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Hurricane Ida`s Remnants Flood Parts Of U.S. Northeast; Assessment Of The Status Of California`s Giant Sequoias; Measuring A Towering Sand Castle. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired September 03, 2021 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to the show. I`m Carl Azuz, happy to see you this Friday. One thing many Americans didn`t expect after

a hurricane made landfall in the U.S. south was that a few days later it would cause states of emergency in the U.S. northeast.

Those have been declared in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York to speed up help to areas that have been dealing with record amounts of rain and

flooding, and that was brought to the region by what remained of Hurricane Ida. The storm carried moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, over the eastern

United States and up north to places like New York City, which for the first time was the scene of a flood emergency as declared as the National

Weather Service.

Forecasters had warned that flash flooding, when waters rise rapidly, was possible in this area, what surprised even some meteorologists was how

quickly and how severely the flooding would hit. More than seven inches of rain fell on Central Park Wednesday, most of that in a matter of hours.

It wasn`t the most rain that part of New York had ever seen, but it was in Newark, New Jersey where almost eight and a half inches fell. That`s the

highest amount on record since officials started keeping track in 1889. Some homes in Connecticut were 3/4 under water on Thursday.

Emergency workers in Pennsylvania estimate there`ve been thousands of water rescues as torrential rain caused extreme flooding there. And state

officials across Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania say at least 26 deaths have been blamed on the storm and the flooding it caused.

That`s in addition to at least five deaths reported in Louisiana and Mississippi after Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane

on Sunday.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hurricane Ida`s remnants pummeling the northeast and Mid-Atlantic unleashing torrential rain, extreme flooding, strong winds and

even tornadoes throughout the region. Governors in New York and New Jersey declaring states of emergency.

GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK: It is always quite shocking when you literally see the streets of New York looking like, you know, the

rivers flowing and people just in shock over what`s going on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Multiple sightings of tornadoes in the Garden State.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I heard, you know, just rattling. My daughter ran out and said get in the house quick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One confirmed tornado tearing through this town just outside of Philadelphia, destroying several homes in its path.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We hear just a (inaudible). We heard everything just break.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The severe weather bringing New York City to a stand still. Heavy rains creating waterfalls rushing into subway stations and

even overflowing down the stairs and onto the tracks. The dangerous conditions forcing the city to suspend all subway service leaving some

riders stuck on the grounded subway cars and others stranded for hours at stations including this one in Times Square with no way to leave safely.

Some service returning close to 3 am, allowing passengers to finally go home. Record breaking rainfall and flash flooding causing the mayor to

issue a state of emergency.

MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: What we`re hearing from different parts of the five boroughs, very troubling. We`re seeing a

kind of rainfall we almost never see. This kind of speed of which the rain has come. Everyone`s got to get to safety.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The unprecedented rain turning roads and highways into rivers. The floods filling up this baggage claim area in New Jersey`s

Newark Airport. The storm forcing the facility into a ground stop temporarily. Homes and apartments across multiple states filling up with


Fire and rescue crews finding one person dead at this flooded complex in Maryland. Outside Pittsburgh, rescue crews pulling 41 passengers trapped in

flood waters on a school bus Wednesday morning, and in New York and New Jersey first responders working around the clock rescuing people stranded

in their cars. Local leaders urging residents to continue to be careful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s no way we could have predicted how bad this storm would get. The intense rainfall, the concentration of water which can

result in -- in trees coming down. Cars can be repaired. Property can be replaced, but the loss of life cannot (audio gap).


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Sequoya was a Cherokee Nation leader who made it possible to do what? Preserve forests, read and write in Cherokee, enrich

soil or inject medicines. Sequoya created a syllabary that made it possible to write in the Cherokee language.

He`s also the namesake of the Giant Sequoia Trees that tower over California`s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Part of the reason why these

trees can survive for thousands of years is that they often weather the wildfires that flare up here during the late summer and Fall. Despite that

and the fact that fire helps prime the soil for the growth of new Sequoias, severe blazes like one that started with a lightning strike last year are

still a threat.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From their size --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: General Sherman is 275 feet tall. Holy cow.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: -- to their longevity.

CLAY JORDAN, PARK RANGER SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS: Now before ancient Rome, before Christ, I mean, these trees were -- were mature.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Much about giant Sequoia trees is on a grand scale. With that distinctive red brown bark covering their thick trunks, Sequoia

trees can only be found in California`s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

SAM HODDER, CEO OF SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE: This is a resilient tree. They are tough. Almost nothing can kill them. A giant sequoia that was first

weakened by drought was then subject to impacts by the bark beetle, which then further weakened the tree and potentially made it more susceptible to

mortality from fire.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Stag Tree is said to be the fifth largest tree in the entire world. It`s lived more than 3,000 years and yet we`re seeing

that wildfire is threatening these giant sequoias more than ever before.

JORDAN: The Castle fire was a wake-up call. An estimated 7,500 to 10,600 trees were destroyed in that one fire alone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Started by lightening in August 2020, the Castle fire was part of the sequoia complex that burned more than 174,000 acres,

scorching several sequoia groves.

CHRISTY BRIGHAM, PARK RANGER SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS: It was devastating, heartbreaking. Everything had been incinerated. It was a field of the

world`s largest, burned up toothpicks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: After decades of pressing forest fire, other trees and brush have grown rampantly around the sequoias.

HODDER: The fires that used to burn every five to 10 years in the Sierra would just keep down the competition, and reduce the fuel naturally.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On land owned by the Save the Redwoods League, we hiked out to see just how deadly the Castle fire was here.

TIM BORDEN, SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE: For us to see 10 to 14 percent of the total of giant sequoias alive, killed in one year, in one fire is --

there`s nothing to compare that too.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yet fire, in and of itself is not the enemy of the giant sequoia.

HODDER: Their cones open up. Their seeds start to germinate after a fire.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So near those lost giants, where the fire wasn`t too intense small shoots of hope take root.

BORDEN: What I see is a lot of these little baby giant sequoias that have sprouted up since the fire happened.


AZUZ: The latest world record contender for the World`s Tallest Sandcastle isn`t like other sandcastles. For one thing, it was stabilized by wooden

scaffolding during construction. It`s been coated with glue so it will last through the winter and it`s not on the beach. It`s not too far from the

beach. This was built in a coastal village of Northern Denmark. At almost 70 feet high, it took almost five tons of sand to build and 30 artists

worked to carve the details into its walls.

People often spire to build castles when they "barbican". "Towering" achievement, that depends on where you "sand". Takes a "Camelot" of time

and talent to build up a sandcastle. Artistry helps "draw the bridge" and make it all worth the hassle. So "port" call us if you`re "battlemeant" to

give the "trial a goat", because when it comes to castles it`s whatever "floats your boat". Whew. I heard from several people on social media who

said they missed it when I rapped, so blame them.

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