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new developments in the toxic water crisis in michigan. one of the -- what the did the governor know and when did he know it. and a rescue. a hollywood star turned real-life action hero. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. urgent preparations are underway right now for a major snowstorm developing for the east coast later in week that forecasters say could be the biggest in a century in some cities. it will come on the heels of the another storm impacting several states tonight. the next storm predicted to hit on friday, paralyzing travel and dropping double-digit snowfall in new york, philadelphia and washington which is under a blizzard watch starting friday afternoon. right now airlines are warning passengers of possible flight disruptions as we head toward the weekend. al roker joins me in a
minute with the detailed forecast. but first to nbc's gabe gutierrez on the double punch. >> reporter: today on the ice, interstates shut down and morning commutes snarled in louisville and nashville. >> the first one of the season zplfrnlt the fast-moving weather system known as a clipper turned deadly many morning in knox county, tennessee. one driver killed in treacherous road conditions. but the bigger storm is yet to come. 50 million people in its path along the entire eastern seaboard. tonight blizzard watches already issued for baltimore and washington, d.c. on friday. some areas bracing for more than a foot of snow. >> we are preparing nonetheless for the worst case scenario. >> reporter: it had been a mild winter. snowfalls in albany, boston, new york and others well below average. a far cry from last year's january. but tonight the rush
from new york, some store shelves are already e..y. >> foot, toilet paper. chips for my kids. >> reporter: airlines are warning travelers this weekend will be a mess. some carriers anticipating major disruptions are waving change fees. greyhound has canceled several bus routes to and from the northeast. a mild weather no more. here in kentucky, many folks are hunkering down after getting just a small taste of what is expected further east. here in kentucky, many schools were closed today. others could be tomorrow. and again, they are expecting that second wave of the winter blast thursday night into friday. lester. >> gabe. al roke ser here with us now tracking the storm. how bad is this going to be? >> some folks could be looking at three feet of snow, lester. we have winter storm advisories and blizzard watches from arkansas up to new jersey. the blizzard watch in affect from baltimore to washington area. first time they've had that since 1993.
we're watching this storm system get together. on friday we have snow from memphis to d.c. and we have a threat of severe weather down through the southeast, including florida. can't rule out a tornado with this. friday night, this really gets going. moving into new jersey and into nashville, roanoke. looking for the coastal low to continue to intensify. tomorrow, on saturday, snow from new york city into boston. it will continue to intensify, bringing winds of up to 60 miles per hour. and with a full moon there is a risk of high tide flooding as well. here is what we're looking for as far as snowfall. new york city 8 to 12. maybe a little bit more around philadelphia. but the washington, d.c. area, lester, we're talking 12 to 24 inches of snow. parts of virginia could see three feet. >> we'll see you with more tomorrow on "today." turning to politics. 12 days to iowa and 12 monthsing in the inauguration of a new president. candidates hitting each other hard and sarah palin hit the trail with donald trump today, raising eyebrows with what she
said about her son's domestic violence arrest, ptsd and the president. we have both sides covered, starting with nbc's kerry sanders. was a duet. >> there is an assault on christianity and an assault on guns. there is an assault on everything. >> reporter: donald trump -- and sarah palin. the former vice presidential candidate saying donald trump will give the u.s. lack. >> let them do their job and go kick >> reporter: that military theme turned personal for palin today. the crowd of 10,000 in tulsa fell silent as palin explained her oldest son track, an iraq war veteran, was arrested monday in alaska and charged with domestic violence girlfriend. >> but my son, like so
many others, they come back a bit different. they come back hardened. the question, though, that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? >> reporter: with the stop today here at oral roberts university and liberal university. >> we are going to protect christianity. >> reporter: trump is focus on the evangelical vote hoping to peel away ted cruz supporters in iowa. but some evangelical leaders are skeptical. understand that donald trump thrice married casino magnet says he has nothing to which to ask for forgiveness is not a religious man. >> reporter: palin may anoint him with some evangelicals, but she is not universally loved by trump supporters. >> i never liked her. i don't like her. >> does the endorsement help or hurt trump in your view? >> to the people i talked to, i think it hurts. >> reporter: kelly sanders.
nbc news, tulsa. i'm kristen welker in new hampshire. hillary clinton surrogates ramping up attacks, painting bernie sanders an unelectable socialist. >> i think it would be impossible for a socialist to win in a state like missouri. >> but former president bill clinton in new hampshire today steering clear of the s-word. borrowing for the 2008 clinton playbook saying he is uneluktable and just can't win. >> the real question is who can win the election, who is prepared to do the job, who could make real change. >> reporter: could the socialist line of attack backfire. >> a lot of those voters are capable of looking past the socialist label. >> reporter: hillary clinton taking her own shot at sanders today in an interview. >> in some of the comments that senator sanders has been making there is room for disagreement and even concern zblshlgt the current gop game
plan, build up sanders. the republican national committee tweeting during last week's democratic debate, i feel the burn. >> they are trying to prop up bernie sanders and they would rather run against him. >> the clinton came getting jittery with polls slipping. a dead heat in iowa. sanders in the lead in new hampshire. today the campaign down playing any nervousness to andrea mitchell. >> we have a candidate who is leading throughout the country. she is leading in all of the super-tuesday states by a significant margin. >> reporter: the big question for sanders, could he turn support among young first-time voters and independents into victory in the early voting state. and sanders will try to build on that before kicking off a two-day campaign swing through new hampshire tomorrow. meanwhile the rnc is down playing suggestions they are trying to influence the democratic primary, write in part tonight, quote, do we want to rub against sanders. sure. but we'll gladly take clinton any day of the week. lester.
another wild day on wall street. stocks plunging over 500 points before gaining back some of the ground lost. the dow finishing down 249 points as the price of oil continues to tank. while that is good news at the gas pump, it is bad news for a major sector of the u.s. economy. where businesses are hurting. nbc's olivia sterns has the latest. >> reporter: tonight the markets continue their slide, plunging more than 500 points on a volatile day of trading. the dow and nasdaq both touching the august. >> it was a good deal of anxiety throughout the morning. >> reporter: what is behind the drop? for one the china economy is slowing and nobody is quite sure exactly by how much. also driving the sell-off, concerns over the price of oil. a sign of economic growth around the world. the price has plummeted, down nearly 80% in the past two years. today closing below
$27 a barrel. >> there is a lot of oil everywhere on the planet. the saudis are producing a lot and we are producing a lot and we have the iranian oil coming online. so there are more price declines to come. >> the impact on the u.s. economy is mixed. the price of a gallon of gas, the nationwide average is half of the price of a gallon of milk. americans are also saving on heating oil and airline sales. but on the flip side, more than 250,000 people lost energy-related jobs last year. and for many, there is less money in the bank. since last november, the average american has lost about $9,500 in his or her 401(k). even so, experts say don't panic. >> you have to look at your fundamentals and your plan. there is a huge opportunity here in some great, great american companies to own. >> reporter: and lester, buckle up. experts say volatility is back. so we could get back to used to seeing big swings in the market
like we saw today. at least until the price of oil starts to stabilize. lester. >> thank you. and a late development in the story we've been following here. michigan governor rick snyder has released his e-mails related to the toxic water crisis in flint, a day after he apologized and vowed to fix it. he faces to resign -- qualifies to resign as the people of flint suffer with the uncertainty of when clean water will flow from their taps again. kevin tibbles has more. >> reporter: late today, the michigan governor, after angry protests over his handling of the flint water crisis released more than 200 pages of e-mails in an attempt to show what he knew and when he knew it. >> you deserve better. accountability. you deserve to know here with me. >> reporter: the governor's top aide wrote to him last september, several months after tests first revealed lead, saying the responsibility for the water crisis lies with
the city and the county. but said the state should speak up to avoid the narrative that the state is ducking responsibility. the governor said he acted when he knew. and was legally permitted to do so. tonight the state house approved his request for $28 million to help pay for emergency water supplies and lead testing in the schools. too little, too late, said this mother of three. >> sorry is not going to bring us freshwater every day. >> reporter: she said it is like living in the third world with no clean water. >> brush my teeth, wash my face, i got to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner and make kool-aid twice a day. >> reporter: she said her doctors told her her two-year-old has developed a rash from washing with tap water. >> are you worried about their future? >> yeah. i don't want my kids to have mental or of that. >> but when the water might be safe again is
even the flint mayor today couldn't offer much hope to weary residents. we'll have clean water again and that is why tragedy. >> reporter: donated water is arriving from across the country. today singer cher who was raised in nearby detroit partnered with a water company to donate 35,000 bottles. >> >> reporter: this woman who is now bathing her baby in bottled water, said her children deserve the real apology. what the e-mails also show is that the governor took a much more proactive role in this after september 30th of last year. even at one point asking his staff to check out health status of two young children found with elevated levels of lead in their blood. >> kevin, thank you. 20 people were killed when a gunman stormed a university in northwest pakistan. there are conflicting claims about whether the pakistani taliban are responsible. there were four of the attackers. they were all killed as the military closed in.
police say they were all wearing explosive vests but only one managed to detonate. now to more from our rare access inside iran where the lifting of nuclear sanctions have quickly set in motion big economic changes. but changing the culture of mistrust is a much different story. as our chief foreign correspondent richard engel explains, from tehran, many in iran continue to view america as the enemy. >> reporter: the nuclear deal lifted sanctions and expectations too. but to those who think washington and tehran have completely turned the page, not so fast. only hours after the deal was implemented, washington imposed new sanctions on the defense sector. a response to an iranian missile test. and today this statement from the ayatollah, iran's supreme leader, praising the detention of american sailors. in another letter, he also warned his government to guard against deception and
breaches of promises by arrogant governments, in iran's foreign minister, the man who negotiated the deal with secretary of state john kerry echoed his leader today in switzerland. >> i think they should learn that they cannot others through sanctions and pressure. >> reporter: on the streets of tehran, the wall. this recently-hung billboard evoked the iconic image offeo jeema. but the u.s. marines are shown standing on a pile of dead muslims. a clear message to everyone here that america remains very much an enemy. the supreme leader instructed iran politicians to be vigilant and watch for any cheating on the deal. and if they see it, to call the whole thing off. richard engel, nbc news, tehran. still ahead tonight, more about the virus striking fear in pregnant women. tonight we answer some
america. areas where the veeka virus is spreading unchecked putting unborn children at risk. there are several cases reported now in the u.s. we have details from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the cdc health alert to doctors, be on the lookout for signs of the zika virus in pregnant women who returned from countries or territories that health agencies are urging women who are pregnant who are hoping to become pregnant to avoid. tara pierce is 34 years old and pregnant. even though she loves traveling with her husband, she is staying put in new york. >> i would definitely not be looking to travel to any of the affected areas because i don't want to put the baby at risk. >> reporter: researchers believe the zika virus could cause microencephaly, abnormally small heads and brains. but it is not clear which trimester they are most at risk. in new york, this doctor is telling patients to stay away from the region.
cover up and wear mosquito repellant. >> the deet stray is safe for women in appreciation and we are telling them to use the deet and stay inside and travel outside to a minimum. >> so far the cdc is way of 12 adults who have returned with the virus over the past year. including two pregnant women in illinois and one in hawaii. now they are closely monitoring women who return from zika hot zones. the good news is the virus brings mild symptoms. once you had it, you should not get it again. >> you are immune. and if you decide to get pregnant years in the future, there is no cause for concern. >> reporter: but with the brazil carnival and the olympic games, the fear is it could spread with the mosquitos and victims arriving at u.s. airports. tom costello, nbc news.
way past pluto, which lost status as a planet in 2006. and for the first time in a decade, could you see mercury, venus, mars, saturn and jupiter, all five aligned in the predawn sky from now until february 20th. it is official, the national ocean antic and atmospheric association announcing 2015 was the hottest year since record keeping began in 1909. ten months had record high temperatures. the record warmth was broadly spread around the world with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. when we come back, why one father is so grateful that jamie foxx, after the actor
truck slams into a ditch and rolls several times. >> someone is trapped? >> reporter: frantic calls for help and an unlikely hero. >> i don't like at it as heroic, i just like at it like -- i just had to do something. >> reporter: something that made all of the difference. >> i hate to say it, but a couple of cars drove by and didn't stop. >> he was here for my son. and he saved his life. >> i get here aptd truck is over on its side and in flames. >> reporter: 32-year-old brett kyle trapped. >> i had the seat around my body and my neck and couldn't get out. >> reporter: foxx and another bystander cut him free as the flames drew closer. >> as we pulled him out, the truck goes up. i saw you got angels around you. >> reporter: and beside him. >> i think we all hope that we could do something when the time is there. but the question is, is do we? >> reporter: speaking from the hospital, the victim in shock. >> just the fact that one human being
willing to help another one means a lot to me. >> just the idea that someone would do that is so much more than i could fathom. so i just -- it is all tears of joy. >> reporter: and gratitude. >> come by any time. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, los angeles. and that will do it for us on this