tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS October 7, 2016 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
it's worth it. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: raging floodwaters, powerful winds, and a huge sigh of relief. a still-very-dangerous hurricane matthew heads up the atlantic coast. >> there is nothing safe about what's getting ready to happen. >> pelley: leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark. south florida is spared a direct hit, but the death toll in haiti soars. also tonight, a pre-debate bombshell-- recordings surface of a very vulgar donald trump. >> when you're a star they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them by the ( bleep ). >> pelley: the united states accuses russia of hacking, aimed at interfering with the american elections. and steve hartman, a musician
answers a clarion call. >> started off saying, "i'm the best trumpet player in afghanistan, because there are only two." this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from st. augustine, florida. >> pelley: this historic city is flooding tonight as hurricane matthew treks up the atlantic coast. the eye is just northeast of st. augustine. hurricane watches and warnings are up from northern florida to north carolina. matthew lost some of its punch overnight, but it is still a big and dangerous category-2. 120 miles wide with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles an hour. damage in south florida was far less than feared because the strongest winds remained offshore. but at least four deaths are reported. and at last report, 600,000
homes and businesses in the state were without power. the president declared a state of emergency in florida, georgia, and the carolinas. more than two million people in those states are under evacuation orders. more than 22,000 have moved into florida shelters. major airports in south florida have now reopened, but thousands of flights have been canceled. i'll be back with much more about the hurricane in just a moment, but first, there is a political storm that has erupted just two days before the next debate. and anthony mason is in new york with that. anthony? >> mason: thank you, scott. a recording of donald trump made more than a decade ago has surfaced. it is lewd, it is vulgar, and we caution you, you won't want young children to hear it. here's major garrett. >> reporter: the 2005 video
obtained by the "washington post" captures donald trump, apparently unaware he is being recorded, discussing attractive women and attempted conquests. all this just after trump started his third marriage. >> reporter: trump was chatting hth "access hollywood" reporter billy bush on a studio lot bus ride to the taping of the soap opera "days of our lives." trump was slotted for a cameo on
the daytime drama. at one point, trump described describn to women and the supposed power of celebrity: >> reporter: trump has been accused repeatedly of treating tmen shabbily, charges he has dismissed. >> there is nobody, nobody that
has more respect for women than i do. >> reporter: in a statement about the leaked audio, trump said, "this was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. bill clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course, not even close. i apologize if anyone was offended." the clinton campaign was quick to pounce, tweeting, "this is horrific. we cannot allow this man to become president." it's a new headache for trump, as polls continue to show him struggling with female voters. the latest cbs news poll found 72% of voters believe clinton cares more about the needs and problems of women. trump's response, to dredge up private conversations with bill clinton, only heightened speculation about how far down that kind of road he will go at sunday's town hall debate. anthony, regardless of trump's tactics, three advisers told us they believe this tape is very damaging, and no amount of debate preparation or catchy one-liners can, or will, take the sting out of it.
>> mason: major garrett, thanks. cbs
news political director john dickerson, the anchor of "face the nation," is in st. louis for sunday's debate. john, at this point in the race, what do you think the implications of this tape are, not just for the top of the ticket, but even for down-ballot races? >> reporter: well, this is a stunning blow for a campaign, the trump campaign, that can't really afford it. the candidate has been kind of on his heels since the last debate, and this is a tape people can listen to, not just a regular old locker room banter, but about the republican nominee talking in quite bright terms about how easy it is for him to use his fame to grope women, to have his way with women, to grab them, to what some would imagine is sexual assault. and he's quite light and bright about it. that's incredibly damaging, with all kinds of different voters but specifically with evangelical voters, with women voters and donald trump's apology, he said, "i apologize if anybody was offended." that's no apology at all.
>> mason: so do you expect this to come into play in sunday's second debate? >> reporter: well, it will be an issue there, and the question is how does it come up? does hillary clinton bring it up? do the moderators bring it up? or does one of the voters on the stage bring it up? and how does donald trump handle the issue when it's there, when the voters are watching, when there are reaction shots of women in the audience watching as he tries to handle it this. and then there's another issue-- how do the down-ballot candidates react to this news? they are republicans. this is said by the top of the ticket. how they respond to it may determine if it causes any oseect in those down-ballot races. >> mason: john dickerson in st. louis. thank you, john. john will be anchoring "face the nation" this sunday from st. louis. his guests will include the chairman of the republican national committee, reince priebus, and clinton campaign manager robby mook. and john will join norah o'donnell, gayle king, and bob schieffer for cbs news live coverage of the debate sunday evening at 9:00, 8:00 central.
that's 6:00 in the west. ack now let's go back to scott in st. augustine, florida. scott? >> pelley: thanks, anthony. the biggest threat remains a storm surge, a surge that could be up to nine feet. the flooding is at its worst at high tide, and that came here in st. augustine several hours ago. we wanted you to see what it looked like then. this is st. augustine. that's the san sebastian river behind me. this is high tide, and the flood stage over high tide, the incoming water from the sea is about 3.5 feet. so you can see what that means re.the people who live here. this entire neighborhood is now flooded. the weather service tells us wind in highest gust of wind in st. augustine was 79 miles an hour. but, clearly, it is the flooding that's going to be the bigger problem for the people here. we have a team of correspondents
covering the hurricane. first, we'll go to manuel bojorquez, also here in st. augustine. >> reporter: scott, the hardest hit areas we have seen are neighborhoods like this one, but flooding is not the only problem here. trees and power lines are down throughout the city. hurricane matthew pummeled america's oldest city, st. augustine, dumping more than nine inches of rain and causing widespread flooding. bill arlt heeded evacuation orders, but is staying nearby. what are you expecting to see when you return to your house? >> that's a good question. can't answer that until we see it. >> reporter: more than half of the city's 14,000 residents chose to stay, some of them now trapped in their homes and businesses by water. how many kids are in there? >> reporter: this man can be seen standing on the steps of the casablanca inn. 20 people were stuck inside. as people who did not evacuate try to deal with the street flooding here, the pounding from flooding hurricane matthew continues.
the water on this street is several feet deep and still rising. no injuries or deaths have been reported. wind gusts of over 80 miles per hour tore through roofs, toppled trees, and submerged cars. this cell phone video shows flood water inside a local college. the college is now closed. nearly 65,000 customers are without power. >> oh, my gosh. guys, we should back away. >> reporter: an hour south in geytona beach, the only thing that separated the storm surge and this home from being flooded was a glass patio door. my colleague, mark strassmann, was there. >> reporter: the eye of the storm with the strongest winds is passing ten miles offshore. this is also high tide, the worst combination for storm surge. forecasters expect up to nine feet of surge here. >> reporter: as dusk fell on st. augustine, driving rain turned roads into waterways.
here, things are expected to possibly get even worse. scott, nearly half a foot of rain was expected to fall before matthew moves on. >> pelley: manuel, thanks. before matthew hit florida, it devastated haiti. there are reports that say more than 840 people were killed on the island. drone footage today showed the devastation: roads flooded in the west, cutting off entire villages; roofs were torn off homes. an american missionary said simply, "anything that wasn't concrete was flattened." flooding is also a major worry in jacksonville, about 40 miles up the coast from here. and errol barnett is there. errol? >> reporter: these sand dunes are meant to protect against the high waves of the atlantic ocean, but today, they were not enough. wind gusts of 75 miles per hour
sent sheets of rain sideways as the storm moved along the coast of jacksonville. high surf crashed on to the beach, sending water pouring into the streets. this is the storm surge everyone fears. i've watched over the past few hours as hurricane matthew has pushed all of this water up from the ocean, up to my shins. all of this combined with the more than ten inches of rainfall show you just how damaging this storm can be. utility trucks were deployed to restore power to the more than 100,000 customers without electricity. half a million people were ordered to evacuate from the area, but nerissa hixon refused. >> i want to be with my family. we talked through this. and we want to be here. >> reporter: florida governor rick scott says residents need to take warnings seriously. >> we are very concerned about storm surge. and the worst effects are still likely to come.
>> reporter: officials here are essentially fighting complacency. it's been 17 years since jacksonville issued a hurricane warning, and the threat continues. the worst of the water surge and wind impacts in this region, scott, are expected friday into saturday. >> pelley: errol, thank you very much. now, let's bring in eric fisher, the chief meteorologist at our boston station, wbz. t?ic, what's coming next? hereell, scott, i think there are two are two very important things to consider here. one, there is no such thing as just a category-2. this is still a storm that demands respect very strong. the other is that we're at half time. there are 36 hours to go. and big impacts are still expected up the coast into georgia, south carolina, and north carolina. what we saw over the last 24 hours really helped out florida, even though we've seen a lot of destruction. a little wobble, something we talked about in the track, they're unpredictable. a little wobble to the east yesterday afternoon and another anotheeast around cape canaveral earlier on today and
that's what kept the core of the winds just offshore. otherwise we could have had 20- offshoile-per-hour stronger winds. concerns for the next 36 hours. a storm surge, south carolina coast, and up to the north carolina coast. check your local surge maps with your weather service office. also, fresh water flooding. when you add this much water on top of the salt water moving in, certainly flooding can be a big concern heading into the weekend, especially in eastern, north and south carolina. scott, they have seen a lot of rain over the last month, especially a place like charleston, which is a place very vulnerable to any sort of flooding. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thank you very much, eric. and i'll be back from the hurricane zone a little bit later in the broadcast, but right now, let's go back to anthony mason with more of the day's news. anthony? >> mason: thanks, scott. up next on the "cbs evening news," the u.s. accuses russia of trying to disrupt the u.s. presidential election. and later, he won the nobel peace prize, after voters
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>> it's a great way to cause political chaos. they have done it in the past. they do it domestically. they've done it in other countries. it's a new tool that they use to get political effect, and so far, it's been pretty effective. >> reporter: just last month, an image allegedly of michelle obama's passport appeared on dcleaks after a white house contractor's personal email was hacked. it also included vice president joe biden's travel details. in response, the white house has vowed to "take action at a time and place of our choosing, "a proportional cyber attack is being considered. tonight, wikileaks published what it claims are 2,000 emails from clinton's campaign chair, and they include some embarrassing excerpts from her paid wall street speeches. anthony, the kremlin denied any role in the hack, calling the accusations "nonsense." >> mason: margaret brennan, thank you, margaret. hiring slowed last month. the labor department said today the u.s. economy added about
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>> reporter: the philadelphia orchestra boasts one of the best classical trumpet players in the country, and although david bilger has played on stage for thousands, his most impressive performance happens here, in his own basement, for an audience of one. >> okay? >> reporter: for more than a year, david has been mentoring 17-year-old baset azizi. he lives 7,000 miles away in kabul, afghanistan. the kid found david on facebook and got his attention by tooting foundn horn. >> he started off saying, "i am the best trumpet player in afghanistan, because there are only two." and i was immediately taken by him. i said i have to read the rest of what he has to say. >> reporter: what did he want? >> to get better. it's another reason i wanted immediately to work with this kid. >> reporter: so they worked together over the internet, until eventually baset got accepted into the prestigious interlochen center for the arts high school near traverse city,
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hurricane matthew had the makings of florida's worst-case disaster, set to cut straight up the coast through the state's largest population centers, and its most valuable real estate. floridians faced the danger, from the red cross volunteers sheltering a six-day-old boy, to the flagler county sheriff's deputies who answered an 81-year-old man's call for help, using an armored car to plunge into the storm and save him. we don't know why matthew's greatest might was confined to the sea, but on land, boundless compassion stood up to meet him. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, i'm scott pelley in st. augustine, florida. and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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