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difference a day makes. yesterday right where i'm standing the water was about waist deep right now the water is receded and route 22 reopened just in time for the afternoon commute d getting the damaged road re ened in a day wasn't easy. ute 22 turn under to river 22. >> it's unbelievable. this is new video of wednesday's flash floods and water waist deep and cars aban ned. the road is finally back open, t it's still a brown, muddy mess. >> you can see the streets are all muddy and how all the residue just came up on to the sidewalk. >> reporter: the storm dumped several inches of water on scotch plains in just a few hours. it as powerful enough to break up the asphalt on route 22. is is a major roadway for people in this area and crews worked overnight to repave the roads. they just finished this afternoon. ve you ever seen anything like this? >> no, this is the first time. >> reporter: long-time residents
told us this was the first flooding they've seen here in 15 years. now, the long cleanup gins. john lives right near route 22 and he spent today trying to save his daughter's possessions from his fweoded basement. >> she had a whole bunch of stuff down there. that's all soaked. i have flood insurance, thank god. >> and coming up at 6:00, we'll take a look at more of that amazing video shot by the flood victims themselves. we're also going to talk with some of the businesses that were hit hardest. they're still cleaning up as we speak. live in scotch plains, michael george, news 4, new york. >> all right, michael, thank you. you can track the storms moving in overnight with our news 4 new york app. you'll see our interactive radar and get aler and this is available in the apple app store right now. new information now on a frightening attack in queens. a l woman approached by a stranger and doused in the facenwith a mysterious liquid that left her burning.
news 4 sheldon dutes is live where it happened. >> i spoke with police 15 minutes ago and right now still trying to determine what was thrown in that woman's face as e was walking to her car in this parking lot. whatever it was, it left her with third good gree burns. the attack caught people who work in this indus ial neighborhood by surpri . >> worked here for eight years and this s the first time i heard anything like that. >> reporter: detectives spent the day lking for clues and new leads near the intersection where alexandria dier was burned. >> it's absolutely trag . >> reporter: police say a man holding a coffee cup yelled out to her as she was getting into her car around 5:30 yesterday evening. when she turned around police say the man turned the cup of ounidentified liquid severely burning her face. >> actually really pretty. nice, long hair and everything. and she, her and her husband would always come around and they had the nice dog.
>> reporter: amber johnson said her neighbor was also very cordial cordial. >> she would always wave over here if she saw somebody outside and she would always say hello. i hope that she heals and he's okay now. >> and i reached out to dier's co-workers throughout the day several times today and they did not want to talk about what happened. as for her, she's stillt.n the ho spital right now. she is in stable condition. officials tell us, as for the man who did this to her, police are still trying to track t m down, but they said that he was a stranger. she did not know him and they're st ill trying to figure out why he did this. in long island city, sheldon dutes, news 4 new york. >> thank you. a deavedly accident in jidtown renewing calls for the city to fix a dangerous intersection. a 69-year-old was killed when she was hit by an express bus. happened between broadway and eight avenue. she crossed in the middle of the block. linda rosenthal was asking the city to redesign this block
after several fatal accidents. caitlyn jenner could face a manslaughter charge for her role and connection with a deadly crash in alibu. sheriff's investigators say she drove in a manner unsafe for the prevailing road conditions. back in february, her suv rear ended a lexus that ended up hitting another vehicle head on. the driver of the lexus died. the da will review the case, but a decision on whether to press charges could take weeks. the convicted murderer who busted out of an upstate new york prison made his first court appearance since being captured. da vid sweat was arraigned today on charges of escape and promoting contrabangd. the judge entered a not guilty plea. richard matt escaped from the clinton correctional facility on june 6th. police shot and killed matt on june 26th. eat was rewounded and captwred two days later ending a 23-day manhunt. wi a smile and amazing spirit, former president jimmy carter spoke about a cancer
diagnosis he recently re aled. he has melanoma in his liver and brain. the 0 90-year-old said he will undergo treatment and count his many blessings. >> wearing blue jeans and his signature smile he spoke about the most dangerous form of ski cancer that has spread to his liver and brain. >> i thought i just had a few weeks left, but i was surprisingly at ease. >> reporter: cartser getting two forms of therapy. one is a relatively new drug given by iv and does not attack the body like chemotherapy does. helps the immune system fight the cancer. >> cancer has a way of masking itself from our immune system. this drug is it designed to unmask it. >> reporter: target four cancerous spots on his brain, spots th are smaller that the tip of a ball point pen. tside experts say this course of treatment seems logical even yfor a 90-year-old man. >> it's reasonable to attempt
these therapy in a jeriatric population and have proper monitoring. >> reporter: it's unclear where the melanoma began on his body. even just a few millimeters of melanoma can spread and be deadly. his family has faith in his treatment and doctors. >> this is a time to reflect on what he's done and we get to spend more time with him. >> reporter: he said he wishes he would have done one thing differently. >> we would have rescued them and i would have been re-elected, bu that may -- >> reporter: he's feeling well and was due for his first round of radiation thursday afternoon. >> president carter said he will dramatically cut back on his work at the carter center. his grandson, jason, will take over as chairm of the board this fall. coming up on nbc "nightly ws" with lester holt. a closer look at the specific cancer president cartser er is fighting at 6:30. we're following some breaking news right now.
this alert for subway riders who use the 4 and 5 lines. there is no service between manhattan and brooklyn. com-ed power issues have affected the signals inside one of the tubes. so, please, check the mta schedule before you head out the all right. still ahead here on news 4 new york at 5:00, the local sheriff calling it a hell storm. firefighters killed, homes evacuated and it could get worse. and those ice bucket challenge videos from last year proving to be much more than some good popular entertainment. why researchers are crediting them for a possible medical breakthrough, next.
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firefighters back on their jobs, once again, facing extremely dangerous conditions. the wind is already kicking up and it is expected to get much worse later this afternoon and tonight. with more than a dozen wildfires burning out of control in washington state, fire weary residents and the 30,000 firefighters battling the blazes are bracing for a bad situation to get worse. >> the fire sort of like this sleeping giant and as soon as the winds start coming they will fan these flames and get a lot hotter and more intense. >> steady winds of up to 45 miles per hour are expected. >> that's going to result in a lot of fire activity on the ground. you should anticipate that we will have a spread event today. >> reporter: the latest wildfire to erupt is being described as a storm. more than 1,000 people were evacuated from the towns of twist and winthrop. they heeded the warnings and got out quickly. >> it was not a good place to be. fire hadn't come over the hill yet, but it was not very far
away. >> three u.s. forest firefighters were killed after their vehicle was crashed and overcome by flames. >> three big heroes protecting small towns and we are going to remember them and there are 7 million washington oniasns embracing them and their families. >> reporter: across the west more than a million acres have already burned. oregon governor kate brown met with firefighters battling the blaze that is close to 50,000 acres. 36 homes were destroyed. the tragic scene playing out across the west with no end in sight. and many of the people evacuated last night said they're not sure they're going to have a house to return to. all they can do now is wait. david, shiba. >> nbc leanne gregg, thank you. in thailand new surveillance videos for a man wanted at a deadly bombing at a shrine. seen leaving the shrine and
riding in the back of a motorcycle taxi. he left a backpack at the scene 15 minutes before the blast. two other potential suspects have now been cleared. uber drivers in california are under the microscope, yet again. the san francisco d.a. is expanding a consumer protection lawsuit to make sure uber is putting its drivers through the same background checks required by taxi drivers. this move comes after 25 california uber drivers were found to have criminal convictions including rape and murder. >> these failures would not occur if you had a california doj scan fingerprint process. >> reporter: reps for uber say the background check is required for taxi drivers. two days after the fda approved the first lu ibido pill is being sued. pay $1 billion for sprout, which manufactures the drug.
in october it will be sold under the brand name addy. the first hurricane of the scenes has formed in the atlantic. here is a picture of hurricane danny taken from the international space station. the storm has sustained winds of nearly 75 miles an hour. forecasters expect danny to remain a low-strength category 1 as it moves west. it is expected, though, to bring drenching rain to puerto rico by next week. >> this is a small hurricane right now, right, janice? >> doesn't matter. hurricane is a hurricane. >> nothing much right now. the wayward islands and the leeward islands are in the path of the storm before it gets to puerto rico and going to be moving pretty rapidly across the atlantic right now. the storm is strengthening a little more, although it has lost the central of its eyewall and just reorganizing and probably maintain strength as it moves across the atlantic and still a couple of days away. but the storm now top winds are up to 80 miles an hour.
and till and still over 1,000 miles away and it is on the move moving north, northwest at ten miles per hour. saturday still out at sea as a category 1. and then it approaches the winward and leeward islands. these are the islands that border the eastern caribbean. anywhere from dominica to the virgin islands the storm could make a landfall on sunday night as a tropical storm. what does that mean a tropical storm? lots of heavy rain across this area. if you have plans travel to any of these islands between now and sunday, you'll want to keep track of what's happening here. then it moves towards puerto rico and this could happen on tuesday morning. with top winds maybe around 60, 70 miles an hour and a lot of heavy rain. from there, if it holds itself together, it is going to move over towards the dominican republic and haiti with quite a bit of heavy rain, as well. in the meantime, looking at the possibility of heavy rain and flash flooding here later tonight into friday morning with
this wave of thunderstorms that's coming into our area. right now much of northern and western flj western western new jersey are the counties under the flash flood watch and maybe as much as what we saw yesterday in a few of those spots in new jersey. maybe less or maybe more. we'rejure just not sure how much. the rainfall totals scattered around. maybe 1.5 inches of rain. so, it all really depends on where those downpours set up as that front movesthrough. so, the highest potential right now is across new jersey and parts of the hudson valley into the catskills. it could happen any place and doesn't take much for minor flooding in some areas. right now minor showers across western new jersey and into pike county. this is what is coming. the first wave is lighter than the second wave. this is coming tonight and this is what is coming in the morning. anywhere between say 3:00 in the morning and about 7:00 in the morning is when we're going to see those heavy, heavy downpours.
the city might see a couple, as well. after that, looks good now for saturday and only a slight chance on ss back to you. a starbucks in williamsbering, you can find more than a strong cup of coffee. how about a cold brew? this starbucks on seventh street is offering alcohol with its evenings menu. ten wines by the glass and craft beer. you can also small plates like truffle mac and cheese or bacon wrapped dates. >> those dates sure sound delicious. do you remember this when social media was a buzz over the ice bucket challenge video after video showing people getting the bucket of ice water dumped on their heads. david, i remember you took part in this. well, apparently, that challenge did a lot of good. see? it not only helped to raise awareness for als, but nearly $220 million went to new
research. now tha researchers at johns hopkins. the researchers say that money is for a medical breakthrough. a better understanding of the protein and the discovery could lead to a cure or better treatment of the disease. >> that's good news. a lot of people have been concerned. people were just doing it for the fad aspect and now some real concrete results, apparently. there you go. still ahead on news 4 new york tonight. >> he seems like a cool guy. >> we were so excited. >> nervous excitement in harlem. they're so cute. as one catholic school prepares for the pope. we'll tell you about the students chosen to meet him and what's planned for his visit, next. coming up at 6:00, a task force heading to times square. get tough on to end topless performs. next at 6:00.
just weeks away from pope francis' visit. >> today the archdiocese of new york gave us a look at what is in store for the pope when he arrives at a local school and the students getting the great honor to meet him. >> john chandler reports from east harlem. >> today we're going to start to brag a little bit. >> and for good reason. next month pope francis will visit our lady queen of angels in east harlem and the kids are pretty excited. >> i am very excited. >> okay. they're very excited. the adults are, too. archdiocese superintendent set the table and the tone for the pope's visit. >> we think of ourselves as the doorway out of poverty to the better life this country offers people. >> reporter: before he walks through these doors and into this school will be greeted from hundreds of schools from catholic schools around new york city. once he gets in here 24 lucky students will have the chance to
talk to the pope. bill couldn't wait to his his parents. >> my baby is going to see the pope. >> how did you react? >> i'm like, what did i get myself into? >> reporter: yes, a lot of pressure here. >> the first time i heard of it, butterflies were in my stum flying around. >> this may be a one-time opportunity and you shouldn't be scared inside because it's meeting the pope. >> reporter: benjamin here is a barcelona soccer fan and wants to know why his fellow argentinian roots for a different team. so many questions, so little time. >> i suspect when he gets out of that car, he'll have a smile on his face. i'm going to promise you when he leaves, the smile will be even bigger. >> reporter: in east harlem, john chandler, new 4z new york. >> don't be surprised if he spends longer than the scheduled amount of time with those young people. pope francis will be here in new york on september 25th and 26th. we're going to cover all the preparations in the weeks ahead and we'll have full coverage of his visit on air and online and on social media.
>> what a distinguished group of kids, right? >> hope the pope's ready. linda is here now with a look at what's coming up new at 5:30. >> he'll get a grilling from those kids. coming up here at 5:30. a delivery from a new jersey pizzeria gave the woman a shock of a lifetime. in ten minutes we'll tell you about the story getting thousands of clicks on our facebook page. first an iteam exclusive. sex offenders living too close to schools. tonight new york's biggest iteam is back asking what is taking so long to fix the problem. have a tip for new york's biggest i-team? call 866-news z 866-news-244 or e-mail email@example.com.
right now on news 4 new york an i-team exclusive. sex offenders still living too close to city schools. over the last year, news 4 exposed gaping holes in state laws allowing this to happen. >> despite promises from city officials, the i-team found that the problems haven't gone away. tonight, pei-sze cheng gets answers. the sky way men shelter is a few blocks, too close, according to the state's mandate that says level 2 or 3 sex offenders on parole or probation cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school. >> it's a block and a half away and across the street from one of our major parks. >> reporter: back in april the i-team exposed a legal leaphole
well below the 1,000 foot mandatory distance from a school. >> the bill is very clear. 1,000 feet from property line to property line. >> reporter: queens councilman reuben wills used $250 of his own money to measure the difference between the shelter after the city department claimed the shelter was over the 1,000 feet required by law. >> our measurements were 916 feet from the shelter to the school. >> reporter: today the state department of corrections is still in the process of moving seearsx offenders out of the skyway shelter. a spokeswoman said they will move the last 25 before the beginning of the school year. in the meantime, they are being monitored using electronic equipment. >> there are better and more effective ways. >> reporter: larry heads a state group of professionals who treat sex offenders. there is no research that shows that keeping sex offenders from living 1,000 feet from a school keeps the school children safer. instead, he said residency laws
force sex offenders to move oftenpet thap in often. that increases the chances that they will be come homeless and makes it harder for them to keep jobs. >> it denies them access to basic services that we know can assist them such as substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment and job development and job training. >> reporter: senator jeff klein disagrees. he proposed a state law change last year that willx expand the definition of a school for stand alone pre-k to prohibit sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet. after an i-team report that exposed many are not protected under current law. >> they are not always located in a school. sometimes they're located in store fronts, in churches and synagogues. so, we have to make sure that thoiz those young people are protected, as well. >> reporter: his office recently found a sex offender released from prison for raping a 14-year-old girl has move under to bronx neighborhood.