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tonight, breaking news on several fronts as we come on the air. storm surge, slamming the florida coast. cities under water and tonight forecasters are warning the worst may be yet to come as hurricane matthew takes aim at georgia and the carolinas. trump tape bombshell. donald trump caught on a hot mike months melania, making vulgar commen about groping women. saying, when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. we have the tape. more breaking news, the u.s. publicly accuses russia of trying to interfere with the election, blaming putin's government for political hacks and e-mails exposed. and cries for help from a little girl in -- trapped in aleppo. captivating the world
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"nightly news" begins right now. hurricane matthew. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, reporting tonight from daytona beach, florida. >> good evening, as the trailing bands of hurricane matthew pass over us here tonight, the storm that refuses to die is taking aim at georgia. and a category 2, still powerful and still dangerous. at least two people in florida have been killed in the storm, while 12 million in matthew's wake, the florida east coast is left battered and soaked, but still standing thanks to a late shift of the storm track to the east. still the storm surge has inundated communtss under water. exploding transformers that plunged hundreds of thousands into the dark. we begin with nbc's miguel almaguer in hard-hit st.
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wading in waist-high waters. much of this town flooded as the storm surge pours into this coastal community. >> have you ever seen anything like this? >> i have not. 26 years of living here, i have not seen anything like this. >> reporter: matthew battered florida with wind and rain. but in st. augustine, it's storm surge that's bringing this town to its knees, just as many officials feared. >> we are very concerned about storm surge, and the worst effects are still likely to come. >> the storm surge is going to be significant. ten feet, plus waves. >> reporter: overnight, matthew blasted in with a bang. transformers exploding through the night. >> power crews doing their job. >> reporter: over one million without power today. this relentless storm, snapping trees and ripping apart homes. >> we're still on the front end of this hurricane. we're not on the back end. so we don't know how bad the damage could end up. >> reporter: the winds aren't just violent, but they're blowing in
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it's difficult to stand. the gusts feel like they're upwards of a hundred miles an hour. after blasting south florida and battering the caribbean, with hundreds dead, most of the victims in haiti, matthew, now a category 2, is sweeping its way towards georgia and the carolinas. with waves like these, crashing into homes. florida's governor is urgently requesting food, water, and at least 4,500 flights have been canceled. >> i'll be following up with more trauma teams. >> reporter: at halifax health in daytona beach, everyone, including pets, ride out the hurricane together. while the storm has yet to pass, for scott levy, the damage is done. >> how devastating is this? >> it's -- it's --
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jewelry store is broken, but his spirit is intact. >> we will rebuild. rebuild. >> reporter: back in st. augustine, the time for saving homes and businesses has now past. now with a mission to save lives. unfortunately the water here isn't yet receding, the rain is only making the flood waters rise even more. there is some good news. police have been through this area, and they say so far there have been no injuries. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. track every moment of this storm for us. al, where is it headed now? >> it's headed to the georgia/carolina coast. again, as you can see, it's barrelling in pretty quickly. just because it's a category 2, it can still do a lot of damage. 40 miles east of jacksonville beach, 110-mile-per-hour winds. moving north at 12 miles per hour. by tomorrow afternoon, along the south carolina coast, maybe making landfall in charleston. continues past the
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due to storm surge. the purple and blue are the strongest winds, brunswick, savannah, charleston, up into myrtle beach saturday. sunday, we get into wilmington and the outer banks. a lot of problems there. the storm surge continues flagler beach to savannah, six to nine feet above high tide. from savannah, five to seven feet. and we've got flood warnings and flood watches stretching from norfolk all the way down to brunswick, 15 inches of rain possible, some areas but lester, i cannot stress enough, even if this does start to weaken, it can still do a lot of damage and the most damage and death happens with that storm surge. lester? >> al, thank you very much. we'll have a lot more on this storm in just a moment. but we want to move quickly to breaking news about donald trump. a decade-old audio tape surfacing late today in which trump is heard making crude and vulgar comments about women, including how he gropes them. we want to warn you, some of the language you're about to hear
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>> reporter: the conversation was recorded on a hot microphone in 2005 in an access hollywood bot. while donald trump was headed to tape a cameo on "days of our lives." >> no problem at all, mr. trump, you can go right in. >> thank you. >> i moved on her, in palm beach. i moved on her and i failed, i'll admit it. >> reporter: trump, then eight months into his marriage with his third wife melania, was telling billy bush and others how he tried to seduce a married woman. >> no, no. nancy. and i moved on her very heavily. i took her out furniture shopping. she wanted to get some furniture. i said, i'll show you where they have some nice furniture. i moved on her like a [ bleep ]. i couldn't get there. and she was married. then all of a sudden i see her, she's now got the big, phony [ bleep ]. she's totally changed her looks. >> reporter: moments later trump appears to notice an actress from the soap opera. >> i got to use some tic tacs in case i start kissing her.
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beautiful -- i just start kissing them like a magnet. and when you're a star they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> reporter: trump saying it was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. bill clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course, not even close. i apologize if anyone was offended. the tape coming out as trump's campaign is struggling to connect with female voters, a exploit with ads like this, featuring trump's own words. >> i'd look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers. she's a slob. >> i think a lot of it is going to matter how he handles this in the debate sunday. that's going to be the next big opportunity for him to address this. he's going to have to apologize in a more forceful way than he did yet today. >> this could not come at a worse time for trump. the debate is this weekend. there are just 32 days until the election and now republicans are
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meanwhile, the clinton campaign is reacting late tonight, calling trump's 2005 comments horrific and adding, quote, we cannot allow this man to become president. lester? >> all right, katy tur, thank you. let's turn back to the danger still developing in florida and the southeast. when a hurricane strikes, the leading cause of death is not the wind, flying debris, or collapsing buildings. it's actual drowning. that's increasingly a concern as the storm rushes ashore in areas including jacksonville, where we find our kerry sanders. >> reporter: this is what storm surge looks like. it's a fast-moving, fast-rising flash flood, with the power of the atlantic ocean behind it. the storm surge happens when hurricane force winds push the seawater all in one direction. that water keeps coming, even as the seabed along florida's east coast gets
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storm surge grows, eventually crashing onshore, creating a flood. sometimes it all happens within a matter of minutes. >> it doesn't come in, in a gentle fashion. we're talking about huge waves. >> reporter: in addition to the familiar map with the cone showing the hurricane's predicted path, the national hurricane center has posted this storm surge map. it looks simple, but it's taken seven years and a new government super computer to provide this map everyone can understand. blue is one foot, red is greater than nine feet. now stubborn residents, reluctant to evacuate, can have the data on their phones. storm surge is driven by the power of a hurricane, which researchers at this lab at the university of miami, believe is connected to tiny droplets of water, flying off waves at the edge of the eyewall. scientists will be watching matthew closely, because they believe those billions of warm water droplets get sucked up into the hurricane, fueling the
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while matthew's winds have not been as strong as predicted, its storm surge remains a great threat. all of the debris we've seen here on jacksonville beach, including these pipes, a result of nothing more than that surge. lester? >> kerry sanders tonight. as we said, the danger continues as the storm moves up the eastern seaboard. where folks along the coast of georgia and the carolinas are now bracing for matthew's wrath. the ground for us this evening in savannah, georgia. >> reporter: the morning calm led to an afternoon downpour. along the georgia coastline, people boarded up, packed up, and headed to higher ground. in savannah, evacuees boarded buses to get to a shelter two hours away. items over lives,
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and we'll bring them safely back home. >> reporter: many followed the advice of savannah's mayor, who says he won't risk the lives of first responders. >> if it's at the height of the storm, we won't send out somebody and take a chance on them because you didn't heed the warning. >> reporter: as the storm barrels towards georgia ten inches of rain is forecast to hit the coastal area, leading to a bigger concern about a massive storm surge that could come along with it. that could potentially be devastating for homes and businesses >> fire department. >> reporter: in south carolina, firefighters went door to door, urging people to leave and taking account of those who decided to stay. >> they just came and asked how many people were in the house and for my name and phone number. >> reporter: danisha garrett, expecting her third child is overdue and voluntarily evacuated, taking the storm in stride. >> i'm calm, because i know that by me stressing out, it's
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something i don't want to do. >> reporter: she says the baby is a boy and they're naming him matthew. back here in savannah, the curfew is now in effect until sunrise tomorrow. that's after the expected storm surge pounds this area overnight. lester? >> rehema ellis tonight. as hurricane matthew continues to lash the coastline, we are getting a clear picture of the catastrophic devastation the storm left behind in the caribbean. the death toll has haiti alone, where matthew hit before bringing its destruction to the bahamas. our tammy leitner has more from there. >> reporter: tonight these images from the air, showing the stunning devastation in haiti. the poorest country in the western hemisphere, now picking through what's left after hurricane matthew. thousands, homeless. in the hardest hit areas, more than 80% of the buildings, damaged.
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immediate aid. hospitals that were already struggling with the cholera epidemic, now desperate to save the living, and bury the dead. just north in the bahamas, residents also now digging out from hurricane matthew's destructive path. 400 rescued overnight. homes destroyed, roads washed away. some barely making it out alive. >> i had it on my sidewalk, like swimming through the water. >> reporter: the southern and eastern coast of this island paradise, pummelled for nearly 14 hours thursday. winds up to 115 miles an hour and relentless rain. locals say the storm surge brought water to the top of that chain link fence and washed this boat ashore. >> we give thanks to our lord jesus. >> reporter: this church now a mere
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coast. more on hurricane matthew in a moment. but first the story of a remarkable 7-year-old, who is opening eyes to the horrors in aleppo, where 113 children have died in just the last two weeks. the little girl you're about to meet has become a social media phenomenon. sharing her fears, living in a city under siege, and openly challenging syria's president. we journey through aleppo to find her, and now our richard engel has >> reporter: bana alabed is the voice of aleppo's innocent victims, and she's now heard around the world. >> i hate war, we need peace. >> reporter: with the help of her mother, the 7-year-old has been live tweeting from eastern aleppo, besieged and bombarded by the syrian government. >> we don't have food. aleppo under siege. >> reporter: in just one month, she's gained nearly 60,000 followers.
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we're tired. but her pleas are clearly falling on deaf ears. a danish reporter asked syrian president assad about bana's tweets. >> she's very scared, every time she wakes up and realizes fortunately she's still alive. >> it's a game of propaganda now. a game of media. the terrorists use the civilians as human shield, but we have to do our job to eliminate them. >> reporter: what the syrian president calls liberation is a systematic bombing campaign that bana and her parents have been bana responded to the syrian president in a tweet. i'm not teort, just want to l. and no bombing, please. war is ever-present here, even when bana and her cousin play with their doll. my name is flower, and i'm scared of the bombing, bana says, the other doll, she says, likes chocolate. but there's no chocolate in aleppo these days. food is running out
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the city. i want to carry the voice of the children to the world, bana says. the anonymous victims of far-away wars are easy to forget. but now this young girl is telling us and showing us what she and so many others are living through. we have no excuse to look away. richard engel, nbc news. the winner of this year's nobel peace prize has been revealed. juan manuel santos is receiving the award for his efforts to end half a century of conflict with leftist rebels. a peace deal with the revolutionary armed forces of colombia, or farc, was signed last month, but voters later rejected it. now this nobel win brings new hope of salvaging an agreement. and the video today that proves leaders of the free world are just like us. here's president obama strolling out of the
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knows a lot more about hurricane matthew than folks closer to the home. is denv back now from the storm zone in florida. before we go, we want to get a quick update on what's happening further up the coast in jacksonville beach, which is getting hit with that storm surge that poses the greatest threat to life and property. our gabe gutierrez is there. gabe, what are you seeing? >> reporter: lester, goodni eye is offshore and heading north towards georgia and the carolinas, we're still gettg pelted with heavy winds and rain. here the powerful storm surge came here earlier and breached these sand dunes. right now, several streets in jacksonville beach are flooded, so are several other communities in northeast florida. but local authorities say many people heeded the evacuation. so far, no reports of any injury. lester? >> all right, gabe. matthew not finished yet.
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for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. you have seen the shots of flooded beaches and strong winds. all you need to see of hurricane matthew now is is the satellite which shows that matthew is losing strength. it was just downgraded to a category two storm. and should be out of the u.s. by monday, good riddance.
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the twitter account of phillip clock baa a meteorologist from csu. danielle grant will give you a closer look in just a bit. monday night a woman walking her dog was struck and killed in arvada. e accident. late this afternoon, someone found the dog alive but injured. it was a bit of relief for friends mourning their friend. >> she was quirky, funny, she would make the most ridiculous jokes. >> to her close friend kimberly hurst, she was margaret lacey. >> to her colleagues as a professor of nursing at regis

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