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two major storms continue to taunt two parts of the world. tropical storm florence and officials warn that it is just starting. and on the other side of the globe, typhoon mangkhut is battering hong kong. the danger is far from over on the east coast. more than 13 deaths have been blamed on the slow-moving storm. and the main highway from florida up the coast was closed
due to flooding. flooding and rescues will be the main focus over the week. all of the water is pushing rivers to record levels. it is just about 4:00 a.m. in wilmington, north carolina. and volunteers have been called again to help rescue people trapped by the floodwaters. this video shows the united cajun navy, to potentially save lives. todd terrell already rescued more than 100 people. he joins us on the phone from wilmingt wilmington. todd, we are sure you are quite tired from all the hard work you are doing. we appreciate you being up with us. what can you tell us about the major threat of the storm? >> right now we are rescuing people who are just beginning to
flood. right now our shelter that we have for our volunteers is in wilmington, and we are having to bring people that are flooded into our shutter because there is nowhere else to bring them. >> i was just going to ask you. how many people could be in peril or be threatened who haven't seen floodwaters yet? >> well, we have 147 people in our shelter right now. and it is really not a shelter, it is basically a staging area for our volunteers. so we have 147 right now. it's 4:00 in the morning. we have our guys out there still working hard. the weather is very, very bad right now. and we're looking to bring another 300 to 500 people in here before daylight. but i'm not sure what we're going to do with them. >> my goodness, that is quite an issue. we hope you get the support from anyone in that area. i cannot imagine -- how are they
finding them? where are they finding them? >> we're finding them in areas that never flooded before. these are people that have been here 30, 40, 50 years. they say in the water they have never had a possible threat of water coming in their house. so i think it's unprecedented water, rainfall that we had, but basically it is people that never flooded before. >> what is the specific region where you're finding this? >> there's a couple of subdivisions i guess a little due south of the city of wit mington itself -- wilmington itself. and the problem is, it is dark and we are not sure how widespread this is. i do know up until 3:00 this evening, there was no threat of flooding around here. but we are told for three days that there would be flooding here, we just didn't know this bad. >> how are you finding people in the dark? are they yelling out to people? is there any communication with
any of these people? ? well, first of all, being from louisiana, we have a lot of airboats with night vision. we have the capability to rescue the people at night because we have the equipment. secondly, a lot of it is we're getting called out over social media in our app called patriot emergency response team perch. people can go into it and basically put out a 911 request for a rescue. and that is where we have been getting them from. but right now it is basically word of mouth, we're going door to door. >> well, your group is really amazing. the cajuns for the international viewers are from louisiana. you have worked hurricane katrina, other disasters, todd, how would you compare what you're seeing now to other disasters you have worked? >> well, this here is kind of a strange disaster because we knew there were fwroung to be areas
that would flood -- there were going to be areas that would flood. what is going on now, we never thought there would be this much water coming this fast. this is the strongest current i have seen in my life. we have seen water a foot deep that you couldn't walk across. so for us, it's a damage, it is just a torrential current that we're dealing with. >> well, we wish you and your teams the very best. as todd was just saying, they have brought in dozens and dozens of people into their own staging grounds and there could be hundreds more they rescue without really figuring out where to take the people. so you're doing such wonderful service for the region. and we can't thank you enough. thank you for talking to us, todd. >> yes, ma'am, thank you for having us. >> all the best today. the town of lumberton, north carolina, is especially vulnerable to flooding and florence presents a huge challenge. first responders have beens
reskewing people nonstop -- rescuing people nonstop. we get her on this from paolo sandoval. >> reporter: we have been seeing today that the local river continues to worsen. this is close to what i witnessed about two years ago when hurricane matthew, before an extremely dangerous situation in the same area where people lost their homes, we have been witnessing the lumber river continue to rise, currently flowing at 17.5 feet. and it is expected to crest tomorrow, still has at least 7 more feet to go according to the current forecast. my colleagues and i spent today driving through the streets the of lumberton today. and we reached a point where we couldn't press forward anymore because of the danger, i can tell you i have not covered these situations before, but i can't remember the last time i saw water, floodwaters rise so
quickly in neighbors and the businesses. some of the footage we shot is some we shot above. to have a vehicle to drive to these conditions, eventually, it got too dangerous and that is what authorities are recommended people do. stay indoors, there's something have been noticing lately, and that is that people who have assumed that the worst is over because there's no more high -- the lumber river continues to rise. >> two reports there about unprecedented flooding in this area. karen mcginnis is standing by at
the severe weather center. it is tremendous, all of you in the meteorologists told us that it looks like catastrophic flooding. and it looks like that's bearing out. yes, apparently in the beginning it was thought how would this weather system, this hurricane that looks nothing like some of the historic currents that we're very familiar with don't look anything like that and it is so much damage. it is so pervasive. we talked about a portion of interstate 95 shut down. they are telling people to go around north carolina. and now there's even more and more showers and storms moving in flooding the already flooded areas. right now it is barely hanging in at tropical storm strength. and we're anticipating that very shortly it's going to be just a depression. but even then it takes
swansville here with the previous record in 1999. this time in excess of 30 inches of rainfall. it's people's homes, their roads, their livelihoods, it's agriculture, it is so many things, natalie, that it is almost too numerous to count. and we're not finished yet to go through the rest of sunday and into monday. and it looks like into the seven appalachians, we could see an additional foot of precipitation there. back to you. >> also, of course, it's causing problem with congress. a big swath of i-95 is impacting there. karen, thank you. it also could be one for the record books on the other side of world. typhoon mangkhut is bearing down on hong kong with the eyes set on southern that in. we'll take you live to hong
hit hong kong overnight. hong kong is feeling the wrath as the eye of the storm passes by the southern edge. fierce winds and heavy rains have ripped off roofs and downed power lines. the storm has weakened slightly since slamming into the philippines on saturday as a super typhoon. authorities are trying to reach the hardest-hit areas. and our christi-lou stout is outside. you have been blown around for a couple hours. thank you to you and your crew for hanging with us. what are the conditions like now? any worse? any better? >> reporter: natalie, yes. typhoon mangkhut is sweeping by us. a little bit of rain is falling, but not as many as before. we used to have intermittent
gusts of winds coming through clocked at 100 kilometers per hour. the hong kong observatory reported gusts of wind as 230 to 240 miles per hour, which brings about the threat of storm surge. there is peak storm surgery happening right now in victoria harbor. there's also peak storm surge underway in the outlying areas, including the if i recollect village. a lot of concern about that community as well as other communities in the south of hong kong island as well as in the east. hong kong is no stranger to typhoons. we experience this every different, but mangkhut was the most powerful storm of the year. the most powerful storm of the year. it's believed to be one of the most powerful storms to hit hong kong since they started reporting typhoons here in 1946. we have seen on this road, which is normally a very busy highway
here in hong kong, very few cars here. but police, cars, ambulances coming through, first responders asking to the cries of help out there. there's been some debris flying about. we are watching the cranes overhead. this is a sky-high city. lookout for the scaffolding debris. we are hearing of partial building collapses. and this is a rainmaker, that means the adiscussional dangers of rising floodwaters and landslides are going on. back to you. >> this has been called the strongest storm on the earth, the biggest storm this year. you have seen a lot of storms yourself living in hong kong for a good while, how do you measure this to others in the past? can you?
>> reporter: just looking at the wind speeds clocked with this storm and what i felt earlier in this day, this is definitely a big storm to be taken seriously. but, you know, it also should be noted that hong kong is always well-prepared for storms like this. there were alert sessions sent out. residents were told to hunker down. we have to investigate to find out what happened in the special administrative region. >> thank you, kristie lu stout. we appreciate your time, kristie. and aid is struggling to reach the region.
james, what have you been seeing driving around the impacted area? >> reporter: yeah, i turned to the northeast coastline of the cemetery, so i find a lot of people in the cleanup process. there is a hub for the military and rescue operations as well as other aid and assistance departments in the government. >> well, you mentioned search and rescue, just 24 hours ago they were sti
science -- right now it is -- >> jay, one more question for you, i want to ask you, is communication still difficult there? >> reporter: yes, it is. i only managed to get about a third of the reception. but all the outlying areas, it is really just a communication black out right now. people are getting in touch with loved ones, and no doubt the government is responding to the situation. >> james reynolds, we appreciate you bringing us the latest that
you're seeing. appreciate it a lot. thank you. care philippines is helping to assess the damage in the philippines. the leader is joining us from there now, thank you for taking time with us. >> good morning, everyone. we have deployed assessment and relief teams on the ground. according to most reports we see from our teams the and other sources, the typhoon has caused damages to the building, some cones, as well as information as a follower. our team reports that 90% of unharvested rice and corn has been lost so far. according to the national
disaster management council or 250,000 people affected by the storm. and more than 1400 villages, 23 cities and 30 provinces are affected altogether. so that number is about 100,000 people staying in the evacuation centers for temporary stay. >> so we can understand a wide scope of damage. what about the people there, david, any information on those that are hurt. we have seen the numbers fluctuate somewhat. >> reporter: yeah, the government confirmed 25 casualties because of the typhoon. our team has not been able to reach all of the areas because some areas are still impassable.
our team has report ed that som people died. they reported that somebody was blown away with the shelter altogether. we don't know the exact number as the information is collected and not every villages and areas have been assessed so far. there is still significant rain in manila. and passing through there, it was flooded.
. >> what are the most recent needs? >> we need food, clothing, water. even though people are in the evacuation centers, some evacuation centers were affected as well. there was a school we visited yesterday and the school was flooded as well. so there are many people, most people probably lost their belongings. immediately, it is food, water and some clothes. but in the long run, our experience shows that people will need assistance in a building of the houses. but most importantly, rebuilding their livelihoods. many of them lost their belongings. based on the impact, many lost their homes and need help.
>> i do remember that storm. and now you're looking at the same thing with this one. we appreciate your time and your group's efforts. david, you fix helped us, thank so much. >> thank you. and hurricane or typhoon mang mangkhut is hitting off of hong ko kong. but the feeder bands to the north wrap right around hong kong. this is where we have seen some wind gusts up over 220 kilometers per hour. the hong kong they are national
airport is the third busiest in the world. we were looking at the flight tracker, there were no flights landing, taking off or anything. the rainfall is bringing numerous reports of windows blown out of high-rises. right now it has 90-mile-per-hour winds associated with it. once it moves ashore for hong congress, it will spell another 24 to 36 hours where it is rainy, stormy and windy across southern china. the winds are powerful here. they are saying the resources and call centers are overwhelmed with calls right now. there is quite a bit of attention around hong kong, natalie. >> yes.
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when did brian move back in? brian's back? he doesn't get my room. he's only going to be here for like a week. like a month, tops. oh boy. wi-fi fast enough for the whole family is simple, easy, awesome. in many cultures, young men would stay with their families until their 40's. welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen with our top stories at this hour. tropical storm florence has claimed 13 lives in the southeastern united states. rivers throughout the carolinas continue to rise from the lentless rain. the officials in one town says
they have been rescuing people nonstop who happen to be trapped by the floodwaters. typhoon mangkhut has weakened after slamming into the philippines on saturday leaving thousands without homes or power. and in other news we're following, syrian state media says government forces have repelled and israeli missile strikes. this attack was at the damascus international airport on saturday. a number of missiles were shot down. israel has not commented. and 2000 prisoners were released including this prominent leader who tried to run for president eight years ago. she was arrested and charged in part for questioning some of the
government's version of the gener genocide in 1994. and tropical storm florence is expected to move out of the area on sunday, but this disaster is far from over. you can see already that it has claimed 13 lives. and there's the extensive damage up and down the coast that will take weeks to clean up and repair. utility crews have been working around the clock as florence made landfall as a category 1 hurricane. right now more than 1,000 are -- i don't think that number is correct, but there are thousands without electricity. many residents in the storm zone are discovering dangerous floodwaters can pop up quickly without little warning. and emergency evacuation could be their only salvation. ed lavendera has this report storm jacksonville, north
carolina. >> reporter: we are along highway 258 in a neighborhood just north of jacksonville, north carolina. this is an area where throughout the course of the day, about 30 people had to be rescued from their homes by coast guard helicopters ahead. there's a city that runs through the city or into the new river called you are nifr. the water is spilling into many neighborhoo neighborhoods. the water started to creep into the neighborhood here and it didn't take long for several homes to be under 3 to 4 feet of water. obviously, on a third night of rainfall, many people are huddled in their homes wondering what it is they are going to be waking up to. we have reached several families that say they never expected
this area to be hit here. we saw several families loading up their cars and packing up their belongings as they could to head to higher ground to avoid the floodwaters. the good news here is as night fell, it it is again rain iing. and people don't feel like they are out of danger until the river crests. so the anxiety and the tension of what exactly this storm is bringing to this part of north carolina is still sinking in. and many people are coming to terms with what it is they are dealing with in the weeks ahead. ed lavandera, cnn, jacksonville, north carolina. and president trump has been briefed on the east coast. this is an update of him on the
phone while vice president pence looked on. the white house said president trump is likely to tour the affected areas this week. a trip to the carolinas would be a welcomed distraction for the president. paul man fort who has pleaded dplt to other charges is pleading guilty to robert mueller's office. and they have also hit a possible snag. an anonymous woman claims brett kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school. kavanaugh denies the allegation. and mr. trump continues to insist that 3,000 people did not die in puerto rico from hurricane maria one year ago. he tweeted the new death toll was cooked up to make him look back. let's talk about the recent developments. with peter matthews joining us
as you teach science, good morning to you. the president has the lowest numbers in the last six months. and many inside washington say this is a referendum on the president. what are your thought os that? -- thoughts on that? >> well, the president is on the right track. he's already going into headwind because normally speaking when the president is in the office for two years his party loses seats. and on top of that, the popularity solo, is usually in the 30% range and it will be a drag for those in office. and that's something we are
keeping an eye on. >> the unemployment is really low. and the president's base is loyal. how does that factor in? >> well, the base is loyal, but it doesn't seem to be strong enough to put it over the top. but that could be the economy. >> it's mostly humming for the top half of the population. but it goes and causes all the other tariffs to be lost. so thousands of jobs have been gained and washed. it's a wash. and maybe new jobs brought in are really low-paying jobs. while the economy is humming along for the top part of the country and the stock market is doing well. that has to be looked at.
>> and president trump's lawyers say this has absolutely nothing to do with the president or his victorious presidential campaign. it is totally unrelated. how do they know that, though, peter? they're brushing it off, but how worried could manafort be to donald trump? >> well, it's a worry because some have been convicted. michael cohen is cooperating with mr. mueller. he was the campaign chair for three months when donald trump had a channeler with not much of a chance to a winning candidate within the presidency.
he would know a lot because he worked for ukraine. and then he took sources from that part of the world. some of the oligarchs according to mueller and his team say there's communication going on. and don't forget manafort was at the trump tower meeting along with don jr. and others. this is evidence that we'll have to wait and see from. >> how likely could this delay what is happening? >> senator murkowski is fighting
for women's issue, the choice on abortion. there's a possibility for her re-election in 2020 if she votes for kavanaugh. so they are looking to nullify roe v. wade, which would be serious for american women especially. >> there's much to watch going on in d.c. for sure. appreciate your insight. thank you, peter. >> thank you. coming up here, why a new round of protests could affect vladimir putin. why? we'll tell you when we come back.
for a new brexit vote. they say the divorce agreement is being made. this comes as prime minister theresa may is facing criticism over how she has handled brexit. but mrs. may said that is the wrong thing to focus on. >> but, actually, this is where i get a little bit irritated. this is not -- this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future as a people of the u.k. and the future of the people of the united kingdom. that's what i'm focused on. and that's what i thought we all should be focused on. it is ensuring a good deal for the european union which is good for people in the u.k. wherever they live in the u.k., that's important for us. that's what i'm focusing on. it's the future of the people in the u.k. that matters.
>> despite this, the u.k. brexit secretary says the government is closing in on solutions with the eu. and rallies against pension reform are expected in st. petersburg. this after protests across the country last weekend. people are furious at proposals to raise the retirement age. a monitoring group says more than 1,000 people were detained. these images appear to show police grabbing a child. matthew chance takes a closer look at why people are so upset. >> reporter: at 59 these people are back to work after working in the construction industry. i really feel my age, he says,
especially in the morning. his dream of taking it easy has now been shattered. the russian government's decision to raise pension ages from 60 to 65 for men means his retirement has to be postponed. particularly galling which the average life expectancy is just 67. >> translator: i am not just upset, i am outraged. i have to work harder when my grandchildren demand attention. >> reporter: he is just one of the millions of russians affected by this controversial pension. in fact, the issue has united young and old in opposition across the country. raising concerns in the kremlin, but the plight of ordinary workers could overrun the
popularity of the president. amid nationwide protests and plunging approval ratings, vladimir putin made a televised address to soften the reforms, specifically for women. but also to insist that they must go ahead. >> this could threaten stability in society and chance national security. >> reporter: it is not going to end well with those affected the most. the government says and putin says they don't have enough money to pay the pensions unless they reform the system. do you understand that and believe the deposit when they tell you that? >> translator: no, i do not believe it. comparing the incomes of high-ranked official, they have simply unimaginable salaries. i do not believe that there is no money. it's a lie. >> reporter: for many russians, the pension issue has further
undermined their trust in the kremlin and its leader. >> cnn's matthew chance for us from russia. the protests have been called for by supporters of opposition leader alexi novali, but even traditional backers of president putin are angry. next, we'll take you under water to show you why these coral reefs are not only surviving but thriving in an era with many suffering from climate change.
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a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! i want to focus now on our environment. coral reefs are one of the great wonders, but we are losing many to climate change. but in the red sea, coral reefs are actually thriving, at least for now. our oren liebermann takes us on a dive to find out why. >> reporter: this defies expectations. some of the world's most device
ecosystems are in peril. >> reefs are going down in cover. there is a catastrophe for coral reefs in the world everywhere except here. >> reporter: bleaching leaves the reefs extremely vulnerable overcome by water perhaps too warm for corals to survive. the great barrier reef off the coast of australia seen here has experienced mass bleaching. >> the gulf has never been exposed to bleaching. there's no bleaching here, although the water is warming up. >> reporter: it's a privilege along the corals to see the world thriving of majesty in full display. researchers say thousands of years ago the corals growing here had to come through the southern red sea where the waters are far warmer. through natural selection, the corals were in salty waters.
here the coral is blossoming. and the water is heating up like the rest of the world, consequence of climate change, but it has not affected the corals. and rep searchers -- researchers say it won't for 100 years. you have both the current condition of the red sea and what it may look like in 10, 20 years beyond. >> we are trying to understand how the beautiful reef we see right now are likely to change, if at all, under future conditions in the red sea. and from worldwide reefs, we know the situation is not that good. however, in the red sea, it's still looking pretty good for reefs of the area. this may very well be the last reef refuge in terms of the present conditions. >> reporter: this red sea simulator tests different temperature and acidity levels
in the water. the corals have been placed under various conditions. >> so this is many, many individual animals living together as one. so each individual here on the screen is one animal, one mouth of the animal. >> reporter: then they are examined under a microscope. this helps scientists and governments prevent the reef itself. development pollution monitored and controlled with the reef's survival in mind. here in a lot we're standing within a few miles of four different countries, standing in israel, that's egypt behind me. jordan in front of me. and you can seesaw dee arabia across the sea here. you can see the future. the survival depends on international cooperation to protect the corals. below sea level, politics rarely gets in the way of cooperation between neighboring countries. the reef may be growing, but it's still fragile. part of a much larger ecosystem
near the booming result towns of the gulf of akiba. >> basically, there shouldn't be artificial life. there is not supposed to be a lot of developmentment and we are allowing the development, but it has to be very slow. >> reporter: ilat's reef is a tiny fraction of the 2,000 kilometers of reef along the red sea. perhaps because it's so small israel treats it as a national treasure. one that's far too valuable to let go. oren liebermann, cnn, ilat. >> such beautiful video there, right? thank you for watching this hour. i'm natalie allen. i'll be right back with another hour of "cnn newsroom" and our top stories. my name is jeff sheldon,
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oh boy. wi-fi fast enough for the whole family is simple, easy, awesome. in many cultures, young men would stay with their families until their 40's. hundreds of rescues in the u.s. as hurricane florence promises more rain for days. and a monster typhoon is heading for southern china after bringing fierce winds to hong kong and destruction to the philippines. we're live from cnn's world headquarters in atlanta. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm natalie allen. "cnn newsroom" starts right now.