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breaking news tonight. hurricane watches and warnings just issued. a triple threat up and down the eastern seaboard and all the way to hawaii, bracing for impact. also breaking, isis says the leede leader at the top did the u.s. just take out the major strategy it is at the top of so many attacks. a governor under fire for a profanity laced rant and repeated racist and inflammatory remarks. and a prep school rape case that gripped
time. the mission she is on. and amazing rescue. a heart stopping pileup caught on camera. a woman trapped, her car engulfed in flames. we hear from the heroes who saved her. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nightly news with lester holt." >> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester tonight. make no mistake, we are in the fall throes of hurricane season now. and if you're a storm watcher at the weather service looking at the u.s. map tonight, there's a lot top three big storms threatening the u.s. coastline at this hour. parts of florida just placed under a hurricane watch, braced for up to 10 inches of rain. a tropical storm warning for sections of south carolina. and hawaii gearing up for a possible one-two punch. the big island facing a hurricane warning at this hour. gabe gutierrez starts us off tonight in north carolina storm zone. >> reporter: tonight the view from the
massive hurricanes swirling across the globe. hurricane madeleine in the pacific, threatening hawaii, it's followed by hurricane lester. churning in the atlantic, hurricane gaston, not expected to affect the u.s. >> this storm is an uncertainty, but we are preparing for it. >> reporter: in florida, tropical depression number 9 is poised to turning toward the gulf coast. >> everybody has to be careful. to be injured and we don't want any loss of life. >> reporter: another system, tropical depression number 8 is grazing north carolina's outer banks, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. the risk here, rip current warnings, when swimmers are pulled out to sea, in panic, trying to swim back to the beach. >> rip currents are dangerous, they have taken three lives here in the outer banks just this past summer. >> reporter: young
managed to escape. >> it's really rough and all these waves just crashing. >> reporter: other tourists on this tail end of summer are taking the offshore storm in stride. >> one to three inches, back home this is what you call a thunderstorm. >> reporter: the storms closest to the eastern u.s. are expected to strengthen into major hurricanes, it has suddenly become a busy season in the tropics. >> don't focus so much on the strength or the category, bee being the most dangerous. >> reporter: as florida prepares for flooding, there is dangerous rip currents up and down the eastern seaboard as far north as new england, possibly extending into the holiday weekend. >> thank you. lets turn to our meteorologist dylan dryer. >> let's start in north carolina where gabe is, and this storm, tropical depression 8 is taking
we still could see one to three inches of rain and gusty winds overnight and rip currents remain a threat through tomorrow. now to the gulf, tropical depression 9 is forecast to become a strong tropical storm before it makes landfall on thursday in northern florida. but the whole track has shifted a little bit farther north. now charleston, south carolina could see the effects of a strong tropical storm. by the time we get into friday. either way, we are still looking at the possibility of natures and up to 10 to 15 inches of rain in a could lead to some dangerous flooding. out in the pacific, we have two category 3 hurricanes, madeleine and lester. madeleine is going to stay to the south of hawaii while lester is going to stay to the north of hawaii but we still could see 10 to 15 inches of rain on the big island and that could lead to flooding and mudslides. a lot to keep an eye on. as voters go to the polls in some high profile primary races tonight, a sign of just how worried top
from russia could be i'ming to tamper with the u.s. presidential election just two months from now. nbc news has learned that the u.s. intelligence community has now launched a top secret review. our justice correspondent pete williams with the details tonight. >> reporter: as the nation prepares to vote 69 days from now, nbc news has learned that a top secret u.s. intelligence group has already been tasked with looking at russia's election related hacking. the the mission to a group called the foreign denial committee. today the fbi director suggested his agency is also on the case. >> those kinds of things are something we take very, very seriously. and work very, very hard to understand. so that we can equip the rest of our government with options for how to deal with it. >> reporter: u.s. ofcials say after trying and failing to get into arizona's online voter registration system russian hackers penetrated a similar system in illinois. copying but not
a small fraction of the data. but state election officials say it would be much harder for any outsider to hack into the completely separate individual devices that count the actual votes. >> if it's not on the internet and you're not voting via the internet, the only way to hack into anything would be machine by machine. >> reporter: states that use optical scanners still have the paper ballots as a backup. even so security experts warn that touch screen systems with no paper backups still in use are much insider hack. >> i think it's negligence for a secretary of state anywhere in the country now not to have a paper trail for their votes, not to have some backup system because the risks are just too great in this cyber wild west. >> reporter: also today democrats in congress asked the fbi to look into weather russian hacks into the democratic national committee were an attempt to help donald trump's campaign.
trying to help trump, but they think that russia is trying to undermine confidence in the u.s. election system, even if it can't manipulate the vote. there are reports tonight that one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world has been killed. the brutal number two in command of isis, suspected of playing a role in some of the most vicious attacks on the west we have seen. richard engel now with exactly what we know. a house hold name in the united states, but for isis supporters, he is a major player. both the group's chief spokesmen, also its second in command. significantly it was al-adnani who called for sis it's supporters throughout the world to carry out lone wolf attacks throughout the month of ramadan. and it was that call that was linked to a spike in attacks that we saw earlier this
the orlando massacre. al adnani has long been linked to violence, he spent six years in u.s. custody in iraq until he was released. there remains a $5 million bounty on its head. what's important at this stage it's only isis that is claiming he was killed and u.s. officials have confirmed to nbc news that there was an air strike in syria earlier today that adnani was targeted, that a car was struck, u aren't sure that adnani was actually in the vehicle. there were still other reports that he died from wounds that me sustained a week or two weeks ago. >> it is fight night in two key states as two big names in the gop battle for their political lives. it is also a major first test of how donald trump may impact races for his fellow republicans. in the meantime, an african-american trump surrogate is
social media. to get all of this now from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: when donald trump isn't mired in his own controversies, his surrogates stir it up for him. pastor mark burns apologizing for tweeting a cartoon of hillary clinton in black face. >> last thing i want to do is -- >> reporter: after 14 months of firestorms like that, tonight trump's affect on congressional races will be tested as voters cast their primary ballots. marco rubio and john mccain fighting to keep their seats in florida and arizona. >> cindy and i voted, we're looking for a good turnout on the vote today. >> reporter: both senators walking a tight rope trying to support their nominee without alienating hispanics. a voting bloc that could potentially sway general election races. at stake gop majorities, especially in the senate. if hillary clinton wins, democrats only need four more seats to retake control, making it easier to push through decisions
>> holding the senate, i think is a extremely important goal for republicans and frankly the house of representatives is probably if things were not to go where we would like is our real last line of defense. >> reporter: incumbent senators facing tough battles, democrats linking them to trump's divisive rhetoric. >> i have said that i'm going to be voting for our noe, disagreements, i have said that. which i will continue to do. >> reporter: as the gop wins the house and senate, they could still hold the house, essentially leaving congress in gridlock. >> we won't be looking at large reforms such as immigration or tax codes. we'll be looking at a congress that averts controversy at the last hour as it has the past several years. >> reporter: instead of campaigning for down ballot republicans, donald trump is here campaigning in deep blue washington states.
is expected to clarify his murky position on immigration. one of trump's supporters, maine's governor paul lepage is facing a firestorm of his own tonight for leaving a profanity laced message for a political foe which has been revealed. his political future is up in the air. >> you don't like me, and i don't like you. >> reporter: two term republican governor paul lepage already known for his bombastic style kicked it up a notch in recent stays. last thursday, lepage insisted that 90% of the state's drug dealers are black or hispanic. he left this voicemail. >> i have spent my life helping black people and you little son of a [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ] i want you to record this and make it
>> lepage apologized today on maine radio, sending a cryptic message about the rest of his term. >> i'm not going to say that i'm not going to finish it or am going to finish. >> reporter: narrowly re-elected in a three-way race, lepage has sparkd controversy before. he had this message for the naacp in 2011. >> tell them to kiss my butt. >> what appeals to voters about paul lepage, is his it can be all out battle at times. >> reporter: but some maine voters say they have had enough. >> absolutely crossed the line. >> i feel like maine is way better than this. >> reporter: the governor embraces comparisons to another outspoken politician, donald trump, the two campaigned together in june. >> many people say we're a lot alike. he's a little bit shy, but i'm working on him. >> reporter: this afternoon, governor lepage had this to say about resigning. >> i would say that's
>> reporter: leaving the people of maine wondering what he'll say next. kristen welker, nbc news, new york. and still ahead here tonight, breaking her silence. the victim of a sexual assault at an elite private school, a case that gripped the nation is talking exclusive to nbc news. why she's choosing to speak out now. also moment of impact. caught on camera, a tractor trailer smashing through cars, strangers frantically racing to rescue a driver trapped in the flaming wreckage. hen i heard about con-artists committing medicare fraud... it made me so mad i wanted to give them the old one-two one, never give your medicare number to get a free offer or gift two, always check your medicare statements for errors these crooks think we're clueless, they don't have a clue it's your medicare, protect it
tonight we are seeing and hear for the first time from a young woman in a trial that captivated the nation because it took place at one of the moist storied prep schools. he was tried with rape tonight we are seeing and hear for the first time from a young woman in a trial that captivated the nation because it took schools. owen labrie was tried with rape and ultimately convicted of sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl. chessy prout is 18 and ready to tell her story. >> this is the first time you've come out and said publicly what happened? >> yes. yes. >> why did you want to do that? >> well, i feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me. >> reporter: on a spring evening in 2014, 15-year-old d chessy prout went on a date with then senior owen labrie. she says the night went ter bring wrong, putting her, labrie and one of the
boarding schools at the center of a rape trial. >> i was raped. i was violated in so many ways. >> it's been more than two years since the incident took place and a year since labrie was acquitted of felony rape charges but found guilty of a lesser felony and four misdemeanors including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. labrie was sentenced to a year in jail but is out on bail, appealing his conviction. >> they said that they didn't believe that he did it knowingly. a lot because he definitely did do it knowingly. >> throughout the trial labrie maintained the encounter was consensual. >> what happened when you tried to go back to school and i guess it seemed like everybody knew? >> everybody pretty much knew i think and none of my old friends that were boys would talk to me. nobody was talking about the issue itself, they weren't trying to prevent it
>> chessy prout is in the midst of a lawsuit against st. paul. the school came under fire for its hand mg of the situation and for what some said created an environment that allowed this to occur. what do you hope happens to him now? do you ever think about that? >> i don't, i hope he learns, i hope he gets help. learn, he will do it to another young woman. >> reporter: she chooses not to talk in detail about that night. >> i have been trying so, so hard to move forward. >> reporter: and says it's her family's support that has helped her the most. >> even when i get my panic attacks and i lock myself in my closet because i don't want my little sister to see me like that and she'll come into my closet when i'm rocking on the floor. and punching my legs trying to get myself to calm down.
give me the biggest hug and say chessy, you're okay, chessy, you're okay. and i just can't imagine how scary it is for other people to have to do this alone and i don't want anybody else to be alone anymore. i don't. >> chessy prout ultimately left st. paul school, she's completing her senior year of high school in another state. in a statement to nbc news, the school tradition of sexual assault ever existed, but says chessy's case caused us to look anew at the issue and brought about positive changes at the school. we are back in a moment with a tense police drama unfolding at the mansion of a music star. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me go further.
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