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>> today, we are helping 10,000 people live healthier life. you can learn more at cnnheros.com. and meet this year's top ten cnn heros when anderson cooper introduces them on cnn's "new day." that is it for us tonight. i'll see you back here on monday night. have a great weekend. ac 360 starts right now. thanks very much for joining us. i wish i could say good evening to you, but the fact is i can't. a good evening would include nine people sitting down to dinner right about now. a good evening would not have all the people having to say for the first time in their lives, my son was, my sister was, my best friend was. a good evening would mean for
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all the bad news in the world, at least there wouldn't be this kind of bad news. tonight, again this time in roseburg, oregon, we're learning more about a massacre, more about a killer, more about his arsenal and what motivated him. before we do, we begin by focusing on the stories of the people's lives he took yesterday. >> the victims are lucero alcaraz of roseburg, 19 years old. quinn glen cooper of roseburg, 18 years old. kim saltmarsh do ietz of rosebu. 50 years old. lucas eibel of roseburg, 18 years old. jason dale johnson of winston, 33 years old.
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lawrence lavine of glide, 67 years old. mr. lavine was the teacher. sarena dawn moore of myrtle creek, 44 years old. t treven taylor an pauk and rebecca anne of myrtle creek, 18 years old. >> that was sheriff john hanlin saying the names of the nine murdered. they were reading statements. lieu sarah alcaraz wanted to be a pediatric nurse or a doctor. her older sister writes, i never got a chance to tell you how proud of you i was, i ache so much right now.
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rebecca anne carnes was just 18. her cousin writes, this isn't supposed to be how life works. lucas eibel was a quadruplet. he and his sister and two brothers graduated this year and attending the college on a scholarship. lucas was just 18. quinn glen cooper, his family says he and his brother cody were inspep rabble. jason dale johnson, 33, a proud christian according to his family. they say he had finally found his path. lawrence levine taught at ucc. he was teaching the class where the fatal shootings took place. he was 67. we don't yet know much about kim saltmarsh dietz, nor do we know much about treven taylor, he was
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the child of a local firefighter. and redeck wa carnes, she was a local paramedic's niece. cnn's dan simon is in roseburg for us. what is the latest that we've learned? >> reporter: i was at that news conference where the sheriff read those names. as you can manual, imagine, it incredibly somber. the anyoges ranging from 18 to . i want to share with you just a brief expert. this is from the family of quinn cooper saying, quote, our lives are shattered beyond repair. no one should ever feel the pain that we are feeling. anderson, we're also learning some more about the shooter. we know that he possessed an incredible amount of fire power. six guns were recovered at the
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scene. seven more were found at his house. all of those guns were purchased legally. anderson? >> there was also additional information about what else investigators found from the shooter on the scene. >> reporter: before i go into that, i also want to tell you we can now confirm that the shooter was in fact a student at that community college and was taking the class where the shooting took place. we can tell you that a flak jacket was also recovered at the scene next to a rifle. this was a flak jacket that contained body armor. this suggests this is somebody who went in there prepared for battle. he was intent on killing a lot of people and apparently took steps to protect himself. >> there was an emotional candle light vigil held on campus. how are people doing today? i can't imagine. >> reporter: they're not doing well, i'll be honest with you. this is a community of 22,000 people.
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i guess it's a cliche to say this at this point, but everybody says that they never expected something like that to happen here. if they don't know one of the victims, they certainly know somebody who does. i can tell you that originally, it was thought that the school was going to open perhaps as early as monday, but the school, i guess thought better of it and decided to cancel classes for all of next week. >> understandable. dan, appreciate the update. one last note, we just received a photo that looks ordinary enough until you learn that this blblack hawk helicopter landed roseburg carrying the remains of the victims back from portland where autopsies were conducted. this was city managerialier today. >> i particular ly want you all to keep the families in your prayers. please honor their privacy.
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please know that we, with their help, with the help of the college, will move forward. and please take an opportunity to recognize what a great community this is and what a great response they made. >> and the city manager joins us now. thank you for being with us. i'm so sorry it's under these circumstances. what's the last day and a half been like for the people in your community? >> well, obviously, this has been one of the most difficult situations that any of us have ever dealt with. but the one thing i will say is starting yesterday with the response from public safety officials, emergency medical officials, you know, there was a tremendous statewide response
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here. people showed up, people helped, people pitched in. local businesses showed up out at the fairgrounds. it was really an incredible outpouring of love and support here in town. >> i know -- there was a blood drive and a huge turnout for that. we learned the names of those who were murdered. have you been able to see or interact with any of their families? >> actually, yesterday, i spent about five hours out at the fairgrounds where the community college was evacuated to. and while at the time no one knew who we were interacting with, we certainly had an opportunity to support those families who got good news and also try to help in any way we could the families that did not receive good news.
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>> where do you go from here? i mean what -- what is the next step for the community? >> well, you know, we're working really closely with the folks from umpqua community college. they've been working on a plan to reintegrate staff and students out there. as you indicated, they're not going to have classes next week, but the college will be open. they likely will be starting up a memorial out there that the students are already working on. we'll be working closely with the college president and board to provide support as they move on. and really, what we're looking for here is for the community to continue to just help the families, help the folks at ucc, and stay strong.
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>> i appreciate you being with us and our thoughts are certainly with you and with everybody who is suffering tonight. thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. we want to focus next on the life-saving medical care that the wounded survivors have been getting. we have a late update from our dr. sanjay gupta on the scene. we'll talk to the niece of chris min mintz, who charged into danger to try to stop the killer and save others' lives. plaque psoriasis... ...isn't it time to let the... ...real you shine... ...through? introducing otezla, apremilast. otezla is not an injection, or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. some people who took otezla saw 75% clearer skin after 4 months. and otezla's prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring.
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nine people's lives being remembered tonight in roseburg, oregon, nine survivors recovering, wounds healing tonight. dr. sanjay gupta joins us from mercy medical center in rose burg with an update. what's the latest on their condition, sanjay? >> reporter: we got news just now, anderson, another patient has been released from the hospital. obviously, some good news in that. there are two patients that remain in the hospital behind me. one in critical condition, one in serious condition, but the hospital officials are very optimistic about their recovery. it's remarkable if you think about the types of injuries they had. people had been shot in the chest, had been shot in the abdomen, had been shot in the limbs at close range. they told me when the news broke so many doctors, many of whom weren't on call, nurses, some of
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them even retired just came into the hospital here behind me to try and make all this happen. it's a small town and a lot of people pitched in to get that sort of level of recovery, anderson. >> and i understand some patients actually had to be transferred to another hospital? >> reporter: there were three patients. this is a level three trama center here behind me. the significance of that is they don't typically have specialty surgery that these three patients, all of them women between 18 and 34 had gunshot wounds to the head. they were transferred to a hospital about an hour away near eugene, oregon and they have been cared for over there and we checked in with that hospital as well and we hear they are improving in critical condition but improving now to serious condition and again, expected to make a recovery. by no means out of the woods but looks optimistic out here. it's still very emotional here for sure. a lot of doctors and nurses had
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direct relationships with some of these victims and obviously that's something they will need healing on both sides but physically it looks like they are making a good recovery at both hospitals. >> small bright spot in this. quick reminder, the local sheriff says he will not share the shooter's name. neither will we. we're not sharing photo and he was enrolled in the class where he opened fire. pamela brown is working her sources and has the very latest. >> somebody is outside one of the doors shooting through the door. >> reporter: in the middle of the shooting rampage, the gunman handed his writings to a survivor to give to police according to sources. in those pages, the shooter rambled about his hatred toward black men and how he was frustrated about being a virgin unable to find a girlfriend. >> exchanging shots with him.
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he's in the classroom. >> reporter: he also vented about other mass murderers who did not shoot police, vowing he would do just that. >> that is kind of the under pinning of these copy cat crimes. they really base their behavior on outdoing the next one. >> reporter: cnn has learned he was a student at the college in the very class he shot up. why the shooter targeted umpqua community college is unclear. he lived nearby in this apartment complex with his mother who was fiercely protective of him. his family has been interviewed and the shooter suffered mental health issues and sought treatment. >> shocked, shocked is all the i can say. >> reporter: the gunman's father in california telling reporters he didn't see this coming. >> obviously, it's been a devastating day, devastating for me and my family. >> reporter: the gunman joined the army in 2008 but was discharged after only one month. his interest in the military seemed to continue. >> he wore combat boots, i remember distantly, black combat
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boots and very camo military uniform almost. >> i did see him at the time walking or leaving the apartment with what looked like the gun cases. him and his mom both. and he actually did say that he used to go shooting at some range. >> reporter: investigators are also looking into blog posts, one talking about the virginia man who recently murdered a tv news crew live on the air the post reading i have noticed so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet, when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight. >> that's exactly why i personally just don't believe we should be naming these people. according to the witnesses' father, the shooter targeted christians. is that right? >> we spoke to one of the victim's father and says when he
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walked into the classroom he asked whether or not they were christians and if they said yes, then apparently they were shot and killed. here is what the father said. >> this man had enough time -- i don't know how much time elapsed before he was able to stand there and start asking people one by one what their religion was. are you a christian? he would ask them. if you're a christian, stand up. good, because you're a christian, you're going to see god in just about one second. and then he shot and killed them. >> as a result, we've been asking people if he left any trail behind indicating that he was anti-christian or had a dislike for organized region. he said he disliked organized religion but in the writings apparently he gave no indication other than saying he associated with the dark side.
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laurmts law enforcement officials have been speaking and saying this is someone who hated all different types of people. hated black men and described frustration with women. this is a situation where you can't really apply logic to what is obviously a very logical situation here, anderson. >> thank you. no doubt, get an even clearer view in the days ahead of what motivated this particular gunman. sadly, the picture fits a pattern. i'll talk about it with dave columbine and dr. drew. we talked about it so many times and it's the reason we don't show the pictures of shooters and don't name them but i'm amazed so many other people do. >> i am, too. i was on your show that night talking about that. and it's just horrific. i was really glad to see president obama get angry
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yesterday and that night on that show, i came in angry and i decided, you know, normally i try to calm down and get -- but it's time we quit calming down and i get this all the time, they get more and more enraged. i was also glad to see the sheriff this time pick up the ball and saying he's not going to name the names. there was a sheriff about a year ago who said that. he kind of went out on a limb. none of the other sheriffs or police officers since then have taken up the ball. finally a second guy is doing it and expanded a little to say his entire force, his investigation won't say it, i'm hoping this is a pattern now and others and maybe they can lead the media and we can follow on this one, which we should be leading but we need to do something. >> dr. drew, this gunman's family saying he did say he suffered from mental health issues, sought treatment, we don't know what the issues were or what if any treatment there was.
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but in terms of warning signs, is there any way to identify someone who could do something like this? you don't want to stigmatize people with mental health issues. but what should people look for? >> very important to point out that's not the purpose to stigmatize anybody with any sort of brain condition. but the fact is there are warning signs you can look for. i've got here the fbi profiler document for potential school shooters. not only in terms of profiling who the individual is, but also the family systems that contribute to this sort of thing. as you might imagine, the kinds of criteria, dehumanizing others, familiar schism, frustration and intolerance. fascination with violent-filled entertainment. and a family -- doesn't say anything about a lesser adult. unwillingness to set limits with the problem of viewing problematic material. >> there seems to be a copy cat element.
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i know there are studies done on this. i think there was a study done by arizona state university researchers that had 20 to 30% of mass shootings are copy cat driven. >> i have a researcher right now looking through all the shooters who explicitly reference just eric and dillon or the columbine shooters and it's a huge number of them. we had some shooters before columbine, we didn't have spectacle killers. we didn't have people who were trying to create a made for television drama. that's all new self-reinforcing and us in the media playing our part in giving them the stage. they are working off each other's playbook. they are not doing this in isolation. it's basically 100% copy catting in my opinion. >> drew, i mean, last night on the program you talked about similarities between this gunman and the santa barbara shooter who you said was socially isolated, detached unable to connect.
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>> all those same features, which is you have somebody lack of empathy, somebody isolated, somebody who is accumulating injustices and someone who often times has some other problem that's superimposed on this. not necessarily but oftentimes substance use and boy, that's a volatile thing and this is early similar shooting and that one a lot of people did try to do things and unfortunately, unsuccessfully. he left videos behind. there is opportunity for all of us to intervene if we raise our level of awareness. that's really what we're both asking for here. the copy cat potential and be aware who these people and family systems are at risk. we want to help them. they are not happier because of how this goes. >> appreciate you being with us, thank you. >> appreciate it. just ahead, we'll talk more about president obama's clear call to make this a political issue, voting issue.
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he was asked about it today and how strongly he believes and the father who's making that his life's work after losing his daughter to a gunman a little more than a month ago. later, chris mintz and what makes him a hero in the eyes of an awful lot of people around the world tonight.
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president obama today called for more gun laws saying inaction is a political decision that's being made. as we reported last night, the president was visibly frustrated
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when he took to the podium. the reports and his response, that nothing gets done afterwards to fix the problem. the president said thoughts and prayers are just not enough, something he had to offer after so many shootings throughout his time in office. >> we come together filled with sorrow for the 13 americans that we have lost, with gratitude for the lives that they led and with the determination to honor them through the work we carry on. the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice. all of us are heartbroken by what's happened and i offered the thoughts and prayers not only of myself and michelle but also for the country as a whole. each time i learn the news, i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. >> the lives that were taken from us were unique.
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the memories their loved ones carry are unique and they will carry them and endure long after the news cameras are gone. any shooting is troubling, obviously, this reopens the pain of what happened at fort hood five years ago. the country has to do some soul searching about this. this is becoming the norm ask we take the for granted. the outpouring of unity and strength and fellowship and love across charleston today indicates the degree to which those old vest tajs of hatred can be overcome. each time this happens, i'm going to bring this up. each time this happens, i am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we're going to have to change our laws. >> andy parker says we have to find the answer to gun violence and do something no matter what the nra says.
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his daughter alison parker a reporter was killed by a gunman on television on august 26. andy parker joins me now. andy, every time there is a shooting like this, people say they hope and they prayer it's going to be the last time. i got to ask you as a dad, what went through your mind when you heard about this? >> well, anderson, thanks for having me. it was like a punch in the gut initially and then, you know, it was immediate heartbreak and sorrow for these kids and then it -- for me, it quickly turned to just outrage that this kind of thing just keeps happening, it keeps happening and, you know, i'm glad that the president addressed this. it sounded like he was listening to my interviews in the aftermath of immediately after my daughter alison was killed because it's coming right from my play book.
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what i've advocated from the get-go, it is politics. >> you wrote an op ed today called it quote war between rational people, interested zealots and a war between good and evil. to you it's that black and white. >> it is a war against good and evil. we have in essence domestic terrorism right here and it was interesting to hear mike mccall, the chairman of the house homeland security committee tap dance around an interview today. he's supposed to be protecting us from people that are doing this harm to us. we have far more people killed by homicides, by gun-related violence in this country than by terrorists. >> you know, when you look at the polling, the latest polling on gun control found 85% of
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americans favor expanded background checks, 79% favor laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns and 70% back the creation of a federal database. why is it then, none of those things get through congress? is it simply the power of the nra? >> it is, anderson. it is the power of the gun lobby and the irony of it is most gun owners, most nra members support this legislation but the gun money that's coming through the nra that's funneled to the politicians that are supporting and are, i guess, intimidated is preventing gun legislation from happening. i'm for the second amendment. make no mistake. i'm not trying to take people's guns away but that's the argument makes every time somebody proposes sensible gun
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legislation to close loopholes. >> and that's really what you're after. closing loopholes, what you call sensible gun legislation. >> exactly. it's -- you know, you -- it's like cancer and this is a cancer on our country. there's not one particular therapy that's going to cure it generally but this is the first one and the easiest method to start with and then you tackle the mental health issue because they are linked and then you tackle the information that some of these people that are walking time bombs, employers can't tell other employers about them. mental health professionals can't tell other mental health professionals or law enforcement about them. so, those things have to happen but the easiest and simplest is closing -- to start is closing these gun loopholes and enacting sensible gun legislation. >> andy, i appreciate you
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talking to us. sorry it's under these circumstances but thanks for being with us, andy parker, thank you. >> thank you, anderson and just one more thing if i may. if people are tired and sick and worried about dropping their kids off at school or going to a movie theater and wondering if they will come out alive or a journalist just doing their job, they need to join me and every town and fight this fight and you can text now to 877877 to join us. these guys have a 30-year head start on us but we're catching up and we'll make a difference and change things. thank you. >> andy, appreciate it again, you being with us, thank you. a shooting victim that survived, chris mintz badly wounded trying to help others in yesterday's attacks, shot multiple times. some people are like that. we've seen it before with their lives in jeopardy, they think of others and he did that from all accounts. it has happened many times and
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of the nine people hurt in yesterday's shooting, one is being singled out not just because he was hit seven times and survived.
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army veteran and former high school football player chris mintz heard shots and ran toward them, not away confronting the killer. his aunt says he may have to learn how to walk again. while he recovers, his cousin is talking about the kind of person he is. first of all, how is your cousin, chris, doing? >> he's doing very well considering the circumstances. i think they said he's having a little bit of trouble sleeping, but he's in pretty good spirits from what i've heard. >> it's amazing, he was shot as far as i understand, as many as seven times as he tried to stop the shooter. can you walk us through what you've been told happened? >> what i was told and i've heard new reports that he was actually in the library first and he started to get students out of there and then he ran back towards the building where the shooter was where i'm assuming he then confronted him and tried to get him to stop and
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whenever he first talked to him, he was shot three times and then he said please don't do this, it's my son's birthday today and the shooter then proceeded to shoot him two more times to three more times, i'm not even 100% sure and he went to the classroom and began shooting other students. >> i mean, it's incredible what he did. he's a dad, as you mentioned, a veteran, obviously very strong. sounds like all those things factored in yesterday. >> i think so. i mean, he's eight years older than me so i only know him in a certain light as my cousin but i always definitely would have described him as a strong person. he's strong willed. he is very confident in himself and his abilities, so i wasn't really surprised whenever i heard that he did that but i'm definitely proud of him. it was amazing. >> you weren't surprised is the kind of thing he would do?
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>> yes, whenever i first heard he was there, i kind of had this feeling that maybe he had tried to do something to stop the shooter, just seems like his personality, really. >> and i mean, this happened on his son's birthday and i know, you next as you said, he apparently was crying out for his son saying it was his son's birthday yesterday. how old is his son? >> he just turned 6. his name is tyrick, he's super adorable. looks so much just like chris. >> he looks adorable. >> maybe has something to do with how strong he was yesterday. >> i know your family set up a go fund me page and we'll put up that link on our website so people can support chris' recovery. thank you so much for taking the time and give you certainly our best wishes to chris and your whole family. >> thank you so much. it was a pleasure.
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>> chris' actions were brave and it's something we have seen before. when groups of people are suddenly faced with an unimaginable choice to save yourself or try to help someone else. it's a decision that can happen in a split second. randi kaye reports. >> reporter: july 20th, 2012 a shooter opens fire inside a movie theater in aurora, colorado. 12 people are killed, three of them die saving others jumping in front of a bullet including jonathan blunk, 26-year-old father of two who served in the navy. he's killed after taking a bullet for his girlfriend. he laid on top of her. >> he said get down and stay down and pushed me onto the ground on to my belly and he passed away saving my life. he was a true hero. >> psychology professor says people who risk their lives for others have a certain makeup. >> you have to be the kind of person whose first impulse is to help and also need to be the kind of person willing to go with your gut. if you're a rational
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deliberating person, you won't. >> reporter: in other words people who tend to overthink things long enough to realize they could get hurt or even die, are not the ones that jump into action in a life or death situation. saving another's life is an incredibly selfless act and we're not all wired this way. luckily they were. they quickly saved countless lives after tackling a heavily armed gunman on a train from amsterdam to paris in august. >> tackled him, got him to the ground and put him in a choke hold, all three of us started punching him. >> reporter: back in 2011 moments after gabby giffords was shot in arizona, bill badger pounced on the gunman at the same time another bystander hit the shooter with a chair. badger had already been shot and still acted swiftly. >> i grabbed his left wrist and with my right hand i hit him right, you know, between the
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shoulder blades and he was going down. >> reporter: saving lives no matter the risk. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> incredible heroism we have seen time and time again. coming up, the latest on hurricane joaquin and we'll take you inside a plane tracking the storm and get the latest on exactly where it's heading and plus what we know about the ship gone missing with 28 americans on board.
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there's a new storm track for hurricane joaquin. and new information about its intensity. for days it's kept the entire east coast on pins and needles as everyone wonders where it will go. it left a slew of damage and close calls. take a look at this rescue video. >> rescue ready for the rescue swimmer. raft in sight. swimmer on his way down. swimmer in the water, clear to move. survivor half way up. big swell there, roger. >> control swing. >> the u.s. coast guard saved all 12 crew members from the sinking cargo ship. severe weather from joaquin
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proved too much for the ship. they were lucky. there is a container ship with 28 americans and five others on board that is missing tonight off the coast of the bahamas. it sent a distress signal thursday morning. and we have new details on that and new information about the storm itself. what do we know first about the storm? >> the storm is a category three, powerful category four much of yesterday and today. it is finally starting to weaken but you have to think about this, sitting over the bahamas with winds sustained at 100 to 130 miles per hour for more than 36 hours. so it is going to be devastating for the central bahamas once we start to get a good look at the devastation. thankfully it is starting to take that pull to the north moving to the northeast now at 7 miles per hour. as we get through the day tomorrow, bahamas will gradually clear. winds sustained at 125 miles per hour. it is going to continue that eastward track well away from the u.s.
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we are going to get an onshore flow so it is going to have a slight impact across the eastern seaboard due to this storm but that movement to the northeast at seven is very, very good, anderson. >> and i understand there is going to be some extreme weather that's unrelated to joaquin hitting the east coast this weekend. >> yes, absolutely. let's take you to the floor and i'll show you what is happening. we have a lot going on. joaquin moving out but a surge of tropical moisture and what this is going to do is pull in a lot of rain across south carolina, north carolina, we're talking about ten to 15, maybe even more inches of rain across south carolina. the topography there, you have mountains in the west. that's all going to drain down into the rivers and the low country. it is going to spill all over places like columbia, charleston. a huge concern there. and so we're going to really have to watch that. storms are going to train and i'll go back to the wall and show you what we're talking about.
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you have to think of a train on tracks. so once we get that idea, you can tell that these storms are basically going to follow the leader. they are going to pull in the same place for hours and hours on end and so that's going to pull in two, three inches an hour. it's going to last all weekend long. a lot of these areas received about a foot of rain during the last seven days and can only handle maybe two to four more inches of rain before flooding will begin. we're already seeing it in the carolinas and it's going to continue. this could be historic and it could be catastrophic for the carolinas, anderson. >> we'll keep tracking it. thanks very much. most people find a safe place to ride out the storm and others fly into the storm to collect vital data that helps predict the path, data used to make life-saving decisions on land. meteorologist and weather anchor derrick van dam went along for the ride. >> reporter: tonight's flight
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will take 12 hours, long and turbo leapt -- turbulent flight. it helps predict where the storm will go and saving millions of dollars in storm preparation and more importantly, saving lives. >> comes down to evacuate or not. emergency management has a tough job and forecasters. we go in a storm and get a rough ride and collect data. they take that information to help those guys do the tough job of making hard decisions on who has to evacuate. >> reporter: lightning fills the darkness of sky. a few hours into our journey, sunlight reveals clouds and thunderstorms on the horizon. we're heading directly toward joaquin. we're just about to punch through the eye wall meaning we're actually going into the strongest part of the hurricane feeling winds in excess of 150 miles per hour with a category
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four just like this. we've experienced severe turbulence and there's more to come. >> is it sound? is it safe? >> oh, no, you're very safe in the 130. >> reporter: we're 7,000 feet above the northern bahamas in the center of major hurricane joaquin. this storm has been notoriously difficult to predict but the weather data retrieved from the hurricane hunters will help improve the forecast greatly. multiple drops are released sending back information like wind speed back to computers on board. joaquin is now pushing north. >> that's coming up. >> reporter: as we make several passes over the storm, a missing ship is stranded in rough swells. we dropped to 600 feet to help
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search but clouds and bad visibility prevent us from finding the vessel. the hurricane hunters collect more data before heading back to biloxi. >> how often do they go out? i understand they have been out several times already. >> reporter: anderson, they fly out to storms at least two times a day, in fact, they have the ability to fly to three separate storms from the international dateline over the central pacific to the mid-atlantic and southern bahamas. three storms two types daily, you can imagine how busy they and how chaotic it gets inside those aircrafts. >> how rough does it get up there? >> reporter: it's that moment when you punch through the eye wall, the strongest part of a storm, you start to shake and rattle and you're belted in but the turbulence there is rough and you can really feel it. in fact, i was quite scared for myself. >> all right. derrick, thanks very much for doing that. appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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