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the triple choice sale is on now at sleep train. good ard. the uing a distress call after losing power and taking on water. this morning, the heroic effort by the coast guard to find the ship. fierce flooding. a dangerous situation brewing along the east coast this weekend. up to a foot of rain is expected in the carolinas while residents are being warned to stay off of the roads. disturbing new details this morning about the man who took nine lives in oregon on thursday. his troubled pasting with dismissal from the army and a
chilling note he left behind. this as wae learn more about the victims and stories of heroism in those tense moments. and the new "brid get jones." one thing about this particular photo this morning. i'll tell you what it is "today", ongt 3rd, 2015. >> this is today live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >> it's lovely day out there on the plaza. i'm erica hill. >> glad to have you with us. dylan dryer is here. our friends in the southeast are getting absolutely hammered right now. flooding there. this is greenville, south carolina, upstate south carolina. a lot of folks dealing with flooding that is borderline bib la call in some places. >> this is with joaquin staying
far away from the east coast. >> which is incredible to think, to think about all of that. that is our top story this morning, the storm and things being affected by it, including the dangerous search for a cargo ship that disappeared. 33 crew members are on board. kristen dahlgren joins us live this morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, at first light the search planes will be back up. they know the ship was taking on water. they know the eye of hurricane joaquin passed close to that ship's last known position. so this morning family members are holding out hope that somehow those crew members were able to hold on through the storm. >> we don't know their status. 140-mile-per-hour winds. it could have destroyed all of their communications equipment. >> missing at sea, the foot ca crew members, including 28 americans, disappeared during
hurricane joaquin as the storm issuing flooding winds and rain and torrential winds to the bahamas. it was expected to reach puerto rico on friday. at 12:30, the coast guard received a distress call saying it had taken on water. >> when you are disabled at sea, you basically are totally vulnerable to the sea. there is between 20 and 30 foot waves. >> reporter: the ship has not been heard from since. the maritime company says its captain has extensive experience and would not take unnecessary risks. >> the captain knew the conditions and communicated back to our headquarters. the conditions were as he saw them then, very favorable. he is very confident. the ship was doing well. >> reporter: all of this doing little to comfort family members
praying for their loved ones safe return. >> we want them home safe and soup sound. >> reporter: you heard from the family members. it is a reminder these are dads and husbands that are missing. most of the families are already here in jacksonville. those who aren't are flown in to get the latest updates on any new search information. we will, of course, keep you updated. erica. >> kristen, thank you. meanwhile, 22 million people under a flood watch this morning with unrelenting rain leading to problems up and down the east coast. it is not stopping soon. let's start off with kerry sanders live in greenville, south carolina for us. kerry, good morning. >> the rain will come at levels we have not seen before.
>> reporter: 5 to 10 to maybe 15 inches of rain could drench the carolinas this weekend. the darkening skies as the storm swept into columbia, south carolina. university of south carolina students captured a city already under water. >> look how crazy this is right now. >> reporter: emergency management is pleading with people not to drive in the lake suddenly popping up where roads should be. >> the phrase turn around, don't drown could not be more important. >> reporter: a state of emergency is in effect in parts of five states, including north carolina, where there is enough deep water to try this dangerous stunt. strong winds damaged property there, too. >> a tree and i realized that may be our car. >> reporter: ocean city may see a tidal crest this weekend. that is not stopping the u.s.
mail from getting through. >> rain, sleet, snow. got to get it done. >> reporter: shots from the space station show the power of hurricane joaquin. it left a trail of devastation in the bahamas. even if it stays out at sea, it is adding significant moisture to the storm battering the carolinas. >> that was kerry sanders reporting there. the weather such an issue, it was interfering with our ability to communicate with him. kerry is fine. he is in upstate south carolina. >> the same storm system may be to blame for a deadly fishing boat accident here in new york. two were killed when the boat capsized. >> the pounding rain and winds created rough seas with the waves in the area reported to be as high as 15 feet. >> scary stuff. dylan is tracking the stormy weather for us this morning. talk about keeping busy on saturday morning. there's a lot happening. >> even with joaquin staying far out to sea. here it is right now.
a category three hurricane. look at the moisture that is streaming up. this is going to cause the potentially life threatening flooding in carolinas. it is a powerful storm. the good news is it is finally moving away from the bahamas. taking the track that keeps it west of bumuda. we have an area of low pressure developing down here in georgia and south carolina. we have an area of high pressure up in canada. as these get closer together, these lines show the pressure gradient. that indicates how strong the winds will be. a strong easterly wind that is why we have coastal flooding. the moisture from what is hurricane joaquin that is staying out to sea. the moisture get close enough and the onshore flow. a high tide between 12:00 and 1:00. that is when we will see the splashover. a lot of roads close to the
shoreline will flood. we watching at flash flood warnings and watches through carolinas and up through va virginia. we had several inches of rain in this area. with this training rain through charleston, we are looking at more rain to perhaps produce as much as 15 inches of additional rainfall right in the area from charleston over to columbia. that is the biggest concern as we go through the next couple days. we will keep an eye on this for some time. craig. >> dylan, thank you. the details in the mass shoot in the oregon community college. nine lives cut short when the killer opened fire inside the college. this morning, we are learning more about his dark past. nbc's jacob rascon is in roseburg with more. >> reporter: craig, good morning. we know the identities of the victims. ages 18 to 70. the shooter himself a student
who arrived on campus in the first week of the semester determined to commit mass murder. investigators say chris harper mercer, 26, attended a school for emotionally troubled children and kicked out of the army and became a loner blocking about gaining notoriety. he left six guns, including a rifle and document at the scene. according to those, he wrote he would be welcomed in hell and embraced by the devil. local authorities are taking a personal stand. >> let me be very clear. i will not name the shooter. >> reporter: all nine wounded are expected to survive. among the dead are four teenagers. terry mcauliffe and lucas eibel and quinn glen cooper. their lives were shattered. and sarena dawn moore and jason johnson who just completed a rehab program and back on his
feet. >> he was proud of himself. proud of what he was doing. >> reporter: kim dietz was taking classes at the same time as her daughter. and lawrence levine, the only professor killed in the rampage. heartache and now healing as several police agencies investigate why. another mass killing in america and the deadliest school shooting in oregon history. >> i'm very lucky. some people didn't make it out of there. >> reporter: some witnesses reported hearing the shooter ask about his victim' religion. investigators are still searching for a motive, one thing seems clear. the shooter wanted to be infamous. seven additional guns were found at his house, all purchased legally. craig. >> jacob, thank you. good to find more about the victims.
this shooting reignited the debate of guns on the campaign trail. an angry president obama is pushing people to take action. we have nbc's kristen welker at the white house this morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. hillary clinton and joe biden will speak at the human rights campaign here in washington with the renewed debate about guns will loom large and it comes as washington's inaction on the issue is coming into sharper focus. >> this will not change until the politics change and the behavior of elected officials changes. >> reporter: president obama fed up, but acknowledging the reality friday. he cannot pass stiffer gun laws without congress. >> i'm going to talk about this on a regular basis and i will politicize it. >> reporter: on thursday, the president flashed anger not seen since sandy hook when 20 children were massacred. >> this is a political choice we
make. to law this to happen every few months in america. >> reporter: while less than half of american support stricter gun control laws, 93% want background checks for all gun buyers. there is little appetite for congress. this spilled on the campaign debate on friday where hillary clinton called for action. >> what is wrong with us that we can't stand up to the nra and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers they represent? >> reporter: in an interview with chuck todd, donald trump struck a different tone. >> you have people that are mentally ill and they will come through the cracks. >> reporter: and jeb bush raised eyebrow was his response. >> stuff happens. there is always a crisis. the impulse is to do something. it is not necessarily the right thing to do. >> i think the american people should hear that and make their own judgments. >> reporter: after the sandy hook massacre, the president and victims' families pushed for
expanded background tests. that did not pass congress. defeated by republicans and red state democrats. arguing it could tultimately threaten their right to bear arms. >> and it is difficult for members of congress because people opposed to changes in gun laws are willing to work and donate and do things to defeat members who go the other way. >> reporter: now as for jeb bush's comments, his campaign is pushing back against critics saying quote it is sad and beyond craven that some of in t would take bush's comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political climate. since 2012, congress added more pro-gun lawmakers to its rank. >> gun violence in america will be an important topic when we sit down one on one for a town
hall meeting with hillary clinton. that happens live in new hampshire right here on "today" on monday. if you have a question for secretary clinton, you can post it to our facebook, twitter or instagram using the #hillarytoday. there was a horrible tragedy after an air strike in afghanistan this weekend. >> nine staff members were killed when their hospital was bombed this morning. it happened in kunduz. dozens are seriously wounded. and many patients and staff members are still unaaccounted for. u.s. forces acknowledge that the strike may have resulted to collateral damage to a nearby hospital. doctors without border is condemning the shooting. afghan officials claim terrorists were hiding inside the hospital. and aboutface, from house
majority leader kevin mccarthey on benghazi. mccarthey tells fox news the purpose of the committee is to find out the truth and he never meant it imply it has something to do with politics. earlier this week he said the committee is to blame for hillary clinton's dropping poll numbers. mccarthey may be challenging his run for house speaker by jason chaffetz of utah. the widow of robin williams have reported he reached a settlement with his children. the terms of the settlement haven't been disclosed, but a lawyer for the widow says she's remain in the san francisco shoem she shared with williams and will receive living expenses to maintain the home for life. ak fordavid cassidy is apparently in trouble with the law again. cassidy who starred in "the pat are ridge family" is accused of
leaving the seen of an accident in florida last month. he sideswiped a truck and then tried to cover his license plate before fleeing with a flat tire. he's faced dwi charges previously in both florida and new york. and chill fill alovers spent the night braving pounding rain in new york to get a southern style breakfast. the atlanta based chain opened its first store in man hat. the first 100 customers got the chance to win free food for a year. so for some it was worth being out in the rain. >> no doubt it was worth it. the best chicken sandwich. >> and now it's here. there used to be one here, i think, in the union at fyu? >> i love chick-fil-a. >> the worst is when you're near a chick-fil-a and realize it's sunday. >> out west it's snow? >> there's another storm. we're talking about snow, perhaps up to 5 inches in parts of the higher elevations.
we've got this area of low pressure that's also bringing a lot of rain out ahead of it. this is going to move through the area slowly today, then into tomorrow as the winds pick up. it's going to get chilly behind the system. the rain is going to be relentless in south carolina today. we could end up to 10 to 20 inches pos . good saturday morning to you i'm meteorologist anthony slaughter. clear skies across the bay. temperatures not bad, 50s. later on, temperatures going up a bit from where they were yesterday, back to low 80s for the south bay 70s peninsula, mid-70s east bay san francisco, not as hot. temperatures coastline in the 60s. 68 there. 83 for north bay. talk about chances of rain sunday coming up. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you.
this morning, pope francis is in rome preparing for a gathering of church leaders from around the world. the visit to the united states is making headlines as the vatican offers details over the meeting with kentucky clerk kim davis. here is nbc's john yang. >> reporter: intrigue at the vatican days after the visit to the united states. officials revealing this is pope francis's real audience in washington with the former student and his same-sex partner of 19 years. the former student told cnbc, we have been friends for a long time. he knows about me being gay and he has a lot of respect for me being gay and my partner. this amateur video of the meeting surfaced the same day the spokesman tried to distance himself from kim davis. the kentucky clerk refusing to
issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. the vatican says davis was one of many that the pope visited and francis was not fully briefed on the details of her case. his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support in position of all of the particular and complex aspects. >> this pope doesn't fit the left/right categories we use in the united states. that was true for throughout the visit. >> reporter: addressing congress, he was widely praised for uniting at least briefly a bitterly divided nation and now this new twist. a meeting with a long time friend and his same-sex partner. for "today," john yang, nbc news, london. still to come on saturday morning, a look back at the week that was. from planned parenthood on the
back now at 22 past the hour with "the download." >> these are some of the stories that had us talking and smiling and thinking. another fatal shooting. >> somebody is outside one of the doors shooting through the door. >> ten killed at umpqua community college in oregon, including the gunman, chris harper mercer. >> the 41st school shooting this year. >> the reporting is routine. my response ends up being routine. the conversation and aftermath of it. we've become numb to this. extreme weather battered the east coast with historic rain and wind this week. >> one person killed.
another rescued when this road washed away. >> i cannot stress enough we are talking about the real possibility of deadly flooding. u.s./russia relations are icy, but president obama and vladimir putin held the first meeting in two years. both said it was constructive, but it is still strained. >> putin argued to keep syria's president assad. obama said assad massacred his own people with barrel bombs is the problem. not the solution. on capitol hill, planned parenthood's president cecile richards faced five hours of confrontational questioning. >> will the chairman yield? >> no, i won't. >> republicans want to strip federal funding after the undercover edited videos made by an anti-abortion activist. and hackers tried to access
hillary clinton's private e-mail account while secretary of state. >> she knowledacknowledged it ig a toll. >> and on the republican front. >> the author of "art of the deal" is making a new sales pitch. vowing to cut income taxes for millions of americans across the board. >> it would expand the deficit by a lot and disproportionately benefit wealthy americans. news from the mysteriously red planet. >> liquid water has been found on mars. >> for years, scientists have known there was water on mars, but frozen solid in polar ice caps. these streaks now suggest li >>qu it's not always easy to be part of a blended father, but an ohio father just before he goes down the aisle, her stepfather grabbed her father and both men
grab walked her down the aisle. >> i got weak in the knees and i couldn't have had anything better. >> this is six times more dense than air. >> so with this -- >> i love your mama better. i'm barry white and i will be performing at the velvet room. >> so great. >> al has a show tonight at the velvet room. >> i love the blended family. >> i get chills every time. >> so many of us come from blended families and a lot of us relate to that. there is drama, but it doesn't have to be that way. we can all get along. >> still ahead, dr. oz is making a house call and raising
microclimate forecast. seasonal. >> we talked before the cut-in, what's it like in san jose. you just walked in to work you shoal know. >> i was only out 13 seconds. >> if you haven't stepped out, it is clear, cool. later seasonal. 70s and 80s. no big surprises but we do have a big surprise for tomorrow. wouldn't you believe, talking about the chance of more rain. >> wow. >> yes. today dry day. tomorrow, showers in the bay area. 70s and 80s. cooler tomorrow. cloud cover. chance of rain coming up. >> we do need. if it comes, we'll take it. >> excited. >> thanks. trouble keeps mounting for the santa clara county jail. two more correctional deputies are under arrest. ryan saunders accused of illegally accessing confidential records of people he had personal relationships with.
investigators say he was injured on the job but believe he was hurt on personal time. both are on paid leave. this comes as three other deputies are facing murder charges in death of michael tyree. five other deputies put on leave, accused of sending inappropriate texts. more allegations of sex abuse against a basketball coach these new claims are coming from a former player. prosecutors plan to file 16 additional counts of child sex abuse jeagainst 34-year-old jul ort ortiz. the second victim claims to be abused for 15 months. first arrested after deputies saw him carrying out a lewd act with a 14-year-old boy. the bail has been increased to 1.5 million. >> in san francisco, looking for the person who attacked a child
in a library. police say a man who resembles this sketch assaulted a boy in the rest room. the man is described as short, hucky. coming up on "today in the bay," silicon valley technology olg on the silver screen. the major role it's playing in "the martian" and seasonal forecast. back to the "today" show.
if you live anywhere along the east coast this morning, you might want to stay inside. from times square here in new york city to greenville, south carolina. it is nasty. tens of millions under a flood watch on this saturday morning, the 3rd day of october, 2015. >> that is one of the stories making headlines at this hour. more than 20 million people in the storm's path. heavy rains expected to continue through the weekend. dylan will have much more on that for us in the next few minutes. the coast guard is looking for a missing cargo ship with 33 people on board, including 28 americans. it disappeared during hurricane
joaquin after a distress call was received. and doctors without borders say at least nine members killed overnight in a u.s. air strike in afghanistan. many others seriously wounded. the u.s. admits a strike may have resulted in collateral damage. let's start this half hour with a popular dentist this dallas shot and killed in a parking garage. sheinelle. >> one man is in custody charged with murder. investigators are still on the hunt for another woman who may have hired kendra's killer. today, 31-year-old christopher love is behind bars. accused of shooting kendra hatcher in the parking garage in the apartment complex last month. >> it was a murder for hire.
>> reporter: this woman, brenda delgado hired him to kill hatcher. >> she is a fugitive. >> reporter: according to police documents, delgado ended a two-year relationship with hatcher's boyfriend. authorities say she admitted being the getaway driver in what was supposed to be a robbery in exchange for $500. her attorney told nbc news that his client did not expect it to escalate to more violence. documents reveal that cortes said delgado tracked the victim through the cell phone before the murder. the dentist's brother, neil hatcher says this brings him closer to closure. >> it's nice. it is good to have something tangible to hold on to. >> christopher love is being held on $2.5 million bond. authorities say he was found
with the weapon believed to have been used to kill hatcher. sheinelle, thank you. >> dylan has been tracking the flooding issues along the east coast. a lot to track. >> unfortunately, there is the storm moving out to sea. that is joaquin. you would think that things would improve now it is heading eastward. the moisture streaming in from the system. we have the area of low pressure that developed off the coast of carolina. we will see more and more rain down through south carolina before it lifts into north carolina as we go into sunday and monday. it will train over the same area. that means if you could basically set up a row of train tracks here, the rain will continue to flow into the same area. that is why we are looking for rainfall totals up to 10 to 20 inches in some of the areas. especially, unfortunately, in the higher elevations of western south carolina out near columbia. an area dealing with rain for the last week. once you have 15 to 20 inches of rain, you can create the
mudslides as the ground is unstable and they will have gusty winds as well. it is a combination that could lead to dangerous flash flooding. up and down east coast, the threat of coastal flooding, especially around noon, high tide. and as all of that water gets pushed on shore, astronomical high tides. that is good saturday morning. i'm meteorologist anthony slaughter. waking up to fog in san francisco, visibility not bad. clear skies. temperatures later on 70s and 80s today. seasonal where we should be near average 82 south bay. upper 70s peninsula. mid-70s east bay. tri-valley a warm day but not hot. still in the mid-80s. cool in san francisco mid to upper 60s for today. we have a chance of rain in the fort cast. we'll talk about that at 7:00.
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statistic. 22 million americans struggle with addiction and 23 million more are in recovery. tomorrow in washington, d.c., more than 600 organizations will gather in solidarity to raise awareness with the unite to face addiction rally. dr. mehmet oz will be there. you have been focusing on addiction this week on your show. >> we have. it is part of the happy mind movement that americans are interested in getting into. we live in a stressful environment. addiction is a bigger problem. i'm optimistic. we will talk about that in a second. four times increase in heroin overdose in americans in the last four years. the number one cause of accidental death in our country. you mentioned over 20 million people addicted. it probably affects 1 in 3 households. tomorrow in washington, with the weather passing, hang in there, the march is on. the leaders from the drug czar
and congress members and sheryl crow and steven tyler. the recovery is real. as bad as the numbers i gave you, here best number. over 20 million are in recovery. recovery is real. >> it is the problem is as worst as it has been, what is the impetus? >> a lot of it is prescription medication. opiods. it is not a problem you have had all your life or a construction worker at 35 years of age and hurts their back and gets a prescription medication. they realize heroin is one-third the price and they are addicted. almost everybody in the country knows someone affected by drugs and the mental illness has been a crisis. >> if someone is watching and listening, if they have a loved
one struggling, what can they do? >> so, instead of finger wagging at them. lead with love. that is critical. they have to appreciate you do care for them. rally the troops. folks around you and loved ones to realize along with you that you need to do something to intervene. call in the calvary. get the pros involved. there is a solution for your loved one. most people don't believe it is true. it is there. part of the reason we are going to washington besides of the iconic march on the mall. if you cannot get to washington, we will stream it on dr.oz.com. you can see the important stories. al the end of the day, you have the ability to make the changes. our leadership has been active and doing the right thing. we have rules on the books that mandate that you get the care that you deserve for mental illness and recovery from addiction. it is your right to get it. >> i want to get your take on something else. you know oregon became the third state to legalize recreational
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back now on a saturday morning with a really sweet surprise for one man. his wife cooked up something special. >> yes, she did. sheinelle is in the orange room with the video. >> that is for sure. they said this is a long time coming. dana and her husband arkel have been trying to have a baby for 17 years. after several miscarriages, they decided to let go of the dream of getting pregnant five years ago. imagine her surprise when she said she was five months pregnant and she surprised him by putting buns in the oven. >> you're pregnant. you're pregnant?
>> guess how far along? >> how long? >> 19 weeks. almost five months. >> come here. >> and it's a boy. >> oh, dana said she thought something was up when she started exercising with a group of friends and she was gaining weight. the couple is shocked by the reaction of the video which has been viewed 5 million times. she sent the original to eight people. it is one of the things where people liked it and it is now all over the country. >> i lose it when i see a grown man cry. >> for a good reason like that. tears of happiness and joy. >> 17 years. what a blessing. keep us posted. >> we look forward to the baby video. still to come, "saturday night live" is back with one very special guest expected tonight. we'll tell you who it is.
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the faithful. we'll head outside in a bit. >> you know, bring us a pillow. this serves no purpose. bring us a blanket. >> anyway. >> "saturday night live" kicks off the 41st season. the host and musical guests miley cyrus. snl. something you have been waiting for all summer long. political season kicks into high gear. a lot of people wonder how snl will cover the side show of politics in the country. >> they have so much material to
work with. there is a lot of buzz. hillary clinton will make a surprise appearance on tonight's show. not to mention a surprise. she is expected to do a scene with kate mckennon. she appeared on snl during the 2008 season alongside amy poehler. where can you catch the action? where else but nbc. snl at 11:30. >> will do a recap tomorrow morning. it is always a treat. i tell you my favorite part. seeing the people lined up. >> in the cold and rain. they were out there at 4:00 a.m. >> very dedicated. >> or they are waiting for dylan dreyer. >> i was so funny with my pillow. >> you said it is forecast. you do the schtick well. bear versus kayak. a lesson and reminder you should
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microclimate forecast. >> funny when you describe sunny and warm every day across the bay. how many different ways can you say it? seasonal. average. another way to explain. temperatures into the 50s clear skies later on this afternoon. we are going to see another sunny and warm day. temperatures into the 70s and 80s. san francisco will be cool, upper 60s. we have rain in the fort cast. we head towards tomorrow. we'll talk about that at 7:00. >> you don't have to say sunny and warm anymore. >> finally rain. >> thanks. this morning, trouble keeps mounting for the santa clara county jail. two more correctional deputies are under arrest. saunders accused of illegally accessing confidential records. depp any nava rhett arrested for alleged workers' compensation fraud. he claimed he was injured on the
job but they believe he was hurt on personal time both are on paid leave. this comes as three deputies facing murder charges in death of michael tyree. five other deputies put on leave sending inappropriate text. sexual abuse against a basketball coach, new claims coming from a former play. prosecutors plan to file 16 additional counts of child sexual abuse against julio ortiz from menlo park. the second victim claims he was abused 15 months. first arrested last month after deputies spotted him carrying out a lewd act with a 14-year-old boy. bail increased 1.5 million. in san francisco, police are looking for the person who they say attacked a child in the library. a man who resembles this sketch
assaulted a boy last weekend. it took place at branch in geary boulevard. the man is described as short and husky. coming up on "today in the bay," silicon valley technology is in the silver screen. the major role it's playing in" the martian" and all of your top stories in 31 minutes from now. we'll send you back to the "today" show.
good morning. it's 8:00. here are some of the stories we're watching on this saturday. lost at sea, 28 americans among the miss this morning after a cargo ship disappeared in the atlantic as it was going from jacksonville to puerto rico. the ship pout out a distress call saying it was taking on water as hurricane joaquin battered it. the coast guard resumed the search today. fierce flooding. tens of millions along the eastern seaboard are under storm watch now. heavy rains are not showing any signs of letting up any time soon as the deluge leads to dangerous flooding in several states. dylan's watching it all. a gunman's fury. new details in the horrific mass shooting in oregon. the shooter left behind a note and several guns. we'll talk live to one
survivor's brother about how she was able to stay alive. today, saturday, october 3rd, 2015. good morning, welcome back to "today." it has been raining nonstop. thanks for coming out in the middle of the storm. >> yes. good to see you back with us. >> i'm alongside dylan dreyer. cold and windy -- >> up and down the east coast. the storm is staying away from the coast. >> we'll get to your forecast moment. we start with much of the southeast under water and under a state of emergency this morning as a dangerous storm dumps historic rainfall on the region. nbc's kerry sanders is in greenville, south carolina. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, craig.
yeah, it's coming down. as you know, going to continue to come down, you're looking over my shoulder here at the ready river. it's holding just fine now. the concern is what's going to happen going forward for the next 24, 36 hours and beyond because already in some of the low-lying areas, we're beginning to see flooding. you can see some cars are stalled in that water. the national weather service warns folks if you see standing water, don't drive your car through it. in two feet, even as little as one foot of water, you can lose control of your car. the problem's not just here in south carolina. it's to the south, down into georgia, all the way up into new jersey. as you take a look in areas of virginia where we have flooding, also in maryland, again, problems. it will continue throughout the day. the bottom line is you need to recognize that because there's so much water, it's not simply going to be a flooding problem. it's going to saturate the ground. that means tree roots could become somewhat fragile, and a gust of wind, the national weather service says there could
be gusts up to 35 miles per hour. trees could topple over. so the emergency managers in the various states along the east coast that are impacted are recommending people, if they don't need to go out, to hunker down at home and just wait this out. it's going to be as much rain in south carolina in three days as they normally get in three months. so that would be a record rainfall. they've been keeping these records for about 150 years. and for those who are wondering about college football, the clemson/notre dame game, it's an outdoor stadium. it's going to be in the rain. it's natural turf. maybe by the end of the game because it's so muddy, we're probably not going to go which player is on what team. we're going to have to watch and figure it out. >> going to be a doozy in death valley tonight. kerry sanders, thank you, sir. >> a straight-up mud bowl. goodness. dylan is tracking all of this for us. what can we expect throughout the day? >> hurricane joaquin is still a category three hurricane. it is moving out to sea.
it should stay west of bermuda amp the moisture from the system is still being streamed in. look at the line of rain moving right through charleston, up into charlotte. an area that's already been hard hit. the rain is not wobbling west or east. it is just stuck over the same area. that's what's going to lead to the potential of some flooding. the ground is saturated. the rivers, the streams, the creeks, they're all at maximum level. when you add an additional possible 15 inches of rain, that obviously will lead to the potential of flash flooding and flooding of the streams and rivers. it's also a little hilly out in western south carolina. that could also end up in some mud slides. also want to point out, it's not just the flooding rains. it's also the coastal concerns. over the next two days, especially around the time of each high tide, we've got moisture and this wind coming in off the atlantic. it's going to push the water on shore. seas are already running around 8 to 11 feet high. there's a high tide today around noon. the hour before noon and after noon, we're going to see most of our coastal flooding. we could see beach erosion and a
lot of coastal areas dealing with the flooding as we go through the rest of the weekend until those winds finally subside. erica and craig? >> all right. thank you. turning to the story developing in the middle of the ocean that we've been following throughout the morning. the coast guard is looking for a missing cargo ship. and we have more on the search with kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: good morning. the agonizing wait in jacksonville, waiting to hear any word on the fate of the missing. it's daylight, so the coast guard is back up flying, looking for any sign of the cargo ship. yesterday they covered about 850 square miles, but that was under very difficult science as joaquin was passing by. even the coast guard admitted they were really pushing the limits of safety. the hope is that today things have calmed down some, and they will be able to get a better look at just the vast ocean out
there, trying to find any sign of what happened to the ship. last tuesday headed for puerto rico. then a call came in that they had lost propulsion. the ship wasn't able to go anywhere. it also was taking on water and listing about 15 degrees to the side. keep in mind, this is a very heavy cargo ship loaded with cars, loaded with containers. and then there was an automated distress beacon. it could have been activated by water coming on. it also can be manually action tasted. they're just not sure -- activated. they're just not sure when the distress beacon came in what was happening on board the ship. they're continuing to fly out. family here waiting for any word at all on what happened to the ship. we'll continue to keep you updated as we go through today. >> kristen dahlgren this morning, thank you. turning to that tragedy in oregon where a 26-year-old shooter opened fire on a community college killing nine. police say the shooter was a student at that school and that he left behind a disturbing note
before his rampage. this morning, some amazing stories of survival and heroism coming forward from that deadly day. nbc's kevin tibbles is in oregon with more on that. kevin, good morning. >> reporter: craig, in the wake of such a tragic story, new stories are emerging. ones of survival, of courage, even forgiveness. roseburg's 22,000 residents now grapple with the horror of thursday's rampage. lives have been taken. lives changed forever. corey boil an was the first to speak to his wounded sister, anna. he did it by cell phone. just 18, yet she is a survivor. >> it was a minute or two after the incident. she had enough strength to the answer phone. i told her to keep breathing and that i loved her. and i was trying really hard to keep it together for her. >> reporter: there were heroes here, too. 30-year-old chris mintz, an army
veteran, told the goiunman it w his son's birthday. he tried to block the shooter's path and somehow survived being shot seven times. the mother of his child think of those who did not make it. >> saddened that there are possible children that don't get to have that no more. >> reporter: a special gofundme page was set up by a cousin hoping to raise $10,000 to help the mintz family. it's already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. hannah miles was spared, hiding from the gunman in the next room. >> complete confusion. terror. i didn't know if i would see my family again. >> reporter: their father is a local minister. >> we're very blessed today. my heart goes out to those who don't have their children tonight. my heart goes out to those folks that have lost their family members. i'm blessed, and i am thankful to god. >> reporter: as roseburg prepares to bury those taken on
thursday, there are tributes and remembrances. but craig, there is also the grief. >> thank you for that. doctors say anna boylan, one of the victims you saw in kevin's story, is expected to make a full recovery after her surgery yesterday. her older brother, corey, who talked to her that day and was on campus that same day joins us. thank you for getting up early and joining us. >> thank you very much. >> tell us, there are so many people pulling for anna. howsurgery go? >> it went as well as it could have. i saw her this morning before she fell asleep. she's been in physical therapy and moved to a less intensive care unit currently. she is expected to make a full recovery with no lasting damages. >> incredible. she asked the doctor one thing before the surgery.
she wanted the bullet. >> yes. she's quite the comedian. she wanted to keep it as a souvenir to show that she's not afraid and brave. >> did the doctor salvage that and give it to her? >> no. the doctor was not able to due to the fact that it was part of the crime scene. it was considered evidence and was probably confiscated by one of the -- either the police or one of the active people on duty. >> you talked a little, as we saw in kevin's piece, about how you tried to hold it together when you first spoke to to her on the phone after everything had happened. walk us through what happened. as i understand it, she played dead at one point. >> yes. she played dead when the gunman first came in. she was hit in the opening fire and fell to the floor next to her friend, cheyenne, where she pretended to be dead. and when the gunman addressed her and told her to stand up, she remained quiet and still, which allowed her to buy enough time to where he decided to leave her alone and continue on
with his -- this horrible event. but she, when i called her and when i was in the classroom, she was gasping, breathing hard and crying and told me she had been shot. i just prayed for her and told her to keep breathing. that i loved her. it was everything i could do to even stay on my feet while i was speaking with her because i thought i was going to lose my little sister. all i knew was that she was shot, laying in a classroom somewhere. at the time. now that i know that she's -- go ahead. >> go ahead. >> now that she's okay, i'm feeling better, but at the time, i was more scared than i've ever been in my life. >> we can only imagine what that must have like for you. based on the stories that you tell and what ana told you, sounds like you come from an incredibly strong family. i understand that -- >> absolutely. >> you're a student there, but also did you know the gunman? >> i think i was aware of the fact that he may have been a
student previously, and that he was active on the ucc campus. i didn't know him personally. i believe i recall seeing him, but as far as knowing him on a personal level, i did not. but i'm aware of who he is. >> have either you or your sister at this point talked about going back to class? >> we haven't talked about going back to class at all. we actually don't even know when class is supposed to start again. we've been very focused on family and just very focused on ana and managing her recovery. >> sounds like she has an incredible support system in all of you. and from what we've seen as a community, you're pulling together for one another. we appreciate your time this morning. please give ana our best. >> thank you -- absolutely. she would like to share one thing that she is very happy to be alive. she's very happy to be here. she wants everyone to realize that living every day like it's your last is much more real to her now. and she sends her love to the families who are struggling. she sends her affection and care
out to the entire community and to the nation who's watching. >> what a statement from a very strong young woman taking a moment to think of others in this time. thanks again. >> thank you very much. we continue to follow that deadly air strike in afghanistan, as well. we have more on that. >> yes, the u.s. military says the strike on a doctors without borders hospital this morning is now under investigation. the charity group says at least nine of its staff members are dead and 30 other people still missing, adding the strike on the trauma center was a sustained bombing. the united auto workers have reached a tentative deal with ford, averting a strike at one of the automaker's key assembly plants. ford released a statement early saying plant operations will continue at the kansas city factory. it employs nearly 8,000 workers who make ford's most popular model, the f-150 pickup. the university of louisville says it is investigating a possible sex scandal involving paid escorts. that's rocking the school's
powerhouse basketball program. on friday, coach rick pitino addressed bombshell allegations coming out in a new book written by a local madam. it claims the former team staffer paid prostitutes to have sex with teen recruits and includes photographs of what the author says are escorts with players in dorms. >> i'm shocked over this. i -- my heart's taken out of my body and broken. >> louisville says it first learned of the allegations in late august and immediately notified the ncaa. finally, a farmer in michigan has made a startling discovery. the bones of a wooly mammoth. he was digging in a soybean field with a friend when they discovered what looked like a bent fence post caked with mud. look at this. instead, it was part of a pelvis from an anxious wooly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago. they also found the skull and two tusks along with ribs and both shoulder blades. what a find.
>> from snuffalupagus to -- >> i thought you were going to call me -- >> no. not on television. >> and some rain, too. let's talk about that down in the southeast. rain and wind, flag likely across parts -- flooding likely across parts of south carolina and coastal flooding from new good saturday morning. i'm meteorologist anthony slaughter. clear skies in the south bay. shots of san jose. sunrise, as we are starting to see first glimpse of the sun coming over the horizon. temperatures later on back into the 70s and 80s for most of us. not as hot as it was yesterday but still warm. back into the 80s for south bay. upper 70s peninsula. mid-70s east bay. mid-80s tri-valley. we have a chance of rain tomorrow. i'm glad i have all of these here.
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from nbc bay area, this is "today in the bay." good saturday morning to you. it's 7:00. we're so glad you're with us. clear skies in sunol. i'm kira klapper. anthony slaughter has a look at microclimate forecast. you say seasonal. >> yes. >> that's the word you're using. >> near average. but it's sunny today, warm, cooler tomorrow. we have showers, yes, in the forecast for tomorrow. today dry. tiburon, you can see a bit o