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plan for income that lasts all our years in retirement. prudential. bring your challenges. tonight, state of emergency declared in florida as hurricane irma grows into a fierce category 4 storm targeting the caribbean. high anxiety up the east coast. preps under way with all eyes on where irma may hit just days after harvey. begging for war. a tough new warning from the u.s. after north korea conducts its most powerful nuclear test yet. south korea responding with a massive show of force amid fears of another launch soon. immigration uproar. protests erupt with the president on the verge of ending obama-era protections for nearly a million undocumented so-called dreamers. nurse video fallout. major changes at the hospital where this shocking confrontation was caught on camera. and royal baby surprise. william and kate about to welcome another new addition.
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begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. i'm peter alexander in tonight for lester. here we go again. tonight, another powerful hurricane is barreling toward the u.s. the governor of florida late today declaring a state of emergency as irma gathers strength just upgraded to a devastating category 4 storm. still several days away, it's already threatening millions of americans on the east coast and it come just days after hurricane harvey leveled one of the most destructive blows this country has ever seen. in florida, residents are already cleaning out store shelves and making plans to get out. al roker is tracking its path right now and is joining us with the very latest. where is this thing going? >> that's why so many people have to be aware of this storm, peter, because it has the potential to not only come across and
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eastern seaboard. right now a category 4 storm. 490 miles east of the leeward islands, 130-mile-per-hour winds. it is moving to the west now. that's a little bit of a change. it stays to the north of these land masses, of these caribbean islands. so there's nothing really to knock it down. it stays a category 4 until saturday afternoon. the reason for this, we've got this big dome of high pressure. it's keeping it on a westward path just to the north of the caribbean islands, but then what happens on saturday? does this continue to build and push it into the gulf or does the high pressure stay out and continue to make that turn up the coast? right now hurricane hunters just flew into this. we're getting more data into the national hurricane center. we've got this ensemble model that keeps everything pretty much the same. but then look what happens saturday. it comes up the west coast of florida, east coast of florida, into the mid-atlantic states. this storm has the potential to cause
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we've never had two make landfall in the same season let alone back-to-back. >> and we're just getting going. almost two months left in this hurricane season. >> absolutely. >> al, thank you very much. >> to our other big story this evening. enough is enough. that's the stern message from the u.s. tonight following north korea's most powerful nuclear test yet. it's an alarming escalation in an already tense showdown with reports that kim jong-un is preparing for another missile test. the u.n. security council holding its second emergency meeting in less than a week. all of it leaving president trump with some critical decisions to make. we get the latest from nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel in south korea. >> reporter: south korea today showed kim jong-un what an attack on his regime would look like with fighter jets taking part in a simulated strike on north korea's nuclear facilities. and now south korea is warning north korea appears to be preparing for yet another missile launch. at an emergency
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the u.s. urging tougher diplomacy and charging that kim jong-un is pushing the world toward conflict. >> his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> reporter: multiple senior u.s. officials telling nbc news north korea crossed a big line on sunday detonating what it claimed was a thermonuclear bomb. state propaganda showed kim jong-un proudly inspecting a peanut-shaped device. a suspected hydrogen bomb in which the atomic bomb is just the trigger for a far more powerful blast. around five times more powerful, experts say, than the atomic bomb the u.s. dropped on nagasaki during world war ii. north korea claims it can load its new bomb on to a missile that can reach the united states. as the u.s. weighs a response, president trump giving nothing away. >> mr. president, will you attack north korea? >> we'll see. >> reporter: on possible military options, his def
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starkest of warnings. >> we're not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea, but, as i said, we have many options to do so. >> reporter: then the economic options. president trump said he's considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with north korea. but that would include china, which happens to be our biggest trading partner, too. >> cutting off trade with china is entirely impractical. not just because of the amount of goods that america buys from china, but that china would retaliate by selling off the u.s. dollar, and that would devastate the u.s. economy. >> richard joins us now from seoul. you've been talking to senior foibles all day. what are they saying about where this showdown is heading? >> reporter: well, it's hard to know, peter. president trump spoke with his south korean counterpart. one of the things the south koreans are pushing for is the possible redeployment of american nuclear weapons to the
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least the military members of trump's administration don't want this to become a military conflict. they want a diplomatic solution through china, but they say the window for diplomacy, if it doesn't work, is somewhat limited and it is closing because at some stage north korea will have enough missiles, enough nuclear weapons to pose an irreversible threat to the united states and that, they say, is an unacceptable outcome. >> richard engel in seoul, south korea, tonight. richard, thank you very much. for many this labor day was a day of protest on the eve of a critical immigration decision by president trump. tomorrow he's expected to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals program or daca that protects so-called dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. >> reporter: tonight the backlash is brewing in los angeles and atlanta where people took to the streets to protest the president's expected announcement on immigration tomorrow
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tell nbc news the president will likely end daca with a six-month delay for congress to come up with a fix. the program protects so-called dreamers, young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents from being deported while they work or attend school. sources caution the decision isn't finalized yet but forcing the president's hand nine states have threatened to sue the administration tomorrow unless mr. trump scraps daca. >> we have two more houses. >> reporter: in virginia, angel romero, a 19-year-old college student and daca recipient who was brought here illegally at age 2, is worried. >> i basically got the message that my country doesn't want me here. it's trying to get rid of me. and that was very confusing. >> reporter: the president campaigned on a promise to end daca. >> i will immediately terminate president obama's illegal executive order on immigration. immediately. >> reporter: but once in office took a more compassionate tone. >> we're going to show great heart.
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difficult subject for me. >> reporter: now immigration advocates are gearing up for a fierce battle. >> these daca immigrants have what we consider by all standards the model immigrant. and now we're saying, you know what? we've decided to change the rules once again. >> reporter: even some of the president's staunchest supporters are lashing out. they say he's punting on a key campaign promise. iowa congressman steve king tweeting the move could lead to amnesty which amounts to republican suicide. still others within the party say quick action is needed. >> we haven't made this a permanent law, so it's up to us to do so. >> reporter: adding daca to the mix complicates an already jam-packed legislative agenda. on wednesday congress will take up a bill for a hurricane harvey relief package totaling more than $7 billion. among the other must-do items this month alone, congress needs to raise the debt limit, fund the government and reauthorize several other government programs, all underscoring the steep challe o
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a solution for daca. peter? >> a full month ahead. kristen welker at the white house. thank you. in texas tonight, a massive recovery effort is under way in the wake of hurricane harvey. several communities remain under water with tens of thousands of people still displaced from their homes. in houston, the city is struggling to get back to normal, a process that's certain to take months if not years. we get the latest from nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer. >> reporter: nine days after harvey's landfall, in west houston the water is still rising. thousands of evacuations ordered over the weekend. >> everything is lost. >> reporter: families pouring out as overflowing reservoirs are partially drained. >> we just started evacuating the kids, getting everybody out. that was our situation. >> reporter: harvey is gone, but this region remains in peril. an estimated $180 billion in damage. rebuilding will take years. but the riggs family says the pain will
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>> we have such great neighbors here. i mean, it's a great community. i'm a cancer survivor five years ago, 2013. and, you know, i guess i'm happy to be alive. >> reporter: with houston getting back to work, businesses big and small, like this day care, are trying to stay afloat. >> our center's very important because the parents have got to get those kids back so they can get back to work. >> reporter: but roads and homes are underwater. in houston alone, 75 schools suffered serious damage. >> do you all need some water? >> reporter: cities like beaumont are struggling to provide drinking water. many evacuees still have nowhere to go. 33,000 in 284 shelters. the small things making the biggest difference. >> i've been stressed out the whole week. so this makes me happy. >> reporter: tiny communities like rose city may be hurting the most. no electricity for weeks, just the power of neighbors. across texas, a sea of
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destruction and a river of tears. a salute to sergeant steve perez, killed in the storm. this is your lives. >> that's my whole life here. >> reporter: and tonight prayers for the families who have lost so much. >> i'm just trying to comfort her. >> reporter: with floodwaters receding tonight, a new landscape is emerging. home after home, neighborhood after neighborhood looks just like this. so many are trying to rebuild, the death toll from harvey now stands at 45. that number could rise. peter? >> another stunning picture there in texas. miguel almaguer, thank you. in the west another type of disaster is playing out this evening. nearly 60 major fires are raging across the region forcing thousands to evacuate and destroying dozens of homes so far.
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setting labor day heat only helping fuel those flames. we get more now on that from nbc's steve patterson. >> reporter: in los angeles, state of emergency. the so-called la tuna canyon fire forcing 1400 people to evacuate, destroying four homes. today, a break in the weather. firefighters getting the upper hand. evacuation orders lifted but the homecoming heartbreaking. >> it's really sad. it's really disheartening. >> reporter: for lindy's in-laws, in their 80s, this is all that's left. >> they've lost everything. it's a lifetime. 50 years, all their stuff, all their memories. >> reporter: this southern california blaze is one of 58 uncontained wildfires sweeping across the west from nevada to washington state. in northern california, 32 homes destroyed by a fire nearly six square miles more than 1600 firefighters on the front lines.
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in montana, multiple wildfires scorching bone-dry land. hot shot fire crews taking on the massive lolo peak fire in scorching temperatures and winds. in oregon, close call. more than 150 hikers stranded saturday trapped between two out of control wildfires. the national guard rescued them, airlifting some to safety. there was relief, hugs and smiles when they reunited. a happy ending this labor day weekend, but with more hot weather in the forecast, fire season is just reaching its peak. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead here, new fallout from that shocking video. a nurse who says she was handcuffed just for protecting a patient's rights. how the hospital is now fighting back. also, big news for britain's royals. prince george and princess charlotte about to get a new little brother or sister. diabetic nerve pain, these feet... loved every step of fatherhood... and made old cars good as new.
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back now with the growing outrage over that video showing a police detective aggressively handcuffing a nurse in the e.r. today the hospital announced new restrictions on what police are allowed to do on hospital grounds, and the nurse at the center of it all is giving her side of the story to nbc news. our tom costello has more. >> you're under arrest. >> reporter: four days after the release of that video of nurse alex wubbels being man-handled then handcuffed by detective jeff payne,
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said it will no longer allow police to interact directly with medical staff involved in patient care. >> we're done. you're under arrest. >> reporter: detective payne became angry after nurse wubbels said it was illegal for her to draw blood from a truck driver involved in this crash involving a car being chased by police. >> there is absolutely no tolerance for that kind of behavior in our hospital. >> reporter: indeed the supreme court ruled last year police must have a warrant or consent to take blood. today nurse wubbels, a former olympic athlete, said salt lake police were slow to take action. only after the video shot in july was released were detective payne and another officer placed on paid leave pending a criminal investigation. >> i'm not here to police the police. the police need to do that if they're going to regain any kind of trust by me or, i think, the public. >> reporter: outraged citizens have protested, jammed 911 lines and posted thousands of facebook comments to force payne to be held to
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criminal charges. >> if they're not held accountable, that will further erode the public's trust in police officers in general and this police department in particular. >> reporter: the mayor and police chief have both apologized. detective payne isn't commenting. turns out the patient who nurse wubbels was protecting is william gray, himself a reserve police officer from idaho who was never accused of any wrong doing. he and his department have thanked wubbels for standing up for him. peter? >> tom costello, thank you. back with a moment with a touching new tradition at one university as america welcomes back college football. ♪ that's why there's trintellix, a prescription medication for depression. trintellix may help you take a step forward in improving your depression. tell your healthcare professional right away if your depression worsens, or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens and young adults. do not take with maois.
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britain's royal family had a surprise for the world today. kensington palace announcing that the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, are expecting baby number three. the question now, what everyone wants to know will prince george and princess charlotte be getting a new brother or a new sister. here's nbc's bill neely. >> reporter: a labor day surprise. no labor yet for kate, but she p
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and being treated today for severe morning sickness just like her two other pregnancies. there was a baby hint recently when the duchess was handed a toy for a newborn. so their third child is on its way. the official announcement from will and kate in a tweet saying they're very pleased. >> it's not a surprise. i think all of us have been sitting, waiting for this announcement. i think most people assume she would want to have three. she's one of three. >> reporter: the queen at work today was said to be delighted at news of her sixth great-grandchild. a thumbs up, too, from uncle prince harry. >> fantastic, great. very, very happy for them. >> reporter: but the new baby makes it even less likely harry will be king. it's bumped him down to sixth in line to the britain throne. it's another sibling for prince george, who turned 4 in july, and who starts school thursday, and for 2-year-old princess charlotte, giving this
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a spare and a playmate. no news yet if it's a boy or a girl, but a royal birth expected in the spring. bill neely, nbc news, london. >> they certainly make some cute kids. this weekend the college football season kicked off. and in the sport of old traditions fans started a new one. at the end of the first quarter thousands of hawkeyes in the stands turned and waved to the children's hospital nearby. a touching show of support for the kids receiving treatment there and for their families as well. that's a tradition that should stick. when we come back, they survived one hurricane disaster only to live through another. their incredible stories are inspiring america.
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>> a rescue boat had to come get us. >> reporter: this is the moment zita veal was rescued. >> i'm petrified because i can't swim. >> reporter: and this is the moment the horror of harvey came flooding back. zita and her family survived, but she said she watched a neighbor's child suffer a fatal asthma attack in the height of the storm. >> it's like deja vu. you look at the news, and the city is under water. it was like the end of the world because you don't know where you're going from here. >> reporter: she's among the 200,000 katrina evacuees who desperately escaped to houston 12 years ago. about 40,000 remain. among them patricia mcguinness who lives on angel lane, a housing development built for katrina evacuees. >> i learned about the people in houston. if you're in trouble, they're here to help you. >> reporter: and thousands have done just that. >> mind opening th
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my faith in humanity has been restored by all the fine volunteers helping us out. >> reporter: some 350 miles away, this woman run a restaurant in new orleans. katrina closed it for 13 months. now they've held fund-raisers for houston. >> they had our back, now we'll have their back. >> reporter: the louisiana national guard also returning the favor, so is this new orleans-based volunteer group and zeta veal giving her own time to help her adopted home. >> i want to let them know that i've been through this before. there is hope. there is hope. >> reporter: a tale of two cities tested by tragedy, bound by resilience. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, houston. powerful stories leading by example. that is "nightly news" for this monday night. i'm peter alexander in for lester. he'll be right back here tomorrow. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and have a good night. tomorrow. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and have a good night.
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