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100 or so people that were sheltered last night in public shelters. atlantic, cape may, camden counties. ocean county as well. and we're very happy about that. we also are happy to report that our new jersey transit system will be back up and running around noon today. bus, light rail and rail. we had fewer than 300 accidents across the entire state which is a very, very small number. that's again a testimony to the folks staying off the roadways. we had a high yesterday of about 94,000 power outages across the state. we're down to about 25,000 this morning. the bulk of those are in cape may county. 18,000 in the len tak city electr atlantic city electric area. 90% will be restored by end he of the day today. we have about 3,000 up in bergen county. we have 4,000 in central new jersey. the 4,000 folks in central new jersey should be restored by the
afternoon, this afternoon, and we'll see up in bergen county, i would assume that will be the end of the day today as well, though the president of the bpu will continue to monitor that closely and work with the folks in bergen county to make sure their power gets restored quickly. dep reports that the high tide this morning was survived very well by the people in cape may county. only minor to moderate flooding. mostly street flooding. we don't see any significant property damage happening in cape may county. folks did have to leave because of lack of power in those barrier islands, in places like sea isle city, avalon, stone harb harbor, north wildwood. for those folks they went and sheltered often with friends and family. some went to local hotels where generators were operating in order to stay warm last night. we report -- happy to report that there are, so far, no deaths in new jersey connected with this storm. for today, i think the most
important thing is for everybody to remember, if you go out on the roads, please respect the speed limits. very important. because there is still going to be placed where the roads are slick. it is cold. we still may have some icing in places. we're working on continuing to salt in those areas but there still may be some slick spots so please be careful. take your time as you drive around today but you are free to go out and do what you want to do -- go to church, go to the supermarket, go to some of your kids' sporting events if they've got hockey or basketball games today. go out and do that stuff. if those games are on, you should go out there and do it. if you don't have to be out, there is no reason to go out. there will be plenty of stuff i'm sure for you to do around the house, cleaning up on a foot and a half to two feet of snow that have landed all across the state. last thing is this. i feel very, very fortunate to have the folks that are in my cabinet, the lieutenant governor, and all the folks who work for the state of new jersey who have worked so hard over the last 96 hours to get us ready
for this storm and to carry us through it. it is our 17th snow emergency in my six years as governor. so we know how to do this and when you lead in a strong and direct way, as all of the folks standing with me did for their departments, you get things done and you get things done very well. so for all the people in new jersey, thank you for your support over the last 24 hours in particular in staying home. we look forward to a normal, regular work week starting tomorrow. any questions, i'm happy to take them. excellent! no questions. i'm outta here. thank you all for coming today. we appreciate it. for the people in the state, enjoy a beautiful day today. be careful shoveling your snow. okay? it is really heavy, wet snow. we've had no deaths so far in the state from this storm. i would hate to see that happen today. so let's everybody, please, be careful and move that snow around today. if you got some younger folks who can help you with it, get
them to do that. thank you all very much. all right, you've been listening to new jersey governor, chris christie. good morning, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin here at nbc news world headquarters in new york. after the historic blizzard of 2016, this morning people up and down the entire east coast are taking stock of the damage. at least 20 deaths are linked to the severe weather. new york is 1 of 5 states burr lid under more than 30 inches of snow along with west virginia, virginia, maryland, and pennsylvania. cars are beginning to return to the streets ever new york city after a city wide travel ban was lifted earlier this morning. the nation's capital was brought to a virtual standstill after getting mo are than two feet of snow. officials in the capital are still urging people to stay off the roads. they say it could take days before all the streets are passable again. many airports are still ghost towns as the storm continues to hamper air travel. since friday, more than 11,000 flights have been canceled and hundreds of flights have been
canceled for tomorrow already. msnbc meteorologist bill karins joins us now for the very latest on this weather. are we in the clear? are we finally seeing a break in all this? >> just depends what you call "the clear." a lot of people still have three feet of snow outside trying to figure out what they're going to do with all of it. the snow has stopped falling though, the winds have died down. the evening high tide will be even lower as we go throughout the next couple high tide cycles. the damage has been done. yes, they'll need to do some repairs, people will need to go in and see how much property damage there is. hopefully people without power can get that back in the next couple of days. wind gusts just a little bit of a problem on the cape. it is cold, one thing we had with the entire storm, it was good and bad. it was good because we didn't have a heavy, wet snow that stuck to things so when it was windy, we didn't see trees going
down. we heard of very few power outages because of the snow. windchills are low because mostly it is just cold. we had a very cold air mass before this storm came in. it stayed cold. that actually increases your snow ratio. the colder it is, the fluffier the snow. it piles up quicker. it doesn't compact on itself. that helped attribute to our very high snow totals also. starting in the south, d.c. was advertised as being the horrendous portion of the storm, the bull's-eye. some areas were to the north and northwest of the city itself. just to the north, they had ten inches more at the baltimore airport. not that far away. it is possible but a lot of people think that d.c. actually had more than 19, that those measurements were faulty. but baltimore out of all the cities was the highest. further to the north, philadelphia also had a very impressive storm. number four on your all-time scale. in new york city it was oh, so close, but not quite.
.1 inch away from the all-time snowfall. this is broad run, virginia. a lot of patio shots just in massive amounts of snow out there. this was thomas. that's his round table. some other pictures that we've gotten in. lot of pictures of buried cars, too. that's a common theme. here's another patio shot. you can barely tell that's a patio in the background. how picturesque is this shot? joan weber in northern maryland says this stone wall is six feet tall. it cuts it kind of in half here. the crystal blue skies in the background, that's as gorgeous as it gets. last night at columbia university in new york city, looks like a little heavier, wetter snow there in columbia. get those plows going through and they are bury you in there. this is from katty in fanwood, new jersey. cars completely buried. so many impressive images that you just don't see it. this is one of those once every
10 or 20 year snowfalls. >> talk a little bit about the days ahead. is the weather going to be something that's favorable for people as they begin to recover in the sense that temperatures can go up a little bit, that may help a little bit with the melting of the snow? >> that was one thing chris christie was mentioning, is that during the storm a lot of people aren't venturing out. after the storm more people are. the problem you get is the freezing, refreezing, black ice. a lot of people tend to be more in the emergency rooms after the storms than in them, either shoveling problems, slip and falls get to be very popular. the forecast for new york city area, this is the same from boston all the way to the south. just tweak a couple degrees. it is a cold day today but monday's 37, tuesday 41, wednesday 38. thursday, 37. there's no arctic air masses in sight, there's no snowstorms in sight so we'll have a lot of melting during the day which is good for the black ttop and
sidewalks. we'll still have to use caution but that's very typical for any storm. >> bill karins, thank you. the roads have been open in new york for three hours now. msnbc's adam reese joins us live from times square. yesterday a very different scene than what we're seeing behind you. how are folks making out this morning? are things starting to get back to normal? >> reporter: it is. we're slowly coming back to life here. we're seeing more cars on the streets slowly, couple hours after the travel ban ended. buses and trains also coming back online. but you heard the governor say the long island railroad roo suffered some damage. that will take some time. kennedy and laguardia slowly coming back online. it might not be full service until at least tomorrow at the earliest. talk about snow totals. 26.8 in central park. a tenth of an inch away from the record. send airport saw 30.5 inches.
yesterday here in new york city, it was a virtual ghost town. most people heeded the warning, they stayed off the streets. but there were some who really enjoyed the moment, that once in a lifetime experience here in new york city when there are no cars on the street. mark and leslie joining me here from new jersey. mark, you came in to see a hot broadway show, "hamilton." what happened? >> we called on friday to make sure the show was going to go on. they told us broadway doesn't shut down, the show will go on. the only way to be here for it was to come in friday night before the storm came. we were planning on going until it got canceled yesterday. >> so unfortunate. so you had an opportunity, leslie, to at least enjoy the moment of this massive snowstorm. how would you describe winter storm 2016? >> it's really fun to see the city so quiet and calm. but it is still stt people. we were looking out the hotel window and saw people doing snow angels in middle of broadway. last night having snowball fights out here in times square
so it was a lot of fun. >> so it wasn't all lost. hopefully he'll have the opportunity to see that show. i hear it is pretty amazing. thank you, guys, for stopping by. on another note, there were five deaths related to the storm. three people shoveling snow. so you need to be very careful. it is still very cold and icy. this snow is very wet and heavy. be careful as you get out there to shovel your walks, your driveway. it is pretty treacherous still out there. >> adam, pick up on the point you were talking about, long island railway and some of the efforts to try to get that back up and running, as well as penn station not too far away from you. monday morning right around the corner, lot of questions. is that part of the city going to be up and running for the thousands of commuters coming in from new jersey and elsewhere for monday morning? >> reporter: long island railroad, metro north, the subway system, obviously very critical means of transportation
for people to get back here in this city. there are subway delays here in new york today as they try to get those trains back online as well as metro north. they are delaying the metro north trains until this afternoon to try to get those back in service for tomorrow's work day. as i mentioned earlier, the long island railroad actually suffered a significant amount of damage, both to the rails and to several trains and so the governor says that will take some time. the airports also just slowly getting back online. there was a jetblue flight that went out this morning. there's an air india flight that's about to take off, so they're slowly getting back online. but it is going to take some time. >> adam reiss, thanks for that update. we'll speak to new york city officials later in the hour. new york city was blanketed with more than two feet of snow this weekend. we will speak to oif ishls iff
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this morning, new yorkers woke up to more than two feet of snow blanketing the entire city. the aftermath of a historic storm, the second-biggest on record this century. by 4:00 a.m. this morning, the national weather service measured 26.8 inches of snow in central park, just a fraction of an inch shy of the record that was set back in 2006. a travel ban that was set in place was lifted at 7:00 a.m. this morning and the bridges and tunnels into and out of the city have re-opened. public transportation will be
restored as conditions allow throughout the course of the day. but, now the clean-up begins. joining me now are two people who will be helping lead that effort as the city digs out from all of this snow, frank mccarten with be deputy commissioner of operations here at new york city's office of emergency management, and on the phone, katherine garcia, commissioner of the department of sanitation which operates the city's snowplows. katherine, talk a little bit about going ahead and the big job ahead for snowplows. we know some of the sidewalks and streets are being cleared but we are still seeing huge amounts of snow all around the city. >> yes, absolutely. this was an enormous storm that came in pretty fast and crews worked diligently to try to stay ahead of it. but the intensities were pretty overwhelming. we are in pretty good shape on most of the arterial highways but a lot of work to do on
secondary streets and a lot of hauling in some of the smaller areas where we literal will have to dig it out and take it away because there is nowhere to put this much snow. >> at what point do you make a decision about tomorrow morning as millions of people either think about taking their kids to school, coming in to the city to work. at what point to city or state officials make the decision about whether those conditions are accessible for folks? >> i think we'll be looking at that during the day today. our cautious ot mystic thinking is that we will be able to have the city completely open but we are definitely seeing some very difficult conditions in queens. >> let's talk about the emergency aspect of this. obviously the roads are going to be huge factor but folks are going out there today and hearing officials on one hand say that they've made it through the hard part, the is no storm has passed, but it is still not all clear from the safety perspective as an emergency official. >> that's correct. i think if we want to get some
good help to commissioner garcia and men and women who work for the department of sanitation is do not go out today if you don't have to. limit your travel if you can do that and it will give the sanitation workers and men and women that have worked so hard through this blizzard the ability to clear their streets. that's really what we need so we can have a normal commute some time tomorrow, hopefully. >> from an emergency management perspective what are your concerns for the next 24 hours? >> concerned about getting the transit up and running. it is getting moved along. the other thing is people's safety. as people start to dig out of their homes and their driveways, to be safe and make sure that they do a couple things. one is you don't want to run your car with the muffler it stuffed with snow. you want to make sure that you take breaks if you're going to shovel your walk. those are the type of things that we want to make sure people are doing. >> is there an estimate of how long it will take for the city
to get fully back up and running? >> we're not making a projection at this time. want to see how we do today. sun is definitely helping us. but we won't know until people try to dig out their cars, be roads will become impassable to cars again. a lot of pedestrians are walking in the streets. which i understand. but people just need to be aware that there is traffic on the roads. we don't want anyone to get hurt. >> if i can ask you about the past 24 hours in terms of emergencies. did the city handle the situation well, you think? were you surprised that the fact that most people did abide by the travel ban? there wasn't a lot of violations, as i understand it? >> yes. people really abided by what the mayor and governor said. that's tough for new york city sometimes. >> very independent minded people here. >> but there were still people coming in and out to work which were essential folks that had to get to where they needed to go. but for the most part, i was on the roads until almost 1:30 this
morning and most of the roads were very clear so that sanitation department was able to do their job. >> thank you both very much. we know you have a lot of work ahead of you so we certainly appreciate you taking the time and coming up here to pay us a visit. good luck going forward, both kathryn garcia and frank mccarton. some places in washington, d.c. reported nearly three feet of snow from the massive storm. we'll go live on ground there next. ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪ ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪ ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪
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on. >> reporter: you get some frefr winds here. >> i know it is freezing down there. we won't make this long. just give us a quick update on how bad it is. >> reporter: well, this is what the mayor calls the d.c. dig-out today. city has a lot of work on its hands. this was a historic snowfall, over 20 inches in northwest d.c., all quadrants of the city got hit hard. behind me is pennsylvania avenue. you may know it from such things as the presidential inauguration where the president's motorcade will go and they often get out the first lady and president and walk down. a lot of people are walking down the middle of the street. mayor's asked people not to do that because they want access for those plows. i walked around here a little bit. we're in freedom plaza. this is the heart of downtown d.c. where a lot of the government buildings are situated. there are a few main arteries
that have been plowed but side streets, one that co-contain a lot of retail and office space, they are not plowed at all. the snow is very much what it was last night. today's very significant though because it is supposed to get freezing cold again tonight and the worry is that if you don't get the snow off right now while the sun is out, then it will stay there overnight, it could freeze and become icy and problematic. as far as will the city be back to business tomorrow, it is a good question. no word yet on if the federal government will be open, if the city government will be open or schools will be open. i would probably say no depending on what i've seen. metro, our local transit system, still closed, shut down for the rest of the night. a lot of the escalators that people use to get up and down to metro, they were hit with snow yesterday as well because they are only guarded by a canopy. so expect this dig-out process to take a little while. good news -- only a few hundred power outages in d.c. proper, the maryland/virginia reason.
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a historic winter storm slammed much of the east coast. the storm is being blamed for at least 20 deaths in multiple states. cities across the country are waking up to record snow levels, closed roads and many other challenges. in new york city a travel ban was lifted earlier this morning as crews began digging out more than 26 inches of snow. that's declared just shy of a record for the city. just moments ago new york's governor offered an upbeat assessment on the city's recovery and those efforts. take a listen. >> happy sunday to all. we survived, and then some, i think it's fair to say. the update is, as we said, travel ban was lifted at 7:00 a.m. and traffic has resumed, and has resumed without issue thus far. the roads are clear for the most part. there are still entrance ramps and exit ramps that are not clear. there are still situations where cars are getting stuck on
highways. so let's not misinterpret the travel ban. >> the storm is still making air travel a problem for more than -- more millions of people, more than 11,000 flights, to be specific, have been canceled, including 3,000 from today and another 600 tomorrow. along the jersey shore. the big problem for the storm is flooding. joining me now from wildwood, new jersey, nbc news correspondent, jacob rascon. i know you've been monitoring the situation throughout the early morning for us. what are officials telling you about their concern about the issue of flooding? >> reporter: so no part of the jersey shore was spared but here in west wildwood we were hardest hit. behind me, as you see, neighborhood after neighborhood is under water. in fact, where i'm standing, earlier today for the "today" show was dry. so the water has gone up since then. we don't expect it to rise much more than that. but it is important to say that yesterday at the peak, some of the residents were telling me
that the water was up four to five feet. they say it was worse for them now than it was during sandy. we just went back with a gentleman who was trying to check on his home and we went back, he opened his garage and he had three, four feet was the water mark. of course, everything in the garage from the fridge to the work station to the clothes was all a big mess. other people have gone back and have tried to check on their homes but haven't been able to yet. on one more note -- i talked to a police officer a few minutes ago in his hummer who said that he personally was able to rescue yesterday about 55 people. there were other people who needed rescuing as well. just now in the last couple of minutes, the mayor of west wildwood, mayor fox, has come and he's able to speak to us. he's also the director of public safety which is not too hard to understand because it is a very small town. talk through, first, about this town. >> well, we're only a square
mile. low-lying area. onniously we are a barrier island. storms like this come about, we're used to this, though this magnitude was a little bit stronger than we anticipated. we were prepared for it but you always like to see a little bit less than this. being. small, low lying, you expect this to happen. >> talk to me about the resources that you have to help people out. i was seeing some trucks like i've never seen before. >> well, i guess we're very fortunate. army surplus i guess when the wars ended in iraq and they came across all these military vehicles they made able available to municipalities. we were one of the fortunate ones to get some of these military vehicles, five-top trucks, hummers, all military surplus. that helps us do the evacuation preparations we've done in the past couple days. >> and yesterday when the water was at its peak, talk to me about the rescue operation. as far as i know, none of the news outlets were able to come see that. what was that like? >> well -- oh, boy. you have no idea when you're
prepping for this, you know the water's getting high. we don't know how high at times. but last night it was really -- the saturday morning tide was our worst, probably chest high in some areas with the water here. i cannot tell you the amount of homes that have water damage inside them. we were fortunate enough to evacuate homes. probably 50 homes were damaged, probably 50, 60 people evacuated. >> wow. talk to me about the power situation. are we having issues? >> let me tell you something, god blessed us. during the storm in sandy we kept power and during this storm again we kept all power. we are so fortunate that way. my friends on the other side of the bridge here, they lost power and that creates havoc. we were fortunate enough that a lot of people kept power. we stayed in close contact with them. we were very, very fortunate when it comes to the power. >> incredible. so to recap, we have military vehicles used to help people get out of the water. we may have rescued about 60 people. 50 homes, maybe more, have
damage. the water was chest-high at one point. and really, this community must have been totally cut off from the rest of the shore during the peak. >> no question about it. we're used to that, to be quite honest with you. other towns on the other side of the bridge they have their own areas, they have the same problems we have, they are just a little bit higher than we are. i just left a resident a few blocks ago and it is still waist-high water i walked through to get here, so this is nothing where we are standing. >> it is incredible just this morning for the "today" show we were 200 feet that way and all of this was dry and now it is of course under water. when do we expect the water to go down far enough so that people can really get back? >> well, you have to understand, the wind changed around to north but some of that surge is still keeping this water in. we have flood valves that we open up and allow the water to recede. does take a few hours. i would would say sometime by mid afternoon the roads should
be clear to get at least half-way through the town. the other half, it's always potluck. >> maybe a few days? >> not a few days. i would say by evening they should be able to get to their homes. what they can't do we'll make available to them. we'll get them trucks out here. whatever they need, we'll accommodate them. >> got it. you said that this happens, but on this scale, this magnitude, this is pretty amazing. what lessons did you learn from sandy, maybe the last time it was this incredible? >> well, i'll go back to power. we never lost power. so it was important that there -- when you lose power is when you learn something. we didn't lose that power so we were fortunate that way. but our town is unique, we're used to this. everyone works well together. i can't tell you how many residents call me personally on my cell phone. we help them get evacuated. they'll call and ask how their home's doing. i had somebody call from florida say, chris, don't worry about my home, we're not there anyhow,
bud, so don't worry about us. you have no idea how far that goes. >> thank you, mayor, for your time. this community the west wildwood, about 60 people were rescued, we have above 50 homes that were water damaged, possibly more. the water is still more than waist deep further back. as far as you can see, the neighborhoods are still under water. people not able to get back to their homes until later today, possibly not until tonight or more. just a matter of when this water will finally recede. >> eamon? >> jacob rascon, thank you for that update. our best to that community, all along the jersey shore really, as they try to pick up the pieces. up next we'll talk about another major story this morning, the ongoing public health crisis that's unfolding in flint, michigan. stay with us. this bale of hay cannot be controlled. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture became a serious problem for a family business.
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crisis in flint, michigan. governor rick snyder has continued to resist calls for his resignation appearing friday on msnbc's "morning joe" to both take responsibility for the crisis, and to pass some of the blame. >> there were major failures here. if you look at it, it was people being much too technical, not having the culture of asking the common sense questions, and then the tone of how things were done. there are a number of failures there that these people -- this was a terrible tragedy. >> snyder accused experts at michigan environmental agencies of misleading state and local leaders about the need for coercion controls to stop lead from reaching into flint's water supply. on friday he suspended two state environmental regulators pending the investigation. governor's actions come in the wake of lawsuits, federal and state probes an demand for his resignation and the question of a link between flint's water and
the outbreak of legionnaires' disease but the epa reacted to slowly. on thursday the agent announced the resignation of the regional director in charge of michigan. all as e-mails released this week by the governor's office reveal new details about the state's mishandling of the water crisis. a "new york times" reviewed the 274 e-mails found the correspondents' records, mounting complaints by the public and elected officials as well as growing irritation by state officials over the public's lreluctance to accept their assurances. despite concerns raised by the water as early as 2013, officials didn't acknowledge the severity of the contamination until last late year. a local pediatrician was one of the first to sound the alarm about the health consequences of the lead contaminated water. a study from the doctor revealed that the rate of infants and children with above-average lead
levels nearly doubled after the city began using the flint river as its water source and the doctor continues to be one of the heroes of this story. she's now helping to lead a multi-front fight to care for the children that have been exposed to flint's lead tainted water. this week the doctor announced the launch of a charitable fund to help support those children's long-term medical needs. the doctor joins me now from detroit, michigan. doctor, thank you very much for joining us. you've been following this story, you've been ringing the alarm bells. what do you think about how this state has handled the water crisis? >> well, there were definitely many missed opportunities. but people are looking into that and accountability is important. but as a doctor, we need to take care of tomorrow. we're going to have a lot of problems ahead of us and we need investment and resources to think about them. >> you're talking about tomorrow and the challenges that's going to pose. tell us a little bit from a doct
doctor's perspective the long-term challenges facing the chirp specifically. not necessarily just about cleaning up the water. we'll talk about that in a little bit. but in terms of treating the children and trying to make sure their health is secure. >> lead is a potent irreversible neuro toxin. it affects your cognition and your behavior. so it drops your iq and causes a lot of behavioral problems. these are long-term issues that we need to kind of take care of. there is no pill for lead. there is no antidote so we have to build robust support services to help mitigate the impact of this exposure. that's why we created this new initiative. michigan state university, hurley children's hospital are coming together to invest in our children and to bring these interventions to light. >> you're collecting donations. how much is it going to cost to build up some of those support services that are going to be needed for the long-term health recovery for some of these children? >> we have a goal of $100 million. i think that is just a fraction
of what is needed. the costs of lead poisoning nationally is well known. it is estimated it costs the nation $50 b5$50 billion anto $ billion when you akd dd in all costs. waters and filters and that is great but none of the federal money so far is for children or their health issues. >> have you been able to get a sense of the scope of this crisis in terms of how many children could be affected by this? does everyone who drink the water get affected immediately or could some people not be affected by it? >> so everybody will be affected differently. some kids will have no problems and many kids hopefully will have no problems. but this was a population wide exposure and there are about 9,000 kids under the age of 6 who are the most developmentally vulnerable. they're the ones that need these interventions so we don't see
those long-term consequences. >> we talked in that introduction about legionnaires' and there's been an outbreak. what do we know about the connection between the legionnaires' outbreak and the water conditions in flint? >> right. it is definitely not my expertise but what was happening in the water was a perfect setup for legionnaires'. just like this crow sif water k as a newt yeutrient or bacteria grow. it is perfect for that legionnaire to be there. >> to say this is a crisis is an understatement. thank you very much, doctor, for all the work that you are doing. thank you for joining us from detroit. coming up, thousands of flights have been canceled or late on the east coast. what does that mean for those trying to get home this weekend? that's next. to folks out there whose diabetic nerve pain...
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the latest news now in just a few minutes, new jersey transit will begin restoring services, including bus, light rail and commuter trains. it is one more step closer to normal as the east coast continues to dig out of more than two feet of snow. joining me live from laguardia airport in queens, nbc's kristen dahlgren. you've been there for the better part of the past two days. are things starting to move there yet in terms of what you are seeing? >> reporter: very slowly. take a look behind me. you can see that there are now some people here at american airlines. the bad news though is that those are people who showed up for flights that are again canceled today because american is one of the airlines that says it is not flying out of laguardia at all today. united also not flying out of
laguardia and southwest and spirit also not going to be running any flight operations here. there's been this massive snow clearing operation as you can imagine. runways are covered and all the taxiways are covered so they've been working around the clock to try to get those cleared off. now there are a few flights going out. they hope at laguardia to have the runways open at noon today and so we did see some happy jetblue customers a short time ago because they are actually hopeful that they're going to get out. it looks like they may on the first flight out of here. then there are maybe six or seven jetblue flights going out today. also flights from west jet, frontier and delta going out today. limited service, i would say. as far as wlornt yohether or no flight is going, call and check with your carrier because the airports are open and they're working on clearing things off but it is really up to the individual airlines whether or not they're flying. a lot of them choosing not to fly today. that goes for newark and jfk as
well. remember, jfk got 30 inches of snow. there is really this massive amount of snow they need to get cleared off before they are even able to fly. they have to bring all the aircraft back in that they took out of here so the airplanes didn't get snowed in. it really will take a few days. today again across the country we are looking at massive cancellations, some 3,400 cancellations across the country today. already for tomorrow we have 666 cancellations. so it likely to continue as we go through the next few days and really take some time to get all of these people back on to flights and finally get them to their destinations. >> all right, nbc's kristen dahlgren, thank you very much for that. we'll check in with you throughout the day. nbc's senior editor cal perry for the latest now on how americans are dealing with the aftermath of this epic storm. yesterday we attempted to break the internet with a panda video and i think you're going to try to top that idea. >> you're right off the bat going to go to the panda, not
even ease into it? >> i know you went home yesterday, like what can i do to top what i did yesterday? >> i'm in a panda news cycle. this is jeffrey perez. he has taken this to another level. you've got people mocking the panda at the national zoo yesterday which i think is all fair game. it is a snowstorm. as we sort off dig out here on a serious note, the new york city police department is passing the word again, dig out with these fire hydrants. that goes for d.c., philadelphia and new york. here's why -- fires are still obviously happening. there is no break for the fires during a snowstorm so they want you to clear those fire hydrants with be it makes their lives digging out easier. that's one of the keys for today. people having gun fun all over the internet. >> always important to remind everyone that a lot of officials and organizations are communicating with folks through social media so it is important to keep tabs on all of those.
let's talk a little bit, cal, about how, besides the humerus part of it which we always appreciate, what are some of the folks that you've been following online in terms of new jersey and the shore and the flooding. we were looking at some of those pictures yesterday. are we seeing the same level of pictures and videos today of some of those communities that have been affected, or can you at least from what you're monitoring, see the situation is getting a little bit better in some of these hard hit communities? >> this area around sea isle is where jacob rascon was. he actually has some of the best digital content out there today. he got this this morning. you see while high tide didn't do the sort of damage that people were worried about, it is still a fluid situation, a very dangerous situation especially with those power lines. one of the big breaks from this storm was we didn't see the widespread power outages that we expected to see. we were expecting to see hundreds of thousands of people without power which would have
made this situation much more dangerous. that said, there's still water in the streets. as you mentioned, keep online, keep on social media, now that people have power, can you do so with your local fire and police departments. they'll let you know down to the block by block if turned evacuate, if you need help, how to get it, and what to expect. all of these local municipalities arestressing to people if you need assistance, or to get to the hospital, don't go out there on your own. call 911. it makes it easier for first responders. >> cal perry, for that light hearted moment, we'll see what you can top panda wise in the next hour. also coming up -- one more hour, we'll have information for you coming out of new york state officials as well as new york city. mayor is expected to have a press conference on the aftermath of this historic storm that buried much of the east coast. stay with us.
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officials in washington are still urging people to stay off the roads. they say is a it could take days before all the streets are once again passable. many airports are still ghost towns as the storm continues to hamper air travel all along the northeast corridor. more than 11,000 flights have been canceled since friday, including more than 3,000 today alone. and another 600 already canceled for tomorrow. msnbc meteorologist bill karins joins us now with the very latest on the storm and the snow totals. obviously record setting storm for a lot of cities, including here in new york city. >> oh, yeah. once in 20-year type storm? once in ten? yeah. people are being looking out their windows and seeing snow piles they just haven't seen before. the only concern we have left, coastal flood warnings, we got past this morning's high tide cycle. we have one more this evening to go through. little bit lower each and every time. the storm itself, it is even
stopped snowing in nova scotia. it is a sunny day and winds were a little gusty early this morning. but now is the time to get out there. i'm sure there is a few kids playing out in this. windchills were in the single digits, now they're in the teens. baltimore, you're the top of the list of all our big cities on i-95. even boston got in there at six inches last night. washington, d.c. at the airport we ended up 19.4 inches. but there were a couple complaints with that. when they were taking the totals they were supposed to wipe the snowboard clean every six hours so the totals may have been a little higher. baltimore, 29.2. that's your largest snowstorm the city has ever recorded. are the one city that did break their record. philadelphia, fourth-biggest all-time snowfall with a little over 22 inches. new york city, all we needed was someone to walk by and sneeze. one-tenth of an inch of the record there. mt. vernon, new york, crystal
blue skies. these cars down here were buried. i also took some pictures from new york city where we had pictures, too. pretty incredible stuff. lot of people doing this out on the walks. >> incredible pictures there. msnbc's bill karins, appreciate that. we want to go straight to the press conference we were telling you about. new york officials providing an update on the storm. this is mayor bill de blasio. >> friday was still being projected at 8 to 12 inches. ends up coming in close to 27 inches when all was said and done. so it is an example to us of the fact that we have to be prepared for storms that move very fast, that evolve very rapidly, and that could end up being a lot bigger than originally predicted. the good news is that everyone who works for the city did an outstanding job. starting with the folks here at the office of emergency management. i want to thank them for the excellent leadership and coordination they provided for
all of our agencies all over the city. and it is so important to recognize that not only did our public workers do a great job, but the people of new york city heeded the travel ban, respected the fact that the only way to help our first responders and our sanitation workers to do their job was to get out of the way so the travel ban was very effective and allowed us to do the work, afternoon, evening and overnight that we needed to do to start the process of keeping the city clear. we did have to enforce the travel ban. chief o'neal will talk about the details of that. but again, overwhelmingly people heeded it. i think the nypd checkpoints and the nypd activity out in the streets showing people that there were consequences certainly helped a lot. we want to remind people right now that it is still dangerous out there. so a couple messages we want to get across today. first of all, do not drive if
you don't have to, unless it is really urgent. we want people to stay off the streets. we want people to keep their cars where they are parked. it is very important to recognize there is a lot of work being done to get the city up and running for monday. we need people off the streets for their own safety. we need people off the streets for the safety of others. we need people off the streets so that sanitation can clear the streets. we need you off the street so our first responders have the freedom to get to emergencies. to make it easier on all new yorkers, to keep their cars parked, we are canceling alternate side parking for monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, and friday. so for the whole work week, alternate side parking will be suspended. so, therefore, i say to my fellow new yorkers, and again until just a couple years ago, i drove my own car, looked for my own car regularly in brooklyn. so i understand how people have to think about alternate side. now that you know alternate side
is canceled for the week, leave your car where it is. don't try and shovel it out today unless you have an emergency or something truly urgent. leave your car where it is. we are expecting warmer temperatures through the week. mother nature brought us the snow. let mother nature melt the snow and get out of the way. but what we do not want is for new yorkers to start shoveling out their cars and putting all the snow in the middle of the street. that is only going to make things worse. it is going to make it harder on sanitation to clear the streets they need to clear. it is going to make it harder on our emergency vehicles. so i'm trying to give people a good option here. leave your car where it is. therefore, you don't need to shovel and you don't need to put that snow in the middle of the street. if anyone has a good reason for moving their car, please, only shovel out the minimum amount of snow necessary and don't put it in the street. move it towards the sidewalk.
on obviously don't block the sidewalk but keep it right next to the car on the sidewalk. people have to be -- all of the city workers are working non-stop to keep us all safe. help them to do their job. do not put the snow back in the street. and another caution is, walking around, lot of people are out walking around. it is a beautiful day. a lot of people are out with their kids going to parks, going sledding. that's great. but be careful. i saw -- i went today driving around, i lewent through parts the upper east side, west side, then queens, sthen astoria, brooklyn. i saw a lot of people walking the streets. i understand why, a lot of sidewalks have not been cleared. but people have to be very careful when you walk in streets, remember traffic is starting up again. a lot of o emergency vehicles around. keep an eye out. don't walk in the streets if you don't have to.
if you do, you have to be very, very vigilant. i'd like to see people not use the streets as much as they are now because i don't want to see people in harm's way. obviously especially with young children, be very, very careful if you're walking in the street. let me give you some updates related to the plowing situation. i'll say at the outset, department of sanitation has done an absolutely outstanding job. no two ways about it. we've no you seen the storm that's literally the second in our history, this close from being the worst, biggest we've ever had. sanitation did an extraordinary job even though the snow came early and was in some ways greater than anyone expected, and the accumulation was at times as much as two or three inches an hour, sanitation gets very high marks for their overall effort. i will say, i want to see more in queens in particular. i'm certainly not satisfied with
the condition of some of the roads and some of our neighborhoods in queens. i went around, as i said. woodside and sunnyside, definitely more work to be done. that's going to be a high point of focus today. other neighborhoods in queens that we have much more work to do. ridgewood, east, elmhurst, jackson heights, corona. given these challenges, sanitation department is moving equipment out of manhattan, brooklyn and the bronx and into queens. we have about 60 pieces of equipment so far that have been transferred from sanitation garages that have done a good job and have covered a lot of ground getting them out there to queens where the need is greatest. 850 plows now at work in queens. we got more work to do. i want to say to people in all five boroughs, there is always going to be some places with challenges. we are trying to identify each and every one of them. but our central focus right now is on queens where we have neighborhoods we just have to do a lot more and quickly.
that's particularly true for tertiary streets. what i've seen and talking to commissioner garcia, i would say sanitation did an outstanding job on our neighborhoods, our primary streets. literally blacktop. even though we just saw almost 27 inches of snow, blacktop already. that's how good the plowing job was. secondary streets all over the city generally speaking with a few exceptions, at least twice have been plowed, in some cases more. tertiary streets have been plowed at least once all over the city but again, we have a lot of tertiary streets with a lot more work to do and we know we have to do that quickly. that's why we want to give sanitation the freedom to do their work and what gets in the way is when people put their car right in the middle of the street or are in their cars driving around. people in queens want their streets cleared. help us get those streets clear by staying off the streets, don't put snow in the middle of
the streets, let sanitation do their work, reinforcements are coming intensely into queens so we can get that work done. again, overall effort by city employees, outstanding. sanitation leading the way. i want to thank all of our first responders, our firefighters, our ems workers, our police did an amazing job. everyone, outstanding job. also want to thank agencies that were part of this effort that don't get as much attention deserve a lot of praise as well. department of transportation, department of correction. their employees jumped into the effort, did a great job helping us to clear the way. really wonderful team effort by city employees all over the city. on the coastal situation, i know there was a lot of concern coming in about the flooding. we did not have major flooding, thank god. i want to thank everyone at the parks department. their efforts to put preventive measures in place were outstanding. some of you saw me go up on the
berm at coney island. it was a wonderful experience. that berm ten feet high a few days earlier, it is a reminder how great the work is of the parks department. >> you're listening to new york city mayor bill de blasio strike ig an optimistic tone as the storm passed through. he thanked a lot of agencies there but also talked about the concern that they had of flooding along part of the city's eastern shore. it seems that they did not get the flooding that some were concerned about so that is certainly welcome news to the residents and certainly to city officials out in those areas. he says there is still a lot of work to do, urging people to stay off the streets unless they absolutely have to, saying there is still a long period of recovery ahead as they clear some of that snow and try to get the city back up and running for monday morning. let's go now to new york's times square. adam reiss has been there throughout the morning. i can see traffic behind you picking up. clearly lot of those folks there
are not necessarily in emergency situation. the mayor wants folks to enjoy themselves but at the same time still warning people they're not all in the clear yet. >> reporter: absolutely. we've got a while to go. as you heard the mayor say, this storm was fast and furious the way it came through the city. a lot of people here are tourists and new yorkers coming through times square, they want to enjoy the moment. let's talk about some of the transportation issues here in new york. cars, back on the road beginning at 7:00 a.m. this morning. trains and buses, slowly coming back to life. the long island railroad a major mode of transportation for many here in the new york area is having some major issues. a lot of damage to the rails and some of the cars. at the airports, also slowly getting back online. laguardia, the runways will come back at noon. at 12:30 the first flight back to west palm beach will take off hopefully. that is one flight i wish i was on. many here in times square were
here last night when it was a ghost town. people taking advantage of that moment, that once in a lifetime chance to walk through new york city streets when no one is around. maggie and victoria came in from harrisburg. you said you really enjoyed the moment. >> it was a once in a lifetime experience that no other time in our lives we're going to be able to be in new york city and see the beauty of this snow on the ground, no cars on the street. it was just absolutely amazing. >> tell me what did you do? where did you go? >> we just walked around downtown. times square. and we just took pictures of sights, went to rockefeller center. just enjoyed all of the lights and all the beautiful buildings. >> okay. so you had a good time. >> we did. >> you have to get back to harrisburg and the trains are -- what's the situation? >> the trains were canceled yesterday so that's why we stayed overnight and we couldn't get out today, this evening, until 7:53 p.m. i think is the train we're taking out back to
harrisburg. >> good luck to you both as you try to make your way out. just to give you a sense of what we are going to deal with in the next 24 hours, look at this. this is just an ice puddle that people are navigating as they get through times square. this is what people are going to deal with all around the tri-state region as they dig out of their driveways and the steps that lead up to their home. be very careful. this snow is very heavy and wet. >> it is going to get very messy in the next couple hours as temperatures continue to rise. then as they continue to freeze throughout the night, it is going to be somewhat of a dangerous commute early morning tomorrow for folks coming in to the city. msnbc's adam reiss. adam, it is always easier to weather the storm when you know you have to get on a flight to west palm beach. could be in the works for you at some point, my friend. >> i hope so. >> thanks for joining us. next, live to washington, d.c. for the latest on their clean-up efforts right after the storm.
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together, we're building a better california. washington is beginning to dig out of the more than two feet of snow that fell on that city. joining me now by phone is kevin donahue, washington, d.c. deputy city administrator. sir, thank you very much for joining us. let's talk about the clean-up effort that's under way now. what can you tell us about how it is going so far? >> well, it is going well. we had our crews working 12-hour shifts since before this storm came. now our storm lasted about 36 hours because we've been out there at this point for about two days. but now we really shift since last night the snow stopped falling. we've now shifted in earnest to
moving snow, then removing it from the city. >> that you can about the challenges of moving some of that snow going forward. some of the main streets still very much closed. >> yeah. we -- our goal during the storm is to make sure every street was passable to a police car or ambulance or fire truck. now we are trying to make way for what will be commuters, that means widening it to as much of the full width of the road is possible. we typically get a snowstorm which is two to four inches of slush, maybe six inches of snow. we've had to bring in a lot of heavy equipment we normally don't need for snowstorms to be able to put it on dump trucks and move it out of the city. >> what do you expect the city to get back up and running? a lot of questions about monday morning, schools re-opening, federal government, city government. do you expect the city to be up and running for tomorrow
morning? are you going to advise people and officials to keep the city closed for the time being? >> well, we know today we still need people to treat the streets as if the storm is still happening. they did a great job staying off the streets. the more that street we can plow, the more that cars aren't getting them stuck and in their way, that allows us to have as much open as possible tomorrow. our mayor's already announced the schools will be close tomorrow. we'll still make a decision about government. some businesses quite frankly need to open and some have stayed open with the storm. we are working closely in coordination with our metro system trying to get the major roads and arteries as clear as possible by midday tomorrow. we're treating all day today residential and major roads, so we're looking for major roads to be cleared the middle of tomorrow. then really looking for residential roads to have that surface that you can have a
two-wheel drive vehicle pass over it probably on tuesday. we're not going to make a decision about the government but we also know that the reality is that businesses need to come open and we want to be able to enable that, work with them and work with our metro system. >> what have the past 24 hours been like for city officials in terms of the emergency calls that the city is receiving? what has been the major uptick in? >> so we monitor that every four hours, we get reports about the types and number of calls. our call volumes for police and ambulances are down a little bit from what they normally are, which is good. our challenge though has been when we have particularly emergency medical calls, we sometimes have to take national guard humvees to get to some of the locations, especially during the storm itself. so our response times are a little bit slower than they normally are. call volume is a bit down. we encourage people throughout
the storm, and even today, to really -- if you have an emergency, call 911. if it is not a true emergency, to be a bit cautious about calling 911. >> kevin donahue from washington, d.c., thank you very much for are that update. wish you all a speedy recovery for that city. nbc's luke russert is in washington for us. i can see that he's already swapped out his beanie and bandana for an nbc hat. is that a sign that things are getting better, a little bit warmer or not yet? >> reporter: well, it's a sign the sun is coming out as we approach the high noon hour. is it already noon? i don't even know. >> no. you still got 30 more minutes, bud. >> it all runs together, my friend. it all runs together. i thought you heard a lot of smart stuff from that local city official. the latest from what the mayor told us is as follows. still treat the streets as the
storm is ongoing. you see people walking down the middle of the streets, that's a safety hazard. when the mayor said a little bit before i came on was, look, if you try and get your car out and you are driving down these streets and you end up getting stuck, we're going to tow you and give you a ticket. that's incentive not to drive on the roads. if you get stuck in d.c., government has to bail you out, they'll send you the bill. public schools and metro is closed the rest of the day. not clear if that will open up tomorrow. i was walking around here and a lot of retail businesses are still closed today. a lot of office space located down here in washington, d.c. hard to see how that opens up by tomorrow. think monday is also going to be a d.c. dig-out day as the mayor has said. little bit of news on my regular beat. capitol hill just got the e-mail, the house of representatives may well not come back this week like they are supposed to. next votes in the house -- february 1st.
also happens to be the iowa caucus day. the majority leader saw the snow and all the cancellations at the airport said, we don't need to brave this. the democrats have the retreat on wednesday through thursday, friday in baltimore. the president and vice president supposed to go there so it was a short week in congress anyway but they don't want to subject themselves to try to get to washington in this type of weather. jonas, snowzilla, the blizzard of 2016, whatever you want to call it, it stopped your u.s. house of representatives right in its tracks. >> it seems that the -- we were just talking to that city official. he was saying they haven't made a decision yet about the local government. you think the fact that the federal government -- at least congress i should say, not the federal government but just congress, is that going to affect or have a ripple effect on rest of the officials in d.c.? >> reporter: here's the issue. is that while the main arteries might get open, so much of this city lives on these side streets. so much of the commerce and the business is on these side
streets. not to mention you have a large percentage of the workforce that commutes every single day from maryland and virginia. lot of people drive and hour, hour and a half every single day. if those roads are still icy, difficult to everybonavigate, a public transportation system is down, might as well just tell people to stay home and don't risk it. it is unsafe. we've seen a few cars slip sliding around. they can't go anywhere. it is identify undce under the stuff. try as get as much off as you can but there is going to be some element of ice there for foreseeable future. >> you are a d.c. native. how does this compare to some of the other storms you've weathered throughout your years in d.c.? >> snowmageddon 2010 is the closest similarity. however, nothing will touch the
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joining me now, nbc news correspondent miguel almaguer. you're out there on the roads. how is the clean-up looking from where you are sitting? >> reporter: well, it's not snowing anymore but it certainly looks like a whiteout outside. this is from inside our vehicle. we'll switch our camera out in front of us. this is the shaw neighborhood, it is a typical a neighborhood here in washington, d.c. i want to bring the camera back in here and talk to you a little bit about what we have been seeing over the last several hours here. to give you a better perspective of what this looks like for feet wise, we are talking about two, three feet of snow. with the snowdrifts much higher, i'll hop back out. as you drive along sthees stree streets, the snow has built up over time. the snow is knee-high here. the plows are coming through this neighborhood. what they're doing is pushing all of this snow on top of all these cars. we talk to a couple of people
here who have told us that it is going to take them hours -- hours to dig out of their cars. i'm not sure if you can see this vehicle here, it is a small suv. it is covered in several feet of snow. here, it is hard and it is solid. you can see this. it is several feet high here. everyone's going to have to dig out of this situation and that's going to take quite some time. plows haven't been coming down these side roads as quickly as neighbors would like so they'll certainly place some travel issues. there is a gentleman literally driving his bike down the center of the street because it is the easiest way to get around here. everyone is walking or riding their bicycles through these streets right down center. sidewalks are completely buried in snow. it is going to be quite some time until this neighborhood is a functioning neighborhood. >> that's going to be a major concern for officials as they try to get folks back in to work earlier this week, particularly for parents taking their kids to school. nbc's miguel almaguer in
washington, d.c. a very visual explanation of how tough those secondary streets look. this weekend's historic snowfall is at the opposite extreme of record setting weather we just saw one month ago. december 2015 was the hottest december on record and it marked the end of a year that was the second warmest in the history of the contiguous united states. what do we make of this wacky weather? joining me by phone to help answer that, paul douglas, founder and meteorologist of aeriweather. paul, in the course of just 60 days we've gone from two extreme record setting -- at least snowfall-setting conditions. can you help make sense of these two extremities? >> sure. well, contrary -- good morning. contrary to what some senators in congress believe, winter does
not disprove the trends and what we're seeing with climate data. in a weird way, last year's record warmth, december's freakish warmth, may have upped the probability of just this kind of a mega blizzard and just the vast quantities of snow. water temperatures in the gulfstream preceding the storm were well into the 70s. the gulfstream is always warmer. but in this case it was six, seven degrees warmer. people say well, who cares? here's why warming matters. if you warm up the water just offshore, you increase the water vapor, in this case, 6%, 7% more water vapor, more fuel available to get sucked into this blizzard that ultimately translated into a huge swath of two-foot-plus snowfall amounts. just a freakishly jaw dropping expanse of two to three, up to
40 inches of snow. something i haven't seen. so it is a matter of connecting the dots. we're seeing the trends not only in the summer with extreme rainfall events on the increase, but also in the winter. the emerging data seems to suggest that we're not seeing more storms. the storms are spaced farther apart. but when we do get a storm, there's a much better chance that it is going to produce heavier rain or heavier snow because there's simply more water vapor, more juice in the air capable of fueling these storms. >> i wanted to pick up on that point. couple weeks ago, at least for folks in new york where there was that record warm month of december, a lot of people were saying, this is going to be a very my winter that -- in january. we didn't even have serious winter conditions so people think they're in the clear.
should we be ready for more massive snowfall this winter or is that it? >> there's no question that el nino is energizing the jet stream. storms are complicated beasts, and a lot of factors go into storm formation. the fact that we still have this big el nino, possibly even bigger than 1998, leads us to believe that the storm track is farther south than east, it does f favor more violent storms for the southern u.s. and for the east coast. so no, i don't think we'll quite see anything of this scale for the rest of the winter. this is a 1 in 50-year, maybe a 1 in 100-year snowfall for parts of the east. but we will see more snow and more ice. i still think it will be a compressed, shortened, compacted winter, all things being equal. warm signal from el nino continues. but if it ever gets to the point where we don't get snow and we
don't get coal fronts, the planet will have much more serious problems. i've been connecting the dots though for 25 years, i'm seeing the symptoms, and the symptoms are going to get harder to deny over time. and if it ever gets to the point where we don't have snow, we don't have cold fronts, the planet will have much bigger problems. >> paul douglas, thank you for joining us on the phone. up next, an update from our msnbc meteorologist bill karins on the latest forecast. stay with us. this is sheldon,
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we're continuing to follow the impact this blizzard has had on all across the northeast part of the country. just this past hour we learned from our own luke russert in washington, d.c. that the house of representatives has gone ahead and canceled all votes scheduled for this week. that means representatives in the house of representatives will not be required to come back to d.c. for the remainder of the week. we understand that their next session would be for them to return february 1st. obviously that blizzard has had a huge impact all across the northeast. it may have ended, but it may be a while before things get back to normal. six states, west virginia, virginia, pennsylvania, maryland, new jersey and here in new york all had snowfall totals exceeding 30 inches. the jersey shore is experiencing some of its worst flooding since hurricane sandy back in 2012. new york city which saw its second-highest snowfall this century lifted its travel ban at 7:00 a.m. this morning. public transit remains hindered,
however, with limited subway service and long island railroad service suspended until further notice. washington, d.c., metro and bus service continues to remain shut down. officials urge people to stay at home as it may take days for the roads to be passable. we know schools have already been canceled in d.c. according to the city's deputy administrator. here with the latest is msnbc meteorologist bill karins with what's ahead for the forecast. bill. >> happy to report that the jersey shore just dropped their coastal flood warnings. that's step one. we still have a few coastal flood warnings from ocean city down to the chesapeake bay bridge for this evening's high tide cycle. shores of new jersey and long island, also coastal flood warnings on cape cod but it won't be as bad as the one we experienced this morning. the storm itself is long gone. as far as the snow totals, i just read that -- i just figured out. this is my three-foot club. these are all the locations that had three feet of snow. that's like up to this high.
so four different states got into that list which is amazing. a lot of them meet there in the central appalachians, maryland, pennsylvania, virginia, all nea. shepherdstown, west virginia. 40 inches of snow. north potomac, maryland, 38. greencastle, p.a., 38, cascade, maryland, 37 and round hill, virginia. those are the high threat of. as far as big cities. baltimore, maryland, almost up to 2 1/2 feet of snow. new york at 26.8. filly 22. d.c. 19.4. dulles had almost 30 inches of snow. and boston figured out about six inches of snow. some of the pictures are really amazing out there. obviously a lot of backyard shots. people looking out their back windows and seeing their patio furniture looking like this. i love this one from bay ridge, brooklyn. how do they even plow these streets. this is the back of one car and the front of one here.
still a lot of cleanup to be done. this shot had me wondering. jersey city. down here are the cars. this is a car. that's a car and that's a car. this is just a big brick wall with woods behind it. you couldn't see the tops of those cars. all the pictures from the storm, this is the one that we were going through the storm yesterday and figuring out, how bad is this going to be? a billion-dollar weather disaster. when we saw this happening on the jersey shore, this is the image i'll remember. that's when we realized how damaging the storm was. the snow and wind are a nuisance. cost a lot of money to pick up. businesses being closed. but the damage after everything is all melted. this will remain on the coast. that's probably the legacy of this storm is the coastal problems. >> this weather has produced some incredible images. some of them are very difficult for folks to be looking at. especially those affecting businesses, communities and homes.
it's going to be a long road to recover. >> all the people that had all this damage done. summertime is when they make a lot of their money, tourism money. now only four, five months to get cleaned up. wish them the best. >> bill karins, you've been following this all week long. thank you for your excellent coverage and updates throughout the past 48 hours. up next, some of the most incredible photos of the major blizzard that pummelled the east coast. that's next. stay with us. i'm caridee. i've had moderate to severe plaque psoriasis most of my life. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling. my doctor told me about stelara® it helps keep my skin clearer. with only 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses... ...stelara® helps me be in season. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and increase your risk of infections. some serious infections require hospitalization. before starting stelara® your doctor should test for tuberculosis. stelara® may increase your risk of cancer.
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