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tonight, the flooding emergency in the middle of the country as residents in some areas deal with the worst veflooding they ha ever seen. some towns cut ff or under water with more heavy rain on the way. tonight as new tornados touchdown, tens of miions are at risk for more severe weather. president trump becomes the first world leader to meet the new emperor of pan and disagrees with japan's leader and his national security advisor on those north korean missile test. asking veterans how serving impacted them led to an unexpected flood of raw emotio many revealing their lasting pain and
suffering. >> this is the table i sat at when i tried to end my own life. >> you wergoing to kill yourself right here? >> yes, yes. >> an american becomes the latest to die on mount erest. why so many lost their lives this season on the world's highest peak. it was one of the gr test non-plays of all time. >> behind the bag! >>onight, remembering bill buckner and his rgettable moment. and on this memorial day, flag ofgardens, hundred volunteers planting thousands of flags in honor of those who ouerve. >> anner: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. i'm kate snow in for lester on this memorial day and it's been a dangerous liday weekend for many just today reports of 11 more tornados across four states, 29 million for severe weather tonight with a tornado watch continuing through parts of indiana and illinois uding chicago and tomorrow 48 million people are in the path
as that weather moves east. tonight, along the arkansas river there is a rush to protect homes from rising water. kerry sanders is in the flood zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the arkansas river over its banks in oklahoma and the water is still rising. in tulsa, some neighborhoods under water forcing residents to take fuge in red cross shelters. figure we may have lost anything again. >> reporter: at the keystone dam the army corps ofngineers trying to manage the water but increasing y increas the flow to the equivalent of 180 a lympic size swimming pools nute. the greatest worry a potential weak spot along the eight-mile long levee. they are releasing more water, which means. >> more pressure on .the levee system this has never been tested the way it's being test now. >> reporter: the
oklahoma national guard today sandbagging where water has already seeped undhe levee. >> we're doing whawe can to keep up. it's aard battle when the weather is against you. >> reporter: meanwhile, tornados continue to tear across the midwest this one touched down today in iowa. nationwide there have been more than 120 confirmed tornados. as the waters rise, so does the tenreon as dents evacuate say they are staying behind guns strapped to their waists in case of looters. >> don't come down here stealing. i don't have much but what i g i intend to keep. if the flood takes it, so be it. >> reporter: in arkansas the river is d at record floostage 38 feet. it is predicted to rise five more feet by wednesday. this evening, emergency officials estima 170 homes look like this and homeowners are now learning an ugly truth, their homeowners policy doesn't cover water damage like this. that requires a specific federal flo insurance policy. kate? >> that is shocking, kerry, thank you. this was a day of sharp contrast in japan. president trump met with that country's new emperor and disagreed with the japanese prime minister on the recent
missile tests by north korea anonce again, mr. trump praised north korea's leader kim jong-un. kristen welker is following it all from tokyo. >> reporter: jt hours after th high honor, president trump becoming the first world leader to meet japan's new emperor, the president breaking with his host country d ans own national security advisor on north korea dismissing the country's latest ballistic missile tests. >> it doesn't matter. >> reporter: but for japan in range of north korea's rockets, it does matter. japanese pri minister abe declaring the missile test violate u.n. security counsel resolutions, national secity advisor john bolton ut mr. trump striking a softer note. >> my people think it could have been a violation, as you . kn i view it differently. i view it as a man perhaps he wants to get attention, and perhaps not.kn whs. >> reporter: the president insisting bl it's still pos kim jong-un could eventually denuclearize.
>> he's a very smart man. he gets it well. so i think that he is going to try at some point, i'm in no rush at all. >> reporter: he also sided with the north korean dictator in criticizing his domestic rival, joe biden. >> kim jong-un made a statent joe biden is a low i.q. individual. he robably is based on his record. i think i agree with him on that. >> reporter: those words on foreign soil if prompting a sw bipartisan backlash back at home from republican adam king. you're taking a shot at biden this is plain wrong. >> kim jong-un is a murdering dictator and vice president biden co served this try honorably. >> reporter: president trump will wrap up the four-day trip and speaking to u.s. troops who were stationed here. he heads home on tuesday. kate? >> kristen welker in tokyo for us, thank you.
and that democratic contender is taking on the president for considering whether to pardon some military personnel convicted or accused of war cris. we get more on that from andrea mitchell. >> reporter: it's an emotional issue dividing the troops. president trump considering pardons in several current high-profile cases of alleged war crimes. ie> some of these sold are people that have fought hard, long. you know, we teach them how to be great fighters and then when they fight sometimes they get treated very ornfairly. >> repr: bringing a sharp response from democratic candidate pete buttigieg an afghanistan war veteran. >> to say he's going to come in and over rule that system of military justice underminesoundations legal and moral of this country. >> reporter: the president has already tweeted navy seal edward gallagher charged with killing isis captive and shooting unarmed civilians in iraq should be moved to
less restrictive confinement while awaiting trial. gallagher's brother sean. he>> he's fought t taliban and al qaeda and successful in defeating isis. he's being used as a political punching bag. >> there is an anxiety to know y wan that the chain of command will back them up. i'm sympathetic to that, but we simply cannot tolerate the murder of detainees under our control. that's the bottom line. >> reporter: the president backing off from ordering pardons today for memorial day. >> it's a little controversial. ss it's very poible that i'll let the trials go on and i'll make my decision after the trial. >> reporr: but he's not ruling it out later. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. > >>as we honor those who served on this
memorial day, a simple tweet by the army turned into something unexpected. veterans and families responded to a serving impacted them by telling harrowing stories about the mounting toll of war and military life. here is tom costello. >> reporter: it started with an army tweet asking about the value of military service. >> to give to others s i protect the o love and to better myself as a man and tearrior. >> rep that single tweet has drawn more than 10,000 responses, many very rk including i became addicted to heroin, ptsd, depression, anxiety, nightmares, ifan't keep a job and haveculty interacting with people. >> this is the table i sat at when i tried to end my own le. >> reporter: you were going to kill yourself right here? >> yes. >> reporter: army veteran eric survived
three i.e.d. explosions in iraq and returned home with a brain injury and ptsd. >> i decided everybody would be better without me, and i grabbed my glock, sat down and put my glock in my mouth and tried r,to pull the trigge and the thing that stopped me was the th realization my family would have to live here in the house. >> reporter: there are currently 19 million veterans, 20 of them die by suicide every single day. 1. times the civilian rate. tammy duckworth who lost both legs in iraq is now a senator fighting for veteran health care. ter >> there are not enough mental health professionals, counselors, psychiatrist, all of that are needed. >> reporter: with the tweets groy the hour, the army took note posting a crisis hot line number and tweeting your stories are re. they matter. we have to take care of those whoame back home with scars we can't see. >> every veteran has a story to tell and that story is a part of our e.history and has valu >> reporter: on this memorial day, a reminder of the sacrifice veterans continue to live with every day. tom costello, nbc news, indiana.
>> and ple once again, if you need to reach that veterans' crisis line, it's 1-800-273-8255. authorities in france said today they have arrested four onpeople in connecti with a bombing on friday in the city of leon. 13 people were injured in the attack after a man left a paper bag filled with screws, ball bearings and a remote control explosive device outside of a bakery. yeanother climber has died on mount everest, this ldtime a 62-year-o american lawyer who died today on his way down from the summit. joe fryer reports on so the deadly sean on the world's highest peak. >> reporter: in a place wherbers are abundant but oxygen is scarce, adventurers are stuck li in a sluggis. today after reaching the top, 62-year-old chris coolish of colorado died descending. we're heartbroken of the news his family says. he saw his last sunrise at the highest peak on earth and became a member of the seven summit club
having scale highest peak on each continent. least 13 climbers have died on evidence everest this year. >> surprisingly, this is hard work. >> reporter: in his final instagram post, fisher wrote with a single route to the summit, delays caused by overcrowding could prove fatal. experts say because of enhe long line climbers are spding too much time in the so-called death zo where oxygen is limited. this year the government issued 381 permits. critics worry too many are inexperienced. n >> the solutio we need to have a much stricter requirement on who climbs mount everest. >> reporter: every minute counts. there is new information about the hiker who was lost for more than two weeks in hawaii. tonight, we're in maui where one of the rescuers showed our molly huntow easy it can be to get lost in that dense forest.
>> reporter: after s searching for 17 d rescuers found amanda eller. she was badly injured with a fractured leg burns and a skin infection. >> the last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life. >> reporolice stopped their official search after three days, so heramily along with a private rescue team began their own search. >> we never gave up. you can't. reporter: on friday rescuers were on the last ten minutes of fuel when they spotted her. troy was part of that team. >> everyone was making noise, she's there. it's amanda. we were all getting excited and the helicopter pilot was ll teing us to calm down, calm down. >> reporter: the 35-year-old had hiked this three-mile trail before but this time left her cell phone in nche car. >> oshe got into the vegetation, if i put you down there, and you get disoriented and you don't know where you're going. >> reporter: it looks thsame. >> everything looks the same. >> reporter: she survived eating berries, drinking river water and
sleeping in a boar den. she covered herself with ferns to stay warm. >> there were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up and it did come down to life and death and i had to choose and i chose life. [ applause ] a> reporter: today her familynd friends are celebrating just that. molly hunter, nbc news, maui. baseball's bill buckner has passedhe pent 22 seasons in major league baseball, a standout hitter but you may know him for one moment with the red sox at t 1986 world seri. >> behind the bag! it gets through. >> reporter: that ground ball from mookie wilson going through his legs, wilson said today bill was a great, great baseball player whose legacy should not be defined by one play. still ahead tonight, our series "her take" what the songwriter behind some isof the biggest hits doing to help others. also, breathtaking views from grand canyon national park s now celebrating it
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up next tonight, the series "her take" and a look at a woman whose music you know well even if you don't know hename. cynthia mcfadden introduces us to ester de >> a little girl growing up in the midwest with big, big dreams, a big, big talent and a gift for song writing. list off for me the women. >> yeah. >> eporter: who you have written music for. >> the women. they are all women. kelly clarkson. rihanna, nicki minaj, katy perry.
i have been writing since ias in third ad gr >> reporter: what was your first song? >> gypsy lady. ♪ gypsy lady tell my future ♪ >> reporteer story began in oklahoma raised by a single mother, the youngest of five. her family relied on food stamps and church donations to get by. >> i knew i would sing and that was my way out. >> reporter: at 18 she drove to atlanta to pursue her dreams. >> got in the car. >> reporter: with how much money? >> $500. people keep saying she didn't get in the car th wi500. honey, i did. that's all i had. i>> reporter: didt occur to you the odds were against you? >> nope. i had blind ambition. one so much work on myself and went through enough disappointment to not shoot for the stars. >> reporter: and shoot
for the stars she did. not just writing for them but becoming one in "pitch perfect." anhat's next? >> i wto be oprah. >> reporter: does oprah know this yet? >> oprah doesn't know but she's showing everyone exactly what to do and that's the shoulder i want to stand on. making songs from their perspective. >> reporter: on her way to becoming oprah, she'll bstarring in a new television show called "song land" premiering tomorrow night on nbc. finding a nurturing un yog songwriter, her way of giving back. ♪ >> that's nice. yeah. to >> i know how rite a song, and i know how to give back, and this is the perfect way to give people hope. >> reporter: so are u yoprepared for what this tv show just might do? >> i don't think i am. >> reporter: i mean, on because being television every week. >> yeah,on't know. i'm just going to act the same, be the same person that i was already doing. because i'm going to oprah, remember? >> reporter: cynthia mcfadden, nbc news,
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park rangers say that's the point. we need to preserve and protect the land. >> reporter: jill has have been coming here since she was 10. does this view ever get old? >> never. w >> reporter:hether it's your first or 100th visit here, me ings never change whether it's winding through the forest or on the canyon's rim. most will only see it in picture, it it's, it it's's impossible to get it all in in one day. they come to take in what poets struggle to put into words, one of the darkest night skies on the plat, the canvass of gods. >> mind boggling and it's beautiful. it's amazing. >> reporter: a beauty man kind could never create but must always protect on the rim of the grand canyon, miguel almuer, nbc news. >> wow, taking my kids there this summer. ac when we come bk, those who serve with a poignant memorial day mission. one of the windies places in america.
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finally tonight, finalltonight, those who serve and a moving memorial dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. kristen dahlgren tonight in boston. >> reporter: in the city where the 7,merican revolution began,7 flags, one to honor each massachusetts vet that made the ultimate sacrific >> stunning display. it really is. it's beautiful. >> reporter: tom helped start the ri patriotic me a decade ago. >> there was 40 of us putting together the flags and took us eight or nine urs. this year, there is 70 volunteers.
>> reporter: ts year 325 flags represent those lost in war sie 9/11. >> captain michael anthony surone. ri> reporter: the stars and sts not just a symbol of the fallen but those families left behind. >> my son, army medic se eant james anthony auex the second. >> this is many generations and many hundreds and thousands f plies that have beenut through this. >> reporter: christina lost her son james in 2010. he was a medic in afghanistan, and a beloved husband, brother, and son. >> he will forever be young and hand some and fit and not a gray hair on his head. >> reporter: heroes lost for so many ld t in row of row in red, white and blue. flag gardens popped up around the country, a way to honor and remember those fighting for our nation. >> reminder to our kids and grandchildren, it's a reminder of what happened and what people serve and people sacrifice. >> they choose to put
themselves in harm's way for our country to make sure we're safe at home so we can do things like this. >> reporter: remember not just by their families but by all. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, boston. we remember tonight. that is "nightly news." i'm kate son this memorial day we want to leave you with images from arlingtona onal cemetery. thank you for watching. have a great night. national c. f>>nk you