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books. danger zone. menace on the ghways. thousandnds of p pe trapped overnight. no heat, no food, no way out. plus, our team heads to the ic coastal flooding. mandatory evacuations and rescues under way. wild race. dodonald trump'satest boast. >> could standn the middle of fifth avenue and shoot someone and i wouldn't lose any voters. >> a he's also going after former first lady barbara bush. plus will there be a march surprise? reres that michael bloomomrg run. and,d, jailbre. including an alleged torturer and a man accused of murder. notice thehey were gone? tonight we take you inside the manhunt. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tomom llamas.
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hour, the wind storm is raging. very much a blizzard tonight disrupting lives and turning deadly. 60 million people in the storm's path. this is a look right now at t the white hous but new york is being hit especially hard. a live look at times square. no cars there in the city. traffic banned. the snow blowing straight across, up to 44 inches an hour. not a soul at reagan airport. thousands of cars strond. this new jersey guy snowboarding down the roads. rirs of ice on the jersey shore. you s s the orange ligigs? those are cities buried under the storm. we start with ron claiborne here
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>> reporter: tonight, the nation's largest city in the bull's-eye of a bliss blizzard of epic proportions. howling winds and driving snow creating near white-out conditions, forcing an extraordinary travel ban. >> unless it is truly an emergency you should not be on e road. travel is now bannednd the reason we're doing that the protect people. >> r rorter: the snow, still coming down strong tonight, exceeding expectations -- on track to become one of t top five snow storms on record. here in new york city, and no let up expected for hours. >> one of the worst blizzards, worst winter storms that i've seen in new york. oh, yeah. no fun. >> no fun at all? >> no, it's not a winter wonderland. >> reporter: many roads erie empty in the middle of the day. also ordered shut down commuter rail lines and partsf the subway, new york city's transportation lifeline. no flights coming in or going out of new york'three major airports.
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of the east coast, more 10,000 cancellations spanning friday through sunday. even broadway shows shuttered. meteorologist indra petersons out in the thick of it. >> if nyc getsts more th 21 inches of snow, ts will be the third greatest snowfall on record. buforget what two feet@of snow looks li, it's a blizzard out here! you're going to be talking abo winds producing drifts as high as 5 feet! >> reporter:o battle the snow, the city calleout an army of snowplows and salt spreaders. no match for this monster storm. tom, i'm in normalllly bustling times square. only a frarks of people that woululd norlly be out here on a saturday night. so far, until the storm, the new york city had only gotten a trace amount ofsnow. now, in less than 24 urs, the city has gotten an entire winter's worth. tom. >> ron, thanks so much. this storm is the worst to
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superstorm sandy three years ago. powerful winds, higig tide a a the fulul moon sending icy water in the street, damaging homes and sending people to higher ground. linzie janis from wildwood, new jersey, linzie? >> reporter: up and down the coast, there is severe flooding. wiwith barrier islands like this one hard time. every stet here is under water. tonight, the jersey shore getting slammed by a massive nor'easter. roads flooded, chunks of ice passing by this front yard in ocean city. water levels up to 8 feet. these streets are still flood. look at the water coming into this home. let me show you high tide it was waist high. it c carried the picnic table to the center the street. rescues residents trapped in
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. >> w wt are you doing ououhere? >> trying to get to my mother. >> rorter: in wildwood, new jersey the water up to this man's knees. winds at almost 50 miles an hour keeping this ferers wheel spinning. >> the winds are horrible its cutting youp thehe sand anthe rain. >> reporter: even knocking down this snow plow in egg harb! waves reaching up to 20 feet off the coastline. a record storm surge of 9.4 feet in cape may. in atlantic city the water reaching all the way up this home and submerging this car. governor chris christie warning residents to stay inside. >> i don't care where you have a four-w-wheel dri vehicle or not, it's very slippery out there right now. >> reporter: most residents worried about repeat of super storm sandy. >> t water level is higher than sandy. >> reporter: tom, the wind is fierce here. and tomorrow morning, residen are concerned the flooding is going to get worse. tom? >> linziean us for us, stay safe.
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monster storm. travel officials pleading with drivers to sta off the roads. crews working arnold the clock. snowplows strugglining to keep up. more than 1,000 accidents in five states just today.y. david kerley is in washington, d.c., where the blizzard is still hitting hard tonight. >> reporter: tonight, washington, d.c. is buried. up to two inches of snow an hour -- piling up. >> i didn't expect to be caught in the middle of snowzilla >> reporter: the nation's capitol, its roads, monuments. quiet. and covered in at least a foot and a half of snow. >> rock it back and forth. >> repter: the weekend timing -- the ghost town appearance. a huge advantage for crews trying to clear roads. but even firetrucks and ambulances neeeed help in the deep snow. [ car beepepg ] the d.c. police chief lending a hand on uome stuck patrol cars. so much snow. each road, each sidewalk cleed numerous times. so you've already shoveled this sidewalk what four or five or six times?
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>> 10 times! >> reporter: by afternn, another problem. abc's eva pilgrim is in philadelphia. >> the wind and continuing snow are the major issues right now. as you can see the roads are still snow covered, , e moment the snow plows are able to clear ththe roros,ore falls on the ground. >> reporter: at least 11 deaths attributed to the stor most of them car accidents. d hundreds of thousands of hicles are stuck. 500 vehicles on ththe pennsyania turnpike going nowhere. including 31 members of the duquesne university basketball team -- in a bus since yesterday afternoon. some walked for pipia. >> i j jt want to get home! ! >> reporter: jerery hanawalt escaped that turnpike afafter 15 hours. >hey could have gotten people out of here a long time ago. >> reporter: in kentucky water dropped off to stranded motoris there. an ohio family traveling home from a funeral spent all night in their car. >> and they tell us we're going get you out of here. that was nine hours ago.
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but with the storm still et dropping sno it will be some time before everye is dug out. so much snow. the crews are building hills, minimounins and it's snowing and blowing. making it rd to see the u.s. capitol. tom? >> david, thank you. the m massive snowfall is burying buildingsnd homes. look how fast it piled up outside this pennsylvania home. by dawn, everything in the backyard buried. it can cause stress. everything you can do to s stay safe >> reporter: tonigight, the massive snowfall pushing neighborhoods toto their baking point. in suburban virginia 30 inches and counting. this emergency sw removal crew- stuck. i'm 56 hm. you can see the snow is past my knees. when y get out to the suburb,
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after house blanketed. all that snow pilingp on roofs here. experts say a foot of heavy wet snow on a 1,600-square-foot home weighs as much as 14 tons. for the first time here residents like the shaft family are anxious. you have about 1inches o of snow on yourroof. right now, it's light andnd fluffy. t is that a concern? >> i am not going to dance up there for sure. >> i just don't know what happens wh you get past two feet. you start to wonder how much it can hold. >> reporter: the snow so heavy this gas station roof cavein. this historic theater in virginia destroyed. to protect your home look for early warning signs, creaking sounds and cracks in the ceiling. up and down the coast heavy snow and winds downing powerlines. our phillip mena is in north carolina. >> hire iss raleigh, ice is the isise on trees and on powerer lines. crews are working to restore power. more than 100,000 people tonight without electricity throughout the stat >> rorter: officials there
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lines which could be live. another deep sw danger, carbon monoxide. with so many struggling to under so much snow safety experts sa remember to clear your car's exust pipe before warming up the car. and make sure to keep snow drifts from covering furnace and drier vents outside. city officials still telling residents here like so many other players to stay inside for safety. many ob e people we spoke to said they have given up on getting out until the snow starts to melt. tom? >> thank you. let's turn to someone who will not spending a lot of time indoors. rob marciano joining us from junior station in washington, d.c. you are almosos buried thereen the . how much longer will the storm last? >> we are still under blizzard warnings. it's still coming down sideways here and winds over 35 miles per ho and the visibleilityies remain low.
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19 inches d counting in new york city. 18 inches andounting in philadelph. 21 and counting he in d.c. number two on want list and just outse of d.c.o the st, nearing 40 inches o snow. a tremendous amount of coastal flooding earlier today. another high tide psych toll go through and the winds are going to don't crank near the coast over 50 american through the overnight period and then things begin to end from twoes eas as far as thenow is concerned. be all done by midnight but the winds will don't crank throughout the day.y. tomorrow it's going to make cleaeap a real nightmare, tom. as far as travel goefs, going by train theres a limited amtrak schedule, the only way to get arnd. >> it looks like people will be buried. thank you. the blizzard pulling chris christie off the campaign train. canceling events in new hampshire and driving back last
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he has been home monitoring events and meeting with adsers. donald trumpmp whipping all new controversy with a violent joke about sheeting people on fifth avenue. another neworker talking about joining the race. and major endorsements tonight from the des moiness register. cecilia vega has it f from iowa tonight. >> reporter: the controversial remark this time came in the form of a drag. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody a and i couldn't lose any voters. it'sincredible. >> reporter: donald trump under fire once@ again. >> i will letonald speakak for himself. i have no intention of shoing anyonen the campaign. >> reporter: but the brash billionaire may not be the only billionaire in the race for long. michael bloomberg is contemplating a thirdarty run. dedeite prormss he could not
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advisers to run as an independent. trump telling george stephanopoulos, he would welcome a bloomberg bid. >> first, he's ariend of mine. he's a great guy. he could take a lot of voets way from hillary, if it's going to be hillary. >> the former mayor, fm trump on the rightht to hillary clinton and bernie s sanders on the left. trump rivaled ted cruz in the hawkeye state too, raking in endorsement from glenn beck. >> if donald trump wins, is going to be a snowball to hell. >> but the battle over a jeb bush video featuring his mother. >> jeb has real solutions. >> trump taking to twitter. >> just watch jeb's ad where he
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reb, mommy can't hemou can isis or the chinese. and tonight -- >> be careful, donald. i'm putting my mom on that one. >> reporter: and another big endorsement coming in just right now. from the d d moines register newspaper.r. its picic for the race, mark coe rubio on the gop side. hillary clinton for the. >> dave:s. michael blmberg believes he has until march to get in the race. he have could miss the caucuses here nine days away. >> thank you so much. we have so much more on "world news tonight." up tent, the frantic man hunt for there's three men who escaped from a southerer caliliforniail. whyhey are considered extremely dangerous. and the outbreak in tropical destination. and it's threaten the pregnant mothers. three cases here in the u.s. as
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here is john donvan. >> reporter: every now and then, nature takes over the spaces we consider its own. how a cityy cleans up nicic in a snowfall and it belongs to other species whoho try to keep out of the way. so they went for a stroll down an empty avenue last night. this was washington, d.c. but people came out too, plunging in, playing. wh not plowing. and this set of three kids all dressed up. will they ever remember this day? and the silence a bigsnowfall brings. with the sound track turned down, everything a different way. and the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. sure it's coldd outside when the world looks like this. but reminded that something bigger than this can get us all to stop and listen why we wait for the sun. john donvan, abc, new york.
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and thank you for watching. gma the morning and i will see you herertomorrow. have a great evening. good night. sflieraffa@kcautv.co m stubborn clouds on the sky cam. temps a bit cooler than expected and holding steady. in the twenties for most of siouxld. 30s west. tonight temperatures hold steady with clouds and dense fog. mid 20s tonight. tomorrow, similar to today... and then snow arrives monday. details next, but first here's deborah with your local news. " "
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good evening and thanks for joining us... i'm deborah souverain thanks for joining us... i'm deborah souverain the first in the nation caucus is just 9 days away and iowa is at the center of attention for all candidates ... including g-o-p frontrunner donald trump ... who was in sioux center today. lukas voss caught up with his campaign . lukas? lukas thanks deborah ... i was at dordt college just last week where there had been some outrage over trump appearing at the christian school ... that outrage however didn't stop them from hosting trump ... and it also didn't stop people from waiting in the iowa cold today. nat/sot: "i am mostly tellllg people they have to get there pretty early if they want to get a seat." vo: that was steve kelly

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