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thank you so much for joining us. breaking news coverage continues with "ac 360" now. good evening. for 85 million people or more tonight, the breaking news is all around them. a winter storm bigger than anything in years and could end up being bigger than anything on record here, hitting hard and it could bring as much as three feet of snow in some places. and gail force winds, as well and coastal flooding. you're looking at some of the live locations that we'll check in with throughout the hour tonight including washington d.c. which could get the very worse. the entire public transit system with the rest of the city effectively shut down. the national guard is out in virginia at least four traffic fatalities in north carolina all flights cancelled, more than 6,000 in all and some of the country's biggest, biggest airline hubs from north carolina
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to new jersey and new york were flooding as the big wild card. the question there will this be another super storm sandy in places still rebuilding from that nightmare? we'll have more on all of it tonight, let's go first to chad myers with new data on this very dangerous storm. it's just beginning, chad, what can we expect? >> the low to intensify as it gets into the gulf stream. the gulf stream is that area of water out here that's nice and warm and comes from florida as the low ends up here later on tonight, it will begin to develop, get stronger than it is right now. we are just in the beginning of this. and i know i've seen spots in west virginia that have 12 inches of snow. we are going to pile on top of that as the storm gets bigger. the winds begin to pile up and they get bigger and bigger. we'll have winds to 70 miles per hour. just beginning to snow in philly. snowing in baltimore, d.c. to richmond and virginia about seven or eight inches of snow on the ground there and still snowing. further down to the south,
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ashville, greenville, the big cities, the triangle will get snow mixed with ice and sleet and you'll hear the sleet on the window all night long and farther to the south, even into atlanta freezing rain coming down in spots, making slick roads where people don't expect a lot of slick roadways. we know what happened with one inch of slick roadways a couple years ago in atlanta with that. we'll see snow in new york. i believe we'll see 12 inches here. 18 in some of the suburbs and the bull's eye is philadelphia, baltimore, all the way down into washington d.c. and richmond, that's the area anderson that could see 20 to 30 and it's not out of the question that somebody gets 40 inches of snow. and we only went 20 to 30. and we'll have to see, maybe and vienna and rockville, one of the cities west of d.c.
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just like that. >> in terms of the length, the time, areas could expect six inches. >> the low is just developing. it's still in bay secly, georgia. makes that big left hand turn. that's when this really begins to develop and deepening low pressure will happen around midnight tonight into 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and then we'll really see who gets the heavy snow. it will come down at three inches per hour. by the time your driveway is done, you have to start over again. >> chad, thanks very much. we'll check in throughout the hour. miguel marquez is in baltimore. miguel? >>. >> reporter: it is snowing harder and harder and the wind is picking up quite a bit. they are expecting up to 24 inches in baltimore. they are trying to keep the roads as clean as possible here
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and as clear of snow but it's a losing battle at this point. the streets very quickly caked with snow looking down to the inner harbor, you can see where the small tow trucks they are trying to bring down the way to keep this area, very busy normally very busy walkway for pedestrians here clear and then around this way, you can see that it is just coming down harder and harder. the wind has just stopped. the worst is yet to come. they expect after 1:00 a.m. tonight, between 1:00 a.m. and p.m. they will have the heaviest winds as high as 65 miles per hour. the gusts, the winds themselves will be about 25 to 35 miles an hour. one of the biggest concerns they have is the wet snow at some point. it will weigh down trees, power lines, roofs and expecting more to come. one of the big concerns are fires, house fires they have to get to, anderson? >> and the mayor asked people to basically stay off the road the where you are looks like they
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are. have they become pen compiling? >> reporter: that is one of the biggest concerns, if they get the cars on the road. the sit the is under mandatory change only. they may go to no cars at all on the road before too long. the biggest concern, very tight small neighborhoods with the row houses, very narrow roads, if they get a fire in one, they could lose many, many blocks of buildings they are afraid because it's just so hard for them to get fire engines and emergency crews to where they need to go. they are actually sending out plows with the fire engines in baltimore so they can help them get into position, anderson? >> going to be a long night, long couple days. let's go to jennifer gray in washington with more on one of the weirdest things people might see and hear tonight. namely, thundersnow. so what's happening right now in d.c., jennifer? the pictures are just incredible. >> reporter: yeah, really is, anderson and getting worse by
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the hour. we were here around 1:00 this afternoon and it started snowing and in the last couple hours, it is really started to come down, also the winds are starting to pick up and i think that's the biggest difference that you'll notice between now and a couple hours ago and look up in the tree, you can see the snow starting to accumulate on those branchs there. this is a very heavy, wet snow and so it is sticking to the tree limbs and when you combine this heavy snow to the tree limbs, the power lines and then you have winds at 30, 40 mile per hour sustained and gusts even higher, that's going to be plenty to take down possible trees and power lines so power outages definitely a concern here in d.c. look at the blanket of snow. it is actually really beautiful if you just look at it but no one wants to be out in this, trust me. the roads are completely clear of cars, which is good. every now and then you'll see a car pass. we haven't seen many at all. we have seen the plows out, which has been a good sign, as well. hopefully now coming up on the weekend, people will hunker down
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in their homes until it is safe to get out and about. because it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. we're going to see blizzard conditions possibly as we go through the overnight hours into the wee hours of tomorrow morning. it is going to get a lot worse. >> what about this chance of thundersnow? >> reporter: yeah, we could possibly hear thunder now around the midnight hour, couple hours after that and so yeah, if you are in your house and you're in the d.c. area or some of those areas where the very, very heavy bands of snow will be passing through, that's when it's going to happen when we have the snowfall rates of two to three inches per hour in the next several hours. it will probably be a couple hours from now but listen, because yeah, you may hear some thundersnow and see some lightning out here. >> all right. jennifer gray, thanks. as we said, thousands of flights are cancelled right now including just about everything going through some of the country's busies hubs at washington's regan national and
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beyond cancellations, the enfire facility is shut down which is why rene marsh comes to us from an empty terminal. amazing to see that empty there at this time on a friday night. >> reporter: anderson, this storm brought air travel to a complete standstill in the northeast. i mean, take a look. it's a friday night and this is what the situation is here. we're pretty much the only ones in this airport here at this point and many of the cities had a direct hit from now through sunday, more than 7,000 cancellations. we expect that number to continue to go up, anderson. people are not able to get on flights at this point. this is an issue and of course the wind gusts ideal to land and take off for that matter. >> so any idea when that airport
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may reopen? >> reporter: so that's the big question. people want to know, you know, if i was not able to get on my flight, when will things get back to normal and to be honest, it's unclear. two to three days it could take before airlines can begin to clear the backlog of passengers but it may even take longer than that. it really depends on how bad this ends up being. it's depending on the plowing teams. the quicker they get that done, the faster people can get in the air. >> this may be a stupid question, how do they start to clear the backlog? for people with reservations on a monday, let's say, do those people get bumped for the people who have already been bumped or do they try to add in extra flights? >> reporter: it really is a game of making sure you can fit people where they are and here is why it takes so long because flights these days pretty much
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operate at capacity. so, you know, you don't have that many free seats to add a strag gler so to speak. these flights are packed from the beginning. it's a matter of looking at the manifest, wherever there are spaces, they can fit people in but people need to be patient because it could take longer than they would like it to take. >> yeah, lard to have patience that long. thank you very much. we'll follow the storm north when we continue to philadelphia and new york where states of emergency are now in effect. later the all out war within the conservative movement for and against donald trump. a major voice in that movement. the magazine, the national review devoting a full issue to trying to stop donald trump. details ahead. when you've got a house full of guests on the way
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we just got this in from nasa. it's a view of the storm from space. that is what's hitting a huge chunk of the country, hitting the washington area especially hard. it's go to brian todd on the road in northern virginia tonight. how are the roads, brian? >> reporter: anderson, the roads are terrible to be quite honest and getting much worse. the wind is kicking up, the temperatures are dropping and the roads are getting slicker. we're in dale city, virginia
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along i-95 southbound and had a huge backup of trucks. it's just cleared but i can tell you it's getting slicker. i can go to this camera and show you kind of just the sheen of ice, slush and snow that is developing here. we just had a big backup of trucks caught behind snowplows. that has cleared, but along this, these exits here, we seen people earlier tonight getting stranded as they try to exit and then going the wrong way out of the exit just to try to get out of it. we saw one car in front of us do a 180 and spin off the road and talked to a state trooper that helped that person and seen a lot of abandoned vehicles and telling aaa do not abandon your vehicle, stay in your vehicle until you get rescued. this is kind of an auxillery lane. people get over confident because they get a little traction and they start to spin out, anderson.
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the conditions getting more and more dangerous. i can tell you from being outside and seeing this wind, that is a big problem because the visibility, because of the wind, it's kicking the snow side to side and the visibility is getting much worse, anderson as we progress, and the worst of it, anderson, is not coming for another couple of hours. as bad as it is now and as covered as this major highway is now, it is going to get worse in a couple hours. >> so the ideas if somebody, if their car stalls or whatever, they are suggesting people stay with the vehicle, do not abandon it? >> reporter: that's right. because abandoned vehicles are safety hazards for a couple runs. number one impede the salt spreaders trying to get around the roads and sometimes they have to be along the side navigating. it's unsafe for the driver. if you try to make it out somewhere, you may become stranded on foot. what we're told by police and others, stay in your vehicle,
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call someone, wait to get rescued, turn your vehicle on every several minutes for about five minutes to get warm and turn it off to save gas and your battery. but again, advice generally is stay with that vehicle, do not abandon it. if you abandon it, it's more of a safety hazard. we were talking to a state police officer a short time ago who had a deal with an abandoned car when he could have been dealing with stranded motorists or more serious problems. >> right. brian todd, be careful. thanks for being there. late today d.c. officials calling this storm a life or death situation and spoke to reporters about the steps think are taking and help they badly need from the public. joining us by phone is kathy lanier. what's the situation like right now for your officers on the ground? >> very much when you just heard. in the last hour, the intensity of the storm picked up. the winds have picked up as
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anticipated and, you know, still seeing too many cars on the road. we try to get people to heed the warnings from yesterday going through all through today and now the situation is going to deteriorate quickly. i think with the increasing winds and increasing snow accumulation, now we're going to see more and more people stranded and we'll have to be dealing with them instea of dealing with the real priorities that come in when, you know, storms like this do occur. >> i understand you're emergency crews have some heavy duty vehicles working on trying to keep the roads clear, right? >> we do. we do. and, you know, the police deputy, we have a lot of regular suvs, heavy duty vehicles we can get around with. we distributed those around and we have humvees we can use, as it progresses more and i'm sure at some point we'll have to rely on them for some of our responses. but, you know, again, we have
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spent a lot of time responding to people who under estimated the storm and didn't stay off the street and that takes away from our response emergency calls. >> i mean, as you said, everybody was supposed to be off the road by 3:00 p.m. today. has, i mean, have people been heeding that because it seems like depending where you are in the city, we've seen different things. >> i mean, for the most part, a significant drop off in the number of cars that we normally would see. so our total number of vehicle accidents today compared to a normal weekday, similar weekday is down dramatically. there is still too many people out there and i think, you know, people want to have fun in the snow and there is plenty of time to have fun when you have two, in excess of two feet of snow when it's all over. the time to have fun is not right now when you have, you know, wind gusts of 35, 30 miles an hour and blizzard conditions because things can go bad very
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quickly. >> you've of usually been a police officer for 25 years and been through a lot of snowstorms before. how is the response, the preparation for this storm been different, if it has? >> the good thing and bad thing about storm preparation is typically we get good warnings. forecasts are not 100% accurate but you act on the forecast aggressively as if it is. in this one, we had pretty strong forecasts consistently day after day after day and that is very unusual. we don't always get that. the storm on wednesday, we were told, light dusting to half an inch over the course of several hours and what we got was in the midst of rush hour, almost two inches that fell in about an hour and a half. so the predictability on this one has been really, really good so i think the preparation for a storm of this magnitude most of the region that's dealing with this, we were very well prepared. >> well, chief lanier, i wish you the best of luck in the next
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couple days. i know you have a lot of long hours. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, anderson. joining us as well is stephan stephanie rawli i irkrawlings b. how are you prepared? >> we're very prepared. we learned a lot from 2010. we got a lot of positive feedback but looking for ways to do things better. we have three times as much equipment as we did back then. we have equipment prepositions and public safety officers out there prepositioned. we have a lot of preidentified places to put the snow, the piles and piles of snow from snowmageddon, so we've prepositioned places we'll put the snow. so we are more prepared than ever and we just need the residents to cooperate and stay off the roads. >> and i know you ordered cars without chains or snow tires off city streets. other vehicles are allowed to remain on the streets, is that
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correct? >> we are. we're encouraging people to go home. we dismissed city employees and encouraged other employers to do the same thing to get people off the streets. it's very, very important that we keep the streets clear as much as possible, so the crews can do their jobs and salt and plow and make things safe. we want to make sure that our emergency responders are able to get to who they need to get to in case of emergency. we don't want them to be stuck behind an abandoned car and someone could lose their life because of it. >> all mass transit in baltimore shutting down at midnight tonight. do you know how long it will be shut down for? the rest of the weekend? >> the state is here at the city's emergency operation center and the mta says they anticipate the bus service to be out at least for all of tomorrow and they will evaluate it as the weather event evolves.
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>> and so bottom line, your message to people listening tonight in baltimore and the surrounding areas, what do they need to know about the next 24, 48 hours? >> get comfortable, watch a movie, read a book but stay off the road. if we can keep the car off the road, we can get what we need done and get back to normal as quickly as possible. the weather is too treacherous to risk it. we want to make sure that people stay safe so my hope is that people heed that warning. everyone is gone to the supermarket and they are ready to, you know, hunker down until we can get through this. >> appreciate your time. good luck. more on the storm throughout this hour. coming up next, returning to the political storm inside the republican party. 22 leading conservatives speaking out against donald trump in a special issue of the national review, dedicated to attacking him and his presidential run. i'll speak with two people contributed to that magazine as well as a top trump campaign official. so today you're gonna choose a mobile office.
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northern virginia. on the way to an overturned truck, very dangerous situation. if you don't have to be out tonight, please stay inside. we'll update you shortly. there is more breaking news, brand-new poll shows donald trump holding onto the lead over his republican opponents. the poll has trump at 34% against nationally and ted cruz in second with 22% and marco rubio with 11%. the rest of the field is in single digits at the same time trump is railing against the national review. the magazine, conservative magazine is the subject of his latest twitter rant calling it a quote failed publication. the reason for his ire is plain to see on the cover, a special issue of "the national review" that just came out. the headline simply "against trump" there is a scorching editorial that calls trump a threat to conservatism and features essays from 22 voices each detailing why trump they believe is a menace.
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i'm joined by two of the voices. senior fellow at the ethics and public policy center and radio talk show host michael and sam clovis for the trump campaign. michael, i want to start with you in your national review piece, you say and i quote trump's brawling blustery per persona serves to associate consecutives with all the negative stereo types that liberals have for decades attached to their opposites on the right. if it became cruz and trump, who would you vote for? >> between cruz and trump with a gun to my head, i would vote for trump. i think cruz is even worse. and for some of the same reasons, but trump brings all kinds of baggage of his own. what i meant there is that trump is no one's classic idea who is a conservative of what a conservative should be. our conservative heroes are
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people like regan or jack kemp or william f. buckley. founder of the national review. trump is a guy of tremendous inherited wealth who has a reputation for being bullying and vulgar and crude and materi materi materimater l and negative. confirming the worst stereo types of what it means to be on the right. >> sam, i want you to be able to respond because we know where donald trump stands on this. the late great william f. buckley would be ashamed of what happened to his prize. are you worried this coalition of conservatives could hurt donald trump at the polls? >> absolutely not. i read owl of the articles in there and mike and will mona are people that i've had a great deal of respect for over the years. >> thank you.
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>> i've read a lot of their material. i think what we saw -- i was a bit amused to be honest. i felt like it was a bunch of 10-year-olds stomping their feet because they couldn't get their way. donald trump is not like any politician we've had in history and this is the thing i think most people are struggling with. i don't blame them. i don't blame people who have been conservative warriors out there for all of these years and michael and mona are right there with them. i don't blame them for looking at this and saying this isn't like anything i've ever seen, therefore i don't understand it, therefore, it must be bad. that seems to be the logic that's here. and i think what is really troubling to me and i don't mean this as any admission at all is that i cannot believe that we have so many people that are so out of touch with what's going on in this country and i would just advice anybody who has written an article for the national review and particularly in the 22 articles that were
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published to go to a donald trump rally and look and see what you see there. you're not seeing anything like we've ever seen before in the history of this country and i just wish people would take time to get out there and do their homework, get down there and get in touch with what's going on in this country. people are angry. people are upset. >> mona -- >> there is a reason they are upset is because conservatives have not advanced the ball one inch since ronald reagan was president. >> mona, let me ask you to respond to that. is this something you simply just don't understand and therefore have labeled bad? >> this is a turning point for the republican party and for the conservative movement. why? because in response to the obama presidency, you know, the greatest sin of the obama presidency was really the executive over reach, the expansion of the powers of the state and in particular the
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powers of the executive and what does donald trump promise? he promises that he will do exactly the same thing, but except for a different constituency. that is the exact opposite of what conservatism should and does and has stood for. we stood for limited government. we stood for modesty about the power of the state and adherence to constitutional limits on the power of the executive and donald trump at least seems to be utterly unfamiliar with that whole tradition. >> mona, i would like to respond to that because i really think that what is interesting here is that i've been out there for 30 years myself. i've been out there fighting. i served in the military, i become just a conservative and orthodox conservative and a russell kirk consecutive so i understand the principles and all the things that are going on
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here but what success have we had in limiting government? donald trump -- >> let me, let me answer that. >> donald trump made the pronouncements that he will bring the executive branch back inside the constitution. how does that stounound like a person that will be a dictator? >> it sounds like -- >> michael, go ahead. >> it's not a question of being a dictator. it's a question of favoring big solutions, which donald trump does. when he talks about creating a deportation force to deport 11 million americans, that is a huge expansion of government. >> not 11 million americans, might l. it's not 1 1 million americans. >> illegally -- >> the united states -- >> it's 11 million people -- how do you do that without growing government? when you talk about creating a trade war and interfering with free trade, that is a big government solution. it is not a conservative solution. i don't want president clinton. i don't want president sanders,
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i want a republican president next time and donald trump is one of our worst bets for achieving that goal. >> that's your opinion, mike. i'll tell you right now, that's fine with you. you can be there, but let's look at the vote count on february 1st and then let's look at the vote count on february 9th and then on -- when we get to south carolina and then to nevada and then on ward, let's check the vote count. let's see what the score is then. >> and it's exactly that vote count that we're hoping to influence. >> sam clovis, michael, mona, appreciate -- >> i still like you guys. >> we like you, too, sam. >> we like you, too. >> still a lot of love in the room. the latest on the massive winter storm that has 85 million people in the past this weekend when "360" continues. was engineered...
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new details on the monster storm. the number of flight cancellations is up topping 7500. washington's regan airport as we
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showed you completely shut down. big cancellations at america's massive operation in philadelphia. sarah is in philly for us tonight. what is going on where you are, sarah? >> reporter: hey, there, anderson. this snow here in philly only started falling about an hour, hour and a half ago but immediately noticed one, it's accumulating really fast and two, this is the kind of snow where you can hear it when it's falling as it hits your jacket. it's the wet kind. you can see from the streets behind me it is accumulating on the streets, despite the preparations the city went through priming. there is still a lot of people out here finishing up their friday commute. officials urging people to go home and stay home because it's only going to keep coming. philadelphia expected to get between 12-22 inches. anderson, that's as much as this city typically sees in an entire month of january, they could get that in just the course of one
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day. >> yeah, certainly looks like more cars on the road than we saw certainly in d.c. or baltimore tonight. you talked about the briming, what other preparations has the city been doing the last couple days? >> reporter: they are ready. as soon as they feel there is enough accumulation to send the plows, they have 400 plows in the city. 450 in the suburbs and doing things like enacting a code blue to make sure homeless people get to shelters tonight. they are also making sure there is a snow emergency so that cars are not parked on the streets so they can plow. they closed the subways tomorrow, the entire airport is shut down. tomorrow but here is the good news out of this storm, anderson, this time last year philadelphia and many other cities in the northeast, they were maxed out. they had had so many storms up until this point their budgets were tight and this is the first major storm that this city will see this year and many others like it and so, their pockets are full. they are ready and fully
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prepared. of course, that doesn't change things here. people are still having a little bit of fun and before it gets really horrible, there is an ice skating rink next to me, there are still plenty of people out there. as you can see, there are still people going out and enjoying their friday night but what officials expect 9:00 to midnight and after that much, much worse and urging people, get home, get warm, get a book and stay inside. >> yeah, the worst is yet to come. thank you very much. joining us is sam phillips. sam, thanks very much for being with us. what is the situation like right now? we just heard from our reporter sarah, from your perspective, how are things? >> so far so good. the snow just started as sarah reported and we've activated the city's emergency operation center. a partial activation for starters and at 9:00 p.m.
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tonight the snow emergency decoloration, will go into effect. >> what does that entail? >> it pertains to parking on snow emergency routes. it's not a presidential disaster, it really just requires that vehicles parked on those routes be moved and if not, they will be ticketed and relocated by tow trucks. >> and the worst hours, the greatest accumulation is expected when? >> early tomorrow morning and then through the day on saturday. our latest briefing from the national weather service forecast that we could see between 18 and 24 inches. at times that will be very heavy snow. we'll haveless than a quarter mile of visibility and that's also going to be paired with pretty high winds. sustained winds reaching 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35. so we're concerned about the heavy snow and of course the blowing of snow. >> and then does that mean you
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think airports will be closed certainly throughout the day tomorrow? >> our airport is already closed. all flights are cancelled for tomorrow. our transit agency has suspended bus operations and regional rail operations beginning at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. they will continue to run our two subway lines. but i think tomorrow is going to be a difficult day in the city. we are encouraging residents if you do not have to be on the roads, please do not be on the roads. stay out of the way of our plows, let them do the big job that they need to do tomorrow. >> and how concerned are you about power outages? >> i am concerned about that with this storm because of the wet heavy nature of the snow paired with the higher winds than we normally see during snowstorms. we're concerned about down trees and potential downed wires. we'll be tracking that closely. one of the reasons for activating the city's emergency operation center at full level tomorrow morning is to do just
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that, coordinate with all of our utility partners and infrastructure crews to monitor locations where there could be damage and quickly dispatch crews based on a priority basis. >> all right. well, good luck. samantha, appreciate it. coming up right now is nick valencia in fairfax, virginia with road crews. the department of transportation there, what kind of weapons do they have now to battle this blizzard? >> reporter: hey, there, anderson, they did a lot. they started preparing for a storm of this magnitude in june. a lot of folks out on the road are actually contractors, not employees of the virginia department of transportation so they have to train those folks. they really didfectively start this last night about 7:00 p.m. want to walk with me. this is the epicenter of the precautions that they are taking, about 4,000 pieces of heavy equipment. let's see if we can talk to one of these drivers here, anderson. tommy, you're on with anderson
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cooper. how are you? >> good. >> let's get up here. you were telling me you've been doing this about 15 years. you can tell the snow falling and what kind of storm it's going to be. >> yeah, since 2002. you can always tell when it's a big blizzard. >> reporter: what does this look to you? >> it's not real thick and falling real heavy but yeah, definitely a blizzard. >> reporter: how many truck haves you loaded up? how many trucks have you loaded up so far? >> two or 300. i just gave them my sheet. you don't have time to keep much of a count. >> reporter: we know you're short on time. appreciate it. tommy hensly preparing the roads, making sure everything is safe out there. we were just on the interstate a little while ago and saw traffic moving steadily and slowly. we talked a little bit to local officials. they tell us there is over 500 crashes according to the virginia state police. most of those being minor fender benders. no major crashes and the good news, that fatalities that we
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have heard of yet here across the state. but of course, the worst is going to come tomorrow. it's going to be the real big day, the real stress on the roads so if you are watching us at home, that's the best place to be. hunker down inside. they are expecting somewhere between 30 and 40 inches of snow in the d.c. area around this area as well in fairfax, virginia. that's three to six inches per hour, if you can imagine that. if there is any good news, the snow has stopped coming down as heavy as it was between 4:00 and 6:0 oc0 p.m. but that wind is brutal. temperatures around 20 degrees and this weekend it's going to be more of the same. anderson? >> yeah, and those roads getting more dangerous. nick valencia. new information on what this storm is doing and what it could do in the hours to come. we'll be right back. citracal pearls. delicious berries and cream. soft, chewable, calcium plus vitamin d.
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a winter's worth of snow in 36 hours. for every single american to each, each make 7,000 snowballs. certainly at least four people have died in this storm so far, more than 85 million people could be affected before it's over. low lying areas facing possibly
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heavy flooding damage, tens of thousands of homes already without power. serious stuff. let's get late details now on what is in store and what we've already seen. chad myers is back with an update. >> the storm is just wrapping up. just taking a lull before it explodes over the atlantic oc n ocean. the low kind of to the north of atlanta. we're waiting for the low to move across the carolinas and start right here. when this low gets here into the gulf stream, which is that warm water and i use that term relatively, about 45 degrees. the cold on this side, the warm water here will make the low explode and that's when everything feels back in again. you can see there are many empty spots on the radar right now. those spots will go away by morning and that's when the snow will really come down. we're talking about two inches per hour. it is snowing hard there into
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richmond virginia, south side to perersburg. more snow to the south but mixing in with ice in charlotte and raleigh, the ice will be difficult to drive on and also bring down power lines as the weight of the ice holds on the trees and holds onto the power lines themself and light snow moving through atlanta to make things slick there. the big story is where the storm will be. where will the heavy bull's eye be? philadelphia, harrisburg. lancaster and back into washington d.c. gaithersburg, rockville, all the way down 95. perersburg down to fredericksburg and out west is charlottesville into stanton. we've seen now 14 inches of snow in places around west virginia and it hasn't even started to get this balm effect that's going to happen later today. new york city -- and tonight. later on today i think we'll see wind speeds around 30 but by
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tomorrow, those wind speeds will be 70 in places that don't need the wind, don't need the erosion and certainly don't need snow. all the snow you should see an entire year in one day. anderson? >> wow. all right. chad, thanks very much. let's go now back to brian todd on the road in northern virginia. you've seen a lot of vehicles skidding out, right? >> reporter: that's right, anderson. a lot of vehicles stranded. a lot of vehicles skidded off the road. one vehicle did a 180 just kind of a short distance in front of us not too long ago. she was able to get out of that situation and move on. a tractor trailer truck we're told just now by state police hit a jersey wall, not far from where we're located. we're going northbound on 95 toward washington. that was just on the southbound side. no injuries in that incident and the truck has since been cleared. i'll show you the dashcam, you'll see what the conditions are near whiteout conditions
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here and the surface of the highway is just getting worse. we've seen snowplows and salt trucks all over this highway but as you can see, it's not having a great effect while doing the best they can, they can't keep up with the volume of a snowfall here. we'll try to find a place to pull over in just a moment. i just got off the phone with the state police in virginia. they say that up until about 7:00 p.m. tonight from midnight to 7:00 p.m. they responded to more than 800 crashes in the state. that's about four times the normal volume on a normal day. we're coming up here on a truck stopped. kenny, why don't we stop over here and we can kind of get behind him and i'm not sure if he's moving or not. he may be moving -- >> it looks like people are moving pretty fast, brian. >> vehicles stopped, stranded -- some people are moving fast, anderson and actually, that is against advice of state officials and state police. they are moving a little bit too fast.
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sometimes when they are getting on -- moving on a compact piece of the highway, they think they can go faster than they can go and it gets very dangerous and starts to slip. i'll get out here and we'll switch it over to me and the dashcam and our photo journalist will get out. i'm talking to the dashcam now. the wind picked up out here. the temperature is dropping. the road is getting slicker. this isn't going to be so much of an ice event as a slush and snow vent. and we've got a disabled truck right here. but right now, anderson, again, whiteout conditions out here. and it's getting worse. the heavier snow will come down starting a couple of hours from now, anderson. >> we'll keep checking with you, brian, be careful out there to you and your crew and even out on the road if you can get indoors and stay there. we'll be right back. soup and sandwich and somewhere to go, and clean and real and nowhere to be, and warmth
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we're continuing to follow the massive storms. cnn tonight with don lemon starts now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> thank you very much, anderson cooper. you're very lucky if you're not on the east coast. more than 85 millioneo