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you were driving, right? >> it was superscary, yeah. i mean, really insane out there. i have a car so i was really scared that i was going to get stuck in the middle of it. like, it was insane to be out there in the middle of that. >> yeah. um, what are -- tell us how folks are reacting out there. did this come up on you, all of the sudden? is -- were you surprised? >> yeah, i didn't expect this to be like this crazy, for sure. i thought it was going to be just like -- it was looking heavy. and then we ended up parking under a bridge for like an hour hoping we could just get through it but it just kept raining and raining and getting worse and worse. and i just never made it home. >> yeah. are -- are others stuck? are you hearing from folks? >> um, there was a lot of people here, in the lobby, that were telling me stories about how they were just like at school or at work and just completely stuck. and just came here for, like, refuge. like i came into the hotel and there was so many people in here. and i just didn't know if i was going to get a room or not.
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if i was going to have to sleep in my car with my friend. like, it was really insane. >> yeah. >> really sad because so many people, like, you know, everything's destroyed now. >> yeah. listen, we want you to be safe and we thank you -- um -- very much for joining us. s she is at a hotel in clifton, new jersey. her home is bloomfield. she cannot get home. but man, oh man, it's going to be a while. and they will probably be stuck there. it is the top of the hour. it is just past midnight here in the northeast. and that's where several state of emergencies have been declared. the governor of new jersey declaring state of emergency. the mayor of yo new york city declaring a state of emergency. and towns and cities all over the northeast, states of emergency. we just had the governor of new york on the phone, kathy hochul, just moments ago saying they are looking at a possible statement of emergency here, in the state of new york. um, but they have to meet certain parameters so we will see if she declares that. um, there are, shet said in new york state 31,000 people
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currently without power. that is mostly on long island. 5,000 people in new york city so far without power. the governor of new jersey tweeting out moments ago, phil murphy, 81,000 people without power now. we have got our meteorologist here with us. there is the tweet from the governor of new jersey. and we also have our correspondents who are on the ground. um, first, i want to get to the situation happening in new jersey since we have the governor's tweet up. our correspondent, who happens to be our chief media correspondent, is brian stelter. who happens to be in northern new jersey. has experienced this storm. and the rain and the flooding and the wind. brian, what's happening where you are? >> the national weather service out of mt. holly near philadelphia says there are reports that crews are running out of resources to rescue people stuck in floodwaters. so, not only are people driving out in this rain, getting caught in these floodwaters. the national weather service saying they are running out of rescue crews to help people.
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this is up and down the 95 corridor, don, earlier today, we saw some of the heaviest rains in maryland, in pennsylvania, near philadelphia. then, north toward trenton and into new york. and now, we are hearing about cars submerged near bridgeport, connecticut. so this is up and down one of the most heavily traveled thoroughfares in the united states and that is why it is such a severe situation. we know that in new jersey, a number of different towns have reported serious rescue situations. north plainfield andmontclaire and many others. incredible images out of newark airport earlier tonight of the baggage area. one of the terminals actually flooding. i have never seen that in all my years in the new york metropolitan area. # this is one of those situations where records are being set in terms of hourly rainfall, and also in terms of the amount of rescue operations that are necessary in some of these counties, some of these
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municipalities. so we know, don, the rain is still coming. it has slowed, to some degree. some of the heaviest rains have now moved toward connecticut and massachusetts. there are some severe warnings now issued all the way out toward boston. but even now, don, after midnight, we are seeing flash-flood warnings issued in places like doylestown, pennsylvania. in new hope. in lambertville, new jersey. a lot of different parts of pennsylvania, new jersey, and new york still under serious flood threat right now even as these rains start to pull out. >> yeah. and brian, just -- you know, as you were saying, i was reading that. and you were speaking of newark airport. air traffic control tower was briefly evacuated due to the wind on wednesday. and then, getting reports that the baggage area in the airport, one of the luggage areas flooding there. um, that is a sight to behold. >> crazy. >> again, yeah, it is crazy. so listen, we are getting all of these images coming from the northeast. mostly in the new york/new jersey area.
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also, some in connecticut. but if you look at here, which appears to be -- is this newark airport? this is newark airport. so there you go, brian. proof of what we are talking about. the damage happening at newark airport. the luggage area flooded. # and also, one of the air traffic control towers having to be evacuated earlier because of the wind. this is no joke. i mean, you see the water bubbling up really through -- um -- the sewer and the drainage systems here. we are now looking at -- this is new york. this is from our very own vaughn sterling who actually works here. do we know exactly where vaughn took this video? don't know for sure. okay. well, i think we -- we think it's somewhere in new jersey. so, vaughn, if you are watching this, let me know where you took this video so we can accurately tell people exactly where it is. so there, you can see the roads are inundated here. the mass transportation inundated with water. the big issue is going to be flooding and the damage that flooding leaves behind but let's not forget. earlier in new jersey, there was
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also a tornado that we got images of and there were tornado watches in effect as a matter of fact till -- a state of emergency is heappening until 1:00 a.m. but i think there are still tornado watches as well. and there is a flash-flood emergency in effect as well in the area. look at that. new york city. excuse me. new jersey. stand by, brian. stand by. i just want to get some information. yes, yes, yes, stand by. um, i just want to get the information. this is, again, from new jersey declaring a state of emergency, as well. all restaurants and all businesses need to shut down. there should be nobody going out to go to the restaurants or businesses or trying to travel in this weather. it is extremely dangerous right now. we are doing retrieval of bodies because of the storm. again, that's according to the mayor. the mayor said that -- and police are responding now. flooding in every part of the city. we're at a point where there are certain areas of the city where
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we can't even send out emergency responders because of the potential danger. go ahead, brian. sorry, i wanted to get that information in. what were you saying? >> i think that is the story, at this late hour or this early hour, don. it's that emergency crews are overwhelmed in some of these local areas. where there are rivers or streams that have overwhelmed the banks. we have just heard in the past two minutes flash-flood emergency now extended in -- in connecticut. talking about new haven, fairfield, as well as parts of new york, nassau, and west chester, specifically. flash flood emergency is a very rare term. the national weather service does not like to use it unless they really have to but they have used it tonight up and down the 95 corridor. and, you know, i was just making the point. this began in the south with hurricane ida with louisiana getting walloped. we are seeing these extreme amounts of rainfall happening more and more often. becoming more and more normal as a result of a changing, warming climate. and i think when folks in new york city look out their windows and they see cars submerged or
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floating down the street, they sense, in their bones, something is changing. >> well, i want to get the information. since you -- um -- since you bring it up, brian. this is just crossing now. flash-flood emergency extended for new york city until 3:00 a.m. that is the latest information. flash-flood emergency extended in new york city until 3:00 a.m. the flash-flood emergency that covers much of northern new jersey and southern new york has been extended until 3:00 a.m. widespread flash flooding is occurring. water rescues are taking place. and the rain continues to fall. let me tell you where we're having some of these emergencies. flash -- flash-flood emergency includes bergen county in northeastern new jersey, essex county in northeastern new jersey. hudson county in northeastern new jersey. union county in northeastern new jersey. bronx county in southeastern new york. kings, which is brooklyn county. which is brooklyn. kings county in southeastern new
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york. new york county, which is manhattan in southeastern new york. queens county which is, obviously, southeastern new york. richmond county which is staten island in southeastern new york. and southern westchester county in southeastern new york. all of them, under a flash-flood emergency until 3:00 a.m. it has been extended. at first, it was 1:00 a.m. and now, it is 3:00 a.m. and now, you are looking at the images from many of the places that i mentioned here. this is queens. and as i said earlier, if you, you know, if you took a quick look at this, you wouldn't believe that it is a street in one of the boroughs in the new york city metropolitan area. shimon prokupecz is standing by for us, i believe in the same place in columbus circle. 59th street. and it's -- he is seeing trains that are stopped. when last we spoke. and folks who are stranded trying to figure out a way to get home. shimon? >> yeah.
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and, don, you know, i have been out here now for the better part of an hour and i have been talking to some of the people out here who are trying to figure out how they're going to get home because it doesn't appear that the subway is going to restart anytime soon. so, some are making arrangements trying to get family members to come pick them up. there are some city buses that are running. so some folks are trying to get on those to see how far they can -- can get. interestingly enough, i have just spoke to a -- a grubhub delivery guy who's been working for the last several hours. he said he's made it actually quite a lot of money the last several hours. he's been out here delivering in the pouring rain. and he lives in the bronx. so he is trying to figure out how he's going to get home. so now, basically, it's just a lot of people standing around trying to figure out how it is that they are going to get home. if they can even get home tonight. the other thing is, you know, the mayor has been urging people to get off the streets. don't drive. and while it's not raining
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heavily here where i am, certainly, a lot of the roads are still flooded. people are still out here. there are still a lot of cars on the street. people driving. so some folks out here waiting to get picked up by family members who live in parts of brooklyn which have seen some of the worst flooding. and the other thing, don, i can tell you is that the nypd and the fire department here have responded to hundreds of 9-1-1 calls for requests from people, motorists, people in cars who have been trapped in their cars. calling for help. and still, at this hour, the nypd is dealing with that. the fire department still responding to 9-1-1 calls of motorists along all sorts of highways and roads across the five boroughs of new york city that are trapped and trying to get out of their cars. in some cases, they are standing on top of vehicles. and in some cases, the nypd, even their cars getting stuck. and they -- they have had to be rescued by emergency services
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officers. so, it's been a very, very busy night here for emergency responders. obviously, now, the mta, they have to figure out how they are going to get the trains back up and running. how people are going to get home. i was talking to some medical professionals, people coming from the hospital. you know, there -- there's a hospital not far from this subway stop. and there is a lot of the health-care workers. they are out here stranded, trying to figure out how they are going to get home. and you think about this. you know, for the city, the subway's such a vital, vital part. it's now shut down. like, there is no way for people to ultimately get home, don. >> yeah. you know, when you tell people that the new york city subway system is shut down, that's like almost every road and highway and bridge in -- in most areas being shut down because we rely on -- um -- on the subway system so much and the mass -- the mta, the mass transportation here in new york. that's how people get around. this is one of the most densely populated areas in the country and people rely on public
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transportation and they are stuck now. to get to and from where they are going. many people just don't own cars. um, so it is unbelievable we are seeing. i want you to stand by, shimon. i want brian stelter to stand by. our meteorologist, as well, to stand by. and we are on top of this situation. but, man. what has happened here in -- in the northeast, especially in the new york city/new jersey area is really unbelievable. we are being inundated with water. the systems are being overloaded and taxed. the governor is possibly working on possibly declaring a state of emergency in new york. we know that there's one that's already been declared for the state of new jersey. phil murphy, the governor there, declaring one. and the mayor of new york city, also, declaring a state of emergency. and if you look at your screen, you can see exactly why. we are going to regroup. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be back with our breaking-news coverage.
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so we are covering devastating flooding in the northeast and i just want to get some of the images up so you can see, for yourself, just how inundated the northeast is by this -- all of this flooding that we have going on right now. this is the new york city subway system which is shut down right now. water just pouring in. we are told by our correspondent who is on the ground, shimon prokupecz, that people are stranded. trains are not moving. they are trying to figure out how to get home. we just had someone on who is in the new york city metropolitan area in new jersey. she was stuck out on the roads. said she was stuck under an overpass for hours. eventually, having to go to a hotel in order to get to safety. but this is what the new york city subway looks like and, again, it is shut down. the governor of new york on, moments ago. right here on cnn. um, telling people to get home and stay home. that there is a possibility of a state of emergency in the state. she is checking on that. the governor of new jersey, phil murphy, declaring a state of
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emergency earlier-this evening. new york city, under a state of emergency, now. and there is a flash-flood warning in effect -- emergency, i should say -- a flash-flood emergency in effect for new york and the new jersey area until 3:00 a.m. i want to bring in now, our meteorologist pedram javaheri to walk us through this. pedram, i know that we had expected bad weather. that you predicted it after ida hit the -- the south and came up to the northeast. but this is something that is just beyond. >> it's remarkable. you know, and no one's going to forecast historic rainfall. we knew it's going to be as wet as it's possibly able to get. that's what the storm prediction center gave it a high probability for excessive rainfall. and forecast said 3, 4, 5 inches. but unfortunately, in some of these areas, and some of the more populated areas from newark all the way into new york city, we saw these amounts 4, 5, 6 inches in a matter of just a
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couple of hours. look at this. 8 -- 8 inches coming down. the wettest-single day in newark in recorded history on september 1st, today. so it really shows how things have played out here. and new york city picking up 3 inches of rainfall in one hour. national weather service in new york city issuing its first flash-flood emergency in its history. again, when you have flash-flood emergencies, it's not just flooding is occurring but catastrophic flooding is occurring. water rescues are present. and of course, the very, very serious situation and that is really reserved for -- for the strongest flooding events. and this is one of them across the northeast. but again, one hour record of over 3 inches. the three-hour record came down, as well. 5 inches of rainfall observed in just three hours, don. for this amount of rainfall to take place in new york city has a 200-year interval. meaning there is a 1 in 200 chance this would happen in every given year in one hour. it's never happened. and then, look at the 5 inches that have come down in about three hours time in central park.
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has a 500-year interval, one in 500 chance of occurring. and you put it down in a very urban environment, very populated location. it's going to have significant consequences. and, don, you have been saying the turn around, don't drown slogan the weather service often uses and i really try to point out just the voracity of moving water. at 6 miles per hour, moving water has the same force per unit area as an ef 5 tornado. doesn't seem like much at 6 miles an hour but the force behind that is as significant as it gets. and in fact, water at 6 inches moving at about 6 miles per hour can knock you off your feet. >> pedram -- >> it will move your vehicle. >> -- i have some breaking news i want to give here. the new york governor now declaring a state of emergency for the entirety of the state. the state of emergency declared by new york governor kathy hochul. and there are sits of emergencies happening all over,
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obviously, the state. new york s new york city is under a state of emergency. new jersey, under a state of emergency. also, declaring an emergency telling people, now, i don't know specifically what this means but the mayor declares a state of emergency. says they are now retrieving bodies from floodwaters. i think we should get some clarification on that, as well. i'm not sure what they mean by bodies. um, this is just in from the governor of new york. it's a tweet. i don't know if we can have it. we can put it up. i am declaring a state of emergency to help new yorkers affected by tonight's storm. please, stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel. kathy hochul. governor of -- um -- new york. also, we had a young woman on who was in clifton, new jersey, taking refuge in a hotel because she was trying to get home. she says -- um -- to -- trying to get to bloomfield, new jersey. couldn't get this. had to take shelter in a hotel which many others had to do as well. i am going to get to clifton, new jersey, in just a moment but
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i have one more i want to read here. again, these are coming in fast and furious. new jersey, city of trenton advising residents in island neighborhood to evacuate by 8:00 a.m. the city of trenton is advising residents to evacuate by 8:00 a.m. due to rising floodwaters. apparently, they are saying that the waters are dangerously high. rising dangerously high. we strongly encourage residents in the area to evacuate by 8:00 a.m. so there you have it. clifton, new jersey, now and my colleague vaughn sterling. vaughn, hello to you. you sent that video of yourself trying to get home. where are you now? what are you seeing? >> hi, don. i'm on route 3 in new jersey with the -- 15 -- 10, 15 minutes from manhattan. and it's anything but a normal night here. there's an incredible amount of water on the road. and i will flip the camera around and you can see. these cars are stopped and they're not able to go down the
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hill on the off ramps into the communities. in fact, i have seen a lot [ inau [ inaudible ] on the highway and then coming back -- back towards me. there's a hotel that i was just checking into a quarter-mile behind me. and at that hotel, there were a lot of people that were struggling to -- to get a room. whose houses were flooded, who couldn't get off the roads. it's a pretty bad scene. and also, on -- as far as i was able to [ inaudible ] as much water as i have ever seen. you can see here, this truck moving backwards trying to get around. >> vaughn, let me ask you. ooh, they're -- they are going to do a u-turn right there. can you hear me, vaughn? do you have headphones? are you on headphones? >> i am. >> it's a little hard to hear you but we are going to stick with it. so, vaughn -- and they are going i think the wrong way down the interstate. but listen, they don't want to
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go into that water. so vaughn sterling. just so you know, vaughn is the senior producer on chris's show before mine. so, vaughn, am i right? were you making your way home from chris's show? or no? were you -- >> yes, that's right. that's exactly right. >> so you are making your way home from chris's show and how far did you get? just there to clifton? >> just there to clifton which is about two-thirds of the way. usually, is a 30-minute drive. but we -- we tried many different ways. and was with a professional driver in a big vehicle and we were not able -- we were not able to make it. and we knew, in order to be safe, we had to -- to take shelter. >> so, listen. talk -- talk -- walk us through this because -- um -- you know, when i was at -- went outside for a moment just before chris's show. i mean, just -- yeah, just before chris's show. and i mean, there were sheets and sheets of rain pounding. now, when you get off at 10:00, still raining. was it still inundated out there? >> absolutely. absolutely. at the moment, it's not raining quite as hard but it's certainly
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raining hard and as you can see, i'm sure it's difficult for you to see. but cars are going against traffic on this highway right now trying to find a place to go because there's nowhere -- nowhere to go. but it's pretty dangerous. >> so, what did you experience, vaughn, as you were -- as you were leaving? when you were making your way out of the city, what were the conditions? traffic, flooding. what? what did you see? >> [ inaudible ] mile or two. and then, i saw a bus that was hydroplaned off the road. started seeing cars pulled over. some cars stopped in the middle of the road. and -- but it just got more and more precarious. we tried to do a detour thinking we could go around. that didn't work out. [ inaudible ]. >> okay. vaughn, we are going to watch
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these images. vaughn, i want you to stand by. we have got some breaking news that we need to get to. but we have -- we're going to be back with our special coverage of the flooding in the northeast and new york, new jersey, inundated by the remnants of -- of hurricane ida. but we have more breaking news to tell you about. and this involves the supreme court, right? and that abortion law. the controversial abortion law in texas. the supreme court refusing tonight to block texas's six-week abortion ban. so i want to bring in now, ariane de vogue. good evening to you. i should say good morning here in the northeast. so walk us through this. the supreme court refusing to block texas's six-week abortion ban. this is really big news. >> right. supreme court is declining to block texas abortion law. in fact, the court has just issued this order formally denying a request from texas abortion providers to freeze this state law that bars abortion after six weeks. and what's critical here is the
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vote on this midnight order. chief justice john roberts here has joined the liberals in dissent. remember, this texas law is one of the strictest in the nation. it bars abortion before many people know they are pregnant. now, it's going to remain on the books. and what was interesting and unique about this law is that it allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking abortion in violation of the ban. no other six-week ban has been allowed to go into effect. and let me just read to you from the dissent. and this part, there were several dissents but this one is written by justice sonia sotomayor joined by justice stone breyer and justice kagan. they write, the court's order is stunning presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their
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constitutional right and evade judicial scrutiny. a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand. and then, it makes note that last night, the supreme court effectively did not rule in time to meet a deadline. so, the law did go into effect last night simply because the court hadn't ruled on this emergency application from clinics. so, sotomayor goes on to say, last night, the court silently acquiesced in the state's enactment of a law that flouts nearly 50 years of federal press precedence. today, it declined to grant relief because of procedural complexities of the state's own invention. so, we're still reading through it. but this is a very strong dissent from the liberals here. >> i want to ask you because all three of trump's picks, including the -- the last one,
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amy coney barrett, refusing to block it. right? refusing to block it. and this is -- when -- when folks say, hey, elections have consequences. ariane, this is surely one of them. maybe, it'll settle in for many people tonight. >> right. this -- this can -- exactly true. this is now a very conservative court. and don't forget, way back when, it was then-president donald trump who vowed to -- um -- put on the bench what he called pro-life judges. and don't forget, that's not just the supreme court. it's the lower courts, too. >> ariane de vogue is reporting to us on the breaking news. this is -- stand by, ariane. i'm not -- i'm not done with you, yet. um, the breaking news is that the supreme court formally denied a request from texas abortion providers to freeze a state law that bars abortions after six weeks from going into effect. which means, this controversial law will stand.
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where providers can be sued. anyone who may have some idea that someone is getting an abortion. if they see anything, they can be sued. um, what do you expect the ramifications are going to be from other states as it relates to roe v wade? is it in jeopardy? >> well, that's very interesting now because this law was written in such a way to try to -- um -- make it really hard to block before enforcement. right? and so, you're going to see other states now -- states that -- look at this and try to move forward with a copycat law. that's one of the impacts that we'll see. and keep in mind, the justices -- this case came up to them on an emergency basis. no long briefing. um, no oral arguments. not an opinion at the end of the term. but later on, when this term
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begins, the justices are also going to hear a case about a mississippi law that bars abortion at 14 weeks. so that means we're going to, this term, be able to hear more. and that case is a direct challenge to roe v wade. so tonight, we are seeing a strong signal about which way this court is headed. >> ariane, as i reported earlier this evening, the consequences in all of this. the people who are gonna feel this the most are underserved communities. minorities. women who can't get on an airplane or go to a different state or drive somewhere else to get an abortion. as it relates to texas. but it's going to have a ripple effect around the country, possibly, because other people -- other states will be trying to possibly trying to mimic this law. >> well, you bring up an interesting point because when justice ruth bader ginsburg was still alive. and keep in mind, this action
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tonight comes less than a year after her death. she often talked about if roe were ever cut back or -- um -- scrapped altogether, she would talk about this in speeches. her fear was for poor women because she said women with means would be able to afford to travel across state lines. find a place, a state that was less restrictive. but she worried about poor women. poor women who wouldn't be able to do that. so, that -- her fear there is now beginning to be manifested starting with this order now that -- that we've gotten. ruth bader ginsburg has been replaced by justice amy coney barrett. um, barrett was trump's last-third pick. she was put on the court. and this order tonight really shows that stark difference, right? >> yeah. >> between ginsburg and barrett. >> brett kavanaugh, neil
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gorsuch, and amy coney barrett. thank you, ariane de vogue. we will continue to follow this as well. i want to get back now to our other breaking news you see now on your small screen. now, we bring it to the big screen. let's get some of the video. i think we have some live video or live footage now that was happening in harlem. but this video you are looking at is in brooklyn. this is what new york city streets are looking at -- looking like right now. many streets in the northeast. our brian stelter is in new jersey where the governor has declared a state of emergency there. we are also, we should say, under a not only a state of emergency but a flash-flooding emergency, as well, brian. which includes new york and new jersey. >> and that's a very rare statement by the national weather service. that it is life-threatening flooding in new york, in new jersey. and now, into parts of connecticut. also, in the past few minutes, don, a tornado warning on martha's vineyard.
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that's because the center of ida is pushing north toward massachusetts and causing that energy in the atmosphere so a -- a midnight, 12:30 a.m. tornado warning out in the ocean in martha's vineyard. an incredibly rare situation. and now, i think what we're seeing is the aftermath and all these local communities trying to catch up to the amount of water that's inundated these towns and cities. you mentioned trenton. a neighborhood in trenton being evacuated between now and 8:00 a.m. why? because their river there is going to crest. we are gonna see, in the next several hours, all of these rivers that have been overwhelmed by the amount of rain start to crest. so we saw initial street flooding that overwhelmed new york city. and caused people in their basements to have all this water. and caused all these evacuations. now, what we're going to see is a tremendous amount of river flooding as it heads downhill into these towns and that's why you are hearing about additional evacuation orders that are happening in parts of
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pennsylvania. this is really eastern pennsylvania. and then, new jersey and into new york. you know, it -- the -- as you can see where i am, the rain happens to be slowing down. but the flooding emergency is just beginning, don. >> uh-huh. absolutely. so, brian, thank you. brian is in new jersey where the governor of new jersey, phil murphy, has declared a state of emergency in response to the rain and the wind and the flooding that ida is bringing to the region. the governor of new york declaring a state of emergency for those affected by tonight's storm. they said that she wants to help with the emergency. getting resources to people. please, stay off the roads. to avoid all unnecessary travel. that is a direct quote from her tweet. and then, also, the mayor of new york city declaring a state of emergency because what you are seeing on your screen is what's happening right now. mass transportation really at a standstill in new york city, especially the subways. what you saw earlier were buses that had been inundated with water going through floodwaters. we will continue to follow this
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breaking news. by the way, this new york flash-flood emergency extended until 3:00 a.m. and we're live on the air. we're going to guide you all through it. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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we just drove down from albany where we just extended the rent moratorium to january 15th. and let me tell you, the highway, route 17, was shut down. and we were shut down for about an hour and a half. and when we got to go after the tow trucks moved all the cars that flooded out and going south, going north, cars were all on the side of the road. it's terrible out here, and that's why the governor of new jersey and new york basically declared a state of emergency. and i'm being told that when we approach the george washington bridge, the sign said 95 north which is the intersection from north to south from florida all the way up is closed. but we were able to get off the bridge. and now, we're in washington heights. and let me just tell you, this is a terrible situation with the remnants of hurricane ida. >> representative, you -- you
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said you were in washington heights and uptown, a little bit high ever ground than downtown. doesn't usually flood as much -- um -- >> yes, you're right, don. but the subways are, i'm told, that on n wood, it's 6 feet of water. um, the -- before we had 157th street where you saw people up to their waists in water trying to get in the subways. the bottom line is that when it rains and pours like this, it's going down into the subway systems and that's why the subways are closed. the roads are closed. basically, people are -- i heard earlier, people are logging into hotels in order to basically stay alive. and -- and their cars are not flooded out. we -- we happened to make it home in time. but it -- it's terrible out there. in fact, if i would have known
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what the situation was when i left albany, i would've stayed and spent the night in albany and headed home tomorrow. >> well, thank you. go on. >> yeah, state senator, robert jackson. not johnson but that's okay. >> i got you. i got you. i got you. i just read -- i just looked at my notes and i was going to correct that. thank you, state senator johnson. state senator robert johnson -- jackson, jackson, jackson. represents the -- the west side of manhattan. um, listen. thank you for joining us. and we're glad that you're safe and we hope others stay safe and that they, if they are at home, that they stay home. if they're stuck, that they are able to get home. but i think it's gonna be quite a night for a lot of people in the metropolitan area. again, new york state senator robert jackson representing the west side of manhattan joining us by phone now. a quick break. more updates on the other side. did you know faded, dingy, and rough fabrics are often caused by layers of residue trapped inside? things like hard water m metal, odors, and oils.
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so joining me now by phone is john. he is the new york city emergency management department commissioner. joining us by phone. thank you, sir. what are you seeing out there? what do you know? what can you add to -- to what we're -- our knowledge here? >> yeah. thanks, don, appreciate it. um, you know, we're seeing a lot of what you were showing on the screen. right? we are seeing a lot of flooding, citywide. we are seeing unfortunately people's basements are being flooded. you know, people are getting stuck in their cars across the city. this came in, you know, fast and furious. and obviously, you know, the city has some difficulty absorbing that much water in a short period of time. and, you know, as you are showing now on the screen, we are seeing a lot of subway impact. so we're -- we're lucky that the water is starting to subside. the rain is starting to let up. and we could really start to get ahead of this overnight. >> are you hearing anything about rescues, sir? >> yeah. we're -- we're out rescuing people in the street out of their cars. we've had a few people that we
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have had to rescue out of basements. um, you know, unfortunately, this came in so fast that, you know, people -- you know, we try to tell people ahead of time don't drive into flooded areas. but i believe this just happened so quickly that people really didn't anticipate it, and got stuck. so we have police department, fire department out there with high-wheeled vehicles really getting in there. and -- and getting those people out as fast as they can. >> uh-huh. but you said -- you you believe it is starting to subside which is helpful. it is so dark, the rain is still coming down. maybe not as hard as before. i mean this is going to impact mass transportation for quite some time because i am sure the electrical and what have you on the subway system and buses are out of commission, i am sure they are going to get flooded out as well. it is going to be a morning to wake up to in new york city. people are going to be dealing
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with this for quite some time. >> you are absolutely correct. that's why we asked the mayor to issue that travel advisory and ban over tonnight. we are asking people if they don't have to travel, don't. we need to get out there with tow trucks and get the roads clear and everything passable. we are working closely with the mpa and getting updates from them. they're going to have a lot of assessment to do over night to make sure the subway stations and the trains are safe tomorrow. they'll work as hard as they can over night. there is a lot of water out there. mother nature had a say on this one. we want them the air out of caution and be safe. avoid traveling tomorrow, give us an opportunity to get out there and do our assessment. we'll be starting that over night. as you said the rain is still
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coming down. it is not as heavy as it was but there is still a lot of standing water out there that we have to get more. >> well, we are going to leave on those words. good words of advice from emergency management. if you don't to be out there, don't go. we are going to continue our coverage, thank you, john for joining us from the emergency department, the commissioner is here in new york city, man, all you have to do is look at the pictures and images on your screen right now. this is new york city and this is what's happening. as soon as this water stops and goes away, does not means the subway system is going to start
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operating immediately, they'll have to get in there and clear out and make sure the electrical system is fine. the buses are going to be out of commission some of them because they are flooded out with all the water from new york streets. stick around, we'll cover the situation for you. we'll be on the air for a number of hours until we get a handle on what's going onto see where we go next here in the new york metropolitan area and all along the northeast corridor. we'll be right back. more? at morgan stanley, a global collective of thought leaders offers investors a broader view. ♪ we see c companies protecting the bottom line by putting people first. we see a a bright future, still hungry for the ingenuity of those ready for the next challenge. today, we are translating decades of experience into strategies for the road ahead. we are morgan stanley.
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we are calling the breaking news in the northeast, new york and new jersey. northern new jersey, southern new york. let's get now to anastasia
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brockwin joining us in queens there. what are you experiencing there in queens? >> yeah, been a real disaster, literally came out of nowhere, three to five minutes, my basement became a niagara falls. everything got destroyed. my computer equipment and exercise equipment. l luckily i was able to save my daughter's pictures. >> this is water that's bubbling up through your basement and coming in through the toilet and the drainage system in your home? >> yes. yes, that's pretty much sewage of the backstop in my toilet and the bathtub and it is actually
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up to my knees in my basement. >> how long did it take to get to this level? >> so literally it started about at 9:30 and it happened so quick, literally from 3 to 5 minutes. >> really? that quick? >> yes, we could not do anything, just save the most important thing and the rest is history basically. >> what about your neighbors, anastasia? >> my neighborhood got hit pretty hard. my neighbor is okay, except their cars got destroy but everybody is safe. that's the most important thing. well, anastasia, please be safe,
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we are sorry that happened to you. she's dealing with what a lot of folks are dealing with out there. we heard a travel ban is in effect until 5:00 a.m. this is outrageous, thank you very much, we appreciate you joining us, it is now the top of the hour here in the east coast. 1:00 a.m. it is 1:00 a.m., this is don lemon tonight, this is our special coverage of our breaking news, chaos across the northeast as the remanence of hurricane ida inundate the region. new york city subway is virtually shutdown. the city is banning all travels until 5:00 a.m. all non emergency vehicles ordered to stay off the road. we got more of our breaking news on the supreme court formally denying a request from the texas abortion providers to freeze a state law that bars abortion after six weeks.