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Over 12 Million People Under Flood Watches From Arizona To Louisiana; Rains Expected To Shift East After Sweeping Across The Southwest; Flash Floods Rip Through Parts Of Arizona And New Mexico; White House Ramps Up Monkeypox Response As Cases Rise Sharply Across The U.S.; King County Declares Monkeypox A Local Public Health Emergency; White House Increases Availability Of Monkeypox Antiviral Treatments; 1.8 Million Vaccine Doses Being Pre-Positioned Across The U.S.; HHS To Pre-Position Monkeypox Antiviral Treatments In At-Risk Communities With High Spread; Somali Forces End Deadly Hotel Siege, At Least 30 People Killed; Somali Police: 106 People Rescued Following Deadly Hotel Siege; Russian Media: Daughter Of Prominent Putin Supporter Killed When Her Vehicle Exploded In Town Near Moscow; NYC Officials Grapple With Influx Of Migrants Arriving From Texas; Texas Governor Greg Abbott Doubles Down On Sending Asylum Seekers To New York By Bus; Americans Grapple With Pricey Back-To-School Shopping. Aired 6-7a

Aired August 21, 2022 - 06:00   ET



BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Buenos dias. Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.

AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Amara Walker. More than 12 million people under flood watches as heavy rain blankets parts of the southern U.S. where we could see several inches of rain over the next few days, and the threat for flash flooding.

SANCHEZ: Plus, thousands more doses of the monkeypox vaccine are headed to states this week. The White House's new plan to get more Americans vaccinated and get the outbreak under control.


MELISSA DESANTI, MOTHER OF THREE CHILDREN: I was surprised about the cost of like pens and papers and notebooks and all of that. That went up.


WALKER: Back to school sticker shock as inflation sent the price of school supplies soaring. The impact it is having not only on parents, but also on business owners and teachers.

SANCHEZ: How some people in California are making money by having their front yards ripped out.

It is Sunday, August 21st, welcome to a new week. We're so grateful that you're waking up with us. Good morning, Amara. WALKER: Good to be with you, Boris. Happy Sunday.

And we begin this morning with the extreme weather threat across the southwest and southern plains. More than 12 million people under flood watches.

SANCHEZ: Yes. Yesterday's search and rescue crews were out looking for a missing person in Utah's Zion National Park. Rangers say that hikers were being swept off their feet by flash flooding on the Virgin River. Rescue teams were out in the Mohave County area of Arizona after rushing water washed out roads and trapped vehicles across that region.

CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar is live for us at the CNN weather center. Allison, how long are we expecting this threat to last?

ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: It is going to be several days, especially across the southern tier as the storm very, very slowly creeps its way off to the east. Here is a look at what we're focused on right now. You can see a lot of heavy rain coming down across portions of north Texas, areas of Oklahoma, still dealing with rain across Arizona and New Mexico. Although we are going to finally start to see a lot of that rain decrease here in about the next 24 hours.

But you also have some of that moisture surging up from the south side too. You still got some flood watches in effect for the southwest. New flood watches now for areas of northeastern Texas, portions of Oklahoma as well as Louisiana and Arkansas because you got two different directions that moisture is coming from.

You've got that system in the southwest beginning to slide east. But you also have that tropical moisture surging up from the south side and that's pushing so much moisture in a very condensed space. And then all of that rain is going to slide off to the east very slowly, I might add, over the coming days. And that's going to increase the potential for flooding.

Here is a look going forward through the afternoon. A lot of waves of very heavy rain moving through cities like Dallas, Oklahoma City and including Shreveport as well. Looking at just the next several days, notice how much yellows, oranges, reds, even that pink color you see on the screen, widespread. You're talking three to five inches of rain. But there will be some spots that could pick up six, eight, even as much as 10 inches of rain in just the next two days.

Again, some of these areas need the rain. You're looking at a map of some of these areas that are in their top 10 driest years to date. That includes San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, San Angelo They need the rain. But if you get 10 inches you want that spread out over two weeks or two months, not two days.

And that's the concern we have. That's why there is the potential for the flash flood threat, especially for this yellow and red area that you see here because it is all of the rain, Boris and Amara, but in a short period of time. And that's going to lead to unfortunately some of these areas dealing with flash flooding, especially any areas where they had burn scars from some of the previous wildfires.

WALKER: That's a bit concerning. You'll watch this one I'm sure, Allison Chinchar, thank you.

Well, this week the Biden administration is taking new steps to slow the spread of monkeypox across the U.S. This plan coming as the CDC reports more than 14,000 cases across the country. That is more than a third of all the cases in the world. In the last 20 days nationwide, cases have nearly tripled.


SANCHEZ: And just this weekend, Washington's King County, which includes Seattle, declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Vaccine supply has been an issue nationwide, because of a spike in demand. But starting tomorrow the White House is going to make an additional 1.8 million doses available for local health departments to order. It is also launching a pilot program this weekend sending vaccine supplies to cities hosting large events in the LGBTQ plus community. The government is also making available more doses of antiviral treatment to help people who have already contracted the virus.


BOB FENTON, WHITE HOUSE MONKEYPOX RESPONSE COORDINATOR: Next week, HHS will be pre-positioning 50,000 courses of TPOXX across the country. That's nearly five times as many treatment courses than confirmed cases in the U.S. These courses will be made available to jurisdictions where the outbreak is most severe so individuals can get treatment more quickly from their healthcare providers.


SANCHEZ: Joining us now to discuss the outbreak is primary care physician and public health specialist Dr. Saju Mathew. Doctor, always great to have you on, especially bright and early on a Sunday morning. You've been treating patients with monkeypox, what is the biggest obstacle that you have encountered in getting this outbreak under control?

DR. SAJU MATHEW, CNN MEDICAL ANALYST: Yes. Buenos dias, Boris. Listen, I was crying for enough vaccines at the beginning of COVID-19 and now we're crying for enough vaccines for all my patients that are so anxious. But as you mentioned the TPOXX, as the secretary of health mentioned, TPOXX is a really good addition to the arsenal because it is an antivirus, it's an antiviral medication, if given within the first three days it can decrease the pain from these pox lesions and also decrease the symptoms. But the problem is it is not readily available.

A patient of mine still has not received TPOXX. I have to contact CDC via email and they were supposed to respond to me in 24 to 48 hours, but it is pretty nerve-racking because aggressive treatment needs to happen at the very beginning, not when the patient has gotten better. SANCHEZ: So you mentioned the TPOXX treatment, the manufacturer of the vaccine itself, Bavarian Nordic, they say they likely cannot keep up with demand with these different treatments and the vaccine. We have seen the White House invoke the Defense Production Act during COVID to boost production. Is that something they should explore again in this situation?

MATHEW: Yes, absolutely, whatever it takes to get enough vaccines into arms. You know, with the European company that you mentioned, hopefully what the CEO said is that they will be actually outsourcing, if you will, or getting other manufacturing companies to help with the production of vaccines.

Remember, it is two shots given four weeks apart. So we're going to need a lot of vaccines into arms ASAP. And unlike the COVID vaccine, Boris, you can actually give this vaccine for patients who have had a known exposure in the first four days. But, again, if the vaccine is not available, you miss that window of opportunity.

SANCHEZ: Yes. And I want to ask you about this new approach that is being explored that some have voiced concern over, uses a smaller dosage of vaccine, administered at a shallower layer of the skin. Again, the maker of the vaccine essentially said they didn't have enough data at this point to endorse it, but the White House is very confident, they're bullish on this. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on this new way of administering the vaccine.

MATHEW: You know, listen, if the science is there, let's do it. I'm part of the LGBTQ community myself, Boris, and I got my first shot a couple of weeks ago. But I was lucky in a way to actually get the traditional way which is underneath into the fatty layer, that's called the subcutaneous way.

The new way that you described is called intradermal, directly into the skin. We do a lot of those shots all the time especially patients who come in to be screened for TB. I learned the technique. It took me a couple of weeks.

My only concern is, number one, the vaccinators need to be able to do this correctly in order to get the immune response. And as you mentioned, we don't really have enough data.

I know when I go back for my second shot, I'm most likely going to get the intradermal, so my question is, how effective will that be if it is mixed or how effective will it be, period, if it is given into the skin? These are questions that we will be answering in the next few weeks.

SANCHEZ: And, doctor, I've spoken to friends in the LGBTQ plus community who are concerned that there is now a stigma associated between monkeypox and men who have sex with men. I'm wondering if your patients have felt stigma or have felt discriminated against because of their diagnosis.

[06:10:08] MATHEW: Absolutely. This one patient that I'm following right now for monkeypox went to the E.R. and the moment the nurses and the physician saw these lesion on the face, he felt like he was being treated like a leper. It really broke my heart to hear his story. He was quickly placed outside in a room. The E.R. doctor went over to him and said, listen, this is all we can do, we can't do any testing. I'm not saying that's happening all over but, remember, the stigma that was attached to HIV and I'm sure hoping that the LGBTQ community will not go through that again.

One last point, Boris, is I'm less afraid of monkeypox as a physician than I was of COVID, especially during the initial wave. Because if you wear the PPE equipment and you wear the gloves and your N95 mask you're fairly safe in the room examining the lesions, and every human being needs the respectful care that they deserve.

SANCHEZ: I can't disagree with that. Dr. Saju Mathew, appreciate your time as always, sir. Thanks for the expertise.

MATHEW: You bet.

SANCHEZ: So as part of the strategy to get more people vaccinated for monkeypox, health officials in Charlotte are administering vaccines at the city's Pride Parade this weekend. And in the next hour, you'll want to stay tuned because we're going to be joined by the county public health director for a look at the strategy and how it is going so far.

WALKER: Looking forward to that. All right. Well, we are following a developing story out of Somalia right now where a deadly siege at an upscale hotel has ended a few hours ago. The al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more. Somali police say they rescued 106 people, including women and children from the hotel.

CNN correspondent Larry Madowo joining us live now with the latest. Hi there, Larry. Good to know that the siege has ended, but walk us through how all of this unfolded.

LARRY MADOWO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Amara, it was a 30-hour plus siege that shocked the nation. This is the longest siege since the al Shabaab group were essentially driven out of the capital Mogadishu more than 10 years ago, and this is a terrorist group that has been described by one senior U.S. official as al Qaeda's largest global affiliate. That is why the U.S. has been carrying out air strikes against this group in recent weeks, including one this past Sunday that killed 13 people.

This 106 people who were rescued are happy to have gotten out of that scene, but the death toll could rise. It was a long journey to end the siege. Watch.


MADOWO (voice-over): Friday night in Mogadishu, an eyewitness captured the moments a large blast shakes the surroundings and the crowd runs for cover. Ambulances race through the streets, security forces arrive on the scene. Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror group, claims it has struck again in Somalia. This time at the upscale Hayat Hotel, frequented by lawmakers and government officials. CNN has not independently confirmed the claim of responsibility.

Police say the militants set off explosives at the gate and stormed the building, taking hostages and barricading themselves inside the hotel. A fierce gun battle with Somali Security Forces raged throughout the night and into the day. Large sections of the hotel were destroyed in the fighting. Police said elite counterterrorism forces had entered the hotel building to regain control.


MADOWO: This is the first major attack on the Somali capital of Mogadishu since the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in May. He promised during his campaign that he would neutralize the terror group.

Back in May, President Biden authorized the redeployment of about 500 U.S. troops back in Somalia, reversing a decision by President Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from the country. Al Shabaab has carried out many attacks in Somalia even here Kenya including at a mall, at a university, at a hotel complex. And in 2020, it attacked a U.S. base in northern Somalia and killed three U.S. servicemen. Amara.

WALKER: All right. Larry Madowo, appreciate your reporting. Thank you.

And just ahead, the daughter of one of Vladimir Putin's closest advisers is killed when her car explodes. What we're learning about that is next.

Also, families are hit by rising prices getting quite the sticker shock when going back to school shopping. How much extra parents are paying for the basics this school year.

Plus, the droughts in the northeast forcing farmers to make some very difficult decisions. We're joined by one who says things haven't been this bad in decades. Stay with us. NEW DAY is back after this.



SANCHEZ: The daughter of an influential and prominent supporter of Vladimir Putin was killed yesterday when her car exploded in a town near Moscow.

WALKER: That is according to Russian state media, which also says it is likely an explosive device was planted in the car Darya Dugina was driving.

SANCHEZ: CNN's Fred Pleitgen joins us now live from Moscow. Fred, what more have you learned about this explosion? Does it appear that she was the intended target? FRED PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this happened -- guys, good morning, first of all. This happened late last night here on the outskirts of Moscow apparently as Darya Dugina was driving home. We can see some of the aftermath video of that car on fire.

Essentially what the investigators say is that there was a major explosion while she was driving on that highway that she then lost control, crashed the car, the car went up in flames and she was dead on the spot. But, of course, as you guys have said, the big question is was she the actual target of all of this.


Now, some are saying the car might have belonged to her dad, Aleksandr Dugin, and that he might be the actual target of what the investigators are saying could be a murder, or looks very much like a murder attempt, an alleged murder. So Aleksandr Dugin is definitely someone who is very prominent here in Russia.

He certainly is someone who if you will kind of has the ideological underpinnings of an expansionist theory of Russia, of Russia becoming bigger, of Russia becoming an empire again. He's also very much in favor of Russia fighting for the current military operation inside Ukraine, of trying to get as much territory in the Donbas region as well.

You know, there are some who say that he is very close to Vladimir Putin, and that he's very influential on Vladimir Putin. That might be overstating it. But he is certainly someone who is very influential if you look around sort of Kremlin state media and the general sort of ideological ground work around Russia's expansionist policies into Ukraine.

And certainly today there were comments coming from Russia's foreign ministry saying it could be the Ukrainians who were behind all of this. And obviously a lot of anger here in Moscow as well. The Ukrainians for their part have already come out however today. We do need to mention that as well that an adviser to the presidential administration in Ukraine came out and said that Ukraine was not behind all of this.

There certainly is a good degree of mystery there. But definitely a big hit, taken here, in Moscow and certainly something that has shaken and a lot of people in the upper echelons here of Russia and of the sort of circle around Vladimir Putin, guys.

WALKER: All right. Frederik Pleitgen, good to see you. Thank you for that.

SANCHEZ: Thanks, Fred.

WALKER: Nearly a thousand migrants have been bussed from Texas to parts of New York and Washington, D.C. Just ahead, how cities are dealing with the surge and their message to many of the migrants.



SANCHEZ: So New York City officials are announcing plans to address an influx of asylum seekers arriving from Texas. Listen to this. New York is expecting at least 1,000 kids who are part of that group to enter the city's school system just this year.

WALKER: They're among the thousands sent there by bus from the Lone Star State at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott. And this week the governor doubled down on his decision.


GOV. GREG ABBOTT (R-TX): Before we begin busing illegal immigrants up to New York, it was just Texas and Arizona that bore the brunt of all of the chaos and all the problems that come with it. Now the rest of America is understanding exactly what is going on.


WALKER: CNN's Jean Casarez has more now from New York.

JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Amara and Boris, the program is called Open Arms. And when the buses arrived in New York City to the New York Port Authority, which is really the bus terminal right here in New York City, as they exit the bus, they are greeted, they are taken to an area where they can get clothes, whatever they may need, then an area for toiletries and then school supplies, whatever they think they may need.

The next step is housing. And a bidding process is going on right now with the city of New York and hotels because they would like some of the hotels to house these migrants so they can live in the hotels. There are also shelters. But they do want schools that the children are going to go to to be in close proximity to where the families are staying.

I want you to listen right now to David Banks. He is the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.


DAVID BANKS, CHANCELLOR, NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Already our incredible public school staff are stepping up, working tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition for these new students, with minimal disruption in their education.


CASAREZ: Now, let's look at the figures. Since May there have been 6,000 migrants that have come to New York City. Since early August, which is about three weeks ago, there have been 600 that have come. And they think that about 1,000 children kindergarten through eighth grade at this point will be entering the New York City school system. Now, there are some issues that they're still work on. They don't have enough bilingual teachers. They're working with the government of the Dominican Republic to bring Spanish-speaking teachers to New York City. And finally they are asking the Federal government for money, for everything that they are doing for these migrants here in New York City.

Jean Casarez, CNN, New York.

WALKER: Thank you, Jean. As parents hit the stores for back-to-school shopping, they are spending more money for fewer supplies. Pencils, notebooks, binders and glue all have higher price tags this year.

SANCHEZ: And it is not just parents, right, that are struggling with rising costs. Teachers and small business owners are also feeling the strain. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich takes a closer look.


DESANTI: I have three kids. All of the kids will be in school five days a week. It is going to be an interesting year.

VANESSA YURKEVICH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's a lot of stuff that kids need for school.

DESANTI: It is nerve-racking because it is a lot of stuff.

YURKEVICH (voice-over): It is a new school year.

DESANTI: Ready to go.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I'm ready to go.

YURKEVICH: And this year, the average American household will spend $864 on back-to-school shopping, 40 percent higher than before the pandemic. Like everything that costs more, parents can blame inflation.

DESANTI: I was surprised about the, you know, cost of like pens and papers and notebooks and all of that. That went up.

YURKEVICH: It is beyond the basics. Tape is up almost 70 percent. Glue, 30 percent. Sneakers, 12 percent and backpacks up 2 percent.


DESANTI:: Everybody needed new shoes. Everybody's feet grew like crazy over the summer. Everybody need new backpack. So you have to prioritize what they really need versus what they want.

YURKEVICH: It's not just parents feeling the pain.

DANIEL SOLO, OWNER TEACHER'S CHOICE PLUS: We can't keep up with the increase in prices.

YURKEVICH: Daniel Solo has owned this school supply store in Queens, New York for 20 years. He says trying to keep up with rising prices makes it hard to not pass that cost down to the consumer.

SOLO: I am not going to raise the price on what I already have in the store. So, I'm going to absorb that.

YURKEVICH: Is that a loss?

SOLO: It minimizes my profit margin. And when you do that, it's hard to stay in business.

YURKEVICH: Before the pandemic, teachers were already spending an average $478 out of pocket on school supplies each year. Inflation has likely pushed that number even higher today. Elementary school art teacher Deborah says Seine is shopping for art supplies.

$399, $299, how many of these do you have to purchase for your class?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I usually buy about 48 of these.

YURKEVICH: So, just a couple $100 just on glue.

DEBORAH SISANE, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART TEACHER: Glue, glue, yes. And it's, you know, it's important.

YURKEVICH: Which is why organizations like Kids in Need Foundation in Minnesota provide free school supplies for more than 300,000 teachers and 7.8 million students each year.

COREY GORDON, CNN, KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION: With a high cost of inflation and prices etcetera, teachers are concerned. And we're seeing all across the U.S. a demand for core essential school supplies.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is my second cart and definitely I probably am saving hundreds if not maybe even thousands of dollars.

YURKEVICH: But for some teachers, this year's extra expense is still worth it.

But does that affect your personal finances?

SISANE: Yes. So, I'll cut back on something else because when you're an educator, the little eyes that are looking at you are the need.

YURKEVICH: Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN New York.


SANCHEZ: Thanks to Vanessa for that report.

Still to come, millions of people across California are being asked to restrict their water use. We're going to tell you the extreme lengths some are going to conserve this resource. NEW DAY is back just a few moments.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) WALKER: New this morning, more than four million people in Southern California are being asked to cut outdoor watering for 15 days next month as officials work to repair a leaky pipeline from the Colorado River. But some California cities are taking things a step further and paying their residents to replace their lawns altogether. CNN's Mike Valerio takes us there.

MIKE VALERIO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this critical repair is expected to happen between September 6 and the 20th. And one of the reasons we pick this backdrop right here is to show you just part of the expense that is going to be affected by this. So, as we zoom in right in front of us, this is Culver City, California, just about 40,000 people. And as we zoom in a little further, just to the right of the Century City skyscrapers, that is Beverly Hills, which is just above 30,000 people. Both of these communities within the several dozen that will be without Colorado River water for the middle of next month.

So, as we have more and more of these shortages, and you look at this green expanse, more people are tearing out their green lawns, replacing them with native plants that use far less water. You're going to hear from a homeowner who's just doing that exact thing in addition to a potential vision of the future. Watch.


DOREEN JANSEN, HOMEOWNER, CALIFORNIA: Although I didn't want to say goodbye to my beautiful lawn, it's like a park, I realized that the grass wasn't going to make it. And so, I decided to change the landscape and put in some arid plants.

BILL MCDONNEL, WATER EFFICIENCY MANAGER, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT: What we want is in the future people to be walking down the street taking their dog or kids for a walk. And when you do see her, yes, that's turf, that's not the normal. That's out of -- that's the abnormal, so he wants something a little different.


VALERIO: So, we can all sympathize with Doreen Jansen who was having her lawn torn out right now. But it will save so much in terms of protecting the water supply. And there are so many incentives our CNN reporting has shown for people to rip out their lawns. Municipalities across Southern California paying people now, Amara and Boris, between $2.00 and $6.00 a square foot.

One of our colleagues the other day interviewed a homeowner outside of Palm Springs about two hours away from here who's expecting a check for $24,000 for taking out his green grass, replacing it with artificial turf that takes nothing to water. Of course, it's artificial. This is just one of the ways that people are putting into practice protections for this very fragile and scarce water source.

Amara and Boris, let's send it back to you.

WALKER; Mike Valerio, a really interesting story. Thank you for that. So, another concern this morning is the growing drought in the

Northeast where parts of eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the entire state of Rhode Island are now under extreme drought conditions. Here with me now is Milan Adams, a Rhode Island hay farmer who says this drought has severely hurt his harvest. Milan, I appreciate you joining us this morning. How bad has this drought been for you?


MILAN ADAMS, HAY FARMER, RHODE ISLAND: So, I mean, for us, normally, we have rain coming this spring. We had a lot of rain in March, April, and May. It really drives our crop up. This year, we didn't see any of that. So, we didn't have any rain. He had a little bit in June. That kind of brought our first cut hay up. And then from June all the way until now, I think we've had probably one rainstorm that I can remember, amounting to about a 10th of an inch of rain.

WALKER: OK, so just one rainstorm. Usually, in the spring is when you get your rain. What does that mean for your hay then? I mean, what's it looking like in terms of quantity and quality?

ADAMS: So, we're down about 30 percent first cut. Out quality was there but we got height from it. We did not get the volume we normally would get. As far as second cut, third cut, we're not looking like we're going to get any. My fields right now or completely burned. Probably only about four or five inches tall when normally they're a foot or a foot and a half. We're usually on second quarter at about now. Our third cut would be end of September, and it's not looking good for any of that.

WALKER: Gosh. So, you're obviously seeing a huge shortage of hay then, right? So, then what does that mean in general for your livelihood and also, you know, who you provide hay for, right? I mean, I'm sure the cow farmers are going to be lacking this season.

ADAMS: So, yes, no, absolutely. So, we're looking at probably an increased cost. And again, it's not just us. When we talk to people from Vermont, New York, they're all experienced the same thing, especially in our area, a lot of hay comes from New York and they're experiencing this as well. You know, we're going to see, you know, hay prices -- we do small square bales, usually $7.00 a bale. You're going to see this winter up to $15.00 a bill most likely.

A lot of people don't understand too, we're getting hammered by the increased inflation as well on diesel fuel, fertilizer and other materials. So, this is just a lot more added to it.

WALKER: I mean, talk to me about the conversation at the dinner table then. I mean, this must be causing a lot of stress on your family.

ADAMS: Yes. You know, it's -- we really aren't there as far as -- you know, we keep pushing forward. We do what we have to do. Every year, we find a way, you know. It's never just concentrating on the struggles. We try to look forward and put as much positive in our lives as possible as well. WALKER: But looking forward, I mean, does it seem to be the new normal for you? Because I was looking at some of the statistics and according to the National Weather Service, Providence is having one of -- was having its third driest July on record. So, do you expect this to be kind of a cyclical thing, and not just a one off dry summer?

ADAMS: So, we're hoping it's not. I mean, of the past four years, two years, we've been in extreme drought, I think the other time was in 2019, the same thing. I think, my second cut, I got one field, and I was just really trying to clean it up at that point. So, this is two out of four years we've had droughts, and they've affected us. Boy, again, this year is worse because it hit earlier.

You know, I'm hoping it's a cycle. I'm looking forward that we can manage. And -- but, you know, we don't know what's going to happen then.

WALKER: Do you consider this a climate emergency?

ADAMS: You know, we're in -- we're in climate emergency in my part of the state, especially, you know, Providence is the third driest month on record. We're more coastal. You know, we're only about 10 miles from the coast. We get a lot of coastal effect to the -- that'll push any rain coming near us out of the way.

So, for us in the southern part of the state, I know a lot of other farmers that their irrigation ponds are dry, you know, they're just throwing the crops away and they can't manage what's going on. So, for us this year, I would say it's an irrigation emergency, drought, emergency. But looking towards the future, we're hoping we correct ourselves and the weather patterns changes and goes back more to normal.

WALKER: Yes. Well, I think that will have to do a lot with what we humans do in terms of, you know, our environment. We wish you all the best. Thank you so much for your time, Milan Adams.

ADAMS: Thank you.

WALKER: Thank you for your time.

ADAMS. Thank you.

SANCHEZ: As more families struggle to pay for basic necessities, some are making the tough, difficult decision of giving up their pets. So, how are animal shelters coping with overcrowding? That story next. But first, a quick programming note tonight. Join Dana Bash for an investigation into anti-Semitism in America and the high-tech fight against it. "CNN SPECIAL REPORT: RISING HATE ANTI-SEMITISM IN AMERICA" starts tonight at 9:00 p.m.



WALKER: As inflation hits more households across the U.S., many people are being forced to make difficult decisions, including about their pets.

SANCHEZ: And in some cases, that means putting them up for adoption. You might imagine that's become a big problem for animal shelters that are now dealing with serious overcrowding. CNN's Isabel Rosales has the story.


ISABEL ROSALES, CNN ANCHOR (voiceover): This animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia is beyond capacity that summer. Heather Freidman has never seen her shelter this packed.

HEATHER FRIEDMAN, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT: Right now, we have over 375 animals in a shelter that was built in the 70s to hold just 80 dogs and cats.

ROSALES: It's not just here. Go into almost any shelter or rescue across the country and it's a similar story. Shelter Animals Count, a national database for animal shelters and rescues reports that the number of animals entering the shelter has stayed about the same nationally, but the number of them leaving the shelter including the adoptions is down signal significantly.


FRIEDMAN: This year we've seen about a 20 percent decrease in adoptions and also a 36 percent decrease in rescue partners being able to pull dogs and cats from our crowded shelter into other areas of the country.

ROSALES: Lifeline's leadership say the big reasons behind that dip, inflation and the rising cost of living. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation was up 11.5 percent in June in the metro Atlanta area, compared to just one year ago. That's higher than the national average for the same time period, making inflation in Atlanta the third highest in the country for metro area. That impacts everything from pet food, to veterinary bills, to housing.

AUDREY SHOEMAKER, SHELTER DIRECTOR, FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICE: Housing is one of the number one reasons why people say that they have to give up their pet. Oftentimes, they come to us not wanting to do that. So, we've actually seen quite a few people who have come up and have mentioned that their rent has recently increased, and it might be that they are in their rental, and they have until next month to make another decision or they'll be in dire straits financially.

ROSALES: For the 12 month period ending in July, the costs for a one or two-bedroom place in Atlanta was up more than 15 percent. And nationally, up over 30 percent, severely limiting where some people can afford to live. But it's not just affordability that keeps people from being able to adopt. Properties that have breed or size restrictions can create even more problems.

KELSEY GILMORE-FUTERAL, LEGISLATIVE ATTORNEY, BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY: They might require the family to purchase additional insurance. They might require additional licensing or fencing around the property, maybe even prohibitions on living in certain places. It means the family has two choices. They can either find somewhere else to live with their dog, which is very hard in this current economy and the housing market, or they end up having to rehome their dog and that usually means that it ends up at a shelter.

ROSALES: I'm Isabel Rosales reporting.


SANCHEZ: Isabel, thank you so much.

Fans are shell-shocked in the Bronx. The Yankees are in the middle of their worst skid in decades after seeming invincible. The frustrations boiling over sports up next.



SANCHEZ: The New York Yankees were the best team in baseball for the first four months of the season. And now, Amara, they can't even buy a win.

WALKER: Coy Wire with us now. And Coy, yes, I'm sure their manager has had enough.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): Matched perfectly. I wish I'd gotten the memo.

SANCHEZ: Yes, that's right. Good call, Coy.

WALKER: Yes, good job, Boris.

SANCHEZ: Unplanned, unplanned.

WIRE: Yankee -- Yankees fans, they entered the month dreaming of their first World Series in over a decade. Maybe Aaron Judge would break the all-time home run record. But now they've lost 15 in the last 19 games. The Yankees' $300 million man Gerrit Cole on the mound, up one nothing over Toronto. He hadn't allowed a single hit until the fifth. And that's where the Blue Jays would score four runs.

Jackie Bradley Jr's line drive drives into them. Then Alejandro Kirk putting the nail and close the coffin. Yankees lose five-two. And they lose their sixth-straight series for the first time since '95, cold booed by the home crowd of 45,000 plus. I'm no lip reader but I think it's safe to say that frustrations are boiling over in the Bronx.


AARON BOONE, MANAGER, NEW YORK YANKEES: We got to play better period. And the -- and the great thing is it's right in front of us. It's right here. And we can fix it. It's right here. It's there and we can -- we can run away with this thing. And we got the dudes in there to do it. (END VIDEO CLIP)

WIRE: All right, Cardinals facing Diamondbacks. Albert Pujos getting closer to one of the most exclusive clubs in sports. The 42-year-old smashing homerun number 691 of his career in the second and then in the fourth he does it again, cranking this one for number 692. He needs just five more to pass Alex Rodriguez for fourth all time in career home runs. Cardinals win 16 to seven.

WNBA playoffs now, and a top-seated Vegas Aces is punching the first ticket to the second round hitting eight free pointers in the first quarter against the Mercury. Chelsea Gray tying the team record was seven threes. Even the bank was openly Saturday night. Vegas wins by 37, the second largest margin in playoff history. The only one bigger, 38, and that was by the Chicago Sky earlier in the day.

The defending champs bouncing back from a stunning game one loss to the liberty with six players scoring at least 11 points. New York's leading scorer had 10. And now it's the winner take all game three in New York on Tuesday.

NFL preseason now and this is the place where some players in NFL's dreams come true, others are crushed. But Kavontae Turpin of the Cowboys is proving he belongs. 26years old, just five foot nine, 153 pounds, he returned to kickoff and a punt for touchdowns. 98 yards to open the game, 86 to end the half. He played in Europe last year, won MVP in the USFL this spring. But yesterday may have just earned a spot in the NFL. That is what it's about. Three more preseason games today where some of those dreams may or may not becoming true.

SANCHEZ: Some incredible plays there. Coy Wire, next time we'll send you a memo about the color scheme.

WIRE: Please, please. I feel left out, you lovely people.

SANCHEZ: I appreciate you, sir.

WALKER: You still look good, Coy.

SANCHEZ: Thanks so much, Coy. Thanks.

WIRE: Thanks.

SANCHEZ: The next hour of NEW DAY starts right now.

WALKER: Good morning everyone and welcome to your NEW DAY.