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of gold. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. it is crippling. it is historic. tonight parts of the east coast are all but paralyzed by a blizzard that's blamed for at least 16 deaths and has had an impact on 30 million people. it's been felt in 16 states, and it has dumped a lot more snow in some places than predicted including washington, d.c. and new york city. which is largely shut down tonight. the south over three feet reported in parts of maryland and west virginia. here's what it looks like tonight on radar. beyond the snow, the blizzard has brought hurricane force winds in a massive storm surge to coastal areas still not fully recovered from superstorm sandy. and it has made travel whether by ground or by air impossible. a dream for millions over the
been cancelled. tonight we have extensive coverage of blizzard 2016. we begin with our national correspondent mihiel in washington, d.c. >> reporter: good evening. we've been in a whiteout much of the day here in washington, d.c. this is our 30th straight hour of snow. on a typical day you would usually be able to see the national capital behind me. today, that's certainly not going to happen. here into the nation's capital we have had two feet of snow. it is thick and it is fluffy, but it is also dangerous. this city tonight in the bull's-eye and we're not alone. this is what they feared and so much more. historic snow, crippling ice, severe flooding bringing much of the east coast to its knees. >> the like getting sandblasted out here. >> reporter: tonight, the roads are dangerous and deadly. 16 killed across the region. most in car accidents.
some for 13 hours on i-75. >> no food, water, bathroom facilities. >> reporter: with hundreds of thousands in the dark, ice is snapping power lines. many more in this deep freeze will lose heat and electricity. a convoy of help pouring in from outside state. >> to restore power and to restore hope whether that's for here at home or for our neighbors. >> reporter: with more than 8,000 flights cancelled in two days, you can see this monster storm from space, sprawling 800 miles long from tennessee to massachusetts. few have been spared in its path. wall-to-wall coverage in what some call the storm of a generation. >> this is not over yet. not by a long shot. >> reporter: new york city a rare travel ban. the public ordered off the road. bus services suspended. broadway shows cancelled. there's nearly 20 inches in central park. >> it's a winter wonderland.
>> reporter: even the governor helping to pull stranded cars off the road. >> between the snowfall and the wind, it is really a treacherous, treacherous situation. >> reporter: the coast is being pounded, too. a surging tide, 70 mile an hour winds, triggering flooding along the jersey coast. first superstorm sandy, now this. with each passing hour, the snow is mounting. parts of virginia hit with three feet and counting. after 17 years behind a plow, howard thought he'd seen it all. >> when you go through a neighborhood, you see everybody coming outside clapping. they're happy to see us. >> reporter: tonight the white house is just that, white, surrounded by 18 inches of snow. skiers took to the national mall as the national guard patrolled city streets. paramedics usually scrambling to help needed a hand themselves. >> there's no point to be out. stay home.
impacted by this massive storm, but even as many start to dig out, they're still getting buried. with these whipping winds starting to pick up, we expect the snowfall here in the nation's capital to continue until about midnight. when it is all said and done, they'll have roughly two feet. tonight they are asking everyone to shelter in place. the mayor says when it is all said and done all across this region we could have $850 million in damage. jose, back to you. >> miguel in washington, thank you. here in new york city it's all pretty much shut down tonight. the streets mostly empty, bridges and tunnels closed, as are many businesses. we started the day in washington, d.c. now on the streets of new york city tonight, dylan? >> reporter: hey, jose. it takes about four hours from washington, d.c. to new york
in the blue mobile it took us eight hours. heavy snowfall and snow-covered streets naturally forced us to take it very slowly. you know, we did not make it back to new york city before that travel ban kicked in at 2:30 this afternoon. but the press deemed us essential vehicles. they did allow us through the lincoln tunnel. we actually made it through in record time seeing as there was no other traffic going through the tunnel. we are now on sixth avenue in midtown manhattan right outside our nbc studios and it is a virtual vehicle ghost town with police threatening to arrest people who do not heed that travel ban. i'll tell you it's very surreal being in new york city on a saturday night with no traffic and no horn honking. now despite winds gusting up near 30 to 40 miles per hour, there are so many people walking around, just taking in this storm. we've seen folks on skis. some on snowboards. we've also seen several just standing in the middle of the
something you can only do when the biggest story hits the city. jose? >> they include the jersey shore where memories of superstorm sandy are still fresh. rehema ellis has our report there tonight. >> reporter: they knew the waves of water were coming, but no one expected this. much of jersey's south shore woke up to flooded streets. some waves reaching up to ten feet and winds getting up to 48 miles per hour, many without power. >> it's like getting sandblasted out here, particularly up around the ocean. >> reporter: water rushed through neighborhoods like sea isle city and wildwood. areas hard-hit three years ago by superstorm sandy. >> folks listened -- >> reporter: governor chris christie said residents were prepared, most complying with voluntary evacuations.
than we were three years ago. we won't anywhere near the property damage or loss of life we had three years ago. >> reporter: in point pleasant robin snyder and her daughter rode out the storm, still rebuilding from sandy but spared this time around. >> i haven't seen any water yet. thank goodness, and hopefully we won't see any water. >> reporter: the jersey shore wildcats hockey team got in their workout today trading in their hockey sticks for shovels. >> i'm used to colorado blizzards, but coming out here it's a lot different with the ocean right here, the wind. it's brutal. >> reporter: tonight, there will be more of high tide and new jersey is bracing itself for the possibility of more fierce winds and even more coastal flooding. jose? >> rehema ellis. thank you very much. let's remember the storm began in the south bringing death and misery there before moving on in kentucky. thousands of drivers were stranded last night in frigid temperatures on one of the nation's busiest highways. gabe gutierrez is there tonight and has our report.
stretched for more than 20 miles. trucks and cars paralyzed on i-75. north of london, kentucky. >> even walmart closed. walmart only closes at christmas and walmart closed last night. so if that's tells you anything. >> reporter: tractor trailers unable to climb snowy hills blocked the highway, leaving hundreds trapped in their cars. the national guard moved in. >> they kept telling us a couple hours, a couple hours. at some point, a trucker said we're going to be here all night. >> just taking cat naps. my girlfriend's calling me pretty regular making sure i'm still awake and still alive and safe. >> reporter: dani garner and her three kids started their trip in muncey, indiana. heading home to tennessee. this time a screeching halt in kentucky. her toddlers enduring more than 16 hours in their frigid car with nothing to drink until this
>> i was like my heart kind of jumped. they probably just tapped their brakes. don't get excited yet. i seen it moving. i was like, oh, god, i think it's moving. it's moving. it's moving! go, go, go! >> reporter: tonight her desperation is over. traffic is moving and for so many drivers home never sounded so good. and then there are those who decided to abandon their vehicles just off the exits. it will take those drivers awhile to dig their cars out of these snow drifts. dozens of families spent the day at a nearby red cross shelter. amazingly, jose, there were no serious injuries. >> gabe got yeah gutierrez, thank you. some of the busiest airports in the northeast remain shut down tonight. ghost towns as passengers wait out the storm. we're at laguardia airport here in new york. >> reporter: good evening, jose. take a look. this is not something you'll see very often. laguardia a virtual ghost town. nobody here at the ticket counters. really just a few unfortunate
here. we talked to one couple who couldn't get to a wedding tonight in chicago. they ended up getting a room for tonight in new york, but others say they're sleeping here, including one woman who says she's staying until tuesday because that's when the airline says it can get her out. there have been more than 4,400 cancellations nationwide today, and we're already seeing more than 2,500 for tomorrow. that, of course, has a ripple effect through the entire system. we're even seeing stranded passengers in places like miami and los angeles. the effects are worse than many people thought, so from the airlines tonight we're hearing that operations won't resume in the washington, d.c. area until at least monday. here in new york they are hoping to have limited service later on sunday afternoon, but it's going get everything back up and normal. so if you are flying out, as always, a good idea to call ahead and check with your carrier. >> kristen dahlgren, thank you very much. after all we've seen tonight, let's go to al roker
and what we can expect for the rest of the weekend. al? >> we're talking about still some more snow at least until midnight hanging out. you can see, there is no relief in sight. it's just going to continue coming in here. some of the amounts we have glen gary, 26 inches. baltimore, 19.8 inches of snow. as we go through, this is what we're looking for. by 11:00 tonight, should end in the washington and baltimore area. 24 inch totals. for philadelphia, 18 to 26 inch with the snow ending around midnight. new york city snow ending midnight, 1:00 a.m. all said and done, 20 to 30 inches of snow. this will start pushing off, pulling away. the snow will taper off after midnight. we'll be left tomorrow morning with plenty of sunshine, but strong winds and blowing and drifting snow around. so the snow ends, but we are going to linger with its aftereffects well into next week. jose? >> al, thanks so much. the political storms of the
that had a lot of people talking. the possibility of a third party run by another billionaire, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg. get all the latest from kristen welker. >> reporter: it is yet another surprise, another billionaire may enter the 2016 campaign. today multiple sources tell nbc news former new york mayor michael bloomberg is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring as an independent fed up with the state of the >> i think he'd really like to do it. but he's also the type of guy who's not going to do it if it doesn't look like there's a real significant chance. >> reporter: bloomberg set to decide by march. he'd likely enter only if donald trump, ted cruz, or bernie sanders are destined to be their party's nominees. and with the caucuses just nine days away, trump and cruz are on track, running neck and neck in iowa. >> god bless the great state of iowa. >> reporter: trump today again raising eyebrows with yet another controversial comment. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot
okay? it's like incredible. >> reporter: this as his personal feud with jeb bush escalates. after the release of a new bush ad featuring his mother barbara. >> when push comes to shove, people are going to realize jeb has real solutions. rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are. >> reporter: trump mocking bush on twitter. just watched jeb's ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him. jeb, mom can't help you with isis, the chinese, or putin. jeb firing back, i'd be careful, donald. and posting a picture of his mom wearing an eye-block and football shoulder pads. trump supporter standing firmly by his side. >> i think donald is always a bit shocking and i think that's something is that brings him a lot of support. >> reporter: the democratic race also getting increasingly tight. hillary clinton fighting to regain her lead over bernie sanders, hitting sanders on his medicare for all health care plan. >> my esteemed opponent senator sanders wants to start all over
>> reporter: sanders sharpening his attacks, too. >> in poll after poll, we do better against donald trump than other republicans and hillary clinton. >> reporter: "the register" announced it's endorsing hillary clinton and marco rubio tonight. "the register" has a checkered history of picking the actual nominee. still it could give both candidates a boost. jose? >> thank you very much, kristen welker. >> for more on the campaign, tomorrow on "meet the press" chuck todd will be joined by donald trump, bernie sanders, and hillary clinton. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday after a deadly outbreak of food
involved is responding. we're back tonight with the latest on an outbreak of listeria that is linked to one death and has landed 11 other people in the hospital in six states all traced to bagged salads by dole. steve patterson reports tonight on how the company is responding. >> reporter: packaged salads found on store shelves across the country, some now linked to the deadly bacteria listeria. >> you could die? of course, it's scary. >> reporter: food manufacturer dole calling for the voluntary recall of packaged salads in 23 states. it comes after the cdc says 12 people in six states were hospitalized after getting sick, one person in michigan died. in a statement from dole, the company says they're working with federal agencies to warn consumers, saying this
being performed voluntarily by dole out of an abundance of caution. listeria is a bacteria that can cause symptoms like headaches, confusion, and convulsions. tests by the ohio department of agriculture found the contamination started at this production facility in springfield. >> a likely source of the outbreak in the dole plant is listeria that were brought in on the lettuce plants that were harvested. >> reporter: dole says salads with a product code beginning with the letter a are affected. some of the salads with that code were made for specific supermarkets including walmart, aldi, and fresh selections sold at kroger. >> if you have the lettuce, you should definitely throw it away. >> reporter: representatives from dole says it was just that one plant in springfield, ohio, meaning no other facilities were affected and no other products are at risk.
than 26 million people. easy to see why. tonight in minnesota another slice of winter. a new women's champion figure skating champion crowned at the national championships in st. paul, to be broz cast live here on nbc. there's an unusual matchup in the making. twin sisters competing against each other on the ice. as we hear from janet shamlian. >> triple chow! >> reporter: gracie gold, an olympian and former national champion is current skating royalty. >> every day in training you dream something like this might happen to you. >> reporter: but when she skates for this national title, she won't be the only golden girl on the ice. >> so excited to be here. >> reporter: gracie's twin sister, carly, also qualified for the championship. >> have the nerves ramped up yet? >> i'm going in completely with
feel lucky to be here. >> reporter: carly is skating later than gracie. for the past two years, both 20-year-olds have trained in california under famous coach frank carroll. the girls have been lifelong roommates, best friends, and now for the first time, competitors. >> gracie and carly in this competition will be out for different things. gracie is really challenging for the title. carly is sort of happy to be here. >> reporter: nbc sports analyst johnny weir and tara lipinski. >> it's such a coincidence for something like that to actually happen. really cool. >> reporter: carly has been at the competition for years as her sister's biggest fan. but skating the short program thursday was her first taste of the spotlight. >> i'm just trying to really take a lot of pictures just so i can remember every moment from this experience. >> reporter: as carly hopes for a strong finish, gracie's in second place going into tonight's free skate. while skaters sometimes won't watch each other, gracie says not tonight. >> i do get kind of nervous and amped up, but not enough where i wouldn't watch her the whole
six more hours, jose, and then at least the heavy snowfall will be just about done, but we still have from boston all the way down to washington a fairly wide swath and solid swath of snow. what's interesting, these are the toethtss we've seen anywhere from 14 inches in d.c., 26 in jfk. all of these cities are getting their average seasonal snowfall for the entire winter in this one storm, so we have really over-performed with this system. the good news is it tapers off after midnight, pulls out, strong winds in the morning. the good news the sun will be out. the bad news is we still have to deal with all the snow that's left behind, getting the mass transportations up and running, and getting everybody out of their homes. jose? >> al, thanks. good to see you. that's nbc news "nightly news" for this saturday. thank you for the privilege of your time.
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