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largest individual shareholder and the richest man woin the wod with a net worth of more than $200 billion. that wraps up our coverage this hour. have a good day. good afternoon. and thank you for joining us. i'm boris sanchez. right now urgency and anguish in surfside, florida as the outer bands of tropical storm elsa inch closer. the death toll rising. more remains discovered. officials saying the site is now safer. >> late last night, officials bringing down the rest of champlain towers south ahead of elsa's arrival. and now as efforts enter day 12,
rescuers for the first time are combing through debris that until now is too dangerous to search. 27 people confirmed today. 118 remain unaccounted we are standing by with the latest on elsa's path. first to surfside and natasha live on the scene there. natasha w we heard from the mayor of miami dade and the florida governor a short time ago. what's the latest? >> well, woboris, they found the more people since the demolition. we're told from the mayor the search and rescue efforts r resumed 20 minutes after that demolition. so really fast. they were able to clear the area, give the green light and get back to work. and that's something that the mayor said that the families really appreciated that type of urgency. the mayor of miami dade did say
that just to explain how precarious the remaining structure was, it was being held up by a pile of rubble. so this really needed to happen to bring this down in a controlled way instead of letting the storm, perhaps, take it down the wrong way and on top of them. for safety reasons, and to access areas that were close to the remaining structure, this really was necessary, even though it is emotionally difficult to watch, thinking of all those families and the lives they lived in that tower. here's the mayor talking about that. >> to collapse an entire apartment building is a devastating decision and the demolition was in no way a decision that i made lightly. bringing the building down in a controlled manner was critical to expanding our scope of search. >> and searchers have told us that they found pieces of furniture just reminders of the life that was there, and
congresswoman debbie washerman schultz said demolitions can sometimes be seen as a show people want to see from the street. instead, this was far from im. people asked to stay inside because of the dust pile that came up after the demolition. she said think of the lives there. this is a continuation of the tragedy, and officials also made sure to tell the public that they did thorough sweeps, thermal imaging to make sure there were no pets or animals remaining in the structure before they demolished it. >> yeah. they also gave no indication that this has become a recovery effort. they stress this remains search and rescue. natasha, thank you so much. let's check in to the cnn weather center. let's see how it could impact florida. tom, what's the latest? >> well, boris, right now we have a couple things in our favor. first and foremost, where we are in the calendar year. it's early july.
we're not going to see the monster hurricanes develop. that's different when we get to the end of august and through september. with that said, this is elsa now. we're already at letter e and there will be a land fall, most likely has a tropical storm. we're hours away from a land fall in cuba. this starves it of energy. we saw that. it will lose strength. sustained winds are at 65 miles per hour. but the concern has always been in the surfside area because of the winds. imagery, elsa has had a tough time going. so many things were against it. it was moving too fast to really generate a lot of intensity and grill. typically this time of year they're smaller in size. radar is showing some of the rainmaking its way up to the keys. it looks like in the miami area in surfside, we're out of the cone of the track. that's good news. you want to see that trend to the west and away from the operation that is going on. we have a warnings up to cedar key. land fall most likely north of
tampa, even north of cedar key wednesday morning. conditions will detear rate. i don't think it's going to make its way to a hurricane strength. we're looking at a tropical storm. so i don't want anyone to get carried away. obviously, take precautions. tie down loose objects. i'm concerned about isolated tornadoes. that includes the surfside area. wednesday morning, we're not going to see it generate in the way of strength. it might generate 5 miles per hour more when it gets to the warmer areas of the straits. notice the rain in miami. for the surfside area, it's tonight overnight into a good portion of tomorrow and then it slides north of the region. that's where for fort myers to let's say maybe around port charlotte is where the heaviest rain will be. this will be a surge one, two, three, foot on the western coastline. the good news in miami is the rainfall totals the next five days are the lowest in the
entire peninsula. and in toward the southeast. that's good news. it shouldn't be much different than what they've been dealing with in the past week. concern, a feeder ban could spin up a fall tornado. that's something they'll watch closely and we will as well. >> that would be extremely problematic. let's hope not. with us to discuss the latest from surfside and the demolition that we saw overnight is licensed structural engineer matthew. thank you so much for joining us today. the rest of that surfside building is demolishes. i wonder what that means for investigators looking into the cause of the collapse. >> i think first, it's a good thing to continue to search and rescue. and nobody designs a building when a natural event is coming to pass the day up. it's a good thing it had to happen. and actually, i really think it's going to help the investigation. but really, most of the investigation has been done in 2018 and people ignored it. >> and you mean that because of
the inspection that was done at the time of the garage level and the area under the pool? actually, we have a new document that cnn obtained about the condo's can be recently. in october of 2020. look at this. quote, there is no water proofing layer over the garage and the driveway or any area except the pool deck and planters. this is exposed the garage to water intrusion for 40 years. where there is water proof, it has failed. water has gotten underneath and caused additional damage to the concrete. matthew, how does that shape your thinking about the cause of the collapse? >> it scares me to death it went unnoticed for that long. that's the type of thing that brings buildings down. the type of damage that you see. it's the stuff that is kind of hidden unless you have a trained eye to look at it. because the average person is going to be look agent the water proofing. and water will kill a building. concrete, water kills concrete.
it does. >> and there's yet another red flag that i wanted to ask you about. before demolition, engineers in a new new york times piece highlighted another potential problem with some of the columns that were still standing. the engineers pointed to inconsistencies between the design and the steel rebar that was visible, apparently they say there was less rebar used than the drawings originally called for. how concerning is that? >> that's very concerning. and it was built in the 1980s, and we've learned a lot since then. we now have special inspections. on every set of plans that we make now, we have to put periodic inspections. and when the special inspections are going to happen. such that this doesn't happen. given the age of the building, i'm not trying to cause fear, but it's not that surprising. >> why do you say that? >> well, because there wasn't as much control back then. and 40 years ago we had more of
a let's trust the contractor type of mentality as time has gone on, we put more safeguards into it. i mean, you know, we had multiple building codes back then across the country. now we have an international building code. there's been a lot of stuff we've learned and i'm sure there will be more regulations and things like that. that's a good thing. >> i'm curious about this report regarding the amount of steel rebar that was used. what would be some of the reasons that the folks working on the building would have taken that approach? >> you know, it's hard to say why people do the things they do, but it could be anything from a an honest mistake. it does happen. when you think about this, the difference between a number five bar and a number six bar is only one 80 of an inch. if something is mislabeled, how hard is it to tell an eighth of an inch? that could have been a possibility. i would like to think they were
what i would call a mistake as opposed to someone not doing their job. mistakes do happen. >> at least two buildings in miami dade county evacuated out of abundance of caution since the collapse. based on what we've learned in the past week, do you get the sense we're going to see more evacuations out of precaution? >> i would think so. i think the time has come to really take this seriously. and the thing about it is we have techniques now that we can use to where we can look at these type of things in a nondestructive way in such that number one, we can find some sort of repairs and do carbon fiber wrap, something like that. we can see what's going on. and i'm telling you, there's no price for a human life. why not ere on caution? >> certainly a good point. matthew, thank you so much for the time. >> thank you very much for the opportunity. >> of course. the united states has fallen short of president biden's vaccination goal for independence day.
the impacts are devastating in areas with low rates of vaccination. covid case rates three times higher in those areas. the latest on eradicating covid after a few minutes and a georgia golf course changing in a crime scene. three people dead. a gunman on the loose. the latest on the man hunt. plus hn on earth. so what do you do after you've been capitalism? jeff bezos turning over the reigns half more than 20 years leading the company. don't go away. we're back after a quick break. buying my car 100% online without any tense negotiation. smells like the internet. shop now at carvana.com. when i'm not racing, i'm personalizing, just like how carvana lets you personalize your financing. you can customize your down payment and monthly payment in a matter of minutes for some truly dazzling results. financing has never felt so fabulous.
vaccine dose by independence day. and with a delta variant spreading to all 50 states, the white house covid response team chief warns the fight is far from over. >> we've made a lot of progress. i think we're further along than anyone would have anticipated at this point with two out of three adult americans with at least one shot and if you have been fully vaccinated, you are protected. if you're not vaccinated, you are not protected. so we're going to double down on our efforts to vaccinate millions of more americans across july and august. so people get that protection and can enjoy life returning to normal. we're learning that states with lower vaccination rates are seeing covid case rates that are an average of three times higher. cnn's seen yore medical correspondent joins us now. elizabeth, what areas are the biggest cause for concern? >> boris, we can show it to you
in vivid color. take a look at this map. you see five states in dark red. alaska, arkansas, south carolina, kansas, mississippi. they are seeing particularly high surges right now. and guess what? they all have lower than average vaccination rates and the states in orange also seeing surges. most of those also have lower than average vaccination rates. let's take a look at how this plays out in certain states. because in certain states, the difference is huge. if you look at new cases in the past week, the u.s. average is 24 cases for every 100,000 people. take a look at missouri. it's 108 new cases per 100,000. and arkansas, it's 110 cases per 100,000. so much higher. more than four times higher than the u.s. average. so really, it is -- and missouri and arkansas have very low vaccination rates. so it's really quite simple in states where the vaccination
rates are lower, they're seeing higher covid-19 case rates. >> in some of the states like missouri, officials are asking folks to start wearing masks again. so it seems like some of the progress is undoing. elizabeth, thank you for that. >> let's dig deeper on where the country is headed with a doctor who is the dean of tropical medicine at the baylor college of medicine. a pleasure to have you on. the delta variant is in all 50 states. apparently with higher levels of trans transmism transmismissability. how long before it's the dominant strain in the united states? >> it's already headed there. according to the scripps institute, it's the dominant variant. in missouri more than 53% of the ice lats. elizabeth cohen pointed out it's popping up and the outbreaks are
in low vaccination areas. there's a second piece to this. it's not only low vaccination rates but on top of that, high levels of the delta variant. right now the epidemic is probably at the worst in missouri. that two-hit model, low vaccinations and high delta seems to be the formula that really causes covid to take off. this is why it's taking off in arkansas, for instance. why it's taking off in wyoming. so those are the two things we have to look out for. i think what we need now is to really accelerate our vax naxs in those states if we're going to get our arms around it. >> and doctor, the big concern with delta and perhaps future variants is the effectiveness of the vaccine against them. how soon do you think we may see another variant, perhaps one that is not quite as -- that the vaccine doesn't treat as effectively? >> well, we may be getting a little bit lucky there. two doses of the pfizer or
moderna vaccine, even the j&j vaccine seems robust against the delta variant. that's the dominant one in the foreseeable future, and two doses of the mrna vaccination seem robust against about all the variants. i have optimism we'll be able to if we can get everybody vaccinated, at least for the time being, do pretty well. maybe later on we'll need a boost whether it's a boost that's specific for one of the other variants that may arise or just to get our virus neutralizing antibodies, meaning a third immunization. but the key right now is we've got to halt the long hall covid cases, especially among young people and the hospitalizations in the states where we have the one, two hit, high delta, low v vaccination. >> dr. anthony fauci is
cautioning vaccinated americans to consider wearing masks in areas where there are high rates of transmission. if you're already vaccinated, what's the benefit of wearing a mask in those areas? >> well, the benefit is let's take a state like missouri. a lot of people are going into intensive care unit beds in southwest missouri. again, what's happened, low vaccination. high delta. the force of transmission, the force of infection is very high. as good as the vaccines are, over 95% protective, they're not perfect. so when we get the flairs in areas where there's lots and lots of transmission, we may want to wear masks when we're going indoors or crowded places. and again, this is the reality of what dr. fauci calls the two americas. i've called the two covid nations. in the second covid nation with high transmission because of the factors of delta and low vaccinations, that may be the reality for a while. doctor, the tokyo olympics are still just a few weeks away.
but already we're already seeing at least one athlete testing positive after he arrived in japan for training. do you think japan is making a mistake by allowing the olympics to go idea? >> it is heart breaking to see we shouldn't proceed with the olympics, but the reality is we've not done a good job vaccinating the world. we've vaccinated the northern hemisphere. we've vaccinated the u.s., canada, western europe, countries in the uk. that's about it. we still have widespread transmission across all of the southern hemispheres. of course we're going to have lots and lots of athletes coming in who are testing positive. and by the way, the japanese population is vulnerable. they are now trying to do catchup. there's a lot of risk there. >> yeah. there is still time for officials to potentially do something about it. we'll see if they do. doctor peter, thank you for that. >> thank you so much. of course. a standoff between police and a group of armed suspects is
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a man hunt is underway in georgia right now. police are searching for a man who shot and killed a local golf pro at the golf club where he worked. police say the gunman shot the pro after driving a pickup truck out of the course on saturday when dkts opened it up, they discovered two other bodies. let's get to ryan young on the ground in georgia. have officials explained whether this was a targeted incident? >> reporter: so far we're not hearing from officials. it might be because they know more than they're sharing. this is having a wide reaching effect in the community. people are concerned and scared. we just talked to one of the neighbors who says they want to see more police patrols in the area, especially after something like this so shocking happened in their neighborhood. let's take you back to saturday. according to people in this
area, there was some sort of crash on the golf course. the golf pro went over to figure out what was going on, and at some point the man inside the truck produces a weapon and shoots him in the head. that golf pro being shot is something that's upset so many people. we talked to a local pastor in the last 30 minutes who had this reflection on what's happened around here. >> no one would set out with calculated evil to set out and do something wrong to gene. gene was a bringer of light, the goodness of god. he was a peaceful dude. he built community. he didn't have one enemy. there's no way that anybody had a premeditated agenda to move into this environment like this. clearly it's an act of evil. >> boris real pain here. you're talking about a father of two. someone who has come in contact with so many people in the
community. folks come to the country club not only to play golf but to be a part of the community. so gene had an effect an a lot of people. would pick up trash and talk to people in the area. this is affecting people. when police go in the car they find two more bodies. apparently one of the bodies is the owner of the truck. now, since then people in this area are looking to see hey, where is this man hunt going? what's the next step? that's something they haven't heard from police yet. are they following a cell phone? do they have any leads? these are questions we'll continue to ask until we find out more about the investigation. a lot of people shocked and concerned about what's happening in the community. >> yeah. no doubt. hopefully we get answers soon. ryan young from georgia, thank you. right now serious concerns and questions about a group involved in a tense nine-hour standoff with police in massachusetts. the suspects were dressed in
military style uniforms, carrying rifles and telling police during a traffic stop that they don't recognize u.s. laws. you see some of them holding a flag there. they posted this message online. listen. >> we are not anti-government. our nation which our flag is right here, has a treaty with your government. >> let's bring in cnn's juliet. thank you for joining us today. police arresting 11 men ranging from 17 to 40 years old. they seized weapons including three ar-15 rifles. i had never heard of this group before. who are they? >> so they're relatively small group. came out of the 1980s and 1990s. under the belief that they are a distinct group of african descendents who should not have to follow u.s. law.
they never really rise to the level of great concern. they normally use something what we call paper terrorism. in other words, they would use the legal process, file funny lawsuits. file liens against people's property. but this is a ratchet up, a ratchet up that we've all been concerned of regardless of the group. extremism is bad. violent extremism is scary. you're seeing it across the board in the united states. >> i want to ask about a different sort of extremism we saw in philadelphia. 200 members of the white nationalist group patriot front marching through downtown, chanting the election was stolen, and reclaim america. this happened on july 3rd rd, the eve of independence day. the group had their faces covered. they had shields and flags. what do we know about them? >> not that dissimilar to the other group. these are not just radicals or extremists. they are taking arms. that's our biggest fear is the
violent extremism. that's a danger to all of us. what we know about this group is their texas-based and come to other states to protest. and i think it's important for viewers to recognize what's going on here. the big lie about the election is not a political mistake. i mean, a political statement. it's not about partisanship. the big lie leads has a direct line to the violence and the increase in violence that we're seeing, because what these groups have done now is they've taken the big lie, things around stop the steal and say it was stolen. think about that language. when you're a violent group. when something is stolen you believe right any you can get it back through violence. that's what we're seeing across the white supremacy groups and the radicalized white wing groups. that's our biggest fear. according to the fbi, it's that link between the big lie, elections, and violence that
we're going to be facing until the party -- the gop begins to really address what's festered within their ranks. >> yeah. and there's no question there. there are major racial undertones to efforts to restrict voting in certain states. >> absolutely. >> i want to ask you about how to stop this. these groups have gotten a major boost from social media. how can officials better combat this kind of behavior? can they? >> yes, they can. i don't want people to think this is not going away. look, our goal -- we're not going to stop all bad ied ylgs in the country. we never have. don't dream of a time that's never existed. what we need to do is stop the violence and violent extremism. the continuing isolation of its leader, i don't mean the person planning it but the person who has been galvanizing it. that's clearly former president trump. his deplatforming must continue. his isolation from media, us not
sell vising the speeches is a counterterrorism effort at this stage. the second is the prosecutions. these are very significant. the january 6th prosecutions of about 500 now maybe a couple hundred more, because what they do is they make it almost impossible for the groups to continue to organize and possible for them to recruit. and they turn the members against each other. it's ideal and keen in many ways. we like them turning against each other rather than focusing on others. the third is the community and social media. we saw in pennsylvania that it was community members or counter protesters who basically silenced the white supremacists. social media, i don't have much hopes for. they have not redeemed themselves lately. but i think communities and communities coming out and saying this is not us is significant. so i liked what happened in pennsylvania this weekend. it was a counter protesters that shut down the white supremacists. >> yeah. let's hope we see more of that. juliet, thank you so much for
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even with u.s. troops all but gone from afghanistan, the biden administration still hasn't finalized its policy for pursuing terrorists inside the country once the last troops have departed. this comes as the wall street journal is reporting taliban fighters have already taken control of dozens of new districts since the u.s. abandoned an air base last week. let's head to the pentagon and oren liebermann. isn't time running out for the administration to make decisions about this policy? >> reporter: effectively, yes, there's a matter of weeks left million the u.s. is done with the withdrawal of forces from afghanistan. the clock is ticking. u.s. military leaders made it clear they'll continue counterterrorism strikes on suspected terrorists planning attacks against the u.s. homeland or the homeland of allies. but the policies, the procedures, the approvals around
that are still being discussed and debated. here's a look at some of the considerings and these are challenges for the administration to work through this in the remaining time. one, the administration is considering raising the bar for carrying out the sorts of strikes. the levels, the discussions, the risk posed by these, raising the bar for when they're carried out. beyond that, they're debating whether to remove afghanistan as a combat zone. now that the fighting in afghanistan is over, should it be labeled a combat zone? and that affects the approvals and considerings about when and where to carry out strikes. there's looks at the approvals process around an interagency dialogue. a political decision that requires a approval at higher levels. because the cia lost bases in afghanistan, it's difficult to intelligence gather and carry out strikes.
all part of the conversation about how to carry out policy in afghanistan. this is part of the considerations. cia strikes, what to do to interpret or thes and families. what the rain looks like with afghanistan. how to help the military. all the questions still need a decisive answer. and the time left to answer the questions is quickly running out. >> yeah. and all of it happening amid violence already between the taliban and afghan forces there. or oren liebermann, thank you. let's head to kabul. cnn's anna korin is standing by. it's clear the resistance to the taliban has not been strong enough to stop them. >> reporter: absolutely not. in the last two months since president biden announced the u.s. withdrawal, we know more
than 150 districts have fallen, and as you're reporting, dozens in the last few days, and weeks. the taliban has been mentioned. there is no denying it. we were at the air base today which is where u.s. and nato forces flew out of last friday. and this was the first time we've been given access to the base. we were speaking to afghan military officials about what their plan was. how are you going to counter this -- these offensives carrying out around the country? now, the deputy defense minister who we spoke to out there said that they have the means, the resources, and the equipment that the americans have not abandoned them. and that they are preparing to mobilize and to launch attacks against the taliban. and, of course, there are times when they are reclaiming some of the territory districts in the country side. but it's not enough, because we know that there are tens of
thousands of afghans that are fleeing these areas to escape the taliban. that was backed up by the united nations today that said 56,000 people were fleeing for provinces in the northeast. that's really where most of the fighting is taking place. but it was interesting speaking to some of the other afghan military officials today. something i want to share with you, we asked them did you know that the united states were leaving the air base? they said we were told to erect a perimeter around the air base, which is 500 acre compound. it is absolutely enormous. they erected that perimeter, and then the forces flew out. and he said to us, it was like an old friend leaving without saying good-bye. a deep, deep sense of abandonment here in afghanistan. >> incredibly difficult to imagine what afghanistan's future is going to look like without the united states there.
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27 years after launching amazon, today, jeff bezos is officially stepping aside as ceo. andy jassy will now lead the company that bezos founded and built into a trillion dollar online mega retailer, but bezos is not completely letting go. christine romans has more on what is next for the world's richest man. >> reporter: boris, jeff bezos is not your typical retiree. later today, he steps down as amazon's ceo. the company he founded, of course, that changed the way we shop and made him the world's richest man. he founded amazon 27 years ago in a garage in washington state. it started as an online bookstore and became a global powerhouse. at 57 years old, he retires with a nest egg approaching $200 billion. bezos is in a retirement league of his own as amazon's stocks
soared, he has made more than $80 billion just since the start of the covid-19 pandemic when the world turned to online shopping in droves. bezos is handing off amazon's day-to-day operations and the ceo title to andy jassy. the company says he will focus his energy on new products and early initiatives and spend more time on his space start-up, blue origin. in just 15 days, he'll head to space on the first crewed flight of the new shepherd, the rocket ship made by his company. boris, bezos remains the executive chairman of the board at amazon and its largest individual shareholder so he will still have a tremendous influence at amazon, potentially for years but he is giving up the reins of the day-to-day operations. boris? >> christine romans thank you so much for that. high gras prices are not slowing down millions of americans this weekend. pete joins us live. what a difference a year makes. a lot of people hitting the road
and the skies this weekend. >> reporter: it's so true, boris, and this was expected to be a record breaking holiday weekend for travel across the board. now is when the real headache begins. this is when everybody who left town for the long holiday weekend starts coming back home and that's when aaa expects traffic in some major metro areas like san francisco and boston, could be three times the norm. aaa anticipated about 43 million americans would hit the road between the 1st and the 5th. that number reflects about 90% of all travel overall and it's actually higher than where we were back in 2019, pre-pandemic, a 5% increase. so this is a new record. all of this means traffic will be more congested and it will cost more. the average price for a gallon of gas nationwide now above $3 a gallon. that's a dollar increase from where we were back in 2020 and a 7-year high. we have not seen prices this high since 2014. one other factor in the mix is that there is a tanker truck
driver shortage, making it harder for stations in some rural communities to get gas. >> so, on your trip, you may find a gas station in some small markets, independent stations, that don't have gas. don't panic. go to the station across the street or the station down the road. they will have gas. >> reporter: all of this has not stopped people from driving. aaa says the top destinations are orlando, disney world, anaheim, disneyland, and one of the other factors is the fact that rental cars have become so expensive, an 86% increase in the last year. a lot of people just want to drive themselves and bypass that expense. >> a lot of inefficiencies still in the economy as we recover from covid, good signs for the coming months, though. pete from the side of the road somewhere in virginia, stay safe, pete. well, a quick update for you now from the vatican. the vatican saying pope francis
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone, i'm alisyn camerota, welcome to a special holiday edition of "cnn newsroom." >> i'm victor blackwell. good to be with you. the most severe weather yet is expected in surfside, florida. you know, there is this desperate search and rescue mission. it continued overnight. there was a pause in the search for the demolition of the 81