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`` on this sunday `` night, the big dig `` out. `` cleaning up after the `` massive, deadly storm `` that dumped `` record-breaking `` amounts of snow, `` landed people out of `` their homes and left `` millions stranded. `` tonight, our in-depth `` `` blizzard that `` paralyzed the east `` coast and left its `` `` the candidates running `` hard in iowa, just `` eight days before the `` first votes for `` president. `` as a result of a new `` poll, tells us which `` republican is surging. `` inside iran. `` do the nuclear deal `` and relaxing of `` sanctions show a
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liberal shift by iran? `` richard engel finds `` out over breakfast. `` reaching new `` heights. `` we go hiking with a `` man who can teach us `` all something about `` overcoming the odds. `` "nightly news" begins `` now. `` >> announcer: from nbc `` news world `` headquarters in new `` york, this is "nbc `` nightly news." `` reporting tonight, `` erica hill. `` good evening. `` for millions of `` americans, this sunday `` is far from a day of `` rest. `` 88 million people `` `` `` `` an impact that could `` linger for days. `` in the nation's `` capital, we're `` `` `` tomorrow. `` the record-setting `` `` `` `` winds to the region. `` leaving behind a major `` `` `` `` under several feet of `` water today. `` residents anxiously monitoring the swollen
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across the country, `` travel is anything but `` routine. `` we begin our coverage `` tonight with miguel `` almaguer in `` washington. `` miguel? `` >> erica, good `` evening. `` this is your typical `` washington, d.c. `` street. `` it hasn't been plowed, `` only shovelled. `` that's by the people `` who live here. `` look at the cars. `` three, four feet deep, `` socked inside this `` thick snow. `` it is a mess in the `` city and many others, `` but this is far from `` the biggest problem. `` [ sirens ]. `` >> reporter: tonight, `` the snowfall has `` and death scramble has `` just begun. `` outside washington, `` `` `` two feet of snow blocking access in and `` out of many `` communities. `` it takes a team to `` clear a path. `` `` `` even fire trucks need help from neighbors to `` `` couple days. `` >> reporter: with deep `` record snow slamming `` the east, firefighters `` who can't find buried
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hydrants are worried `` they'll lose homes and `` lives. `` some 30 dead across `` the region, from new `` york to maryland and `` virginia. `` roofs are caving in, `` unable to support all `` the snow. `` >> there's a fire `` alarm going off. `` it was scary. `` >> reporter: with many `` out of patience, tens `` of thousands are `` without power. `` 2200 members of the `` national guard `` deployed across 12 `` states. `` help is on the way, `` but even fema can't `` find gas. `` >> everybody is out of `` fuel. `` we drove, i think, 27 `` miles to find gas cans `` and fuel. `` >> reporter: some `` spots hammered down `` for a historic 36 `` hours. `` there was thunder snow `` across the east, and `` flooding along the `` coast. `` the headline summed it `` up. `` slammed, buried, `` wolloped. `` didn't tell it all. `` records in baltimore `` and virginia. `` chris can't get out of `` his neighborhood, or `` even see out of his
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>> our second floor `` window, completely `` covered in snow. `` >> reporter: with `` roads a mess and `` sidewalks a disaster, `` now comes the rush to `` get public `` transportation back on `` track. `` travel bans are `` lifted, but getting `` out of the house, much `` less to work, won't be `` easy. `` >> ever seen it this `` bad? `` >> it's not been this `` bad. `` this is the worst `` we've ever seen. `` >> reporter: with `` government buildings `` closed and many `` schools cancelling `` classes tomorrow, `` today, many are `` hitting the slopes on `` capitol hill, or in `` their backyards. `` this monster storm has `` gone, but won't soon `` be forgotten. `` >> when the fun is `` over, the work will `` begin. `` we just learned in `` this government city `` that federal offices `` will be closed down, `` but those who aren't `` going to work tomorrow `` likely won't avoid it. `` digging out from `` situations like this `` will likely take `` hours. `` erica? `` >> that, it will, `` miguel. `` thank you. `` beyond the snow, `` people are parts of `` the jersey shore found `` themselves dealing `` with significant ``
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`` surge. `` while governor chris `` christie said his `` state dodged a bullet, `` jacob rascon found a `` different story. `` >> reporter: it's `` worse than expected `` here. `` much worse. `` hundreds of homes in `` west wildwood `` surrounded, cut off `` and creating a virtual `` island. `` the only way around? `` a humvee. `` >> we're going to `` estimate some areas of `` the town, we had five `` to six feet of water `` in the street. `` >> reporter: where i `` am standing was a `` beach that extended `` another 100 feet, but `` in the storm, the tide `` rose, the seawall `` broke, putting the `` entire town `` underwater. `` not even super storm `` sandy did this much `` damage here. `` >> it's unusual. `` talking about debris, `` boats crossing your `` path. `` `` `` `` `` `` `` been back here eight `` `` `` michael's flooded.
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>> here we are again. `` the joys of the jersey `` shore. `` it's quite `` overwhelming, but it's `` just -- there's `` nothing that's not `` replaceable. `` >> reporter: and west `` wildwood wasn't the `` only shore town `` underwater. `` sea isle city and `` ocean city were `` surrounded by several `` feet. `` further north, the `` damage less severe. `` in belmar, preparation `` paid off. `` a drone capturing `` emergency dunes before `` and after. `` elsewhere, tens of `` thousands lost power. `` restoring, a priority `` tonight. `` along the southern `` shore, the talk of `` cleanup is on hold for `` many, who still can't `` get into their homes. `` >> this is the worst `` flooding many here say `` they have ever seen. `` water knee deep or `` higher, still `` surrounding hundreds `` of homes. `` extent of the damage `` likely won't be clear `` for days. `` erica? `` >> jacob for us `` tonight, thank you. `` while roads in the `` region were being ``
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`` airports back on track `` is proving a much `` bigger challenge. `` with more than 11,000 `` flights cancelled `` since friday. `` kristen dahlgren has `` been on airport duty `` all week here in new `` york. `` >> reporter: signs of `` life at laguardia. `` the lucky few able to `` get on one of the only `` flights out. `` >> where are you `` going? `` >> disney world. `` >> reporter: after `` herculean efforts by `` crews, some runways `` were re-opened. `` but many passengers `` who showed up today `` were stuck. `` >> just got cancelled. `` >> reporter: some have `` been here days, `` sleeping in the food `` court and worried what `` will happen if they `` don't get out soon. `` >> i'm afraid i'll `` lose my job. `` >> reporter: everyone `` has some place `` `` `` to get to his `` brother's funeral. `` if his flight leaves `` on time. `` >> i'll be getting `` there for the last `` hour of the funeral. `` at least i will have ``
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`` it's hard, definitely `` not easy. `` >> reporter: the scene `` was similar at many `` airports. `` jfk, crewed had to `` move 30 inches of `` snow. `` this is philadelphia. `` >> we have a `` snow-covered and `` ice-covered runway. `` >> reporter: in the `` d.c. area, all flights `` were suspended again, `` despite round the `` clock efforts to move `` the massive amounts of `` snow. `` >> it is a massive `` task, to get the `` airports, to get the `` runways, the taxi `` ways, the roadways `` cleared, particularly `` after a storm of this `` magnitude. `` >> reporter: on the `` rails, it hasn't been `` easier. `` crews spent the day `` shoveling the tracks. `` in new york and d.c., `` full service won't be `` back until at least `` tomorrow. `` while on the roads, `` even the plows had `` trouble at times. `` >> back here at the `` airport, people are `` still waiting tonight. `` we are getting word `` more than 900 flights `` nationwide have `` already been cancelled `` for tomorrow. `` while things are `` beginning to return to `` normal, erica, it `` could be days before `` everybody gets where `` they need to go. `` >> tough reality `` today. `` kristen dahlgren, ``
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meteorologist `` dylan dreyer has more `` on what the storm left `` behind and what we can `` expect in the days `` ahead. `` dylan? `` >> good evening, `` erica. `` this storm system is `` moving away rapidly, `` but not before `` breaking records. `` in glengary, west `` virginia, we hit 40 `` inches of snow. `` three and a half feet. `` in new york's jfk, we `` broke the record for `` the biggest storm, `` 30.5 inches. `` central park, we fell `` just shy of the `` all-time biggest `` snowstorm by 1/10 `` inch. `` baltimore and maryland `` had 29.2 inches. `` this storm will race `` away. `` we'll see clear skies `` and a warming trend, `` helping to melt the `` snow. `` also, the high tide `` times this evening are `` running closer to `` about 8:00, 9:00 `` tonight. `` we'll see an offshore `` wind. `` going forward, every `` high tide will become `` less of an issue for `` the costal flooding. `` with the offshore `` winds, it pushes the `` water back to sea. `` we should see `` improvements right up ``
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coast because of `` flooding. `` temperatures are going `` to get well above `` freezing in new york `` city. `` by monday, 37 degrees. `` 42 on tuesday. `` 39 on wednesday. `` we certainly be see `` some melting. `` just keep in mind, the `` melting during the day `` refreezes overnight. `` the conditions on the `` roads will still be a `` little dicey, `` especially each `` morning commute. `` erica? `` >> thank you. `` in politics, `` presidential `` candidates are making `` a final push in iowa, `` where the first votes `` of the 2016 election `` will be cast in that `` state's caucuses one `` week from tomorrow. `` we get the latest `` tonight from white `` house correspondent `` kristen welker. `` >> reporter: donald `` trump looking to lock `` it up in iowa, `` starting his day at `` church. `` later, joking about `` the lessons he learned `` there. `` >> we talked about `` humility at church `` today. `` i don't know if that `` was aimed at me, `` perhaps. `` now, the church, i `` don't think knew i was `` coming. `` >> reporter: a little `` levity in this high `` stakes race, where `` `` the latest iowa poll, ``
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cruz, 34% to 23%. `` jumping 11 points from `` just two weeks ago. `` a possible bump for `` his sustained bashing `` of his closest `` opponent. `` >> one of the problems `` with ted cruz is `` everybody hates him. `` >> reporter: and after `` another controversial `` outburst this weekend. `` >> i could stand in `` the middle of fifth `` avenue and shoot `` somebody, and i `` wouldn't lose any `` voters, okay? `` it's like incredible. `` >> reporter: today, `` trump brushing aside `` criticism. `` >> i mean, i have `` people so loyal, far `` greater loyalty than `` any other candidate, `` by double, triple, `` quadruple. `` i love my people. `` >> reporter: `` meanwhile, marco `` rubio, endorsed by the `` "des moines register" `` this weekend, still in `` third place in iowa. `` the challenge for the `` establishment `` favorite, breaking `` through in a cycle `` favoring outsiders. `` >> every time i've run `` for anything at this `` level, i've taken on `` the establishment. `` i had to do it when i `` ran for the senate. `` even now, when i `` decided to run for `` president. `` >> reporter: the `` newspaper also `` supporting hillary `` clinton, locked in an `` unexpectedly tight `` race with bernie `` sanders.
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`` `` `` `` `` `` to be president and commander in chief? `` experience, i think that's something that `` `` `` bernie sanders `` dismissing the `` `` `` `` `` >> the reason that our `` `` so much interest and `` enthusiasm is people `` think it's time that `` we take on the `` establishment. `` >> some candidates `` today saying they'd `` welcome former new `` york mayor michael `` bloomberg into the `` race. `` he's reportedly eyeing `` a run as an `` independent if trump, `` cruz or sanders wins `` their party's `` nominations. `` clinton quipped today, `` she's planning to win, `` so that won't be `` necessary. `` erica? `` >> kristen welker, `` thanks. `` in southern `` california, a man hunt `` is underway tonight `` for three inmates who `` escaped from a maximum `` security jail. `` they were last seen `` early friday before `` breaking out of the ``
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one is charged with `` murder. `` officials say the men `` cut through 1/2 inch `` steel bars, went `` through plumbing `` tunnels and went to an `` unguarded part of the `` roof, using a rope to `` lower themselves to `` freedom. `` >> reporter: we've `` been reporting from `` iran, looking at the `` impact of the nuclear `` deal that led to the `` lifting of the `` crippling sanctions `` against that country. `` we wanted to know, `` could the agreement `` signal a liberal shift `` by iran's conservative `` religious leaders? `` our chief foreign `` correspondent richard `` engel posed the `` question in tehran and `` beyond. `` >> reporter: many `` americans wonder if `` the nuclear deal with `` iran could lead to a `` political `` transformation here. `` but this crowd gave `` its answer. `` loud and clear. `` to understand the `` power this regime `` still holds over `` people in tehran, you `` have to come here to `` friday prayer, where `` every week, shops `` close, traffic comes `` to a standstill, and `` they come to this `` mosque in the `` thousands. ``
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america," and show `` support to the islamic `` revolution. `` to find out whether `` the religious `` leadership of the `` country was ready to `` relax its grip, we `` traveled to iran's `` spiritual capital, `` where clerics are `` educated at seminaries `` and where islamic law `` is debated. `` we met a conservative `` over breakfast, but `` found he had no `` appetite for new `` politics. `` >> translator: we have `` our own culture. `` we are muslims, and `` our power comes from `` our religion. `` our politics and our `` religion are one. `` >> reporter: some `` powerful clerics have `` repeatedly supported `` the reformists. `` seven years ago, when `` demonstrations broke `` out against the `` results of elections `` seen by many as `` rigged, they were put `` down violently. `` now, clerics who `` approve political `` candidates are taking `` no chances. `` blacklisting nearly `` 3,000 candidates from `` next month's `` parliamentary
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>> why were so many `` moderate and `` reform-minded `` candidates barred from `` participating? `` >> translator: i ask `` you, in america, can `` anyone run for `` president? `` would you allow them `` to? `` no country in the `` world allows that to `` happen. `` >> reporter: the `` economic openness that `` comes with the nuclear `` deal is one thing, but `` the clerical elite `` here are not about to `` let go of the power `` they've held for `` nearly 37 years. `` richard engel, nbc `` news, tehran. `` when "nightly `` news" continues on `` this sunday, we'll go `` to a country where `` cash is quickly `` @actually, philly was the first`capital. @ oh, honey... no @ @wait, did you just have that on`your phone? @it's time to mix it up. @do it, dad! @yeah, do it! nthere are thousands of ways ninto the complex health carensystem. @it was frozen. @daddy's hand looks funny. nand choosing unitedhealthcare ncan help make it simpler bynletting you know
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`` finally tonight, a `` reminder of how much `` we can accomplish. `` when trevor thomas' `` life changed a decade `` `` him to heights he never dreamed of. `` we get his story `` tonight from gadi `` `` `` `` `` `` you'd never guess `` watching him trek `` through the forest with his dog, especially if you're trying to keep up. `` `` all. `` >> reporter: he's `` quick to say hello to `` those he passes.
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most are oblivious to `` the fact that trevor `` doesn't see them. `` he only hears them. `` behind his shades, `` trevor thomas is dom `` completely blind. `` >> what are their `` reactions when they `` find out you're blind? `` >> it's one of the `` times i really, really `` wish i could see, to `` see the look on their `` face. `` >> reporter: over the `` years, trevor and his `` dog trek aid cross ked across the `` nation's longest and `` toughest trails. `` 175 miles of the `` appalachian trail. `` all 2,654 miles of the `` pacific crest trail. `` with a total of more `` than 1,000 days and `` nights alone in the `` back country. `` >> i take each step. `` >> reporter: ten years `` ago he lost his sight `` to a rare eye disease, `` but everything changed `` when he met eric, `` another blind man who `` kayaks, ice climbs and `` scaled everest. `` >> he gave me the `` strength when i didn't `` have it myself. `` >> reporter: now `` trevor is pushing the `` limits of what even `` sighted people can do. `` >> by all rules of `` nature, i'm a blind `` guy. `` i shouldn't be out
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`` followed him through `` icy climbs, too steep `` for others. `` >> careful. `` >> reporter: he relies `` on his heightened `` hearing to listen to `` echoes to allow him to `` sense changes in `` terrain. `` `` boat, is what it `` `` `` >> lot of rock here. lot of rock here. `` probably 75 feet of `` vertical right there. `` `` `` `` ribs. `` at times, his ability `` seems superhuman. `` the condition, `` constantly posing `` considerable risk. `` >> good dog. `` >> reporter: among the `` mountain peaks, he's `` learned to take in the `` views differently. `` >> don't get me wrong, `` i'd love to have my `` sight, but this one `` point in time, i `` actually think i'm `` more fortunate. `` because sighted people `` will just remember `` what they see. `` i take away from this `` everything. `` >> reporter: a man `` with a sixth sense for `` beauty and grandeur, ``
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