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day c on cbsn bay area. >> have a great day. that regreen. an anne-marie green. that is hurricane ida. she blasshe blasted louisiana t people in floodwaters and ripping buildings apart. we welcome you to "cbs this morning." goteamovere alugust 30th, 2021. along the path of e it has alreadyd > hoal tnew orans doctor about how they're keeping patients safe. and rockets are fired toward the kabul airport after a u.s. drone strike kills more suspected terrorists. the latest on the final hours of the u.s. withdrawal from
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afghanistan. first, here's today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> reporter: you're seeing some of the peak intensity right now. debris being sprayed everywhere. buildings like over here, the roof completely off. >> reporter: hurricane ida made landfall in louisiana battering the southeastern gulf coast with an onslaught of water and dangerous winds. >> the storm exactly 16 years to the day after hurricane katrina. >> this is going to cause catastrophic damage. >> this is a major, major storm. it's going to test us in ways that we've not been tested before. >> this is one of the worst foreigliecns i american history. >> in afghanistan the u.s. military is racing to complete its withdrawal by tuesday. >> reporter: in kabul a drone strike bombed isis-k. >> an exceedingly difficult moment in an exceedingly dangerous mission. >> reporter: the delta surge te,
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the hie mah. all that -- >> this ball driven to center. >> michigan winning their first little league world series since 1959. and all that matters -- >> hollywood is mourning the loss of a television giant, actor ed asner. >> you've got spunk. [ laughter ] >> well -- >> i hate spunk. [ laughter ] on "cbs this morning." >> reporter: former saints quarterback drew brees sent out a message to everyone going through the hurricane. >> it's tough, and my heart is with the city of new orleans right now. i know this. new orleans has been through so much and i know how resilient our city is, obviously this is significant, but i think new orleans will bounce back, but it's going to be tough for a while. this morning's "eye opener" is presented by progressive -- making it eaine. >> drew brees saying what a lot of people are thinking, michelle and you know this area well, we're tracking tropical storm ida which slammed into the gulf
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coast as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the u.s. mainland. think about that for a second. an extremely dire situation for some right now in louisiana. ida came ashore with wind gusts up to 172 miles per hour. tied for the strongest wind gusts in state history. at least one person has been killed, and that toll is expected to rise. we've got team coverage of this monster storm, and monster is the word, with correspondents all across the state of louisiana. we're going to begin with vlad duthiers. he's in albany, good morning to you. i see the sun has come up. what are you seeing? >> reporter: the sun has gom up, gayle. we wanted to give our viewers an important vantage shot of what we're seeing on the ground right now. take a look at the rising flood waters that are surrounding these neighbors, and take a look been through here and throughout the night. you can see damage to the home that is right behind me, you can
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see the flood waters, they're actually continuing to rise, gayle, and that is what people are dealing with right now. this is something we've seen playing out across the state of louisiana. and while ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm, we know that, and that is good news, and it doesn't mean that folks are out of the woods just yet. take a look at this. this is video, shot from port fourchan louisiana as the storm was making landfall there sterday. ke a looat txa same spot during the peak winds and rain a few hours later. ida caused devastation across the state, including in new orleans, where the entire city of nearly 400,000 had lost power. and the 911 emergency line is also down. and across louisiana, more than one million people are in the dark, and that could be the case for days, even weeks in some areas. now, new orleans officials say that they are working to use gerso pu watern. crews are out
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damage, and responding to incidents. so that is some good news. let's take you now over to omar villafranca in the heart of new orleans right now, just a block away from city hall, where there is at least one building that is partially collapsed in the wind. omar, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, vlad. the new orleans fire department just walked by here to survey the damage and this is what they are seeing. this building was over 100 years old, survived dozens of hurricanes, survived katrina. but ida's winds were close to 100 miles an hour and look at it, now it's just a pile of bricks. but this building didn't just fall straight down. if you look over here, it went at a little bit of an angle, and crushed this car at the italian pie, the lights are still blinking on this car. this is just a sample of the destruction that ida left across the state. the wrath of ida was on full
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display sunday across louisiana. this dash cam video captured the dangerous conditions in houma, wind lifted the roof off of this building and sent it flying down the street, ripping down power lines. powerful gusts tore this top off of this medical clinic and damaged the roof of this hospital near new orleans. >> ida's winds are whipping through the french quarter right now, some of these wind gusts are over 100 miles an hour. the power is going in and out. and we're starting to see debris ripped off the roofs. >> the winds brought down this auning in the french quarter. and later, knocked out power to the entire city. plunging more than a million customers across the state into darkness. the mayor had warned residents to prepare for the worst. >> this is very serious. we need you to stay in from this point forward. all morning. all afternoon. all evening.
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>> reporter: the storm made landfall around midday. landing in port fourchon with gusts up to 172 miles an hour, flooding h wher rests ignored a mandatory evacuation order. security camera footage at this firehouse shows how fast the waters came. one hour later, storm surge had swallowed the road. as ida charged inland, 110 mile-an-hour winds tore down trees and power lines, and toppled buildings. while those caught in ida's path called for help, help couldn't make it out in the storm. >> it's for a condo, a wall blut out. requesting rescue. >> we're not responding to calls like that. it's too dangerous to put our guys out in harm's way. >> here in new orleans, it appears that the levee system that was rebuilt after hurricane katrina did its job. now we are getting reports that
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one of the levees fail and caused some minor flash flooding, but the big problem here is the lack of power that we have been talking about. when you have eight communication lines that were destroyed, and one giant tower that was also leveled, so officials are saying it could be days, maybe even longer until people here in new orleans have power again. and keep in mind, we're still in summer temperatures. in the high 80s and 90s and we're still in hurricane season, so this could be a big issue. vlad? >> yes, omar, really good news about those levees, for now but your heart goes out to those folks, who will be struggling without power in the days and weeks ahead. omar villafranca for us in new orleans, thank you very much. there are report of serious damage all over the state of louisiana, after the storm hit. full force yesterday. we have more from baton rouge, the state capital, where the governor said last night, quote, there is always light after darkness, and i can assure you, we are going to get through
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this. janet, good morning, what are you seeing? >> reporter: vlad, good morning to you. here in baton rouge, half of the city is without power. and crews are just getting out into some of these hard-hit neighborhoods, because unlike new orleans, the storm came in here last night under the cover of darknple aft new s. hearing anecdotally this morning that the hardest-hit areas are in east baton rouge, where trees are down, and authorities are trying to get into some of those neighborhoods. to make sure right now there is no loss of life. this storm has been compared to hurricane katrina, 16 years ago. that came in as a strong category three. this was a cat four yesterday. but the difference was the levee system. they completely failed. and as we know, 1800 deaths during hurricane katrina, tens of millions left the city and
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never returned. in the aftermath, there was a complete re-do of the levee system. it took years from the army corps of engineers, they did the levees, the flood gates, the pipes, all to withstand a flood water rise of up to 30 feet. and as omar mentioned, we are .back here in baton rouge, half the city without power. the hotels here are full. and we just don't have thank yo very much for that. as all of our reporters have been saying, this is only the start of a very, very long day here in louisiana and it may be hours before we learn the full extent of the devastation. gayle? >> thank you very much, vlad. the people of louisiana are starting what is sure to be a long and difficult recovery from hurricane ida. as always, the american red cross will be involved in that effort. joining us now is trevor riggen, the senior vice president of
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disaster cycle services, good morning, it sounds like your services are really going to be needed today. what exactly will ya'll be doing? >> so good morning, gayle, thanks for having me on. right now, we are so focused on the families in southeast louisiana, and southern mississippi, who for the last 24 hours suffered 16 hours of hurricane force winds and now we are getting that punishing rainfall over the next few hours even as it diminishing to a tropical storm. so we are focused on sheltering families. there are more than 2500plrhelt crossers on the ground, on stand by, ready to deliver service, as they're needed and we expect that number to grow to nearly a thousand by the end of the week. >> what would help you the most right now, trevor? >> so as always, financial assistance is so needed right now to make sure we have the resources in place, that we can get the workers and the supplies and the meal, the relief
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supplies in the hands of those who need it the most, so i would urge a donation at red cross.org and you can text red cross to 90999 and in your local communities, we have disasters all across the country right now and if you can, please go to red cross.org, sign up to be a volunteer and join us as a humanitarian. >> other than money, that's what i was thinking, other than money, volunteers would be a big asset to you right now, you're saying. >> they would, we expect, you know, hurricane ida is not going to be the last storm this season and we will need more volunteers for hurricane ida but there will be storm after storm. we have wildfires all across the west coast right now. where we need more volunteers. and the disaster seasons have just gotten busier and busier as we turned to more of a chronic pace of disaster in our country so we need every person we can to joins us that fight. >> i keep thinking, trevor, about louisiana, listen, you're dealing with a hurricane and it could be a sewage problem and then you don't have power, and it's hot, but the weather is hot and sticky. what is the biggest challenge
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for you? >> so the power outage that we've seen that was just talked about in the segment, that's going to be something that we will have to watch very closely as family suffer through the heat of summer, with the risk of another storm potentially over the next several week, especially for those who can't get out, most vulnerable, who can't get supply, who are home bound and working with our partners at the government level and also with community partners to be reaching out to families, to make sure they have what they need. we'll also be watching things like water, and making sure families have water across the communities. so the next few day, if the damage is better understood and hopefully as more infrastructure is brought back online, we'll be completely critical to the recovery of these communities. >> and that's what we keep hearing, too, about the out ages there, the prediction is it could go on for weeks. not just days. everybody can get through something for a couple of days but we're hearing it could go on for weeks. what are you being told about that? >> reporter: that's exactly what we're hearing. we're hopeful that some will come on sooner than that but the
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risk of this could extend for days or longer, especially in some of those areas in southeast louisiana, where the damage is greatest, we do expect there to be long-term power outages and long-term infrastructure issues and rebuilding challenges for those communities. and so the red cross expects to be there on the ground, not just for the next days and weeks but for the next months to make sure that families have access to meals, to supplies, and recovery assistance. >> and how does this affect you, trevor? i'm always fascinated by people like you who do the job that you do, who get out there in the trenches, who coordinate everybody getting from point a to point b, when you get this word, how does it affect you and the job that you do? >> well, you know, yesterday was a very important day for me, 16 ye watched hurricane katrina punish the community in louisiana, much like the rest of the country and for me, that was a wakeup call, that was the moment i was inspired to join the red cross to become a humanitarian relief worker and i spent the last 16 years getting better and better at that every day and these days like this
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where we have to watch people suffer so greatly, they are hard to bear, but we're inspired, i'm inspired by the work of our volunteer, by the work of our community, by the partners that we see, they're so much stronger today than 16 years ago in each of these communities and hopefully families will be better for it. >> times like this seem to bring up the best in people, trevor. thank you for your time. as we continue to monitor ida, we do move on to other news this morning, including the final u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan. just hours away at this poi itould be mission yet. rocks were fired -- rockets were fired toward the kabul airport overnight after a u.s. drone strike hit a vehicle loaded with explosives. two suspected isis members were killed in that attack. the attempted attempts are not stopping flights however from leaving the airport. the evacuations continue. our charlie d'agata is tracking this final push to get americans
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out of afghanistan. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. isis-k has now claimed responsibility for the rocket attack of the airport in kabul early this morning. a u.s. missile defense system either shot those rockets down, before they reached the airport, or they never reached the airport at all. either way, there have been no injuries reported. and the mass evacuation operation has gone on uninterrupted. a burned out shell is all that is left of the vehicle that is said to have served as the launch pad for this morning's rocket attacks. at least five rockets sprayed in the direction of the airport, anyway, some landing in nearby airports, others shot down by the missile defense system. the attempted attack comes a day after the pentagon confirmed it conducted a second u.s. drone strike to target isis-k. a u.s. defense official tells cbs news, the strike was ordered after two men were seen loading explosives into the trunk of a car. it's unclear whether they were
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rigging a car bomb or loading up explosive vests. but it was deemed to be an imminent threat to the airport. taliban officials and afghan media said instead, the blast killed nine civilians, including a number of small children.th a there could be civilian casualties. as one of the largest air lifts in u.s. history now enters its final hours, american forces are focusing on getting themselves out of afghanistan safely, after helping more than 120,000 civilians escape. those who didn't make it to the airport have been making a break for the border of neighboring countries like pakistan, by the hundreds of thousands. the u.s. state department said there may be some u.s. citizens who don't make the deadline, along with thousands of afghans granted u.s. visas who are left behind. but national security adviser jake sullivan told ed o'keefe on "face the nation" the taliban
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won't stand in their way. >> the taliban has communicated to us privately and publicly they wilt allow for safe passage. we're not just going to take their word for it. >> reporter: he said there would be significant consequences if the taliban do not follow through on that promise. not just economic, or diplomatic, he said there would be other capabilities that would be brought to bear. gayle? >> we're all watching. thank you, charlie d'agata, reporting from doha. president biden paid his respects to the 13 american troops who were killed in last week's terrorttack in kabul. after they arrived home yesterday. one of them had recently posted this photo of herself. look at that, holding an afghan baby at the airport and the caption said "i love my job," ahead we will share some of the tr
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coming up, the latest on the catastrophic damage from hurricane ida. and fema administrator deanne criswell talks with us about the government's response. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." we are focused in morning," we are focussed in on hurricane ida which has caused severe damage in louisiana yesterday and now a tropical storm slowly churning through mississippi. we're starting to get a much better idea of how significant the damage really is. take a look at this live drone video showing albany, louisiana, that is east of baton rouge, northwest of new orleans. earlier this morning, we spoke with fema administrator denan criswell about her agency's response to eyeda. here's what she had to say. >> good morning, tony. we are starting to see more damage now that the sun has come up. i've been in touch with my regional administrator, who is
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in baton rouge, both last night, and this morning, and we're gettre of significant structural damage across the area, potentially some buildings that have collapsed. and as you just heard, several people that are calling for assistance to help them get out. we're going to have a long road over the next few days, as we try to identify where people may be, and people do need to be prepared to stay put for about 72 hours. we're going to get to the state and the local first, state and local first responders will try to get to you as quickly as they can. >> where would you say the worst damage is so far and we have unfortunately heard one fatality already tied to the storm, are you getting more information on that front? >> we don't really know where the worst damage is going to be, but what can i say is that this was not only just a category four hurricane, as you heard, it stayed a category four for several hours. we will learn more about where those damages, are where the most significant damages, are as we get out and do assessments today. >> one of the big concerns in the aftermath of a storm like this is power being restored, i
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was down there for a previous hurricane, and it was days before people were able to get back to normal. what is your expectation? what should people down there expect, in terms of when power may be back online? >> there's over a million customers right now without power. i think people should be prepared for several weeks before full power restoration comes on. you know, we're not going to be able to tell you exactly where it is going to come on first, so people need to bed.it'soio beksw get all of it restored. >> several weeks, a long time, dozens of shelters were set up for people, those have generators. what are you hearing about shelter capacity, are people showing up, or is it still too early? >> there were people in the shelters last night. the american red cross, such a great partner of ours, i believe last night, some of the numbers that were reported are just over 2,000, but we expect that number to grow. as people now see that it can't get back, they can't get back into their homes. we know there will be an increase in the number of people who are seeking some temporary shelter. >> the gulf of mexico, that
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whole perimeter of the southern coast, is key to the oil and gas industry, in this country. what are you hearing about the security and safety of those workers and also those facilities? >> i know that they did put their evacuation and their impact plans in place yesterday. i don't have any information yet on the impacts. again, i think we're going to start to see what those impacts are as we go through the morning today. >> administrator kriswell, thank you very much. thank you, tony. well, cbs news meteorologist and climate specialist jeff berardelli is tracking ida's path. jeff, so much of what we're seeing now is also an ancillary impact of climate change, is it not? >> no doubt. i mean you have warmer water, it's like high octane fuel, and it causes storms that would have been otherwise cat twos to be cat threes or cat fours so the warmer the water is, the more intense the storm gets and the more quickly the storm gets
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intense. and it stayed onshore for six hours. meteorologists all over the country are dumb-founded by it. not that we didn't expect it, but it is interesting to see, and the bayous of louisiana are a lot of water and not much land and soon as soon as it hit more solid land, it began to weaken. wet on the eastern side. we have a tropical conveyor belt of moisture moving into mississippi, alabama, so the east side of the storm is going to be very wet today and through the next few days or so. and we're not done. so far, about 15 inches of rain to the northwest of new orleans. but this system is going to be heading northeast. into areas that have seen a lot of rain over the past couple of months. so here's the forecast track from the national hurricane center. a depression during the day tomorrow. it will be somewhere over the tennessee area, and then after that, it moves into the northeast, and it's going to dump heavy rain along the way. in fact, you know, areas of the hills and mountains of west virginia, to pennsylvania, four to eight inches of rain, and that's going to cause a lot of flash flooding, and it could be very dangerous.
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>> dangerous for a lot of people east of the mississippi. let's talk about west of the mississippi. a big difference in the weather out there. hot and very, very dry. how do they stand, with the drought, and especially those wildfires? >> so this drought is historic. we rlly ha seen a drought like this in 1200 years. that's how bad it is. after 22 years of building up the drought, in the west, and add to it day to day weather conditions like gusty winds and the fact that the soil is so dry, and you have major problems. right now the caldor fire is out of control. evacuations in the southern part of lake tahoe. over the next couple of days, look at the wind gusts in the yellow and orange, 40 mile-an-hour wind gusts and the humidity levels at 10%. critical fire danger over the next couple of days. >> jeff, go ahead, michelle. >> thank you, jeff. we appreciate all that you bring to us. >> we sure do. >> so much so, that i had to jump in and say thank you as well. >> we appreciate your work. >> you're all welcome.
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>> yes, we do. >> all right, moving on now, we do have a tribute coming up to american heroes, how the service members killed in last week's terror attack in kabul are being remembered. rem you can always get the morning's news by subscribing to the "cbs this odcaohe day's top stories in less than 20 minutes. you're watching "cbs this morning." minutes. you're watching "cbs this morning." (relaxing music) [voice] and exhale. hey google, play from beginning. [voice] welcome. [narrator] google pixel 4a with 5g and pixel buds from $499 and $99.
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president biden watched yesterday as the remains of the american service members arrived back in the u.s. during an emotional homecoming at dover air force base in delaware. weijia jiang is at the white house with more on the story. good morning. i watched that ceremony. it was very difficult to watch the caskets come off the plane ad now you're hearing the stories about who these people were. it's tough. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. good morning, everyone. it sure is. and what's especially striking is when you see their ages. only one of them was over the age of 30. president biden said the bravery of these service men and women helped move more than 117,000 people out of harm's way and into safety. he and the first lady met privately with the families of the fallen before watching over their return to u.s. soil. on sunday, they came home. 11 men and two women who died serving their country. president biden and first lady jill biden attended their
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dignified transfer in dover, delaware. the fallen include u.s. marines, a navy sailor, and a soldier. in one of sergeant nicole gee's last instagram posts, the 23-year-old shared a photo of herself holding an afghan baby with the caption "i love my job," something she just told her sister -- >> some of the last things she said was "i love being here, this is amazing work." she couldn't wait to tell me more about it after deployment. >> reporter: 31-year-old staff sergeant darin hoover's father said his son was devoted to family and to leading fellow marines. >> they would have followed him through the gates of hell if that's what it took, and ultimately that's pretty much what he did. >> reporter: 20-year-old lance corporal kareem nikoui's mother wrote on social media, "i felt my soul leave my body as i was screaming that it can't be true. no mother, no parent should ever
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have to hear that their child is gone." 20-year-old lance corporal rylee mccollum will never get to experience fatherhood. his wife is expecting their first child. the service men and women range in age from 20 to 31. all killed doing what they loved. 18 u.s. troops were also injured in that attack at the kabul airport. and right now they are recovering in germany where they were transported for medical care. tony? >> thank you very much. ahead we will take a look at the dual changes following medical workers on the gulf coast dealing with hurricane ida and
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with icus already overwhelmed with patients from the latest covid surge. new orleans is completely without power this morning making an already tough situation even more difficult for doctors, nurses, and patients. this morning, we spoke with dr. mark klein, physician in chief at children's hospital in new orleans. >> we have a considerable amount of damage to the hospital itself, including to our brand new building, which is a $300 million building that literally opened a few days before the hurricane's landfall. we've had intrusion of water on to the ground floor. several inches of water to our chapel which has not even been used at this point. also, water through the roof. we have issues with electricity, of course. no electricity. so we're on emergency generation and have been on that emergency power for a little more than 12 hours.
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the good news is that all of our patients stayed safe. we were locked down from about 6:00 yesterday morning on. we're still locked down. so we've got a lot of staff that are in the hospital either literally not sleeping at all or sleeping on air mattresses, and they did a great job taking care of patients and all of the patients are safe. but going forward we're very concerned about the power situation. we're concerned about clean ava substantial number of critically ill children in the hospital, and we're making contingency plans for potentially transferring them to a children's hospital in another state if necessary. >> you've been operating on when do you expect to get full power back? are you like everyone else? >> well, we've been told that the power grid failure in new
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orleans was cataclysmic and that we can expect to be without power for a week or more. our sense is that there really a timetable for restoration of power. we currently have fuel for emergency generation to last about another four days. and we don't know what our ability will be to get additional fuel in given the situations with the roads. >> without power, you don't get clean water in, you don't have sufficient sewer out. i'm just curious, is there an evacuation plan that you are looking at moving forward past those four days? >> yes. so we began the contingency planning and scenario planning around that last night. we did most of that overnight. and we'll be placing some calls to a couple of other children's chdren's hospitals.
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we don't have the luxury of being able to transfer patients to just any hospital because we really take care of the sickest of the sick. children with very complex medical problems. and so would have to be a facility that has capabilities that are similar to ours. and we cover a broad swath of the gulf south. we're very proud of the fact that we're standing in the gap for children across louisiana and the central gulf south. and if we're put in a position of having to do that, it would be a significant problem for children and families across several hundred mile swath of a several-hundred-mile swath of this part of the country. eah. so much of your staff has thr mental/emoal health. we send them our best. dr. mark kline, thank you, and thank you for all that you do.
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we were just saying, he's been through a lot. you can tell. it's written on his face and it's in his voice and the work dealing with though. i mean you've got the hurricane and you've got covid and you've got sick people and you're trying to work it all out. >> and you got children. >> children. >> exactly right. >> and in some places the roofs are coming off. a lot to think about. >> a brand new building. our coverage of hurricane ida will continue in just a moment. we will hear from the executive director of an organization that brings storm victims and helpers together. dating a pisces. so i'm like, 'screw it. let's talk manifesting. let's talk chakras. let's talk self healing my way through the 12th house. (woman in van) set your intentions. (man sitting) crystals up. (woman) full moon bath ritual. cleanse and find your magic. ♪let it go (huh, huh)♪
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it's monday, august 30th, 2021. welcome back to "cbs this morning." that's tony dokoupil, and michelle miller, i'm gayle king here in new york. vlad duthiers's in louisiana tracking massive tropical storm ida. >> reporter: ida barrels across the state leaving a trail of destruction. we'll have the latest on the damage, the flooding, and more than a million people without power. hospitals in harm's way are a major cause for concern, particularly for nurses already burned out by the pandemic. why the new covid surge is creating a shortage of health care workers nationwide. and see how climate change is making storms like hurricane
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ida worse and more frequent. and wildfires more common in the western half of the u.s. >> but first, here's this hour's "eye opener." we are tracking tropical storm ida which slammed into the gulf coast as one of the strongest h mainland. >> take a look at the rising flood waters that are surrounding these neighborhoods, and the trees that have come chancing. >> this building was over 100 years old, survived dozens of hurricanes, survived katrina, but ida's winds were close to 100 miles an hour and look at it. >> hardest hit areas in east baton rouge, where trees are down, and authorities are trying to get into some of those neighborhoods to make sure right now there is no loss of life. >> right now, we are so focussed in the families in southeast louisiana and southern mississippi who for the last 24 hours suffered 16 hours of hurricane force winds. >> this is the time to continue to remain in a safe place and not a time to venture out
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throughout our city at all. it's unsafe. we will get through this together. remain calm. we're going to get through this better than we have ever done before. thank you. >> you look at that video and yes, we will get through this but it looks very difficult getting to the other side. michelle, you know this weather and this area. >> this time of the year always a tough one and we begin this hour with at least one person dead in louisiana, as one of the strongest storms ever to make land fall in the u.s. lashed the state with wind, rain, storm surge, and even possible tornadoes. this is just some of the incredible damage caused by ida which is now a tropical storm. the video is from new orleans where the entire city is without power. officials say some areas of the state could be in the dark for weeks. east of there, residents in the community of delacroix saw flooding like this.
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ida is currently packing sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. it's expected to continue trekking north and east, drenching cities and states along the way. we begin in albany, louisiana. vlad, what are you seeing right there? >> reporter: good morning, michelle. the worst of the storm has passed. but this is what so many people are dealing with right now. check out video, our drone shot, of this massive tree that crashed down right through the roof of this person's home. you can see straight down into that home, through a huge hole in the ceiling of that house. we spoke with the owner's father who is now forced to cut the tree up with a chain saw just to get it off of the home. and take a look at this. you're loking at a ferry boat in the distance, it was actually ripped right off its moaring just outside of new orleans. and the wind ended up pushing it
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upstream, upstream, in the mississippi river. before it became grounded. tugboats will secure it once they're able to do so. along with all of that water came the fires. the storm caused this home to go up in flames, forcing firefighters to brave the conditions, to try and put out the fire. this storm is also having an impact outside of louisiana. colonial pipeline, which controls the largest oil pipeline system in the country, has shut down two lines supplying fuel to the southeast as a precaution. and the scary part is, we're only seeing and hearing about a fraction of the devastation, as crews still have to venture out and see what has been left behind. so ida passed just west of new orleans, knocking out power to the entire city, and making it much harder to keep flood prevention efforts going. mireya villarr omar villafranca is checking out
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damage in the center of the city. omar, what you are seeing? >> reporter: good morning. the sun is up here in downtown new orleans and this is the kind of destruction that we are seeing in certain parts of the city. what we areot see ma finevents saw in hurricane katrina. this is the first real test of the levees system here that was rebuilt here after hurricane katrina to the tune of $14 billion. there is one levees that may have failed, but for the most part, the system did its job. behind these buildings here is interstate 10. we understand there was some flooding issues on the highway and the water was moving fast and submerged some of the vehicles, and a frantic scene as drivers had to be rescued from their vehicles. good samaritans like the one helping this woman risked their own lives to plunge into the dark waters to pull people out and one person said he tried to pull a stranger from the car after it was submerged in six or search feet of water but it was too late. >> probably about 20, 30 minutes
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before any help got out. but he didn't make it. >> reporter: listen, this is not just physical structures here that are being destroyed. there is some history here as well. this is a 300-year-old city with a very rich history and this building that we're standing at we understand used to be a place where they sold some of the first jazz records in new orleans. the family who owned it basically took luouis armstrong under their wing here. and there is physical damage and historical damage here in this beautiful city. vlad? >> it breaks your heart to know that a building with such history has been damaged in this storm. omar, thank you very much. we will have a lot more from louisiana on the damage, from ida. right now, let's go back to gayle in new york. >> vlad, a story on top of a story. thank you very much. we want to bring in matthew, the executive director of crowdsource rescue, now this is a nonprofit group that uses
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volunteers and cutting edge technology to find people asking for disaster assistance so they can get the help they need. matthew, thank you so much for joining us. i like the sound of cutting edge technology. what exactly does that mean, and how do you use it to find people? >> similar to uber for rescues in a lot of ways. you'll see particularly in major storms like this, we saw 911 go down, which naturally means people start posting video on facebook and twitter and a lot of what we try to do is calm some of that chaos, and take those requests via volunteers, we have about 500 remote volunteers right now, on twitter, on facebook, looking for people who are requesting help, and that all goes into our main website, crowdsource rescue.org/hurricanes, but we also have on the other side a whole team of certified search and rescue volunteers here that are going through those individual cases and getting people out of their houses and into a safe spot. >> i'll bet this is helpful, too, in letting people know that
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relatives are okay. you've been out and about, you and your team, what have you seen so far? >> last night was a very long night. i mean the first 12 hours it was probably one of the worst hurricanes that we've been in. ida was sitting there with 100 miles an hour, meanwhile, before going through, people were going into their at ticks, in the roof of their house and we're in the able to move and get helicopters out. we were able to start moving rescuers about midnight or so, to start going to some of these cases and pulling people out of their home, you know, teams like disaster search and rescue, and high water disaster response, and you know, just some of the teams that we work with. lick i mentioned, we've been involved in about 18 hurricanes now, and this is by far, it's something like hurricane harvey and hurricane dorian, it is the
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worst of both worlds. >> matt, are you in your house right now directing people from your house? getting the information and passing it on to others? it looks like you have quite a little command center set up there. i'm trying to figure out what i'm looking at exactly? >> i am at a remote command center in houston. we're calling it the little mini doc. for the most part though, all of the teams have the web site pulled up on their phone and we're able to use an app to communicate back and forth and we will have volunteers as far away as australia helping out in this little operation. a lot of it is a lot of chaos from the storm, trying to make sure people don't feel left behind, particularly when 911 goes down, and to make sure that volunteers can work together, for emergency responders to work on it. >> there is a lot of chaos and a lot of fear. what's the biggest obstacle for you? what's the hardest part for you right now? >> being patient right now.
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most of those with us have ham radios or gris radios and we're on firstnet, with the network for first responders, however it has been havinge isss day, but a lot of it is teams are into various areas like lafitte, where we lose contact with them for a couple of hours and then come back and then we're able to let family members, you know, whether we found their loved one or not, and if they're safe. >> matt, we certainly need a calm voice and somebody who seems to know what they're doing right now, and you seem to have both of those. thank you so much
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you are watching a chunk of hospital roof blow off during the height of hurricane ida. this happened at the lady of sea general hospital in lafourche parish but many hospitals in that region were already full with covid patients and the stress of caring for them is taking a toll. a survey during the pandemic found that 62% of intensive care nurses are burned out. now we're seeing the wrong-term impact of that burnout. dr. tara narula spoke to nurses who have left their front line jobs or dropped out of the profession entirely. tara, good morning. >> good morning. the nurses we spoke to said both the number of hours they work and the number of patients they're responsible for have them feeling depleted and underresourced. for many it's about preserving quality of life and maintaining a workplace environment where they can give patients the attention they need. spending early mornings at home is a new part of paulette
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rangle's workday routine. for seven years she worked overnights as an icu nurse at a level-one trauma center in phoenix. when covid came calling last year, rangle and her co-workers stepped up. >> some nurses were working four, five, six days a week, 12-hour shifts. you felt guilty for wantin youw were goi to leave your co-workeehy wop thslack. >> reporter: rangle says her training gave her the skills to respond to a pandemic but did not prepare her for the emotional toll. >> when you are working 12 hours straight in these high stress, high-adrenaline situations, it takes a lot out of you. we wanted to be there for our patients, but you know, when we're running on fumes it's hard to do that. >> reporter: back home after her shifts, rangle's distress was obvious. >> i would come home and go straight to my room. the kids weren't allowed in there, and i wasn't touching them. talking to my husband, you know,
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i was just telling him like i really don't want to get you guys sick. >> reporter: after trying counseling and anti-depressants, rangel switched to a job in community health. seeing healthier patients during daytime hours. >> the problems that we see in nursing now are not new. it's that high level that we had before covid that's made it just really out of hand now. >> reporter: linda aiken teaches and studies nursing at the university onnia. nurses. the problem is is that we don't have enough funded, permanent, full-time positions for nurses in the settings where they're needed, namely hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. >> reporter: there are no federal limits on patient-to-nurse ratios. california is the only state that has set minimum staffing standards. aiken says the workload varies widely with nurses in some hospitals caring for as many as ten patients.
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>> nurses make the difference in whether patients live or not. every patient added to a nurse's workload is associated with a 7% increase in the odds a patient will die just after common surgical procedures. >> reporter: in the early months of the pandemic, christopher hayes hit the road as a travel nurse to help staffing shortages at hospitals overwhelmed with covid patients. what is it that really wore you down the most during the pand>>f people that were dying from covid. and then talking to their family members after they died. >> reporter: as hayes rotated through four hospitals in texas and oklahoma, he saw a pattern. >> people just still honestly do not understand how severe this is, how bad staffing for nursing is. i have to take care of myself first before i can take care of someone else. >> reporter: hayes is now taking a break from nursing to recharge. back home in little rock,
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arkansas, he opened a cbd store hoping to heal people in a different way. [ applause ] >> reporter: while they welcome acts of gratitude, nurses say what they really need from administrators are reinforcements. >> when times are tough and things are getting rough, they'll have a pizza party. you know, you guys are spread really, really thin, and we can't get new nurses, but here's pizza. >> reporter: would you ever consider going back to the hospital and taking that kind of a job after the pandemic is over? >> i would definitely go back. >> aiken believes hiring more h savings frew infections, shorter lengths of stay, fewer patients readmitted after discharge, and avoiding paying a premium for travel nurses at peak times. she told us health care is about people taking care of people. nurses just want a sense of joy and accomplishment and to not worry that they couldn't give enough time to their patients. >> more nurses will pay for itself economically. as you point out. but in terms of lives saved, it will also pay for itself.
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incalculable. tara, thank you very much. ahead, bracing for daylight. we'll go back to louisiana for the latest on the devastating impact of hurricane ida. you're watching "cbs this morning." devasta impac of hurricane if you smell gas, you're too close. leave the structure, call 911, keep people away, and call pg&e right after so we can both respond out and keep the public safe.
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as we take a look at the roadways, there is a new crash this morning southbound 242. look at the map with all of the red popping up traffic is slow connecting. give yourself some extra time as you work your way through picture of the san mateo bridge westbound at 92 the crashes still in the clearing stages. if you are taking 101, it is still busy. it is smoky conditions at tahoe resort. it is very close to the caldor fire with a red flag warning in effect today and tomorrow. you can see the haze on the camera this morning . it is unhealthy air quality this morning. through the day it is mid-90s
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citywide, we've got probably over 50 trees down. we've got trees that went through homes and disrupted our people, and it's just, it was real bad. it was just really bad. we were out all night last night. and it got really, really bad. but you can't see at night. but when the light comes in, you can see the damage that mother nature caused. and i've never seen it like this here. >> that was chief david addison from the walker police department outside baton rouge talking about hurricane ida. welcome back to "cbs this
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morning." hurricane ida is now a tropical storm, with its eye moving across mississippi, but the destruction in its wake remains. let's go now to vladmir duthiers albasiana, not far ida made lan. and vlad, the more you're out there, the more you see, what's the latest? >> reporter: tony, in fact, i'm happy that we're able to focus a little bit on some of the smaller communities in and around baton rouge, like the one we're in this morning. because you can see the destruction, as the sun starts to come up. the flooding. the number of trees that have hit these small homes surrounding us here. take a look at some drone video that we're showing to you live right now. just a few feet away from our live shot position, you can see an entire community, an entire neighborhood of homes surrounded by flood waters. we already showed you video of tree branches that have fallen
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through the homes. and it may not look like a lot of water, it may not be the storm surge that we saw in new orleans, or some of the major cities in louisiana, but people are going to be dealing with this for days. electricity has been knocked out. we know that it may be a couple of days before electricity is returned to some of these folks. we know that cell service, and i've been hearing from people who have family here, in the surrounding community, tony, they're telling us that cell service is out, and they're not able to get to some of their family members. they're not able to reach people on their land lines. so that's going to be a problem. and as the power remains out, we're also talking about the fact that you can hear that humming and that buzzing, that's a generator that someone just off to my right is using to power the electricity in their home. james and his mom live in that home. he's taking care of his mom. but once they run out of gasoline, it could be a problem, they don't have power back in this community, to re-fill that generator, to continue to power the electricity in their homes. so that's the situation that
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we're looking at right now and you can see the flood waters behind me actually tony are starting to rise, over the course of the last couple of hours, we started to see cars and some of the homes here that were not touching the flood waters, are now starting to see them closer and closer, and there's a big current that is starting to roll through, and starting to roll through some of that debris, some of those trees, that are starting to sort of affect the folks living in this community. that's the situation here, where we, are tony, just outside of baton rouge, louisiana. >> vlad, thank you very much. continuing our coverage this morning. >> and be careful. no cell service. no power. that's never go passest ow orleans knocking out power to the entire city, and making it so much harder to keep flood prevention efforts going. omar villafranca is checking out the damage in the center of new orleans. omar, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. we're seeing destruction like this caused by the winds of hurricane ida, here in new orleans. what we're not seeing is the
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widespread flooding that people saw during hurricane katrina. this is going to be one of the biggest tests for the levee system here in new orleans, and there was a report of one fail from a levee, but from what i understand, the system basically did its job. but there was destruction away from in accordance, as vlad has been talking about. we want to show you some video now, delacroix, louisiana, 30 miles southwest of where we, are and there is a fire department there that had a camera that was showing some of the surge coming up, some of that storm surge, and just a matter of minutes, that water basically swallowed up that road. that shows you how quick the water can move when a hurricane is barrelling down on a community. back here live in new orleans, as we've been talking about, the main issue is going to be the lack of power. eight major transmission lines o and one giant tower were basically destroyed at that point. i'm in the central, i'm in downtown right now, only power that is on is basically being caused by generators, nothing is
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really open, all of the stoplights are out, so people are thankfully stopping before they go through, it could be days, maybe even longer, before power is on. >> we're hoping sooner rather than later, omar. thank you so much. more than 200,000 utility customers have no power this morning, in jefferson parish, louisiana. just outside of new orleans. ida sent aware pouring into this grand isle beach house. the main highway off the island was left under six feet of water. earlier, we spoke with the elected president of jefferson parish, that's cynthia lee sheng, she said there is a lot of work to do. >> we,ur fir really been wanting to get out there, so we have just, the sunlight is just coming up, so they will get an assessment, and our priority up here is trying to get into lafitte and do a search and rescue there. we know people whose waters ng there, we were getting a lot of rescue calls for high water, so i'm told people were
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in their attics, i've talked to the mayor, probably late afternoon and he was getting reports that the water was rising in that area, so that is critical for us. grand isle is further south. we've lost contact with them. probably late afternoon. we have not made contact with them. so these are the things that we have to deal with today. but now, that the sun is out, we're finally getting an assessment of what is there, but it's search and rescue, our water system is down, we have a lot of water main breaks, so we need to make those repairs as soon as possible, obviously that is our ability to fight fires, we need water, hospitals need today, on today's list is, to address these needs. i just issued a mandatory curfew, so our first responders can have full use of the roads. and i want them to be able to do their job as unimpeded as possible. >> to me, the scariest part is the not knowing, how you are saying you can't get in touch with people, we keep hear nath
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power grid failure is catastrophic, cataclysmic is the word they have used, can you tell us about the outages at your place? >> that is what makes it hard for our work to be done. we have no communication. we have no electricity. it is very, very difficult. i finally got a phone call in to our sheriff, but i wasn't able to reach him, so, but our teams are out, they're out cleaning roa roads, our sheriff's office, the police, the national guard, the state police, men and women have been wanting to go out all evening but yesterday was terrible, last night was terrible, and in the darkness, knowing that people are stranded in water, it is a terrible feeling, it is a terrible feeling not to be in contact with people, and not knowing what they're going through, and when you hear the winds going on, you hear the strength of the storm still, and an absolutely frightening night. i hope that we have good numbers for survival. but we will see. we will see where we are as the day continues.
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>> cynthia, do you think your parish was ready for this? >> i think our parish was ready for this. i think our parish was w-stood this. the things that have happened, you would expect to happen. the transmission tower that went down, it is unfortunate because my understanding is that is a big piece, that is not, that is a big piece of the system, so that might make electricity a little bit longer to come back. my understanding, in the hurricane protection system, all of the levees held, and the structural damage, the integrity of our buildings, for the most part, is good. so yes, i think we were ready, we pre-positioned a lot of assets, but we took a beating for so long, we think that our parish, the landfall around 11:00 yesterday, and last night, i stepped out, i'm at the emergency operations center, the winds were just incredible still, late into the evening. so we just took a battering for so long. and you know, some structures
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were standing for a while, and then they just weakened. you just can't take it for that kind of a period of time. the power of that storm that we had. we are going to put our community back together. we are strong people. i have no doubt. we will come back stronger. it has just been a really, really tough time for us. >> cynthia, michelle miller here. so many of us who are from the area, your late father, harry lee, did an incredible job during hurricane katrina, quick lesson from him, if you could, on what prepared you? >> michelle, i know you knew him, and it is so strange that it is surreal, that he fought, this andy best fritold me 16ea lyou'reight is, that dn'egister in my mind until yesterday. i am with many people who served with him who are serving this time. many of our first responders worked katrina and are now working this storm. it is horrifying what our community has to go through. but you know what we're made of. you know the strength we have.
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we will come back. we are energized and we are committed to doing what we need to do today. but we have a system failure across the board. water, electricity. it's going to take some time. >> cynthia lee, i can tell you're tough, and i can tell you are tough and you are ready and you are strong. thank you so much for joining us this morning. we're all thinking about
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we we want to take time now to remember a hollywood legend, actor ed asner died yesterday in his home in california. he was 91 years old. >> he played the gruff newsman lou grant on the mary tyler moore show, love that show, and he had memorable roles on the big screen. carter evans has more on his life story. >> you've got spunk. >> well -- >> i hate spunk. [ laughter ] >> that line from the first episode of the mary tyler moore show cemented ed asner's place in tv history. audiences loved lou grant. the fictional cranky no nonsense tv news producer. >> and a certain amount of fear. >> he played grant for a dozen years. on "mary tyler moore" and its spin off"lou grant," a one hour
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drama instead of a 30-minute sitcom. >> how many people on board? >> 348. >> his seven prime time emmys a the ly actor to win emmys for playing the same character in comedy and drama categories. born in 1929, in kansas city, missouri, the chicago stage called him in the early '50s as a founding member of the play wright theater club. his turn on tv came in the 1960s, with guest appearances a like this one on -- >> the untouchables". >> elected president of the screen actors guild in 1981, and he used that platform to frequently criticize the reagan administration. in 1982, despite being a top ten rated show, lou grant was canceled. asner always believed his politics were the reason. >> it happened us to. we've got all of the facts. >> but he never stopped acting. >> hello, elf. >> his loveable old grump in
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2009's "up" was so moving that many wdcademy to create a voice-over oscar. >> please let me in. >> no. >> he would act until the end. more recently appearing in the hit show "cobra khan". >> and he never lost his political passion. fighting in 2020 against age discrimination in hollywood. and it's in hollywood where lou grant will live forever. >> so long. >> ed asner was 91 years old. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. here's a great ed asner story from michael moore. he says making my first film "roger and me" i was so broke and wrote to famous people and asked for help and only one responded ed asner, i don't know you, kid, but here is 500 bucks. sounds like a great film. i was an auto worker once. rest in peace. ed asner. >> a great story. >> i think, so too. >> thank you, patty, for brining it to my attention. >> thank you, michael moore for
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have you noticed we have been breaking a lot of records lately when it comes to dangerous weather? i bet you. have ida is one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit louisiana but we've had a number of storms lately that have been described as a once in a generation. jeff berardelli is our cbs news meteorologist and climate specialist. i know you have noticed, climate specialist. >> i've been busy. >> what is happening here? >> there is nor more energy in the system. whenever there is more energy in the system, you are adding more heat, for everything. for fires in the west, evaporate more moisture and the ground gets drier and the worst drought in 100 years ago in the west and
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in the east in the gulf of mexico, waters are temperature for the waters and ida moved over some of the warmest weather in the gulf of mexico and made warmer by krooimt change limatee and the atlantic warmer temperature is two degrees warmer. >> and when you have warmer weather, what does that translate to? >> there is more energy for storms to feed off. for every one degree or two degree increase fahrenheit in water temperature, there is a 20 mile-an-hour increase in an intensity of the storm. that is tremendous. >> looking at the surface temperatures. 88 to 90 degrees is really bathtub temperature. >> it is. first it moved over ocean heat content in the gulf of mexico and then surface waters that were 88 to 90 degrees, and so yes, this is high octane fuel. it's like putting steroids into a storm. the storm is still going to happen. it rapidly intensified. in fact, rapid intensification has increased 5 miles an hour per decade for the past four decades and now it it is two times likely that a hurricane will jump from a run-of-the-mill hurricane to a major cat three,
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cat four, cat five, two times more likely because of primarily climate change and a warmer climate. >> it is almost a vicious cycle, because as it ramps up energy in wung place, it does something else some place else. >> some places get drier and some areas get wetter. and if you're poor you get poorer and rich, you get richer. >> compared to 100 miles an hour and 150 miles an hour. how much more damage do you think there is? >> don't say double. >> 200 times. >> you saw the graphic. >> 250 times more damage potentially. >> you're a genius. >> i had an inkling. >> you know, i've lived with hurricanes. when you live in the gulf, you keep your eyes open. >> so that's why a couple of degrees really, really matters. and remember, the most vulnerable people are the ones that are suffer can ing the mos they contribute the least to climate change. >> i know when you're in the
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