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Update: Tropical Storm Arthur; Food Truck Explodes in Philadelphia; Interview with Team USA's Goalkeeper, Tim Howard; Raffaele Sollecito Distances Himself From Knox

Aired July 2, 2014 - 06:30   ET




We are tracking tropical storm Arthur. It's gaining strength off Florida's East Coast, expected to become a hurricane, as early as tomorrow. That could certainly make for a dangerous Fourth of July for millions who were thinking maybe of planning to hitting the beach over the holiday.

Our meteorologist Indra Petersons is here to explain it. I know that NOAA said it wasn't going to be a big season of hurricanes, but it's kind of early, isn't it?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It is kind of early. There's a lot of unique characteristics out there, Michaela. One of them being where we had Arthur form.

Just off the eastern coast of Florida, speaking of formation. Back to the 1850s, we only had three storms form in this region, so definitely unique for this time of year. You don't see them form here until August or September.

Now, let's talk about the track. This is typical. That track is going to be taking awful along the Eastern Seaboard and then kind of curving out to sea.

But here's the catch -- yes, that's a typical path but this early on in the season you see it strengthen only to a tropical storm. This time around, we're looking at the potential for it to strengthen into a category one hurricane. Typically, you don't see that all the way in through August.

It's all about the water temperature, that sea surface temperature. All the beach-goers for the Fourth of July. You love when the water temperature is warm. Currently, about 80 to 82 degrees is what we're seeing off the coastline there farther down to the South, but when you have that kind of water temperature, that's also one of the factors that increases or enhances the threat for tropical storm development. That's exactly what happened.

Speaking of the water, a lot of beach-goers. I know you want to go out in the water. Before and after the system, you're going to have this enhanced threat for rip currents.

What are rip current? The wind brings all the waves right to the ocean, right to the coastline. Where does the water go? It tries to retreat. When you have sandbars blocks it from going back. So, look for the break in the sandbar and you get the enhanced current right back to the sea.

Remember, this is going to be enhanced risk over the next couple of days. If you get caught in one of these, do not try to swim against it. You want to swim parallel to the coastline. That's going to be your best chance to get out of it and, of course, look for some foamy water, any signs that a rip current could be out there.

And in the Northeast itself, remember -- yes, the system will be south of us, but we'll still be talking about the threat for heavy rain in combination with that cold front.

Kate, a lot to be talking about.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, absolutely. We're going to be feeling the effects of that soon enough.

Indra, thanks so much. We'll get right back to you.

Also this story, two people remain in critical condition this morning after a food truck simply exploded on the streets of Philadelphia. Just take one look at the dramatic surveillance video. See that? And you'll be amazed that only 12 people suffered injuries because of this. Authorities say that the blast was the result of a propane leak.

CNN's Miguel Marquez -- oh my God, Miguel that is just amazing. Look at it.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is amazing to look at the video. You know, we all go to these food trucks, it become so popular as of late with, you know, even fancy food being served as these things, and what's incredible about looking at that video, no one was killed.


MARQUEZ: Caught on camera. This food truck blowing up, sending massive flames in, billowing smoke into the sky. It looks like something out of a war zone. It's not. The explosion of a food truck serving Mexican food taking place right around dinnertime, around 5:30 Tuesday evening. It took place here in Philadelphia's Feltonville neighborhood. The food truck parked in front of an auto repair shop.

LATOYA PAGE, FOOD TRUCK EXPLOSION VICTIM: I heard a boom first and then the fire came out of nowhere.

MARQUEZ: Twenty-four-year-old Latoya Page was one of the 12 blast victims rushed to the hospital.

PAGE: I was walking by and the truck just blew up, and I saw the fire and the fire just hit me and I started running.

MARQUEZ: She was released last night.

PAGE: I have a first-degree burn on my whole left side.

MARQUEZ: Eyewitnesses say when this La Parrillada Chapina food truck exploded, parts of the truck and the propane tank were sent flying.

CHIEF INSPECTOR SCOTT SMALL, PHILADELPHIA POLICE: It appears, preliminarily, that the cause of this explosion was a propane tank.

MARQUEZ: A passing car even singed in the crossfire.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That pole over there caught on fire, all the way on top.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Whole house shook like an earthquake.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was walking, missed one step to another. I mean, it rocked me.

MARQUEZ: According to a CNN affiliate KYW, a mother and daughter were working inside the truck when it blew up. They are the two seriously burned.

The cause of the explosion under investigation.

SMALL: This lunch truck actually has two similar propane tanks in the rear of the truck. One of them is still intact and the other one exploded.


MARQUEZ: Now, that propane tank actually ended up 150 feet away and now thoughts turn to the two women who are in that truck badly burned but surviving.

BOLDUAN: Amazing. Miguel, thank you very much.

All right. We're going to take a break. Coming up next on NEW DAY. He was the star. That's all you can say of the U.S. World Cup team pulling out a record number of saves. Goalkeeper Tim Howard live on NEW DAY, coming next.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, Tim Howard with save number 14. Here's Mirallas. Make that 15 saves.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: There he is, the new Captain America. Sure, the U.S. didn't make it through against Belgium, but if you're watching this morning, the man you want to hear from is Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper. The man of the match.

And he is with us this morning on NEW DAY.

Tim, thank you so much after a long night to get up early to be here for the American audience. I appreciate it.

TIM HOWARD, TEAM USA GOALKEEPER: Thanks for having me. It's no problem.

CUOMO: So on my chest this morning, you can't see, but I've got a U.S. jersey on with a big number 1 in gap tape. I have it because of the one nation, one team, the unity we are all experiencing here at the World Cup and because it's your number. Do you feel how big an impact you've had here along with your teammates in the country?

HOWARD: That's pretty cool. We have. We felt it down here. We've seen all the highlights and all of our friends who have sent us videos, and we've seen YouTube and all the bars and the restaurants and the parks have been sold out.

It's been special. And that's been part of this amazing journey, playing in the World Cup is special but also being able to captivate the imagination and hopes and dreams of a nation is really certainly part of that ride.

CUOMO: Let's talk about how you got here or at least the end of the journey for now, last night. You and I shared the same word to describe the results. It sucks. What do you think the difference was between the two sides?

HOWARD: Oh, gosh. The margins are so fine, you know, when you play in the big games against top teams and Belgium is a scary team. They are so talented.

You know, a little bit of quality at the end. When you play against top players, sometimes you can play -- you can play your utmost and you still get beat. At the end of the game, we created two incredible opportunities and we were right there. We were right in it, and we could be talking about a whole different scenario this morning, but it wasn't to be.

CUOMO: I agree. I've been saying, hey, don't make it sound like the U.S. was lucky to be there. They should be hanging their heads. They had opportunities.

But the reason you stayed in the match was because of you, whether you like to have it on your shoulders or not. Did you feel that you were having a special game?

HOWARD: You know what? I think sometimes as a goalkeeper you just feel in rhythm, and that was -- that was -- I felt like that for most of this season and certainly in the last couple of weeks, I've felt good. The game slowed down for me, and I'm seeing things much earlier.

My reaction have been quick, so, yes, it felt like that but I'm almost very weary in those moments knowing when the big bad wolf is knocking at the door and at any time could enter. So, I was worried the levy could break and so, trying to organize as much as I could, which is why my voice is gone and make the saves that I was capable of making.

CUOMO: I was surprised how much coaching you do during the game. You were trying to organize the defense differently. So what are you going to do with this? You're man of the match. You say it's the worst award you've ever been given, but you're the man of the match. They're framing you up as Captain America. You're defined as the secretary of defense on Wikipedia. You, my man, are popular. What are you going to do with all of this? How are you going to handle it?

HOWARD: Take it in stride, you know. I'm going to go home, and I'm going to relax and hide away, you know, hang out with the kids, get some more tattoos, you know, just be me.

CUOMO: You know, look, I know the temptation is to take some time and figure out what you want to do. You talk about being 35 like you were 55, but I have a different suggestion. I say don't take the time. I say seize the moment and commit to staying with the team for the next World Cup because they need you, my brother. They need you. Are you ready to commit to the one nation, one team?

HOWARD: I'm not, no. Right now emotions are high, you know, and that's never a time to make an important decision, so I'll speak to the important people who matter, you know, in this process and take my time and figure it out. So it's -- it's a long four years, but also this team is very talented and very young, and so it's exciting.

CUOMO: Well, you're still young. You were clearly the man for the U.S. last night, and I hope you felt the impact on the field and the impact you had on the country.

Last night after that match I can guarantee you one thing. Kids were running out into the streets all over the United States, probably around the world, playing and dreaming of being the next Tim Howard. And that doesn't -- that's not easy to achieve, so I hope that means something to you and you take that from the cup.

HOWARD: It moans a lot. I cherish those moments, thank you.

CUOMO: Thank you. Thank you for giving us the moments. I look forward to seeing you back in the states. Maybe after the contract with Everton runs out you come to the MLS, and you're always welcome at NEW DAY. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thanks for giving us a great tournament run.

Tim Howard. The man of the match last night. But more important than what happened here at the Cup -- we've been saying this from the beginning. The reason I was teasing Mick about being all in for the United States, it wasn't because I'm questioning her. Mick is the best of all of us.

PEREIRA: Yes, you were.

CUOMO: But it was that -- the commitment that the country showed to the team --

PEREIRA: It's beautiful.

CUOMO: -- exceeds the World Cup itself. And Tim Howard became more than just about soccer. It became about just trying your hardest against the odds, and I think it was a great message for the country and we've got to push Tim Howard to stay with the team because we need him.

BOLDUAN: I think right now the man needs a nap, is what he needs after all of this.

PEREIRA: Yeah, and you could hear the strain of coaching and yelling to the team out there that -- the toll it's taken on his voice.

BOLDUAN: Sounds like he got a little laryngitis from all the yelling that he was doing. Chris, great interview. We'll get back down to you. Great to hear from Tim Howard.

PEREIRA: Fantastic.

BOLDUAN: And man, what a humble guy. Don't we love a reluctant hero?

PEREIRA: Hang out with the kids --

BOLDUAN: I sure do.

PEREIRA: -- and go get some more tattoos.

BOLDUAN: I was gonna say that sounds like a good Friday to me. Congratulations to Tim. What an amazing run, amazing, amazing run.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, we have surprising revelations for you about Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend. Does his new defense threaten Knox's alibi for the night that her roommate was murdered? A former FBI agent who knows the couple will join us to discuss.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Almost 7:00 here in the east. A new twist in the Amanda Knox case. Her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito is distancing himself, now suggesting that Knox was not with him the entire night of her roommate's murder. He even says Knox's testimony is made of fantasy and hallucinations that have nothing to do with him.

Earlier this year, Sollecito was sentenced years in prison for Kercher's death. Knox was given 28. The case will be heard again by Italy's supreme court.

We want to discuss it all with retired FBI special agent Steve Moore. He knows both Knox and Sollecito personally.

Steve, good to have you with us bright and early in the morning. So first of all, give us an idea of how you know Sollecito, and what has he been telling you over the past few months? STEVE MOORE, REITRED FBI AGENT: Hi, Michaela. I knew -- I got to

know Raffaele after he got out of prison. And we've been -- we just talked socially mainly. We try not to discuss the case because, frankly, sometimes he has to get away from it for his own sanity I think.

PEREIRA: OK, so the team calls this press conference. His legal team calls this press conference. Sollecito says, quote, "My name is Raffaele Sollecito and not Amanda Marie Knox." Talk about this. This is obviously him distancing, creating some distance between himself and Amanda.

MOORE: Well, he will when there's a gun to his head. I mean, look what's going on here. He was put in prison for four years for a crime he didn't commit. He's been out to two years, and now they are going to put him in for another 20 to 25 for something he didn't do.

And he is -- he is under pressure from the Italian government to help them save a little bit of face, and so one thing he never said is that she's guilty of anything. He said in that same press conference I still know she's innocent, and so does my family.

PEREIRA: Is that enough to -- I'm trying to imagine in his mind. Because I understand the pressure that he's getting from the Italian side. She's happily here in the United States -- happily, I say that, you know, comparatively, I suppose, given all that's gone on to both of them. Both of their lives have been changed forever. Is this now putting -- is this calling into question her alibi then?

MOORE: Not really, Michaela, because what's happened, is first of all the time that he's talking about where he's saying well, maybe, maybe, maybe, which is not -- not something he ever told me in the entire time I knew him and he was -- he stayed in my house at times. That time that he's now foggy on is an hour and a half before the murder. He hasn't heard her alibi for the time of the murder.

And -- and, listen, he was in prison for four years. He never ever turned away from his story. He's been out of prison for two years, never turned away from his story that -- that she's innocent. And now he's facing prison and Amanda is probably not, and I think the Italians want to end this without putting an Italian in jail.

PEREIRA: It's interesting because they are bringing up some things that were either brought up and then not really followed through on or other things entirely. One of the things his team pointed to was this text message that Kercher -- or that Knox, rather, sent the night from an Italian street around an hour before the murder, not from his apartment, which had been implied earlier. This is not new. Why bring this up?

MOORE: Well, it's not new because three trials now that's been discounted. You can't be that accurate with triangulation of cell phones. I know. We've tried it. I was in the FBI. Each trial they've -- they've trotted that had out, and each trial it's been slapped down. The bottom line is simply this. The Italians need to save face. They

are demanding concessions from Raffaele, so that they can save face. That's all there is. The evidence still shows that one man came in. His DNA was inside the rape victim. His fingerprints and her blood were on the girl's purse, and his bloody footprints went out. These kids are innocent, and poor Raffaele is under immense pressure to let the Italian government save face.

PEREIRA: It sounds as though he's being a bit -- somewhat of a pawn in this situation.

Steve Moore, thanks for joining us and giving us your insight knowing both of them. We appreciate that very much.

MOORE: Thank you.

PEREIRA: Steve Moore, retired FBI special agent.

Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: All right, Michaela, thanks so much.

We've got a hurricane watch that we're keeping our eyes on, of course, the World Cup, the highs and the lows. We're following a lot of news this morning, so let's get to it.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And the referee blows time on the USA's World Cup campaign.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It wasn't meant to be, but I think we can be proud of what we did here.

HOWARD: Sometimes can you work as hard as you want, and -- and the other team is just better.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tropical Storm Arthur predicted to become the first hurricane of the season.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's no mission creep (ph). The mission haven't changed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's a region of crises next door.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE; There's a big difference between us and the terrorists. We should never lose sight of that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:I just wish America would be America again.


CUOMO: Good morning from Brazil. Welcome to NEW DAY.

Well, it happened right over my shoulder. This is where the U.S.' run at the World Cup ended against Belgium; the score 2-1, but that is only part of the story. Victory can be defined many ways, and the U.S. team succeeded in ways no one ever expected.

We're going to take you to the latest in the game and the man of the match. Imagine that: the U.S. team lost, but still had the most important person on the field, Tim Howard, the goalkeeper. He made history last night. He talked to NEW DAY first this morning, and we're going to give you that interview and all the details and what happened next here at the World Cup.

But there's big news this morning in the world of weather, especially if you're on the east coast of the U.S., so let me get you back to New York and Kate for that. Good morning, my friend.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, Chris. Thanks so much. We'll get right back to you.

We're talking about Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to become Hurricane Arthur as early as tomorrow, and it could become a dangerous situation for the Fourth of July. Arthur, the first named storm of the hurricane season, is expected to affect just about every beach destination on the east coast over the next few days.

Right now, part of -- part of the North Carolina coast is under hurricane watch, and tropical storm watches are in effect off parts of the Carolinas and Florida. We're trucking Arthur's track for you with meteorologist Indra Petersons, but let's begin with Alina Machado on Florida's Cocoa Beach. You'll be feeling the effects first, Alina.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, Kate, we actually are feeling the effects. Not much rain right now, but definitely a lot of wind, and check out surf. I'm going to move out of the way, so you can see just how rough it is out there. There are still, though, people in the water right now, primarily surfers, who are trying to take advantage of these waves.

Now, just because they are in there though, that doesn't mean that this -- that that's a good idea. It's very dangerous out there because of the threat of rip currents, and that's a threat that we're not only going to see here, but also along the East coast as Arthur continues to make its way close to shore. Michaela?

PEREIRA: All right. Thank you so much. We'll take it back here in New York. Where exactly is Arthur going? We want to track the progress and track its movements with Indra Petersons, our meteorologist. A lot of people are keeping a wary eye on this, as they should.