tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS September 27, 2022 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, we're on the ground here in florida, the entire state bracing for hurricane ian. the fierce storm could hit here as a devastating category 4. the dire warning tonight for people to get out now. the monster storm, pictured from space, as millions are told to evacuate. schools and airports close. we visit the emergency command center here in tampa, and speak with the city's mayor. >> you will not ride out this hurricane. >> o'donnell: plus the forecast, and the latest details on the storm's new path and when ian could make landfall. gas pipelines sabotaged? european leaders blame russia, after explosions damage nord stream. plus, our cbs exclusive with the director of the c.i.a.
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bands of hurricane ian reach the southern parts of the state. florida's director of emergency management said more than 100 nursing homes and hospitals in the tampa area have been evacuated. grocery stores up and down the coast are packed, as residents rush to grab last-minute supplies-- but many are finding nothing but empty shelves. hurricane ian slammed into cuba as a category 3 storm, with winds of 125 miles per hour, knocking out power to more than a million people. and the storm is gaining strength in the open waters of the gulf of mexico. check out these satellite images, showing the eye of the storm packed with lightning. one of the biggest concerns is that ian could dump record amounts of rain and cause dangerous storm surge across 600 miles of coastline. we have got team coverage tonight, and we want to begin with cbs's omar villafranca, right here in tampa with us. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening.
tampa hasn't taken a direct hit from a hurricane since 1921. and even though the city may dodge ian's bullet, people here aren't taking any chances. floridians are on the move. >> they say mandatory evacuation-- it's time to go. >> reporter: all along florida's gulf coast, thousands of residents are heading inland, heeding the call to evacuate as hurricane ian inches closer. >> it is a big storm, it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in, and you're going to end up with really significant storm surge, you're going to end up with really significant flood events. and this is the type of storm surge that is life-threatening. >> reporter: ian is expected to make landfall in florida in the next 36 hours, after battering western cuba with 125-mile-an-hour winds. the florida keys will feel the early edges of the storm this evening, with high winds and heavy rain. president joe biden said his administration has already sent aid to the region ahead of
the storm. >> fema is also proposing and pre-positioning 3.5 million >> fema is also proposing liters of water, 3.7 million meals, and hundreds of generators. >> reporter: residents are rushing to fill sandbags and stock up on emergency supplies. some shelves are already running bare. jason hood, the owner of a tennis equipment shop in clearwater, is boarding up. >> you can't prepare enough, really, so we're just out here getting ready. better safe than sorry. i just hope everyone takes the right precautions to do what they need to do to stay safe. >> reporter: it is also a scramble for tampa-area hospitals, which started airlifting patients out of the danger zone. >> none of us know what we're going to get, as far as the hurricane is concerned. >> reporter: ian' massive size was captured by the international space station.rte' the approaching storm forced nasa to postponed the artemis moon launch again. overnight, the rocket was rolled back into the hangar for safety. the tampa airport is closed. the fort meyers airport will
close this evening. the orlando airport, which rarely shuts down, will cease operations tomorrow. even disney world will shut down their parks wednesday and thursday because of the storm. norah. >> o'donnell: state of emergency here in florida. omar villafranca, thank you. well, the latest track we got in, just a few hours ago, shows the storm is shifting. it now puts fort meyers in the bulls-eye of this strengthening hurricane, and that's where manny bojorquez is. good evening, manny. >> reporter: good evening, norah. we are starting to see some of those initial signs of ian here in the fort meyers area. one indication of the level of concern for florida's west coast is the amount of resources that have already been deployed. we're talking about 5,000 of the state's national guard troops already activated, as well as 2,000 more from georgia, tennessee, and north carolina. also, as we drove into fort meyers, we noticed a caravan of power crews coming down i-75. we're told nearly 26,000 utility
workers will be staging at more than 20 sites. and the american red cross is staging in orlando, where volunteers are prepping shelters with things like cots, blankets, and flashlights. the bottom line is this-- they, of course, want to get all of those resources out of harm's way, but still close enough to what will be the affected areas, because come tomorrow, places like where i'm standing near the water, could be underwater. norah. >> o'donnell: manny bojorquez, thank you very much. there is new information tonight on hurricane ian's expected landfall. let's bring in meteorologist jackie jarvis with our partners at the weather channel. hey there, jackie. >> good evening, norah. ian remains a major hurricane, and very powerful after making norah. ian remains landfall over cuba. it's been intensifying once again and will continue to do so all the way up to landfall. there you can see the current wind speed, 120 miles per hour,
a category 3 storm, and it's moving in a northerly direction. now, this is the latest track, and today, we've had a little bit of an adjustment to the right-- or to the south-- of the previous track, so that brings this in as a more powerful hurricane, and it comes in a little bit sooner. so any preparations need to be rushed to completion, and that will continue to move up to the north. storm surge is the deadliest part of the storm. here's our storm specialist, dr. greg postel, with our exclusive immersive reality, to show you what the storm surge will look like. >> extremely dangerous hurricane ian continues to close in on florida's west coast. we know there will be destructive winds, but also a life-threatening storm surge. we can see water rising above normally dry ground, in some cases up to ten feet. let me show you what that looks like as we bring the water levels up to, let's say three feet. now, by the time the water gets this high, it's oftentimes too late to evacuate. who knows what's in this water-- there could be floating objects, bad chemicals.
cars can float away easily in this kind of water. we also know the water will rise way above that in some cases, perhaps nine feet, or even above that. homes and businesses can be completely submerged and, clearly, in many cases, this is just not survivable. so, please, this is exactly why we tell you to follow the advice of the officials from the national weather service and the local officials to evacuate. do so, please, if ordered. now, also make sure you stay tuned to the weather channel on cable and streaming for all the latest updates on ian. norah, back to you. >> o'donnell: that storm surge, such an issue. greg and jackie, thank you so much. well, earlier, we spoke with tampa mayor jane castor about the dangers the city faces from hurricane ian, and what she's telling residents tonight. what have you learned about the track of the storm? >> it seems to be taking somewhat of a more easterly trajectory, which means landfall possibly a little bit
south of us. >> o'donnell: are people heeding the call for these mandatory evacuations? >> yes-- people that i have talked to, you know, used to have the old "well, we can just wait this out and see what happens." and we're talking 10- to 15-foot tidal surge. nobody can withstand that. there's no waiting that out. >> o'donnell: based on the latest track, could that mean no electricity for this whole area? >> yes, the electricity, electric power, will probably go out. nothing can really sustain or survive through saltwater intrusion, and that's the worst thing that can happen for our electric grids. >> o'donnell: how are you feeling about the latest track? >> well, i'm feeling better about the latest track. you know, you never want to wish anything negative on your neighbors, but the scenario of hurricane ian stalling right outside of tampa bay is the worst case. >> o'donnell: so are you shutting down tampa in advance,
as a precautionary measure? >> yes, without a doubt. we always use the adage, "you can hide from the wind, but you need to run from that water." >> o'donnell: tampa has not had a hurricane like this in 100 years. >> yes, that's true, mm-hmm, 100 years, and my wish is, 100 more, i'll take it. >> o'donnell: our interview with tampa's mayor tonight. and because of this hurricane, tomorrow's january 6th committee hearing was postponed. but, the highest profile trial in the january 6th investigation did get underway today.trial in the head of the right-wing group the oath keepers and four others are facing charges of seditious conspiracy-- rare charges, and among the most serious in the investigation into the assault on the capitol. here's cbs's scott macfarlane. >> reporter: on trial in federal court in washington, just steps away from the site of the january 6th attack, a group of five oath keepers, including leader stewart rhodes, charged with seditious conspiracy for allegedly plotting to block the peaceful transfer of power, staging rifles and ammunition across the river in virginia,
and helping coordinate the attack on the capitol. defense attorneys plan to argue that rhodes, who was not in the capitol, and his subordinates, were only preparing to act on trump's behalf, waiting for him to invoke the insurrection act. washington democratic congresswoman pramila jayapal hid in the house chamber during the attack. >> this is a terrifying part of this whole puzzle, is the affiliations-- direct courting and affiliations between the trump white house-- donald trump himself, potentially, but certainly his top people-- and these extremists, violent extremist groups. >> reporter: according to court documents, text messages show rhodes spent months after donald trump's loss calling for action from his members. just two days after the elction, warning, "we aren't getting through this without a civil war." trump ally roger stone, who was allegedly protected by oath keepers ahead of january 6th, is under new scrutiny tonight for comments made just before
the election, revealed in his soon-to-be-released documentary. h keepers, is und >> reporter: he's also heard arguing, trump's team should declare victory before the results are fully counted. ui trumte sh uld decl resul are counted. > >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, roger stone says the video clips don't prove he had anything to do with the events of january 6th. meanwhile, the secret service has collected two dozen cell phones from agents and given them to an internal inspector, as they probe missing text messages from january 6th. norah. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane on the hill for us. thank you, scott. tonight, european leaders are accusing russia of sabotaging two underwater gas pipelines in the baltic sea. ukraine is calling it a terrorist attack. authorities are investigating the leaks in the nord stream 1 authorities are investigat and 2 pipelines, a vital source of natural gas for europe. there was a sudden drop in pressure on monday.
video shows bubbles where the leaks occurred after underwater explosions were detected. and tonight, pro-russian officials in several occupied territories in ukraine claim residents have voted to join russia-- but the referendums are being dismissed by u.s. officials as a sham. well, we want to turn now to our exclusive interview with c.i.a. director bill burns. burns is the last u.s. official to have met with vladimir putin, and he told us the russian dictator is making reckless decisions in the war on ukraine. based on your analysis, do you think he'll be able to mobilize 300,000 troops? >> well, it remains to be seen. and even if he's able to mobilize 300,000 troops, it's not as if throwing people like cannon fodder toward the front-- many of whom will not be well-trained, many of whom are not going to have the kind of equipment that they need, or thelogistical support that they need as well. his military has a lot of other problems-- manpower is only one of them. >> o'donnell: do you see
any signs that putin is moving towards using those nuclear weapons? >> well, we have to take very seriously his kind of threats, given everything that's at stake. and, you know, the rhetoric that he and other senior russian leaders have used is reckless and deeply irresponsible. we don't see any practical evidence today in the u.s. intelligence community that he's moving closer to actual use, that there's an imminent threat of using tactical nuclear weapons. but, as i said, we have to take it very seriously. >> o'donnell: so is he bluffing? >> it's very hard to say at this point, and as i said, what we have to do is take it very seriously, w figs analso-- this is the role of policy-makers, and i'm no longer a policy-maker-- but to communicate very directly the severe consequences that would flow from any use of nuclear weapons. >> o'donnell: much more of our interview with c.i.a. director bill burns will air here, and
this weekend on cbs "sunday morning." we turn now to the poisoning of america, and a major crackdown on fentanyl tracking in the u.s. the u.s. department of justice revealed today, 36 million doses of fentanyl have been taken off the streets in recent months. we get more now from cbs's jeff pegues. >> reporter: fentanyl overdoses cause violent convulsions... >> did you just overdose? >> reporter: ...that, in this case, stopped after officers administered the drug narcan. but the number of dead is spiking, despite what attorney general merrick garland says are record d.e.a. seizures over the last four months. >> we seized over ten million fake pills, and 982 pounds of fentanyl powder, enough to kill mecan rtelmp ueirreets, the shipments across borders. it's almost like the floodgates are open.y tt?
>> what we're trying to do is to take down the cartels. >> reporter: increasingly, fentanyl is rainbow-colored and appeal to younger americans. >> when you just look at it, you can see it's meant to look like it is safer, like it's candy, like it's more of a toy. >> reporter: the cartels are showing no mercy in states like colorado, where there has been a 70% increase in deaths, more than 900 last year. fentanyl killed max osterman, a smart and athletic 19-year-old who became addicted to drugs. his mother kim says law enforcement hasn't cut off the supply, nor has it held enough people accountable. >> they're not prosecuting these drug dealers, and they have no incentive to stop. >> reporter: the d.e.a. says that it has formed two counter- threat teams whose mission to take down the sinaloa and jalisco cartels, but u.s. investigators have been trying to accomplish that for years. norah.
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