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coming up north, there's debris. there it is. the tornado is coming out of the city. good morning, america. breaking news for our viewers out west. catastrophic twisters tear up the center of the country. >> look at that. that is destroyed. >> an entire city torn apart, killing nearly 100 at this hour. thousands of buildings and homes damaged. only tree trunks where whole neighborhoods once stood. an unknown number of people missing. as debris rains down 60 miles away. >> this hospital took a direct hit. nine stories, packed with patients. every window blown out. the helicopter crushed by the storm. josh elliott and sam champion are live in the disaster zone. for the desperate search, the heroic rescues and the dramatic
stories of survival. good morning, everyone. it's daylight now. you see firsthand of the devastation in joplin, missouri. so much there, just gone, after a massive tornado blasted a four-mile path across the region. at least 2,000 buildings, homes damaged in the city of 50,000. >> brand-new pictures have been coming in all morning. the governor of missouri has declared a state of emergency, activated the national guard. he received a phone call from president obama this morning. we're going to take you to the hospital right in the path. the roof was taken off. blew out all the windows. many dead and dozens trapped and injured there. right now, josh and sam are on
the ground. >> but, first, let's start with sam with what's left of joplin, missouri. sam? >> good morning, robin. over the weekend, 70 tornadoes in 7 states. what happened here is the worst. take a look. there are at least six cars, mashed into a ball here with a chain-linked fence. debris and trees all mashed in. the door here, it's a chevy, i think, but you can see a brick coming through the door. and look at how the door is riddled and punches through with these holes. anyone in that car wouldn't have survived. right over the top of the car, you can see the top three buildings of st. john's hospital, the roof torn off. the storm was about a mile wide, we think, but it was wrapped in rain. they didn't have very much
warning at all. >> what is it doing? >> oh, man! >> reporter: the mile-wide tornado struck at dinner time. >> oh, it's getting big, big, big, big. oh, my gosh. >> it's huge. >> reporter: wrapped in rain, it was difficult to see but filled the entire sky. leaving behind what looks like a war zone. >> the trees are debarked. >> reporter: watch as the tornado touches down. >> it's massive. >> reporter: up to 200-mile-an-hour winds whipping a four-mile path. listen to this chilling video from inside a convenience store as the tornado hits. you can hear the windows being sucked out and the horror inside. >> oh! >> oh! [ screaming ] >> jesus, jesus, jesus. >> reporter: this morning, the aftermath. homes completely demolished. >> our entire 180 on-foot house collapsed all of the way around
us. >> reporter: and the death toll is still rising. >> you could hear residents trapped crying out for help. dead bodies were being laid on the street, loved ones going up to the bodies, crying, screaming, giving them cpr. >> reporter: the storm destroyed more than 2,000 buildings in this city. cars ripped apart, thrown on top of each other. at the heart of the destruction, the local hospital, st. john's regional medical center. where the roof was torn off. hundreds of windows blown out. officials were forced to evacuate more than 180 patients. >> the roof was torn off. the tornado wept right through. >> reporter: this morning, search and rescue teams sift through the rubble, in hopes of finding those who may have been buried alive. the kind of storm that will wipe a foundation practically clean will take cars and tangle them into balls, will flip a tractor
trailer truck, could be 160 to 200-mile-per-hour winds. we think it will probably be an ef-4. >> we want to watch and listen as a storm chaser captured the massive twister as it hit joplin. >> i have a large tornado on the southwest side of joplin. notify, notify. massive damage. it's tearing up the entire city on the south side of joplin right now. it's a massive tornado. just massive destruction. >> boy, you see those pictures, you hear the panic in his voice. josh elliott is on the ground right now. you've been talking to a lot of
the survivors desperately searching for loved ones. >> that's right, george. when we arrived here this morning, a firefighter who had been in katrina said it was like it all over again. you can see why. look at what these people had to live through. as the twister made its way through this city. this is another look at a car that has been effectively reordered. its engine block pancaked and accordioned. there are thousands upon thousands of thexamples of this sort of destruction. the treed stripped of leaves and limbs. this is a tiny look. take a look as the twister began in the west and moved across the frame there. this is the st. john's hospital that was once a gleaming seven-story building. the top two floors have been essentially ripped off. . virtually every window blown in. the stories inside the hospital as the tornado struck are remarkable. it's an amazing thing when you
consider what happened here that people were able to live through it. in the hospital parking lot, a helicopter lays on its side. its windows smashed, its rotors flattened and tangled. nearby, destroyed cars are stacked alongside. chunks of the building ripped off by the storm. most of the roof has been completely blown off. the top two floors ceased to exist. debris was carried over 6 on miles away. a man who lives 45 miles from the hospital says medical supplies and x-rays now fill his yard. the staff had no warning. minutes to rush hundreds of patients into the hallways. they're now using blown off doors as gurneys to evacuate the injured. we arrived at the red cross shelter. these survivors had remarkable stories to tell. like carol buck, whose husband
held on to her mother for dear life. >> we had to look up once in awhile. you could see things coming in. flying. the roof caving in, or blowing off. bricks flying from the fireplace. i was hanging on to my grandmother's antique dining room table. it had big legs. >> were you being pulled? >> kind of. >> did you feel like you were hanging on for dear life? >> yeah. >> reporter: and a red cross responder who saw trucks tossed into the air. >> we could see the debris wall coming toward us. there was really nowhere else to go except underneath the overpass. you could see the stuff flying through the air. huge chunks hitting the car. and then, we saw a semitruck in front of us flip over. then another one up and over a little ways get picked up, thrown into the air, and tossed
over into the ditch. >> reporter: daybreak has arrived. we'll find much worse. but i do want to introduce you to three who did live through this. this is jody, his wife christina, and their son, uriah. where were you and what happened? >> we were in a hallway. i could hear the roof and the walls coming off of it. i just reached over to my family and started praying, jesus, jesus, protect my family. i was just trying to protect them. i knew that jesus christ was the only one. >> reporter: you also have a 6-year-old daughter as well. as the tornado struck your home, what damage did it do? what were you thinking? >> it took it all away. i thought i have to stay home for the kids. my little 6-year-old kept asking if we were going to die. when i felt the wall back away
from me, i didn't think about telling her the truth. i didn't think we were going to make it. >> reporter: you said at one point, you thought perhaps he would be sucked from your arms? >> i was trying to reach and try to find where he was, put my family in. when i felt the debris on my back, i was just, like, you know, thinking like, oh, my god. he just got sucked away. you just think those things when you go through this stuff. >> christina, when it was over, and you looked to see that you had made it, that you were alive, what did you notice? >> we took the blanket off. there was nothing in our whole neighborhood. the whole entire house was gone. >> reporter: jody and christina and your young son, you made it through. again, our blessings and prayers are with you. again, much more still to come here, george. from joplin, missouri.
for now, back to you. >> we want to get more from the director of emergency management, keith stammer. good morning, mr. stammer. i know you're just getting a sense of the scale. give us a sense of what you're dealing with right now. >> well, honestly, at the moment, it's rather surreal. all of our landmarks are gone. the houses, the road signs, trees. places you know to turn at, it's all gone. >> everything is gone. it's hard to get any bearings. i know that the current death toll is about 89. certainly that will climb. do you have a sense of the number of missing and injured right now? >> no, we really don't. in all honesty, we're still doing search and rescue, going from house to house along that six-mile strip. so we don't know yet. >> and you're in search and rescue. that's likely to continue through the morning.
as you have been doing that, there's been some confusion over whether or not the early warning systems worked. we have been hearing from a number of residents they didn't get any warning at all. >> well, i can tell you that all 25 sirens in the city of joplin did activate. according to our records, we had about a 20-minute notice. >> that likely did save the lives of many. tell us about that hospital center. we're taking those pictures in earlier. looks like the entire hospital was hit by a bomb. what can you tell us about what is going on inside there right now? >> the hospital is evacuated. it was quite a sight. it took them about an hour and a half to evacuate nine floors. they did a very rapid job. >> what is your greatest need at this point? >> our greatest need is, number
one, for people not to come into the area to look around. another thing we would like is that if you were in this area and you are a survivor and you're able to, please call your family members and let them know you're okay. we're receiving calls to check on welfare. >> okay, thanks, keith stammer, for your time this morning. good luck. >> thank you. over here at the smart screen. to give people another perspective of what we're witnessing this morning in joplin, missouri. this is a town, a city of approximately 50,000. the tornado was approximately a mile wide, on the ground for four miles. we have josh reporting from the hospital there. and again, you heard him talking about x-rays and other materials that was blown 60 miles away. that's approximately to springfield. our erin hayes is a short distance from there. she has more.
>> reporter: robin, i think it's fair to say people in the city are truly shell shocked. you can see why. what they went through yesterday was terrifying. you consider the things that hurdled through the air at 100 miles an hour or more. this over here is a one-on the pick-up truck. no one knows where it came from. it's on its side wrapped around a tree. this was a beautiful city park yesterday at about this time. objects came flying through the air and crashing with such ferocity, and one man said he didn't know how long it lasted because to him, time stood still. he said it sounded like 50 semis were crashing past his house as he held on to the railing in his bedroom to keep the tornado from pulling him up through the roof. another car on its back. these things came crashing through the air, mingling through the air, crashes to the ground. people were driving through at that hour. rescuers don't know yet how many
people still remain trapped in some of these places. it's daylight now. and they're just now able to really truly start looking for people who may be trapped. robin? >> i know that you have covered many of these types of stories. you have been in a lot of destruction. just tell us how this compares to some other of the areas you have unfortunately reported from. >> reporter: well, i have covered 50 or 60 tornadoes in my career. i have never seen one quite like this. that looks as if it took huge objects and crushed them and flung them to the ground. and that's what makes me understand how terrifying this was. the force, to twist things like it has, i have not seen that before. i really feel for the people in this city. it's going to be a tough few weeks coming up. >> i have known you a long time. i can tell how it's affecting you, erin. thank you for being there.
we'll have more from there throughout the morning. george? joplin wasn't the only city slammed. another one caused severe damage in minneapolis, minnesota. barbara pinto has the latest from there. good morning, barbara. >> reporter: good morning, george. as ruthless as it was random. take a look, it looks like we're in a doll house. the roof and the walls are missing. you can see furniture in tact and in place on the second floor. residents had just moments to run for cover. and they did. only one report of a fatality here so far. another problem, the thick smell of natural gas in the air. this tornado ruptured natural gas lines. police worry that the slightest spark could touch off an explosion. they've been working here all night long to plug the leaks. one more example of the power and precision of this tornado. you can see the heavy walls are gone, but the clothes are still
stacked if that upstairs closet. george? >> thanks very much. this tornado hit as the president was heading overseas. he said the government would provide whatever help it needed to recover. jake tapper is traveling with the president. good morning, jake. >> good morning. that's right. greetings from a very blustery dublin. the president touched down here. for the first leg of his six-day european tour. his mind, we're told by officials, is very much back in the states with the victims of that midwest tornado. president obama was briefed several times on air force one about the tornado, about the federal response. he told his aides to keep him informed as to what was going on. to closely coordinate the federal response. he also put out a statement from him and michelle, offering their condolences to all those who lost family members, commending those first responders. making sure that everyone in the midwest
understands that the federal government is ready to help in my way that it can. >> when the tornadoes hit alabama, the president went down there, rearranged his schedule. that's not feasible now? >> not as of right now. but of course, anything could happen in the future, as they monitor the situation. >> thanks, jake. let's get another check of the weather with sam, who is in joplin. >> good morning, george. we're going to look at the storm reports. from over the weekend. 700 storm reports in about 20 states. that's a report on every bit of hail damage that was there as well. take a look at this. look at how much of the country was involved in that long line of storms. here's the severe weather outbreak today. from dallas, to memphis, st. louis, joplin involved again, to pittsburgh and buffalo. we think this storm line will stay in the general vicinity for a couple of days. it's not over yet. there are several days to come.
>> and we are live in joplin, missouri. may is normally the peak of the tornado season. we had only had 35 reported tornadoes this month after a record in april. then, boom, 70 in one weekend. >> what is going on here, do you think, sam? >> well, robin, it's very powerful. generally, it takes, you have to get the jet stream involved in this changeover from winter temperatures to spring. we have record heat in the deep south. it's been very, very warm. an incredible snow pack. there's still very cold air dropping in from the north. mix it with the jet stream, this is just one bad line of storms. >> we'll have complete coverage in our next half hour as well. josh elliott in joplin along
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pictures from sky7hd. we are looking at the barge where you see those angers or post-and the walkways are tilted to the left. it's this damage that happened over the weekend. that is why there is no service on alameda harbor bay ferry today. you may want to consider alameda-oakland ferry or bart. elsewhere, not too bad at the bay bridge toll plaza but fastrak lanes are backed up to the toll plaza. >> we'll check in with mike and talk about the >> from chicago's world famous united center. the greatest, grandest, most spectacular surprise ever. the two-day farewell event begins. next "oprah."
check out the sky over the marin headlands and over parts of san francisco as you look northwest in sutro this morning. talk about the wind, gusting at 44 miles an hour at sfo by far the fastest. go down to mountain view they are calm. 17 in novato. by the afternoon hours, they'll reach to mid to upper 50s in the north bay and south bay. looks like we'll have rain wednesday. thanks a lot. that is it for now. have a great day. have a great day.
that is the killer tornado that left joplin, missouri, in ruins. at least 89 dead right now. hundreds missing and injured. thousands of buildings destroyed. it is a massive cleanup effort. >> it struck about 6:00 local time, during the day, overnight, working as hard as they can and daylight again just a short time ago. josh and sam are on the ground there in joplin. we'll have the latest from the tornado zone and the incredible stories of survival this morning. >> josh elliott has been talking to many of those survivors overnight and this morning. and he joins us. good morning, josh. >> reporter: good morning to you, robin and george.
again, day has broken now. and quite literally as far as the eye and camera can see, pictures of devastation abound here. we're in the parking lot of st. john's hospital. of course, if you want to pan, you can see cars flipped, accordioned and pancaked. engine blocks missing. and it's car after car. now i want you to please pull back there. you can see trees stripped of their bark, and take a look at this hospital. once seven stories. it effectively had two stories ripped from the top yesterday when the tornado moved from over that ridge line. as you can see, we actually driving in today had to leave our car some six blocks from here and walk through twisted i-beams, broken chards of glass, downed power lines. as danger always as it was, it was far more dangerous inside that hospital.
and see there, that sign, ambulance, right over my left shoulder, well, inside that emergency room, a tale of survival. i want you to please come with me and meet sheila and mark herrington. they were actually inside the emergency room as the alarms were sounding as the tornado moved and struck. mark, you were actually here seeking treatment for what you thought was a slight stroke. >> yes. t.i.a. symptoms. >> reporter: what happened next? >> we were inside. at the come by, shut the door and said there's a tornado warning and then you could hear a roar outside. and the doors started rattling and somebody yelled, "stay away there the windows." the windows started breaking. you could see debris blowing by, wind rushing, things hitting the wall. >> reporter: now, sheila, we've heard reports of people being sucked out of the windows we now see shattered. what was it like inside that hallway as they were racing to get patients and others to safety? >> it was total chaos and in darkness. and there was people screaming, looking for their loved ones and
there was downed power lines inside the ceiling and there was water that we were wading through. and it was really dark and we only had 2 flashlights between about 45 people to try to get through and we were trying to push patients through the hall, trying to get them into an interior room. and then they deemed that unsafe, too. and then they evacuated us out of that area. >> reporter: so, mark, eventually, you were able to get out. i know you wanted to find your son. you eventually found him. he emerged from a restaurant elsewhere in joplin. tell us what he saw. >> on the other side of joplin, when he was looking out the door as the tornado struck, he saw three cars getting lifted into the air, then he looked over at the building across the street and saw somebody get impaled into a wall with a 2x4. >> reporter: a 2x4 in and sticking into a wall. >> he said, he stopped moving, mom, dad. and then he -- he ran around
range line trying to dig the people out of the debris. >> reporter: a remarkable story. george and robin, we should point out, this is just one building, one parking lot. and as the sun now is rising, it remains to be seen what we're going to find in what was once a bustling city of 50,000. >> that's right. a lot of search and rescue this morning and throughout the day. sam is also in joplin. sam, you've got a fire chief there? >> yeah, good morning, again. chief mitch randall is with us. chief, good morning. >> good morning. >> we're so sorry about everything going on in the town. to give folks an idea what kind of town this is, your house was destroyed. and your wife and two kids, are they okay? >> they are, yes. >> so you're having to work through this knowing that your home was also taken by the storm. what do you have to gear up to do something like that? >> well, you know, of course, our first concern in public safety is, of course, the public, so we are definitely,
you know, more concerned with taking care of them than our own personal issues at this time. i mean, that will wait and some at a later day, and my first concern is getting the crews out, have accounted for all the folks and have done the necessary rescue and searches to make sure that all the public is accounted for. >> i think there's a lot more to go through in the next couple of days just in daylight. chief, i know you'll be very busy. we thank you for the great things you're doing. i know it's difficult to do it. knowing that your family is safe, i think that will help a little bit. >> that's the important thing. the family is safe. the rest of it is replaceable. >> all right. george, robin. >> he's right. he has the right perspective. we're going to listen and watch more of storm chaser jeff piotrowski, what he was able to capture as this massive tornado slammed into joplin. >> tornadoes over here. it's coming on the ground right here. get the sirens going, get the sirens going! [ thunder claps ]
>> i have a large destructive tornado on the south side of joplin. notify, notify. massive damage. i got debris on the ground over here. i got debris on the ground right here. i got debris on the ground. it's tearing up the entire city on the south side of joplin right now. this is jeff piotrowski. it's a massive tornado, massive destruction. it's a mile wide tornado leveling the south side of joplin right now. >> jeff is on the phone with us right now. and, jeff, we're glad that you're okay. just tell us what it was like for to you experience something like this. >> well, it was quite an incredible day. we were out, wmy wife, catherin and i were out chasing. we happened to make it down just in the nick of time to joplin as they were in a warning for about 17 minutes before it hit.
as we made our way into the city on the southwest side, 18 minutes before it hit. we saw a big cloud mass gathering rapidly and we knew it was going to start tornadoing. we stopped and talked to officers there and said, hey, get the sirens going because it's coming down and within seconds, the tornado came down. and it quickly grew to a quarter to a half mile wide and then eventually three-quarters of a mile wide and then started coming right through the heart of the city. it was pretty unbelievable. >> you said you stopped and told authorities to get the sirens going. was there no advanced warning? >> there was advanced warn. there was about 17 minutes' warning. it just -- in a section of town i was at, i could not hear the sirens. there was a warning out. there was a tornado watch in effect as well as a moderate risk. it was well warned for. as we went through the city and the tornado continued to track through the city, we were able to get about halfway through the city when we realized there were so many people injured with mass casualties in the couple of places we came up on, we aborted the chase about middle of the city and started
rescuing people out of the rubble as well as finding victims. it was a horrific scene. >> i'm sure that it was. you do this for a living. you have seen a lot of these tornadoes. put it in perspective for us, what this one is like. >> yeah. this is comparable to the may 3rd tornado in oklahoma city in 1999. may 3rd. that was an ef-5. this one is going to be rated at least an ef-3 or higher. we have assessments team being deployed today to give us assessments on the scene of the intensity of the tornado, the sheer magnitude. the thing that was the most amazing about this tornado was the sheer size of the tornado and how fast it moved through the city of joplin. my speeds were up to 45, 50 on the south side of town. and i could not keep up with the tornado. it was actually outrunning me so the tornado was literally probably in excess of 50 miles an hour once it grew to three quarters of a mile wide across the city.
that's why we had the mass casualties and fatalities. because of the sheer size and speed of it was incredible. >> moving so quickly like that. as you said earlier, you were able to not only take the video and help those, too. jeff, thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> let's get back now to sam in joplin, as you know. sam? hey, robin. that same weather pattern over the weekend that kicked off those 70 tornadoes will be around for another 3, maybe 4 days. that's a real problem in the exact same areas. here's what we think will happen. there's this stalled front flew the middle of the country. all that red zone is the area that is likely to see storms and several areas of low pressure that will develop and run all the way north. that goes from dallas practically all the way up to buffalo, new york, and everything in between. indianapolis is involved in that, kansas city is involved. joplin is involved in that, as well, and, again, we're seeing three or four more days. atlanta, 92. the record, by the way, is about
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now to the latest in the investigation sending shock waves through the cycling world. one of lance armstrong's teammates, tyler hamilton, claims there was an extensive doping program designed to keep armstrong winning. neal karlinsky joins us with more. >> reporter: good morning, george. an investigation has been going on for nearly a year now. i can tell you it's an extremely seek reactive inquiry here at home and throughout europe. this morning, we're beginning to hear some of what investigators
are allegedly finding. floyd landis, tyler hamilton, and george hincappy once teammates with lance armstrong, all three of them now telling investigators that the seven-time champion is a cheater. >> yes, he doped himself, like everybody else. >> reporter: a former armstrong ally, tyler hamilton, tells "60 minutes" the same thing he told the panel. he saw armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs when they raced together. >> i saw a blood transfusion. >> reporter: it matches the story another former armstrong teammate, floyd an dis, told abc news last year. it was landis who put authorities on the trail of armstrong. did you see lance getting transfusions? >> yes. >> reporter: more than once?
is. >> yes, multiple times. >> reporter: armstrong denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs. he has a website that refutes the claims. according to "60 minutes." one man with a great record in spot told the panel that armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs. armstrong's attorneys call reports of his testimony unreliable. the stakes are extremely high. this is not just a doping case. investigators are looking into fraud and drug trafficking. those indictments could include lance armstrong himself. they could come down this summer. >> they're investigating drug
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saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today. new aerial footage just coming in from the devastated tornado zone in joplin, missouri. at least 89 people there dead. don't know how many are trapped and injured at this point. search and rescue teams looking through all that debris. and so much to look through. >> 2,000 buildings destroyed. that twister cut a path more than six miles long, more than half a mile wide, right through the center of missouri. josh and sam are on the ground with the latest. let's start with sam. good morning, sam. >> reporter: good morning, george. and when you take a look at the damage in this tornado, one of the things you'll notice right away, that instead of just blowing things out and tossing things around, this storm seemed like it was just really angry. and crumpled everything up. this looks like an air conditioner cover.
but it's not just blown off. it's wadded up into a tiny ball. and so are the six cars behind us. the other thing about the storm, though there were watches out, people are repeatedly saying, they just didn't have much warning. >> what's it doing? >> oh, man! >> reporter: the mile-wide tornado struck at dinner time. >> oh, it's getting big, big, big, big. >> that's huge. >> oh, we got lightning. >> reporter: the storm destroyed more than 2,000 buildings in the city, leaving behind what looks like a war zone. >> the trees are debarked! >> massive tornado. massive destruction. >> reporter: up to 200-mile-an-hour winds leaving a four-mile path, destroying joplin in just 10 minutes. listen to the video from inside a convenience store as the tornado hits. [ screaming ] >> reporter: this morning, the aftermath. >> you could hear residents who
were trapped under the rubble just crying out for help. dead bodies were being laid on the street. their loved ones going up to the bodies, crying, screaming, giving them cpr. >> reporter: and things are just tossed and torn up. like this car. that's behind me. i like cars. i shop for cars a lot. i can't tell you. it's got a chevy tag on the wheels. but i can't tell you what kind of chevy it is. there is more bad news. there's the possibility of storms for at least three to four days. robin? george? >> those storms hit wisconsin and minnesota. josh is also on the ground. you have been talking to survivors all night. there are so many dramatic stories. >> reporter: it's a remarkable thing to see. we're here in the employee parking lot of this hospital. you can see. what cars are here have been flipped, they have pancaked. wrapped around trees like aluminum foil. if you look further, what remains there of the parking
garage, where patients would come. it is virtually nonexistent. and as you pan across now, this was a seven-story building. it effectively had the top two floors torn from the building itself. you can see virtually every window has been blown out. those are actually curtains that were drawn through the windows. the force of the multiple blasts that this building received. again, everything flattened. the damage absolutely destructive. as the twister made its way from the west to the east. i want to bring in the reverend c.j. campbell. he is a member of the volunteer clergy staff here at the hospital. you, too, are a survivor. what happened to you when this tornado struck? >> my foster sister and i live on the east side of town. just south of 20th street.
our entire 1,800-foot house collapsed all the way around us. eight first responder firemen got us out. >> reporter: you have served this area for almost four decades. have you ever seen destruction quite like this? >> never have i seen this kind of semi-thermonuclear, when time stood still, traumatic force. >> reporter: we have spoken to many people who said actually hearing alarms was not something they paid attention to. so often, when the sirens would sound, they were told a tornado was headed their way, it never came. yesterday, when those alarms were sounding, just before 6:00 p.m. local time, that in fact a lot of people remained outside. >> unfortunately, a lot of people thought it was somebody else crying wolf, wolf, wolf, one more time. >> reporter: you have been ministering all night long. the scenes that you saw, how
would you describe them very quickly? >> i'm dealing practically, personally, spiritually, with the walking wounded. and will be for up to the next five years. >> reporter: again, we're not 24 hours into the devastation that has been wrought here. we'll have much more here later in the program. for now, let's head back to new york and robin. >> all right, josh. thank you. we're going to bring in missouri governor jay nixon now. i spoke to him just a few minutes ago on the phone. governor, thank you for being with us. you have not been able to get to the devastation just yet. you're seeing the pictures like all of us. what is your reaction? >> it's a dramatic and tragic storm. hitting with many deaths and about 2,000 buildings wiped out. it hit a hospital, which has caused significant challenges for us. but we have our highway patrol truck down there for communications, the command
truck. we have over 100 citizen soldiers there. we have task force one to look for living folks inside the debris. it's going to be a very busy morning. we're working hard to make sure we restore focus down there to get the people alive out of the wreckage. >> a lot of hard work by a lot of hard-working people right now. the immediate needs. what are they? >> we want to make sure we get a full -- the first few hours can be very, very important. when it comes to search and rescue. we have agencies, about 40 of them in to assist us. we have a mobile command center set up. we have had some problems with getting cell service down there. that's why we brought in our own command center. there's a shelter set up. we have great help with the red cross there. we're still in a response mode. as the sun rises over joplin. >> there have been mixed reports about the amount of time, the warnings that people received. what are you hearing? >> it was up to 17 minutes.
the problem with this storm, the size of it as well as the rain and hail around it. it made it difficult for people in places like walmart and lowe's to hear the signals. because there was so much noise with the size of the storm. this morning, they have confirmed that there was between 17, 10 to 17 minutes of warning. but the bottom line is, the storm was so loud, you probably couldn't even hear the sirens that well. >> that's true. and hitting in daylight like that. what are the steps for you going forward? >> we're assessing right now. the bottom line, we're going to put as many boots on the ground and first responders as necessary to get a full search of the area. we believe there are still survivors in the rubble. we have a significant medical response with one of the hospitals getting knocked out there. we need to make sure we're moving people to emergency care and on out of there. i would expect that the shelter will continue to grow as the day
goes on. and the number of people that will have to spend nights there. because of the complete and total devastation and destruction. >> please know everyone there in our thoughts and prayers. governor jay nixon. thank you very much. it will be a busy day for you. >> thank you. >> we're thinking of those in other states as well affected by tornadoes. with josh on the ground, we're going to turn to bianna golodryga for other stories. >> good morning, robin, george, everyone at home. we're getting some new information about that volcano erupting in iceland. most of the plume is expected to blow north, disrupting few, if any, flights to europe. amd police in los angeles have arrested a man in connection with a brutal beating of a san francisco giants fan outside of dodgers stadium. 42-year-old bryan stow remains in critical condition. a tip from a parole officer led to the 31-year-old suspect. police are searching for two others. and we're finally getting relief at gas stations. prices have dropped 11 cents in the last week alone.
the average price nationwide is $3.84 per gallon. and rihanna and britney spears steamed up the stage last night at the billboard music awards. among the big winners, justin bieber. who picked up six trophies. taylor swift, lady gaga, and rihanna won three. eminem won artist of the year. in addition to his trophies, justin bieber won a very public smooch from his rumored girlfriend, selena gomez. >> rumored? >> i guess that puts that to rest. >> it's not rumored anymore. >> not with that smooch. thanks, we needed a laugh this morning. let's get back to sam in joplin. sam? >> let me show you how there is no good news in joplin this morning. look at the skies off to the west. very dark gray skies. there are thunderstorm warnings in the counties just to the west. all of that is moving in this direction. that will happen over the next couple of days. generally, here's where we see
severe weather. it's along a good part of the country today. follow the red zone. all along the stationary front. a couple of areas of low pressure will move up. that's from oklahoma city, dallas involved in that. memphis, dallas, washington, d.c., pittsburgh. all the way to western new york state. three-day heat buildup. 90 degrees for the first time tomorrow in washington, d.c. you'll stay near 90 for the rest of the week. new york city up to 87 on tuesday. 81 on n >> and this sky is getting dark
quickly. as these storms move in toward the west. even if these are garden variety thunderstorms, there's so much debris that a quick, 25, 35-mile-an-hour wind gust will pick all this up and spray it all around. >> wow, we can see it moving all around you, sam. let's go to lara spencer here with a look at what is coming up. >> a lot of breaking news. here are a couple of the other stories that we're working on. another contender for the republican nomination jumps into the race for 2012, former minnesota governor tim pawlenty makes it official. and gorgeous on the outside, but suffering on the inside. what caused paulina porizkova to turn the pills to cut off panic attacks? and later, oprah counts down to her last show. with just three episodes left, we're looking at the oprah effect and the incredible impact she's had on some small businesses. that and more when we come back. impact she's had on some small businesses. that and more when we come back.
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a favorite of many conservatives. he said no sunday because of family considerations. writing i love my country, but i love my family more. hot young congressman paul ryan sounds almost as certain. >> i'm not running for president. you never know what opportunities present themselves way down the road. >> reporter: then there's sarah palin. >> the problem is i do have the fire in my belly. >> reporter: a fire that seems to burn stronger with speculation that she purchased this arizona home as a campaign base. but she wouldn't comment on that. newt gingrich got off to a rough start. especially after a reported $500,000 bill at tiffany's. >> i am debt free. if the u.s. government was as debt free as i am, everybody in america would be celebrating. >> reporter: most polls show mitt romney is a front-runner. he's likely to face a challenge there from john huntsman. is there anything that could stop you from running? >> my wife. >> reporter: today's entrant, tim pawlenty, might get the
biggest boost. >> this caps an excellent week for one person. and that is tim pawlenty. >> reporter: and that man, former minnesota governor tim pawlenty joins us now. good luck on the launch, governor. >> thank you. >> is george will right? are you the big winner on the mitch daniels announcement? >> i'm not a policy analyst or pundit. we'll let them figure out who wins and loses without mitch being in the race. our country is in trouble. i'm running for president because i know i can tackle the issues. i know i can get the economy back on track. i did that in minnesota. i can do it for america. >> you're entering a race that mitt romney and newt gingrich have already joined. it looks like john huntsman will get in as well. you're still pretty far behind in the polls. what one thing sets you apart from these other candidates?
>> well, every candidate is going to have his or her own life story and his or her on record. only four governors in the country got an a grade from the cato institute for fiscal management. the other three are not running. i'm to only other one. >> one of your republican predecessors, arnie carlson, who was governor for eight years, said, i don't think any governor has left behind a worse financial mess than pawlenty has. >> that's just not accurate. my friend, arnie, is now an obama and john kerry supporter. in my time as governor, it has to be balanced. now, since i left office, the next budget ends in the black. i balanced the budget every time. during my time as governor. >> you said about a month ago, president obama was in over his head on foreign policy.
in the wake of the successful take on osama bin laden, do you care to revise or extend those remarks? >> i give credit to him and to the navy s.e.a.l.s, who took care of osama bin laden. and the people like president bush who did the hard work of developing the leads that led to getting osama bin laden. finding and killing bin laden is not the sum total of our foreign interests. he's made a lot of other bad decisions. i'll continue to be a critic on certain decisions. the treatment of israel and opening up the question of israel's security by specifically embracing the 1967 borders was another misstep, i thought, by him. and there's many in that regard. >> you're announcing today in iowa. is that state must-win for you? how worried are you that michelle bachmann could cause you trouble there? >> iowa is the first caucus state in the nation.
it place such an important role, along with new hampshire and the other early states. any serious presidential candidate needs to do well here. i don't know that you need to win it, but you need to do well here. michelle bachmann is someone i know and respect well. everybody will bring something different to the table. i bring to the table up from your boot straps, blue collar background. i bring a record in this area of the country and the country overall that is leading. in the area of getting deficit, and debt, and spending under control. the country needs to get spending under control. we need to get jobs and get the economy back on track. >> good luck, governor, on the trail. >> all right, george, thanks for having me. from one competition to another. >> because they're both dancing for their lives. we're talking about "dancing with the stars." the finalists there. kirstie and maks, chelsea and mark, lines and kym. who is in top shape for the
competition? who is starting to feel the stress, maybe? cameron mathison goes behind the scenes of the final rehearsals. he's there in los angeles. hey, cam. >> hey, robin. that's right. the three final couples. here we go. dancing the free-style and a specific dance the couples chose for each couple to see if they've improved from earlier in the season. kym johnson, who seriously hurt her neck about a week ago, is doing pretty well. she'll dance tonight. all the couples are in fine form, but nervous. take a look. ♪ it's thrilling, yet bittersweet for "dancing with the stars" survivors. ♪ the finalists are just a few dances away from learning who will win the mirror ball trophy tomorrow night. who is more tired? between the two of you here? >> i'm tired physically, he's tired of me. ♪ >> reporter: yet, as kirstie and maks and chelsea and mark
practice the sambas, and hines and kym rehearse their quick step, this could be one of the last times they'll ever again dance with each other. kym is healing. but still has no plans to look at the shocking rehearsal accident ten days ago that bruised vertebrae ligaments and separated a neck joint. >> i don't want to see it. i think it might mess with my mind and scare me doing a few things. >> you don't want to see it. i saw it. it's a scary feeling. i was pretty messed up mentally for a little while. >> reporter: she will dance tonight. do you have any doubts? >> i got a little spooked trying to figure out tricks. once i felt comfortable with them, i feel okay. i'm not doing anything with my head plunging to the floor. >> no. >> reporter: kirstie lost weight dancing. she won't say how much.
>> i have no idea. i have no idea. all i go by is clothes. i bought all these dresses in the same size going down. down, down, down. >> reporter: did you really? >> i thought, when you're there, i think you're done, sort of. >> reporter: how close are you? >> i'm probably two sizes away. i have had people say, oh, my god, you have to eat something. oh, my god, my dream. >> reporter: after months of ups and downs. >> there is no afraid. >> let me answer. >> reporter:ky city kirstie and maks have learned there each other. >> i don't want to be controlled by someone. i have this phobia that someone will try to control me in the wrong way. a dance teacher has to control you. there's a right way to control you. i lost sight of that along my journey. ♪ >> reporter: when i sat down with you about two months ago,
right before the season premier, you were feeling pretty nervous. >> i looked it. i looked a lot better. >> reporter: i'm going to remind you, because we're going to play it right here. >> oh, no. >> reporter: check it out. >> i'm very nervous. i think you have to be. i think it's normal. i have never danced with partner. much less a partner i want to make proud and not let down. it's a bunch of nerves. ♪ >> reporter: you have won twice. how old are you? >> i'm going to be 25 the day of the finals, tuesday. >> reporter: serious? >> that's right. >> reporter: wait. >> where are you going? >> hold on. >> reporter: we're supposed to -- what is going on here? that's right. happy birthday. in advance. that's right. the big 2-5. >> you can carbo-load before the show. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. i love you.
now there's more pressure to win. ♪ >> reporter: well, we all know what mark is going to be asking for for his birthday. now, i have not exactly been batting 1,000 with my picks for the winners of "dancing with the stars" throughout the seasons. i want to throw it to you guys. who do you think is going to win? >> i have a house divided. my girls want chelsea. i think line hines is going to win. >> you can't go wrong. >> i'm rooting for kirstie. i am. >> i would love to see her do it. maks is a friend of the show. a friend of ours. >> it's a win, win, win. you'll see tonight, 8:00, 7:00 central on abc. all three couples will be here on wednesday morning, the day after. ri
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♪ gaga ho la la ♪ gaga oh la, la >> paws up you little monsters. you can still send us your videos. coming up, paulina porizkova. talking about her dirty little secret. >> she has a wonderful sense of humor to boot. plus, it's oprah's final week. the people who have created her excited favorite things will look at the oprah effect. boy, has she had an effect on their lives. >> absolutely. first, lara spence we are a new guest downstairs.
hi, guys. the seventh season of "the bachelorette" kicks off tonight. here's ashley. row came close to winning brad's heart last year. how does it feel to be in driver's seat? >> it feels good. i like it here. >> i'm sure. you know what the guys are going through. you know what i feels like to go through it. who stays, who goes. >> that's the thing. going into it, i was more sympathetic for the guys. >> night one you cut what? >> seven guys went home the first night. was that painful to do? >> did you let a good one go away? >> i used my gut. i'm confident with the decisions
i made. it's hard to say good-bye to people you just met. >> is there a villain in the season? >> oh, you'll have to wait and see. >> are we going to love to hate him? >> you're going to love to hate him. >> are you happy with the outcome of the season? i know it's a long time before you can really tell us. >> without going into details, i can say, looking back, i'm happy with the way everything turned out. >> looking at your face for clues, for signs. >> well, i'm always happy. i don't think you can read it. >> i love your energy. the new bachelorette, everybody. it airs tonight, at 9:00, 8:00 central. now, we want to turn to sam with the weather. >> hey, lara. good morning. we're live in joplin, missouri. the dark storm clouds come across the area. it's in the forecast for the next couple of days. who gets storms during the day today? who gets stormed over the next
couple of days is the red zone. this stays in place. indianapolis, pittsburgh, washington, d.c., i'm taking it to western new york state as well. 80-mile-an-hour winds, hail, is there a tornado possible? sure is. you would expect temperatures about ten degrees warmer there in the northeast. the snow pack on the west coast is about 200% of the normal >> and there is another big weather story we're watching. ten western states under flood watches, georges because of the melting snow. >> thanks, sam. we're here with paul lean
that porizkova, one of the world's most beautiful women. she graced the cover of so many magazines and found success as a writer and actress. through it all, she struggled through panic attacks. she wrote about how he turned to antidepressants and then turned away there them. it's a fantastic piece. you described it as a mid life love affair with antidepressants. >> well, i went for the sensational because i'm writing for huff po. i titled it mid life affair. they said, can we put in antidepressants. >> why did you turn to it. you had panic attacks when you were young and then they went away? >> i have had severe anxiety since i was a child. i think the first was at the age of 10. i remember it. at my dad's place. i didn't know him well.
the middle of the night is when it happened. you get an anxiety attack. it's like you have a heart attack. your heart speeds up, you can't breathe, you get nauseous. i diagnosed myself with a heart condition. i thought, well, i guess i'm going die. i didn't want to tell anybody so they wouldn't agree with me. and also because, well, i could use it to my benefit when my parents were mean to me, i would say, you'll regret it when i'm dead. >> you didn't start medicating until you were 40. >> i met my husband at 19. all this time, i had this undiagnosed heart condition. i met my husband, i had an anxiety attack after we met. i was like, oh, i'm really sick. he said, i know what that is. i get them, too. it's anxiety attacks. when you know what it is, you can sort of battle it. you know what it is you can go,
it's just an anxiety attack. i'm not dying. i'll get through it. it wasn't until, i got booted off from "dancing with the stars" -- first contestant. >> that will do it. >> my ego shot down the toilet. somehow, suddenly, the anxiety attacks had subsided bait when i had the kids and was a stay at home mom and writing. they came back what vengeance. i couldn't get in an elevator or a car. >> you turned to medication. lexapro. at first, it was wonderful. >> i tried it. i tried to hard to battle it. i battled all my life. my doctor said, it's good to battle. go to talk therapy. but take a break. take a vacation. that's what it was. it was like, i went on a vacation from myself. >> many years ago, i took antidepressants. i had a slightly different
reaction. i felt more like myself at first. thn i think, over time, when i tried to get off them, it was for similar reasons to yours. you wanted to get back in the struggle of life. >> i felt like i was covered up in a cozy warm cover. at first, it was so nice to get out of the cold and not have the winds battering you all the time. after awhile, you go, but i wonder what the outside feels like? not the mention the sex part. that's also through a duvet. that was a good reason to get off of it. >> as you talked about it with your friends, you realized you were not alone. >> this was the shocking thing to me. when i started taking it, i felt bad, like i had given up. like i was somehow less. i couldn't do it by myself. i had to turn to drugs. and i felt like i was slightly mad or something. i didn't want to talk about it much. when i said something, i said, oh, i take it for anxiety.
not depression. anxiety. anxiety. at one point, i was at a din we are eight girlfriends. i saiding i'm taking it qur anxiety. one after another stood up and saiding i'm taking it. i'm taking it because i'm angry. i'm taking it because i'm depressed. eight women. eight women in the same room, this is not making sense. eight ran don women at a dinner all clinically depressed? it didn't seem possible. i started wondering and thinking about it. there are many cases where it's a lifesaver. >> for you eight now, you're off of them and happy with the struggle. >> um, i'm not happy with the struggle. it sucks to come back from vacation. but if you stay on it, you don't get much done. >> that's the bottom line. a great piece on the huffington post right now. when we come back, the power
four days to go until lady gaga. just three more big shows to go for oprah. one of the many things her viewers will miss most, her favorite things. it can skyrocket the sales of the items on the show into the stratospher rks. you looked into this. >> one great example is the book club. oprah recommends a book. it becomes a best seller. she's proven to countless small businesses, she has the my das touch. >> i'm rope ra winfrey. >> reporter: it's the little things over the past 25 years that have sored oprah to stardom. influencing millions with every tear, every interview, every give away. with over 40 million viewers each week, broadcasting in 150
different countries. oprah has had 283 the different favorite things. when she speaks, we listen. she transformed a generation in what we call the oprah effect. >> don't you love a good knife. this is a kyocera ceramic knife. >> reporter: take kyocera. right after this was on her show, sur la table sold 70% more. these products are must haves. >> we were lucky to be oprah's favorite thing. overnight, things changed. >> reporter: patricia helding, founder of fat witch brownies was on the show in 2002. >> it took us six months to get
through the orders. >> reporter: she went from a struggling baker to flourishing. >> and our original fat witch. >> reporter: years later, she's still on top. carol's daughter blossomed after being shone sooefrl years ago. >> we made the appearance on "oprah" our website crashed. we went there four visitors to 14,000. today, they're worth over $30 million. it's like getting the sale of approval. oh, it must be a great brand because oprah likes it. >> reporter: for these women, the oprah effect changed their lives. both agree, you can't get better advertising than that. >> i'm so grateful to oprah for showing me what success looks like. >> i cannot thank her enough. i don't have words.
>> reporter: her impact on these businesses is remarkable. oprah says the franchise of the book club will live on. she's developing an entire show around the concept for her own network. it's music to the ears of plushing houses everywhere. >> that's tremendous. you inspire me to sit up a little straighter. i don't know how you do that. your posture is unbelievable. >> well, i'm hear to please. coming up next, caroline kennedy and the >> from chicago's world famous united center. the greatest, grandest, most spectacular surprise ever. the two-day farewell event begins. next "oprah."
and in his book, "profiles in courage" president john kennedy inspired many people to public service. it was the inspiration for the profile in courage awards. caroline kennedy is the president of the john f. kennedy foundation. she joins us live with this year's two recipients. good morning to you all. a privilege to have you on the program. those two are so humble. they don't want to talk about themselves. first of all, tell us how you come about winning the award and a little bit about the two recipients. >> we initiated this award to celebrate courage. when people stand up for the national interests without regard for the personal
consequences, it's a wonderful example for all of us. the winners this year share really a belief in citizen activism and the importance of the individual to bring about positive change. in the xhupt, one is from halfway around the world. one is from a community here in the united states. so they, elizabeth stood up for the right to every child to have an education. and wael is one of many courageous egyptians that fought to bring democracy and hope to his country. >> they're both very deserving. elizabeth, a story about how you found out you were going to be the recipient? >> yes, i had received an e-mail there the kennedy library foundation asking that i get in touch with them. and would i speak to a member of their staff. they were going to speak on
school segregation. we set up a time and day for he to talk to the staff person. that day rolled around, it was 3:00 on a thursday. my youngest daughter, who is 10, just got home there school. i hooufd her into the kitchen, told her to have a snack, locked heist in the bedroom, had my data printed out so i could speak intelligently. the phone rings, it's caroline kennedy telling me i was nominated and about to receive the award. >> it's important to just say that this is a -- education really is a civil rights issue of our time. elizabeth showed incredible courage to remind the community of that when it's not an ease city thing to do. >> absolutely. well put. wael, you were imprisoned for 12 days.
trying to inspire the people there in egypt. how gratifying was it to see people take to the streets, demandi ining change for your country? >> it was -- i'm so proud of my generation and the people who went to the streets on the 25th. we were all seeking nothing but freedom and dignity. for the past 30 years, which is my age. we have never experienced progress in our country. and we're just hungry for freedom and dignity. i was just as caroline mentioned, i was one of so many egy egyptians took to the streets. they spent nights trying to bring democracy back to the country. >> i have to say, caroline, your father's book is timely and
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san francisco police are investigating a drive-by shooting at a muni business stop. two boys were wounded about 9:00 last night on hayes street. police say someone shot a group of teens that the bus stop. it's still a little windy out there. >> 20-30 miles an hour out on the coast and expected those to continue throughout the day. temperatures well below average with mid upper 50s and chance of rain on wednesday. no service at all today for the alameda harbor bay ferry due to a damaged barge. bart is reporting no delays. bay bridge toll