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they moved into the town. took over the ukrainian security. very well equipped. very armed, disciplined. clearly there with a plan. absolutely able to retain the ground they've taken. slightly messier picture later in the day at the local police station where social media showed early on in the day similarly well equipped. it was handed over to locals who distributed weapons among themselves. interior ministry saying 400 pistols perhaps as well as other things distributed amongst locals there. we're seeing barricades erected around that particular building. overnight things remained calm. the question was, what would be
the response from kiev? would they like in thcrimea simy be passive? try and avoid violence? in crimea they were massively outnumbered by russian troops already based there. it seems as though today certainly in rhetoric, the ukrainian government will be much more forceful. they say they've got an anti-terror operation inside slovyansk. they told locals to stay indoors. reports from social media of gunfire heard inside that city. we're on the outskirts. i can say that certainly witnesses tell us one of the key embassies have been fully blocked off by a protester barricade. there, of course, are helicopters in the ski over that particular town. the question is really what is the level of -- is it enough to
keel these protests? they're certainly still on the streets here at this particular point. as far as being the most well equipped and armed people inside the town, we don't know. the question if ukraine -- do we in turn see a reaction from the russian forces? nato and washington say -- >> nick, the difference in et a -- rhetoric, that's an important note to make. now the interior minister is calling the government response an anti-terror operation. might that give the ukrainian government more of a pretext to use greater force than we've seen before, specifically in crimea? >> reporter: obviously when governments start calling insurgencies or those inside their own country terrorists that's an escalation. the needs the government thinks it has to reign in those
individuals, we don't know. of course, they face a stark choice. do nothing. or do they launch an operation back against those pro-russian militants and create an enormous risk here that any violent response against protesters here, whatever the history of it, could trigger a broader russian intervention. of course, we have to see quite -- on the extent of ukrainian response here, how forceful it is, how effective, of course if anyone dies. we haven't got any confirmation whether or not that triggers a response from moscow. >> mick paton walsh on the line.
>> nick has been following all the developments out of the eastern ukraine. earlier he file ad a report on this new offensive by protesters and how crukraine's latest unre is keeping citizens on edge. >> reporter: this was the moment something changed in eastern ukraine. pro-russian militants, gun drawn, tearing off the rails of a police station. three policemen apparently injured and a new chapter in this crisis unfolded. within hours these barricades were up. inside the police station, weapons handed out. 400 pistols, say officials. a hostile crowd here decrying fascists, praising russia. a few blocks at the local security service building armed well equipped men in camouflage
just inside don't want to be filmed. food and tires are donated by locals. on the outskirts their own check points, the place nowhere to be seen. further away on the highway another check point, police standing just by. farther north, the mayor is calming tempers. around the back these men say they're stopping police leaving and far right militants coming in to take the guns. andre's done this before, helping seize the next local administration. here's a guy who was with me in donetsk, too, he said. an initiative group. because they haven't listened to us. not to that or the southeast. while things here have been peaceful at the police station behind me, what is remarkable is how on one day there have been an increasing number of similar disturbances in towns in eastern ukraine. attacking police stations. suggesting a level of
coordination we simply haven't seen until this point. just down the road it's confusing. the ukraine flag is gone. police guard the local administration. protesters are clear they want to join russia. and the police do, too. >> translator: the police are with us. as you see we put up the flag. we want to be a separate state and join russia, but without violence. >> reporter: police anxiously mill around their building. defenses in place. just hours later, this amateur video shows armed men moved in. then gunfire broke out. the shooting war that ukraine so desperately wants to avoid perhaps coming. the temperature here dropping fast. >> these are, indeed, frightening times for people there in the east and in ukraine
as a whole. the current tensions in eastern ukraine are the latest chapter in a months long crisis. here's a look at how ukraine got to this point. >> think back to february. that's when the ukrainian parliament voted to remove victori victori victorian yanukovych from power. >> voters in crimea joined russia in a controversial referendum. >> discontent entered the pro-russian east. >> the white house says it appears the armed men laying siege to government buildings in eastern ukraine are backed by russia. on saturday u.s. secretary of state john kerry spoke with his russian counterpart, sergei lavrov, by phone. he warned of additional consequences if russia did not
take steps to de-escalate the situation. erin mcpike has more on washington's response. >> reporter: we just learned that vice president biden will travel to kiev ukraine, april 22nd to meet with government leaders there as they try to move forward with their new government and have elections plans for may 25th. he also will be focused on the latest outbreak of violence in eastern ukraine. and talk to leaders there about how to deal with it. that comes on the heels of a statement from the white house from national security council spokesman laura lucas magnuson who says we call on president putin and his government to cease all efforts to destabilize ukraine and caution against further military intervention. we all know secretary of state john kerry will meet with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov and members of the eu in geneva on thursday as they try to work ahead to a diplomatic
solution. obviously with the latest outbreak of violence that does not appear to be working. and the white house is very concerned that this latest outbreak of violence is quite similar to what they saw in crimea when russia annexed crimea just weeks ago. so there is concern. we're hearing more and more concern from the state department as well. obviously, we're seeing the united states and its government move forward with more to try to help ukraine. back to you. >> erin mcpike reporting there. officials have expanded the search for malaysian airlines flight 370. >> we will bring you live reports from our correspondents both in perth, australia, and kuala lumpur. stay with cnn for the latest. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts,
it's far short from confirming that the black boxes from mh370. here's where things stand. the sixth week of the mystery is now under way with up to 12 planes and 14 ships involved in sunday's search in the southern indian ocean. a number of objects have been spotted and recovered thus far. but none is linked to the missing boeing 777. still no new underwater pings heard since tuesday. >> meanwhile, ma la shah's transport minister says officials are discussing which country will be given custody of the airliner's flight recorders if they're recovered from the ocean. >> last week we watched a t the visual search area in the southern indian ocean was continuously scaled back pretty much on a daily basis. but today the search zone was expanded to more than 57,000 square kilometers. sunday's zone is roughly the size of kree wcroatia, more thae the size of the u.s. state of massachusetts. >> straight to the base of operations in perth, australia
where we find cnn's aaron mclaughlin. let's start with the search zone. after shrinking all this past week why was the area suddenly expanded tooed? >> reporter: officials today didn't say specifically. but they have been steadily refining the debris search zone. they really only expanded around 6,000 square miles today which isn't all that much when you consider that the current debris field is about a quarter of what it was some ten days ago. while they've been really successful at refining this search field, narrowing it down, they've been less successful at actually finding anything. after hours and hours and hours of meticulously combing, they still have yet to find a single piece of this plane. that being said, they have had some 36 days of oceanic drift to contend with. >> they have. they have a lot to contend with. we heard those statements from the australian prime minister,
tony abbott, over the last couple of days expressing some level of confidence of finding these black boxes. but let me ask you this. how close are they now to finding the airliner's flight recorders? >> reporter: we haven't been given a specific timetable. yesterday the australian prime minister tony abbott saying that it'll likely take some time for them to physically locate the black box. they have 2.8 miles of water to contend with. as you mentioned, he is confident, though. he said that they are looking in the right place. but we're still at the stage of the search in which they're still trying to locate pings. the australian vessel, the ocean shield, and the british vessel, the hms echo still out there trying to detect signals. by air also. surveillance planes out trying to detect any pings from the sona buoys. since tuesday there has been absolute silence. authorities here have said they're going to try and continue these efforts until they're absolutely certain that
those batteries of the black box pinger have completely expired. the question now being when exactly are they going to feel comfortable to make that assumption and deploy the underwater autonomous vehicle to find the physical wreckage, isha. >> 37 days into the search for flight 370. erin mclaughlin there in perth, thank you, erin. not much is known about the seabed in the southern indian ocean. it's one of the most remote places in the world. in fact, it's said we know more about the surface of the moon and of mars than we do about the bottom of our oceans here on earth. tom foreman looks at some of the challenges searchers may face. >> reporter: more people have been to space than have been in the deep ocean. and the search area for this plane is actually quite deep. anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 miles down depending on where you are on this big slope down there. that is deeper than the location of the titanic or where you would typically find nuclear subs or where giant skids might live.
this is a very forbidding environment. it's cold. just above freezing. it's completely dark. and we really don't know much about the ocean floor here. you might say why not just drop that robotic sonar imaging device there and let it ride around and start mapping all of this? if you want the best performance out of something like this, you'd like to get it as close to the right distance from the floor as possible. this is right at the range of its functioning level here, 2.5 miles down. they have to make sure they have a better idea before they turn it loose. what that means is up oen the surface they're going to spend a little more time with things like the hms echo trying to get a better map of the ocean floor in general. if they have that they'll know where the obstacles are. they'll know how to place that robot and get better results. >> tom foreman there with some fascinating insight. and each day we learn more about the challenges the searchers face as they try and locate this
wreckage, presumed wreckage in that environment. >> the depth they're dealing with is as tom said right at the limit where these machines can function. almost our own explanation into our own planet. >> questions about those final moments in the cockpit before the plane went off radar, well, those have continued to confound investigators. >> online now we take a closer look at the captain flying flight 370 that day. watch this. >> reporter: good night, malaysia 370. those last few words spoken by the captain of the plane, sources close to the investigation say. bringing the 53-year-old pilot's background in focus once again. >> hi, everyone. this is youtube video that i've made. >> reporter: of all the mysteries surrounding the disappear of 370 in distinct image of the captain emerges on social media. in this 16 minute video zaharie
explains how to optimize an air conditioner to reduce electricity bills. his facebook page full of pictures of spruced up gadgets indu indulging in what friends say was his passion. and a photo of what appears to be his much talked about flight simulator. a true aviation enthusiast, there are dozens of pictures of model helicopters and planes. at least until about a years ago his facebook posts show zaharie was also passionate about politics. in this post, urging people to vote out the current government. referring to the ruling coalition, he writes, 50 years in power by a single party does not say much about democracy in the country. he's known to be a supporter of the opposition parties. but perhaps what stands out most, his love for food and cooking. from malaysian flat rice noodles to curry, he appears happy. his posts trailed off around fall of 2013.
his last facebook post on january 3rd, 2014. a pilot with more than 35 years of experience. passion for the job and some interesting hobbies. but nothing in his social media posts appear to suggest foul play. cnn, kuala lumpur. >> all right. you're watching "cnn newsroom." coming up for you after the break. password control. why this sort of extra security could help stop the spread of the deadly ebola virus. it and w. (agent) i understand. (dad) we've never sold a house before. (agent) i'll walk you guys through every step. (dad) so if we sell, do you think we can swing it? (agent) i have the numbers right here and based on the comps that i've found, the timing is perfect. ...there's a lot of buyers for a house like yours. (dad) that's good to know. (mom) i'm so excited.
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people gathered to attend mass. a blessing of palms and olive branches. an important symbol in the faith. time to take a look at the u.s. masters golf tournament where 20-year-old jordan spieth is topping the leaderboard in his first ever appearance at augusta national. he's be the youngestest winner if he holds the lead. he shares the lead with bubba watson. defending champion adam scott trails six shots off the pace. >> 20 years old. what were you doing at 20? >> you never want to peak too earl early. this is the thing i say about all these young stars. >> the man who knows a thing or two about the final round at the masters, four-time winner arnold palmer. >> a chat with the man known as the king. >> of course, i remember watching the old pros start the
tournament in years gone by. and i thought, what a special deal. wouldn't i like to do that some day. never thinking that i would actually be out there starting the tournament. but to have done it and to have been a part of it has been very special to me. >> is there any pressure that you feel when you step up there? >> well, you know, i always feel a little pressure when i'm on the first tee. whether it's at augusta or where. >> phil mickelson was the last player to win the masters that wasn't a first time major winner. the past three masters winners have all been first time major winners. do you think that trend might continue this year? >> the guys that have won it are getting old. you know, i'm -- i can vouch for that. and it becomes more difficult as you get older. so i -- i would say that the potential for a young man to come up and be a first-time
winner again is certainly a possibility. >> is there any player that you might be keeping your eye on more than others? >> well, adam scott. he, as you know, did it. >> i would say that we are still in the tiger woods era. absolutely. but i'm not sure that there's one player in particular that might be waiting in the wings with all of that charisma that tiger brings and that you brought. do you think that we could be moving into an era where it's more about a group of players that are leading the game as opposed to one player with that charisma? >> well, of course, you never know who's going to pop out and be that one charismatic player. it's hard work. it's not something that just comes along and you capture it. it's something that you must work for and work very hard to become the guy that's going to win the masters.
and win it more than once is even more difficult. >> you are thought of in so many, so many different ways. of course, you're a legend of the game. you're a trail blazer. you're an incredible philanthropist. you're such a successful businessman. how do you think of yourself, first and foremost? >> oh, i'd just like to think that i've made some contribution to the game of golf. >> and he certainly has. world sports there with the golfing great, arnold palmer. still to come, time is running out in the hunt for black boxes of the missing malaysia airlines plane. >> plus, the search area has enlarged yet again. stay with us for the latest. after days of attacks on government buildings, ukraine's interior minister launches what he calls an anti-terrorist operation. more on that after the break.
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welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world sfwl i'm errol bar net. >> i'm isha sesay. >> a facebook post by ukraine's interior minister says an anti-terror operation is under way in the city of slovyansk. he says there are dead and wounded on both sides of the intervention. gunmen stormed two buildings there saturday. part of a series of attacks against government facilities in the eastern part of the country. ukraine authorities blame pro-russian activists for the
unrest. malaysia's transport minister says officials are now discussing which country will be given custody of flight 370's black boxes if they're recovered from the indian ocean. no new pings have been heard since four confirmed underwater signals were detected days ago. it's believed the batteries for the black box pingers are dying or already dead. at least four people are dead in a wildfire that's destroyed more than 500 homes in two coastal cities in chile. take a look at these pictures. several thousand people have been evacuated as well. strong winds are fanning those flames which are being battled by firefighters from seven provinces. let's bring you more now on the situation in eastern ukraine. our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh joins us once again over the phone. he's on the outskirts of slovyansk and joins us now. nick, just walk us through how tensions have really ratcheted up this weekend in the region where you are now.
>> reporter: quite remarkable change, errol, from about 36 hours ago where it seemed as though anti-kiev and pro-russian sentiment were limited to two towns, luhansk and donetsk. the long story now, we were there yesterday. at that point a number of very well equipped, very armed men had taken over the ukraine's service build. earlier than morning the local police station. weapons have been handed out amongst locals who formed barricades and were reinforcing their defensives around the police station. the security service still had those well equipped men in matching camouflage. the u.s. state department has made suggestions they're carrying similar equipment than those russian troops. what we've heard is happening today in slovyansk is
helicopters have been seen inside the town. it appears fairly calm. barricades still enforced. the interior minister said there have been and are ongoing terrorist operations here. no obvious sign of that according to witnesses. the real issue is what has happened, what level of force the ukrainian authorities have applied here. they say that people have been killed and perhaps five injured as well. we don't quite know exactly whatever caused that to happen. of course, to point out the misinformation people have been putting around during this crisis has been quite astounding so far. as we speak to witnesses inside slovyansk. it seems calm. doesn't seem to have been any real change in power. barricades still firmly around key buildings. people waiting to see what else ukraine authorities may do and most importantly whether or not any of the violence here, the response from moscow,
particularly the 40,000 russian troops across the border. >> our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh speaking with us over the phone near slovyansk. we'll bring you developments as they become available. turns now to the search for flight 370. since the flight mystery began some five weeks ago now, we've gotten a number of conflicting messages from the malaysian government. and trying to get malaysian officials to clarify various discrepancy, well, that's proving to not be easily. our nic robertson joins us from kuala lumpur with the details. nic, what are we learning today? >> reporter: well, there's an international arms fair on in malaysia or just being set up in malaysia right now. there are going to be 27,000 delegates attending it. some 300 v.i.p.s from 28 different countries according to government officials here. the man who is overseeing it, the defense minister, also the acting minister of transport here, the man heading malaysia's investigation of flight 370.
we went along today to see if we can get any more answers about the investigation. this is how it went. hello, good morning. nic robertson from cnn. sir? >> i'm having a pc later. i'm just doing my walkabouts. >> reporter: we requested an interview many times. with that, the man heading the hunt for flight 370 is off. he's hosting an international arms fair. from helicopters to tanks to guns. reporters invited along. some questions apparently not so welcome. when precisely were the -- you don't have to push. as his tour continues, his aides advise us to wait for his press conference. that's good, because the question he just refused to answer, when the military told civilians here they picked up flight 370 on their radar, is an increasingly contested question.
precisely when did the military inform the department of civil aviation about what they saw on the radar? >> i said that is -- next. >> reporter: no answer, then. he doesn't want flight 370 questions. but as the conference continues, turns out some flight 370 questions are okay. >> tell us, are you any closer to deciding who will extract the data from the black box. >> yes. we are getting closer to that issue. the attorney general is in the uk right now discussing exactly that. >> reporter: two days ago you said even the passengers were still under investigation. but a week ago the igo police said passengers cleared from investigation. which is it? >> that has been clarified. unless we find more information, specifically on data in the black box, i don't think any chief of police would be in a position to say they've been clear zbld are you in a position
to rule out terrorism, sir? >> we can have a separate session with you. >> reporter: what we're continuely told here really is the black box is going to allow officials to answer many of those questions. still, the timeline of which government official knew what, how they acted, who was informed, civilians and military, military to civilian, those precise details have yet to be made public here. >> cnn will continue to ask the relevant questions. our nic robertson joins us in kuala lumpur. nic, appreciate it, thank you. >> and the reason for that is we have to keep in mind that this has been a long and difficult wait for the relatives of the 239 people aboard the missing malaysia airliner. they are still without answers today. let's continue to look into how they're doing and how they're responding to some of the developments of this search. live from our bureau in hong kong after spending many weeks with these relatives in beijing.
pauline, as frustrated as the malaysian government may be, you no know, these families are experiencing a unique kind of pain. nothing like this has ever happened before. what are the relatives up to today? >> reporter: yeah. nothing like this has ever happened before in history. and none of these relatives ever expected to be in this situation. none of these relatives ever expected to be facing day 37 of the search. we heard nic asking all those questions to the acting transportation and defense minister. well, the families asked those very same questions. they've been asking these questions for weeks now. right now they're meeting with a malaysian team in beijing. this team is updating them on the search. the general consensus from these meetings, because this malaysian team comes every couple of days, the general consensus is that the families aren't getting much more information than what's coming out of kuala lumpur or perth. but at least they're getting an opportunity to ask a malaysian official their questions face to face.
now, earlier this week we saw that the prime minister of australia, tony abbott, was in china for an economics and trade mission. he also reached out to chinese families of the passengers of mh370 over the weekend. he said they are welcome to come to perth any time. >> we would welcome, whenever they wish, families of the victims to come to australia. and they will find themselves in the arms of a welcoming friend. >> reporter: so you've got this gesture from the australian prime minister. but malaysia airlines has said repeatedly that they won't fly the families down to perth until there's confirmed debris found. and i've been talking with these relatives for weeks now in beijing. and they have said that they're not even thinking about going to perth because many of them, errol, don't believe that the plane is actually in the indian ocean. >> we should also point out that
they don't all have the same opinion. some may want to go. some may want to stay. some may still have hope. some may be going through a grieving phase already. earlier you were telling me there's a voting system these relatives have set up. what's that about? >> reporter: yeah. the families over the past couple of weeks, they've become very organized. they've set up different committees. well, this week they set up a voting rights structure. because we're in the fifth week right now. and they've acknowledged that they cannot stay in these hotels in beijing forever. many of them have jobs to go back to. and they have to go back to their home villages or hometowns. so as a group of about 200, 300 relatives that still remain there in beijing, they have said, let's set up a voting rights structure. one passenger, one vote. so each relative is assigned to vote for a passenger. for example, if there are three passengers from the same family, one relative will get three votes. the way this is supposed to work later on down the line is when the families decide that they need to make a decision on
biggibig i issues like getting a message out or perhaps following lawsuits later on down the line, they will take these votes. it's going to be one passenger, one vote. so,errol, they're getting red did for what they might need to have to do later on down the line. they're getting quite organized. >> pauline chiou after spending many weeks with relatives in beijing. >> hard to even begin to wrap your head around what they're going through. >> how do they decide, okay, leave the hotel. get back to a seminormal life. certainly difficult for all of them. >> very much. our thoughts and prayers. just ahead, we'll take a look at ramped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly ebola vies are. >> stay with us for details. ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing really good around ♪ ♪ turn around
in syria there are new reports poisonous gas is being used in the country's ongoing civil war. both rebel forces and the -- >> these attacks wounded dozens. videos posted online appear to show people with symptoms of poisoning in a rural rebel-held town. >> cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity of this footage. opposition groups say six people died friday because of chlorine gas attacks and barrel bombs. let's turn our attention to west africa. health workers in the region are racing to contain the ebola virus. remember, the world health organization has called this outbreak one of its most challenging cases ever. now air travelers in guinea's capital face special scanning before departing the country. this is all meant to help stop the spread of ebola by detecting anyone with a fever. most suspected cases have been reported in guinea and neighboring liberia.
but it is worth reporting and pointing out to you the w.h.o. has not recommended any travel restrictions. >> the disease is blamed for more than 100 deaths in the last three weeks. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta tells us more about this often fatal virus. >> reporter: they think ebola comes from forested areas like these ones you're looking at now. pathogens living inside of animals that somehow get into humans. it's so scary because ebola is a swift, efficient and very bloody killer. in fact, in some cases, 9 out of 10 people who become infected actually die from this. it can take anywhere between 2 and 21 days for someone to start to get sick after they've been exposed. that's called the incubation period. during that time they can travel. they can travel around the country or even between countries. that's the concern. here's a little bit of good news. that is that you're really not contagious. you're not going to spread the virus to other people until
you're sick yourself. that's when the virus is in your bodily fluids and you're going to actually be able to spread it. when you're sick, you're down. you're unlikely to be moving around. unlikely to be getting on a plane. but even after you've recovered, in some cases you can still transmit the disease for a period of time after that. for up to six weeks. the symptoms here can often start off looking like the flu. you get a headache. people have fever. they start to feel unwell. tired. after that, it gets unpretty. people actually start to develop significant diarrhea. they may start to vomit. what really is a hallmark of this is that it becomes bloody. the body starts to be unable to clot. as a result, you see bleeding on the outside. but it's the bleeding on the inside that's the most concerning and it can often cause death. it's a difficult thing to test for, and that's part of the problem. in the beginning of outbreaks like this, nobody knows what's happening. that's when people become careless. that's when health care workers start to get infected.
that's how something like this starts to spread. here's a very important number. 42. 42 days. that's two incubation periods. if you get to 42 days with no new cases, that's when people will say, okay, this outbreak is over. they've got to scour the entire country, surrounding areas, and make sure there are no new cases. and then it's time to pack it up. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn. >> very worrying situation. as sanjay said, 42 days. that's the number they're hoping to get to without any new cases. coming up, the united nations has just this hour released the world's leading report on how to curb climate change. >> how much will government's listen to this report? plus, the duke and duchess of cambridge have quite the pack packed itinerary today.
welcome back, everyone. global emissions of greenhouse gases have hit unprecedented levels and need to be cut by 40% to 70% by mid-century. a huge cut there. the latest conclusion from the u.n. on what needs to be done in order to battle climate change. >> released this hour, the panel has just put out the third part of its report on global warming. according to this report emissions grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. >> this document is for policymakers around the world. it's released every six years with the input of nearly 1,000 scientists. it is considered the benchmark assessment on the topic. >> now, keep in mind, this u.n. series has already shown that climate change is une kwifly manmade and it's a grave threat. which region most at risk? the u.n. said it's asia. flooding and land mass lost.
then, of course, there was the devastation of typhoon hyan. you were seeing that story on cnn. it left more than 6,000 people dead when it plowed through the philippines back in november. it also cost over $10 billion. >> let's check the global weather forecast, which takes us to australia, in fact. meteorologist samantha mohr is following cyclone ita there down under. they had to add a new color to their map it got so hot this past year, in fact. >> just incredible. now one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever to approach the coast of queensland did so over the weekend. and, you know, the average number of cyclones that affect this part of australia every year, that's been five. only 207 since 1858. this was a very strong storm as it came onshore. at one point it was a category 5.
downgraded to a category 3 right before landfall. so it was a strong 3, almost a 4. now you can see how much it has weakened as it continues to parallel the coast. of course, the friction from the land tends to disorganize it a bit and weakens it. as it continues to parallel the coastline here right along the barrier reef area where so many tourists love to come and flock to, we're continuing to see some very heavy rain and strong winds and coastal flooding. take a look at some of these pictures coming out of coastal queenland as ita moves on through. just rivers overflowing their banks. of course, motorists stranded in some of the floodwaters here. and the floodwaters continuing to cause problems all the way down the coastline, making it very hazardous to be out and about in this type of flood. she was walking her dog in that floodwater. did yo u see the dog was actually swimming? >> i was wondering what was going on there. >> my goodness gracious. not advised to take your pets out for a walk in floodwaters, that's for sure. here goes ita moving off the
coast as we head into the next 24 hours. and continuing to weaken. thank goodness. let's take you in to the u.s. where we are going to see some severe weather today. we could see destructive supercell thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes all along this frontal boundary. but especially here on the southern end. and incredibly heavy rain will be accumulating as we head through sunday afternoon and evening. and then monday across much of the gulf coast. so this is going to be a two-day event where we're going to see those supercell thunderstorms form. we could see some very large hail, the size of a baseball. and incredibly heavy rain and that threat for tornadoes, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. i think it's going to be a very busy day in the cnn world weather weather center. >> we hope that everyone is o y okay. we obviously will be following that one very closely. samantha mohr, we appreciate it. a busy day in new zealand.
>> the duke and duchess of cambridge in the city of dunidan. they coach opposing youth rugby teams against some of the all blacks, the name of the national rugby team. >> the match was a change of pace from the palm sunday services that started their day. just in case you're keeping score on that rugby match, which errol and i did, yeah. it kills me to say, william's team won. >> finally. now they're tied. they both have a win under their belt. >> monday the royals head to a city that has special meaning for the prince. we're joined by cnn's world correspondent. tell us more about the trip and the significance to the royals. >> reporter: tomorrow is going to be a very significant day for them. prince william was very much affected. he came here in 2011. obviously that was around the time of the earthquake. it's amazing coming around here, isha, and looking at the city.
it does -- it's almost as if it was sort of a war town. there are buildings just completely missing. and so much building work being done here. and there is a sense here that perhaps the work being done here is a bit forgotten. there's a huge amount of renovation that spotlights shown on christchurch. it's going to be quite somber i think. something william was very affected by. he's going to want to show kate around. it's not going to be all the fun and frolic we saw today, for example. most literally a ride on a speedboat down a river which was pretty extraordinary footage. it looked like very fun. added significance today because there are all these rumors about the duchess being pregnant again. you don't go on these speedboats, you're not allowed on these speedboats, in fact, without -- well, while being pregnant as well. lots of rumor there. they also went to a wine tasting session as well. she wouldn't be drinking. wouldn't be sending out the right message at least if
drinking whilest pregnant. all those rumors were squashed today. it's not really how the palace ano announces things. i think the british papers were being a bit cheeky, looking for a story. >> i think they were digging deep. one thing i want to draw attention to is just how involved and energetic the royals have been on this trip. how much they've engaged with the public and done all these various, you know, activities. it really is, you noknow, a new young, fresh royal family, prince william and catherine. >> and informal one as well. they went along to a kid's rugby tournament today. interesting to see this whole stadium erupt as they came in. it felt like real rock star royalty. they are younger, of course. they're reflecting a younger generation. but they are more informal. there are no sort of evening events where they're in -- in black tie, you know, frocks and rocks. lots of people wanted to see that. everything is very informal and relaxed. that's partly william wanting to
do things in his own way. he is more informal than previous generations. and that's how he looks more relaxed. he is quite natural in front of the cameras. the other thing it's a media strategy. i think it's just them being them. trying to be natural and doing things the way they want to do it. by virtue of this, they are modernizing the monarchy even if it's not intentional. they are giving a new face to the monarchy. >> i think there's no doubt about that. it has been a very interesting trip. we continue to keep score in the competition between william and kate. >> tied so far. >> max, thank you. thank you for joining us in the "cnn newsroom." i'm isha sesay. >> i'm errol bennett. we appreciate you spending a bit of your sunday with us. if you're in the u.s. "new day" is next. i'll be back with the headlines in just a moment. stay with us. (dad) well, we've been thinking about it and we're just not sure. (agent) i understand. (dad) we've never sold a house before. (agent) i'll walk you guys through every step. (dad) so if we sell, do you think we can swing it?