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philadelphia, but throughout the country right now. an enormous problem seems to be getting worse. to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation room. you can always follow me on fw twitter and instagram at wolf blitzer. you can tweet the show show @cnnblitzroom. "out front" starts now. the death toll is rising as crews sadly pull another body from the debris of the florida condo collapse. plus, white nationalists echoing trump's big lie as they march through the city of philadelphia. that city's republican commissioner, al smith, who has pushed back against trump's baseless claims, is our guest. an urgent manhunt is now underway this hour after a golf pro and two other people were found dead on a country club golf course just outside atlanta. let's go "out front."
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good evening to you this holiday weekend. welcome to a special edition of "out front." i'm jim sciutto in for erin burnett. we just learned that another body has been pulled from the wreckage of the catastrophic condo collapse in florida. three bodies were found earlier today. that now leaves 28 people confirmed dead, yet 117 still unaccounted for and missing. the latest victims were found after the remaining units of the champlain south towers condo building were demolished late last night. we're told portions of the building were only being held up by the rubble pile. the mayor of miami-dade telling cnn that the demolition helped rescue teams get to new areas of the rubble today. that building, as you can see, now completely leveled. that was it before on the left and after on the right there, after last night's implosion.
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it comes as crews are now bracing for what could be severe weather from at least the outer bands of tropical storm elsa now expected to hit on the western side of florida, fortunately not the eastern side where this took place. the storm is expected to pick up strength over the next day hitting the area in south florida with heavy rain, thunderstorms and possible flooding as well. already the weather has forced crews occasionally to stop. this all comes as there were troubling new details about just how badly the building was deteriorating in the days, months, even years before it collapsed. lots of missed warning signs. documents obtained by "outfront" contained alarming conversations about the construction. residents were warned last year of lack of waterproofing and that water was causing damage to the concrete. that's crucial.
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layla is on "outfront" tonight. >> reporter: crews are now able to go into areas they could not yesterday because that building was demolished. the death toll stands at 28. 26 of those individuals have been identified. they have had to stop the search effort twice because of lightning. that said, the mayor insists and we've seen it here, the search is still very much active. tonight the control demolition of the rest of the champlain towers south sunday has opened the way for search and rescue teams to broaden their efforts and continue their work safely. >> the search and rescue team has pbeen able to search all
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sections of the grid of the collapse following the building demolition now that the entire area is safe to search. >> reporter: the potential threat of tropical storm elsa also impacted the decision making. >> the worst thing that could happen is to have a storm come in and blow that believe down onto the pile. >> reporter: the rescue team resumed just an hour after the demolition began. today workers hope to get points in the rubble that they couldn't before the rest of the building was brought down. >> the activity on the site is more active and greater than i've ever seen since the beginning of this crisis. . >> reporter: this as new condo documents showed that a presentation was prepared for residents last fall and winter, on, quote, why we have to do all of this now. the garage lacked waterproofing and, quote, water has gotten underneath and caused additional damage to the concrete. over the weekend in miami beach, two nearby condominiums were vac
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waited in an abundance of caution. one just north of champlain towers because of unsafe structural exaand electrical conditions. then they ordered inspection of a low-rise condo building after seeing damage to an interior wall, according to a city spokesperson. the priority right now is search and rescue of victims, but investigators continue to search for answers. >> if we fine out this was entirely avoidable which, because of action or inaction, you know, it's still obviously a tragedy but it makes it so much more acute and so important for us to act. >> reporter: for some the demolition of the remaining tower was emotional, yet it allowed others to finally make their first visit to the site of the tragedy. z >> i wasn't able to come earlier because the sight of the
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building still affected me greatly. today because the building came down, i managed to make it all the way up to the memorial site. >> reporter: and, jim, i visited that memorial site today. it's about a block away from where the building was demolished and where it collapsed. you can still see dust in the air. it was a lot of raw pain there. we found people sobbing, people who had to kind of muster up the courage to just kind of go where they really want to avoid. i spoke to one couple here in new york and they said this reminded them of 9/11, watching the workers dig through the debris. a lot of people felt that it was tough to see that building demolished. with that building went a bit of hope, but then you heard from others like mercy in our story who said this is what she needed to be able to move forward. i have not spoken to one person here who did not say they are praying for miracles tonight on
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day 12. >> i was thinking exactly the same thing, leyla, the dust in the air reminiscent of the wreckage of ground zero. leyla santiago, thank you so much the. "outfront" now, a structural engineer and member of the national academy of engineering. thank you so much for taking the time tonight. >> glad to be with you. good evening. >> so lots of questions as we begin to look at pictures of this. attention has been drawn to the condo's construction in one particular area. i want to show a photo for our viewers here. this gets to vertical columns. this is in the parking structure. what's visible here, you know this well, i just want to explain to the viewers, is that there are just two to three steel rods coming out from each side of the column to support the surrounding concrete. the original design drawings, though, called for more steel reinforcement. as you look at this picture here given its location, is that a crucial clue to you?
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>> well, it is, but it doesn't explain anything, really, because the fact is what we see here is what engineers consider classic example of punching failure, in which the concrete just punched through the slab. you build the column through the bottom of the slab, then you pour the concrete slab and continue the next area. so the slab continues across the column. it shouldn't break the way you see here. this is a punching failure, and the rebar, the steel bars, are supposed to prevent that or at least presume resistance of that. but the oddity here is that a structural engineer could do a quick calculation of this, and he would find that even without any reinforcing bars going through the slab in that location, this really should not have failed the way it did. so something else is wrong. now, certainly without the bars,
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the capacity of that connection would have been much, much less than required by code. but under the conditions at the time when it failed, it really should not have failed. benign weather conditions, no earthquake, a couple cars, maybe, it should have had the capacity to stand up. there is something wrong with the construction, who knows. maybe the column is just a little too high. >> perhaps multiple causes. there is another area that witnesses and engineers have brought attention to, and that's part of the pool deck which, as you know, collapsed just moments before the entire building came down, and you can see in these photos here a clean break in part of the slab, the concrete slab over the pool. does that location -- is that location, in your view, and the collapse of it prior to the rest of the building, is that a key indicator? >> yes, i think that is a very tantalizing clue as to how all of this developed.
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that clean break you see around the pool in the slab, that indicates there was a construction joint there. that means a joint between slabs at different times. and that's quite normal. but there should be a lot of reinforcing going across that joint, and the joint shows how much there should be. from what i saw, there appeared to be much less steel across that joint than there should have been. that alone could cause a collapse. >> so that raises this question, because we obtained documents that showed concerns were raised about the quality, the deterioration of concrete prior. here's part of a presentation that was delivered to residents just last december, a few months ago. it had a slide with this quote, and it said, install new drop panels at the three columns and strengthen several slabs. this, as you know, is one of several meetings, warnings in engineering reports the latst
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couple years that raised questions about the building. i wonder, as you look at them, should these have raised major red flags? should these have created an immediate emergency to address potential structural problems, or was it more of a judgment call? >> i think it should have raised questions. what they said about deterioration and inadequate drainage and so on, those are long-term issues, not necessarily an immediate concern. but when they talked about not enough rebar and requiring drop panels, that should have been much more of a wake-up call. >> understood. well, listen, there are a lot of questions to be answered and it is early in the investigation. we always have to have that proviso, but shankar nair, thank you for your time. >> thank you. his mother and grandmother are still unaccounted for since
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the collapse. i can only imagine the weight and the pain you and your family are going through. my first simplest question to you is just how are you and how is the rest of your family doing? >> thanks, jim, for having me and letting me continue to tell the story and bring attention to this. we're struggling. every day we try to move forward a little bit more. my mom always said keep moving forward, don't go back even to get momentum, just keep going forward, so we're trying to keep that in mind. you said it, the wait is really the most excruciating part. >> i'm sure. the demolition of the remaining structure has now allowed rescue crews access to the entire site. and today we've seen some remains discovered. there's still hope holding for the possibility of a miracle. i just wonder as you look at that progress, does that give you some hope? are you still holding out hope? what are the rescue teams telling you? >> for hope that they're alive.
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jim, i really don't have any of that hope. if there is a miracle, i'm going to be ecstatic. you'll definitely know about it. you will need a camera to hear that, but i'm not hopeful that's going to happen. i am hopeful that they continue to do their work. they've been nothing short of amazing. the conditions that they're under is -- there's just no words for how thankful we are for the work they're doing and their families for sharing them with us. it's definitely a physical and emotional toll on them as well. and as a family member, i just want to thank them for continuing to look for my mom and my grandmother. >> who is taking care of you? we have heard and we've shared some stories on cnn about the community stepping up and doing all it can to help families like your own. are you getting love and support down there through this? >> yeah, jim, i am, particularly
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from friends, family. our friends have set up a meal train. they've been sending food to the house. my high school class from belen sent a election to help out. everybody keeps calling, asking what they can do. they take my son out for lunch, for a happy meal just to keep him entertained and busy. we have a lot of support we're getting. >> those meal trains, i've seen them in action. they work and make a big difference. >> they work. they make a huge difference because i'm really not in the mood to eat, but it kind of forces you to sit down and eat and kind of just take a moment. >> you've heard the discussions, and i'm sure you're reading about it, questions about were there missed warning signs in the building. i wonder, are you getting answers to those questions? do you feel let down by anyone who had oversight over this prior to this disaster? >> we're not getting answers to those questions. those questions i do have and every piece of information that comes out, i have more
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questions. for example, the previous guest was talking about how the steel wasn't the proper amount. how does that pass a city inspection? how does that not get caught for 40 years? how is the building allowed to get in this condition? you had pool work done over many years, concrete work done over many years. how was this missed for so long that it reached this? you feel reform can happen because you have inspections taking place now on older buildings, and in less than two weeks, two buildings have been evacuated now. >> it's fair questions, and we're going to keep asking questions by not only government officials but also engineers. pablo, we really wish you and your family the best. we know you're going through a little slice of hell here. >> it's a nightmare, and the
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wait just compounds it. i'm in touch with a couple other families as well and they're in the same position. i appreciate it, thank you. >> please take care. our hearts go out to you. >> thanks, sir. "outfront," next, dozens of white nationalists pushing trump's big lie about a stolen election as they marched through the city of philadelphia. republican city commissioner there who has stood up to trump's lie is my guest. plus president biden sounding the alarm tonight as concerns grow inside the white house about the highly contagious delta variant spreading particularly in areas with low vaccination rates in this country. and a golf pro shot to death on a golf course just outside atlanta, georgia. a manhunt is now underway, an urgent one, for the killer. >> fourth of july you're thinking fireworks, and it's not fireworks, and there's a guy on the ground.
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available to all. we'll never stop innovating for a healthier world. fujifilm value from innovation tonight donald trump's continuing big lie led to a disturbing sight over the july 4th weekend in the birth pplacef this country. 200 members of the white nationalist group patriot front marched in downtown philadelphia, carrying the sign you see right there that says, "reclaim america" which police say they also chanted as well as "the election was stolen." the mayor's response to the
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group, "i'm personally appalled and disgusted." "outfront now," personal director al schmidt and a capitol hill reporter. al, let me begin with you. it's the year 2021. i am amazed that we shouldn't be given the activity of these groups across the country, but in philadelphia in 2021, marching through the streets of philadelphia, marching trump's big lie, tell me what we should take from this. >> it's disturbing seeing white supremacists marching anywhere in america. i thought this was something we settled in the last century. but it's really not surprising that white supremacist groups would embrace the big lie or ilt it's at the center of their outlook that they are
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anti-democratic and authoritarian in nature. it's also not surprising they would march in philadelphia, the birthplace of our democracy and also a place that really embraces diversity as much as we do. >> images reminiscent of charlottesville, frankly, four years ago. just briefly, al, by not challenging these groups and by spreading things like the big lie, is your party encouraging these groups, at least giving them something of a pass? >> it should be very easy for leaders of my party, the republican party, to denounce people like this. and the easiest thing that they could do -- if they can't bring themselves to denounce it, they should at the very least stop lying to them, because it's all this lying about the election that is em bboldening and encouraging groups like this. >> melanie, president trump spent time still spreading the
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big lie. have a listen to this one. >> they said yesterday, and i heard disinformation. if you say it enough and keep saying it, just keep saying it, they'll start to believe you. we can't let that . >> now, he was accusing democrats of doing that, but it disinformation and the pattern, well, that trump does repeating the big lie. >> you're right, and when trump says these lies, his supporters believe him. the majority of the republican party right now truly believes the election was stolen, so what you have is gop lawmakers and officials who continue to embrace the falsehoods instead of rejecting them. that is incredibly dangerous. it's a pure political calculation on their part. they don't want to alienate the base and they don't want to provoke donald trump who has a tight grip on the party and who has made it clear they're going to back people ock trump on thi
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oppose those who don't. >> there was an article in the "washington post" today about candidates in 2022, multiple candidates for congressional and other offices spouting this. you also have in the state of pennsylvania now a gop-led senate considering an arizona style, frankly, fake audit of its own. m as someone who received death threats for defending the integrity of the election after trump himself singled you out, to your credit, i'm just going to give you a platform to speak to your fellow republicans about the dangers of activities like this. >> well, when the definition of being a republican is espousing the lie that the election was
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stolen and being called a rhino when you don't, that's a pretty sad kind of state of affairs. as for suggestions that we should bring whatever is going on in arizona with that election to pennsylvania, i would encourage our legislators to educate themselves to know that our elections are certified and that it was audited not once, but twice, and there is no doubt about the outcome. it was safe, it was secure, and it wasn't even close. >> to your credit for saying that. a lot of republicans won't, fearing the political consequences. melanie, back to you on capitol hill, still questions about who is going to end up on this january 6 select committee. who house minority leader kevin mccarthy will choose, what are you hearing? >> first there was discussion about whether to appoint people or not or whether to boycott it
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as a partisan effort. i've done some digging on this. my sources tell me kevin mccarthy is likely to appoint members to the panel. that's because they want to be essentially launching a defense of trump on capitol hill and protect the former president. the question is, who does kevin mccarthy appoint? i do think there will be some trusted trump allies he picks in the names of jim jordan, names he's close to. i don't think he'll appoint people like mark gaetz and liz cheney, but a republican on his side, there is a point to appoint more pragmatic members who would take it seriously and might have expertise in national security and law enforcement. >> that's nice, expertise in national security and law enforcement to investigate an insurrection. al schmidt and melanie zanona,
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. tonight there is growing concern in the white house over the impact of the highly contagious coronavirus delta variant. cnn is learning that president biden is questioning advisors in private meetings about the significance of the spread, and it comes as biden sis using the july 4th holiday to celebrate the vaccines' progress while still trying to convince people who haven't gotten the vaccine to get it. >> covid-19 has not been vanquished. we all know powerful variants ha have emerged like the delta variant. but the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. my fellow americans, it's the
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most patriotic thing you can do. >> phil is outside at the white house. phil, i wonder given the vast difference in certain states and the vaccine, how concerned is the president about resurgence. >> reporter: there is not a concern there will be a massive worldwide outbreak, but in those areas there is a concern you will see spikes in the next couple weeks. jim, you noted it in the intro. in the closed door discussions about the pandemic, the rapid emergence of the delta variant in the last couple weeks has really been a centerpoint of those talks, how to address that. there's also been frustration, frustration that there is a way to address it and it's available to anyone who wants it. if you look over the course of the last month, 99% of deaths tied to the pandemic were those
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who were not vaccinated. so when they look at states like wyoming who has low vaccination rates, that's where the concern is. that's where the white house is sending response teams to address those shortfalls. he's going to have a short closed door briefing with his covid advisors and then he will give public remarks. those remarks, i am told, will likely focus once again on the need and the necessity for people to get vaccinated at a time when there is more supply than anyone could want. this is one way to stop the t in its tracks. there are a significant amount of variations that have transpired in the course of several months. but until a percentage more get vaccinated, the delta variant a very real risk and the white house knows it. >> phil mattingly at the white house, thank you very much. good to have you on, advisor to former president george bush.
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the disparity from state to state, it's a red/blue split between those with high vaccination rates and those with low vaccination rates. mississippi at the bottom, less than 35%. mississippi, alabama, arkansas. if you had a resurgence or spike, would it be regional as opposed to national, so in those places with the low vaccination rates. >> absolutely, jim. think about vaccinations like a fire break that's dug into a forest fire, preventing the fire from jumping into new timber. a lot of, you know, dry brush on the ground is fuel for the fire, and in this pandemic, the fuel is a mass of unvaccinated people, and we're seeing that in the south and southwest and out through the midwest. you look at a state like arkansas. arkansas, which has a very low
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vaccination rate, has seen over 100% rise in daily cases over the last two weeks. we're seeing this. 55% increase in florida. we're seeing this in states that are lagging, and you're right, it's a vred/blue split. >> i read this morning that 99.2% of covid deaths in june were unvaccinated. it's remarkable. but there is still vaccine hesitancy in a big portion of the population. a new "washington post" poll found that nearly three-quarters of people who do not plan to get the vaccine say u.s. officials are exaggerating the risk of the delta variant. i wonder where they might have heard that. part of the biden administration strategy was to go to people's gps, go to them because they might trust them more than a national official. has that strategy worked to
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pierce this bubble? >> i like that strategy. the american health association published a national poll of physicians, and they found that 96% of america's docs have been vaccinated. if just about every doctor in the united states has received a vaccine, what should that tell their patients? what i would encourage people to do is talk to your doctor. ask your doctor if they've been vaccinated. the answer is going to be yes. and then ask them what they know that you don't know. and what they know is that no one who is vaccinated dies. >> it's a pretty powerful talking point. >> right. >> looking nationally, given the vaccination rate, 67% of adults with one shot, but it's a big number compared to a few months ago. others who were exposed to covid-19 has some immunity.
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given what we know, is the country closer to herd immunity than we might realize? >> so we vaccinated about 56% of the population, 56% have received at least one dose. so most people think that we need immunity in about, say, 75% of the population to achieve herd immunity. that's another 20% of 70 million people, but you're right, we don't know how many of the unvaccinated population have antibodies because they were infected. we just don't know that. but it's time to accelerate vaccinations because delta is coming for those who are not vaccinated. >> canexactly. and that immunity from infection does not last as long as the vaccination itself. dr. reiner, thank you so much for coming on. >> my pleasure. a manhunt is on for the killer of a golf pro gunned down
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tonight police in georgia are urgently searching for a suspect and a motive in the killing of three people including a professional golfer who witnesses say was shot and killed right on the golf course where he worked. ryan young is out front. >> he was a peaceful dude. he built community. didn't have one enemy. >> reporter: a golf pro and two others dead after a bizarre incident on a country club golf course. it happened saturday afternoon at the pine tree country club in kennesaw just north of atlanta. witnesses say a man who police are still looking for drove a white pickup truck onto the course. golf pro gene siller went to see what was going on and was shot near the 10th hole. >> when it happened it was all
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in the moment, exaand fourth of july, you're thinking fireworks, and it's not fireworks and there's a guy on the ground. >> reporter: police say 41-year-old siller was found with a gunshot wound to the head and died at the scene. >> he treated everyone with respect. a really good guy. >> reporter: officers then made another shocking discovery inside the bed of the truck. parked on the green, the bodies of two men both with apparent gunshot wounds. police identified one of the victims as paul pearson, the registered owner of a dodge ram pickup truck. the other victim has yet to be identified and police haven't said the victims knew each other. police have said little about the suspect, but nearby kennesaw state university sent out an emergency alert to students and faculty. in a series of tweets, the school's emergency management department described the suspect as an hispanic male with long hair, 6'1", 170 pounds with a dark complexion wearing a white or tan t-shirt, work pants and
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possibly a hat. investigators were still trying to figure out if it was a targeted or random incident. >> it concerns me that no police officer has been down our driveway. maybe there's news out there they know about that's leveled the concern in their eyes. but it does concern me. >> reporter: the pt president said, we are very heartbroken to hear about the senseless murder that took place yesterday at pine tree country club in georgia that took the life of pga member gene siller. >> this happened at our country club and i still can't believe it. >> jim, the people there loved the police officers around here, always driving through. this is something where everyone has a heightened sense of awareness so they want to see more. if you look over my shoulder on
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this side, you can see the tracks that were leading up toward 10th green toward the water. that's apparently where everything happened. on this side you can see the flowers on this shoulder. we believe some of siller's family showed up today to put these flowers out there. this has been tough for this community, as you can understand. >> that poor, young family. he leaves behind a wife and two young children. thanks so much. state of emergency in florida tonight as tropical storm elsa is expected to gain strength over the next day. we'll have the latest on the storm's track. plus, it is the largest residential tower in san francisco but it's been sinking and tilting for years. and after florida, it raises an obvious question, could this building be at risk? watching the stove instead. (customer) tell me something i don't know. (burke) with your farmers policy perk, guaranteed replacement cost, your home can be rebuilt, regardless of your limits. (customer) that's really something. (burke) get a whole lot of something with farmers policy perks. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete,
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this just in, it's new video of the impact of tropical storm elsa on the rescue efforts in surfside, florida. those are rescue crews battling
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strong winds while they continue to search that debris pile. 27 counties in the state are under a state of emergency as the storm moves closer to the florida coast. it made landfall in cuba today, bringing sustained winds of about 65 miles per hour. heavy rain, flooding, power outages all dangers tonight. tom sater is tracked the storm. tom, where does it look like it will go? >> it will gain strength in the warmer waters of the florida straits. cuba is going through hell right now, that's high terrain, rivers over their banks, communities inundated with rain. we won't have that. as you mentioned, it was 65-mile-per-hour winds, but the environment isn't conducive to get back to hurricane strength. however, a tropical storm comes with its own risk. the path has been slowly sliding
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westward. that's good news. notice we do not have a hurricane watch anywhere on this map, it's all tropical storm warnings. the entire western gulf coast. heavier rain will be found in areas of red where it will be more like 4 to 6 inches, maybe isolated higher, not what we'll see in cuba. we had a storm surge increase up to 5 feet, you can see that in areas of red. last november, we had hurricane ada making landfall just north of cedar key. same strength, same storm surge, you can expect much the same with that. >> the storm surge on the western coast of florida, it's hard to predict at this point, but a real danger? >> when this was named last thursday, the big concern, surfside in miami was in the cone. but again, they made the decision with the demolition, because even though it was sliding westward, these are the sustained tropical storm-force winds. you can still get them well off to the west. that is the concern. you can see the probability of
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where those tropical storm-force winds will be offshore. but it's not zero. in fact at 3:30 this afternoon, the northern band moved in toward miami-dade. not only did we have a severe thunderstorm warning for surfside and miami-dade, miami, we also had a tornado warning embedded. that can produce strong, damaging winds. that's the fear tomorrow. later tomorrow morning, they'll be in the worst of it for the crews on the site. watch the feeder bands as they develop, coming onshore. you get into a band like that, one thunderstorm after another, lightning, heavy rainfall, and the spinup of tornadoes. if they can get through tomorrow afternoon, it will move north and they'll be fine. we'll watch landfall wednesday morning. >> good to hear, tom sater, thanks very much. out front next, san francisco's tallest building is sinking and tilting, getting renewed attention after the condo collapse in florida. 's
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♪ me and you singing in the park ♪ ♪ me and you, we're waiting for the dark ♪ tonight a high-rise building in san francisco is understandably receiving renewed scrutiny after the surfside condo collapse in florida.
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millennium tower, the city's tallest residential building, has been sinking and tilting for years. >> reporter: the millennium tower in downtown san francisco opened to great fanfare in april of 2009. at 58 stories, it's the city's tallest residential building. among its early residents, former nfl quarterback joe montana. >> it was billed as one of the top ten most luxurious buildings in the world. it had its own gym, its own pool, its own theater. >> reporter: one couple paid more than $4 million for their condo on the fifth floor. five years later, they received the troubling news. the high-rise was not only sinking but tilting, as illustrated in this now infamous video. >> it was the very first time we did it.
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he got the marble out and said, i'm going to roll this and see what it does. it rolls ten feet out, slows to a stop, turns around and starts rolling back and picks up speed as it goes past him. it was like, oh, my god. >> reporter: "60 minutes" called its 2017 segment "the leaning tower of san francisco" and showed the alarming stress gauges and cracks in the building's basement. the millennium's current engineer of record, ronald hamburger, tells cnn as of today the building has sunk and tilted 18 inches. >> this morning my office filed a lawsuit against the developer of the millennium tower. >> reporter: after years of lawsuits, hearings, and finger pointing, a retrofit will anchor the building to bed rom which, to the derision of critics, had not been done originally. instead the foundation was built in deep sand. experts determined that adjacent
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projects had caused the building to sink. >> these people were lying in bed, comfortably at night, with no warning whatever. our hearts just go out to them. >> when you have a high-rise that collapses, and we had a situation in san francisco, we had a high-rise that was sinking and tilting, it affects people's peace of mind. >> reporter: attorney neal mccarthy represented a hundred of the tower's residents who saw their property values plummet. he said under an agreed settlement, residents received a significant portion of their loss. in a statement to cnn, millennium's engineers said any potential comparison between surfside and millennium tower would be, quote, reckless and premature, adding the building was designed with earthquake resistance and is in good shape and in no danger of collapse. the repairs will be completed next year but frank and andrew won't be there to see the
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solution. >> we got out our suitcases and left. >> reporter: people continue to buy and sell units inside the building. the $100 million project under way is not designed to repair any damage, according to the plan, but is designed to prevent the building from sinking further and it recovers some of the tilt. how much? about 50% over the next couple of decades. jim? >> dan simon, i guess that's progress. thanks very much to you for joining us this holiday weekend. "ac 360" starts now. during the force of nature or even the simple fact of gravity will compound an already horrific human tragedy. officials in surfside make a fateful decision. with a tropical storm on the horizon, what remains of the champlain south tower must come down. john berman here in for anderson cooper