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good morning. developing story on long island. firefighters battling a raging fire that destroyed several condos. >> his legacy will last lifetimes. the question into prince's sudden and shocking death at his home. >> a live look outside. our streak of dry weather is about to come to an end.
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>> i'm ken rosato. it's friday, april 22nd. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. >> you saw the hazy look from the george washington bridge. we have the hazy look when you look across central park. that is the jackie onassis reservoir to the left and out to flushing bay. 63 on this southerly wind coming up. 62 laguardia. by noontime. 80 this afternoon. a cold front comes by. not a wash out but you may run into a shower. weather and traffic every seven minutes looking at the l.i.e. this is the l.i.e. westbound side. you can see the police activity. there were about 5 to 6 police vehicles earlier. so, it looks like some of them are starting to pull away. you can see the delay traveling on the l.i.e. this is the northern state parkway.
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you are a noncommercial vehicle. we will head to the maps. l.i.e. west near exit 41 and, again, northern state parkway, green as can be. that's the way to go. we are looking at the van wyck north, ramp to the grand central parkway has an accident. signal problems at 36th street. 78 eastbound exit 57 an overturned truck. street cleaning rules are in effect today. ken, over to you. >> thank you. developing right now in long island, a massive fire tearing through a suffolk county condo complex overnight. >> the touring flames broke out on birch wood road leaving several families homeless. diana rocco is live in medford. diana? >> reporter: ken and lori, more than a dozen people are homeless this morning. with the daylight, you can see how bad the damage is here. we spoke to people who were allowed back in their homes to grab a few of their belongings. take a look at how intense this was.
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before they knew it the entire building was engulfed. they only had time to grab their pets and leave before the building was engulfed in flames. this is the blue ridge condominium. this is what it looked like at the height of the fire. investigators say it started on the second floor in one of the units and quickly jumped to another building. when the fire department arrived, the flames were shooting through the roof. it took a few minutes to spread to the building next door. mutual aid was called from five other departments. at one point the flames were shooting dozens of feet high. six units were damaged this morning. some were allowed to go back in and collect belongings. for most it was a total loss. >> the dog was going crazy, more than usual. we had the windows open. we went to go out and check it out, saw the smoke coming out of the top of the roof then
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then minutes later the fire was ripping out of the roof. >> tough morning for a lot of those displaced residents. the fire marshal and arson investigators are on the scene trying to figure out how this started. live in medford, diana rocco, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. the world has lost another musical and cultural icon. the artist known aspirins being remembered this morning after his sudden death. >> well, born prince rogers nelson, he went on to become a star of the stage and screen. his body found in an elevator at his minneapolis studio compound. the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine how he died. earlier this month prince postponed an atlanta concert as he had fallen ill with the flu. >> outside the famed first avenue music venue in minneapolis. the thousands of people packed the streets for an all night dance party.
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contribute to the purple one playing a game at target field surrounded by purple. >> city landmarks across the country showed their colors from florida to california. >> celebrations were held in new york. dray clark is live outside the apollo theater. >> it's quiet here outside the apollo theater. up until an hour ago there were people dancing and you could hear the music. this memorial is where fans have been coming to remember and pay respects to prince, one of the greatest artists of all time gone too soon. reporter: the streets of fort greene were filled with the sounds of prince. hundreds crowded in front of spike lee studios. the filmmaker danced with fans as they celebrated the life of a music icon. fans gathered to sing, dance
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truly broke the mold. >> such a prolific artist die, you see the effect and reach of the music around the world. >> reporter: prince died yesterday morning at his home near minneapolis. he was 57 years old, born prince rogers nelson, he had a career that spanned more than three decades and left an indelible mark on pop culture. the impact of his death was felt across new york city. brooklyn borough hall was lit in his signature color, purple, a color many fans had in his honor. at the apollo theater, fans gather under a marquee dedicated to prince for an impromptu dance party. >> this is deep to my heart. i am sad that he is gone.
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>> reporter: here on 125th street this is sacred ground a place for so many people that loved prince and music. he performed at the apollo many times. the last performance in the city was march 18th, a private concert in the meat packing district. he revealed to fans that he was in the process of writing a memoir titled the beautiful street this is sacred ground a place for so many people that loved prince and music. he performed at the apollo many times. the last performance in the city was march 18th, a private concert in the meat packing district. he revealed to fans that he was in the process of writing a memoir titled the beautiful one, of course titled after one of his songs. prince was a giving man. he gave a million dollars to the harlem children's zone. another $250,000 to a dance company here uptown and a lot of times he gave to so many causes and different efforts and he never wanted it to be known that he was giving his own money. he was just that kind of individual. awesome on the stage but a better human humanitarian behind the scenes. >> thank you, dray. you can see more photos from prince's career at abc7ny. head to our fab page to share your favorite song or memory. the last standing presidential candidates are heading for a mine my super tuesday. john kasich campaigns in connecticut at a town hall appearance. ted cruz has stops in pennsylvania. donald trump will be in delaware. the ap is reporting that trump reassured g.o.p. leaders saying that he was ready to raise money for the party's house and senate races. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are fighting for votes. in millersville. you are never more than
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and traffic and bill evans with your accuweather forecast. >> a barge is making its way up the east river. sun and clouds and a beautiful morning. here is our camera this morning on the roof looking across the park. we have sun and clouds. the temperature is 63 degrees. sunshine and clouds for a while through lunchtime then this area of rain comes to us later today. you will need the umbrella and the raincoat. temperatures will be warm. 12, 14, 16 warmer than normal. 76 by 1:00. 80 by 3:00. that's when the showers and thunderstorms start. 3:00, 4:00 they are wildly scattered. the afternoon is not a wash out. pop-up showers and nighttime. 80 this afternoon. comfy clothes. weather then heather. she is busy. long island expressway.
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let's go up to newscopter 7 and check in with john del giorno with the accident in newark and say good morning. how is it looking. >> reporter: we have delays on interstate 7 outside of newark liberty international airport. we can show you live pictures with newscopter 7. this is 78 eastbound express lanes. really just before the toll plaza. when you get on the new jersey turnpike, you can see a tow truck on the scene. that is a box truck overturned. right and center lanes are out of service. there are delays in the express lanes and rubbernecking in the local lanes. traveling past of the airport on 78, your plan is to get to the new jersey turnpike, allow extra time this morning. heather? >> we will head to the maps and talk about the l.i.e. westbound. the accident is at exit 41. use the northern state parkway as your alternate. we had an earlier problem in queens on the van wyck
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that accident has been cleared away. d and n trains signal problems at 36th street. expect downtown delays. long island railroad providing extra service for the holiday starting at 1:49 p.m. lasting until 3:40. alternate sides are in effect today. ken, lori, over to you. >> thank you. still ahead on "eyewitness news this morning," surveillance video offering new clues in the search for a group of robbers armed with a rock. the vicious attack caught on camera.
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take a look at this video from ozone park queens. a gang of robbers smashing a man in the face. they beat him senseless then took the cell phone and wallet. the same group beat another man a day earlier at glenn moore and 76th street. a new york city board of election supervisor was suspended amid reports that hundreds were turned away from polling sites. she has been suspended without pay pending an internal probe
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the city controller and state attorney general's office are investigating after a voter hotline got more than 700 complaints. the islanders have a chance to break a tie in the series against the panthers. rangers are on the brink of being knocked out after losing to the penguins. they got shut out 5-0 at the garden. they lead the series 3-1. time for a check on the accuweather forecast. >> meteorologist bill evans is live outside the studio on the upper west side. bill? >> we have sunshine, beautiful sunrise in progress. hazy. like a july-august dade. it will feel like it. here is the camera up from hudson river eastward across the jackie onassis reservoir.
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temperatures are very warm. calm wind. humidity is rising. last hour 54%. that is something we haven't seen, a lot of humidity. thunder threat about 3:00 today. not a watchout but a shower or thunderstorm. 59 around belmar and all the way down to sandy hook, new jersey. 57 wrightstown. coastal sections cooler today. water temperature 51, 52. winds out of the south. south facing shores on the cooler side. there are the sprinkles i'm talking about. the line of showers to the west with the cold front comes in this afternoon. what time we are looking at? 77 to 80 at 3:00. a shower then. a pop up storm. not a wash out by any means this afternoon. you may not see a shower at all. then tonight overnight a couple of showers and a thunderstorm around. hang on to the umbrella this evening if you are out and about, having dinner outside, temperatures will be great. tomorrow start with clouds, sunshine by the afternoon and get to 70. futurecast, i took the temperatures off so you can see
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the pop-up showers all around. some spots, you see southern new jersey it doesn't show up. there is a line of a shower at midnight, 2:00 a.m. be careful. maybe a rumble of thunder overnight. you sigh on saturday, there is the clouds breaking up by midday. then everybody is in the sunshine by afternoon around the tri-state area. this morning for school, kiddos, i think the suburbs cool, you may need a jacket. after school sunshine, warm, 80 degrees. huckleberries have their umbrella. 80, breezy and warm. scattered shower or thunderstorm. then clearing skies tonight after midnight. 55 in the suburbs. tomorrow cooler with sunshine and a nice afternoon on saturday. the high is 70. here is the accuweather seven- day forecast. we got ocean air over us on sunday.
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we warm up to 72 on monday. it's busy out here. trucks, cars, commuters. it's friday. it will be a really nice weekend coming up. make sure you have your umbrella for later today. >> we will. thank you, bill. >> over to busy heather with a check on the commute. >> it's busy for me and for john del giorno as well. he is over the scene of this accident on 78. this is the eastbound side. you can see in the express lanes only the left lane is open. they are working on an overturned truck. john pointed out, the local lanes are starting to pick up volume. if you are going to newark airport, this is past the airport exit but you are backing up into the airport exit. i know it's a pain but go to route 22, especially if you have to get to the airport and you are running late. let's go to a webcam. on to the l.i.e., this is right near exit 41 which is the exit for routes 106 and 107. we have police activity going on. this is the leigh. take a look at the northern
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that is a great alternate if you are a noncommercial vehicle. this is near routes 106, 107. this is where the northern state parkway and l.i.e. are close. that delay starts before the northern state parkway merging on there. the d and n trains, we have signal problems. expect downtown delays. street cleaning rules are in effect for today. lori and ken, over to you. >> thank you. still ahead on "eyewitness news this morning," duane reade and walgreens forced to pay up. the reason for a big fine. also, an ambulance leading cops down the highway but he wasn't responding to an emergency.
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on the money, wall street broke a three-day winning streak with the dow slipping below 18,000. dow lost 113 points to start at 17,982. >> overseas, nikkei gained 1%. hong kong hang seng index slipped less than 1%. walgreens is settling with
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over accusations of overcharging. they agreed to pay a fine. there were many cases of misleading advertising at walgreens and duane reade. some customers were charged different prices at the register than what they found on ads or store shelves. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. bill? >> looking at the flagpole, southerly wind as the camera looks down the beach. we are looking at what will be skies that headquarter partly cloudy. we will look at temperatures that are going to be warming up from 63 in the park to 54 around monticello. in the next seven hours, sun and clouds, 75 by lunchtime getting to near 80. lots of sun, warm, more humid certainly. the winds today are southerly to southwest at 25 miles per hour. the humidity picks up and these showers and thunderstorms start around 3:00 lasting through the evening commute into tonight. we talk about the rest of the
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>> are you going to newark airport? do you want to listen to this report? newscopter 7 is up above this accident involving an overturned truck they are trying to up right. 78 eastbound side only the left lane is getting by. this is the express lanes. you have pretty delays express lanes. over here, these are your local lanes. this is past the airport exit. what you want to do is try to go to route 22 if you need to get to the airport quickly, running late because 78 local and express lanes are jammed by exit 57. street cleaning rules are in effect for today. lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. cab drivers in the city have to wonder about the conflicting decisions down at the taxi and limousine commission. tlc forced fleet owners to install partitions. now tlc says cabbies can rip them out. they think in-camera vehicle systems are just as good at
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but some drivers do not agree. >> i like the partition. [ indiscernible ] >> another slant on all of this, the city's new cab of tomorrow design built by nissan and pushed by the tlc comes with partitions that cannot be removed. the long island railroad is running extra trains out of penn station as jewish families gather to celebrate -- sorry, for the feast of passover, to celebrate pass over. the holiday begins at sundown. the meal includes unleavened bread. it marks the hebrew's exodus from slavery in egypt. still ahead, remembering a pop legend.
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theater in harlem as fans remember prince. we will have a live report from minnesota coming up. >> another robbery in central park. police tie a pair of teens to a second mugging.
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a shocking loss of a music icon. the tributes coming in for prince. we are live near minneapolis. on long island. firefighters trying to figure out what sparked this fire inside a condo complex. >> driving into the city, expect major gridlock.
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>> i'm lori stokes. thanks for joining us. it's friday, april 22nd. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and meteorologist bill evans. >> a hazy look to the skies. humidity as low as 16%. so, this morning, let me show you, there is the haze we were talking about. the wind is from the south this way. we will see the southerly wind coming in and will pick up the moisture today and that will pick up the temperature today which is starting out around 63 with a calm wind and partly cloudy 62 laguardia and newark. coastal sections will be schooler with the surely southerly wind. 74 by noontime. 80 inland areas. showers and thunderstorms pop midnight tonight. heather had her hands full. >> now they are more full, jersey. newscopter 7 is up above this
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we have a second problem. john del giorno, what is going on. >> that is right, heather, good morning. we will bring you up to date. this will of affect you if you are on 78 heading eastbound past newark to the new jersey turnpike. this was the first problem. if you look closely, that is a box truck overturned. it's in the process of being up righted. this is the eastbound express lanes at exit 58. what happens when you have an accident in the express lanes, you see a lot of people get the idea of driving across the grass and on to the local lanes. that causes problems and look what we got now. another accident. it's another overturned vehicle. this is a few hundred yards before the overturned truck. this accident happened in the last five to ten you can see police just arrived on the scene. in the express lanes the right shoulder open. delays in the express and locals. heather you were saying route 22 to newark all morning long.
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>> yes, good idea. webcam. this is the l.i.e. near exit 41. we had a big backup this morning because of the police activity. that is good news. let's go to another camera and check out the helix. this is the helix inbound at the lincoln tunnel. you are bumper to bumper coming tunnel. that is because we have a disabled garbage truck. it's about 20 minutes and i will bump this to a 30-minute delay. bridge. five at the holland tunnel. long island railroad will provide extra service this afternoon. ken, over to you. >> thank you, heather. it's been a horrible night for a dozen of people driven out of their homes by a rolling fire on long island. fierce flames erupted before midnight in medford. residents ran for the street as the fire jumped from one building to the next. five extra fire departments were called in to help and it took two hours to get the blaze under control. you are looking at the aftermath. now, live from medford, most of
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loss. firefighters say the old design of the complex and lack of firewalls contributed to the speed of the fire spreading. he revolutionized music for generations we remember music icon prince. >> spike lee hosted an impromptu party. nypd shut down the block when up. >> take a look at the cover for next week's new yorker honoring the 57-year-old musician found minneapolis. >> marci gonzales is live in minnesota with more on his coming in. marci. >> reporter: hi, ken and lori. all night long people have been
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balloons waiting to learn what caused prince's death and reflecting on the unrevealed talent he -- unrivaled talent he shaved with the world. >> thousands of fans dancing celebrating prince's life. and in the rain mourning the sudden loss of a music icon. >> thank you for loving him, you all. he loved each and everyone of you. >> reporter: the 57-year-old died yesterday morning reportedly found unresponsive in an elevator at his paisley park estate in suburban minneapolis. his spokesperson said he was battling the flu forcing prince's plane to make an emergency landing so he could be rushed to the hospital. >> pop star prince rushed to the hospital. >> a day later he was home in performance. and reassuring fans. >> he said, you know, when you
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days you waste any prayers. >> reporter: today the prayers and tributes are pouring in. >> he is gone but his music will live on forever. >> reporter: that eclectic music, larger than life performances, provocative and poignant. today the soundtrack to profound sadness. it feels like such a personal loss for his fans of all ages. an autopsy is scheduled for later today. we are told it could take at least a few days to get the preliminary results. marci gonzales, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> marci, thank you. the celebrations continue this morning. this is a live look outside the famed apollo theater in harlem. crowds were gathering to sing and dance through the night.
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tonight "20/20" will dedicate the full hour to the late legend. that is tonight on channel 7 and the watch abc app. we are seeing video of the robber police say is targeting dunkin donut stores in queens. the suspect is accused of hitting the same doughnut shop twice in less than two weeks. you can see the man taking cash from are the register last thursday. police say the same day he robbed another dunkin donuts one mile away. >> the suspects in a violent robbery in central park are linked to a second attack. these are pictures of the two suspects that may be teenagers. they are accused of following a 73-year-old man into his home on the upper east side early monday morning. they threatened him with a knife before the attack. police say the same suspects punched a teenager inside central park and stole his wallet. >> happening today, mayor de blasio will be at the united nations for the sinning
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climate change. 170 countries are expected to sign the agreement. it's a pledge to reduce pollution. it's a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but appears on track to take effect years ahead of schedule. we have to see how this car free earth day goes over people in manhattan and the bronx. there are three big areas where there will be no vehicles just people walking and using the subways and ferries or taking advantage of a free day of rioting from citi bike. the city is closing broadway from the flatiron building at east 23rd street all the way down to union square. it's also no cars allowed around washington square park and in the bronx, wadsworth between 173rd and 177th streets will be a pedestrian oasis. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> here is our camera on the fort lee side of the george washington bridge.
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purple says that we see this morning that is normally synonymous with july and august. well, this morning, we will look at that continuing through the day. as the moisture picks up, so will a shot at a shower or thunderstorm as we look at the camera at time's square southward. 63. moisture is picking up. showers are back to the west with this front and that comes in this afternoon. we have a beautiful sunrise that we had this morning so far. a nice morning commute. by lunch time a few more clouds then it gets to 80 degrees this afternoon. 16 warmer than normal then the showers and thunderstorms pop up. kiddos at the bus stop, comfy clothes ought to do it today. 80 after school. watch out for a pop-up shower or thunderstorm. very warm. we will talk about the weekend next. there are no cars, no cars allowed in the weather and traffic center on this earth day. >> you want to come to the weather and traffic center, you have to fly. speaking of flying, newscopter
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eastbound side express lanes, overturned truck in the process of being cleared away. as john del giorno pans out he will show us what else is going on on 78 in the express lanes another accident over here. this involves this overturned vehicle. this car over here. local lanes jammed, express lanes are jam packed. what you want to do if you want to go to newark airport and you your alternate. let's go to the maps and we will talk to you about what is going on here. the helix is easing out. we had an earlier disabled garbage truck inbound at the lincoln 30. the george washington bridge is 10. holland is about 15 to 20. street cleaning rules are in effect. ken, over to you. >> thank you. coming up new this morning, a woman recovering from a shooting in brooklyn but she was not the target. >> a second pit bull attack in one new jersey community. the owner and her little dog
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another vicious pit bull attack. this is the second one in two weeks in nutley, new jersey. the latest attack had a pit bullying after a smaller dog. yvette king said that the large loose dog clammed its jaws around her dog's head then nipped her hand without warning. they pride the jaw open but the small dog suffered serious injuries. >> he is injured in his ear, his shoulder, under his neck, on the top of his head and on his eye. the doctor said he is fortunate that he didn't lose his eye. >> two weeks ago, a baby girl in a stroller was attacked by a pit bull. she needed 70 stitches to close her wounds. in this new attack, the pit bull was living in nutley the past week on a trial basis after an attack incident in midland park. >> new information this morning on the senseless death of a delaware teenager allegedly at the hands of her classmates.
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questioned as hundreds gathered last night at a vigil for 16- year-old amy joiner. investigators say the sophomore died after a vicious beating in the bathroom at her wilmington high school. police say some students may have recorded the killing on their cell phones. a man that landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the capital building has been sentenced to 120 days in prison. douglas hughes was sentenced in federal court yesterday. he was caught on camera flying the gyrocopter through restricted airspace before landing at the capitol. he said he influence it to deliver a political message about campaign finance restrictions. after yesterday's hearing he said he would not do it again but it was worth it. we continue our coverage on the death of prince. this is a live picture inside first avenue in minneapolis which is hosting an all night dance party in his honor. "good morning america" has much
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we turn to amy robach live in time's square. >> good morning, lori. great to be with you. yes, next on gma, we are celebrating the life and legacy of prince. you saw the crowd there in minneapolis. they are gathering around the world at this hour to remember the music legend. we have the latest on the investigation into his death, what happened yesterday and we will hear from some of the people that knew prince best. we are live outside his home in minnesota this morning. it is all coming up as we honor the legendary prince. >> all right. good show. time to check the accuweather forecast. >> let's check in with bill evans. >> good morning, gang. as we start our day, we will have a lot of sunshine. warm temperatures and maybe a threat of a thunderstorm later on today into the afternoon. here we go. we take a look from our cameras to show you, sun, haze, high clouds as we look across to the
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bowling green, one world trade, down to the battery. 60% humidity. that picked up. we had humidities as low as 13 to 16%. yesterday's high 73. air quality will be good. humidity picks up. u.v. index of 7. you can get a sunburn in an hour. look at the pollen count is high. all tree pollen. that will be birch, maple and alder. next week oaks will be busting out. keep the allergy medication handy. trees are busting out everywhere. temperatures in the low 60s to start. normally around 46 degrees. it's 54, 56, 58 degrees. calm wind to a light wind today. we will be looking at a lot of sunshine today. it warms up fast. we have clouds and haze and a front off to the west. that front gets here with a southerly wind ahead of it. that picks up the humidity and by the afternoon you see the
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about 77 to 80 degrees. showers and thunderstorms scattered widely starting to pop up around midnight tonight. then you see after midnight that ends, clouds to start the day tomorrow and then the skies clear out tomorrow afternoon, temperatures will be around 70. so, to give you another view, around 5:00, 6:00 tonight you see around the entire tri-state area, not a wash out. these are pop ups. you see closer to midnight if you are out and about late, that he is where you might run into one. tomorrow a beautiful day saturday afternoon with highs around 70. computer models are not printing out much liquid. a couple of tenths here. fast showers. take the umbrella in case you run into something. after school 80, a b. scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm but bright. 80 degrees today. 16 warmer than normal.
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thunderstorm this afternoon. tomorrow sunshine midday. afternoon high of 70. accuweather seven-day forecast. 64 sunday. nice ocean air coming in. warm up to 72 on monday. we will keep an eye on next week. it's springtime. all over the place up and down and unstable fast moving weather, all kinds of stuff. comfortable out here this morning. great for a walk or jog. troubles on 78 are getting worse and worse. we have three separate accidents. newscopter 7 is above. john del giorno will tell us the full story on 78. good morning, john. >> good morning. heather. we will try to especially could it short. if 78 eastbound past newark is in your plans this morning, best advice, change your plans. eastbound exit 58 this was an overturned box truck. that happened out here about 5:00 a.m.
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that cleared up, we started to see traffic back up and back in that traffic delay we had a second accident. this is a jeep that overturned. it's against the divider now. that is in the process of being cleared. you can see the tow truck arrived on the scene. while that one was being cleared, we had the delay, you guessed it. we had a third accident back in the delay. this one involves a bus which really crashed hard into the back of a vehicle which was apparently stopped for traffic. you can see police and fire just showed up here on the scene. ems is on the scene. throughout this, we haven't seen any serious injuries which is the best news we can tell you. meanwhile, traffic-wise, heather, you have been saying, think about using route 22 as your alternate through the area. >> what a mess. slow down. d and n trains signal problems at 36th street. expect downtown delays because of that. long island railroad extra service for the afternoon. street cleaning rules are in
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>> thank you, heather. still ahead, lights and sirens with police on the tail of a stolen ambulance.
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welcome back. a woman in oklahoma accused of going for a joy ride up side a stolen ambulance.
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chasing after the woman. police say she had gotten out of jail, stole an ambulance stopped in front a hospital -- in front of a hospital. they got the woman to pull over eventually and she surrendered. the thruway authority tomorrow will impose cashless tolling for the tappan zee. it allows drivers to pay tolls at highway speeds using e-zpass or tolls by mail. the new system will use an overhead steel structure carrying high-tech cameras, sensors and related equipment. the change will keep cars moving at a constant speed and eliminate the need to weave in and out of toll lanes. meteorologist bill evans is timing out a round of thunderstorms. a final check on weather and traffic next.
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a fire in a condo complex that lit up the long island sky left a dozen people homeless. >> diana rocco is live in medford. diana? >> reporter: this fire moved so fast that residents only had time to grab pets and leave. take a look at how intense the flames got overnight. this is the blue ridge condominiums. at the height of the fire the flames were dozens of feet high. it started in a second floor unit in one building then
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it took two hours to put out. six units were damaged. 12 were evacuated. some have been allowed to go back inside to grab things but for most it is a total loss. it's all under investigation this morning. live in medford, diana rocco, channel 7 eyewitness news. fans are paying contribute to prince after he died at his home near minneapolis. >> eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in harlem. >> reporter: good morning, guys. this is what it's like outside the apollo theater since word came down that prince passed away. fans celebrating his life at this memorial on 125th street. prince did, in fact, pass away yesterday at his home near minneapolis. he was only 57 years old. his career spanned more than three decades and without question he left an indelible mark on pop culture and the music industry as a whole. in brooklyn and in harlem, fans danced to his music, celebrated
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the life and legend of an icon. as for his cause of death, an autopsy will be conducted to make that determination. live in harlem, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, dray, thank you. heather? >> 78 is the big problem. we have john del giorno above. that is accident number one then we have accident numbth east express lanes near exit 57 which is newark airport. local lanes picking up volume. what you want to do is go to route 22, especially if you have to get to newark airport. d and n trains have signal problems that are cleared up. you have the backpack, the jet pack to get to the airport.
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>> we have a beautiful day to fly. heather says 78. i say 80. that's what the temperature will be. 63 this hour at 7:00. 74 by noontime. 80 this afternoon. pop-up shower or thunderstorm starts around 3:00, 4:00. it's not a washout but you could run into a shower this evening, tonight and tomorrow and sunday a couple of nice sunny days. great weekend coming up. have a great, safe weekend. >> thank you, bill. >> that's the news for now. i'm ken rosato. >> i'm lori stokes. thanks for starting your morning with us. have a terrific weekend. "good morning america" is up ofof the dearly beloved we are gathered together to get through this thing called life good morning, america. celebrating outpouring of love for the electrifying star who changed the face of music, defying


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