tv CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera CNN September 15, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm PDT
we have confirmation now that eight people are dead from the severe weather. two people were caught in fast moving water near wilmington, north carolina. again, eight people confirmed dead. what about any relief? it's not coming anytime soon. the storm system is moving almost nowhere. it is stalled. it is spinning and dumping record amounts of rainfall in parts of north carolina, making the rescue and recovery work very difficult and cleanup nearly impossible. cnn teams are now in place where the water is rising, and where people are being told to take these flood warnings seriously. cnn's martin savidge joins us from wilmington, north carolina. martin, we're being told some of the rivers in that state are rising even faster than emergency officials had expected. >> reporter: and no surprise there, ana, given the weather for the past 48 hours, how torrential the rains have been.
they've move the inland, that's part of the problem. there are other dangers, too. we've just been placed under a tornado watch. tornadoes can often responsible out of a weather system like florence. that is just one more thing that the people of north and south carolina have to contend with in the evening hours. cnn's ed lavendera is in jacksonville, north carolina. ed, you're in a neighborhood that has been flooding since this morning. i saw you earlier and the water is coming up fast. >> reporter: this is a neighborhood along highway 258, north of jacksonville. it's a neighborhood where you look out here into the distance, where people are really just holding on and bracing for the worst. that is all they can do at this point. many homes here, just to kind of give you a lay of the land, if you look back there in the distance, that tree line, there is a river that cuts its way through, and all of this water
that is flooding into this neighborhood is coming out of that neuse river. if you look back in the distance, the water started creeping up there, those first row of homes to the river, about 7:00 a.m. they've already made their way in, 10, 12, 15 houses into this neighborhood. we spoke with one family earlier who was loading up belongings into their car to go up to higher ground in the neighborhood. they tell us that this is a neighborhood they never expected to flood. it has withstood flooding and downpours in previous tropical storm systems and hurricanes in this part of north carolina. there say sense of disbelief of just how much rain is falling here, marty. they're kind of coming to terms with that, hoping that the skies will relent a little bit and that rain will stop falling to give this water a chance to recede and be able to spare as many homes as possible.
as you look out here, there are already a number of homes, dozens of them in this particular neighborhood, that have already taken on perhaps several feet of water, marty. >> reporter: it's interesting, ed, i look at the house behind you there, and one of the things you notice is that it's all boarded up. clearly that person who owns the house thought that it was the hurricane winds that was the threat. you looked at at it now, and ie water, which will do substantial damage unless the water begins to recede. ed lavendera, thank you very much. we also want to look at where florence has already been. on top of the rising rivers, the rain that keeps on fall, there have been the problems that existed in some of the coastal areas. cnn's miguel marquez is in carolina beach, north carolina. we were out there earlier in the week. he's been out in the high winds, the heavy rain, and the violent surf that has been slamming that area for two days. people go there because of the beautiful beaches and now all of that has changed.
what are the conditions there like for you now, miguel? >> reporter: these are as lovely conditions as we've seen in the last 48 hours or so. but it looks like another band of rain is just coming in. you mentioned the economic impact. people do come here for the beaches. we're standing on a boardwalk that was built a couple of years ago here in carolina beach. the beach is now up on the boardwalk. this is about a foot and a half of sand or so. the dunes are inundated with sand as well. perhaps the saddest part of all this, what's going to be very difficult for them to recover from is, two days ago sand came up to here. now there is no sand at all. it's all the way up and down the beach. you can look down this way and see all the debris on the beach and see just how much erosion there's been. the seas are a little colder right now. the wind is coming down here,
thankfully. rain still comes in in big bands. for the most part it seems done. but boy, there's going to be a long cleanup ahead. trees are down throughout the entire area, power lines down everywhere. as you know, there's one road in, one road out of this area. until these winds come down a little more, until they get the streets cleaned up, until they get the power lines back up and in working order, it's going to be hard to get people back in here, get them into their homes and get life back to normal here in carolina beach, kure beach, all these different areas along the coast here. it will be a long, hard slog. the storm, marty, may have been the easiest part of all this. back to you. >> reporter: miguel, real quick, there was a real concern that the sand on the beach would get washed into the main roadway and serve as a road black. did that happen? >> reporter: it didn't. they didn't have the sort of flooding and that sort of activity as they were worried about. the main lake in town, which
they had drained before all of this, so it could absorb all the water, that is now overflowing and cutting off about a foot of water on the other side of the island. but that is kind of the worst of it when it comes to flooding. but it's just -- all of it, the entirety of it, it's going to take a long, long time to get this place back up in working order, marty. >> reporter: it's a slice of paradise for those who live there. miguel marquez, thank you very much. we now have a brand-new advisory on florence from the national hurricane center. cnn meteorologist allison chinchar is in the weather center. what are we learning? we know the storm is headed elsewhere and there are other people that ought to be aware. >> yes, we've got to pick up that forward speed to really get this moving out of these same areas. at this point it's not looking like it's not going to do that anytime soon. forward movement is only two
miles per hour to the west. this system is basically crawling. the average human being can walk three to four miles per hour. you can essentially walk faster than this storm is moving. sustained winds have not changed. it's still 45 miles per hour gusting up to 60 miles per hour. likely power outages, trees c e coming down, that's still going to continue, because we have to bring the winds back down. the main concern is the flooding. not just the short term from the moisture that is falling but also the long term flooding potential. when we look at how many rivers and creatieks and streams are flooding now, we have six in major flood stage now, five in moderate flood stage. let's fast forward a couple of days. once the water makes it back into the rivers, creeks, and streams, we'll see the numbers jump. we'll eventually be looking at 20 rivers in major flood stage and nearly 30 of them in moderate flood stage. notice how it spreads out too. the concern is no longer just right along the coastal regions
of north carolina but now pushing inland and also adding states like virginia and even south carolina to that list as well of where we are going to see that rain. we do still have some very heavy rain bands across portions just north of wilmington and to the south of wilmington. those rainfall rates are two to three inches an hour. you have to remember, you have to add that on top of what has already fallen. and we've had some very impressive amounts. elizabethstown, 20 inches. emerald isle and morehead city, both nearly two feet of rain. swa swansboro has picked up 30 1/2 inches. the key factor for a lot of these cities is it's still raining, they could pick up an additional six, eight, or ten inches of rain on top of what they've already had. the biggest difference is that that rain is pushing further inland. so cities like charlotte and raleigh are going to start to see some of those heavier bands
move in. even when you start going into the higher elevations, places like asheville, hickory, those places further up in elevation, the main concern there, martin, is not only do you have the threat for flooding but the elevation will play a role in the potential for landslides as well. >> reporter: allison, that's what the governor of north carolina was talking about. they feared that those landslides could begin as early as tonight. allison chinchar, thank you very much. amazing to believe that the storm is slower than a person can work. the hurricane danger has passed. but what's coming afterward may impact far more lives. cnn's nick watt is on the sands in north myrtle beach, south carolina. some people are returning and relieved by what they found. >> reporter: yeah, since we last spoke, martin, the wind has picked up. the rain is a lot heavier.
i've spoken to somebody else who has just returned, he lives on the next block beyond where we are. he said, listen, this place will flood at the drop of a hat. the problem here, it's actually from both sides. we can get the storm surge and the surf from this way. there's also the intracoastal water way which runs a couple of blocks back in town. if that inland fresh water flooding, if some of that water makes its way down here, these people could get hit from both sides. these houses on the beach, a lot of them are built on stilts so the surge can't go underneath. further back there, there are a lot of homes, a lot of condos right on the ground that are ripe for flooding. listen, we've been predicting another ten inches of rain for this weekend. those predictions may be right. but hopefully, hopefully, we will not see the storm surge. we have another high tide in the middle of the night tonight. if that coincides, again, with these very strong onshore winds, with he may see some inundation.
i think in terms of dodging the bullet, we have dodged that situation where a high tide comes in and the onshore wind is so strong, the water can't retreat so every new tide piles on top of it. we've avoided that. that was the big fear for this little town which is really badly protected from this ocean. there's not much you can really do about it. there's a tiny little dune. it will take another couple of feet up from the last high tide and water will be in this town. but so far, so good. just some trees down, power lines down. the other thing that is helped is they've sunk a lot of electricity lines last year, they put them under the ground, so power has been out to about half of this town on and off. but it could have been a lot worse. the whole place could have lost a lot more power. those lines being put under the ground apparently has helped. so here in north myrtle beach, people are still very much hoping, praying, and i think maybe seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and thinking
that the worst has passed. but that's a dangerous position to be in. we could still see a surge tonight, martin. >> reporter: we'll keep an eye on it, thanks to you, nick watt, very much, we appreciate it there in north myrtle beach, south carolina. we should point out there is a real problem with electricity throughout much of north carolina. it doesn't have to be the beachfront communities. wilmington is not directly on the water, and yet in many parts of this city they are without electricity, including right here. this is a problem that is many-fold, ana. there are still a lot of people who are still trying to cope with what they're facing or what they've been through. >> martin, we'll come back to you, of course, the carolinas continuing to be pounded by rain. our ryan todd handwriting alos along with marines. our special coverage of the hurricane continues aof this. for over six million miles? -- after this.
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welcome back to our continuing coverage of tropical storm florence. let's talk about the rescues that are under way. we know thousands of people from the u.s. coast guard alone are assisting with some of the rescues in the carolinas. the agency has already helped with at least 50 air rescues in north carolina. joining us now, the coast guard atlantic area commander, vice admiral scott bushman. thank you, admirabl, for being with us. what can you tell us about the rescue efforts under way now. >> the united states coast guard is part of an effort supporting the state of south carolina as part of this response to this very devastating storm. we've been very busy here rescuing folks. >> do you expect the number of rescues to ramp up or slow down tonight? what is the prospect going into tomorrow? >> i have to remind folks that
while weather is slightly improved in some areas, this is still a very dangerous storm. there are several days of very, very significant rainfall, additional flooding to happen. today we've participated in more than 50 rescues. in one we used our helicopters to rescue folks that are really in distress. >> the people you're responding to, how are you prioritizing? >> we are working with the entire federal government as well as the state of north carolina. those calls go to the state of north carolina emergency operations center and they're doing a fantastic job of prioritizing all the rescues. so the people who are the most distressed can get response as quickly as possible. >> and what is it that triggers you as opposed to somebody else coming to the rescue via boat, for example, you know, why would you bring in a helicopter instead? are there ways that you are
determining what to respond with specifically? >> one of two different ways. we get a request from the state of north carolina emergency operations center, and we have the right capability to help someone. when you're flying a helicopter you obviously have a huge vantage point. as you're flying around, you might see something that someone else may not see that's really in distress and you're in a position to rescue them. >> i know one of the concerns for coast guard efforts have been the strong winds. have the winds died down enough for the coast guard to be able to use all its resources if needed? >> the winds have died down in some areas. i was out flying today doing a damage assessment. there were certain areas we can get to, certain areas we can't get to. it's very treacherous in certain areas. one of our helicopters with very experienced pilots talked about rescuing folks in 40-mile-per-hour winds, rain coming in stay with us, coming
into the helicopter and interrupting their communications system. >> wow, it sounds challenging. if people chose to stay behind and now need rescuing, what should they do? >> my advice to anyone in the storm's path, and there are a lot of people in the storm's path, listen to your emergency responders, your local emergency responders, first off. they know what they're doing. the second thing is, don't go outside until it's safe to do so. if you're in distress, call 911. if you need to get to higher ground, sometimes people will go in the attic. i advise people not to do that. if you need to get up that high, get out on the roof and have a way to signal a first responder. >> vice admiral scott bushman, good advice, thank you for taking the time and thank you for your efforts and the coast guard that's working on this storm and the rescue efforts. we're keeping an eye on other breaking news today. in texas, i u.-- a u.s. texas border patrol agent is under arrest, suspected of being a serial killer. in cape cod, a man has died
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it's bringing down at least two feet of rain so far and still more is on the way. at least eight people have been killed. and hundreds of others have been needed to be rescued from much of the rising water. plus we have more than 700,000 customers now without electricity in northern and south carolina. and remember, florence is moving at a speed that most of us could outwalk, just about two to three miles an hour. it is crawling toward eastern south carolina as the floodwaters it has caused are rising faster than many forecasts predicted, forcing even more evacuation orders. listen to the mayor of fayetteville, north carolina this afternoon. >> if you are in these areas, this is a serious life-threatening matter. if you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, then you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin, because the loss of life is very, very possible. so please adhere to this. this is not a talking point.
this is not a script. we are saying this because we're concerned with you. the worst is yet to come. >> reporter: let's check in now with cnn's polo sandoval in our roving vehicle. he's in lumberton, north carolina. polo, describe the conditions where you are. >> reporter: maternity, if there's anybody who is familiar with the damaging potential of floodwaters after a hurricane, it's the people in the city of lumberton, north carolina. we are driving the streets of the city, giving you a view of what the situation is like. you can see some ponding on the streets. two years ago i was here, covering catastrophic flooding after hurricane matthew. that is when there were many people who were displaced from their homes. the floodwaters after hurricane matthew basically ravaged the area here. you can see people are, again, out and about, driving right now. it really did cripple the infrastructure here in lumberton two years ago.
and according to the forecast, we are expecting even more rain right now. the main threat is coming from the lumber river that is expected to go about a foot higher than what people experienced here during hurricane matthew. this is already leading to some road closures. the interstate that runs through this city, a part of it is closed. i-95, a major thoroughfare, is closed. 20 miles of interstate between u.s. 64 and portions of i-40. what officials are recommending right now to the general public is that they simply stay home. even though the clouds of florence may eventually dissipate, the very real threat of flooding still remains. and finally, martin, i can tell you that there is a concern now that there are some people who think that the worst is over. the mayor pro tem of the city told me that what they had seen is that there were people who were leaving the shelter, thinking that the worst was over, and he is pleading that
they simply stay at higher ground. wait for the flooding threat to be over. that could take potentially days, martin. >> reporter: that's the problem, many people just don't want to be in a shelter, and on top of that they want to be home and see what's left. yet, as you just said, the governor and officials are saying now is not the time to get out there, they need the roads open for emergency responders. polo sandoval, thank you very much. we're taking a look at the memorable sights and sounds of the storm so far. ♪ >> reporter: the wind is whipping stronger than it has in the last 24 hours. >> reporter: the eye did make landfall at wrightsville beach with a wind speed of 90 miles
per hour. >> reporter: this isn't just water that's coming this way. the ocean and the wind are forcing sand up into the air. >> reporter: if you look all the way down beyond those people, you may be able to make it out. that is the ocean. it's not supposed to be there right now. ♪ >> reporter: power is out all over the city. that tree over there to my left, your right, looks like it's about to be uprooted. we're getting strong gusts of wind. >> reporter: we're in river bend, experiencing an extraordinary amount of flooding there. a lot of people said they weren't expecting it to flood like this here. ♪
>> reporter: just some of the sights and sounds of what was hurricane florence. when it's a hurricane, it is all the fury that many people look at. but we're into another stage and that is the flooding. and that flooding is far more insidious and potentially far more dangerous. let's go back to ana. >> all right, martin, we know you are enjoying this rare moment of dry, calm weather where you are. but that weather is not letting up just yet. we know the rain is still coming. thank you for your reporting. dramatic new video from the scene of a deadly shark attack off the coast of cape cod today. i'll talk to an expert who is concerned about shark attacks coming to massachusetts, next. i! you see, now verizon lets you mix and match your family unlimited plans like you mix and match your flavors. so you get what you want, without paying for things you don't. number 6. i know. where do i put it? in my belly. (vo) one family. different unlimited plans. starting at $40 per line on the network you deserve.
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i think the jury is out on donald trump. he's done a lot right, a lot wrong. there's a good chance he'll have a primary in two years. we don't know yet. >> you haven't made up your mind about him at this point? >> he's done some things really well and some things horribly. i disagree with him on immigration. i disagree with him on tariffs. those are huge issues. >> what do you see as him doing really, really well? >> i believe his president has delivered. his deliverables have been quite good. tax reform, filling out the judiciary. some of the albeit difficult relationships, international relationships, he's reforged. he's delivered things that are good for our nation, to that extent he gets an "a" minus. >> you disagree? >> he's divided our country further apart. charlottesville was huge for me. to see the president of the united states get up and say that there's good people on both
sides, really, really hurt. i don't want my kids looking up to that. i don't want my kids thinking that racism is acceptable. >> my daughter was criying on te couch when she saw my friend -- from sterling, virginia have to jump out of the way of that car. >> you knew somebody who was there? >> yes. no one in the commonwealth of virginia should ever have to fear for their lives when they are at a rally supporting diversity. >> do you believe that this president has done anything that is considered an impeachable offense? you're an attorney, what do you think? >> i don't practice that area of law. i do believe and support robert mueller's investigation into the russian interference. and of course if there is anything that is uncovered by
robert mueller in his investigation, of course we should pursue any everyone else that a-- any avenues that are ot there if the president has colluded with russia. >> do you think democrats should be running on impeaching this president? >> i -- i don't believe so. >> look at bill clinton. it was a huge distraction in the '90s. at the end of the day, nothing changed. they can impeach donald trump but nothing's going to change. we should focus on making the country a better place. >> do you support how the president has handled the russia investigation? >> there's lots of reservations with donald trump. no. some things he said well, some things he said horribly. i wish he would just stop tweeting. >> we have seen support of the special counsel investigation on the rise over the last few polls, even though the president has continued to go after robert mueller and his team and that investigation, calling it a witch hunt and a hoax. there have been a number of
indictments. there have been a number of convictions. and i think any suggestion that this is a witch hunt, that's obviously the president can speak his mind and he can tweet all day long if he would like, but the facts speak for themselves. >> the president has called it an illegal investigation. does anybody here believe it is an illegal investigation? >> no. >> no. >> no, not at all. >> i couldn't possibly answer that. i mean, that is ongoing, and they're finding the facts that need to be found out. our neighbors and friends are fact-based folks. >> do you believe this president is telling you the truth? >> i don't speak with him, so i can't answer that. >> do you trust the president? >> i -- the office of the president is created, it's a function of the politics of our nation. and america selected donald j. trump to be our president. he serves in that capacity. it will be a measure on his ballot about whether america agrees with him. for my part, i like the work that he's doing as president. >> do you trust the president in
that he's being truthful with you? >> no. but did i trust obama, did i just george bush? no. they're politicians at the end of the day. >> are you willing to overlook the facts? >> no. facts are facts. one plus one is two. so there is nothing >> like alternative fact. he has lost the ability to communicate with allies because we are no longer trusted. >> i know your husband is in the service, lana. does that influence your perspective about this administration? >> absolutely. >> in what way? >> well, you know, i fear he might make a grave mistake. tweeting back and forth with korea is unacceptable. there are people that are putting their lives on the line. i feel mr. woodward's book
coming out that he's unfit to be president and congress needs to act on it. >> all of those women are from virginia's tenth congressional district. barbara comstock is polling 10 points behind her opponent and jennifer wexton, if wins, the first democratic representative in that district in nearly 40 years. back to our breaking news now. off the coast of cape cod this afternoon -- a swimmer has died there in a suspected shark attack and new video just into cnn showing beach goers carrying that man down the beach. we are told people performed cpr but unable to save him. we also have this video of two sharks swimming near the attack site just a short time ago. so keep that in mind if you are near cape cod today. in the meantime, let's talk with george burgess.
are you surprised by this attack? >> actually, i'm not, unfortunately. for some time now, we've known that the white shark populations are increasing along the united states east coast as a result of conservation measures and more importantly, the things they like to eat the most, their populations have also been increasing since the administration of the 1972 marine mammal protection act, so more white sharks in the water and of course, now more humans in the water and so as we return to a natural situation closer to what we had in the 1800s, there's going to be more interactions. >> we've been showing the video that was taken near that attack site today where we see at least a couple of sharks swimming around. i don't know if you've seen that video. you did mention white sharks but can you tell what types of sharks these are in the video or
what do you know about what sharks are in that area? >> well, the video is showing white sharks and that is the largest of the predatory sharks in the u.s. waters and the one we're most likely to see along the coastline in massachusetts this time of year. while we haven't got the actual evidence from the attack yet, the odds are probably 99% that's a white shark. >> is that great white shark? or different? >> it's a white shark. the media add the great for a little. >> we read a lot about sharks. i think about it the great white sharks, that's what i know as a mom. >> it's a service based on their size. >> they look really big from the video, no doubt.
what would cause a shark to attack a swimmer? >> you know, this particular shark is looking for large prey items and unfortunately, humans fall into the correct size category, although humans, of course, are not a normal part of the food chain, they're not normal parts of the diet of white sharks or any other sharks but in the case of massachusetts and the white sharks and the fact that there are seals nearby, we and the seals are about the same size. they're looking for a general size class and unfortunately, a human probably approximates that of a swimming seal. >> we just have a short time left for this interview, but we are told that shark attacks are up in this area. they've actually added warning signs along the beach there. what precautions should people take to avoid being attacked?
>> of course, that's very appropriate and not just after the fact. those beaches in massachusetts are now areas that are hosting sharks as well as seals and humans and from now on, anybody who enters the water needs to be fully aware that there's an outside chance that they're going to encounter a shark. the main thing is to try to stay out of areas of white shark abundance. folks should be checking in with the scientists in the massachusetts area as to where areas of white shark abundance are found and obviously, from a no brainer sort of standpoint, avoid areas near seals that come out of the water and land for part of their daily activities and one wants to avoid those areas because white sharks are patrolling right off of the colonies. >> good information, george burgess. thank you very much for joining us. >> glad to be with you, ana. >> i'm ana cabrera in new york. thank you for being with me.
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