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what's your 20? hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm o's. good to be with you. >> good to be with you, rosemary. i'm errol barnett. coming up this hour, a view of west africa's ebola crisis you've likely not seen before. a nurse wears a special camera to give us a glimpse into the horrors he faces every day. also ahead new coalition air strikes pound isis targets in iraq and syria but even u.s. officials admit that air power alone will not be enough to stop the islamic militants. later, a young woman's heartbreaking choice. why she's decided to end her life on her own terms.
we start with the nurse in australia who is now in medical isolation amid fears she too could have ebola. officials say the 57-year-old woman from the city of cairns returned last weekend from treating ebola patients in sierra leone. >> now she became concerned after developing what's described as a low grade fever when she returned. she went to an area hospital, test results are expected back friday morning. i just spoke with a reporter there who describes her condition as stable. officials right now are trying to keep the public calm as well. see came back into the country. did not have a fever so it's only since this morning she's had a low grade fever. she has not been out in the community in cairns. she's been at home isolated in
her own home testing herself. >> we'll keep an eye on that situation. but the first person diagnosed with ebola in the united states has died. thomas eric duncan got sick last month after arriving from liberia. meanwhile, a texas health official says there is no risk of ebola for a sheriff's deputy hospitalized wednesday. the deputy had responded to the apartment where duncan was staying but says he had no direct contact with duncan. and meantime, thomas duncan's partner wants an investigation now into how his care was handled before and after his diagnosis. >> yeah, david mattingly looks at how duncan's case differs dramatically from other ebola patients sent to the united states for treatment. >> reporter: thomas eric duncan's death leaves behind a trail of questions about ebola treatment and prevention that is more than 5,000 miles long.
liberian health officials didn't expect the sick woman he assisted was infected with ebola until after duncan was already in the united states. five days after his arrival, an ailing duncan goes to the hospital in dallas and tells them of his recent travel from africa. but they just give him antibiotics and send him home. >> regretfully that information was not fully communicated throughout the full team. and as a result, the full import of that information wasn't factored into the clinical decision-making. >> reporter: duncan spends three days potentially exposing others before he's back even sicker this time in the hospital. it takes two days to confer. he's infected with ebola. duncan's case is a sharp contrast to doctor kent brantly and missionary nancy writebol. both were diagnosed in africa and given an experimental drug zmapp and flown to the united states and quarantined. the drug seemed to work.
>> what a great, great nursing staff and what great doctors. >> you treated me with expertise, yet with such tenderness and compassion. >> reporter: duncan was in the hospital for nine days when his girlfriend speaks from quarantine begging he get the same experimental drug. >> i'm just asking god and asking the american government the same medicine they gave to the people that came from liberia, the ebola people that came, the people with ebola that came please help save his life he's too young to die. >> reporter: but supplies are depleted. he was given a different e. peerptal drug already in serious condition. his status doesn't improve. blood transfusions from ebola survivors are also believed to provide antibiotics to patients still fighting the disease. dr. kent brantly today gave blood to one ebola patient, an nbc cameraman. he also gave blood to an infected doctor who has since
recovered. both writebol and brantly agreed to give blood to duncan but only works in their blood types match. now it no longer matters. >> today we are deeply saddened by the death of the patient in dallas. >> reporter: duncan's case ends with the worst possible outcome. brantly was out of the hospital in 19 days, writebol out in 14. after finally being admitted, thomas eric duncan died in 11. david mattingly, cnn, atlanta. >> well, meanwhile, there is a lot of anger, and anxiety in spain. that's where a nurse's assistant has contracted ebola and five others are under hospital observation to see if they have the deadly virus, as well. so let's go live now to madrid where our al goodman has the very latest and, al, what new information we learning on how this nurse's assistant contracted the ebola virus and
what's been learned from this as medical facilities across the globe struggle with just how to cope with the threat of ebola? >> reporter: hi, rosemary, well, all of these people that you mentioned are in this hospital, now the nurse's assistant teresa romero apparently maybe according to a doctor who has talked with her who came out and spoke with the media yesterday right here said that she says that when she was taking off her protective suit and gloves, remember she was part of the medical team that was treating two other ebola patients, spanish missionaries who got it in africa, came back here, both of them died. that when she was taking off her protective gear after treating one of them, that she may have touched her face either with a glove or some or party of the gear. her exposed face so that's what they're say something a potential cause of this but in the broader sense, they're talking about the protocols. now, the official line when this
story broke was all the procedures and protocols were correctly followed, so says the government but at a meeting in -- with the european union officials from the 28 european countries talking about what to do with this crisis yesterday in brussels, the note that came out of that says that spain says it doesn't know exactly how it happened but possibly there was some protocols that were relaxed in handling the corpse of one of the ebola patients that died or in handling the disposal of the medical waste. so there are beginning to be the first sort of admissions possibly that it wasn't just the nurse's assistant, rosemary, that there may have been a procedural error or maybe they weren't in place in the first place. >> yeah, can't be too careful in these instances, clearly. and, al, the fallout from the euthanizing of this woman's dog, we saw the pictures of her with her dog. that fallout has generated a lot of anger on the streets of spain. talk to us about the effort to
save at dog's life and why authorities decided that they had to do this? >> reporter: well, the authorities are trying to contain this serious issue, so in addition to the people who are in here, she's the only confirmed case, the five others under observation monitoring 50 other people. the husband of the nurse's assistant from the hospital started a campaign a couple days ago to try to save their dog whose name was excaliber. and that built up a huge campaign and there were protests outside their home in a southern madrid suburb but the authorities said they're going to go ahead and euthanize the dog. there were medical experts say it might be better to isolates dotting see what happens. does the dog get ebola? hasn't been a known case of that but out of extreme precaution they'll go ahead and euthanize the dog which happened yesterday. other protests, as well, against the government by medical workers talking about lack of transparency alleging that the procedures and equipment was not
adequate to confront this crisis, rosemary. >> all right. al goodman hopefully lessons have been learned in this and they can be useful right across the globe at this stage. al goodman reporting there live from madrid. many thanks to you, errol. >> rosemary, the fatality rate in west africa is so high because of a health system that's been overwhelmed by this epidemic and some would argue wasn't even prepared for it before it began. conditions are dire especially in liberia where patients often don't even have a bed. nima elbagir takes us inside. >> reporter: blood spattered and limp, too weak to hold up his head. a nurse struggles under the weight of a desperately ill patient. the nurse agreeing to wear a camera to give us a glimpse of the bleak reality he witnesses daily. here at this government-run
treatment center today, the nurse managed to get this patient to drink water. it's a small victory. for the last two months, dr. moses and his team have worn their protective suits in unbearable heat walking the high risk wards to tend to the patients in their care. >> life is rough and then you die. what else can we do if we don't do it, who will do it for us? so we have to take the risk and care for the patients or else our country will be wiped away. >> don't leave some behind. bring the whole thing. >> working in a-risk zone is dangerous and you hvae so many patients in agony. some patients are dying. some patients need help. some patients cannot move any longer and you see some patients you cannot do anything for them. they are guying -- dying and all you do is watch them die. sometimes you pray for them and do the little, you do and just hope that something miraculous happens. >> reporter: dr. moses got one day's training before going into
these wards and says that's typical here in a health care system struggling to cope. you do what you need here to survive. the nurse forgets the camera for a moment and begins to hum a hymm to himself. a comfort amidst the grimness. an ambulance has arrived bringing more patients. it begins again. there is no room so the stretcher goes on the floor for now. next to a mattress where another critical patient lies. here there are two patients for every bed. more patients. it is unimaginably unrelenting. but there are the success stories, and that's what sustains the staff. around the back of the ebola ward patients spot the camera and begin to wave.
they're recovering, maybe even going home soon. but for the staff, there is no end in sight. what happens when you go home at the end of the day? >> i get prepared for another day. >> reporter: and another day and another day until their prayers are finally answered. nima al bagger, cnn, monrovia. >> just extraordinary watching these nurses in action. the nurses and the doctors have just been extraordinary. >> that point of view, i mean this is what they're experiencing each and every day and as we keep reporting these are the folks on the front line contracting the virus, they are literally putting their lives on the line to help so many others so we'll continue to track all developments as it relates to this ongoing epidemic. >> yeah, of course, we'll have
much more including a look at the new option being taken at some of the u.s.' busiest airports to try to prevent the virus from spreading further. also ahead. no, i'm not making it right now. i'm scared for my life. because he just pulled a gun on us. we don't have a gun. >> some new accusations of excessive force against police officers in the u.s. we'll show you what led up to this violent confrontation.
leader abu bakr al baghdadi. >> now, abdul-rahman is a u.s. military veteran kidnapped last year while doing aid work in syria. isis militants threatened to kill him in a video last friday. >> a syrian rights group says isis now controls one-third of the turkish border town of kobani. that comes as the u.s. military says it launched eight air strikes against isis targets near the town on wednesday. but the pentagon says air str e strikes alone will not save the town from falling to isis. jim sciutto reports. >> reporter: a u.s. b-1 bomber in disguise over kobani. the rescue that kurdish fighters batting isis there have been desperately hoping for. military commanders say coalition air strikes have helped push isis back. today pentagon spokesman admiral john kirby bluntly warned that the u.s.-led air campaign will
not save kobani or for that matter any number of other syrian towns under isis' assault. are you preparing the public in effect for the fact that not just kobani but other syrian towns may fall over the long haul of this air campaign until you have those competent forces on the ground? >> i think we all should be stealing ourselves for that eventuality, yes. >> how do you deny isil the safe haven without taking back that territory? >> the long-term fix is and we recognize that is going to be competent ground forces that can retake territory from them. we've been nothing if not brutally honest about the fact as to what military power can do here. >> reporter: without those competent ground forces the goal says u.s. officials in unison is not taking back territory, but destroying isis command and control, heavy weapons and oil depots. targets that secretary of state john kerry said take
precedence over protecting a besieged population. >> we're trying to deprive isil of the overall ability to wage this, not just in kobani, but throughout syria and into iraq. >> reporter: in iraq where the u.s. does has partners on the ground in the iraqi and kurdish security forces, u.s. officials say that territory does matter and they claim victories in retaking the mosul dam, the haditha dam and protecting irbil and baghdad from further isis advances. still, the map of isis controlled territory in iraq looks. the same today 61 days into the air campaign as it did before the bombing started. president obama came to the pentagon wednesday to meet with his commanders to discuss the strategy against isis. it's a rare visit and the last three years he's come here before for only a 9/11 commemoration ceremonies and for a personal health checkup. echoing a point his advisers have been making the last few days that the fight against isis will not be
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more. >> now the biggest storm of the year is aimed at the region. we turn to our meteorologist pedram javaheri who joins us now with more on that. pedram. >> you know, this storm system, japan dealing with this in a similar way we saw across the philippines this time last year, a multitude of typhoons impact that region an now seems like the weather turn in the direction of japan in recent week answer this particular storm with those 207 kpr winds, it would be a category 5 equivalent with 50-foot wave heights. a couple good thing happens, weakening taking place and another thing you can't see cooler water temperatures ahead of the storm system so you put it together you expect the storm system to weaken inside the next three days before it makes landfall across mainland areas of japan but okinawa and all 1.4 million people across the island going to be in the direct path of what still could be a super typhoon on friday night into saturday morning when the storm system makes landfall and that
region, again, about 50,000, about half of the 50,000 u.s. troops stationed in japan are stationed in okinawa. three u.s. airmen lost their days with the typhoon that made landfall. this is going to take a similar track and eventually as we head on into sunday and monday, around portions of kyushu prefecture with the storm weakening from the 230 kph to 160, category 1 once it makes landfall. but got to share this with you, hazardous air quality across beijing, just a few hours ago, being shared with us of what's happening across beijing. take a look at this. the air quality index up to 400 which is nine times higher than what the w.h.o. would consider healthy breathing air. curious watching us from the western end of the united states, of course, los angeles has a dubious distinction of the dirtiest air in the united states but on their dirtiest
days they get down to about, say, 80, 90 on that scale so typically it would be moderate on the scale. a very routine pattern for beijing is roughly around 300 air quality index and some video as well coming out of this region kind of images i should say to share with you. the world health organization estimates 200,000 die on our planet due to bad air. about 100,000 are estimated to be in china and across east asia and, of course, when you have the world's largest population, the largest manufacturing sector, put it together, bad news all the way around and unfortunately at this point it looks like the air in beijing will remain poor for the next thee days and leads to disruptions from air travel to businesses and schools, as well. something we'll be watching. >> the interesting thing, hundreds of thousands dying every year because of bad air. pedram, thanks very much. hong kong's leader is right now under pressure for receiving millions of dollars in
undisclosed payments over the last two years. pro-democracy protesters have been demanding the chief executive's resignation for almost two weeks now and this is just adding fuel to their fire ahead of some very key talks. andrew stevens joins us live from hong kong with more on this, andrew, what do we know about this payment and how is the general public there responding to these developments? >> reporter: it was a commercial deal, errol, in 2011, the chief executive c.y. leung was the chairman of a company, a property services company here in hong kong that was bought by an australian company. under that deal he receives $6.5 million basically as a noncompete so that he wouldn't go and set up a rival company. that is all fair and aboveboard in the commercial world but what opposition spokesman people here are focusing on is the fact that the payments of that $6.4 million were made when he was
the chief executive, the last payment was made in december of last year. but he did not declare those payments. now, there's no suggestion that he has done anything illegal but certainly if you look at the public relations side of this, if you look at the optics of it it doesn't look good he didn't declare what was a substantial payment while he was in this leadership position. there was also a clause in that deal that he would offer advice to the new company should they wish. but the government says and his people say he hasn't offered any advice and that part of the deal was only -- would only kick in if he did not win the chief executive's position so he says he hasn't had anything to do with the company since, certainly it doesn't look good. opposition leaders are seizing on this to try to put more pressure on c.y. leung, certainly there is a lot of pressure on him at the moment as there has been since day one of these protests because they want as part of the essential demands, the protesters is his
resignion over his handling of the whole democracy issue here in hong kong, the fact that he is in lockstep with beijing that has decided that they -- that beijing looks like it will get final approval for the nomination for the elections in the next chief executive campaign which will be held in 2017. so they're seizing on that, the government obviously standing firm on this, like i said it doesn't look good but certainly no suggestion of illegal activities by c.y. leung, errol. >> yeah, it's been an eventful few weeks in hong kong and now the plot thickens. andrew stevens live for us out of hong kong around approaching 3:30 in the afternoon. andrew, thanks. we're going to take a very short break. new screening procedure as wait some travelers to the united states. how officials hope to detect new ebola cases at the point of entry. plus, calling on iraqi militants to take up arms against isis. why the u.s. is hoping for another sunni awakening.
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with us. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. our top story this hour, a nurse in australia is in medical isolation amid fears she too could have ebola. the woman just returned from treating ebola patients in west africa. let's go to brisbane, now. brook wylie just attended a news conference authorities gave on the develops situation. let's talk to her now. so, tell us, what all was revealed at this press conference and what do we know now about how this 57-year-old nurse might have been exposed to ebola? >> reporter: well, the 57-year-old nurse was volunteering with the red cross in sierra leone. she returned from west africa on the weekend to australia and then went to her home in cairns where she put herself in precautionary isolation. that is the standard procedure for our health workers returning from west africa who have been exposed to ebola.
now today she presented herself at cairns hospital emergency department and had a low grade fever. from there she was put in isolation and blood tests have been taken. they've been sent down here to brisbane where i was today at this press conference and when they arrived. we're expecting it will take around four hours to find out whether this woman has tested positive or negative to the ebola virus. >> so, brooke, this australian nurse has now tested for ebola after this low grade fever was detected. when are we likely to get those results and how well prepared and equipped are medical facilities in cairns, australia, if this 57-year-old nurse turns out to have ebola? cairns is not a big city by any means. >> reporter: no, that's right. and we expect probably the most likely situation is that she will be flown to brisbane for treatment. there are multiple hospitals in
australia that are set up to treat the ebola virus if she does test positive, i expect she will be sent to one of those and as i mentioned we will be expecting those results four hours from when those blood samples arrive in brisbane so australian time could be late at night or early tomorrow morning before we know anything. >> all right, brooke wylie of sky news, australia, joining us there having just attended that news conference, appreciate that. now some of america's biggest airports are about to start checking certain travelers for ebola and you see why with this heightened fear and even with that australian nurse just under precautions making sure she's okay but the u.s. stepping up screening for -- at some airport. >> yeah, but some doubt that the added screening will make any difference. aviation correspondent renee marsh reports. >> reporter: in just days ramped up screening of passengers will
begin at new york's jfk airport and expanding to atlanta, newark, chicago and here at washington dulles. >> these 5 airports represent about 94%, nearly 95% of all of the 100 travelers per day who arrive from these 3 countries. >> reporter: anyone traveling to the u.s. from ebola hot spots, guinea, liberia and sierra leone will have their temperature checked with a laser thermometer, no touching necessary, just held close to the forehead. a new cdc questionnaire must also be filled out upon landing. >> there's a 21-day incubation period. people may not have a fever when they're passing through the airport and invariably when a case comes through, people are going to ask, we had this temperature screening set up. why did this happen? and i'm telling people it's completely predictable it will happen because this is not a foolproof way to prevent it from coming in. >> reporter: similar screening is already in place in west africa but the goal of these new u.s. checks
is to identify passengers airport officials missed or who develop estimates while travels. >> this is an additional layer of screening that can be targeted to that small population in a way that will enhance security but also minimize disruption to the broader traveling public. >> reporter: the ramped up procedures will not begin until saturday. the reason for the delay, one official saying they have to get the staff in place and customs officers have to be briefed and trained on the new procedures. renee marsh, cnn, dulles international airport. and you can find out more on the ebola virus including information on how you can help by going to our website, just logon to cnn.com/impact. the u.s. general coordinator the fight against isis is scheduled to meet with turk other leaders today. general john allen is expected to discuss what turkey can contribute to the ongoing military coalition.
>> yeah, and kurdish protesters are demanding action from the turkish government. at least 19 people were reported killed wednesday as demonstrators clashed with riot police in several cities. security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse the crowds. let's bring you up to speed on what's taking place in kobani. a syrian rights group says isis militants now control one-third of this turkish border town and the u.s. is warning coalition air strikes are not going to save this town either. kurdish officials say the latest strikes destroyed armed vehicles, a supply depot and a command and control compound. they are part of a dozen air strikes launched in syria and iraq on wednesday. you see them mapped out here for you but the pentagon is lowering expectations. listen to this. air strikes alone are not going to do this. not going to fix this. not going to save the town of kobani. we know that. and we've been saying that over and over again and yet we continue to get questions of,
well, why aren't you doing more and how come they aren't more effective? we've been very honest about the limbs of air power here. the ground forces that have -- that matter the most are indigenous ground forces and we don't have a willing capable effective part her on the ground inside syria right now. it's just a fact. >> well, the u.s. hopes to revive an old alliance to fight isis on the ground in iraq but as ben wedeman explains that's easier said than done. >> reporter: if the isis tide in iraq is to be turned, it's men like these, sunni tribal fighters in anbar province, that will be key. [ gunfire ] they're members of the sunni awakening. they played a critical role during the american surge to crush the insurgency, paid and armed by the united states, they
fought and temporarily subdued al qaeda in iraq. but when the americans left in late 2011, support from the baghdad government dried up and many have since gone over to isis. this sheikh is the leader of what's left of the sunni awakening. [ speaking a foreign language ] "we were at our height during the american presence," he recalls, "but when the americans left, responsibility for this sunni awakening passed to the iraqi army. we had 103,000 men, but that number evaporated to just 34,000." [ speaking a foreign language ] he has escaped repeated attempts on his life by his many opponents. he concedes in his
native anbar province active isis opponents are now in the minority. [ speaking a foreign language ] "most of the tribes have moved away from the sunni awakening," he says. "they're afraid to confront isis. if they say they're with us, they and their homes will be targeted. most of the tribes are sitting on the fence or have sided with isis," which was quick to post pictures on the internet of tribal leaders in anbar swearing allegiance to the islamic state. isis now controls most of anbar. sunni awakening members are caught between a rock and a very hard place underscored by this chilling video in which isis militants dressed as iraqi soldiers break into the home of a local leader. they're forced to dig their graves but not before he gives this statement under obvious duress. [ speaking a foreign language ]
"i advise anyone in the sunni awakening," he says "to give themselves up and stop their work." their work, however, could make the difference between success and catastrophe in iraq. ben wedeman, cnn, baghdad. still to come for you, a heartbreaking story out of the u.s., a vibrant woman prepares to end her own life to escape the suffering of brain cancer. >> i can't even tell you the amount of relief it provides me to know that i don't have to die the way that it's been described to me.
welcome back. new details about the police officers using excessive force in the u.s. turns out this isn't the first time they faced such charges. >> we showed you this yesterday. it was videotape the by a teenager in the backseat of the vehicle. our susan candiotti shows us how things escalated. >> reporter: a chilling end to a 13-minute standoff between an indiana family and hammond, indiana, police. it starts with a simple traffic stop in broad daylight.
police pull over driver lisa and her front seat passenger for not wearing seat belts. she was on her way to the hospital to see her dying mother. the way she was pulled over, she says, scared her from the start. >> going from the left to the right. i'm like, oh, my god. i don't even know which way to pull over because he's pulling me over like i robbed a bank. >> reporter: before this rolls, she hands over her license for a possible $25 seat belt ticket but things go downhill, she says, when her companion jamal jones doesn't have an i.d. and reaches in the backseat to grab a ticket with his name on it. police say that move makes them worried about their safety. >> step out of the vehicle. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: mahone calls 911. by now her 14-year-old son in the backseat is rolling video sitting next to his 7-year-old sister. >> step out of the vehicle. >> i'm on the phone, man.
>> step out of the vehicle. you need to step out of the vehicle. >> reporter: mahone stays on the line with 911. >> i feel like my life is in danger. >> reporter: jones still won't budge. >> had their weapons drawn. i felt to protect my family i should have stayed in that vehicle and not moved. >> reporter: about a minute later jones still not moving. a supervisor steps closer. >> why do you say somebody is not going to hurt you. people are getting shot by the police -- [ screaming ] >> oh, damn. ow. ow. >> reporter: police have a dash cam video and audio recording made by another officer at the scene. that video has not been released. hammonds's mayor stands by his 200-member police force, 20% of his officers are minorities. in a statement, the police department says the officers were following procedure by not keeping his hands in plain sight
and going into a backpack, officer safety was threatened. the officer who smashes the window is identified as lieutenant patrick vivari. he's been sued twice for excessive force records show. in 2007, court papers say the plaintiff suffered permanent brain injury. the case was settled. in 2008 a family accuses of same officer of pointing guns at them battering the mother and putting a choke hold on a child during a traffic stop. that family also settles out of court. a second officer involved in this incident was also sued in 2003 for offensive contact. the outcome is unknown. neither officer could be reached by cnn. now another family is suing the city, accusing officers they went too far. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. >> now, u.s. pro football player adrian peterson arrived at a
courthouse to plead not guilty to a felony child abuse charge. a grand jury indicted him after he used a tree branch to whip his 4-year-old son earlier this year. his trial is tentatively set for december but could be delayed if the judge is recused from the case. for calling the lawyers, quote, media whores. meantime, peterson is barred from having contact with the son involved in the case. meanwhile, national football league commissioner roger goodell had a lengthy meeting with team owners wednesday. it focused on the league's personal conduct policy which has come under fire for the handling of recent high-profile domestic violence cases including ray rice's, you may remember he was caught on available video pumping his then fiancee in a new jersey hotel. >> we have the right policy in place to do the right kind of things to make sure that we come to the right conclusions going forward. it's my job, obviously, to admit mistakes but more importantly to go and figure out how we'll mott
have though those occur again. >> now, goodell said most professional football players are great people and domestic violence is not just an nfl issue but a societal one. >> we turn to the weather now and severe thunderstorms are rumbling across the heart of the united states. we turn again to our meteorologist pedram javaheri who joins us with more. where exactly are these storms? >> you know, kansas city, the main city being impacted by this, rosemary and errol. about a 1500-lightning strike region, in the past 60 minutes alone. active morning across the region. take a look, the front responsible for this, about 2,000 miles across from montana pushing out into the carolinas so very active weather pattern, again, right here across the middle section of the united states and that's where we have some of the heavier rainfall in the forecast over the next, say 24 to 48 hours and look at the thunderstorms. literally blossom out of nothing here over the past few hours and they're going to be pushing -- through much of the northern
portion of the u.s. state of missouri so if you're traveling across this portion of the united states, here's what it looks like. we have delays upwards of 45 minutes in a lot of these areas with an exception there because of low advisability out of denver upwards of an hour and a half in the forecast when it comes to delays and thunderstorms quite persistent. eventually getting to dallas, texas, with very heavy rainfall upwards of 1 to 3 inches in a few of these places. again, much of the state of missouri here really going to get the heaviest of the rainfall through saturday afternoon and with this front in place, notice summerlike temperatures across the southern united states closing in on 90 degrees in places like atlanta when it was down to close to freezing in a few of these suburbs a few days ago and you see temperatures out around the midwest where the rainfall is persistent are going to be about 55 to 65 degrees the next couple of days. already. let's take you towards the bay of bengal. a tropical cyclone in the works equivalent to a strong tropical storm if it were placed in the
atlantic ocean. landfall in the next couple of days it is suggested with tremendous rainfall in the forecast and powerful winds of over 100 kpr and it was exactly a year ago this week we had a cyclone by the name of pylene, category 4 that forced the evacuation of 1 million people on the east coast of india. this storm and kind of shows you how mother nature comes back in cycles. it storm expected to make landfall on the exact same day, 12th of october as the storm last year did that forced the million to be evacuated across eastern india, guys. >> unbelievable, the timing, all right, thank you, pedram. appreciate it. as we go to break want to bring you a story getting a lot of attention. a u.s. woman with terminal brain cancer has decided she will end her life on her own term. >> yeah, we have the story of brittany maynard, a vibrant 29-year-old who says assisted suicide is her best option. >> reporter: it's a heartbreaking story.
brittany maynard and married for just over a year when she found out she had brain cancer. >> i was diagnosed this past new year's. we went away to wine country for kind of a new year's eve celebration. and by jan. 1, the following day, i was diagnosed with cancer and told i was terminally ill. >> reporter: doctors told her in april she had an aggressive brain tumor and gave her six months to live. maynard quickly decided she didn't want her family to watch her to die in pain. so she and her husband moved from california to oregon to take advantage of the state's death with digny law. one of only five states with legal protection for terminally ill patients. >> it's in a safe spot, and i know that it's there when i need it. >> reporter: maynard qualified for physician assisted suicide in oregon. she was able to obtain a prescription for lethal medication and plans to use it in a matter of weeks. >> i will die upstairs in my
bedroom that i share with my husband. with my mother and my husband by my side and pass peacefully with some music that i like in the background. >> reporter: she says while she doesn't want to die, she wants to be able to end her life on her own terps. >> i can't even tell you the amount of relief that it provides me to know that i don't have to die the way that it's been described to me that my brain tumor would take me on its own. >> reporter: maynard also says having this choice has given her a sense of peace in her final days. amaral walker, cnn. i'm only in my 60's.
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she has unfettered access to her brother. the belief she might have askipdzed to the top comes from the intellectual solidarity that did not reveal the source. cnn can not independently confirm it. >> i can see it's possible she's in some sort of temporary position. difficult for the north korean system to run without one of the kim family at least titularly in charge. >> reporter: the youngest of seven children their father had with four different women and went to private school with her brother in switzerland under assumed names and later took on important responsibilities for her father like inspecting sites before official visits. analysts say she does similar tasks for her brother but also gets intelligence briefings and handles government policy. >> clearly an effort to i think slow track her on to becoming somebody who is important within the system. >> reporter: but as for handling all the stress and palace
intrigue of being the supreme leader -- >> if, in fact, she is running the country as a -- someone in their early to mid-20s, to me that is quite alarming. it means there's something seriously wrong with kim jong-un and there is some sort of void that they're trying desperately to fill. >> reporter: and the mystery surround her brother is only deeping. kim jong-un hasn't been seen publicly in more than a month. south korea's defense minister says kim is not in the capital city. one analyst says he could be north of pyongyang in one of three different compounds used by the ruling elite. and there's one other possibility. >> another option is over here in this area. he spent a lot of time over here, he observed military demonstrations and practices out in the bay here and even had military practices take place right off the beach in front of his family home. >> reporter: now all eyes are on a big event this friday, will kim jong-un show up at the
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