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breaking news tonight, a life-threatening hurricane about to make landfall in florida. several states of emergency and concern stretching all the way into the northeast. spacex explosion disaster caught on camera. a rocket blows up on the launchpad, destroying a major plan by facebook. what went wrong? backlash. big fallout for donald trump from key supporters who say they were betrayed as trump calls for a major immigration crackdown. stopping pain without painkillers. some alternatives that patients are trying. what's working and what's not. and parents' nightmare. a big mix-up in the air. two small children
sent to the wrong cities and a mom presented with the boy who was not her child. how does this happen? "nightly news" we gins right now. 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. as we come on the air, a hurricane is about to make landfall in the state of florida for the first time in 11 years. hurricane hermine is packing 75-mile-an-hour winds and there are fears of tornadoes, torrential rain, flooding and a dangerous storm surge, which has already begun. tonight multiple states of emergency across the south as this massive storm system closes in. schools and businesses are closed and millions are on alert. gabe gutierrez is in the florida panhandle for us tonight. gabe, good evening. how are things going? >> reporter: savannah, good evening.
the wind and the rain is really starting to pick up here as hermine gets closer to shore. it has really strengthened throughout the day. now florida's governor is saying that 6,000 members of the national guard are ready to mobilize if needed. tonight the outer bands of hermine are lashing the florida panhandle. torrential rain pounding the coast as authorities warn of devastating storm surge. >> this is life-threatening. we have a hurricane. >> you can rebuild a home. you can rebuild property. you cannot rebuild a life. >> reporter: hermine strengthening into a category 1 hurricane this afternoon. it had already dumped more than a foot of rain near tampa. homes flooded there and in sarasota with fire crews used boats to rescue residents and pets. this restaurant owner scrambling to keep the water out. >> we lost all of our dock. >> reporter: the threat not just wind and rain but even isolated tornadoes. now parts of georgia and north carolina are also under a state of
emergency. the east coast expecting dangerous rip currents through the holiday weekend. right now hermine is near apalachicola, florida. >> you do what you can do and hope for the best. >> reporter: on nearby st. george island mandatory evacuations are under way. fire chief jay abbott is on patrol. >> when you have these conditions, we really want you off this island. all these storms are serious because they're unpredictable, you know, and the scary part is when tornadoes spin off of them. >> reporter: despite the risks, rex and cindy whiteman have chosen to stay. >> we've done everything we can to prepare. and it's too hard to pack up and leave. so -- and this is home. >> reporter: they plan to ride out florida's first hurricane in more than a decade. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, apalachicola, florida. al roker joining us. when can we expect landfall? >> some time late tonight, savannah.
but you can see the eye of the storm right now. this is strengthening. if there's any good news, it doesn't have a lot of time to strengthen much more. so that's good. we have tornado watches in effect in central florida, and we're watching hermine 85 miles south of apalachicola, 75 mile-per-hour winds moving east at 14. landfall late tonight in the panhandle. by early saturday afternoon it's off the carolina coast. we're watching this and the cone of uncertainty still includes boston, new york. it will continue to expand. we may be talking about this into early next week. we have tropical storm watches, hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings all the way from atlantic city to apalachicola. storm surges, the flooding that comes onshore, 6 to 9 feet in the big bend area, 1 to 4 feet in tampa. georgia/north carolina coast could see 1 to 3 feet. we have the possibility of tornadoes from wilmington all the way to gainesville. and the rainfall, and my gosh, the flood risk upwards of 20 inches in the panhandle. and savannah, we're talking upwards of 4 to 8 inches into the carolinas. rip currents stretching from florida all the way up
to new england. >> we'll have to watch tonight, al. thank you very much. other news now and a major setback tonight for spacex. the company hired by nasa to carry cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station. an unmanned rocket suddenly exploded during a test this morning two days before a scheduled launch. on board a satellite that facebook hoped to use to beam internet access to remote parts of the world. now spacex is behind schedule again and trying to learn what went wrong. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: it happened on cape canaveral, launchpad 40. a massive explosion just after 9:00 a.m., an unmanned spacex falcon 9 rocket launched in a giant fireball that the company says started in the upper stage oxygen tank. >> evacuating complex 41, but it's south of 41. >> wow. it's still going. >> reporter: the explosion so big witnesses could see and feel it miles
away, even caught on weather radar. >> it's a rocket segment that blew up. a pretty noxious smoke plume heading out towards the beach. >> temporarily closing down the beach. >> reporter: amazingly no one was injured. it happened during an engine test fire. on saturday the rocket was supposed to launch an israeli communications satellite into orbit from which facebook planned to beam home internet access to africa. facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg today saying he was deeply disappointed by the launch failure. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: it's not the first disappointment for spacex, founded by billionaire elon musk. it suffered a series of setbacks with its reusable rockets, but also tremendous success, launching cargo resupply missions to the space station. the falcon 9 rocket lost today is the same design that is supposed to one day carry humans to the space station. former astronaut steve robinson is an nbc news analyst. >> this is a very competitive industry, of course, and it's also a very unforgiving industry.
you have to balance being hard charging and being extremely careful. >> reporter: today's explosion appears to have significantly damaged the spacex launchpad, a potentially serious setback for spacex as the company works through a backlog of satellite launch dates and upcoming resupply missions to the space station. tom costello, thank you. to presidential politics and big backlash for donald trump from some of his biggest latino supporters who say now they feel misled and betrayed after trump indicated he was perhaps softening on some of his immigration stances only to come out swinging last night, calling for a major immigration crackdown. nbc's katy tur tonight with the reaction. >> reporter: until today jacob monte was a member of donald trump's national hispanic advisory council. >> i'm not going to be a hispanic prop like the mexican president was. so i resigned. >> reporter: monte bowing out after trump's fiery immigration speech
last night. any previous suggestion he may work with undocumented immigrants already in this country a pipe dream. >> you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the united states by illegally entering our country. >> reporter: disregarding his council's advice. >> i argued and most on the council did, for a softer tone than he decided on. >> reporter: instead trump stuck to the hardline immigration approach that won him the primary. >> we're going to triple the number of i.c.e. deportation offices. i am going to create a new special deportation task force. >> reporter: even after he seemed open to compromise with the mexican president earlier that day. >> we didn't discuss who pays for the wall. we didn't discuss. >> reporter: that's not true according to enrique pena nieto who repeatedly insists he told trump mexico would not pay for the wall. in the past two weeks
trump has shifted daily sometimes hourly on immigration in an attempt to keep his pace and appeal to moderate voters. >> there certainly can be a softening. i've had people say it's a hardening, actually. but i think you're going to see there's really quite a bit of softening. >> reporter: but it may be too late as some republicans like jasmine monroy have already made up their minds. >> you are going to get the hispanic vote? no. that's being fake and a hypocrite. >> i think the latino community is completely unavailable to donald trump because of his language not just on this issue, but i think he does speak a language of intolerance. >> reporter: sources tell nbc news trump will get his second security briefing in new york city. this as his wife melania files a $150 million lawsuit against an american blogger and the daily mail for what she says are false stories claiming that she was once an escort. the daily mail has since retracted the story. savannah? >> katy tur, thank you. hillary clinton's campaign meanwhile announced that it smashed a fund-raising record in the month of
august. while clinton has been shaking hands with donors often behind closed doors, the role of attack dog has been largely left to her supporters and surrogates. andrea mitchell with the story tonight. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton off the trail relying on joe biden to attack trump. >> this is a guy born with a silver spoon in his mouth that now he's choking on because his foot's in his mouth along with the spoon. >> reporter: and tim kaine on the morning shows. >> i think this is kind of a diplomatic amateur hour by donald trump. >> reporter: but biden raising eyebrows not leaping to defend the clinton foundation to nbc's casey hunt. >> has the clinton foundation always been 100% ethical in your view? >> look, i think the clinton foundation, like all foundations, have found themselves in a position where things are changing. and i think she's going to change. >> reporter: the candidate herself only two public events in two weeks. when she does appear, ducking questions. what do you think of donald trump's new
hires? >> thank you so much. we're having a great time here in cleveland. >> reporter: clinton has spent most of her time making her case to donors in private. the haul $143 million in august. 62 million for her campaign, the rest for the democratic party. >> every day donald trump is out there is good for the clinton campaign. every day hillary clinton is not distracting from the attention donald trump is getting is also good for the campaign. >> reporter: tonight clinton once again out of sight after driving off to practice for her debate against trump. likely to be the make or break moment of the campaign. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. authorities in florida said they have found zika in infected mosquitoes for the first time in the continental u.s. officials say that development is disappointing but not surprising after dozens of nontravel-related zika infections in people in miami-dade county. but until now they hadn't been able to find mosquitoes with the virus. in a major announcement today georgetown university, the oldest jesuit institution in the u.s., says it will
start making amends for a low point in its history by allowing descendants of people it bought and sold as slaves to get the same treatment as its most elite alumni. nbc's kristen welker with more. >> reporter: it was news maxine crump and michelle harrington could have never imagined. >> it was shocking. >> reporter: earlier this year the sisters learned they're the direct descendants of a group of slaves sold to louisiana in 1838 to save georgetown university from bankruptcy. today another stunning revelation. georgetown announcing the descendants of all 272 slaves sold and anyone who helped build the university will now get preferential treatment in the admission process, like the children of alumni. >> we belong as part of the georgetown family. and we need to get what's in effect are gifts. >> it makes us hoyas. >> that's right. >> reporter: the news
monumental for their niece, lauren crump. >> it makes me want to consider georgetown. >> reporter: more than a dozen universities, including harvard and brown, have publicly recognized their ties to slavery, but today georgetown went a step further. >> i want to recognize the descendents of the enslaved children, women and men of the jesuit plantations. >> reporter: georgetown will seek to alter the physical imprint of its legacy, renaming two buildings which once paid tribute to college presidents involved in the 1838 slave sale. it all started last fall when students of all races started demanding justice. >> today brings a point of pride and overwhelming joy. >> reporter: what do you say to critics who would argue this is an important step but it doesn't go far enough? >> well, they're right. but we got to make the first step. >> reporter: a journey that began with 272 forgotten souls now on a path toward atonement and forgiveness. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. still ahead tonight, pain relief without the pills. so many alternative treatments out there, but which ones
can relieve pain with fewer prescription pills and possibly without pills at all. nbc's dr. john torres explains. >> reporter: judy, a lawyer in new york, has suffered neck pain for three years. >> it's very, very debilitating. almost some days unsustainable in terms of tolerating it. >> reporter: after trying almost everything, she found relief with acupuncture, which stimulates certain nerve endings. >> acupuncture can cause you to feel pain differently. >> reporter: and it works for a lot of americans according to one of the most comprehensive studies of alternative pain relief. today the national institutes of health reviewing findings from more than 16,000 patients reported on what works and what doesn't. for those with arthritic knee pain acupuncture and tai chi had the best results. for neck pain, massage therapy, and back pain it's acupuncture and yoga. not so effective, natural supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin. at the cleveland clinic connie powell is using a combination
of alternative therapies including meditation to replace high doses of painkillers. >> i'd given up on life. i didn't feel there was any way out. >> reporter: judy swears by acupuncture. does it hurt? >> no, it does not hurt. you know that someone's touching you, but it's not like getting a shot. >> reporter: insurance companies don't always pay for these therapies. pain experts hope this study proves they do work and should be covered. dr. john torres, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with a rare and spectacular show high in the sky.
tonight, calls for the federal government to investigate a mother's nightmare. why an airline somehow allowed two young boys to get on the wrong flights last month. today one mother described her moments of sheer panic. here's nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: 5-year-old andy martinez waved good-bye for what should have been a 350 minute jetblue flight from the dominican republic to new york's kennedy airport. flying alone for the first time, his mom maribel paid the airline an extra $100 to have an employee get andy on and off the flight. but when maribel went to pick up andy on august 17th, through a translator, she says he wasn't there. >> i was given another boy. and they asked me if it was the first time, is this your son? and i said, this is not my son. >> reporter: that child had her son's passport. andy landed in boston, the other boy mistakenly sent to jfk. jetblue put andy on the next flight to new york and, after what she says were more
than three terrifying hours, maribel had her son back. >> i then had him in my hands, thank god. >> reporter: but when asked if it was the two boys who switched passports causing the confusion, the mother's lawyer jumped in. >> we're not going to speculate. >> reporter: in a statement the airline said the children were always under the care of jetblue crew members. jetblue apologized, refunded the flights and offered the families credit on future flights. as for andy, he's back in the dominican republic with his dad but flying another airline. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. when we come back tonight, an update on a girl whose story has touched so many after a teacher's life-saving gift.
and finally tonight, the new chapter in an amazing story we first brought you this past spring. today was back-to-school day for a remarkable girl who had struggled with so much at such a young age. well now her future looks much brighter thanks to a teacher's incredible gift. here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: the first day of school.
time for friends old and new. but this reunion is extra special. because 8-year-old natasha fuller and teacher jody schmidt share a bond that goes far beyond the school yard. since birth natasha has battled kidney disease, struggling to stay alive. until the third grade teacher from down the hall surprised natasha's grandmother. she would share one of her kidneys. >> my god! >> reporter: we were with them just before the operation. >> i'm worried she's going to get scared because i'm scared, too. >> we'll be scared together, but we're going to be okay. >> yep. >> yeah. >> reporter: that was just five months ago. natasha has regained her color and strength and remains as precocious as ever. >> she's worked hard at school. she's worked hard with dialysis. she's worked hard at being a friend and a granddaughter. i'm not surprised that she's recovered as well as she has. >> reporter: she's even done some things for the very first
time, like swimming. and your favorite food is -- >> chocolate! and chocolate m&ms, chocolate kit-kats and fries and oh, sasha's burritos. >> reporter: i'm getting hungry. >> don't mess with that little one. >> reporter: natasha's grandmother says nothing will hold this little spark plug back. you think she's going to grab it by the horns? >> she already has. she did the day after she woke up from her surgery. >> reporter: this is my world? >> you bet. >> reporter: a lifelong friendship thanks to the gift of life. >> give me a hug. >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, okay -- oakfield, wisconsin. aren't they amazing? that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching, and have a great night.
right now it's 6:00. video proof but still no arrests. tonight why south bay teachers say police can't help him catch vandals who he says tried to destroy his car. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us on this thursday evening. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm janelle wang in for raj mathai. a south bay man says he has prove of a crime but police are too under staffed to do anything about it. >> we are talking about a high school teacher who says he has video of one of his students shattering his window with a
rock in front of his home. a story you will only see on nbc bay area, damian. >> reporter: jessica, the teacher tells me it happened to him twice, in fact twice to this car here in south san jose. he showed us the video here, the same video he shared with san jose police. >> this is surveilled yas video chad cameron's home. he says it is the second time someone has thrown a rock at his windshield. ram ron believes the culprit is one of his former students at willow glen high school where he is a teacher. >> you're 100% sure this is one offer former students? >> why. >> reporter: cameras showed us the rock the suspect used in the vandal ifrm. he says the suspected vandal lives a block away. he gave owl of the evidence to police, was given a case numb area and was told there are no police to investigate. >> we are living in the middle of silicon valley and you wish there were enough officers to come help out and take care of me. i understand there's worse crimes happening in