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some places could get two and a half feet. more than 77 million people are in the path, including our team of correspondents. first kris van cleave in d.c. >> reporter: it wasn't congress that created gridlock in washington last night. it was a rush hour burst of snow that froze the untreated roads and turned cars into out-of-control projectiles. neighboring virginia reported 767 crashes in just 24 hours. >> it is crazy out here. >> reporter: normally short commutes turned into eight-hour, slow-speed marathons of misery, stretching the drive home well into the morning. a.a.a. rescued nearly 6,500 drivers from the mayhem, and this was a small storm before the main event comes tomorrow. d.c. mayor muriel bowser. >> we are very sorry for an inadequate response. >> reporter: what does last night's debacle say about the city's ability to handle the type of storm that's coming at it now? >> we should have been out
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if we had gotten out earlier and had more resource, we may have seen a dis. >> reporter: today crews were getting their equipment ready and starting to treat area roads. of particular concern are power outages from wind gusts as high as 55mph. and people were stocking up, leaving store shelves bare as residents prepared to be snowed in for days. >> it's the same way you prepare for a natural disaster or armageddon. >> they've run out of organic carrot, which is a terrible thing. they're running out of lots and lots of things. >> reporter: d.c. police chief cathy lanier urged people to stay home once the storm starts. >> don't take this storm for granted. this is 36 hours of a major storm. >> reporter: are we talking life-and-death potential from this storm in. >> absolutely. >> reporter: most of the schools in the region are closed tomorrow, but the district's 544 trucks and plows as well as 39,000 tons of salt are ready to battle the storm. >> christa: kris, thanks very
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well, it will be a battle to travel tomorrow on the roads, rails and in the air. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: marge varre is one of thousands of people who thought they were getting out ahead of the storm. she was supposed to fly to the caribbean tomorrow for a two-week vacation. >> they just said charlotte airport is closed tomorrow. there goes our plan. we have to come up with a new plan. >> reporter: so far more than 1,000 flights scheduled for friday have been canceled. at least eight major airline carriers have issued travel waivers allowing passengers with flights at over 50 airports to rebook and avoid getting stuck or charged a change fee. philadelphia international is no stranger to travel nightmares. thousands of bags were misplaced after a blizzard in 2007. keith bernie is deputy director of operations. >> we're prepared for the worst. >> reporter: bern yes's team has eight snow melters that can melt 250 tons of snow every hour. >> i consider it a very cheap insurance policy.
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we'll be staffed up and ready to go. >> reporter: inside terminal d tonight at philadelphia's airport, it is very, very quiet. come saturday there won't be any flights in or out of philadelphia. scott, the same scenario is expected at other airports, including reagan national in d.c., dull us will in virginia and baltimore-washington in maryland. >> pelley: david, thanks. eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at the cbs station wbz. eric? >> reporter: scott, the storm is really just starting to get geared up across the deep south here, digging into louisiana we've had tornado warnings in parts of mississippi, gathering a lot of that gulf moisture. then it runs into the cold. blizzard watches out include parts of new york city as well as philly. blizzard warnings in baltimore and d.c., and a huge area under winter storm warn, a very broad area that will see one to two-foot snows. we're deepening friday night, arriving in washington, d.c., by the evening hours, into new york city by saturday morning. and just grazing southern new england as we head into saturday might. so in dark blue, one to two-foot
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right now it look like 6 to 12 in new york, probably the toughest forecast across the board. 18 to 24 in d.c. that is an historic level storm. and 18 to 24 in roanoke, virginia. not just the snow, but we also have a significant ice storm to deal with, especially in north carolina, and, scott, of course, having a big impact on daily life, a chance for power outage, but also watching the impact for the n.f.c. championship in charlotte this weekend. >> pelley: eric, thank you. there is breaking news tonight in the flint water emergency. the e.p.a.'s regional administrator who covers michigan resigned this evening. also president obama says the state will have $80 million in federal funds by next week. flint has started a chemical process that it hopes will eventually stop the lead that has poisoned its water. at least 100 children show elevated lead in their blood, which can cause damage to the brain. adriana diaz has been looking into how this happened and how
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out. >> i had to put in a shower filter. >> reporter: the outrage continues for flint resident desiree dwell. she's a single mother trapped in a home she can't sell because of the lead emergency. >> how do you deal with knowingly poisoning yourself because that's all there is to drink? >> reporter: flint is like many american cities with lead pipes in their water system. usually harmless chemicals are added to the water that protect the pipes from corrosion, but in 2014, flint tried to save money by switching from detroit's water system to drawing water from the flint river. the city did not add the protective chemicals, so the lead pipes started coming apart. >> water filter! >> reporter: state officials say the water can be made safe by using home filters the national guard is handing out. will you ever trust the water coming through these pipes? >> not until they are replaced. >> ever? >> probably not. >> reporter: those
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back in flint's water, and officials say the pipes will heal over the next six months and become safe. but public health experts we've talked to say the only way to make sure the water is lead-free is to replace those pipes. the problem is, it could take a decade to replace the at least 15,000 lead pipes that connect city water mains to homes. >> lead is a poison. it's a neurotoxin. >> reporter: brother martin kaufman studieser want hydrology at the university of michigan flint. he's in charge of a new effort to map the city's lead pipe network. what kind of undertaking would it be to replace the lead pipes in the city? >> it would be massive. you're looking at over $100 million. we've been neglecting our infrastructure for so long in this country that it's going to take a paradigm shift to get people to think about what i would call real homeland security. >> reporter: this is where the problem started, flint's water treatment center. it's not currently in operation, but, scott, it could reopen in
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new pipeline between the city and lake huron. >> pelley: adriana diaz reporting from flint tonight. adriana, thanks. well, 11 days to iowa and new hampshire just eight days after that. we have two reports on the campaign beginning with nancy cordes. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the former secretary of state,, hillary clinton, went after bernie sanders' commander-in-chief credentials today, calling him naive for wanting to normalize relations with iran, and she claims the long-time lawmaker hasn't thought his ideas on diplomacy through. >> senator sanders doesn't talk very much about foreign policy, but when he does, it raises concern. >> reporter: in new hampshire sanders challenged clinton on entitlements. >> we have another difference of opinion on social security. i believe we should expand benefits. >> get everybody you know to come out and vote fur me, okay? thank you.
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to go, both campaigns are turning their attention to turnout. >> do you know what candidate you'll be supporting? bernie? awesome. that's really good the hear. >> are you folks signed in? >> reporter: at a clinton event, every supporter was asked to sign a pledge to vote. james follows up with a phone call. >> in our precinct we have to have 250 supporters. we're working on that 250 right now. we're not... we know exactly who they are. >> reporter: so you're in the trying to convince the undecideds. you're just making sure your supporters vote? >> well, if things get hot, those people will show up. >> reporter: i'm major garrett in new hampshire where ted cruz responded to 1996 g.o.p. nominee bob dole's declaration that "nobody likes him" and that donald trump could work better with congress. >> if as a voter you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, then i guess donald trump is your guy. >> reporter: trump,
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answered cruz. >> ronald reagan would get along with tip o'neill, and they'd sit down and they'd make great deals for everybody. that's what the country is about really, isn't it? you know? >> reporter: back in new hampshire, john kasich met with campaign volunteers and told us he's in strong contention for second place. can you win here? >> maybe we can win, but what's important is that i can remove doubt from people that, yeah, this guy who has the best resume, maybe the most experienced, you know, i hear the adult in the room, has a chance to be heard in the country. >> reporter: kasich also shared this hard political truth: people want to be with a winner, but they don't want the make a winner. scott, kasich admitted he will have to change that dynamic here or go home. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. much of what we know about atrocities committed by isis in
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courageous citizens armed with smartphones. they have become journalists, but now they're being targeted by isis assassins. holly williams has their story. >> reporter: barbara kasmar lost her husband a month ago. he was shot in entered daylight on a busy street in southern turkey near the syrian border. >> i'm trying to wake up and find him and joking, laughing. >> reporter: he was a syrian documentary maker. he showed what life is really like under isis. bashra told us her husband received death threats from isis, though the extremists haven't claimed responsibility for his murder. >> i hate the sound of bullets. i hate it very much.
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kill me by the knife. >> reporter: her husband sometimes worked with a group that is being slaughtered silently. their citizen journalists risk their lives to report from inside the city of raqqa, the so-called isis capital. the group's web site includes accounts not just of public executions but also of extortion, breadlines and how isis stops people from escaping the city. all of it revealing that raqqa's far from the paradise that isis claims. to stop the truth getting out, isis has hunted down and murdered the group's act -- activist, even when they're over the boarder in turkey. mohammed massara is a former high school math teacher who helped found the raqqa group and later fled to turkey where the death threats followed him. "we've become numb," mohammed told us. "it's not easy to talk to your friends at night and discover
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what will happen to you if you stay in turkey? "every time i go outside, i have this feeling i'm being followed," he said. "but i need to stay alive, keep getting the word out and not give in to isis." barbara kashmar is now seeking asylum in europe but still can't bring herself to bring her youngest daughter anissa that her father is gone. >> it's so hard. i don't want to die. i don't want to be arrested. i want to live and to do everything i can. >> reporter: mohammed massara left turkey yesterday and also now seeking asylum in europe, but, scott, he told us that other activist from the group remain inside raqqa, risking death to report on what isis is doing to their city. >> pelley: holly williams reporting tonight from istanbul. holly, thank you.
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thousand feet away, scientists say these drills might be futile because the inevitable tsunami could be higher than the school. >> as soon as the earth shakes, get here. >> reporter: superintendent paula ackerland. >> scientists tell us it will happen at some point. it's verien predictable as to when, so we need to be prepared. >> reporter: that's why construction workers are racing to finish this vertical evacuation structure, the first of its kind in north america. the shelter sits on the roof of a new school, rising 44 feet high with 14-inch-knick walls. it could save thousands of students and residents seeking refuge. like the japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed nearly 16,000, seismologists say there is an impending disaster coming this way. 70 miles off america's pacific northwest, from northern california to vancouver island
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cascada subduction zone, where the oceanianic plate is slowing being forced between the north american plate. >> it buckles. it buckles upward and gets pushed backward like a spring until eventually after a few hundred years it just has to let go. >> reporter: for 25 years oregon state geologist chris goldfinger has warned of the possibility of disaster. he and other scientists have been collecting core samples of sediment from the ocean floor. >> these sand layers that you can see are we believe past earthquakes. >> reporter: they discovered that major earthquakes happen here an average of every 240 years. the last major cascadea quake was 315 years ago. the big one, scientists say, is overdue. >> nothing that compares to magnitude nine earthquake that north america has experienced in human history. >> reporter: similar to what happened in japan, fema
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could hit some areas within 15 minutes. collapsed roads and bridges could cut off coastal towns and major cities like portland, olympia and seattle, potentially stranding 7 million people. >> these roads are in red. is that because they could conceivably be impacted and not be passable? >> absolutely. >> reporter: kenneth murphy is fema's regional administrator. is fema ready for the big one? >> i would never say we are ready. >> reporter: what's the best case scenario for 8.0? >> at least 10,000-pleus killed from the tsunami. >> reporter: the numbers go way up with 9.0? >> they go tremendously up. we're talking numbers that this nation i'm not sure is prepared to deal with. >> reporter: some cities in the northwest require new buildings be constructed to withstand a major earthquake, but most of those laws don't apply the older buildings. scott, federal, state and military officials do say they have response plans in place.
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