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i would not stay for another one. the intensity. not knowing what could happen. flying debris, a tree. so i would not stay. i mean, you know, thankfully we're okay. but in the future, no. >> right now, many florida residents regret not leaving before hurricane irma struck. the deadly storm splashed every part of the state and it's moving to georgia as a tropical storm. tropical storm irma is drenching the florida coast and forecasters say it's a serious threat for flooding. it caused record setting flooding in florida. first responders are going door to door to rescue residents trapped in their homes because of the flooding. damage
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billion. we're live in jacksonville where they're dealing with record flooding because of hurricane irma. >> reporter: irma passed through most of florida. but officials in the state stress in a the rip currents are still present and we're not yet in the clear. the storm began passing through this morning. conditions are wet. we're feeling wind gusts. this isn't as bad as it's been, it's not as bad as others have seen. historic flood waters are raging in the streets of downtown jacksonville. >> the st. johns river. >> storm surge pushed the st. johns river to heights its never seen before. >> it's sad now. it's going to continue to get worse. >> nearby atlantic beach faced a beating from floods. rain from hurricane irma started falling in tallahassee
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from the look of the roads, many people left town. hurricane irma made land fall in the florida keys early sunday. this morning they evacuated residents waiting in line to get back home. hurricane irma weakened as it tracked north but punished millions of people along the gulf coast. power is out for 6 million customers. and 200,000 residents are in shelters. in miami, 100 miles per hour winds snapped -- nearby residents were evacuated. clean up is beginning in fort lauderdale and other areas some residents will breathe a sigh of relief
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as hurricane irma makes its way out of the state of florida, risks are still here. and the residents of georgia are under a state of emergency there. and all ready 100,000 people are without power. back to you. florida governor rick scott is asking evacuees in the hardest hit areas to wait a while longer before returning home. where is hurricane irma now? where is hurricane irma headed? meteorologist mary the newest member of our team joins us. and you and melissa have been talking all weekend long about the flooding. that's one of the reasons the governor wants to go back. flooding is a possibility. >> especially, you saw the jacksonville area. it takes time for the water to come in. and it takes time for it to recede back to where it belongs. we're talking about hurricanes, the surge and flooding that comes with it. here's irma. she's lifted north. she's made her way around the georgia area. bringing rain as far as parts
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of the carolinas, alabama seeing some rain from this. and especially georgia, one of the areas in a will be part of this next wave. it's a tropical storm now. heavier rain bands have shifted south of charleston. and also around the georgia area. south of the atlantic area. so it continues to lift north and west. some of the rainfall amounts nearly a foot of rain in spots. really heavy rain. the whole state. there's still a storm surge along the areas of jacksonville and also along the norfolk area, also tornadoes are a possibility. severe weather always the star. even though she's weakened
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atlanta, georgia, in the evening heading into the night. a lot of people will be getting home from work, driving through this if they have to go to work and are going home during those hours. from there, it continues to lift. and it will potentially bring showers into the area. let's talk about that for now. we'll see light scattered showers. more details on that coming up. >> it wasn't as bad as they feared. but still gusts of 70-miles an hour tore through sarasota when hurricane irma hit. the storm system was so strong, it caused the water to disappear in both sarasota bay and further up the coast in tampa bay. we have more on this rare weather phenomenon. >> reporter: for floridians, hurricane irma provided an unusual sunday. a dry shore line. >> i've never seen it empty like this before. >> water ways receding as the storm picked up speed. the force of the hu
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so strong that despite all this ocean spray, it actually sucks a lot of the water out of sarasota bay. >> it was a similar picture across the region. hurricane irma's fierce counterclockwise winds and low atmospheric pressure. >> this is happening because the winds are pushing the water away from the bay as the storm passes north, the winds shift, and they push all the water back into the bay. >> normally the water is up to here. >> reporter: robert had to check out the scene for himself in sarasota. >> i've never seen the grass. i was surprised. >> reporter: the tide is so low, this manatee became stranded and had to be rescued. and in tampa bay, they warned about the dangers of venturing out on the sea floor. the water can return
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moment. we've all ready passed high tide. and the water appears to be receding. the storm surge may be over. and the worst of this storm is now behind us. cbs news, sarasota, florida. about 600 sarasota residents still not home. at least ten deaths reported in the wake of hurricane irma. and thousands of tourists who were evacuated last thursday are counting their blessings. he's not letting the storm ruin his vacation.
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forced from the area. $300 billion in damage for hurricane irma p. the effects of hurricane irma will be felt for quite some time. many of you will have lots of questions in the coming days. we want to help. we're opening up our wusa 9 help desk. staffers will be on hand taking your phone calls and trying to get your answers. the number you canll
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today. (202)895-5560. you can also reach out to us on facebook and twitter.
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vice president mike pence spent the 9/11 anniversary near shanksville pennsylvania. and toured the flight 93 memorial. many are reflecting on that day on social media. we have from lisa tweeting i lost family, i lost friends, it changed our lives forever, may we never forget the tragedy, the victims, and the heroes of 9/11. and kathy tweets, the pain never goes away, we've learned to live with it. god bliss all those precious souls lost that dreadful day, september 11th. and continue to share remembrances with wusa9 on our social media pages.
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now a tropical storm after it crashed into florida over the weekend. find out where the storm is now and where it's he's our pediatrician, dr. ralph northam. born and raised in rural virginia went to vmi. trained at johns hopkins. an army doctor who treated soldiers seriously wounded in the gulf war. eighteen years as volunteer medical director of a children's hospice.
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today marks the one year anniversary of terrence sterling's death. he was shot and killed by a police officer who failed to record the shooting with his body camera. sterling was unarmed at the time of the shooting. as we report, sterling was remembered as a vigil was held this morning. and this evening protesters will gather in his honor. >> a life was taken at this very corner. >> holding signs and candles at the intersection where terrence sterling was last seen alive. >> i miss him dearly. he was very close. we grew up together in church. >>
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comfort in song, prayer -- >> in the name of jesus, we thank you for this moment, god. >> say his name, terrence sterling. >> what do you remember most about him? >> as the minister, one of sterling's closest friends, joined protesters like joshua gomez. they were out as early as 4:00 a.m. >> i think it's important to be out here this morning because of two things. first, to celebrate the life of terrence sterling. and to also bring awareness to the fact that brian is not fired yet. >> it was september 11th last year when sterling was on his motorcycle driving erratically. news cast when a police chase started and ended here at third and m streets. according to police, sterling was shot and killed by officer, brian trainer twice after thmming his motorcycle into
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sterling was unarmed at the time. video from trainer's body camera only shows the after math because he didn't roll on the shooting. >> we need community control of the police. we need a brand new way that the npd has to be accountable to citizens. >> officer trainer never faced criminal charges. the attorney's office sited insufficient evidence. but the police department did ask for his resignation. right now he's on administrative leave until an internal investigation is over. >> we feel like he should be fired. >> reporting from northwest, wusa9. terrence sterling's father was at the vigil today to thank the community for its support. the family filed a 15 million- dollar civil suit against the district, police department, and officer trainer. with everyone focused on hurricane irma this morning, our verify team is zeroing in on getting to the truth and squashing rumors about the storm. wusa9's evan is here
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one question asked by a viewer. >> we all remember those heart breaking scenes from hurricane harvey. take a look at people evacuating with their pets. it breaks your heart. it's no surprise that people are sharing a new post on facebook and twitter. it's a post that says the pet's evacuation and transportation of 2006 means hotels will have to allow you to check in with your pets. one woman asked if the claim is true. because she could not find it in writing any where. we set out to verify. let's get this right out of the gate. the reason she couldn't find it in writing is because this is false. researchers tracked down that document. nowhere does it say hotels must take in pets just like government organizations should make accommodations for animal evacuees as well as people. fee mao backs that up. -- fema backs that up. saying you need to find a pet- friendly hotel. and they confirmed that hotels are not mandated to open up
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their doors to pets. it's worth mentioning, there's a special circumstance for people with service animals. in that case the americans with disability's act requires hotels to make exceptions to pet policies. this was one of many rumors dispelled by fema on a rumor control page on their website. to name a couple ores, undocumented immigrants will not be reported to ice if they go to a shelter. and you will not be disqualified from federal disaster assistance if you start cleaning your home before it's assessed. if you have a question you want verified, send it to us. our team will look into it. send any questions to verify @ wusa9.com. wusa9. >> irma downgraded to a tropical storm. but still causing problems for georgia and elsewhere. >> yeah, this storm does not go down without a fight. it does not. and even as a tropical storm, still some flooding concerns. and some concerns for severe weather. so we're defini
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and we have hurricane irma brewing. and we also still have jose. tropical storm irma with 65 miles per hour winds. it's leaving now across georgia. bringing rain to the carolinas. we're looking at rain also in alabama. this is a look, continuing to track to the north and west. it gets caught up in a low pressure system, and even brings some showers to our area. this is a category 2 storm right here. packing winds of 105 miles per hour. it's going to stay right here in the ocean. meander and spin around a little bit. but we'll be watching to see if they have any further impacts down the line. right now, no immediate threat to land. but this is what we're watching. this is hurricane irma right here. bringing heavy rain bands around charleston south carolina. also around atlanta and georgia. just to the south of atlanta. we also have heavy rain falling there. flooding will be a concern along with the threat for severe weather. here is hurricane irma in a nutshell. this is what we know now.
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packing 65 miles per hour winds. it's going to bring storms across georgia mainly, alabama, parts of the carolinas, and on top of that, you can still see storm surge of 1 to 5 feet. i know it doesn't seem like the biggest number but you don't want any water coming into homes. severe storms still possible with tornadoes being a threat. and i just checked. some areas could get 6 or more inches of rain out of this tropical storm. depending on how fast you get that, you could get flooding associated with that. right now, it looks gorgeous out there. 73 degrees. dew point is low. it doesn't get much better than that on a monday in the dc area. high temperatures to day in the 70s. 77 in washington. right around 74 in leesburg. our three-day outlook, it looks like tomorrow, we'll have some impact from hurricane irma in terms of light showers. nothing like what we're seeing to the south. but a gloomy day with clouds lingering over. a high around 75. and warmer on wednesday with a high of
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showers pomming up in the forecast -- popping up in the forecast. as irma tracks north and west, it becomes low pressure, it catches up with more low pressure and spreads and fans out rain showers in our direction. you can see the impacts of it by tuesday afternoon. light scattered showers, not really anticipating severe weather. we'll keep an eye on it. by wednesday, we're also looking at rain. it's going to bring dreary days to the area for the next several days. we're still getting a little soaked there with cloud cover overhead. let's talk about how much rain we're going to get. i don't think there's going to be much to add up here. the showers will be light. a half inch or less in those areas. here's a look at the seven-day forecast. we top out at 77 degrees. today we're up to 75. tomorrow, it gets a little dreary. thursday, a high around 80 with scattered showers. a few showers possible thursday with a high of
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the rain chance in all the way through at least saturday in the forecast. and maybe a stray shower on sunday. stay with us. we have more coming up.
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students are back in school this week. and the story we're going to bring you is one you won't hear any where else. alexandria is one of the wealthiest districts in the country. and we still have kids who don't have a reliable food source kids who don't know how smart they are. because they've been so concerned about getting food. getting their basic needs
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>> they presented the students of that middle school -- when the weekend comes they don't always have enough to get by. it's a huge problem. but one we can take on together. go to wusa9.com/impact to watch this special series and learn how you can help students where you live. one final look at the forecast, when we return.
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well it certainly is the kind of day you want to have lunch outside. a high of 77. we'll see 70s and 80s for the rest of
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with rain chances now, tomorrow, and monday. that's it for wusa9 news at noon. we'll be back at 5:00. don't forget our headlines, hurricane hot line opens at 4:00 p.m. until then, have a great afternoon. ralph northam: i'm ralph northam, candidate for governor and i sponsored this ad narrator: ed gillespie says dr. ralph northam doesshn't ow up? dr. ralph northam was an army doctor and a volunteer medical director at a children's hospice. he passed the virginia law requiring concussion standards for school sports.
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>> sharon: um... i'm almost done closing up. then we can get out of here... >> scott: yeah, take your time. whatever distracts you from what you're really thinking about, huh? >> sharon: the gps app tracking alice's car. >> scott: i can tell you're torn between what you promised nick and a burning desire to get over to that house and see what alice is really up to. >> sharon: that's what you'd be doing. >> scott: i'm trained for that kind of thing. you're not. i mean, nick made a good point. you need to be safe. you have a family to consider. you know, people who depend on you. so as much as i share your curiosity, i'm not gonna try and talk you into pursuing this. >> sharon: you could go without me. >> scott: i think we both need to keep a safe distance and just see how this thing unfolds, you know?

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