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after superstorm sandy. >> reporter: kerry, indeed. first, let's give you the conditions of what's going on around here. it is windy, and it's not raining hard, but it's raining enough that it's actually raining sideways. we feel like drowned rats out here. as you talk about what's happened since sandy, this very boardwalk that i'm standing on, it's new. also, what's going on out here on the beaches, sand dunes have been built up. there are aluminum panels as well to keep the water back. those are new from beach 127th to beach 149th streets. as for the preparation for this weekend, what subway workers ended up doing in manhattan and some other places around the city, they covered subway grates to prevent flooding. also on staten island, residents signed up with community volunteers who would help them evacuate their homes if needed. we're also getting rainy weather right now. communities that were hit hard by sandy are worried about this weekend as well. what will the storms bring? mayor de blasio had this to say about being prepared.
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take a listen. >> it's important for people to be prepared and to have information in addition to notify nyc. >> reporter: have emergency kits, have food that's not perishable. that's what the city is saying. also, we want to give you a live look at this boardwalk. it's new. the city has build nearly a mile of elevated boardwalk. it's designed on to d ed to be stronger in a storm. those dunes we were talking about, six miles of dunes. one of them is right here. you can tell how high it is. again, the conditions right now, windy and rainy. back to you. >> so windy. i noticed it driving in this morning. kat, thank you. all right. now we want to check in with chris. i want to say overall, what a change from last friday and the weather we had last week to this week, right? >> we're talking about payback. guess what, this is a week that turned out to be ugly and nasty, and the worst is yet to come. rain covering a large portion of
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the area. it's generally a light rain. doesn't feel like a light rain when it's turned sideways by 30 and 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts. the rain will also pick up in intensity. it's on and off rain, windy, chilly out there. we don't get out of the 50s. coastal flooding concerns and beach erosion possible as well. the good news about joaquin, part two of this weather, we're talking about that system probably moving safely out to sea. we've got a high wind advisory in effect. monmouth, ocean county. we could see gusts approaching 50 miles an hour. that's for today into tonight. elsewhere, gusts of 30, 35, maybe close to 40. we have coastal flood advisories and warnings in effect. the warning areas, there could be minor to moderate flooding and property damage possible right along the immediate coast. that's what we're going to have to watch. for the most part, the day planner, it's just a wet, soggy, windy day and chilly with temperatures no better than the mid-50s. we'll look at rest of the forecast in a second.
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look at the roads and rails right now. here's lauren. >> good morning. we have signal problems out there affecting the a and rockaway park shuttle. no a trains right now between broad channel and far rock rockaway-mott avenue. you can also expect delays in both directions. the mta suggests you use the q-53 limited bus as an alternate option. we have fast track may not intenance on the e. shuttle bus service is in place. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. >> all right, lauren. just a note for our viewers, you can get update on the commute and forecast any time you need to on plus, make sure you have our nbc 4 new york app as we track this severe weather. you can also get severe weather alerts sent to your smartphone. just click on the preferences tab in the weather section. it is 4:37 now. more on the mass shooting at a community college campus in oregon. witnesses say the gunman asked
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students their religion and specifically targeted the ones who responded they were christians. nine people were murdered before the gunman was shot and killed during a confrontation with police. natalie pascrell la has more. >> i'm just in shock. my heart hurts for the people that have passed. >> reporter: students and an entire community distraught after a mass shooting on their college campus. hanna miles was there in the middle of the chaos at umpqua college. >> somebody is outside one of the doors shooting through the door. there is a female in the computer lab. we do have one female that has been shot at this time. >> reporter: miles says she, her teacher, and classmates confused took off running. >> i turned around and looked and could just see people pouring out of the buildings. no one knew what was going on. then we hear three or four more gunshots. everybody just looked at each other. >> reporter: the rampage lasted about ten minutes until police made contact with the shooter,
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>> exchanging shots with him. he's in a classroom. >> code 4, the suspect is down. >> our victims and families of our victims are our priority. everything that we do from here on will be for them. >> reporter: the president says the country mourns with them. >> america will wrap everyone who's grieving with our prayers and our love. >> reporter: but aired frustration, saying he's had to stand here before too many times. >> my response here at this podium ends up being routine. the conversation in the aftermath of it, we've become numb to this. >> reporter: he told americans, thoughts and prayers are not enough, that action needs to be taken to toughen laws. >> i hope and pray that i don't have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my
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>> and this morning on the "today" show, natalie morales will have a live report from roseburg, oregon. it's coming up at 7:00 a.m. right after "today in new york." we're waiting for details on the crash of a u.s. military transport plane in afghanistan. it's a c-130 that went down in an airfield in the eastern part of that country. six american airmen were killed. so were five civilian contractors. the taliban is claiming they shot this plane down, but there is no sign of enemy fire. the crash is under investigation. 4:40 now. police on long island are still sorting out the details after a woman was found dead in her suffolk county home. police responded to a 911 call at about 2:00 yesterday afternoon. we're told they were prepared to make a forced entry into the home, but a resident came out of the house. officers went inside. they found the victim. so far, nobody is under arrest. police in brooklyn say they want to find the man in this
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surveillance video. they say he raped a woman in august, and they now believe he tried to rape another woman. police say last month he assaulted -- tried to assault, we should say, a 29-year-old woman in a parking lot. she resisted. the man took off on a bicycle. back in august, he allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman in an alley. more baruch college fraternity members now facing hazing charges. 11 men were arraigned. right now 26 people are charged in relation. that number should eventually grow to 37 with five men facing murder charges. happening today, the city plans to screen the elderly and uninsured in the bronx for legionnaires' disease. they're going to do it for free. top elected officials held a town hall meeting in morris park last night. bronx borough president
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everything possible to make the area safe. so far one person has died, 13 have been infected in the latest outbreak. inspectors have found legionella bacteria in 15 cooling towers. still ahead, another massive data breach. why your cell phone plan could determine if your personal information was stolen. and later, a report on the nypd's use of force. we'll tell you how police commissioner bratton responded as he laid out some new guidelines for officers. and of course very iortant this morning, your weather and traffic on the 4s straight ahead.
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4:44 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. looking at the hamilton bridge, traffic moving nicely. we have a lot to talk about with joaquin and the weather. chris, sign of the times. the cafe is now an ice rink.
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>> i just took a look behind me at this picture. the ice is back. the ice has come. >> the ice is back. >> it's all over. that makes official. >> people enjoy it. >> they'll do a lot of hydroplaning on that later today. the temperatures are chilly. we've cooled down to the 50s in the city. generally mid and upper 50s this morning. the ice is there. soon enough we'll be singing under a christmas tree. we have a couple systems to deal with. we have coastal flood advisories in effect in all the areas shaded in green. there could be minor flooding there. the areas in red, it is a warning. there along the coast, there could be beach erosion as well and moderate damage, minor to moderate damage at times of high tide later this morning and tonight. high wind, that's going to be another issue. high wind advisories for
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monmouth, ocean county. farther into new jersey, it's a high-wind warning. gusts approaching 50 miles per hour there. that could do a little damage. the damage being caused by this. this is a low-pressure system. this is not joaquin. joaquin is over here. high pressure to the north and west. the deference between the two pressures, we've got clockwise winds around the high, counterclockwise around the low. really squeezing the air into a smaller area. that increases the wind speed. you're also getting a prolonged fetch of east to northeast winds. that's going to pile up the surf. wind, rain, coastal flooding. similar weather to what you would get with a nor'easter, caused by the pressure difference. has nothing to do with joaquin. that's a separate system. joaquin looks like the track is going to be further out to the east now, trending further and further east each and every computer run. that's good. no direct impacts at this point anticipated from this storm. we should see improving weather as we go through later sunday into early next week. good news there. in terms of the storm we're dealing with now, what to expect, we'll break it down for
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along the jersey shore, one to two, plab maybe locally higher amounts in terms of rainfall. gusts to 50 miles per hour. waves really building. we're talking 10 to 16-foot waves. the barrier islands out here as well. significant beach erosion a possibility. city and suburbs, moderate impact. we're talking about an inch or so of rain, gusts of 30 to 40 miles an hour possible with coastal flooding at times of high tide. further north and west, a lower impact. not nice weather, but a lower impact. half inch to an inch of rain. gusts 20 to 30 miles an hour and chilly temperatures. across long island, an inch or so of rain possible. you're out closer to the water. gusts to 45 miles an hour. waves 10 to 16 feet possible. coastal flooding. but the good news is as we go through the weekend, things will slowly improve. the rain will get lighter by tomorrow. it's chilly in the 50s. maybe a leftover shower on sunday.
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otherwise looking for a high of 62. next week, as long as joaquin stays out to sea, we're sitting pretty, especially come tuesday, wednesday, and thursday with temperatures in the low 70s and partly to mostly sunny skies. meantime, wet roads, big puddles in some spots. let's see if there are any >> a couple problems on the roads. we'll head to the fdr drive, where an accident just came in. the northbound lanes before 106th street. it takes out two lanes. an area to avoid. then we have an accident that shuts down the ramp from 287 southbound to the new jersey turnpike. that could be out there for a while. we'll head to toms river where on the garden state parkway southbound, the exit ramp to 82 a fallen tree. if you are getting on the subways, some signal problems on the a and rockaway park shuttle. service suspended on the a between broad channel and far rockaway.
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channel and rockaway beach 106th streets. one-hour delays on arrivals at all area airports. more weather and traffic ahead. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 4:48 right now. the pentagon and russia's military now talking, hoping to avoid disaster in the skies over syria. for a second day now, russian military jets are striking targets in western syria. the russians insist that they're eye to eye with the united states and they're fighting isis. but u.s.-backed rebels who oppose syrian leader bashar al assad say they're the ones being targeted. the white house calls the russian air strikes indiscriminate. at the u.n., tough words from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he's condemning the nuclear deal with iran. he compared iran to a tiger that is now unleashed and unmuzzled. but he refused to criticize president obama's acceptance of the deal. instead he called it a disagreement within the family.
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stared at the general assembly members. 4:49 now. police hav arrested a 24-year-old man for a shocking attack on an elderly woman in washington heights. surveillance video hows a 96-year-old woman appearing to use her company to try and block the man from getting into her building. then the suspect throws the door open. you see him shove that woman to the ground. police say she broke her hip when she fell. it happened monday on nagel avenue. neighbors say they can't understand why this elderly woman would be attacked. >> that lady, she don't bother nobody. she's always here. >> she was very nice. i can't imagine why anybody would attack her. >> police have charged 24-year-old hansel ramirez. the woman will recover in the hospital. moving to new jersey right now, the rutgers football player arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman now would
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like his indefinite suspension lifted. his attorneys say they want his suspension lifted so he can play while his case is pending. the trial isn't expected to start until mid-november. police say he slammed a woman on to the concret following a game last month. coming up on 4:51. a consumer alert for anyone who may have tried signing up with t-mobile in the last two years. hackers have stolen the social security numbers and other personal information of up to 15 million people who applied for t-mobile service. this is all the way between 2013, september of that year, and september of this year, 2015. the data breach targeted the credit reporting agency experian and the company t-mobile uses to conductycredit checks on potential customers. they're now offering free credit monitoring. >> it's every other day i feel like we have this. you can't get away from it. the age in which we live. it is 4:51. still to come, a major retailer
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welcome back. it's 4:54. take a look at what's sure to be the internet's next meme. it's a mountain lion on top of a telephone pole. this bizarre image captured in the southern california town. the wildcat has also been spotted roaming the streets and th yards, looking likely for food and water. officials have warned residents they're to keep a safe distance, which will be very easy to do if this thing stays atop the pole. but it likely won't. not a lot of food and wateraup there. >> absolutely not. 4:54 right now, weather and
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ris, didn't quite grasp all this lousy weather we're having is not from joaquin. >> that's what we've been trying to stress. it's two separate entities. nonetheless, it's nasty. going to be a rough 24 hours. we have the latest track in. i'll get to that in a second. the weather headlines, it's on and off rain, windy, chilly, raw. coe.astal flooding concerns, especially along the jersey shore. could get rough there later this afternoon. joaquin stays safely out to sea. here's the latest from the hurricane center. winds of 130 miles an hour. it's pounding the central bahamas, unfortunately, and not moving very quickly. watch the projected path further east. well off the coast. it parallels the coast. that should keep us out of harm's way. that's good news. i think we can all let out a collective sigh. meantime for today, not so nice. windy, chilly, 55. that's it. periods of rain. i think the rain gets steadier and heavier, especially into the
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evening hours between 6:00 and midnight. a low tonight in the upper 40s. there will be some local street and highway flooding. i think the coastal flooding will be the major concern, especially along the jersey coast. >> they're getting ready as best they can. >> i think joaquin kind of gave them a heads up. so we're prepared. >> all right. thank you. >> we're already seeing is winds at the jersey shore. we have some downed poles and accidents in that area. be careful. we have the bronx river parkway shutdown southbound between bronx river road and oak street. then we're going to take a live look outside at the fdr drive, where northbound out by 106th street you have an accident blocking two lanes there. you can see just one lane getting by. it's quite a slow ride. these are our two biggest problems right now. we have some more. i'll have them coming up. >> lauren, thank you very much. the nypd announcing new guidelines for the use of force by its officers. starting january 1st, officers will have to file a report every time they use force. officers will also be required to intervene if they see excessive force being used byg other officers.
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new rules were announced hours after critica ra t from the department's ihipector general. he claimed the nypd was in the dark ages when it came to keeping track of when force is used. >> it's an outrageous comment. this department is nothing close to being in the dark ages. >> our use of force policy tells us things we can't do. don't do this, don't do that. our new policy is going to give ficers guidance about what they can doo the officers will also get new training on how to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations. people charged with crimes in new york city may no longer have to spend years in jail because they can't afford bail. this is actually a follow-up on a story we first brought you yesterday. judges will now review these cases and look to see whether the bail is set too high. in manhattan, people charged with lesser crimings could automatically be released with electronic monitors. new york state's chief judge announced these changes yesterday, calling the system
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former uber driver is trying to organize a nationwide strike against the ride-sharing company. abe hussein drove for uber in kansas city. he's asking people to strike the weekend of october 16th. he also wants them to create fake rider accounts and request rides, causing a wild goose chase. that plan could be illegal. >> some say it might be unethical or not playing by the rules, but uber doesn't play by the rules. >> it could have criminal potential. potential interference with other people's business is a civil law. >> hussein quit driving for the company. he claims the drivers are not paid enough. all right. it is coming up on 5:00. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now.
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right now, a new advisory on hurricane joaquin. it's just released moments ago. we're keeping a closer watch, though, on another powerful storm that could cause major problems for parts of our area. also, a horrifying shooting at a college campus. we're now learning about the gunman who left nine people dead and several others injured. and it's another possible step forward for a new hudson river tunnel. we'll tell you what's happening right now. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this friday, october 2nd. i'm michael gargiulo. >> it's a little rainy out there. i'm kerry barrett in for darlene rodriguez. >> to say the least. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. really, it's buft feting out there for some people, depend wrg ing where they are. >> the wind and rain will be on the increase. the good news about joaquin, that's the circulation you see down here. the trend is keeping it further and further offshore. unfortunately, this one is not further and further offshore. it's right up against the ghost.
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that's another low-pressure area, another storm that will move up the coastline over the next 24 hours. increasing east to northeast wind with increasing rainfall. wind advisories in effect. gusts could approach 50 miles per hour at times. all areas could see gusts between 30 and 40. then the coastal flooding threat through sunday. at times of high tide, minor flooding in the city, long island, and the western flank of long island sound. could get minor to moderate. more severe flooding potentially. not only today but tomorrow. maybe even sunday. day planner, plan on a windy day, a chilly day, and a wet day. on and off showers likely. a high temperature only back into the mid-50s. i know i was on a couple overpasses this morning, and i had to hold on to my s ering wheel.othat cross wind is rough already. >> yeah, we're seeing winds out there and some problems. we have some downed power cables
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by the jersey shore. be careful as you head out the door. an accident investigation on the bronx river parkway. this shuts it down southbound between bronx river road and oak street. we also have an accident on the fdr drive. we'll take a live look. rthbound right before 106th street. an accident shuts down two lanes. just one lane getting by right now. southbound moving along fine, but we'll see a lot of problems for the commute today. more weather and traffic coming up. right now, the wind and rain is battering the jersey shore. tracie strahan is in belmar. you're really feeling it there. >> reporter: michael, it's hard to believe that this isn't the weather that offndials are worried about here on the shore. vernor christie will actually be here later this afternoon to survey these sand dunes b ind me. check them out. several feet tall, and they're really here to thwart off any flooding that could come to the area. residents are still worried about what's to come. the crews didn't waste any time putting these up. they built these sand dunes a
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couple days ago, well ahead of any potential storm this weekend. belmar's mayor said they've pumped out water in both silver lake and lake como, all to mitigate against homes flooding in the area. and there's a steel wall that protects the really fragile stretch of sand at the shore. governor clips hristie is urging residents to prepare and not to panic. >> there will be people who will feel an enormous amount of stress. >> everybody is scared because you just don't know. if be we don't get ready, it's going to hit us hard again. >> reporter: a lot of people still a little shell shocked after sandy, but they're keeping a close eye on the forecast. let's bring you back live now to belmar beach. you can see the rain coming down down sideways. the wind has died down slightly, if you can believe it, michael. again, it's hard to believe this about. the floodingutn this area sti a major concern.
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back to you. h>> all right. tracie, thank you very much. > 5:02 right now, new york city official urging residents to be on alert for high winds and coastal flooding. katherine creag is in rockaway beach, where the repairs from superstorm sandy are still going on three years later. >> reporter: yeah, certainly is happening still. construction out here, this boardwalk we're standing on brand new, kerry. also, we want to show you just the weather conditions. here's the beach. it is windy. it is rainy out here. it is also very cold. just in preparation, we want to show you what's also been done here. the sand dunes. they have been bfalt up, and there are also aluminum panels to keep the water back. very cold and very windy. a lot of people bracing for what the weather will be like today. also, in preparation of what this weekend might be, what subway workers ended up doing, they covered subway grates in


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