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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 scraps its closed door interview
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today with trump lawyer michael cohen. now they want him to testify in public about russia's election meddling. that as cnn has learned exclusively the investigation into trump's campaign manager, paul manafort are examining activities that go back more than a decade. and the gop taking action. another shot at repealing obamacare. we're going to tell you what's in this latest bill and what it could mean for your health care. that's a lot to cover this evening. we're going to begin, though, with hurricane maria. cnn's tom slater is live for us. let's go first to paten walsh. nick, the eye of the hurricane is expected to slam into puerto rico within hours. what are the conditions on the ground right now? >> reporter: don, it's a full ten hours before we really see landfall of hurricane maria
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where they're reporting speeds of 175 miles an hour. that would mean you'd have to be well over 98 years old to ever see anything like this in puerto rico before. the last time they saw a category 5 was 1928. but the risk now is potentially the vast amount of water hurricane maria will bring with it. i am just close to the beachfront. there's no way you can see it now behind those houses. there's a potential of a storm surge of 11 feet. that's nearly twice my height, maybe 25 inches of rain in some places. it's the concern really the governor has about the huge areas prone to flooding and then, of course, what the impact of larger amounts of rain might do on hilly areas and land slides. they have some kind of warning, but don't forget hurricane irma caused $2 billion worth of damage, and there's still people
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lacking since that. has it weakened the infrastructure to the point where it could be significantly damaged? hurricane irma really gave nothing but a glancing blow as it passed through the north of puerto rico. maria's going to go straight through it. it's going to go through san juan. this is 3.5 million people's home. a lot of damage and concern. gas stations queues, rationing on water. >> that's the question. what about getting people to safety? because the governor of puerto rico has been trying to get people to evacuate saying they're lives are in danger. are they listening? are they moving to shelters? we lost nick's audio. technical difts, obviously. you see he's in hurricane
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conditions there and soon about to hit puerto rico. we'll check back with nic paten walsh when we get him back as need be here on cnn. in the meantime, cnn's michael holmes live for us in antigua this evening. you're live in antigua tonight. what are the conditions? >> reporter: it's starting abate here, don. i can tell you all day from dawn right through now, it has been pounding here in antigua. and that really makes a comparison. like you said, it started to slow down. when we were 120 miles northeast of the storm, it was pounding here, don. there's an ocean behind me that was just broiling with white waves poinding into the shoreline here. these palm trees, several of them snapped in two. and what that told us we're 120
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miles away from the eye. imagine what it was like if you were on dominica, which was this island where it first made landfall as a cat 5. they were expecting maybe a cat 3. they got a cat 5. this is a place that was not ready for a hurricane of that size. we talked to a pilot who flies around here. he said years ago a tropical storm did damage on dominica. this was a cat 5. we still don't know how bad the damage is there. whether there were casualties. the prime minister did manage to get a post out on facebook saying the damage was enormous. we're still working to get detailed reports. they took a direct hit, and they weren't really prepared for it, don. so the news might not be good. >> standby. we'll get back to michael as
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well. i want to go to cnn's tom satyr. what's the path at this hour? >> well, nick paten walsh said it. the last time a category 5 made landfall was in 1928. look, don, we're at 175. we're going in the wrong direction here, and unfortunately it's just sit and watch this ungold. right now about 45 miles from st. croix. it's about 140 now from making landfall in puerto rico, which we believe will be about 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning. and it has a pinhole eye. and sometimes a pinhole eye, the smaller they are, the more ferocious they can. be speaking of irma, in yellow that's the track. it stayed offshore by 50 miles and still many lost power. many got it back.
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but even today power was lost when the storm was only 200 miles away from it, and the winds are only going to get stronger. if you take a look at this, this is a population density map. and it's sporadic through the area. but san juan, we calculated over half the population is in the eastern third. and here's your calculation tomorrow placing san juan in the place you do not want to me bee. the amount of rainfall could be staggering. but first, if you just look at the power outages, the wris is what we call power outage forecast. the last colors you want to see is orange and red. and it covers all of puerto rico into the virgin islands. but i'm concerned about st. croix. we're not hearing from dominica. we'd like to hear about that as well. we nod in guadeloupe a precious life was lost.
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but then they move out. and then the cone of uncertainty spreads out over time as well. we know watches are in effect for turks and caicos. blue is the european model and red is the u.s. model. watch what happens, the european, they switch positions. this is almost where jose is right now, which is still a hurricane causing all kinds of problems for flights up and down the coast to philadelphia, don. >> i want to get to that massive earthquake that hit mexico today. show us the impact. i believe it's 139 people are dead so far right now. >> yeah, 7.1. it's a depth of 32 miles deep. it's considered shallow 45 miles eis more shallow. and of course closer to the surface, the more shaking you're going to have. we're going to show you a couple of things when it comes to the
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shake map or the population that felt either light, moderate or stronger damage. but, first, you usually have one earthquake that's 8.1 or higher. almost 15.5 million people felt shaking, 1.6 million very strong. the usgs has the computer models. there's a 40% chance, and unfortunately we're starting to see that, don. we are looking at after shocks. not many have occurred. not many have been recorded right now, but they will. this is going to take days, weeks or even months. any structures that have been compromised are going to fall, so unfortunately a lot of people are sleeping in the streets tonight. >> hurricanes and earthquakes, you're right. i want to bring in mike ties.
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he joins us now from puerto rico. what are you seeing at this hour? >> the winds are starting to really pick up here, don. the glass inside the rooms are starting to bow back and forth. i think very soon now we're all going to take shelter in a safe room, all the guests here. there's no window, completely enclosed room we'll be ledding towards the next couple of hours when that eye wall starts approaching. but this has been is been an incredible hurricane season. all these islands in the caribbeans are getting devastated by these category 5 hurricanes. what is going on, don? >> that's a good question. you're more of an expert than i am. i know there's a lot of death and devastation. what do you think of this storm's path at this point? >> well, it looks like for sure puerto rico is going to take a direct hit. we don't know exactly where. i'm currently located on the
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eastern tim in a city called fajardo. where that eye wall comes in is very crucial. you're going to get these extreme 75 mile an hour winds. somewhere along the coast is about to get the strongest hurricane they've ever seen in history. >> you just chased hurricane irma. is there a comparison? can you compare the two in. >> well, i can't compare it yet because i haven't gone through it, but it's looking like this is going to be worse than irma. this is category 5 on an island. so this is going to be catastrophic for puerto rico. the world is going to need to help puerto rico as well as st. croix and all these islands that have been devastated. we'll check back in with mike along with the rest of our
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correspondents and meteorologists. we've got much more to come with hurricane maria. plus, president trump at the u.n. threatening to st. destroy north korea. world leaders were shocked, but what about his audience at home? . and you can count all the ingredients in flavored almond milk on ten fingers and five toes.
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quote, rocket man, kim jung-un. but how is that message playing at home? here to discuss tim sciutto and robin wright. good to have you on. president trump, bellicose, confrontational at the u.n. general assembly. outright threatened kim jung-un. listen to this. >> the united states has great strength and patient, 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. >> so i understand you spoke to a senior u.n. diplomat. what reaction? >> the diplomat said to me that here an american president on the floor of the u.n. threatened
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to obliterate a country was unprecedented. and the way he described to me he said people were taken aback and it was like a wind had swept through that auditorium, a cold wind had swept through that auditorium. he said it was an emotional response. listen, people have made threats from the podium before but not from the president and not in stark terms. it's not to say north korea isn't a clear and present danger, but that's still remarkable. listen, we may not be surprised by it because we've heard that kind of thing from president trump before in twitter and elsewhere. but in his u.n. speech and the general assembly, that's different. >> what about americans? there are americans who believe kim jung-un should be dealt with and maybe wiped off the face of the earth. >> no question. listen, this is a grave threat
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for whoever it is. for democrats and republicans through administrations they've made clear clear -- in fact, if look at some of the language president trump obama in comments he made in office says america has the ability to wipeout north korea. maybe in different terms and spoken in a different way. but it's my opinion, to have an american president talk about obliterate a country from the podium of an organization built right to avoid war. you can argue whether it's justified. it's certainly different, and that was the reaction of many in the room. >> robin, i want you to weigh in on this, but i want to play this and get your response. this is how the president out lined his america first approach. >> to put it simply we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril.
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in america we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but rather let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. as president of the united states i will always put america first just like you as the leaders of your countries will always and should always put your countries first. [ applause ] >> robin, you said this was the president's america first doctrine on steroids. >> oh, absolutely. and what was kind of curious about the whole speech was that it went counter to almost every major trend of the early 21st century. he was talking about we need greater sovereignty as if we're all threatened, as if every country needs borders to cut them off from the rest of the world, and that's the only way to provide security. and i think what was so shocking to so many people, coming
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together in the u.n., this institution built after the aftermath of world war ii to find means to prevent conflicts and work together and the president saying in some ways we may be damned. you act in your interest, we act in our interest. and it wasn't a bigger picture speech. it was very focused. and it was in many ways not just a trump doctrine but a trump war doctrine. whether it was threatening koreans on the border or verge of regime change ipiran, it was critical of russia and china, threatening military action in venezuela. this kind of had an aggressive under tone throughout. >> i have to say the point robin highlighted there, this idea of sovereignty, that's a loaded term. this is a favorite expression of authoritarian leaders from china to russia to african
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dictatorships. we all have values. don't preach to me about human rights. you've often heard that rhetoric pushing back and saying democracy is the only way forward. democrat and republican for decades about not just the u.s. is a democratic example but supporting democracy abroad. you had a president here say, you know what, we're not going to impose. what you do inside your borders is your business. >> the hard core trump sort of nationalist, did it go over in any quarters anywhere else? >> i think it was a speech in part that was to his base. i'm not sure when it came to the issue of the iranian nuclear deal, it was only the israeli administration that agreed with him on that, even the assadys who agreed to the terms of the
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deal even in the united states saying we don't want to walk away from it. let's think about what happens next. not trying to aggregate what is the most proliferant -- >> how does kim react? >> i think we will see some more tests. i've been in north korea. and i think the koreans will say this is proof they need a nuclear weapon. there will be even less interest in dealing with washington, dealing with the international community. they believe they've now seen proof their course of action is the only option for them. >> and i would encourage everyone to read your piece in the "the new yorker" as well. i'm glad i don't have my glasses, so i didn't get to it. thank you i appreciate it. when we come back, cnn exclusive. we're learning tonight special council looking at paul manafort's activities.
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plus hurricane maria taking aim at puerto rico. we're going to have the latest for you.
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tonight a cnn exclusive. cnn has learned that the special counsel investigation into trump's former campaign manager paul manafort is examining activities that go back a decade. pamela, joins me now. what have you learned? >> reporter: well, we learned that special counsel robert mueller's investigators are reaching all the way back to 2006 in a probe that centers on possible crimes of paul manafort. and this is one indication of the pressure mueller's team is placing on the form trump campaign chairman. and really the broad time frame shows that mueller's team is going well beyond the russian meddling in part of its ongoing investigation of trump associates. manafort has been the subject of an fbi investigation for years, including wiretaps. and he's emerged as a focal point for mueller and mueller's
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team. manafort's spokesman declined to comment on this story. but mueller has denied any financial wrongdoing. >> why all the way back to the period of 2006? >> well, this was a period mentioned in the search warrant. and it covers much of the decade that manafort worked as a consultant for u.k.'s party. the party was accused of corruption, and the fbi was just trying to figure out whether the american consultitants were involved at all. so that investigation is clearly ongoing here, don. >> i understand you have new details, too, about the july raid on the manafort home. what do you know? >> that's right. my source says it was an unusually hard-nosed approach. it began before dawn as manafort and his wife laid in bed. and they insisted searching his
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wife for weapons. that is a standard of fbi searches, but it was something that was jarring to the manafort's according to our sources, don. >> there's been a lot of pressure on the manaforts. is there a sense he's going to be charged with anything? >> we're told mueller's team has warned manafort they are working to charge him with possible tax and financial crimes. so that's an indication at the very least, don, this investigation could be in an advanced stage. and we should note also that none of that is about election meddling. as i pointed out this is going back to 2006. mueller's office has subpoenaed reams of financial records for manafort in addition to financial documents agents seized during the search. and we also know that a spokesman testified to a grand jury last week. don. >> pamela brown, always great reporting. thank you so much. now, i want to turn to eric
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swalwell, joins us thooeng. thank you, sir. good to see you. thanks for coming on. >> you too, don. >> give me your reaction to this reporting investigators are reaching all the way to 2006 in a probe of senators in possible tax and financial crimes by paul manafort. >> well, don the russians are sophisticated in the way they attack us. and i think it only makes sense if we want to find out any u.s. persons worked with them we're just as determined and sophisticated. and as lawfully as possible and a little bit forceful. so we have to understand what paul manafort's relationships were with the russian and ukrainian parties. there were a number of contacts, number of people on donald trump's team working with the russians prior to the election, during the election and after. and we have to now find out if that converged into a working relationship while russia was interfere in our campaign.
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>> so manafort released a statement saying in part, this is manafort's request that the department of justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-american so trds parties can come to the same conclusion as a doj. there's nothing there. what do you make of this, and any way the doj will comply with that the. >> well, the department of justice is going to comply with the evidence as they find it. don, they have come to this because almost everyone on donald trump's team has not been forthcoming about their contacts. they have denied them, and only when confronted with overwhelming evidence have they started to acknowledge them. it's really unfortunate it's come to this. hopefully paul manafort and others will just be straightforward to the american
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people about what they knew. and don let me also say this, i hope our congressional committees are as committed to finding out what happened as bob mueller and his team are. >> bob mueller -- supposed to testify behind the senate doors. that testimony canceled today. so they sought assurances from cohen he wouldn't do the same thing. now leaders of that committee say they want cohen to appear before the panel publicly. what's your reaction to that? >> well, don, it's the easy way or the hard way. the easy way was to voluntarily come in, agree on the terms beforehand and then keep it under seal until a report is issue. and if he violated the agreement, i understand why they wouldn't want to proceed that way. and now he's going to have to come in the hard way. a public testimony under
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subpoena it sounds like what's going to happen. again, don, if these individuals were patriots and they loved our country they would do everything they could to help us understand what the russians did and rule out whether anyone on the trump campaign worked with them. that's not what they're doing. they're going out of their way to slow down the investigation, and we're going to find out what happened. again, hopefully it's the easy way. but if we have to use subpoenas, we're not going to stop. >> listen, before i let you go, i want to make sure we have enough time to get this in because this is important. republicans are making a last ditch effort to repeal obamacare. this would get rid of obamacare mandates, subsidies and allow them to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions. does this worry you? >> people are worried. they're anxious and the best
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thing we can do is stay loud. that worked to stop it last time and do everything we can to make sure we protect people who have pre-existing conditions, keep premiums low and try and find bipartisan opportunities to work together. which was occurring in the senate up until now. so i'm still confident the american people will be heard. >> representative swalwell, thank you so much. >> ply pleasure. when we come back cnn learning tonight the investigation of paul manafort looking at possible financial crimes. what does that say about the state of the investigation? plus, hurricane maria could be catastrophic to puerto rico. we're going to have the latest when we're back. he's on his way to work in alaska. this is john. he's on his way to work in new mexico. willie and john both work for us, a business that employs over 90,000 people in the u.s. alone.
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our cnn exclusive, we have learned that our the special counsel investigation of paul manafort goes back much farther than we originally thought. here to discuss, good evening to all of you. asha, new tonight cnn has
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exclusively learned that robert mueller's focus on former trump campaign chief paul manafort goes back 11 years, all the way back to 2006. what does that tell us about the state of the investigation, and does this mean manafort is moving on from recent events of the 2016 campaign? >> well, i think that mueller is investigating every angle that he can. now, there are statutes of limitations that could limit the kinds of charges he can bring for example on tax evasion or other financial crimes. those usually have statutes of limitations ranging five to ten years. stuart will probably have the details on that. but i do think he wants to put as much pressure as he can on manafort. i think the bigger picture is that manafort has bigger information that mueller wants. he's going to press every button he can. he's going to close off every avenue he can for manafort to
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make any kind of exit. and i think the idea is that he needs this guy to flip, to get his investigation, to get more information for the rest of his investigation. and i believe that the information is related to the intelligence side on what the russians were up to. >> oh, interesting. stewart, do you agree with that? >> yeah, absolutely. the former director what he's implementing and what we would do normally is a full-court press, and what he's doing is crea putting manafort on an island to himself. he's living in a state of paranoia. people around him consider him now to have a contageous disease. that eventually is what is going to break him. and that is the hope of director mueller, eventually they're going to crack him and he's going to want to raise his hand.
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it's of no interest to the director only as much as trootie and flip him. and i think as my colleague said, it's going to happen. it's a matter of waiting him out in a environment that makes it so difficult to get up and breathe montana morning. >> you said information on the russian side. explain that. >> so i think that the evidence that there was this fisa warrant, these two fisa warrants that were on manafort shed a lot of light on what mueller might potentially be looking for. we know that there was one that ended a little bit before manafort joined the campaign in 2016. and the second one commenced a little bit after, so there was this gap period. and it's in that gap period that there is this initiation of russian active measures, the trump tower meeting.
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and i think that there are some keys that mueller believes manafort may have. possibly i think really relating to how the russians engage this operation that manafort can give him. i think that to the extent it sheds light on other people who might have been helping americans, whether they're connected with the campaign or not, that's useful. but i think with the facebook issue, he wants to go after russians or russia, i think he's interested in making sure these active measures are exposed and the people who are responsible for it can be brought to justice as well. even if they are russians. >> let's talk, stuart, about the trump attorney, michael cohen he was scheduled to meet with the senate intel community today. but before that happened he publicly released a prepared statement. and he said he had intended to make the closed door meeting. so what is his strategy here. why release a statement ahead of
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time knowing they didn't want to him to release a statement? >> the way i read that is that might have been an intentional sabotage just to get from under neath it. we have to remember he has a privilege, he's in a relationship with -- >> but now he's got to deal with it publicly. doesn't that put more pressure on him? >> well, exactly. it could. with someone to a congressional hearing, it's not been recognized to withstand the scrutiny. normally in a traditional setting the attorney/client privilege will survive, and they may not actually compel you to give up information from your client. it's these proceedings it's been held that may not survive. at the end of the day i think he's made a strategic decision he'd rather be compelled and forced to come forward and give that information.
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obviously, generally speaking when you go in privately, you negotiate the terms of your experience. and obviously there were things of concern to him. and i think the release of this statement was basically to sabotage him having to come forward. and he just had a change of mind. and i think it may have been the right move given the climate at this point. >> all right, thanks to both of you. i appreciate your time. when we come back, mexico's president saying his country is facing a -- we're going to go there live. y can handcuff any company. but "yes" is here. the new app will go live monday? yeah. with hewlett-packard enterprise, we're transforming the way we work. with the right mix of hybrid it, everything computes. reminds me of how geico hasd been saving people money for over 75 years. hey, big guy! come on in! let me guess your weight! win a prize! sure, why not. 12 ounces!
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place. i mean there's hundreds of buildings like the one right behind me you can see is a building of businesses. there was a language academy, an accou accountants office, an internet office there. and buildings have collapsed all over the city. and there's crews going in there both official rescue teams and volunteers. now, it's very difficult. in the building right behind me i was just talking to a lady whose sister is trapped there. and she says she works in an office with 50 people and none of them have come out of that office yet. so very tense. looking for their loved ones and hoping they can save them from being crushed under the rubble like you see behind me, and it's all over the city. >> so we're hoping the death toll does not go up, but judging from the damage you're seeing if you can describe that, can you tell us you fear and officials do as well that the death toll
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is going to . manafort. tragically, the death toll is going to be inevitably higher. this is just one building we're in front of right now. only one office had some 50 people. imagine with hundred drefrs of buildings aren't city. just around the corner, literally around the corner, a block of apartments collapsed completely. so all over we're seeing this destruction. now it's very sad this happened on exactly the same day 32 years ago. the earthquake of '85, that was really in people's collective memories, the pain of that earthquake, the deaths then. it's something that every mexican that is alive at that time talks about what they were doing on that day. and it's really like the nightmare has come back. so very sad moment. but also a lot of solidarity. there is thousands of people who have come out on the streets collecting rubble, putting it in buckets, putting it in
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wheelbarrows and bringing out water, trying to save other people. trying to make the death toll as limited as it can be. >> thank you so much, sir. 149 people dead so far. 7.1 magnitude quake. and we'll continue to report from there. joining us from mexico city. up next, we're going to go live to puerto rico. residents are preparing for what could be a catastrophic hurricane marie yachlt plus, a brand new forecast for the storm minutes away. i know when i hand them the keys to their first car it's gonna be scary. but i also know that we're gonna have usaa insurance for both my boys. it's something that they're not even gonna have to think of. it's just gonna be in the family. we're the tenneys and we're usaa members for life.
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hurricane maria potentially catastrophic category 5 storm taking aim directly at puerto rico. president trump reporting that puerto rico being hit hard by new monster hurricane. be careful. our hearts are with you. we'll be there to help. joining me on the phone is our
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report wlo reporter who is in san juan. we understand you're riding out the storm on the island. did you try to evacuate? >> yes. we tried tow vak wa evacuate. but the tickets were expensive, we found a ticket for $10,000. >> yeah. expensive. what did your friends and neighbors in puerto rico do? are they still on the island? >> yeah. we have a lot of neighbors that stay and a lot of people got last tickets. we have friends at 5:00 p.m. got a plane and went out. lucky for them. >> what are the conditions like right now? >> now it's pretty calm. but the lights are gone. we have the generators running already. there is no rain. but at any moment it's going to start. we're in the house. >> how many people? >> 15. >> 15 people with four dogs.
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okay. >> yeah. and we're already have our safe place. the closet with water and with food and waiting for maria. >> i understand that you have been working to get supplies to st. thomas after it was hit by hurricane irma. and you talked to friends there. did they give you any advice on handling this storm? >> yeah. i'm originally from st. thomas. but when my friends are there, i help them to get out. and i called them today to ask them what they most regret not to have? and they told me a lot of wine, alcohol, water, and am radio. >> yeah. listen, best of luck. >> so i bought all those things. >> best of luck. we'll check back with you. be safe. >> thank you. >> joining me on the phone is heather who is on her honeymoon in puerto rico. they're trying to get home to pennsylvania. heather, first of all, congratulations on your wedding.
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you just got married on the ninth. now you're on your honeymoon with your husband luke stuck in puerto rico. did you try to get off the island? >> we did try to get off. we tried as early as saturday. all the flights were either booked or canceled. >> wow. >> and so, speaking to her, she said the conditions are not so bad right now. same thing for you? >> well, we actually are on the ocean. our room faces the ocean. it's pretty windy but there is no rain. so we were just told to stay inside for now. >> so that's what you're hearing from the resort where you're staying? just to stay inside? >> correct. >> is there a plan for when the storm hits? >> actually they ask that all of us come down stairs at 7:00 a.m. to a little centralized room they have set up for us. >> you have ever experienced anything like this, heather? what's going through your head?
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>> i haven't. the whole staff has been keeping us informed. relieving a lot of the stress. >> i hope you get electricity. thanks so much. >> yeah, we lost power hours ago. but they have generators. we're up with power still. >> heather in puerto rico tonight on her honeymoon with her husband luke married on the 9th and now having to deal with. this we're wishing everyone the best of luck on this and we'll continue to report on. this thank you so much for joining us. it is pretty close to just 30 seconds away from 11:00 p.m. on the east coast. we have a lot of breaking news for you tonight. a new forecast for hurricane maria. potentially catastrophic storm heading straight for puerto
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rico. plus, republican senators scrambling on a last-ditch effort to repeal obama care. this time they might get it done. we're going to tell you what's in this latest bill and what it could mean for your health care. but want to go right to cnn who is in the weather center. tom, as i understand, top of the hour a new advisory comes in from the hurricane center. what can you tell us? is that advisory come in yet? >> it has. they've been ahead of schedule with all the activity we've had the last couple weeks. they've really provided some great information and on time. here's what we know, don. unfortunately, year not seeing the change wez would like to see which is a drop in wivenltdz the last hour i told what you we're really doing is just waiting and watching this unfold. and it's a catastrophic hurricane. we are not seeing a drop in the winds. 175 miles per hour. the winds back in 1928, strongest category 5 you ever hit were 160. we're well above that now. and we're not going to have a time or space to see this lose any strength. it's

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