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neighbor of the shooter may have purchased the weapons used in the rampage. we have new details. attention commuters. the toll hikes are officially here. if you are coming from new jersey to the city, grab several extra dollars. >> unbelievable. good morning. you are looking live at lower manhattan all lit up this morning. thanks for joining on this sunday, december 6th. i'm toni yates in for michelle family. >> michelle enjoying a family we are coordinated. >> we tried. >> good morning. thanks for being with us. let's check in with amy freeze forecast. i should say this but i did catch amy as she was getting ready for the show a few minutes ago in our makeup dressing room, guess what album
ready, the album taking over the world. >> adele. >> i was going to say peter frampton because that's what i get up to in the morning. >> good morning, amy, hello. >> hello. what a beautiful day it turned out to be yesterday. temperatures were easy to take. skies look good. we ended up with temperatures in the 50s. we could do a repeat this morning. in fact, checking the numbers early on, we are at 40 degrees. that feels good. yesterday's high was 51 in central park. a few spots got above that. for december 6th. that would be well above average. the normal high is 47. the record 70 set in 2001. sunset 4:28. temperatures are subfreezing in a lot of spots, white plains, bridgeport.
islip 30 and belmar 34. on the radar and satellite, nothing to slow us down. temperatures are easy to take. as the sun comes up, expect it to be big and bright. what a day to go to south beach for the polar bear plunge. a high of 54 across new york city today. much more in the accuweather forecast seven-day forecast in a few minutes, rob. >> thank you very much. developing right now, a raging fire ripped through an abandoned home in queens early this morning one of several in fact in more than a month. here is a look flames our viewer tweeted out. kristin thorne is live in forest hills with what we know at this hour. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, rob. this is the sixth fire. look at the devastation to this most recent property. this is another construction site. this construction site was also
police are releasing a photo of a man seen leaving this area earlier this morning. here is the photo. it was taken by somebody who lives near the house and saw the man peeling out. the man is wanted, a person of interest in at least this most recent fire. this fire happened around 12:30 this morning. all these fires happened at construction sites. again, this property, you are looking at was set on fire last month. thankfully no one was hurt in any of these incidents. again, these are vacant properties. the fire this morning on 69th road rose to two alarms. people are stunned that this happened again. >> with all the other houses believe it. this one caught fire before already or now it seems like someone set this one on fire before. >> reporter: this is the sixth arson that happened in forest
police say in nearly all the incidents the suspect enters the construction sites, ignites flammables, combustibles and ran away. the concern is this neighboring house which is occupied. you are seeing what the that house. there is concern because there are people inside that home. if you would like to get another look at the person of interest, the photo that the nypd has now put out, go to our web site, abc7ny. live in forest hills queens p kristin thorne, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> scary pattern, thank you, kristin. in new jersey, crews battled a massive house fire there. officials say the fire started in the building on heckle street in belleville last night. it's unclear if anyone was inside at the time. bystanders recorded flames quickly spreading across the roof. we will bring you more information on the fire as that becomes available. but that video, wow, how
now to a terror investigation in london. witnesses captured the incident on their cell phone. a man armed with a knife attacked three people including a person slashed in the neck. everybody is expected to be okay. police officers used a taser to take the suspect down and arrest him. there are reports the manmade attack. this latest incident comes as police in california try to find more answers behind the attack in san bernardino. president obama will give a speech from the oval office talking about the matt shooting. we are learning new information about the two shooters and how they obtained some of their weapons. eyewitness news anchor sandra bookman has that story. >> reporter: still so many questions in california. but this new video showing the fbi raiding a house in riverside could answer where the assault rifles used in the san bernardino massacre came from.
the california attacks calling malik and farook isis supporters further indicating isis inspired the couple and did not direct them. authorities believe malik was the mastermind leaving her family baffled. >> think about your kid. >> reporter: sandra bookman, channel 7 eyewitness news. in a speech tonight, the president will address terrorism and his plans to defeat it. that speech is at 8:00. we will have it here on channel 7. rob? this latest mass murder has, again, triggered a renewed call for stricter gun control laws. in the midst of that, the president of liberty university called on students to get permits to carry a concealed weapon so they are prepared in case of a mass shooting. politicians on both sides fueled this ongoing american debate. >> the tragedy that we just had
except the bad guys. >> you have to strengthen and expand instant background checks. >> president obama also weighed in during his weekly address. he talked about how people on the no fly list, the people that we don't let in our planes can legally still buy a gun in the u.s. that is something he would like to change. the white house is trying to build momentum for congressional action on gun control and is considering possible executive orders on gun controls as well. local lawmakers in new york are trying to curb gun violence. in brooklyn a buy back program took about 60 guns off the streets. it was in flatbush. a handgun or assault rifle could be exchanged for a $200 bank card. rifles, shotguns and air guns got a $25 card each.
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bridge, lincoln tunnel and holland tunnel, goethals and outerbridge crossing will go up. e-zpass customers pay $10.50 during off peak hours and $12.50burg peak hours. times. you are a proud jersey resident. you make the trek to new york. you make the trek to new york. >> this sounds like so much money. >> it is to cross a bridge. >> i don't know how this happened. i thought it was $12. >> $12 to go back and forth. >> i knew it was 14. that didn't feel bad but 15. >> that rounds to 20. >> i think it should be a quarter each time it goes up. >> instead of a couple bucks. >> how did this happen is what i would like to know.
>> we have chose ten not to live in a cheap city. another reminder about how ridiculously expensive the area is. >> i am all for the safety of the bridges. >> i want to see where the money goes. what more are we getting for the money. >> a lot more money. just think about all that traffic going back and forth on the bridges every day. good morning. while we have questions unanswered, temperatures are mild. numbers in the boroughs are pretty good. subfreezing temperatures in the boroughs. quiet as can can be through monday night.
no cold in sight. next weekend could be warmer than this weekend. potentially record breaking temperatures. that's the kind of pattern we are in. the cold air remains locked up to the north. the polar vortex cannot come south. what that means is that the steering winds will allow for mild conditions. high pressure is in control. not only with mild temperatures coming in, we have no storms to talk about. the next one coming in from the plains and the upper midwest, that will not have enough energy or good timing enough to keep the coastal storm in close. that will be just winds will get strong off cape hatteras. high pressure is in control. things are good. 54, mostly sunny and mild. temperatures tomorrow in the low 50s, well above average. through monday it's looking good. clouds increase tuesday and we track showers i think mainly on long island. an offshore system. expect temperatures in the low to mid-50s. mostly sunny and mild.
above average for this time of year. it will feel really nice, better than yesterday. a few clouds come in tonight. 38 the overnight low. 32 in the suburbs. tomorrow clouds again and mild again. i should say clouds to sun but mild, 53. here is the accuweather seven- day forecast. right through the middle of the week, temperatures are above average, 50 degrees. 54 on thursday. mainly cloudy and mild. could get a brief shower overnight wednesday into thursday. that would stay mainly west. the computers continue to trend west. friday and saturday, look at the temperatures. had to bump them up from yesterday. computer models are in agreement. the temperatures are pushed into the mid-50s to 60s. if sunday was on the map, i
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teller he was armed with a bomb. one officer fired when the suspect threatened him with a straight razor. an eyewitness that caught it on his cell phone said police were trying to calm the man down for about five minutes before the shooting. >> officers were giving him direction, trying to calm him down for a good amount of time. they gave him enough opportunity to -- opportunity to surrender. >> investigators say one of the officers involved was wearing a body camera and video will be looked at by police and cannot yet be released to the public. planned parenthood supporters came together in light of the deadly shooting in the colorado clinic. dozens gathered for the national day of solidarity. they showed support for planned parenthood and the three people killed more than a week ago in colorado springs.
between those against planned parenthood's work in -- violence in colorado. >> we will continue to take care of our owned bodies. >> similar vigils were held around the country. tomorrow marks 74 years since the day declared by president roosevelt to live in infamy. japan boomed pearl harbor on december 7th, 1941 killing 2400. the attack destroyed or damaged all eight of the u.s. battle ships. congress declared war on japan marking the entry into world war ii. survivors of the attack will be on hand at the intrepid sea,
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game close but after the half the knicks fall apart. on the inbound parker steals it and slams it in for four quick points. fourth quarter, michael williams to carter for another big dunk. bucks roll. knicks fall below .500. warriors have to lose at some point but they show no signs of doing that. yesterday they faced the raptors who gave it their all. curry was too good. nine three pointers for his 7th game with at least four points this season. warriors unreal 21-0. while the rangers have cooled off, another new york hockey team has been heating up. the islanders were looking to extend a four-game win streak as they headed to canada to
new york on the board. matt martin throwing it to the net. the isles lead 2-0. final minute of regulation, ottawa with the empty net, game tied with 36 seconds left. eric carlson makes it 3-2. that's it. senators win. isles have one point in nine straight games. the week of hip is almost over. this afternoon the jets and giants clash in a game that counts with bragging rights and line. so, yeah, it's kind of a big deal. >> december, the football league and both teams have opportunities and because of that, it's a big game. no way around it. it's an important football game for both teams. >> i look fog ward to every game. i will be looking forward to it when we take care of the day. >> after winning the first three, the rutgers men are struggling.
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hey, welcome back, everybody, to eyewitness news. >> that is beautiful. >> look at all the people paying those increased tolls. you can almost see them smiling through here as they take out a second mortgage. good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm toni yates in for michelle charlesworth. welcome in. facebook friends hello. we are here, twitter, instagram. >> we are hanging in. amy freeze, good morning. not a bad morning out there at all for december. >> not a bad morning. i thought of an idea for the toll.
so many times and you get one free. >> like a smoothie card. >> i'm throwing yesterday out there to avoid the -- ideas out there to avoid the frustration. looking over the city, what a start to the day. you see the empire state building down to one world trade and the battery. beautiful looking sky. 40 degrees. it feels nice, too. that combination will take us through the afternoon. above freezing for hauppauge. 43 great neck. the outlying areas are subfreezing. we started the same way yesterday. with high pressure in control and the sunshine, we should have no problem getting our temperatures into the low to mid-50s. for football at metlife stadium, jets versus the giants, 1:00 kick off. 54 degrees. this could be the best december football that the nfl has seen in a long time playing on the east coast. it should be fantastic. flushing queens today, your
sunshine into low to mid-50s. a nice one. in a few minutes, the possibility of this coastal storm on tuesday and warmer temperatures in the accuweather seven-day forecast. >> thank you. developing now, a raging fire rips through an abandoned fire in queens one of several fires in more than a month. kristin thorne is live in forest hills with what we know so far. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, toni. this is the sixth fire in this arson pattern. i want to show you what is left of this house now on 69th road in forest hills. this was a residential construction site. this seems to be the suspect's m.o., setting fire to residential construction sites. what is knew is this picture that we will show you, which is a picture that a person who lives in this neighborhood took of this man fleeing from the fire earlier this morning.
to put it out. >> extended to the buildings on either side. units did a tremendous job getting in place and mitigating the damage to the exposures. >> thankfully no one has been hurt in any of these fires because, again, these are not -- there is no one living at these properties because they are construction sites. if you would like to take another look at the person considered a person of interest in the most recent fire, head to our web site at abc7ny.
kristin thorne, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, kristin, thank you very much. a really bizarre story. a connecticut man is accused of stealing human remains saying it was for religious he was arrested after police say they found the remains of five people inside his hartford apartment. investigators say the bodies date back as far as 1904 and appear to have been stolen from a cemetery in massachusetts. he said he was a priest who will use the remains for religious purposes. >> we see this rarely in hartford. when we do, it's generally with animals. >> i hope the person pays the price for this type of thing going on. >> hartford investigators say they are working with police in massachusetts to make sure that
where they belong and to see if anyone else is involved in this. suffolk police are investigating a deadly hit and run that involved several drivers. they say an s.u.v. hit a man crossing route 12 in patchogue. the 64-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. the driver who hit him stopped but three other cars hit the man. two others kept going. police are looking for a recent model dark-colored hyundai elan tray or ford taurus. a bronx woman accused of killing a pregnant women then removing the baby from her womb was arraigned. ashleigh wade pled not guilty to the charges including murder, manslaughter and weapons possession. prosecutors say she stabbed angelique sutton then cut out her child last month. wade has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
community leaders in harlem paid contribute to an nypd officer killed in the line of duty, detective randolph holder. he was the officer shot chasing a suspect in east harlem in october. holder's father says the community has helped his family make it through these difficult months. >> nypd and new york city is amazing. >> money raised from that gala will help detective holder's family. >> good to know they are getting support. that is, after what they have endured. >> never forget. >> absolutely not. four in the last year that we lost. prayers and thoughts go out to all those families. coming up, we will lighten the mood a little bit. this is toni's favorite story of the day.
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chestnut has been a competitive eater for 12 years and held the title on coney island for eight years. >> i see nikki next to him on the right. she won the women's division. >> howthey verify how much you ate. what is the verification >> it's there. you clear a plate it has so shrimp. >> just wondering. once it's eaten, rob -- >> how much money do you get for that. >> that's what i was thinking. >> i need to break that up. >> i was wondering. i never heard that before, verify. whose poor job is that. [ laughter ] the weather -- >> you always escape to the weather. >> awkward segway.
adele the other side and now the weather. >> nicely played. ment. >> you have to be with us since the top of the hour to get that whole string there. empire state building, good morning. wow, what a start. official sunrise time at 7:05. what a start with daylight here. the skies will be fantastic. love to see your pictures. hit us up on social media and let us know what is happening as far as your view goes. we would love to see your pictures t. #abc7ny. once we get in the temperatures will make it to where they were yesterday at this same time. perhaps we get the 51 that we had in central park or we do better with temperatures in the low to mid-50s by the afternoon.
the record is 71 back in 2011. this is the year, 2011 that we had the warmest november. so, last month we tied that record, 2011, 2015 warmest novembers ever. in that year, 2011 we had five inches of snow. that doesn't guarantee a mild winter around here but interesting to look at the facts. warm novembers, what do they lead to. temperatures in the low 50s could be the ending point for us. we will go for 54 for the high. some spots could get warmer. influence of southwest winds. i wouldn't be surprised if we were pushing 56, 57 in parts of new jersey. cold air locked up north. where is the polar vortex? it's stuck where it lives up in the pole. satellite and radar picture,
all the way back here to the upper plains. iowa, minneapolis, chicago, parts of st. louis a few showers. but that is the closest rain that we got. everything else is looking great. high pressure is keeping the clouds away. another beauty. sunny and mild, 54. tomorrow we hold on to the pattern and temperatures are still in the low 50s. a few more clouds may sneak in but it should feel good. on the futurecast, we roll the clock through the end of the weekend. tomorrow morning a beauty t. starting with sunshine. temperatures -- morning a beauty, starting with sunshine. this coastal storm develops offshore, starts to spin and out of range for us. we may get a few light showers in eastern long island, that is about it. that is the worst-case scenario. tuesday decent day as well but more clouds around. temperatures in the low to mid- 50s across the board today. starting cold in sullivan,
new jersey, it could can be a chilly start. you could make it to the low 50s today and tomorrow with the sunshine and nice light southwest wind. accuweather seven-day forecast, there is tuesday, more clouds around. maybe a sprinkle on long island but cloudy here for everybody else. 46. that's the coolest day on the stretch here. wednesday we are at 50. thursday 54. still climbing on friday, 56. 60 on saturday pushing the low 60s and potentially records in parts of the area next weekend. i know that yesterday i vowinged -- i said about putting up the lights but if you want to wait a weekend -- i arguments. >> next weekend milder than this weekend. >> potentially, yes. >> closer to christmas and it gets warmer. i like this. >> can't complain. thanks, amy.
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i said this was toni's favorite story of the day. actually mine. >> we are waiting to see which direction kim kardashian west and kanye west will go with their bundle of joy. they welcomed their second child a son early yesterday. the reality star announced the baby's birth, where else, on twitter, telling 37 million followers, quote, he is here. the couple have a 2-year-old daughter northwest. that much talked about name. we will see what they do for the boy in the family. congrats to kimye as they call the power couple. morgan freeman is safe after a landing in his native mississippi. the private plan carrying him to texas blew out a tire taking
that's when the pilot made an emergency landing skidding off the runway in fact. freeman did release a statement saying they landed safely without a scratch but the same cannot be said for his plane. glad he is okay. caitlyn jenner is facing a lawsuit after her involvement in the deadly crash. another family involved is suing jenner saying they were seriously hurt when they hit a car pushed into traffic by jenner's s.u.v. the woman in the other car was killed. peter wolf malacey says along with physical injuries and the emotional effects has caused distress and suffering. jenner is facing lawsuits from the family of the woman killed and another driver involved. r and b singer usher is sharing secrets to success to help others looking to enter the world of music. it's part of the classes hosted
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this one is happening in london. a man attacking people with a knife inside a subway station. >> president obama preparing for a rare oval office address later tonight following that mass shooting in california. this as we are learning more about where the guns used in the attack came from. >> good morning, new day, new promises, right? you are looking live up and down manhattan island. it's beautiful out there. fog, hazy, not worrying about that because we are having fun. we have our coffee. letter we have you. thanks for joining us on this sunday morning. i'm toni yates in for michelle charlesworth. >> i'm rob nelson. thanks for being with us for the 7:00 hour. postcard shot. >> wasn't it. >> so great. it has been a mild start to fall. >> not complaining. >> mother nature has been kind to us. >> and so has amy freeze. the first look at the sunday
>> this is something to write home about, tell everybody, tell your friends. you came to new york city and it was in the 50s for the stretch of the weekend. absolutely gorgeous. lots of sunshine to start off the day, similar to yesterday where we ended up with 51 for the high. we are at 41 in central park. i think we could beat yesterday's temperatures because we are getting really warm readings coming up for the futurecast for the afternoon. despite the 24-hour temperature change, keeping the temperatures about where they were yesterday at the same time, that includes the subfreezing areas of white plains at 30 degrees. poughkeepsie, monticello and and dover, the 32-degree mark. islip 31 right now. everybody outside of the city starts cool. takes no time all for those temperatures to jump up. clear skies, lots of sunshine. high pressure in control with a could you recallly wind.
30s going into the 40s by the midday hour then 50s, low to mid-50s through the afternoon. that being said, i think here in the city our temperatures get to the mid-50s by the afternoon. this is a pattern that started yesterday, continues this afternoon, then tomorrow we are projecting 50s again. what could slow us down is a system coming in that will bring cooler air for tuesday. i will have the details on that and football at metlife stadium in apparently few moments. >> thank you. now to the developing story in queens. another construction site going up in flames overnight. officials believe it play be connected to a string of arsons in forest hills. this morning police released a new picture of a person of interest. eyewitness news reporter kristin thorne is live in forest hills with the new developments. kristin, good morning again. >> reporter: at least six fires now in this arson pattern. this is what is left of this
on 69th road, the same property set on fire on november 15th. police releasing a photo of a man seen leaving the area early this morning. here it is. the picture taken by someone that lives in the neighborhood. they saw the man peeling out this is a clear picture. he is considered a person of interest in at least this most recent fire. this fire happened around 12:30 this morning. residential construction sites. the scene you are looking at, the same property set on fire a month ago. thankfully no one has been hurt in any of these incidents. the fire rose to two alarms. people are stunned that this has happened again. >> of course we are shocked. our community is shocked. i want to catch this person. >> reporter: this is at least
since november 8th. police say in nearly all the incidents the suspect enters the residential construction sites, ignites flammable materials and then runs away. i want to show you live why this is scary to everyone. you see the window over there. this is not the property set on fire but somebody does live in that property. you see how the flames extended to that. this is why this is dangerous. if you recognize that person, if you want another look at his photo, head to our web site at abc7ny. live in forest hills queens p kristin thorne, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, kristin. thank you very much. we turn to a massive two- alarm fire that ripped through a building in belleville, new jersey. officials say it started in the building on heckle street in belleville. intense as you can see. it's unclear if anyone was inside at the time. bystanders recorded the flames quickly spreading across the roof. we will bring you more information on the fire as it becomes available.
police in the uk are investigating a stabbing in a london underground station as a terrorist incident. three people were hurt, one seriously when a suspect began attacking people inside the station in east london last night. a man was taken in to custody at the scene. there are reports from eyewitnesses that the attacker shouted quote, this is for syria. this comes days after british lawmakers voted to approve military air strikes against isis targets in syria. president obama will address the nation from the oval office tonight to talk about the terror attacks in san bernardino, california. the investigation in california lead police to a home in riverside yesterday. next door to the home where suspect syed farook used to live. sources say someone who lives in that home may have been the person who bought the assault rifles used by farook and his wife.
with police. investigators are looking into malik's ties with isis. watch the president's speech on channel 7. it's expected to begin at 8:00. rob? and this latest mass murder has triggered again a renewed call for stricter gun control laws in america. all that coming as the president of a prominent christian university in virginia is drawing criticism after calling on students to get permits to carry a concealed weapon so they are prepared in case of a mass shooting. the comments were made by jerry falwell junior during the weekly convocation. students applauded as he the call to arms which seemed to be targeted at muslims. >> if more good people had concealed carry permits we could end those muslims before they go off and kill. >> after those comments were made he said they specifically
deadly shooting in california, not just muslims at large. virginia's governor called the comments reckless. meanwhile, politicians on both sides fueled the gun control debate yet again. g.o.p. saying republicans are the reason nothing has been done. >> the tragedy that we just had in california, nobody has a gun except the bad guys. >> you have to strengthen and expand instant background checks. >> president obama also weighed in during his weekly address. he talked about how people on the no fly list, people we don't allow in our planes in america can legally buy a gun in the u.s. that is something the president wants to change. the white house is trying to build momentum for congressional action on gun control and considering possible executive orders on the issue as well. local lawmakers in new york are trying to curb gun violence. in brooklyn, a bye back program
the brooklyn district attorney sponsored the buy back at the flatbush. a handgun or assault rifle bank card. rifles, shotguns and air guns got a $25 card each. power restored to thousands of customers in the hudson valley overnight following a major outage that affected three counties in our area. a substation failed in middletown and knocked out power in orange and sullivan pennsylvania. orange and rockland utility spokesman says roughly 52,000 customers lost power. that was around 7:30 last night. coming up on eyewitness news sunday morning, bodies discovered in a connecticut home. truly bizarre story here. where they came from and why the man ab rested told police purposes.
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during the close fly by in july. nasa says they show a strip of the dwarf planet 50 miles wide. because it is so far away, it takes about a year for the data and images to make it back here to earth. >> long trip. >> those are sharp. >> very sharp. >> could be a footprint. >> incredible. >> the shots we had all morning are beautiful shots of the sunrise. nice morning. >> gorgeous. this time of year typically we look at the weekend. we are going it's freezing, a million things to do, i should be hanging the holiday lights unless you are toni yates. tell them what you do? >> i own this. my holiday lights have been up for four years. they may not work and -- >> four years. >> she is that neighbor. >> but my house is white and
can't tell in the summertime. >> look at toni. she is still festive on july 4th with her holiday lights. >> i don't turn them on. i keep them off. they will come down this year. >> really? >> i will get some new ones. >> if you are not as clever as toni and you do have to put your lights up every year, this would be one of the weekends that i would choose to get those items up because the weather is pretty good and your fingers won't freeze. beautiful shots as the sun comes up this morning. beginning of daylight looking fantastic down outlying areas in the city we have seen 32 degrees.
years, it happened in november. for us, here we go, through december 10th as not having a freeze in the city yet. so, we will continue to watch that. but it is late. if you are waiting for the cold weather, it has not arrived on cue compared to recent history. the accutrack shows clear skies across the eastern seaboard. high pressure is in control. going to the big football game at metlife 1:00 jets-giants. 54 at kick off. this has to be some of the warmest december football that the nfl has seen on the east coast in quite some time. should be a beautiful day. where is the cold? it's locked up to the north. polar vortex is keeping a tight grip on it. the jet stream, strong steering winds are well to the north. as that happens, the mild air from the south and that is what we are experiencing today. radar and satellite confirming
winds from the west. high pressure continues to shift further east today. we will get 50s, mid-50s expected and then tomorrow we cool it off as a few more clouds come in the picture. today and tomorrow we have nice above average temperatures again. around. also a coastal storm developing. gaining strength and momentum. it doesn't develop until well offshore. maybe a sprinkle for long island. that is about it. clouds thrown in on tuesday. then our temperatures go right the week. high. tonight 38. also the suburbs go below freezing once again. city. monday. that's how we start the second week of december. island, cloudy. moving inland.
better the skies will be. 46 on tuesday. that is the coldest day of the stretch. wednesday 50. heading into next weekend, these are the long-term trends. 56 on friday. 60 on saturday. potentially record breaking temperatures of warmth by sunday and right through december 15th we have the above average readings then we may get colder air. now, this is your chance. today is the polar bear plunge. this is over in staten island. it's south beach. we can go to south beach. i have a ride for rob to go to staten island and come back. you are invited as well, toni. this is a bucket lit item for some people to raise charity money at the same time as jumping in the ocean in the middle of the winter. air temperature about 54. i have done it in february. i suggest this weather, toni, back to you. >> i will go home and right a check in my shower.
that because about $300 is all it takes to put a child through the special olympics program and allows them to compete. call some friends. >> that is a great cause. >> another one in february, the polar bear plunge in new jersey. >> i did that one many years ago. my feet are still frozen. >> you are doing it from the station. laura behnke -- we have to post the polar bear pictures. >> okay. >> thank you. >> you got it. straight ahead on eyewitness news sunday morning, christmas tree or holiday tree. there is a controversy in one city over which phrase to use for a tree lighting ceremony. >> i feel like we hear this every year now. the cost to cross bridges and tunnels in the tri-state is
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any time of day. that's breakfast whenevs. america runs on dunkin'. welcome back. >> time for morning sports headlines with laura behnke. reporter: good morning. friday night the knicks returned to the 500 mark with the help of their rivals. last night a chance to move over that hump with the -- against the nets former coach jason kidd and the bucks in milwaukee. knicks picking up where they were leaving off. big jam. carmelo anthony came up big early. three-pointer here kept the game close but after the half the knicks fall apart. on the inbound parker steals it and slams it in for four quick points.
fourth quarter, michael williams to carter for another big dunk. bucks roll. knicks fall below .500. common logic tells us the warriors have to lose at some point. they show no signs of doing that. yesterday they faced the raptors who gave it their all. curry was too good. nine three pointers for his 7th game with at least four points this season. warriors unreal 21-0. while the rangers have cooled off, another new york hockey team has been heating up. the islanders were looking to extend a four-game win streak as they headed to canada to meet the senators. new york on the board. matt martin throwing it to the net. the isles lead 2-0. final minute of regulation, ottawa with the empty net, game tied with 36 seconds left. eric carlson makes it 3-2.
senators win. isles have one point in nine straight games. the week of hype is almost over. this afternoon the jets and giants clash in a game that counts with bragging rights and play-off positioning on the line. so, yeah, it's kind of a big deal. >> december, the national football league and both teams have opportunities and because of that, it's a big game. no way around it. it's an important football game for both teams. >> i look forward to every game. i will be looking forward to it when we take care of the day. >> after winning the first three, the rutgers men are struggling. seton hall is starting to click. yesterday those trends continue as they met in a garden state hardwood classic. first half carrington through the lane for the easy one handed flush. later in the first, whitehead
slam. second half more of the same. rodriguez throwing it down. 84-55. pirates roll. syracuse trying to bounce back. copeland taking a nice feed. bench approves. bradley hayes the turn around point. syracuse loses the second in a row. that's your morning look at sports. i'm laura behnke. back again with you later tonight at 5:00. >> should be a good game, jets and giants. >> oh, my goodness. >> much more ahead on sunday morning including a look at today's top stories. >> it happened again. another fire at a construction site in forest hills queens. this time police have a picture of a man they are looking to talk to. i'm kristin thorne with that picture coming up. >> okay p kristin. >> plus, nearly half a dozen
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good morning, i'm toni yates in for michelle charlesworth. welcome to the 7:00 hour of eyewitness news. >> good to have you back. >> i'm rob nelson. thanks for being with us. i forgot who i was for a second. >> we would never forget. what is happening here, all a go. we are in the 40s in the boroughs. the freezing and subfreezing temperatures that we had last night are climbing as well. a beautiful shot looking into lower manhattan. love this one. sun splashing on one world trade. another sunny day around here. yesterday a high of 51. we are at 41 degrees. i don't see why we can't beat yesterday's temperatures. there are cold temperatures. lows in the 20s monticello, poughkeepsie, sussex. 27 wrightstown.
temperatures are looking good for hauppauge, massachusetts. temperatures are below freezing for belmar and toms river. the sunshine with the wind won't take long to warm us up. clouds will be hard to find today. planning your afternoon, by noon almost 50 and a high of 54. in the accuweather seven-day forecast, we will talk about the coastal storm on tuesday and potential for record breaking temperatures heading into next weekend. warm record breaking temperatures. those details ahead in a few minutes, rob. >> good kind of record, thank you, amy. we are following a developing story out of queens. another fire that may be connected to a string of arsons in forest hills. at least six fires since october. the one overnight happened at the same site as a previous fire. eyewitness news reporter kristin thorne is live in forest hills with the latest information. good morning, kristin.
site was set on fire on november 15th. i want to show you with less of it now, this residential sight on 69th road in forest hills, that seems to be the suspect m.o. setting residential construction sites on fire. now we have a picture of the man considered a person of interest in at least this most recent fire, a person that lives in the neighborhood snapped a picture of this guy fleeing from the scene earlier this morning. take a look at that picture. if you know the person or keep an eye out for him, the nypd is looking to speak to him. he fled from the scene earlier this morning. the video shows intense flames around 12:30 a.m. this goes to show you these fires are not small fires. these are large. these are dangerous fires. the property you are seeing was also set on fire on november 15th. in this fire that happened overnight, the fire rose to two
nearby homes and required 150 firefighters to put it out. >> it extended to the buildings on either side. units did a tremendous job getting lines in place and mitigating the damage to the exposures. >> begin, at least six fires like this in forest hills since november 8th. inarching fully no one has hurt. in every incident high tide suspect enters the construction sites and ignites flammable materials then runs away. if you would like to take another look at that picture of the person of interest, head to our web site at abc7ny. kristin thorne, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> kristin, thank you. also new this morning, actor morgan freeman is safe after a bumpy emergency landing in mississippi. this video shows him arriving safely in texas after his runway in mississippi.
pilot to make an emergency landing. they landed safely without a scratch but the same cannot be said for the plane. >> i hate it when my private plane gets banged up. hate that. a connecticut man, strange story, is accused of stealing religious ceremonies. he was arrested after police say they found the remains of five people inside his hartford apartment. investigators say the bodies date back as far as 1904 and appear to have been stolen from a cemetery in massachusetts. he told police he is a priest who was going to use the remains for religious purposes. >> we see this rarely in hartford. when we do, it's generally with animals. >> i hope the person who -- paid the price for this type of thing going on.
massachusetts to make sure the remains are returned to where they belong and see if anyone else is involved in this. a bronx woman accused of removing a baby from a woman's room was arraigned in her hospital room. ashleigh wade pled not guilty to the charges including murder, manslaughter and weapons possession. prosecutors say she stabbed angelique sutton and cut out the child. wade is being held without bail and ordered to undergo a psychiatric investigation. a hit and run involving several drivers. an s.u.v. hit a man crossing route 12 in patchogue yesterday morning. the 64-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. the driver who hit him stopped but then three other cars hit the man. two of the drivers kept going. police are looking for a recent model dark-colored hyundai
rob? of course, it's december which means it's time to buy presents and celebrate the satisfy season. what you call the season is now up for debate again at least in new jersey. it started with the mayor asking the borough council to call the community tree lighting a christmas tree lighting instead of a holiday tree lighting. the name given to the event for more than two decades. when the council voted to approve the name change, resignation. >> i said particularly at this time in our country and in our world, it's important to be inclusive. >> i don't mean to offend anybody in any way, shape or form, but it is a christmas tree. >> story decided to rescind her
lighting on friday. officials say they will put together a committee on what to future. >> christmas tree. >> pretend i didn't say that. tonight jewish people will light the menorahs for the first night of hanukkah. the festival of lights starts at sunset. it commemorates the rededication of the sacred temple of jerusalem in the second century b.c. jewish warriors found enough oil to light the menorah for one day but instead the oil burned for eight days. the holiday is celebrated for eight consecutive nights. >> tis the season. >> it is a christmas tree like a menorah is a menorah. >> toni and i will work this out during the commercial and come back with the answers. coming up on eyewitness
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>> he thought you meant miami. >> then he changed his mind. this happens in the summer when i asked for bike riding, toni. >> i can do bike riding. >> i asked him to run the marathon. >> i will ride a bike when the weather -- you and i will go bike riding. i'm just saying -- >> contact my lawyer and we will draw up a contract stipulating all these things. >> it's for the special olympics, for the children, rob. >> i agree, i love the cause. >> takes about $300 for the special olympians. we will be at south beach. check it out. we will be over there. i don't know what i will wear yet. i have an old prom dress i was thinking of wearing but then i thought people would think i was cheating.
>> i don't know about that. jeez, it's december, a lot of people around. >> plus the shrinkage. >> rob. [ laughter ] this is debbie in bergen county. temperatures are so easy to take around here. we are seeing unusual things. that is going to continue. quiet weather through monday night with temperatures above average. this seems like it's really far offshore. maybe sprinkles, light rain tuesday. no cold in sight really through the next week. it may be the ten day stretch around december 15th. it was subfreezing this morning. 21 monticello. 28 poughkeepsie. 30 white plains. above the freezing point in newark at 34.
25 down in south jersey. the polar vortex holds on to it at the pole. it cannot come further south. we can't get the cold moisture until the jet stream takes a dip to the south. until then we have a mild flow out of the southwest. that is how the weather stayed nice around here even into december. that being said, these are average temperatures for this time of year. it's not extremely warm. it's not hot. it could be warm by next weekend where we could tap into the 60s again. high pressure stretching through the eastern half of the u.s. this is in control through monday. the change will come in the form of a small weather-maker up the coast. today and tomorrow nice weather. beautiful, low 50s expected. a mix of clouds and sunshine. here is the change on futurecast. a front that comes up, low pressure system up the coastline. then you have this disturbance that races through the virginias. we thought they may catch up and present a coastal storm but
energy to work in that norm. a sprinkle for long island. today nfl football in december on the east coast, mid-50s. unheard of. met life 1:00 great day for football. winds light out of the west. here is what we are looking for. 54 today, tonight. 20s in the suburbs. chilly tonight. 53 to start off the workweek. tuesday i put the clouds in. rain for long island. a weak weather-maker at best. 46, cool air coming in from the north and west from that one. wednesday and thursday in the 50s. friday 56. saturday 60 degrees. sunday, if it were up on the map, we would forecast low 60s, potentially record warmth. then right around the 15th we see computer modem trends that show cold air available for us to feel more like december. freezing for a reason.
noon. >> send me pictures. >> get me out of this. i don't want to have this conversation any more. >> a great cause. still to come on eyewitness news sunday morning, caitlyn jenner is being sued for her involvement in a deadly crash. now she is facing another lawsuit. >> before we go to break, a look at channel 7 community calendar featuring a remix of a song in honor of the event that you will be partaking in today. this advertise the remix of vanilla ices biggest hit. >> ice,ing, ice, baby. reporter: here is what is happening, at the hoboken city hall holiday craft fair, three floors of unique gift items by
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caitlyn jenner is facing a lawsuit after her involvement in a deadly crash. another family is suing jenner saying they were seriously hurt when they hit a car, pushed into traffic by jenner's s.u.v. the woman in the other car was killed. peter wolf said along with physical injuries the emotional effects of being involved in the deadly crash caused distress and suffering. jenner is facing lawsuits from the family of the woman killed and another driver involved. authorities are investigating a police shooting caught on camera in florida. it happened outside of a bank
the suspect told the teller he was armed with a bomb. investigators say one officer fired when the suspect threatened him with a straight razor. an eyewitness news that caught the whole thing on his cell phone say police were trying to calm the man down for about five minutes before the shooting. >> officers were giving him direction, put down the weapon, calm down, we are on your side, trying to help you. they tried to calm him down for a good amount of time. they gave him enough opportunity to surender. >> one of the officers involved was wearing a body camera. video will be looked at by police but cannot be released to the public. we are seeing video this morning of an out of control moment at the university of houston. fans rushed the field to celebrate houston's win over temple university. a security guard can be seen wrestling a fan to the ground.
guard comes over and begins kicking and punching that man as hundreds of people run past. the school says it is investigating the incident and ending the current contract with that security team. >> wow. there are already folks on the field. made matters worse trying to block them. want to have fun, game over. >> you know. >> crazy. >> it's big dog sunday. >> amy freeze, what you got cooking. >> get your paws up for this a real cutty pie. i love this dog. pictures. a lot of holiday spirit showing up. rocky all decked out in tinsel. be careful. everyone will take you home as a present.
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a string of arsons in one community. >> eyewitness news reporter kristin thorne is live in forest hills with the new developments. hi, kristin. >> hi, rob and toni. six fires in this string of arsons. i want to show you what is left after the most recent one. this is in forest hills. this is the sixth residential construction fire in forest hills since november th. this these the second time this property has been set on fire. the nypd has released a picture of the man they are looking for in connection to at least this most recent fire. someone in the neighborhood snapped a picture of this guy peeling out from the scene last night. here is video from the flames. it was beginning to spread to nearby homes until 150 firefighters were able to put it out. thank fully no one has been hurt in any of the fires. if you would like to take another look at the picture of
ask him questions, you can head to our web site live in forest hills, queens, kristin thorne, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. actor morgan freeman pass safe after a bumpy emergency landing in mississippi. the video shows freeman arriving safely in texas. his private plane skidded off the runway in mississippi. a tire blew out as the plane was trying to take off forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. free man released a statement saying they landed safely without a crash but his plane has got some problems. >> tolls at some of the major crossings in our area have hit a new high. the increase includes tolls at the george washington bridge, the lincoln and holland tunnels, bayonne and goethals and the outerbridge crossing. e-zpass rates will go up 75 cents and cash tolls up a buck.
10.50 during off peak hours and 12.50 during peak hours. fair the worse. they will pay $15 at all times. >> can we cap it? >> i wish. >> capitals, cap rents. what a city new york could be. >> don't see that happening. >> never going to happen. >> a lot of our social media friends are saying thank you, weather is mild. >> i am saying thank you to myself. we are heading to the polar bear plunge in staten island. >> you say we. you, you, you, you. >> little does he know i have little of those handy ties that i will use later. in lower manhattan, a beautiful start to the day. high of 54. 53 tomorrow. both days look good. more clouds tomorrow. light rain tuesday. other than that, temperatures are soaring the second half of the week. back to the 60s next weekend.