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i'm kaitlan collins live in times square. john berman is in west chester county, assessing the damage because we're starting with breaking news this morning after there were torrential rains and catastrophic flooding that hit the northeast causing a lot of damage overnight and stranding people in their cars, causing people to be evacuated from the subway here in new york and at least eight people have died in new york and new jersey. several of them after calling for help after rising flood waters. both states are now under states of emergency. new york city had the heaviest single hour of rain in the city's history. and flash flooding has stranded thousands in the subway overnight and like i said, trapping people in their cars. rescues were happening throughout the city as new york city's major imposed a travel ban until about an hour ago due to the dangerous flood conditions. at least one tornado reported touching down in new jersey. and the storm is now moving up the east coast with an eye on boston. we're going to go to john
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berman. john, i know you're seeing cars that have just been left on the side of the road because people had simply no other option. >> reporter: yeah. not even the side of the road, kaitlan. i'm two miles north of the city. i've been trying to get to work for the last several hours and it's impossible. i'm going to try to show you why. now, this is not a high-tech operation. i'm standing here literally with two cell phones trying to shoot this. i'm going to turn around and turn my camera around, if i can. all right. and so you can see, i think, these cars just parked on this road. i see some 20 cars just parked here. the ground here is covered with this muddy film. and i see -- yeah, one, two, three, four, five, six, at least a dozen as far as i can see. there are no drivers. the drivers are long gone.
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these cars have just been abandoned. and here is the thing that's truly amazing about this if people can see this and get a conception of what i'm talking about here, i'm walking southbound. this is a southbound lane that i'm on. all these cars are pointed north or pointed nowhere. i guess at some point they got off the road they were supposed to be on and just thought they could get on this northbound lane going the wrong way and they gave up. and they just abandoned ship. so now there are these cars just parked abandoned on the wrong side of the road in a few inches of mud and traffic is stopped, you know, for half a mile a mile going back. so there's just no way to get in. i could tell you last night where i live, the rain was just torrential.
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it was coming down 3 inches or so in an hour. let me try to flip the camera around here again. i can't do that. there we go. there's me. coming down about three inches in a one hour. and when i left my house this morning, a while ago now, i mean, there was a giant tree on the street with the power lines down. so there's tens of thousands of people without power in this area. and just, you know, you can see flood waters depending on where you go, you know, two, three feet higher than they normally are. so, this year, kaitlan, is the situation that people are facing all around the city. i can't imagine what it's like even in the city in worst parts where you are. >> yeah. john, we knew there was going to be rain. we did not know there was going to be this much rain, right? >> yeah. the forecast -- there was rain in the forecast. but i don't think anyone had a sense that there would be this much flooding or things would be quite as shut down as they are.
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look, to be completely honest, if i knew it was going to be that bad, i would have slept in the office overnight so i didn't get stuck on the road where i am right now. >> yeah, yeah. new york city there was a travel ban in effect until about 5:00 a.m. this morning because the roads were that dangerous. and so many people, as you see there those cars caught out on the road as this was happening last night. and the videos coming out of new york city are just stunning in and of itself because there were buses that were going through several feet of flood water. of course, just a few inches can sweep you off your feet. just a foot of water can wash away your car. so these are incredibly dangerous conditions that so many people in new york were caught in last night. we're here in times square and you can see people kind of coming out and talking about how stunned they were by what had happened overnight and how this really caught people off guard. and it's having deadly consequences as well. i want to go to polo sandoval who is in newark, new jersey, and of course, polo, we know there have been deaths reported
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out of new jersey. what are you hearing from officials on the ground about what they're seeing as they're waking up this morning and trying to assess the level of damage that happened overnight? >> reporter: kaitlan, also no shortage of damage, particularly in southern new jersey. i have to tell you, when i drove into new jersey from new york this morning, there were also plenty of those abandoned vehicles on the highway creating a very different hazard. this is what the aftermath looks like. for most it's traffic trouble. some of the major highways one in particular outside of downtown newark that leads into newark's international airport is blocked. so that is leaving drivers this morning with few options to get around. >> reporter: hurricane ida's remnants pummelling the northeast and mid atlantic unleashing strong winds, even tornadoes throughout the region. governors in new york and new jersey declaring states of emergency. >> it's always quite shocking
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when you see the streets of new york looking like the river is flowing and people just in shock of what's going on. >> reporter: multiple sightings of tornadoes in the garden state. >> i heard, you know, this rattle and my daughter ran out and said get in the house, quick. >> reporter: one confirmed tornado tearing through this town just outside of philadelphia destroying several homes in its path. >> we hear just a little noise and next thing we heard we hear everything breaking. >> reporter: the severe weather bringing new york city to a standstill. heavy rains creating waterfalls rushing into subway stations and overflowing down the stairs on to the tracks. dangerous conditions forcing the city to sus send all subway service. others stranded for hours at stations including this one in times square with no way to leave safely. some service returning close to 3:00 a.m. allowing passengers to finally go home. record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding causing the mayor to issue a state of emergency. >> what we're hearing from
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different parts of the five boroughs very troubling. we're seeing a kind of rainfall we almost never see, this kind of speed with which the rain has come. everyone has to get to safety. >> reporter: the unprecedented rain turning roads and highways into rivers. the floods filling up this baggage claim area in new jersey's newark airport the storm forcing the facility into a ground stop temporarily. fire and rescue crews finding one person dead at this flooded complex in maryland. wind pushing around parts of the u.s. open, sending fans scrambling to leave in the downpours. outside pittsburgh, rescue crews pulling 41 passengers trapped in flood waters on a school bus wednesday morning. and in new york, and new jersey, first responders working around the clock, rescuing people stranded in their cars. local leaders urging residents to continue to be careful. >> there's no way we could have predicted how bad this storm would get. the intense rainfall, the concentration of water, which
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can result in trees coming down, cars can be repaired, property can be replaced but the loss of life cannot. >> reporter: at newark's liberty international airport we're told just before midnight that flight operations did resume at limited capacity but still really important, kaitlan, folks who may have flight plans today to check with airlines. getting to the airplane alone will prove to be a headache. getting around is certainly not easy in the aftermath of the storm that we experienced yesterday. kaitlan? >> yeah. polo, newark airport looked more like a port than an airport with all that water rushing in overnight. of course, in new york, this is the first flash flood emergency. not a warning, it's an emergency. and the first time this has ever happened here in new york city. and the metropolitan transit authority is now reporting people were on the subway as this was happening. you've seen these images of
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water rushing down the stairwells while people were trying to get on trains. they were stuck on these trains for several hours. they had to be evacuated. so we are going to go to shimon prokupecz live in a subway station right now. what are you seeing down there? are any of these lines even running right now? >> reporter: so, i'm just under ground from where you are, kaitlan at 42nd street in times square. it's just been packed here all night. i've been here since i would say around midnight. and it just stayed this way. let me show you what's going on here so you can see for yourself. many of the people -- this train here i just want to tell you has been here since 9:45 last night. this train pulled into the station and has not left. and there are people who have been here since 10:00 p.m. last night. these people sitting here you can see one woman she took her shoes off just to get more comfortable. there's no way for many of these people to get home. the subways are their life. this is the way they get home. many of them coming from work.
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this woman here, she's a nurse's aide. she was coming from work. trying to get home. and this is the way folks get home here. most of the people can't afford cab. can't afford an uber. so this is what they rely on. it's been very upsetting for a lot of people. they've been spending the night here. i came here around midnight or so. it's been the same people here for the last several hours who have just been sleeping here, sleeping on these benches. some other people here all along the staircases and a lot of people are just frustrated. one thing that's been happening here, no mta representatives have come here to talk to anyone. there have been these overhead announcements saying that service is limited. and that there is no service at this particular stop. but that's about it. but people are still streaming in here. in the last hour or so people trying to get to work have been streaming into here thinking
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they see a train thinking they can get on it. they run to the train only to be told, well, this train is not going anywhere. this has been really the scene here the whole night. so many people spending their night here sleeping, haven't eaten. i talked to a woman earlier who said she was starving. she was afraid to leave the subway station because she was afraid she was going to miss her train. so she was afraid to leave, afraid to get water. finally she left. and i told her stores are open. you can go outside and you can come back in. so she left and she never came back. and now the big thing is, you know, for folks like the ones i was talking about earlier who have been out here sleeping on these benches, taking their shoes off now since 10:00 p.m. how are they going to get home? and that's the big thing. it's heart breaking in some ways to see this. and then just to see people laying on these subway platforms, sleeping, taking their shoes off, couple of people making friends.
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but the big question now is for some of these folks, how are they going to get home when this is their only way to get home. and of course, for them, they didn't expect this. you know, they got here and thought they would be able to get home. no one knew how bad this was going to be. and now the big question is how are they going to get home? a lot of people can't afford to take ubers. they can't afford to take taxis home. so, what happens next? and that's the big question. there's no indication here, kaitlan, that the subway is going to come back any time soon. certainly at this station. people have been coming up to me asking me for information. and so i tell them, well, go take the a-train which is also -- we hear times square surrounded by several subway -- different stops. different lines. i tell them, well, you can go take the a-train, the c train. that is running limited stops. otherwise they don't know. and now what's happening is it's all filling up because people are trying to get to work.
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so we'll see how this plays out through the day. some of the buses are running, but people don't want to take buses. they want to take the train. and i'm just amazed at how these people have been able to sit here through the night, not leave and just wait and wait and wait in hopes of getting home. this one gentleman has been here since 10:00 p.m., he has to go back to work at 2:00 p.m. i have to go back to work. so, we'll see what happens. but it's just, you know, for some of these people certainly it's been difficult to see them here sleeping this way for this many hours, kaitlan. >> yeah. that man stuck there for eight hours if he is still there. of course a lot of these happened as people were commuting, trying to get home last night. but even coming aboveground, not taking the subway, a lot of buses were stuck overnight because they were out driving the middle of this and getting a taxi and uber is also an added delay. as you saw from john berman and what we have seen throughout new
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york but new jersey, car were stranded in the road as well. people left them because there was really no other option. we expect a lot more delays this morning as people are heading to work. we're seeing a ton of people walk by us here in times square. we'll check back to see how the subway is running, if those delays are getting any better shortly. now, i want to go to the acting chair of the metropolitan transit authority. of course you have been up all night, i imagine, dealing with these evacuations of these subway stations as you saw these videos of water rushing in. what can you tell us about what the status is right now? you just heard shimon's report, people have been under ground in the subway stations since about 10:00 p.m. last night. >> kaitlan, your reporting has been spot on. this historic storm did a number on all of the infrastructure in the new york region. and the subways are no exception. we starting last night suddenly
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we had a normal rush hour going pretty much up until after 9:00 p.m. then that 9 to 10:00 p.m. historic one-hour rain fall really started to take out our service. what we're doing now is when the rain abated we began attacking the problem. obviously water and power don't mix. so we had to wait for the rain to abate. right now we're bringing service up. we have service on a number of lines. and we're starting to put other lines up as well. shimon said, the a-train, which is a block away from that times square station is operating. the commuter railroads extremely limited service this morning. they have major power issues, mud slides and we're really discouraging folks from traveling on the commuter railways. but thanks to our bus drivers who did an amazing job overnight, heroic work to get people home from where people were stranded all over the city, working through the night. we are able to provide transportation in many cases
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through the bus system and through increasingly operational subway system. >> and i know you tweeted overnight that evacuations had been under way for those people who were stuck on subways, stuck on buses as this flooding was happening. how many people were stuck? how many people did you have to get out? how did you do that? >> well, you know, we had a couple hundred trains operating in the subway system at the time that this one-hour historic rainfall overtook everybody. and about roughly between 15 and 20 trains did get stranded and folks needed to be rescued. those rescues were effectuated successfully with no injuries in tandem with the fire department and the nypd. it was done successfully, took a couple of hours. most important thing is we did get people out safely and we're now under way in getting all the trains moved so that we can resume a more normal service pattern in the subways.
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>> what is the time frame on that looking like? when do you think it is going to be back to normal? or are you still pumping water out of these stations? >> yeah. we have an extraordinary pumping capacity which is obviously grown significantly since sandy. we spent a lot of money to make sure we have a lot of pumping capacity, but that really can only begin and more important the inspections of the track and the electrical systems so we can turn the power on can only begin once the water abated in the middle of the night between 3 and 4:00 a.m. but we have thousands of people literally out doing those inspections, getting the systems back up and running. and we're hopeful that by the end of today we're going to see a much more normal service pattern. but as i said, your colleague john in the commute -- in the northern suburbs, the metro north commuter rail railroad is going to be pretty much out through at least much of the day and the long island railroad
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service is somewhat constrained as well. we're looking at a regional emergency system that hit the entire transportation system. >> okay. so you're hoping by the end of the day the subway system will look back to normal. we'll check back in with you throughout the day to see how that is going. and right now, our special coverage on cnn is going to continue next. i'm kaitlan collins live in times square as we saw catastrophic flooding in the northeast overnight after the remnants of hurricane ida just de stated the area with setting records for rainfall and as new york and new jersey right now are both under states of emergency. we'll be right back. >> announcer: "new day," brought to you by -- to be a thriver with metastatic breast cancer means asking for what we want, and need... and we need more time. so, we want kisqali. living longer is possible and proven with kisqali when taken with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor
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kaitlan collins, live in times square after new york and new jersey are both under states of emergency after there was catastrophic flooding overnight that has stranded travelers throughout the city, throughout new jersey as well and there have been eight deaths reported related to these storms. we're covering at cnn. i want to go to christine romans who is in new jersey where people have abandoned their cars because they were essentially left with no options given how quickly this rainfall happened overnight, setting records happening within just an hour with several inches falling. christine, what are you seeing? are there any people out there? or just people who left their cars and tried to get to safety overnight? >> so, some people are trying to take to the roads and creep out but authorities are saying don't do that. stay home. they're still trying to figure out what kind of hazards are in these roads. behind me you can see a couple cars were abandoned here in the water or washed here. it's unclear. there are cars willy nilly all
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over this county here. i'm in clifton, new jersey, that is pa say yak county where there was a fatality, elderly man a passenger in the car. the road turned to a river as we saw all over new jersey and in that river firefighters tried to rescue him and firefighters were swept under the car as well. and that man died, although the other passengers, we're told, were rescued. if you go over to newark, new jersey, for example, the airport there you've probably seen those pictures of baggage claim and how much water was rushing through the airport there. we're told that some parking lots are opening and there is limited flight service again this morning. look, if you're trying to go to newark, new jersey to fly, please check your flight because there are a lot of cancellations and disruptions this morning. you might not even be able to get there. a lot of these roads are closed here today. again, kaitlan, this is a situation where so much water came so quickly, basements filled up. you have total devastation in
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thousands and thousands of basements this morning. cars abandoned. people just as the sunrises here trying to figure out what to do next. authorities are saying, please, though, stay home while they get these cars and this debris removed, kaitlan. >> right. yeah. there was a non-emergency travel ban we know in new york at least until 5:00 a.m. if you're not an emergency vehicle they wanted to you to stay off the road because of these issues. people were having trouble getting home. some people were in the subway since 10:00 p.m. because they simply could not get home right now. we'll see if people start coming back to their cars and people are trying to resume normal travel this morning. of course, christine, we'll check back in with you in new jersey where the governor has declared a state of emergency overnight. but first, i want to go to the queens borough president, donovan richards, where we're told several people in queens have died. several of them who called 911 overnight with help with these rising flood waters a lot stuck
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in their homes, potentially stuck in their cars. donovan, what can you tell us that you're seeing this morning? and have you essentially been up all night monitoring this? >> yes. this has been a biblical storm by every means. this is tragic, you know to have lost about three lives and obviously we're monitoring very closely. i did speak with the mayor very early this morning. so the first thing we're focussed on is, of course, safety, clearing the roads. we urge every resident who is nonessential to stay home, to stay off the roads. and i hope employers are going to allow their workers to work remotely if they don't have to come into the office, but the big focus is clean-up right now and safety. >> and did you anticipate this? because i know officials knew there was going to be heavy rain last night. but i'm not sure everyone
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expected anything like this given how many people were still out on the roads when so much of this flooding happened overnight. >> we always anticipate the worst. i lived through hurricane sandy. these catastrophic storms are going to be more frequent as we move forward based on what we know all too well that climate change is going to continue to roar its ugly head. we're already making preparations as we did just last week to speak with community stake holders and obviously city agencies very early this morning. and like i alluded to, i did speak with the mayor early this morning and we're going to -- we want to ensure that city, state and local resources are going to those who incurred damage during this storm. >> did the mayor tell you that would be available starting today? or what kind of time frame did he offer you? >> well, he declared a state of emergency obviously last night into the wee hours of this morning.
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so, we'll be working. this is nothing unfortunately we've been here before and we really need the federal government to step up, the army corps of engineers continued to drag their foot on projects like the rock away reformulation plan. we don't have time to whittle our thumbs here. we're running up against the clock. the clock is already ticking. we're here. if we don't move aggressively to combat climate change. we're going to continue to lose life unfortunately and the city, state and federal government will continue to pay out a lot of dollars to fix many of the issues that happen as we see these more frequent storms occur. >> yeah, i think that's going to prompt an even bigger question and conversation about climate change coming out of this, of course, after the damage has been assessed first. queens br roug president, donovan richards, thank you for joining us this morning and keep us updated on what you're hearing about people in your area as we move throughout the day.
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♪ i'm kaitlan collins live in times square. we're going to get back to the breaking news here in the northeast where the remnants of hurricane ida have pummelled the area leading to catastrophic flooding. but we do first want to get to some other news that broke overnight. and this is huge. the supreme court has now broken its silence and is declining to block that incredibly restrictive abortion law in texas that restricts abortions after about six weeks, before most women even know that they are pregnant. this is something that people have been waiting all day yesterday for the supreme court to weigh in and they did just before midnight. so, for now i want to bring in cnn's laura jarrett and the co-author of "notorious rbg" and senior correspondent for new york magazine. laura, first to you, what can
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you tell us about the supreme court finally breaking its silence after so many people were waiting to hear for them throughout the day yesterday? >> yeah, kaitlan. this was the moment everyone was waiting for after they had essentially refused to act the day before. they finally break their silence and they do it in a very short order. just a short paragraph, unsigned opinion from the courts more conservative wing here essentially saying you can come back later but for now this texas law stands. and why? it's all because of who is supposed to enforce it. these private plaintiffs are the ones who are allowed to have essentially the police power of the state, if you will, behind them. the ability to sue private abortion providers in texas and because of that, the courts says we essentially we don't have any game here because it isn't a federal official who is actually the one in charge of enforcing it. it's these private plaintiffs. we don't have anything to pick up here. so essentially the court is saying you can come back another day but for now this law stands,
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which is essentially incredible doing an end run around roe in less than a page. >>laura, can you just remind our viewers how restrictive this is and why it's so difficult for people to challenge in court? >> it's the most restrictive in the country, certainly the most restrictive that's ever been allowed to stand. people have tried before to sort of get around what you call previability, right? so if you think about it in terms of trimesters. they've tried this before and it hasn't worked but this time it does. essentially in texas as soon as a doctor detects a fetal heart beat, you can no longer get an abortion. and obviously that can happen as early as six weeks. it can happen before many women even know they're pregnant. so you say you go in for an appointment at eight weeks. you get the heart beat that you can no longer get an abortion in
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texas. and the real issue here is that it has a chilling effect on the providers. this is really a way to make sure that the providers are scared out of providing coverage because they know if they do they face financial ruin. they can be sued for up to $10,000 plus attorney fees. again, it's by private parties. anyone who wants to sue can do now in texas can do it. >> what's your take on this dramatic move? we've been waiting to hear from the supreme court. a lot of people were wondering why they hadn't said anything about this yesterday morning when this has gone into effect midnight the night before. >> kaitlan, this is donald trump's legacy. roe v. wade is dead. this was predicated on a technicality. they only took a few paragraphs, a republican appointee, rjohn
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roberts said this was unprecedented. he decented. i think what you're seeing with the court is that usually they act really, really quickly in these kinds of emergency petitions known as the shadow docket. if they think the issue is important. here they dallied, kept us waiting for 24 hours. in the meantime, people in texas are not able to really knowing what the law is. finally at midnight when justice alito writes, he says, while this is so confusing and so technical, let's let the law go into place opposed to what the supreme court normally does is have a full briefing and have oral argument and write long opinions if they're going to overturn almost 50 years of precedents which is what they did last night. you have chief justice roberts writing decent saying this is unprecedented while he doesn't want to talk about the constitutionality of the law yet, he says that we shouldn't be banning abortion at six weeks just this way through the process the middle of the night. we should hear it properly and allow people to make arguments and then you have additional dissents from justices kagan,
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justice breyer wrote one and justice kagan joined and sotomayor joined and justice sotomayor said this was stunning. she said that the court had failed to respect the constitutional rights of women and said that the court was not respecting its own precedent or its own process. so really an extraordinary night that will have reverberations not just in texas but in the entire country as many other conservative-controlled states are very likely to follow the example of texas in setting up this kind of intricate trap that allows the court to ban abortion, 85% of abortions, without even really having a full hearing about it. >> and you say this is donald trump's legacy. obviously you're referring to the former president putting three justices on the supreme court. of course, i think that reminds almost everyone about senator susan collins and what she had said about roe versus wade.
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but let's remember what susan collins said about what she thought the future of it was going to be. >> i do not believe that brett kavanaugh will overturn -- >> his precedentsover turned. >> he noted that roe had been reaffirmed 19 years later by planned parenthood versus casey and that it was precedent on precedent. he said it should be extremely rare that it be overturned. and it should be an example -- >> so you have obviously full confidence. >> i do. >> so, she said that she believed it was settled law. is susan collins wrong? >> everybody knew it was false at the time. and we know that it's false today. justice kavanaugh was among the justices, all of the trump justices voted last night. again, just in a couple of paragraphs to ban abortion after six weeks. again, rowe v. wade said a woma
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or pregnant person has a right to end their pregnancy before viability. last night the supreme court in a kind of dashed off, past its deadline order not even really explaining its reasoning but just kind of finding this procedural, technical excuse undermined that and made abortion illegal starting in texas at six weeks and many providers are now going to either shut their doors or offer very limited service because they cannot risk the kind of bounty hunters, vigilante justice. when justice kennedy retired, donald trump won and he promised to appoint justices who he said would automatically overturn roe v. wade, everybody knew this would be the end game. >> kaitlan, can i just add, part of what's so stunning about this, this doesn't preserve the status quo at all, right? you've seen other laws that get passed like this you get something like an injunction that tries to put a pause on it and that's what the abortion
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providers tried to do here. hey, wait a minute. let's actually get this briefed and hear argument on this. and instead the court is allowing it to go into effect but by doing that it does not preserve the status quo at all. the damage is done. the harm is done. these abortion clinics right now on their websites are saying you cannot come in and get an abortion if you get a fetal heart beat. in effect there is no more status quo. the status quo in texas is that roe is done. >> and president biden said yesterday that he believed this law violated constitutional rights. and so i imagine we will hear more from him on this today. laura and irin, thank you for joining us. i'm kaitlan collins in new york city. we'll have more coverage of the catastrophic flooding that rocked the northeast overnight up next. 's unique. that's why they customize your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. [ nautical horn blows ] i mean just because you look like someone else
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♪ it's shocking when you literally see the streets of new york like the river is flowing and people just in shock of what's going on, especially the images of what's happening in the suck bways. these are dangerous situations. right now we're in a very dire situation. >> that's the governor of new york there talking about the catastrophic flooding that has happened overnight after new york city has been sent to a state of emergency with these floods, with record rainfall happening within just hours while people were essentially trapped in their cars on subway stations. you've seen the city really be essentially stunned by the record of rainfall that they saw happening overnight. officials knew there was going to be rain. i don't think they were expecting this much rain. we have reporters all throughout new york and new jersey. both states are under states of emergency, but i want to go to evan mcmorris san cho in lower manhattan outside of a subway
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station where they were filled with water overnight and people were stranded in these stations for hours because they're unable to get where they need to go. only several lines with working. the lines that are working are experiencing severe delays. evan what are you seeing from where you are? >> reporter: kaitlan, we have been out here since early this morning. the city is still waking up from that historic rainfall. officials are saying don't take the subway. don't take the bus. don't take the train right now. things are not working. i'll explain to you why. i'm here at the 28th street station for the 1 train which right now, look, you see these green lights. don't let them fool you. this train is not running. nothing is happening on this train right now. let me show you why. here is some video of what it looked like in this station last night. see that torrential just -- yeah, that pouring of that waterfall in the subway station. and this morning those stations are still closed. if you go down into the station,
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you'll see police tape blocking off the turnstile. you can't go in. you can't go on. officials are still saying they can put this thing back together. but they're in the process of taking a very long time. and that rain last night it really knocked out this transportation system. just earlier on our air we heard from the head of the mta saying 15 to 20 trains were stranded last night by that train, by that rain. go down, take a couple hours to go rescue people off of those train cars. so right now, officials are saying, this system is not yet ready for people to come back on. it's been a hard message for people to hear. we've seen a few people try to come on and walk down the subway, see it's closed and come back up. try to figure out something else to get to work. what they're saying in new york right now is don't go to work right now. try to stay home. leave the streets free. leave the system free for crews to get down, clean it up and fix it up and get things moving again. this historic rain caught everyone by surprise and really knocked out the life blood of
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new york that underground transportation in the subway. kaitlan? >> right. that's the main way people get around the main artery through the city and of course now it's experiencing these severe delays. evan, we'll get back to you. i want to bring in kim cobb a climate scientist. kim what we saw yesterday broke records. 3.1 inches of rain recorded in central park, breaking a record set just last week, of course, when there was a lot of rainfall there before that. so, what does this tell you? because we heard from the queens borough president, donovan richards, just a few moments ago who was saying this sets in motion a serious conversation about climate change. >> well, one of the things that we know about rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is that they are, of course, warming the planet, which is something we've known for a very long time and new united nations report just out last month that i was lead author on, indicates new and stronger links between the heating of the atmosphere and the occurrence of extreme rainfall such as this type of
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event. that is because the atmosphere can hold more moisture in a warming world and we've already seen direct links to warming and, for example, the event that occurred in germany this last summer that killed over 180 people. w. and of course the big question that people have had is also about the infrastructure in new york. a lot of that changed we know after sandy in 2012. but do you think the city is prepared to see weather events like this happen on a potentially regular basis? >> i don't think that what we're seeing today is emblematic of a climate-ready city in new york. but obviously we have this story coming out from cities across the world, from communities out west grappling with wild fires that are clinked to climate change. we're just coming out of ida's devastation across the southeastern u.s. and mississippi infrastructure that's not ready for a climate
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of now let alone the climate of tomorrow. these kinds of climate impacts are going to worsen with each additional increment of warming obviously reducing that risk enacting the deep, sustained reduction in emissions that will reduce the risk and keep these impacts to a minimum by this century when we'll see tangible potential benefits of those reductions. >> yeah. of course kim, big questions not just about what is happening here in new york but also how this got started in louisiana. thank you for joining us this morning. we will check back in with you on what this means for prompting the bigger question about climate change. we will also go to louisiana after this, of course. that's where hurricane ida started here in the united states. they are still dealing with the aftereffects of it here as the remnants are hitting the northeast. we'll be right back. ♪ doubles dates and great escapes. through all your favorite moments, we keep you smiling with flexible financing on treatments you need - from routine care and dentures, to implants and clear aligners
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and we're back. new york city live where catastrophic flooding overnight has stranded people in cars and subway stations, on trains. we're going to continue monitoring the developments here in the city as a lot of people are just waking up, some of them haven't slept throughout the night given the flooding that has happened and stranded them throughout the city. but first, i do want to go to louisiana where cnn's ryan young is. of course, that's where hurricane ida first hit the united states. we're seeing the remnants here now in new york. ryan what is happening on the ground in louisiana? and do people have power more so than they did yesterday where of course we know a lot of people still were functioning without it? >> reporter: yeah. a lot of people are still functioning without that power. you feel for the people in new york, you understand what the people are going through, not having power, dealing with flood waters. that's the situation here in terms of not having power. it has been so extremely hot over the last few days.
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the number one commodities, of course, are ice and people are looking for water and food because that's becoming pretty squares now because people's food is starting to spoil and they're going out looking for food. so we've seen a lot of efforts to make sure that people get something to eat. if you look behind me, you can see some of the remnants of the damage behind us. this road was actually blocked yesterday, so we've seen crews being able to get into certain areas and be able to cut the trees out of the streets to get that done so people can start moving through the city. on top of that we've heard small reports of looting and they have police officers on the street to make sure that that doesn't happen in the overnight hours because you understand there are some people who are getting desperate. add on top of that people running generators in their house and more than 30 people had to be rushed to the hospital to deal with that sort of gas that's been in the house because of them running the generators. all this where people started to look toward the power companies, trying to figure out exactly when the power is going to come on. we know this storm has really
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critically damaged the power infrastructure in this area. people are hoping and i do mean they are hoping for something to sort of change here because during the day, as you know, especially during the summertime, this southern heat is unrelenting. it's really hard to get comfortable. we've heard complaints over and over from the people they just want to get started again to see something happen. now, the good news when it comes to this storm is that the levies held. three, four days later people are hoping to see some sort of action when it comes to getting their power on. at the hospitals here, the national guard is starting to deliver fool to make sure the backup generators are on to make sure the hospitals can keep their power on. and we've seen 195% increase in calls to the emergency line. so when you put all that together, you can see critically where we are in this place where people are just really need some sort of break and hopefully the power starts getting turned on in some location today.
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kaitlan? >> yeah, ryan. we hope that happens sooner rather than later. we know president biden will speak on hurricane ida. he'll visit louisiana tomorrow according to the white house. ryan young, thank you. and "new day" continues right now. ♪ >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning and welcome to "new day." it is thursday, september 2nd. i'm kaitlan collins, live in times square. john berman is live in upper manhattan. and right now we are covering the breaking news after night after there was catastrophic flooding that hit the northeast with those remnants of what we just saw with ryan's report in louisiana with the remnants of hurricane ida. millions of people in the northeast are feeling the effects of it this morning and the remnants after it slammed the region with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding. at least eight people have died as a result of these storms. and what has happened overnight and the torrential rain has also
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flooded subway stations and trapped people under ground. the mta says people from nearly two dozen subway trains had to be rescued overnight and the national weather service for the first time ever has declared a flash flood emergency in new york city. not a warning, an emergency. more than three inches of rain fell in just one hour, which is a new record that broke a new record from last week. there was a record-breaking flooding in new york -- in new jersey as well where one death has also been reported. and the storm has spawned tornadoes in maryland, pennsylvania and new jersey. we have reporters all over new york and new jersey covering this as people are waking up. a lot of people in new york didn't go to sleep last night because they were either stranded in subway stations, on trains n their cars, abandoning those cars on the side of the road. of course, we've seen a lot of these effects playing out as people are waking up to this and still experiencing these delays here in new york. john, what are

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