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new, more reliable equipment for your home. and a new culture built around customer service. it all adds up to our most reliable network ever. one that keeps you connected to what matters most. thanks for joining us. we continue our coverage of the devastating storm in texas. i'm cyril vannier. >> and i'm natalie allen. tropical storm harvey is being blamed for two deaths. >> in houston, officials are warning of potential catastrophic flooding. 8 inches have already fallen on the city. and police confirm that a woman
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was killed after being swept away by floodwaters on saturday. >> a flash flood emergency is now in effect for the houston area. the city's mayor is urging people to stay home, stay off the roads. >> the streets are treacherous. it makes absolutely no sense for on anyone to be out on the road unless it's an emergency. the safest place is in your home. but be reminded, this is a four or five day event, not a one day event. not a two day event. these rain bands will come and go and it's important for everyone to do their jobs. >> let's talk more about the situation in a people in hus tonight face. danny perez is the spokesman for the text department of transportation. he's on the phone with us. thanks so much. we just heard the mayor urging people to stay in, stay off the
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roads. are they doing that? >> we had some instances early on when folks were out on the roadway, i guess they thought that it was clear, that the storm -- it was an incoming system and people were on the road and now we have folks that are stuck on elevated portions of our freeways, but also folks that have run into the high water. we've had multiple rescues throughout the city. so we've had pretty much in the houston area, but issues in other parts of our district including galveston county. but the system just keeps coming, keeps bringing a lot of rain and we're just working really hard to keep folks safe. also letting people know that
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turn around don't drown, avoid high water. and best thing to do is to stay off the roads. >> sir, we just heard the mayor of houston saying that his time frame when he's looking at this is some five days. just to be clear, are you asking people to stay home for five days? because staying at home for a few hours is one thing, but five days requires logistics, food, water, power. that is a lot harder. >> yeah, early on the mayor, all the partners involved in the houston area, including the texas department of transportation, we asked folks to get supplies, be prepared and have a plan. so that was something that folks were urged to do early on. because this was not going to be a short event even though we didn't get the main impact of the hurricane like our friends to the south of us. but we knew there would be major
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impacts to our area. so folks were urged to plan ahead and be prepared. and a lot of folks did that, but now we're in a pattern where we have multiple days of rain. the systems are overwhelmed as far as the flooding -- the water systems that carry the water away. but our roads are obviously major corridors for folks not only for the traveling public, but also for first responders. so we're working with all our partners, whether transportation partner, law enforcement partners, we're here at houston transtar and working with all our partners regularly working with them. so it's a major effort and we'll get through it together. >> absolutely. we can appreciate when you talk about six counties and all the doord nation you are having to do with people under duress, there will be emergency, people are calling 911 if they are
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having an emergency. you have to the resources to get to people with all of this flooding? >> with multiple agencies, that's why we come together. all the different agencies come together early on. we were prepared for an event of this magnitude. we have resources across the state for instance for the texas department of transportation and working with the department -- not only within our agency, but also with other agencies partnering agencies and agencies such as the department of public safety and different agencies and coordinating early on. we've had events in the past that we've learned from and we've definitely implemented those policies to make sure that we're keeping folks safe. but it's really important for the traveling public to help with that effort to keep themselves safe. even if you get high water in your area, it's probably best to
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stay put as opposed to getting on the road what ybecause the r are extremely dangerous at this time. >> we know you have a lot of work to do. we thank you so much for the information and encouraging people to couldn't the best they can. danny perez for us there. thank you. let's turn now to karen maginnis to talk more about what they face in houston and those outlying areas. >> all right. we just took a look at this in the weather department. we have meteorologists galore that have been looking at the different computer models. and i want to show you the european model. the north american model is in fair agreement with this. all right. here is austin, san antonio. an area of low pressure, harvey, and then swings back around to houston. we go from sunday into next saturday. here we go again. let's play it again. low pressure, swings out into the gulf of mexico, swings back
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again across houston. we could see record rainfall, we already have in some areas, but epic. this looks to be a situation where all the emergency management people in the world will be struggling to keep things together. you can imagine all the resources that will have to be pulled in across this region to take care of things. i want to point out one other thing. look at this band. it's about to move into houston that has already seen record rainfall. we have another band which is across the area right now. and then there is moisture being tapped from the gulf. and this area between hus to have been and galveston along interstate 45 seems to be the key area that we're he focussing in on, at least i am, as far as the heavy rainfall is concerned. you are looking at flooded roads, flooded interstates, flooded subdivisions, all of the
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suburbs around houston like katy, sugarland, pearl land, galveston are looking at monumental flooding. they are saying the middle and lower clear creek, they have seen almost 21 inches in 24 hours and we're not done. and record flood along the buffalo bayou. i had to get those in. i know i'm out of town. buffalo bayou runs right through houston and they are saying record flooding on that. so i'll be back towards the bottom of the hour and give you another update. >> i think we both can appreciate you were struggling for words to try to impress it upon -- you never struggle for words -- epic, we'll stick with that and what will happen. thank you. joining me now to share her story is shan tell cleveland, a rockport resident currently in corpus christi. she sent into us pictures of her home that has been largely
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destroyed. chantal, can you describe what we're seeing in these pictures? >> yeah. so i really didn't expect the storm to gets a large as it was. it was originally projected to be a depression. finally convinced my stubborn parents to evacuate to corpus christi. we came back into rockport this morning at the crack of dawn. i didn't know what to expect. i know that i was as driving into rockport, the homes were becoming more and are more destroyed. finally i pulled into the driveway to see the roof of one of our homes gone. so we really couldn't get into the driveway because it was inundated with water. >> we see the water on the pictures. >> yeah, so i just ran into my home. i thought i was going to need the key to open the door and i didn't even need it because it was broken, there was sheet
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rock, insulation everywhere. about two feet of debris. our stuff was covered in it. we didn't expect the storm to get this big, so we only packed a couple changes of clothes when we came to corpus christi. it quickly got stronger, a category 4. so you can see our homes, they have been demolished. sadly we had tenants living in the other three. so they will have to come home to destroyed homes as well. completely gutted, you know. just debris upon debris. but we aren't the only ones that are experiencing this. our whole town, community is. >> what is the prospect for your house? it looks totally destroyed. >> yes. you know, i didn't really expect that to happen. we have the casual routine where i get home from work, rockport is a beautiful community, a lot
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of people visit it. we rely heavily on tourists. so i'm kind of sad to see what is to come. >> how long have you lived there? have you experienced any weather events similar to this? >> no. i've lived in rockport my whole life. so 24 years. and my parents have lived there since the '70s and they have experienced hurricanes, and tropical depressions, but they have never left. they wanted to brave this one through and i'm so glad they didn't because as you can see in the pictures, there are just -- >> that clearly would have been very dangerous for anyone in that house. >> yeah, and it breaks my heart because a large percentage of my community stayed to brave it through. >> have you spoken to your neighbors? >> they evacuated. our ten nachbts evacuated.
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but rockport is such a small community. we all know each other. i know there are a lot of people asking for people to drive by their relatives' home just to make sure they are still there, people that haven't spoken to their relatives in 24 hours. so we're really going to need aid, we will need aid to come and help us find our family members and hopefully they are okay. this is catcatastrophic. >> are you telling me there are family members that you have not been able to get in touch with yet? >> not personally. i've heard from friends that there are family members that might be -- that they can't get a hold of and that might be because of the power or just -- i know when i was coming in, i couldn't get phone service. and it's hard because we can't really get into rockport. it's not safe for us to get into rockport right now. so we definitely are going to need as much help as we can get to get back on our feet and make
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sure our loved ones are safe. i mean this is serious. and we hear about these hurricanes happening in other coastal communities, but i don't think we truly knew the magnitude of it until you're actually in it and you get home and all of your stuff is just gone, your home is gone. and those are just things. we're happy to be safe, we're happy to be alive, but this is obviously going to be a lot of rebuilding and i'm scared right now for what is to come, but i'll tell you that our community is being very supportive and everybody isn't with aing to help. and so that is reassuring. but we're definitely going on to need help to rebuild our community and the surrounding areas. >> yeah, it shows. no doubt about that when we see those pictures. thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. and i know as well you have power issues where you are now in corpus christi. all the powerer li elines are d.
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>> yeah, i'm charging my phone in my car right now. so we are all just trying to get through this and it will take time. but if people can just help us in any way they can, that would be wonderful. >> we appreciate you putting your message out there. thank you very much. >> very sweet young woman there. we wish her and her family and all her neighbors the best as they push on. and as we push on here, the controversial pardon of former arizona sheriff joe arpaio may have been in the works even before arpaio went to trial. we'll have new details for you coming up here. you don't let anything lkeep you sidelined. come on! that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein, and 26 vitamins and minerals...
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one day after president trump pardoned the controversial sheriff joe arpaio, we're now learning mr. trump took a personal interest in this case before it even went to trial. >> that is according to the "washington post".president reportedly asked the u.s. attorney general jeff sessions about dropping the case, however mr. sessions told mr. trump it would be inappropriate to interfere. >> the pardon was just one of several major developments, all h overshadowed by the hurricane. more from athena jones. >> reporter: several big headlines in the last couple of days. among them the departure of aide
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sebastien gorka. he was a counterterrorism adviser to the president and he was dismissed on friday. he says he resigned. white house officials say otherwise. and gorka now a list of aides who have left in the last month or so. we're talking about press secretary sean spicer, chief of staff reince priebus, chief strategist steve bannon, now sebastien gorka joining that list. i should nould note that after departure of bannon, sources said that gorka was on thin ice. he was part of the nationalist wing of the west wing led by steve bannon and so it is perhaps not too surprising to see him now on out of the white house. but perhaps the biggest most controversial news coming out of the white house in the last couple of days is the president's decision to pardon former maricopa county sheriff
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joe arpaio of arizona. let's remind our viewers that he was convicted of contempt for ignoring a court on order to stop racial profiling. he and his department had been stopping latinos on suspicion that they might be undocumented. the sheriff was ordered to stop doing that and he continued to do so for more than a year longer and was convicted just at the end of july. he was set to be sentenced in october and could have faced up to six months in prison. but the president has stepped into pardon him and now the "washington post" is reporting that even before arpaio's trial began last spring, the president spoke with his attorney general jeff sessions to ask whether it was possible for the government to drop the case against arpaio. the president was advised that would be inappropriate and so he let the case go to trial. but it seems clear now that the president at least according to this report had been thinking
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when pardoning his ally sheriff arpaio for some time. here is how are arpaio responded to that news. >> i know it came from his heart. two years ago i supported him for and i always said regardless of pardon or no pardon, i'd be with him to the end. >> reporter: so there you heard a grateful arpaio. but the president's decision has received criticism from members of his own party including arizona's two republican senators and speaker of the house paul ryan all raising questions about this move by the president that could potentially send a message to trump allies that it's okay to violate citizens constitutional rights and to ignore court orders if you are a trump ally. back to you. >> let's talk more about it now with professor of international
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politics at city university of london to get an international perspective. first of all, i want to get your reaction to the fact that president trump allowed this pardon of this controversial former sheriff. >> well, he didn't lou iallow i organized it. so two things i would say mainly. one is about the rule of law and what president trump thinks of that, and the second is to do with the whole issue of race following charlottesville and the phoenix ralgly ly as well. so i think it suggests that president trump has a very ambiguous idea about the rule of law. it didn't appear to apply to him, his ally, possibly his family and friends and so on. and in-it's his definition of what is an american hero is up at stake here, too. and that is that this person has basically been found in con tempt of court, but he has also been an ally in the birther movement which president trump -- candidate trump was
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part of and i think he's willing to see that as an act of heroai row and courts have declared to be racist. >> yes, the birther movement was completely false as we know. and you mentioned the issue of race right after charlottesville. race is a contentious issue in this country right now. president trump did this for his ally, but bigger picture, what will it mean perhaps to his presidency beyond the base which he so seems to protect above all else? >> i think this really does what has been going on for quite some time now, and that is among every grouping within american society, within the american electorate, wherever you may be in terms of rust belt or other, whether you aare black or white or male and female and so on,
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basically his support is eroding amongst those people who are not particularly strongly supportive. so the strongly supported group is getting smaller and smaller. so he is trying to cling on to it as much as you can by playing this particular card. henoe knows it plays well. and it sets the agenda of racism versus diversity. and that actually aligns another part that the economic nationalist part of the program appears on to be dropped. so those tax rises for rich people, reductions for less rich people, poorer people, that is off the agenda now. so i think that he's clinging on through the race card and i think that is not having a very good effect overall. but yet the republican party leadership has yet to repudiate him even though they passed the resolution this weekend about white supremacist being against republican party principles, it is quite something in 2017 to
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have to say that about your own political party. >> speaker ryan did come out and say he absolutely disagrees with this president pardoning arpaio. i want to ask you, it seems no matter what the reaction is to the decisions president trump makes which so many disagree with, that he remains unfazed by the reaction. >> yes. i think he has a very powerful sense of self, that he is right, that he knows what is good for america, and he knows what powers or generally speaking he seems to know what powers he has and he's willing to exercise them. he is in many ways quite a rare personality i expect. he is able to be almost independent of so much, but i think this taps in to something really important, which i think is still being debated about what does this presidency really
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aim to do and achieve. what would there be idea -- their ideas of being success. and i have a feeling that president trump is actually building a mass base outside of the republican party possibly to split the party or to create a new one, but i think his idea of success is to rally those forces outside and actually sort if you like company here them into a new block which is going to be a sort of white identity, white power sort of politics which is going to effectively be a permanent he feature of the land ska sca scape. i expect that is what is holding him together and his administration appears to be principally focused around campaigning for that. that distracts from things that he fought about, he fought about empowering the ordinary people, taking power away from wall street, not having a global military policy of intervention. all of that has been lost. he seems to now be saying this
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is how i'm going to coagulate my base, it's about statues and our history and country chur and i think sheriff arpaio's pardon plays into all of those kinds of themes. i expect this is what his presidency will really mean in the longer run. >> actions speak louder than words, don't they. thank you so much for your insight. we appreciate it. we'll take a short break, but when we come back, the houston, texas area still bracing for devastating floods as tropical storm harvey continues to deliver a deluge of rain. much more on the storm after the break. un-stop right there! i'm about to pop a cap of "mmm fresh" in that washer with unstopables in-wash scent boosters by downy. because this scent lasts up to 12 weeks, which is longer than any relationship i've ever been in. freshness for weeks! and life's beautiful moments.ns get between you
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welcome back. thanks for being with us. i'm cyril vanvanier. >> and i'm natalie allen. texas is reeling from what has become tropical storm harvey as officials warn of potentially historic floods in the next few days. at least one person was killed in the town of rockport, the city's mayor reports widespread devastation. >> one woman was killed after being swept away by floodwaters in houston. a flash flood emergency has been issued in that area. and police say they are receiving multiple requests for high water rescues that has come in during the overnight hours. our meteorologist who is usually here with us is in victoria, texas right now. derek van dam. and you were saying earlier that the language you're seeing from the national weather service is
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some of the most dire that you have witnessed before. tell us about that. >> yeah, you're right. in fact the national weather service using wording just like this, flash flood emergency for catastrophic life threatening flooding. that is for the greater houston area. where i'm standing, victoria, texas, has also had a rough, rough past 24 hours. what you are looking at behind me is the guadeloupe river currently at moderate flood stage, but by tuesday, this is going to be a different story. once the rain starts to filter in across this region, it has nowhere else to go but up. remember water seeks its own level. we're expecting major flood stage by tuesday afternoon of this week right where i'm standing. now, across this area, it's not only the flood, it's also been the strong winds. we know that harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane, but we also know that as it moves inland, it has strong winds, as well.
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in victoria, we're about 30 miles away from the shore line from the gulf of mexico, and the damage here is equivalent to roughly a category 1 hurricane. so we saw trees completely snapped over, awnings, roofs of houses, minor structural building collapses and certainly electricity has been lost across the area. utility companies are trying to reassess that situation andb bring back electricity to it's customers. bus the but there is record flooding taking place in houston and we have some images of the swift water rescues. dozens it not hundreds taking place as we speak right now as over 22 inches of rain have fallen in a 24 hour period. that is over 575 millimeters of
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rainfall. this is particularly southeastern sections of houston. that is where we've been hit the hardest with those feeder bands that just bring in moisture from the gulf of mexico and produce significant amount of rain in a short period of time. that is where we have the life threatening flash flooding taking place. in fact we have seen water levels surpass the 500 year level already. and just putting this all into perspective, there was one point where we had five simultaneous tornado warnings in and around houston, an extreme flood emergency and all of this occurring at nighttime. how can one city cope with that. back to you. >> absolutely. derek, thank you so much. and houston will be in it for the next few days. people watching want to help those affected by the storm, you can visit let's move on to the other side of the world now. tough talk from the u.s. doesn't appear to be stopping north korea. the u.s. says pyongyang fired
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three more missiles on saturday as the u.s. and south korea were holding war games. >> north korea also ran images ever its own military drills on state media. they appear to show north korean leader kim jong-un overseeing -- this isn't whatever you're seeing. this is it now from north korea. it appears to show him overseeing a special forces operation. the exercises look like they simulate a strike on south korean islands. this is from north korea. i was mistaken. >> will ripley is the only western journalist currently in north korea a country he knows very well. and will, from a military standpoint, the missile launch that we saw on saturday was nowhere near some of the recent testing of entintercontinental ballistic missiles. but the recent launch on saturday does come at a very sensitive time. what is your read of it? >> reporter: absolutely right.
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because keep in mind that launch on july 29th right at the end of the month was highly significant. it showed that north korea has missiles in its arsenal that could potentially reach the mainland united states possibly with a miniaturized nuclear warhead. over the weekend, it was shorter range ballistic missiles, the kinds they have fired dozens of times on the orders of kim jong-un, they traveled 250 kilometers, falling into the waters off japan. that is a pretty typical trajectory. but theoretically they could strike all of metropolitan seoul. any major u.s. military bases in south korea within striking range. and the north koreans here in pyongyang say they are still not ruling out the high will he provocative test that they talked about when there was the war of words a few weeks ago with president trump. he was threatening fire and fury like the world has never seen. they were talking about a detailed plan to fire an intermediate range missile over japan and bring it down less
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than 30 kilometers from guam, home to andersen air force base and more than 160,000 u.s. citizens. what this military activity right now indicates is simply north korea's anger about the ongoing joint military drills that you talked about in the intro there that are happening just miles from where i'm standing in south korea. those drills always infuriate pyongyang, they always make this regime very angry, and so you see these images that look very similar, military drills happening in north korea like the special forces operation with the commandos simulating what looks like an attack on south korean highland, islands that have been in the crosshairs of violence just within the last six or seven years. and so the concern is that the rhetoric combined with these military activities could lead to some sort of a misstep that could escalate the situation here on the peninsula. >> will, great to speak to you. thank you very much. we'll want to speak to you more over the coming days and get your assessment of the perception and how things are
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being understood and assessed in north korea after that war of words that you were describing between kim jong-un and donald trump. thank you very much for speaking to us. coming up here, we'll turn back to the storm in texas and one particular story about a lost dog and a man trying to chase the storm. that is coming up. >> i stopped to gas and this guy was following me. they're learning resilience, and tenacity. here's to the moms who show their kids that every step -even a misstep- is a step forward. another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair
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flooding there. >> reporter: wanted to show you we are just west of the gulf freeway and pretty of the the end of the road for us and a lot of other people because they have the road essentially shut down. look at this neighborhood behind me, this is near woodridge and telephone road. i can't tell you the name of the neighborhood, but i can you the people who live there, a lot are evacuating on foot, some are in a metro bus that just happened to be parked nearby on until they can get people out of their homes because you can see the water is rising. and this rain is not helping at all. those vehicles there, you can see the water up to halfway up the tire well. i imagine that water is getting into these homes incredibly the power is still on in this neighborhood. and if you look just to the right of that no through truck sign and you see -- i don't know if rudy can see it or not, but
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there is a little white piece of metal, kind of a rounded dome coming out of the water just to the right of that no through truck sign. that is a fire hydrant. that is the top of a hifire hydrant. so i'm guessing the water is a couple feet deep in that spot right now. and again, the rain is a real problem. the loop, you can unable to get by. they are not letting people on to 45 from here, so people are stuck. 18 wheelers, tow trucks, pickup trucks, people have been here -- one gentleman told me he'd been here for three hours just waiting because he knows he can't get home and he doesn't want to risk it on the loop. even though police tell me that while they are stopping people and turning them around, some are still trying to get through. we're not going to do that. we'll wait here and see how the rain fairs and we'll keep you updated at the waters continue to rise. >> so that gives you a sense of what they are seeing there. and karen maginnis is here to
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tell you if at any time you're thinking about trying to make it through floodwaters, this is not it. >> we've seen it over and over again. all the houston t vchv stations where people come barreling down an interstate or highway only to be abruptly met by maybe not a wall of water, but enough to stop them in their tracks. and they are getting a lot of calls through emergency services wanting people to rescue them from their cars. they say unless your life is in danger, don't call for that reason. there is a tornado watch which is in effect for all of the metro houston area all the way out towards galveston in a portion of louisiana. we kind of fan out a little bit more to show you this radar imagery, the southern edge of the system has kind of eroded away. but don't be fooled, there is still tons of tropical moisture being picked up from the gulf of mexico and another aspect of this is all these bands from the
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south pumping in that moisture, sandwiching in houston to league city, to sugarland, to katy, to pasadena, through the bayous, through clear creek. this is phenomenal. and already intercontinental is closed. it will be a mess. you may want to check with your work to see what happens, church event, all kinds of activities will probably be canceled because of the widespread flooding. we have assistanhave constant u keep it here. >> and of course this is a time when people need too look out for their neighbor. there are always heartwarming stories about people coming together and we have one for you. >> one man found a dog after the storm, but he had no idea who or where the owner of the dog was. and that is when aaron turned to twitter. >> hey guys, i'm on my way back
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to austin from victoria, texas. and i picked up a little passenger here. i stopped for gas and this guy was following me down the road. when i stopped, he jumped into the jeep. i'm trying to get back to austin by 2:00 p.m. so i can pick up my own dogs. they are being boarded and i'd like to get them so i have them for the rest of the weekend. and so i really need help trying to find this guy's owner. i'm calling him harvey. but i need help trying to find his owner. so if you can share the tweet, whatever you have to do to help. found him in runge, texas. thanks. >> aaron is with us, he's a storm chaser based out of austin, texas. it's great to speak to you. and honestly, it brings a little bit of levity to the story. your to wwitter bio says stream
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experiencing severe weather is your passion. so you enjoy this stuff. >> yeah, unlike most other people, it was quite evidence yesterday that i was the only person basically heading toward the coast. i love getting into it, getting into the severe weather. >> so tell me first about the dog. the dog who you originally called harvey in your first video. is he back with the owner now? >> yeah, so i just -- i've only been home for about half an hour. i made a trip down to runge to drop him back off to his owner. >> well, social media worked on that one and congratulations to you. that is pretty impressive. what's the back story? >> yeah, i'm surprised at -- i knew that was probably the best way to get the word out, when you i did not expect how viral that would go. so i found the dog in runge, i had to spend the night in victoria, texas tracking the
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hurricane and i hit up against a parking garage to try to stay out of the ga plea adebris and trying to could trying to conserve my gasoline. and once day break came and hurricane let up a bit, i needed to find a way out of victoria. i did have some spare gas, but i didn't want to dip into the spare gas unless i had to. so i decided to try too-to-find a way out of victoria and i ended up only finding one direction and that was west and that took me to runge where i met cash. >> and he's now back with the owner. i'm sure the owner is glad to have him. look, this has been he very dangerous for a lot of people and will probably continue to be. so a couple questions packed into this. a, why do you do this, b, how do you stay out of danger, how do you know where to go and where not to go. and c, what have you been seeing. what is the most impressive stuff that you've been seeing out there.
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>> yeah, so i've been chasing severe weather this in general for quite a while. and you learn to read radar essentially is what my plain tool was when i was down in the coast. but like my twitter bio says, i love severe weather, that is my passion is experiencing it and feeling it and feeling the rain and the wind hitting you in the face. and so i worked my way down to the coast and i tracked where the hurricane was at. my goal was i didn't want to be on the actual barrier islands or on the coast like in rockport or places that got hammered pretty hard. >> because that is too dangerous? >> yeah, i mean it's definitely a lot more dangerous. and the biggest thing that you are having to deal with there is the storm surge. and i didn't want to have to deal with storm surge. i like to chase tornadoes, and storm surge actually cares me more than tornadoes do. >> and since you're a storm chaser, this is a good question to ask you, have you seen
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anything like this before in that part of texas? >> well, you know, i've been waiting 12 years or even longer since afternoon drew in 1992 to chase a hurricane. i haven't actually fully chased a hurricane like i did yesterday and today. and it was incredible. the winds, the sounds, the desolation because you're the only one on the road and nobody else is around because hopefully most of the people have evacuated. i mean, it's a unique crazy experience. >> i was going to say, you must be bumping into some people who are telling you you're crazy. >> yeah, you know, i don't disagree he with them. >> you've been a very different voice in this news coverage because a lot of people and you can well imagine this, a lot of people are the victims or hoping not to be the victims of this one way or another. and you're actually going out there and chasing this stuff down. so it was great talking to you. good luck to you. thank you.
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>> no problem. thank you. he loves severe weather and he loves dogs. so we love him. >> the storm is sitting there, so he will have hurricanes to his heart's contents. >> coming up here, one of the most hyped boxing matches ever is fine allegation over and we have interest some interesting news about the underdog and what the critics say. uth clean with a less intense taste. so it has the bad breath germ-killing power of this... with the lighter feel... of this. try listerine® zero alcohol™. you don't let anything lkeep you sidelined. come on! that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein, and 26 vitamins and minerals... for the strength and energy, to get back to doing what you love. ensure, always be you.
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