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KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to "News Stream."
The U.S. Navy says it has found some human remains after 10 sailors went missing when their warship collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
President Trump goes back on his campaign promises. He says the U.S. will continue to fight in Afghanistan.
Spanish police say that they have killed the man they believed drove a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona last week.
We begin with an update to news that we're following in the seas off of Singapore. The U.S. commander says some remains have been found inside the
naval destroyer that collided with an oil tanker. He also says a Malaysian navy has located one body. They're working to see if it is one of the 10
missing sailors. We will have a live report from Matt Rivers in Singapore in just a few minutes.
The U.S. president is recommitting the country to its longest war, the fight in Afghanistan. It has been 16 years since the conflict started. Over
110,000 lives have been lost. Its financial cost in the billions and billions of dollars. And in a prime time address, Donald Trump laid out his
plan to win the war and to protect Americans from terrorism. Athena Jones has more.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable.
ATHENA JONES, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): President Trump recommitting the United States to the nearly 16-year war in Afghanistan
despite repeatedly calling for America to pull out of the conflict entirely.
TRUMP: It is a total and complete disaster and I'd like to see money spent on this country.
TRUMP (voice-over): At some point, are they going to be there for the next 200 years? You know at some point what's going on? It's going to be a long
JONES (voice-over): The president acknowledge this change of heart on Monday.
TRUMP: My original instant was to pull out and historically I like following my instincts. But all my life, I've heard that decisions are much
different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office. However, our commitment is not unlimited and our support is not a blank check.
JONES (voice-over): President Trump bowing to build up America's military presence in the region.
JONES (voice-over): But refusing to offer specifics.
TRUMP: We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Condition on the ground not arbitrary timetables will
guide our strategy from now on.
JONES (voice-over): The commander-in-chief criticizing his predecessor while pledging to roll back Obama era restrictions on military engagement.
TRUMP: Micromanagement from Washington D.C. does not win battles.
JONES (voice-over): But certain key components of President Trump's strategy largely echoing the previous administration.
TRUMP: We are not nation building again.
BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We have no interest in occupying your country.
TRUMP: Perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
OBAMA: We will support efforts by the Afghan government to open the door to those Taliban who abandon violence.
TRUMP: Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos.
OBAMA: This same cancer has also taken root in the border region of Pakistan.
JONES (voice-over): The initial response from Republican to be addressed largely precedent.
PAUL RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: I'm pleased with the decision. We cannot allow another safe haven for terrorists to
JONES (voice-over): While democratic leaders criticized the president for declaring an open-ended commitment to America's longest war. The commander-
in-chief use the beginning of his speech to call for unity of a late attempt to address the damage caused by his unwillingness to immediately
condemn white supremacist in Charlottesville.
TRUMP: The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home.
JONES (voice-over): His tone a stunning departure from his language just six days ago, which drew widespread condemnation.
RYAN: I do believe that he messed up in his comments on Tuesday when it sounded like a moral equivocation or at the very least moral ambiguity when
we need extreme moral clarity.
[08:05:00] LU STOUT: Athena Jones reporting there. CNN's international diplomatic editor, Nic Robertson, joins me now from our London bureau with
more analysis on the story. Nic, let's first talk about Trump's approach to the terror threat in Afghanistan; Al Qaeda, ISIS in the Taliban.
It is interesting because in his address, he used words like defeating or obliterating when he talked about ISIS and Al Qaeda not the case of the
Taliban. What do you take away from that?
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Sure. I mean, he's talking about obliterating ISIS, crashing Al Qaeda. But with the Taliban,
he says, the important message there is that they not be allowed to take military control of the country. This seems to leave the door open for
talks with the Taliban, at least between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
This has certainly been echoed by the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who says that this door is open to the Taliban. He uses language, President
Trump uses language in his speech saying that he can't see a point in the future where the Afghan Taliban, some Afghan Taliban can be part of the
political makeup of Afghanistan.
And in many ways, this really sounds like you know what we can expect to hear from his generals, who we know that is listening to, that they see an
exit strategy from Afghanistan when the fighting against the Taliban stopped, which means a political rapprochement with the Taliban which have
a history of both military and political organization.
So I think we are seeing an evolution towards that, but of course, achieving that, you can say it, and he didn't give us a lot of detail about
how to do it, one part of the detail although was that expectation that Pakistan should do more not to harbor terrorists, not to harbor criminals,
and not to harbor likes of the Afghan Taliban.
LU STOUT: Yes. Pakistan should do more, according to the U.S. president, but exactly what? What can the U.S. do to make sure that Pakistan does
indeed change its behavior?
ROBERTSON: Well, you know, President Trump said Pakistan has a lot to gain and implied they have a lot to lose by not supporting because of the many
billions of dollars of aid that the United States supports Pakistan with. The United States has a military interest in Pakistan.
It has an interest in stability on Pakistan. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. Pakistan has a long history of tensions with India that is also a nuclear
nation. So, United States has an interest in saying a stable and secure Pakistan and this is why it supported it over the years.
But if, you know, President Trump as he appears to be indicating he might want to do, which is shut down some of the support we've seen in the past
that Pakistan responds or at least events on the ground in Pakistan evolve in such a way, that U.S. resupply route from the port city of Karachi in
Pakistan to the military troops in Afghanistan.
The supply route is the quickest and easiest sometimes get shot down by trouble at the border. The Pakistan government is then in a position to say
in the United States, look, you know, we can help you, but you got to help us well. So, he doesn't have a free hand there to take away entirely from
Pakistan. The other resupply route would be through rush orders, much longer and much more difficult.
The United States has done that in the past but now imagine trying to do that now with the difficult, very difficult and troubled diplomatic
relations with Russia. So, you know, President Trump's leverage there is not so strong. Also we heard from China today coming out in support of
Pakistan and Pakistan's positions in international community should fully recognize how much Pakistan does to combat international terrorism.
And I think this is a very interesting message, China waiting in to support Pakistan on this issue is a clear shot across the bows of President Trump
for the moment.
LU STOUT: Absolutely. Nic Robertson, great to get your insight on Trump's plan for Afghanistan and the region. Nic Robertson joining us live there.
A short time ago, I spoke with the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib. I asked him why he welcomes President Trump's plan for
HAMDULLAH MOHIB, AFGHAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES: This is the first time so much focus has been brought on Afghanistan on the success in
And we are grateful for the outcome. There were a long and intense deliberations all over the world, what the way forward in Afghanistan
should be, what needs to be done regionally to ensure that the war comes to -- is concluded in this country, and what needs to be done both politically
and economically to make sure that Afghanistan is sustainable.
So, all the efforts here are sustainable. From that perspective, what was outlined yesterday is exactly what we have been looking for.
LU STOUT (on camera): What was your reaction when President Trump took that tough line, calling out Pakistan. What do you think the U.S. can really do
change Pakistan's behavior?
MOHIB: Well, the United States has a lot of
[08:10:00] political leverage and can use their -- all of that to ensure that Pakistan commits to supporting or ending terrorism in this region. And
we believe that it's in the interest of Pakistan as well to be more constructive partner in the war against terrorism.
LU STOUT (on camera): And I have to ask you about that nation building line from President Trump when he said, quote, we are not nation building again.
We are killing terrorists. Do you welcome that statement or do you feel wait a minute here, we do need to have a functional democracy across
Afghanistan, we do need to have a peace deal with the Taliban which President Trump (INAUDIBLE) in his speech before there could be any sort of
MOHIB: Afghanistan does have function in democracy where much further alarm in our current efforts than perhaps understood. And at this stage, what we
need is support to fight our common enemies, to end terrorism, and to be able to connect to the region so that we can start building on the
potential that we have which is not just resources, it's also our location, a part of Asia, but also our huge population which has the benefit of
getting an education over the past 16 years.
LU STOUT (on camera): But the country is still at a critical point today. Huge part of the country outside of the control of the government. The
Taliban has been a surging back with number of recent attacks. What is at stake if Donald Trump's plan for Afghanistan doesn't work out?
MOHIB: One of the reasons we are welcoming the support is because we committed. We have challenges that we need to address. We need
international support to address them. Terrorism is one of those challenges. Central and South Asia have much to gain from stability in
LU STOUT: That was part of my conversation with the Afghan ambassador to the U.S. about President Trump calling out Pakistan, saying Washington can
no longer be silent about its safe havens for terror organizations.
China has come to Pakistan's defense on that. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman saying this, quote, Pakistan is on the front line in the struggle
against terrorism, has actively made efforts and great sacrifices to combat terrorism for years and has made important contributions to safeguarding
regional and global peace and stability. We believe that the international community should fully recognize Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts,
As President Trump (INAUDIBLE) other countries to fight terrorism, his secretary of defense is meeting with crucial allies in the Middle East and
Europe to do the same. James Mattis is in Baghdad to talk about the next steps for forces fighting ISIS. The visit comes a few days after the start
of (INAUDIBLE) offensive to drive ISIS out of the city of Tal Afar.
Mattis made an earlier stop in Amman, Jordan to work on some of those strategic alliances and that's where we find Jomana Karadsheh. She joins us
now live. Jomana, as President Trump delivered his vision for Afghanistan, what message does General Mattis have been released especially for Iraq?
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, when it comes to Iraq, Kristie, we heard from Secretary Mattis who as you mentioned was here in Amman. He
is also traveling along with him is the United States special envoy for the global coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, and the two of them held a
round table with the traveling press and they discussed Iraq and the U.S. fight against ISIS there.
Now, both these officials are saying they see a long-term relationship with Irag, but right now what they say the main focus is that fight against
ISIS. As you mentioned, the Iraqis over the weekend launched this new offense to push ISIS out of what its last major urban stronghold in
northern Iraq. So, you've got the Iraqis who are on the front line mostly when it comes to the fight against ISIS, but they do need the support and
they get the support from the U.S.-led coalition.
But as we've heard from Iraqi officials in the past, they always want more and they need more support, something that will probably come up during
this meeting. We heard Brett McGurk saying that the United States is committed to the long-term stability of Iraq, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Jomana Karadsheh reporting live from Amman. Thank you.
Let's return to the news that we are following in the seas off of Singapore. U.S. commander says some remains have been found inside the
destroyer that collided with an oil tanker on Monday. Rescuers have been searching for the 10 missing sailors.
[08:15:00] Let's bring in Matt Rivers from Singapore with the very latest. Matt, I understand this has now turned into recovery operation. What's the
latest on the search?
MATT RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes. At this point, Kristie, the search is ongoing but like you said remains have been found. We just
wrapped up a press conference with the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, Admiral Scott Swift. He confirmed for the first time to reporters
that remains have been found.
He said they happened in two different ways. Divers have been working on that ship all day long in the part of the ship to sustain that damage and
they actually made their way into sealed compartments, compartments that were sealed after the flooding that happened as a result of this incident,
and that's where they found some remains.
He would not confirm how many bodies, how many U.S. sailors were found in that ship so far. The other body that was found was by the Malaysian Navy.
That has been labeled by the U.S. Navy as possible remains. That body is in the process of being transferred back to the U.S. Navy for identification.
The Malaysian Navy actually found the body in the waters near where that incident happened. The admiral did say that recovery operations are
ongoing. He actually left open a door of a little bit of hope that perhaps somehow there's some miracle that some survivor remains but obviously,
Kristie, as time goes on here, the odds of finding any of these missing sailors alive gets much slimmer.
LU STOUT: Yes, especially after that grim discovery that was just made. Matt, the navy is now reviewing its operations after what happened. The
fourth mishap in Asian waters this year alone. So many lives have been lost. It that review going to prevent another tragedy?
RIVERS: Well, that's what the navy is hoping. You know, don't forget, Kristie, it was just the middle of June when the USS Fitzgerald was
involved in a fatal accident where seven U.S. sailors died. And now we have another tragic accident here where more U.S. sailors have died.
And so what the U.S. Navy is doing is it is going to launch a fleet-wide comprehensive review because they're worried that there might be systemic
problems here. What is going on? That's the question they are wanting to ask and looking to answer. But we also pose the question through the
admiral at the press conference and he gave an interesting answer as to why some people are old this broad investigation. Here is what he said.
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SCOTT SWIFT, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET COMMANDER: We owe it to sailors that man Seventh fleet and their families to answer the questions that flow from the
uncertainty of what happened, how could it happen, and what can be done to prevent such occurrences in the future. We owe it to each and every one of
them to pursue answers to these questions and others that may be on their mind. We are absolutely committed to doing just that.
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RIVERS: And so he said that fleet Ryan (ph) review at least the initial phase. It will be done by August 28th. But clearly, the navy has a problem
on its hands. It appears that it is aware of that problem.
Look, Kristie, the fact that he gave this press conference the day after this happened right in front of that ship shows a level of transparency on
the U.S. Navy's part to say, look, we know we a problem and clearly we owe it to those families and to the sailors who were serving around the world
already in harms way. They deserve answers.
LU STOUT: Absolutely, they deserve answers, and the search for the missing that goes on. Matt Rivers reporting live from Singapore. Thank you, Matt.
U.S. has a message for awaited peace with North Korea during joint exercises by U.S. and South Korean forces. We have a live report from Seoul
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LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong. Welcome back. You're watching "News Stream."
In Spain, four suspected members of a terror cell appeared in court in Madrid earlier on Tuesday. Police say that cell was behind the horrific van
attack in Barcelona last week. The alleged driver was shot by police during an operation on Monday. Authorities believe a wider plot could be in the
works. Melissa Bell has the latest in the warning. Her report contains graphic images.
MELISSA BELL, CNN PARIS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The last hideout of 22- year-old, Younes Abouyaaqoub, a rural hillside about an hour from Barcelona. A villager called police Monday afternoon after spotting someone
suspicious. Abouyaaqoub was shot dead, wearinig an explosive belt that turned out to be fake. It was the end of an intense manhunt.
CARLES PUIGDEMONT, PRESIDENT OF THE GENERALITAT OF CATALONIA: I'm so sure that Catalonia and Europe and the world is most safe today after the death
of Younes Abouyaaqoub than before.
BELL (voice-over); Five days ago, Abouyaaqoub drove a van into crowd on Barcelona's most populous street, Las Ramblas. He escaped on foot through a
market then hijacked a car, stabbing to death its owner. As he went on the run, five other members of the cell were preparing to launch an attack in
the town of Cambrils, about 100 miles down the coast.
All five were shot dead by police. They, too, were wearinig fake suicide belts. Most of the cell were young men of Moroccan origin in their 20s, and
most came from the quiet town of Ripoll, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. They used to meet at this apartment, according to police.
But these young men were spending a lot of time a long way from home in a house in the town of Alcanar that was destroyed by a massive explosion last
week. Found in the wreckage, the remains of a preacher, 42-year-old Abdelbaki Es Satty, a man who appears to have influenced many of the
Spanish police discovered more than 100 gas canisters in the wreckage, as well as components for the powerful explosive, TATP. There was so much
dangerous material in the house that police had to carry out several controlled explosions. They believe the group was preparing dozens of bombs
for one or more major attacks in Barcelona, but the bomb maker appears to have made a fatal mistake.
Up and down Las Ramblas, candles glow at night in tribute to the people of seven nationalities who lost their lives here, and in hope for the recovery
of a dozen still in hospital. But as details emerge about the scale of this plot and the size of this group, there's a frightening realization that the
carnage could have been so much worse. And there are alarming questions too about how this conspiracy and the bomb factory at the heart of it went
undiscovered. Melissa Bell, CNN, Barcelona.
LU STOUT: The top U.S. Pacific commander is warning others not to underestimate the United States military power, but he also says this.
Dialogue remains the key to dealing with North Korea. Admiral Harry Harris spoke in South Korea as joint military drills went on for second day. Take
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HARRY HARRIS, HEAD OF U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND: A strong diplomatic effort backed by a strong military effort is key because credible combat power
should be in support of diplomacy and not the other way around.
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LU STOUT: Clearly emphasizing diplomacy there. Let's take you live to the South Korean capital. Paula Hancocks is in Seoul. She joins us now. Paula,
that was only a 15-second soundbite. What else did he say? What else did Admiral Harris say about the threat posed by North Korea?
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, he was saying alongside the other top U.S. military commanders in the region what we have
been hearing consistently over the past week from U.S. officials. The fact that it is diplomacy first but it has to be backed up with a viable
military option as what we heard from the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, and then you hear it from the man in charge of the
military in this region today.
[08:25:00] We also heard from General Vincent Brooks who is the the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, and he said that when talking about the
military drills that are ongoing at this point, that they will continue to do these exercises until there is a reason that they don't have to, but at
this point, that reason has not yet emerged.
We also saw it in the political sense. There was a visit from the U.S. Congressional Delegation. The senator and congresswoman talking about the
issue of the strong rhetoric coming from the U.S. president, Donald Trump, as well last week. One of the democratic senator condemning that, actually
saying that bluster is counterproductive, calling on trying to do more and saying that dialogue is essential.
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SEN. EDWARD MARKEY (D), MASSACHUSETTS: Talking with North Korea is not concession. It is the only way to reach agreement to denuclearize the
Korean Peninsula and to reinforce that our military strength is there only to deter aggression and defend against attack.
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HANCOCKS: Now, all of these men and women were telling the reporters today very strongly that there would not be military option that is viable in
Korea, issuing an agreement really with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. They admit that it would be catastrophic if there was a second
Korean war. They are insisting that military option is simply not an option. Kristie.
LU STOUT: Paula Hancocks live in Seoul. Thank you.
U.S. President Donald Trump has reversed his stance on the war in Afghanistan since he was running for office. Just ahead, we will hear from
the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on why the president feels his new strategy is the way to go.
And heavy rainstorms are sweeping across several parts of China and the southern coast is bracing for the powerful tropical cyclone Hado (ph).
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching "News Stream." These are your world headlines.
An update to news we are following overseas off of Singapore after a U.S. naval destroyer collided with an oil tanker. The Pacific commander says
divers found some human remains in the sealed compartments on board the USS John S. McCain. He also says the Malaysian Navy located a body and working
to see if it is one of the 10 missing sailors.
The Taliban have reacted to U.S. president's plan for the war in Afghanistan. The terror group says in a statement that it will continue
[08:30:00] to fight while U.S. forces remain in the country. In televised speech, Donald Trump said that U.S. strategy will now be based on
conditions on the ground, not timetables.
Four men suspected of being involved in last weeks terror attacks in Spain appeared in court in Madrid earlier today. On Monday, Spanish police shot
and killed the man they say drove a van into crowds of people in Barcelona last week killing 13.
The top U.S. Pacific commander says diplomacy backed by a strong military is key to dealing with North Korea. Admiral Harry Harris spoke in South
Korea, as joint military drills went on for a second day. Pyongyang warns it will hold the U.S. accountable for what it calls aggressive war
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LU STOUT: Now in Donald Trump's speech late on Monday, he acknowledged that it stands now on Afghanistan is the complete opposite from the stands
he had in the past both as citizen Trump and then later as candidate Trump.
Our Chris Cuomo, spoke with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Here's how she responded to the president changing his mind.
NIKKI HALEY, U.S. AMBASSADOR, UNITED NATIONS: It really shows the signs of a president. You know, no one thing is to be a candidate and talk about
what you think.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: True.
HALEY: The other thing is to be a president and talk about what you know and the facts were put on the table and he asked all the right questions
and you're going to see a very different approach. Our enemies are no longer going to know what our timeline is.
Our enemies are no longer going to know where we are and how many troops and all of those things. Where our enemies are going to know is we're not
putting up with the terrorism anymore and we're going to do whatever it takes.
But more importantly, the president is taking on a regional approach. This is not just about Afghanistan, this is about the region and so that means
that we've got to put the pressure on Pakistan.
They can't safe harbor terrorist anymore. We've got to put the pressure on any it. They have to be part of the political solution.
We need to continue to let Iran know that all of this terrorism in their sponsorship if it is not something we're going to put up with and we need
the international community to step up and say look, if we're going to do this, we're doing it together, if not, the United States alone.
LU STOUT: And that was Chris Cuomo, speaking with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley on CNN's New Day.
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LU STOUT: Some dramatic rescues in Italy after a deadly earthquake there, these pictures are just into us from the holiday island of Ischia near
Naples where another survivor has been pulled from the rubble.
Two women were killed, dozens injured from the collapse of homes as well as the church. And a little earlier, first responders rescued this seven
month old baby boy.
Now hundreds of tourists have been evacuated from the island fearing after shocks. The quake had a magnitude of 4.3, that's according to the U.S.
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LU STOUT: Now China is getting pounded by heavy rain and authorities warned that there is a high risk of flooding and mudslides across northern
and southern parts of the country.
Meanwhile, here in Hong Kong, we are bracing for Tropical Cyclone Hato, which is set to hit the Guangdong coast on Wednesday morning.
Now let's get more on that from our Meteorologist Chad Myers. He joins us now and Chad, ownership is this are going to develop in the coming hours?
CHAD MYERS, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, it still has probably almost 24 hours before landfall and it could get stronger, Kristie. This is the problem
now, we're at a 110 kilometers per hour and that's OK. That's just the blow.
Everyone gets through that but some computer models take this up to 185 kilometers per hour and that's a significant difference. There's a lot
more damage, a lot more surge level, a lot more rainfall and flooding when that happens. Here's what's going on with Hato now.
There is a high pressure to the north and that's going to send this storm directly to the west. Typically, these storms will begin to what we call,
recurve. It begins to turn to the right and move up here in the Northern China.
It doesn't appear like that can happen when you put a high pressure out there, so the real forecast is for a very straight line right toward Hong
Kong from the east to the west and then still not curving in the later hours of the forecast.
So what does that do? That puts significant rainfall on the mountainous regions here of eastern China.
This could be a flashflood and mudslide maker especially for those inland counties, those inland provinces somewhere 100 miles -- 160 kilometers
inland, that's where the rainfall could be the heaviest.
We've already had almost 200 millimeters of rainfall in parts of Luzon in the Philippines. The storm did get torn up a little bit by that area and
now is continuing to redevelop just stronger.
Now Hong Kong can get the rain. They can take the rain. They get 400 millimeters of rain every August and July that's not the big deal.
The problem here, if you push that storm surge into the harbor and all of the sudden the water goes up the rivers, that's where there's no place to
put the water because the wind is blowing it inland and then, the rain that's up here, wants to come back down.
[08:35:00] Well, it can't comeback down because the wind is blowing it back up. Now U.S. deaths according to the National Hurricane Center here is
about 50-50 when it comes to where the deaths come from and mainly it surge.
But there could be a tornado, there could be flash flooding, there could be other things involved in Hato. And I know people in Hong Kong haven't seen
a significant storm in while, this if it develops could be that one.
We have to keep watching it, still probably 12 hours before the models get a really good handle on it. As you can see, it doesn't look very well-
developed right now, that's good.
But look 24 hours ago when it was just of Luzon, look at what it looked like then it could redevelop again today. We'll keep watching.
LU STOUT: You walked us in the dangers of the strong winds and heavy rains, and can be generated from something like Hato, I mean it still early
yet, it's going to develop further.
LU STOUT: Is this going to be a direct hit? How worried should people in Southern China and here in Hong Kong be?
MYERS: Hong Kong the worst possible scenario is for the storm to be about 20 or 30 kilometers south of the harbor because that's the wind is going to
be blowing into the harbor like this.
Now on the other side of the storm, the wind blows like this and that would blow the water away. The storm surge comes in on the right side of the eye
or the wrong side but it's the right hand side of the eye as that travels to the west.
So even though the eye may not make landfall in Hong Kong proper, that storm surge could be the biggest problem as you push that water on shore.
LU STOUT: All right, so for everyone watching, in the affected areas, please you know, just stay online, watch TV, get you alerts hunker down and
stay safe. Chad Myers, reporting for us. Thank you so much, take care.
MYERS: You're welcome.
LU STOUT: Now it is described as the world's oldest publisher. Now Cambridge University press is backing down on his decision to censor
hundreds of its online articles in China.
Academics blasted the publisher after a blocked online access in China to politically sensitive articles at the request of the Chinese government.
But Cambridge says Chinese access to topics like the Tiananmen Square massacre to vet, the Cultural Revolution, will all be restored to its China
Now foreign authors often censored in China, news organizations like the New York Times of their websites blocked after publishing articles that
upset the Communist Party.
But China is saying take it or leave it. It state approved tabloid Global Times publish this op-ed saying, quote, if they don't like the Chinese way,
they can stop engaging with us, and still to come right here on the program, people across the U.S. seem to be over the moon about the eclipse
of the sun. But what appeared in the sky wasn't the only strange sight around.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. Now the eclipse across North America has come and gone but for million of people across the U.S. who witness the rare sight
of the moon covering the sun, those memories are going to last a lifetime. Jeanne Moss wraps up some of the stranger moments.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So many glasses, who cares? Everyone from Superman, to President Trump have done them.
[08:40:00] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There it is! It is incredibly dark. It's very eerie. It's a spooky, spooky experience. I may be speechless.
MOOS: I see a shadow covering the earth. It was the blanket news coverage of the eclipse.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Totality now arriving. So happy, I could cry. I'm a little breathless. That was our two minutes of ecstasy.
MOOS: Coverage range from a couple that found ecstasy getting married during the eclipse.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Two hearts arts aligned today.
MOOS: The Washington Post live streaming eclipse as effect on fainting goats, when they're scared, they sometimes do this but during the
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They almost just didn't move.
MOOS: Bonnie Tyler sang her single to song on an eclipsed cruise.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you stare into a total eclipse of the heart without glasses?
BONNIE TYLER, SINGER, TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART: Look into my heart. I wear it on my sleep.
MOOS: People sure were scared into wearing those glasses.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're not supposed to stare right at the sun, unless you hate your eyes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's concentrated energy that cannot only burn your glasses, it can also burn your eyes.
MOOS: When it was over, the Guardian pranked readers with a how to tell if you damage eyes article that was intentionally blurry. Outside the path of
totality was 71 percent eclipse in New York City was underwhelming.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think its cooler to watch the people who are watching it.
MOOS: Especially people odd boxes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you still see it?
MOOS: No. Does it word better if it's organic?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it does.
MOOS: And there was the president's glasses worked, that didn't stop him from glancing up without them, landing him on the cover of the New York
This newborn was named the eclipse, others were dressed in eclipse outfits and NASA released a photo of the international space station silhouetted
against the sun which was of course then photoshopped from Chris Christie to ET.
During the last solar eclipse over North America in 1979, a network anchor spoke of the next one.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: About 38 years for now, may the shadow of the moon fall in the world at peace.
MOOS: There was no peace even from cars this time around.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you have a car alarm? Apparently the car is excited about the eclipse as well.
MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
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