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for the first time in 11 years, the hurricane makes landfall in florida. and the governor warns, it is life-threatening. a new cnn poll of polls. two months until the election, donald trump has cut hillary clinton's lead in half. and later, colin kaepernick takes a knee once again, refusing to stand for the national anthem. and now, it seems other athletes
are joining his protest. all ahead here. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. cnn center, live in atlanta, this is "cnn newsroom." our top story is hurricane hermine. it has made landfall on florida's gulf coast, leaving a major mess in its wake. the storm is dutching rain from tampa up through the panhandle. hermine is the first hurricane to come ashore in florida since wilma in 2005. widespread flooding is expected, as the storm affects millions across florida, georgia and into south carolina. power is out in many places, including florida's capital, tallahassee. 70,000 customers we're told are in the dark. jennifer grey is in florida.
what are the conditions there? and what are you hearing up and down the coast there? >> reporter: we've been here from start to finish. we were here when the first bands came to shore. now, we have watched the last bands where we are, pull away. the conditions much, much better. it was rough for a couple of hours. we had heavy rainfall. and gusty winds. the center of the storm was b e basically east of where we are. we got the side of the storm that wasn't as intense as the east side of the storm. that's where the rainfall and the gustiest winds are. we got a loft the rainfall, especially in the big bend of florida. flooding rains that will continue in the overnight hours. the way that florida is, with the big bend, from the bay, that's where we get the storm surge that pushes into the
canals, the bays, the lagoons. we were seeing storm surge anywhere from five to nine feet. two to three meters above high tide. that's going to continue through the overnight hours. we're going to see the tornado threat remain for the overnight hours, as well. not only for the panhandle of florida. for central florida, even georgia and so on. we're going the continue to have the wind threat, the center of the storm near tallahassee right now. that's going to push to the north and east. we have a lot of pain trees in this area. the soft that will snap. a lot of power outages as you mentioned, across the panhandle. this storm is far from over. it's going to continue on the northeast track. it's going to affect the carolinas, the northeast, new england, for the holiday weekend. it's going to be a rainy, windy, miserable weekend across much of the eastern seaboard. but this storm came ashore a couple of hours ago.
and it will be several days before we stop talk about this storm because it will continue to have impacts all up and down the east coast. natalie? >> right, jennifer. it's important to take into concern the people that evacuated. but it might not be safe for them to try to get back anytime soon because of the threat of more weather. as this storm moves up through georgia. >> that's right. they tried to evacuate a lot of the coastal areas. florida is very flat. but a lot of the water went several miles inland. they did the mandatory evacuations, tried to get everyone out. i think it won't be until morning before we can really get an idea of what damage was caused, the roads that were washed out. things like that. we have a lot of barrier islands that some can live on. that's something that folks will be looking into, as we get into the days to come. >> we know, we will get a few
hours of the glimpse in the morning. jennifer, thank you. let's turn to derek van dam. derek, this storm is going to have ramifications, as she said, for some time. >> we have several days where the storm could impact the east coast of the united states. here's the most important information you need to know about right now. hermine has made landfall just north of the region. take note of the pressure, 982 millibars. that dropped a few millibars. that strengthened before it made landfall. and i'm glad this storm is no longer over water. just as the eyewall is just east of tallahassee, we have removed the moisture source. we have removed the potential to strengthen any further. that's good news. we're going to see a weakening trend with this, as it continues
to move in. that's not to say, that the threat is over. let's highlight the threats right now. we zoom into the tallahassee region. florida state university. located right here. look at the heavier rainfall moving into that region. this is on the northern periphery of the eyewall. they are under, currently, a flash flood warning. something to take note of, if you're located or watching at home. let's move further to the south. this is an area that people really haven't been talking about. this is some of the outer rain bands of hurricane hermine, that have impacted the greater tampa bay region. they have a major band set to move into this region. flash flood watches and warnings across that area. get a load of some of the rainfall totals. almost 20 inch. largo, 14 1/2 inches. flash flooding a concern going forward. jennifer talked about the potential of storm surge and tornados. certainly a concern going forward. cedar key, south of tampa bay --
north of tampa bay, they are actually nearing that high tide, which occurs roughly in about -- let's say, one minute or so. and so, it is coinciding with the storm system moving onshore, with high tide. and that means that we could see storm surge in excess of seven feet above the astronomical normal. natalie, something we will be monitoring closely. >> people go from florida all the way up the east coast. couldn't be hitting in a worse area. >> you can see how it's impacting the carolinas through labor day on monday. not a good time to hit the beaches. >> derek, thank you. >> all right. and we turn to the presidential election now. the race for the white house is growing tighter. cnn's poll of polls shows donald
trump has cut hillary rodham clinton lead in half. clinton leads trump by five points now. her lead was ten points after the democratic national convention. and just 24 hours after his hard line immigration speech, trump says he's softening his position on deportation. meantime, some latino supporters are dumping him, saying they feel misled. jim acosta reports. >> reporter: donald trump proves once again his stance on immigration is a moving target. >> we're going to build a wall. and mexico is going to pay for the wall. >> reporter: at two different events in ohio, the gop nominee was talking tough on immigration, while toning down his rhetoric on mexico, one day after his historic visit, showing he can be diplomatic. >> i came back from a wonderful meeting with the president of mexico. >> reporter: adding to the
confusion, a talk radio appearance, where trump insisted he is softening, suggesting he will prioritize the deportation of undocumented controls, over the removal of law-abiding immigrants. >> we have a lot of people you can't have. and those people will get out. and then, we're going to make a decision at a later date, once everything is stabilized. i think you're going to see there's quite a bit of softening. >> reporter: the problem is -- >> there will be no amnesty. you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the united states by illegally entering our country. >> reporter: most of his supporters and critics heard trump hardening in his immigration speech in phoenix. warning any undocumented person in the u.s. is subject to deportation. it sent some of his latino surrogates straight for the exits. >> i resigned. i know other people resigned.
it's not a good feeling because the alternative is not much better. but i refuse to be part of the propaganda machine. >> reporter: the clinton campaign says that trump has not softened a bit, other than confronting mexico's president, over who will pay for a wall on the border. >> we discussed the wall. didn't discuss payment of the wall. >> reporter: he made his stance clear. >> i was emphatic that mexico wouldn't pay by any means for the wall. >> reporter: tim kaine accused trump of cracking on the wall. >> that was a choke. and it shows that diplomacy is not for amateurs. >> reporter: the question is whether trump shifting back and forth of immigration, will chang in battleground states in places like florida. trump clearly energized his base which will help in the northern part of the state. the next chance to pin down
trump may come later this month, when he and hillary clinton start squaring off in their debates. jim acosta, cnn, miami. joining me from washington is jonathan swan. he's the national political reporter for "the hill." jonathan, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> we want to start with what we just saw there. several of trump's hispanic surrogates is resigning or reconsidering their support? what is the payoff of trump's speech and the meeting with the mexican president. >> the payoff of the speech is that republicans who were very worried -- basically, his base, who were worried that trump was softening on immigration, were no longer worried after that speech last night. the payoff is very clear. it's the people who are already with him but were wavering, are now energized and excited. but the downside is, you would have to say that any chances of reaching out to minority voters, probably a bit tougher after the
speech last night. >> let's look at the scene in poll of polls to get the bigger picture here where we stand. clinton's lead has been cut in half since the convention. but she is leading by five points. if you compare that to obama, in 2012, the same week, he was tied with candidate mitt romney. what does this signal about november for you? >> the tightening was possible, in the sense that clinton had a big bounce out of the convention. donald trump had a terrible convention. and subsequently, engaged in an extended fight with the family of a fallen war hero. so, you know, it was never going to be good for him. tightening was, to some extent, predictable because the country was divided and some vote republican no matter who is on the ticket. clinton's objective, is to make trump so toxic, he is more toxic than she is. the numbers are tightening. but if you look alt the swing states, she's in a strong
position. >> and in the war chest, a strong position, as well. the clinton campaign a claims it raised $143 million in august. her campaign continues to be dogged in questions about ethics during her time as secretary of state. vice president biden was asked about that. >> do you think americans should be concerned about the ethics of the clinton foundation? has the clinton foundation always been 100% ethical in your view? >> i think the clinton foundation found themselves in a position where thing thats are changing. and i think she's going to change and adjust to the realities of how complicated it's all become. >> jonathan, he tnt really answer the question. what's the campaign strategy here? >> that was not a ringing endorsement of the clinton foundation from joe biden. there's a lot of people in the obama administration, who are uncomfortable now, and are
uncomfortable then, in late 2008, when they were considering hillary clinton as secretary of state. that's why they did this very detailed document. it was called memorandum of understanding. the clinton foundation signed with the o dbama administration. it was to prevent conflicts of interest or foreign cash coming in. we know they failed to meet the transparency promises in substantial ways in some instances. and it's a huge problem. now, bill clinton has promised, okay, when hillary clinton's president, we're not going to take foreign money or corporate money. we're finding loopholes in that. >> it's september now. we'll see in the next few weeks what shakes down. it continues to get more interesting. thank you so much, jonathan swan, reporter for "the hill." >> pleasure. in just a few hours, a former u.s. college student convicted of rape is set to walk out of jail early. brock turner has served three months of his six-month
sentence. a jury convicted the 21-year-old in march of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpst dumpster. outrage spread after the judge gave turner his sentence. it was widely seen as too lenient. dan simon joins us from san jose, california, where this young man is about to walk out after serving three months. and this is a case that has generated outrage, dan. what are you expecting as he leaves prison? >> reporter: well, it's going to be interesting, natalie. we know there's going to be a rally here this morning in san jose, where you have critics of the judge, judge aaron perske, who will be calling for him to be removed from the bench. we know that brock turner will be walking out of the jail some time this morning, as well. and he is most likely headed straight to the airport, where he will get on a plane for ohio. that's where he's from. and he's going to have to be registered as a sex offender for
the rest of his life. he could have gotten ten years behind bars, in state prison, natalie. but the judge gave him a six-month sentence, in california. assuming you behave yourself behind bars, that sentence gets cut in half. so, only spending three months. and of course, that's not sitting well with a lot of critics. natalie? >> absolutely. and many people will recall that this case got worldwide attention when the victim read that gripping emotional letter, saturd addressed to him in court. has there been reaction or anything coming from her family over this? >> reporter: we haven't heard from her since she read that very powerful impact statement. that's what brought this state to national prominence. and it gave critics more ammunition in terms of them wanting to have this judge removed.
ultimately, there will probably be a recall election that will take place in november. critics can begin getting signatures from voters in april. they have to get a certain amount of signatures. and that will automatically get the judge's name on the ballot. he did launch his own website, called retain judge perske. he has supporters who are trying to get the word out that he's an honorable person. but he's in for a fight, natalie. >> dan simon, waiting outside the courthouse there for this young man's release. thank you, dan. a u.s. football player is not backing off from his protests against racism. we'll show you how san diego fans reacted to colin kaepernick, coming up. "hey! you get that memo too?"
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southeastern u.s., with at least 25 million people in its path. the storm has made landfall along florida's gulf coast. it's drenching the state with rain right now. florida's governor is calling it a life-threatening storm. american football player, colin kaepernick, has refused to stand during the u.s. national anthem. the 49ers' quarterback knelt on thursday. he says his refusal to stand is a protest against racism and that he is not anti-american or anti-military. our paul vercammen was at the game. he has more from san diego. >> reporter: colin kaepernick continued his protests here in san diego. and when he came on to the field in the pregame warm-ups with his helmet off, he was booed. and he was booed for the rest of the game. when the anthem started, he was standing and he dropped down to one knee. when the anthem ended, there was a cheer by the san diego fans.
but then, they resumed their booing of kaepernick. he got the call first for the 49ers. he was booed every snap since. and after the game, the fans give kaepernick mixed reviews. >> it's a free country. he can do what he wants. i don't think it's very respectful. it's somewhat ignorant. but it's his right to do what he wants. >> i don't feel he respects the country. military fights hard for this country. he has a right. i do understand where he's coming from. i don't respect it. >> reporter: it was military night inside the stadium. there was a lot of pomp and a lot of circumstance. the fans were enjoying the game. but there sure was a cluster of them that enjoyed more than anything, booing colin kaepernick. reporting from san diego, i'm paul vercammen. now, back to you. >> kaepernick later spoke with the media. he said the decision to kneel along with his teammate was done after speaking with military veteran and nfl free agent, nate
boyar. kaepernick insisted the protest was not anti-military. >> as far as taking a knee tonight, eric, as well as myself, had a long conversation with nate boyar, who is a military vet. and we were talking to him about how can we get the message back on track? and not take away from the military. not take away from pride in our country. but keep the focus on what the issues really are. as we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed. and it was also a way to try to show more respect to the men and women who fight for this country. >> what's the dream result of your protest? you get done with this or you come to a point when you feel you don't need to take a knee
anymore. what is the dream result of the demonstrations? >> the dream result would be equality. justice for everybody. this is really something about human rights. this is about the people. this isn't about anything other than that. some people aren't guinn the same rights, the same opportunities as others. and that's what the issue is. >> colin kaepernick, speaking there on his protest, during the u.s. national anthem. a splinter group of the pakistani taliban is claiming responsibility for two separate attacks in northern pakistan. the first attack was in a christian community in peshawar. one person was killed and three injured. police said that four people were killed. the other attack was a suicide bombing at a district court at a building in mardan.
at least ten were killed there. thousands flooded the streets of caracas. protesters are demanding a recall vote. towards the end of the march, national guard officers fired tear gas at some protesters. we continue to follow breaking news as hurricane hermine batters the east coast. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta.
atlanta. hurricane hermine has made landfall on florida's gulf coast, bringing heavy rain and flooding. more than 25 million people are in this storm's path across florida, georgia and into south carolina. the category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hours or 130 per hour when it came ashore. hermine is the first hurricane to make landfall since wilma. at least 70,000 customers are without power in tallahassee. dustin hinkle joins us on the line. thanks for talking with us. we know it's a busy night. how close did the eye of the storm pass over or come near your area? >> thank you for having us. we were right at the center of the eye of the storm, the northwest corner of our county, probably so, the eye of the
storm passed right over us. and then, that left us with most of our coast and the area on the right-hand side of the eye. >> are you getting reports of damage or destruction? >> we have substantial flooding on the coast. upwards of ten feet along our coastal areas of flooding above ground. we to have damages that have been reported. i -- we have already been on at least a dozen search and rescue missions throughout the night. and we're still working a few search and rescue missions as we speak. >> we certainly hope the people that are left behind there, do get some help. it must be terrifying if they
didn't get out of harm's way. what about the issues moving forward? you have people that evacuated. but with this storm in the threat of more rain and flooding, it may not be safe until when to try to come back? >> right. we're waiting for the daylight to get in there and make an assessment of the area. there's going to be some time for that water to recede. we've reached out to help keep control of the area and make sure we have the resources in place to serve the pem of our coastal region. >> finally, it's been over a decade since this area has been impacted. were people really prepared? do you think they heeded the warnings because it's been a long time since they went
through something like this. >> we think the majority of people in our coast and in our county, heeded the warning and took this storm very seriously. these storms have a tendcy to strengthen and bring unique characteristics that the forecasters won't ever be able to catch 100%. we're doing the best we can. on a whole, we feel this people took this seriously. >> thanks for taking the tameout to talk to us. dustin hinkle, the county administrator in taylor county, florida. an image as shocking now as when we saw it one year ago. 3-year-old syrian refugee, allen kurde, washed up on a turkish beach. it sparked on outcry and became
a symbol of the crisis. atikka schubert reports. and we must warn you about that traffic image. >> reporter: it's been one year since the number of boats arriving in greece reached staggering levels, forcing its doors to open to refugees. one year since this 3-year-old was found lifeless on the peach. the image that shocked the world. and the family made this plea. >> he told me his message to the world, my kid, it's a wake-up call for the whole world. i hope, now, the whole world will step in and help other refugees. >> reporter: what has changed in that year? the syria war still rages. nearly 5 million have been
forced to flee syria. 1 million of them are children. years ago, this boy was filmed in the aftermath of a bombing. this image of a confused boy covered in dust, became an iconic symbol. but this time, europe's doors are closing, after more than 1 million jeffries entered the country. germany and other e.u. states quietly pressured greece and the balkan states the close their borders. in greece, once the doorway the europe, nearly 28,000 children are stranded. more than 2,000 are unaccompanied. no parents. no family, to steer them safely. in march, turkey and the e.u. agreed to a contentious one in/one out deal. the number of people crossing the ageeian sea has dropped from 10,000 a day at its peak, to
virtually none on most days. even for those that do manage to get to europe, a happy ending isn't guaranteed. in germany alone, local officials report 9,000 unaccompanied minors are now missing. many, teenagers that have run away from the shelters. what has changed for the thousands of children fleeing syria's war? sadly, not very much. >> that was atikka schubert reporting from berlin. it's so true, what you are reporting, atikka, despite the fact we have had two unbelievable pictures and video of the children. this nightmare continues. >> reporter: part of the problem is that the origin of the conflict, the syria war, still has no end in sight.
particularly in aleppo, where that carnage has put pressure on turkey. we see refugees still fleeing the area into turkey. and turkey has 3 million refugees. that's more than any other country in the world. and with europe closing its borders, wee seeing a backlog in the neighboring countries. but to a smaller extent in greece. those refugees that did reach greece, when the borders closed, have nowhere to go. it's been described by the greek prime minister, as a country that's become a warehouse of souls. some 50,000 people are waiting in tent camps for refugee status in europe to be resettled. but the process had taken months. more than a year in some cases. and the turkey/e.u. deal that's supposed to help resettle refugees from turkey, has only resettled something in the low hundreds. less than 200 refugees have been
resettled. it's a very painstaking process to get resettled in europe. and the number of those fleeing syria keep climbing, natalie. >> it's already been a year since we saw that horrifying photo. and to think there's so many more stories like these, we just don't happen to see the pictures or get the video. atikka schubert for us in berlin, thank you. the u.s. president is urging people to take climate change seriously. on thursday, barack obama visited midway atoll, west of hawaii. that's part of a wildlife preserves that obama quadrupled in size last week. stephanie elam joins me live from honolulu. the president going out of his way to bring attention to this issue, stephanie.
>> reporter: exactly. he went to the atoll because he wanted people to pay attention to what is happening across the planet. he is concerned about climate change. and for the pacific countries and nations because of water levels, he's saying. he expanded the size of this marine national monument because he wanted to protect the animal there's. and they can be studied, can learn things from them. listen to woo he had to say. >> i look forward to knowing that 20 years from now, 40 years from now, 100 years from now, this is a place that people can come to and see what a place like this looks like when it's not overcrowded or destroyed by human populations. >> reporter: he did tour midway atoll. and we're told, after this, he did snorkel to get a little upclose encounter with some of
the 7,000 species that live around midway. hoping this trip will make -- talking about it, saying that global warming is a real thing. this is happening to our planet. and we have to stop it. >> it looked lovely when he was standing on the beach. and thank goodness more of it will be preserved. stephanie elam, following the president's trip to hawaii. the catholic church will have a new saint. we think you heard of her. a look at the life of mother teresa, who will be canonized on sunday, nearly two decades after her death. comfort food...
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a number of communities have issued mandatory evacuation orders. and tornado warnings are in effect for dozens of counties in florida and georgia. a huge crowd is expected at the vatican on sunday, when pope francis makes mother teresa a saint. when she died at the age of 87, she was known and loved the world over. mother teresa spent decades helping the poor. and many see her as a living saint and see the canonization as a formality. i was in the anchor chair that day in 1997, when we learned of her death. and announcing that to the world
was a moment i'll never forget. >> reporter: that's right. i mean, for most people in the world, there is a story that they can tell you about mother teresa. a time when they heard of her death. or heard of her winning the nobel peace prize. growing up in calcutta, i have many stories about meeting her and about my association with her. and it was common for people in calcutta to have those stories and to have the opportunity to meet her because she was so accessible. now, she is being made a saint tomorrow. she is a winner of a nobel peace prize. but for people in calcutta, she was just one of us. she was accessible. she lived in the heart of the city in a big gray house. and the doors were always open. and people could walk in. as i did. you would walk in to say hello. you could walk in to volunteer, to pray, to ask the sisters the
pray for you. people of all walks of life, from all backgrounds and different religions were always welcome at her house. when mother teresa found her calling, she came to this bustling city in the east and never left. calcutta became her home. that's where my home is, too. i enjoyed a simple, happy childhood here. it revolved around family, friends, school, and mother teresa figured prominently in each of those of my life. mother teresa was part of the loreto order of nunns. and i remember sitting in these classrooms listening to nunns tell us stories about mother
teresa. locals call her mother. an i often saw mother and her sisters going about their work, helping, caring, feeding the poorest of the poor. back then, i had no idea i was watching history unfold. she lived in the heart of the city, in a simple room, where she later died. visitors were always welcome at mother's house. it's where i first met her. she gave me this prayer. and then, she took my hands in her hands. she had a firm grip. and she said to me over and over again, god bless you, my child. god bless you. mother adored children. and many local families, including mine, helped out at her home for abandoned children. when i was a little girl, i
wrote a poem on other theresa. the next time i came here, i tagged along with my mother who was volunteering here. and mother teresa met me and said, i want to show you something. and she had taken my poem and framed it. by framing, i mean putting it in a sheet of plastic and she had stuck it right here. some residents complained she put calcutta on the global map for the wrong reasons, poverty and desperation. but most locals are protective of her. they say they are proud our city produced a saint. natalie, i do go to calcutta often. and it's heartening to see her work and her legacy live on in the city. >> what a wonderful personal story yu have. thank you for sharing it with us. we will be covering this event this weekend at the vatican. thank you. they spent a year on mars, kind of, and lived to tell the
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mars simulation habitat on a hawaiian volcano for the past year. >> three, two, one. >> come on. >> and they're back. volunteers from france, germany and the u.s., lived in the isolated dome set environment, about 2,500 meters above sea level. the experiment was to designed to study the effects of isolation, which will create guidelines. and joining me on the phone, now, from hawaii, caramel jopston, who was the commander. welcome back to earth, sort of. >> thank you for having me. >> i want to ask you, first of all, we say you were confined in a dome, can you give us a sense of how much space you had inside this dome. >> we had about 1,200 square
feet divided over two floors. we had a large common space and then our lofted bedrooms above. it's quite a bit of room to move around. but not a lot for a year. >> we are seeing video of it there. what was more challenging? to be indoors or learning to get along with others, when you can't go anywhere and blow off steam, exactly. >> well, i think, getting along well with others is the concern for us because we weren't able to go outside. we were able to g o on evas. extra vehicular activity. and we would explore like you would on the surface of mars. we were exploring the outside quite a bit. and so, the time inside the dome was focused on getting along, making sure everything got done.
and making sure we completed the research tasks on time and correctly. >> were yu board or busy most of the time? >> i'm not a person who gets bored anyways. no. i went say overworked. but we always had something to do. we had research tasks that the team was conducting on us. we had our own research progresses going on. and when in doubt, there's something to do or the maintain the house afterwards. >> right. we're seeing some plants in containers. what were you having to come up with, as far as your ingenuity, in your life there? >> we had, just with any person, we had things that would break. we could not two to the grocery store or the hardware store, for a piece of whatever would break. sometimes we 3d printed a part that we did not have available to us. or we would macgyver something
that would make due for the duration of the mission. >> what was the hardest part for you? fwl the hardest par for me was being away from my friends and family because i enjoyed spending time with them quite a bit. i felt luke i was missing out on thicks that were going on at home. at the same time, we were doing something unique and essential for future space exploration. it was meaningful as the same time as being challenging. >> we hope that your work will help those who may go to mars one day. we thank you for joining us, caramel johnston. >> thank you very much. >> locks like they're on another planet there. thank you for watching us this hour. i'm natalie allen. well have more on our breaking news coverage of hurricane hermine in a moment for you.
breaking overnight. hurricane hermine barrels into florida. residents taking shelter. it is causing problems in the panhandle. the storm set to make its way up the east coast. millions of people in hermine's path. cnn's coverage of the storm begins now. i am miguel marquez. it is "early start." >> good morning. i'm christine romans. a lot of trouble with florida. it is friday, september 2nd. let's start with the breaking news. hurricane hermine making landfall smashing into the panhandle as a