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Major Hurricane Hits Louisiana; U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Is One Day Away; CNN Hero Provides Hope And Comfort To People In Need; Golden Retriever Wins TSA's Cutest Canine. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired August 30, 2021 - 04:00:00 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi, I'm Carl Azuz. Welcoming viewers from around the world to CNN 10. We have a major story leading things off. Yesterday, a major hurricane made landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Landfall is when a hurricane's eye, it's center, is halfway over a coast and the eye of Hurricane Ida arrived in Port Fourchon Sunday afternoon.

When it hit, the storm's sustained wind speeds were 150 miles per hour, that made Ida an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane. As it approached, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the storm could be a big challenge for his state, and a New Orleans Homeland Security Official told people to stock up on enough food and water for at least three days.

Some Louisianans were ordered to leave their homes. Schools were closed in that state and parts of neighboring Mississippi. Hundreds of thousands lost power. Airlines cancelled all flights at Louis Armstrong-New Orleans International Airport, and a lot of officials were concerned about the city of New Orleans.

It's 50 miles north of where Hurricane Ida made landfall, and that occurred 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina hit this region. It caused catastrophic failure in the levies that protected the city from flooding, contributing to the deaths of 1,500 people.

A city official said New Orleans was better protected than it was when Katrina hit, but that flooding there was still possible. And as Hurricane Ida blew in, that city in addition to some other areas of Louisiana temporarily suspended their emergency response services because it was too dangerous for rescuers to go out in the hurricane. Ida wasn't even classified as a tropical storm until last Thursday, it strengthened quickly because of a process called rapid intensification.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Rapid intensification is just like it sounds. A storm, a tropical storm, cyclone, typhoon hurricane, that rapidly intensifies. Now the definition is 35 miles per hour or greater in 24 hours. Now take Maria, Maria went from a Category 1 to a Category 5 in 15 hours.

For true RI, or rapid intensification, you need a couple things, 86 degrees Fahrenheit water or greater and no sheer, and so of course, the water down in the tropics is very warm but what about this sheer thing. We hear about it in tornadic thunderstorms.

Those storms want a lot of sheer. Wind going in different directions and different speeds with height. A hurricane wants no sheer. No wind direction change, no wind speed change with height. It want to be the only thing out there making its own wind, not getting blown apart. So why is rapid intensification important, well you can go to bed one night expecting a tropical storm and have a Category 2 on your doorstep the next morning.


AZUZ: Up next, violence in the Asian country of Afghanistan. The United States is one day away from the Biden Administration's deadline to get all American combat forces out of Afghanistan. On Sunday, U.S. Central Command said it had launched an air strike against the ISIS-K terrorist group. An American drone targeted a car that was believed to be carrying at least one terrorist bomber and explosives.

U.S. officials said they stopped the threat, though witnesses say several civilians were also killed in the strike. This was America's second attack against ISIS-K terrorist. The first killed two fighters late last week in another part of Afghanistan according to U.S. officials.

ISIS-K has been blamed for last Thursday's terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul, 170 people were killed in the bombing in addition to 13 American service members. Yesterday, U.S. President Joe Biden attended a somber event at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

He met with the families of a U.S. Army soldier, a U.S. Navy corpsman and 11 U.S. Marines who were killed in the terrorist attack. With continued threats from terrorists and a quick take-over by the Taliban, Afghanistan's militant Islamist rulers, there've been urgent evacuations and floods of refugees as people try to get out of Afghanistan.

10 Second Trivia. MUM, a product release in 1888 was the first trademarked type of what? Earplugs, Deodorant, Sleep-aid or Fertilizer. Mum was a cream or paste designed to prevent bacteria from causing odor.

And it's hygienic products like deodorant that an organization named "Hope and Comfort" distributes from the Boston, Massachusetts area. Its first major donation took place 11 years ago when "Hope and Comfort" gave out 250 tubes of toothpaste to people in need. But since then, it's grown tremendously and its founder Jeff Feinberg (sic) is a CNN Hero.


JEFF FEINGOLD: In many ways, hygiene insecurity is not a word that most people know. Most people know food insecurity, not having regular access to food. Hygiene insecurity is lacking regular access to essential hygiene products, and that has an enormous effect, of course, on ones health but one's self confidence and one's dignity.

Come on, Yahtzee. I consider myself very lucky. My wife and I live in a nice community in Massachusetts. We have a wonderful family and we have a lot of people aren't able to have, but to those who much is given much is expected.

Back in 2010, my wife and I decided to take donations in lieu of presents for our kid's birthday parties. Now we got a lot of different things. We got food. We got clothing, but we also got basic hygiene products like soap and toothpaste.

In a couple weeks later I heard back from a social worker who thanked me, and she told me that food stamps didn't cover these things. She let me know how important and how unusual for her to get these basic hygiene products. These things are so simple.

They're not always things that you think about, and I decided to try to do something about it. Back in 2010 to 2015, it was just our garage and so the kids, they were sorting and packing items. I started buying items online, helping out local organizations, many food pantries and unfortunately the demand was always there.

So we grew and we grew and we continue to grow. And so today, we are well over 3.5 million items and we are distributing 10 million items or so a year. These are the products that we're going to pick later to go out to our partner organizations to help them feel good, clean and healthy. Our five core products at "Hope and Comfort" are deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Here's an example of the shampoo that we give out. We want people on the other end to feel dignified, to feel good about what we're giving and so we want to give them the same variety and selection that I would get or my kids were get. Let's see what we got. Oh, this is fantastic. We receive items either on an in kind fashion or we go out and purchase these items. Toothpaste, toothbrushes. We receive requests each and everyday for the most part.

Yes, beautiful. (Inaudible) is getting six pallets, about 28,000 items. There you go. We work with nearly 200 non-profit partners each and every year. Soap, razors, body wash, lip balm. We don't have to reinvent the wheel at "Hope and Comfort". There are wonderful organizations that we can work with.

Hi guys. Great to see you. This pallet is for you. We like to think that these items not only keep on clean and healthy and safe. They also keep one confident and feeling dignified so that they can go out there and be their best selves. There's a lot to do. We have shampoo both general and sulfate free, lots of deodorant.

And I'm inspired and motivated each and every day to think that we can do more. We don't kid ourselves at the end of the day, curing hygiene insecurity is, kind of, fix and make everyone's lives better but it is certainly a meaningful part of allowing someone to feel better about themselves.


AZUZ: Every dog has its day, according to the TSA. That's the Transportation Security Administration which helps keep travelers safe, and this animal employee whose name is Alona (ph) is just won the TSA's Annual Cutest Canine Contest. She works at McCarran International Airport in Nevada, and because the four-year-old Golden Retriever was born in the nation of Colombia, she knows command in both English and Spanish.

Of course, the whole competition went to the "dawgs", but this was a golden opportunity for the "Golden Girl" to "Goldilock" in the "gold" and "retrieve" the championship in the cutest way possible. Yes, some dogs can sit, stay and roll-over but Alona (ph) is working, guarding and winning all day.

I'm Carl Azuz and that about wraps us for us. Want to give a shout out to Elmira High School. Our viewers watching in Elmira, Oregon. I don't personally choose the schools we mention. They're emailed to me daily by a producer who looks in one place, that's YouTube.com/CNN10.