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Hurricane Dorian Pounds Bahamas, Creeps Toward U.S.; Scientists: Climate Change Impacting Storms; Israel and Hezbollah Trade Fire Across Lebanese Border; Chinese Media Warn "The End is Coming"; Johnson: Pro-Deal Camp Making No-Deal More Likely. Aired 1-2a ET

Aired September 2, 2019 - 01:00   ET




NATALIE ALLEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Welcome to our viewers here in the United States and joining us from around the world, I'm Natalie Allen live from Atlanta and we are keeping track of Hurricane Dorian. The Bahamas getting blasted right now by the strongest storm to ever hit the islands.

Dorian is a catastrophic category five storm with winds of 180 miles an hour. That's about 300 kilometers an hour. It has slowed to a crawl and is expected to stay over the Bahamas for the next 24 hours. The Bahamas Prime Minister took a somber tone on Sunday.


HUBERT MINNIS, PRIME MINISTER, BAHAMAS: This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the billion people. And I just want to say that as a physician, I've been trained to withstand many things, but never anything like this.


ALLEN: The storm has destroyed homes and ripped the roofs off buildings in the Abaco Islands. One woman trapped with her family pleaded for help.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please pray for us. Please pray for us, everyone. Please pray for us. Me and my baby, everyone that's staying in the apartment building, we're stuck right here. Please pray for us. Please pray for us.


ALLEN: Flooding is also a major concern with a storm surge up to 23 feet or seven meters. The Northwest Bahamas could see as much as eight months-worth of rain in just a few days. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is my house. The water is up to my (INAUDIBLE). That the kitchen. Bedroom gone. It's all getting bigger in the room. (INAUDIBLE) It worked to keep the water out. That's a lot of water.


ALLEN: And this is what Dorian looks like from the International Space Station. That gives you an idea of the size of this storm, as we said the strongest anywhere on the planet this year. Also, NOAA released pictures of Dorian's eyewall that showed the clouds curving outward. That's a phenomenon known as the stadium effect.

Right now let's bring in our meteorologist Ivan Cabrera to tell us about what might be happening to the Bahamas.

IVAN CABRERA, CNN INTERNATIONAL METEOROLOGIST: Yes. You saw the sun there with that picture. I mean the Hurricane Hunters there with that piece specifically was looking up. We can see a bright blue skies sunshine and then beneath them, of course, the washing machine that is the Atlantic Ocean the, Caribbean Sea at this point. What they're going through right now, we don't know because it hasn't happened before.

Let's show you some of the pictures here, Natalie. This is an incredible sight of just one of the strongest cycles. The way we measure these hurricanes so, right, is by pressure. But if we're just going to go by wind, there's only been one that's been higher. That was a 190 mile an hour winds. That was back in 1980 with Allen so this is pretty close.

This was at 185. The 11:00 p.m. advisory has this now down to 180. Can we say down? This is category five, a strong one here. If you're watching this internationally, at the Western Pacific this would be considered basically a super typhoon.

Let's zoom in here. It's a different name for different areas but look at this. I mean, a beeline across the entire length of Grand Bahama Island. Freeport is now experiencing the worst that this hurricane has to offer which is 220 miles an hour wind gusts potentially here across the island. This is going to rake through.

And look at the slowdown here. This is going to take a day to get out of the way. I'll show you that in the track in a second. The Miami radar being able to pick up the rainfall here and there you see the eye well concentrated, lightning strikes along the eyewall, just an indication of its health, a very healthy hurricane obviously here.

You don't get them much stronger than this. 130 miles, it's just an eerie picture to see South Florida and a cat five hurricane that will not make a direct landfall, we don't think, across the South Florida here. But despite that, all these colors, what do we have?

Hurricane warnings impacting Boca Raton all the way into Cape Canaveral. That means that hurricane conditions can be felt. Are you going to have 180 miles an hour winds? No, we're not talking about that but this storm is large enough and proximity to the coast and the way the winds expand further to the west, you are going to get raked with potentially some hurricane-force winds heading into the next 24 hours.


And the yellow you see, those are tropical storm warnings for winds in excess of 40 miles an hour. Less of a threat there but the problem is if you get 40 mile an hour wind gust in a thunderstorm, OK, that's fine. But this is going to take two days to go along the coast.

So not only are we going to have hurricane-force winds along the coast potentially but those tropical force winds are going to continue for 24, maybe 48 hours across Florida. Look at the very slow movement. This is 24 hours from now east of West Palm Beach.

And then we jump into Melbourne here. That would be Tuesday 8:00 p.m. So in 24 hours, from Palm Beach to Melbourne. You imagine that? That's the slowdown here that we're expected. But also notice the turn eventually taking it east of Jacksonville by the time we get into Wednesday 8:00 p.m., and then it curves out to sea.

The big question is when is that turn going to occur? It hasn't happened yet. Think of a cruise ship. If the captain says all of a sudden we got to turn this thing around. Well, you're not going to be able to do that on the flight because that momentum will continue. So the steering currents are going to want to pull this up, but Dorian because it's a category five with 180 miles an hour winds, is going to want to keep going in a westerly direction.

So that's going to have to come into play as well which is why we have still the eastern side of the cone across Florida. I know I say on that graphic long but I think that's the one that you really were watching here. The models again for Florida has been looking better and better but because of its proximity, we can't rule out significant effects along the coast.

And then eventually it looks like we're going to have to deal with this thing Wednesday and into Thursday for the Carolinas, that remains to be seen what it is at that point looking like a category three potential here. So it has been quite a week, no question about it. People are frustrated. We keep changing the forecast. The models keep doing that.

We're doing the best we can to tell you where you need to be out of the way for this storm because it's an unprecedented one and it is going to be still a dangerous one I think for the U.S. despite the fact that we're not thinking just the landfall where the eye comes right over a landmass here in Florida. Anyway, that could happen in the Carolinas so a lot to go through.

ALLEN: One thing is for sure. It's menacing.

CABRERA: Yes, absolutely. No question.

ALLEN: All right, Ivan, thank you. CABRERA: I'll see you in a bit.

ALLEN: All righty. Well, celebrity chef Jose Andres is experiencing the full force of Dorian on Sunday. He posted a video on social media trying to describe the ferocity of the storm.


JOSE ANDRES, CELEBRITY CHEF: So I want everybody to understand (INAUDIBLE).


ALLEN: He is in the Bahamas with his nonprofit organization. You probably have heard about it by now, World Central Kitchen. The charity devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. CNN's Ana Cabrera spoke with him about the challenges of helping people in the area. Here he is.


ANDRES: I think this is the first time I heard that video. I posted on Twitter but you know, we are in Nassau. And yes, when they did that video, the winds were super heavy. Probably we're talking 80 to 90 miles per hour. But you know, we need to understand that Nassau is really on the -- on the edge of the hurricane.

But I can tell you that even in Nassau while the hurricane has not hit here like has done in the other two islands in the north, many homes around Nassau are really full of water. Many people in many hotels, restaurants, nobody has been going to work. Many of the restaurants are closed in the island precisely because of this water surge.

So you know, we are in a comfort zone compared to the people that are suffering obviously the most. All the people in the Abaco and all the people in the Grand Bahamas, those are the people that right now as we speak, they are still experiencing all this power of this big hurricane.

ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: I mean, you talk about what is already and what is yet to come, and we know there are water shortages, water cutoff in a lot of areas already. And I think about the work you're doing trying to feed and nurture these people who are in need. I wonder how do you do it without water?

ANDRES: Well, I was able to meet briefly today the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. I was able to be meeting with who will be the person in charge of what will be the FEMA of the Bahamas. I have been able to talk to the secretary of tourism and transportation. We went to visit them at the hurricane emergency center and I think they have a plan.


So obviously, it's going to have to be a very big deployment of resources water, food, more important, medical, more important. Probably a lot of people are in danger as we speak. And as soon as the hurricane passes and the -- and the sea goes down in its a strength, we're gonna have we'll be trying to ride there hopefully by boat, hopefully maybe by plane or helicopter to star you know, bringing relief to all those more than probably 70,000 people that are in between these big two islands of Abaco and the Grand Bahamas.

A. CABRERA: Wow, it's amazing what you're doing. Why put yourself in harm's way? Why is this so important to you?

ANDRES: Well, listen, I've been doing this for a long time. I don't feel this is a harm's way. World Central Kitchen and the men and woman of World Central Kitchen, that is more than cooks. It's all types of people with different expertise that within this year alone Indonesia after tsunamis, cyclones, volcanoes, fires.

So we are safe. We know how to handle ourselves. Obviously, we don't want to become part of the problem. We don't want anybody to have to save us. But we like to be quick and fast near the action so immediately we can be part of the reconstruction.

At the same time, we have teams right now already in Florida and South Carolina, and Carolina trying to understand how these hurricane is behaving and trying to be right there proactive. In case the hurricane changes course, we can be there next to the people sitting them and covering the needs of our partners.


ALLEN: So again, hurricane warnings are posted along Florida's east coast. Even if the storm doesn't make landfall there it's still expected to do a lot of damage. An army of power trucks is assembling throughout the state to restore electricity. Mandatory evacuations in the coming hours in parts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and Florida's governor has activated 4,500 members of the National Guard.


TAD STONE, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES: We're expecting gust to be category one at least during the current projections. But once again, our biggest concern is that -- is that storm stays offshore. And as it starts to move up, it's going to be pushing an awful lot of water off the ocean into the inlets, into the Sebastian River Inlet and the lagoons, and it may even have the possibility -- it has the possibility of overtopping some dunes.

So we just want to make sure that this is going to be a fairly significant -- very wet, very significant event as far as the water push goes.

JASON BROWN, ADMINISTRATOR, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY: I want to remind our residents to take Hurricane Dorian very seriously. It is a category five, very powerful storm. It can be tempting to look at those spaghetti models and that tract and hope for that turn to the north.


ALLEN: Jacksonville Florida is one of the biggest cities in the U.S. and it could be directly in Dorian's path. CNN's Dianne Gallagher is there.


DIANNE GALLAGHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hurricane Dorian may still be days away from actually passing here around Jacksonville but officials are not taking any chances. A local state of emergency goes into effect at midnight in Jacksonville and mandatory evacuations kick in at 8:00 a.m. for zones A, and B, as well as Naval Station Mayport.

Several of the surrounding counties also have mandatory evacuations in effect in preparation for whatever this unpredictable as far as local officials are concerned hurricane may bring. They're not quite sure what the impact will be but they look at the past and they know that Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Matthew in recent history have caused significant damage specifically the St. Johns River in terms of flooding in the downtown in some residential areas.

So they want people to get out of town now. If they can't leave, they have shelters that are opening at 10:00 in the morning on Monday making sure that people have again plenty of time to come up with that plan, get prepared, and get out of Jacksonville.

Schools are going to be closed on Wednesday -- on Tuesday and Wednesday. They don't want people to feel like they have to rush back after this storm goes out away from here and continues up the coast. But again, Jacksonville asking their residents to be prepared, be ready, and -- rather than be safe than sorry.


ALLEN: Exactly. So in the southeastern U.S., people are bracing for the worst from Dorian. They're stacking sandbags boarding up property, and evacuating that areas that could possibly feel the brunt of this storm's impact. CNN spoke with the mayor of Charleston, South Carolina about how that city is preparing.



JOHN TECKLENBURG (D), MAYOR OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: We are serious about this storm. We will have impacts to South Carolina. And so, the City of Charleston has put in place our emergency operation personnel. And we're out there securing our property, asking our citizens to do -- to do the same and to take this seriously. We have our storm water crews out clearing lines and checking pumps and adding additional pumps, will be serving our citizens tomorrow with sandbags and will be facilitating the governor's just recent evacuation order, which takes effect tomorrow at noon in Charleston County.

A. CABRERA: Okay, so people will start evacuating tomorrow. We know the Governor McMaster was part of President Trump's briefing today. What resources have you received at this point from the federal government. TECKLENBURG: We've requested resources through our State Emergency Management Division, including extra high water rescue vehicles and teams in the event that they're needing, but over the next few days, we'll be facilitating as many people to leave as possible, so we keep everyone safe.


ALLEN: Officials are taking chances with the potential impact of Dorian on the East Coast. U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Scott Buschman spoke earlier on CNN. This is what he said about operations currently underway.


VICE ADM. SCOTT BUSCHMAN, U.S. COAST GUARD ATLANTIC AREA CMDR: We have been preparing this storm for over a week now. And we want to make sure we're ready for any possibility for our local captain reports. I've been working with the maritime industry to ensure ports are open as long as possible like commodities to flow in. From the search and rescue standpoint, we're looking at our assets or aircraft or boats. We're getting that immediate storms past, so they're protected. But it's close enough as possible, come in as quickly as possible to render assistance to anyone that may need it.

And these preparations, we working very closely with the impacted states with FEMA and direct support of the states and FEMA. Emergency preparedness and response. I call this a team sport and we're working as a team here.

A. CABRERA: Absolutely important, but it is an unpredictable storm. We don't know when, exactly where, for how long it could hit. I think the only thing that has been predictable as its strength. 185 miles per hour wind -- sustained winds right now. How do you manage all of that given, you know, that the trajectory may change in terms of allocating resources?

BUSCHMAN: We're constantly looking at the storm and putting our resources where we need them. I'm the operational for the entire -- commander for the entire East Coast United States. So, I have all the assets at my disposal, and bringing in assets from other parts of the Coast Guard. I got to tell you, this is an extremely powerful storm (INAUDIBLE) catastrophic winds, they'll be a storm surge, they'll be rain. And the local citizens, if they haven't finalized their preparation, they need to do so now. And they need to listen to their state and local emergency managers.


ALLEN: Next year, a Texas community remembers the people they lost. How they are honoring the victims of yet another mass shooting in the United States. And among those victims, this little girl will have an update on her condition as she fights to recover.



PATRICK SNELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ANCHOR: Hi there, I'm Patrick Snell with your "WORLD SPORT HEADLINES" just one day after the tragic death of Formula Two driver, Anthoine Hubert. His childhood friend, Charles Leclerc, winning the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, and then dedicating it to his fallen friend.

Hubert lost his life in a crash in an F2 accident on Saturday on the very same spot circuit the site of Formula One's Grand Prix Sunday. It was Leclerc's first career win, but he admitted afterwards, he just did not feel like celebrating, and he would honor his late friend in victory.

Elsewhere, the U.S. final tennis major of the year, the U.S. Open entering week two in New York City, but they'll do so without the women's second seeded Australian, Ashleigh Barty. The French Open champ ousted in the fourth round by Wang Qiang of China. The 23- year-old Barty undone by 39 unforced errors, and being unable to convert any of her nine break points.

And on to football to England's Premier League Sunday, an absolutely thriller, the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. Visiting Spurs would take a 2-0 lead in the first half. A penalty from Harry Kane was his 10th career strike in this particular fixture, but Arsenal would fight back through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in a really spirited affair. A great match which would end with honors even at two goals apiece, and that means a point apiece. Those are your sports headlines, I'm Patrick Snell.

ALLEN: We have new details about the man who killed seven people and injured 22 others in West Texas. The New York Times reports that 36- year-old had been fired from his trucking job a few hours before he went on a shooting rampage. Police have not determined a motive. They're investigating his home. Meanwhile, in Odessa, a grieving community is remembering the victims.



ALLEN: As mourners gathering at a vigil, Sunday, singing hymns and praying for the people they lost. CNN's Ryan Young was there.


RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Another tragedy in an American city. So many questions about why this shooting happened, but what we do know so far is the details about police officers getting ready to pull over a man in a car. And apparently, they were pulling him over because of failure of using his signal. That man used a gun to shoot through a back window toward officers. From there, police started a gunfire and a police chase. It ended with police surrounding a 36-year-old man and shooting and killing him.

At a memorial Sunday night, we saw hundreds of people come together to pay their respects to the fallen. Seven people are dead, 22 were injured. But the big question is, why did this happen have to happen, and in fact, two of the youngest people here had to pay their respects to a friend they've lost in the shooting. A shooting they called "senseless".

YASMIN NATERA, FRIEND OF SHOOTING VICTIM: Even though she's gone, she's still here in the heart. And this is all for her, so people could know who she was. Because she was everything. And everyone, this is Leilah Hernandez.

CELESTE LUJAN, FRIEND OF SHOOTING VICTIM: I just think that she needs to come -- like, in my mind, I want her to come back, but she can't. And I don't know, I just pray to God that she's OK wherever she is, doing well, and we'll see her again.

YOUNG: Authorities did hold the news conference, but there were light on details so far. What we do know is the shooter was 36 years old, he was a white male, he used the AR-15. They did perform a search warrant at his house. But from there, there's no clear determination of what the motive could be. This investigation continues and there's lots of questions in this community. Ryan Young, CNN, Odessa, Texas.


ALLEN: One of the youngest injured in Saturday's attack was just 17 months old. The family of Anderson Davis -- this little girl -- says she is recovering. She's expected to have surgery in the coming hours.


Her parents released a statement, it reads in part, "Words cannot express the emotions we are experiencing after living through the tragic events that unfolded in our hometown yesterday afternoon. We praise God for walking beside us during this time, and our prayers go out to all the families that are walking this same walk."

The little girls teacher has started a GoFundMe campaign. And so far, it has raised more than $175,000. And earlier, she spoke with CNN about the baby's recovery.


HAYLEE WILKERSON, ANDERSON DAVIS' TEACHER: They went in and they closed the hole in her bottom lip, they closed the hole on her tongue. They have to go see an oral surgeon for her to front teeth. On top of that, they had to open up her chest to get the shrapnel out. And they left one piece in there because it was just too small to get. But she's expected to make a 100 percent recovery. And she's acting like nothing ever happened.

So, I started the GoFundMe yesterday. I called her family and asked her family, you know, I didn't want to invade their privacy in such a tragic time. She told me that she would love for that to be done, that the last thing that you think about, you know, after your daughter gets shot is how am I going to pay for this? So, I went ahead and set up the GoFundMe account and I had the goal at

$20,000. And within 20 minutes, we hit that goal. So, I upped it up to $50,000. And within another hour, we hit that goal. So I just finally upped it to $200,000 and we've almost hit that goal. The money will go straight to the Davis family. It will help with the care flight that she had to have, you know, the surgery she has to have, the oral surgeon that she has to go see, and it will just take a whole load off of that family.


ALLEN: CNN's Brooke Baldwin spoke with a man who witnessed the attack. Dustin Fawcett says he saw baby Anderson shortly after she'd been injured. Dustin is also a new father.


DUSTIN FAWCETT, SHOOTING WITNESS: I saw the mother getting out with baby Anderson. Yes.


FAWCETT: And that's -- it's time for hitting home, you know? This is -- it was -- it was pretty surreal to see. Seeing the blood coming from her face and mouth and kind of on her hands. I had hoped maybe it was just the, you know, shatter from the glass that had gotten her maybe just in a traffic accident something have gotten her why she was bleeding. You always hope that she's not shot.

But the way the -- her mother was consoling her and the way it was reacting, you could tell it wasn't quite critical that a bullet had hit her.


ALLEN: President Trump called the shooting in Texas quote a "very sad situation." He says he's a working with Congress to deal with gun violence in America, but he's also downplaying the need for background checks on gun buyers.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're looking at a lot of different things, we're looking at a lot of different bills, ideas, concepts. It's been going on for a long while, background checks. I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it. So, it's a big problem. It's a mental problem. It's a big problem.


ALLEN: The Governor of Texas who has witnessed several mass shootings in his term says he's tired of all the bloodshed.


GOV. GREG ABBOTT (R), TEXAS: I'm heartbroken by the crying of the people, the state of Texas. I'm tired of the dying for people of state of Texas. Too many Texans are mourning. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable. And action is needed.


The governor is a big supporter of gun rights. Notably, this latest massacre happened just one day before more lax gun laws went into effect in Texas. We'll be right back.



ALLEN: Welcome back. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM, live from Atlanta.

I'm Natalie Allen. And here are our top stories.

The "New York Times" is reporting that the gunman in the Texas mass shooting Saturday had been fired from his trucking job a few hours before he carried out the shooting attack. In Odessa, Texas mourners gathered at a vigil for the seven people killed and 22 others injured in the shooting.

Chinese state media, warning Hong Kong protesters this way with this quote, "The end is coming." They are addressing anyone who attempts to disrupt Hong Kong and quote, "antagonize China". This comes the day after demonstrators block transport links to the city's international airport. 25 flights were canceled and there was gridlock for hours.

Reigning tennis champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from his fourth- round match at the U.S. Open. The world number one tennis player was forced to retire from the tournament due to an existing shoulder injury. Djokovic was losing to Stan Wawrinka. Stan now moving to the semi-finals.

Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian could spend the next 24 hours over the Bahamas with heavy rain and sustained winds up to 180 miles per hour. That's 300 kilometers an hour. It is the strongest storms to ever hit the islands and the strongest anywhere on the planet this year. Dorian has ripped the roofs off homes and brought widespread flooding.

Storm chaser Aaron Jayjack is joining me now from Vero Beach, Florida. Aaron -- thank you for being with us.

Are you starting to feel the effects of this storm yet?

AARON JAYJACK, STORM CHASER: Yes. I mean we're definitely going out just now this afternoon. There was a big difference between the last 24 hours where there wasn't really much wind yesterday. But now just starting this afternoon, we've had these sustained winds here now at least 20 miles an hour, gusting to 25, 30 miles per hour.


So not quite tropical storm force winds yet, but I expect by morning there will be a different scenario out there. There should be much bigger sea, the next (INAUDIBLE) those tropical storm force winds in the morning here.

ALLEN: How many people have you noticed that it seems are staying there in the Vero Beach vicinity and riding this out?

JAYJACK: Yes. So there is definitely people sticking around here. I think, you know, they feel for the most part, you know, it's probably going to be a pretty close call but it won't likely come on to land here. But you know if you look at the models, some of those models you have a couple of models keep coming on shore here and do have a landfall in Florida.

So, you know, it's a risk here if you don't evacuate. You're in an evacuation zone and you're taking a gamble here by not evacuating.

ALLEN: What have emergency responders been saying in the Vero Beach area as far as not knowing where this storm will go? Even just in the past hour, we have been hearing it maybe taking more of a western track and that would not be good news for that area.

JAYJACK: Yes, you know. So here we do have evacuations -- a mandatory evacuation in the morning so I actually -- I'm going to reserve a hotel here right now. But they're making us leave at 11:00 a.m. I was actually hoping I could stay here one more night because it seems like this is going to be a multi day, slow event unfolding here.

So yes for the officials, you know, I think everyone has -- they've been taking the proper precautions preparing us here. And they are, you know, ready to reverse flow if they need to get people out of here. So I don't think there's really much concern as far as like getting the people that are left here.

Like people -- a lot of people have left. There's not many people here. The few people that are here, they're used to this type of situation and they'll probably going to stay here and ride the storm out.

ALLEN: Right. When was the last time that Vero Beach experienced a hurricane?

JAYJACK: I think -- I was talking to the lady that lives here and she said that the last was the Matthew 2016 hurricane that came cruising up along the coast here. And a lot of people left. You know, I was talking to (INAUDIBLE) today. They stuck around for that storm.

But, you know, we've got to have that same situation this time with that hurricane just sitting offshore here and Florida just battering the coast for multiple days.

ALLEN: All right. Well, we appreciate it. As you see the wind starting to whip up there.

Aaron Jayjack for us in Vero Beach. Thanks Aaron.

JAYJACK: Yes. No problem. Thanks a lot.

ALLEN: Well, scientists have long warned that climate change and rising ocean temperatures could make hurricanes worse.

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with acting FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor that. But he sidestepped the question about the impact of global warming on storms like Dorian.


DANA BASH, CNN HOST: Researchers say that we are going to see even more very intense hurricanes due to the climate crisis. Do you agree with that?

PETER GAYNOR, ACTING FEMA ADMINISTRATOR: You know, you can look through the history of the past 25 years or so, there is been more hurricanes, more intensity. Again I think we can look to that at another date but I think the message today is, for residents especially with the newly -- new cat 5 is don't take your eye off this storm.


ALLEN: Well, here are the facts on how climate change could affect hurricanes. Rising sea levels are making storm surge more dangerous and making storms rather, increasing the rainfall rate as well as the amount of precipitation a storm can produce. Strong storms are getting even stronger because of warmer oceans and storms are rapidly intensifying more frequently.

Next here, we are following the most serious cross border exchange between Israel and Hezbollah in years along the Lebanese border. A live report coming next.

Also angry protesters in Hong Kong are refusing to back down. But after a weekend of turmoil China is losing patience. More about that coming up.



ALLEN: We have this story from Yemen. Every single person in a detention facility was wounded or killed in a series of recent airstrikes south of Sanaa. That according to the International Red Cross.

Yemen rebels say at least 60 people were killed, 50 hurt in the attack by the Saudi-led coalition. The Red Cross says the death toll could be at least 100. The coalition claims it bombed a legitimate military target which housed drones or missile depots adding that civilians were advised in advance to stay away from the area. Tensions remain high along the Lebanese border after the sharpest escalation in more than four years between Hezbollah and Israel. Iran-backed Hezbollah says it attacked an Israeli army base and a nearby military vehicle on Sunday. Israel responded with artillery strikes and helicopter fire.

CNN's Oren Liebermann now joins us live from northern Israel with more on the latest on this situation -- Oren.

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Natalie -- we are standing here in northern Israel very close to the Israel-Lebanon border. In fact that is southern Lebanon there behind me.

And you already get a sense of how quickly things have changed since Sunday afternoon. There are cars driving normally on the road here behind us. And as we saw in the town we were in this morning, everyone is sort of getting back to their normal routine.

There is, however, a drone we hear overhead and that is an indication that tensions here remain high. And this round all starts on Sunday afternoon when Iran-backed Hezbollah and Lebanon fired a series of anti-tank missiles at military headquarters right along the border. Israel says those anti-tank missiles struck a building inside the military headquarters as well as a military vehicle though they say no Israeli soldiers were injured in the strike.

Israel's retaliation included more than a hundred artillery shells fired towards where those anti-tank missiles were fired from as well as what Israel termed very limited helicopter strikes.

But as quickly as this began it was over. Within two hours of those anti-tank missiles being fired the Israel military had lifted restrictions on civilians in Gaza on the northern border. And that as we have seen along the Gaza border is a very strong indication that Israel for now at least believes this round of fighting is over.

And certainly as we look around with those civilian restrictions being lifted, that is what it looks like now. But the situation remains tense.

How did this start? Well, Hezbollah had promised to retaliate after Israeli strikes in Syria about a week and a half ago. Israel says that they were thwarting a drone attack from Iranian forces based in Syria.

There were also drone strikes in Beirut widely attributed to Israel. Hezbollah leader, Hasan Nasrallah had vowed Israel would respond and Israel is expecting that response. That is what we saw play out across the Israel-Lebanon border on Sunday afternoon -- Natalie.


ALLEN: Yes. And you said the first time this has happened in several years. From all indications are people carrying on with their normal lives after this? LIEBERMANN: It looks that way right now from the people we have seen from the drive-in we've done in a few of the cities in towns between where we started our morning. And now -- this is certainly not a peaceful border. There's no relations between Israel and Lebanon, certainly not between the Israeli military and Hezbollah.

Yet for years it was the quietest border and perhaps one of the calmest. And even if it is tense people here are used to living under that tension and that is what it seems they are doing once again this morning.

ALLEN: All right. Oren Liebermann for us there in northern Israel. Oren -- thank you.

A China state news agency says the end is coming for demonstrations that disrupt Hong Kong and antagonize China. Hong Kong's security secretary says the protesters are now showing quote, "signs of terror".

This after a weekend of some of the most violent protests in the past three months of political turmoil. Police and protesters got into heated battles in the streets Saturday. demonstrators through gas bombs and burned barricades as police shot water cannon and tear gas to try and disperse the crowds.

On Sunday, protesters caused major traffic disruption to the city's airport and vandalized several subway stations.

CNN's Will Ripley gave us this report from the front lines.


WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right now riot police have just moved out of this area and you can hear the crowds shouting at them, cheering as they go.

This has been a really extraordinary scene out here because protesters were determined to stage some sort of a disruptive event at the Hong Kong airport but they were unable to get inside the airport, let's get over here, because security around the airport is only allowing in passengers and flight crew.

So what the protesters did instead was they caused disruption around the airport. They set up barricades, set them on fire.

This streets were gridlocked. The bridge to the airport completely impassable for hours. People had to get out of their cars and walk. People with their suitcases and luggage had to walk sometimes more than an hour just to make their flight.

And now the riot police who came here to this station had really nothing to do because all the protesters who came into the MTR vandalized, spray-painted, set off the sprinkler system. They all left before the police even arrived.

So now officers are leaving after we didn't see them make any arrests here as far as we can tell. And they move on to the next location where the next group of protesters might pop up.

And police don't really know what the protesters are going to do next. That's been the whole point of this protest movement -- move quickly, mess things up, and get out before the police arrive.

They feel that this is a sustainable model to make their point. 13 consecutive weekend of protests here in Hong Kong. And even though the crowds are smaller, the protesters are more aggressive, and this shows no sign of dying down.

Will Ripley, CNN -- Hong Kong.

ALLEN: Coming next, showdown over Brexit. This week could be pivotal in the U.K. as Prime Minister Boris Johnson issues a warning to no deal opponents.



ALLEN: The Brexit battle is entering what looks like a tumultuous week ahead for the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is out with a warning telling the "Sunday Times" quote, "People campaigning against no deal are making it more likely."

CNN's Hadas Gold has more on what he means along with some other political developments.


HADAS GOLD, CNN POLITICS MEDIA AND BUSINESS REPORTER: The battle lines on Brexit are hardening ahead of what will be a pivotal week in the U.K. parliament. In his first newspaper interview after suspending parliament for longer than normal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told "The Sunday Times" that an effort by opposition parties to pass a bill in parliament to stop a no-deal is actually making it more likely.

Johnson questioned what the legislation would actually achieve, considering it would likely force another extension to the U.K. leaving the E.U., something they've already done twice.

And then, in an interview with BBC that stunned political observers here, Michael Gove, one of Johnson's senior cabinet ministers, actually declined to confirm that they would even abide by a bill blocking no-deal if it were to pass.

ANDREW MARR, PRESENTER, BBC NEWS: If this legislation goes through parliament, both houses of parliament, does the government abide by it?


MARR: I'm sure the answer has to be yes. It's the law. GOVE: Let's see what the legislation says. You're asking me about a pig and a poke. And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward. But we know --


MARR: For a government to say we won't abide by legislation is impossible, surely.

GOVE: We -- well, we will see what the legislation says when it is put forward. For me, the most important thing is to bear in mind actually, we already have legislation in place which an overwhelming majority of M.P.s voted for.


GOVE: We already have an E.U. Withdrawal Act. We already have the notice on Article 50, the process by which we leave the European Union. The overwhelming majority of M.P.s voted to do that.

MARR: OK. OK, I understand all that now. What I'm just trying to do now --


GOVE: What (INAUDIBLE) -- is trying to do now is to say, "You know British people. I said we would leave. I said in my manifesto that we would leave. But now, I actually think we won't leave.

GOLD: Meanwhile, on the other side of Brexit, we of course, have the European Union watching all of this drama unfold. And in an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph, the E.U.'s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wrote that he is not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal Brexit and that they are rejecting the U.K.'s

demands to scrap the Irish backstop. That is the condition that prevents a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

And, of course, beyond the fireworks in Parliament this week, the government's decision to suspend Parliament will also be tested in court where several cases he thinks, an injunction expected to start.

Hadas Gold, CNN -- London.



ALLEN: And from California we've learned that actor and comedian Kevin Hart and two others are now recovering after a car crash near Los Angeles. Police say the driver lost control and then rolled down an embankment, according to the police report both Hart and the Driver had major back injuries. The third passenger was not seriously injured.

Again revisiting our story, we're keeping a close eye on Hurricane Dorian, it is now over the Bahamas, winds -- sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, or 300 kilometers per hour, there you see the eye going right over freeport, the latest trajectory has this storm moving farther west meaning a could impact Florida which will be having evacuations Monday morning.

And it could impact all the way up to Georgia into South Carolina. Georgia has declared a state of emergency in the event that the storm impacts there.

Very, very slow-moving. it will continue to stay over the Bahamas for the next 24 hours. So this is a slow go and it is menacing because we still don't know exactly where it will hit next.

These are scenes -- the early scenes we are getting in from the Bahamas.

My colleagues George Howell and Rosemary Church will pick it up in our next hour.

I'm Natalie Allen. Thank you for watching.