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be a weekender and book weekenour stay at hampton. hello, everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. glad to be with you for the next hour. i'm zain asher. coming up this hour, president obama reaches out to iran's supreme leader over the isis threat. murder plot charges are dropped against a rock legend, but his legal troubles are not over. we'll have a live report coming up. and -- >> i was just happened to be at the right place at the right time with the right song. >> like him or loathe him, i personally like him, but david hasselhoff is part of jgerman history. now on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, he tells us what it's like. the war against isis may be
forcing an almost unimaginable alliance. after severaling tie morse than 35 years ago, source says the u.s. is making overtures to iran with president barack obama writing supreme leader ayatole . jim sciutto has details. >> reporter: the communications have been necessary because the u.s. and iran are now operating in the same spaces against a common enemy, isis. as a result, quote, accommodations must be made indirectly, this official said. this includes airspace management so that u.s. and iranian aircraft do not conflict while carrying out military operations in the same airspace. the u.s. is also reaching out to iran via the white house. president obama addressing a led to the supreme leader last month, saying that the u.s. and iran have shared interests in fighting isis. but the prospects for cooperation hinged on resolving
the nuclear issue. >> obviously we understand that they have concerns about the threat of isil which they have expressed as well, but i would not look at it as a path to a different type of coordination. >> reporter: on working with iran, republican leaders are skeptical. >> i don't trust the iranians. i don't think we need to bring them into this. and i would hope that the negotiations that are under way are serious negotiations. but i have my doubts. >> reporter: the new outreach to iran comes as the u.s. takes military action not just against isis, but the al qaeda-tied khorasan group. central to the khorasan's groups to attack the u.s. his skill concealing explosives inside personal electronics such as cell phones with the intention of smuggling them on to u.s. commercial aircraft helped spark u.s. air strikes against the group's hideouts in
syria, including a series of strikes thursday which appeared to have killed him. u.s. intelligence officials still consider the threat eminent and in its final stages. the u.s. and the west have been cracking down hard on foreign fighters making their way to iraq and syria to join isis and other extremist groups. now interpol telling the ap that to get around those increased controls, some fighters may be taking cruise ships to turkey and then crossing the border into iraq and syria. the latest estimates say that as many as a thousand foreign fighters a month making it to the battlefield there. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. >> and as jim mentioned, any cooperation with iran hinges on the nuclear issue and the deadline to reach a deal is november 24th. just about a month away. now to syria, where a u.s. defense official says that new air strikes appear to have killed a key member of the al qaeda-linked khorasan group. david drusian is described as a french jihadist and a very
skilled bomb maker. he is developing explosives to be smuggled on to planes and officials believe that drugeon has been instrumental in and planning attacks around europe as well. air strikes targeting drugeon back in september failed. paul cruickshank explains what may have changed. >> suggesting the united states has very good intelligence about the movements of khorasan operatives, particularly drugeon suggests they either have a guy inside the group or near the fringes of the group, or they were able to pick up specific electronic transmissions indicating their movements. >> and drugeon is believed to have been in a vehicle hit in a series of five strikes in samada. officials say the strikes also destroyed a suspected bomb factory as well. well, a former u.s. navy s.e.a.l. has broken an unspoken
military rule by claiming he is the shooter who killed osama bin laden three years ago in pakistan. but sources tell cnn that's a tough claim to prove. brian todd has the story. >> reporter: a former navy s.e.a.l. comes forward, saying he is the man who killed osama bin laden. sources in the special operations community tell cnn national security analyst peter bergen robert o'neal claims to be the shooter. he is a decorated s.e.a.l. from montana who now works as a decorated speaker. >> my name is robert o'neal. i was a navy s.e.a.l. for almost 17 years. >> reporter: o'neal told "the washington post" he fired a shot that struck bin laden in the forehead. he died instantly, his skull struck by the first bullet. but s.e.a.l. team 6 sources say another s.e.a.l. fired the fatal shot from the area of the stairs leading to bin laden's floor, as bin laden peered out of the door of his bedroom. >> most of the people in the
s.e.a.l. community i've spoken to say that the night that bin laden was killed, somebody called the point man, who is never going to identify himself publicly was the guy who took the first shot at bin laden and winged him. and then bin laden collapsed on the ground in his bedroom and he was finished off by two other s.e.a.l.s. >> reporter: those two s.e.a.l.s according to bergen's sources robert o'neal and matt bissonnet, who wrote the day no easy day about the raid. simply, a u.s. military official told cnn's barbara starr there was a s.e.a.l. named robert o'neal on the mission but they don't know if he fired the kill shot. bergen acknowledges the scene was confusing. >> it was a night with no moon there was no electricity in the house. it was a helicopter had crashed. there were two or three firefights. these guys were wearing night vision goggles. and the whole event of killing bin laden, my guess took place in ten seconds. >> reporter: the head of the s.e.a.l. command sent a letter in recent days reminding s.e.a.l.s not to break their
code of silence, warning of, quote, judicial consequence if they do. former s.e.a.l. john mcgwire says neither o'neal nor bissonnet should have spoken about the bin laden raid. >> everybody wants to know how special operations folks do things. our enemy wants to know more than we do. and we have to protect future missions and other americans' lives. >> reporter: we tried to reach robert o'neal directly and through his representatives. we could not get him to comment. o'neal told "the washington post" the s.e.a.l.s expected the bin laden compound to be heavily guard and booby-trapped, and said this is the first mission where he thought he would likely be killed. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> and robert o'neal also says he is coming forward now because he is upset about the loss of certain veteran benefits. you heard a little bit there from former s.e.a.l. john mcguire. he is adamant that no one from the elite team should be speaking publicly about the bin laden raid or any other mission for that matter. mcguire doesn't just blame the former s.e.a.l.s who stand to profit from speaking out.
>> we don't talk about the missions and take nothing away from these men. i can not be more -- i cannot respect them any more than i do. we can't talk about what we do. the first problem that starts with the white house in that we should not know the navy s.e.a.l.s are the one who took him out. and that's the first problem. and then the next problem is they should not know how we do it. they should just know that we took care of osama bin laden, and that americans are safer. >> that was former navy s.e.a.l. john mcguire speaking with cnn's erin burnett. who battled ebola and won is speaking. hear amber vinson reflect on her experience with a potentially fatal virus. plus, we're keeping an eye on the situation in jerusalem, which has gotten more and more violent recently. police are hoping this week's protests won't spill over into friday's prayer. that's coming up. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality
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now more bad news for home depot in the wake of a hack that compromised millions of consumers' credit card information, an investigation confirmed that 53 million e-mail addresses were stolen in the same breach of debit and credit card data as well. the company said hackers got into their systems by stealing the user name and passwords of a third party vendor. now one of the american nurses who contracted ebola is talking out about her ordeal. amber vinson says she followed all the rules while caring for ebola patient thomas eric duncan. so how on earth did the texas nurse get the deadly virus? she has absolutely no idea. but she spoke to cnn's don lemon. >> do you know when you came in contact with bodily fluids? do you know when you contracted or how you contracted ebola? >> i have no idea. i go through it almost daily in my mind. like what happened?
what went wrong? because i was covered completely every time. i followed the cdc protocol for donning every time. i never strayed. it is a mystery to me. >> all of the sudden you're following protocol, and then you're friends with nina pham. and then nina pham gets sick. what are you thinking? >> my heart dropped. i -- i was afraid for myself. my first thought was nina's a great nurse. i know her nursing. she follows rules and protocol as closely as i do. if this happened to her, it can happen to me. it rock mid world. >> did you have a mini freak-out? >> i did. >> what did you do? >> and breakdown. i cried. i mean, this is my colleague. and i know what i saw firsthand.
and i know what i thought that the disease process was. and i didn't want that for her. >> we're very glad that she recovered. vinson was declared ebola-free last week after treatment at emory university hospital in atlanta. meanwhile, trials of a second ebola vaccine will begin in switzerland next week. the first results are expected in november. it's the latest in a series of trials involving two different types of ebola vaccines according to the world health organization. international criminal court has opted not to prosecute israel for a raid on a gaza-bound aid ship four years ago. israeli commandos killed eight turks and one american in the operation. the israeli military says it boarded the ship because it violated the country's blockade of gaza. >> there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under
the jurisdiction of the international criminal court were committed on one of the vessels. the mavimamara when israeli defense forces intercepted the flotilla on the 31st of may, 2010. these alleged crimes include notably willful killing, willfully causing serious injury to body and health, and committing outrageous upon personal dignity. however, after carefully assessing all relevant considerations, i concluded that the potential case or cases likely arising from an investigation into this incident would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the court. >> well, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu apologized to turkey last year at the urging of u.s. president barack obama. israeli security forces are keeping a close watch over the
al aqsa mosque in jerusalem as muslims prepare for friday players. on thursday palestinian protesters threw rocks and fireworks at israeli police. he responded with tear gas. now tensions have been running high for the past week over access to a holy site revered by both jews and muslims alike. anne mclaughlin has the story. >> reporter: one of jerusalem's most holy sites, early morning clashes. police use stun grenades and rubber bullets to clear an area outside one of the gates. hours later, there is an attack on a tram station, killing a member of the israeli border police. the police shoot and kill the suspect, 3-year-old ibrahim al acari. israeli security forces say he was a low ranking hamas activist. his widow denies that she says he saw the morning clashes at the al aqsa mosque and decided to act. >> translator: this is our land
and country, and they entered it by force, she says. if i had the chance to do what he did, i would have. now violence surrounds this holy site, known to muslims as the noble sanctuary, and to jews as the temple mount. there are deep suspicions in the muslim community that something could happen to the status quo, which is that jews can visit the site, but they are not allowed to pray there. members of israel's far right want the prime minister to change that. >> we all accept -- expect them to change the rules that jews are not allowed to pray on the mountain. and i think that it's starting now revolution going towards that direction. >> reporter: the government has released a statement saying there will be no change in the status quo on the temple mount. whoever expresses a different opinion is presenting a personal view. in an institute inside the old city, artists have spent years
creating garments and vestibules in the belief that one day a new jewish temple will built on top. it's a belief that has many muslims worried. >> we're not talking at this point about building the temple. is that the dream of the jewish people? yes. so there is no question about that. but what we're talking about right now is to be able to fulfill our religious obligations, to be seen by god in that place and to be able to utter a prayer. >> reporter: some muslims are wary that those jewish players have political motivations. >> unfortunately, the mosque is a playing card with the hands of the israeli political regime. >> reporter: and now scenes like this one right inside the al aqsa mosque are relatively common. the meaning of the word jerusalem is city of peace. these days it's anything but. erin mclaughlin, cnn, jerusalem. >> there have been daily palestinian protests in the
streets of east jerusalem, raising some concern among some people about the possibility of the start of a new intifada. well, still to come on cnn, a major development in the case against a rock star just 24 hours after he was arrested. we're talking about ac/dc we'll have a live report coming up. then the virgin galactic pilot who defied the odds. how petsi ebolt survived the cr.
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the legendary rock group alaska d.c. is no longer facing a charge that he tried to have two men killed. this comes barely 24 hours after phil rudd was arrested in new zealand. cnn correspondent joins me live with details. this is a sudden about-face. it sort of seems to come out of the blue that the charges were suddenly dropped. do we though what the evidence against him was to begin with, and why the charges were suddenly dropped just a day later? >> yeah, it's not entirely clear at this age, zain what the evidence. the police basically levelled the charge against him. he appeared in court. and 24 hours later, the crown solicitor, who got hold of that police file said the crown solicitor's office would be prosecuting the case, looked at the police file and felt there was insufficient evidence to actually charge him with a particular charge of attempting to procure a murder, trying to
acquire a hitman. hopefully the details will begin to emerge over the next couple days there are still two remaining charges. three, in fact, two which are drug possession charges, and one which is a charge of threatening to kill. even that charge which his lawyer says he is maybe going to defend is a charge that could carry a maximum sentence of some seven years. he is going to remain -- he is on bail actually until the 27th of november. he can remain at home during that time. but he will have to reappear in court. so his legal issues over this haven't really gone away. but yes, crucial that that major charge, which shocked many alas fans all over the world. >> in terms of the negative publicity, this was a media whirlwind. what sort of damage is this going to do in the short-term and in the long-term i guess to
the ac/dc brand? >> mr. rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting. a very serious allegation which on any basis was never justified. to be fair to many of the journalists who covered this right from the beginning, they were responding to what they were hearing from the police. that will certainly be their defense of running with the story so to speak. but individually, he certainly had to suffer the consequences. so far as ac/dc goes, they're continuing with the release of their next album. they have this big upcoming tour. and most likely they'll have to find another drummer for it. but interestingly, phil rudd was not at recent photo shoots for
head of all that happening. those photo shoots were at the beginning of october. and he didn't show for those. it could be that there is some history there. but clearly, for ac/dc fans, they hope it will peter down soon. >> i guess the show must go on. manisha tank, we appreciate it. thank you. well interest, one mystery to another, one of the pilots who manned the virgin galactic ship that crashed last week defied incredible odds when he survived. cnn's dan simon has more on his escape at 50,000 feet. here he is. >> reporter: it may not be clear yet what exactly brought down spaceship 2. what is clear is the surviving pilot miraculously defied the odds. the spacecraft came apart just seconds after it detached from its mother ship and fired its engines, traveling faster than the speed of sound at 50,000
feet with a temperature about 70 degrees below zero. somehow pilot peter siebold managed to escape with just a shoulder injury. dr. robert cheney is an expert in high altitude medicine. >> why didn't he pass out? and if he did for a minute or two, did he then regain his facilities and be able to save himself with ejecting into his chutes? >> questions that will likely be posed by the ntsb, which is investigating the crash. 39-year-old copilot mike alsbury did not survive, his body found in the wreckage which spanned more than 30 miles. it's still unclear how siebold escaped, but his coworkers describe his escape as something out of a movie script, saying siebold found himself flying through the air while still attached to his ejection seat. when he spotted the chase plane, he managed to give the pilot inside a thumbs-up. and then unbucked himself at about 17,000 feet, deploying his
parachute. >> for you to be exposed at 50,000 feet for any duration of time is a very severe condition. because it's a really hostile environment. >> reporter: art thompson was the technical project director for red bull stratus. the amazing feat of engineering that allowed skydiver felix baumgardner to jump from the edge of space. thompson knows the dangers as well as anyone and finds it surprising that virgin galactic pilots don't wear pressurized suits. >> at least for the flight test portions of the flights, because you run the risk of something like this happening. >> what do you think enabled him to survive? >> he came down to a lower altitude very quickly is really what probably saved his life. >> reporter: of course, siebold was up higher than that and at a minimum most experts would expect a person to lose consciousness.
doctors say he was also at risk for developing a brain hemorrhage, making his survival all the more remarkable. in fact, he has already been released from the hospital. >> yeah, lucky escape there for peter siebold. our thoughts and prayers do go out to mike alsbury. dan simon reporting there. next, as the berlin went down, his popularity went up. yes, i'm talking about david hasselhoff. we'll look at germany's strange love affair with the hoff. also ahead, a man who saw both sides of the north korean regime and lived to tell the tale. that's coming up. fifteen percent or more fifon car insurance.d save you everybody knows that. well, did you know certain cartoon characters should never have an energy drink? action! blah-becht-blah- blublublub-blah!!! geico®. introducing the birds of america collection. fifty stunning, hand-painted plates, commemorating the state birds of our proud nation. blah-becht-blah- blublublub-blah!!!
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i'm zain asher. here are your headlines. a u.s. defense official says a key member of the al qaeda-linked khorasan group appears to have been killed in syria. david drugeon is described as a top bomb maker. he was apparently killed in a series of air strikes that also destroyed a suspected bomb factory. in the war on isis, sources say the u.s. is trying to open channels with iran, and that president barack obama has actually written a letter to the supreme leader ayatollah khamenei about it. it's not necessary to pursue any joint military action, but to prevent conflict between american and iranian operations against isis. and investigators are looking into the crash of an army national guard helicopter near boise, idaho. two crewmembers on board the apache helicopter were killed. a spokesman says the soldiers were on a routine training mission when the helicopter went down. and union organizers in brussels are urging protesters to refrain from violence after
this happened on thursday. a few hundred protesters clashed with police after a larger peaceful demonstration over austerity measures. union members are angry over moves that include raising the retirement age, freezing wages, and cutting health budgets. they say the money can be found elsewhere. they're promising weekly protests through mid-december, along with a nationwide strike. and meanwhile in germany, a strike by train drivers is threatening to disrupt this weekend's celebrations marking the fall of the berlin wall. cnn has the story. >> reporter: as germany gets ready to mark the anniversary, there is a strike going on by train drivers. by all accounts it's the largest ever strike by train drivers. it's supposed to last for 91 hours. it started thursday and will go all the way until monday morning.
what is going on is that the train drivers want 5% more money, and they also want to work shorter hours. deutsch bahn, the german railway says it cannot agree to that. this labor dispute has been going on for months there have been strikes by the train drivers in the past but the effects of those were fairly minor. so far, however, the effects of this particular strike have been immense. in berlin alone today, a lot of traffic going into the city. the other thing that is compounding that as well is four of the celebrations, there is already barricades being set up around places like the brandenburg gate where the wall used to stand for the celebrations to take place. you have less capacity on the road and also a lot less going on all the rail lines. which means that more people are using their cars. it's a big issue, and such a big issue, that the german government as well as the mayor of berlin has launched an appeal to the train drivers asking them not to strike on sunday, which
is the main event of the celebration for that 25th anniversary for the fall of the wall. however, the head of the train drivers union says he has no intention of calling off the strike, and says he wants to follow through. cnn, berlin. >> and two million people are expected to be in berlin for the anniversary of the fall of the wall. let's hope they're not all stranded. well, 25 years ago, u.s. tv star david hasselhoff famously climbed on top of the wall and sang to a large audience of newly reunited east and west germans. now as the anniversary approaches, he speaks to cnn's hala gorani about that moment that made him a part of history. >> reporter: around the world, david hasselhoff is known for a couple of things. "baywatch," of course, and talking to a smart car on the '80s show "knightrider." but in germany -- ♪
the hoff is famous for something else as well. the american singer who lit up his leather jacket and belted out "looking for freedom," a song that became somewhat of an anthem in divided berlin. i caught up with hasselhoff on the set of a new tv show in london. >> i knew the night i sang, other than the birth of my children, it would be the highlight of my life. >> reporter: how do you explain your appeal in germany? it's one of these things. your name is often preceded by the sentence, he's big in germany. why? >> it's gone through every kind of change or portal you could think of. it's gone from being respected to being laughed at to being humiliated to being revered. some people in east germany were
calling "looking for freedom" their hymn because they were looking for help. >> reporter: the '90s heartthrob actor that came to be associated with a certain kind of sappy soft rock says he is still passionate about berlin. last year he joined demonstrators protesting to preserve a section of the wall, even treating them to a rendition of that song. ♪ i've been looking for freedom, i've been looking so long ♪ >> reporter: and now he is fronting a special national geographic documentary, hasselhoff versus the berlin wall marking the anniversary. >> nat geo called me and said would you host behind the berlin wall? and i said absolutely. so i got to go into east berlin into the stazi prison camps where they had over 200,000 people interrogated at times. it was unbelievable. >> reporter: the people he met still seemed to remember his
song, he said. >> in east germany, our hymn, our hymn. >> reporter: but does he, as some have reported feel he was instrumental in the wall coming down? in other words, does he deserve more credit for all of this? so you felt like you did your part there? i mean you felt -- what do you think your part was? >> my part was i happened to be a guy singing a song about freedom, you know. and it was an opportunity to be a part of history. and why not? and to celebrate freedom. i was just happened to be at the right place at the right time with the right song. this is a once in a lifetime event. and i knew it was going to be pretty amazing. >> reporter: a night a quarter century ago that for the hoff sounds like it could have been yesterday. >> it's a little small for me now. but it still works. 25 years later. ♪ i've been looking for freedom ♪
>> reporter: hala gorani, cnn, london. >> that song "looking for freedom" was number one for eight weeks in the former west germany back in 1989. i can not believe that jacket still works, by the way. cnn was of course there when the berlin wall fell when the political landscape of europe changed from the baltics to the balkans. and we're there now to see what exactly has changed since then and where you can still see signs of that bygone era. join jim clancy and hala gorani for special reports live from berlin. cnn has coverage all weekend long, kicking off at 1700 central european time on friday. well would love for you to join us. well, we move now to weather. one year after typhoon haiyan visited the philippines, we'll visit a rebuilding effort. introducing the citi® double cash card. it lets you earn cash back when you buy and again as you pay.
welcome back, everyone. i'm zain asher. i'm glad to be with you at this hour. now that he is apparently walking on his own again, is kim jong un following in his father's footsteps? a former bodyguard for the late kim jong il, his late dad fears the younger kim may outpace his father's cruelty. he saw and survived both sides of the regime. paula hancocks has the story. >> reporter: not for the weak hearted or weak-headed. this is boot camp for north korea's military elite, ultimate discipline, strength of body and
mind over matter. basic qualifications to protect those at the top. he was bodyguard for the late kim jong il for ten years just before he took over as leader. he says he went through very similar training. why is this important, to be able to break tiles with your head? why does this matter? >> translator: a handgun doesn't win a war. taekwando serves nothing but the spirit. it's being used to develop loyalty. they're trying to make them think that by training like this they can beat the u.s. military. lee says his training was also ideological, brainwashing him to make him think kim jong il was a god. he describes what he refers to as the two faces of the former leader. when he is happy, he says, he will give goldbars to people. when he is not, it doesn't matter how loyal you are, he could kill you in an instant. his advisers were too scared to tell him the truth about the
country. sometimes they would even run away when they saw him coming and hide in the grass. to survive, he says they would flatter him. lee says kim jong il was cruel. he sent one senior official to a concentration camp for once using his private elevator and ashtray. the official died there, according to lee. but he fears his son, kim jong un, who he met many times when he was a small boy may be even more brutal. kim jong un ended up killing his uncle. as power was handed down to the third generation, it became crueller. it is loyalty but fake, based on fear. after he was caught trying to escape north korea in 1994, lee was sent to the infamous political camp. he says he survived five years of starvation and torture just so he could tell the world what his former boss was really like, a man who experienced the two extremes of north korean life and survived to tell the tale. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul.
>> many thanks to paula hancocks for that report. well, this weekend marks one year since typhoon haiyan tore through central philippines. we all remember it. the official death toll was 6,000. this was one of the worst storms on record, by the way. about one thousand people remain missing and are presumed dead. and more than four million were displayed by the storm. cnn's meteorologist looks back at haiyan's path of destruction. >> it took only five days for haiyan to strengthen from a weak tropical depression to the strongest landfalling storm in recorded history. it all began on the 3rd of november in the open waters of the western pacific. it encountered extremely warm surface temperature, topping out at 30 degrees celsius. and the upper-level winds were extremely weak. these ingredients created the perfect atmosphere for a colossal storm. in the early morning of the 8th, it made landfall in gyan, with estimated winds of 315 kilometers per hour and gusts,
believe it or not, to 380. as the storm continued to move across land, thousands in its wake, we also found our very own cnn crew right in the path of the storm. >> where we are standing at the moment, we're about 1.5 kilometers away from the beach. >> andrew stevens and his crew continued to report live until the winds grew so strong, they could not broadcast a satellite signal. and then the winds blew out all the windows. but with the damage winds came the rising seas. tacloban, positioned in such a way that the storm surge funneled north with a wall of water five meters high, slamming into the city like a tsunami. when you compare that to a tall building, that means the water would reach up to at least the third story of the building. and even though andrew and the crew were further inland, they experienced a storm surge too that flooded the entire first story of their hotel. as the storm moved across the philippines with several landfalls, it has other plans. it continued.
days later another landfall in southern china. but twitz philippines that remained the hardest hit. up and down the philippine coast, the landscape was changed forever. it caused similar scenes to hurricane katrina and hurricane camille in the united states. but let's break it down. katrina lost its intensity rapidly before landfall. winds only sustained about 205 kilometers per hour. sure, there was a deadly storm surge in the state of mississippi, a levee failure that flooded the city of new orleans in 2005. it's extremely rare for tropical cyclones to make landfall at their peak intensity. however, the benchmark historically, hurricane camille, topping out at 305 kilometers per hour when it made landfall in the southern u.s. in 196. a record that would stand for years until a year ago when super typhoon haiyan hits the philippines as the strongest storm to make landfall anywhere in the world. meteorologist tom sater, cnn, atlanta. >> yeah, that storm broke a lot of records. and last week the filipino
government approved a nearly $4 billion reconstruction plan and help cannot come soon enough for the thousands of families still waiting for permanent housing. a lot of people are in temporary shelters still. a bit earlier he spoke to me from tacloban live to show us the challenging conditions there one year on. >> this was built by the philippine government. 255 families live here, and they share everything here. they share a common water supply. this is where they take their baths and get their drinking water. they say it's good to drink. they live in houses like these. these are 18 to 100 square feet inside. and they're made of light material. this is 1/4-inch plywood. and the roofs are made of corrugated gi sheeting. these houses get very hot in the summer and get very noisy in the middle of a downpour in the monsoon season.
they share an open wood-fired kitchen as well, and meals are cooked here almost 24 hours a day. it takes a lot to feed 255 families. one thousand families are in resettlement areas such as this. some of it built by the philippine government. and the others built by nongovernment organizations like the united nations, the chu chu foundation, organizations from the united states, germany, norway, japan. they're all here. they have been here since days after typhoon haiyan blew in. and they're still here. they say they won't leave until the job is done. and the philippine government like you were saying has a master plan worth $3.8 billion, roughly $4 billion. that will be in place some time in 2015. and the government says, i was speaking to the press secretary a little while ago. he says we're going to see a massive reconstruction and
rehabilitation effort starting next year. the president signed the master plan on october 29 just a few days ago. right now people are wishing for more on the ground, people want small businesses. they want small loans to get their lives back on track. >> that was jing man sisi. that typhoon was just crazy. let's talk about the weather. now we had storms in nice just a couple days ago. that has moved across the mediterranean. we're seeing hail stones in italy, derek. take it away. >> very active across the mediterranean to say the least. and flooding rainfall from points of italy into france, as you already mentioned. we have visuals in just a second. >> the vacation hot spots. not too nice in rome at the moment, although it is going to improve going forward into the future. we had rainfall from austria topping 330 millimeters over the past 48 hours, or 72 hours.
croatia experiencing some of that heavy rainfall as well. and some of the moisture created hail stones 3 centimeters wide in rome. that was not the only problem in rome. take a look at some of the visuals coming out of that region. one of my favorite locations. the coliseum in ancient rome, flooded by roadways. minor flooding i should say. but it did manage to close some of the schools throughout that region. causing several millimeters of rainfall and certainly a nuisance to the residents and some of the tourists. let's get back to the graphics and talk what is next for this region. low-pressure system across southern italy. that did spawn off a few tornadoes earlier in the week near sicily. that is headed eastward toward the balkan peninsula. we've got the possibility of heavy rain and even severe weather. you can see that low-pressure system just churning across this region. damaging winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. that shading of red, that's really the bulls-eye where we're
expecting it into friday evening. we're also monitoring an active weather pattern across the united kingdom, the northwestern parts of europe at the moment getting inundated with cold front after cold front after cold front. and that is also caused some delays at the airports. you can see amsterdam expecting windy conditions this afternoon. 30 to 45 delays. i want to talk about north america and what was the remnants of typhoon niri which was to impact japan, but that's moved away quickly. now it's become a tropical storm as it moves throughout the bering strait. it's going to deepen and strengthen. look how deeply packed together. those are isobars which indicates to meteorologists this is a particularly strong storm. but what it's going to do is it's going to draw in ridges and very steep troughs in the upper-level steering winds of our storm system that the jet stream. and that's basically fans weatherman that it will be very cold over the eastern half of the u.s. and very warm over the west. that's all in the weather
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