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CNN this is another example of the White House being forced to deal with a crisis which there has to be a zero tolerance towards that type of domestic violence the president is being rather defiant in response to these accusations against two of his now former staffers and he said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent but we absolutely wish him well disgusting comes to mind disturbing also comes to mind I think it’s important for the president to acknowledge the victims pence came here calling for maximum pressure calling for isolation up North Korea and instead the North Korean delegation was in the VIP box with him breaking news this morning out of one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country three people are dead and four injured after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon you know this is what we know local officials had to call the military in to get help with this rescue because it’s dark it’s windy it’s rocky terrain where they are and that’s really making things difficult for them we’ll have more on this breaking news for you in just a few minutes meanwhile Democrats are demanding now answer there’s the White House faces questions over the handling of two staffers accused of domestic abuse yes a dozen Democratic senators have sent a letter to chief of staff John Kelly and white House Counsel Don McCain the Senators asked when the White House found out about the abused allegations and why those staffers were allowed to keep their jobs until this week it’s not only a moral question there are also national security implications the letter asked should Rob Porter have been handling classified information with interim clearance at president Trump appeared to continue defending his now former staffers this time on Twitter saying lives are being destroyed over a quote mere allegation and whatever happened to due process after that an attempt at a pivot for the president to the ongoing fight though over immigration our joining us live now from Washington CNN correspondent Kristen Holmes Kristen so many questions and now Democrats are trying to get answers to those this this White House is still in cleanup mode good morning Victor good morning Christy well that’s absolutely right they are a white house in turmoil which we’ve seen a lot in the past year but that pivot to immigration you mentioned that that’s likely because of the outrage that was sparked by that first tweet this has really become a pattern for President Trump he blames not the people conveying the crime but almost the victim in a sense here and it’s when wooden these accusations are to his colleagues to his friends and even to himself now people took issue with two parts of this tweet one being due process we know that both of Porter’s ex-wives did contact the FBI and the other being these victims there is no mention either when President Trump reacted to the firing the first time or the resignation excuse me the first time or in this tweet now take a listen to what a Republican congressman Charlie done had to say about that there has to be a zero tolerance towards that type of domestic violence that is being discussed in these two situations that’s very clear and of course we should be very sympathetic and empathetic to the victims to the women who have been who have been violated here as a subject of violence that said I think it’s important for the president to acknowledge the victims and taking a listen to that again that was a Republican congressman now you have this letter from 12 Democratic senators they want to know when White House Counsel Don began new Winn chief of staff John Kelly knew was Rob Porter handling classified documents without a security clearance and did Porter tell them tell the security clearance office the FBI here on this background check that he had these allegations out this is what they’re asking I want to run down a timeline for you on what we know this comes from White House producer Kevin Liptak and he says back in January or February of 2017 Porter asked dawn McGann about background check process he said his ex-wives may present potentially damaging information then again Porter’s wives are interviewed by the FBI in that same time frame they provide the details of their marriage and then in the spring the FBI provides a preliminary report including details provided by the wives to the White House security office in fall of 2017 Porter is interviewed by the FBI and these domestic issues are brought up he provides more detail and he tells McGann about what his ex-wives are claiming he denies that he has done any of this so this goes on and on and obviously we know in the recent weeks porters ex-girlfriend called Magan to express concerns about his romantic relationship with hope Hicks and we also know that in the fall of this year chief of staff John Kelly was made aware of these allegations and of the fact that it was hindering his security clearance process so that’s the information that we’re being told from our sources at the White House but again this is clearly causing major turmoil inside of the White House all the specifics that the White House did not want to get into late last week we’ll see if they answer those questions from the Democratic senators Kristen Holmes in Washington for us thank you well in defense of the man accused of abuse or harassment and not a word about the victims you just heard it there we’ve heard this before because there seems to be a bit of a pattern here remember what he said about his former campaign leader Corey Lewandowski remember Lewandowski was accused of grabbing a female reporters arm so hard that he left bruises he’s a good person with a wonderful family four beautiful kids and they’re destroying that man over nothing you take a look at that tape and she’s grabbing me now maybe I should press charges against her she’s not supposed to be grabbing me here’s what he said about form of Fox News chief Roger Ailes after he was accused of sexual harassment I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining I know how much he’s helped them Ailes Ally and former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly also accused of sexual harassment he’s a person I know well he’s a good person I think he may you know I think he shouldn’t have settled I don’t think bill would do anything wrong Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of pursuing teenagers even molesting an underage girl the president not only defended them he endorsed him if you look at what what is really going on and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours he totally denies it he says it didn’t happen and you know you have to look at him also and then the President himself as a candidate he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault and here’s what he said about his own accusers they just come out some are doing it for probably a little Fame they get some free fame it’s a total set up people that are willing to say oh I was with Donald Trump in 1980 I was sitting with him on an airplane and he went after me on the plane yeah I’m gonna go after believe me she would not be my first choice that I can tell you it’s me and Sarah Westwood and Julian Zelizer to talk about this so you know he brought up due process yesterday as we were just talking about and certainly that’s something that everybody’s afforded no doubt about it if President Trump though was so concerned about speaking to his base we need to be very honest here domestic violence is happening to people who may be watching right now they’re living with it and they could be very well in his base there is no socio-economic parameter where domestic violence stops so with that said you know there may be no proof that something happened at one point but there’s also no proof that it did not happen in the early stages of this so is there a political repercussions Sarah for the president dismissing allegations immediately absolutely because due process typically applies to a court of law and we’re not talking about a corner flower talking about the privilege of getting to work for the President of the United States there’s a higher standard for that than when a jury convicts someone of a crime and I think that he’s sort of conflating two different processes here and once again president Trump’s messaging is out of sync with the rest of his White House because the rest of his White House has been quite contrite about how this whole thing played out they’ve admitted for perhaps the first time that they mishandled the initial response to what was going on and everyone else seems to be rushing to apologize and and cover up what was a potentially devastating mistake for the West Wing except for President Trump who seems to remain defiant in criticism of this decision so it makes the White House looks like they don’t have a handle on their communication surrounding this disaster and it makes President Trump look unsympathetic to Rob Porter’s lives mm-hmm I want to listen to representative Charles dent here who is a Republican here’s what he had to say about what you’re referring to Sarah the larger question here perhaps I saw this during the Michael Flynn case when there were red flags raised at the time and those red flags were either ignored or just not seen by those who should have seen them so I think really that is the bigger question they have to do a much stronger job of vetting people Julian is there any indication what the White House policy is on hiring someone who may have some sort of violent past well we don’t know what the policy is but this case suggests this is not front and center of the kind of concerns that they have with personnel and I think what you are suggesting and showed with that videos there’s a clear and consistent pattern from the president at least where when it comes to his own inner circle when it comes to himself he doesn’t take these very seriously these kinds of accusations so I think this is exactly the question the Senators want to ask but the answer might be pretty apparent from the case sir any indication – based on what representative dents said that representative Dan said they were either ignored or they weren’t seen by those who should have seen them is there does there seem to be a deficiency in what they know about who they’re allowing into the house I think the white house was in a really difficult position around the time of the transition and that position hasn’t necessarily changed very much now in that a lot of the Republican establishment didn’t want to be associated with President Trump during the campaign or even after his victory in the election and so they struggled to find qualified candidates to fill these high-level positions so many high-level Republicans working in Washington signed letters denouncing president Trump’s candidacy campaigned against him and so they had to accept maybe people who were under qualified for these jobs or who wouldn’t have passed a traditional vetting process because they just needed these jobs filled by relatively competent people in it so it seems time and again they’ve been willing to look past the sorts of things in people’s backgrounds that would typically disqualify them from White House jobs because they just needed people to work in the White House so Julian in this democratic letter remember they’re also they’re also contending that this is a national security issue because Rob Porter did have temporary security clearance at the time is that is that an issue for national security well it is an issue he shouldn’t have been handling that kind of material this is an issue that has now emerged in other cases as well and it might be a way for the Senators to elevate this from a question of vetting and a question of a choice of personnel to a national security issue but look let’s also remember it’s not clear this is simply a vetting problem President Trump has been the voice of the white male backlot and in some ways this is entirely predictable his response his decision perhaps months ago not to take this as a serious issue and this is the personal and political strategy he has pursued for a long time so in the end it’s not as surprising as as some people might think alrighty and and real quickly immigration obviously is something that is going to be is something that is on the forefront Democrats weren’t taken care of the president tweeted that he’s identified three major priorities for his immigration policy fully securing the border and migration canceling the visa lottery he’s he’s touting that Congress has to secure the immigration system and protect Americans the question is he didn’t say when Sara any indication when that conversation is going to come up in Congress well there are already talks in Congress and they don’t seem to be making very much progress you have even some Republicans admitting that they think they can only get to two of the priorities from president Trump’s original four pillared plan that he laid out in the State of the Union and the two pillars being protecting dreamers and securing the border the other two things Visa Lottery program and chain migration those are things that will be very difficult for Congress to get to because Democrats and Republicans are so far apart Jeff Flake though had had voted for the tax plan because he said he was assured that daca would would come to the table Julian I have five seconds what do you say to that well they’re gonna insist on daca the Democrats and in exchange they’re gonna have to give to her two or three of the pillars he wants and that’s what this video is this is an appeal to hardline restriction as’ and it is a demand in exchange for daca so you’re hearing the negate the debate right in front of us mmm Sarah Westwood Julian Zelizer we appreciate you both so much thank you thank you and be sure to watch the State of the Union with Jake Tapper today White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will be on the show as well as former Homeland Security Secretary jeh Johnson that’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern we’ve got more on the deadly crash this fatal crash in the Grand Canyon when three people were killed when a sightseeing helicopter went down caught fire the rescue efforts that are happening right now to save those injured survivors and critics are raising suspicions over Trump’s hefty ninety five million dollar mansion sale to a Russian back in 2008 we’re going to have the former director of government ethics on to discuss and the u.s. takes home its first gold in the Winter Olympic Games toy wire is in youngsaeng with more on snowboarding sensation Reggie bar Cristi Victor I was right there among the friends and family members of the freckled-faced kid 5 foot 5 larger than the height red gerard would an incredible story I’ll try to help take you there in a bit on new day so you knees want to get too out of Arizona this morning three people have died and four others are injured after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon now local police have called in the military to try to help rescue the survivors because as you can see the terrain is very rocking you can probably hear now how strong the winds are there CNN’s polo Sandoval joins us now live with details and polo at a a third element to that Trinity causing some problems for rescuers the virtual darkness at this hour to try to get to those those who survived absolutely Victor it is virtually the middle of the night here and this is a very rural part here of the Grand Canyon very difficult to access as you mentioned there so starting with those survivors four of the seven people who are aboard that sightseeing helicopter as you mentioned the weather also the terrain it is rocky it is rugged very difficult to access and to evacuate and airlift those four people that according to tribal police there at least those four patients are described as being level one trauma patients this tour operated by Papillon describing itself as a one of the largest sightseeing companies in the world on its website their helicopter that was being operated was manufactured by Airbus helicopters and ec130 this is a single-engine helicopter roommates very capable of transporting up to eight people and it’s also very popular on law enforcement in the tourism industry the National Transportation Safety Board going to be called in to investigate this crash as they tried to come up with a cause of this deadly chopper crash we did look through NTSB records and they did show that there was a helicopter accident that involved this company back in 2001 that resulted in six people dead and one injured the ultimate investigation they’re revealing that that incident was pilot error so we’ll be interesting to see what comes out with this investigation again let’s crash that took place yesterday evening a sightseeing helicopter resulting in the deaths of several people for survivors of the seven people aboard this helicopter I can tell you there was one pilot and six passengers so total seven people that were aboard this sightseeing tour in the Grand Canyon we do understand that they do have some kind of support some kind of assistance that’s arrived on scene that the main issue here Victor and Christie is simply airlifting these individuals these survivors from the scene already pull sound of all thank you so much for the update and we’ll keep you apprised of what we learned throughout the morning Yesi the main lay here of angry crowds this is the streets of South Korea as the North Korean leaders sister makes a push for friendlier ties between the two countries we’ll have more details on what happened here in just a moment and why the president salable multi-million dollar welcome back it’s good to have you here I’m Christie Paul I’m Victor Blackwell good morning to you a Democratic senator is raising questions over president Trump’s Palm Beach mansion sale to a Russian billionaire this was back in 2008 Senator Ron Wyden wants the Treasury Department to hand over records of a 95 million dollar real estate deal Wyden claims the property’s appraisal value fell 30 million dollars short of the sale price here’s CNN’s Pamela brown have you had any dealings with the Russians while I’ve done a lot of business with the Russians the most expensive home ever sold in America back in 2008 at the height of the US housing collapse Trump made a record breaking deal with a Russian oligarch known as the fertilizer King Dmitry rebel of Lev he bought from Donald Trump a mansion about two miles from mar-a-lago in Palm Beach Florida I paid 40 million though as I sold it for a hundred million dollars and I sold it to a Russian [Applause] raibl habla would reappear during the 2016 election when according to McClatchy news his private plane was spotted in two US cities were Trump was campaigning Concord North Carolina in Las Vegas Nevada it certainly looked suspicious that we have this leading Russian oligarch bird dogging our president on the campaign trail all right joining us now to discuss is Walter Schwab CNN contributor and the former director of the government office of government ethics under the Bush and Obama administrations I want to thank you so much for being with us first and foremost if President Trump was then a citizen how much does this sale matter when it happened well let’s remember that the Whitewater investigation which dominated much of the Clinton presidency was similarly a land deal that occurred a long time before they came into government so it really seems to me that this is similar it’s long since been established the precedent that what happened prior to coming in is now fair game and one of the concerns about real estate transactions is that they’re often a cover for money laundering in fact a group called Global Witness issued a report picked up by Reuters this fall about suspicions regarding the types of deals that trumps businesses have been involved in at least in terms of who they’ve dealt with rather than necessarily things they’ve done themselves so you have a pattern here where people are concerned about these transactions and even though this transaction this particular one happened before he came into the presidency this is the first president in modern history who’s kept all of his conflicting financial interests so it raises a question what else don’t we know so senator Rajan is sent to Wyden rather sent this three-page letter here to the Secretary of the Treasury Steve minuchin and he’s asking for answers by March 9th one of the issues you raised when you resigned back gamble if it was July was the issue of just simple Disclosure what’s your degree of confidence that they will get the answers that senator wyden will get the answers he’s looking for well you know it’s interesting March 9th is a fairly generous deadline when the chairman of my Oversight Committee used to send us letters while I was at the office of government ethics we were lucky if we could get two weeks out of them to respond that may be an indication that he doubts whether he’s going to get a response because this administration has broken with the tradition of responding to minority members of Congress among many other traditions that they’ve broken the fact that the president has been in his position for over a year now would you be surprised however if none of this had already been found out I mean certainly people are looking very closely at this president if there had been any other issue as you had mentioned it just previously about how there is suspicion of money-laundering in situations like this continue concerning real estate wouldn’t something like that have come up already so in fact this one did come up there was a lot of reporting last spring in 2017 about this particular sale and there was a lot of speculation at that time that the sale price was bizarre given that the economy was in freefall and people thought it was economic Armageddon the thing I think that is discernible in widens letter is a note of frustration that it hasn’t been investigated yet and we’ve had a problem with this Congress not conducting its constitutional role of oversight over the White House many of them seem to be putting party before country and so I think it’s long overdue that this particular transaction be looked into let me ask you about the fifth resignation from this this administration in just the last several days Heath Hall Acting Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration he was the president’s appointed deputy back in June he resigned yesterday after allegations that he was while he was in this government position still working in private consultation in disappea and from your perspective first your reaction to that but also is this just from your view a single unethical conflict here or do you see what you saw what you described in a white house spreading and becoming more pervasive throughout the government yeah this is a cancer that has metastasized and it’s done it faster than I would have predicted back before the president was inaugurated I cautioned that his break with tradition of ethical norms was going to lead to problems in his administration I just didn’t predict it would happen this fast one thing I’d correct is this is not the fifth resignation in this administration there have been a great many and when you add up the resignations and firings it’s just stunning how they’re falling like you know flies I guess that’s a bit of a mixed metaphor there but it’s shocking if this individual is continuing to work after he was in government and he may have some ongoing problems because he had financial disclosure requirements and I’d like to see whether he disclosed all of this income from these outside work if any on his financial disclosure forms and there’s also a statutory limit on the amount of outside earned income somebody at his level can earn that comes with civil penalties if you violate it so this is actually quite serious stuff it’s also completely unheard of I mean it’s just truly a bizarre thing for him to have done one of the problems is it’s not a senate-confirmed position so it didn’t go through the office of government ethics and it’s a smallish agency which means that his own employees who are ethics officials were responsible for keeping him in line and apparently he wasn’t going to be kept in line by anyone okay I wouldn’t know if he didn’t clarify something for me because the corner our reporting he was the Acting Administrator president Trump had actually nominated Robert Horry but that nomination has been stalled since July because it does need Senate confirmation and that at this point there is this is another one of those positions where there’s no permanent director running in it so can you clarify that for me and then cuz there are so many as Victor said I think it was referring to there have been five other nations over the past five days starting with rob porter with that said how effective can these departments be with all these resignations that right yeah sorry there i didn’t i didn’t hear the part about five days yet no this is concerning this is a significant problem in this administration in fact they think in the state department in particular the people at the top the very few people at the top are getting very lonely and because there’s so many vacant positions and that’s rampant throughout the government in this administration at one point i heard talk out of the administration publicly where they were saying maybe they don’t need to fill these positions which is just ignorant because you need top personnel to carry out your policies and that’s important because if you do have a political agenda which hopefully he has one people voted for him he’s going to need people who are like-minded in those positions running them and then you know the the the office of government ethics where i work just recently had a nominee and and i do have to say it’s a particularly good one i’ll give them credit for that so they do know how to do the job when they want i think don McGann in the White House counsel’s office has been focused on stacking the judiciary with judges that are fairly more extreme in their political views than you normally see and perhaps he’s ignored the executive branch and now it’s going to start suffering consequences yeah their nominee Emery rounds to take your former position there at the director of Office of government ethics Walter shop obviously to have you thanks a kim jungeun sister had lunch at lunch meeting with the South Korean prime minister in Seoul but the mood on the streets not so friendly protesters chanted anti-north Korean slogans will tell you more about what happened there [Music] these are the protests on the streets of South Korea the host of the Winter Olympic Games despite historic handshakes and symbolic sporting alliances and an invitation to visit North Korea from Kim jong-un to South Korea’s president yeah the North Korean leaders sister as you know has been trying to make a connection with South Korea some South Koreans however are not hopeful about peaceful ties America demolished the North Korean people down one day before the visit North Korea well we’ll go with us our vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute the kim jungeun sister I came here Kim Jung is in the spotlight at the moment what’s your grade for her performance her her job performance there in South Korea well I think it’s smart it’s good politics right because she’s young and telegenic and can present a different face for North Korea but we have to remember that she’s an enabler of a really bad regime an evil regime that doesn’t really respect the human rights of its citizens and so we shouldn’t lose sight of that amidst this charm offensive South Korea should accept this invitation she’s given well I think diplomacy backed by deterrence is smart here especially because the military options are not very good if you think about it the United States has pursued a lot of policies around the globe that really haven’t been working when we’ve used the military first and I think it’s useful to really open up this notion of having diplomacy and secretary Tillerson talked about this last year about having diplomacy without preconditions and I think that’s that’s smart politics on our side let me get you to respond to something the vice president Mike Pence said there is no daylight between the United States the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program after the warming we’ve seen between the north and the south over the past couple of days do you agree with that is there no daylight in that alliance well well there’s daylight or not I think things are gonna be bumpy ahead as long as two things hold basically that the United States wants denuclearization of North Korea and while the Kim regime in North Korea thinks nukes are their trump card that the thing that is essential to their regime especially after they saw what happened in Libya and Ukraine when regimes were cooperating with non-proliferation efforts and so they think that nuclear weapons are so critical to their survival and as long as we insist that we want these gone things are going to be bumpy and and so again that’s where I think we need to think about other options especially since deterrence can make us safe and then let’s use diplomacy I think to to get you know further interests satisfied on our end is there anything beneficial to South Korea becoming closer to North Korea in the sense of you know keep your friends close and your enemies closer kind of context yeah again I think that that diplomacy is necessary given that the military options are some undesirable especially for South Korea that would face the brunt of the problems if war or a conflict started on the Korean Peninsula and again I think that’s why we need a little bit more realism than just kind of these bromides about we’re just going to isolate them we’re not going to actually try to work towards a solution to this problem so he brought up the military and South Korea these military exercises between the u.s. and and South Korea three weeks ago before of course the opening ceremony of the games they were paused for a moment and US Defense said that they will begin immediately after the Paralympics and in South Korea now that we’re seeing this invitation coming from North Korea this acceptance to possibly go to the Pyongyang do you believe that those games will resume I mean those exercises will resume immediately after the Olympics well there’s an old Roman saying that if you want peace you have to prepare for war and I think that’s smart politics – right that’s realism but again we have to make sure that we’re not doing the kind of thing that harm our interest particularly because what we really need to do is simply to deter North Korea that’s what we’ve done with evil regimes before if you think about how we dealt with China under Mao this is a place that killed millions of its citizens and yet they’ve still chosen approach the United States that kept us safe that relied on deterrence and didn’t rely on on things like bloody nose strikes that could really unleash the dogs of war we appreciate your perspective thank you for being here thanks for having me all right so let’s say in South Korea where the u.s. is now won its first gold medal of the Winter Games coy wire witness at all alrighty koi however hi guys with the windchill it is negative 5 here in Pyeongchang I got this t-shirt I wet it and put it outside in 5 minutes it turned the cardboard that didn’t stop render art from heating things up here we’re gonna tell you how the young man made history here and bring you all the sights and sounds coming up on you there [Music] [Applause] so for the second Olympics in a row the US has won its first gold of the Winter Games an immense snowboard slopestyle and just like the first time it was a gold medal upset alright coy wire is live in country this morning and coy red Girard is the man who’s bringing it home well Tina good morning Victor and Christy 17-year old yeah Reds are art or radio as his family was chanting around me he’s a hundred sixteen pound freckled-faced kid who’s now the youngest American male since 1924 to become an Olympic Winter champ so that second to last entering his final run the kid from Cleveland let loose and dazzled the judges to take gold I was amongst about 20 of his friends and family who traveled halfway around the world to be there and they absolutely erupted tears disbelief when red finally hugged mom and dad he picked up his little sister Asher looked her in the eyes and said I love you Ashe that’s what it’s all about alright the youngster admitted he didn’t know how big the Olympics were going in but now he told me he gets it this journey has been all about the people he loves most I kind of know they’re always gonna be there for me and they’re just kind of happy to be here I mean they were having a great time as you guys probably all saw excuse me but I I got a snapchat this morning at like 8:30 when I was taking a bus up and they were all shotgunning beers on the way of the mountain so I’d say they’ve been having a good time yes I’m sure they are still having a good time indeed now another American who’s favored for gold alpine skier Michaelis different set to compete in their first of several events here in Pyeongchang the 2014 gold medalist attacks the slopes in a manner that makes you say is this girl even human but we caught up with her and it turns out she’s not completely without fear listen to this my biggest fear is disappointing people and that’s where the external pressure comes into play where I get in the starting game like you know oh here we go and I want to disappoint anyone and and that’s when I feel the pressure but I’m starting to be able to separate the two and that’s really horn for me to actually be able to enjoy the sport we love giving you a glimpse inside the minds of these incredible competitors we also love capturing the spirit of the moment and I have to give a shout out to our meteorologist Allison insurer who told me this t-shirt trick I put it water on it and in five minutes it froze until a solid piece of ice essentially it’s incredible times here Team USA is their first gold hopefully many more to come not look comfortable but you know what when you do with those people doing I’m watching them especially red and thinking oh my gosh I don’t even know how he does it and boy whew what a feat you’ve got choir from Pyongyang thank you so much sir all right record snowfall in the Midwest is expected to cause problems for drivers today as strong the storm is continuing to sweep across the Midwest we’ll tell you where it’s the worst a lot of people are struggling with some rough weather winter storm bringing record snowfall to Chicago and the advisories are stretching from Texas to Maine in the southeast there are 45 million under a flood watch right now CNN meteorologist Allison Shan Shan’s watching all of it good morning and good morning it’s all part of the same system but we start with the snow as you mentioned yes we have winter weather advisories from Texas all the way up to me but the heaviest snow at least for right now is really centered around Chicago and it’s been snowing there for days in fact today makes the ninth straight day of measurable snow in Chicago that ties the record and more snow is expected to continue as you can see throughout much of the day today the heavy snow will continue to push over towards Indiana as well as into Michigan as we go through the rest of the day but the southern side of this storm also has some pretty big implications because here we’re talking about incredibly heavy rainfall and also some very strong storms down to the south especially along the Gulf Coast now the main threat at least in the short term is going to be localized flooding over 40 million people under that flood threat and we also have to keep in mind not just streets being inundated by water and not leaking into other areas but also the rivers right now we have 75 rivers that are currently at minor flood stage seven are at moderate stage and we do have one river that has already crossed over into that major flood stage threshold it’s because of how much rain we expect to get here you can see especially around states like Georgia Alabama and Florida you’re going to get multiple waves of rain and the problem there Victor and Christi is when you get those multiple waves you get incredibly high amounts so widespread across the southeast we’re talking two to five inches but there will be several spots that could pick up in excess of six to eight inches of rain in the next 48 hours Wow all right Allison Sinjar [Music]

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