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"Looks Like A War Zone"; Severe Weather Erupts In Indiana; Powerful Outbreak; Colorado Mine Blast; Crisis In The Philippines; Government's Obamacare Goal; Princeton Weighs Using Emergency Vaccine; Man Down; Could Dow Hit 16,000 This Week?; Perfect Storm

Aired November 18, 2013 - 06:00   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): This morning, outbreak across the Midwest complete destruction.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's just completely gone.

CUOMO: At least six people dead, entire communities destroyed as more than 80 tornadoes touched down. Witnesses in the path of the storm praying for their lives.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our Father, who art in heaven.

CUOMO: At this hour, many still in the dark, some not knowing if their homes are still standing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm devastated. I just feel sick.

CUOMO: We're live on the ground in one of the hardest hit areas.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Plus, a CNN exclusive. Toronto's infamous mayor, Rob Ford, giving his first interview face- to-face only to CNN's Bill Weir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They can make fun at me. They can laugh at me all they want. They don't know Rob Ford.

BOLDUAN: Does he think he's an addict? The latest coming up.

ANNOUNCER: This is "NEW DAY" with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO (on-camera): Good morning and welcome to "NEW DAY." It is Monday, November 18th. We are in Washington County. It's six o'clock in the east, five o'clock central time. That's where much of the Midwest will be waking up to a new reality after the most late season tornadoes in 20 years hit just yesterday, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Yes, Chris. It's amazing, that video's devastation is just amazing. We're also going to be talking this morning about our exclusive interview with Mayor Rob Ford and a look at Wall Street as well where the Dow could top a new milestone today. We'll tell you what that means for your investments. But first, of course, let's get straight back to big story that you're following, Chris.

CUOMO: Look, and the headline is, Kate, massive storms just sit down, big twisters leaving a trail of destruction across several states. We're coming to you as I said from Washington, Illinois this morning. It's a community of about 15,000 people, about 150 miles or so from Chicago. You are looking at the pictures of the damage. It is extraordinary. Debris was found 100 miles away.

Now I want to give some context of what's behind me right now, OK. What you see are these torn up trees and homes, but I want to show you the Google map. Do we have the Goggle map of what this looked liked before? Just so you get a sense of before and after.

This was a beautiful residential community, suburban homes, manicured lawns, big lush trees, swimming pools. Now it's all gone. We'll be talking to people who survived this. We have eyewitness who was literally praying for his life as a tornado touched down. Many of them were in their basements. Take a listen.


ANTHONY KHOURY: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom name. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses.


CUOMO: A lot of people were in church when this happened, people in their basements and homes, this gentleman and his loved ones were praying where they were. He said it was like the winds had hands, the way the tornado seemed to grab up trees and buildings, twisting them like straws. We are going to talk with a man who captured that video that you saw there live.

Now so far in terms of numbers, it's very early here, we have been told, there were reports that six people have been killed. Dozens more are injured, but there is a lot of assessing going on the terms of how big the storm, all those measurements they will have to do. But we do know that 100 million people were threatened in 26 states, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio.

This wasn't just one storm, 81 tornadoes were reported in all. So we are going to cover this storm like no other network can. First, we are going to take a look, though at what happened. Here's the story.


CUOMO (voice-over): It's like being under attack. Over 80 massive funnel clouds slash across the country within hours Sunday.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our father, who art in heaven --

CUOMO: Prayers echoed through basements as a monster size twister roars above. Central Illinois took the brunt of the furry, a string of tornadoes, left several dead, dozens more injured. Just north in Peoria --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We may need to take shelter ourselves.

CUOMO: Newscasters were brushed off air.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We will be back as soon as we can.

CUOMO: Tornado ripped right pass their studio. Down south, Washington County was devastated by a tornado. Wind reports of 200 miles an hour spun entire blocks of homes to the foundation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I felt the house shaking and waited probably a minute then I came back up and saw what you are seeing here.

CUOMO: In the community of Pecan (ph), authorities went door-to-door checking on residents for fear of gas leaks. One resident described the aftermath as a war zone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm just devastated. I just feel sick.

CUOMO: Further south, the tornado carved a path of destruction in Brookport directly hitting two mobile home parks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't have anything. My whole, I don't know where it went.

CUOMO: Wide spread funnel clouds even spotted in Chicago.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Please clear the seating area calmly.

CUOMO: Tornado warnings forced officials to evacuate Soldier Field, delaying the Bear's game. Once the twister passed, there was a new blast of energy, clean-up efforts, waves of people coming to each other's aid, looking for survivors, searching for valuables, toppled semis pulled upright. Most importantly, spirits raised.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We will make it through it. We are so grateful the Lord preserved so many lives here.


CUOMO: Equally amazing, you see flags flying all over here. We will talk about how if men and women already started the rebuild, the rescue effort, the relief effort here. We are going to bring in the mayor of the city of Washington, talk to him about it.

But again in terms of scope of perspective here, 100 million people in 26 states were threatened by these storms. As I've said, we are in the city of Washington. We are in Illinois. In neighboring Indiana, reports of close to two dozen tornadoes, one of the hardest hit cities was Kokomo, Indiana and that's where we are on the ground with George Howell -- George.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chris, good morning. This community here in Kokomo remains under a state of emergency. People were told to stay indoors as crews deal with the damage, the devastation, one example of which I want to show you, this fire station, look at the fire truck. The roof collapsed on top of it. Even the firefighters need help this morning.

That is what we expect to see, more damage. The good news here, no one was killed but the winds here were strong enough. I want to show you this, to send big pieces of metal like this flying.


HOWELL (voice-over): New police dash-cam video captured this twister in Boone County, Indiana Sunday, watch as it passes dangerously close to this semi truck. The damage in Indiana so extensive, more than 160,000 residents found themselves without power this morning. Entire communities were destroyed. The force even toppling a car in this Starbucks parking lot. Patrons were temporarily trapped inside, but lucky for the escape.

Tornado warnings were issued across the region last night putting Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio all on edge. This time lapse shows the storm overtake the Indianapolis skyline Sunday afternoon. The resulting tornadoes tore across multiple towns, crews in Kokomo worked in darkness, headlights from their emergency vehicles the only source of light in one of the hardest hit areas in Indiana.

The storm brought wind gusts powerful enough to tear the top from this home sending it flying to the mild of the road. A fire station nearby was nearly demolished. This man searches through what used to be his living room. Damage from the storm system spread to neighboring states, like Wisconsin. Trees were uprooted and houses sustained extensive damage in Allenton.

You can hear and see the strength of the storm blowing fast through St. Louis and in Milwaukee, thick black clouds moved in, in just a matter of minutes.


HOWELL: So with our lights, you can see some of the debris that went flying around. But again with light of day, there will be a lot more to see. In fact just over there, there is a mall where the roof was ripped off. Many of the businesses here, the windows have been busted out. A lot of people without power. We do expect the governor here to tour the damage here in the next couple of hours -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right, George, thank you very much. We will be coming back to you. Not having power is huge obviously. I am here with meteorologist Indra Petersons. We have been here throughout the night watching the situation. We wanted to give some context to what is behind us because it's hard to see what was when you see what's lost. Take a look at the Goggle map.

Indra and I have been looking at this, this morning to get some context out of it. Take a look at what this community, this street is all about. This is Gillman Avenue. This is what this looked like, beautiful ranches, manicured lawns, really, a beautiful community here in Washington, some 15,000 people. Now you look at what it has become, obviously, Indra, this is a show of force of what hit the ground here.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it's actually very -- look at that. That's what we actually need to be looking at. We need to be looking at what kind of structures were here and what is left now. The way you actually determine the strength of a tornado actually confuses a lot of people. The National Weather Service is going to come out today and they are going to survey the damage.

They are going to be talking about how strong were the winds. They were able to create everything that you see here. You are talking about literally the trees, seeing the bark ripped off of these trees, maybe interior walls left here. All of that has to be identified, put into a chart and identify how strong was the system. Now we all know this is so atypical for November.

We are talking more tornadoes in one day yesterday than you typically see for the entire month of November. So what caused this? What actually happened, we had temperatures here a good 20 degrees above normal. But still that's nothing typical than what you see in the springtime. You have these strong winds, that was the key yesterday, there are winds were gusting, 70, 80 miles per hour that made up for that temperature.

You combine that with the jet stream and the system making its way across, you add all those surface elements that caused these tornadoes we saw yesterday, unfortunately, we're looking at devastation here. You are not seeing about losing interior walls, worry talking about many buildings made of brick and cinder blocks. We will evaluate, how strong were these wind and we will finding out in the afternoon once they survey that damage -- Chris.

CUOMO: I'll tell you, this is terrible. It's not the worst we seen in a lot of the communities. In some places there are no trees or nothing. The assessment will have to take place. Even though it was so horrible here, we have reports that people were out in force right after. You could see them that the recovery has already begun. There is a lot of need.

I want to bring in the mayor, Gary Manier, he is going to come in with us and join us here in a second to talk about what's going on. He will do us a favor and step out. Mr. Mayor, it's great to be here. You got the Illinois shirt on, the fighting Illini, never more true than what needs to happen in the community right now.


CUOMO: Tell us what is the experience right now?

MANIER: Devastation, sadness, people that lost everything. I served 13 years ago; I never would have dreamed something like this would be something that I was tasked to try to help. Our residents are so resilient. We're a volunteer-based community that reaches out for neighbors and as I was heading through this subdivision at one point yesterday, the people weren't worried about what they lost. They were worried about their neighbors. They were searching, you know, not only the fire and rescue. The neighbors were searching for neighbors. CUOMO: You are fortunate in the community. A lot of people were in church. They had basements, safe rooms. But tell me the experience of the amount of warnings, how quickly did it hit?

MANIER: I think obviously because of the type of injuries that we have seen so far and the death total, we haven't really got a count on that. We heard maybe one. If that's the case the warning was in plenty of time. Again, November is so unusual. For everybody to take it serious everybody kept saying it's really warm today. My wife opened the door and said, "Why do have you the door opened?" It seemed to get warmer and warmer.

CUOMO: Now in terms of the spirit we are hearing about from people, we know they are helping. We were talking a man will be on the show with us later on, a pig farmer. He said his home was destroyed people came right away, like 100 people all of a sudden. What is this community about in times like this?

MANIER: I can tell you we actually turned people away. It's not just Washington the surrounding areas. We had doctors, nurse, EMTs, firemen, policemen. The surrounding community didn't even wait for our phone call for help. They started showing up.

CUOMO: No power still?

MANIER: Still no power.

CUOMO: Any timing on when these essentials will be back?

MANIER: We came at 8:00 this morning for a breakdown. There are 90,000 people in Illinois that are out that we know of, so, I mean, I was blessed to have a roof over my head, a cold shower. I had a roof over my head. Obviously, people are in shelter, staying with loved ones, hotel, if they are able to get one. We're going to rebuild. We are jump back up off the canvass and fight and be what once was. I think we can do it.

COUMO: It's one of the fast growing communities in Illinois, the people, did they say why? We are here on the ground to help. Let us know what the need is so we can get the word out.

MANIER: We will get that to you, Chris.

CUOMO: Mr. Mayor, the fighting Illini, showing the spirit already. Thank you for joining us. We will be here all morning telling you the story of what happened around the country. There is other news as well so let's get to Michaela for that back in New York -- Mich.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Chris, thank you so much. Making news at this hour, safety officials are investigating a Colorado silver mine accident that killed two workers and injured at least 19 others Sunday. Authorities have ruled out a cave-in or a collapse, blaming those deaths on a release of carbon monoxide. One of the surviving miners is in critical condition at an area hospital. Authorities are trying to determine whether a small explosion on Sunday released that poisonous gas. Ten days have passed since Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines and only now has aid starting to reach those hardest hit areas. The death toll continues to rise, thousands are reported missing, and millions more have been displaced. This morning, new footage has been released, showing the typhoon's powerful storm surge wiping out a house. This video was shot by an aid worker who took refuge on the top floor of a boarding house.

To Obamacare now, the Obama administration setting up target reportedly considering the federal insurance marketplace a success if 80 percent of users manage to buy health care plans online. That's a figure government and industry officials provided to the "Washington Post." The goal puts pressure on government workers to fix the web site and fix technical issues at call centers or with insurers themselves.

Princeton University trustees now deciding whether to offer an emergency vaccine to help keep a meningitis outbreak from spreading. A decision is expected this week. So far, seven people have been infected with the potentially deadly Type B bacterial strain, which is rarely found in the U.S. The most recent case was confirmed this week. The emergency vaccine has only been provided or approved rather in Europe and Australia.

I want to show you some scary moments. A man fell from the third deck of Ralph Wilson's Stadium during Sunday's Jets-Bills game. A CBS camera caught the incident. Isn't that crazy? You see man, he's sliding down the railing before he loses his balance and falls to his depth below. What is kind of miraculous, he only suffered a shoulder injury, but he landed on another fan and that person suffered a head injury, really dangerous how far he falls.

BOLDUAN: It doesn't even look real.

PEREIRA: You can imagine if you saw that live how frightening that would be.

BOLDUAN: At least not seriously injured as far as we know. Thanks so much, Michaela.

Coming up next on "NEW DAY", his behavior has been described as so many things, irrational, bizarre, wild, how does the embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford describe what's happened himself over the last few weeks? He speaks exclusively with CNN and we'll bring that to you.

PEREIRA: New record on Wall Street today, will the Dow Jones cross another major threshold and what would that mean for the money in your pocket? We'll discuss coming up.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to "NEW DAY". It is "Money Time".

Record highs for the markets Friday for both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. Could today be the day the Dow hit 16,000?

Christine Romans is here explaining it all.

Let's start. Good morning.


PEREIRA: First of all, new week, new day. Good things for our money. Why is this happening? Why the soar all of a sudden?

ROMANS: I would say three things. You got the Fed, which has been pumping money into the system and keeping interest rates very low. Companies are doing better, even in a tough environment, companies are making money, and they're not necessarily adding a lot of workers to do that.

So remember, stocks are a reflection of how companies are doing. And companies are doing OK. And you got these three things altogether that are conspiring to push things very -- 38.3, if the Dow can go 38 points higher, and a little bit more, it will be 16,000 and a record.

BOLDUAN: So look into your crystal ball. Is this sustainable? I assume the answer is no. How long will this go?

ROMANS: If I had that crystal ball, I would have --


ROMANS: Look, I asked one of the biggest investors in the world. I said, you got stocks up so much this year, more than 20 percent for the Dow, 30 percent for the NASDAQ, S&P up big time. Can it keep going on forever or do you need to take money off the table?

And here's what Mohamed El-Erian told me.


MOHAMED EL-ERIAN, PIMCO CEO: At some point, you need to get off this wave, because this wave cannot last forever. Now, no one can tell you whether it's within the next few months or years. But at these levels of valuations, we think it's about trying to take money off the table and be more cautious.


ROMANS: To be more cautious.

There are plenty of analysts who disagree with him, who say the valuation of the market is not overvalued. It's 16 times earnings for the S&P. That's not -- that's right in line with history. You still have the Fed in the game and you have an economy that is improving, and maybe a jobs growth ramps up, you could still have more of this bull wave.

That's what makes it a market, right? Analysts say be cautious. Others say, no, no, keep going. I think you might not see that record. We got futures lower right now, watching some things happening in Europe. But, you know, I think you're going to hit it very, very soon. There is a lot of questions about whether it will go much higher than that.

PEREIRA: So then the question is then, is a correction inevitable then? Like how are we going to see --

ROMANS: And if there was a correction, would it be a great buying opportunity? Because some people have been waiting for that correction. They're already taken money off the table, like Mohammed El-Erian has been suggesting, and they have been waiting and they've missed it. So, who knows?

What's important here is how well the economy is recovering and how much companies are making money.

BOLDUAN: Why do we care about these big milestones so much?

ROMANS: You know, 16,000 is psychological. It really is. It doesn't mean anything different. I mean, the numbers I love are the numbers this year of how much the stock market is up.

You have had a hard time catching up with how well the stock market has done, for some people who have missed it. Boy, they are really kicking themselves.

But for most of us in our 401k, it doesn't matter for 16,000, 1,602, or 1,597 right, because your 401k looks really, really great. Money is flying into the market right now. People are still putting money into the market.

BOLDUAN: So, this is one of the weeks Christine Romans will tell you, you can look at your 401k.

ROMANS: You can and make sure you have the right mix of stocks, bonds, and cash for your age and for your retirement goals. This is always a good time to look at what your discipline is. I will tweet out a link of what your framework should look like.

PEREIRA: Help us out.

ROMANS: And this is good time to always look at that.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Christine.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: All right. Watching your money, we are also watching the weather, the massive storms in the Midwest.

Let's get straight back to Indra Petersons, who is in Washington, Illinois, very hard hit by the storms yesterday, but also with a look at the national forecast today.

Indra, how is it looking?

PETERSONS: Yes. You know, it's actually what I wanted to bring up. We are continuing to focus on all the tornadoes that hit yesterday, but also, primarily a strong wind event. We had 500 reports of straight line winds. We are talking of winds that soar as fast as 70 or 80 miles an hour.

That was really a big story. Today, that same storm system has now pushed across. Currently, we're seeing it has moved offshore from D.C. But we're still seeing some rain and winds into the Mid- Atlantic. And that same storm will continue to linger today into New England.

As far as rain, only about an inch of rain, we are not talking about a flight risk. We do not have a threat of severe weather, but that component, the wind is still in the forecast today. We are talking a good 30, 40-mile-per-hour winds that will cause likely delays anywhere in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast today. And then if you head back into the Great Lakes, we're still talking about winds that could anywhere from 50 or 60 miles per hour. So, with that, of course we have the lake effect snow concern as well.

The big thing I want to point out. There is a storm in the Pacific Northwest today that's going to be dumping heavy amounts of snow. That system will make it here by Wednesday.

So we only have about two days here. We are having these chilly temps and dry conditions, up by Wednesday. Conditions are going to be worsening. We are talking stronger winds whipping up by mid-week.

CUOMO: It's cold here and for people in Washington in the surrounding areas to survey their homes and find things, it's going to be adding to the difficulty of the day. But, you know, we've seen already. The community is coming together. We're going to be here to cover everything that happens throughout the morning.

When we come back on the other side of the break, we're going to try to figure out what happened here in terms of what this tornado was and get inside it. Indra is going to do it for us on this side. We will be bringing you here from Washington.

Kate, back to you in New York.

BOLDUAN: All right. We're also have CNN exclusive -- CNN's exclusive interview with the Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. What does he say to his critics after weeks of being pushed to leave office?

Stay with us to find out.


CUOMO: Welcome back to "NEW DAY". It is Monday, November 18th.

We are in the city of Washington, Illinois. This place was decimated by a series of tornadoes that rolled through Sunday, heavy wind, rain, left the area littered with debris. You can see it behind us.

This isn't the worst of what's going on in this community. Buildings have been torn from foundations. In Illinois, the death toll stands at 6. Dozens are injured. Those numbers, you know, they're not set. They have a lot of evaluating done. But there is no power. Gas lines, power lines are out in part of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, there was a lot of devastation.

Remember, 100 million in 26 states were vulnerable. Over 80 tornadoes touched down, including this funnel cloud that was caught on police dash cam in Lebanon, Indiana. Take a look at this.


CUOMO: Now we know, just to give you a sense, watch it going across. I didn't want to talk so you can take it in yourself. Watch that storm, that tornado passing through as everybody tries to get out of the way.

Everything in these situations becomes about timing, do you get the proper warning, do have you sirens? Do you have somewhere to go? That was really a big factor here.

Now, these storms in general took millions by surprise. So they had very little time to figure out what to do.

I'm here with Indra Petersons, our meteorologist, obviously.

And in this community, we were told luckily it was Sunday. A lot of people were in church. It's a very prayerful community of some 15,000 people. They have a lot of basements.

But they say the timing wasn't much. And that makes a difference, right?

PETERSONS: It makes a huge difference. This is November where people typically don't see storms like this coming, were moving at 55 miles per hour. I mean, so fast out there that the time, we only had 10 minutes from the time the warning came out to the time this thing impacted the region.

Keep in mind: we are talking 81 tornado reports and 500 reports of wind damage, even as high as 85 miles per hour.


PETERSONS (voice-over): Sunday's dramatic tornado outbreak is one for the record books. Eighty-one reported tornado across 10 states, initial estimates show this monster storm cycle produced at least one EF4 tornado touching down in New Minden, Illinois. It would be the first ever recorded in the state's history of November.

EF4 tornadoes are capable of packing wind gusts of up to 200 miles per hour. Those gusts were powerful enough to annihilate entire neighborhoods and flip cars in Indiana. The storm system isn't believed to be as powerful as the EF5 tornadoes that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, in May.