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president biden vows to get every american out of afghanistan, but his assurances contradict the chaotic images we're seeing here on the ground. and what could be a big game changer in the battle against covid. cnn has learned full fda approval for the pfizer vaccine is imminent. plus warnings and watches are going up for millions of people as tropical storm henri gains strength and heads straight for parts of new york and new england.
>> live from cnn center, this "cnn newsroom." with robyn curnow. >> u.s. president joe biden is vowing to bring every american home from afghanistan if they want to leave. one problem, though, nobody knows how many u.s. citizens are in the country or their circumstances. the u.s. state department says it is actively trying to track down as many as possible. here's what the president had to say on friday. >> any american who wants to come home, we will get you home. i cannot promise what the final outcome will be, what it will be and whether it will be without risk of loss. but as commander in chief, i can assure you i will mobilize every resource necessary. >> so evacuation flights resumed on friday after a lengthy pause. officials had to scramble to line up more countries willing to take in thousands of afghan
refugees, even temporarily. the pentagon is now confirmed that 169 americans were brought to the airport by helicopter from a nearby hotel because large crowds had blocked the gates. it's the first known rescue of americans outside the airport perimeter. now the hastily arranged airlift is a huge undertaking, but still nowhere large enough to accommodate the crowds outside the gates. thousands of men, women, and children are waiting in oppressive heat, sometimes for days, in hopes they too can get out before it is too late. after reporting from inside afghanistan for weeks, our clarissa ward and her team have made it out of the country. this is what it looked like inside their plane as they flew to qatar with about 300 afghan evacuees on board as well. now clarissa has since tweeted that they made it to djohar. before leaving, she filed this report on the conditions thousands are facing as they try
to flee taliban rule. >> reporter: after three weeks in afghanistan, we joined the crowds at kabul airport, now the only way out of the country. >> there is a huge block here. lots of cars. >> reporter: hundreds of people wait in the blistering heat, hoping for a flight out. >> so we just managed to get into the airport compound, and i have to say, it was pretty intense. just like this crush of desperate people and screaming children and women and babies and, yeah, it's not often you really see desperation like that. >> reporter: the few people that do make it are exhausted and scared, but they're the lucky ones. they've made it past the taliban checkpoints, afghan security guards, and finally the airport
gate. but they can't forget those who they left behind. >> we're getting out. we're happy for that, but we're heartbroken for our country, especially for those who can't get out, those who are stuck here. we're really heartbroken. our heart bleeds for them. >> reporter: what do you feel for all the mothers with young daughters who will now be growing up under taliban rule? >> pain. pain. >> reporter: the back of a pretty long line now. transportation is under strain, they said, and obviously the priority is getting children and babies out as soon as possible. but i think we'll probably be here quite a while. do you work for the u.s. military? >> we are working with the ministry of -- >> defense. >> defense. >> in afghanistan. >> but we are also work with
foreign people too. >> reporter: so you have visa? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: as we interview this couple, suddenly shouts behind us. a vehicle speeds through. that's a newborn baby that just flew past in that vehicle. that was a newborn. did you see the baby? the baby we find out has heatstroke and needs treatment. a reminder for these families that they're close to safety but not there yet. we stand in the blazing hot sun for hours. everyone seeking what shelter they can. patience wearing thin. it's an agonizingly slow process, but finally, we're allowed inside. out on the tarmac, now safe, but the chaos continues. >> i've been waiting for two
days. yesterday since 3:00 a.m. >> reporter: yesterday since 3:00 a.m.? >> yes. >> reporter: tell me what the situation was like trying to get into the airport. >> it was really busy, and a lot of people were just fighting and trying to make way for themselves. but we pushed through. >> reporter: we are certainly some of the very lucky ones here. others, as you heard from that young man, have been waiting for two days. others we saw getting turned around, sent back, told you don't have the appropriate paperwork, and there is no question everybody here is doing their best, but it's not clear if it's fast enough, if enough people can get out, and how much longer they have to finish this massive operation. clarissa ward, cnn, kabul. >> thanks to clarissa and her team from some extraordinary reporting the last week or so. and to continue on this story, u.s. greencard holder hanif
sufizad endured a harrowing five days trying to get back to the united states from kabul. on sunday he went to the u.s. embassy, but found it closed. so he went to the airport to try to get a flight. by then the hamid karzai international airport was already chaotic. this is him in the middle of your shot there. in the end, he got out, but it was not easy. the six-day ordeal saw him go from kabul to an air base in qatar, then on to kuwait. he then flew from there to washington, and then on the dallas, and finally on friday he made it home to omaha, nebraska. and that's when he was reunited with his family. hanif sufizada joins me now share his extraordinary story. you're still trying to process it and need some sleep as well. what was the one moment that will never leave you? >> well, the moment that i
dodged some bullets. i said okay, this is the end of my life here. and what should i do if my kids become an orphan. by the time i reached the airport, it was very chaotic. people were just milling around amid the constant roar of planes taking off from the adjacent military air base. but i didn't know where this military base is actually. i was confused where to find the american forces, because i fill out the evacuation form early in the morning, and it said that if you fill out this form, you will be able to get an evacuation. so it was 5:00 a.m. in the morning that i fill out the form, hoping that i will get a chance to get out of kabul as soon as possible. i waited. i waited. i never heard from them. so then a colleague of mine told me you have to get as much close to the airport as possible.
but i could not because all the roads are blocked because of huge traffic on that day. and until afternoon, i didn't know that the taliban had already entered kabul city. everything looked normal. but all of the sudden, things have changed. >> you made your way eventually after not a lot of sleep and a lot of tenaciousness, and you got on a plane out. how did you feel when you took off? >> well, i was very joyful. to be honest, it was one other british girl with us and one german. and when we heard it, we got a chance to get on the plane. so we were so happy that we were not able to express it. but our -- the complexion of our body would tell us that something has changed. i told the girl that okay, now the blood is circulating in your body, and that is what was
happening to me as well. because we could see, we could feel that we survived at the very last minute. otherwise, it would have been very difficult to stay. had we stayed one or two days more, we would have got painted there because of no water, no food. >> now that you are home, you're watching the chaos at kabul airport. you were there only just a few days ago. how are you coping just watching the images and trying to process what you went through. >> well, it is pretty much traumatizing, because i feel bad for people who are crammed in the airport. it could have been done in a better way. and even our people could have done it in a better way. and the government could have done it in a better way. and the u.s. administration could have done it in a better way. so things got chaotic. and i'm sorry for the people that they're still caught up in such a miserable condition.
>> you must have had some indication that something was going wrong. you sent your children out i understand a few weeks before. did you have an inkling that things could change so quickly and dramatically? >> yes. as the taliban were progressing very fast and they were capturing province after province or city after city, so that looked murky. and i thought okay, they will eventually come to kabul or reach kabul, the capital city of afghanistan. i thought that my children should go as soon as possible. but i had to stay for some business, and that kept me busy. otherwise i would have already flown as well. >> so you got out of there as quickly as possible. and you also have left people behind. have you spoken to them?
>> yes. i have left behind my siblings and my mom, who are also asking me how to get out of here, because i feel pity for them, but i could not take them with me. i only had a greencard, and i know that they would not be allowed to go with me. now that i know i can bring my siblings at least or my mom, and i'm hoping that one day they will join me in the united states. so i'm trying for them. i'm reaching out to the senators here in the united states to help them come and join me and others with their families. >> thank you for sharing your story, and i hope things pan out well for your family. hanif sufizada, thank you. >> thank you so much for having me tonight. >> and we are learning more about how many afghans are at the kabul airport right now, hoping for a chance to leave.
but they're not necessarily all eligible to be evacuated. i want to go straight to doha. nick paton walsh joins me now was also in kabul just a few days ago. we're getting this real sense of how many people are there on the ground, just clamoring to try to get out of kabul right now. >> yeah, i'm hearing from a source familiar with the situation on the airport that there are a total of 14,000 currently on the airport. that's people trying to get out. now it's not clear obviously amongst those who are europeans, american citizens, who are afghans who have got on to the base, who amongst those afghans have a legitimate under the american system right to leave the country under the siv program. i should point out that figure of 14,000, there are a lot of numbers floating around, but this source does know the situation pretty well and says they're currently dealing with 14,000. now if you are able to put 400
on a flight, my math is terrible, but you probably got about 28 planes' worth there, so that's an extraordinary task in and of itself. how did they get to this situation? my source says essentially they had a number of days they were letting women and children, the vulnerable, those in need on to the base, not filtering people because of the paperwork or claim they had. now there are still flights moving. this source says that the qatar are allowing flights to land again. kuwait are accepting provided those people are on their way to the united states. there is talk of other european countries, possibly even hungary coming into the mix here. it's expanding the list of bases. but even if you take, for example, dubai's 5,000, it's clear what they've got on the airport now, they're going need three dubais. so the question really is how long does this go on for. now president joe biden was clear they're definitely getting all the american citizens off, although they don't know how many there are still in
afghanistan, and he made a suggestion that they do want to do the best they can for afghan allies. now according to my source, the conversation about how long this goes on for is already happening on the base, and the concern i think amongst defense officials is that there is probably about another week in which they can do this. i mean, i have to say that sounds to some degree optimistic because you have this extraordinary pressure on infrastructure there on the soldiers, a risk to human life, and the problem too is if you sustststn this opeit seems to be going well, more will come. if you shut this operation down or you say you've got another 48 hours, everybody will come. so there is very few messages you can give that will stop that desperate tide of afghans outside the fence that i saw on tuesday. clarissa saw yesterday. it's astounding to be in that morass of desperate souls. and it does appear to get worse simply all the time, robyn. >> okay, thanks for that.
nick paton walsh live there in doha. i want to go straight to istanbul. joum the number of people clambering to get out, and that's a concern especially where you are in istanbul. >> it is a big concern. a lot of governments in this region, especially here in turkey, they have been watching this situation, really worried about how this is going to turn out possibly into a new refugee crisis. they're still dealing with the fallout from the syrian refugee crisis. what we've heard from president erdogan over the past few days is he is saying, look, we're not going see a repeat of what happened before where turkey basically signed an agreement with the eu back in 2016 to stop that flow of migrants and refugees into europe. they've criticized that agreement, criticized the eu of not fulfilling its obligations under this agreement.
so he is saying right now, we're not going to do this again. the eu needs to deal with a possible humanitarian situation that is developing right now. not just by closing its borders. he says turkey cannot be, quote, a refugee warehouse. and this is not president erdogan, robyn, trying to be controversial with his usual controversial comments. this is a very, very serious issue for him, for his government right now. they are under intense pressure here from opposition parties, from large segment of the population who do not want to see an influx of refugees. we have seen a rise in anti-immigrant sentiments in this country, primarily because of the economic situation here. the feeling is this country right now cannot take in any more migrants and refugees. they're already hosting about 5 million people. nearly 4 million syrian refugees. according to the government over the past three years, more than half of all regular immigrants arriving into turkey have been
afghans, and this is prior to this current crisis. the government has been very keen to come out almost on a daily basis to show they are not going to allow this to happen, whether it's calling fortify indications at the border with iran, you have the defense minister visiting there, extending a border wall to ensure there is not going to be an influx of refugees. president erdogan working the phone, talking to leaders, including the prime minister of greece yesterday. those are the two countries that dealt with that refugee influx back in 2016 on behalf of europe, and continue to do so. and what president erdogan is saying is that more needs to be done to try and contain the crisis, to try and stabilize afghanistan, to avert this kind of humanitarian crisis from happening. he says two things. he is willing to talk to the taliban. he is open to that, whatever government emerges to try and stabilize the country in what ever way possible, and he is also calling on the eu and
others to work with afghanistan's neighbors try try and support them in dealing with an influx of refugees, including iran and other countries. so robyn, everyone is watching this very closely, very concerned about what comes next in terms of dealing with the humanitarian disaster that could unfold beyond what we're seeing right now. >> okay. in istanbul, jomana karadsheh, thanks for that update. coming up here at cnn, one covid vaccine could be just days away from full approval in the u.s. when we return, we'll tell you which shot could get the thumbs-up, and how it could help increase the rate of vaccinations in the u.s. that story next. sleep number 360 smart bed. it helps keep you effortlessly comfortable by sensing your movements and automatically responding to both of you. and, it's temperature balancing to help you stay comfortable all night. it even tracks your circadian rhythm, so you know when you're at your best. in other words, it's the most energy-building, wellness-boosting, parent-powering,
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up 62%, most unvaccinated on a seven-day average. 862 americans now dying every day on average from covid-19. more than 93,000 americans now in hospitals, numbers climbing toward january's record high. cases 14% higher than last week's seven-day average, more than 141,000 americans now testing positive on average every day. just 30 days ago, the average was around 37,000. >> not only are we seeing a significant number of covid hospitalizations, but we have a much higher volume of critically ill noncovid patients. >> reporter: florida intensive care units statewide nearing capacity, along with georgia, mississippi, and texas. icus filling to concerning levels, all at more than 90% capacity. alabama is out of icu beds statewide. >> we are seeing a much younger
group of individuals who are hospitalized for covid in our intensive care units on ventilators. these are healthy young 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds, who because of the aggressive nature of the delta variant are now being hospitalized. >> reporter: in florida and texas, the battle over masks and schools continues. the texas supreme court ruling the governor cannot stop schools from imposing mask orders. in florida, the state ordered two counties to give an opt-out option for their school mask mandates or lose funding and face new scrutiny from the state. >> my view is that the parents understand what's best for their kids. >> reporter: the governor instead pushing monoclonal antibody treatment clinics that are being set up across the state. one of those sites this jacksonville library, where louis lopez snapped this disturbing picture. >> they were so sick. the picture really doesn't do it
justice because they were moaning. they were in a lot of pain. it really drove the point home as to how serious these people are. >> reporter: this pandemic creating really disturbing scenes across other areas of the united states as well. in roseburg, oregon mercy hospital say they're waiting for an icu bed and one did not open in time and that patient died. the hospital went to the extraordinary step of releasing a statement about it, asking for kindness from the community. and in places like san francisco, they are now mandating vaccinations to enter places like restaurants, bars, gyms, and theaters. the backlash to this pandemic, and this pandemic is a long way from over. back to you. >> thanks, miguel for that. new restrictions to control a virulent outbreak are meeting with sometimes violent resistance in australia. demonstrators in melvin clashed
and used pepper spray as the state of victoria went into lockdown. thousands of protesters marching in varsities as australia recorded the worse daily case count. and still to come, while some afghans have managed to flee the country, those left behind are certainly facing looming humanitarian crises with a lack of food top of mind. i'll speak with the deputy director of the world food program in afghanistan just after the break.
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them being escorted back out through the very gate that they got crushed in for seven hours just to get their chance to leave. so if your paperwork isn't in order and you don't have a sponsor with you, it is very tough to get to this stage where you're finally on the airfield and ready to go. >> welcome back. you're watching cnn. that of course was a clip of clarissa ward's reporting from the airport in kabul on friday as she and her cnn crew captured the chaotic journey so many afghans are taking to try and escape taliban rules. it is now noon on saturday in kabul. nearly one week after the taliban seized control of the capital. thousands and thousands of people are being airlifted out each day, but tens of thousands of afghans are waiting and hoping just outside the gates. and as each day passes, their situation certainly becomes more desperate. well, sam kiley has the latest. sam? >> reporter: desperate for a child's salvation, a baby handed
to u.s. marines over razor wire at kabul's airport. president biden offering a dispassionate view. >> we've secured the airport, enabling flights to resume. not just military flights, but civilian charters from other countries, and the ngos taking out civilians and vulnerable afghan -- vulnerable afghanis. and now we have almost 6,000 troops on the ground. >> reporter: but through the hours of daylight, no evacuation aircraft left the runway, leaving hundreds pressing on its perimeter as night fell. some 13,000 people have been flown out by the u.s. since last saturday, august 14th. many times that number are waiting in heat, chaos, and gunfire, threatened by taliban whips, they fear what awaits them is worse if they stay. taliban fighters searching for one of their journalists killed a member of his family, and artists are fleeing in fear too. >> as human beings, we should
have a value, but under taliban rules, okay, you live, but a miserable life. life is not just about eat org. it is about creativity. >> reporter: the taliban is dismissing allegations of reprisal attacks against those who fought them or work for nato as fake news. 20 years of fighting by the u.s. and its allies has resulted in a taliban triumph and an evacuation of locals s foreigne that looks more like a rout. the sudden withdrawal of american forces and the taliban victory. >> there are hard questions we need to ask yourselves, our engagement in afghanistan. >> reporter: the president defiant. >> there is a greater danger from isis and al qaeda and all these affiliates and other countries by far than there is from afghanistan. and we're going to retain an
over-the-horizon capability if they were to come back to be able to take them out, surgically move. so this is where we should be. this is about america leading the world, and all our allies have agreed with that. >> reporter: the taliban meanwhile celebrating with broadcast parades of its special forces carrying what appear to be captured american weapons. they were all born in a time of war, like this baby who was treated in an airport clinic and returned to their family. if he or she makes it out of kabul, they at least will have no memory of these dark days. sam kiley, cnn, doha, qatar. now keyboarder crossings between afghanistan and pakistan are open again as pakistani authorities and the afghan taliban work together to keep traffic flowing. well, some in pakistan may welcome the u.s. exit, few relish the prospect of regional instability. pakistan is already home to hundreds of thousands of afghan
refugee, and is keeping a keen eye on the chaos unfolding next door. sophia saifi joins me now from islamabad with more on this. what can you tell us? >> well, robin, it is a time of great uncertainty in the region of course in afghanistan, but whatever has happened in afghanistan has always spilled over into pakistan, and also the south asian region. what we're seeing right now over the past couple of years is that china is of course flexing its muscles as well. china has an immense amount of investment within pakistan because of its one belt, one road project. it's got its deep seaport in the south of pakistan in the borders with afghanistan, and just last night, there were reports -- well, there was a suicide attack on chinese workers. and there is a lot of concern about security. pakistan has outrightly said that it will not be accepting
any more afghan refugees. that's a policy that it adopted in early summer. it's sticking to that. there have been visas given to nationals, but pakistan is very wary about acknowledging the afghan government, about the afghan taliban as an official government. afghanistan said it's going to take a multilateral approach. the united states said it's in touch with pakistan as well as with china. so there is the new world order emerging. we haven't heard much from india. pakistan is often blamed its neighbors for harboring terrorism in afghanistan, for funding it. there is a lot changing in terms of how pakistan is often approached, the taliban, for example. pakistan is known to have many, many links to the taliban, and a lot more measured in its approach to whether it's going to recognize the new government in afghanistan or not.
robin? >> okay, thank you for that update, sophia saifi there. appreciate it live in islamabad. so some areas in haiti are yet to see any aid, even though it has been a week since a devastating earthquake there. next, cnn flies to remote towns that have been dealing with the aftermath largely on their own. stick around for that story. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus. science supports these simple facts. there's only one true lysol. lysol. what it takes to protect. do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? now you can sell your policy, even a term policy, for an immediate cash payment. call coventry direct to learn more. we thought
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program in afghanistan. thank you so much for joining us. obviously, it's been a chaotic week. how you doing there on the ground? >> thanks, robyn. well, wfp is staying and delivering for the people of afghanistan. you're right. it has been a turbulent week, but we're seeing some calming of the situation in different areas, and that's what we need. we want the conflict to go away, because we need to get out to those 14 million people, or even up to 20 million people that are food insecure in afghanistan. >> so what is the situation? i want to talk about broadly with the country, but clearly, we've also got a real crisis happening around the airport. people inside and outside, no water, little food. obviously not a lot of sleep. how are you dealing with that? >> yes, robyn, you're right. it does vary all the way around the country. some of the areas where our field officers are already
returning to a sense of normality. we're definitely not back to normal situation, and it is a tense situation. but we're managing to already start food distributions and other assessments to see what we need to do in each place. in kabul, the city itself appears to be reasonably calm, but as you mention, around the airport is the real center of a lot of activity at the moment with those people waiting outside the gates, trying to get in. so we have teams that go out and assess what the internally displaced people need. we need calm to do that, because we don't want to put our own people in danger. but at the moment, as i say, we're seeing the city is reasonably calm, except for the activity around the airport. >> many of the main border crossings have been closed. i know that the one with some of the ones with pakistan have reopened. how you doing?
and of course the airport is closed. how are you doing in terms of actually getting access to food? >> so at the moment, we've got about 20.5 thousand metric tons of food in country. so we have access to that to be able to distribute. the border crossings have all opened as far as we're aware, and supplies are coming in to the country, particularly through tokum which is the main entry from pakistan. at the moment, our supply routes are open. but what we'll need next is funding. $200 million is what we are estimating we'll need in the coming months. because we're about to hit the lean season in afghanistan following a drought already. and we know we're going have to preposition food before winter comes and the roads in afghanistan become closed. we need to get that food into our warehouses now and through to the end of september.
>> you talk about the need for calm. how are you managing with negotiating at least on the ground, particularly in rural areas with the taliban and the prospect then of having to essentially do business with the taliban in kabul to get food to people? >> robyn, wfp has been here since 1963. we've operated through various regimes, including a previous taliban regime. we're used to having to deal with access right around the world. we have to deal with local actors to make sure that our people can get through safely. we have established communications locally with the taliban, and we also have communications established with their hierarchy through the ngo commission. it's a daily business for wfp and the humanitarian community at large. >> how are all of your workers, all of the people who work for
you dealing with what's happened in the last week? obviously this was not planned. how are you all managing? >> it's a very tense time for our people, particularly the local -- local workforce. a lot of them don't remember the taliban last time they were in power. and so they hear stories of what it was like before. so our people are concerned for their future. our people in and of themselves are not targets because of their work with wfp and other humanitarian organizations as well. and our access needs to be respected by the authorities, but our people are really fearful of what the future may bring for them. >> andrew patterson with the world food program there in kabul. thank you so much for all you and your teams are doing. good luck. stay safe. >> thank you. >> so coming up, more international aid is trickling into southern haiti, even as the needs of earthquake victims get
more dire by the hour. unicef delivered its first batch to the capital on friday with more aid on the way. but we want to take you now to some areas that have not re received any help since the earthquake struck just a week ago. matt rivers is there and he flew to this location. take a look. >> reporter: our chopper takes off with no clear destination in mind. flying with charity group world central kitchen, or wck, we want to find remote villages in haiti that still need help. a week after this earthquake, just finding out where the needs are remains a challenge. a tip led us to an island off haiti's coast. on the ground, we're told the damage is actually a bit further west. which it is, seen from above. dozens of structures were damaged and a contact in town told us no one has come to help them yet, but we can't either. so there was damage in that town. and the people there clearly wanted us to land. but there problem was there was
no safe area for us to touch down. and that gives you an idea of how difficult it is to access these places. just because you want to go somewhere doesn't mean you can, at least right away. >> reporter: another tip leads us back into haiti's mountains and the remote town of meniche. destruction greets as we land, and the charity starts to assess the damage. >> in terms of figuring out exactly what needs what, you really need to go to the ground? >> correct. a lot of these areas are remote, or the cell service has been knocked out due to damage from the earthquake. so there is no substitute for getting out there on the ground. >> reporter: their team fans out, and so do we. the damage is as bad as anything we've seen. entire blocks destroyed. near some damage, the distinct smell of bodies lingers. amidst all the rubble, there is grief. rose's mom died when her home collapsed. "my mom was everything to us," she says, "and now she is gone.
we're just waiting for help." rose is now homeless, saying the government has yet to visit her town. they've had to make do with what they have, not easy in such a remote place. that's where charities like wck are trying to help fill the gap. people crowd around as the team drops off a few hundred sandwiches. now that they know where to go, aid workers say thousands more meals will likely follow suit. and of course it is a good thing that organizations like the world central kitchen have identified this town as in dire need of assistance, that they're starting to figure out exactly what those needs are, but those just first steps, unfortunately. getting those substantive resources actually moved into that area is a different challenge all together. and this is not the only town affected by this earthquake. they are scattered throughout the region, affected by all of this, many of which haven't gotten any help so far. matt rivers, cnn,
port-au-prince, haiti. >> thanks to matt and his team for that. you can find out how you can help the people of haiti suffering from this earthquake. please do go to cnn.com/impact. now mexico is now feeling the wrath of the first major hurricane of the atlantic season. but there is also another storm making its way towards new york and new england. the latest track for henri, when we come back.
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so hurricane grace is now the first major hurricane of the atlanticsy, has just made landfall in mexico for a second time. it's now pounding the mexican coast with heavy rain. it was a category 3 storm at landfall with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. now the national hurricane center warns a potential storm surge is between 6 and 9 feet. i want to talk about all of this with tyler. tyler joins me now. you've been tracking the storm. talk us through where it's headed. it's headed to an area that is not expected this kind of weather in recent years. >> yeah, yeah. grace is making landfall or has
made landfall in mexico. and it's making landfall in an area that is very mountainous. we expect about a foot of rain in some portions of mexico, which is going to lead to unfortunately flash flooding and even the potential for mud slides as well. and then we're also looking at henri too. and henri is 600 miles approximately to the south of new york city. it's packing winds of 70 miles per hour. so it's a strong tropical storm. but it's poised to become a hurricane and this is why we have a hurricane warning in effect for long island and also connecticut. the areas in blue, that's a tropical storm warning. this means we have hurricane-force to tropical storm-force conditions expected in the next 36 hours here. notice it does become a category 1 hurricane within the next few hours, it could actually become a category 1 with the 5:00 a.m. update from the national hurricane center. then eventually it's knocking on the door of long island come the wee hours of sunday.
then makes landfall by noon come sunday. and then lingers in new england for roughly 24 to 36 hours on this track that gives it the new england area a lot of rainfall in very short order. and this area is not -- it typically doesn't see a lot in the way of hurricanes. in fact, it's been about three decades since we've seen a landfalling hurricane here in this area. notice all the rainfall on this track. it will kind of -- not stall out exactly, but it will linger, all right. it's going to be very slow to move. it only takes about 3 inches or so in new england to spark some flooding. what do we see here on the east side of the system as it pushes up across connecticut and massachusetts, robyn? we could see up to 6 inches, in some areas up to 10. that is certainly enough to cause flooding in this area. >> i guess it will continue to monitor for the weekend. we'll chat again the same time, same place tomorrow. tyler, appreciate you joining us
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