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days and probably weeks ahead. we go now don lemon and cnn tonigh tonight. and it is major breaking news. look at your screen, a monster hurricane, her name is irma, slamming through the caribbean right now taking aim at florida. thousands and thousands of people fleeing before it is too late. this is cnn tonight. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. the core of the category 5 storm north of puerto rico with maximum winds of 185 miles an hour. that as mandatory evacuations begin if florida. this is one of the strongest hurricanes ever in the atlantic. to get an idea of its power, just listen to the sound as irma hit the caribbean island of st. martin.
powerful. and on bar buddha, the prime minister says the island is literally rubble. my goodness. look at those pictures. up to 37 million people at risk tonight. 37 million people at risk. and that's just the beginning. there are now three hurricanes in the atlantic. irma, jose and katia. our reports are live tonight all across the region we've got this covered. cnn's tom slater is in the weather center for us and that's where we're going to begin tonight. tom, this is a mon sfer itormon monster of a hurricane. >> it's time to pack up and head out because we've seen now 32 straight hours plus that this system has been churning with winds at 180 miles an hour or
greater. we haven't had systems like this. this is the strongest to ever impact the leeward islands and last night we were concerned about barbuda. in fact around 1:00 a.m. in the morning, barely habitable. the french foreign minister said the four tallest billings on the island are completely destroyed, as well as most of the buildings. we haven't heard from akwquill . we're not looking at a major land nfl the near feature. we've got another 24 hours without one and it's pulling away from puerto rico. about 70 miles away now. it's been undergoing kind of an eye wall replacement circumstance cycle. we organizing itself. as it starts to strengthen, we're going to make the system make its way toward cuba and northward. they've moved it 60 to 70 miles from where it was this time last night. anyone in the cone of uncertainty, still the options are open.
we should know more in 24 to 48 hours. >> irma may not be the only problem ahead. there are other systems that we're looking at. we mentioned jose and katia. katia is in the gulf of mexico right now. >> by this evening it was named a hurricane as well as jose. we knew jose was going to be a hurricane. there is a cold front sweeping down through the southeastern u.s. it's too bad the cold front wasn't moving through on friday because that would push irma into the ocean. but i think the cold front is going to push katia down toward mexico. do not fret, that one is not moving anywhere. but i'm concerned about jose. yes, sit a hurricane as well. and we know it's following irma but for the most part it's going to come close. you're going to see the pattern of rainfall for irma and a little spike. it comes close to the islands again and maybe as a major
hurricane. >> tom seder in the weather center. i want to get to leyla in say juan. we spoke last night. the weather in puerto rico has really deteriorated as the hours tick by. what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: well we are still seeing rain, heavy wind gusts coming in. but really a lot of team on the island are breathing a sigh of relief because this is not what was initially expected from people here on this island, given that this was preliminarily expected to be catastrophic event here. so that is what a lot of people are saying on social media, calls that i have made to others that are in their own homes. and yet government officials, emergency management officials are saying don't let your guard down now. because even if this, this rain and this wind that is what we
awe earlier is the worst of it, we still have a lot of problems coming as a result of it. let's start with power. more than 900,000 households right now without power. an don, they have already -- authorities are already say this will be a matter of days, it could be days possibly months before the power is back and restored for the folks that lost it tonight. and then there is the flooding. that is certainly going to be an issue. the rescue crews have had to go in to save dozen os people from flooding in homes as well as cars. so flooding and power are big issues. and of course tomorrow damage assessment begins. the fema director here already saying they will begin damage assessment as soon as possible. don? >> leyla santiago, thank you for your reporting. joining me now by phone from st. martin is lauren. you're there with a group of people, five people, i believe. tell us what it was like when
irma hit. >> well, we woke up about 3:00 in the morning after a little cat nap and the winds were howling, the rain started beating on the door to our balcony and it got progressively worse. we really couldn't see anything until about 5:30 or 6:00 in morning and this there was the most eerie blue light. we're on the sixth floor so we don't have wave water come up. but the way that everything drains in the room, it was coming from the door, sending debris in here and flooded our room. we had a couple of instances of water on the ground in both bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room and the balcony was a swimming pool. it's been a terrifying experience but we all came out of it okay and we're glad
everyone is safe. >> you were capturing the video during the hurricane. let's take a look at it. >> there's the door and there's the chair, i'm standing on the other side of the shachair. my shoes are soaked. notice we're moving sideways. still have wi-fi. >> my goodness, it's coming down like a fire hose. >> yes. everything was shaking. it was pretty scary, we were just hoping that the doors didn't crack and you know nothing blew inside and started flying at us. once we realized that the door was safe and the rain was just
really, really coming down, we hid out in one of the bathrooms and kind of barricaded ourselves behind three doors. we hid in there with candles and kind of waited it out until the eye of the storm was passing over us. >> i got to ask you something. vi been trying to get in touch with someone who is on st. martin and i'm wondering how you're able to get out? are you on a cell phone or a landline? >> i'm actually on a cell phone. we did lose power last night. we lost water and we still don't have water right now. the cell phone just started working so we've been able to contact our friends and family back home and obviously post all of the videos. >> are you on the french side or the dutch side of the island? are you near the airport? >> right now we're on the dutch side. so we have a view of the airport. we're about i would say 15 minutes around the corner. our location is in a marina
area, so it's a little cove. and i think that's why, even though this part of the island looks really damaged to us, parts of the island, you know, were more devastated by the wind and the rain and everything blowing around. >> were you able to get out or are you just staying close to the hotel? >> we got out today once the storm had pretty much passed. >> what does it look like? >> it's horrible. it's awful. this island was beautiful. it was tropical paradise. we came here, you know, with the intention of hosting the retreat and we brought 12 other people with us. half of them made it on the plane and half of us are still stranded at the hotel. but it's awful. roofs have blown off, cars are damaged and flipped over, windshields, the back windshi d
windshields have been ripped off, bumpers ripped off. it's an absolute disaster area. >> and you're used to hurricanes because you're from florida, right? vo south florida. >> i'm on the west coast south of tampa. my family lives in bradenton on a bayou. >> how does this compare? >> we've been evacuated before but we've never seen anything like this. this was insane. there's a balcony that flew off above us, where other groups were staying before they caught the flight out before the storm. it's hanging on by a thread. we tied it to our balcony so that it doesn't move but it's just -- it's really scary because it came down at one point when the rain was blowing so hard and we were pretty nervous it was going to blow right through the doors into our unit. i'm not sure what we would have done had that happened. >> loren, you be safe. i appreciate it. thank you for joining us here on
cnn. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> unbelievable. miguel marquez is in miami tonight for us and we joins us life. you heard she's from florida, never seen anything like it. dade county has issued a mandatory evacuation area for coastal cities. set the scene for us there. gas, water shortages? what's happening? >> reporter: yeah, you can express the concern that floridians have tonight by the shortage of both gas and water. water throughout florida, at least south florida. we went by walmart, publix, target, walgreen's. they're all out of water. walmart telling us they're delivering some 1300 trailer trucks just filled with water alone, pulling it from as far away as nevada. gas as well, they're filling up everything, their cars, gas cans. getting ready for the storm. we've been at this place most of the day. they've delivered tens of
thousands of gallons throughout the day. look at the line here. still, it's almost 10:30 at night. there's a giant line here. it's gotten better. it was two hours at the longest today. it's gotten much better. this is u.s. 1, the main route from the keys in monroe county that's already under an evacuation order. traffic has been steady all day but certainly given the concern that people have, the uncertainty about the storm and the strength of this storm, traffic going this way is going to get much worse in the hours and days ahead. four shelters already open in miami-dade, they started taking people in tonight. that is if numbers there are likely to grow. >> miguel, i know you're used to covering these things. it's on the way. be safe. joining me on the phone now is roman guest. thank you. we know you're very busy right now but we appreciate you joining us.
florida governor rick scott estimates 25,000 people have been evacuated from the florida keys. mandatory evacuations. do you suspect that everyone will be able to get out in time? >> we do. we actually do. we look at the images and the videos of what the affected islands are going through and the thought that we might be going through that in a few days a outright scary and concerning. as you mentioned, we have one road in and one road out. keys residents are very connected to the weather and know when to take things serious. they've been taking this very serious for the last three days. i just drove down from the emergency operations center in marathon to key west, about a 50 mile drive and there is nobody in the keys. there is a very little amount of people in the keys. i drove around key west because i knew i was going to be on your show, to give you a good update report, probably 90% of the bars and restaurants are closed. there's still a few stragglers. but i think the folks are taking
this serious and i'm glad to report that. >> i'm glad you said that. that one roadway in and out can be clogged. what are you expecting in terms of damage, roman? can you even assess right now? >> well, again, i'm looking at the images that you're showing on tv and it's outright scary. i lived in south dade during hurricane andrew and this is much more powerful and bigger than andrew. and you know the damage that we had there. the thought that an andrew like and even possibly more would come through the keys is outright scary. i just hope that if it does come to the keys it crosses somewhere that is not populated with much to it. the keys are 120 miles long and we have 42 bridges, many islands. it really depends on what happens. it's outright scary. >> let me ask you, the florida national guard coordinating with north carolina national guard to utilize air assets to assist
with ongoing evacuations in the keys, can you tell us about that? >> they were here today. they're in our oec, merge operations center. and depending on where the storm hits, we will move accordingly. right now if it's going to be a direct hit to key west, i will be moving up to marathon or key largo or homestead and the main land depending on where it's going to hit. if the bridges go out, we're utilize an air bridge system. we practice that, talk about that all of the time. hopefully we won't have to implement that. 42 bridges, all it takes is one to go out to stop all of the traffic and it could be weeks or months before that bridge gets repaired. >> my goodness. stay safe. we know you're busy. thank you very much. we'll check back in with you later on this evening or tomorrow on cnn.
please stay safe. >> thank you. >> we're just getting started here on cnn. we're going to be covering this throughout the duration. and when we come back, much more on this deadly category 5 hurricane heading for the u.s. and the two others just behind it -- well the one wer behiothe it in the atlantic. officials tracking and preparing for the storm will join us next. dental professionals recommend using an electric toothbrush. for an exceptionally fresh feeling choose philips sonicare diamondclean. hear the difference versus oral b. in a recently published clinical study,
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5 storm killing at least three people as it leaves a trail of destruction across the caribbean. look at this incredible video shot from a plane inside the eye of the storm. look at that. massive. everything seems calm, right? blue sky and peeks of sun visible above the eye. so unbelievable now. joining me now is the chief of the forecast operations branch of the national oceanic and atmospheric organization. joining us again. greg, where is hurricane irma right now? >> good evening, don. hurricane irma is just north of the island of puerto rico this evening as we've seen on satellite and radar images, a stunning image of catastrophic hurricane now moving away from the island of puerto rico. >> and heading where next? >> well, basically remaining over the warm water, and than's
crucial. that will probably allow the hurricane to maintain intensity over the warm waters as it moves to just to the north of the island. there are hurricane warnings up there. and it looks like it will remain out over the water, the most destructive portion of the eye probably offshore . >> can you walk us through the possibilities of where it hits the continental u.s.? >> well we've seen relatively consistent information coming out from the national hurricane center and also the computer models, plus the large scale global models and higher resolution models that handle hurricanes in a very high resolution that the system will continue to move towards the straits of florida, basically near the keys of florida by saturday night before making a turn to the north and probably impacting a portion of southern florida. whether it goes west of the
peninsula or to the east, the current track is east of miami, a very dangerous track moving up the east coast of florida an eventually into portions of the carolinas late into the weekend. >> when do you expect landfall again? >> the eye main remain offshore just east of miami, not necessarily making landfall. but the track is just grazing the coast of southeast florida. and it's not certain whether landfall will occur in florida or whether it occurs further up the cost into south carolina or georgia. still a lot of uncertainty as we get out into three days. but all interests along the east coast need to keep an eye on this dangerous storm. >> thank you very much. we appreciate that. the powerful storm was going to slam florida in the coming days with, so i want to check in with peter brown, the commander of
the seventh coast guard district in miami and he joins us by phone as well. thank you so much for joining us. what is the coast guard doing right now to prepare for this hurricane? >> thank you, don, for the opportunity to explain what your united states coast guard is doing. and i would add that in addition to being responsible for florida, i'm also responsible for coast guard operations in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands where we're dealing with the onset of the storm. we have several hundred people in puerto rico right now who are h hunkers down as others are. we're working to respond as soon as the sun comes up tomorrow. we have a number of helicopters that remained in puerto rico to provide live search and rescue. >> how are you protecting that rescue fleet right now? >> the helicopters are in a reinforced concrete hangar on
the northwest corner of puerto rico which was only brushed by the tropical storm force winds. the cutter fleet, the ships based in san juan sailed out of the way of the storm to the south. and as soon as the seas lay down and allow us to return, we'll be moving back quickly toward puerto rico and the virgin islands to bring life saving aid to wherever needed. >> what are you hearing from your folks in the field? >> i got a grort from san juan that they were experiencing tropical storm force winds. there was awe pore outage at our pace and i heard your reporter describing the wide spread power outages numbers in the hundreds of thousands. that's consistent with what we've experienced. but no major damage reports. and i believe that when daybreak occurs we'll be able to get the helicopters out of the hangar, provide assessments and rescues
where needed. >> what's your number when concern of the storm of this magnitude? >> it's the combination of the catastrophic winds. we've heard 185 miles per hour and possibly in the 140s or 150s when it makes landfall in florida. that combined, when it arrives in the continental united states with the storm surge, which inundates coastal regions, that combination produces catastrophic and life-threatening damage. that's the biggest concern. along with the civil authorities such as monroe county and the governor to have staof the stat concerned that people heed the evacuation orders, move away from the coastal zone and get out of the way of the storm. there is no stomg the kind of damage that it can do. >> thank you, sir. i appreciate that. joining me now on the phone is marlon car of abc radio in
antigua. you flew to barbuda today with the prime minister to survey the damage and talk to the residents. talk to me about that. >> well we lost contact with barbuda just about the time that the eye passed over barbuda. so we decided that we had to fly over to assess what happened over there. so we went over, and when we got there we saw catastrophic -- the catastrophic effect of hurricane ir irma. 90% of the homes there were totally destroyed. most of people, the population there are homeless. it's going to take a long time for things to get back to normal in barbuda. >> my goodness. you grew up in this area. and you describe some of the people as tying themselves to
parts of their homes. did they understand how puowerfl this storm was? >> well, we've had strong storms here before, so a lot of them thought that they could ride it out in the house, because they thought their house was strong enough. but it was really, really strong winds. and when it was too late, some people had to go into their cupboard, some had to go in the bathroom to shelter. but what i noticed is most of the people there did that. because the eye passed over barbuda, that saved them. because when the eye passed, it got calm enough for them to get out of their, you know, makeshift shelter and run to something more secure. >> can help -- can you get
supplies in off the island? water? >> tomorrow most likely is when we're going to send over the supplies. the sea was pretty rough today because of the storm. tomorrow we'll be sending over boats and helicopters and stuff like that to carry supplies over to assist. >> and emotionally for the people this, it has to be devastating to see people tying themselves to their home and then having to run to safety after the eye passes over. >> yes. yes. we're a christian nation so a lot of the people when you talk to them, they talk about their faith. they're saying thanks to god for saving their lives because that was the only thing that could explain what happened. because for the amount of destruction that happened there, only one life was lost so far that we know of.
and that in and of itself is a miracle. if you saw the footage, you would understand some of the houses look like a grenade went off and all the -- you know, it was just total destruction there. >> i'm looking at it now. as we understood the prime minister, and when you guys flew over, you said 90% of destruction. >> yes. >> it's going to take a long time to rebuild. do you think you can do it? >> we're resilient people so yeah, we can do it. we're thinking about evacuating some of the population to antigua because we have jose on its way now and it might pass closer, might pass over us. we want to prepare for that. we might evacuate some people to the main land to ride out jose. >> marlon carr, thank you very much. we wish you the best of luck. >> no problem. when we come back, mandatory
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we're coving the breaking news of hurricane irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the atlantic. packing sustained winds of 180 miles an hour. this is what it looked like as it barrelled into st. martin with winds so powerful the storm sounded like a freight train. that's what may hit florida in the coming days. on the phone with me again tonight is mike tice, a hurricane chaser in key largo, florida for us. mike, good evening. you chase many storms but have you ever seen a monster like irma? >> no, i haven't. and in fact since the last time we spoke not a lot has changed puppet's still an extremely dangerous category 5 and it's still heading right for south florida. it's very sad to see all of
these images coming out of the caribbean and the islands but this is what a category 5 will do. this is a truly historic -- >> so we spoke to someone in the keys checking out things there saying that he didn't see much activity and it looked like people were heeding the warnings. what are you seeing in key largo? >> absolutely same thing. people are boarded up and a lot of people have left already and i believe a lot of the residents, tomorrow will be the day that they get out of here. highly recommended. this thing comes across the island at this force, it's going to be a complete catastrophe and you do not want to be here for something like that. >> who are you with? are you by yourself? >> i'm going to team up with reed timmer and we have a plan with different instruments that we're going to place along the florida keys and we want to collect data. if it's coming this way, we might as well collect data with
us to show everybody what's going on here. there is 42 bridges and that's the big concern. we will get into a safe building but getting out of here might be a long time. this is my home. i grew up here and i know it very well and i just feel that staying is what i should be doing. >> okay. so that was my next question. even if it takes a direct hit. you know, the keys are not protected, mike. and so even if it goes right across the keys, you're going stay there? >> you know what, if it's a category 5 at this strength i can still leave. i will make that decision tomorrow. but chances are i will try to stay here. i know a few locations that ki stay there, completely kol lid concrete structures with stairwells and reinforced rebar. we can go up several floors with the storm surge and i feel confident there are places we can ride it out if it is this strength. but i've never seen anything like this and i have never chased one of this caliber.
we're entering the world of unknown. >> well, stay safe. we'll check back in with you. i want to bring in your partner now, reed timmer, a storm meteorologist at accuweather. i understand you're at a gas station. are the pumps shut down or are they pumping gas? >> reporter: this gas station is completely shut down. there's another gas station on i-95 that i stopped at to fill up with gas that was absolute chaos. they had police directing traffic there, people going in and out, lines extending out at the gas station, several cars long extending out of every single stall. gas is definitely a scarce commodity here in south florida. there's a long stream of traffic heading north on i-95, a mayor evacuation of people leaving south florida out ahead of hurricane irma and that's very
important. it's category 5, the strongest ever seen in atlantic. 185-mile-per-hour winds. those are deadly even if you're in the sturdiest of structures. >> we just talked to your partner mike on key largo, he thinks he's going to stay but he's going to wait to assess the situation. you do not reck that for the average person. there's a mandatory evacuation. something this powerful, you need to get out of its path. >> it's very parent to get out of the way of this thing. a deadly storm. the wind, in addition to the storm surge. it's about as deadly as it can get in terms of hurricanes. i said that as we were heading down toward harvey as it was intensifying ining and this is stronger than hurricane. it won't be moving quite as slow as harvey but it will make the northward turn, the timing is critical. that will determine the impact of florida.
but if it turns north and moves up the eastern shore, there will be a devastating storm search r surge as it moves north. we've got 25 gallons of gas on this vehicle alone. mike has much more gas down there. we have supplies to survive a week or two if we get trapped. i'm prepared to follow this. we deployed that in harvey on top of a bridge and measured the wind speed in excess of 125 mill la bars an hour. and if it take as direct hit on florida wob the wind speeds will be much higher than that. >> you guys are committed. we'll see you tomorrow. be safe. when we come back, irma heading to florida of days after harvey wreaked havoc on houston. is the federal government ready
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backing news tonight, monster hurricane irma barrelling through the caribbean and taking aim at florida. this sin credible satellite imagery from nasa, the eye of the hurricane. joining me on the phone is the dren director of emergency management for broward county, florida. thank you for joining us. broward county has issued some mandatory evacuations. the latest in terms of preparations? >> thanks. good to be with you. right now we're under a local state of emergency and so we're operating out of the county's emergency operations center.
today we've been focused on preparing for evacuations and mass care sheltering issues. what we wanted to do was allow our residents and the public to begin voluntary evacuations so they could begin getting out of town and alleviate some of the traffic moving up the coast. so we did ask them though to stay within the county. so staying with family or friends was probably the best bet within the county. we do have two evacuation zones with a total of about 150,000 population. tomorrow we've issued a mandatory evacuation for that area along our barrier islands and low lying areas of the county. so we're focused on ensuring the public is safe andly
evacuates out of the evacuation zones within our county. and also setting up shelter operations, going to have 14 shelters open by noon tomorrow and the mandatory evacuation begins at noon tomorrow, on thursday. >> what about the elderly and people who need medical treatment? what's the plan to take care of them if the storm hits hard? >> we, the state of florida, have special needs registry. in broward county we maintain that registry right now. we have about 2,000 people that we're doing a calldown, ensuring that they're able to make it to one of our special medical needs shelters which will also be open tomorrow, on thursday, to get them out of harm's way and ensure their safety. we also have vulnerable population registry in broward county. we work in collaboration with
our 31 municipalities to ensure they know their vulnerable population that may decide to not evacuate, they may be in a high-rise building and have a disability, a frailty or other health issues and for those reasons they may not be able to evacuate. we want those city to know where those individuals live and post-landfall they can go and check up on these individuals. i might also mention that today -- past two days we've been focused on a phase regional evacuation within south florida starting with monroe county down south and then this evening miami-dade initiated their ev evacuations and broward county will start the mandatory
evacuations tomorrow on thursday. >> director of emergency management for broward county. thank you. we appreciate your time. good luck to you. up to 37 million people could be affected by hurricane irma. joining me now, lieutenant general, commander of the joint task force katrina. we appreciate your expertise on this program and cnn. this storm is a monster. what more should emergency officials will doing to prepare right now? >> continue to repeat the message, don. the more they encourage people to evacuate. one of the downsides of florida being so well-organized, the governor and mayors, county officials, people sometimes get in a complacency that the state is prepared and they can take more risks. one of the downsides of kind of the culture in florida is
people, when you talk to them on the street is, well, i can take a category 3 storm. if it's higher than a 3 i'll leave. if not, i'll stay. every message from the government is clearly stating it's time for people to leave. they should adhere to that. the o piece we can be cognizant of, florida has taken extreme measures to help their people be prepared. it's the only state with a generator law, requires certain gas stations along the evacuation route. the program you're talking about with the elderly and disabled. that's a federally funded program. there was a retired marine colonel that's advocacy for people with disability and they make sure they have them organized so they're prepared to evacuate them. but we must not take comfort in
the preparedness of the state. because this is, again, don, if this thing come in a category 4, 5, into miami, if it was a game we would lose the first quarter. by design, the wind, the water, we're going to lose the first part of this. people will lose their lives, infrastructure will be broken. people need to ad here to that and evacuate now. regardless of how repaired the state and the government is, it's the damage that will come from this storm and people's lives could be on the line and they need to adhere to the instructions given to them about evacuation. we've got much more to come on the monster storm. when we come back, facebook says they sold ads to a rugs troll farm during last year's election. we'll tell you what this could mean into the investigation into
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> looking to target american voters. let's discuss now cnn's chief national security correspondent is here. april rye onis here and editor and chief of the hill. thank you for joining us this evening. jim, today facebook told congressional investigation gators that it sold ads to the russian troll farm. what more can you tell us about this? >> this is interesting on a number of levels. first the basic details. 3,000 ads, $100,000 over the timespan june 2016 right up until may of this year.
the numbers are not particularly big in a billion dollar campaign. you know how social media works. facebook. 3,000 ads can have many times the number of impressions, perhaps up to a million of eyeballs that actually saw the ads. the intelligence community not just calling out russian interference hacking dnc e-mails, et cetera, but they found evidence of russia using troll farms to spread fake news. it had been known for some time for facebook to discover that to be interesting. they didn't say all of the ads were targeted at particular districts but some of them were. and i spoke with two members of the house, one at the house and one of the senate intelligence communities today. at a minimum, that will raise questions about when the ads were targeted. was there held np the u.s. to help them target those ads.
to this point there hasn't been hard evidence of that but it raises the question again. >> what are the legal ramifications here? >> facebook didn't do anything legal here. it's perfectly legal to sell those ads. and they're doing their part to trace the forensics to see where the ads came from. no legal ramifications of facebook. in the investigation, it raises questions of was there help on the u.s. end as russian troll farms were buying the ads, targeting particular voters in particular districts. that's a fair question for investigators going forward. also a question as to why it took so long to track these down and why the troll farms were able to buy the ads up until may of this year.
at trying to influence the election. even though these ad said or these news stories, fake news stories did not talk about hillary clinton per se, it dealt with certain issues for certain groups of people particularly in the rust belt, the lgbt community and guns. so it's very interesting how all of these pieces are in the air and starting to land. the puzzle pieces are starting
to shape. the borders are starting to shape. so tomorrow will be very interesting to see what happens and what is said by donald trump jr. as well. >> why don't you take a look at this picture. today he backed a deal in the debt ceiling as well as keeping the government open. when that idea was floated to speaker paul ryan a few hours earlier. this is what he said. >> i think that's a ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need respond to these hurricanes so that we do not strand them. >> and all the sudden things change. and reporting that republicans were shell shocked at the deal trump made. what is behind this deal? >> a couple things. ryan and trump were having dinner and maybe to get on the
same page because they were not clearly today. i think part of it is trump being trump. he gave a lot of people to ryan and mcconnell to get health care done. did not happen. he decided to go his own route and work with democrats. this is a very different approach from donald trump. i don't think you're go soog see a lot of bipartisan work. so this really shocked them. >> april, what does this mean for democrats? >> well, democrats are taking advantage of i guess the angest that's going on right now within the republican party. democrats have somewhat of a win. it's strange bed fellows at this moment. democrats are going to try to use this at the moment. but we don't know what's going to happen because the president is very unpredictable. it all depends on who's in his ear, what he feels and if he's
mad at someone for the day and i can't wait to find out about what is said at this dinner tomorrow evening with paul ryan and the president after all that's happened when it comes to cr. >> thank you. appreciate it. at least three dead as hurricane irma slams the caribbe caribbean. we're going to bring you live reports from the ground next.
the breaking news tonight hurricane irma, one of the strongest stofrms ever recorded in the atlantic after smashing through the caribbean, the storm now taking aim at florida. tom sader is in the weather center for us. category 5 hurricane irma could effect up to 37 million people and being described as once in a generation hurricane if it comes ashore. where is it now and where is it