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we begin with the weather whiplash. icy rain mixed with snow threatened to make the monday morning commute a tricky one. winds whip it had area all day and some gusts reached more than 60 miles per hour tonight officials at laguardia airport warn there are delays. >> we have team coverage of the weather. sefan kim is in new jersey and we'll begin with meteorologist jeff smith tracking the next storm. sandra, the damaging wind we had today ushered in cold temperatures. if you have any sensitive plants bring them indoors or cover them up. we have a freeze warning and onto long island through tonight and through 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. a freezing area for tomorrow night into tuesday morning. then we talk about this snow coming in overnight into tomorrow morning. a winter weather advisory for that through 6:00 p.m. on monday.
diving off to the south and east right now. the leading edge of the snow approaching places like syracuse and bingham tonton. places by low freezing in morris and south of the city at brick and tom's river. we have a hard freeze in some areas preceding this storm overnight. here's the future cast. you see overnight the snow spreads in from the west. areas north of the city getting into that snow 7:00 in the morning and temperatures are at or below freeze inning places like poughkeepsie, newburg and sussex. if you're traveling in that direction tomorrow morning be prepared for snow covered and slippery roads. by 1:00 p.m. first pitch at yankee stadium not looking good. periods of rain and the rain snow line has shifted to the north and temperatures rising in the lower 40s in the hudson valley and by early tomorrow
snow flakes but not accumulating. snow after midnight north and west of the city changing to rain after sunrise. we're looking for a coating to an inch north and west. 1 to 3 inches and 3 to 6 inches well north where you have the winter weather advisory. it may begin as a slight mix. we'll talk about another cold blast on the horizon in your accuweather forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> jeff, thank you. before you head out the door, good idea to check in with eye witness news. laurie, ken, bill and heather will have the most up to date conditions outside and on the roads. a ferocious gust left the tri-state area wind swept. tonight utility crews have made significant progress in getting the lights back on across the area. still there's a lot of clean up. this is new video of a tree that slammed into a house on montro
no one was hurt despite the damage. eye witness news reporter sefan kim is in elizabeth this evening. >> reporter: well, sandra, that windy weather causing problems here in elizabeth as well by this church. when that wind was kicking residents say the dome up there was rocking. no doubt in their minds this thing could fall. police have closed off this street because one gust of wind could blow the top right off. >> it was really rocking. >> reporter: what were you thinking at that time? >> that the whole thing was coming down. >> reporter: maria silva is talking about this church steeple. >> it was swinging. >> it was scary. >> reporter: officials say the metal bracings inside the church tower snapped when the force of the wind gust. everything from the shutters to the gold dome to the cross on top ready to tumble.
>> reporter: did it make noise? like most churches it's an old building. officials say that plus the wind are to blame. police had to create a collapse zone shutting down several blocks surrounding the church in case the wind picks back and you happen blows the tower off. neighbors say the church steeple interrupted sunday morning mass. >> people were running and then they went to the priest house across the street and they run that way. >> reporter: now officials say this street will stay closed tomorrow because construction crews will be on site dismantling the tower and taking it a part piece by piece. sefan kim, channel 7 eye witness news. >> thank you very much sefan. the rough winds may have moved out but communities are left cleaning up the downed trees and power lines like these in belmar.
winds rattled nerves and rocked this crane 16 stories up in the sky. the fdny said everything was normal and tied down. in the bronx, meanwhile, authorities believe strong winds were behind a partial building collapse. the facade fell off the abandoned building on hill avenue and caused evacuations of the buildings next door. winds provoked another partial collapse in park slope. the building at 4th avenue and 14th street is under construction. head to www.abc7ny.com for a slide show of pictures of the damage across the tri-state area sent in by our viewers. you can send your photos as well. surprisingly the wind was not a factor in a fire fight in queens. flames broke out at a dry
the fire eventually reached 5 alarms. eye witness news reporter shirlene alacott is at the scene. >> reporter: well, joe, most of the scene has dwindled down. a lot of the firefighters have gone home. there's still a crew here right now if you take a look behind me trying to douse the last of those hot spots that burn. it was once was a neighborhood cleaners now a total loss. >> you could barely walk. you could barely see in front of you. the smoke was that thick. >> reporter: that smoke coming from dk pro dry cleaners. at 4 they were tackling a fire so aggressive within hours it jumped to five alarm. >>s we is -- >> reporter: the cleaners is with two other businesses but fortunately the fire did not spread.
action saved the buildings on both sides. they had minor damage. this building is a total loss but the buildings on all sides were saved. >> everything goes out to the new york fire department. they got hundreds of guys out and did an excellent job. >> reporter: billy took us inside the church to see the devastation from above. the charred remains of the cleaners, the roof completely burned off. moose says this is a big loss to the community but they remain hopeful. >> we will rebuild and hopefully help him out to get back on track and do things, what is needed to get him up and running again. >> reporter: back out here live and it looks like the firefighters are wrapping up the rest of the work. tw getting hurt because of the massive fire. fortunately the injuries were minor. no one else was hurt.
flames, that is still under investigation. tonight the ntsb is examining data and video from an amtrak train that derailed near philadelphia after striking a piece of heavy equipment on the track. two amtrak workers were killed. one of them was the operator of that equipment and more than 30 passengers were sent to the hospital. eye witness news reporter tim fleischer has more. >> reporter: the front of amtrak train 89 is smashed and mangled with the lead engine off the tracks after it slammed into a backhoe, killing two people. >> sir, be advised 89 hit a backhoe. multiple injuries reported. >> i woke up being thrown into the seat in front of me and the window was blown out right beside me. there was a fire ball, smokey nasty smelling smoke started
>> reporter: the train was heading towards savannah, georgia. it was just past philadelphia passing through chester when amtrak officials say it suddenly came upon the backhoe and two men operating it. senator schumer said he was told the two killed were the backhoe operator and a supervisor, both amtrak employees. >> it seems highly, highly likely this was human error and the protocols that amtrak used before were not followed. >> reporter: passengers were settling into the trip south on the northeast corridor. some saying they had begun to fall asleep. holmes describe it is scene after the collision. >> it was like a big explosion and then a fire and then the windows bursted out. >> reporter: this picture shows the missing windows. first responders came upon the scene and passengers were leaving the train. >> we just waited and we all had
>> they handled it so well. >> reporter: passengers then made their way to a nearby church where the red cross could take care of their needs and treatment. ntsb investigators must now determine the cause of this accident. >> most of our team has arrived on scene and we'll be looking at mechanical, operations, signal, track, human performance and survival factors. >> reporter: ntsb investigators say they've recovered the data recorder and videos and sent to washington for analysis. tim fleischer, channel 7 eye witness news. play ball. opening day is here. the long road back to the world series is now underway for the new york mets. tonight they faced off against their fall classic opponents, the kansas city royals. laura behnke is in the news room. >> losing to the royals in the world series last fall was difficult for the mets and their fans to say the least.
first had to once again relive that defeat because this game is in kansas city where the theme was world series champions. of course it was. all sorts of pageantry with the world series trophy and the banner was revealed all while the mets watched. then it was baseball. they had a fresh start. troubles against the royals continuing in the 1st. the routine fly ball dropped and it led to the first run of the game. the good news, it's a long game. right now, however, the royals have the 4-0 lead. we're just getting started with opening night. coming up in sports the latest highlights from kansas city and a look at the games this afternoon on baseball's opening day. >> we'll see you in a few minutes. the yankee's home opener is tomorrow against the astros. laura and rob will be there and you can see their reports throughout the day.
entering a temporary departures hall to check in. only private vehicles are allowed at the airport. there is no bus or train service. three flights took off today. airport officials say it will be months before a full schedule resumes. meanwhile in paris, security was tight as the city hosted 40,000 runners in its annual marathon. the french capital has been under heightened security since the terror attacks there last november. still, spectators turned out by the thousands and there were no reports of any problems. tonight new calls for the federal government to work faster to test bomb detectors. bombers used tatp in the deadly bombings in brussels. the mixture of household chemicals also was used in the paris attacks. senator charles schumer says the department of homeland security needs to fast track testing on a tatp detector.
i want it to be done now and in more than one or two places. i wouldn't mind if it's new york and then implement it as long as it works asap. >> a spokesman for the homeland security research and development division says there are no plans to detect it at airports. a former nba player is suing the nypd because he was unfairly arrested. they took paro antig after a stabbing almost a year ago. they claimed he had been meddling with the crime scene. prosecutors later dropped the disorderly conduct, obstruction and harassment charges against him. he's seeking $25 million in damages. police in oregon arrested soccer player abby wambach for drunk driving. she retired last year after winning the world cup. last night portland police pulled over the 35-year-old for
failed a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. today she apologized writing i'll do whatever it takes to ensure my horrible mistake is never repeated. a very close call on a cliff. coming up on eye witness news, a driver who came within seconds of disaster. how she escaped. hillary clinton one on one. what the democratic front runner told us about her battles on the campaign trail. the rain, ice and snow that could turn your fios is not cable. we're wired differently. in the last 10 years our competitors have received a few awards. but we've received a few more, including jd power who ranked us highest in customer satisfaction for the third year in a row. only fios has the fastest internet
a driver got out of her car in the nick of time. she escaped just before the vehicle took a nose dive 300 feet down a cliff in new fondland, canada. she tumbled about 150 feet down that cliff before emergency crews pulled her up 20 minutes later. the woman is being treated at the hospital with serious injuries. a lot of drivers will have to be careful in the morning, that's for sure. >> yeah, i'm thinking from the bridge and points north they'll be snow covered roads and give yourself extra time. we head outside right now and take a look at the empire state building rotating through different colors for all the different mlb teams on this opening day as the temperature is 38 degrees and the wind is calm. that's unbelievable. the wind is calm after gusts of 60 miles per hour this morning.
that happened after midnight and well below average. 81 was the record in 1981. peak wind gusts impressive. 64 miles per hour and newark had a wind gust of 55 miles per hour. same things at white plains and gusts from laguardia to islip. temperatures are below freezing. areas north of the city. this is what we're watching. places like newburg and monticello and sussex is near freezing. these are the zones getting tricky travel tomorrow morning. 31 in brick, 28 in tom's river. these areas will warm up rapidly overnight as the storm system comes on in. a lot of the precipitation will stay from the city and points north in this event through the rush tomorrow. here's the radar picture showing the first little snow flakes at least a loft entering the poconos and cat skills and overspread the area overnight tonight. by 4:00 a.m.
places like poughkeepsie and monticello. check out the temperatures. they're above freezing in the city and we won't have any road problems in and around new york city and even just off to the north it shouldn't be that bad. probably have to go up to the bridge. look at 7:00 a.m., steadier snowfalls in newburg and poughkeepsie. we're well above freezing in the city and mainly rain here and may start mixed with a snow flake or two but that's it. by 1:00 p.m. not looking too great. temperatures in the low 50s and on and off rain during the entire game. look at the range in temperatures across the area. getting into the 60s south of the rain area in places like belmar and tom's river and in the 30s and low 40s to the north where it might maintain snow from noontime. as it comes to an end tomorrow
in and may change it over to snow flakes and a hard freeze everywhere late tomorrow night into tuesday morning. snowfall forecast goes as follows. coating to an inch possibly just off to the north of the city. head north towards i-84 one to three inches. 3 to 6 inches where you have the winter weather advisory for sulson, ulster and ducchess county. all snow well north and west of the city. we're down to 34 and 7:00 in the morning 40 in the city and the temperature has risen enough and we're not worried about road conditions in the boroughs. snow farther to the north heading into the day cloudy and chilly and periods of rain out there. snow changing to rain north and west and up to 54 if we're lucky. decreasing clouds and cold with a biting breeze. we're down to 27.
it's sun and clouds on tuesday and another unseasonably cold day. a freeze coming in again tuesday night. if you have any sensitive plants or vegetation, you'll want to plan for those to cover them up or bring them in. 41 for a high on tuesday. 52 on wednesday. periods of rain on thursday. that's the warmest day near 60. could be a thunderstorm. cloudy and cooler for the met's home opener on friday, 49 with a shower or two in the area. these home openers a little shaky. >> yeah, you're the bad guy. >> i know i am. >> april. not nice. laura behnke up next with sports. >> i'm ignoring that. opening day is tomorrow for the yankees but opening night belongs to the mets and royals who began with a world series rematch. one the mets hope would have a different ending than the fall classic.
mets enter a new season where a world series win is the only option. expectations are beyond high and tonight we begin to find out how this team will respond as the mets and royals meeting on opening night where kansas city celebrated the world series win over new york. after an error the royals capitalize. a run scores and 1-0 royals. volguez shut down the lineup. matt harvey pitched well but not enough. the mets would breakthrough in the 8th. lucas douda driving in 2 with a single to left. that made it 4-2. they've added another. right now it's 4-3 in the 8th inning. still a game. things will also come full circle for the yankees tomorrow afternoon as they host the astros in their season opener. the same astros that beat the pinstripes in last year's al wild card game. before that we had opening day
cardinals 2nd inning and hilarity here, francisco, the pitcher got the first run. he led the league in rbi's for that one shining moment. he struck out 10 and 3 base hits and the pirates roll. then it was the blue jays and rays scaring off in tampa. 1st inning and jays not wasting time. the single to center drives in 2. jays still on top and troy tulowitzki adding to the lead. the two run shot that put toronto up for good. 5-3 the jays win the opener. with five games left in the season and no post season to play for the knicks have made a commitment to put a focus on the young players. tonight they had no choice. melo looking on as the knicks hosted the pacers looking for a second straight win.
sasha had 21 and this one was tight in the 4th. paul george needed that jumper to put the pacers on arron afflalo with the shot and the lead. turns out he was out of bounds. never mind about that. 92-87 the knicks fall. the nets shut down brook lopez and thad young for the season. kill patrick hitting the 3 keeping the nets in it early. he led all scorers with 21. in the 4th new orleans pulling away and 106-87 the final. we have much more ahead in sports. just over 24 hours from now they'll be a new national champion in men's college basketball. will it be top seed north carolina or 2 seed villanova? we'll hear from both teams on
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would be his third win for the tar heels. he says it's not about him. >> that's company that is off the charts but what i'd really, really love is for these guys up here sitting here with me to get their first one. >> villanova has seemingly rolled to this point with four wins by 19 points or more including last night's 50 point win over oklahoma. two teams desefshrve to be here and will do whatever it takes to cut down the nets tomorrow night. >> the matchups are unique. we're different teams. it's going to be a battle of wills because they do some things really well that we don't. >> where ever they go the uconn women's basketball team leaves broken records in its wake. the biggest is still out there with the huskies eyeing a fourth
tonight they took another step closer to that goal. rolling over oregon state. to the tune of a 29 point win. that's the largest margin of victory in a women's final four game. morgan tuck led the way with 21 points and stewart had 16. the title game is tuesday and the next team they will route, i mean face, will be syracuse. the 4 seed orange doing what the men could not yesterday winning the final four game against washington. peterson had 16 and syracuse advancing to the first ever title game. the school with the most with the school that has never been. presidential candidates battle for washington wisconsin. democratic candidate hillary clinton opens up about the campaign trail ahead. a shocking site on the side of a highway.
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here's a look at the top stories tonight. strong winds rattled pa rigsers at a new jersey church. police created a collapse zone after a wind gust snapped a metal bracing inside a dome in elizabeth. >> fire officials say the wind was not a factor in a fire that destroyed a business in long island city. it took crews five hours to douse the flames that destroyed the dry cleaner. amtrak will operate on a regular schedule tomorrow after
the crash outside philadelphia killed two workers on the tracks and sent dozens of passengers to the hospital. topping the news this half hour, current presidential candidate, former secretary of state, is she the future commander in chief? hillary clinton hopes to become the first woman to serve as the nation's president. >> she spoke at an east new york church. she doesn't have the huge edge over bernie sanders that she had a few months ago. for themselves. >> reporter: clinton, who is facing a tough fight ahead in the new york primary april 19th, took the chance to remind voters of the work she's done while senator. >> we did a lot of great work across the state. here in the city recovering from 9/11. the work i did to make sure that our first responders, our construction workers and others
needed after the exposure on the pile. >> reporter: clinton has shown frustration with bernie sanders. the bickered over scheduling a debate before the new york contest. she says of the possible gma debate that she'll be there. sanders who is stumping hard in wisconsin for tuesday's primary responding. >> if you look at the democratic debates we've had in the past, many observers have noted they're scheduled on days when the voter turnout, the viewer turnout would not be particularly high. i would hope she would agree with me. let's do it in a convenient time. >> reporter: recent polls shows she has the edge over sanders with a 54% lead. on the gop side donald trump has 56% of the vote dominating over cruz. if the two home state candidates become the nominee she says they'll be ready. >> we'll let the republicans decide the nominee.
but if he is the nominee or if any of the republicans end up being the nominee and i'm the nominee i will look forward to debating them about the future of our country. tomorrow, hillary clinton will join andrew cuomo when he signs the $15 minimum wage into law. john kasich will be in hempstead. he's the first of the three gop presidential candidates to campaign in nassau and suffolk before the primary on april 19th. kasich will host two town hall meetings. one at hofstra university and one at the paramount. stephanie seamore heads to court tomorrow on a drunk
the judge is ruling if she could enter the alcohol program. the former model backed her suv into another car and crashed into a utility pole in two separate accident this is january. police are investigating after the body of a man reported missing last week was discovered in a wooded area in suffolk county. a woman walking her dog found the body of 26-year-old alexander behind a former k-mart. authorities reported him missing last thursday. he was last seen two days earlier leaving the comfort inn in medford where he lived. a wild scene in new jersey today. a car rammed into a house. the home on winding ridge drive suffered significant damage but there were no serious injuries.
police say the crash is under investigation. the federal aviation administration is investigating what caused a small plane to lose control and crash land onto a california freeway. that plane slammed into a car and killed a 38-year-old woman sitting in the backseat. five others were hurt including the pilot. the original owner described the pilot as an outstanding plane builder and pilot. a tree in brooklyn attracts plenty of smiling children. more than a thousand stuffed animals hang from the limbs of this cherry tree. the owner started attaching stuffed animals seven years ago. now neighbors and strangers add to the collection. some neighbors filed complaints about the tree but others don't seem to mind. coming up on eye witness news, a connecticut man's change of heart after firing a rifle at
a connecticut man apologized for firing a rifle at a mosque shortly after the deadly paris attacks. the mosque was empty and no one was hurt when ted haky jr. opened fires hours after the november attack. he spoke to members of the mosque saturday and he said he acted out of fear and pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime of damaging religious property. he will be sentenced in may. in new jersey, rarington was one of the communities hit hard during the wild weather overnight. along railroad avenue the wind pulled roofing and siding off multiple homes. one home some bedroom windows were apparently knocked right out of the wall. >> he was on his bed and there was pieces of glass on him. there was pieces of trees on him
we cleaned that up but that was the worst part and the scariest part was for my son. >> high winds ripped off a portion of the roof at st. ann's school there. an easter egg hunt turned into crime fighting in england. british police just released this video shot on good friday. a group of children looking for eggs in a field saw two men on the run. then the kids saw the helicopter and figured the men were wanted. look at this. they dropped to the ground and formed an arrow pointing in the direction the men went. officers picked up the burglary suspects a short time later. look what washed ashore in florida this past week. thousands of jelly fish. they are not known to sting. sometimes strong winds can carry them and catch them and bring they will all the way to the beaches. city leaders say it happens
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morning commute to pay attention. right? >> absolutely. not too worried about travel in and around new york city but north of the bridge they'll be issues. temperatures at or below freezing there with snowfalling and slick roads. we head outside and take a look towards midtown. the temperature at 38 degrees and cloudy skies and temperatures will remain above freezing in new york city during this event and rising up to 40 by 6:00 a.m. and that's why i'm confident this is mainly a rain situation in the city and may start as a few wet snow flakes before going over to rain. it's a different story north and west. snow developing well after midnight north and west changing to rain there after sunrise. before that happens a coating to
along i-84 and 3 to 6 inches well to the north and mainly rain and may begin as a couple of snow flakes. 25 at monticello and that's why i'm concerned about the areas north of the city. here comes the snowfall. the first few flakes arriving in the poconos and cat skills before over spreading the entire area north of the city overnight into the early morning hours of tomorrow. again, a coating to an inch. not too far to the north. northern bergen county and 1 to 3 inches along the i-84 corridor. 3 to 6 inches limit today places like dutch chest tomorrow. speaking of tomorrow, here's the 7:00 forecast. cloudy, rain in parts of the area and snow farther to the north. the temperature in the city 40. that's why we're not too worried
boroughs. cloudy and chilly and periods of rain and not looking good for the yankees home opener. rain on and off during the majority of the game. 54 if we're lucky for a high. the snow going over to rain. decrease in clouds and cold. the biting breeze tomorrow night and it's going to be a widespread hard freeze as well. down to 27. if you have any sensitive plants bring them in or 41 for a high tuesday. 52 wednesday and up near 60 thursday. rain by then and cloudy and cooler for the met's opener friday. bill evans for an update in the morning. >> so much for spring close. finally it's baseball opening day with fans eager to see their favorite players hit the field. >> of course that is just part of the stadium experience. just wait until you see the gut
just what we all need. abc's rob marciano has a look at over the top creations. >> reporter: this year when you take me out to the ball game, forget the peanuts and cracker jacks. instead load up on the most ever. first up to the plate, the mets way out in left field with a stick. then a 20-ounce burger with 5 chiess of cheese and bacon slid between two pizzas for buns. in minnesota the twins bringing the heat with a buffalo chicken bloody mary complete with a chicken wing. add a slider for $4. in cleveland the indian's slider dog making the first appearance at the plate.
loops, mac and cheese and bacon. the rangers hitting the long ball with bacon and donuts. >> sea food is hard in the ballpark. how can we do seafood? >> reporter: step up and get crab dip on your french fries. the cardinals with this sweet sugary skewer, straw berries and brownies and your choice of white or milk chocolate. >> you're not going to look like a baseball player after eating all that. >> donut and chicken? >> two themes, bacon and heartburn. >> thanks. >> thanks for staying up with us. i'm sandra bookman. >> i'm joe torres. ready for a 20-ounce burger. eye witness news returns tomorrow at 4:30.
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