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developing news tonight. tornado disaster. states of emergency as over two dozen twisters carve a deadly path of destruction. hundreds of homes decimated. for the first time, we see the massive scope of the damage. targeting trump. a critical night for cruz and rubio. it could be their last chance to blunt donald trump's march to the super lice warning, striking in 25 states. extremely resistant to the ways we usually get rid of them. what every parent should know. don't drink the water. another big city warns its residents about what's flowing into their homes. and video horror. the chilling moment
get up and leave the courtroom. as jurors see the tape that she says turned her life into a nightmare. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. states of emergency are in effect in virginia, and north carolina right now. among the places that took devastating blows of a violent and deadly storm that rampaged from the south up the eastern seaboard. today we're seeing the full extent of the damage from some 50 reported tornadoes over the last two days. nine people were killed. and millions were impacted from downed trees and power outages, to floods and canceled flights. tonight the region is still trying to recover. nbc's miguel almaguer reports. >> reporter: tonight this is what the damage looked like in seven states. homes have been shredded, lives are in shambles, after more
tornadoes. >> i went to see where the house was, it wasn't there. >> reporter: in waverly, virginia, there's as much heart break as destruction. in the f-1 tornado with winds up to 110 miles an hour, carving a path nine miles yard and 300 yards wide. this foundation, all that's left in the bull's-eye. the bodies of two adults and a toddler discovered 300 yards away from the living room where they were trying to ride out the storm. >> it could be your loved one. the feeling is unbearable. >> reporter: toya jones lost her 2-year-old cousin ian, as well as her uncle larry and friend devine. >> he was the best, he was funny. >> reporter: in all, at least nine are dead across the region. >> no clue where even the building is. >> reporter: in north carolina, hunts boro road is obliterated. the tornado peeled the roof and walls off pam west's house. she and her husband, rick, went back to salvage what they could.
>> it's all gone. >> reporter: overnight, powerful winds flipped a semi in new york city. on nearby long island, falling trees tore down electrical wires sparking fires. and this morning, the dramatic rescue after a coast guard boat helping a stranded fishing vessel capsized. the fishermen had to be air lifted to safety. and ef-2 tornado in pennsylvania crushed more than 50 homes. parts of amish country leveled. in a community that uses no electricity, it's the power of neighbor helping neighbor. destroy will now take months to rebuild. this three-day storm system plowed a path across 70 million people showing very little mercy. on one block alone, the damage can easilien in the while the storm moved through this community in a matter of months to rebuild. >> miguel, thank you.
in the race for president. the final gop debate before super tuesday, when voters in a dozen states go to the polls. and it could be the last shot for marco rubio and ted cruz to do anything to knock donald trump off his march to the nomination. meantime, the clinton campaign strategizing not only about democratic opponent bernie sanders, but also looking ahead to a potential matchup with trump in the fall. we have it all covered starting with hallie jackson in houston. hallie? >> reporter: good evening, lester. right now, donald trump appears to be leading in all of those super tuesday states, except for one, texas. we're here tonight. he'll again be at the center of the bull's-eye. in texas, where everything's bigger, so are the stakes at tonight's debate. the last stand before super tuesday for donald trump's rivals to stop him. he's facing fire today, not from his competitors in houston, but across the border. >> we're going to build a wall, and
that wall? >> reporter: now in a war of words, colorful ones with mexico's former president. >> i'm not going to pay for that [ bleep ] wall. he should pay for it. he's got the money. >> reporter: trump now demanding fox apologize as he gets ready for a different battle with ted cruz and marco rubio in texas. but it's the sunshine state where trump looks hot. topping 40% there in the first poll since jeb bush dropped out. marco rubio trailing by 16. feeling the heat on his home turf. rubio's aides tell nbc news watch for him to hit trump for his positions on israel and health care tonight, as rubio's top strategist guarantees a victory in florida. tweeting, take it to the bank. rubio needs to win there, like ted cruz needs to in texas. new numbers show cruz still in command in now. trump and rubio place. the candidate is preparing responses to
dirty tricks or lies. and ready to engage both rubio and trump. >> we can't be fooled by p.t. barnum. >> the time for the clowns and the acrobats and the dancing bears has passed. >> for tonight's debate to matter on tuesday, one of two things must have. donald trump must have his worst debate so far, or ted cruz or marco rubio must be able to land a solid punch on trump. >> reporter: setting up a wild night in the wild west. hallie jackson, nbc news, houston. >> reporter: hillary clinton is setting her sights on donald trump. >> it's been most surprising to me to see somebody who was affable. really traffic in the prejudices and paranoia. >> reporter: her campaign girding for a potential general election matchup, sending out a fund-raising e-mail titled, everything's coming up trump. her top surrogate taking constant aim. >> he wants to make america great again.
ever stopped being great. we need to make america whole again. >> reporter: campaign sources telling nbc news they're working on challenges to trump's divisive and unconventional campaign if clinton should win the nomination, with a strategy that might also be unconventional. the most recent national polling gives clinton a slight lead over trump. but clinton has a more immediate battle taking on bernie sanders in south carolina, where a black lives matter activist confronted clinton last night for seeming to disparage black youth while talking about the drug problem as first lady, describing, quote, predators saying, we need to bring them to heel. tonight in a statement, clinton saying, looking back, i shouldn't have used those words. still, the moment underscores her challenge connecting with some young voters. >> everyone person in this room is enormously powerful. >> reporter: they continue to flock to senator bernie sanders, today in ohio
michigan. a "new york times" editorial calls on clinton to release the transcripts on the paid speeches given to wall street. saying the stonewalling only fuels speculation. it could be a cloud that hangs over her campaign whether she's taking on senator sanders or the gop nominee. >> kristen, thank you. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. you've been doing the math, how might this play out for trump and his rivals? our best estimate of what the delegate count is going to look like after super it's over here on the board over here. essentially if donald trump wins all of these super tuesday states like he did in south carolina, he will build a little over a 100 delegate lead, starting a methodical march to the nomination. and then he has a chance to accelerate it, and essentially cinch the nomination two weeks later. how does he do it? if he wins all of
states, by beating kasich, all delegates in florida by beating rubio, he gets to 650 delegates. basically halfway to the magic number of 12 1237. kasich can beat trump in ohio and marco rubio can beat trump in florida, look at how the delegate map changes. we did the math here. what does this mean, line? there's two scenarios nomination race. donald trump wins this nomination by march 15th, we're headed to cleveland in a contested convention. there is no other scenario. >> all right. chuck, thank you. high drama tonight in the battle between apple and the fbi. the company filed a motion today to throw out a judge's order for it to help the fbi crack an iphone used by the san bernardino killers. saying the feds are seeking a dangerous power, all of it as apple insiders say the company is now working on a new version that would be impossible to unlock by anyone but the user.
correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: apple has always made security a selling point. >> these are the new iphones. >> reporter: when it released the iphone 6, snowden was warning about government surveillance, apple made a point saying it would no longer help police get information out of the new phones when they were locked, even when served with a search warrant. now apple is trying to make the phones more secure, working to develop an iphone that cannot be unlocked by anyone but the user, not by the police, not even by apple itself. it's fighting the fbi which wants apple to modify the software in the phone to disarm the security and let agents try to unlock an iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. the fbi director told congress today it's a lead that must be pursued. >> we must do a competent investigation following the murder of 14 people in san bernardino. and we'll use whatever lawful tools are available to us. >> reporter: apple said the fbi is trying to force it to create
the iphone by changing the software, and it says the government cannot do that. >> you cannot ask a private citizen to create a product for it. and it cannot ask apple to change the iphone in ways that was never intended to be used or to be employed in. >> reporter: apple today told a judge in san bernardino that what the fbi wants would create a back door, leaving personal information vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, hostile foreign agents and unwarranted government surveillance. next week both apple and the fbi will face off in a hearing on capitol hill. they both say it should be up to congress, not the courts, to settle this fight. pete williams, nbc news, at the supreme court. chilling and uncomfortable moments in court today that prompted star sports anchor erin andrews to leave the courtroom, as jurors saw for the first time the tape at the center of her lawsuit against a hotel giant that captured her private moments in her hotel room, shot by a stalker in the room next door.
morgan radford. >> reporter: today the video that she says changed her life was shown to a room full of strangers. erin andrews stepped out as the jury sat in the dark watching those stolen images viewed almost 17 million times. >> so this is the first one at the national marriott, correct? >> yes, this is one of the -- once it's on the internet, it's on the internet. many people have individual copies out there. >> reporter: michael barrett modified the peephole of the door and filmed her getting dressed in 2008. the former insurance executive admitted to following her to three different hotels across the country. caught in 2009, he offered a tearful apology, if he was sentenced to 2 and a half years in jail, begging for forgiveness. >> his apology isn't good enough. it doesn't take down the video off the internet. i've cried enough. it's not taking the video down. >> reporter: earlier today, andrews' therapist testified by video, describing the panic andrews felt when her stalker got
wasn't told. >> she was extremely concerned that this would reinvigorate the story on the internet. >> reporter: andrews is expected to take the stand next week. hearing new testimony from the man she says left her hurt and humiliated. morgan radford, nbc news. the people of jackson, mississippi, are facing a scary and unfortunately familiar sounding crisis over lead found in drinking water. children and pregnant women have been warned not to drink the water in this city of more than 170,000 people, where 30% live below the poverty line. there are questions about why they weren't warned sooner. >> reporter: the lead warnings rattled the people of jackson. many like the mother of three worry their city is another flint. >> just to hear that water is gone wrong in another city, in another state, and now my own city and state. it's something i would
>> reporter: officials downplay the comparisons, while at the same time warning pregnant women and children under 5 not to drink the tap water for six months. small children need lead testing, and everyone should avoid hot water and run the tap two minutes before using it. the problems began last june. 20% of home samples had high lead levels. ten months later, 10%. that is when the state alerted city leaders. the public wasn't warned until wednesday. nearly eight months after the first high readings. state officials say they were following epa guidelines. >> we've done exactly what the federal -- >> you look at the requirements and your evaluation is actually not sufficient. >> they're not sufficient. and we've made the change so that they sufficient. >> reporter: it won't jackson. the mayor said the plants need urgent upgrade. a problem facing nearly every city. >> lead is all over
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