injured.
in one case, a 7-year-old boy in a car with his family died when a tornado came through. >> north of there across the state line in southern tennessee, authorities reported two people dead and two missing when an apparent tornado tore through perry county ripping apart three homes with the residents still inside. >> we were in the house. we heard the wind picking up. we dashed out to the storm shelter. we had 45 seconds and it hit. we walked out and everything was gone. >> what does it look like? >> it looks like a waste land. in arkansas, a teen dies after fierce winds and heavy rain uprooted this massive tree and toppled it over her house. this image says it all. you see the small part of the trunk coming outs of the window there. a neighbor down the block says the storm was so intense, she immediately ran for cover. >> everything was just moving sideways and the sound of the
wind and i just jumped and ran. >> four other people inside the home, including an 18-month-old girl, survived. the baby was taken to the hospital and is said to be doing okay. meantime, alabama hit with massive flooding. looks like a lake formed in the center of the neighborhood. highways were shutdown after nearly 3 feet of water fell there. and large hail pounded homes. look at the size of it. hail stones. amazing. take a look at the trailer ripped to shreds in illinois. winds so strong, it looks like the trailer was made of paper falling apart. widespread damage reported through the state with power knocked out to thousands. let's get more now on the crazy weather with meteorologist pedram javaheri. this is not the kind of weather we expect to see in winter. >> absolutely. the beginning of winter a couple of days ago. it should not be as warm as it is. the conditions are ripe for
severe weather. the last few minutes, a tornado warning issued across portions of hawkinsville. that has been allowed to expire. certainly from the town of hawkinsville to hersh. that is allowed to expire. 22 tornado reports. over 200 storm-related damage reports. alison touched on this. the rarity of getting the tornadoes this time of year. in the month of december, this is what you expect for any given month of december. we pick up all of that in one day. the sad part is the fatalities associated. we are on pace for a historically quiet year. from january 1st to this tuesday, ten fatalities occurring and seven happening on wednesday. you see the lowest of all time. you see we were close before this event. again, the threat for severe weather is still in place.
about 50 million people from houston all the way up to parts of d.c. the severity will be much less this afternoon than yesterday afternoon. the main threat is damaging winds. take a look at this. the heat is on across much of the eastern side of the country. record temperatures shattered by 10 to 15 degrees with boston making it up close to 70 degrees this afternoon. it is so warm that new york city's record high temperature for christmas eve was 61 degrees. it exceeded that at midnight at 67. it was one the shorter days of the year and longest nights of the year. the conditions so warm and are you setting records in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. >> i left my jacket in the car. i'm in new york. i left my jacket in the car. it's december. >> we were talking about hawaiian shirts on christmas. the storms are the nasty side of
that. pedram, thank you. big changes for millions of people traveling. aaa says 5.8 million are planning to fly the next couple weeks. they may notice new procedures in the airport screening line. tsa agents can order passengers to go through the body scanner. even those who ask for a full body patdown. the tsa says security consideration warrant the change on a case by case basis. it says the scanners catch non metallic bombs that a patdown may miss. the race for the white house. hillary clinton putting accusations of sexism directly on donald trump in the wake of his crass language about her 2008 primary loss and use of the restroom. trump defending those remarks on fox news last night. >> well, to me it always meant to get beaten badly. that's what happened with hillary clinton. she got beaten badly. to me, that's a reference to
getting beaten decisively. when i said it, nobody in the audience thought anything about it. they clapped. they didn't view that as being a horrible thing. all of a sudden, i get back in and people are calling about it. you know, when they checked it out, some pretty quality people have been using that term over the years. >> meanwhile, clinton's campaign is ramping up as trump's poll numbers are soaring. we have cnn's sunlen serfaty with more. >> reporter: donald trump has a dominating lead in the republican field. the cnn/orc poll shows trump on top with 39%. that is more than double ted cruz. trump's lead is more definitive when measured on issues. immigration and economy and isis. trump is the best equipped candidate by a commanding margin according to voters.
trump is still in the war of words with hillary clinton. clinton speaking out responding to the vulgar rhetoric about her. saying she thinks trump has a penchant for sexism. >> i really deplore the tone of his campaign and the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people. >> reporter: now donald trump is hitting right back tweeting out, quote, hillary, when you complain a penchant for sexism, who are you referring to? i have great respect for women. be careful. hillary clinton says she doesn't want to personally respond to trump because he thrives on that exchange. boris. thank you. ted cruz turning his feud with the media over a cartoon into a fund raising opportunity.
the washington post cartoon mocked his daughters in an ad depicting them and organ grinding monkeys. critics blasted the cartoon. now cruz is sending out an e-mail saying the liberal media is trying to destroy his campaign and he asks for donations. he was asked about that. >> you circulated the fund raising e-mail today with the washington post editorial at the top. is that hypocritical that you are blasting the media and now using it for a fund raising campaign? >> and i think the media thinks it is the right thing to do is target my girls and now coming back and turning yet another attack. thank you for that sentiment. let me suggest a simple rule that everyone should follow. leave the kids alone. >> ben carson is falling to 10%
in the latest cnn/orc poll. tied for third with marco rubio. carson's plunge from second place sparked reports like one in the washington post of campaign shakeups. carson told don lemon last night that no such cuts are planned. >> the washington post frankly had their story already written before they talked to me. they were convinced i would fire everybody and go in a completely different direction. that is absolutely not true. i said, you know, we are constantly looking at everything and we will continue to look at everything. no one is ever 100% guaranteed they are always going to be there and as the organization grows and as our responsibilities grow, you know, some things may have to change. we may have to add some people and change some people. >> carson says expenses are dropping now his campaign is
past what he calls the costly start-up phase. >> his campaign is spending a lot of money. he has to get expenses in a row. breaking news this morning. armed police on the scene of a popular tourist area in china. the u.s. embassy warning americans about possible threats next. at planters we know how to throw a remarkable holiday party. just serve classy snacks and be a gracious host, no matter who shows up. [cricket sound] richard. didn't think you were going to make it. hey sorry about last weekend, i don't know what got into me. well forgive and forget... kind of. i don't think so! do you like nuts? renews from within, plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation without the need for fillers
there is worrying news this morning for westerners in china. british and american embassies in beijing are warning of possible threats of westerners visiting a popular shopping district around the capital at christmas. joining us now is alexandra field with the latest. there is a big difference with what the u.s. and american embassies are saying against the
beijing bureau of security. >> reporter: they are talking about the sanlitun shopping area. it is an upscale shopping area. you have three different alerts that went out. the u.s. and british put out their own warnings saying westerners could face potential threats. they asked their citizens and government employees to exercise caution and vigilance. they could not say what the threats were or they did not say what the threats were. just lining up the possibility there were threats against westerners. then the french embassy with the warning citing the american embassy's warning. at the same time, beijing public security office went ahead and raised the alert level in beijing to a heightened alert level. yellow security level. that is not the highest, but it is heightened. they got on social media and put out a warning. that means security officers are stationed at medium and large
sized malls across the city. beijing security office said there would be a heavier concentration in the sanlitun area of armed officers. boris, they did not say there were possible threats to westerners. they said this heightened security level was necessary because of the large crowds gathering as a result of the holiday season. last minute christmas shopping and other entertainment opportunities that are going on throughout the city. while the embassies have been clear there are possible threats to westerners, beijing public security office says this is a function of the larger crowds gathering. >> alex, this area is a site where violence has taken place before. in august, a man with a sword attacked a chinese woman and a french man i believe. what else do we know about this area? >> reporter: what we know is it
is very unusual to see this level of security there. that was an incident that seemed to be a personal incident that unfolded there. there is no clear understanding of the threat to the westerners. if it is internal or external or what it means. it is a very popular and upscale scores and you see the heavily armed officers. it is jarring. it is a step that is not common in beijing to go up to the yellow security level. it is something you see in other cities, perhaps, during high traffic times like the holiday season, but in beijing, you would see officers armed in this way in public spaces in the number when there are high level political meetings going onor other politically sensitive times. >> alex field, thank you. happening now. the battle to retake ramadi from
isis. iraqi forces are within a mile of the government compound in the strategic city 70 miles from baghdad. a military spokesperson says the progress is slow as specialists dismantle thousands of ieds one by one. cnn's robyn kriel is following events for us live from london and joins us with the latest. robyn, it is likely iraqi forces can retake ramadi. it certainly is not a sure thing. >> reporter: it is not a sure thing. the other question, alison, is how long will they hold ramadi? in the lead up, a number of isis fighters are reported to blend into the population and left with those along with thousands of civilians decided to leave ramadi and not stick it out for the assaults. a number of forces were to stay along the fighters to try to battle to the death against iraqi security forces. the question is what will happen
to those insurgents? likely in the past, battles like this, they will launch counter assaults like small scale attacks and general insecurity and a counter assault we saw in may when they seized the town f ramadi from the iraqi forces. >> and the brutality that isis has. isis dropped leaflets in fallujah stating if ramadi were to fall to iraqi forces, that anyone on isis' side should put on iraqi uniforms and commit atrocities. another example of how isis really wants to hold on to ramadi. >> reporter: and how important ramadi is to isis in terms of propaganda coup. it was a coup when it seized it back in may and propaganda embarrassment for the iraqis and
americans who pumped billions of dollars in the iraqi forces and trained them and equipped them. so hugely embarrassing for the iraqis although the people who were fighting in anbar all they they were telling the u.s. they needed more ammunition and they had no choice but to allow the city to fall to isis. it has been a brutal, you described the brutality, it has been a brutal seven months for those living in ramadi. isis tactics are brutal and relying heavily on the documentation to scare the population. >> and using ramadi citizens as human shields. robyn kriel, thanks. western security officials sounding the alarm over isis ability to forge and perfect iraqi and syrian passports. the wall street journal reports the terrorist group likely obtained equipment when it took
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a war of wordses ee ees escala the race for president. and a u.s. embassy with a warning of a possible threat in a big shopping district. i'm boris sanchez. welcome to "early start." >> i'm alison kosik. we have starting with severe weather in the south with high winds and rain and even hail spawning a tornado. look at this in mississippi. >> oh, man. i hope it is not hitting houses. >> it did hit houses. major damage to homes and vehicles and power lines along the tornado's path. >> he actually did see it happen. he said he looked out the window and saw the grass circling and
tons of, it wasn't trash, but tons of our neighbor's house blow into your yard all the way to the interstate which is a way over that way. >> emergency officials in mississippi say four people were killed in the state and 40 people injured. in one case, a 7-year-old boy in a car with his family died when a tornado came through. >> just north of that area, across the state line in southern tennessee, authorities reported two people dead and two missing when an apparent tornado tore through perry county ripping three homes apart with the residents inside. >> we heard the wind picking up. we dashed to the storm shelter. we had 45 seconds. everything was gone. >> what does it look like? >> it looks like a waste land. there's nothing left. >> in arkansas, a teenager dies after fierce winds and heavy rain uprooted a tree and it
sliced through a portion of the home. you can see part of the tree trunk sticking out of the window. a neighbor down the block says the storm was so intense, she immediately took cover. >> everything was just moving sideways and the sound of the wind. i jumped and i ran. >> fortunately four other people in the home, including an 18-month-old girl survived. meantime, alabama hit with massive flooding. look at this. a lake basically forming in the center of this neighborhood. highways shutdown after 3 feet of water fell there and large hail pounded homes. here is one hail stone. you see the size of it. >> it is amazing. this trailer ripped to shreds in illinois. the winds so strong and it came apart like a house of cards. power was knocked out to thousands of people. >> and let's bring in the latest with meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, guys. a wild wednesday afternoon when
it comes to the severe weather we saw. some on the order of 200 storm reports. 22 associated with tornadoes. this time of year, easily the time of year with tornadic activity, you see about 20 a month. the severe weather threat for thursday, christmas eve, stretches for 50 million people from houston to d.c. at least improving conditions. still wild weather to speak of. the temperatures shooting through the roof in the early morning hours. 70s in atlanta. we talk about this time of year and how you get the severe weather events. it doesn't matter which time of year. if you have the climatology conditions, you get up to 4,000 feet or 5,000 feet and you have winds upstairs and you create the vortex of tubes of
horizontal air. you think of a pencil in your hand. that column rotating on its axis. you can rotate that horizontal into a vertical and you have a tornado. that is what we saw here on thursday. the threat is diminished a bit. we have incredible heat to tell you about this afternoon. thank you, pedram. aaa says about 5.8 million people are planning to fly in the next couple weeks. they may notice new procedures at the tsa screening line. tsa can order passengers to go through the body scanners, even those who asked for a full body patdown instead. the security conditions warrant the change on a case by case basis. it says scanners can catch bombs that may be missed on a patdown.
hillary clinton with issues over sexism on donald trump with her 2008 loss and use of the restroom. trump defending the remarks on fox news. >> to me, it always meant to get beaten badly. that happened with hillary clinton. she got beaten badly. to me, that is a reference to getting beaten and pretty decisively. when i said it, nobody in the audience thought anything about it. they clapped. they didn't view that as a horrible thing. then all of a sudden, i get back in and people are calling about it. when they checked it out, some pretty quality people have been using that term over the years. >> meantime, clinton's campaign is ramps up the combativeness and taking trump on with his poll numbers soaring. sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: good morning, alison. donald trump has a dominating lead in the republican field.
the cnn poll shows trump on top with 39% support. that is more than double ted cruz. trump's lead is more definitive when measured by the depth of issues. on handling the economy and isis. voters say trump is the best candidate by a commanding margin. he is in a war of words with hillary clinton. speaking out to trump's vulgar rhetoric. thinking trump has a penchant for sexism. >> i really deplore the tone of his campaign and the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people. >> reporter: donald trump is hitting right back tweeting out quote, hillary, when you complain about a penchant for
sexism, who are you referring to? i have great respect for women. be careful. clinton saying she doesn't want to continue to respond to him personally because he thrives on that. and ted cruz feuding with the media over a cartoon and now using that to fund raise. he is upset over the washington post using the ad as his daughters displayed as monkeys. he is saying the liberal media is desperate to attack he and his family, but he is asking for donations. cruz was asked about that on the campaign trail. >> you circulated an e-mail today that had the washington post editorial at the top of it. do you think that is hypocritical that you are
blasting the media and now you are using it for fund raising? >> i think the media thinks the right thing to do is target my girls and now coming back and turning yet another attack. thank you for that sentiment. let me suggest a simple rule that everyone ought to follow. leave the kids alone. >> ben carson has fallen to 10% in the cnn poll tied for third with marco rubio. carson's plunge from second place sparked reports from the washington post of the campaign shakeup with budget and staff cuts. carson told don lemon no such cuts are planned. >> we are constantly looking at everything and we will continue to look at everything. no one is ever 100% guaranteed they will always be there. as our responsibilities grow,
some things may have to change. we may have to add some people. we may have to change some people. >> carson says expenses is dropping now his campaign is past the costly start-up phase. breaking news this morning. armed police on the scene of a popular tourist area in china. the u.s. embassy warning americans about possible threats. that's coming up.
there is worrying news for westerners in china. the british, american and now french embassies in beijing warning they have information about possible threats against westerners visiting a popular shopping districts around the capital at christmas. joining us now is cnn's alexandra field. alex, we know there are armed
security around the shopping center. what do we know? >> reporter: the embassies are not revealing the information or intelligence they have. they are putting out a warning to citizens and government employees there could be possible threats against westerners, specifically in sanlitun. a popular upscale shopping area. at the same time, the embassies put out the warning to their people, you have beijing public security office issuing a warning going through social media to raise the threat level to yellow. the state run news agency reports that is the second on the scale of four alert levels. that is the second from the bottom, but what it means is that people can expect to see security guards in supermarkets animals across beijing. they are also seeing a heavier concentration of armed police officers in sanlitun, which was mentioned by the beijing public security office when they put out the message they would raise the alert level to yellow.
they did not, however, specify the fact that warnings had gone out at the same time from embassies saying there were possible threats against westerners. all they said was that the alert level was raised because of the abundance of holiday shoppers in the area and activities going on at this time of year, boris. >> interesting to know the difference in the two alerts. alexandra field, thank you. happening now, the battle to retake ramadi from isis. iraqi forces say they are within a mile of the isis held government compound in the city 70 miles from baghdad. a military spokesperson said progress is slow as specialists dismantle thousands of ieds one by one. cnn's robyn kriel is following the events for us from london and joins us live with the latest. robyn, we are talking about the iraqi military pushing closer to ramadi. so many challenges remain to actually getting there and
putting their flag down and taking it back. >> reporter: yes, alison. i guess the concern is that this could become another case as was the case with tikrit where the iraqi military was bogged down and it wasn't until the u.s. led coalition air strikes began in earnest that they were fully able to take tikrit among heavy losses. we know the u.s. led coalition air strikes have been occurring ever since the morning when the iraqi forces crossed over a temporary bridge that the u.s. helped build and crossed into the district and launched the raid tuesday morning taking, we understand, isis fairly by surprise. because of this, they have been able to continue effectively. they had a stranglehold over the city of ramadi ever since november trying to choke off various supply lines from isis to get their weapons.
the question is what will leave 200 to 300 isis fighters do in the interim. will they execute citizens? will they use them as human shields? there are a number of citizens trapped inside. up to 10,000, an kccording to officials. >> robyn kriel, thank you. western security officials sounding alarm over isis ability to form perfect passports from iraq and syria. they likely obtained the equipment when it took control of major cities in syria and iraq. at least one of the paris attackers had been registered as a refugee in greece using a fake syrian passport. time for an early start for your money. asian markets opened lower. we are looking at dow futures in the red for this holiday shortened session today. u.s. firms are gearing up for the lifting of sanctions on iran and it is not just oil companies
that are interested in doing business there. the wall street journal reports hp, apple and general electric are exploring getting into the iranian market. sanctions could be lifted as early as january and could represent a huge opportunity for american businesses. iran's tech market alone could be worth $13 billion within four years. hyatt is the latest hotel investigating a data breach. the company found malware on the computer payment system. it is unclear how many customers may have been affected. last month, starwood and hilton reported similar. if you stayed at those hotels, check your bills. let's see what is coming up on "new day." we have alisyn camerota with more. merry christmas eve. >> thank you. we will follow the deadly storms striking the south. there are incredible survival stories and the climbing death
toll. also what is in store for the next few days. also, chris brings us an interview with presidential candidate bernie sanders. the self described socialist opening up about the polls and his plans for the white house and donald trump. >> we won't miss it. did you finish your christmas shopping? >> almost. one last thing to get as i head out. >> i will give you ideas after the break where you can go if you are a procrastinator. an early start on your money is next. discover card hey! so i'm looking at my bill and my fico credit score's on here. yeah! we give you your fico credit score. for free! awesomesauce! the only person i know that says that is... lisa? julie? we've already given more than 175 million free fico credit scores to our cardmembers. apply today at discover.com
gatwick london airport and were told they could not board the plane ordered by u.s. homeland security. for the latest, let's bring in cnn's richard quest in london. richard, we learned a relative had an e-mail linked to a suspicious facebook group. what do we know? >> reporter: we don't know much. we know of a facebook page and on that page there were comments supporting al qaeda and the e-mail address attached to that. the problem is, it seems to be the wrong address for the family and nobody seems to know exactly what connection, if at all, there may be. the family says it is not their facebook page and not their address. they are not sure how the two are connected in the first place. what you are getting here is a situation where the families say they have no idea why they were
barred from boarding the plane and the u.s. so far is not providing any information. not surprisingly, the family concerned and are angry. >> i wanted them to give me an explanation. we are not a threat to anybody. we are working class. we run a business. we help everybody else. i get along in a multiculture society and i get along with everybody the same. i feel uncomfortable. i'm just like a normal person. >> reporter: the british member of parliament that represents the family's district is getting involved and the prime minister david cameron is getting involved. i understand the u.s. embassy in london is preparing to answer questions or answer inquiries from the british government. as for the family, their $15,000
out of pocket because the airline won't refund the money. they don't know if and when they will ever be allowed to travel to the united states. they don't know the reason why they were refused travel and boris, they say, the embassy says if they turn up at the embassy, they can apply for a visa. >> a difficult situation for that family. i look forward to see what kept them from coming here. richard, thank you. there is word that u.s. immigration agents are prepared to carry out a series of raids aimed at deporting families that crossed the border illegally. they will only target adults and children who were ordered removed from the country from an immigration judge. 15 people arrested following a black lives matter rally in minneapolis. this was the scene at the mall
of america yesterday. demonstrators forced the largest mall to briefly shutdown. meantime, hundreds of demonstrators blocked the terminal at minneapolis-st. paul international airport. there were flight delays, but no cancellations. the goal of the rally was to bring attention to the fatal shooting of jamar clark by police. one tells the newspaper that the mall protest was actually a decoy for the real demonstration at the airport. meantime, protesters in chicago hoping to disrupt holiday shopping. gathering at the magnificent mile calling for mayor emanuel to step down. they demonstrated at the same location on black friday. they want emanuel out of office over the fight of dash cam video of officer van dyke gunning down laquan mcdonald. let's get a look at your
money in trading. the market is rallied over the past three days. mostly as we watched oil prices stabilize. crude oil is trading above $37 a barrel this morning. the buys in stocks has put the s&p back in the plus column for the year, but the dow is on track for the first negative year since 2008. daily sports fans could be shutout in illinois. the state attorney general says the gambling sites are illegal gambling. draft kings and fan duel will need to stop doing business in the state. good news if you procrastinate on shopping for christmas. still time to get the last minute christmas gifts. walmart is open until 8:00. target is open until 10:00. toys r us is closing at 9:00.
you can shop at best buy until 6:00. the holiday shopping season is off to a slow start, but analysts are predicting that overall sales will be higher than last year. i don't want to fight the crowds. i would rather give an iou. >> don't forget to get the milk and cookies for santa. you may get a lump of coal. >> there's a santa? deadly storms across the u.s. "new day" starts now. >> storms are moving way too fast to manage. >> everything was moving sideways. i jumped and ran. >> we made it out just in time. we didn't have a minute to get out of the house. >> christmas is all about love. we will love through this. among democrats, hillary clinton, she's at 50%. bernie sanders, 34%. >> trump is trying to play on fears. at the end of the day, i believe our approach will win. >> is america ready for someone like donald trump and not ready for someone like you?
we're not a threat it anybody. >> a british muslim family denied boarding for a flight to california. >> categorically deny religion was behind it. >> i feel most uncomfortable. >> the family says they have not been told why. >> this is good morning. welcome to your "new day." it is thursday, december 24th. christmas eve. 6:00 in the east right now. mic is off. we do have heavy news to start the show. the death toll climbing. the threat not over. severe weather hammering parts of the south and midwest. at this point, we do know that at least seven people have lost their lives including a 7-year-old boy. there is heavy rain, fierce winds and giant hail pounding several different states. you got tornadoes confirmed in mississippi and tennessee. >> the storm carving a trail of destruction ripping home to
shreds, making many homeless just as families get ready to celebrate christmas. let's get to meteorologist chad myers. what are you seeing today, chad? >> alisyn, we do get tornadoes in the united states in december. on average, 23 or 24 but not long-track major tornados like we saw yesterday. one of these storms may be 140 miles long on the ground. the weather service will be out to look at that today. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> reporter: this christmas eve morning, hundreds of people are waking up to utter devastation. >> holy mackerel! >> reporter: devastation cutting across the southwest and midwest. the tornado claimed lives including a 7-year-old boy. as residents desperately hid in their homes. >> every time i got out of the car, i had a tree that was in my windshield. >> reporter: in turn mississippi, this tornado tore through a busy highway. >> oh! >>