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good morning, america. happening right now, the blizzard of 2016. this is a storm for the history books. >> it's just going to get worse, and it's going to get worse fast. >> as we speak, this monster is barreling up the east coast, 80 million people in its deadly path. warnings have been issued from alabama to new england. states of emergency declared up and down the east coast. wind gusts nearly 70 miles an hour. snowplows struggling to keep up. >> the plow trucks will remain out throughout the storm. >> the nightmare on the roads. thousands of people stranded. >> just a complete standstill. people have their cars turned off. >> rob with the advice that could save your life. >> as the snow piles up, will the records be smashed? the advice from officials, stay home.
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the close call right in front of our eyes and the crashes. the storm is now whipping up the waves and fears of major damage along the shore. d.c. paralyzed. the transit system shut down. airports now ghost towns. and the st. bernard that needed his own rescue. complete coverage of this massive storm, our extreme weather team up and down the coast this morning with all you need to know. hey, good morning, everybody. and we're coming on the air right in the thick of the blizzard of 2016. look at the map. this thing has been called massive and major. it's been called snowmageddon, even apocalypse plow, whatever you call it, it is a beast. >> and if you're hunkered down at home, dan and i want to thank you for tuning in. we want you to look at these live pictures out of philadelphia, just one of the
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cities that's under a blizzard warning this morning, and here's a live look at the jersey shore. it's the area hit hard by superstorm sandy just over three years ago. they're bracing there yet again this morning. a lot of tension, a lot of nerves down there on the jersey shore. >> legitimately so. we've got hours to go on this thing, but already the impact is real and widespread. more than 170,000 homes and businesses without power right now. 9,000 flights canceled. more than 3,000 accidents out on the roads. and so far at least three people dead. and we do begin our coverage this morning in the city that's getting the worst of it, our nation's capital, and rob is right there. rob, good morning to you. >> good morning, paula. hi, dan. welcome to the blizzard of 2016 after a quiet start to the year. the northeast getting pounded and our nation's capital is buried in snow right now, and it is blowing sideways. look at this snowscape behind me. that's the andrew jackson statue and beyond that you can barely see it obviously because it's white. that's the white house and the flag on top of it is blowing straight in that direction.
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winds have been sustained at about 25, 30 miles an hour with some gusts over blizzard force, over 35 miles an hour, one gust at langley, 74.8 miles an hour. that is hurricane strength, my friends. all right, let's talk snow totals. right in this spot right here we got about 13 inches, yeah, 13 1/2 inches. and we got another maybe ten to go before this is all said and done. obviously this isn't the only spot but it's the bull's-eye as far as the snow totals that we think we'll get. snow all the way down as far south as louisiana. the wraparound from this getting into west virginia and even ohio. some sleet mixing in closer to the coastline but generally speaking it is all snow now that it's moved north of north carolina and it's intensifying as it rolls up the jersey shoreline. winds are going to be very, very intense today. at 4:00 that's really when the worst of it will be from d.c. and philly, baltimore up to new york city going to be a hairy, hairy afternoon in the big apple
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and along long island where the winds will be strongest and snow begins to taper off overnight obviously from the southwest to the northeast. but by then the snow totals will be epic. we're looking at maybe 20 inches in new york city. 15 to 20 inches in new york city, just south of that in central new jersey could easily see 2 feet, philadelphia could see 18 to 24 inches and 2 feet or better here and points southwest. that is the latest from our nation's capital where it continues to come down. back to you. >> rob, had you not pointed out the white house in the background, we may not have spotted. >> absolutely. >> so snowy. we'll check in later and new york city also taking a direct hit. >> ron and sara braving the elements out on the streets usually bustling on a saturday morning but now a wintry ghost town. hey, guys, how are you doing out there? >> not well, dan and paula. not real well. like you said, normally the city is beginning to wake up at this hour. people out, cars out. just look around. it's pretty much a ghost town. people are heeding the advice of city officials here to stay home
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and not have their cars out. >> yeah, and when we were driving here, it actually took me about double the time and for good reason, everyone's moving slower. but the wind is actually whipping so hard at my face right now, this is getting uncomfortable already, and i know it goes on for another 12 hours. >> yeah, exactly. we're not even in the worst of it yet but getting some of the worst right now is eva pilgrim in philadelphia in the special mobile unit. over to you, eva. >> this winter storm is shutting down roads from north carolina to new york. we're here in our storm chaser suv in philadelphia. you can see the roads are completely covered with snow. the snow is still coming down and when the wind blows, it becomes really difficult to see. local officials urging people if you do not have to go out, stay at home. snow and ice turning highways into hazard zones this morning. cars slipping and sliding all up
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and down the east coast. watch as this suv spins out of control right behind an asheville, north carolina, reporter's live shot. in philadelphia -- >> 27, you got a copy? >> reporter: -- we hit the roads with snowplow drivers trying to keep a handle on the continuing snow but with a road temperature of just 24 degrees, it was an uphill climb. >> guys are getting stuck. when we come back we're going to get them all out of there. >> reporter: the plow trucks will remain out throughout the storm, but as long as there's snow falling, the roads will remain somewhat dangerous. one north carolina driver is lucky to be alive. his car flipped over on the ice. >> i just held on and hoped for the best. there was nothing i could do. >> reporter: in tennessee, people forced to push their cars to safety. virginia state police responding to nearly a thousand crashes since the start of the storm. so far this weather blamed for three traffic-related deaths. >> it is just going to get worse
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and it's going to get worse fast. >> reporter: snow continues to fall here in philadelphia. it is coming down at a steady clip. and until it stops, these roads are going to remain somewhat dicey. >> we'll pick it up from here, eva. ron and sara, we're actually going to allow them back inside. after some negotiation with their agents, we're going to allow them to come back inside. eva, please drive carefully. speaking of dangers on the road, we want to take you now to a stretch of highway in kentucky where an urgent situation is playing out. 3,000 vehicles stranded. >> yeah, they have been there all night. we're talking moms and children. aditi roy joins us now to tell us about the officials that have been scrambling to clear the logjam as well as get needed supplies to the marooned in that cars. good morning, aditi. >> reporter: good morning, paula and dan. here in louisville roads are pretty clear but a couple hours
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south of us, the snow-covered highway is a mile's long parking lot. >> they tell us we're going to get you out of here, you know, very soon. that was nine hours ago. we have not moved an inch at all. >> reporter: overnight thousands of drivers in the bull's-eye of the massive blizzard, trapped inside their cars on snow battered interstate 75 in kentucky after two jackknifed trucks brought traffic to a standstill. >> we're estimating 3,000 vehicles, but we can't put an estimate on the number of people. >> reporter: with traffic backed up for miles, state troopers and highway patrol have been called in to help get drivers to a nearby church and middle school. >> we've recently got reports that people are needing some water, and they are a little bit hungry, and so we're doing our best to respond to those emergency concerns. >> reporter: but the help isn't getting to everyone. one woman trapped inside her car with her two children and her parents including her father who is diabetic. >> they're supposed to be sending fuel, blankets, water, food, and we have not seen
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anyone. we have not seen anybody from the national guard, anything, just the one police officer. >> reporter: some drivers say they have been stuck on i-75 for as many as ten hours. people battling frigid temperatures forced to turn off their cars to save gas. >> i took somebody's advice, and we tried to shut the van off a couple of times, but it gets so cold so quickly, and i don't want my kids to get sick or cold. >> reporter: your hearts go out to them. it's not clear when the interstate will open back up. paula and dan. >> you're right. our hearts do go out to those young children and their parents. aditi, thank you. and we did mention the jersey shore earlier, which as you remember was devastated a little over three years ago by superstorm sandy, and they are now worried about a repeat. >> people along the shore have really gone to extreme measures to protect their property this time around. the question is, will it work? abc's linzie janis right there in atlantic city. linzie, good morning to you.
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>> reporter: good morning, dan and paula. this is why the jersey shore is concerned about major coastal flooding. look at how angry this sea is. you've got waves just offshore up to 20 feet high. it's around high tide right now. so much of this beach has already been swallowed up. the winds are fierce, sustained between 30 and 40 miles per hour with gusts in some parts of the jersey shore topping 66 miles per hour. the concern is the storm surge will hit businesses and homes that were hard hit by sandy. overnight, the jersey shore bracing for impact, putting to the test the berms erected like this one. take a look at this giant sand dune. it's been built to try to protect the homes and businesses along the shore. 12 feet tall and nearly a mile and a half long to prevent this. the tons of sand and debris pushed miles inland when superstorm sandy struck just
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over three years ago. >> i mean, i'm like terrified it's going to happen so i'm out of here. >> reporter: 37,000 homes destroyed or damaged. >> that used to be a road there. >> reporter: nearly 3 million residents losing power. iconic landmarks completely washed away by the surge, which measured over four feet in some parts of the state. this morning, officials fear some communities could be facing the same elevated sea levels. police going door to door issuing a mandatory evacuation for some residents, others warned simply to be on guard. and just like during sandy, it is a full moon and sea levels are already elevated. we just clocked a wind gust over 50 miles per hour, and this is just getting started. there are several more hours to go. dan and paula. >> a full moon. the timing couldn't be worse. we're really thinking about the people along the shore just over three years from that disaster superstorm sandy. stay safe out there, linzie, thank you. as we said earlier, washington, d.c. is really in the bull's-eye
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of this blizzard, but the surrounding suburbs are also getting pounded right now. >> they're expecting more than two feet in some areas of virginia, but what's even more concerning right now is they're bracing for power outages that could last for several days, and abc's gloria riviera is in reston, virginia, for us this morning. hi, gloria. >> reporter: good morning, paula, dan. we are in reston, virginia, and we're getting hammered. it's getting worse, not better, wind was two miles per hour and has gotten as high as 30 miles per hour. take a look down this treat in the town center. it looks snowy and white but you can walk, right? it doesn't look so awful. that's with near constant snow removal teams. they've been shoveling, they've been plowing in the areas surrounding the town center, the more suburban areas just don't have that kind of help. emergency teams told me last night they'd be working around the clock, they're only taking short naps. we've spoken to several people who say they haven't slept.
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they've been out here trying to get rid of the snow. this street, remember not an inch of snow and now it is covered. if you can see that, we have vehicles at work, but on each corner there are these massive snowdrifts and that's going to cause another challenge. come with me. now, i'm 5'6" so i'm going to take this yardstick to measure how much we have here. look at this. i mean that's more than a yard and we have all day the snow is expected to continue so these snowdrifts are going to continue to pile up. this area is at risk for power outages, all that and more snow. >> you may be waking up this morning not seeing any snow but even if you're not getting hit by the storm you'll most likely feel the ripple effect because the storm is already severely disrupting train and plane travel. >> that's right. thousands of flights have been canceled and abc's lauren lyster is covering that angle from los angeles international airport, l.a.x., for us, lauren, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan and paula. here at l.a.x., something you don't usually see, very short
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lines, not as many travelers today with airlines canceling more than 4100 flights across the country. it's all about that blizzard. the winter storm may be dumping snow on the east coast, but the impact is being felt nationwide. look, there are still plenty of flights in the air this morning. crisscrossing the u.s., it is business as usual for many. but if you're heading for or trying to leave the east coast, for g forget it. new york, philadelphia, d.c., and here in the last 24 hours the winter storm forcing the cancellation of at least 80 flights in or out of l.a.x. and 85 delays. that's just the tip of the i iceberg. 4100 were canceled yesterday, 3100 today and 4,136 tomorrow. that's more than 8,000 and not just flights, pro sports feeling the impacts. washington capitals versus the anaheim ducks hockey game is
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postponed and on hold for the jazz victoria's secret the wizards and celtics versus the 76ers and for travelers, if you're flying today or if you're picking someone up from the airport, you're advised to check with the airline before coming. dan, paula, back to you. >> let's bring it back to new york city for a minute because there's practically been no snow here all winter which i have delighted in. >> we've all delighted in that. paula, i have to tell you we're a rude awakening. this times square time lapse video. the mayor declaring a winter weather emergency and meteorologist indra petersons is in union square in manhattan for us this morning. hi, indra. >> good morning, the message is, it is saturday, stay home. if you do not need to go outside why would you be going outside in this. do not risk your life or emergency workers that would have to come out and try to get you. now, take a look right now. we've already seen now about seven inches where i'm showing, but keep in mind, we're just starting this event here. we're talking about snowfall rates one to two inches per hour
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and the rates have been up. so, by the end of tomorrow we could be talking about possibly 20 inches. if we surpass 21 inches, that could be the third snowiest on record. now, keep in mind there's something called wind out here. it is a blizzard so we're going to be talking about snowdrifts. forget this. we could be talking about snowdrifts as high as my head, even above that. that is the problem. of course, we've already been talking about these winds. take a look at them. they're really gusting out here and really strengthening in the last few hours. right now behind me you can see the chase building but you can actually see my anemometer. this measures wind. right now we're seeing 20 to 30-mile-per-hour gusts. that could double. when that happens you're going to see all this snow picked up off the ground. it's going to blow around and visibility could go from a quarter mile even down to zero. that is the danger. so, you may think this looks bad. we are not even there yet. we have a blizzard warning in effect. those winds are not even at that blizzard level, at least here at this point in time. now, that is the reason why the city, they have, yes, 2,000 snowplows.
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we've been seeing them go by and all morning long they also have 300,000 tons of salt. they may need it. this system is really picking up. residents, they're preparing, as well. now, we went out to the hardware store yesterday, and i have to say, see these shovels, they were flying off the shelves. i'm not sure if it's because of december, they said, hey, it's warm out there, we don't need this, yeah, you still do and, of course, i prepared as well, dan and paula. have to show you -- wait for it. >> battery-powered socks. >> battery-powered socks. take care of things in your own hands. dan, i'd love to say thank you but i don't know if i can. >> sorry. just so that everybody understands, a couple weeks ago she was outside in a cold situation and i promised to send her battery-powered socks. i failed and she is now taking matters into her own hands, into her own feet. >> you're a smart cookie. >> indra, we salute you, and i apologize, and we'll come back to you as the morning progresses. i got to say she's been telling people don't go outside. don't go outside. when i see these images, i have
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zero temptation to go outside. when i saw rob, ron outside suffering before, i have zero temptation. >> and ron's back and sara is back and those guys are all safe back in the studio. rob is also safe in washington, d.c. >> maybe a little cold. >> yes, so let's go back to rob once again. what's cooking with you? >> what are you talking about, dan? it's amazing out here. now, look, even for a short period of time maybe just to go out for a stroll, enjoy the snowscape. the winds though, they're pretty brutal, and if not for these safety glasses, you know, i would have a hard time looking into the lens right now, so it's coming down pretty hard. you know, once a year maybe for a short amount of time this is pretty cool. it is certainly in d.c. on a saturday. why not come out and enjoy some of the spectacular monuments and such that they have here and there again is the white house, which is still dark, by the way. i think they got their cozy jammies on and they're going to shelter in place. that's the advice. shelter in place. if you're going to poke outside,
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don't go too far from the house and be prepared to get back inside. you can get hypothermia certainly in a hurry. warnings as far south as louisiana but now thankfully the storm is moving further north but it's intensifying as it does that. so, blizzard warnings remain posted and we've increased them to the southern coast of connecticut now, and most of these go through the overnight tonight because even when the snow stops, we're going to see big winds. coastal flood warnings, we talked about that, linzie janis on the coast here, the flood watches and advisories out for big waves, pounding surf and beach erosion there, and the winds are going to be whipping not only along the coast but further inland too. check out some of these numbers. we had winds gusting over 70 miles an hour in spots, and we could see winds certainly to that level right on through the overnight period tonight. all right.
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federal government obviously shut down. they did that earlier yesterday. the metros are shut down. as david kerley pointed out, the only way to get around is on foot or if you want to tempt fate with a cab. the roads are treacherous. dan and paula, back to you. >> so, the advice, don't get around. >> yeah, don't get around. >> don't ski, just sit home and watch television or do something educational. anyway, sara, what you got? >> we got a -- this is a warm fuzzy on a cold day. now, to an incredible rescue to tell you about. a st. bernard rescued from an icy lake. now, this happened in fairfax county, virginia, overnight. the video shows firefighters trying to coax milo out of the lake. the dog was with a family who had been tubing down the hill towards the lake when he walked
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out on the ice and actually fell through. now, the firefighters did an amazing job, and milo was taken home to get warmed up. can you imagine, these st. bernards are trained to do rescues themself and the role reversal here. >> so cute, though. >> milo is doing fine? >> he's doing fine. after 30 minutes of warming him up in vet care, they were able to send him home. he was fine but how scary to look at your dog and know you can't help it. >> terrible. that would be absolutely terrifying. >> cheech wouldn't have lasted two minutes. >> it was for me like watching you outside in the snow a couple of minutes ago. >> our hearts went out to you, by the way. >> that short stick drawing we did this morning, it was bad. >> i actually kind of enjoyed watching her -- anyway, should i say that out loud? >> no, you shouldn't, take it back. >> i take it back kinda. here's what's coming up on "gma." how to survive if you get stranded in your car during the storm. these tips really could save your life. plus, oscar overhaul and will actress jada pinkett smith win her crusade?
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welcome back to "gma." you're looking live at what is allegedly the white house, but you can't really see it because it is whited out. >> oh, my gosh. >> we're right in the middle of it this morning. the monster blizzard blanketing much of the east coast. nine states and washington, d.c. in states of emergency, and this storm is far from over. more than two feet possible by later tonight in d.c. so far the storm has claimed three lives in two states. and in kentucky right now desperation on the roads as drivers are stranded for hours without food and water on interstate 75. they're just sitting there, no end in sight. the storm, which has dumped already more than 18 inches on that roadway, has crippled emergency efforts. and the snowstorm is not stopping the small group of soldiers who stand guard at the
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tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. sentinels from the army's 3rd infantry regiment guard that tomb 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the elements and we do want to salute them this morning. it's a stark reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our military and serving. no matter what happens, they're there to serve us. >> it's going to be a tough morning and night for them, and we do salute them, as you said. also coming up, we have one nonweather story to tell you about. so much outrage right now over the lack of diversity among this year's oscar nominees. some stars are even sitting out the whole affair. now this morning, the new steps the academy says it is taking to address who does the voting. will these steps make a difference? that story is coming up but first here rob is right out in the thick of it braving the blizzard, and it's all happening right now. >> yeah, he's got more from washington, d.c. where they're calling this storm historic and epic, and we see that the white house behind you has completely disappeared. it is the white house. >> yeah, it is.
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doesn't stick out much in this snow. and we've got visibilities that are a quarter to a half mile. winds at 34 miles an hour. right at that blizzard criteria and it only seems to be getting worse. this snow is piling up. look at this. fresh tracks here. this is cold snow, dry snow. this isn't really snowball type of stuff. if you want that, you go closer to the coast. when you get that near that warm ocean, you also get some incredible instability, and there was thunder snow this morning along the new jersey coastline. take a look and listen. incredible. when you talk about the thermodynamics that need to be in place, the amount of lift that needs to happen with a developing coastal low like that and we may very well see more of that later on today. we've got snow happening across the area. check out the moisture field with heavy stuff still here in d.c., heavy stuff getting into baltimore and philly. there's some dry slotting happening in some spots. this is going to be ongoing throughout the day and the warnings and watches remain posted as this low gets cranked. we're going to see winds well
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over 30, 40, 50 miles an hour of we're already seen gusts at hurricane force at langley air force base and those winds will crank overnight. so, blowing and drifting snow right through the overnight, even when the snow stops, so just be aware of that and, again, here's what we expect, 15 to 20 inches in new york city and certainly on long island and then greater amounts even further south and west, philly, baltimore, delaware, in through d.c. and southwest. by the way, there's another storm heading into the west coast with winter storm warnings here. epic ski area. tahoe getting more, aspen getting more, as well. veil, breckenridge, you name it, they've got some fresh powder happening there. if boston or if d.c. was a little hillier, man, we would be cutting some tracks right now. it is an amazing snow.
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>> this weathercast brought to you by wayfair.com. you know, we've got people that are stuck on the roadways in the storm zone. and that can be a very, very dangerous situation. i went out with an expert who gave us some helpful tips on what to do if that happened and how to prepare for it. it is literally stuff that can save your life. it can happen in an instant, you are a driving in an unfamiliar area and suddenly you're lost or worse, stranded in the snow. >> that truck ain't going nowhere until we get help out here. >> reporter: it happened to four men in oregon. their gps sending them the wrong way into very rough, secluded country. >> we didn't know how long we were going to be there. >> reporter: the men hunkering down for 18 hours until help finally arrived. what happens if you do get stranded? what do you need to do to survive? >> above all do not leave your vehicle. >> reporter: bruce corden is an expert with the minnesota department of public safety taking me through his survival tips. so we're stranded now in the
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middle of nowhere. temperatures in the teens. what should i do? >> stay cool and stay warm at the same time. >> reporter: telling me to keep calm and bundle up. then -- >> make your car visible. tie a rag or some brightly colored ribbon so people can find you. run your vehicle about ten minutes for every hour, have the heat running during that time, and charge your cell phone and probably the most important thing is stay with your vehicle. >> don't leave this car, but i had to ask, my instinct to survive is to leave the vehicle and go find help. how do you keep from doing that? >> fight the instinct. keep your wits about you and stay with this vehicle because it's your best shelter. >> reporter: and don't forget to pack this, a simple survival kit complete with a whistle, that bright rag, hand warmers, emergency blankets, protein bars and a flashlight with extra batteries and, of course, a first aid kit. >> when you're in a situation like we are in right now, it will save your life. >> be prepared. that's great information for you and your family to take away with you.
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obviously shelter in place is the advice here and across the entire snow zone and even if you're not in the snow zone, i know you want a snow day if you live in dallas, and it's 70, stay put, enjoy a movie. have a snow day empathetically for the rest of us in this blizzard. dan and paula, back up to you. >> you know, my plan is, i'm going to stay indoors but i'm going to wear the goggles that rob is wearing. i feel like i can pull it off. >> i think you could too, dan. >> thank you. >> no. >> he does the hard work, i look like a geek. it's like the perfect -- >> for you it's fashion. for him it's function. >> yes, absolutely, and i'm a slave to fashion as everybody knows. >> i don't know about fashion. i don't know about that. >> coming up on -- the room is turning against me so let me say this, coming up, could big changes be coming to hollywood as a result of the uproar over the lack of diversity at the oscars? >> i feel i need to ask you. >> i feel i need too ask you.
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it's about time the taco...came out of its shell. unleash the power of dough. give it a pop. that sound. like nails on a chalkboard. but listen to this: (family talking) that's a different kind of sound. the sound of the weekend. unleash the power of dough. give it a pop. there is real outrage this morning at the oscars over the lack of diversity among the nominees with some of hollywood's biggest names saying they're going to skip the ceremony entirely this year. it looks now, though, like changes, real changes perhaps are afoot. >> and we do have a very big move to tell you about just
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announced by the motion picture academy aimed at increasing diversity, and abc's chris connelly joins us from l.a. this morning with more on these changes. hi, chris. >> reporter: good morning, paula. with controversy growing and more big names talking about passing the oscars by, the academy taking bold action to address its issues head on as it looks to create a voting membership that's younger, more diverse and more engaged in present day moviemaking. still reeling from the widespread outcry and the prospect of some high-profile absences from the oscars after for the second straight year none of its 20 acting nominations went to a person of color overlooking such performances as idris elba in "beasts of no nation." >> what are you doing here? >> reporter: and not giving a best picture nod to "straight outta compton." >> i got something to say. >> reporter: the academy of motion picture, arts and sciences on friday announcing what it called a necessary step to aid diversity bringing sweeping changes to its membership's voting eligibility
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requirements for the academy awards. going forward members who had been given lifetime voting privileges now getting them for a ten-year stretch, renewable for another ten years only if that person has remained active in motion pictures. the initiative coupled with efforts to enhance the diversity of the academy board and outreach to new members that's aimed at doubling the number of oscar voters who are women and minorities by 2020. on social media "selma" director ava duvernay calling the changes, "one good step on a long journey." the announcement from the academy coming in the wake of some saying they'd skip the ceremony in response to the nominations. director spike lee awarded an honorary oscar this year, as well as jada pinkett smith and her husband, will smith, who spoke earlier this week to robin. >> we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay. >> reporter: all of these
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matters that one would expect chris rock to share a few thoughts about when he hosts the oscars on february 28th. now, it hasn't escaped my attention that i appear to be the only indoor correspondent this morning, so just so everybody knows, here in los angeles, 56 degrees, and we have a wind of about 3 miles an hour. >> boo. >> and i'm wearing cargo shorts, guys. >> i'm wearing cargo shorts. >> you have shorts on right now? >> yeah, well, it's just that kind of weather out here. >> can we get a shot of that? >> we had some leaves blowing. that's all i saw on the way in. >> you know what, you're never coming back on this show just so you know. that's it. that's it. >> chris -- >> we'll go outside any time you want. >> i take that back because we love you, and we're going to be talking to you a bunch as the oscar season ramps up. so, thank you very much for that report this morning. >> thanks, chris. we do want to say coming up on "gma," we're going to get back to the issue of the weather because the doctor is in. we'll tell you how to avoid a trip to the emergency room in the nasty weather. this happens a lot. there are a lot of ways to get hurt. ron claiborne has our "weekend download" after the break.
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more at risk and certainly if a fall happens, the older you are, the greater chance you'll actually fracture something. >> okay, so don't get old is one preventive measure. >> don't get old. >> okay. now, what else can you do besides not get old to minimize the risk of this type of injury? >> so you have to be cautious and people certainly do things that are not -- they can be a little bit more dangerous like they'll climb on their roofs to go shovel the snow off. don't do that. and if you're someone who is not in particularly good condition, don't go out and do heavy shoveling of snow because that is sort of like jumping on a treadmill. and if you're over the age of 65 and not in good physical condition and you've got high blood pressure, diabetes, it could actually provoke a heart attack. >> expert advice from dr. peter shearer from mt. sinai hospital. and coming up, the apps for your cell phone to help you weather the storm straight ahead in "pop news" with my friend sara haines.
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she's got all the news that is fit to pop. >> my feet haven't defrosted, dan, but thank you for being concerned. nothing can drag one direction's louis tomlinson down this morning. and that's because the singer has welcomed a baby boy with briana jungwirth. "people" magazine confirmed the happy news revealing that the little one was delivered on thursday on l.a. louis first opened up about becoming a father right on "gma" the star calling it a very exciting time. those are good words for it. no word yet on a name but we'll be sure to keep you updated and of course we wish the new parents all the best. i'm not that much older than him but i had to make sure he was old enough to have a baby. >> yes, he looks young. >> he looks really young. he's actually 24. >> okay. >> that's pretty young. >> still in the 20s, i mean but i was thinking in my head they just stayed 18 all this time because they started pretty young. >> so, you called yourself a little bit older than him. >> nobody has to do the math, dan, but thank you so much. >> sara, you're 25, right? >> remember i'm cold and hangry. don't mess with it. okay, and another big congratulations this morning to
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mariah carey who is engaged to her boyfriend of nearly a year, james packer. the australian billionaire popped the question thursday evening at a restaurant in new york city and as the happy couple exited the building, mariah proudly displayed her new bling -- wait for it -- a 35-carat diamond ring. >> whoa. so that was the blizzard that was coming, right? >> yeah, can you -- that's called an ice skating rink. the designer telling "vogue" magazine he wanted the emerald cut to be super sophisticate d and clearly super big because he says it's an epic ring for an epic time in her life, and we couldn't agree more. i don't even know what 35 carats looks like. >> or what it costs. >> well, you just showed us a picture. yu, but i mean really looks like in person. i want to hold it. i want to hold it, mariah. i just want to touch it a little. i promise to give it back. and just in case you don't have a -- >> oh, my word. >> -- giant, gigundo diamond ring to keep you entertained during the blizzard this weekend, don't worry, i tracked down the hottest apps to help you weather the storm. the first is called snow
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brawling, and it basically allows you to chuck snowballs without leaving your lounge chair. >> oh, this is brilliant. >> dan, step away from the app store. the next boredom buster is called draw something. this is one i've done before. this is fun. it's hugely popular. you basically draw pictures and your buddies have to guess what they are, and i can just tell you now that i know dan would be bad at it. he sometimes draws me pictures and i have no idea what they are. >> what are those things? birds? >> see. might be a dan harris drawing. >> it's love birds. >> ah. and my next suggestion is a free app called rounds. hanging out with your friends and family can be kind of hard during a blizzard, but this app allows as many as 12 people to connect in one video chat session. so you can watch videos and play games together. you'll basically never need to leave your house again. >> i need an app that will help me today in a small new york city apartment with a 1-year-old barbarian who is -- has cabin fever. >> do you know what's going to happen? you're going to have to parent. >> oh, really? >> yes, it's called being a dad. >> yeah. >> bianca is going to get the day off. mommy gets to be taken care of and daddy is going to have to --
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>> ron, are you here? you going to help me here. >> no, man, you're on your own. >> take him outside for a snowball fight. >> it's getting cold in here. >> chilly. >> you see what happened to ron's face out there. it's tough. no weather for a baby. we'll see you tomorrow morning, though. thanks for joining us.
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7 news. it's january 23rd, thanks for joining us on the abc 7 saturday morning news. i'm chris nguyen. we've got some rain in the forecast, here is meteorologist lisa argen with a first look at live doppler 7 hd. >> she is showers have been widely scattered. north bay cloverdale, highway 1, we do have some showers closer around sears point in novato, sonoma, looking at a few light showers and also into the east bay, oakland has been wet, also by hayward, crossing the san mateo bridge, half-moon bay, mt. hamilton, a little mist and drizzle in the south bay. you can see sunshine with 54 in novato and concord. the atmosphere still quite unstable so keeping showers in the forecast all afternoon with numbers ranging from the upper 50s to near 60, but changes for the second half of the weekend and the week ahead, you are not going to want to miss. the city of

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