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>> thanks for joining us. "nightly news" is next. >> we'll see you back here at 6:00. tonight the fury of florence. of florence as the winds die down, the new warnings of epic rainfall and life-threatening floods. >> we face walls of water and our coast along our rivers, and farmland, in our cities, and in our towns. >> as theeath toll increases, hundreds are rescued. the storm expected to bring misery to millions more for days to come. . a terrifying day on the beach.reamg, call 911, there has been a shark attack. >> killing a young man boogie boarding on cape cod. protests and new questions in dallas more than a week after a police officer shot and killed her neighbor. and for one group
in north carolina their church was a sanctuary during the storm. a place where faith overcame the fear. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening from wi wilmington along the cape fear river. it has been raining for better than 48 hours. more than 30 inches have fallen in some parts of the state. we could see 40 inches before it's said and done. this storm is sitting over us, barely moving, bringing dangerous flooding across the state. the national guard tells me they are active in at least ten counties. tropical storm florence already blamed for at least nine deaths and nearly 800,000 are still without power. our nbc news correspondents are all across the region covering every angle of this storm tonight. first the latest on the crisis and the governor's stern warning. more water is on the way. in new bern, north carolina, homes are now islands. teams going door to
door, rescues underway in counties across the southeastern part of the state. north carolina's governor today warning the danger is getting worse. >> i cannot overstate it. floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life. >> reporter: where the creek is fed by the cape fear water, risinger rising by the hour. >> if it gets closer to my truck, i will get worried about having to leave home. >> reporter: south carolina bracing for flooding, too. >> how are you? >> talking about a tree. >> reporter: and downed trees, downed power lines are everywhere. a big pine crushed the goodson's car. your daughter was asleep in that room >> riactly, yeah. >> reporter: so another couple of feet? >> another foot would have been, it would have been on top of zwroefr view. let's zero in on the impact of the storm in the days to come. as we said, our
correspondents are spread out across the region. let's begin with garrett haake in hard-hit new bern, north carolina. garrett. >> reporter: kate, the neuse river is back in its banks, but there is so much flooding around this community. today we used a drone to get a look at some of the neighborhoods we haven't been able to get to on foot it. what we found a mile from the river was block after block of homes completely surrounded by water. some of it knee deep. some waist deep. all of it filthy and full of debris. as we flew that droen, you got a sense of the zal scale of this. now, back here on the riverfront we put the drone up again and had a chance to see the power of the enormous boats into houses on the riff front. kate, there has been some good news from the city of new bern today. they said they have completed 400 or so water rescues. everyone who called for help has gotten it. i spoke to the mayor tonight. he said the city has not seen a flooding
event like this in 70 years or more. >> garrett, those pictures are unbelievable. thanks. and stay safe. some of the flooding we saw happened so quickly, people were actually trapped inside. nbc's joe fryer is out in jacksonville, north carolina, with that angle. joe. >> reporter: kate, those who lived in this neighborhood since the '80s said they never seen it flood before. as you can see, that changed today. the flooding started this morning and the waters rose so quickly it caught many here off guard. in fact, a number of people were stranded inside their homes and needed to be rescued. that's when good samaritans descended upon this community with boats, helping to get people to higher and drier ground. those who were saved today were grateful. >> i'm notng make it out. i'm not going to make out. so it's a blessing to have people that still, you know, care
about you and risk their lives for you. >> reporter: overflowing rivers and creeks are to blame for the flooding in jacksonville. it has now been raining here nonstop for about 50 hours. kate. >> all right. joe fryer, thank you. hans nichols went out with the u.s. marines today as they took part in rescue operations. he joins us from the emergency operations center in jacksonville. good evening, hans. >> reporter: good evening. we are here at these emergency operation center. it is a hive of activity. you have all kinds of data in real time, how high the rivers are, how high they will be rising. you have the finance team. here you have first responders. over there, they are in charge of finding shelters for their citizens. you even see some united states marines were just up the road from camp lejeune. we went out with them today. they have seven ton trucks able to get to hard-hit areas. the staff sergeant in charge of that mission, he says they are waiting for more orders.
how much more can the marines do? >> anything. anything you give them, they are capable of knocking it out of the park. i am expecting a lot of flooding water, possible power lines down, things of that nature. >> reporter: now, they have done more than 150 rescues of individuals here. that number could climb throughout the night, even by the coast guard. they have got helicopter assets out there. everyone here is expecting more rain. the new river has breached its limits above 25 feet above normal. it's expected to go to 28, maybe to 30. they are expecting more rain and flooding. the biggest danger is if people come home too early. there are downed power lines everywhere. they are telling people stay home until they get the all-clear and then they can get back. kate. >> yeah, all of the local government officials saying the same thing, hans. thank you. sections of two major interstates, by the way, in north carolina, i-95 and
i-40, both have sections shut down tonight because of flooding on the road. here in wilmington, many roads remain impassable because of downed trees and power lines. miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: they were expecting floodwaters in wilmington. instead, they got hurricane-force winds ripping apart community after community. i want to show you a power line that snapped in those hurricane-force winds. it also ripped the roof off of this building. take a look at this drone video, hovering just over that building. you can see it was ripped to shreds in a matter of minutes. meantime, block after block across wilmington is hit with downed trees. first responders are having a difficult time tonight maneuvering through city streets. as a matter ofso many downed p lines, power could be out, electricity could be out to many for weeks, and it'swill be restore. back here on the ground, this is the scene. neighborhood after neighborhood, the cleanup here will
certainly take weeks. kate. >> all right. miguel, thanks. where is this storm headed over the next several days. dave price is here with me. thank goodness. this thing is sitting over us, not moving fast? >> not fast at all. if you are on the front edge of the storm you could out walk it. that's not good news because this rain shield is 300 miles wide. this is a big storm. let's take a look and tell you exactly where it is at this hour. 60 miles to the west of myrtle beach, south carolina, with 45-mile-per-hour winds moving west at two miles an hour. so slow. it's dumping rain over the carolinas. now, it could become a tropical depression tonight or early tomorrow, creeping inland w m torrential rain. early into next week the mid-atlantic, the northeast, you get it with lower rain totals. one to four inches. now, short term, this is what we are looking at tonight. five to seven more torrow, lingering rain into the ginning of next
week, and as far as storm totals upwards of 40 inches on the coast, 15 inches inland, and that comes with its own set of dangerous complications. >> you think about 40 inches, that's a lot of rain. david price, thank you so much. and as this country is so focused on the devastation of hurricane florence, a powerful typhoon swept through the philippines today killing at least a dozen people. janis mackey frayer is there for us tonight. >> reporter: the strongest storm on the planet this year, typhoon mangkhut, lashed at the philippines with torrential rain and fierce winds gustying to 200 miles per hour. >> this is nature. something you cannot -- >> reporter: along roads strewn with trees and debris, we drove north with workers clearing downed power lines. we felt the punch of mangkhut's wind. with more than 5 million people living in its path, thousands were evacuated from their homes to disaster centers. the typhoon's rain band nearly 550 miles
wide. this fisherman nearly drowned trying to save his boat. >> translator: this storm is different than others. i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: for hours mangkhut wreaked havoc on crops here, set off landslides, and swelled rivers before churning out to sea. the storm system is still barreling through asia, now heading towards hong kong and southern china where millions more are at high alert. kate. >> all right, janis mackey frayer, thank you. back in this country, a tragedy in massachusetts where a young man died today after being bitten by a shark in the ocean off of cape cod. this is the first time someone has died from a shark attack in massachusetts in more than 80ea. nbc's anne thompson reports from cape cod. >> reporter: on a perfect late summer day the news every at this time a report of an unknown shark bite. >> people started screaming shark and running up to get
everybody else out of the water. >> reporter: a 26-year-old man on a boogie board attacked, part of the cape cod national seashore. >> just a giant eruption of water. 15 foot wide and just it looked like i saw a tail and a lot of thrashing. >> reporter: beachgoers say they did everything they could to help the man. >> there were half a dozen people trying to stop the bleeding with towels. i guess the cord from the boogie board. >> reporter: the national parks service says the victim was rushed it the hospital where he was pronounced dead. this is the second shark attack this summer off the waters of cape cod, and the first fatal attack in massachusetts since 1936. these waters off the beach are feeding ground for great white sharks. swimmers are advised to stay in waist-deep water. this beach is closed until further notice. kate. >> all right. thank you.
a neighborhood remains under a state of emergency two days after those deadly -- the deadly series of gas edges ploegss and fires. investigators with details on an early warning sign that came from three states away. ron allen has more. >> reporter: good evening. today the ntsb revealed a central focus of its investigation. we knew there was a build up of gas pressure in the pipes that caused the explosions and fires. the ntsb now saying that problem was detected before happened at a monitoring station in columbus, ohio. investigators looking into how the local gas company responded to what sounds like a warning of a potential problem as residents here continue dealing with this disaster. it was the only house in the entire neighborhood that exploded and burned, and it belongs the lawrence police, who was eerily at the center of the tragic events that unfolded all over the boston suburbs this week. >> surreal.
to me it's not even reel. file like it's a dream. >> reporter: on duty when the gas fires erupted he was amongst the first to respond to calls for help. he was there with leo rondon, the teenager crushed to death in his car by a fallen chimney. >> we tried to take the chimney off. >> reporter: and while helping others the tragedy engulfed his own family. his daughter in their house when the fire started. >> i called just in time. she felt the first explosion, got out, ran across the street. >> reporter: today he returns for the first time. so you are trying to save a life. you are worried about your daughter and this is happening to your home at the same time? >> that's correct. >> reporter: wow. >> it was very chaotic. >> reporter: today the chaos abating. authorities say they are repairing the gas system and hope to get thousands of residents safely home soon. s soto and his family living in a hotel. >> hopefully, i will be able to rebuild. we want to be back
from the same place. >> reporter: a humble cop and family man in the middle of the madness just doing his job. ron allen, nbc news, lawrence, massachusetts. more than a week after a dallas police officer shot and killed one of her neighbors in his own apartment, there were new protests over the shooting and critical comments from the dallas mayor who said, shame on you, to those who questioned the reputation of the dead man. kathy park has the details. >> handsam, don't shoot. >> reporter: overnight tension in dallas as demonstrators marched in the rain to protest a fatal shooting of botham jean. the 26-year-old businessman shot and killed in his own apartment by an off-duty police officer. anger reaching a new rchvel after the warrant showing several items seized including 10.4 grams of marijuana, about a third of an ounce. >> it was a warrant searching for drugs someone that a law enforcement just killed. they should never have been seeking that information.
>> reporter: the mayor of dallas is outraged. >> botham jean was a great man and i am disturbed today at those who try to besmirch his reputation. shame on you. >> reporter: tonight amber guyger is out on $300,000 bond after being charged with manslaughter. in this new booking video you can see her in handcuffs wiping away tears. guyger says she entered the apartment thinking it was hers. she has not spoken publicly about the incident, leaving jean's mother with many questions. >> i want to find out whether the toxicology reports on amber has been released because she was the murderer. >> reporter: as investigators determine if what happened behind these doors was confusion or a crime. kathy park, nbc news. still ahead tonight, something new on the menu at a
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>> reporter: as much of the carolinas endure the worst, this tiny community is coming together embodying its best. ♪ ♪ there's a storm >> reporter: through almost every hurricane, 81-year-old arvella marlow has sought shelter here. >> took a lot of the scariness away from the older people. >> reporter: at pleasant grove missionary baptist church in calabash she is better known as aunt arvella bringing friends, neighbors, and complete strangers. >> this church is open wide for that purpose. >> reporter: riding out the storm with food, laughter, and song. >> everybody is so nice out here. it feels like a big family. >> reporter: now it's a legacy. >> my mom would explain it's a hurricane, we have to go be safe. >> reporter: she grew upcoming with her mother and great grandmother. now she comes with her daughter. >> i will teach my daughter the same thing.
>> reporter: a tradition forged by accident. hurricane hazel took a church revive al by surprise and forced them to find shelter. are you worried about the church? what about the wind? >> i'm not worrying about it. we had prayer last night. we got faith in god that, i just know he is going to take care of us. >> reporter: a community's time-tested faith in the face of fear. matt bradley, nbc news, calabash, north carolina. that is "nbc nightly news" on this saturday night. tomorrow a medical alert. results of an important new study on the role of aspirin in preventing heart attacks. i'm kate snow on the cape fear river out here with the battleship north carolina behind us. we will see you pack here tomorrow. wishing everyone in the region a safe night. now.
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