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tv   At This Hour With Kate Bolduan  CNN  September 5, 2019 8:00am-9:00am PDT

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hello everyone. i'm kate bolduan. thanks for joining us. hurricane dorian, the storm regained strength overnight and has been whipping charleston, south carolina, all morning long as the storm makes a slow march north. tornadoes/flooding have already been reported. power outages are also sweeping through parts of south carolina, georgia and north carolina.
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rain and winds are intensifyinn. the big concern is the storm surge as high tide is soon going to be setting in. we have a new update just in from the national hurricane center. we want to get that to you and we're getting new reports this hour on the desperate search and rescue operation under way in the bahamas. rescue crews and reporters, quite frankly, are finally able to access some of the most hard hit areas. the destruction immense. the images are just breathtaking. the death toll from dorian now stands at 20. again, that is expected to rise. we're on the ground in the bahamas for you this hour. we'll bring you that in a second. i want to get to erica hill in charleston, south carolina. she thankfully will be joining us throughout the hour. erica, it's really starting to set in. we were talking before the break. you're starting to get it. >> reporter: we're certainly feeling it. it really feels like over the last, i would say, half an hour to an hour, the winds have started to pick up and stay
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consistent from what we're feeling. you can feel it when it pushes the rain into. the raindrops feel more like needles than just a couple of hours ago. you mentioned that update. we'll get more on that in a minute. it is now a category 2 storm. that does not mean that anyone is out of the woods. that is still an incredibly powerful storm as it's making its way closer to the coast, there is concern about landfall. here in charleston, what we're looking at is flooding. we have a flash flood warning in effect. it's from 1:15 today. it was recently for charleston, north charleston. the reason we're looking at flooding is because of the timing and the extent of the water here. it's the triple threat of the high tides, the tides expected to peak at 2:00 p.m. forecast to peak at 9.5 feet. that's the tide. add to that the storm surge and the heavy rains we've been seeing from last night that will continue well into today.
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you can understand that when all of these three things happen at once, there is nowhere for the water to go. there are reports of flooded streets. as we get a closer look at where the storm is tracking, what we can expect, i want to turn to allison chinchar in the cnn weather center. i know you have more on the recent update. downgraded to a category 2. but nothing to sneeze at and shouldn't be ignored. >> no. especially when you consider how little the winds actually dropped. we went from 115 to 110 miles per hour. a difference of 5 miles per hour. but that threshold between a category 2 and 3 falls within that. that's why you see it go down to a category 2. it's a difference of five miles per hours. it can knock down trees, power lines, all of those issues. this is still a very serious storm. forward movement, still north, northeast at 8 miles per hour. it is getting so close to land. when we say it, we mean the center of circulation, which is what they would deem a technical
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landfall. so the question is, does it make landfall today in south carolina or do we have to wait until tomorrow when it crosses over north carolina before we see a technical landfall declared. here's a look at the brand new track that just came in at the top of the 11:00 hour. again, they have pushed these products back down to a category 2 since the storm weakened some. all throughout the day tomorrow, we still expect it to maintain the category 2 strength. this isn't necessarily going to be a huge trend where we're dropping that wind speed every couple of hours. it's really going to hold its own for at least the next 12 to 24 hours. tornadoes are one of the growing concerns for this area today. we're talking areas of north and south carolina. a tornado watch in effect through the afternoon hours. we've already had over a dozen tornado warnings so far today. here's a look at that storm. there's the center of that circulation. it's starting to slide north. the outer bands coming ashore is
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where the concern lies. we have two tornado warnings existing right now. again, coming off of some of the feeder bands on shore. that's what's bringing the chance for not only tornadoes but waterspouts and damaging winds. here's a look at the map. it includes states like virginia, north and south carolina. the orange area here, that's a level 3 out of 5 risk for the severe storms and the tornados. but that's not it. again, heavy rainfall is also going to be a major concern here. widespread amounts, stretching from portions of virginia all the way down to south carolina, about 4 to 6 inches. but you do have some of those areas. especially they get caught up in the training rain band or especially along the coast where 8, 10, 12 inches is not out of the question to get out of this in addition to the storm surge. again, 10 or 12 inches of rain enough would cause plenty of flooding. but you also have to worry about the storm surge. here you can see, places like myrtle beach, wilmington, hatteras in the 4 to 7-foot
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range. the 5 to 8-foot range is the area extending from charleston, erica, up to myrtle beach. it's really a multifaceted layer of impacts here where you have the rain, the storm surge, the gusty winds as well as the potential for tornadoes. >> reporter: all of that coming together. allison, appreciate the update. also good to know what's coming our way in charleston. brian todd is also here. he's in the historic downtown district. you're seeing flooding. i know you've been in touch with the mayor's office too and give you a sense of what they're finding out there. they're assessing the state of the city. >> reporter: they are, erica. they're saying the flooding is getting worse. the road closures are increasing. right now the figure we have from them is 85 road closures in and around the charleston area. 26 of those are flood-related. this is one of them. this is ashley avenue, about a block or so from the river. the storm surge pushing the water on to this road.
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come on over here. i'll show you these houses getting threatened here. it's only going to get worse in the next couple of hours. i heard you mentioning high tide between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. that means the storm surge, the high tide is going to push water up. the rain we're told is going to increase here and so this house, this house over here, a lady came out of that house right there and i asked how worried she was about it coming to her door. she's very, very worried about it. some of the people who stayed in their houses. a gentleman in this house stayed. you see how close the water is to his front door. he could be okay because he's got some elevation. again, that storm surge, at high tide, between 1:00 and 2:00 is going to flood these streets even more. we've got another figure from the mayor's office of 115 downed trees. that number is clearly going to increase. they're getting some information to us about downed power lines. the lady here, you can see right there, she actually came out of her house and looking down the street trying to assess things here. she told us she's got no power.
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you can see her dog there. just by the door. the dog staying on high ground there. so yeah. clearly this city is going through some of the worst flooding that it's going to endure during the storm right now and it's only going to get worse in the next couple of hours, erica. we're going to roam around and see where the storm surge pushes in from the ashley river over here and some of the low-lying areas. we talk about just how much this city has endured over the past four years. they've had three major hurricanes impact this area with flooding like this one. hurricane matthew in 2016, irma in 2017. now this. and an official in the mayor's office told me that doesn't even count a thousand-year flood event in 2015. you've got major impacts over the past four years. the city is undergoing a major drainage project. but that takes several years to complete. this is what that project will
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address in the next few years. erica? >> a lot of people looked at that. the mayor addressing that the last couple of days as well. brian, thank you. the mayor pointing out to us, if you had flooding during this area in irma and matthew, that was a perfect reason for you to evacuate yesterday. he is hopeful that a lot of people heeded that evacuation order. also joining us now is the mayor of mt. pleasant. it's just a short drive from where i am. i know, sir, that you are under this extended flash flood warning as well. can you give us a sense of what are your crews finding who are out and about? what is the state right now in mt. pleasant? >> sure, erica. thank you very much. what we're getting right now is downed trees. there are about a dozen trees that are down and they cannot be touched right now because they are entangled in power lines. this situation not only from the storm, but from downed power lines and trees is life-threatening. we urge everyone to please stay
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indoors and not go near any downed trees or power lines when the storm does pass until those situations are addressed. >> reporter: and obviously, that's also a major concern with flooded streets. when you can't see what's in them. the national weather service posting that the rainfall record was at a park mt. pleasant. over 7 inches. what are you seeing in terms of flooding? >> we have come out a little better on the flooding than was predicted. although we always prepare for the worst. some of the areas that have tidal flooding like near boon hall plantation. it ended up not having to be closed overnight which we anticipated it would. the anticipated ten-foot-plus tide only came in at 7-plus feet. at least in the shim creek area where there is flooding normally. that was due to the direction of the winds pushing water away. now, as you're probably seeing
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where you are, the winds have shifted around to the west over here and we're getting tree fall and limb fall from an entirely different direction than we did when the other edge of the storm came through earlier. >> reporter: we know about restrictions and we talk about this. it's important to get the message out during storms that winds hit at a certain speed, it's not safe for anybody to be on the roads. that includes first responders. that's why we want people to stay in their homes to listen to evacuation orders. given that, has it been safe -- i know you're talking about the downed trees that you're learning about. even to get out there and assess the damage, these gusts that we're feeling, that puts limitations on you and especially knowing that we have a few more hours of this to come. >> it does. and we are not putting our damage assessment teams out yet. they are staffed and equipped and ready to go. until the wind subsides they will not be out. >> erica, we had a house fire
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earlier overnight that required transportation of two victims. we have a mutual aid agreement with the city of charleston. but because of the wind conditions, their fire truck could not come over the ravenell bridge to back us up. which is a standard practice. the situation remains. do not be on the bridges and do not be out unless it's absolutely necessary. it's kind of hard in these conditions to imagine why that would be. >> reporter: i have to agree with you. i can't imagine why anyone would have to be out right now. we appreciate you taking the time, mayor. hopefully we'll get a sense when the crews can get out there. mayor will haynie. >> as we heard from allison with the most recent update in the can weather center, hopefully what we heard from the mayor, he asks that the city become a ghost town. earlier on cnn, that's pretty much what he and his team have
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seen. in a perfect world, people heeded the warnings and evacuated. >> hope that is good news there. much more to come throughout the hour. erica, thank you so much for stricting sticking it out. >> we'll have more of our live coverage of hurricane dorian as it batters the coast of the carolinas. right now, flooding as we've been discussing, a big concern. and a question, where is the eyewall going to make land if it does? that is coming up. plus this -- who doctored this hurricane map? why did the president present it in the oval office? and why can't he get off this? why is he so defensive about this? wrash. we'll be right back. we tested our vitamin b3 formula and beat japan's top moisturizers. south korea's most innovative. and even the $400 french cream. olay regenerist faced 131 premium products
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cnn's patrick oppmann, he made it there to see what the storm left behind and it is nothing short of breathtaking. he sent in this report. >> we saw airplanes coming over this island along with helicopters. the first signs of any organized search and rescue effort. any effort to bring in help from outside of this island. we thought perhaps that meant the airport here was functional or had reopened. so we went to the airport and what we found watts total devastation. we are on the runway at the freeport airport. it has been inaccessible for days. there was a river between the rest of the city and this airport. it was completely underwater. it looked like the waves were crashing. waves were crashing against this airport. look how destroyed it is right now. just about every side, 8 feet to 10 feet up has been leveled,
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ripped in, torn in. look at it now. i don't recognize it. there's not a wall standing. you think about the need this island has right now for a functioning airport to get injured people out, to get supplies in this airport right now. it's completely destroyed. i've never seen anything like it in my life. this is complete and utter devastation like i've never seen. jose is going to point the camera over here. that's a wheel. this is the underside of a plane. this is what's left of the wing. you think of the force required to throw a plane from the runway into a terminal. if anybody was here, i don't know how they would have survived. i have seen a lot of damage on this island.
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this is the absolute most devastating area i have seen so far. it will be impossible for anybody who is injured or just wants to get off the island to leave from here. aid will not be able to come in to this part of the airport, into this airport at all because it's a debris field now. so if help is going to come, it's going to have to come through some other way. boats, another airfield, but this is really the only -- this is the only airfield for this island. it is in utter ruins. so that terminal that we gained access to was one of the domestic terminals. we tried to visit two other terminals that were still standing. but had been in floodwaters for days. at one of the terminals for flights to and from the united states, we were told that it was simply too dangerous to enter. that nobody had been in there to do a damage assessment just yet. we looked inside and we could see tremendous damage from the
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days of flooding. no one has begun work so far to clear the runway, and that debris will keep flights from landing at this airport, flights that could be carrying vital aid. patrick oppmann, cnn, freeport, the bahamas. >> that is just remarkable what he saw there. we're going to get back to patrick and the bahamas in just a moment. coming up for us, though, with a hurricane bearing down on the united states now, the president of the united states seems obsessed not with his current track, but with his prediction from days ago that it would hit the state of alabama. so much so that he even offered what appeared to be a doctored map to make his point. who drew that black loop and why won't he drop this? here's what the white house is saying, next.
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simple. easy. awesome. as a category 2 hurricane is bearing down on the east coast threatening south carolina, north carolina, georgia right now, president trump is fixated on a single mistake that he made in talking about the forecast. not just fixated. trying to alter reality, it
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appears, rather than admit a mistake or simply drop it. look at this. this is the president. bringing in the press yesterday to the oval office to display a noaa hurricane forecast that clearly appeared to be a black sharpie drawing showing it impacting to possibly alabama. here's what the president said when he was asked about that. >> the map that you drew today, looked like a sharpie. >> i don't know, i don't know. >> i don't know. this started four days ago. sunday when the president erroneously tweeted that alabama could be hit. despite the fact that alabama hasn't been in the threat zone since thursday. despite the fact he declared he was getting hourly updates on the storm while golfing over the weekend and despite the fact that the national weather service corrected the president saying alabama will not see impacts from murn dorian. we repeat, no impact from
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hurricane dorian will be felt in alabama. why did they do that? because accuracy is important when it comes to a hurricane, of course. what is the president doing here? to the white house we go and sara westwood. what are they saying about this today? >> president trump is defiant in the face of criticism that he's continuing to wrongly include alabama in predictions of hurricane dorian's path. he's been tweeting last night into today about this map stuff this morning. also going at the press for the coverage. >> alabama was going to be hit or grazed and then hurricane dorian took a different path. up along the east coast. the fake news knows this very well. that's why they're the fake news. earlier maps showed hurricane dorian hitting more of florida and georgia. as you mentioned, even the national weather service disputed that alabama was at risk. here's how the white house is
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talking about it. they're saying being let into the oval office. therapy discussing how much worse the storm could have been. to emphasize their point, one of the officials according to the white house picks up a black marker and drew that line across southern alabama. one white house official describing this as innocuous. of course, that does not explain why president trump then went on to use a seven day old map to defend this incident that took place yesterday. the white house says he's being briefed hourly on the progress of hurricane dorian, kate. that doesn't explain why he's still clinging to a forecast that's more than a week old to explain a mistake that happened less than 24 hours ago, kate. >> exactly. sara, thank you so much. let me bring in brian stelter, the host of reliable sources. brian, you took a deep dive into the reality and nonreality of kind of this whole episode. how actual fact and timeline and data that is publicly available clearly conflicts with the fact
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that they say he's been kept up to date on an hourly basis. >> that's why i think this is one of the most egregious errors of the trump presidency. >> it's absurd. >> it's out of an snl sketch except it involves a real life emergency situation. president trump has a government working really hard, really well to deliver accurate forecasts. god gles the national weather service and the hurricane center to keep the public safe. unfortunately, the lileader of government is spreading false information about it. it's a shame when people are getting battered by the storm on the carolina coast. that is the president's fault. he doubled, quadrupled down. he can't admit that he was wrong. to go back to sunday. he said this three times and he said that the idea that alabama could get hit had just come up on sunday. that's a lie. it's either a lie or a delusion. i don't know what's worse. >> because there was, if we --
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if one of those things is worth the time to do it -- >> there's spaghetti models that everybody knows. there was one on thursday. >> on thursday. >> it showed an early spaghetti that the -- one of the points could have gone into one-tenth of -- >> one of the outlier models. >> fine. but come sunday, these updates come multiple times a day. by sunday that was no longer anywhere in the threat zone. >> it was very clear it was going to skirt up the florida coast as it did. the forecast was spot-on. thankfully, the weather center, the forecasters paid by the government have been on top of this storm. it's just a shame that the president isn't listening to his own forecasters. this whole episode makes me wonder who is giving the president this bogus information. where is he getting the ideas from? >> not getting bogus information at all. >> maybe he's making it up. >> the bottom line. when you look at that chart, whoever drew that bubble on alabama, people are calling it
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sharpie gate. it's serious and it's not part of it. it's not left or right. he's trying to challenge trump in 2020, long shot bid for the white house. bill wells says unlike president trump, if elected i will never redraw a national weather service map to cover up my own dumb mistake. that is a nonpartisan -- every presidential candidate should go with that. >> there's been a lot of discussion bouncing off of that. amongst democratic presidential candidates. how, when and how much to respond to the president's tweets on a daily basis or on what he says. mayor pete buttigieg had a new take on this one when it comes to this map this morning on new day with alisyn camerota. for the viewers, listen to this. >> i feel sorry for the president. and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country. somebody on whose which isdom a
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judgment our lives literally depend. >> that seemed different to me. >> a tone of sympathy. trying to almost reach out and say that he feels bad for the president. that brings up this idea of instabili instability. what happens when a member of your family is getting things wrong all the time, getting confused. you worry about that member of your family. increasingly we're hearing that from not just from democrats, but others concerned with trump. >> brian, what confounds me. when it involves a national emergency. why difficult yourself deeper into something that's clearly false when you honestly, you could drop t there's a lot of more important things to be focused on like the current track of hurricane. >> i wish he was tweeting more about the carolinas and what's going on around the coast and not alabama. it's time to double, triple down to prove you're right wheeceven you're wrong. that's kind of a sideshow of the administration. i think it's a big deal that he
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can't admit he was wrong about alabama. it happened in the middle of a big hurricane. frankly, i think this is going to be in the history books. it's going to be a lie in the history books. >> it's another black sharpie. thank you, brian. appreciate it. from one reality to another. ten of the democratic presidential candidates joined cnn for a special event. back-to-back town halls all focused on the climate crisis and their prescription for how to tackle it. it was big, ambitious and plans. they differed on the details. they all agreed that man made climate change is real and an immediate threat to the condition tri and the world. something the president has called a chinese hoax before he took office and since he took office declared that he doesn't believe and doesn't even believe his own government's report offering alarming warnings about the impact of climate change. the candidates did not hold back
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when it came to president trump's position here, listen. >> he's dead wrong across the board on basically everything. i mean it. i'm not being facetious. we got to start choosing science over fantasy here. >> just today, the trump administration announced plans to overturn requirements on energy saving light bulbs. would you reinstate those requirements -- >> this is exactly what the fossil fuel industry is talking -- this is your problem. they want to be able to stir up a lot of controversy around your light bulbs and straws and cheeseburgers. >> one person it seems we know was paying attention last night. president trump. he went on a multipart twitter tirade about the proposals during the town hall. coming up for us, cities along the coast of the carolinas are starting to feel the real impact, the effects of hurricane dorian. looking on the left side of your
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screen, live pictures of charleston, south carolina. look at those palm trees. south carolina, parts of south carolina especially are red already underwater, seeing some flooding. concern about storm surge now as the tide -- high tide is about to set in. we'll take you there live next.
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let's get back to the bahamas where the pictures tell the story. vast destruction left in the wake of hurricane dorian. the prime minister calling it generational devastation. you can see it everywhere. before and after pictures, we can show you right here. the international airport on great abacos island. completely underwater. nowhere for rescue and relief planes to land and no way to get supplies out and in. you can see what was once one of the neighborhoods. called the mud. one of the impoverished neighborhoods. looks like every home is submerged or wiped off the map. the abacos islands are ground zero for the impact. we were reporting live there yesterday. she's spent 24 hours on the ground there. paula, how do you describe what
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you've seen in the last 24 hours? >> reporter: you know, the residents of those islands, as bad as the pictures are, this storm defied description. they're telling us, look, as bad as the pictures are, they went through the equivalent of a 36-hour horror movie. they were dodging projectiles flying out of the sky. they were pulling mattresses off of their beds to hold in doors and windows and garages that were coming over on top of them. they cannot even describe what they have been through and even to them, when they see the destruction in front of them, kate, they cannot believe those who have survived. they cannot believe they've survived these are hardened people with these storms. you can name them. go through francis and lloyd and -- they're saying no, hurricane dorian was something that they have never seen strike anywhere in that area.
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and they are wondering what comes next. i spoke to one man who was basically on his kitchen cupboards. had this much room to breathe between the ceiling and his kitchen cupboards. he went under. his son pulled him up and he said to himself, i found the strength because i didn't want my son to see me die that way. when the eye finally went over them, they swam and then walked to other safe and higher ground. those are the kind of stories from everywhere. people going from room to room in their homes, kate, trying to find shelter. they'd be in one room, it would blowout. they'd go into the bathroom and the window would blowout. they're trying to shelter the more vulnerable people in the family, kids and older people. we've spoken to many of them. hon honestly, a lot of them are traumatized and wondering wha ws next. >> it's hard to understand how
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folks survived this when you see the images coming out there. most of the deaths so far have been -- that have been reported, which is obviously they don't even have their arms wrapped around it, has come from those islands. what are folks telling you about the number of people that they're missing or people that they know have perished there? >> reporter: you know, a lot of people have spoken to me about people they know have passed away. you're talking in the dozens. they know they haven't been reported yet. you have to wait for the official word from government. in speaking to people, they would give me the roll call of going through neighbors and friends they hadn't heard from or they know were either incredibly injured and needed to be medivaced out or couldn't find. those are the hard rending stories. the people they can't find. communication went down sometime around sunday. they have no idea what's going on. i have to add a, kate, they didn't know why the storm was
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still there. it lasted at least double the time a normal storm would hold. they're wondering what's happening? every time a new gust of wind or thunderstorm would come up, until the sun was shining yesterday, they had no idea. they didn't know if they were in for another barrage of hell. they're starting to rebuild a little bit of communication. the satellite phones. your mom is okay, your dad is okay, your uncle is okay. i found these people. this person was medivaced out. it's all from word-of-mouth. it's devastating and traumatizing for the people there. they couldn't process it. they just do not know how to comprehend what they just have been through. they are trying to be strong. yet, they know that as the prime minister says, this is generational change. they know their lives will never be the same again, at least not on the islands and that the islands will never be the same again. >> paula, you spent the night on the island. what was it like overnight?
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>> reporter: you know, we were on man o' war. my thanks. they can't hear me. but for all the friends and family, our thanks go out to them in man o' war. they are resourceful, self-reliant people. many of them born on an island 2 1/2 miles long. it was dark. we could see the stars last night. that was a relief. you hear the hum of one or two generators. they're pulling together. we were in the home of angel and marcia cruz. we slept on mattresses that had been up against the window kate to save their children, arian a and channing. they couldn't be more lovely. they started to cook up food in the refrigerator. that's what we do, trying to get through day-to-day. now the shock is setting in and people on the island are looking around. kate, we've seen boats turned absolutely upside down.
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we were showing video we had shot with our drone. they didn't recognize their own streets. they did not recognize their own streets. they were pointing out to us things that were flipped over. pieces of homes and boats that were just meters away from where they should have been. again, trying to comprehend where they go from here. they're all coming together. they have golf carts on that island. they are all trying to help each other out. yesterday, we came in, some other helicopter flights got in. they got some people out that were the most vulnerable. they have food for about ten days, which is great. the grocery store was not that damaged. and they are keeping it together there. but here's the issue. kids were supposed to start school. they don't know what to do now. they know that the schools have been completely destroyed. they're wondering what comes next. but, again, kate for anyone who survived this, incredibly, un incredibly grateful.
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>> do they even know the first thing they need? one of the great challenges is not only getting aid into their hands but getting aid on to those islands because of the mess that is either any airstrip or would be any port or anywhere -- the beaches or everything that's in the water there. what do they need most at the moment? >> reporter: yeah. they're clever on man o' war and a lot of the other islands. they start today clear debris. why? they needed the helicopters to land. they cleared the baseball field for us. we landed. it was clear of debris. that's where the helicopters have been going in. they got in the water, got the food. check. their main things are sanitation. they're so afraid of disease right now. in many areas, not where i was on man o' war, but in the other areas of the abacos, they know that there are dead bodies yet they tell me that have not been recovered.
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they're starting to worry about things like cholera. they need a cleanup effort. after that, some kind of sanitation. human sanitation issues, all after that they need that all-important infrastructure. there are roads that are completely impassable because of debris or water. they need to be able to do that. they need to be able to use their phones. they can't communicate with anyone right now. no power whatsoever. even if you've got a generator, fuel. where do you get your fuel? i can tell you they had certain homes that had been storing fuel and went to get it so they can run a few generators but that's really all they had. self reliance is key. the one thing they want everyone to know, they want to know where the government is. they want to hear from the government. from this issue of security, which we have to talk about, there have been reports, of course, of violence and looting. they want the national defense forces from bahama on those islands as soon as possible. we saw military helicopters in
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the air last night, kate. they would come around with their spotlight. they didn't land, just trying to make sure everything was under control. that was some type of a relief. but they want them on the islands just trying to keep some order, because as people -- as this whole devastation wears on, people want to know that they are going to get food, water and medical help. when they don't, they obviously -- you know, they break. so they're wanting to know that that kind of civil -- >> i think we just lost paula's shot. paula newton in nassau after 24 hours at ground zero for this hurricane and the abacos islands. paula, thank you so much. we'll get reconnected. she'll send in some of her material, she and her team and the work they have been doing to get these images out and stories out. much more to come on that. if you're looking at this and saying how can i help when i'm helpless to do anything, there is something you can do. you can help the bahamas. go to our website,
8:52 am we've compiled a list of nearly a dozen charitable organizations that are helping in the bahamas. we'll be right back.
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welcome back. we are following the track of -- the latest track of hurricane dorian which is making its slow march north. adds you can see right there from the latest images, the latest modeling, right now it's feeling the effects in south carolina and that's where my colleague, erica hill, is for us. she's joining us once again. how's it looking, erica? >> reporter: the conditions of definitely worsened. the wind has picked up and it is much stronger. these gusts definitely blowing much stronger. over my shoulder there is a marina. just watching the mass of the sail boats, you can see how much they are moving now versus even just an hour ago. this was downgraded to a
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welcome to cnn's special live coverage of hurricane dorian. i'm john king in washington. erica hill in charleston. as you can see, she has a front-row view of the storm's power. this is the view from the international space station. take a look. beyond words. dorian weakening just last hour to a category 2 storm, but its impacts still being felt up and down the coast. multiple tornados have touched down this morning. parts of downtown charleston already under water. 2:00 p.m. is when the next high tide arrives, and with the storm surge, officials worry tide levels could reach 10 feet. those worries were the reality
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