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for the 4,000 students who attend here, it's unknown if it will be fixed in time. but repairs, they hope begin today. back to you. >> clock is ticking, kat. all right, thanks so much. you will definitely want to grab an umbrella in the next few minutes if you're heading out the door. the wet roads are really a concern right now. tracie strahan has more from ardsley. >> reporter: it looks like we managed to escape the thick of it here in westchester county. i've checked in with police here and police in ardsley. they say no major incidents reported as a result of this rain. it's come in waves the past few hours. the roadways tell the story. it has rained in batches as chris has been saying all morning long. we're looking at sawmill river road right now. it is damp. no ponding on the sides. the parkway that this feeds into, no reports of any accidents there. that's the good news in in area. even in bergen county when we made our way up here, it came in batches.
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the rain very heavy at times. again, police there telling me no major incidents to report. as we've been saying all morning long, probably want to take your umbrella with you. not the day to wear sandals. but so far so good. that's the late fres ardsley. back to you in in the studio. >> definitely not. a rain boot kind of day. i learned a valuable lesson covering hurricanes in new jersey. i usually do wear flipflops because your feet get so wet. warm hurricanes. you dry them off and keep moving. >> see, chris. tips from insiders. >> pat battle in the trenches. >> the good news about the rain today, it's not sitting over one particular area for long periods of time. that's when you get into trouble. the one cell sat over one area. notice the movement. it's making progress from west to east. the heavier downpours are shifting east of the city. even into monmouth and ocean counties. moving offshore.
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we zoom in closer into the five boroughs. the rain is light to moderate in brooklyn. heavy in queens. coming down at a good clip. the heaviest in central nassau county. be careful driving there in the next hour. even there, it starts to lighten up and move to the east. heavy rain to the north. because of the heavy downpours, we have an advisory in effect in the five boroughs, including brooklyn, queens, nassau county and western sections of suffolk county. in northern ocean county as well. for the most part, these will probably get dropped in the next hour to maybe -- may stretch into two hours. in the next hour, hour and a half. it's muggy. pockets of heavy rain. we make it back to the middle 80s this afternoon. probably see sun again breakthrough the clouds. nothing more than an isolated shower later this afternoon. let's find out how the roads and it. >> you want to slow it down this morning. a new problem. a manhole cover between 142nd to
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132 pd. two lanes are taken up with this. it's going to add a delay this morning. also look for your commuter checklist. everything is on schedule. could be the way to go this morning. the bus that is we had a lot of delays and detours. so just check it out before you do head out. not bad. new jersey transit or the beeline did he camp. alternate sides are in effect. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. police need your help to find a man who tried to rape a woman in brooklyn. this is security camera video of the man they're looking for. he approached a 20-year-old victim from behind on church avenue early monday morning. the man allegedly put his hand over the woman's mouth, pushed her to the ground. she fought back and the suspect took off. on long island, investigators shut down part of county route 48 in cutchogue to reconstruct the scene of the deadly limo accident. the suffolk county district
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attorney gathering more information that could be sent to a grand jury. the family of britney schulman is planning to file a lawsuit. this would be the second lawsuit in that crash that killed four young woman and injured four others. the brooklyn man convicted of killing a fairfield university football player more than a decade ago is getting a new hearing. he's serving a 25-year to life sentence for the death of mike fisher in 2003. his lawyer claims the prosecutors withheld evidence and knowingly used false testimony at his trial. >> wants that opportunity to prove to the judge and to prove to the prosecution and most importantly to the fisher family that he's innocent. >> but the brooklyn district attorney's office says it's standing by that conviction and is confident it will be upheld. the new hearing is scheduled for november. there is relief in the bronx this morning. health officials say the outbreak of legionnaires' disease is officially over.
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health commissioner identified the source. officials say it can be traced back to a strain found in the cooling towers at the opera house hotel. the tests show the towers are clear of legionella bacteria. 12 people died from that outbreak and more than 120 others were sickened. in a statement, the opera house tells news 4 it's particularly disappointing because our system is two years old. has the most up to date technology available and our maintenance plan has been consistent with the lags regulations that the city and state are putting in place. all right, a lot of questions about this story the other day. we're learning how a new jersey child got locked inside a hotel safe in niagara falls. police say it happened while the little girl was playing hide and seek with her siblings. hotel workers rescued the child but the family checked out before police arrived. the family since contacted police. nobody is going to be charged in the case. police say the child is 3 years old and not an infant as they initially were told.
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>> she was able to get in there on her own power is basically what happened. >> tiny little girl, fitting in a hotel safe. investors hope the market bounces back after the worst day in 18 months. the dow down more than 350 points. the nasdaq lost 141. many blame the fall and growing concerns about a global economic slowdown. trading day unfortunately not off to a good start, at least overseas. the markets in hong kong, china and japan are all down this morning. samsung's new galaxy note 5 and s 6 edge plus available in stores. that's going to start today. both essentially off of the same specs. the note 5 is a flat screen with accompanying pen and the s 6 edge features that curved screen. they hope it lures users away from iphones. samsung's says the carriers will set pricing for the devices. >> i was thinking the same
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thing. we've gone from everybody had to have an ipad now it's the smaller ipad. what was it called? >> ipad mini. >> and now iphone, teeny, tiny, whatever. call me. up next at 5:09, new poll numbers are in for the republican candidates. we'll tell you why there may be a big blow for two of them. >> the hunt is on for a pair of hopping escapees. they're kind of cute. plus, we'll have your weather and traffic. outran that car. you're watching "today in new york."
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we're following breaking news from brooklyn in bay ridge. a woman died after falling out of a car on bay ridge parkway. police say it happened before 11:30 last night while the car was making a turn near fifth avenue. the woman was taken to lutheran hospital but did not survive. the driver of the vehicle is now
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under arrest. police believe that he is her husband. they have not released either of their names. the charges are now pending. it is 5:13 on this friday morning. four things to know this morning. three construction workers were seriously injured in an explosion at john f. kennedy high school in the marble hill section of the bronx. biflding engineers are assessing the structural integrity of the school to see if it's safe to go back inside. health officials say the largest outbreak of legionnaires' disease in new york city is over. health commissioners say it can be traced back to a strain in the cooling towers at the opera house hotel. police in rockland county trying to determine if a serial arsonist is to blame for several recent fires there. a lot of the fires centered around an apartment complex in pomona pomona. >> you can no longer buy drones from airport retailers.
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brook stone and others unable to sell them. four commercial airplanes reported drones flying too close to the runway sniefrnlts i think we reported yesterday the number of drones reported had doubled. >> super concerned that one of the incidents is going to become a serious problem. >> catastrophic potentially. let's get a check of weather and traffic starting with chris. >> good morning, it's a soggy morning. depends upon where you are as to how soggy it is. potentially enough to give rise to a flood -- >> ocean county, until 8:30. 8:00, brooklyn-queens. suffolk county, could see local street and highway flooding. heavy downpours pushing on through and will continue to do so over the next few hours. as we look at storm tracker 4 radar, heavy rain in ocean county. along the coastal areas of monmouth county, a couple of lightning strikes recently. really anywhere from point pleasant.
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i think that will take another half hour to 45 minutes to get lighter and move on to the east. we go to the north and the east. anywhere east of breezy point to long beach. east rockaway into hempstead, queens being hit pretty hard. especially the southeast sections. nassau county as well. >> further north, heavier showers, stretching into eastern rock land into putnam county being hit hard. as well as heavy downpours and lightning strikes right there. you can see them happening. local street and highway flooding possible in those areas as well. nothing too bad should occur in terms of flooding though. take it slow this morning. 74 middle village. generally upper 60s, low 60s. low 70s well north and west to mid-70s across long island and down the jersey shore. it's a muggy morning again out there. future tracker takes care of the showers, though, moving them eastward bound. all the areas in the clear in
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terms of rain. maybe leftover in eastern long island and connecticut. the humidity will drop later on tonight. the skies stay clear. good deal of sunshine, lower humidity. showers will back in here again on sunday in parts of the area. there could be a spotty shower or thunderstorm. i wouldn't cancel my plans there either. tropical tracker, we have hurricane danny with winds of 85 miles an hour moving towards the west, northwest. again, it's several miles from the lesser antilles. as it moves in that direction, it's anticipated to weaken, run into wind shear. as it crosses through the dominican republic and haiti, we're talking 45 miles per hour. we'll watch that. morning heavy rains shift east, then partial clearing late morning and early afternoon. another warm one. upper 60s tonight. tomorrow, more comfortable as well. a high of 87. 84 and sunny, a spot thunderstorm possible. monday, a better chance for storms at night.
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the bulk of the day probably dry. early rain tuesday and more comfortable weather on wednesday, thursday. trars back temperatures back to the lower and middle 80s. the accident on the off ramp to the bqe was closed, now reopened. a new disabled in queens as well. the l.i.e. westbound around kissena boulevard. the flashing lights going to find delays. dealing with problems with harlem river drive. a missing manhole cover. two lanes blocked. trying to get it repaired from 132nd to 122nd. still the closure south river road between prospect plains road to corporate drive. let's take a live look at the tappan zee bridge. dealing with a 45 mile per hour speed restriction due to the weather. take it easy. a check of the brooklyn bridge. no manhattan bound traffic. the bqe, cadman plaza not bad. the outer bridge crossing. it looks like a little bit of activity here.
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eastbound, we're still checking on a crash. looks like traffic is not moving very well right now. again, i'll take a look at that and get back to you. expect a busy line. all the side parking rules in effect. happening now, people are being forced from their homes as deadly wildfires continue to rage across washington state. officials warning evacuations, telling residents not to wait for a door-to-door notice. nearly under 90,000 acres of land. former president jimmy carter is revealing the aggressive form of treatment he'll be following to attack the melanoma that spread to his liver and had is brain. he's fighting it with a brand new and promising drug. >> i'll do what the doctors recommend for me to extend my life as much as possible.
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>> the 90-year-old former president already had his first infusion of the drug. the drug has shown promising results in other patients. it harnesses the immune system to fight melanoma after it spreads through the body. carter says he's prepared for whatever lies ahead. >> hopefully the best and accept what comes. i think i have been as blessed as any human being in the world. so i'm thankful and hopeful. >> the former president says he will still teach sunday school but he's going to cut back his humanitarian work at the carter center. his grandson will take over as chairman of the board this fall. dominating headlines and polls, donald trump leading republicans from florida now. in their own state. the latest quinnipiac university poll shows trump ahead in the florida primary with 21%. jeb bush trailing with 17%. marco rubio, that state senator,
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11%. the billionaire forced his rivals to focus on immigration reform measures. you can expect to hear that later today in alabama. they're expecting to rally 40,000 supporters. 40,000 supporters expected at a stadium in mobile. >> happening today, a milestone for the u.s. army and for women in the military. for the first time, two women will graduate from the army's elite ranger school. captain kristen grease and first lieutenant shea haber adorned the two-month course along with 94 male soldiers and even though they'll wear the coveted ranger patch, they won't be able to join the 75th ranger regiment. it still prohibits women from serving in the infantry and special forces. hopefully that will change. >> the two rangers have been speaking out about what they did and they did the same course as the men in the same way.
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live look there. this is photographer, alonso driving on the southern state parkway just past jones beach. you're seeing some of the conditions people are seeing on the roads. >> wet. >> wet. very wet. chris cimino is here now with a look at the weather. it's going to stop relatively soon, but not in time for rush hour snuchlt hour. >> it's getting worse in queens and nassau county. there's a flood warning until 7:15. you see the area shaded in red. extreme eastern brooklyn, queens, southwest suffolk county. that's where the heaviest rain has been. it's still there but moving off towards the east. making progress. a lot of the heavy rain beginning to push off the new jersey shoreline. you still have maybe a little half hour or so to go through. notice queens, nassau county, the rest of the rain to the west of that is much, much lighter. still heavy rain in eastern portion fts hudson valley. that will be the case.
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early heavy rain moving east. it exits the area from west to east. sun this afternoon and another warm day with a high of 86 degrees. as i said, through the morning, basically until 8:00 or so. 8:30. after that, things for most areas, all areas will improve. >> hey, emily, what's going on? >> pretty busy on the gowanus. a live look at the prospect westbound. we've got an accident there. you can see the right lane is taken up. so it's going to be a slow go trying to get around. then let's get back to the maps where south river road, it's closed between prospect plains road over to corporate drive. big trouble on the outer bridge crossing and i'll tell you about that at 5:30. >> emily, thank you very much. up next, a neighborhood rattled in the bronx. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live at jfk high school in the bronx where an explosion destroyed several classrooms here at the school building. we'll tell you what's expected to happen today and what investigators believe caused the blast. plus, drivers beware.
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right now, a charred hole left in the side of a high school following a massive explosion in the bronx. flash flood warnings in effect for parts of the area. storm team 4 tracking it all for us. why those topless women in times square may mean an end to the pedestrian plazas. "today in new york" starts now. tell you about that in a a second. first of all, wants to say good morning. 5:30 a.m. on a friday. august 21st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm pat battle in for darlene taking some time off. wow, those flash flood warnings in effect. live pictures from the southern state parkway. wow. you can see it is really pouring. there you go. the windshield wipers on full speed. >> chris cimino is here. our photographer has been driving around. heavy rain, stopping, heavy rain, stong. it's really that situation. >> we've had a couple of bands. the main line is making progress to the east leading to local street and highway flood being.
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most pushing off to new jersey and clinging to the shoreline at monmouth and ocean county. queens, towards nassau county, that's where the heaviest downpours are. eastern queens, nassau county being hit very hard. moving towards the l.i.e. but certainly along the southern state in nassau state. eventually it will go to suffolk county. we have a flash flood warning in effect. it includes queens. it includes extreme eastern section of brooklyn. things are improving rapidly. nassau county is where the heart of it is and eventually suffolk county will see more. the heaviest rain will continue to shift east of the city. west of the city things improving already. eastern hudson valley, along the immediate jersey shore, that's the main i am fa sis for the heavy rain. it will dry out all areas later this morning into the afternoon. temperatures heading back to the 80s. emily west is headed back.
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>> here's where you'll find the big delays now. the outer bridge crossing eastbound on the ramp to the west shore expressway. you can see an accident involving a box truck. really, it's causing big problems as you cannot get on that ramp. to the west shore expressway. the gowanus around the prospect, eastbound crash here, that is going to be in the right lane. let's make that westbound. an accident at the l.i.e. west. backup towards the clearview. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. a woman died after falling out of a car on bay ridge parkway. police say it happened before 11:30 last night while the car was making a turn near fifth avenue. the woman was taken to lutheran hospital but did not survive. police believe he's her husband but they have not yet releezed either of their names. charges are pending. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is headed to the scene. she's going to update us as soon
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as she gets there. right now, there's a gaping hole in the side of a bronx high school. a huge explosion rocked jfk high around 9:00 last night in the marble hill section. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there. kat? >> reporter: pat battle, you see some of the police officers here standing guard at the entrance. the others will see, building engineers will be on site to assess the structural integrity. to see if it will be all right for students to enter once school starts september 9th. it is incredible to see some of the damage left behind by the explosion. there was also a fireball that tore through the classrooms. the explosion happened after 8:00 at night. it's believed workers making repairs to the chemistry labs hit a gas line with a blowtorch. paramedics transported three construction workers to the hospital. one of them critically hurt with severe burns. the others in better -- they're about to go back inside to help
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the construction workers. but then the explosion happened. >> we were going to go inside. we heard a large explosion, saw a quick flash and the alarms went off five seconds afterwards. >>. >> reporter: it is important to note that school will start on time according to city leaders for the 4,000 students who attend school at jfk high school. the third, fourth, and fifth floors decimated. but this is a huge complex, pat. as you know, eight buildings in all. students will have other classrooms to go to. engineers expected to be here later today. the hope is that repairs begin at some point today on the classrooms that are destroyed. back to you. >> i'm sure a lot of folks wondering if they'll be ready in time to start school. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. check in with chris cimino. monitoring bands of rain moving in and out and how it impacts our morning. >> main concentration of this one band east of the city. this is going to be the last one. you can see off towards the
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west, nothing else is going on. most of new jersey quiet except along the coast of monmouth county. our main focus right now, we go into nassau county where the heaviest rain is. it's training in off the atlantic. this area in here from long beach on towards the north and east, hempstead, go along the l.i.e. toward oyster bay eventually. heavy downpours for a while longer. this band will shift into western suffolk county as well. it is pulling out of queens. because of all the heavy rain we've seen, we have that flash flood warning in effect for queens. all of nassau county and southwest sections of suffolk county. it will expire in brooklyn, queens. as we improve through the next hour or so as the rain continues to move east progressing. pockets of rain, most of rain east of the city. a shower can't be ruled out. temperatures back into the middle 80s. emily west is back. >> heavy delays here on the outer bridge crossing.
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the ramp is going to be closed. that is eastbound to west shore expressway from a crash involving this box truck. looks like they are backing on maybe some help just to get everything towed out of the way. right now traffic is not moving there from that ramp. that is going to be closed. still dealing with delays on the gowanus westbound at the prospect. right lane is blocked. you'll see under the overpass. a couple vehicles involved in that. flashing lights as well. a tough go trying to get everything cleared. l.i.e. westbound main street, right lane blocked with a crash. toward the clearview. the checklist looks okay. alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 5:36 now. police are searching for a man who attacked a woman in queens with an acid-like substance. police say a stranger called out to alexander a dire on wednesday near sunny side queens. when she turned around to the stranger, he allegedly tossed a
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cupful of clear liquid in her face. third degree burns. this morning, she's in the hospital and in stable condition. >> police are now releasing a photo of a woman for allegedly attacking another woman on a manhattan bound f train. the woman asked if she could move her bag so she could sit down. the suspect -- the suspect allegedly pushed her, scratched her, bit her and then pulled her hair. the victim taken to the hospital in stable condition. rockland county residents fear there is a serial arsonist in their neighborhood. there have been more than a dozen fires in the neighborhood since april. most of them centered around around a complex in pomona. at least five cars have been set on fire in that complex. including one found burning on wednesday morning. dumpsters torched as well. people are concerned about what might be next. we were nervous that perhaps the decks will go on fire.
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i just think we need a little more security here. >> just last week there was another car fire in a different complex down the road. in new jersey, investigators are piecing together the events that led to the fatal collision between an nj transit train and a car. they say now that 87-year-old drove on to the track at the crossing at first street in westwood. he then drove nearly a mile along those tracks before he was struck and hit by the train. that was behind the super stop and shop supermarket. the collision caused the car to burst into flames, killing him. the accident also shut down service on the pascack valley line for nearly four hours. >> heading out to the hamptons today on the cannonball train from penn station, you may want to leave oversize luggage at home. if they want to limit oversize luggage to the hamptons and
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montauk, to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. >> the luggage has to fit in the overhead rack or the seat and can't block the aisles. >> happening now, new york state police are ramping up efforts to catch drunk drivers. the end of summer crackdown part of a nationwide drive sober or get pulled over. beg your pardon. that's the name of the campaign. the goal is to significantly reduce deaths or injuries caused by drunk drivers. it runs through labor day. 5:39 now. ten city agencies will be part of a task force to control the topless women asking tourists for tips in times square. mayor de blasio making that announcement yesterday. police commissioner bill bratton is going to head the task force. one option is to remove the pedestrian plazas we've come to know and bring back traffic right from times square. >> now, that's a very big endeavor.
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every option comes with pros and cons. we'll look at what they will be. >> people including the times square alliance say removing the pedestrian plazas is a step in the right direction. they're not doing anything against the law. it's legal to go topless in new york. one thing to do is to make a new law to make it illegal to be topless in new york. there's constitutional challenges to that. >> there certainly would be. all right, michael. it's 5:40 on this friday morning. coming up next, track your every move. the high tech plans to improve wait times at our airports. dancing in the delivery room. we're going to show you why one woman's labor pains, there she is. so many people looking at this. this has gone viral. >> you got to be kidding me. >> that's right. said it perfectly right. >> you're watching "today in new york."
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a live look at the belt
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parkway on this rainy friday morning. it is 5:43. nice warm 75 degrees. jfk airport. now displaying wait times at security check-in lines. using a -- it's enabled by wireless beacons located in the airport. it is connected to the wi-fi if it's turned on. as the devices move through the airport, they record, encrypt and time stamp locations. that information then calculates after wait times. >> that's good. because that -- you always get that panic when you show up and see the security lines snaking out to the front door. >> yeah. i always run to the front because i'm always late. >> i'm the one. i am that person. >> my flight is in ten minutes. >> i am that person. because the security lines are so long. >> chris, this is the rare times
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when pat is not flying private. >> you know, it happens. >> g-4. >> i'm up to the 5. it doesn't exist? >> he gets there 24 hours before the flight takes off. meantime, flights may be delayed early on. things improve through time. >> seeing that west of the city. no real -- things soggy though. >> the rain comes on through. the good news, things fairly progressive. some areas, heavy rain lingering a little bit. we'll show you where in a second. that's why we have flood advisories in a second. one of them being extreme eastern monmouth county and portions of ocean county. they're moving offshore. it's exited the boroughs and in nassau county. in northwest sections of suffolk county. that's where a flash flood warning stays in effect. let's go to live radar. you can see lightning strikes offshore.
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the heaviest of the rain moving offshore of monmouth and ocean county. toms river towards brick. in a little while to go here. notice the back edge getting closer. the jackson area, will continue to dry out through the morning. up towards the north further into nassau county still coming down at a good clip from long beach to hempstead towards oyster bay beginning to make its county. this is a radar estimate of rainfall in the area. here's the bull's-eye area we've seen in the last few hours. it's put out close to 2 inches of rain south of the jfk area, 1 inch southeast sskss of queens. further to the north, starting to see improvement out of rock laund, westchester. orange and sullivan county, ulster, putnam, still heavy downpours and into the northeastern sections in fairfield, connecticut, you're seeing downpours. things should improve there in
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the next one to two hours. 74 in central park. 73 floral park and 73 white plains. not a big spread in temperatures anywhere you go. looking muggy out there, even after the rain. day planner, plan on the heaviest rain east this morning. dissipating. sun by noontime. a slight chance of a leftover shower. 86 the expected high. we get rid of this mess by 5:00 in the afternoon. clouds break up for sunshine and then gradually drier air filters in for tonight. we're looking at temperatures back into the 80s with lower humidity and a mix of clouds and sunshine. on hold the weekend, pretty good shape. could be a spotty shower or thunderstorm on sunday. i wouldn't cancel plans. 86 with storms at night. monday early tuesday. nice weather come wednesday thursday with lower humidity. low to middle 830s. emily west in for lauren. what's the latest? >> rain caused a lot of problems on the roads especially in queens. have a couple things on the l.i.e. westbound around main street, right lane blocked with
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a crash. delays past the clearview grand central eastbound. the garden center change, the -- we have a live look at that. the accident which there it is. causing some problems there. flashing lights delays, going to be able to get by there in the right lane. also let's take a live look at the outer bridge crossing where the off ramp is closed to west shore expressway from an accident involving a tractor-trailer this morning. that's where you'll find that. let me show you the delays with the outer bridge. it's going to be pretty slow. you can see the delays trying to get on to the outer bridge. it is a really heavy ride there trying to get on to the west shore expressway this morning. also the gowanus, this accident is still there westbound around the prospect. you can see the right lane is blocked. getting by with the other lanes. again, it's going to be a slow go. new disabled report in the bronx, the bruckner westbound. around hunts point avenue, that's in the left lane, slowing. 80 eastbound. vehicle fire here near elmwood
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park. the a and the d, uptown trains running local 59th to 125th. commuter checklist okay. alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. in california, the lapd's internet crimes against children task force executed a warrant at the home of gene simmons. police not talking about the investigation. but they say nobody in the household is a suspect. a publicist says it involves a crime that may have happened on the property last year while gene simmons was out on tour. in a tweet, his wife shannon tweed simmons writes, the family is horrified and calls it a heinous crime. caitlyn jenner may have another public challenge to face. the l.a. county sheriff's department says jenner's unsafe driving factored into a fatal accident that happened in malibu earlier this year. that could lead to a manslaughter charge. jenner's suv hit a lexus pushing it into oncoming traffic.
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the driver of the lexus was killed when the car was struck head-on by a hummer. hackers have posted another round of data from that cheating website, ashley madison. the latest data dump doubled the size of the previous one. it reportedly includes the ceo's e-mail address and with more user information. meanwhile, reality tv personality josh duggar is apologizing again. he reportedly had an account linked to that site. he says he was owe i'm quoting here, "the biggest hypocrite ever" while he was lobbying for conservative christian group. 5:50 now. in news for your health, a new report suggests people who wear contact lenses are putting themselves at risk for eye infections. a survey found nearly a third of the 41 million americans who wear contacts have seen the doctor because they have red or painful eyes. researchers say they get germs
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in their eyes from risky behavior, such as keeping contact cases too long or wearing contacts when you sleep. you can't be doing that. >> no. an expectant mom in boston trying@to induce labor became an internet sensation this week. >> wow. >> she's cranking up the '90s hit tootsie roll. she was trying to crank out that baby and ease her labor pains. her husband posted the video. it's been shared 50,000 times. >> leg and squat and movement. >> you have to go through the pain no matter what. you could turn that experience, something into positive, then that will be great. >> great attitude, yuki. there's the little baby boy.
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that's little koji. he came early wednesday morning. mom busted a move and popped the baby. i love that. >> wait until he's old enough to see that video. >> mom you're embarrassing me before i got here. >> congratulations. up next, we'll show you what a pair of furry escapees have police hopping around. >> you're watching "today in new york."
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well, today marks one week since a pair of jumpy pets from down underwent on the lam in arizona. >> there's a picture of boomer. an australian wal a roo. boomer's mom also missing. they escaped a private enclosure when lightning struck. an electric fence. they're closely related to kangaroos. they're staying together. wouldn't it be great if they became native. that would be incestuous. but it would be kind of cool. >> i don't think it matters. >> more on that coming up. >> it would be kind of cool. >> marlon perkins, wild kingdom.
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>> happy friday, pat. >> you too. we've got rain off the coast of new jersey. heavy showers just east of long branch. the good news is things will be improving in monmouth and ocean county. they are improving in brooklyn and queens. that's the focus of the heavy rain. that's where the street and highway flooding is of concern right now. eventually into western suffolk county. that will be the case. other than that, things start to improve pretty rapidly through the morning. a high of 86. nothing more than a stray shower or thunderstorm in this afternoon. pretty nice, partly cloudy. less humid in the upper 60s. good wallaro ofrks weather. >> what's going on, emily. >> a lot going on with the roadways. grand central parkway westbound near the kew gardens interchange. actually, it looks like the accident just moved out of the way. traffic is moving a little better. i will definitely confirm that. that is westbound. the a and the d. uptown trains run local 59 to 125th.
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a lot going on. coming up at 6:00. >> thanks, emily. the hunger games star jennifer lawrence. doesn't have to worry about hunger pangs. the oscar winner has the highest paid actress. she paid $52 million in 2015 before taxes. she made far less than the male actor. that's robert downey junior. he made an estimated $80 million this year. so there they are. the two on top. >> it's 5:57. still to come, next at 6:00 a.m. we continue to follow the breaking news out of brooklyn. a driver in custody. what appears to be a freak accident. also at 6:00 a.m., search for answers after an explosion rips through a high school building. will it reopen in time for the first day of class? that's weeks away. >> if you're about to head out the door, please take us with you. keep watching. download the "news 4 new york"
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breaking news. a freak accident leaves a woman dead and a driver in custody. what went wrong? a huge explosion rocks a high school and shatters windows and blows a hole in the building. >> a stormy start. tracking pockets of heavy rain early this morning. find out why today's forecast is far from a washout. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 6:00 a.m. on this friday, august 21st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm pat battle in for darlene rodriguez taking time off. i think we both got drenched pulling up to 30 rock. the skies opened up. there we are.al>> this is a live look here, showing you what it's like driving across the throgs neck bridge. you can see the skies look ominous there. chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, at least traffic seems to be moving decently there.
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>> not a lot of widespread flooding. may be local street and highway flooding in spots that picked up heavy downpours that lingered longer. for all intents and purposes, we came out on the upside of this mess. it's moving quickly to the east and came quicker. from tf he city on west, things are fine. i don't think you have major problems at all. monmouth, ocean county still clinging to ocean county in particular. heavier downpours. neptune as well. the heavier stuff, nassau county. this is what i'm concerned about. they've seen heavy downpours for at least the last hour to 90 minutes. it's moving slowly towards the north and east and northwest sections of suffolk county as well. that's where we have the flood warning, flash flood warning in effect. what to expect the next couple of hours? heaviest rain continues to shift east. the eastern hudson valley in long island and local street and highway flooding there. everything is progressive. shouldn't be too bad. it dries out later this morning. get back to temperatures climbing into the middle 80s.
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let's get over to emily west see if there are any problems out there. >> we have flooding on the fdr northbound grant street. the right and center lanes taken up there. weow have trouble on the outer bridge crossing. the off ramp is closed to the west shore expressway eastbound. it's causing big delays this morning. the gowanus and the prospect, that right lane is blocked westbound with that accident. you can see it's under that sign there. it's going to be a slow go trying to get around. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. breaking news from bay ridge and brooklyn. a woman died after falling out of a car in bay ridge parkway. this happened before 11:30 last night. while that car was making a turn near fifth avenue. the woman was taken to lutheran hospital but did not survive. the driver of the car is now under arrest. police believe he's her husband but they've not released either of their names. at this point, charges are
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strahan is heading to th scene. she's going to give us an update as soon as she arrives. there's an investigation under way at a bronx high school after a gas explosion left a gaching hole in the side of that building. crn'ews working on a gas line are believed to have caused that t blast. thheree workers were hurt. this happened at jfk high school in the marlboro hills section. katherine creag is there live. some of the injuries were serious, kat? >> reporter: absolutely. one construction worker received severe burns. the nypd squad car and another car doing patrols around this complex. this is a huge complex. but it's that one particular school building where there was so much damage. it is going to be a long day for engineers. we're told that they will be here building engi ers to determine if that portion of the school building is structurally sound. it's incredible for so many to see the damage left behind by the explosion. there was also a fireball that
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tore through these classrooms. the explosion happened after 8:00 at night. it's believed workers making repairs to the chemistry labs hit a gas line with a blowtorch, paramedics transported three construction workers to the hospital. one of them, the worst hurt in critical condition with severe burns. area residents saw there was an earthquake, maybe a plane crash because the explosion was so loud and they felt it. >> i was in the kitchen cooking. i live on 28th street. the whole house shook. completely. i thought the house was going to fall down. >> reporter: the third, fourth and fifth floors are decimated. several classrooms, again. but this is a huge complex. school will start on time, we're told, september 9th. the 4,000 kids who attend this high school. pat, it's unknown if that particular area of the school will be ready. back to you. >> serious days ahead for those folks in terms of planning for the school year. >> weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, we'll get into
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temperatures as well as we watch this whole thing. we have this band between the mid 70s and the high 70s, right? >> not exactly a storm cold front going on through. the humidity will eventually come down by tonight and durng the day tomorrow. at least a temporary break from that. we're seeing a break in the rain from the city on west. things quieted down and we'll stale dry the rest of the morning commute. the damage is done in some locations. however, still concerned about nassau county in particular. most of the heavy bands moved offshore. in nassau county, they're lined up for the band to move north and east. seeing it -- long beach coming down heavy. that bright red indicating heavy rainfall. cutting from hempstead to oyster bay and portions of suffolk county. that's the band we'll watch that could do damage through the morning as it continues to progress eastward. west of the city and from the city on west, we're fine. 74 degrees. back to the mid and upper 70s this morning. low 80s by noon and middle 80s, a high of 86 today with the sun making a return as well.
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emily westas returned. what's the latest? >> the fdr, first off there's a crash around houston street northbound in the right lane. the right and the center lanes taken up with flooding. also northbound on the fdr this morning. trouble with the trains, the a and the d. the uptown trains run local. your commuter checklist, which might be the way to go this morning, everything is on schedule. have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. new this morning, police want your help to find that man. he tried to rape a woman in brooklyn. take a good look at this video 6 the man police are looking for. he approached a woman from behind on church avenue an monday morning. he allegedly put his hand over the woman's mouth, pushed her to the ground. she fought back and the suspect ran off. new york city could take drastic measures to remove the topless women in times square. among those measures, digging up the pedestrian plaza. just one of the options mayor de
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blasio's newly formed task force would be looking at. the mayor says at least ten city agencies will be part of this task force led by police commissioner bill bratton. removing the pedestrian plazas, we've come to know, that is one possibility. >> now, that's a very big endeavor. like every other option, it comes with pros and cons. we're going to look at what the pros and cons would be. >> that including the times square alliance saying removing the pedestrian plazas is a step in the wrong direction. the women, remember, are not violated the law by wearing that body paint because it is legal to go topless in new york. health officials declared that the largest outbreak of legionnaires' disease in the new york city history is over. they say they've identified the source. it can be traced back to a strain found in a cooling towers at the opera house hotel. tests show that the towers are clear of the legionella bacteria. 12 people did die during that
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outbreak and more than 120 were sickened. in a statement, the opera house tells news 4 "it's particularly disappointing because our system is two years old. has the most up to date technology available and our maintenance plan has been consistent with the regulations the city and the state are putting into place." a jittery morning on wall street a day after the dow plunged to its lowest level in 18 months. landon dowdy joins us with details. >> landon, this shows the importance of china in the world economy and how it drives per perceptions perceptions. >> a tough day for wall street, you're right. another down day for the markets. weak economic data out of china. adding to investors' worries about a global slowdown. asian markets fell overnight. europe is firmly in the red this morning. wall street suffering its worst day in 18 months about the cow falling into the red for the year. the dow dropping 358 points to close down below 17,000.
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i third of the dow is in bear marketer torrey. oil prices are down near $41 a barrel. on pace for the eighth straight weekly loss. that's the longest since 1986. twitter stands out among the market losers. shares dipping below the $26 ipo price before closing at that mark. it went local in 2013. the stock lost half its value in april and 16% this months after reporting disappointing earnings. not adding that many new users. you either lost all your money or broke even if you got in. this is what happens. i caution people not to jump into these things because it will make a lot of money and maybe you don't. >> preach it. >> thank you so much, landon. we appreciate that. >> thanks, guys. have a good weekend. >> i counsel the cats at cnbc all the time, give them advice. still ahead on this friday morning on "today in new york,"
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jimmy carter begins his treatment for cancer after speaking candidly about the fight for his life. caitlyn jenner could be facing criminal charges stemming from a crash back in february. we'll have your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york."
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it is 6:13 on friday morning. here are four things to know this morning. we have breaking news in brooklyn where a woman is dead and a driver believed to be her husband has been taken into custody after a freak accident. the woman fell out of a car on bay ridge parkway. charges are pending and we have a reporter en route to the scene. an investigation is under way after an explosion at john f. kennedy high school in the marble hills of the bronx. three construction workers were seriously hurt. engineers are assessing the structural integrity of school to determine if it's safe to occupy.
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starting today, new york state police are ramping up efforts to catch drunk drivers. the end of summer crackdown part of a nationwide drive sober or get pulled over campaign. the goal, to significantly reduce the number of deaths or injuries caused by drunk drivers. if you're headed out to the hamptons on the cannonball train from penn station, may want to leave oversize luggage at home. the long island railroad wants to limit the big bags on the speedy trips to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. all the luggage has to fit in the overhead rack or under seats. you can't block the iems. aisles. >> you go to the hamptons for the weekend, you need a big bag? >> yes, several changes, matching shoes. >> it is 6:14 this morning. let's get a look at weather and traffic on the 4s starting with mr. cimino. you travel light, i guess? >> you never is ask that question of a woman, michael. you know that's not possible.
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>> not in this century. millennium. we've got a flood advisory still in effect for portions of monmouth county, northern ocean county and towards the city. most of these will be dropped shortly. nassau county out east, the flash flood warning is in effect. we're still seeing heavy downpours in that area. you can see live on the storm tracker radar, the heaviest rain moved offshore in monmouth and ocean counties. things will improve there. through the hudson valley, it's quiet. where is the action? nassau county. the heavy rain moved offshore. this is not good news. still seeing heavy downpours from long beach through central portions of nassau county. now into western suffolk county. these are rainfall estimates as you look at the radar here. they're not official reports but from the radar, they're estimating 1 to 2 inches of rain so far. gets you anywhere from the southeast shoreline of queens.
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the rain in a short period of time could put down issues in terms of street and highway flooding. there could be issues. we'll have to watch that in the morning. the heavy rain moved further -- fairfield county. in that portion of our viewing area. things are going improve with the exception being nassau county and western suffolk county. 70 to 75 covers the numbers anywhere you go. it's a warm 77 anywhere you go. >> a little cooler in places like newburgh and poughkeepsie. morning rain heaviest east now of the city. then sunshine develops, maybe an isolated shower. 86 the expected high this afternoon. the humidity starts to dry tonight. partly cloudy to clear. lower 60s in the burbs north and west much the weekend planner, pretty nice day. humidity drops, sunshine and clouds. 87 the expected high. 84 and sunny. that's the day we may see a spotty thunderstorm east of city. i wouldn't cancel any weekend plans.
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seven-day forecast shows improving weather and next week looks like the rain is monday night into early tuesday. low humidity and sunshine. temperatures in the low and middle 80s. trouble spots this morning -- we're starting to see the trouble with the trees coming down on the roadways. causing delays 287 southbound before exit 39 to route 10. also going to find delays on the garden state parkway northbound. the local lanes around exit 105. it is off to the side this crash. still going to cause problems. another accident here in woodbridge. the outer bridge crossing, the ramp that is still going to be closed, you can see it shut down eastbound to the west shore expressway. still causing some problems. delays continue on the fdr. a couple things, flooding taking over. houston street, the right lane is blocked with a crash. dealing with problems on the bruckner westbound around hunts point avenue.
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left lane taken up with a disabled. westbound at main street, right lane blocked with a crash. around union turnpike, that's out of here. the a and the d run local. 59 to 125th and alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 6:18 now. jimmy carter is revealing the aggressive course of treatment he's following to attack the melanoma that spread to his liver and brain. he's fighting it with a brand new and promising drug. >> i'll do what the doctors recommend for me to extend my life as much as possible. >> the 90-year-old has already had his first infusion of the drug. it harnesses the immune system to fight melanoma after it spread throughout the body. caitlyn jenner could face a manslaughter charge for a deadly accident in malibu, california. the l.a. county sheriff's office says jenner's unsafe driving was a factor in that crash. investigators say she was driving too fast for the road conditions.
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you may remember that jenner's suv hit a lexus and pushed it into oncoming traffic in february. the driver was killed when that lexus was struck head on by a hummer. also in california, the lapd's internet crimes against children task force searched the home of kiss frontman gene simmons. police wouldn't talk about the investigation but they say no one in the simmons household is a suspect. a publicist says it involves a crime that may have happened on the property last year while gene simmons was on tour. in a tweet, his wife shannon said the family is horrified and called it a heinous crime. 6:19 right now. still ahead on "today in new york," tracking your every move. the new high tech plan to improve our wait times when we get to our airports.
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live look at grand central parkway by laguardia airport. we have incredible video from another airport. atlanta's hartsfield jackson international. a plane struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. you see it there. now, a man happened to be taking video of the ground when that happened. a delta flight filled with passengers was struck. nobody was hurt. the plane's metal exterior is designed to distribute the electrical charge without injury or harming the plane.
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if you're an anxious flyer, if you see that, might be a cause for concern. obviously, planes are built to deal with that. as we freeze the video, look at that. >> wow. >> chris said he wants to know if there was beverage service before the takeoff. >> i would say that i think i forgot something. i have to go back to the terminal? a child. please. >> me, i'm like is that bathroom open yet? >> if everybody is safe and planes really are safe in terms of dealing with it. >> not a lot of lightning left this morning. we see a little bit to the east of us, not a lot of rain left other than right across long island. nassau county in particular. showers along the new jersey coastline. most of us have dried out. nassau county being hit pretty hard. started to slide east in western sections of suffolk county. >> traveling in that direction in particular.
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in the city, cloudy sky with rain. 73 in town. breaks down like this. rain tapers off from west to east, sun breaks out. temperatures warm up from west to east. expect a high of 86 degrees this afternoon. >> from west to east. >> hi 'em lip, how is it going? >> the trains, i'll start off with that. so many problems on the roads. the uptown a and d trains run local to 125th street. maybe the way to go this morning is the commuter rails. they -- everything is on schedule. so many problems with the roads and i'll update that at 6:30 especially that outer bridge crossing >> thank you very much. breaking news from brooklyn we've been following a freak accident. it ends in a woman's death. >> reporter: that woman was ejected from a moving car. under arrest this morning, the driver, her husband. i'm tracie strahan live in bay ridge with more on what police are telling us.
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that's coming up. >> reporter: a massive explosion shook this high school in the bronx. part of a building destroyed several classrooms, decimated. we'll be here later on, what building engineers will be looking at. if you're headed out the door, take us with you. drop us in your pocket. download the "news 4 new york" app. we're coming right back.
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breaking news. a freak accident leaves a woman dead and a driver in custody. a massive explosion rocks a high school. three people seriously hurt. today the search for answers. a stormy start. storm team 4 tracking some pockets of heavy rain. how will this impact our commute? "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. it is friday, august 21st at 6:30 a.m. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm pat battle in for ms. rodrigues taking time off. hope she's having a good week. >> show you the roads right now. the l.i.e. towards mineola right now, we're looking at the roads are wet. hopefully, they're passable. we'll check in with chris cimino
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to see how the forecast is going. chris? >> reports of 1 to 2 inches of rain in portion was queens, nassau county. there could be local street and highway flooding. those areas that tend to flood could. this is in effect until at least 7:15 in west, southwest sections of suffolk county. it ended in brooklyn. still lingering in parts of queens. for the most part, things are improving as it pulls out. you can see the heavy band of rain where it is. it's making progress slowly to the east. across most of nassau county and again making a move into suffolk county hopping aboard shortly. from the city on west, we're fine in terms of additional rainfall. it's really out to the east where it lingers a while longer up to 8:00 this morning. look for the clouds to give way to sunshine. forecasting a high of 86 degrees. a stray pop-up shower this afternoon. let's find out more about the roads with emily west.
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>> the west shore expressway, it's closed eastbound. you can see the police vehicles blocking that from an earlier accident involving a tractor-trailer. we've got delays on 78 eastbound before exit -- to route 24. a lot of problems with that accident. 287 southbound before route 10, it takes up a couple lanes and dealing with problems in westchester county on the cross county by new rochelle road. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thank you, emily. we'll start with breaking news in brooklyn, a woman killed in a freak accident on bay ridge parkway after she fell from a moving car. news 4's tracie strahan is live at the scene with more. tracie? >> reporter: lofts details coming in overnight. over the phone, police told me that the victim is 29-year-old danielle aaron son. she lived in wrook brooklyn. the driver under arrest for all of this, her husband. a 35-year-old man. yet, it's unclear exactly what happened here. let's show you video of crime
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scene detectives making the area in the rain, trying to comb the area for any clues how it happened. aaronson was in the back seat of an envoy around 11:26 last night when she was somehow ejected from t the car was making a right-hand turn to head eastbound when all of this happened. aaronson was rushed to lutheran hospital where she was pronounced dead from head trauma. they are husband is charged with driving while intoxicated. no charges related to her death so far. but the victim in this, 29-year-old danielle aaronson ejected from the back seat of an suv in this intersection where we're standing. he's not been charged with anything related to her death but he's charged with driving while intoxicated and in police custody at this hour. >> tracie, thank you. a gas explosion blew a hole through the side of a bronx high school. with the start of classes less than three weeks away, crews
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working on a gas line believed to have been responsible, three workers were hurt. this happened at jfk high school. that's where we find katherine creag with details for us, kat? >> reporter: staff members -- they're awaiting the arrival of building engineers who will be here later on to determine if part of the school building that suffered so much destruction is structurally sound much the explosion huge. it blew out windows and april fireball tore through the classrooms. the explosion happened after 8:00 at night. it is believed construction workers making repairs to the chemistry lab classrooms hit a gas line with a blowtorch. paramedics transported three construction workers to the hospital and one of them is battling. one has severe burns, the other in better condition. when the explosion happened, they've been in and out of the building. happened to be outside when the explosion happened. take a listen. >> it was a really loud explosion.
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it was like everyone could feel it. it was right there. but it felt like you could hear a pin drop. you would never know what it was. >> reporter: important to note that school will start on time, september 9th for the 4,000 students who attend jfk high school. it's unknown right now if that part of that school building, pat, will be finished on time. the hope is repairs will start today. this is a massive complex. that one school building suffered the most damage. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. reporting from us from the bronx. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. checking chris cimino. hopefully we'll get through all this and can look forward to the weekend. >> i think we have a dee september weekend headed our way. by later this morning and this afternoon, we'll be in good shape. look to the west on radar. nothing through the hudson valley and down the shore, last of it clinging to the lower end of ocean county. the main emphasis is across central long island. western nassau county, you dried out. eastern nassau county seeing
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heavy downpours. right along the coast too towards long beach on east. you go towards suffolk county, same scenario. that's where the heavy rain will be up until 8:00, 8:30. it will wind down there as well. heaviest rain shifting east. from the eastern hudson valley, it's quick. the jersey shore, most that of is winding down as we speak too. still could be local street flooding. drier later on this morning and bringing back sunshine into the picture. we'll see temperatures climbing back into the middle 80s this afternoon and again, the start of the weekend looking just as nice. details coming up in a little bit. details on th commute with emily right now. >> dealing with the flooding on the fdr. you can see how heavy it is. this is right here at grand street. two lanes are blocked. once you get around that, still this accident on houston street. that's in the right lane. you can see how slow the williamsburg bridge is. trees down reported in spots.
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a crash 78 east. exit 74. still causing delays in the lanes southbound 287 right around exit 39. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> it's 6:36 now. police in rockland county trying to determine if an arsonist is to blame for several recent fires. many of the fires have been centered around an apartment complex in the village of pomona. at least five cars set on fire. including one found burning wednesday morning. dumpsters have been torched and obviously this has residents on edge. >> we're nervous that perhaps the decks will go on fire. i just think we need a little more security here. >> there have reportedly been more than a dozen fires in the area in the last five months. police are searching this morning for a man who attacked the woman in queens with an acid-like substance. police tell us a stranger called out to alexander dire on wednesday. when she turned to face the man,
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he allegedly tosse a cupful of clear liquid in her face. she suffered third degree burns on her hands and face. she's in the hospital. she's in stable condition. police have released a photo of this woman wanted for allegedly attacking another woman on a manhattan bound x train. they say the 45-year-old victim asked if she could move her bags so the other woman could sit down. while police say the suspect didn't respond. when the victim tried to sit, the suspect allegedly pushed her, scratched her, bit her and pulled her hair. the victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition. happening today, we'll hear about new procedures put in place for visitors at the westchester county jail. this came after 13 prisoners at the jail in valhalla became seriously ill. they determined they were sickened by synthetic marijuana smuggled in. the wife of an inmate was later arrested.
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ashley madison is reeling once again. hackers released another round ever data. the latest post said to be twice the size of the previous one. it reportedly includes e-mail addresses from the executives of the company, including the ceos. meantime, josh duggar is apologizing for having an account with that site. he says he was "a hypocrite" doing that while lobbying for a christian conservative group. a new chapter in military history is being written today at ft. benning, georgia. two women will graduate from the army's elite ranger school for the first time. captain christian grease and first lieutenant shea haver endured the grueling two-month course along with 94 male soldiers. >> we didn't come with a chip on our shoulder with anything to prove. >> i came here to be a better leader and improve myself. i believe i did that.
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>> did do that. they will not be able to join the 75th ranger regiment. the military still prohibits women from serving in the infantry and in special forces. >> hopefully this might be called for a change. >> absolutely. >> we want to salute those women. that's a tough course. not a lot of men complete it. >> for sure. congratulations to them. 6:39 right now. the firefight out west. the firefighters facing the toughest conditions yet as they try to contain the raging wildfires. a dubious honor for a local airport. why it is ranked last in the country. >> that's right. at least one end of that ranking. plus, these are live pictures here. we're tracking rain moving through our area. we're on the l.i.e. heading east. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york."
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6:42 on a friday morning. happening now, people being
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forced from their homes as deadly wildfires continue to rage across washington state. officials are ordering evacuations in the town of ten as ka telling residents not to wait for a notice. they say more than 100 wildfires are burning nearly 390 nouz ,000 acres of land there. three firefighters were killed after their vehicle crashed and was consumed by flames. it is 6:43. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, one of the issues out there, the flames were not only being whipped by the winds but whipped erratically and made it hard to predict the direction the fire would go. >> unfortunately, they've been bone dry. unusually hot. we're dealing with big puddles and rain. we have our team out there. this is eddie alonzo, photog taking a shot towards oyster bay. the rain is coming down. the roads seem to be managing it well. most areas are handling it. there are some roads that are prone to flooding. we've gotten reports around the
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area in new jersey. nothing too widespread. the good news was the storms moved fairly quickly from west to east. didn't linger for too, too long. it expired in the boroughs. this flash flood warning. still in effect, nassau county and western sections of suffolk county. there's oyster bay. that's the area that we saw the live shot from. there could be flash flooding. the smaller streets tend not to drain as well. you can see everything moved offshore. m, onmouth, ocean county, lightning detected as well. even at the nassau county, it looks better than it did. places like hempstead and western sections of nassau county, rain is winding down. still coming out of a decent clip along the south shore. suffolk county, heavier showers. the area seems to be dd.sipating somewhat. this is a rainfall estimate. you can see the numbers. aou little bit over 2 inches over nassau county. same thing in interior sections
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of nassau co"ity. notice either side of that. it drops off considerably to a quarter of an inch of rain. most areas can handle this through the hudson valley. dutchess county seeing heavier rain. most of the area of fairfield county cleared out. the news is getting better and better through the morning commute. 70 to 75 the numbers in the five boroughs. some 60s cooling off in poughkeepsie. monticello 59. the cooler air penetrating behind the front. not going to get cool this afternoon. but all of this on future tracker. they start to thin out for sunshine in the afternoon. generally clear to partly cloudy sky. tomorrow not bad. clouds mix in at times. humidity comes counsel down for a little while. the showers creep back in. weus think on sunday. the could be a pop-up shower or storm. hurricane danny now -- moving to the west, northwest making a
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pass through the islands, guadalupe as a strong tropical storm and then the dominican republic late monday night into tuesday. at that point, not a lot of wind dalmage. there could be flooding rains out of it. for us the flooding issues. the heavy rain pushes east. look for a high of 86. tomorrow nice looking day. 80s with sun and clouds. spotty thunderstorms sunny, 84. rain for monday would be mainly at night we think into early tuesday morning. >> finally got here. 84as on wednesday. 84 on thursday. low humidity and some sunshine. emily west standing by. what's the latest? >> new delays on long island now, chris. you're seeing more of the rain is heading that direction. first off, you're going to find delays on the northern state parkway. take a live look at that before we get to this. 110, you'll find that left lane is going to be blocked. you can't get by with that rain. looks like one car hit that median.
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so it's partially turned around. that's where the big delays are on the northern state westbound near 110. let's get back to the fdr flooding the right and center lane blocked with a crash near houston street. the outer bridge, the exit ramp isr going to be closed. the off ramp from the outer bridge eastbound to -- still have that blocked. going to be a tough go trying to get around. it's been there all morning long. still dealing with the backups. the local lanes shall the shoulder is taken up with that meaccident. downed tree at 287 southbound near exit 39. before exit 24. get another accident. the cross county dealing with a crash here as well. eastbound by exit 10. commuter checklist is -- more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thanks very much. 6:47. laguardia airport falling to dead last in overal kel delays as compared to other major airports around the our country.
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>> how about that. fewer than 56% of flights at laguardia arrived on time through june 30th and only 70% of flights took off on te e. overall performance on arrivals and departures dropped since last year. service at newark airport improved slightly. >> explain the wait times at checkout lines. this is a tracking system they're using called blip track. it's enablsd by wireless beacons located at the rport. the beacons monitor passengers' cell phones with bluetooth or wi-fi. as the devices and presumably the passengers move through the airport, the beacons roshd the encrypted and time stamp the location. you find out how fast you're going and it calculates accurate wait times. that's the big variable. >> right. absolutely. we both know that, michael. no further comment. 6:48. coming up next, 60 years and still going strong. a little cake, brandy and a long tradition. the special celebration for one couple.
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6:51. a couple married 60 years ago in rockland county is proving that you can have your wedding cake and eat it, too. >> so celebrate their niversary every year, ann and ken fredericks take a bite of the top layer of their original wedding cake. one bite. even after 60 years, they say it doesn't taste too bad. reough they douse it with brand toy moisten it. it's in plastic wrap in a coffee can in the cupboard. seriously, not frozen? >> tastes like cake. >> it does taste like fruitcake. >> because it's ruitchoe. thl at's the deal. >> that stuff lasts forever. >>o anne's grandmother made the cake months before their wedding back in 1955. they say they eat it every year . and never gotten sick. >> that's fantastic. fruitcake is the key to a long and happy marriage.
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congratulations to them. >> the "today" show is coming nup a few minute we want to check in with matt and tamron. see what's ahead. >> good to see you both. coming up on a friday, got two big stories tied to the weather. the first hurricane of the atlantic season. so we'll be talking about where danny is headed. >>at ow b.d are the wildfires out west? for the first time, washington ystate is now ask ng for volunteers to fight the flames. we'll be there live. >> also ahead, two trailblazers. we'll hear from the first women to complete the ranger school as they get ready for today's graduation ceremony. one-on-one with baseball star alex rodriguez as we help the new york yankees honor deserving kids ne oi hope week. carly rae jepsen in concert on the plaza when we get started on a friday morning ere on "today." pat and michael, we were loabsorbing the cake story. yes, we read our tease. but in my mind i was thinking
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about that fruitcake. >> the coffee can. >> it's ridiculous. first of all, i hate fruitcake. >> except for that cute couple. >> it's romantic, but i hate fruitcake. >> don't you freeze the slice? i think i should have done this. you freeze the slice of your cake. >> the top layer. that's it. >> your first anniversary, then it's over, right? >> that coffee can, man? after about a year, that tastes not like fruitcake. that tastes like chicken. >> all right, guys. we've got a fruitcake coming right to matt after this. thanks so much. >> we're coming right back witr today's top stories and a check of your weather and traffic.
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we want to recap the top stories. breaking news in brooklyn where a freak accident leaves a woman dead and her husband in custody. >> news 4's tracie strahan is live in bay ridge with details on this. tracie, what happened? >> reporter: police confirmed to us, pat, that 29-year-old danielle aaronsen was ejected from the back of a moving car. all of this happeni on bay ridge parkway around 11:30 last night. aaronsen was in the back seat of a 2002 gmc enjoy when it happened. her husband now under arrest. a 35-year-old man charged with driving while intoxicated. but nothing in relation to her death. she was pronounced dead at lutheran hospital. died from head trauma. we're trying to figure out exactly how this all happened. back to you.
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tracie, thank you for that. want to go to katherine creag. she's at a high school in the bronx that was rocked by an explosion. >> reporter: police officers are arriving here, more school, staff members on the scene. it is expected building engineers will be here later on to determine if that part of the school building that suffered so much destruction structurally sound. it was a massive destruction that -- bricks went flying and it happened after 8:00 at night. it is believed that construction workers making repairs to the chemistry lab hit a gas line with a blowtorch. three workers hurt, one critically. school will start on time september 9th. that portion of the school building badly damaged, not sure if that will be ready. new york city could take drastic measures to remove the topless women operating in times square. it mean digging up the pedestrian plazas. it's one of the options mayor de blasio's newly formed task force is looking at.
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many including the times square alliance. removing the pedestrian plazas would be a step in the wrong direction. all righty. it is time for a final look at weather and traffic. let's start with emily. you've got flooding issues. >> flooding on the northern state parkway. let's take a live look near 106-7. the exit ram presidents, ps in both directions closed. under the overpass, very high water. everybody will be directed off on the exit ramps there. you said that happens on the northern state parkway. you get a lot of that flooding. it comes up from the drains. it just does not go down. look at all those people stuck there. that's going to be both ways. we have a crash westbound on the northern state near 110. >> thanks very much. chris, once again to show you how localized the problems can be. >> nassau to suffolk county, the rain continues to move eastward bound. it is weakening. eventually the problems that you're seeing out there will improve with time as we go
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through the morning commute. then we look for sunshine to develop. 86 today. 87 tomorrow with sunshine. nothing more than a spot thunderstorm on sunday. the weekend looks warm and summery. >> on a roll. thank you, chris. thanks for joining us on this friday morning. the "today" show is next. >> that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning. overwhelmed. officials in washington state do something they have never done before, asking for volunters to help battle wild fires. one community mourning three heroes who lost their lives in the fight as more than 100 fires still burn in what has !ecome one of the worst seasons ever. in demand. donald trump moves a rally planned tonight to an arena from a stadium while a judge blasts hillary clinton over her use of
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ivate e-mail server. criminal case? investigators determine caitlyn jenner was driving too fast for co itions which she w involved in a car accident that killai a woman. could she be charged with manslaughter. and pool party. six, count them, six black bears take over a backyard swimming pool. and we're going to need some more chlorine today, friday, gust 21st, 2015. from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauere and savanah guthrie live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. savannah is off. tamron is here. that would be the end of my swimming season there. >> those bears are very, very cute. >>ur that's the result of the heat wave here in the northeast this
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week, bears swimming in back yards. >> that will put a smile on your face. also carly rae jepsen warming up on the plaza. a nice crowd out there to see her. a lot of fun and bears. you don't get that everywhere. >> we'll be outside in a little while. let's start with two major stories tied to the weather. high temperatures make for another difficult day for crews battling wild fires. in the atlantic danny is churning. first miguel almaguer has drastic measures being taken to fight wildfires in washington state. >> reporter: calling in help from as far as new zealand and australia and asking for volunteers, anyone with

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