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make landfall in coming hours. the u.s. gulf coast is being pummelled by the strong winds and torrential rain. in gulf shores, alabama storm surge is in several coastal communities including in florida panhandle. the national hurricane center warns historic flooding is possible. hurricane sally's slow movement mean states will have to endure destructive weather for even longer. some roads are already under water and tens of thousands across three states are now without power. cnn's polo sandoval joins us now from mobile, alabama. talk to us about the situation this afternoon on the ground. >> reporter: every hour becomes clear that sally is a stubborn storm making its way slowly towards the gulf coast and with that those winds grow more intense by the hour. really every time we check back the wind is more intense.
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we're looking over the mobile river. a body of water that eventually empties out into mobile bay and then into the gulf of mexico. the concern we've heard from officials is because of that surge, that storm surge will allow that water being dumped on municipalities, may be harder for it to empty out of those streets into the waterways and out to the gulf of mexico. that's what's fueling that flooding concern and that fear of flooding. about 90 minutes east of here in the panhandle, a flash flood emergency has been declared. those are usually according the home an exceedingly rare circumstance and are issued only when there's an immediate threat to human life. so the message they are sending to residents is to get to higher ground if they did not do so already. here in mobile officials closed down both public and private beaches about two days ago making sure that nobody would actually head out to try to get
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a closer look. obviously there's an added advantage since it's an overnight storm. we're beginning to see the effects of the overnight hours which means we're likely to see fewer people. we took a quick drive through the downtown mobile area. he we saw minor wind damage but most people are hunkering down. but as the local national weather service made very clear a little while ago, this is far the from over. >> polo sandoval, do stay safe there joining us from mobile, alabama. many thanks. i want to go to our meteorologist. what are you seeing there because, of course, the big threat is that this moving is slowly that it's just drenching areas. there's so much rain and that the is the bigger threat than the wind. >> the wind is nothing to sneeze off with this particular storm system. still sitting there at a strong category 2, 6 miles per hour shy
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of being a major hurricane category 3. we've been talk being about tremendous rainfall because of that slow progression. at 3 miles per hour moving at what a turtle averages about one hour a speed, 3 miles per hour. imagine putting a near major hurricane on the coast and moving it at that pace it will cause major problems. that northern eyewall getting close to making landfall. the national hurricane center in next couple of hours gives us an official landfall. the wind are currently about 105 miles per hour near gulf shore, orange beach, mobile bay, where storms look to be pushing ashore in the next several hours. the forecast tracker is as complicated as it gets. it's all about the rain. go back to just a couple of days ago, nearly ten inches came down in key west as the system moves over the region. the wettest day on record for the move september. this is the actual track it's taken. a lot of people see tropical
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systems, see that cone, they think it travels in a straight line. it never does. you see the details almost like a signature the way it meandered and wobbled by the coast. 16 inches of rainfall are being reported out of the pensacola office. water and significant rise in water here really only takes six inches to move you and sweep you off your feet. if the water comes up, two feet that can move your vehicle. the threat can't be overstated with the dangers of what's happening here on the ground along the gulf coast. the storm system even after it makes the landfall. around noon barely over land and remaining there. not much displaced from where it is. finally into the overnight hours of thursday that's when we think it pushes into portions of alabama, to georgia and the carolinas. again, a very slow moving story here, causing a lot of problems on the coast. >> absolutely. hopefully people will remain hunkered down and safe.
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many thanks for bringing us up to date. while speak with cnn deputy director of the emergency management agency for mobile county, alabama said planning is crucial in handling destructive weather and attempts are made to make everyone on the coast aware of emergency procedures. >> we share our surge maps. we get updated surge maps through fema and army corps of engineers on a yearly basis and we share that with our residents that live in those coastal areas. we have pre-determined evacuation zones and what we do is when we see that surge is going to become a problem in those areas we invite or actually suggest and even the elected officials can mandate that the citizens need to evacuate to an area with higher ground. >> on the other side of the
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country, parts of the western united states now have the worst air quality in the world due to the ongoing wildfires. that's according to one monitoring group. dozens of blazes are filling the sky with smoke and ash and pushing firefighters beyond exhaustion. in oregon the fires are blamed for killing eight people while at least 16 others are missing. cnn's martin savidge reports officials are preparing for the situation to get even worse. >> reporter: in oregon firefighters loading up and heading out, including elite hot shot teams. trying to rein in the massive fire outside of portland one of three dozen blazes burning in the states. the effects of the historic wildfires spreading far beyond the region. scene from space. smoke from the fires streaming across the country reaching the skies of new york. the smoke even forced flight
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cancelations. schools in northern oregon remain closed as millions shelter-in-place from smoke choked air classified as a health hazard. >> these have gone through a couple of towns that have been incinerated. >> reporter: last week they had 3,000 firefighters. this week double and still more are needed. an ominous sign for the first time. oregon is preparing to use its mobile morgue with a team of 75 forensic specialists. >> able to set those trailers up and set them up in a central location. we can take in any fire victims from all the counties into this facility. >> reporter: with as many as 50 people listed as missing or unaccounted for the state is bracing for a rising death toll even after the flames subside. >> we can give families closure. >> reporter: in neighboring california where the fires have
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been even deadlier this family considers themselves fortunate to be alive. >> there's the fire coming down burn my barn. >> reporter: first trying to fight the flames on their farm before fleeing. on the outskirts of los angeles at the bobcat fire a desperate family shaping up between firefighters and flames at the historic mount wilson observatory. the next 24 hours could be decisive. >> we have a lot of dirty brush layered so it burns deep down in there and climbs up through the trees. we don't have any wind driving the fire right now. >> reporter: back outside portland in neighborhoods volunteers deliver food to those refusing to leave. >> we all had a pretty grim outlook and the fact that the firefighters stopped it, nothing short of amazing. i think it's a miracle. >> reporter: across oregon and much of the west they will need a lot more miracles in days and weeks to come. >> martin savidge with that
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report. u.s. president donald trump keeps flouting coronavirus rules. he hosted world leaders from the middle east on tuesday at the white house and has held two rallies in the past few days with few masks and no social distancing. he also keeps insisting the virus wilma quil magically go ad nothing to worry about. from bob woodward's new book you can hear the president say that the virus is contagious. >> if you're the wrong person you don't have a chance. >> yes, yes, exactly. >> a friend of mine died, a great real estate developer from manhattan. >> look, listen, students of mine, i teach journalism seminar
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have written me that have it, and one of the women said she had it, they said she was cured and they kept coming back with new symptoms, strange things happen. she had intense headaches. >> what happened? >> and she's in agony and they are telling her, oh, you're cured now. you're over it. so this -- i mean you've said it. this is a scourge. >> it is. the playing. >> it is the plague. >> so easily transmissable. you can be in the room. i was in the white house a couple of days ago in a meeting of the ten people in oval office and a guy sneeze. innocently. not horrible. the entire room bailed out including me by the way.
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>> and president trump is defending his handling of the coronavirus pandemic yet again appearing at an abc news town hall in battleground state of pennsylvania. mr. trump continued to deny he had down played the outbreak. >> why would you downplay a pandemic that is known to disproportionately harm low-income families in minority communities. >> yeah. well i didn't downplay it. i actually in many ways i upplayed it in terms of action. >> despite deaths of 196,000 people in u.s. mr. trump continues to insist the virus will simply go away. >> it would go away without the vaccine, george but go away a lot faster. >> go away with the vaccine? >> sure. over a period of time. >> it will cause many deaths. >> you'll develop a herd mentality.
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>> i meant herd immunity. >> president trump is railing against masks contradicting advice from top health officials. take a listen. >> now there is, by the way, a lot of people don't want to wear masks. people don't think masks are not good. >> who are those people? >> i'll tell you who those people are. waiters. they come over and serve you they have a mask. i saw it the other day where they were serving me. they are playing mask. i'm not blaming them. i'm saying what happens. they are playing with a mask. the mask is over. they are touching it and then touching the plate and that can't be good. >> meanwhile president trump's political rival joe biden is usually seen wearing a mask. the u.s. democratic presidential nominee called mr. trump a climate arsonist after the president insisted climate change did not play a part in the california wildfires. biden also had this warning for the president. >> yesterday in california he
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said sitting with a group of scientists, i don't think science knows whether or not climate change is real. that's what he said. at a time when wildfires are racing across the west destroying homes and communities and another hurricane threatens our coast. mr. president, science knows. science knows. >> and the magazine scientific american is endorsing biden over president trump. this is the publications first endorsement 175 year history. they said in a statement the evidence and science shows donald trump has badly damaged the u.s. and its people. you can hear more from the democratic presidential nominee. join cnn's town hall with joe biden moderated by anderson cooper that's 1:00 a.m. friday in london, 8:00 a.m. in hong kong only here on cnn. still to come, new ties between the uae and bahrain with
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the united arab emirates and about a hanes signed agreements normalizing relations with israel on tuesday. the move brings into the open relations that had been covert until now but doesn't resolve israel's conflict with the palestinians. the abraham accords were brokered by the trump administration. president trump is calling it the dawn avenue middle east. here's what his son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner had to say. >> i think we had a very good break through. what happened is in middle east the deals have been so well received. they saw how well the deal was received in the united arab emirates and muslim world. the people in the region are tired of war and conflict they want to move forward. >> cnn sam kiley is live from abu dhabi and oren liebermann joins us from jerusalem.
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sam, let's start with you. of course, we heard from jared kushner there, but these countries aren't at war. so what the is the significance of all of this? of course, the glaring omission of the palestinians? >> reporter: the people of the middle east tired of war, tired of conflict, he's right about that. the problem is the bahrainis have never been at war or in conflict with the jewish state. they have over the last 40 years subscribed, if you like, the pan-american deed more widely muslim world desires to see an independent palestine established next to israel with its own ability to survive as a viable state. now, what's interesting, though, is in term of the domestic language, that's where kushner is addressing. they need to make this look like a peace deal so that they can
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win some domestic energy behind the november elections. but, and this is an important but from the emira t ercrrremirn perspective they say they have remain completely committed to a two state solution. the emmemirates say it postpone plan to annex the west bank. they argue it gives them influence with the israelis. they have a voice where in the past they didn't have a voice. it gives them leverage. gives them something to takeaway from the israelis, whatever that might be in terms of downgrading diplomatic relations or ending
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some kind of future commercial deals or whatever. the fact of the matter is the argument coming from the emiretails but endorsed by the bahrains to talk and assure israel it's no longer for to it be a small nation arguing it's surrounded by enemies. if you remove the enemies perhaps you get a more benign dispensation for the palestines and that's something netanyahu yesterday was keen to stress. he kept talking about this circle of peace. again, an unnecessary misnomer. to marry the israel prime minister say how israel doesn't feel isolated. >> oren liebermann, let's go to you in jerusalem. talk to us about what's being said about this across israel, and of course what the
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palestinians are saying. >> reporter: these are agreements that are welcomed across israeli society. we saw the bahrainy flag and emirate flag flying. this was truly celebrated in israel. you see it reflected in the newspapers with the headlines that's all about what we saw at the white house yesterday. this, for example, this is in hebrew, saying "peace be upon you" and newspapers are full of articles like this. so it's being celebrated here. a lot of these are talking about what was not at the white house and what's a problem domestic domestically for benjamin netanyahu. the surging coronavirus. netanyahu would be wearing a maverick and attempt at social distancing. neither happened and that will quickly overshadow what was very much a celebratory day for israel and netanyahu with how bad a record set as netanyahu was at the white house and that
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is the competing narrative here. almost every front page makes some message of the coronavirus cases here and impending closure. as for the palestinians they remain furious accusing bahrainis and emirates betraying them. we saw that anger pouring over when gaza militants fired rockets over israel. they fired the first of those rockets as the emirate foreign minister was beginning to speak. so they see it as a betrayal. nothing about the palestinian impossibition that's happy but puts them in a difficult position and you see the emirate, the bahraini statements urging if they don't come to table with the trump administration to at least shift their position that's been against what's happening here. >> all right. many thanks to oren liebermann
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and just before him sam kiley. appreciate it. coming up next on "cnn newsroom," u.s. president donald trump is defensive about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. now a new survey of how he's viewed around the world is not likely to please him. back with that in just a moment. another day, another chance to bounce forward.
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to the rest of the world when it comes to handling the pandemic u.s. president trump is less trustworthy than china's
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xi. >> reporter: as more american lives are lost every day president trump continues to defend his handling of covid-19. >> i took tremendous steps and saved probably 2 or 2.5 million lives by doing what we did early. >> reporter: internationally the world doesn't share his self-appraisal. according to a new report by the pew research center only 13% believe the u.s. did a good job of hand technology crisis even china received better reviews than the u.s.. pew which polled over 13,000 people from early june to early august also found that internationally the view of the united states overall has plummeted. in some countries it's never been lower. how about president trump? how do these nations rate him? n
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75% of countries have faith trump will do the right thing in world affairs. president trump doesn't stack up very well behind vladimir putin with less than 50 days to the u.s. election president trump's focus isn't likely how he's perceived internationally. rather it's about rallying enough support inside america, the november 3rd poll. joining me now is cnn senior political analyst and senior editor at the the atlantic ron brownstein. great to have you with us. so, ron, you wrote about donald trump being down but not out in this presidential race despite the pandemic, revelations in bob
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woodward's book about what he knew about the virus and when, racism in this country and a whole other negative issues. how is point with all of this that he's not trailing far behind his democratic rival joe biden. >> he's clearly down. he's down six, seven, eight points but because, rosemary, the stakes that are at the tipping point of the election are all more republican in the country overall by wisconsin, pennsylvania, michigan, north carolina and florida he wouldn't need that much more recovery in order to be within range of another electoral college victory even if he loses the popular vote again and that, many experts i talked, to its remarkable. almost 200,000 americans dead. you had all the revelations in the woodward book. progression of people that worked in the same room with him that have come out from his administration and said this person shouldn't be president again. the fact that he's within range and is behind and the underdog
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is a testament to the level of alienation from the way america is evolving among a core of the population that is really attached itself to him. he remains very strong with his core groups of noncollege whites, evangelical whites, rural whites, older whites to some extent. it's not enough at this point to win because he's alienated other groups but the fact that those groups are stick with him even despite all of the turmoil that would have capsized an earlier presidency to me is a signal of how much domestic the tension we're in for in coming decade. >> it is certainly a divided nation we're living in right now. joe biden is leading in national polls and in a number of most competitive swing states and among that university poll shows he's leading donald trump in florida 50 to 45%. other polls show him with less
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of a lead but biden's real problem in florida is with latino voters who appear to be spooked by unfounded fears of socialism. how can he turn that perception around and what if he can't? >> well, you know, i think every candidate -- that lakefront point is a good one. every candidate comes with strengths and weaknesses. joe biden is running better among seniors since al gore in 2000. that's why he's ahead in florida along with the fact he's running much better among college educated white voters there and every where else. but he's a 77-year-old white guy who has not had a lot of interaction with the hispanic community over the course of his career and unlike the african-american community where his relationship with barack obama is a tremendous calling card, it's more ambiguous legacy in the hispanic community because obama in his first years was very aggressive deporting elm here illegally to convince
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republicans to make a deal on immigration. >> right. in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic we have seen the president thumb his nose at mask wearing and social distancing with a big signing ceremony at the white house tuesday and rallies on sunday and monday and now the president is promising there will be a covid-19 vaccine in four to eight weeks contradicting all his health experts. how politically beneficial is it for the president to essentially promise a cure that he may not be able to deliver. will voters buy it? >> the first point, though, let's take it in half. the first point, the clearest message he's sending to voters every day, i am just aastonished by his determination to do this through these rallies no matter how long he's president, no matter how many people die he will not take this seriously. he could not send that message to voters any more if he was
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buying a billboard on the highways. with the wildfires and coronavirus he's just saying it will go away. he's denying it's climate change or coronavirus. >> ron brownstein always a pleasure. >> thanks. >> french officials warn they could run out of hospital beds if covid-19 numbers don't start dropping. coming up we're live from one hot spot as france battles a surge in cases. audible is my road-trip companion. it's kind of my quiet, alone time. audible is a routine for me. it's like a fun night school for adults. i could easily be seduced into locking myself
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two major french cities are facing tougher rules as they try to contain covid-19. bordeaux in southwest and a city on the mediterranean coast has emerged as virus hot spots. tighter restrictions covered things like outdoor events, beach gatherings and nursing home visits. melissa bell joins us now live from bordeaux. what is behind this surge in cases in bordeaux and what restrictions are now in place? >> reporter: well what we've seen over the course of the last few weeks here in france more broadly is that the young have been making the most of lockdown periods in summer months. they have been driving this rise in the number of new case with these hot spots that have been emerging. local authorities announced a tightening of the rules very specifically aimed in both cases in trying to keep those young
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people safe in order that they don't pass things on to older relatives because now it's once again in the first wave in some parts of the country like here in bordeaux the health care system is once again being tested. it's the young driving the newest wave of covid-19 french officials say now passing it on to older relatives. this came dramaization is a warning. like this one in bordeaux one of france's hot spots. there the icu said it's nearing capacity with very little known about its longer term ability to cope. >> probably less high with less patients that arrive at the same moment but, unfortunately, probably more prolonged. >> reporter: for the doctors and nurses on the front line it's about dealing with the virus that's here to stay. this hospital is preparing for
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the arrival of more covid-19 patients but unlike last spring will continue to treat other emergencies as well. >> translator: the university hospital will be dealing with the those two populations and that's what makes the situation harder. it's also going to be harder than last time because this will grow progressively and then. last over time. >> reporter: but as he shows us around the icu, at least now lots more is known. the use of steroids and specially adapted ventilators that can avoid contamination means this time intubations are down 50% since the spring he says. ? intubation is dangerous and painful and it's the last resort. >> sometimes we don't have the choice and we have to intubate the patient because he's not able to use the oxygen that we bring to him. >> reporter: so doctors are
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better at dealing with covid-19 but that doesn't mean they are not worried. >> the major problem is to keep the wave really, really low. if the wave grow up a lot we will face a large number of patients with covid that will come and we'll not be able to treat and to manage all the patients. >> reporter: with capacity fast approaching in france's hospital's hot spots it's a question of the system's ability to cope that's once again being imposed less dramatically but no less urgently. now, france's authorities made it clear they want to avoid, rosemary, a second general lockdown. that the economy here in france can ill afford. the question is whether these french regulations taken in a piecemeal way in places, whether they will make the difference in time, whether they will be able to bring those numbers back down
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in time for those hospitals already running near capacity. >> it is a real concern and a warning to the rest of the world as well. melissa bell joining us there live. many thanks. british prime minister boris johnson is set to face tough questions in a few hours from now after reports the country's coronavirus testing program is overwhelmed. "sunday times" report claimed the uk's health service faces a backlog of 185,000 tests. the health secretary admitted there have been operational challenges as demand for testingryes. cnn's scott mcclain is live for us outside of british parliament. he joins us now. scott, how is it possible to have such a massive backlog in testing. what's going on here? >> reporter: yeah. it's a great question, rosemary and certainly the prime minister will be facing those types of tough questions in parliament today specifically on the fact that britain's efforts to
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contain the second wave of the coronavirus are really being hampered by the shortage of tests. some people are having to wait weeks or driving hundred of miles in order to get one. there's this massive backlog of swab that need be processed the. british home secretary yesterday called the situation unacceptable but ultimately it's the health secretary who needs to answer for it. he says that it could take weeks to fix the problems, to sort them out. in the meantime the government will have to prioritize who actually needs the test and who doesn't. he also acknowledged a rising number of people are being hospitalized for covid-19 and the virus is starting to creep its way back into care homes as well. the government remarkably is doing more than 200 tests per day but supply is still very much outstripping or demand is very much outstripping demand. part of the problem is many people signing up for tests about a quarter for everyone signing up for tests don't actually have any symptoms so
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there's no need for them to get test so he's pleading with people to sign up for one if you have the symptoms. now the government is working on this ambitious plan to test people en masse with a rapid test that can return results in 90 minutes. it can test people who don't have symptoms but that's still a long way off it seems from reality. so in meantime a government adviser said if people can't follow the new rules, new restrictions that went into effect this week this country could be back under a hard lockdown in short order which would be absolutely devastating for an economy that just recorded that there were some 700,000 jobs disappearing from british payrolls over the last six months. >> becoming a familiar story. scott mcclain joining us live from london. "cnn newsroom" continues. after this short break. do stay with us.
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winds. joining me now is a hurricane hunter in u.s. air force reserve. thank you so much, captain, for talking with us. whereabouts are you positioned right now? i under you returned to base. but what did you see while you were flying out there? >> that's right. we're usually stak lly based ou mississippi. we're operating right now out of houston, texas. it's a 10.5 hour flight. we're seeing around 100 to 105 miles per hour surface winds. >> when you do that, how close do you get to the hurricane? >> we fly around 10,000 feet directly through the hurricane. our job is to find the exact center of the storm, so that's one of our primary purposes as well as measuring surface winds
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as well as flight level winds through the cross section of the storm. >> and what did that reveal to you? what was the reason for that particular mission? >> so the purpose of our mission again is to find the exact center and to provide real-time information about what the strongest winds are, the current movement of the storm and any characteristics that we can pass on to the forecasters at the national hurricane center that will help them to produce the most accurate forecast, if possible. and we can reduce that area of uncertainty by as much as 30%. >> the problem with hurricane sally is it is moving so slowly that it's causing all of this drenching and the flooding and this is going to be a big problem for this particular part of the united states. so what did you learn about that?
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does it appear that it will continue this slow churning across the u.s.? >> we will see what the forecaster have to say about our flight. while we were. out there, i will say it appears to be moving on average about three knots, about three knots every hour. very slow mover and yes quite a bit of rainfall out there. >> how terrifying is it when you actually fly through a hurricane like this? >> well surprisingly it can be very smooth. it depends on the storm. each storm has its own characteristics and sometime can it be hard to predict what you're about to feel. there are some tropical storms that feel much worse than a category 3 or category 4 storm. this one we had some bumps in northeastern quadrant of the storm as well as the eastern quadrant of the storm, some
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moderate turbulence but that was about it. >> when will you likely go out and do this again. presumably it's not a one off. >> that's right. for this particular storm, forecasted to make landfall tomorrow morning. we'll see this kind of movement if they have us fly again. >> and, so you'll rest up now. when you actually go out how many people actually are in plane with you? >> so, we run on a crew of about five to six on a standard mission. >> all right. captain melissa templeton, an incredible mission for you. glad you are safely back to base and thank you so much for talk with us. we appreciate it. >> yes, ma'am. thanks for having me. >> thank you for your company. "early start" is up next. you're watching cnn. have yourselves a great day. want to brain better?
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welcome to our view erosion in the united states and around the world. this is "early start". i'm arlaura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in new york. there is danger in gulf this morning. national hurricane center in a special advisory overnight warns historic and life threatening flooding from hurricane sally. the storm restrengthened overnight churning a painfully slow path towards


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