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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. this hour in the cnn newsroom, trying to stay warm and trying to get home. an early snowstorm leaves millions without power and thousands more stranded. occupy seattle, what's it like to spend the weekend with those camping for a cause? you are looking at all of those pictures on the screen and sweet victory in st. louis. the cardinals celebrating with a parade. right through the city streets. we're going to start with this this hour. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. more occupy protesters are
taking up space in jail cells. dozen of arrests in the last 36 hours. >> we got you. >> their message, fighting corporate corruption maybe getting lost in the mayhem. these scenes from austin, texas that you are looking at. police there say they took in 38 people who refused to leave city hall. portland and denver saw the same story. protesters refused to move out so police say they have to move in. all all let him go! >> two dozen people were arrested by police in riot gear. in ten ver, occupiers show off their wounds from pepper balls in a faceoff at the city civic center.dten ver, occupiers show
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on this community college. none of this was here yesterday. they were in a park like where many other parts of the country. they told them they needed to leave and so they marched here, set up tents bathrooms, kitchens, you name it. they created a community here. the school administration initially said they weren't welcome here and they said as long as they don't wear out the welcome they are here. the police have let them be for the time being. they are not confident it will remain the case. they have a legal committee headed by a law student. he is teaching people how to protest. how to defie police without getting in altercations and created an iphone app in case they are arrested. they can hit one button and it will ping family and friends and let them know they need to be bailed out, don. >> i think all of the occupiers are connected on social media. so the people there, are they
aware of what happened to fellow demonstrators in other cities? >> well, i was here last night, don. we were following the arrests in portland, what took place in austin, colorado can. a lot of protesters move back and forth. they have friends and have been inspired by people in other communities. we're on the other side of the coast from wall street from manhattan but the sentiment feels just as strong here perhaps as anywhere else in the country. people say they were planning on staying in this park, come what may for weeks and months to come, don. >> appreciate your reporting. thank you. make sure you join me later when we get a perspective of the occupy dilemma. officials that support the right to protest but can't ignore the cur fus and permits. we will have more at 10:00 eastern. they closed the park and kicked some occupiers out. a tranlic story out of africa features what could be a dramatic twist involving an american citizen.
reports from somalia say two suicide bomb evers launched an attack saturday in mogadishu. a website associated with the al-shabaab islamist move linked to al qaeda says one was an american of somali descent. the fbi has not confirmed the report. a stow maley diplomate says that the suspect was from minneapolis and identified him as abdelism ali. they say that al-shabaab enjoys support from some in the community of minneapolis. >>. >> he left here in 2008, november 4th. i think right before the election or right after the election of obama and he got married. he was militant on the street fighting. he engaged in combat with somali government. there's sympathizers and support and basically i think one can --
al-shabaab to nairobi and england. >> u.s. officials say that 20 young men, most somali americans have travelled from minneapolis to somalia in recent years to train with al-shabaab. the death tolle is official from the the suicide bomb attack in afghanistan on saturday. nine americans died, five civilians and four u.s. troops. the blasts also claimed the lives of two british civilians a kosovo national and canadian soldier. four afghans were killed when a car packed with explosives struck an armor bus in kabul. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. syria's president warns his country will turn in to another a afghanistan if the west dares to intervene. speaking to britain's sunday telegraph, al-assad defended his army saying it is only fighting terrorists. this video appears to show
soldiers brutally beating suspects in their custody. cnn can't confirm the authenticity of the video. new video seems to confirm the scars of shelling in western city homes. >> hello winter the northeast gets blasted with an early snowstorm and more than 4 million people are without power. hundreds of passengers trapped on planes for hours at a time due to the storm. stlnt a law in place to keep that if happening? live reports from across the snow-covered area. two minutes away. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours?
as you look at the pictures we remind you it is october for another day. a freak snowstorm overwhelmed the northeast. we have been reporting on it here at cnn. lack of electricity is widespread. 4 million customers without power, almost half of them in past past. in connecticut the governor warns anyone who doesn't have power should prepare to be without it for a prolonged period of time. a long time. the storm is blamed for at least five deaths including two fatalities near philadelphia that shut down 95. air travel along the eastern seaboard was a nightmare. that's an understatement. jetblue said passengers stranded overnight in hartford, connecticut with without food or water will be refunded they have tickets and receive a free round-trip airfare.out food or water will be refunded they have tickets and receive a free round-trip airfare. we have it all covered for you.
chad meyers is in york, pennsylvania. and susan candiotti is in new york. we will check in with them in moments. to the ground now and chad myers. he's been in the middle of york, pennsylvania. it was snowing yesterday. now the cleanup begins. power outages. looks like it will be there for a while -- they will be without power for a while. >> probably another three days the for some of the areas that have one line to houses. they have a triage unit where they can do the most good they can do. this tree lined street was a mess. every branch was son some power line because of this, very heavy snow that came down yesterday. what's been done now almost 24 hours but that heavy snow, that's the damage that it did as it weighed down on the branchs. the branchs brought power lines
down and the people here have their power back. there were other problems not only with power. take you to philadelphia. to bristol township. a 30-car pileup happened. this is not far from philadelphia. i-95, a car on 95 left the highway and ended up on the turnpike road below it. two people in the crash died with 30 cars piling up. that was 3:00 in the morning here. that's like 15 hours or so go ago. take you to another area of inconsistency and inconvenience could be in palmer, massachusetts. this is an amtrak train that was heading from chicago to boston, 48 people on board. there was a rock slide caused by the snowstorm got in the way of the tracks and they had to shut down train down. they had power, food and free drink. so if you are going to do anything get caught on a train that has plenty of power people here in pennsylvania getting some power back.
we talked to the people in this house here, i can see one light on in the house. those are the rosenblatts. they haven't had power for 36 hours. they are happy. the house is warming up. it was getting quite cold in there. 40,000 in the area without power. many are checking in to area hotels tonight to keep the kids warm because you don't want to be 35 to 40 degrees in the house and little kids trying to stay warm. >> go and get warm until we come back to you. jacqui jeras is here and she is telling chad to put son some gloves. she's being a mom. >> it's not cold. >> it's not cold. >> but he was touching snow. >> thank you for the update. a lot of stranded area air passengers are trying to get moving again susan candiotti is now in the warm studio. nine hours on a snow bound plane without food or water. it must have been unbearable. >> how awful.
who wants to go through that situation but that's what happened in hartford, connecticut. jetblue says 23 flights were diverted from various airports. six were jetblues. nevertheless, people were stuck on the tarmac for eight and nine hours. no food, no water, they couldn't even get bathrooms to work with. they were overfilled. but people had their cell phones working and started to call people on the outside to tell them what was going on. the bathroom was an especially ugly situation. listen. >> they are totally filled. nobody can go in them anymore. you just have to the hold it. >> power is going in and out. bathrooms are locked. people are upset. >> jetblue did issue an apology and is offering refunds and free strouchers, but the thing is there is an airline passengers bill of rights that is in effect. a rule a i waimplemented. airlines are supposed to make
sure you have food, water and clean those bathrooms didn't happen here. d.o.t. says it has opened an investigation. >> oh, really. and that is just all they have said, they have opened an investigation to see what happened and if everyone abided by the rules. >> that's right. >> and they said, since this rule fwhent to affect last year they have virtually eliminated says the d.o.t. these kinds of delays. that's why they want to get to the bottom of what happened over the weekend. >> susan, thank you. appreciate your reporting. jacqui jeras now is joining me in the studio. we saw richard roth on the plane at last check. i think he was trying to get a bus and that is indicative of what people are go through across the country. and we have to remember that people lost their lives. being stranded is very difficult but losing their lives is awful. >> the storm will impact a couple more days. concerned about the snowfall accumulation as people head to work tomorrow morning that we may see a lot of people run in
to things like. this yeah, trees over the roadways. we will have to use a lot of caution. this is an ireport from benjamin sanchez from new york who says he's been without power since 4:00 yesterday. waiting to the get that on. the snowfall is so impressive. this was a record-setting storm, unprecedented in some areas. we had more snow in october for places like new york city. this was an unusual storm for this the time of the year. take a look at where the brunt of all of this came in across eastern pennsylvania, in to western connecticut, massachusetts, vermont, new hampshire and in to upstate new york. that is where we saw the one foot totals. and some of you exceeded that by a bit. take a look at the big winner, so to speak there. jaffrey new hampshire. west milford, new jersey 19
inches and west hartford almost a foot. newark 5.2, just shy of three in central park but that was the record in philadelphia coming in with .3 inches. that snow impacting halloween for some people. don, worcester, massachusetts they had just shy of 15 inches of snowfall there and they decide it is too risky for trick or treat. so they decided to postpone it until thursday when temperatures are expected to be in the 60s. they said better safe than sorry, kids. put the costumes away for a couple more days. kind of a bummer but kind of agree if you have that many limbs down, a lot of people without power. go ahead and put it off for a couple of days. the rest of the country, what can you expect for halloween or trick or treating, good weather wise. we expect a lot of rain across south florida. you have been dealing with that already. more of that and you might have to have the umbrella. the rest of the country is quiet. and temperature-wise a lot of 40s and 50s.
it isn't terrible. may have to wear extra clothes under the costume but hopefully no parkas. >> as you were saying that about that, they said halloween tomorrow night will put families and youth in harm's way as they negotiate piles of snow and downed limbs. so they are right. it should be postponed. too bad, though. >> they will still have it. >> number two halloween besides christmas for kids, halloween. >> yeah. candy and costumes. how can you go wrong. >> and only in spending for gifts and presents and that sort of thing. >> decorating your house. >> we will check back with you. >> we will talk politics when we come back. herman cain doing well in the polls but pundits say he can't win. why not? two minutes away. nationwide insurance, what's up ?
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let's talk politics now. herman cain rising in the polls, running aek neck and neck with mitt romney in the race for the republican presidential nomination. obama campaign officials, well they often criticize romney but you won't hear them mention herman cain much. is it time for them to take him serious ily is our question. let's talk about it with will cain and lz granderson. thank you, guys, for joining me. will, the last time i was here i said i have to give you the last word because lz got the last word last time.
>> i don't know what we were with talking about. what do you say? why doesn't the obama team ever talk about herman cain? >> the strategy makes sense to me. you sit there and talk about mitt romney and the fact that he has no principles if you are an obama administration strategist and it works both way withes you tear down the most likely opponent to your second term and ignore the man who you hope is your opponent going to the second term. it makes sense. they'd love for herman cain to be the nominee. why tear him down now? >> let's hear from herman cain, and talk about the media's response to his rise in the polls. >> let me tell you what the polls are saying, they demonstrated with a bunch of straw polls. the national polls are starting to demonstrate these facts. first, the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the media. [ applause ] >> the people are going to elect the next president. >> okay. so he's saying the media doesn't
give him fair play. so, lz, i'm going to ask you about that and follow up on my question to will. why doesn't the obama campaign -- or do they take herman cain seriously? >> i don't think they take herman cain very seriously because they really feel that mitt romney will be the opponent. and i agree with will in terms the strategy. herman cain says so many things that you know independents aren't going to go for. doesn't seem wise to invest energy in addressing him. because he's going to be able to be diffused by his own comments. >> lz, as we have seen, especially the last two years, everything is in play now. you never know. this isn't the same old campaign that used to happen. >> that's very true. anything is possible. and trust me, if there is anybody other than michele bachmann that president obama wants to see would be herman cain because he is so vulnerable
in so many areas. he might slip through. let's go crazy and say he gets the nomination from the gop. i just have a hard time believing that when he is sitting across from president obama. he will be nuance sophisticated enough to prove his point the population. i don't see it happening. >> it is times to be the underdog or underestimated can work in your favor. can you imagine an obama versus cain ticket? oh, we will try to talk about that. >> going to ask you. >> heard someone say on the other day, racism is officially over. they were doing it tongue and cheek. we will talk about that. don't go anywhere. in a minute, we will play comments from herman cain that is sure to get everyone's attention. cain was asked about his past remarks that planned parenthood has located clinics in black neighborhoods to kill black children. we will have his response when we come back.
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we are back with will kab and lz granderson. listen, guys, let's stay with the topic of herman cain and talk about two sensitive issues he addressed today, race and abortion. here's an exchange he had this morning on cbs. >> you said it was not planned parenthood but planned again side because you said they were
trying to put centers in the black communities because they wanted to kill black babies where they were born. do you still stand by that. >> i still stand by that. do you have any proof it was the objective of planned parenthood? >> people look at the history and look at margaret stenger's words. that's where it came from. look up the history. if you look at the history, secondly, look at where most of them were built, 75% of those facilities were built in the black community. >> will, i know you want to take time to discuss. this you said you can't do it in 30 seconds. and i agree with you planned parenthood denies the claims several times. what's your reaction. >> i can't ascribe motivations to an 80-year-old institution and thousands of employees that have worked for planned parenthood. that's for others to do. i can give you facts and the facts are somewhat like herman cain suggested there, margaret stenger the founder of planned parenthood it was connected to
the eugenics movement that you can breed a better society that some people should be forced through sterilization not to reproduce and they discussed racist concepts like feebleminded people were with concentrated in black communities. move forward, planned parenthood embraces abortion. a concept that margaret stenger did not embrace. and today we have a world where black women are five time mrs. likely to have abortions than white women and while blacks make up 12% of the population they make up 35% of think the abortions. whatever you feel about the statistics is probably how you feel about abortions, whether it is a health procedure or killing nebt children. but those are the facts. >> lz? >> i think is epitomizes the reason why i don't like herman cain. this is a very nuance withed, very detailed sort of conversation to be having and for him to drop bombs like that to try to generate an emotional response isn't response able.
yes, senger was part of the eugenics movement but she was also praised by dr. king and w.e.b. dubois in terms of the efforts in trying to help women take 0 control of their reproductive health. in order to have this conversation we need to, as he suggests, look at the history and not just go on wikipedia and grab quotes off of there. the story is more detailed than that. >> okay. okay. we'll end that part there. let's talk about this a little bit. i don't want to give a short trip, but i have been hearing a lot about this on-line, on radio. i was listening to a radio show last week and it said what happens in an obama versus cain in 2012, if that happens and they said if cain runs against obama and samuel l. jackson is highest grossing movie star of all times, racism is officially over, lz.
>> it is the over simplification of how we look at racism today, that will be over but we haven't begun to talk about the racism in terms of internalized racism and minorities against whites and other than just black and white like latinos and whites and latinos and blacks. there's a lot of nuances when it comes to the conversation of racism and to boil it down to two black guys running if the white house is really simple. >> it is simple but would be interesting. it would be interesting. >> right. >> i was going to say it can't be overlooked. we have to admit we are moving forward in this world and this country and that race issues are moving to the periphery. we have one nan the white house who who is a white house and it if you have two candidates that says something remarkable about our society. >> about the progress we have made. will, you got the last word this time. we like to be fair. >> thank goodness. >> thank you, will and lz.
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welcome back. a special edition of globe trekking tonight focuses on a milestone for the world. the 7 billionth person is supposed to be born on monday. that's according to expefrts that track the global population. here with me is international editor. can the planet handle -- i guess it will have to handle 7 billion people. >> that's the question that scientists and economists are asking. how are you going to feed all the people? depends for agriculture will increase. water which is in short supply in many parts of the world will be in more demand going forward. this is -- we don't know how this is going to affect the planet, but it is going to be, according to many social scientists a people versus the planet issue. >> bet someone is working with
on it and a department tri and all of those things. in the wall-to-wall coverage we have had about this internationally, the world's largest family has been discovered. >> right. this is unbelievable. if everyone were to pro-create at the rate this family did we would have reached the 7 billion mark decade cans ago. i want to show video if we can of this family. they are in a tiny village in northeast india. this man has it's like 86 children, 35 grand kids, 39 wives. >> whoa, whoa, whoa! 86 children? >> 86. here you can see 160 family members in that shot before. here they are lining up and that's him. he's the patriarch of the family. >> he's the one in the chair. >> he's tired. he should be sitting, 86 kids. >> for the full report on cnn.com you can check it out. that's the mansion they live in. it is a four-story mansion. it has 22 bedrooms.
just feeding this family alone is a project in and of itself. but it is again one of the stories that we are highlighting in our wall to wall coverage. but tomorrow, which is the big day the u.n. projects that this 7 billion mark will be reached we will have our reporters stationed around wards across the world. >> i will be watching that. there's a cool website that tracks the population of the world. >> i want to draw your attention to the skeen. the name of the website is 7 billion actions.org. you can look and see what the population will be in ten , 20, 30, years. in 2040 the population is expected to be at 8 billion. and the u.n. is estimating it will be 10 million in -- >> we will have a link to that website on our blog. happy halloween.
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this month broadway is offering a compelling view of dr. martin luther king junior. you could say it is from the mountain top. that's the name of a play that featuring samuel l. jackson as the civil rights icon. i sat down to talk about how the play shows king in a new way. samuel l. jackson and kenny vion are masters of make belief. he is a director of stage and tv. honored with tony, golden globe and emmy nominations and is the star of this gathering in atlanta celebrating his induction in to the georgia music hall of fame. >> thank you. >> jackson is a high-decibel film actor, famous for his roles in the star wars movies, iron man and oscar winning turn in pulp fiction. >> it will be all right. >> promise. >> together the men are taking on real life history. the assassination of martin
luther king j in a play called the mountain top. it comes from king's plast speech on april 3rd, 1968 the day before the assassination. the hours after he spoke these words to hundreds in memphis. >> i have seen the promise land. i may not get there with you. but i want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promise land. >> reporter: jackson played king, tired in his hotel room. angela bassett is king's maid. the mountain top is about their conversation, a fictional take on what king was like when he was away if the podium and some criticize the way for the way it humanizes the civil rights icon. >> the play hopes, the speech, what have you, that's the last thing you hear and the walks in,
takes his shoes off, smells them. goes to the bathroom, you hear him peeing it is dr. king. >> i talk to 18 and 19-year-old kids and they say dr. king, that's the civil rights dude, right. ? that's disappointing. i want them to come and see the man and hope they see him as a human and say i want to find out more about him. >> you play him. and you don't look, you barely look like yourself in the play. >> oh, that's great. >> as an actor you like that, right? >> yeah. >> i always think when you say dr. the martin luther king the audience has expectation of something visual. >> i spent a lot of time digging through archive and finding interviews he did talking about the vietnam war and other things. >> listen to the cadence of his i voice. >> i went to mor house during a time there were a lot of people
like him still at morehouse teaching us. >> what do you mean, as a way of speaking and carrying yourself, that southern ministerial and a specific kind of way that leads you to sometimes over enunciate the things that you say, but you still engage. >> it is metered and measured. >> yeah. >> you think of every word with before you say it. >> exactly. >> how do you think dr. king would feel about today, the current situation and climate? >> disappointed. would be totally disappointing. young people graduating from college, what are their hope, there is no job. what do they hope to do. >> where we in the country now, where we are politically and socially, the haves have more, the have-nots have less. i think it's time that we hear a
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it's almost november which means it is time for another world series parade led by budweiser's clydesdales. the cardinals travel through downtown st. louis last hour and right in to busch stadium for a championship celebration with fans. and yessing even the team's unofficial mascot, the rally squirrel in attendance there. the cardinals finished their improbable run beating the rangers for the 11th world series title. congratulations to them. an emotional scene to tell you about at rutgers university as
one of their injured players returned to the football field. you might remember eric la grande. he is number 52. he was paralyzed last october. saturday he led rutgers on the field during a snowstorm. first time he has been back since the accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. he was hurt making a tackle against army. eric la grande, you may remember him because we discussed him on the prachlt and jon wertheim is back from new york to talk about this week's biggest stories. there's a cover this week of "sports illustrated" by the way, eric la grande amazing and emotional. >> oh, i get chills seeing that. not because it is snowing. the greatest guy. i don't know if you saw his quote. he said this year i left tracks from my wheelchair and next
yearly leave footprints. >>. >> with wish him the best as well. let's talk about baseball and the world series. the cardinals won it all but barely made the all but they barely made the playoffs. and they kind of symbolized the entire post-season, didn't they? >> this is democratic baseball. now, it was a great world series. you had hitting and pitching and defense, and, you know, the rangers came within one strike of winning this thing. and it was great for cardinals. you know, unless you're a hard-core st. louis fan, i think any joy in their title had to be offset a little bit by pity and empathy for texas. but it was a great world series. >> you hear this about, you know, big city franchises and the money teams all the time in baseball. so i wonder if their victory disprove critics who say that the big money teams in baseball have an unfair advantage. the little guys seem to have done pretty well this season. >> yeah, hey, big spender. you look, the yankees and phillies and red sox and dodgers and angels, all of these big-spending clubs were out in
the first round or didn't make the playoffs at all. you have these two middle of the pack teams in terms of payroll put on a great show. if you can find value, you can see a really competitive team. st. louis' best player, albert pujols, is a free agent. >> let's turn now to football. you spent some time recently with tamarcus russell. he was supposed to be a star, but instead, he's at home in alabama. tell us about him. >> lsu guy, like yourself. this was the number one pick in the 2007 draft, and he made some regrettable decisions. the team he drafted, the raiders, probably made some bad decisions, and this is probably the single biggest washout in professional sports. number one pick in the entire nfl draft. played two seasons and hasn't played in two years now. he's back in mobile. i ran into him in a barbershop, and he's still trying to figure
out where it all went wrong. not a happy story. >> do you think he can make a comeback. does he even want to try it? >> he definitely wants to try it. he wants a happy ending. he's only 26. he has a strong arm. physically he's okay, but his name, his reputation, he needs to do a lot of work to get back on the radar. >> this makes me think, russell's demise, and he may have a comeback, it makes a point about what we are seeing right now. big names like peyton manning and jason campbell, they get hurt and these teams have though plan "b." where the backup quarterbacks? is the job that hard? >> never has quarterback been this indispensable. if you have a good one, you're in good shape. if you're like the colts and lose peyton manning, it can kor p torpedo your whole season. jamarcus russell, here's the number one quarterback four years ago, nowhere on anyone's radar, and yet teams are desperate to fill that position. it's strange times in football.
and if someone had told you four years ago the number one player in the draft, never mind starter or bench, wouldn't even been in the game, you'd have a hard time believing that. >> you mentioned lsu. why'd you do that? i can't wait until next week for 'bama and lsu. roll, tide, roll, but i'm a tiger. this is the de facto championship game, the first weekend in november. this will be a great one. i'll say lsu for your benefit, but we'll talk about a week from now. >> i hear alabama favorite by four in the early line. go, tigers. did you enjoy your time in baton rouge, by the way? >> oh, great town. i love baton rouge. yeah, that was two weeks ago, that was fun. >> my hometown. good seeing you. jon wertheim, and author of the book "scorecasting." coming up on cnn, if you live in the northeast and you're watching us right now, consider yourself lucky. 4 million people without power
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let's check your headlines right now. three people were killed and three others are still missing after a huge grain elevator explosion today in kansas. two others were hospitalized with burns. the blast at the bartlett grain company could be felt three miles away. no immediate cause has been given for that accident, but stored grain can generate toxic gases, which can cause explosions. a humanitarian crisis looms in thailand after the worst floods in decades left parts of the country underwater. more than 370 people are reported dead and more than 100,000 have taken refuge in government shelters. flooding began in july after heavy monsoon rains. and to make things worse, relief agencies say illnesses could break out in the comes days and week. go to cnn.com/impact for more information on how you can help. qantas airways has been ordered to end a labor dispute that's left tens of thousands of passengers stranded worldwide.
qantas says flights could resume on a limited schedule monday afternoon. since the fleet was grounded saturday, 477 flights have been canceled and 68,000 passengers impacted. an australian workplace relations tribunal issued the order saying it wanted to prevent significant damage to tourism. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. you're in the "cnn newsroom." we're getting close to the top of the hour and we'll begin our coverage this hour with a rare and deadly october snowstorm that hammered the northeast. it's winding down now, but cleanup, it's going to take days for sure, maybe weeks. more than 4 million people are without electricity right now. states of emergency are in effect in new york, new jersey, connecticut, and massachusetts. the storm snarled travel across the east coast. this amtrak train was stranded near palmer, massachusetts, for 13 hours. many flights were also grounded or diverted. airlines are trying to clear the backlog right now.
so far, though, the storm is blamed for at least five deaths. two people died in a wreck near philadelphia that temporarily shut down interstate 95. cnn is covering all angles of this story. chad myers in york, pennsylvania. jacqui jeras in the cnn severe weather center. we'll start with chad myers out in the thick of it in pennsylvania. chad, looks like more of the snow has melted. how soon before the lights are back on? we last spoke, you said at least one family you saw had some power. >> reporter: they put a couple lines back up today in this neighborhood, the wyndham hills neighborhood, and they've got about 100 people back online. that was the triage that they were using. if you put one line up and you get 100 homes back on, you're pretty high on the priority list. if you put one line up and you're the only house that lights back up, you're way on the bottom of that totem pole. i have a question for you, don, if you're driving down the road and it's icy, it's snowy, i get that, but something falls on your car and your windshield ends up looking