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>> sa vvannah guthrie is next o nightly news. breaking news tonight. hurricane watches and warnings just issued. a triple threat up and down the eastern seaboard and all the way to hawaii, bracing for impact. also breaking, isis says the leader at the top of america's kill list is dead. did the u.s. just take out the major strategis behind so many horrific attacks. a governor under fire for a profanity laced rant and accusation of repeated racist and inflammatory remarks. and a prep school rape case that gripped the nation, the victim reveals herself publicly for the first time. the mission she is on. and amazing rescue. a heart stopping pileup caught on camera. a woman trapped, her car engulfed in flames.
we hear from the heroes who saved her. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester tonight. make no mistake, we are in the fall throes of hurricane season now. and if you're a storm watcher at the weather service looking at the u.s. map tonight, there's a lot to keep your eye on. three big storms threatening the u.s. coastline at this hour. parts of florida just placed under a hurricane watch, braced for up to 10 inches of rain. a tropical storm warning for sections of south carolina. and hawaii gearing up for a possible one-two punch. the big island facing a hurricane warning at this hour. gabe gutierrez starts us off tonight in north carolina storm zone. >> reporter: tonight the view from the international space station is stunning, massive hurricanes swirling across the
globe. hurricane madeline in the pacific, threatening hawaii, it's followed by hurricane lester. churning in the atlantic, hurricane gaston, not expected to affect the u.s. now, the carolina and florida coast are bracing for separate tropical systems. >> this storm is an uncertainty, but we are preparing for it. >> reporter: in florida, tropical depression number 9 is forecast to turn toward the gulfcoast. heavy rain and isolated tornadoes during the next few days. >> everybody has to be careful. we don't want anybody to be injured and we don't want any loss of life. >> reporter: another system, tropical depression number 8 is grazing north carolina's outer banks, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. the concern here, rip currents, fast moving water that moves away from shore and swimmers are pulled out to sea, in panic, trying to swim back to the beach. >> rip currents are dangerous, they have taken three lives here in the outer banks just this past summer. >> reporter: young payton waller got caught up in one and managed to escape. >> it's really rough and all
these waves just crashing. >> reporter: other tourists on this tail end of summer are taking the offshore storm in stride. >> one to three inches, back home this is what you call a thunderstorm. >> reporter: the storms closest to the eastern u.s. are expected to strengthen into major hurricanes, it has suddenly become a busy season in the tropics. >> don't focus so much on the strength or the category, because the water hazard ends up being the most dangerous. >> reporter: as florida prepares for floodsing, here in new york's outer banks, here things might seem calm but there is dangerous rip currents up and down the eastern seaboard as far north as new england, possibly extending into the holiday weekend. >> nbc's gabe gutierrez. lets turn to our meteorologist, dylan dreyer. >> let's start in north carolina where gabe is, and this storm, tropical depression 8 is taking it's turn to the north northeast. moving way from land.
we still could see one to three inches of rain and gusty winds overnight and rip currents remain a threat through tomorrow. now to the gulf, tropical depression 9 is forecast to become a strong tropical storm before it makes landfall on thursday in northern florida. but the whole track has shifted a little bit farther north. now charleston, south carolina could see the effects of a strong tropical storm by the time we get into friday. either way, we are still looking at the possibility of tornadoes and up to 10 to 15 inches of rain in and around tampa and that could lead to some dangerous flooding. out in the pacific, we have two category 3 hurricanes, madeline and lester. madeline will stay to the the south of hawaii while lester is going to stay to the north of hawaii but we still could see 10 to 15 inches of rain on the big island and that could lead to flooding and mudslides. a lot to keep an eye on. as voters go to the polls in some high profile primary races tonight, a sign of just how worried top u.s. officials are that hackers likely from russia could be aiming to tamper with
the u.s. presidential election just over two months from now. nbc news has learned that the u.s. intelligence community has now launched a top secret review. our justice correspondent pete williams with the details tonight. >> reporter: as the nation prepares to vote 69 days from now, nbc news has learned that a top secret u.s. intelligence group has already been tasked with looking at russia's election related hacking. the white house gave the mission to a cold war legacy organization called the foreign denial committee. today the fbi director suggested his agency is also on the case. >> those kinds of things are something we take very, very seriously. and work very, very hard to understand so that we can equip the rest of our government with options for how to deal with it. >> reporter: u.s. officials say after trying and failing to get into arizona's online voter registration system russian hackers penetrated a similar system in illinois. copying but not changing or damaging a small fraction of the data.
but state election officials say it would be much harder for any outsider to hack into the completely separate individual devices that count the actual votes. >> if it's not on the internet and you're not voting via the internet, the only way to hack into anything would be machine by machine. >> reporter: states that use optical scanners still have the paper ballots as a backup. even so security experts warn that touch screen systems with no paper backups still in use are much more vulnerable especially to an insider hack. >> i think it's negligence for a secretary of state anywhere in the country now not to have a paper trail for their votes, not to have some backup system because the risks are just too great in this cyber wild west. >> reporter: also today democrats in congress asked the fbi to look into whether russian hacks into the democratic national committee were an attempt to help donald trump's campaign. tonight intelligence officials say they doubt russians are
trying to help trump but the thinking is that russia is trying to undermine confidence in the u.s. election system, even if it can't manipulate the vote. >> pete williams in washington, thank you. there are reports tonight that one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world has been killed. the brutal number two in command of isis, suspected of playing a role in some of the most vicious recent attacks on the west we've seen. richard engel now with exactly what we know tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: he's not a household name in the united states, but for isis supporters, he is a major player. both the group's chief spokesmen, also its second in command. significantly, it was al-adnani throughout the world to carry out lone wolf attacks throughout the month of ramadan. analysts say it was that call that was linked to a spike in terrorist attacks earlier this summer, in turkey, across europe, even
the orlando massacre. al adnani has long been linked to anti-american violence. he spent six years in u.s. custody in iraq until he was released. there remains an outstanding $5 million bounty on his head. what's important at this stage it's only isis that is claiming he was killed and u.s. u.s. officials have confirmed to nbc news that there was an air strike in syria earlier today that adnani was targeted, that a car was struck, but u.s. officials aren't sure that adnani was actually in the vehicle. there were still other reports that he died from wounds that he sustained a week or two weeks ago. u.s. officials are still investiga investigating, no confirmation yet. >> richard engel, thank you. it is fight night in two key states as two big names in the gop battle for their political lives. it is also a major first test of how donald trump may impact races for his fellow republicans. in the meantime, an african-american trump surrogate is apologizing now for something
critics called racist on social media. to get all of this now from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: when donald trump isn't mired in his own controversies, his surrogates stir it up for him. pastor mark burns apologizing for tweeting a cartoon of hillary clinton in black face. >> last thing i want to do is -- >> reporter: after 14 months of firestorms like that, tonight trump's affect on congressional races will be tested as voters cast their primary ballots. marco rubio and john mccain fighting to keep their seats in florida and arizona. >> cindy and i voted, we're looking for a good turnout on the vote today. >> reporter: both senators walking a tight rope trying to support their nominee without alienating hispanics. a voting block that could potentially sway general election races. at stake gop majorities, especially in the senate. if hillary clinton wins, democrats only need four more seats to retake control, making it easier to push through decisions like supreme court
nominees. >> holding the senate, i think is a extremely important goal for republicans and frankly the house of representatives is probably if things were not to go as we would like, our real last line of defense. >> reporter: incumbent senators facing tough battles, democrats linking them to trump's divisive rhetoric. >> i have said that i'm going to be voting for our nominee, but i've been quite clear when i had disagreement was him which i will continue to do. >> reporter: if the gop wins the house and senate, they could still hold the house, essentially leaving congress in gridlock. >> we won't be looking at large reforms such as immigration or tax codes. we'll be looking at a congress that averts controversy at the last hour as it has the past several years. >> reporter: instead of campaigning for down ballot republicans, donald trump is here in deep blue washington state. tomorrow, all eyes turn to arizona, where trump is expected
to clarify his murky position on immigration. one of trump's supporters, maine's governor paul lepage is facing a firestorm of his own tonight. lepage has been accused of ra racist remarks, apologized for leaving a profanity laced message for a political foe which was then publicly revealed. his political future is up in the air. >> you don't like me, and i don't like you. >> reporter: two term republican governor paul lepage already known for his bombastic style kicked it up a notch in recent days. >> 90 plus% -- >> reporter: last thursday, lepage insisted that 90% of the state's drug dealers are black or hispanic. when a democratic state representative criticized him, the governor left this voice mail. >> i have spent my life helping black people and you little son of a [ bleep ] socialist [ bleep ] i want you to record this and make it public because
i am after you. >> lepage apologized today on maine radio, sending a cryptic message about the rest of his term. >> i'm not going to say that i'm not going to finish it or am not saying i am going to finish it. >> reporter: narrowly re-elected in a three-way race, lepage has sparked controversy before. he had this message for the naacp in 2011. >> tell them to kiss my butt. >> what appeals to voters about paul lepage, is his combati combativeness, that willingness to mix it up to a point where it can be all out battle at times. >> reporter: but some maine voters say they have had enough. >> absolutely crossed the line. >> i feel like maine is way better than this. >> reporter: the governor embraces comparisons to another outspoken politician, donald trump, the two campaigned together in june. >> many people say we're a lot alike. he's a little bit shy, but i'm working on him. >> reporter: this afternoon, governor lepage had this to say about resigning. >> i would say that's a bit
exaggerated. >> reporter: leaving the people of maine wondering what he'll say next. kristen welker, nbc news, new york. and still ahead here tonight, breaking her silence. the victim of a sexual assault at an elite private school, a case that gripped the nation is talking exclusive to nbc news. why she's choosing to speak out now. also moment of impact. caught on camera, a tractor trailer smashing through cars, strangers frantically racing to rescue a driver trapped in the flaming wreckage.
tonight we are seeing and hear for the first time from a young woman at the center of a rape trial that captivated the nation because it took place at one of the most storied prep schools. owen labrie was tried with rape and ultimately convicted of sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl. now, chessy prout is now 17 and ready to tell her story. this is an nbc exclusive. >> this is the first time you've come out and said publicly what happened? >> yes. yes. >> why did you want to do that? >> well, i feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me. >> reporter: on a spring evening in 2014, 15-year-old chessy prout went on a date with then senior owen labrie. she says the night went terribly wrong, putting her, labrie and one of the country's most elite boarding schools at the center of a rape trial.
>> i was raped. i was violated in so many ways. >> it's been more than two years since the incident took place and a year since labrie was acquitted of felony rape charges but found guilty of a lesser felony and four misdemeanors including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. labrie was sentenced to a year in jail but is out on bail, appealing his conviction. >> they said that they didn't believe that he did it knowingly. and that frustrated me a lot because he definitely did do it knowingly. >> throughout the trial labrie maintained the encounter was consensual. >> what happened when you tried to go back to school and i guess it seemed like everybody knew? >> everybody pretty much knew i think and none of my old friends that were boys would talk to me. nobody was talking about the issue itself, they weren't trying to prevent it from happening to anybody else.
>> in the midst of a lawsuit against st. paul. the school came under fire for its handling of the situation and for having a culture some said allowed this kind of behavior to occur which it categorically denies. >> what do you hope happens to him now? do you ever think about that? >> i don't, i hope he learns, i hope he gets help. because if he doesn't learn, he will do it to another young woman. >> reporter: she has now raised a campaign to raise awareness to survivorings of sexual assault and chooses not to talk in detail about that night. >> i have been trying so, so hard to move forward. >> reporter: and says it's her family's support that has helped her the most. >> even when i get my panic attacks and i lock myself in my closet because i don't want my little sister to see me like that and she'll come into my closet when i'm rocking on the floor. and punching my legs trying to get myself to calm down. and she'll try and give me the
biggest hug and say chessy, you're okay, chessy, you're okay. and i just can't imagine how scary it is for other people to have to do this alone and i don't want anybody else to be alone anymore. i don't. >> chessy prout ultimately left st. paul school. she's completing her senior year of high school in another state. in a statement to nbc news, the school denied the culture or tradition of sexual assault ever existed but says chessy's experience caused us to look anew at the issue and brought about positive changes at the school. we are back in a moment with a tense police drama unfolding at the mansion of a music star.
chris brown in custody and say he has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. this follows a day long standoff at his home beginning at 3:00 this morning when officers were called to investigate a woman's claim that brown pointed a gun at her. brown refused to let police in or leave the premises to speak with officers. the alleged victim, baylee curran telling "tmz" that brown threatened her at gunpoint and a series of instagram videos he taunted the police. he has been in trouble before and in 2009 he assaulted his then girlfriend, rihanna. if convicted of possession of a firearm, he faces three years in prison. savannah guthrie will be back with more after this. next at 6: a deputy in trouble.
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driver. miguel has the story. >> reporter: like an out of control missile shooting down route 17 in new york, a tractor-trailer slammed into traffic leaving a car engulfed in flames and a debris field a quarter mile long. >> there were cars scattered everywhere, pieces of cars all over the place. >> reporter: through the mangled mess of cars, ed spotted one vehicle on fire, smoke and fl e flames pouring from the sedan and an elderly woman trapped inside. >> the doors wouldn't open, the windows wouldn't go down. she was screaming to help her get out. >> reporter: he ran to find a fire extinguisher and chris white jumped in to help. >> all the doors were shut due to impact from collision. >> reporter: soon others joined the road rescue. the car door was jammed, the inferno growing and using the fire extinguisher to douse the
fla flames. >> it must have been very scary for her to be in the car when interest was on fire like that, if you watch the video, it was horri horrifying. >> reporter: together, the men carried the elderly woman through the passenger window to safety and incredibly injuries only minominor. >> it was unique. the four of us never met each other and the first time we've seen each other. we were able to come together by some unknown force and work together as a seem and pull it all together. >> reporter: today, for the first time since their harrowing rescue, these four men together once again, the mayor of binghamton calling them heroes for reasons we can all clearly see. miguel ail me gear, nbc news. >> that's it for us. i will see you bright and early on "today" on nbc news. thank you so much for watching and have a good night. the move san jose city leaders
just made to help the police department put more officers on the streets. ==peggy/2-shot== the news at 6 starts now. thanks for joining us. i'm peggy bunker -- in for jessica aguirre. ==raj/2-shot== and i'm raj mathai. the police chief took his case to city hall. and within the past hour -- got the green light. raj/rail the san jose city council voted ten to 1 to answer the plea of the chief. nbc bay area's robert handa broke the story on twitter -- and joins us now from city hall. robert -- what's the immediate impact? raj/vo residents are able to go back to
consid her leon swan . more americans watch nbc news than any other news organization. a state of emergency, the move that san jose city leaders just made to help the police officer put more officers on the streets. the news at 6:00 starts now. thank you for joining us tonight. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm raj mathai. the police chief took his case to city hall and within the past hour got the green light. the san jose city council vote 10d-10-1 to answer the plea of the police.