tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN September 19, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT
>> wow. >> i fear for my life. >> magnitude 7.1 centered in the mexican state of puebla. large destruction there and just to the north in mexico city, this is another video. we see the effects on a build. [ speaking spanish ] >> many other buildings came down or where badly damages. upwards a 100 people have died. that's the number known so far, but that number is climbing. that wasn't the only building that collapsed like that.
there are reports throughout parts of mexico city. a short time ago i spoke with brittany kaiser in the mexican capital. >> where were you when the earthquake struck? >> i was just east of polanco in southern mexico city. i was on the third floor of a building waiting for a business meeting to begin when the building started violently shaking back and forth, as you can imagine, like being in a tiny boat in a strong storm. we immediately decided to evacuate which was actually quite difficult to get down the stairs. >> difficult because there were a lot of people or difficult because the building was moving? >> difficult because of how strongly the building was moving. you had to grip the handrail strongly. there was no damage in my
building. but everywhere around us was quite damaged. as soon as we got outside there was a huge dust cloud from a building that had collapsed on the road. >> where are you now? is it place where you live, is that okay? >> yes. the building that i live in actually sustained a significant amount of damage. it cracked in half and a lot of the facade came off the front, so i can't stay there today. i'm walking through my neighborhood to see if we can get any of our belonging. we'll be staying in our hotel for the zbleeng as someone who who knows the city as you do, what is it likes to see the city like this right now? >> it's quite strange. there's even more traffic than normal, which i suppose won't surprise anybody that knows in this city. most people are outside standing in the middle of the road because nobody wabts to be outside unless you have a new building that's mostly concrete
and steel. you can't guarantee there's a foundation that's safe unless someone from the city government checks on it for you, which hasn't happened through the whole city yet. >> in places where there's buildings and rubble, the people trying to search through? >> i haven't been close there. most of the buildings that have collapsed are quite small. seems like everybody got out in time, there were no ambulances. sometimes there are 10 to 20 ambulances at a time coming down the street going to different sites. there are more than 30 buildings that have collapsed in downtown mexico city already. >> i appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. i'm glad you're safe. >> thank you so much. >> the death o toll is raised officially to 138 after mexico's earthquake and no doubt in the hours ahead it's likely to rise higher. judge there is hurricane maria
as well. category 5, it's been growing throughout the day. you heard through one of the noaa folks fly by it. tom sater joins us more with both disasters. let's talk about mexican city. what are you learning about the impact of the earthquake? >> believe it or not we haven't had much of the way of aftershocks. typically we would have a few by now. there was an 8.11 days ago. anything within 42 miles is shallow. closer to the surface, the more shaking there is. typically around the globe we'll have one 8.1 or greater. if you look at the usgs shake map, mexico city was on the very northern extremities of this
because you've got a 75-mile difference from the epicenter. we have 15 and a half million feelings strong shaking and that doesn't include those that felt light, moderate, or even strong. the computer models hinted at the fact there was a 39% chance we would have 100 to a thousand fatalities. that's what we're seeing now. the problem is the infrastructure that's been compromised. thousands of homes and businesses, what we have there, originally if you have a 7.1, in the future, you can here's the shake map. all these yellow dots, anderson, these were all the aftershocks we had from the one 11 days ago. here's your epicenter southeast of mexico city. when you look at the colors and putting on the shaking, you can start to see some of the communities that have felt strong shaking in the brighter
colors. mexico city is up to the north. now that some of those structures have been kind of worked with getting shiny a little bit, you have the opportunity to lose power and downed lines. unfortunately a lot of people sleeping in the streets tonight. >> what's the latest for maria? >> maria is gaining strength today. in fact sustained winds were 160. that was the strength off the category 5 that moved in in 1928 when puerto rico had a category 5 make landfall. 75-mile-per-hour winds, we're likely to find ourselves with the strongest hurricane to make landfall in puerto rico. i'm concerned about st. croix right now. we're seeing the winds. already reports of power outages in puerto rico when it was only
200 miles away. about a million lost power. we're looking at this high going through an eye wall replacement cycle. landfall around 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning. storm surge of eight or nine feet. is it comes up to ground in puerto rico, six to nine-foot insurgency they're going to take a direct hit. irma stayed off the coast of puerto rico by 55 mile, but devastated by the winds and surge and a million losing power. we're going to be able to to look at the population density, landfall, 8:00, or 9:00 in the morning. population density. most of the population, at least over half, is in the eastern third, anderson. so with them being on that front
right quadrant, it's the worst place for san juan to be. if you take a look at puerto rico, we'll look at some of the other islands as well, british and u.s. virgin islands, you don't want to see orange or red, that means widespread power outages in the next 24 to 48 hours. by tomorrow afternoon or late in the day, at least a tropical storm force winds will start to leave this region. >> you mentioned st. croix that didn't get as badly hit in irma, but st. thomas did. are they going to feel effects. >> they're going to have tropical storm force winds. we lost a life in guadalupe. they don't have quite the structures for shelters sets up, but i think they're far enough away, they're not going to have storm surge, but strong winds. it's puerto rico and st. croix.
we have to watch that area because thousands left this area to go to san juan to seek shelter because they didn't have anywhere to stay after irma. we'll watch it in the days ahead. models are having a problem to figure out what's going to happen. >> 175-mile-per-hour winds, that's unbelievable. i want to get the latest from puerto rico. our senior international correspondent is there. >> you can see, anderson, the rain has been% coming in the last three or four hours or so. i am about 50 meters away from the beach front there, the east coast where we should between about 6:00 or 8:00 a.m. see the first landfall of hurricane maria here. this is del mar.
san juan is a place of 2.5 million people. irma was a glancing blow that figure to the knot, but still a billion dollars damage. on the drive on the way, we say the devastation and the city of san juan itself, rationing water sales, queues for gas stations. you have to be over 89 years old it likely seems to see anything as violent as the storm that will hit tomorrow morning. we know in this beach resort the people have mostly left. i saw someone before dark heading down the street in a golf buggy to check out the storm. but as you move in further i would not too, the risk is there of flooding. that's what the governor is most concerned about, the fact people
may get caught by the huge volumes of water the hurricane will throw at the island. where i'm standing we could see potentially an 11-foot storm surge, seven to nine, maybe 11. 11 is almost twoice my height. you may see extreme rainfall that will bring landslides and power outages. others think this island after irma is bracing itself, lessening what they can doft this is a storm, the fer rossty of which they haven't experienced in almost a 100 years. >> the building you're in, is it a new building? is it a building you feel good about? >> it's a concrete structure of three floors, so obviously we can't predict the fer rossty of the storm, but we're stet back behind the other buildings to
protect ourselves. the flooding probably won't reach much higher than the first story here. but it's across the area here where there are areas with less secure buildings where they can be vulnerable from the storm surge. people don't really expect that to come flooding in. but perhaps the depth may occur. it may be towards the end of tomorrow that it starts moving away. it's now 175 miles an hour and some of the projections say most of the -- half population nearly below the federal poverty line. puerto rico very much on edge. >> nick, stay safe. joining us from st. croix is or correspondent. communications are difficult hour are things right now where you are? are you safe? what are you seeing around you?
>> hello? >> yes. it's anderson cooper. you're on the air. if you can hear me, explain where you are and what you see around you. >> i'm on the island of st. croix and i can see nothing because it's completely dark here. the wind is raging on so many levels, it's even hard to explain. there are so many different sounds. and they're all rather terrifying. >> are you in the location that you feel is secure? are you in a location that you feel is secure? >> reporter: yes. my condo seems to be holding up extremely well. i have fabulous -- >> we're obviously having difficulty communicating, as you can imagine. we'll try to reestablish contact
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exclusive on the russia investigation. the special counsel investigation into trump's former campaign manager paul manafort is examining activities that go back more than a decade. pam brown joins us now. what have you learned? >> anderson, special counsel robert mueller's investigators are reaching back to 2006 in a probe that centers on possible attacks and financial crimes involving martin martin. it's one indication of the pressure that mueller's team is placing on the former trump campaign chairman. and the broad time frame shows that mueller's team is going well beyond russian meddling during the campaign as part of the investigation of trump campaign associates. and as we reported yesterday, anderson, manafort has been the subject of an fbi investigation for years, including wiretaps, and he has emerged as a focal point for mueller. manafort spokesman declined to comment for this story, but
manafort has denied any financial wrong doing, anderson. >> why are they looking as far back at 2006? >> right because this is a period mentioned in the search warrant as you'll recall. there was a raid back in july in his home in very large. it covers consulting work for russia. that party was accused of corruption and the fbi was trying to figure out with whether the american consultants were involved. >> you have new details about the july raid on paul manafort's home in, virginia, i understand? >> we do. we learned that the search was an unusually hard nose, no-new york warrant. sources tell us it began before dawn as manafort and his wife lay in bed. fbi agents entered with guns drawn. they insisted on searching kathleen manafort for weapons.
it was something that was certainly jarring to the marchtmarcht manafor manaforts, we're told. mueller's team has said they are going to work with him on tax and financial crimes. that's an indication that this investigation could be at an advanced stage. we should note none of that is about election meddling, it's about tax fraud, possible financial crimes. gwen nothi nothing has happened yet, but it's at an advanced stage. they have subpoena reams of documents. and we also know that a spokesman testified to a grand jury last week, anderson. >> pamela, great reporting. joining me tonight, kirsten powers, and jeffrey too bin.
>> i've rarely seen a prosecutor focus on something trying to flip them as hard at mueller is. i just can't imagine any other explanation for what's going on here. there have been recent changes in white collar crime law that stand the statute of limitations. this happened after the enron story broke a decade ago. so there's no doubt that mueller has the legal possibility of filing these cases. whether they are actually related to his jurisdiction, we can't know. presumably he's trying to establish some sort of motive for why manafort is trying to n
engrashuate himself. >> scott? >> i think he's trying to get him to flip and give somebody up in the trump organization. fink you're the trump people tonight, if you want to put a sliver lining, they have nothing on russia. they're trying to take a guy saying if you don't want to spend the rest of your natural life in prison, you're going to give us something about russian meddling. we haven't talked about general flynn tonight, but i suspect they're trying to do the same thing to him. i'm worried about this investigation because fit leads to indictments between now and the midterms and they are somehow able to connect it to the trump organization, that could have far-reaching political implications in the midterms and it would grind the administration to a halt, which is a terrible outcome for republicans. >> this is the beginning of the end. these are remarkable tactics, this is a remarkable situation.
and so i think mr. mueller is going to be as thorough as his reputation suggests he would be and mr. martin is in a lot of trouble. i'm sure he has competent counsel, but he better cooperate. >> you were in the clinton administration. what kind of an impact does -- even a story like this have on folks who are in the white house, folks who are going to be called to testify who are looking over their shoulders? >> when i was in the white house people who were called were only potential witnesses. this is about whether president clinton lied about the fair. nobody else was really in peril, and yet it was enormous. i had a lot of friends who were called. hauled in front of the grand jury, hundreds of thousands of legal bills. in this case mr. manafort may well have done something wrong, but he's clearly a target in a
way no one else was. this is going to be a colossal problem. but the folks i feel are important are those who are peripheral, the people who drafted the statement about his son and son-in-law meeting with the russians. there's reporting that they are getting called in, that they're going to have to run up big legal bills. if in fact they made a mistake or committed a crime, they're going to go down in this thing too. >> that's why the ethics office allowed anonymous donors to be permissible in the white house staff. no one knows who's next, what's going to happen. the last thing you want to do is to be dragged before a special prosecutor. maybe the irs is the only place
that might be worse. this situation with paul manafort is quite serious, and it's detailed. anyone who's been following this or following manafort's career knows he's been involved in some questionable business activity all the way back way before he had anything to do with donald trump, when he was with roger stone and the work they did, which is probably why mueller's going back that far. >> let's be fair. >> let's not forget the story cha that came out about manafort's name being written down in the logs in the ukraine when they raided those offices when things were falling apart there with cash payments to manafort. these are all things that connect in a very indirect way with russia and trump and that influence which is why manafort is such a target. >> right, but no one has charged him with any sort of crime
before, so i think it's important to point that out%. and just the fact that mueller is leaning on him to cooperate against other people doesn't mean he has something to give on other people. remember, brother before did sh starr was locked up in an effort, and she wouldn't talk because she said she had nothing to give. >> if you are in the white house and you're hearing they're going back to 2006 with paul manafort, i would assume that would send fear into anybody, how far they're going to go back in other people's records and what might they find. >> i think it just shows the seriousness of it, how sensitive this is going to be. but i do think we ultimately -- i mean, jeffrey is right. we don't know that much and we don't know if he knows anything. this all presumes that there's
something knowable, because obviously his financial and tax crimes would be bad if they happened, but more importantly if they were colluding with russia in terms of affecting the election. >> we're going to have more with the panel in just a second. we want to quickly go back to the mexico story. new video showing the quake as it happened. take a look at this. [ screams ] [ speaking spanish ] >> we're trying to give you as these videos come in just a sense of it. i don't know if we still have the other video of an entire building just pancaking down. this looks like a more modern building. let's take a look at the other video watch. [ speaking spanish ]
>> turnover last several hours since this earthquake, we have seen hundreds if not thousands of people trying to help others trying to dig through rubble. we see emergency crews searching for anyone trapped beneath who might be still alive, searching for the living, hoping to recover the dead as well. there you see actual rescue crews kind of further out in the blocks around a situation like that. we've seen hundreds of people lined up in bucket brigades carrying one to another filled with rubble, moving the rubble off. freelance journalist yolan grillo is in mexico city right now. what's going on around you right now? >> reporter: anderson, right now
i'm in front of another condominium which has collapsed. you can see behind me another building, we don't know how many people in it yet who are struggling for their lives. and around the streets there's a lot of chaos, traffic collapsed, a lot of phone lines down, electricity down, water not working. people struggling to find their loved ones, to find they're okay, and many people around this building wondering is my daughter there, my wife, and are they alive. an amazing outpouring of support. thousands of people have come out to help in any way they can. people are carrying buckets of rubble. people bringing water and food out, anyway way they can support. there's a feeling of solidarity.
people have a collective fear of a major earthquake since [ inaudible ] >> the bucket brigades, is that people just wondering around, seeing a building that's collapsed and just joining in? how organized are these things and do authorities have enough rescue crews needed? do they have enough right now to respond to all the locations? >> reporter: the bucket briga s brigades -- getting organized. [ inaudible ] you have these chaotic -- [ inaudible ] -- raise their hands and organize these things. [ inaudible ] there are probably hundreds of -- >> we're having trouble
the latest from mexico city, also from puerto rico where they are expecting landfall, a direct hit from the hurricane that we expect to make landfall early in the morning. right now it's a category 5, sustained winds 175 miles an hour. wind gusts above that. it's extraordinary to even contemplate that. we've also been talking about new cnn reporting that the special counsel in the russia investigation is going back 11 years, investigating possible tax and financial crimes from paul manafort. the special counsel's effort is just one of multiple investigations on russian meddling in the election. joining me is jim himes of the house intelligence committee.
this spans 11 years? >> good evening, anderson. it's hard to know and it's important that people understand that there's very little communications actually between the work that robert mueller is doing, which could be far ranging. those of us who remember the clinton administration, there was a land deal in arkansas t. t so it's hard to know where that could go. we don't talk to bob mueller all that much, but what i can tell you is the sheer volume of activity and we've seen it in the press. cnn has broken some of this, the purported picking of the lock and all those stories outer there suggest there's a huge amount of work on paul manafort. from my standpoint, manafort is one of the nextuss.
done jr. with the meeting with russians, and you know now manafort is a guy who worked for a president from khaukraine. >> when you see the things being used by must recall's team and the fbi, according to the cnn's reporting, going in with guns draw your attention no knock, searching paul manafort's wife for weapons, telling him that he's going to be indicted or is likely to be indicted, to you does that seem they are wanting to turn him to get him to flip on any information he may have? >> well, that's one of the possibilities, no question. you sort of can't help but wonder about the very public nature of some of these statements about expecting an diemtd. because there's not communication between the congressional investigation and
the fbi investigation, i'm acting from, in this case, the same information your viewers are seeing through press. but yeah, that's one possibility that there's a hope that paul manafort can be turned to testify against other people, other people presumably higher on the pecking order than he is. there's also the possibility that they are really worried. if this is true, and if they entered the apartment, there's not a lot of reason for that other than you think that there is evidence that could be very rapidly destroyed. as in so much else in this investigation the 35k9s that come out in the media raise profound and difficult questions to us. >> what are you hoping to get from roger stone when he appears on your committee on tuesday. >> one of the interesting things about roger stone is he's another one of those nexuses.
i'm referring to wikileaks here. you can look up the twitter history. roger stone predicted the release of the compromising information from the hillary clinton campaign from the dnc. he predicted that several days in advance and said explicitly he was in contact with julian assange. we're interested in understanding what the nature of that dialogue was. wikileaks wittingly or unwittingly was one of the mechanisms that the russians used. so how can roger stone who's so close to the campaign be getting information before every single. that's a key question. >> appreciate your time. thank you. big night of news as promised. we'll talk about president trump's blunt talk at the u.n. new information from mexico city. we'll continue to bring it to you.
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of debris. volunteers called out the names of those possibly trapped under buildings. enrique pena nieto say 27 buildings have collapsed in the capital. we'll continue to follow those developments carefully turnover next several minutes and hours. also we want to turn to what happened at the united nations in the generally assembly. president donald trump speaking to the general assembly for the first time. perhaps it was high the warning to north korea is getting a lot of attention, so is his open america first view. all of it was on display today at the u.n. >> the united states has great strength and patience. but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea.
rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> we'll get the panel's take in a moment. i want to go to jim acosta at trump tower. no surprise to hear president trump advocating for his america-first agenda today at the u.n. >> that's right, anderson. keep in mind this is somewhat in contrast with what president trump said during the campaign trail as late as last december. he was saying at one of those thank you rallies that gone are the days in a trump administration of overthrowing governments and toppling regimes. if you listen to the speech today, that was essentially what he was warning not only to north korea but to iran. i spoke to an official saying you can expect a new iran policy from the trump administration next month. when asked whether or not this means they're going to be doing away with the obama era iran
deal, they said as such. >> only some junior diplomat was left there, is that right? >> that's right, anderson. and the north korea delegation, the ambassador to the u.n. for north korea said, yes, we boycotted president trump's speech and it was not hard to discern what he was going to come out and say today. this was going to be a tough speech. what we did not expect with you twuz president to come out and refer to the north korea's dictator, kim jong-un, as rocket man. i'm told that was added into the speech just this morning, and the reason why is that the president wanted to make these warnings very clear, put it in plain language. this official went on to say that you can even translate rocket man clearly into chinese. that was as plain as the president wanted to make his message to the united nations today, and he certainly did that, anderson. >> appreciate that. back with the panel.
>> what's the rocket man message? that doesn't make sense. that's a serious diplomatic message to call him rocket man? >> excuse me. doesn't he speak korean, not chinese? [ laughter ] >> details, details. the bigger message is threatening to totally destroy north korea, obviously. there's nothing -- i actually didn't have that many problems with the speech overall. north korea is a major threat. i think it's important to highlight that and to tell other countries that you shouldn't be doing business and we're very serious about this. the problem with that is he basically -- it's a red line, right? when you make these threats, you need to be able to follow through on them. so the idea that maybe he's just trying to scare him, so north korea will think he's unpredictable. but with what's the difference between the red line and syria? >> i was happy with the speech today. i think the reason he gave him a
nickname because he clearly gives nicknames to people he hates. he gave nicknames to all his permanent opponents. he's given kim a nickname. i thought it was a well-delivereth speech. he's digging out of a hole because his stop strategist gave an interview in which he said there's no serious military options, so the president has to go back over this ground. he weaved in humanitarian threads. it was a tour of world american engagement. george w. bush could have given 95% of this speech and he made clear america first doesn't mean america alone, and he sounded numerous times notes of asking for international cooperation. i heard from a lot of republicans today, very happy with the president. >> not quite there.
it was incoherent. if north korea is such a threat that we have to seriously contemplate the death of millions of people on the korean peninsula, why is he just rocket man? to me those two don't go together. build him up as such a great threat that for the first time since hiroshima th. if in fact kim is on a suicide mission, then threatening to destroy him is not much of a deterrent. america first stops at the kremlin wall. barack obama in 2015 was very tough on russia for their invasion of ukraine, and talked about the sanctions that he put on russia to punish them, referring to the 2012 sanctions. this president, not even a whole
sentence. he just passes through. the ukraine is what we called ukraine when it was part of the the ussr, not an independent country. that is way i think mr. putin would call ukraine. >> were you surprised by what you heard today? >> no. nothing surprises me with donald trump, but there were parts of the speech i thought that were really good. i agree with scott. there were other parts where i felt the rocket man things and some others where i felt the same pain that the chief of staff john kelly did and anyone who saw the photographs of his pained facial expressions during the speech gets what i'm talking about. look it up. but the parts that i thought were good i thought were when he brought up the examples of how socialism is an evil, and how destructive that is for societies in bringing up
venezuela. that was probably one of the more eloquent parts of the speech. i credit him for bringing that up. there's a humanitarian crisis going on there, and socialism is a failed experiment, it's never worked and he brought that up. the reaction was very telling where some actually laughed in the background. i don't think the people in venezuela are laughing at how they've suffered under socialism. but that was very telling, and unfortunately, that could have been a good moment for him, but those kinds of positives get overshadow when he goes on the petulant rants of rocket man and saying things that are incoherent. there were things about the speech that were incongreuent. >> i was struck by the iran section. here of you have a treaty that
is in effect now that has stopped the iranian nuclear program. if we withdraw from this treaty, that means the iranians are free to continue developing a nuclear weapon, and there are no more sanctions in place, and our easily who want to us stay in the treaty, england, france, russia, there's going to be to sanctions f. we withdraw, there are no sanctions and there's no limited on the iranian nuclear program. how is that a good thing? the latest senate gop act to repeal obamacare. how they hope to get across the finish line when we come back.
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they failed in the previous eight months of iteration. so what they're trying to do now is two fold. one, just educate their members. instead of maintaining some of the obamacare subsidies through tax credits, how people would help by their plans, it changes the money all together. it puts it into block grants it would send out to states. for individual senators for these states, figuring out what exactly it would mean for the state, how much money they'd be get, that's extremely important. they know there are senators on the edge right now, and they're trying to figure out deals. what it would take to change funding in those block grants. sounds familiar? it is. we've been through this multiple
times. >> in terms of votes needed where do republicans stand at that point? >> yeah, they'll get the bare minimum from the cbo. saying yesterday they would put out a preliminary report, and basically all they'd do is check the box for the budget reasons. how much it would add to the budget deficit, coverage number, premium totals those won't be scored. they're not going to have any of those numbers. obviously democrats crying foul about that. and some republicans like susan collins saying that is a major concern for her. rand paul, also put in that category they they need 50 to win this board, and they've already lost two. they can't lose anybody else. alaska's senator voted against this right now. that's who they're targeting.
of course you can't forget about john mccain. he's very upset with the process and how was this is moving. nobody knows where this is going to end up. if either of those vote no, this thing goes down, anderson. >> democrats are obviously nowhere near onboard. >> yeah, i think that's safe to say. i think the big question for democrats right now, anderson, that everyone's been trying to figure out is they've been so engaged. can they do it again? think about it. ten days ago i was talking to the most senior members of the leadership team, and they were saying we're not going to try it. we don't have the time, we don't have the bandwidth, and democrats trying as best they can. a major push from those groups to try and do exactly what they did the first time around in the
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island. he's warning of catastrophic damage. governor, what are conditions like there right now? >> over here the conditions are deteriorating rapidly, you know. we are expecting a very tough hurricane, worst hurricane in modern history in puerto rico. so for the past couple of weeks, days we've been organizing. we can get people out of harms way, flooding regions, and make their way to safe shelters. >> how many shelters do you have set up? we're talking about 165 marp sustained winds. like you said, most people haven't seen this.
>> right. what we're doing is making sure people can pass through, they can weather the storm. it's not going to be comfortable, but they're going to be safe. this is our key objective. we understand infrastructure is going to be devastated. we're going to have rebuild. but lives are not replaceable but infrastructure is. >> and just in terms of those buildings able to withstand those kind of winds, do you be them? are there new construction buildings with high building standards? >> we have building standards, and many of those do possess that. some of them are concrete buildings that stand a much better than in puerto rico.
again, our concern was to get people out of flooding regions, have food and water assessable to them. and making sure that everybody in puerto rico is at a safe shelter. >> is there still time for people to get to shelters's at this point? i believe the hurricane is expected to make landfall early in the morning? >> it is. but right now the conditions are starting to deteriorate. early in the morning we're going to have the eye of the storm and hurricane type winds. but we implemented a protocol. it's a national protocol where once you get above sustained 50 mile an hour winds, we get the rescue workers out of harm's way, and it's time to weather the storm. there's still time. conditions are deteriorating. in puerto rico, a friend in
vulnerable areas, this is going to be a long storm, a hard storm, so let's make sure they survive it. >> governor, we wish you and all the people of puerto rico the best. thank you very much. stay safe. our thoughts are with all the people of puerto rico and st. croix, all the regions being affected. our coverage continues right now with don lemon and "cnn tonight." this is cnn breaking news. breaking news on big stories around the world. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. hurricane maria heading sfrat for puerto rico tonight with 170 marp winds. we're going to go through live for you. and in mexico a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake topples buildings and kills at least 71 people. in washington, the senate intelligence committee abruptly