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live pictures here. where flames spread to multiple homes. plus, back to the classroom at a school where a mystery odor sent students to the hospital. and crystal clear video of men terrorizing a local business. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, december 16th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino here now with the forecast. chris, good morning. >> good morning, guys. michael, don't panic. it's now in the 40s. 49 degrees. no more 50s. some of the suburbs to the north in the 40s. these numbers are still above normal for this hour for this time of the year. we're down to 49 now in the park. mid-40s central new jersey and down the jersey shore, generally in the upper 40s. a lot of clouds early, especially west of the city.
and thicken toward the evening. temperatures topping off no better than the low 50s this afternoon. let's find out about the commute. here's emily. >> the road work did clear on the fdr. 116th into the 60s. but in new jersey, still this construction on the car lanes. closures on the turnpike from interchange 14 down to 9. mass transit is the way to go today. gridlock alert day in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. we want to get to that breaking news in new jersey where a fire spread to three homes overnight. the firefighters are still there on dekalb avenue in jersey city. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is there. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, michael. a couple updates for you. we know there were four homes affected. still getting estimates on how many people that involved. we are hearing it could be up to 30. as i step out of the picture right now, get you a look at what's going on, they're mopping up hot spots right now. we did speak to neighbors and
we spoke with a mother and daughter who say they feel incredibly lucky to have made it out safe and sound. >> i love my mom. >> reporter: all right. the fire, as i mentioned, is out right now. thankfully, no injuries whatsoever. new video of these flames as they broke out at about 3:00 this morning. neighbors tell us they smelled a strong odor at about midnight. they all looked around their homes, didn't see anything, they went back to bed. they woke up again a little bit later. the smell had grown stronger. that's when one of the residents said that it looked ed ed like the ceiling of her bedroom was glowing. >> i saw like red lines. she just started yelling. she was getting everybody out. she was like, come out, come out. i was scared. i started crying. then they made us get out and that's when they started breaking everything. >> reporter: okay.
spots, as i mentioned. thankfully the fire is out at this point. still about five or six fire trucks out here. it is a really narrow road, which made fighting this a little difficult. the red cross is headed to the scene to provide shelter for some of these families who need it. we're still not sure how many will be allowed back in, whether some of them will be possibly allowed back in tonight. that's still being assessed. the fire chief says they are investigating still. no word, though, exactly on what caused this. we'll keep you updated. >> kerry, thank you very much. right now police on long island are trying to find the vehicle of a stolen vehicle that allegedly killed a man in a hit-and-run crash. around 6:20 p.m. yesterday, his vehicle was struck by a chevy trailblazer. the driver of the trailblazer, which was reported stolen last week, took off on foot.
york city council expected to pass stiffer penalties for hit-and-run drivers. before the vote, the mother of luis bravo will be speaking about her loss. bravo was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago. the new laws would fine repeat offenders $20,000 and would require the nypd to expand reporting hit-and-run crashes to the city council and the public. police in queens have arrested a suspected copy cat arsonist. police releasing surveillance video of the man suspected of setting three trash can fires outside the 112th precinct station house in forest hills. the 36-year-old is now charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and arson. police do not believe he's responsible for the seven recent arsons of nearby homes in forest hills. 5:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. heading over to chris cimino. good morning. >> good morning. temperatures slowly sliding back
while it is cooler today, not normal. normal high temperature is about 43. we're still above normal. there will be patchy morning clouds out there as well. also, some sunshine at times. i think from late morning through the midday hours is our best chance of sunshine before the clouds roll back in. it's cooler but above normal. spotty drizzle could arrive by tonight. we've slipped into the upper 40s now in the city. a touch cooler out there. you'll notice a difference stepping out this morning compared to the last couple mornings. high temperature in the low 50s. let's find out if there are any trouble spots for the commute. here's emily. >> subways and path trains back to normal. everything else is looking okay too. with your buses, a couple detours. b-15, q-10, and q-83. alternate side, meter rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. it's coming up on 5:06.
an nypd detective is marking the one-year anniversary of his murder by launching a foundation in his name. the detective raphael ramos foundation will provide several services, including financial support for the families of slain officers. detective ramos and his partner were gunned down in their patrol car last year. today classes resume at a long island high school where mystery fumes made students and staff sick. it happened at west babylon high school in suffolk county and forced the school to send everyone home early. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at the school right now. kat, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. students admitted to us this was absolutely frightening. they didn't know what was going on. they just saw that their classmates were sick. very important to note that school does return today. school will be open. classes resume, but this is what it looked like yesterday around midday. emergency crews all over the campus. they were attending to dozens of
those who became ill told paramedics they felt dizzy, had a sore throat. around midday yesterday, firefighters evacuated the school after a report of fumes had made dozens of people sick. 36 students and several staff members went to the hospital. students tell us an emergency like this had never happened here. >> scary. it's really scary. i don't really think that should happen. it's really scary. >> it was a really strong burning smell. >> everybody didn't know what was going on, so we had to get out of the building. >> reporter: and this is a large school, 1300 students attend it. again, school is happening today. after-school activities also. the police department reaching out to the public, saying if you know of anything to come forward with information. back to you, darlene. >> katherine, thank you. this morning, classes are going to be back in session in los angeles following that terror threat yesterday.
after receiving a threatening e-mail from someone claiming to be a bullied high school scene your who is a radical muslim. it made mistakes in its references to islam. new york city schools got a similar e-mail from the same i.p. address. new york deciding that threat wasn't credible. commissioner bratton says l.a. overreacted. l.a.'s mayor says he didn't know about the e-mail to new york. >> what we would be concerned with is overreacting to it. we'll stay aware. we will stay involved. but at all cost, we cannot start overreacting. >> anybody who definitively says they know what this is at this hour, they may be right in the future. >> los angeles officials say they consulted with the fbi, but they weren't given advice one way or the other. federal officials say they told l.a., keep their schools open. happening now, police in brooklyn trying to catch an alleged subway stalker. a 15-year-old girl took this
she says he followed her and grabbed her twice in the last week. the girl says the man wanted her to leave the station with him. when she refused, he ran off. and it's probably the clearest security video we've seen in a while. it shows a robbery at a cell phone store. here you see two gunmen at a sunday. they forced two employees and a customer into a back room. they made one worker and customer get on the ground while the other employee loaded a bag with cell phones and cash. if you recognize these men, call police. topping today's money report, everybody on wall street is going to watch an important meeting that's going to make place in washington. today the fed chair janet yellen is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. that could cause the stock markets to lose some ground, and it could also mean higher interest rates on things like car loans and home mortgages. kohl's killing off a holiday shopping marathon. the department store planning to
day during the final stretch before christmas. bargain hunters and procrastinators can shop around the clock. the stores are going to stay open for 170 straight hours. it starts 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. they'll stay open until 6:00 christmas eve. >> before work, we can just pop in and pick up some stuff really quick. hey, good morning. all right. 5:10 right now. facebook taking on another popular site. the new feature that's being tested. donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. that's not going to happen. and i do have the strength. >> plus, some fireworks from the final republican presidential debate of 2015. and your weather and traffic
honor of police officer christopher goodell. he died last year when a tractor trailer hit his patrol car while he operated a radar detector. today, homeland security secretary jeh johnson unveil and explain a new terror threat warning system. facebook testingsing out a new feature that directs people to reviews of local businesses. it's a step towards competing with popular sites like yelp and angie's list. starting off on this wednesday morning a little cooler than recent mornings. we're in the upper 40s in the city. the weather headlines, we'll see a mixed sky today. indeed, a cooler feel than recent days. rain heading our way for tomorrow. a chilly but dry weekend before temperatures get warmer again next week. meantime, out east across suffolk county, 44 in wading river. most folks out here between 40
in the city, it's upper 40s. through central new jersey, mid to upper 40s doing it. even a few upper 30s showing up. nothing going on nearby weather-wise other than just low cloud cover. here's our next weather maker sitting across the midwest. it's a cold front that will press eastward and bring us rain tomorrow. you can see the clouds continue to erode from the northeast to the southwest. that's why it's cooler across long island with that clear sky. they lost the heat a little bit. again, we'll see the clouds break up. we should see sunshine at times today, especially the first half of the day. notice the clouds start to fill in to the south and east. it all moves in over the evening hours. could also see some spotty drizzle. tomorrow, lots of clouds around. i think the morning commute may be just a little damp. no real rain of consequence. then by 2:00, the rain kind of knocking on the door of the city. the heavier showers off to the
they slide on through during the evening commute. that's when it looks like we'll see our heaviest rain. that slides east of us. clouds early friday will give way to the return of sunshine for friday afternoon. it's a changeable sky today. a little cooler, 52. tonight, some spotty drizzle and light rain. 46, midtown. near 40 in the northwestern suburbs. the big push of rain it for tomorrow. heavier showers later in the afternoon. mild again tomorrow. a high temperature of 57 degrees. seven-day forecast shows while we slip down in temperature, 51 on friday with clouds giving way to sun and colder on saturday, low 40s. 40s for sunday with sunshine. we're back to the mid and upper 50s by tuesday of next week. by then, it will officially be winter. doesn't really seem to matter, emily. >> not at all. still trying to get in that festive feeling. here's where you are not going to have very good feelings with the van wyck expressway. a closure from a serious crash. that is all lanes shut down between jewel avenue to the union turnpike ramp.
going to find that closed due to this accident. otherwise, we do have some construction. let's look at the l.i.e. over the grand central parkway. two lanes blocked right now. doesn't seem to be causing too big of delays. yesterday we saw a big backup. a live look at the alexander hamilton bridge this morning. not bad at all. that earlier road work has cleared. still have a little bit of road work on the fdr southbound between 71th to 63rd. still a couple lanes blocked. you can see some minor delays there. alternate side, meter rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. it is 5:17 right now on this wednesday morning. now to decision 2016 and the race for the white house. the republican candidates faced off in another debate. this time donald trump was not the only one throwing barbs. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with reaction this morning. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, darlene.
we had cruz versus rubio. the big news came at the end when trump said for sure that he's going to stick with the republican party. he will not run as a third-party candidate. and he will support whoever the nominee turns out to be. this morning we are tracking social media reaction and online polls, all pointing to donald trump. >> this is a tough business to run. >> you're a tough guy, jeb. i know. >> we need to have a leader that's -- >> real tough. >> you're never going to be president of the united states by insulting your way to the presidency. >> reporter: donald trump and jeb bush captured the top moments on social media. >> it was a great debate. i really enjoyed it. >> reporter: next to trump, ben carson not the most new followers on twitter last night, weighing in on isis and syria. >> there will be boots on the ground. and they'll be over here. >> reporter: ted cruz came in number two on social media. he clashed with marco rubio on immigration and national security.
amnesty and not to secure the border. >> does ted cruz rule out ever legalizing people? >> he's the one for an open border that's leaving us defenseless. >> if your eyes are glazing over like mine, this is what it's like to be on the floor of the united states senate. >> reporter: islam, isis, and terror were the most discussed topics. >> we need to have a coalition that will stand for nothing less than the total destruction of isis. >> reporter: this morning, kasich heads to iowa. the caucuses now just 46 days away. and how interesting is this. the candidate who picked up the most twitter support during last night's republican debate was democrat bernie sanders. >> all right. i guess that says a lot, tracie. thank you so much. meanwhile, four of the republicans running for president are lower in the polls than they were in the earlier
those candidates asked about donald trump's proposal to ban muslims temporarily from entering the united states. >> donald trump continually demonizes and demeans millions of americans. >> i am sorry he does not represent us. >> but we also have to protect this country from those who want to harm us. >> democrats are up next to debate. that will happen this saturday in new hampshire. the bench of monmouth university's men's basketball team is showing everyone how to celebrate. last night they were up to their antics again with new nifty moves. check it out. they did the soccer airplane, little knee dancing. that of course mimics the painting on sop of the sistine chapel. there it is. >> so great. >> the celebrations were part of their win over georgetown. 83-68. a little fun. >> that is fantastic. >> that's what you do after the show.
>> you and chris do the michael anglo. >> i have a hat with wings on it. okay. 5:20 right now. which bus line is the slowest in new york city. plus, a new resident has moved no new york city. the park that's now home to a bald eagle. >> joey the bald eagle. a real new yorker. and why our higher temperaturesing mean some deeper discounts when you're going out to buy clothing.
welcome back. 5:23. 49 degrees. looking at the belt parkway. >> well, it's the award no one wants to win. the annual schleppy and pokey awards. this year's award went to the m-66 line. the group says the crosstown bus was the slowest of the lines surveyed. it clocked in at just over 3 miles per hour at noon on a weekday. the m-1, m-101, 102 and 103 buses all tied for this year's schleppie, the least reliable bus lines in the city. >> fabulous area. east side of manhattan. >> so just that alone. the view is nice. >> the rue view is nice. >> it's got to be on time though. >> this unusually warm weather,
season for retailers. >> many retailers say their racks are filled with winter clothing that's gone unsold. they blamed the warm weather for slumping holiday sales. this could benefit bargain hunters. some say they'll have to offer big discounts town load their winter inventory. yes, for us shoppers. >> there you go. everyone will put off buying those winter jackets until it's like 13 degrees. >> then the mad rush will come. >> but it's true. you walk in from 65 degrees and you're looking at scarves and gloves. you're not really inspired. but it will be coming. in fact, this weekend the weather will chill down. it's going to be a brief chilldown. i'll show you that in a second. look for clouds and sunshine mixed today. cooler than it's been. still above normal. high temperature of 52 degrees. tonight, mostly cloudy skies. could be spotty drizzle and light rain developing, especially in the city and along the coast. 46 the overnight low. this is what we're talking about for the weekend.
with the wind, it'll feel like the 30s. then lots of sunshine sunday and a high of about 46. but it will feel a little more wintry at least and seasonal this weekend. >> all right. >> so get your hats, gloves, scarves. >> get inspired. we have a serious crash in queens on the van wyck. it's between jewel avenue to the union turnpike ramps. all lanes are closed southbound. you can see that northbound ride is getting through. that southbound trip is shut down. looks like it's going to be there for quite some time. commuter checklist, it looks okay. that might be the way to go, especially since it's a gridlock alert day. >> emily, thank you very much. well, another bald eagle is being spotted here in the city. the parks department posting a picture of our national bird. this time it's on staten island's wolf pond park. bald eagles also spotted in this
the park service says they're returning because there's been an ongoing effort to make the area a favorable habitat for this protected species, symbol of our nation. >> a beautiful, beautiful creature. it's 5:26 right now. just ahead, the historic moment taking place at west point. plus a drive through inferno. a quick escape when a car burst into flames at at new jersey restaurant. >> reporter: and on one of the first truly chilly nights of the year, several dozen people forced out of their homes after a fire. i'm kerry barrett live in jersey city withen an update. if you're about to head out the door, take uses with with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the app on your mobile
breaking news in new jersey. a fire rips through three homes. the tough fight overnight. plus, new this morning, a clue in a daring heist in the bronx. we're going to show you a photo police want you to see this morning. and a packed plane goes off the runway. this morning what passengers say it was like on board. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. wednesday morning, it is december 16th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. we're spoiled now, chris. it's like in the 50s.
but typically these folks in northwest new jersey should be in the upper 20s this time of year. 42 in flank ranklin. you get towards the city, we're in the upper 40s. most of the island between 40 and 45. we saw a few upper 30s early this morning. it's now 40 in danbury. 42 in poughkeepsie. very mild, relatively speaking, but cooler than it has been. clouds and sunshine mixed today. i think we'll see more clouds by the end of the day. a high temperature of 52 degrees. some rain in our forecast. we'll get to that in a little bit. let's get on over to emily west and find out about the commute. wyck. it's shut down southbound at turnpike. already big delays. you can see the flashing lights in the distance. nobody is getting through right now. while. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks so much, emily. now breaking news in new jersey. a fire broke out around 3:00
the flames spread to three homes. "today in new york's" kerry barrett has spoken with firefighters and people in the neighborhood. kerry, what's the latest? >> reporter: darlene, the good news here is there are no injuries. there were four homes affected. we also just learned that one of the families who occupied these homes will be allowed back in tonight. that is good news. it is, as i mentioned, the first chilly night of the year. let me step out. it's an active scene out here. there are five or six fire trucks still lined up on this road. red cross just arrived as well. right now what they're doing is checking for any hot spots. the flames are out. there's not a lot of smoke. we have some video that some of these neighbors shot when the flames started shooting through the roof. it started on the second floor, as you mentioned, at about 3:00 this morning. they had it controlled at about 3:40, but there is a lot of smoke, and we're told the
in which the families are not able to return, there is some pretty heavy damage. the neighbors we spoke to say they noitsed ed noticed a strong odor about 12:30. they checked their homes, didn't notice anything and went back to bed. they woke up again later when that smell had grown stronger. >> the next time i woke up, she was like, get out the room. >> we came outside. we saw all the smoke. that one has a lot of fire. >> reporter: the neighbors describe it as just a very strong acrid smell. even when they didn't see any smoke. one of the neighbors tell us as they began to search through their home that second time, they noticed smoke coming from one of the lightbulbs. whether that's where the fire started, we're not sure. we believe this started on the second floor at this point. firefighters obviously still investigating. at this point, no woshd rd on a cause. >> kerry, thank you.
search for a gunman who robbed an armored car in the bronx. this morning, investigators gave us new photos of the alleged getaway car. it's a red four-door honda. the windows are tinted. police say a man in a institute drove off in it with bags of cash after a shootout in sound view. the suspect robbed an armed guard who was loading an armored truck. the two actually exchanged gunfire. fortunately, nobody was hit. >> all of us got down to the floor, and we called the police. >> next thing you know, you know, i see people scrambling and running. i see strollers falling. i'm like, okay, what's going on? >> the thief got away with $78,000 in cash. and in this morning, some bergen county firefighters rushed to a drive through overnight. a car burst into flames as it went through the drive through at a taco bell. it did not spread to the building itself. the department tweeting out this photo. despite the intense flames, firefighters say only one minor
flames. >> it's always hard when you see video like that and wonder how people -- >> can't imagine. >> right. all right. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, good morning. >> good morning. weather picture is quiet this morning. no umbrellas needed. sun and cloud mixture throughout the morning. midday sunshine, then clouds roll back in later in the day. it's cooler today than recent days. still above normal. we're not setting any records. temperatures basically staying around 50 degrees, give or take a couple throughout the day. spotty drizzle could arrive by tonight. first forecast shapes up this way. the city. clear. west of town to where the clouds are right now. sunshine mixed with clouds throughout the day. 49 at noon. 51 by 3:00. forecasting a high of 52 degrees. rest of your forecast coming up on the 4s. let's find out about the commute. here's emily. >> if you're in queens, checking out a serious crash on the van
between jewel avenue to union turnpike ramp, so between exit 11 to 8, you're going to find this closed. actually, it looks like maybe a car is squeezing through there. we'll definitely keep an eye on that. also, commuter checklist, everything looks okay this morning. no delays there. the buses, got a couple detours. subways are fine. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. today students at one long island school are returning to the classroom. they're uncertain what caused fumes that sickened students and staff. it happened at west babylon high school in suffolk county. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at school. you were trying to get the word out, school is back on today. >> reporter: yes. classes resume. it's important to note that school will be open today. inspectors went through this huge school building. it is a large complex. 1300 students go to school here, michael.
so school will be happening today. after-school activities as well. i have to tell you, students told us it was absolutely frightening when they saw all the emergency crews here after 911 was called. dozens of students and staff members became sick. they told paramedics they felt dizzy, had a sore throat. firefighters evacuated the school. 36 students and several school staff members went to the hospital. >> it was like a really strong like burning smell. everybody didn't know what was going on, so we had to get out of the building. >> reporter: and school district administrators considered cancelling school today but decided late last night there will be school and after-school activity as well. the air quality deemed safe. also, the police department putting the word out there if the public has any information on what happened here, to come forward and contact authorities. back to you.
thanks very much. congress has a budget deal and will avoid a government shutdown. you're looking live here at the capitol in washington. that's where the $1.1 trillion spending plan was announced last night. the senate and the house are expected to vote on the deal this week before they head home for the holidays. jon stewart and the city's first responders will get what they fought for. the new budget will include an extension of the zadroga act. congress is promising a lifetime of medical care to those sickened after september 11th. many of them now suffer from cancer and other diseases from working at ground zero. and a long-time memorial to the september 11th attacks has been moved out of lower manhattan. the sculpture called trinity root is now in cornwall, connecticut. it was moved last weekend without warning. the artist who created it tells "the wall street journal" he was shocked to see it go. he says it commemorates the tree that helped shield a chapel from debris from the falling towers.
path train cars that survived the attacks has a new home. that car was trucked from a hangar at kennedy airport north to the trolly museum of new york in kingston. the path car was founded buried in the rubble at ground zero and amazingly had very little damage. well, for the first time, a woman will be marching into one of the top posts at west point. she is brigadier general diana holland. she will become the commandant of cadets. that's a ranking position that oversees training and discipline. general holland is an iraq and afghanistan war veteran. right now she's deputy commanding general at new york's ft. drum. changes are coming to new york city's embattled department of homeless services. the commissioner submitted his resignation. news 4's melissa russo broke this story yesterday. she also spoke to mayor de blasio about taylor's departure and the homeless crisis. >> i give gil taylor and everyone at dhs credit for the fact that they got 22,000 people out of shelter and into better
but we need that to go even fast ere. >> the mayor has now ordered a top-to-bottom reorganization of homeless services and also calling for better coordination. this morning, two brothers are facing charges in connection to the gunfire at the waldorf astoria hotel. police say one brother's gunfired in his pocket at a wedding reception. three people were hit with shrapnel shrapnel. police say he handed off the gun to his brother and left the hotel. both brothers are charged with criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. 5:40 now. the faa is investigating a laser that are hit a plane landing at newark airport. we should point out this is file video of these lasers. it happened just before 7:30 last night. the faa says the laser came from
fortunately, the aircraft did land safely. in tennessee, investigators are trying to figure out what caused a southwest jet to roll off the runway at nashville international airport. the faa says the plane rolled into the grass as it approached the arrival gate. 133 passengers and five crew members were on board. the plane was safely evacuated, and everyone was bussed to the terminal. >> we were taxiing in, and all of the sudden there was just a big boom, and it sounded like to me that a wheel blew out. but i don't know if a wheel blew out for it just collapsed or something like that. then the next thing i know, we were in the ditch. >> well, officials say eight people were taken to the hospital with mostly minor injuries. that's an airport you know very well. >> go there all the time. my family is from nashville. those types of things, fortunately no one was hurt. always scary for people. >> of course. absolutely. ahead, the class-action lawsuit you need to hear about before you hop in the shower
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all right. starting out pretty quiet this morning. just partly cloudy sky out there. a few clouds breaking up. that's the way the day will be, a changeable day with clouds and sunshine mixed. things looking quiet on the plaza. notice the flags moving around a little bit with that north to northeast wind. that brought in slightly cooler temperatures. slightly is the word we emphasize. it's not all that cold out there, really. 49 degrees but in a relative sense. you're going to feel chillier this morning. pretty shot right there as well. again, folks heading out to take a view of the tree today should be fairly comfortable. just need the jackets today. not as warm as it's been. we'll see a mixed sky with a cooler feel. steadiest rain moves in, we think, later tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow evening. into saturday, probably the chilliest day we've seen in a
probably out in at of the 40s. the weekend will also be a dry weekend too. 49 in the park. 42 in white plains. 41 in wayne. the skies are clearing out now. these temperatures are probably going to drop a few degrees in the next cup ouple hours. again, not terribly cold. 40s at this hour of the morning this time of the year is still well above normal. so yes, a little cooler today. normal high is 43. we make it to 52 this afternoon. again, a little bit cooler is the trend. meantime, a lot of low clouds breaking up. you can see that wedge of clearing moving towards the city. this is our next weather maker out here. that comes from quickly by tomorrow afternoon and evening. you see the wedge of clear sky now breaking out. things are drying out nicely in the low levels of the atmosphere. we'll see sunshine to start for most of us. as we go through the day, future tracker shows more clouds gathering. some from the west, some from the south and east. they take over tonight. little bit of light drizzle breaks out about 8:00 at night near the coast, towards the city
that'll be the case overnight. nothing all that substantial. the roads will get a little damp overnight. a lot of clouds tomorrow morning. the steadiest rain comes in at 1:00, 2:00 in the afternoon from the city on west. that pushes through right through the evening commute. you can see the areas of yellow and orange. some potentially moderate rainfall. that'll slide on through overnight. clouds early friday, giving way to sunshine by friday afternoon with a bit of a gusty breeze. 52 the expected high this afternoon. again, above normal. most folks upper 40s, low 50s. not a big spread in temperature. clouds tonight, mid-40s in the city. again w the cloud cover and spotty drizzle, suburbs north and west not all that chilly either. generally in the lower 40s. seven-day forecast, it's a mild day with the rain tomorrow. 51 on friday. colder saturday, 42. 46 and sunny on sunday. right back above normal into the 50s early next week. right back to emily west. see if there are any new trouble spots. >> we're into the thick of it here in queens. big delays here on the van wyck.
closing all lanes between jewel avenue to the union turnpike ramp. so exit 11 to 8. let's take a live look of that accident. a lot of flashing lights. a lot of emergency vehicles. looks like traffic is et going through in the left lane. they keep closing this and reopening it. again, i would avoid the area altogether. near 69th road, nobody is going anywhere. again, closures on and off. also, fdr southbound, a truck found its way on the fdr. they're going to have to get that backed up. that's at 96th street in the left lane. big delays there. also, road work from 71st to 63rd. a couple lanes blocked. that's between north avenue to boston road. it's going to be a very slow go there as well. on staten island, there's emergency bridge work in the right lane this morning. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you so much, emily.
today, jurors deciding the fate of the first officer on trial in the death of freddie gray will continue deliberating. yesterday the jury told the judge they were deadlocked. however, the judge ordered them to continue working. officer william porter faces the top charge of manslaughter. prosecutors say he ignored gray's request for medical attention. new information on that enormous fire that was breaking news all morning friday. the fdny confirming a cigarette set off the flames. at least nine people hurt. 90 others displaced. the city says it plans to demolish several of those buildings gut bid ted by that fire. five people are now facing grand larceny charges after scamming an elderly woman out of $300,000. police say one of them impersonated an officer and scammed the 92-year-old victim into deposits her money into a
this morning, a hair-raising claim. a popular hair product accused of making women go bald. you might remember the star-studded infomercials backing wen hair care. now hundreds of women have filed a class-action lawsuit against the brand and the infomercial giant. they say the cleansing conditioner caused not only hair loss but also rashes, scalp irritation, and even hair discoloration. in a statement, the company said, quote, there is no scientific evidence to support any claim that our hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair. there are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to wen hair constructs products. this morning we're hearing from a miracle motorist in northern california. don lee was driving in san jose last week when a truck lost part of its load. the metal beam bounced off the pavement and flew for the windshield of his bmw. lee says that's when he felt a
>> i saw yearly everything coming through the window. that moment, maybe one millisecond, i saw entire picture. >> lee only has a few scratches on his arm, if you can believe it, from that huge beam that hit his car. don used to build and drive race cars. he credits that experience with keeping him calm behind the wheel. >> it's amazing. you don't know what you would have done in that situation. if you swerved, you could have caused a greater accident. >> a few inches to the right, and it would have been a tragic story. >> absolutely. ahead this morning, turn your smartphone into a light saber. the google game that could derail production in workplaces around the world as people start having laser sword battles. >> may the force be with you. this morning, fallout after a train filled with passengers took off on its own. what investigators say happened.
it turns your smartphone into a light saber. you sync your phone with a computer. open google chrome and head to lightsaber.com. we're in the process of trying to do that right now here at the desk. >> it says you're ready to begin your escape. oh, wait. >> oh, you have it. >> i'm doing it right now. >> it's very cool. >> trust us. >> he has no coordination, but it's cool. >> so the phone is the light saber. >> i thought you did it like in the air. you do it on your desk top. there you go. i have a light saber. >> this is just what michael needed. >> he shot you like 400 times already. >> this is just what the boy needed here. >> good morning, chris. >> good morning. while michael plays, let's talk a little weather, which is nice actually. starting out with a clear to partly cloudy sky. temperatures in the upper 40s. not going much higher today with a wind out of the northeast. 52 with sun and clouds.
later in the day. tonight, cloudy skies, a little drizzle possible. 46 the low. rain tomorrow. by the weekend, it's nice and dry. it's a little colder. in fact, quite a bit colder. on saturday, high of only 42. mid-40s with sunshine on sunday. i still see you have zero points, michael. >> i'm really getting lasered a lot here. >> you're not deflecting. >> good morning, emily. >> okay. we do have a pretty serious crash in queens. this on the van wyck southbound. jewel avenue to union turnpike ramps, that's closed. also, backup on 69th off the van wyck where it's a mess. that's going to be there for a while. >> thank you very much, emily. better news for long island railroad customers. service back on the ronkonkoma line following this accident on the tracks. a truck hitting a train after
happened about 5:30 p.m. yesterday in beth page. the accident actually caused delays throughout the evening rush hour. and the operator of that runaway train in boston is now serving a 30-day unpaid suspension. officials say david vasquez did not follow safety procedures when he left the train to fix a signal last week. they say he failed to secure the throttle and the brake properly. the train then took off with dozens of passengers on board. no one was injured. they were able to cut power to that train, and that's how they were able to stop it. all right. 5:57 right now. we're following breaking news in jersey city. flames spread to four homes overnight. new information still coming in right now. we'll have a live report at 6:00. and also at 6:00 a.m., a romantic gesture, but it may have one man actually facing charges. and if you're about to head out the door, keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
breaking news now in jersey city as we look at pictures that are live. fast-moving flames set several homes on fire. crystal clear video of the bold armed robbers who stormed a manhattan business in broad daylight. and the man caught preying on a teenager in the subway. what the young victim did next may help police catch him. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:00 a.m. on this wednesday, the 16th of december. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino. good morning. >> good morning once again. we've lost one more degree in the last hour. down to 48 degrees in central park. mid and upper 40s in and around the city. low to mid-40s long island and north and west, upper 30s to low 40s. sussex, you've chilled down to 37 degrees. a little chillier this morning and a little chillier day than we've experienced. still, temperatures above normal. clouds will mix with our
should have a fairly sunny start for most of us. forecasting a high of 52 degrees. there have been some problems on this wednesday morning commute. emily is here with the update. >> it's pretty busy. new i think land through england throughway, two lanes taken up. in queens on the van wyck, an accident with slow closures here. let's head to chopper 4. >> this happened around 5:00 this morning. live pictures from chopper 4. this is in the southbound direction here by jewel avenue. you can see the left lane is open. they have been intermittently opening up that left lane. they are also are shutting down. so there's heavy traffic coming into this area. in the meantime, we want you to know this is a fatal accident. the fire department reporting one person has been confirmed dead. an accident investigation subpoena current is currently under way. delays go back at least to the long island expressway. keep this in mind as you head
of course, we'll continue to keep you up to date. back over to you. >> thank you. 6:01 right now. breaking news in new jersey. firefighters checking for hot spots after a fire tore through several homes. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is there right now. >> reporter: darlene, there's a lot to get to right now. four homes, as you mentioned, are affected. you mentioned they're cleaning up the hot spots. i'll step out of the picture and let you get a look at that. there's one family we've learned that will be allowed back into their home tonight. but 34 people are affected. four of them are kids. the red cross right now working on getting the people who need it shelter. we spoke with a mother and daughter, two people who were in one of the moments where the fire broke out. they say despite not having a home tonight, they feel lucky to have made it out safe and sound.
she just started yelling. room. out. i was scared. i started crying. they made us get out, and that's when they started breaking everything. >> reporter: so the fire is out now. as i mentioned, thankfully no injuries. but there was a lot of smoke when this fire first started. the first call came in about 3:00. at that point, there were flames shooting through the roof. they got the fire under control about 40 minutes later. here's the thing. neighbors tell us that they smelled a very strong odor earlier than that, right around midnight is when most of them say they first detected it. a lot of them got up, checked their homes, didn't see anything and went back to bed. then they woke up later. the smell had grown stronger. that girl that you just heard from, she tells us that her bedroom ceiling looked like it was glowing. that's when her and her mother got out and started running. right now they're investigating what happened. no idea at this point what caused it or how much damage
sustained. however, when we did speak to the fire chief a little earlier, he says given the heavy smoke, the damage inside these homes is likely pretty intense. darlene? >> all right, carey barrett in new jersey. thank you. and this morning, we are seeing very clear video of a robbery at a cell phone store. here you see two gunmen inside a t-mobile store on 1st avenue sunday. they forced two employees and a customer into the back room. if you recognize these men, call police. all right. 6:04 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. we should point out, we're still enjoying a nice stretch, even if we don't get to what we had yesterday. >> yeah, expecting 60s every day in december might be a little greedy. just a wee bit. but we're heading back close to 50 at least this afternoon or low 50s. we're in the 40s right now. a mix of clouds and sunshine today.
to erode from the city on east. midday sunshine will give way to clouds later in the day. it's cooler than it's been but still above normal. spotty drizzle could develop by tonight. probably up to 7:00 or 8:00, especially near the coast. right now, 48 and clear. maybe 47 by 8:00 a.m. 51 at 3:00. not a big bounceback in temperature today. a little after 6:05. let's get the latest on the commute. >> here's the latest with the van wyck. accident closing the ride southbound between jewel, exit 11, to exit 8. let's take a look at live pictures from chopper 4. a tractor trailer and another car involved in this accident. traffic is getting through at the moment. seeing some on-and-off closures with that. that backup stretches past the l.i.e. if you are taking the trains, which might be the way to go, everything is running on schedule. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right.
happening today, the wid after an nypd detective is marking the one-year anniversary of his murder by launching a foundation in his name. the detective raphael ramos foundation will provide several services, including financial support for the families of slain officers. detective ramos and his partner were gunned down in their patrol car last year. happening right now, police in brooklyn looking for a man accused of stalking a 15-year-old girl in the subway. the girl told police the man had been following her last wednesday. he then allegedly grabbed her arm but ran off when she refused to leave the station with him. the girl says it happened again yesterday morning, and this time she was able to take a photo of the suspect. today police commissioner bill bratton and the fbi director will hold a press conference on terrorism. >> this comes just one day after a terror threat shut down the schools in los angeles. the school district making that decision after receiving an
be a bullied high school senior what was a radical muslim. but it made mistakes referring to islam. new york got a similar e-mail from the same i.p. address. new york deciding, though, the threat wasn't credible. commissioner bill bratton saying l.a. overreacted. los angeles' mayor saying he didn't know about the e-mail to new york. >> what we would be concerned with is overreacting to it. we'll stay aware. we will stay involved. but at all costs, we cannot start overreacting. >> i think it's pretty clear that the information we had was quite different. >> l.a. says it did consult with the fbi but wasn't given advice one way or the other. federal officials, though, say they told los angeles to keep their schools open. the jury in the first trial in the death of freddie gray gets back to work today in baltimore. yesterday the jury told the judge they were deadlocked. however, the judge ordered them to continue working. officer william porter faces the top charge of manslaughter. prosecutors say he ignored
police in new jersey are hoping an fbi lab analysis will sharpen the details of a grainy surveillance video showing a drive-by shooting. took place monday night in the parking lot of a housing complex. the video shows a passenger in a white sedan opening fire on a group of men. police believe there were a total of four people in that car, among them a child. changes are coming to new york city's embattled department of homeless services. gilbert taylor submitted his resignation. news 4's melissa russo broke the story yesterday. she also spoke to mayor de blasio about the departure. >> i give gil taylor and everyone at dhs credit for the fact that over the last to year, they got 22,000 people out of shelters and into better housing. but we need that to go even faster. >> the mayor has ordered a complete reorganization of the services. he's also calling for better
in this morning's cnbc money report, facebook sneaking into the restaurant review business. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with these details and more. it's amazing how important yelp and the others are to people. >> exactly right. facebook is quietly testing a new feature to let users review local businesses. that could heat up the competition with the likes of yelp and angie's list. facebook says it has more than 50 million active business pages. and retailers are feeling the heat, literally, over lost sales of winter clothes as warm weather hits most of the country, and especially along the east coast. macy's has already warned it will need to offer big discounts to clear out inventory of winter items that are piling up in stores. sales of women's boots are down
i have to say, i'm definitely contributing. i've done my fair share of buying. >> it's boot shopping season. thanks, landon. >> thanks, guys. see ya. still to come, students on long island return to school with one question on their minds, what happened? >> reporter: students tell us it was friektening seeing so many of their classmates sick. dozens of students and faculty are overcome by fumes. i'm katherine creag live at west babylon school. you're never going to be president of the united states by insulting your way to the top. >> well, let's see, i'm at 42 and you're at 3. >> doesn't matter. >> you heard it there. presidential candidates trading jabs during one feisty gop debate. we'll have the best of that battle coming up next. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
live look there at the george washington bridge. four things to know this morning. right now a deadly crash on the van wyck expressway. no word yet as to what caused that crash. live pictures from chopper 4 showing the backup. emily is going to help you navigate through the closures. that's coming up on the 4s next. today, homeland security secretary jeh johnson will unveil and explain a new terror threat warning system. today a stretch of route 17 in new jersey will be renamed in honor of police officer christopher goodell. he died last year when a tractor trailer hit his patrol car as he was operating a radar speed detector. and everyone on wall street will be watching an important meeting in washington today. fed chair janet yellen is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. that could mean higher interest
mortgages, and the stock market could take a hit. on this wednesday morning, things may feel a little chillier as you step outside. still above normal, those temperatures. compared to where we've been, it's cooler. we've got a mixed sky heading our way for today. a cooler feel throughout the day. clouds overnight and some drizzle. steadier rain will be tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. into the weekend, a chilly breeze. it will finally start to feel like winter, at least for 24 to 48 hours. it will be a dry weekend. no snow. right now we're dreaming of a green christmas, the way it looks. in central park, 48. north and west, we see some 30s. that's not terribly cold. clouds are starting to break up a little bit as well across the area. we're seeing that over the last few frames here. notice the clearing sky, pushing back inland.
northwest sections of new jersey. even here, looks like the drier air is winning out. we should see a fairly sunny start to most of us for the day. again, clouds are going to mix on in. we start out in the upper 40s. recess time, about 50. dismissal time, not a big change. 52 should be the high for the day. clouds will thicken up late in the afternoon toward evening. after school, expect a temperature of about 50. a changeable sky today. a little cooler. 52 the expected high this afternoon. spotty drizzle could develop later tonight. 46 the low in midtown. we're back above normal. there's that push of heavier showers later tomorrow afternoon. it's going to be a mild day though with a high temperature of 52 degrees. the heaviest rain will pass to the south and east of us. we're talking anywhere from a quarter inch to half inch on average.
get by the rain on thursday evening, it dries out. clouds linger friday for a time. some sun late, 52. then just dry and chilly on saturday. windy, 42. windchills in the 20s and 30s. back to the 50s monday. could be a stray shower late. upper 50s. we could see 60s again by the middle of next week. incredible. all right. 6:17 in a few seconds. let's find out about the commute. >> a few trouble spot. s -- queens is busy this morning. we have live pictures from chopper 4 where this accident involving a tractor trailer and a car is shutting down all lanes southbound on the van wyck expressway. now, this backup which goes down to the yuan to the l.i.e. it's a parking lot. no one is moving at all.
go, if you can head over there instead. if you are stuck in this mess, it is going to be a while as they do get everything cleared out of the way. also in queen, let's head back to the maps where we have another crash westbound on the l.i.e. around francis lewis boulevard. that backup goes toward the nassau county line this morning. the roadwork on the new england throughway around boston road is clear. in new jersey, vehicle fire on 195 eastbound by exit 11. that is there. we have some subway delays on the 4 and 5 downtown. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right. thank you so much, emily. 6:18 right how it. to the race for the white house. the gop front runners sparred in the fifth debate last night. nbc's tracie potts has all the highlighting. >> this is a tough business to run for president. >> you're a tough guy, jeb. i know. >> we need to have a leader -- >> you're real tough. >> you're never going top president by insulting your way. >> reporter: donald trump and beb jush captured the top
>> it was a great debate. i really enjoyed it. >> reporter: next to trump, ben carson got the most new followers on twitter last night, weighing in on ayes is isis and syria. ted cruz came in number two on social media. he clashed with marco rubio on immigration and national security. >> he was fighting to grant amnesty and not to secure the border. >> does ted cruz rule out ever legalizing people in this country illegally now? >> he's the weakest of all the candidates on immigration. he's the one for an open border. >> fed up with the political class. >> if your eyes are glazing over like mine, this is what it's like to be on the floor of the united states senate. >> reporter: islam, isis, and terror were the most discussed topic on facebook during this debate. >> we need to have a coalition that will stand for nothing less than the total destruction of isis. >> reporter: this morning,
caucuses now just 46 days away. interestingly, the candidate who picked up the most twitter followers during this republican debate was democrat bernie sanders. darlene, michael? >> all right. tracie potts in washington. thank you. 6:19 right now. a proester tried to interrupt the debate. he even took a selfie video while he heckled donald trump. >> the american people deserve free and fair elections, not billionaire auctions. >> the activist was so loud, he actually interrupted trump's train of thought. he was escorted out. 6:20 right now. still ahead, an incredible crash. a man driving along when this came right through his window. don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
breaking news right now in forest hills had, queens. there's been a deadly crash that's stopped traffic on the van wyck. chopper 4 is over the scene right now. >> well, michael, this happened around 5:00 this morning. these are live pictures from chopper 4. we're the first on the scene over the southbound side of the van wyck expressway. a fatal accident involving a car and a truck. fdny now confirming for us that one person is dead. no further information is available with regard to any additional injuries. an accident investigation is under way with intermittent full closures in the southbound direction. definitely keep this in mind as you head out to work this morning. we'll continue to keep you up to date. back over to you.
hard to look at, at this hour. chris, good morning. >> good morning. the roads are dry right now. going to stay that way today. different story by tomorrow. today, just a mix of sun and clouds. probably more cloud cover west of the city, early this morning. we'll all start to cloud back over later this afternoon. in between, some sunshine and a high temperature of 52 degrees. while cooler, still above normal. 46 tonight, cloudy skies, spotty drizzle developing. rain tomorrow is out of here by the weekend. just turns colder, finally for a change. doesn't last long. saturday, 42 with windchills in the 20s and 30s. sunshine sunday and temperatures in the mid-40s. even while it gets chillier, still no mention of any flakage. >> no flakage. keep that flakage at bay. >> absolutely. will do. >> emily, kye was reporting the situation on the van wyck. >> yeah, heavy delays. go with the grand central right now. also, we have some subway delays. downtown 4 and 5 seeing signal problems. your commuter checklist, that's okay.
this morning. today is a gridlock alert day. >> emily, thanks very much. up next, breaking news in jersey city. >> reporter: four families forced out of their homes after an early morning house fire. i'm kerry barrett live in jersey city with an update on the investigation. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watch b "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
breaking news in queens. live pictures here from chopper 4. a deadly crash has traffic stopped on the van wyck, starling ing snarling the early morning rushing. also new this morning, crystal clear video shows robbers in broad daylight. and a new clue many one dare ing robbery in the bronx. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning, december 16th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. a little more reality whether-wise, but not much. >> just kind of a hint more today. that's really all it z.
mid-40s across portions of suffolk county this morning. melville, you're at 43. north port, 44. north babylon, still mild at 49 degrees. these numbers, while cooler than recent mornings, not all that chilly for this time of the year. even the upper 30s in sussex. that's not terribly cold. you should be about 10 degrees colder than that. above-normal temperatures continue today. there will be sunshine and clouds building in, especially later on this afternoon. more clouds towards the evening hours. a high temperature of 52 degrees. let's find out about the commute if you're heading out the door right now. >> this is where you're going to get stuck. try to avoid it. the van wyck is shut down between jewel avenue and union turnpike ramps. let's take a live look at the lincoln tunnel, where that's at about a half hour. looks like flashing lights. i'll keep an eye on that. we're already seeing a half hour at the lincoln. a better ride at the george and the holland. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s.
thank you so much, emily. 6:30 right now. breaking news in forest hills, queens. a deadly crash has traffic stopped on the van wyck expressway. chopper 4 live over the scene. what's the latest? >> good morning. this happened around 5:00 this morning. these are live pictures from chopper 4. the first on the scene here over the southbound side of the van wykc expressway. the scene of a fatal accident involving a car and a truck. i want to illustrate a little bit of this for you. it's hard to see. this is the car that was involved. this is the truck right here. intermittently, they are closing down this lane. right now it's open. every once in a while, they'll close down that lane. we have intermittent full closures out here. southbound through this area, like we said, approaching jewel avenue, your delays go all the way back to the l.i.e. and beyond.
work this morning. the grand central is the way to go this morning. back over to you. >> thank you very much. now to breaking news in new jersey. that's where a fire jumped from house to house on a tight street there. broke out in the middle of the night on dekalb avenue in jersey city. "today in new york's" kerry barrett talked to firefighters and people in the neighborhood. what's the latest? >> reporter: let me give you a quick update on traffic. we're on dekalb avenue. we're at the cross of west side avenue. some of these side streets were closed as firefighters battled that fire. they're now open. there's a pretty steady stream of traffic going through. that's good as we start to move into the rush hour. as you mentioned, this fire spread very, very quickly. 34 people out of their homes this morning. four of them, including children. luckily, nobody hurt. this fire spread quickly. cell phone video for you as firefighters responded to the call. this was at about 3:00 this morning. a lot of smoke at that time. flames shooting through the roof.
residents of all of them except for one will have to stay somewhere else for the time being. right now they're kind of mopping up hot spots. they're investigating a cause. the neighbors that we spoke with say that they first smelled a strong odor, but they didn't see anything. no smoke at about midnight. they went back to bed and woke up a little later because the smell had grown stronger. they ran out of the house in a panic. >> she was like, put your pants on, come on, get out the room. >> we came outside and saw all the smoke. that one has a lot of fire. >> reporter: right now still no word on a cause. of course, that's part of their investigation. we're getting some estimates on damage. that is still coming into us as well. we are told, michael, given the heavy smoke that was in the area and kind of went through all of these homes, they expect those damage tallies to be pretty substantial. michael? >> all right, kerry. thank you very much.
island are trying to find the driver of a stolen vehicle that allegedly killed a man in a hit-and-run crash. police say the man was driving in north a.m.tyville about 6:20 p.m. yesterday when his vehicle was struck by a trailblazer, which was reported stolen. the driver took off on foot. 6:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, where do we stand this week? >> very manageable weather. it's not going to be terribly cold. not super warm. temperatures, while still above normal, will feel chillier than it has been. still clouds out to the west of the city. we'll see midday sunshine before those clouds make a return. cooler, yes, but still above normal. spotty drizzle could arrive along the coast later tonight. right now, 48 degrees in the city.
back to the upper 40s at noon. low 50s by about 3:00 with a mix of clouds and sun. latest on the commute, here's emily. >> an update on this accident on the van wyck expressway. the ride is closed. let's take a live look from chopper 4. the backup on the southbound ride stretches back to the l.i.e. this morning. if you are stuck in that, it's going to be a very tough go. if you are already heading out, go with the grand central instead. that is definitely going to be a better ride for you. that backup goes all the way back to the l.i.e. on the van wyck expressway southbound. subway delays on the downtown 4 and 5 train due to signal problems. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you very much. this morning, clear surveillance video could help police solve a cell phone heist.
t-mobile store on 1st avenue sunday. they forced two employees and a customer with a cane into a back room. one employee loaded a bag with cell phones and cash. police are asking if you can recognize these suspectings, do call police. police are ramping up the search for the gunman who robbed an armored car in the bronx. this morning, investigators gave us this new video of the alleged getaway car. it is a red four-door honda with tinted windows. police say a man in a institute drove off in with it bags of cash after a shootout in sound view. we're told the suspect robbed an armed guard who was loading an armored truck on westchester exchanged fire, but no one was hurt. >> all of us got down to the floor and called police. >> next thing you know, you know, i see people zramabling and running, see strollers falling. i'm like, okay, what's going on? >> the thief got away with
>> today students at west babylon high school in long island are going back to cloosz ass. they went home early yesterday after fumes made dozens sick. the fumes are gone, kat, but they don't know yet what caused them. >> reporter: indeed, mike l. as timing would have it, there's a school bus rolling behind us. school administrators want to make sure that everyone knows that school is on today at the west babylon high school. inspectors say the air quality inside the school building is good and safe. school is happening. after-school activities as well. but it doesn't mean people might not be a bit jittery. this is what the campus looked like yesterday around midday. firefighters evacuated the school after a report of fumes had made dozens of people sick. they told paramedics they felt dizzy, had sore throats. 36 students and several staff members went to the hospital. >> they were dizzy, and they
>> they didn't smell anything. they didn't see anything. all that happened was they could feel a burning sensation in their throat. >> reporter: and what took place just many our houring ago, inspectors going through, testing the air quality. again, it is safe. the police department putting the word out there, if anybody has information on what may have caused that strange odor, to come forward and talk with authorities. back to you. >> kat, thanks very much. this morning, two brothers are facing charges in connection to the gunfire at the waldorf astoria hotel. police say one brother's gunfired in his pocket during a wedding reception at the hotel in june. three people were hit with shrapnel. police say he handed off the gun to his brother and left the hotel. both brothers are charged with criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. today, police commissioner bill bratton and the fbi director are going to hold a
terror threats to our city, to new york. meantime, homeland security secretary jeh johnson will unveil and explain a new terror threat warning system. it's supposedly more modern, more informative. the color-coded chart was created after 9/11. the system was last updated some four years ago. we are getting word of an 11th-hour deal to avoid a government shutdown. looking live here at capitol hill in washington, that's where democrats and republicans agreed last night to a trillion-dollar budget. lawmakers were up against a deadline of midnight tonight. they're planning a final vote tomorrow. and all that lobbying by new york's first responders and jon stewart looks like it's paying off. an extension of the zadroga act will be included in the budget. congress is promising a lifetime of medical care to those sickened at ground zero. new york senator chuck smoou mother says, quote, this is the christmas 9/11 responders deserve.
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the right time is right now. 6:43 now. we want to bring you the latest on the breaking news in queens. the van wyck expressway is a mess. this is after a deadly crash in forest hills. kai simonsen is live on the scene. >> the fdny is reporting that one person has been confirmed dead involving -- or following this accident involving a truck and a car. i got a freeze frame this and show you exactly what's going on. you can see there behind this esu vehicle, the nypd esu vehicle is where the car is
here is where the truck is located that was also involved in that accident. going to come back with a live pictures and talk about what else is going on. this is in the southbound direction. morning. in the southbound side here of the van wyck expressway by jewel down. every once in a while, they are opening that left lane. northern boulevard. so they're continuing to get worse. in the meantime, over toward the left-hand portion of your screen, that's the grand central parkway. that's your alternate. it's moving fairly well. that's going to be where you're going to want to go. you can see the northbound direction heading through here with the left lane closed with emergency activity. live in chopper 4, kai simonsen. and we're starting out with cooler temperatures. most areas going to see a sunny start to the day. clouds will mix back into the picture into the afternoon and evening. eventually, it's going to
around here. certainly no snow in our future any time soon. weather headlines point to ma that mixed sky for today. steadiest rain tomorrow is going to be late afternoon and evening. i think for the evening commute tomorrow. a chilly shot of air moves in for the weekend, but it's also dry for both saturday and sunday. 48 in central park. 46 middle village. most part, five boroughs, mid and upper 40s doing it. across long island, low to mid-40s. north and west, a few upper 40s from sussex to monticello. danbury, you've cooled down to 49 degrees. these temperatures really in the northwest suburbs are a good 10 degrees where they should be. 43 should be our normal high. we're expecting 52 today. 52 compared to 62 and 68 is going to feel cooler out there. you certainly will need the jackets today. a bit of a breeze to that comes off the water. it will eventually have more of a damp feel.
that will bring rain our way tomorrow. clouds breaking up quickly now. still some clouds along the new jersey-pennsylvania border. for the most part, even there the clouds should break up for a while. then move back in again. you can see on future tracker, here come the clouds by 3:00 in the afternoon. sunshine from the morning into the early afternoon hours. it gets filter the out a little sooner to the south and west. drizzle overnight along the coast. no real heavy rain anticipated. tomorrow morning's commute, just kind of damp. again, the steadiest rain waits until the afternoon. this is 3:00 in the afternoon. across the city, all of new jersey, the hudson valley. a big slug of heavier rain could come through in the evening commute. that's out of here. we start out with clouds on friday. we'll end up with sunshine before the day is through. after that, it should stay dry. 52 today with sun and clouds mixed. more clouds late. rain tomorrow, especially late. 57.
quick cold shot of air saturday. decent day sunday, back to the 50s next week and perhaps even 60s by wednesday of next week. over to emily west. it's been a tough commute. >> it's been a really tough ride for those in queens this morning. kia simonsen was talking earlier about it. we still have the van wyck shut down. crash involving a tractor trailer and another car. that backup stretches all the way back to northern boulevard this morning. if you can take the grand central, that is going to be a much better ride for you this morning. we have a couple crashes reported on the major deegan. one southbound by yankee stadium. one northbound by the willis avenue bridge. let's take a live look at the cross bronx expressway this morning, where that westbound ride stays slow into 3rd avenue. also looking about a 20-minute wait at the george washington bridge inbound. about 30 at the lincoln and 20 at the holland. more trouble in long island.
route 25 westbound. that's in suffolk county this morning. also, subway delays on the downtown 4 and 5 train this morning. alternate side, meter rules are in effect. back to you. >> all right. emily, thank you. a california driver is lucky to be alive after what happened to him on the road. take a look here at what he survived. don lee was driving near san jose last week when a truck lost part of its load. the long metal beam bounced off the pavement and pierced the windshield of his bmw. it's amazing, but he walked away with just a scratch on his arm. imagine being stuck in traffic, not because of a crash, but because of a wedding proposal. a houston man thought it would be romantic to get his friends to help him stop traffic on one of the city's busiest interstates so he could propose to his girlfriend. but that man is now charged with obstructing a highway. he faces six months in jail. he says he has no regrets because he did it for love. >> maybe on the side, near the highway.
right by the concrete barrier? it's not like the brooklyn bridge. >> a little scary, i think. all right. 6:48. hope she said yes. still ahead, the new resident spotted in one local park. the borough that's home now to a bald eagle. don't forget, follow us on fast on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new york." [ dog barks ] [ bark ] there it is! [ gasps ] oh no! look, the sky's awake!
beautiful view there of the brooklyn bridge and the east river. another bald eagle is being spotted here in the city. parks department posted this picture on twitter of our national bird. it's in staten island's wolf pond park. bald eagles were also spotted in the same area back in february. the park's department says they're coming back because of an ongoing effort to make the city's parks and waterways a favorable habitat for the protected species. i think they should call it victory in honor of victory boulevard. >> yes, a great name. absolutely. 6:52 right now. the "today" show coming up in a few minutes.
and savannah, see what's ahead. >> michael, help us out here. savannah just caught me offguard and asked me, what is the state bird of new york? i showed her a bird that is probably not the state bird. what is it? >> the state bird of new york, it's not the new york pigeon. what is it, darlene? do you know? >> no. >> isn't it the bronx cross-cutting woodpecker? >> the sound view falcon. i don't know. >> in arizona, we learned what the state bird was. the cactus wren. >> it's the eastern bluebird. >> eastern bluebird. there you go. thank you. they googled it in the control room. >> good chat. coming up, the republican presidential candidates face off in the feistiest debate so far. we'll have the blow by blow and talk to the head of the republican party. then a major lawsuit just filed. is a popular celebrity endorsed hair care product causing women to go bald? we'll give you the information
plus, we'll look back at the biggest stories of 2015 and how we covered them here on "today." >> and a live performance from andy grammer in our studio as we get started on a wednesday morning in just a couple minutes. michael, darlene, back across to you. >> i think we have some trivia for savannah. >> what? >> state bird of arizona. >> it's the cactus wren. >> oh, she got it right before. >> yeah. >> you're the best. >> whatever with her academic big degrees and good student that she was. >> you mean went to third grade and high school. do you know the five cs of arizona? >> who? >> copper, climate, cotton -- >> cactus? >> no, cactus is not one. i don't know what the five cs are. >> captain crunch. >> we're never supposed to ask questions we don't know the answers to. >> thanks, guys. >> have a good show. >> she's still going on. all right. 6:54 right now. we have lots more coming up.
you can see the truck toward the bottom end of your screen, the car behind that esu vehicle. the southbound side of the van wyck expressway is where this all happened by jewel avenue. we have intermittent full southbound closures. as i come out a little bit here, you can see on the left-hand side of your screen, that's the grand central. lacks like at least in the southbound direction heading into this area, it looks okay. that's definitely where i would head. live in chopper 4, i'm kia simonsen. back over to you >> kai, thank you. >> there's another accident heading the other direction on the van wyck. i'm just going to show you the map again. it's at main street heading northbound. that's in the left lane. grand central, as he said, that's the way to go. looks like it's going to be a much better option for you. deegana couple things there.
also a disabled southbound near yankee stadium. cross bronx is packed both ways. on long island, another closure here. this is jericho turnpike. so this is right in suffolk county between oakwood road to cold spring hills road. again, we're seeing a lot of delays. today, gridlock alert day. mass transit is the way you want to go. >> emily, thank you. chris? >> oh, hi. pretty morning behind us. we got rid of the clouds we had overnight. the clouds actually kept the temperature from dropping too much last night. we're starting in the upper 40s. sunshine will mix in again with clouds. clouding over by the evening hours. could be spotty drizzle tonight, in the 40s. the rain tomorrow, the emphasis of the heavier rain is tomorrow afternoon after 2:00 or 3:00 through the evening commute. still mild tomorrow, 57. clouds giving way to sunshine friday afternoon. a high of 51. turns colder friday night. saturday is the chilliest of the bunch, in the low 40s.