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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and from all around the world. i'm rosemary church at cnn center. and we are following two major stories this hour. the destructive hurricane making its way up the southeastern coast of the united states and on the brexit front the british prime minister has lost a key vo vote. the year's most powerful storm
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has already devastated one country, and it's not over yet. for days hurricane dorian slowly tore through the bahamas. and we are getting a look at that destruction right now. whole islands look like they've been smashed with a wrecking ball. at least seven people were killed. homes torn to shreds. communities gutted. the prime minister says his country is facing a national crisis. >> the national airport in abaco is underwater. the runway is completely flooded. and in fact, the area around the airport now looks like a lake. knot harbor has suffered i would say an estimate of 60% damage to the homes. the mud, as we know, has been completely destroyed or decimated. >> and as the people of the bahamas struggle, dorian is
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rolling on. the hurricane has gotten weaker over the past 24 hours. but it's still packing a punch. it's now in category 2 picking up speed as it threatens the united states. our meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us with the very latest on dorian's track. so what are you seeing and when might we see landfall here? >> we're getting close. 11 days. how long w've been tracking the storm system. and now on its closest approach to landfall across the mainland u.s. and you look at the storm system coming in as a strong category 2. so 110-mile-per-hour winds sustained at this hour. that is just one mile per hour shy of what would be a major hurricane, a category 3. what's most impressive about the storm system at this hour is the scope of the storm. you measure the cloud field fritz western periphery toward its eastern side. that is some 500 miles across. you can drop this into the incredible state of alaska there and also texas as well and it would span nearly the entire state from its western periphery
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toward its eastern periphery. again, speaks to how large of a storm that is, and why that's significant is the tropical storm force winds extend hundreds of miles away from the center. so the system itself, the eyewall, the area with those 110-mile-per-hour winds, is about 60 miles off the coast of cape canaveral at this hour. of course when you go closer toward this region we're seeing tropical storm force winds all up and down the particular area, and the storm system will gradually shift to the north and we think begin that right turn away from the state of florida sometime around this time tomorrow. and as we go into the overnight hours of wednesday into thursday the storm will shift toward the north and east and potentially at that point get very close to make landfall somewhere around carolinas. the yellow contours indicative of tropical storm force winds already being felt. and as you go in toward tomorrow into thursday morning you begin to see the tropical storm winds transition into more hurricane gusts and potentially hurricane landfall there somewhere around charleston, myrtle beach, or wilmington as we go into
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thursday morning. so we think this is going to be the most likely scenario for this storm when it comes to thursday across that region. >> pedram, thanks so much for keeping a very close eye on that. we're going to check back in with you again very soon within this hour. appreciate it. well, cnn's patrick oppmann and his crew have been riding out the storm in one of the hardest-hit areas, freeport, bahamas. entire neighborhoods are inundated, homes, buildings, and cars are destroyed. and many areas aren't accessible yet. here's patrick. >> reporter: one jet-ski ride, one boat trip at a time, these bahamians are saving the lives of their family, neighbors, and complete strangers. they launch from a bridge that is now underwater. theirs is a dangerous mission. hurricane-force winds are still raging here. howard armstrong was rescued after his house flooded to the ceiling. his house was one of hundreds
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lost as storms surged from dorian, swallowed whole neighborhoods. armstrong's wife, lynn, didn't make it. >> came over the roof. i would imagine 21 feet at least. we were doing all right until the water kept coming up and all the appliances were going around the house like a washing machine. that's probably i got hit with something in there. and my poor little wife got hypothermia and she was standing on top of the kitchen cabinets until they disintegrated. then i kept with her and she just drowned on me. >> i'm so sorry. >> there's no power on grand bahama island, no running water. sporadic cell service at best. submerged cars blocked many roads. maybe the last thing working here is this all-volunteer group of boaters risking their lives to save lives. dorian fights them every trip
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they make. >> people are coming, they're bringing their jet-skis, they're bringing their boats. they're going to get their neighbors, they say. everyone says they know of people. they say it's very hard to navigate because there are of course no more streets. and yet they are doing it. you don't see anybody from the government here. it is all very ad hoc. people coming with what they have. the jet-skis they have. they're dealing with horrible weather conditions. it's not safe to be out in a boat right now. it's not safe to be out here at all. yet they say there are people out here. there are people who lost their lives we are told. they brought back at least one body. and they say they will not stop until they get everybody. they have hours if not days of work ahead of them. >> reporter: while we're there winds flip a jet-ski and the rescuers have to halt their efforts. rescuer rushinel daniels says there isn't much time left. >> they're exhausted. some you had to carry. some couldn't make it. some you put on the jet-ski and
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they turned the whole jet-ski because they couldn't hold their weight off. my brother was clearing off a tree and he made it out safe but we were unable to locate his wife at the moment. we hope she's okay. but the rescue goes on. we have a lot of people supporting us. everybody working as a team right here. it's very hard but we shall overcome. >> how are you doing? you made it. you're safe. >> reporter: dozens have been rescued but many more remain in total desperation. as they spend their third night waiting for salvation. patrick oppmann, cnn, freeport, bahamas. my next guest has spent most of tuesday trying to rescue people in the aftermath of the devastation brought by hurricane dorian. kevin tomlinson joins me now via skype from freeport. thank you so much for being with us and for doing all you can along with a team of other people of course to help rescue those in need. how many people were you able to find and bring to safety and
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what were some of the circumstances you found those people in? >> well, numerous people we were able to find. we had persons who were stuck in the ceiling. we have persons who were struggling walking through water up to their shoulder level. you know, there are so many different situations that we experienced throughout the movement of the storm. and it's something we've never experienced before. you know, this is something new to freeport. a category 5 hurricane. and the amount of destructive damage of the homes. the shelter that i was at, we went from 25 persons to about 400 persons in less than two hours. that just shows you how people were rung scared for their lives. and i mean they just ran out, left everything, brought nothing with them. so we really and truly, we've
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never experienced before. in 2004 we had hurricane francis. yes, we were locked in for two days. but at the end of the day the destructive path that this, dorian has created, we didn't have that with francis. we had more with the aftermath. yeah, there were some things to deal with for a few months. but this here is a totally different situation altogether. >> and of course everyone's facing major challenges right now including access to food, water, and shelter. what is available to people right now and what's the government doing to help? >> well, the government was waiting for the all-clear. if you understand the xwa hamah islands, we are -- we have different islands that make up the bahamas. so freeport is grand bahama. our central government sits on the island of new providence. so it was difficult for planes to come in while they were having all of that wind gusts
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and everything. after the all-clear the central government, the units and so forth and also persons who assist from florida with the u.s. coast guard, will be coming in to bring assistance and everything. so we look forward to that. because there is a food shortage. there is a water shortage. because like i said, persons left their homes and came to the shelters. they didn't have time to go pick up their food and all that stuff. they just ran for their life. >> totally. >> the shelters, we're talking about 400 persons in the shelter i was in last night. this shelter i'm to now is one of the shelters that's being -- it's at old hotel -- one of the hotels of the island, sorry, and they have the generator up. so it has power. but you're talking about a shortage in water and shortage in food. people are hungry. >> and that's going to get worse over the next few days. kevin, i did want to ask you, when you look around at all the
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devastation and the changed landscape of the bahamas, what are your thoughts? >> well, these are my thoughts. we will rebuild. you know, we've experienced devastation before in many different -- with hurricanes before. from 1929 till now. in fact, in 1929 people thought that was the end of the bahamas, with how destructive that storm was. but we rebuilt. you know, there's something about the bahamas and the bahamian people that the world will get a chance to see. we're not just a place of sun, sand and sea and fun but we're also a place that is filled with a lot of creative minds, ingenious people, and persons who are builders. we're going to rebuild this island. abaco's going to be rebuilt. and you're going to see it be rebuilt over time. in abaco we lost some lives as well as we lost some lives in
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grand bahama. it's unconfirmed now. we'll talk about it later. at the end of the day the spirit of the bahamian people are still alive. the bahamian people still feel -- i was talking with the crowd last night. i got up and gave a talk to everybody. and i said you know what, yes, you felt it and your homes were destroyed. yes, you felt it that you lost everything. but guess what? these are material things that can be replaced. and once this is all over we're going to get right to work. we're going to roll up our sleeves. we're going to get busy and start to build the bahamas that the world knows about. >> thank you so much for being with us. good luck. >> thank you. have a good evening. >> what a great inspiration he is. the other big story we're following, it's only day two of work for british mps after the summer break, but they are headed for another showdown in
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the coming hours. an opposition alliance will try to push forward a bill, the next step on trying prevent a no dael brexit on october 31st. it comes a day after lawmakers rose up against the uk prime minister and voted that they would set the legislative agenda. boris johnson then sacked 21 members of his own party, who had backed the measure, and made good on his threat to seek a general election. >> by the consequences of this vote tonight it means that parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal that we might be able to scrape from brussels. because tomorrow's bill would hand control of the negotiations to the eu. and that would mean more dither, more delay, and more confusion. i don't want an election. the public don't want an election. i don't believe the right honorable gentleman wants an election. but if the house votes for this
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bill tomorrow, the public will have to choose who goes to brussels on october the 17th to sort this out and take this country forward. >> and cnn european affairs commentator dominic thomas is with us now from berlin. good to see you. just extraordinary, isn't it? i want to get an idea from you how big a blow this is to prime minister boris johnson and what's the likely outcome of wednesday's vote on a bill that would prevent a no dael brexit on october 31st? >> it's a significant blow. he's been in office for just a few weeks. he lost his majority yesterday in parliament. and he not only lost a vote but it looks as if a bill will make it through parliament and prevent him essentially from enacting a no deal. in other words, he will be forced to go to brussels to ask for an extension if he doesn't have a deal in place by mid october. this is very significant. this ultimately means that if a general election is triggered he now finds himself in the awkward
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position of potentially having to add to the manifesto a promise that he will repeal this bill should he be elected. and this may be the only way in which he's able to get the brexit party of nigel farage to support him. but the irony of that, of course, is the one thing that has galvanized the opposition, it is otherwise 2ki6ded, the labour party for example is unwilling to commit unambiguously to remain in the european union. the one thing they are committed to is blocking a no deal. so this becomes a very high-stakes issue as we move down the road and potentially face another general election in the uk. >> all right. so if the bill succeeds, boris johnson could call this snap election. if that happens, what would be the likely outcome of that? you've looked at the numbers. how do you think this would work for the government? >> just to look at the procedure. and boris johnson is in a very difficult position here because
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of the changes that took place in 2011 around the ways in which elections are called, a sitting prime minister can no longer call for snap election. he can go to parliament and ask for their support but he needs a 2/3 majority. so right now parliament controls the issue unless they themselves are willing to table a vote of no confidence which would just be a straight up and down vote. and one would assume given the vote last night that the opposition is in a position to be able to go back doing this. as we head into a general election the big issue really is boris johnson needs to convince and all of his actions over the past three weeks, the way he's been talking about the european union, how a no dael is potentially necessary, is specifically aimed at the brexit party, at nigel farage. he needs those people to come on board and support the conservative party in an election. the problem with the opposition is they are united against a no deal but the labor party is not
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committed to opposing brexit in general. it is not a remain party. and that i think weakens them as they potentially go into a general election. so this is a very careful game of calculation here and strategizing. the outcome is highly unpredictable. certainly if boris johnson is able to bring aboard the brexit party folks, he stands a very good chance of walking away as the leading party. perhaps not with a majority but the leading party in a general election, potentially even with new members elected to parliament from the conservative party that could allow him to deliver the kind of brexit that he wants. so it really all depends on the kind of coordination one can get from the opposition around this question as well. >> quite the game of strategy. it's anyone's guess as to where this all lands. no doubt we'll be talking in 24 hours to figure it all out. dominic thomas, thank you so much for joining us and sharing your thoughts. appreciate it. >> thank you. parts of the bahamas are
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obliterated and hurricane dorian now has its sights set on the u.s. coast. the latest from florida. that's just ahead. do stay with us. cramped and uncomfortable. we can arrange a little upgrade. which is why i wear skechers... wide fit shoes. they have extra room throughout. they're like a luxury ride for my feet. try skechers wide fit shoes. they're like a luxury ride for my feet. know what more shrimp!ith steak and shrimp? and you know what goes great with that shrimp? steak and unlimited shrimp! and this year, with two freshly made sides,
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at bp, we see possibilities everywhere. so we can all keep advancing. we're feeling the impact of this storm tonight and into tomorrow evening. if you need to evacuate you should be gone. all storm preparations should be complete at this point. stay off of the beach. don't drive around if you don't have to. this is not the time for sightseeing. >> that was the mayor of jacksonville, florida warning about hurricane dorian. the city is bracing for the storm as it inches ever closer. dorian is moving along eastern florida. landfall isn't expected in that state, but coastal areas are preparing for heavy rains and dangerous winds. the storm has weakened since decimating parts of the bahamas, but it has grown in size as well. let's head to jensen beach now
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in florida and cnn meteorologist derek van dam is standing by live there. good to see you, derek. so what is the situation on the ground where you are right now and what is the biggest concern for people in that area? >> yeah, good day, robin. we've had our fair share of tropical weather today from driving rain, tropical storm force winds, treacherous seas on the intercoastal where i'm located now and on the ocean. but it is a far cry from the nightmare that has unfolded just 100 miles to our east in the grand bahama island and into the abaco. we understand what has happened there. we really think of those people at this moment in time. but i think for this particular region the martin county that i'm located in near jensen beach, you know, there's a collective sigh of relief because if you recall, four to five days ago there was a category 4 taking aim directly on the east coast of florida. and you know, we sort the
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forecasts and we listened to the meteorologists. we saw the computer models and we were hoping for that right turn. and that's exactly what took place. sparing the southeast united states. not so fortunate for the grand bahama islands. but i want to talk about the threats here that people have been dealing with, and that's been the coastal erosion that has taken place. we did talk to the local sheriff here from martin county. he said little to -- if any damage has been reported across his county. the evacuation orders have been lifted. but right along the immediate coastline we know that's where the strongest winds have been experienced because of its proximity to the storm. and it also allowed for the water to be pushed up on their end. we're seeing that here. we had to do a reconnaissance for our live shot earlier in the day, robyn, and we saw very large waves earlier this afternoon. they subsided somewhat but you can still see the push from the water along the intercoastal. >> all right, derek, we will
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check back in with you in just a short while to get an update on the situation there on the ground. derek van dam joining us there. well, hurricane dorian is lashing florida's coastal communities. we will find out what one local government is doing to keep people safe there. do stay with us. we're back in just a moment. i signed up because i was curious.
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welcome back, everyon. well parkts of the bahamas are facing absolute devastation from hurricane dorian. for 48 hours the monster storm
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moved slowly over the islands, hitting some areas over and over again. and you can see some of the destruction here in these aerial pictures. entire communities torn apart. homes are gone along with roads and hospitals. at least seven people were killed. and the storm isn't over yet. even buildings that were left standing faced a barrage of wind and flooding. and desperate people are braving chest-deep water to reach higher ground. they're doing it to save loved ones, neighbors and -- the united states is getting ready. the category 2 hurricane is pick up speed and size as it moves north. georgia and florida are seeing the outer edges of dorian right now. the storm isn't expected to make landfall there. but it could threaten the carolinas later this week. so let's turn again to our meteorologist pedram javaheri,
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who's keeping a very close eye on all of this. pedram, what are you seeing in terms of dorian's track and of course likely impact? >> it's looking very likely the storm system's going to get very close to the carolinas within the next 36 hours. potential landfall there sometime thursday afternoon. but you notice the satellite imagery here with 110-mile-per-hour winds. it is just one mile per hour shy of what would be a major hurricane category 3. so really the impacts not distinguishable when it comes to the difference between a cat 2 and what would be a low-grade category 3. category 5 of course this was one of them within the last couple of days. and one of five category 5s since 2016. every single one of these storms from michael to irma to matthew and maria including dorian as well. all of them rapidly intensified into category 5 status. of course we know where devastation has been most significant. right across portions of abacos and the grand bahama island. satellite imagery coming in and showing you the before and after perspective of what the islands look like prior to the storm moving over land on september
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2nd and the incredible amount of inundation across the northern fringes of the island where we've had some 22-foot storm surge reported across this region. absolutely submerging and damaging significant portion of grand bahama island. here's what is left of the storm system. still has some symmetry, some organization and we expect the storm to maintain its intensity or very close to it at least over the next 24 or so hours as it approaches land. and the turn toward the northeast we expect that to happen sometime around this time tomorrow night into the early morning hours of thursday. that's the area when we think the best bet here really for the storm system to begin pushing some of those hurricane force winds toward land. you notice at this hour the area indicated in yellow those are tropical storm force winds, even though it sits 8 0 or so miles offshore, still going to feel tropical storm force winds up and down most of the central and northern tier of the state of florida. and then as we transition into ricane-force gusts on 'll begin
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the immediate coast of georgia. the area indicated in red. that's when hurricane force winds are going to be expected. charleston gets a brief glance of that going into thursday morning. then we think landfall somewhere around this recent carolinas. afghan around the outer banks before the storm system finally after 12 to 13 days at that point begins to skirt away from the eastern seaboard of the united states. landfall possibility looks to be around thursday, around portions of the carolinas here, rosemary, by thursday afternoon. >> all right, pedram, thank you so much for keeping a close eye on all of that. appreciate it. >> thank you. for more now on the possible impact of hurricane dorian i want to turn to joanne magly. she's director of information at volusia county and she joins me on the phone. good to talk with you. >> hello, rosemary. thanks for having me. >> you're based in daytona beach. what's the situation on the ground and how are you preparing for storm surges and flooding from hurricane dorian?
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>> one advantage of this slower-moving hurricane is we have had a few extra days to prepare. right now currently we are experiencing the tropical storm-force winds and the biggest impact we're going to get is going to come around 3:00 a.m. and it's going to last maybe till 9:00 a.m. for the biggest impacts. but we're expected to see about 17 to 24 hours of sustained winds. so we've been preparing for quite some time. this morning we did issue a mandatory evacuation order for residents on our barrier island and those who live in mobile homes and on the eastern portion of the county. and at the same time we issued the emergency curfew for the cities and the unincorporated parts of the county that are on the east side of the halifax river. and that curfew went into effect at 6:00 p.m. today. it runs through until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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it kicks in again wednesday 6:00 p.m. and it will go through again to thursday at 6:00 a.m. it's in order to protect the areas that were under the evacuation notice. so their property and such is protected. and to keep everybody safe from driving in and out of those areas. >> and how bad do you think this will be? and do you feel ready and prepared for whatever the outcome might be? >> we're definitely prepared for -- we're preparing for what could be the worst part of the storm if it were to come in a little more into the west. but we feel that people have been heeding the evacuation orders. we have more than 1,000 people in our shelters. and we were out a little earlier today, and the streets are pretty bare. so we do feel that people are sheltering in place. those that did not need to evacuate the area. you know, our staff also
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connected with all the assisted living facilities and the nursing homes making sure that they are prepared to provide for all the residents in case there's power loss and they're all squared away there. we've been really active in pushing out public information. we have a very robust emergency management facebook page. we've done news conferences several days in a row, sometimes twice a day. and we're streaming those live. just keeping the public informed of changes in the track, when the curfews are going into effect, the evacuation orders, what they need to do to be prepared before, during, and after the hurricane. so we feel that we've -- that we're ready and we feel our residents and citizens are taking the necessary actions as well. >> yeah, certainly sounds like your preparations all very well considered. and you've really thought about everything. but is there any concern at all
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that people will let their guard down and not take this as seriously as they should perhaps because some may have decided the hurricane just won't be as bad as initially thought? >> i think you always have that with hurricanes, especially from people who have grown up in the area or have weathered through the storm for several different hurricanes and maybe didn't have damage or things like that. but we've been through matthew and we've been through irma and both of those storms we received tropical storm winds that did create substantial damage to the area with downed trees and some flooding in areas. so those hurricanes were not direct impacts. matthew is a similar path and track as dorian is here. so i think it's somewhat fresh in people's mind that even though you might not be getting a direct hit you definitely are
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going to feel the effects of tropical storm winds, which are strong. and they're powerful. >> all right. joanne magley, thank you so much for running down all of the things you have prepared for there at daytona beach. and we wish you all the best. you and all the citizens there. many thanks. >> thank you very much. and much more coming up on hurricane dorian. a live report from the florida coast as the storm moves north. do stay with us. we're back in just a moment. (gasp) (singsong) budget meeting! sweet. if you compare last quarter to this quarter... various: mmm. it's no wonder everything seems a little better with the creamy taste of philly, made with fresh milk and real cream.
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islands once known as paradise are now in ruins. the storm battered the bahamas for two straight days, submerging entire neighborhoods and smashing houses apart. so far at least seven people have been confirmed dead.
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but sadly that number is expected to rise. as hurricane dorian moved away from the bahamas, it weakened somewhat, but it's still a powerful storm as it moves up the eastern coast of florida. forecasters predict dorian could make landfall in south carolina later this week, probably thursday. so let's head back to jensen beach, florida and cnn meteorologist derek van dam. good to see you again, derek. let's talk about what you're seeing on the ground and of course what the big concern is in the hours ahead. >> i think you touched on it there really well, rosemary. this is a weakening storm, still a very dangerous powerful category 2. but as these storms weaken, they expand their reach. they expand their wind reach, i should say. and that's what we've been experiencing here on the intercoastal. just about a half mile behind me is the atlantic ocean. 80 miles to my east hurricane dorian is showing all her fury.
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but we are on the back side of the storm. so people have taken a collective sigh of relief because we're now starting to focus the most treacherous conditions closer to the northern florida peninsula and into the coastline of georgia as well as the carolinas. the concerns going forward here is we have seen our fair share of rain from this storm and that means the ground is saturated. and every time we get hit with one of these stronger wind gusts it could easily take over trees, maybe take down some power lines. there's been minimum power outages here in martin county where i'm located. but it has occurred. but again, collectively, according to the sheriff that i just spoke to from martin county, there's been little if any damage reported aside from a few tree branches and a couple power lines that have fallen so far. rosemary? >> that is good news. how well have people responded to this storm? is there any concern that some
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are perhaps not taking it seriously enough? >> i think they responded as well as anyone could. you've got to consider what they've gone through over the past four or five days. they hay category 5 -- a category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall on the east coast of their shores. that didn't happen. it's scraping along the coast. they had mandatory evacuations. those were rescinded and then brought back again. so this flip-flopping is not only a headache for the residents that live here but also the county officials that make those important decisions. of course people took them seriously when the evacuations were firmed up once again as the models edged closer to the shore. people seemed to get oft barrier islands in the susceptible areas. but they are now allowed to return. evacuation orders have been lifted. coming back normal here i think we've got another 12 hours of strong winds maybe a couple of outer rain bands. but we're going to ride the storm up the coastline and focus our greatest dangers on north
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florida, the coast of georgia and into the carolinas. that's where we're looking at. >> totally understandable. and i understand what you're saying about the fatigue people feel. we're talking about dorian making landfall on thursday now. at least people in south carolina have time to prepare for this. but it is tough expecting people to be standing alert throughout all of this. derek van dam, many thanks to you. joining us from jensen beach. we'll talk with you again very soon. let's take a re shovery short b. we're back in just a moment.
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at least seven people are dead but that toll is expected to rise. right now the storm is moving along the florida coast with heavy rain and fierce wind gusts. it's expected to stay offshore for now at least. and we'll continue to keep a very close eye on that story. but another big story we're watching, it's only day two of work for british mps after the summer holidays, but parliament has already seen a showdown as britain's drieadline to leave t eu draws nearer. a rebel alliance of lawmakers rose up against british prime minister boris johnson and moved to stop a no-deal brekxit by taking over the legislative agenda. the prime minister then sacked 21 members of his own party who backed the measure and made good on his promise to seek a general election. meanwhile, the house of commons leader also managed to cause some commotion. take a listen.
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>> now, there's been a lot of talk about democracy tonight and the leader of the house, who i have to say with his body language throughout this evening has been so contemptuous of this house. the leader of the house has been spread across around three seats lying out as if that was something very boring for him to listen to tonight. well, can i just say to him when he has been lecturing us about democracy, we will have none of it because this government has no mandate for the vicious form of brexit it is pursuing. >> okay. so this is how things unfolded. to keep track, we have a flowchart for you. since tuesday night's motion succeeded, the house of commons is to vote wednesday on a bill that would prevent a no-deal brexit on october 31st. now, there are two choices. if the vote fails, a no-deal
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brexit is still possible. if the vote succeeds, well, the prime minister could call for an early election. two-thirds of parliament must agree for that to go forward, and that leaves the possibility of a vote to delay brexit. we'll try and keep on top of all of this. for reaction to all of this, cnn's anna stewart went to clackton on sea in the south of england. 70% of residents there voted to leave the eu in the 2016 referendum and anna is there to find out what they're now saying about brexit and the debate. >> reporter: areas like this one didn't just vote to leave the eu in 2016 and overwhelmingly so, more recently this year in eu parliamentary elections there was a very strong vote from this area from the brexit party led by nigel fragile. sentiment has not shifted. speaking to people in town today, there is a huge sense of frustration. they feel that the parliament and government more broadly have
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failed to deliver the brexit they voted for well over two years ago. take a listen. >> it's horrible. i just think we need to get on with it, get out. how is boris johnson doing? >> seems to be doing a good job. if only he can get us out on the 31st. >> would you rather have no deal or a delay? >> a no deal. >> i'd rather leave without a deal. i think the uk can stand on its own. we might have a few hiccups, but, yes, i think we can. >> reporter: there seems to be no appetite here at least for no further delays to brexit. i've also been asking people what they would do in a future general election, how they would vote. the general consensus is they don't know. many are traditional conservative voters. many of them think that boris johnson is doing a good job as a prime minister. they think he's a strong negotiator with brussels on an exit. however, they feel let down by the conservative government because it the failed to deliver on the brexit they voted for. because they were traditional
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conservative voters would not vote for labor and its leader jeremy corbyn. that means smaller parties may get a lot of the vote or on the remain side of things, the green party, the legislation democrats. we could essentially see a much more fragments parliament. that's it from clackton. the next stop will be heading to norwich, a remain area. so don't forget to tune in for in, anna stewart reporting in the southeast of england. >> and we'll keep following the saga. thanks for joining us this hour. i'm rosemary church. i'll be back with more of our breaking coverage of hurricane dorian and of course other top stories in just a moment. you're watching cnn. stay with us.
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this is cnn breaking news. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and from all around the world. i'm rosemary church. we are following two major stories this hour. the devastation caused by hurricane dorian in the bahamas and now its path along the u.s. coast. plus, the bad news for british prime minister boris johnson's brexit plans as lawmakers take over parliament. and the bahamas may be facing their greatest crisis ever. hurricane ri


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