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Another al-Qaida leader was killed;
Animals and animals August 29, 2011
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US President Barack Obama: We pray for those who have lost their loved ones and those whose lives have been affected by the storm.
You need to know that America will be with you when you need it. (END VIDEO CLIP)
Carl azuz, cnn anchor: Welcome to CNN Student News. I`m Carl Azuz.
Our headline is what you just heard from President Obama, an Atlantic storm called Irene.
This thing was ripped off in America. S.
Weekend on the East Coast.
More than a dozen people were killed and millions lost power.
Irene was a hurricane when she first landed on Saturday.
It has been downgraded to a tropical storm by yesterday.
We want you to know how this story has developed.
So we're going to review some of the reports that Erin made in the US. S. east coast. (
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Unidentified male: What you see here is an underwater house in some places.
This is the voice of Bogue.
You can see.
You are now looking at the Bog voice coming from the outback.
So did the camera.
You can feel the wind and rain.
We have a lot of waves inland.
Unidentified women: from Maycol (ph)Road.
There is a tree below.
We hit Palon (ph)
The tree fell, the wire fell, everything fell.
We got stuck here and escaped.
Now we are in Calvert (ph)High.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nath: this is the first time the city has declared a state of emergency since 1986.
Unidentified male: We have about hundred trees and wires in all parts of the city.
So obviously, we're never close to live. -any wire.
It could be alive, it would really kill you. NEW JERSEY GOV.
Chris christie: before Hurricane Irene, we experienced the wettest August in the history of New Jersey.
So the problem is we are saturated. We have --
We inflate the river.
As we experienced the wind, we also had a lot of trees that destroyed the wires.
So with the peaks of these rivers, half a million people grow without electricity, and more flooding will occur on Monday and Tuesday.
Unidentified male: Erin is still a hurricane and even though you would say it's the smallest one, let me tell you that I 've been through the smallest one many times.
It's still a hurricane.
As the water continues to flow, we are now being damaged on this boardwalk. (END VIDEO CLIP)
So what do we know?
What do we know?
We know that Irene caused severe flooding.
This seems to be one of the most worrying issues for officials.
We know that President Obama has declared a state of emergency in many of the affected states.
This will speed up the federal flow of funds for recovery efforts.
We know that Irene is not as bad as they are worried about, and some are relieved, but we also know that authorities warned on Sunday that Irene is still a huge and potentially dangerous storm.
What we don't know is how expensive Irene will become.
The storm is estimated to have caused more than a billion dollars in property damage.
But this is just an estimate.
This may change.
It does not necessarily include the impact on coastal tourism and the aviation industry.
Thousands of flights were canceled because of Irene.
CNN reporters captured the storm themselves.
Here are a few examples of what Irene looks like through their eyes. (
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William gaskins, cnn correspondent: We're on the creek side of the island of Pawys, and as you can see, there's an incredible climax and a very fast --moving current.
Travis Campbell, cnn correspondent: what happened.
CNN reporter Gregg Nello: you can see here, the current looks down (ph). (Inaudible)
Like the ocean here.
George nikolis, cnn correspondent: Wow.
We must be (inaudible). Whoo. (END VIDEO CLIP)
You can find more information in the spotlight section of our home page cnnstudentnews. com.
There is a photo gallery of the story, like this one I took from New Jersey.
Some residents affected by the floods were rescued by construction equipment.
In Maryland, you'll see one of the many trees blown off the ground by Irene's wind.
Finally, a car was driving on the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York.
View all these pictures on cnnstudentnews. com.
While you are there, you can see how to help people affected by Irene.
Rescue groups are operating to provide assistance to the victims of the storm.
Click on the "Impact Your World" link on our homepage to find out how you can get involved. (
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The fact is: The Hurricane develops in three stages.
The first is tropical depression, then tropical storm, and finally hurricane.
These storms are rated by intensity, using Saffir-Simpson scale.
The most important factor in hurricane rating is wind speed.
The maximum wind speed of Class 1 is between 74 and 95 miles per hour.
Hurricane 5 winds exceed 155 miles per hour. (END VIDEO CLIP)
This is the anniversary of another storm.
Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina landed in the United States. S.
As Hurricane three.
It was downgraded to a tropical storm later that night, but it left an unforgettable impact on the United StatesS. Gulf Coast.
According to the federal emergency response agency, Katrina is the only
The most catastrophic natural disaster in the United StatesS. history.
More than 1,700 people have been killed in seven states, not just storms.
Some lakes and riverbanks designed to prevent flooding are broken.
80% of New Orleans's land is flooded. (
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Woman: Is this legal?
The country highlighted on this map is Pakistan. Legit.
Pakistan is twice the size of California, with a population of 0. 187 billion. (END VIDEO CLIP)
AZUZ: Another member of the al-Qaida terrorist network was killed in Pakistan.
You may remember that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in May.
The latest news is that the man Attia Abdul Rahman died in rural areas of Pakistan.
The report said he was the target of a drone.
Rahman is the second person in Al-Qaida.
A former terrorist who knew Rahman said he was like the CEO of al-Qaida and could hardly be replaced.
Another story that we have been focusing on is the civil war in Libya: rebels fighting the government of the country say they have made more progress over the weekend, taking over several important areas of Libya.
But a big question that remains on Sunday night is, where is Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi?
The man who controlled Libya for 42 years was not found, although he sent a radio message telling his supporters to continue fighting.
We have a story for you before we go today.
About the earthquake in Virginia last week.
This thing feels everywhere in the east of the United States, and many people are surprised when it hits, but not everyone is surprised.
Lisa Fletcher of WJLA affiliate said there were some warning signals.
You just need to know where to look.
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: These gorillas are one of many animals in the National Zoo, and they actually feel a big event is about to happen. DR.
Don Moore, deputy director of the National Zoo: I'm no longer surprised by the ability of animals because I know they have better sensory abilities than we do. FLETCHER (voice-over): Dr.
As soon as the earthquake stopped, Moore said, all the keepers in the zoo began to report strange animal behavior before the earthquake.
The great apes rushed up in their lookout, and Moore said that flamingos gathered in a big pink ball called the defensive group.
Perhaps the most impressive thing is the lemurs, who shout out all 15 minutes before the earthquake.
Moore: Considering the behaviors we observe in these animals at this time of day, all of them are atypical. FLETCHER (voice-over)
: The sleeping snakes usually twist in their enclosure, and the orangutans roar to surprise their keepers.
Kc braesch, National Zoo: We find it strange.
We stopped what we were doing, we looked at her, and then we knew what was going on once we felt the shake. FLETCHER (voice-over)
: Elephants can hear sounds at a lower frequency than us and receive vibrations through their sensitive footpads, and almost every animal here may be more adapted to the surrounding environment than we are.
Moore: whether they are heroic animals that can save lives or other heroic animals that can warn us of a heart attack or an earthquake, they are super capable.
It fascinates us. (END VIDEO CLIP)
AZUZ: It's really charming.
Some serious research may be needed, but in the scientific community, it is true that the sixth sense of the earthquake will change things dramatically.
Thank you for spending part of the day with us. I`m Carl Azuz.