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♪ i'm michael smerconish. right behind me, out the window is columbus circle, in the center of midtown manhattan. as you can see, or maybe barely see, the storm has hit here big force. big snow, big news today. i'll have the latest on this epic snowstorm that's paralyzing the northeast. leaving eight dead and 9400 flights cancelled as well as updates on several big stories. my exclusive reporting continues on the legal mess in bill cosby's criminal prosecution in pennsylvania.
and the newest reason why it may all fall apart. plus, the rift in the gop exploded into civil war this week and 1996 gop nominee bob dole is here to explain his dislike for ted cruz and where he stands on the rest this year's hopefuls. and a classic simon & garfunkel song turned into a memorable bernie sanders ad. i've got art garfunkel here to talk about it. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. first, the latest on this brutal snowstorm, dumping 18 to 40 inches of snow in the northeast that has already caused eight deaths and the cancellation of 9400 flights leave 160,000 people without power. ten states and the district of columbia have declared states of emergency. to give you the sense of the scale we're talking about, virginia state police reports last night, they responded to
989 traffic crashes. there are 33 million living in areas under blizzard warnings. kentucky state police workin to free travelers stranded on interstate 75 on top of everything. tides on the rise putting shore towns at risk. joining me now, cnn's boris sanchez on the jersey shore. what's the very latest? >> reporter: michael, good morning to you. this is serious flooding. is this margate city, just south of atlantic city, vidmer avenue. standing on near the harbor, three or four blocks from here. not very far. within minute, water overtook that harbor. some of the them were smart enough to put sandbags up. many of them did not. we asked why that was, a man that had been here for sandy. he said the water is going to do
what the water's going to do the sandbags don't help that much. right now, we can't really tell the extent of the damage and whether or not the sandbags are helping. certainly, is this a precarious, dangerous situation. i've seen at least two cars come down the street, stop and turn around and go back. there's another car approaching very slowly. it appears to be a police vehicle. but this water is not going anywhere. it's moving ice sheets down the street. and it's continuously moving closer and closer into the city. i should tell you we're basically between two giant pools of water. to the east, it's the atlantic ocean. to the west, it's a bay. so this is a barrier island. as it moves in from the bay, it's going to be difficult how this entire island will not get flooded, michael. >> boris, you menged the jersey shore to me, i grew up in that general area. spent all of my summers there. we immediately think of superstorm sandy. how does this compare?
>> reporter: it's very difficult to compare the two. superstorm sandy came toward the end of october. there was much less precipitation for this storm. i think in general, superstorm sandy was about two feet more water than what we're seeing now. so, even though this could have the potential to cause a lot of damage to some businesses and vehicles and homes, it doesn't really stack up to that level of superstorm sandy where we saw devastation for many, many miles and a recover that took years. >> when is the next high tide? >> reporter: well, it comes every 12 hours. the last one that we saw is just before the water peaked over the harbor. that was at roughly 7:40 a.m. or so. you can expect another one coming this afternoon. and, again, the ocean areas are not as big of a concern because there's plenty of room between -- you know, where the waves are crashing and homes it's really the bay. the inlet, where there's nowhere
for water to go. moving ice around and potentially causing a lot of trouble. >> boris sanchez thank you. right now, there's a serious situation in interstate five towards kentucky. there's at least a 17-mile backup. many people stranded since 1:00 p.m. eastern time yesterday afternoon. they're beginning to move, we're told, but slowly. on the phone is april gill yaia montycinos who has been on the road for 24 hours. in the car is her husband, her diabetic father and her two children. they've run out of food. water. april, thank you for being here. most importantly, how's your dad? >> he's good. we're actually moving -- 75 south -- i'm sorry, north. and we're always -- we're completely out of that. we're going the normal speed now. a lot of the road is actually
cleared. we just got out of that probably 15 minutes ago. the roads are pretty bad. to me, it seemed like they didn't plow all last night. they just started doing it this morning. >> i'm a father of four. how were the kids and how did you keep them calm? give us the secret. >> the 7-year-old wanted to go home and the 4-year-old spent time on her tablet. everybody else is pretty good. >> did you keep the car running? what did you do to protect yourself and at the same time make sure you didn't run out of gas? >> we did. we kept it running. we would turn it off when we got cold. we didn't run out. we were just a little bit under a full tank. we did really good on gas. >> when you're stranded for 24 hours on a roadway like that surrounded like other motorists, i guess i'm wondering, what is
the drill? do you get out of your car and talk to other folks? >> we did. my dad got out. we had to walk around because your legs get stiff. we got out and walked around. >> april, we're thrilled that you're moving. we're thrilled that you're all safe. we wish you godspeed in getting home. thank you. the political fallout of the storm has created at least two huge stories. the hillary clinton e-mails hanging over her have been delayed because d.c. shut down early friday. also how politicians respond to storms can make or break careers. this storm forced new jersey governor chris christie to scramble. first, he said he was staying in new hampshire to campaign for president and leave the situation to his lieutenant governor. then he decided to return home and was attacked for
flip-flopping. here he is yesterday on cnn. >> so the reporting that i wasn't coming back was fully inaccurate and didn't put into effect the words that i used. 'i coming home? i have no plans to come home. the circumstances got worse and clarified. as soon as it did, i came home. but if the storm blew out to sea and i came home, i'd look pretty stupid. so, the fact is you make the decision when you have clarity on what the circumstances are going to be. i had clarity this morning after 11:00 after that briefing, that the storm was going to come here and be of some measure of significance. >> joining me now the author of a new book of governor christie called "american power." matt katz. he's covered governor christie in public radio. matt, as you well know, it was his handling of superstorm sandy
that i would argue that led to a strong re-election of christie, meaning he did so well in the eyes of residents the garden state on that issue, i'm sure that's why he came home for this one, knowing that he knew he had to get ahead of it? >> that's right. he was talking about saensndy o the stump in new hampshire. so it made sense for him to hit the road and so he could demonstrate the same leadership for sandy. >> the front page of "the new york times" today and other publications. this one noting that governor christie spent 191 full days out of new jersey last calendar year because he's running for president. has that caught up with him on a local level at home? >> absolutely. his approval ratings are down in
the 30s. they were up in the 70s after superstorm sandy. there's just a lot less governance going on in the state right now. there's several cabinet members that are serving in acting capacities. there's a amissing supreme court justice. there's a seat empty on the supreme court. christie hasn't nominated anybody. so, people in new jersey have noticed. they've noticed he's not around as much. that was another reason he really just had to come home. and the story about him missing from new jersey was starting to seep into the national consciousness in getting up to new hampshire. and he's making the most of it. i mean, he came home, but he's doing a media blitz while here. obviously, he was on your airwaves earlier today. not only talking storm response. also talking a little bit about the election. so, he's going to use this time, that the northeast is crippled right now, he's going to use this time to get out there as much as possible to try to
reclaim the image that he is in charge of new jersey. >> it could ultimately be to his political advantage if he's perceived to be a strong leader in this instance as he was with superstorm sandy. let me talk about the democratic side of the aisle, matt katz, i mentioned, is this a cnn story, after misplacing 7,000 of pages of doubt for several months the state department is now asking the federal judge for more time to release former secretary of state hillary clinton's e-mails blaming the blizzard currently slamming washington. i'm sure that's not going to go over well on the republican side of the aisle. folks saying is this delay sand they don't see those e-mails until after they've cast their ballots? >> for sure, she's going to face a lot of criticism, as will the obama administration over this from republicans. but i don't see it necessarily
hurting her in the democratic primary. this hasn't been a huge issue. bernie sanders really hasn't been talking about it. but you're going to hear republicans gripe about it. you're going to hear reporters gripe about it. this is something i've experienced before, government officials blame weather for why they can't provide documents or information. you know, they can use the weather to their political advantage. and that's going to be the criticism here. but i don't think it will matter too much for her immediate issue which is get us through the democratic primary. >> i think it's a fair question to ask, why a one-day, maybe two-day storm necessitates a 30-delay in the release of those e-mails. and i would argue she's not well served by it. and the party is not well served by it. because if there's anything there, best it be discussed before americans cast their ballots. anyway, the book on governor christie is entitled "american governor." matt katz, thank you for being here. >> thank you, michael.
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i have news now about the sexual assault case against bill cosby in suburban philadelphia. as you may raurlgs it's my hometown. i'm an attorney there and i'm in close contact with key figures on both sides of the case. here, last saturday, i broke the news that three months before cosby was charged with sexual assault in montgomery county, pennsylvania, the former district attorney e-mailed his successor to warn her against charging bill cosby.
bruce castor said back in 2005 he made a deal with cosby's lawyers promising not to charge the comedian if he agreed to testify against him. castor said he wanted to help andrea constad get justice in a civil suit. that's unusual, especially since it's not in writing. but such a deal would be why cosby incriminated himself with statements like this, question when you got the quaaludes was it in your mind that you were going to use the quaaludes with young women with whom you wanted to have sex with, cosby's answer, yes. here's what's new, we heard that the d.a. who went on to charges could before he last month fuhrman said she had no knowledge of any such deal. fuhrman who now a judge responded to castor's e-mail saying the first i heard of a
binding agreement was your e-mail. and then there's andrea's constad's corner who told me she, too, knew nothing of this deal to let cosby off the hook. she said it never happened. if it never happened i asked her why didn't the d.a. charge cosby at the time. she said she didn't want to speculate but then said, back then, she could be taking on dr. lhuxtable, not the man toda. there will be a showdown coming up very soon when the only criminal charges bill cosby is facing anywhere could implode before trial. and this just in, just yesterday, the judge in the case declared the alleged agreement will be the only one discussed. circle the date, tuesday, february 2nd. that's when all eyes will be on a courthouse in norristown, pennsylvania. joining me defense attorney william j. bren enand civil
rights taern areva martin. bill brennan, why do you think the judge decided this is all he wants to hear on february 2nd? >> michael, because it's by far the most important issue in the three issues raised by mr. cosby's defense lawyers in the pretrial submission. if in fact, mr. castor made that deal and is willing and ready to testify in open court under oath that he made the deal and the deal was binding on his successors, this case to be over on date of that hearing. >> but areva martin, i'm holding the letter that was sent by castor two days after his e-mail and she says, hey, this is the first i'm hearing about it. how can a judge make a determination between competing district attorneys? >> i have to tell you, michael, with all due respect to the
great lawyers of philadelphia and pennsylvania, i'm just shocked how messy this deal is. you have this alleged agreement that was alleged made by your former district attorney. and now you have the current district attorney and the then district attorney when the alleged deal was made both saying they knew knowledge about it. you have constand's lawyer saying she knew nothing about it. you know as lawyers the first thing we want to see is where is the document. and apparently there is no document. it's mind-boggling i think to the rest of the legal word and the public watching this as to how such an important doesn't exist. and how an agreement involving such incredible constitutional rights wasn't reduced to righting. with that being said, i don't see how this judge can let this case move forward. the fundamental constitutional rights that bill cosby gave up, gave that testimony. gave those statements. i don't see how he can ever get a fair trial if his very words are used against him in this
criminal prosecution. >> but, bill brennan, isn't the easier thing to do for a judge to say, i'm going to let the jury sort this out? i'm not the one to cut it short here. >> the easy thing do would be that. but judge o'neal is not one to take the easy road. >> you know him, you practiced in front of him? >> absolutely. he was a fine lawyer when he practiced as a public defender in montgomery county and he's a terrific innovative judge. he won't take the easy road. he'll take the road less traveled. and i predict if mr. castor walks in that courtroom, frankly, michael, with all due respect to his successors, a law firm and a judge, mr. steele, it wasn't there call to make. mr. castor made an agreement not to prosecute. the law cited by mr. cosby's defense lawyers, ironically is
civil law. it's contract law. it's valid and offer and acceptance and consideration. the consideration was mr. cosby on reliance on this deal gave up the most valuable right that a united states citizen has. the right against self-incrimination. he can never get that back. that bell can never be unrung. and judge o'neal has the intrepidity to enforce the deal that was made and throw this case out. >> areva, he said, hey, i never did anything without you, you were always at my side. she writes back, i wasn't in this loop. how unusual is the first assistant, you know the role to a district attorney. how unusual that a first assistant wouldn't have been in that loop? >> very unusual, mike. even going farther than this, what she's also saying, i never heard anything about this, and i
was the person who had immediate and closest contact with constand's attorney. so very contradictory statement for the first assistant to say she didn't know anything about this deal. it raises credibility questions, who are we to believe. we are to believe castor as william said, and i agree, had the authority to make these kinds of deals. or are we to believe the first assistant who said i was dealing with this on a day-to-day basis and i knew nothing about this laechl alleged deal. it puts all three d.a.s in precarious positions. and most importantly, relying on the prosecutors. now we have this mess where no one is to be believed because we have these contradictory statements. so a lot for this judge to sort out on february 2nd. >> my take-away, whichever of
these two accounts the judge accepts will determine whether bill cosby faces any criminal charges anywhere in the united states. areva martin, william j. brennan, thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. up next, the latest on the mega snowstorm as it continues to blanket the eastern seaboard. and with the gop race evolving into who is worse, cruz or trump, i'll ask
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not only is it good for the environment, it's good for the businesses' bottom line. these are our neighbors. these are the people that we work with. that matters to me. i have three children that are going to grow up here and i want them to be able to enjoy all the things that i was able to enjoy. together, we're building a better california. a major winter storm continues its attack up the east coast. 18 to 40 inches of snow at least eight dead, 9400 flights cancelled. flooding on the jersey shore. and lots of plans upended. originally, it was thought that new york would not bear the brunt of the storm. but snow estimates here have now been upped significantly. for the latest, we go to cnn's martin savidge, downstairs, outside of cnn here in columbus circle.
martin when i went to bed at 9:00 p.m., nothing was happening, i thought maybe we'll dodge the bullet here. but that's not the case. >> reporter: no, it's not even when i woke up at 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning made my way here, still not much snow. i thought, uh-oh, here was all of his hype and maybe it's not going deliver. well, i'm eat might go own words right now. unfortunately, much of the city of new york is facing the brunt of this storm. you're right. the forecast here has changed a lot. i'm not blaming anybody this is the storm that they thought maybe a few inches for new york city. now, they've added maybe a foot or more. and it also seems to have caught civic leaders by surprise. i talked to governor cuomo. here's what he said. >> well, martin, they upped the forecast for us from 16 to 24 inches. so far, so good.
the eye of the storm is supposed to hit new york about 11:00, and we're afraid the situations start to deteriorate from there. a declared a state of emergency this morning. the state of emergency gives the governor more control to contract, close roads, et cetera. >> reporter: interesting thing about that, michael, that even though the governor says he's declared a state of emergency, there's actually been no formal documentation or press release coming from the governor's office to say that is in fact the case. so, we'll be waiting and watching to see how it develops as we wait to see how this storm develops. you hurts him say 11:00 a.m. is when he expects the eye to go by. this is very much kind of like a hurricane. in that you've got the building of a storm and then the eye going over. at some point, it is going to end, i promise you that, michael. but it's going to be a hard slog until it does. >> michael what worries the
governor the most? >> reporter: we're all very much worried about coastal flooding. you see the snow, something you got to now and shovel. but water come ago shore that is a really serious problem. it's a serious problem because of the destructive force that it delivers. but also, the long-term impact. we already know that from sandy. now, is this not a sandy-type situation by any means. but it say problem in the winter to have water come flooding into businesses and homes. it is a mess, it's miserable and a long-term problem. >> martin savidge, thank you so much. now to politics and who's worse for the gop, ted cruz or donald trump? that question divided the republican party this week. terry branstad, the governor of iowa usually neutral slammed cruz. and then the national review against trump, so strong that the republican party dropped them, the magazine, as a co-sponsor of the debate coming
up in february. i asked my sirius radio list eners on potus which poses a bigger problem. 61% said ted cruz. 39% said donald trump. more than 1200 people have voted so far. my next guest, 92-year-old bob dole, a longtime gop heavyweight was the first to jump into this fray. bob dole the senate candidate leader in kansas. the iowa caucus winner in 1988 and 1996. and he joins me now on the telephone. senator, i hope you're riding out this storm? >> oh, yeah. i want to stay out of the storm's way and politicians' way. >> well, you didn't do that this week when you said that ted cruz would be cataclysmic for the gop. how come? >> well, i don't think ted say republican. he's a conservative extremist.
you know, he doesn't get along with anybody in the senate or 54 republicans. and i don't believe the people in iowa, the caucusgoers are extreme conservatives. i'm a jeb bush man. and if it comes down to cruz and trump, i'm a big trump supporter. >> wow. senator dole, it became a which is worse this week. because you said that ted cruz would be cataclysmic for the republican party. and then a group of conservatives under the umbrella of national review got together, and they said, it can't be donald trump. which of the two is worse? >> we've got 25 senators running for re-election. and i think it would be habit to have cruz as our nominee. i think we would lose senators,
governors, state officers, state legislators. and members of congress. >> so, tell me how you see donald trump as president of the united states? >> well, i see donald -- donald probably knows 20 senators, i don't know how many house members. and probably contributed to many of them on both sides of the aisle. but he would be able, in my view, he has the right personality to work with members and make, as he said, let's make a deal. i don't mean to give away the store. but sometimes, you have to compromise. i don't care how far right you are. >> they've turned the word "establishment" into a dirty word in this cycle. does bob dole think establishment say diis a dirty ? >> no, i've never had anybody come into my office and say i'm joe from establishment.
no. i don't know what the establishment is, except it means you've had experience. >> senator dole, how do you explain bernie sanders' success on the other side of the aisle? >> well, they don't like hillary. they don't trust her. they don't think she's honest. and everything she passes, she blames on republicans. and, bennie, i don't believe the democrats will nominate a socialist. he's going to give her a scare in iowa and new hampshire. i don't know where it goes from there. >> hey, i'm sensing a spring in your step. i'm thinking dole 2016. >> yeah, i thought if i got a little older i'd run again. >> hey, senator, may i say one other important thing to you. i recently had the experience of touring the world war ii memorial in washington, d.c. it's spectacular. i know that you still spend a lot of time there and that we have bob dole and others, but
you're at the top of that list to thank for that national treasure. so, thank you for your service. and also, thank you for what you did for other world war ii veterans. >> yeah, well, i go down every saturday and greet veterans all over the country. we can tell lies to each other because nobody is around to prove anything. >> thank you, senator bob dole. >> good luck. thank you, michael. ohio governor kasich is trending up in new hampshire. donald trump leads in the granite state. but several recent polls show kasich in second place. and a one touted as trump more pal atable to the establishment.
governor casech joins me next -- oh, right now. governor, great to sigee you. ohio has dodged this role. you know the role of a governor in a crisis weather event. what was the worst thing you ever faced? >> well one thing, we had tremendous heat. and we lost our power. so our seniors were trapped in high-rises with no ability to use oxygen. we had to mobilize everyone from the national guard. answer and we even -- we got students to go up and make sure we could check on people. it was by and large very successful. when you're governor, you face so many different crises. what you do, you plan ahead. we always plan ahead for weather that we think is coming. or anything else. and the key is, you stay confident. you stay calm.
you build a good team and just monitor it until the time that the crisis has passed. >> governor in flint, michigan, there's a lot of finger pointing over the water problem. government ineptitude is being blamed. i'm watching infrastructure. is this not an example of our crumbling infrastructure, and what are you preparing to do about it? >> well, look, i'm a believer, michael that we should stop spending our money to washington to manage infrastructure like our interstate. and i'm a believer we ought to be able to keep those dollars right at home. yeah, we want to maintain the interstate. that will only take a couple pennies from each state. the rest of the money can stay in the state to deal with the krie crises that you have. also in our state, we goned against the tolls in the turnpikes. we used the turnpike to pay
count bonds but it gave us an extra billion dollars, an extra billion dollars, to deal with things inside of our state. i think people have to be creative but oftentimes, the federal government will handcuff you from doing things to stay on top of this. so, a lot of this authority has to be center from washington, to a small committee that divides up what we have, and with their snouts in trough. i know states, special interests will put their snouts in the trough. but it's easier to get them out thereof when you're local rather than far away. >> six polls this month say john kasich is in second place in new hampshire. our own cnn survey is an outlier, doesn't algree with tht assessment. as you get further into the process it will be strictly republicans that you have to appeal to. comment on the latest trends to the race in new hampshire?
>> well, you know, we built this campaign, really, from the bottom up slowly. i'm going to -- by the end of business tomorrow, i will have done 75 town hall meetings which is really remarkable. the fact is, we have a great team on the ground. former senator humphrey said it's the best ground game he's seen in 40 years. and in a crowded field when you have people knocking on doors when we have people making phone calls, when we touched a voter, that's significant an always felt it would pay off. but we still have, i don't know, 17 days before we get here. in politics, anything did happen. it usually does. but we feel very, very good about where we are. in this independent poll, i haven't really looked at it but my folks have told me, we're actually among independent voters and there's a lot of independent voters that vote up here, i think it's as much as 40% of the turnout, i'm actually at this point running even with donald trump which is particularly interesting. so, we'll see, it's a long way
to go. but i'm having an absolute balance, michael, talking about while our problems are serious, they're solvable. you know, i've seen so much. i saw reagan revive america. i watched him stabilize social security with tip o'neil. i watched the berlin wall fall down. half a trillion in debt which i was involved with. and in ohio, eye were twith the. i'm a believer we can take these things on. we're americans before republicans and democrats. i'm greatly optimistic about the future of america. that's my message out here. >> governor, thanks for being here. we'll be back in touch soon. be sure to watch the democratic presidential town hall on tuesday night. coming up, it's the ad that "esquire" magazine said may be the best ever seen.
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ad this week for the iowa primary that may actually change minds. charles pierce, the hard to please "esquire" columnist wrote it's so positive that it makes the old reagan made in america ads look like death images. what sells is the 1960s album book ends from paul simon and art garfunkel. with so many trying to co-op classic rock songs, it's significant that they let it be used this way. art garfunkel. >>
that's a mouthful, isn't it? >> much like smerconish. let's roll the bernie sanders ad and watch it together. ♪ ♪
mmm ♪ let us be lovers we'll all get our fortunes together ♪ >> good commercial. >> i like bernie. i like his fight. i like his dignity and stance. i like this song. ♪ they've all come to look for america ♪ ♪ all come to look for america ♪ all come to look for america ♪ all come to look for america >> you know, we're so used to hearing artists say i never gave permission for that song. you gave permission. why?
>> legal wily, finally, it come down will you allow this. they come to paul and me. it's the moment i say, am i
bernie guy, yes, i am, you can use it. >> why a bernie guy and not a hillary person? >> i like that bernie is very upset between the gap between the rich and the poor. i think that's central -- the power of money to -- when bernie says, hillary gave a speech got $275,000 for that speech. you got to give a very good speech to earn that money. he's winking at we know the power of whoever backed her and she's beholden to them and that's how america works until somebody says, not with me. >> does the purpose of the song, if you read the liner notes i'm one who still know what is liner notes are, does it match that commercial? or do we love to see the faces owe we love hearing "america"? >> we love hearing america. so much of the news is what happened after the fact and making a story. i just acquiesced and let bernie use my song that i'm so proud
of. and, i don't know if there's a specific thing except for we've come to look for the country and we don't really know who we are. we really know who we were. we're still working out what alexander hamilton was working out. how do we fuse becoming united states and not southern planters who want states' rights. in the very constitution, we're working out the fusion of the nation. we're still doing it. >> when i think of you with paul simon, i think of brothers. brothers usually get along. not always. was this an easy call, apparently you see eye to eye on bernie sanders? >> i guess we're both liberals on our inclination, yeah. >> the storm, were you able to make it here. we're right on central park. i can't look at art garfunkel without thinking of that iconic concert in 1982, of course, the park is filled with snow today. when you go by the park, snow or
otherwise do you think about that day? >> well, i'm right near the big oval, the big lawn where i put up the stage. when i walk my 10-year-old beau into the park and say this is where daddy had this very big night, honey. picture that in the oval, in life. >> my stage manager jay was there but he only remembers 30% of it. i'm not sure why, but we might want to ask him. >> do you anticipate getting increasingly active as this unfolds or is art garfunkel done by saying you, bernie, may use the song "america"? >> well, it's a tough question. if i say the latter, i'm disappointing the bernie sanders people, but it all started with my acquiescence to the fact that bernie wants to use that lovely song. >> their idea, not yours? >> yes. >> it's not like art said or paul said, hey, guys, this is a hell of a song? it's their idea. i say yes. now we'll see what happens
zbleks john anderson from "yes" among many, many others covers this song. is there a particular cover before we leave that you like apart from what you did? >> of "america"? >> no. >> of simon and garfunkel? >> i like our ending. i thought i hit a high upper suspension. >> art garfunkel, safe travels home. up next, the latest on the storm and a look at the flooding going on down at the jersey shore. lost shipments, international regulations, security breaches, lost revenue lost respect. well crafted solutions for today's problems in commerce. pitney bowes, the craftsmen of commerce.
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now the latest on this brutal snowstorm dumping 18 to 40 inches of snow in the northeast. tides are on the rise putting shore towns at risk. we go back to cnn's boris sanchez in margate, new jersey, where we saw earlier flooding. what's the latest, boris? >> reporter: michael, somehow the water continues to move and rise and pull ice sheets with it. there's a lot of ice out on the street right now. as you can see, we're standing on vintner avenue. this is in margate. this was hard hit by sandy. they're very different elevations on this barrier island. some parts it appears that the water is subsided, that there's not as much water. obviously here on vintner avenue it is pretty high and it continues moving as it carries ice and debris down with it.
there are some police officers down the street but it does not appear that the street is closed. i just saw two cars passing through here, so people are braving the elements to try to come to a grocery store that's right here behind us, a convenience store. probably a better idea to stay home considering the wind continues to pick up. a short while ago the snow had slowed down. now it's like a rain, slushy mix. but, again, the high winds are really the problem here, specifically with power lines. power lines are brought down, that would create major problems. not apparent that this is going to be taken care of and cleaned up in the next couple of hours, michael. >> boris sanchez, thank you for the report. stay safe. everybody else, stay safe. i'm headed home to philly, maybe. cnn's continuing coverage picks up in just a moment.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com zeroyousflooding here. this is margate city south of the shore. we're here on vintner. >> reporter: this guy is backing up. we have to be very careful here. >> this is the cavalry line. look at the snow plows. this is the capitol beltway. they're trying to clear as much of a swath as possible. >> so far so good. the eye of the storm is supposed to hit new york at about 11:00. we're afraid the continuation starts to deer i don't remember rate from there. >> more snow is coming later today with the winds picking up, so, you know, our focus is really trying to get plows to -- on the roadways throughout the extent of today. the cleanup will certainly