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in the leading edge of what's about to become the blizzard of 2016. the storm is already blamed for six deaths on the roads. travelers are stranded at airports. store shelves have been wiped out. six states have declared emergencies and accumulations could reach three feet. we have a team of correspondents. first we'll go to kris van cleave in washington. kris. >> reporter: scott, this is not a region known for handling a lot of snow well. the snow has started and overnight will come the heavy winds. the front end of an epic blizzard swept into the frigid nation's capital this afternoon as hundreds of washington, d.c. snow plows hit the street, trying to stay ahead of a forecast calling for two feet of snow, or more, complicated by wind gusts up to 55 miles an hour. daniel curnage is treating the roads in a city snow plow. how important is it for people to get off the roads tonight? >> very.
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in the street, me, personally, because once we get behind the snow, it's going to be a hard time fighting to get back on top. >> reporter: but there's great concern after about an inch of snow wednesday gridlocked the city for hours, and now the snow is coming fast, falling at up to three inches an hour, until early sunday morning. chris geldart is running the district storm response. is this going to be a deadly storm? >> yes, sir. our first concerns really are the residents. one of the major successes for me personally is to make sure we don't lose anybody else. that's first and foremost. >> reporter: forecasters have been warning about this monster storm for days, but some waited until just hours before the snow started falling to stock up on food and supplies, finding long lines and empty shelves. lakisha love will be riding out the storm with her four sons. >> just making sure we have everything possibly that's on our emergency checklist, and know that we have a backup plan for lighting, candles and
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>> reporter: d.c. police chief cathy lanier says the time to be outside has passed. >> no matter how pretty the snow is in a storm like this, if you go outside while this storm is going and the winds are blowing, you're really putting yourselves at risk. >> reporter: hundreds of national guardsmen across the region have been activated to help first responders get to calls as the snow piles up. scott, d.c. is asking other states for help, asking for additional snow-removal equipment. >> pelley: kris, thank you. in the carolinas, the danger is ice, and mark strassmann is there. mark. >> reporter: scott, bands of sleet like this fell all day in charlotte, but the real fear was a forecast of freezing rain that could turn this city into an ice-glazed nightmare. snow was falling during this early-morning traffic accident, a fatal accident. the woman's body wasn't discovered until eight hours later. weather-related car wrecks have killed six people, at least, in
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duke energy has called in 2,800 out-of-state line workers to help restore power, and, scott, the utility reports 30,000 power outages in the carolinas. >> pelley: thanks, mark. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at wbz in boston. eric. >> scott, the storm well under way now, seeing that snow just creeping up into southern parts of pennsylvania and new jersey tonight. that ice in the carolinas, but a change will come overnight. the main storm that really started to take off last night will send its energy over to the coast and this process has already started. this is the storm that rides up the eastern seaboard to the chesapeake and really increases those snowfall rates as we head into tonight and tomorrow. so timing it out, looking at the snow on the northwest side of this storm, this is where it's really cranking, in the morning, d.c. up towards philly and new york city and long island saturday afternoon. spreads into southern new england and slowly all this will rotate out to sea as we get into sunday morning, taking the snow and the wind along with it. in terms of snow totals we're still looking at some huge
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in the d.c. area, we're talking upwards of 30 inches of snow possible, especially just west of the city. new york at 10-18. roanoke 18-24 for a storm total and this is its hall of fame list for d.c. snowstorms, the most infamous, number one, 28 inches set back in 1922. scott, i think we have a great chance at number two. number one, that will remain to be seen tomorrow. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thanks. snow, ice, and rain are about the only things that are flying in the northeast. more than 3,000 flights were canceled today. there will be more tomorrow. and david begnaud reports. >> reporter: the rush was on from charlotte to new york today to get out before the storm. >> they said it's coming. i'm trying to get out of here. i need to go back home. >> reporter: 50 airports are in the path of the storm including charlotte, reagan, dulles and all of new york's airports. more than 3,500 flights have already been canceled. this east coast storm has caused a ripple effect on the west coast. >> everything is canceled and now i get to fly back monday
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>> reporter: harry lalor was in los angeles on business. united canceled his flight to washington d.c. >> i'd love to be back with my family. my family and they're going to be there and get two feet of snow and probably the power's going to go out and there's nothing i can do to help them. >> reporter: in philadelphia, there was a brighter. note, sung by princeton university's glee club. they were some of the last to get out ahead of the snowstorm. there will be no flights in or out of here tomorrow in philadelphia. most u.s. airlines expect to be back at full operation by sunday, and, scott, as for the railways, amtrak will roll through the weekend, but with modified service. >> pelley: david, thank you. on the new jersey coast, storm surge conditions could be as bad as when super storm sandy tore thousands of homes apart in 2012. jericka duncan is in manasquan, new jersey. >> reporter: in belmar, new jersey, bulldozers were busy this afternoon trying to shore
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after super storm sandy. that storm caused more than $36 billion worth of damage to the state. this weekend's storm has some of the same characteristics as sandy-- coming during a full moon and high tide. belmar mayor matt doherty. >> we are more prepared for this storm than any storm that's ever come our way before. >> reporter: four miles south in manasquan, town officials are using loud speakers to warn people in low-lying areas. 75-year-old pat galdieri had to have her entire home renovated after sandy. >> i get a little nervous because we no longer have protection in the front of our house like we did originally we had a wall. >> i gotta go home. >> reporter: as his state prepared, governor chris christie received criticism for spending the last few days campaigning in new hampshire. today he changed his mind and returned. >> if i didn't go back, they'd criticize me. when i do back, they'll
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when i'm there. >> reporter: yesterday, new jersey learned it will only receive $15 million of the $326 million it requested from the sandy disaster relief program. scott, federal officials blame a weaker application than states like new york, which will get $212 million in relief aid. >> pelley: jericka duncan, thank you very much. in another important story tonight, there is a new death, the tenth, caused by a defective air bag made by takata. now the government is adding five million vehicles to the 19 million already recalled. here's demarco morgan. >> reporter: 52-year-old joel knight was driving this 2006 ford ranger when his car struck a cow that had wandered into the middle of the road. his air bag deployed. a piece of shrapnel flew out of it into his neck, killing him. takata airbags are also blamed
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is the first one not in a honda. gordon trowbridge, the spokesman for the national highway traffic safety administration, or n.h.t.s.a., held a conference call today. >> reporter: n.h.t.s.a. says that some takata air bags deploy >> reporter: n.h.t.s.a. says that some takata air bags deploy with excessive force, shattering the metal inflater and sending shrapnel flying into the vehicle. 14 vehicle manufacturers and as many as 24 million vehicles are now involved. stephanie erdman was injured when her takata air bag exploded in 2013. >> instant blindness on my right side followed by gushing blood. it was terrifying. i thought i was going to bleed out at first. >> reporter: takata and vehicle manufacturers are struggling to make enough replacement air bags for the millions of vehicles
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n.h.t.s.a. says tens of millions more vehicles with the takata air bags may still need to be recalled in the near future. >> pelley: demarco, thanks very much. we have posted for you an updated list of all these recalled vehicles. you can find it on 10 days before iowa, there is a movement among republican conservatives to derail the trump campaign. here's major garrett. >> reporter: "national review" for decades the intellectual hub of modern conservatism denounced republican front-runner donald trump as an egotistical amateur with no proven commitment to limited government. 22 prominent conservatives wrote 22 prominent conservatives wrote separate essays along those
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>> people don't even think about the "national review," so i guess they want to get a little publicity. that's a dying paper. >> reporter: trump did not appear publicly today, but his campaign released an ad showing rival ted cruz stumbling over his position on immigration. >> sounded like you wanted the bill to pass. >> of course, i wanted the bill to pass-- my amendment to pass. >> reporter: cruz countered with an ad attacking trump for using government power, eminent domain, to dislodge private landowners. >> to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow for a limousine parking lot at his casino. >> he doesn't have no heart, that man. >> trump won't change the system. he's what's wrong with it. >> reporter: with trump and cruz dominating the conversation other republicans have struggled to break through. former candidate lindsey graham put it this way assessing a trump or cruz-led gop, "whether it's death by being shot or poisoning, does it really matter?" >> pelley: major garrett reporting tonight.
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by the way, you'll see donald trump and bernie sanders with john dickerson this sunday on "face the nation." in the flint, michigan water crisis tonight, clinics were crowded with parents hoping to have children tested for lead poisoning. 100 children have already shown high lead levels, but the governor has told us that there are likely many more. for a year and a half the city failed to treat the water with standard anticorrosion chemicals, so the pipes corroded, releasing the lead. adriana diaz is there. >> reporter: ariana hawk came to the health department today for her children's lead test results, only to find out she'll have to wait at least two more weeks. >> still no results. come on. >> reporter: her son, sincere, was only a year old when flint tapped into its river for water. now, he's almost three, and has rashes that his dermatologist believes are not due to lead but
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>> as soon as he gets in the tub you can, like, see it. he's digging so bad that the skin is just, like, coming off of him. i don't want-- no kid should have to go through that. >> reporter: this week, his face is on "time" magazine. >> this exposure is good for everybody because we need this help. you know, we've been going like this for a year and a half before no one even knew about the water. >> reporter: the genessee county health department is overwhelmed. >> how did it go, buddy? >> reporter: nursing director toni larocco. >> i need more staffing to cover-- to get the process sped up. >> reporter: are people working extra hours these days? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: what happens once someone tests positive for lead? >> we have nurse case managers. they go out and do home visits. they talk about nutritional aspects that can really help remediate some of that lead exposure. >> reporter: what if the results come back negative? >> i'm still going to be worried as a parent because for a year and a half we were drinking this water with all this lead and all
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worried that still in the long term he still has to worry five to six years now, any day now he'll wake up and he's going to be different. >> reporter: she has good reason to worry because lead only stays in the blood for two to three weeks. after that, scott, it can travel to your bones and nervous system and stay there for decades. >> pelley: adriana diaz on the flint story from the start. adriana, thanks. now we have an important food safety notice for you. a listeria outbreak has been traced to salads packaged at a dole plant in ohio. one person has died and 12 became ill. the salads are sold under these six names. all the suspect packages have the letter "a" at the beginning of the manufacturing code. low oil prices have american energy workers over a barrel. also ahead, refunds on a hot item that turned out to be too
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stabilize this year, what happens to your business? >> well, we may all be done. >> reporter: cheaper oil means it's less profitable to drill here, and as projects dry up, the town has suffered. sales tax revenues plummeted more than 60% in one year. unemployment has nearly doubled to 9%. jesus trevino lost his job moving oil equipment six months ago and went to a food pantry today for help. >> can't even afford to pay my bills. you know, you go from making a good living and all of a sudden it's all gone. >> reporter: volunteer phyllis seidel says the pantry's case load grew by 700 people last year. are you concerned about being able to handle that? >> yes, very. >> reporter: scott, at this time last year, there were nearly 700r, rigs drilling in texas. more than half of those are now out of production. >> pelley: manuel, thanks.
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that's receiving the attention of the white house... tonight at six./// > it could be one of the worst >> pelley: steve hartman stopped at a roadside restaurant and brought us back something sweet. >> reporter: what makes tim's place restaurant in albuquerque, new mexico, so special is that it is, indeed, tim's place. >> hello. how are we doing today? welcome to my place. >> reporter: tim harris was the first restaurant owner in the country with down syndrome. for the last five years, he has lived for his business, which is why his customers were shocked when tim announced recently that he was closing. >> my customers cried a lot. i'm going to miss you. >> reporter: so what drives a man to give up a job he loves
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>> oh, yeah! >> reporter: a girl he loves more than anything. >> i cannot wait! >> reporter: that blur in the "i love tim" t-shirt is tiffani johnson. they met at a down syndrome convention. >> i was like, oh, my god, he's, like, oh, my god. >> reporter: did you go up to him and say something? >> i was too scared to. >> reporter: too scared to? >> because i never met a guy like tim. >> reporter: tiffani says it the weirdest feeling. >> i think i got hit by the love bug. >> reporter: eventually, tim got bit by it, too. >> will you be my girlfriend? >> you know i will. yes. >> reporter: he made her a steady and decided to move to denver to be closer to her. tim plans to open a new restaurant there, but it's still going to be hard leaving what he knows. in fact, he cries every time he >> i'm just really sad to lose this place. >> i know. >> i'm really sad. >> it's incredible to watch. he's deeply grieving about the idea of this transition.
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keith. >> while at the same time, being as excited as i've ever seen him about the possibility of being with tiffani. >> i'm lucky to have someone that loves me. >> every time i feel sad, my girlfriend makes me a lot happier. >> i'm trying not to start crying here. >> reporter: when you look her in the eye, what do you see? >> i see love. i see joy, and i see that i have-- i have a future. >> reporter: why on earth do we call them disabled? >> i just love him. >> reporter: when on the important things, they can be so much more able than us. steve hartman, "on the road," in albuquerque, new mexico. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott
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and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes."
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