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whoa. >> my son the fisherman. ? i'm from mobile, alabama! i don't want to touch it, though. >> i know. a deadly storm tears through the state of oklahoma. we have the latest on a town waking up to damage. >> president trump starts off his visit to japan with a tweet expressing his confidence in north korea's leader. >> plus -- >> it did come down to life and death and i had to choose. and i chose life. >> a story of survival. she was lost in this hawaiian forest for more than two weeks. we hear from the rescued hiker and talk about her ordeal. >> these stories ahead this hour. welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. live from atlanta, i'm natalee
allen. >> i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. >> we start with the breaking news this is hour in the state of oklahoma, a community devastate the there after a possible tornado that hit overnight. emergency officials say at least two people wrep killed there and multiple premium injured. this after a severe storm ripped through a mobile home park in the town of el rin know. >> near oklahoma city. as you can see in this video, the storm was violent and destructive. rescue crews are searching for injured people in the debris. you see there. a nearby hotel also was heavily damaged, but the owner says all guests are accounted for. one survivor from the mobile home park described account terror as the storm approached. >> i heard it coming. i felt the trailer 80 hit our
trailer. i know trailer 80 flipped over on top of 81 which we were in. and after everything was over with and all the shaking and jarring and everybody landing on the floor, the sirens went off. >> sirens went off a little too late. >> after that all happened. >> so you all were in one trailer. did you hear it copping? what did you see and hear? >> i felt it. i don't know. >> it just got real dark real fast and everything starred shaking violently. >> i told them to hit the floor. >> a trailer park, not a place you want to be when there is a violent storm. derek van dam brings us the latest on what just happened in el reno. derek, let's go to to you first. >> one of the most dangerous places you can be because of the construction quality of a mobile hemo, natalie and george. this is in the middle of the night. this is new footage coming into us from our affiliate and you can just see the complete
devastation of this mobile home and i believe this is the area where they're still going door to door searching for any potential victims. you can see vehicles completely overturned, as well. this is just incredible footage. i'm actually seeing it for the first time myself, as well. i want to get to the details of this storm. and analyze a couple of things so we're all on the same page because this is breaking overnight, and i use the word overnight because this is a nocturnal tornado, a nighttime tornado, yet another one, a devastating tornado 30 miles just west of a very populated part of the united states, oklahoma city, there is in el reno. we took a still grab of the american budget inn hotel just south of interstate 40. it was leveled. it was a two-storiable. we went to google earth and did
a search. this is what the building looked like before the damage. you can see the two-11:building. this is what it looks like after the damage, completely flattened and for anyone inside, you can just imagine the terror they went through overnight as this is tornado struck the region and than particular town. all the social media explanations of the damage on the ground from people on the scene, they talk about vehicles being flipped, roofs being blown off of houses. you saw the leveling of a two-story hotel. well, this is ves consistent to an ef-3 tornado and that is consistent of winds of 136 miles per hour to upwards of 1865 miles per hour. so roofs of some walls torn off well instructed homes completely flattened, trees uprooted. i saw images, we don't have these just yet, but complete 2x4s sent directly through a concrete building still sticking
out the other end. this is a very powerful storm that struck in the middle of the night and it was very short notice. in fact, some of the tweets we're seeing, some of the people on the scene and on ground therein said that they had debris flying around them. and it was only after it became still after the storm passed that the sirens started to air. so remember as we go to bed at nighttime, a lot of us unplug our cellphones. that is the main fox communication when you are indoors, but the tornado sirens in this part of the world are meant for people home are outdoors. so you can just imagine what terror and sheer destruction these people have had to endure on the overnight here in oklahoma. nocturnal tornadoes in oklahoma, about 37% of all of their tornadoes happen at nighttime. that is one of the most frequent things to happen in that part of
the country. the threat going forward now that the severe weather threat has diminished overnight, it is the flash flood of they're the they're paying attention to because this system produced a lot of rainfall in an area that's all sat rayed. not only did we have the tornado threat, now we have to deal with flash flooding. > thank you very much for that information. we want to the go to the el reno. we have him on the line. matt white on the phone for us. matt, thank you so much for giving us the time. we know this is a very tragic evening there or morning in el reno. we've been told there were two fatalities and many injuries. what can you tell us? >> yes, we basically had a tornado strike our community. it would be the southeast side of our community. it hit a hotel, motel area and also a trailer park area along the lines of some businesses
also. so we're trying to pick all the pieces up and assess the daniel at this point in time. our first responders are on the grounds. as we speak, we're been working tirelessly to get everything going. there was an 88 spot trailer home park, mobile home park basicallying about probably 15 spots or maybe a couple more were the ones that got hit the hardest. >> i think that's what we're seeing now. we're seeing aerial footage of what looks like a mobile home park. these people, are they talking about whether they had warning or were they asleep? a mobile home park is never a place you want to be we also know that this hotel that was hit it, all the people there will survived but there's not much left of this hotel either. >> sure. we've been asked that question. it's a nighttime tornado. nighttime tornados are very dangerous. they're very traumatic, they kind of creep up on you.
the main thing issing that we -- the tornado hit at the hotel at 10:31 and the sirens were issued at 10:27 it, the information we have on our call logs now. >> what are emergency crews can reporting back to you as far as if everyone's being accounted for and are there any reports of hospitals of people going thering? >> we have twos fatalities that were there. i've been on the ground here since it happened. the chief of police, the fire chief and myself, some of the first ones on the scene. we're going to be working through the night and we're kind of waiting for what the daybreak brings on there have been several transferred to different locations. st. anthony's hospital, el reen knows hospital here and also different locations in oklahoma city and surrounding communities. so lots of injuries at this point in time. first responders are absolutely still doing a rescue mission at
this point. >> how widespread would you say is the destruction? >> it's really concentrated to that one area. it's not as wide. you know, we've been on wreckers several years ago, not too long ago of having the world's largest tornado snoonld right, an ef-3 i believe. >> and the bottom line is that we -- isolateded that one area of the hotel room, the mobile home park and then some car lots there right there in that one area. >> we certainly hope that the worst is over here with this storm, but this has been just an unbelievable month of may, the month of may is always very touch and go for this part of the country though. and how prepared would you say because of all of the storms we've been seeing do you think the people there will were before whatever's just happened came through el reno? >> well, once again, i think nighttime tornadoes people aren't used to them.
oklahoma in general we all try to stay aware. our first responders in reno are absolutely qualified and capable of handling what's going on here. we're very prepared, you know, we've been through a lot like you said the last month. had several floods here in the last month. we've had so much rainfall. we they feel disaster, several areas flooding beginning of last week. so you know, our first responders as long as with the sheriffs department, public, would, police department, fire department, all the county offices, all of our units are all hands on deck and we feel confident that we're going to get through this like we always husband before. el reno's very resilient. oklahoma is very resilient. and we're going to have a lot of needs. we don't know what the needs at this point in time. we're basically asking everybody to kind of stay away from the area right there in that one
area on 81 and i-40 which is a main thoroughfare. we're basically trying to let us assess everything at that point in time and let the first responders do their job our rescue mission. >> we appreciate your time. this is a harrowing time in el reno. it's just after 3:00 in the morning. so several hours before daylight hits. and we hope everyone is canned for. thanks so much, mayor matt white. we appreciate you talking with us. >> thank you. >> you know, natalie and the mayor pointed this out in your interview there, but el reno was hit you'll remember back during the tornado outbreak income 2013. >> same month. >> same month. yeah, it was may 31st keeping in mind about a week earlier, the moore, oklahoma tornado that destroyed that elementary school all in the month of may, 20k 13. now these communities are again seeing so much devastation. >> absolutely. we'll continue to follow the story. as we get more information,
we'll pass it along to our viewers. >> also, following the u.s. president donald trump on a state visit to japan. he says the united states and japan are getting closer to a bilateral trade deal. right now the president and prime minister shinzo abe are attending a sumo wrestling championship. >> mr. trump claimed progress on trade after a round you have golf sunday morning with the prime minister but the president cautioned northerly final agreement would come until after japanese upper house elections in july. >> earlier mr. trump created some diplomatic turbulence with this tweet you see here, north korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people and others but not me, he said. that statement directly at oddsed with japan's view of north korea's actions, bus the remarks upset japan's prime minister he didn't show the it. . abe was all smiles as he and olympian trump played golf. the foreign minister said the two leaders is deepened their friendship amid a cozy
atmosphere on the golf course. ivan watson following the story live for news tokyo this day. the summit seems to be off to i guess an awkward start with the president seeming to place his trust with the dictator of north korea which is japan's most direct threat. >> reporter: yeah, i mean this is one of the big issues for japan is north korea's nuclear weapons, its ballistic missiles, and president trump in his tweet directly contradicted not only japan but also his own national security adviser john bolton who told journalists here in tokyo on saturday that the short-range missiles that north korea fired earlier this month were definitely a contradiction of u.p. u.n. security council resolutions. in his tweet, president trump said hey, those where is small weapons that didn't really bother him though they bothered some others. the other key issue between japan and the u.s. is trade and there president trump tweeted
that the two leaders were making progress but they were going to hold off on making a deal until after japan holds elections for the house of counselors in july. that's the essentially the upper house of parliament. that is a bit of a concession to his japanese alley at a time when the government here says it's economy, it's forecasting that its economy is slowing down. sos in one sense, contradicting his japanese alley. in the other sense, giving a concession to his japanese alley as he and the prime minister continue to enjoy all of these things. they choppered out to a golf course today and moments ago they walked into a stadium where you have the finals of a tournament of sumo wrestling. it is the most iconic. >> japanese sports. sumo. a contest between huge men
grappling in a tiny ring. and the u.s. president is getting a front row seat for the finals of the grand sumo tournament during his visit to tokyo. >> what would you advise president trump to know about the sport as he's about to attend? >> well, the rules itself, the rules themselves are very simple. it's a down or out situation. so i think he won't have nets problem understanding what's going on in the ring. >> john gunning is an iraq sports columnist based in japan. he says president trump will witness firsthand an ancient tradition. >> all the pa jonathantory and everything, that's several hundred years and perhaps thousz years of japanese tradition and culture all mixed together, religion, sports, entertainment, a mishmash of all those things. >> reporter: this issue expatriate is an expert when it comes to sumo. >> joining sumo is like joining a mo mastic order.
>> he competed as an amateur wrestler and has the scars to problem it. >> i fractured a skull, broke teeth, fractured add eye socket, broke an arm lengthways into three pieces. almost always i ended up with some kind of injury. >> reporter: president trump is no stranger to a very different quintessentially american style of wrestling. before his political career, he made appearances. u.s. professional wrestling shows. but japan's much older version of the sport is much more spartan. often starting at the age of 15, athletes live, eat and train in stables. only those few who claw their way to the top become wealthy superstars. centuries of history and tradition give sumo a special place in japanese society. >> it has a special place i think in the heart, even people
hole are not sports fans are sumo fans. >> reporter: on sunday, the u.s. president will present a trophy to japan's next national champion. it will be called the president's cup. so george and natalie, i'm sure and the viewers want to know how this tournament is developing. first of all, we know already the outcome that the winner is going to be a rookie by professional sumo standards, a 25-year-old japanese athlete named asanayama but he's already wrestled in front of the japanese prime minister and president trump and he lost. but he still wins despite this loss by sheer points and numbers of wins throughout the whole tournament. now, the president's cup, that's the trophy that president trump will be awarding, it is the size of a small child. it's be 4 1/2 feet tall, weighs 60 to 70 pounds. and we're told that president
trump will actually be going onto the sacred mound, that ring where the wrestlers gather and he will be presenting itting there wearing slippers according to sumo etiquette and he will be reading from a scroll. this is worth noting. melania trump, the first lady will not be allowed in the sacred mound because according to sumo's ancient rules, women are not allowed in this sacred space. that's been a controversy in professional sumo in recent years here's in japan. natalie. >> ivan watson, thank you. it has always been ricky to climb mount ever rest but as the crowds of people wanting to scale the world's tallest mountain, the danger grows, too. that's coming up. member that dee you got in taxation? (danny) of course you don't because you didn't! your job isn't doing hard work... ...it's making them do hard work... ...and getting paid for it. (vo) snap and sort your expenses to save over $4,600 at tax time. quickbooks. backing you.
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trade deal. >> the president said north korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people and others but not me. that statement directly at odds with japan's view of north korea's actions. let's talk abouting it with scott lucas. he teaches international politics at the university of birmingham in england and founder and ed ter of ea word view. thanks for being with us. >> good morning. >> i want to ask you on his first full day in japan, the president 2003s that he trusts their biggest regional foe north korea when weise know the small weapons they recently fired are often aimed at japan. why would the president say that? >> because it's all about the 2020 effort to get re-election. see, it's interesting how that tweet continues, natalie. because the next sentence then says that kim jong-un who is now effectively an ally of dnld in
his eyes it allegedly called joe biden a low iq individual. so what trump did was two things in this tweet. first is he keeps saying he i can make this deal with north korea. i can make this deal with north korea. dismissing his u.s. agencies who sees there are serious problems and then he says and by the way, the north koreans agree with me that joe bide is awful. this only go on and on until november 2020, because donald trump's overriding concern is not the nuclear missile programs in north korea or indeed the security of japan where he is right now. it's whether or not he gets a second term in the white house. >> yes, and he's getting pushbacking from candidate biden on that. meantime though, scott, shin zoef abe continues to court the u.s. president even as the president seems so shrug off a hostile move by north korea which would be harmful to japan. why is the japanese leader so invested in donald trump? what does he get from it? >> well, because in general and this isn't just shinzo abe, most
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welcome back. to viewers here in the u.s. and around the world, you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. authorities say two people have died and multiple people are injured. this after a possible tornado hit a small town in oklahoma. the town of el reno. the mobile home park, hotel and a car dealership they were severely damaged there. rescue crews have been going door to door looking for more victims. >> an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 has just struck northern peru, approximate depth of 70 miles.
cnn reporters felt the earthquake as far away as venezuela. we'll have more as this story develops. >> the u.s. president donald trump on a state visit to japan and says the u.s. and japan have made progress on a trade deal. he sent out the tweet after a round of golf with the prime minister. shinzo tlaib. earlier, there trump tweeted that he was not disturbed by recent north korean missile tests despite japan's concerns and misgivings. >> iran's foreign minister was in baghdad meeting with the iraqi president and prime minister. officials say they discussed sanctions and avoiding the "dangers of war." this many comes as the u.s. says it's sending more troops to the region to counter iran. now to the united kingdom where conservative party candidates are lining up for a leadership contest to select the next prime minister. >> theresa may announced on flied she will be stepping down as party leader on june 7th after failing to get her brexit
deal passed. >> the former foreign secretary boris johnson is the current front runner to replace miss may, but the contest is wide open with about a dozen conservative mps joining or hoping to join that race. let's go live to london. selma abdelaziz is following the story. how does this process work to narrow the field of conservatives who want this job? well, george, we're expecting, we already have certain people who have put their name forward for the candidacy of the conservative leadership party but we're expecting 10 to 15 or even more people to come forward. now, over the next few weeks you're going to see all the candidates come forward with their pitches, with their agendas. in a few weeks time, once the prime minister steps down, those names will be whittled down to just two potential candidates. those two candidates will be voted on by paper ballot by the conservative members or by the conservative membership which is about 125,000 people across the
country who submit by paper ballot by the end of jewel, we should have a new prime minister in place but the concern senior that it's only october 31st that the uk officially leaves the eu giving that new prime minister just three months time, george and natalie. >> that is the question, salma. a new prime minister sure, but the dynamics around brexit don't really change a lot. it's the same deal that parliament has rejected time after time after time. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. and all eyes are, of course, on this contest. i just brute you a few sunday papers so you can see what people are talking about here, the race is on from the sunday telegraph. boris challenges his rival again. stop boris johnson here from the observer. and this one, turning toxic already. so you can just see there people here have watched this bitter
infighting happening for three years now as brexit has been delayed and postponed and really there's not much appetite for more political infighting, more of these rivalries to take place. that's exactly what's happening. analysts will tell you it's not an issue of who is the prime minister. it's not an issue of who holds office because those obstacles are still in place. participant is still in deadlock. there is no consensus there and brussels has already said they're not going to spend time renegotiating what they've been negotiating for 2 1/2 years. really the nightmare of brexit continues. >> you mentioned this process taking about three years. this new prime minister will have three months to try to get it over the hurdle? we'll see. >> that's exactly right institute thank you again for the reporting. we'll keep in touch. >> yes, good lucking with that. whomever steps any. now to another important vote, that would be the european election. sunday is the last day for voters to cast a ballot in the
world's biggest multicountry sfleekz we're talking about more than 350 million people eligible to choose representatives in the european parliament. we'll start seeing results from the election in the coming hours. results will shape the european union for the next five years. >> still ahead this hour, thank you message from a hiker rescued in hawaii. >> people that know me, people that don't know me all came together just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive. >> it is a remarkable story of survival. you'll hear it ahead. audible members know listening has the power to change us make us better parents, better leaders, better people.
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fear and loss and wanting to give up and it did come down to life and death and i had to choose. and i chose life. i wasn't going to take the easy way out. even though that meant more suffering and pain for myself. but this is just like a tiny little blip of my story just seeing the power of prayer and the power of love when everybody combines their efforts is incredible. it can move mountains. and at some point i think we all thought that was lost in the world and it's beautiful to know that it's not only lost but it's -- it's so prevalent. >> boy is she happy to be alive. amanda also thanked everyone who donated money for her search and rescue. >> she says the funds are paying for the helicopters that located her. jessica dean brings us the details of the rescue operation.
>> reporter: missing more than two weeks, amanda eller is found alive in maui, hawaii. >> there she goes. hoo-hawaii. there she goes. >> reporter: her rescue was announced on this post on a facebook page set up by family and friends. urgent update. amanda has been found. she got lost and was stuck and slightly injured in the forest. way, way out. somewhere way far above twin falls between two waterfalls down a deep ravine in a creek bed. >> you can cry to you. it's awesome, man. that's like the best. >> doing pretty well. >> you got a good memorial day now. >> reporter: a photo on the page showed her just before the air evacuation surrounded by members of a search team. she appeared to be only slightly injured. and this picture of the ravine where she was apparently found. >> i was crying with tears of joy. >> reporter: her mother juliette
told khon amanda used water sources and ate the barrys she found, strawberries guava and other item to sustain her. >> i never gave up hope for a minute even though at times i would have those moments of despair, i stayed strong for her because i knew we would find her if we just stayed with the program, stayed persistent. >> reporter: authors said eller, a 35-year-old yoga instructor disappeared after going on a hike may 8th. her car was found with her cell phone inside at a forest reserve parking lot. a last image of her cas wap toured on surveillance video buying a mother's day gift the day before she was reported missing. a $50,000 reward was being offered for information regarding her disappearance and possible abduction. >> my god. >> reporter: but now there's an ending that some are calling miraculous. >> unbelievable.
if you believe in prayer, folks, thank your lord because this is an answer. >> reporter: jessica dean, cnn, atlanta. >> that is just incredible. >> her family what they went through. she's so fortunate. coming up here, the world of wildlife poaching is back in the spotlight as botswana moves to lift its ban on elephant hunt. when we return, one filmmaker's attempt to shine a light on the controversial practice and those trying to stop it. termites, feasting on homes 24/7. we're on the move. roger. hey rick, all good? oh yeah, we're good. we're good. termites never stop trying to get in, we never stop working to keep them out. terminix. defenders of home.
to save 30% on all the medications we carry. so go directly to petmeds.com now. conservationists have a warning for botswana, its decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting could mean the species extinction. south african nation which is home to some 130,000 elephants imposed a ban on killing elephants notice 2014 to try and stop poaching but the government now says elephants raid crops, affect livelihoods and destroy water supplies sometimes injuring people. one flickmaker hopes her new film will help change laws like the one in botswana. kerry david and her crew completed a documentary that shines a light on poaching and the females, the women of africa
who try to protect these animals. >> i found out about the human animal wildlife crisis and the poaching crisis and then i started to research it. the more i researched the worse the information got. but i started to hear about some incredible women who were doing remarkable things. i thought i'm a flixmaker. what i can doing is tell their stories. >> and kerry david, the woman behind "breaking their silence." joins me now. thanks so much for joining us. >> thanks so much for having me, natalie. lovely to meet you. >> same here. you're an award-winning filmmaker and advocate trying to prevent the extinction of multiple species by using your talent for film making. your film focuses on the women, the female rangers that rick their lives to protect wildlife in africa. why is this unique that there is
a female corps in africa doing this. >> it's a patriarch is society so women at the forefront of this fight is it usual itself. when i first went over there, it was to start a non-profit called over and above africa and i wanted to really research what was happening. there were some incredible men doing phenomenal work in the space but i couldn't see any of the women. i thought i know they're there. slowly i started talking to women saying can you point out one or two women working in this space. the most phenomenal women were stepping forward and i got to meet them. it was almost like there was an underground silent team of women that was unusual also. >> how did it come about that women decided we want to be on the forefront of this too, we want to the protect wildlife and what is sacred to africa? >> i think it was necessity. i think what they were seeing was many of the women came in to triage what was happening, petro
nell was a captain in the police force in south africa which in itself is unusual. and there were so much damage being left behind by poachers she started a rhino orphanage and left the police force all together. none of the women i interviewed had the idea of being in conservation when they started out. they sort of came to it because women are by nature compassionate and i think they had to step into this space and start triaging and growing into the occupations that they did. >> we know how dangerous this work is. i mean, and you say in your film, there is a demand machine of it coming from asian countries for rhino horn, for ivory and you've got abject poverty in the africa, people that will supply it because they need the funding. give us an example of how dangerous the work is that these women are doing to fight these poachers and protect these animals. >> i could give you so many
examples. i'll use one which is inga. inga was in tanzania with her husband wayne and he was with pam's foundation. the work they were doing in tanzania was phenomenal. they were starting to really var effect. the elephants are starting to come back in numbers. this got dangerous because they started to get threats. they knew where his wife and children were. see he sent his wife and children back to south africa for their safety. shortly after that, wayne was murdered. he was on his way back to his daughter's 21st birthday party. they still haven't found any of the people that were responsible but it was believed that it was the crime syndicate that were so upset by what he was doing that's how come there was a hit on him. now they have paid the severe price not only having lost their husband and father but not knowing who did it or why. >> yeah, that is a horrible story. really feel for her. let's talk about the impact that these women are having on the
frontlines. and i ask this at a time when we've just learned that botswana just announced the country will resume allowing the hunting of animals such as elephants. talk about that if you could. >> you know, it's heart breaking because all along, i've been learning abouting this for the last four or five years. we've been able to be hold botswana up and say this is the model, the country working with the animals so beautifully with tourism. big life, i'd love to share this with you, but big life released a report that they did a study and over the life of an elephant through tourism, they can bring in approximately each elephant $140 million approximately. but if you kill it just to hunt it, it's $40,000. so actually, it is more effective to find ways to keep these elephants alive and find ways to live in harmony with mankind than it is to actually lift the ban as this new president has done and declare open season on these he will fans which are such beautiful
sent yent beings. >> last question here. so you made this film in record time. 18 months. you went to several countries. you went to asia. what do you hope your film will do for this effort and for women, as well? >> thank you for asking that question. so when i found out about it, i felt hopeless and i felt helpless. i thought what one thing could i do? what could i bringing? i'm a filmmaker. i could bring my film making skills and their stories. what i would hope that anyone who watched the film which is hopeful, inspirational film that they would be inspired to step up and bring whatever their unique skill is to this because we need to stand up and fight for these animals' existence. if we don't do it now, we'll run out of time. right now we have a little bit of time to act. >> very well said. we must make use of that time. the film is breaking their silence, filmmaker kerry david. thank you so much for joining us and thank you so much for what you are doing and what you have
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