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conditions you're facing as you get a live look at a dark and wet roadway right there. >> sarah: also breaking overnight, virginia under state of emergency after deadly storms and tornadoes tear through the region. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: okay. ready or not we're ready for thursday morning. you may want to leave a little early today if you're headed out. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. the calendar might say february, but we're waking up to spring-like conditions. a strong line of storms moving through while you were sleeping. thunder and lightning waking a lot of people up. we'll have a look at the damage left behind and a live report from marshfield where power was knocked out for everyone overnight. first let's check in with meteorologist chris lambert with more on this storm. chris? >> chris: sarah, we had wind gusts near 70mph in the city of boston. many towns recording wind gusts between 50 and 60. there lice the problem with some of the downed tree, tree branches and power lines this morning. waking up out in worcester
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inside 495678 still some scattered downpours to go through. that will be the case over the next hour or two down through southeastern mass, the cape and the islands. but look at this, by 6:00 a.m., boston points west, dry. so for a lot of us, it's not going to be the falling rain to contend with for the morning commute, it will be some of those downed tree branches on a lot of side streets that you're trying to navigate through. good idea to allow for a few extra minutes here. in case any of those bigger branches or trees are falling down across some of the side streets. you may have to get rerouted with all the wind overnight. we'll have some breaks of sun and maybe another passing shower mid-to-late afternoon. those won't be severe, just your run-of-the-mill-type showers. temperatures starting off in the lower 60s and falling back into the 50ed by mid-afternoon and back into the 40s early this evening. we turn colder friday into saturday morning, but overall the weekend looking good. we start warming right back up by sunday afternoon. more on that forecast coming up. >> sarah: thanks, chris.
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overnight storms leaving behind a trail of damage like this in cambridge where a car is crushed by a tree. heavy rain, thunder, lightning and strong winds bringing down trees and power lines in many areas. now marshfield where thousands of families are starting their day without power. >> christa: these overnight storms leaving the entire town without electricity at one point. major problem there. let's go to 7's victoria warren with the latest. vicki? >> victoria: good morning, christa. things in terms of the power situation are already improving here in marshfield. that's good news. it's been a terrible morning so far for travel. very dangerous out there. a lot of power outage, a lot of trees down and then just these intense rains, winds and incredible lightning. it's hard to believe it's the end of february. we have some of your latest power outage numbers this morning some marshfield at one point overnight, the entire town was without power. now they are down to about 1,000 outages. that's 65% of the town.
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2,000. statewide national grid reporting a little bit more than 15,000 power outages. eversource reporting a little more than 17,000 power outages. they're working through the storm. the good news is that this is supposed to be somewhat of the tail end of these storms some hopefully we don't see those numbers go up, but i can tell you from our drive from our boston to marshfield, it was pretty intense, some hydroplaning on the road. once we got into marshfield, roads pitch black because of so many power outages. it was quite scary because you'd come across a tree down in the middle of the road. so if you are heading out at this early hour, you're definitely going to want to be careful. live in marshfield, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: experienced that hydroplaning first hand myself this morning. danielle, it is intense out there. >> danielle: it is. as vicki was saying, as you're saying, christa, take your time. this is a look at the expressway. you can see the roads really shiny. there's definitely a lot of water out there. you'll want to be careful of
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well. let's go to the maps. we don't have any major issues out there yet. that's the good news. route 1 looking good as is 93 southbound heading into boston this morning. the expressway from braintree to boston, ten minutes. you'll want to give yourself more time than that. route 3, 24, 95 looking good. the pike from framingham eastbound all the way into boston, no issues or major delays to tell you about. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. no delays so far. in you're taking the "t," it's on time so far. >> christa: families up and down the east coast are facing a day of clean-up. >> sarah: the same storm system this proved through our area overnight did much more damage down south. the death toll rising this morning and dozens of people are injured. 7's jennifer eagan is in the control room with a look at the new video of the damage. >> jennifer: sarah, officials say at least seven people have been killed by this storm system, four killed in virginia. tens of thousands of people in
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waking up this morning without power. a powerful storm system brought more devastation as it proved up the east coast wednesday. heavy rains caused problems in washington, d.c. a parking garage flooded wednesday with water reaching the curbs. the storm also brought hail and strong winds which knocked out power to thousands of people. the clean-up process is just beginning in north carolina. at least four tornadoes tore through that state. roofs were ripped off of homes and trees were knocked down. while no serious injuries were reported there, it was a different story in florida. tornadoes cut a six-mile-wide path of destruction in the eastern part of that state. officials are calling it a mass casualty event as more than 20 people suffered critical injuries. witnesses say they saw at least three twisters. >> we were sitting in the middle of the house when they came through. it just demolished everything through there. there's a couple houses that are gone completely, the church is gone, and a lot of people are hurting.
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away, several people died when a tornado hit the town of waverly, virginia. one of the victims was a small child. >> you know, all you can do is kind of look away. you can see all that fire, all this electricity. >> jennifer: the victims in waverly were a 50 year old, a 26-year-old man and a two-year-old boy. virginia state police say the victims were found about 200 yards from their mobile home. in the control room, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: thank you, jen. happening later today relatives of justina pellitier will announce they filed a lawsuit against children's hospital for civil rights violations. tufts medical center said she had mitochondrial disease, but doctors at children believed her problems were psychological. her parents tried to take her back to tufts but d.c.f. took custody of her. she was eventually reunited with
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also the mother who had been living inside that house of squalor in blackstone is due back in court today one week after a judge refused to dismiss murder charges against her. erika murray is charged in the deaths of two infants. their bodies discovered in the home in 2014. the body of a third child was also discovered inside the house. >> sarah: students heading to class in barre this morning with heavy hearts following a teen tragedy. a classmate was killed when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a tree. her younger brother was rushed to the hospital. as 7's john cuoco reports, whether is believed to have played a role in this accident. >> john: friends say brittany murch was outgoing and upon lar. she was a senior and an honor roll student where she was also a cross country runner at quabbin regional high school. >> she was nice and smart. >> whenever i saw brittany, she
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she always looked pretty happy. she was a really good student. >> john: on her way the school wednesday morning, after a two-hour delay due the icy roads, police say she lost control of her car on route 62 and crashed into a tree. police say she was killed. her younger brother, a freshman at the high school, was seriously hurt. >> there was a two-hour delay due to weather conditions. and we believe that the roadway was in some spots covered with either black ice or some slush. >> no one really knew at school in the beginning. then toward the end of the day people started to find out and people were just crying and they didn't know what to say. >> john: right now family and friends are all trying the support each other and the murch family as they mourn this tragic loss. >> she has a lot of friends. >> yeah. >> wicked nice. >> yeah. i think everyone just needs to come together, regardless if you
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your friends and other people that you're there for each other and that never take anything for granted. >> christa: that was 7's john cuoco reporting. right now two people, one a firefighter, recovering after being involved in an accident last night in acton. officials say a car went through a stop sign, and that's when it crashed into a firetruck. it happened at the intersection of high and parker streets. the accident left the car's side and windshield smashed in. the driver and firefighter both taken to the hospital here. also concerns on the campus of brandeis university in waltham this morning because police are searching for a flasher. school officials say that man exposed himself to a student tuesday night at about 7:30 on south street. right now police are investigating. they want everybody in the areaing just to be extra mindful of their surroundings. they say there have been six similar cases of this since november. >> sarah: new this morning,
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looking into state senator brian joyce's role in a big solar power project at stonehill college in easton. according to the "globe," joyce's law office, which was raided by the f.b.i. and i.r.s. last week, represented stonehill and the company that recently installed 9,000 solar panels at the college. meanwhile, joyce pushed legislation to make it easier for clean energy projects like stonehill's to connect to electric utility power lines. joyce has announced he won't seek reelection this year. >> christa: now to the race for the white house, and the republican presidential candidates facing off tonight in texas. this is going to be the 10th time they've done some coming off his win in the nevada caucus, front-runner donald trump hopes to build on his momentum as super tuesday approaches next week. meantime, senators marco rubio and ted cruz are locked in a fierce battle for second place. john kasich and ben carson will also be joining them right there on stage. and former presidential candidate and massachusetts governor mitt romney going on
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he's criticizing the republican front-runner donald trump for not releasing his tax returns. >> the reason that i think there's a bombshell in there is because every time he's asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays. >> christa: so last night trump said he will decide in the next few months whether or not to release his returns. and he also fired back at romney, tweeting this, "when mitt romney asked me for my endorsement last time around, he was so awkward and goofy that we all should have known he couldn't win." >> sarah: there's much more ahead on "today in new england," including an interview you'll see on just one station. hear from the woman being credited with tracking down a missing holbrook mom. how facebook helped crack the case. >> christa: plus new details on who president obama may nominate for the u.s. supreme court. why the selection could end the gridlock among some lawmakers on capitol hill. >> sarah: wild weather overnight tracked severe thunderstorms through much of the commonwealth. the worst of the storms now ending. the rain tapering off just in
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what to expect over next seven days ahead. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. here's a look at the braintree split getting on to the expressway. no major delays on the roads, but give yourself plenty of extra time. this morning we do have reports of a couple spin-outs on route 3 northbound through weymouth. if you're taking the "t" this morning, it's on time.
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>> sarah: welcome back. 5:15. there were some crazy storms going on this morning. >> christa: it seemed like the wind was the most intense thing. pick one thing. there was the thunder and the lightning. it seemed like the wind was the loudest. it woke me up, chris. >> chris: it woke a lot of people up, christa, hearing that. we had really strong wind gusts. it was a tremendous amount of wind. when you get underneath one of those downpour, that wind can translate down to the surface. we've seen some gusts close to 70mph. not only was it waking people up, but also knocking down a lot of tree, tree branches and some power lines.
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shore. so we're not tracking any more severe thunderstorms. the watch that was up has expired and the warnings that were up have expired. but still some embedded downpours, very brief with gusty winds along 95 stretching north of the city of boston into the city of boston. a little rain. scattered downpours trickling down almost right down there through 28 or down through the vfw coming in close to west roxbury back into dedham. then you're taking a look at route 1 in norwood all the way back down 1a close to wrentham. then a couple downpours down through far southeastern mass south of 44, just south of taunton. these are lifting off to the north. a far cry from severe weather that we had a few hours ago. you see the back edge of the dry weather essentially on 495. so we're drying out west to east here over the next hour or so. many towns not dealing with a lot of rain for the morning commute. however, we're dealing with a lot of tree branches and debris on some of the side streets as we had a lot of wind reports and
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all of these dots just clustered around on top of each other. that's where we had reports coming in of some downed tree limbs and tree branches and trees and some power lines issues thanks to the heavy, gusty winds that we saw overnight. all right. the timing of everything, 6 to 7:00 a.m., most of the action down through the cape and the islands. and then after 7:00 in the morning, a lot of us drying out. we'll get some breaks of sun. then clouding back up for a lot of us, mid to late afternoon. there may be another passing shower mid to late afternoon. this is not going to be the this morning. this is a run-of-the-mill couple passing showers. a little bit breezy throughout the day, no question about that, but we won't see winds gusting again to 83mph like you did this morning. even boston a 69mph gust. dracut at 66. current wind gust still 35 to 45mph through much of the south shore. southeastern mass still gusting at times 40 to 45mph throughout the day.
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to 60 degrees this morning. these numbers will fall back into the 50s later on this afternoon. and the dew points have been close to 60 degrees. so, yes, it's february, and we can talk about a frizz factor outside this morning, a little curl there, although with the wind and moisture, you can argue right? travel today across the rest of the country, cooler air across the midwest. that cooler air starts to work into new england tomorrow. cool, windy day tomorrow. take a look at forecast over the weekend, we start cool but we end mild, back in the 50s by sunday. >> christa: also this morning a driver is facing charges after a police chase in southern california that ended when officers managed to spin out the suspect's vehicle. officers tried to pull the man over for an alleged traffic violation, but he didn't stop. police chased him for about 20 miles. when stop sticks didn't work, police moved in and performed the fishtail technique to get the car to spin out. a pilot is okay after being forced to make an emergency
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neighborhood. the small plane made a hard landing near a house in hollywood on wednesday. as you can see, the plane's tail ended up resting on a fence. officials say the pilot had been trying the reach a nearby airport. the f.a.a. is now investigating. >> christa: this is a wild story. wait until you see. look at that video here. a kentucky man is recovering from second-degree burns. what's happening here is that an ecigarette exploded in his pocket. it just burst into flames. this was saturday at a convenience store and his pants catch fire. so the surveillance video shows him running outside. an employee using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. another customer rushed him to the hospital. i mean, they just couldn't believe what happened here. >> i was like, what's that, you have a bomb in your pocket? i was like that. you carry a bomb in your pocket. i was totally shocked. my hands were on my head.
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despite his burn, his injury, he's able to walk. >> sarah: oh, my gosh. >> christa: makes you feel nervous about potentially putting that to your lips to smoke, right? >> sarah: right. thankfully he's okay. up next on the 7news, the bruins getting a big win. the young player helping his team as they make a push for the playoffs. >> christa: and casino construction on hold. why wynn resorts is putting the brakes on its planned project in
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we warm up by sunday afternoon. >> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. finally the bruins claim control of their home ice, and they do it in a meaningful game against the pittsburgh penguins, a team they are jockeying with for playoff position at this point. this was an impressive win last night. it was david pasternak, and he put on a show at the garden. the 19 year old using his speed in the first to draw a penalty shot, which he buried five hole on marc-andre fleury. pasternak added another goal off a turnover in the second. thanks to his season high 41 saves from tuukka rask, the bruins take a commanding 5-1 win. >> as long as we get two points, it doesn't really matter. the standing is tight. every point is important for us. >> we played really well. we kept getting better. that's what we have to learn how to do here at home. it's definitely a big game for us.
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first full-squad workout in fort myers. john henry saying pablo sandoval checked in at 17% body fat, down from 23% last year, if you can believe it. the sox will rely less on an it analytics going forward. and the patriots and legarrette blount have shown mutual interest in doing a deal the keep the free agent running back here in new england. i'm joe amorosino. that's sports. have a great day. >> sarah: still to come at 5:30, the red carpet is ready, but before the oscar, moviegoers are weighing in on which film should be named best picture. >> christa: and why the nomination of this governor to the supreme court could break
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>> sarah: breaking news overnight, strong storms moving through this morning, leaving behind damage and knocking out
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>> christa: and just one station talking to the woman credited with tracking down a missing mom from holbrook and how facebook helped reconnect the woman with her worried family. ism and new details after a bicyclist is hit in cambridge. a city police officer now cited in the accident. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: thanks for waking up with us, everybody, on this thursday morning. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. you probably couldn't miss the thunderstorms rolling through overnight. the thunder and the lightning, the howling winds. take a look at this picture. this was from barbara in framingham. it looks like it's the middle of the day. but that's lightning we're looking at there. >> sarah: . >> sarah: and there are thousands of power out ams across the state this morning, as well. national grid reporting more than 13,000 and a little more than 9,000 eversource customers without power. the good news, those numbers are way down in the last half hour. if you're headed out to working right now, wet roads and high winds will be the biggest issues.
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minute, but first let's send it over the chris lambert with more on your forecast. >> chris: sarah, not only the wet roads, but all of the wind overnight, a lot of those side streets lined by trees had tree branches come down some watch out for tree branches in the roads this morning. lighter rains in the city of boston. still a thunderstorm down through southeastern mass, essentially stretching from marshfield back close to the bridgewater area. this thunderstorm is lifting off to the north and could get a gust of wind 40 to 50mph with this as it rolls through. likely hitting up into scituate and cohasset, hingham and hull over the next half hour or so. the back edge of the lines of showers and storms now approaching the 95 stretch. so we're not going to be dialing with soaking rains through the morning commute, although certainly some wet roads still hours. look at the temperatures close to 60 degrees. we'll watch as we dry out. those temperatures also slowly fall late morning into the early afternoon. early afternoon, 52 degrees. think we'll go cloudy again mid to late afternoon. could get a couple isolated showers once again later on today, but there won't be the severe weather we have early
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more on that forecast ahead. >> christa: okay. watch out for ponding on the roads. that's one concern as you head out. danielle, how is the traffic, as well? >> danielle: i want to take you right to the maps. route 9 in natick at speen street is closed in both directions because of downed power lines. they're detouring traffic to route 30 because of this. let me take you to the rest of your ride. the pike no major issues to talk about. on 93 southbound, you're fine from 495 and 128 into boston. route 1 looking good so far this morning. the expressway, a slow drive from braintree to boston. we're already close to half an hour. south of town, those earlier spin-outs on route 3, those have cleared. no issues on route 24 or 95. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. your longest drive is the expressway. so far this morning about 25 minutes. 12 minutes into town on the pike from 128. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. give yourself more time than this and be extra careful out there. back to you, guys. >> sarah: now to our top stories.
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overnight storms leaving behind a trail of damage in cambridge. you can see this car is crushed by a tree. luckily no one was hurt. heavy rain, thunder, lightning and strong winds bringing down trees and power lines in many areas. officials say the storm system has killed at least seven people in the southern u.s. a tornado killed three people, including a two-year-old boy in the town of waverly, virginia, yesterday. several tornadoes were reported in virginia and north carolina, washington, d.c., is also dealing with flooding after severe thunderstorms hit the city last night. also this morning, grief councilors will be on hand at quabbin regional high school in barre today as students mourn the loss of a beloved classmate. 17-year-old brittany murch was killed after she lost control of her car and hit a tree on route 62 on wednesday. she was on her way the school with her younger brother who was also seriously injured. the school's opening has been delayed now because of icy roads. >> christa: 7news now in
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is at the center of a hit-and-run investigation by his own department and this morning we're now hearing from police. let's go to 7's brandon gunnoe. he's live with new developments. brandon? >> brandon: christa, police in cambridge say they are disappointed that one of their own is accused of hitting a woman on a bike on this corner behind me and not stopping. but they also wanted to say that police officer is going to be treated like anyone else that would commit such a crime. a cambridge police officer has now been cited for a hit-and-run hospital. >> it's devastating. ryan is by all accounts a decorated police officer for the short time he's been us with. >> brandon: 28-year-old ryan callinan, an air force veteran, has been with the force since 2011. police say sunday night while off duty, he hit a woman riding a bicycle near broadway and portland and didn't stop. investigators say the anything wrong. >> as far as we know from witnesses and from the victim's
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absolutely everything she was supposed to do. she had lighting on the back of her bike, she had reflective clothing on and she had her arm out indicating a left-hand turn. >> witnesses took down the license plate and that left police to cal camp he's cited with leaving the scene of a personal injury and operateing to endanger, a misdemeanor, but the department is quick to say it's a fair and balanced investigation. >> this is a straight hit-and-run accident for us. even if this was not ryan, we would follow the same course. >> brandon: that officer is on paid administrative leave until this investigation is complete. the victim has been released from the hospital. we're live in cambridge, brandon gunnoe, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: now to an interview. we're hearing from two women who helped find a missing mother from holbrook. >> christa: judy sales was found alive and well in waterford, connecticut, on wednesday. one of her high school friends saw a facebook post that sales'
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so she shared the post and she asked her friends there to keep an eye out and one of those friends did more than that. >> i'm going to drive around and go look and see if i could stop the car or see her. the last place i went to was the mall. and i was driving around and i was at macy's and there was her car. i look at it as divine intervention coupled with social media and friendship. >> christa: so sales was taken to the hospital to get checked out. she's expected to be okay. >> sarah: we have new details in a deadly crash that killed a woman in chicopee in 2010. 5 jury has awarded more than $32 million to kimmi dubuque's family. the 43-year-old was shopping at a cumberland farms when an elderly man suffered a stroke and dove his s.u.v. into the store at more than 80mph. the family says cumberland farms should have installed barriers to prevent vehicles from hitting the building. the convenience store chain says
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barriers. a key conviction question bringing a kennedy cousin back the court. michael skakel was found guilty of killing a 15-year-old neighbor back in 1975. but a connecticut court ordered a new trial saying skakel's attorney failed to argue that his brother could have been responsible for the murder. so now it's up to the state supreme court. the victim's mother says she is convicted skakel. she's convinced skakel is guilty. >> michael skakel got a fair trial. i really believe it, and i think that this is really very unusual. >> you cut through all of what happened here, and there are a lot of specifics. this defendant did not get a fair shake. >> it could be several months before the court makes a final decision. >> christa: happening now, dartmouth police investigating, saying man stole merchandise
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he got in a car and took off, leading police on a chase. he was driving a black ford taurus was massachusetts plates, they say, and if you have any information, you are asked to go ahead and contact police. >> sarah: still ahead this morning, the red carpet is ready for the oscars. before the academy has their say. moviegoers are weighing in on which film should win best picture. see if you agree after the break. >> christa: also we're helping you stay healthy this cold and flu season. what you could be having for your wreck fast to help boost your immune system and hopefully keep you out of the doctor's office this year. >> chris: probably need the extra cup of coffee. broken sleep with the wind, the thunder, the lightning and the heavy rain, severe weather over, still tracking a few downpour, what to expect the rest of the day coming up in the forecast. >> danielle: and good morning, everyone. definitely want to give yourself extra time if you're getting ready to head out the door. here's the expressway, nearly half an hour from braintree into boston. route 9 in natick is still closed in both directions due to downed power lines and traffic is being detoured to route 30. if you're taking "t," it's on
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we'll be right back. they're one of that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million
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and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
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. >> chris: 5:40 on this thursday morning.
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severe storms overnight. a couple scattered downpours left over, but the severe threat has waned across much of southern new england. downpour rolling right through cohasset right now. that's going to be short lived. still some gusty winds down through southeastern mass throughout the day and a thunderstorm just to the east here of providence, close the seekonk and kwan si. this continues to work off to the north and east, likely going over across bridgewater and brockton. overall, kiddos heading to the bus stop, windy start to the day. temperatures near 60 falling back to near 50 by the final bell. could get another stray shower mid to late afternoon. keep an eye on that. seven-day forecast ahead. >> sarah: preparations are its night. the 88th annual academy awards will take place on sunday. the 500-foot-long red carpet is rolled out for the star-studded event. a poll finds moviegoers predict the rev will win best picture at the oscars. >> christa: maybe leo will get a best oscar. maybe it's his year.
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case. so movie ticket sight fandango.com surveyed 1,000 voters who said they had seen all eight nominated pictures. wow, they must have a lot of time on their hands. "the revenant" ranked number one with 33% of voters. matt damon's box office his "the martian" was second and "mad max three. the boston-based film "spotlight" didn't fare so well. they placed eighth. the movie is about "the boston globe's" investigation into the catholic church sex abuse scandal, which has an amazing ensemble cast. i finally saw it. sarah, you were recommending it. i saw hit the weekend and loved it. >> >> sarah: they did a really good job. up next this morning, everything you need to know and go. 'tis the season for sneezing. easy ways to boost your immune system this cold and flu season. >> reporter: a teen killed in a crash on her way to school.
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something delicious is happening at dunkin'. come in today to get any sandwich for $2.99 after 12:00 p.m. america runs on dunkin'. >> sarah: welcome back, everybody. >> christa: oh, my goodness, so sorry. ism we're both like, who is going to talk? we're still waking up here. >> christa: i'm just going to... i was supposed to, and i think i was kept up last night
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that's my excuse. i get nervous. fill the silence. chris, you have lots to talk about, so you can take it. >> chris: i don't think i was helping you guys because i was running under the cameras as you were opening the show. take a look at this wind damage last night thanks to a lot of trees getting knocked down with strong wind gusts we had. many towns reporting gusts in excess of 50mph. here are some of the peak gusts, blue hill, gusts elevated, 600 feet up. 83mph gusts over hurricane force. boston had a gust of 69. they did have a gust of 66 in dracut. so many of us, those powerful wind gusts overnight and a soaking rain, gardner checking in at about 4 inches of rain. taking a look at the wind advisory down through southeastern mass, this is up until 7:00 this evening. for gusts, still 40 to 50mph this afternoon into the early evening hours for southeast mass, so despite the severe threat lowering, we do have and continue to have some
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taking a look north and west, we had the soaking rains overnight, especially out through southern new hampshire, there's a flood warning. some of the rivers and some of the street flooding we've had an issue across new hampshire. but across much of eastern mass, it was just enough water that we could handle here for a lot of us. the downpours, there was certainly some street flooding out there. thunderstorm just passed off shore of cohasset. that's east of hull right now. we have another thunderstorm trying to work on through. getting close to attleboro, heading into foxborough, close to mansfield or at least to the south and east of mansfield. this will head up 95 close to dedham, randolph and eventually crossing near the braintree split. but this is the back edge of the storm. so i don't expect the rain to last all of that long. in fact, by 7:00 a.m., maybe an isolated shower, still over the cape. otherwise we're rather dry throughout a lot of the day, although we do have a risk for another passing shower or two later on mid to late afternoon. not a big deal. we're not talking about the severe weather. we're talking about cooler
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we're near 60 now. we'll fall back to near 50 this afternoon. winds still gusty, though, especially along the coastline, down through southeastern mass. as we show you that wind advisory continues through southeastern mass as we go throughout the rest of the day. colder air across the midwest, this starts to work in overnight tonight. you'll note the difference tomorrow as we pick up the breeze and the cool. so 62 this morning. falling back too 52 this afternoon. still an isolated shower this afternoon. isolated shower this evening, as well. then turn colder overnight tonight, cool and breezy day tomorrow, saturday starting off on the cold side, but bouncing temperatures back to near 50 if not above it on sunday. >> now to traffic alerts, downed power lines closing a busy road. here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: that's right, sarah. this is on route 9 in natick. it is closed at speen street in both directions because of downed power lines and traffic is being detoured to route 30. something to keep in mind if you're taking route 9 this morning. the pike no issues to tell you about heading into boston.
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route 93, you're slow and go from 495 into 128. route 1 not looking bad. the expressway slow drive from braintree to boston. that drive already nearly half an hour. route 3, no issues. 24 and 59 looking good. but you'll want to be careful of debris on the roads. and you'll want to be very slow out there. let's take a look at these drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. 25b9s minutes on the expressway into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 26 minutes. if you're taking the "t" on the commuter rail, we do have delays on the framingham-worcester line, and if you're taking the "t" on the blue line, back to you guys. >> christa: breaking overnight, people in the south are starting to clean up after that storm system that we're seeing here was more intense there, of course. it devastated some areas. >> sarah: four people were killed in virginia and a severe thunderstorm hit washington, d.c., as well. heavy rain and hail fell on the
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at a.c. metro parking garage, it flooded with rather reaching curbs. thousands are without power. witnesses say there were several tornadoes in north carolina. one home in a granville county was destroyed. the owner says he missed the storm because he was out buying treats for his five dogs. when he returned he saw what was left of his home. thankfully all of his dogs are okay. several other homes were damaged, but no serious injuries have been reported. >> christa: some students headed back the class in barre after the death of a classmate. a teenage girl killed when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a tree. and her younger brother was also rushed to the hospital here. let's go to 7's john cuoco in barre this morning. john, we understand weather is believed to have played some sort of role in this crash, right? >> police say black ice and slush out here on the roads yesterday causing a number of crashes, including the one that killed that 17 year old. this is brittany murch.
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she was a senior and an honor roll student at quabbin regional high school where she was also a cross country runner. it was on her way the school wednesday morning after a two-hour delay due the icy roads that police say she lost control of her car on route 62 and crashed into a tree. police say she was killed. her younger brother, a freshman at the high school, was seriously injured. we're told the murch family has been with their son at the hospital. now we're live in barre, john cuoco, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: new this morning, senator elizabeth warren and representative katherine clark helped introduce a bill that would allow people to ask that pharmacists only partially fill opioid prescriptions. the goal of the legislation is to cut down the rise in opioid abuse by limiting the number of potentially unused pills that are available. crews have temporarily stopped construction on the wynn casino in everett. the company says the city of somerville forced the stoppage. somerville's mayor is appealing
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new $1.7 billion casino. he says traffic and pollution issues are his major concerns. but the casino's president argues that a deal has already been signed. >> there is massive development going on right across the river, and why is it okay on that side of the river when it's not okay on this side of the river? >> sarah: somerville's mayor says he's not going to back down because he believes this is a public health issue. >> and no amount of political theater and public harassment from wynn will keep me as the mayor of somerville from doing my job and advocating for the health and well-being of the residents of our community. >> sarah: the casino is scheduled to open in 2018. but the appeal could stall the opening by at least six months. >> christa: happening today, the u.s. department of labor will release its weekly jobless claims. last weak's report saw the
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unemployed or the unemployment applications were down since november. experts say that indicates a healthy job market and that recent worries about the stock market have not caused companies here in the u.s. to cut jobs. in fact, recent reports have shown a growing economy. so that's really good news. and that report is also expected to have an impact on the stock market. stocks facing a major turnaround wednesday as oil prices recover. during the day they were down more than 250 points. but they ended the day up more than 50. the nasdaq also gaining about 39 points, as well, which you see there on the screen. however, futurers are lower this morning after chinese stocks fell overnight. >> sarah: the white house is considering the republican governor of nevada as a potential nominee for the vacant seat on the u.s. supreme court. >> christa: senate majority leader harry reid meeting with brian sandoval to talk about the position monday, and this comes after the death of u.s. justice antonin scalia. sandoval is a former judge and a state attorney general and reid says that experience makes him a
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>> i know if he were picked i would support the man. he's a good person. he has a great record. and he has been a tremendously good governor. in spite of having to deal with some very big problems there. >> christa: some republicans say a new justice should not be appointed until after the presidential election, but many are hopeful this will end the gridlock between republicans and democrats. also saying it's to hot to handle, amazon has decided now to stop selling hover boards. that decision coming days after the consumer product safety commission determined all hoverboard on the market are not safe because they're so prone to catching fire. we saw a recent case locally. target and toys 'r us have also stopped selling hoverboards on their web sites, as well. the popular gadget has been causing problems as i mentioned, even here in massachusetts. a device sparked a fire in a chelmsford home on monday. and you can see the damage, but luckily no one was seriously
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>> sarah: in 7 health cast, the centers for disease control say the flu shot this season is nearly 60% effective so far. this is one of the most effective in years, but despite the good numbers, experts say the flu vaccine is among the least effective vaccines available because the virus mutates so quickly. infants and the elderly are usually hit the hardest with the flu. if you're looking to give a little boost to your immune system, the "huffington post" has some natural ways you can keep your body healthy. so have yogurt for breakfast. yogurt has vitamin d, which can strengthen your body's immune system and help fight off infection. laugh a little. all right. a study found that laughter lowers stress levels and can help you sleep, something everyone needs to be healthy. okay. make a -- was that a sigh. >> christa: yes. our audio guy. >> sarah: make a little chicken soup. the dish doesn't just taste good.
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create a mild anti-inflammatory effect and can help relieve cold symptoms. so there you go. >> christa: the laugh a little is a good one, and as i coughed through your report there... >> sarah: you need some chicken soup. >> christa: i should be taking notes. so much to talk about with the weather and the damage overnight.
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>> christa: breaking news. wild weather hitting the bay state, taking down trees and power lines. we're live with damage around the region. >> sarah: breaking overnight, more severe storms down south. >> it just demolished everything. a lot of people hurt. >> sarah: search parties
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>> christa: and a bay state teen killed, her brother fighting for his life. what investigators say led to the crash. >> sarah: mitt romney predicting a bombshell from donald trump's financial records, and the g.o.p. front-runner fires back. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: it's 6:00 a.m. strong storms getting loud this morning. it's breaking news. thunder, intense wind and rain waking people up in the wee hours of the morning. maybe you were one of them. so the good news is this morning as you head out to work and school, the worst of it is moving out some good morning to you. i'm christa delcamp. ism and i'm sarah french. some people waking up to the wind damage. take a look at this tree blown over on a house in dorchester. for the latest on the forecast, let's send it over to meteorologist chris lambert. >> chris: sarah, good morning. good morning, christa. we had wind gusts close to 70mph in the city of boston at 69. blue hill, 600 feet up, 83-mile-per-hour gusts. many towns reporting winds gusting 50 to 60 plus miles per hour. most of the severe weather has ended for a lot of new england
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but we do track a couple thunderstorms south of the city of boston, very close to the braintree split, heading right down 3 and 3a right through weymouth, braintree itself and down the 24 extension all the way from brockton to bridgewater. this is moving off quickly. not severe, but it could have a gust of 50mph as well as some downpours rolling on through. the back edge of this storm system working through this morning, and we'll watch a lot of these showers and thunderstorms taper off between now and 8:00 this morning from west to east. and by 7:00, 8:00 a.m., i don't think there will be much out boston westbound. so for the morning commute, we'll see improvements. you have to watch out also, there's been a lot of tree branches and some debris that's fallen on a lot of the side streets thanks to the gusty winds overnight. we'll call it partly sunny at time, late morning, early afternoon. shower. still a gusty wind throughout the day. at times gusting 40 to 50mph down through southeastern mass. then we talk about colder weather working in friday into saturday morning.
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doesn't last long. we're back into the 50s by sunday, quiet weekend ahead. >> sarah: breaking news. strong storms knocking out power to thousands in massachusetts. winds sending trees tumbling like this one in cambridge that crushed a car noosm we also have reports of trees down in boston and the south shore. let's go to 7's victoria warren in dorchester where vicki a tree apparently smashed into this family's home here. >> victoria: yep, smashed into on the street. nobody hurt, but take a live look behind me, and you can see some of the damage. truly remarkable. and luckily, of course, this happened when most people were still home and asleep and nobody out walking on the sidewalk. but you can see this tree has just come down, brought down by those high winds, the rains, the storm that came through some time around 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 or so this morning. we also have some video of a tree that crushed a car in cambridge.
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this situation, and this happened on calendar street around 1:30 in the morning. so when these storms came through, it was very intense, very strong wind gusts. we actually made our way originally down to marshfield where there were some crazy power outages down there, and one of the scary things when you have these power outages and these downed trees, you're driving down the road and you have to slam on on your brakes. that's something you have to consider as you get on the roadway. they are overnight doing the clean-up, but hopefully things especially as the storm seems to subside will improve greatly. but in dorchester, no injuries, and quite a bit of clean-up to do as the sun rises this morning. live in dorchester, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: all right, vicki. power outages a major outage. at one point the entire town of marshfield was without power. they're coming back online. statewide there are more than 19,000 power outages. those numbers have been falling
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and don't forget, if you see damage from the storm and you can do so safely, go ahead, take video or a picture and send it to us here at 7. senditto7@whdh.com and we'll go ahead and put that on air and online. with that we also have fast track alert because we also have a busy road shut down because of power lines in the roads. that's another concern out there this morning, danielle. >> danielle: that's right, christa. natick. power lines are down, route 9 is shut down in both directions. this is at speen street, let's go to the maps. traffic is being detoured from this to route 30, something to keep in mind if you're traveling on rout 9 this morning. also on the pike, we have a disabled vehicle. this is westbound at 93, and this has the left lane blocked. speaking of route 93, from 495 to 128, not looking too bad. but 128 into boston, look at all thread. that's a very slow drive. route 1 through saugus into boston, not looking too bad. the expressway from braintree northbound into town almost half
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south of town, route 3, 24, 95, no major issues to tell you about this morning. let's go ahead and take a look at those drive times if you're door. 25b9 to 30 minutes on the expressway northbound from braintree to boston and into town on the pike from 128 just 12 minutes, no delays there. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive nearly half an hour. if you're taking "t," you have delays on the blue line. if you're taking the commuter rail, you have delays on the framingham and worcester line. back to you, guys. >> sarah: the storm system that hit us this morning left a deadly path of destruction across the east coast. it's pennsylvania where crews searched overnight for people injured in the rubble. 7's jennifer eagan joins us with the overnight developments. >> jennifer: sarah, this storm spawned dozens of tornadoes down south. officials say at least eight people were killed, one of those a two-year-old boy in virginia. right now tens of thousands of people in the mid atlantic are waking up without power. a powerful storm system brought
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the east coast wednesday. washington, d.c. a parking garage flooded wednesday with water reaching the curbs. the storm also brought hail and strong winds, which knocked out power to thousands of people. the clean-up process is just beginning in north carolina. and at least four tornadoes tore through that state. roofs were ripped off of homes and trees were knocked down. while no serious injuries were reported there. virginia. tornadoes cut a six-mile-wide path of destruction in the eastern part of that state. officials are calling it a mass casualty event as more than 20 people suffered critical injuries. witnesses say they saw at least three twisters. >> we were sitting in the middle of the house when they came through, and it just demolished everything through this, a couple houses that are gone, completely, the church is gone, and a lot of people are hurt. >> about 90 miles away, several people died when a tornado hit the town of waverly, virginia.
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child. >> you know, all you can do is kind of look away. you can see all that fire, all this electricity. >> jennifer: the victims in waverly were a 50 year old, a 26-year-old man and a two-year-old boy. virginia state police say the victims were found about 200 -- 300 yards from their mobile home. in the newsroom, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: right now bad weather is being blamed for a teen tragedy up in barre. the community is mourning as a 17-year-old girl lost control of her car on an icy roadway yesterday. let's go to 7's john cuoco. john, we also understand her brother was injured in this crash, as well? >> john: yeah, he was. police say this was black ice and slush out here on the roads yesterday causing a number of crashes, including the one that killed that 17 year old. friends say brittany murch was
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she was a senior and an honor roll student at quabbin regional high school where she was also a cross country runner. >> she was nice and smart. >> whenever i saw brittany, she was always smiling. she always looked pretty happy. she was a really good student. >> john: it was on her way to school wednesday morning, after a two-hour delay due to icy roads, that police say she lost control of her car on route 62 and crashed into a tree. police say she was killed. her younger brother, a freshman at the high school, was seriously hurt. >> there was a two-hour delay due to weather conditions. and we believe that the roadway was in some spots covered with either black ice or some slush. >> no one really knew at school in the beginning. then toward the end of the day people started to find out and people were just crying and they didn't know what to say. >> john: right now family and friends say they're all trying to support each other and the murch family as they mourn this tragic loss.
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>> wicked nice. >> yeah. i think everyone just needs to come together, regardless if you knew her or not, and just show your friends and other people that you're there for each other and that never take anything for granted. >> john: we're told the murch family has been at the hospital with their son. live in barre, john cuoco, 7news "today in new england." ism happening later today, relatives of justina pelletier will announce they've filed a lawsuit against children's hospital for civil rights violations and medical malpractice. justina was placed in d.c.f. care in 2013. tufts medical center said she had mitochondrial disease, but doctors at children's believed her problems were psychological. her parents tried the take her back to tuft, but d.c.f. took custody of her. she was reunited with her family about 18 months later. >> christa: there are concerns this morning on the campus of brandeis university in waltham
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a flasher. school officials say a man exposed himself to a student tuesday around 7:30 at night on south street. right now police are investigating and they want everybody in the area to be extra mindful of their surroundings in the meantime. they say there have been six cases similar to this since november. >> sarah: in the race for the white house, former massachusetts governor mitt romney criticizing republican front-runner donald trump for not releasing his tax returns, saying they may reveal a bombshell. >> the reason that i think there's a bombshell in there is because every time he's asked about his taxes he dodges and delays and says, welk we're working on it. either he's not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn't been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay. >> sarah: last night trump said he will decide in the next few months whether or not to release his returns. trump also fired back at romney tweet, "when romney asked me for my endorsement last time around he was so awkward and goofy we
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not win." >> christa: your time is 6:10 on this thursday. a missing mother from holbrook is found in connecticut. and how a complete stranger took it upon herself to track this mother down. you're going to hear on just one station. >> sarah: an explosive scene inside a gas station. what caused a man's pants to suddenly catch on fire. >> christa: and we have an update on the bizarre incident involving patriots' player chandler jones. it's a decision made on whether video of his trip to the police station should be released. >> chris: a few leftover downpours tapering off over the next hour or. two otherwise a windy day. we start off near 60 degrees, falling back into the 50s later on this afternoon into this evening. a couple isolated showers again mid to late afternoon. more on that forecast coming up. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. here's a look at speen street in make it. route 9 is closed in both directions because of downed
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6:15. man was it windy, thunder, lightning all this morning. >> christa: it was tough for some people maybe when you were sleeping overnight to get over all of that. but chris, i think a lot of people will be side stepping some branches and stuff down. >> chris: even a lot of the side roads. you have to navigate through some of those downed tree limbs and tree branches. we have plenty of it with powerful wind gusts overnight. good morning, everyone. blue hill on top of the hill, 83-mile-per-hour gusts last night. early this morning in boston close to 70. braintree, chapel hill clsh chestnut hill exceeding 60-mile-per-hour gusts.
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outages across much of massachusetts. at one point we were closing in on 40,000 outages. a lot of those because of the downed tree limbs and trees and wires. gardner picking up close to 4 inches of rain. worcester over 2. boston over 1. and some of this came in all of a sud within a tropical-like downpour. so it had a little street flooding out there earlier. the good news, this system is winding on down. still some gusty winds through the day. down through southeastern mass. you have a wind advisory there for gusts 40 to 50mph until about 7:00 p.m. then there's no severe thunderstorms out this hour. the severe thunderstorm warnings have expired. the watch has expired. just tracking a few scattered downpours down through the south shore from hull down through cohasset, hingham, scituate, back into marshfield, as well. had a downpour, a pretty good downpour come right through weymouth and braintree. just about 15 minutes ago. you notice there is a little moisture still lingering down 95. so that 95 stretch from providence right toward the city of boston, that line will have a
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showers, once in a while a brief downpour for next hour or so. then everything should start the move off shore. look at all of these dots, all of these dots, locations where the storm came in last night and early this morning, wind damage, tree damage in many of these reports because of those thunderstorms that rolled on through. also look at the temperatures. you know if you get big-time thunderstorm, you will not get it if it's 30 degrees outside or 35 degrees outside. you need the mild air. we have the mild air this morning close to 60 degrees. the dew points are close to 60, as well. winds still gusting to 25 in the city of boston, and again, down through southeastern mass, occasionally gusting 40 to 50 throughout the day. although we do dry it out here. pretty soon, and from mid-morning to about early afternoon, we'll get some dry stretches, i can't rule out another passing shower or two, though, mid-to-late afternoon. and what we'll also track in here is the colder weather that starts to work in from the midwest. you can see colder air in the midwest throughout the day today. taking a look at the seven-day
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cold start saturday morning, but nice bounce-back by sunday afternoon. temperatures back into the 50s. >> sarah: a traffic alert now. problems on route 9 in natick. here's danielle gersh with more. sarah. this is route 9 in natick. this is closed in both directions at speen street because of downed power lines. let's go to the maps now, and like i mentioned, route 9 in natick, traffic is being detoured to route 30 because of this here. so something to keep in mind this morning. the rest of your drive on the pike not too bad. i do have a disabled vehicle blocking the left lane. this is westbound right at route 93. speaking of route 93, it's fine from 495 to 128, and from 128 into boston, you see all this red. you're crawling. route 1 not looking too bad this morning. south of town from braintree into boston on the expressway northbound, that drive nearly half an hour. south of town, also on route 3, 24, 95, no major delays, just some minor slowing as you approach 128 there. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning.
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into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, over half an hour. if you're taking the commuter rail, we have some minor delays on the framingham-worcester line. on the "t," some minor delays on the blue line. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. this morning a driver facing charges after a police chase in california that ended when officers managed to spin out the suspect's vehicle right there. officers tried to pull over the man for an alleged traffic violation. he didn't stop. he kept going. they chased him for about 20 miles. so when the stop sticks didn't work, that's when they proved in and performed the fishtail technique. that's what they call it to get the car to spin out. exploding manhole covers. look at that. this is in new jersey. and it just happened to be caught on this cell phone video here. just a couple minutes apart. and less than a block away from each other on wednesday. one narrowly missed two firefighters. officials say that heavy rains pushed salt on the road into the sewers, which corroded the wiring and that's what caused those scary blast.
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recovering from second-degree burns after he says an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. it happened saturday while the man was in a convenience store. the man's pants, as you see there, caught on fire. surveillance video shows him running outside before an employee used a fire extinguisher to put out those flames. another customer rushed him to the hospital. the man says despite the injuries, he's doing okay and able to walk. pretty scary, though, right? >> he could have been blinded. still ahead, frustration in everett after the big casino development gets put on hold. and right now it's pitting two mayors against each other. >> sarah: the bruins making a statement against a playoff contender. their youngest player on top of his game. >> christa: and there's a new addition to the brady bunch. the pats' q.b. making an off-season acquisition. we'll share it with you.
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>> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. finally the bruins claim control of their home ice, and they do it in a meaningful game against the pittsburgh penguins, a team they are jockeying with for playoff position at this point. this was an impressive win last night. it was david pasternak, and he put on a show at the garden. the 19 year old using his speed in the first to draw a penalty shot, which he buried on marc-andre fleury. pasternak added another goal off a turnover in the second. thanks to his season high 41 saves from tuukka rask, the bruins won in a commanding 5-1 win. >> as long as we get two points, it doesn't really matter because, you know, the standings are tight. every point is important for us. >> we played really well. we kept getting better. that's what we have to learn how to do here at home. and that's definitely a big win for us. >> joe: red sox holding their first full-squad workout down in
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owner john henry saying pablo sandoval checked in at 17% body fat, down from 23% last year, if you can believe it. henry also saying that the sox will rely less on an lettics going forward. and the "boston herald" reporting that the patriots and legarrette blount have shown "mutual interest in doing a deal to keep the free agent running back here in new england." i'm joe amorosino. that's sports. have a great day. >> christa: let's introduce you now to the new addition to the brady family. this is fluffy. tom brady's wife gisele posting this picture on instagram. she says they got a cute puppy from a rescue shelter in los angeles. gisele writes, the kids are over the moon happy with their new addition. so fluffy is now their third dog. and winning a lot of hearts for sure. so cute. >> sarah: love it. all right. t.b. 12 having a lot of fun this off season. the pats' quarterback posting this picture on his facebook pge, riding around on a snow bike during his trip to the
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he captured the photo saying he's getting ready for the best buddies charity bike race he's riding in this year. >> christa: notice he's got the short sleeves on. >> sarah: he's a true new englander now, right? >> christa: and we'll governor -- we've got changes at the menu at dunkin' donuts. we'll fill you in. >> sarah: and why a crash at cumberland farms cost the bay state store tens of millions of dollars. >> brandon: and one of cambridge's finest accused in a hit-and-run. what the department is saying about the young police officer. >> christa: and we're following all the damage caused by strong storms. downed power lines setting cars on fire.
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and causing damage. and an entire town loses power. >> sarah: a local mother found in connecticut. how a woman-turned detective tracked her down. >> christa: and a call to release the video of chandler jones' bizarre incident at a police station. will you get to see it? >> sarah: everett's big casino project on hold. >> let's end the b.s. >> sarah: the conflict sparked between neighboring mayors. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: severe thunderstorms causing damage overnight, trees falling. this car in cambridge crushed underneath. the good news, the worst part of the storm is over. thanks for staying us with, everybody. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. quite the show with all the thunder and the lightning and the wind gusts. let's talk about that. we saw gusts of nearly 70mph. that was in the city of boston. so chris, it's almost like we have our own minihurricane out there. >> chris: 74mph, christa, is hurricane status. we were there atop blue hill. 83-mile-per-hour gusts earlier
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also in braintree at 64. chestnut hill coming in at 61. many towns reporting gusts 50 to 60mph, thus the reason for all the power outages we had this morning. downed trees an tree limbs, as well. worst of it is over. no severe thunderstorm warnings or watches. a couple downpours close to the braintree split. that's passing and a couple brief downpours on the east side of 95, almost between 95 and 24 right now. that's going to slide on through. but the nature of the scattered showers, much more fewer and further between than what we saw earlier this morning. west of the city of boston, we're drying out. so this is waning in terms of the intensity of the storm. wind advisory in effect until 7:00 p.m. we'll continue to see gusts at time 40s to 50mph there throughout the day. and you look at the temperatures. february, what? almost feels like we're heading into the month of june here, starting off close to 60 degrees, but we do go back the other way during the day today, falling back into the low 50s
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40s by early this evening. could have another passing shower mid to late afternoon, keep an eye on, that but no more this time. >> we want to update you on some power outages. they've just about been cut in half since we went on the air at 5:00 a.m. here are some of the hardest-hit towns. billerica has more than 2,600 outages followed closely by lawrence, marshfield under 2,000. for a long time overnight, the entire town had lost power. chelmsford is also over 1,000 outages at this hour. >> christa: the wind definitely not doing us any favors when it comes to power outages. we also have downed power lines on route 9. here's danielle gersh with a traffic impact. >> danielle: we do, christa. on route 9 in natick, it's closed at speen street in both directions because of those downed power lines. traffic is being detoured to route 30. keep that in mind if you have plans to travel on route 9 this morning. in devin we have a multi-vehicle crash. this is on route 2 eastbound at jackson road. also keeping an eye on this
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pike westbound at route 93. speaking of route 93. from 495 to 128, not too bad. you're starting to hit the breaks before you pass over 128 and then you're crawling all the way into boston. route 1, no major delays to tell you acted. the expressway from braintree into boston, northbound, that drive nearly half an hour. south of town, some slowing on route 3 through weymouth. and then on route 24 and 95 as you approach 128 there, let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. about 26 minutes on the expressway. into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive over half an hour. if you're taking the commuter rail this morning, we do have several delays. and if you're taking the "t," we do have delays on the blue line. so check your trains ahead of time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: breaking overnight, officials say the storm system that came through here overnight has now killed four people in virginia, including a two-year-old boy. that brings the death toll over the past two days to at least eight.
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in virginia and north carolina. also this morning, grief councilors will be on hand at the high school in barre today as students mourn the loss of a beloved classmate. 17-year-old brittany murch was killed after she lost control of her car on an icy road on wednesday. she was on her way the school with her younger brother who was seriously injured. >> christa: and a cambridge police officer has been cited formally for a dangerous drive. investigators say that he hit a bicyclist and then drove off. here's 7's steven gunther in cambridge with more reaction for us. brandon? >> brandon: christa, police in cambridge say they are disappointed that one of their own is accused of hitting a woman on a bike on this corner here behind me. he's accused of not stopping. but police also want to add that he will be treated like anybody else that would commit such a crime. a cambridge police officer has been cited for a hit-and-run that sent a woman to the
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ryan is by all accounts a decorated police officer for the short time he's been us with. >> brandon: 28-year-old ryan callinan, an air force veteran, has been with the force since 2011. police say sunday night while off duty, he hit a woman riding a bicycle near broadway and portland and didn't stop. investigators say the 32-year-old woman didn't do anything wrong. >> as far as we know from witnesses and from the victim's statement, she was doing absolutely everything she was supposed to do. she had lighting on the back of her bike, she had reflective clothing on and she had her arm out indicating a left-hand turn. >> witnesses took down the license plate and that led police to callinan. he's cited with leaving the scene of a personal injury and operating to endanger, a but the department is quick to say it's a fair and balanced investigation. >> this is a straight hit-and-run accident for us. even if this was not ryan, we would follow the same course. paid administrative leave until this investigation is complete. from the hospital.
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england." ism we're now hearing from two women who helped track down a missing mother from holbrook. judy sales was found alive and well at mall in waterford, connecticut, on wednesday. one of her high school friends saw a facebook post that sales' cell phone was last tracked to connecticut. so she shared the post and asked eye out. and one of the friends did more than that. >> i'm going to drive around and go look and see if i can spot her car or see her. the last place i went to was the mall. and i was driving around, and i was outside macy's and there was her car. i look at it as divine intervention. coupled with the power of social media and friendship. >> sarah: sales was taken to the hospital to be checked out. she's expected to be okay. police haven't said why they think she was in connecticut. >> christa: crews have temporarily now stopped construction on the wynn casino in everett.
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somerville is what forced the halt here. somerville's mayor is appealing an environmental permit for this new $1.7 billion casino. he says traffic and pollution issues are his major concerns. however, the casino's president argues that a deal has already been signed. >> there is massive development going on right across the river, and why is it okay on that side of the river when it's not okay on this side of the river. >> christa: somerville's mayor says he's not going to back down because he believes this is a public health issue. >> and no amount of political theater and public harassment from wynn will keep me as the mayor of somerville from doing my job and advocating for the health and well-being of the residents of our community. >> christa: everett's mayor joe curtatone calls this
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this delay could stall the opening of the casino by at least six months. >> sarah: we're keeping an eye on the weather this morning. strong thunderstorms taking down trees and knocking out power to thousands. we have a live report with the damage coming up. >> christa: and a wind so strong this tractor-trailer flipped over on the josh washington bridge down in new york. >> sarah: also how a bay state teen started a trend with the bernie sanders birth day cake. new england's energy comes from eversource buys it at a set market price and delivers it to you. but that pool is shrinking, causing energy supply rates to go up and down. so we're working with partners across the region our natural gas supply hydropower from canada. we're leading the way toward the solution...
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>> sarah: trending today, adele stealing the show at the brit awards in london. she picked up three trophy, including album of the year for her new album "25." it missed the grammys because it was released two late for the awards, it was, however, the bestselling album of 2015. >> christa: and a british astronaut wished her well from space. so that's awesome. you probably notice facebook is making a big change. besides giving the thumbs-up, you can show emotion. facebook wanted to give users the ability to react to something besides just liking it. now you can choose from five new one, love, sadness, ha ha, angry and wow. >> sarah: i love ha ha.
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a worcester teen feeling the burn on his birthday. he had his mom make this cake of his favorite presidential candidate, bernie sanders, for his 18th birthday. the photo is going viral as it has more than 19,000 likes on facebook and counting. the teen's mom says she's already received several requests to make similar cakes. great promotion for her. >> christa: yeah. it looks flawless, by the way. all. >> sarah: my don't either. >> christa: 6:42, we'll talk about wild weather moving up the east coast. downed power lines setting cars on fire. this is in new york. really scary. >> reporter: the intense storms bringing down tree, this one in dorchester. >> sarah: plus an update on the bizarre incident involving patriots' player chandler jones. a decision is made on whether
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>> it's 6:45, time to know and go. >> strong storms packing a punch overnight. knocking out power to thousands. >> and tens of thousands of people begin cleaning up after the storms leave behind damage and destruction down south. >> grief councilors meeting with high school students in barre this morning after a classmate is killed in a car crash. >> mitt romney the latest target of donald trump on twitter. >> sarah: all right.
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time to know and go. coming up. >> christa: including weather. puddle-hopping your way to work for sure. let's check in with chris lambert. is this going to stick around much longer? >> chris: not much more rain, but you need an extra pot of coffee because the wind gusts last night pretty much waking everyone up, rattling the house. 83-mile-per-hour gusts atop blue hill. city of boston 69. dracut 66. a gust in chestnut hill of 61 with the powerful thunderstorms. we have a couple showers still left over, but this pales in comparison to what we had earlier this morning and just to see a couple scattered downpours close to route 24 right now inside 95. this is sliding off to the east-northeast. we don't have much of the rain to go through leftover. the the heaviest of the storms and the severe weather now off shore. still some gusty winds, though. 25 to 30mph from boston down through southeastern mass, and later on today, could get a renewed chance of some gusts 40 to 50 down through southeastern mass, wind advisory is in place there.
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nothing says february like 60-degree weather. feelings like may outside this morning. and temperatures running in the upper 50s to lower 60s at this time. we'll get another passing shower or two mid to late afternoon, no more severe weather is expected as we get a little bit of sunshine to break out on through, as well. so temperatures going through near 60 this morning back into the low 50s this afternoon. 40s this evening. it turns cooler over the weekend, especially by saturday morning, but by sunday afternoon, we're back into the 50s. >> christa: all right, chris. plenty of clean-up after the storms moved through. downed trees like this one in marshfield doing a whole lot of damage around the area. >> sarah: victoria warren live in dorchester where a tree smashed into a home there. vicki? >> yeah, and you can see the damage here behind me luckily no one was hurt. people definitely home overnight when this tree came crashing down. we have some video from just a little while ago. it was a loud boom that awoke the residents.
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intense with some very strong wind gusts. there was a ton of lightning in the air. just torrential downpours. and dorchester not the only place having trouble with downed trees. in cambridge a tree came down on some cars there. they're going to have a lot of clean-up to do there, as well. again, nobody hurt. but it was just a testament to really how strong these winds were. and it seems just as quickly as these storms came in, they have gone out. so right now we've just got a little bit of drizzle. but as you're driving around, be aware, there's going to be some clean-up crews out there. there's going to be power crews working out there, and at this home, they're going to have to have somebody come out and assess the damage to the roof and also attempt to get this debris off of the sidewalk. live this morning in dorchester, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: and power outages a big problem this morning. at one point the entire town of marshfield was without power. they are coming back online and
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more than 19,000 power outages. those numbers have been falling for the past hour. if you see damage from the storm, take video or a picture if it's safe to do so and senditto7@whdh.com. of course we'll put it on the air or online. >> christa: when those power lines come down on a thoroughfare, we have an alert with 7's danielle gersh. >> that's right, christa. this is a look at route 9 in natick. it's closed in both directions at speen street here. go to the maps. traffic is being detoured to route 30 because of this closure on route 9. again, that's at speen street in natick. we have another accident. this is on route 2 eastbound at jackson road. and that's causing back-up. you can see the red. there and then we have two incidents on the pike. this is an accident in weston that has the left lane blocked on 128 southbound. at the pike. then we also have disabled vehicle. this is web at route 39 on the pike. route 39 from 495 to 128 not too bad. but from 128 into boston, you can see all this red.
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into town on route 1, a little slow and go from braintree to boston. on the expressway northbound, that's half an hour drive. south of town, route 3, 24, 95, some slowing as you approach 128. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. 26 minutes, nearly half an hour on the expressway into town on the pike from 128 just over 20 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive is over half an hour. if you're taking a commuter rail, we do have several different delays, so check your train ahead of time and on the "t" we also have delays on the blue line. back to you, guys. >> christa: let's go to breaking news. downed power lines from storms setting a car on fire in new york. this is so frightening. 16mph winds also toppled trees on long island. >> sarah: new video overnight, the powerful winds being blamed for this tractor-trailer flipping on its side on the george washington bridge in new york city. the storm system that we're dealing with now brought severe damage along the east coast. >> christa: and sadly the death toll is riding this
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dozens of people are injured. let's go to 7's jennifer eagan. she has a look at the damage for us. jen? >> jennifer: christa, this storm system has killed eight people since tuesday. first responders worked through the night to rescue people left behind by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. in virginia, the town of waverly was hit especially hard. four people there were killed including a two-year-old boy. officials say several tornadoes were reported in virginia on wednesday, and in the eastern part of the state, strong winds destroyed a church and homes. dozens of people had to be treated for injuries. in pennsylvania, firefighters say the storm caused homes to collapse in lancaster county. thankfully no one there was seriously hurt. strong winds knocked down trees and power lines. the clean-up just getting under way now. ahead to. in the northeast, it's estimated 100,000 homes are without power this morning. most of those in new york and new jersey. in the control room, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: bad weather being
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barre. the community in mourning as a 17-year-old girl loses control of her car on an icy road. 7's john cuoco live in barre where grief councilors will be on hand. >> john: police say there was black ice and slush out here on the roads causing a number of crashes yesterday, including the one that killed that 17-year-old girl. this is brittany murch. friends say she was outgoing and popular. she was a senior and an honor roll student at quabbin regional high school where she was also a cross country runner. it was on her way the school wednesday morning after a two-hour delay due the icy roads that police say she lost control of her car on route 62 and crashed into a tree. police say she was killed. her younger brother, a freshman at the high school, was seriously hurt. we're told the murch family is with their son at the hospital. we're live in barre, john cuoco, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: happening later today, relatives of justina pelletier will announce they have filed a lawsuit against
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rights violations and medical malpractice. justina was placed in d.c.f. care in 2013. tufts medical center said she had mitochondrial disease, however, doctors at children's believed her problems were psychological. her parents tried to take her back to tufts, however, d.c.f. took custody of her. she was eventually reunited with her family about 18 months later. the mother who had been living inside the house of squalor in blackstone is due back in court today a week after a judge refused to dismiss hurd charges against her. erika murray is charged in the death of two infants. their bodies discovered inside the home in 2014. officers say the body of a third child was also discovered inside. >> there are concerns on the campus of brandeis university in waltham this morning. police searching for a slasher. school officials say man exposed himself to a student tuesday night at about 7:30 on south street. police are investigating and want everyone in the area to be extra mindful of their
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they say they have... there have been six similar incidents since november. the video of chandler jones outside the foxborough police station will not be released to the public. secretary of state william galvin rejected requests for the surveillance footage to be released cite. jones' brave similar officers said jones was in need of medical attention when he showed up at the station january 10th. he was taken to the hospital and released later that day. according to reports, jones had governor mitt romney is criticizing the front-runner donald trump for not releasing his tax returns. >> the reason that i think there's a bombshell in there is because every time he's asked about his taxes he dodges and delays. >> christa: well, last night trump said he'll decide in the next few months whether or not to release his returns.
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who ran for president in 2012 himself tweeting, "when mitt romney asked me for my endorsement last time around, he was so awkward and goofy that we all should have known he could not win." >> sarah: new details on a deadly crash into a cumberland farms store in chicopee. a jury has awarded more than $32 million to the family of a woman who was killed while shopping in the store in 2010. an elderly man suffered a stroke and drove his s.u.v. into the store at more than 80mph. the victim's family says cumberland farms should have installed barriers to prevent vehicles from hitting the building. dunkin' donuts will be changing up its menu boards, but don't worry. the new board still has all your favorite items. the company said it wants to make the food and drink options more visible. they were devoting too much space on the menu to combo meals that haven't brought in big sales. all dunkin' donuts will have the new board in about a week.
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get your crueler or your boston cream. that's what we care about. coffee for this morning because you'll need it to be alert on those roadways. >> sarah: not only, that waking up a lot last night with the winds that were howling. a couple passing early showers still down through southeastern mass. temperatures going the other way, from the low 60s this morning back into the low 50s this afternoon. it's going to be mainly dry mid-morning through about mid-afternoon. could have a couple of mid to late afternoon showers, especially north and west of boston. the trend temperature-wise is down overnight tonight. cold start to the weekend. into the teens saturday morning, but the cold weather just like this winter has not lasted long. we're back into the low to mid-50s by sunday afternoon, stormy night. >> christa: so be careful out there, we have lots of limbs down, some tree, as well. puddles. so bring along rain boots i guess even though it's not raining for today. thanks for staying us with. i'm christa delcamp. ism and i'm sarah french. we're back with your latest news and weather at 9:00.
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good morning. breaking overnight, fierce storms move up the east coast after slamming the south. >> took my truck up in the air and glass is coming in. >> a new round of tornadoes virginia. heavy rain and high winds knock out powercross the northeast and in the midwest a crippling blizzard. mitt romney jumps into the presidential fray taking on donald trump. >> i think we have good reason to believe that there is a taxes. >> trump insist tlg is nothing there.

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