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tonight, the deadly nor'easter, state of emergency. the death toll rising. now from virginia to maine the race to rescue families, stranded in the flooding. hundreds of thousands still without power. travel delays up and down the east coast. and the new storm already taking aim. our sam champion standing by. the white house turmoil. with his administration and family under fire, president trump himself now firing back. and did he just fire the first shot in a looming trade war? the pizza hut employee taking on three armed robbers, tonight hailed a hero. the showdown captured on security cameras. the man hunt under way right now. the snowboarder buried alive and the race to save him. tonight, what he says about the moment he saw an eight-foot wall of snow heading straight for him. and the oscar countdown is
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on. as the red carpet rolls out, new outrage in the me too movement and could this song about being true to yourself, now inspiring so many, get oscar gold? ♪ look out because here i come good evening. thank you for joining us on this busy saturday. i'm cecilia vega in for tom llamas. we begin with that massive cleanup from that deadly nor'easter and the millions just hit so hard now bracing for another storm just days away, that huge nor'easter leaving its mark across so much of the eerch eastern seabrded from virginia to maine. hundreds of thousands still without power. high tides and flooding in many states. this driver losing controlling and ending up in that deep body of water. in hard-hit massachusetts, a state of emergency, with more
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than hundred rescues alone. with death toll climbing. a 6-year-old boy among the dead. abc's gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the massive nor'easter leaving homes and yards flooded in its wake and more than a million without power. just hours ago, coastal communities hit by even more water. it's just about 12 noon, here in quincy, massachusetts, and that means it's high tide, and just look at the incredible force of the storm system, even at it leaves the area. widespread flooding and power outages prompting a state of emergency in massachusetts. the national guard using rafts and front loaders to carry residents to safety. these rescuers needing scuba gear to pull this motorist from his car and back to dry land. more than 100 rescued in quincy alone. this family has lived here for more than a decade. they've never seen anything quite like this. >> you don't wish this on anyone. definitely not the greatest situation to be a part of.
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>> reporter: our team witnessing just how fast this storm moved in. this is the seawall here, look how close that water is getting now. rain pouring down sideways, winds reaching up to 93 mph. this incredible wind that you're seeing right now, this is actually coming off the ocean. the storm turning deadly. at least eight killed, all by falling trees. >> the tree is pinned to a bumper. >> 6-year-old anthony hamilton was asleep on the top bunk when a tree crashed through his home. >> just a freak accident during the middle of the night that took the baby from us. >> reporter: trees splitting homes from the mid-atlantic to new york. and pulling down powerlines. those live wires sparking this fire in pennsylvania. >> gio benitez joins us live from boston. more than 24 hours since this nor'easter hit. that high tide is still a worry for so many residents. >> reporter: oh, absolutely. you saw how dangerous high tide was earlier, there's one more left and that really could lead to more coastal flooding. once that's all done that's when people will finally be able to
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start cleaning up. cecilia. >> gio, thank you. you and the team stay safe out there. we want to turn to the ripple effect of that storm, tens of thousands of stranded travelers. planes and trains brought to a standstill on the east coast. take a look at the crowds there trying to get out of new york penn station. they're going nowhere fast. abc's kenneth moton with how long it might take to get back to normal. >> reporter: tonight the roads, rails and runways crippled by the powerful nor'easter, desperately trying to bounce back. >> a lot of downed trees. the roads have been slippery. >> reporter: a snowy gridlock stranding drivers for hours on interstate 380 in pennsylvania. >> we tried to go the back way since 380 was closed, and the roads were really bad. i kind of peeled off to the side, got stuck for about an hour. >> reporter: wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour knocked over trucks in rhode island. on a bridge in new york, and this highway just outside of baltimore. trains connecting every major city between washington, d.c.,
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and boston shut down. stations flooded and without power. debris littered the tracks. amtrak back up and running but service limited right now. >> it's been terrible. i know it's because of the weather. i know when we were on the train, i could see the winds. it was really bad. >> reporter: since the start of the storm, more than 4,000 flights cancelled and nearly 7,000 delayed. >> pretty rough coming out of it on the runway there. >> i was concerned, i saw that the wind was going to be picking up until 6:00 a.m. this morning. >> reporter: the winds that tore up this roof at new york's laguardia airport and forced this 737 to abort a landing in d.c., are finally calming down, but the travel nightmare not over yet. >> i'm still hopeful, hopeful. >> reporter: experts we talked to say it could take days for travel to get back to normal. that's just in time for the next nor'easter. major airlines tell abc news they'll be monitoring that storm very closely. >> kenneth, thank you.
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sam champion joins us now. who are you most worried about right now? >> this is is the something for everyone across the country. so, tonight into tomorrow, this is the storm that dropped about 5 feet of snow in sierras. it starts to move east. what i want you to see on this page, sunday 2:00 p.m. critical fire danger from texas into nebraska. i think with 50 miles per hour wind there, we will see big fires break out in that area. things are so dry in winter. you don't think about them happening. you need dry and wind to make that happen. we look at monday, watch where that low is, under minneapolis, big rains go all the way down into mississippi, along the ohio river valley. then, by wednesday, we have a coastal low, according to the forecast models, the ones we most trust, this low for wednesday. can't give you snowfall totals.
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anyone who does isn't tell the truth. right now, this is a colder storm, a little less windy. it could big significant snowfall totals. >> we'll see you tomorrow on "good morning america." we want to turn to politics now and the white house in turmoil. today a chaotic scene outside the gates where the secret service says a man committed suicide. the president wasn't home. on twitter, threatening to threaten europeans with higher taxes. a potential trade war taking shape. abc's david wright at the white house. >> reporter: this afternoon, this chaotic scene outside the white house. shots fired. it turned out to be a suicide. the shots fired by the man under that sheet. the white house campus on lockdown for hours as the secret service cleared the scene. the president wasn't even there for all the commotion. tonight, he arrived back from florida, venting against the media. "mainstream media in u.s. is being mocked all over the world," he tweeted earlier. "they've gone crazy!" ironically, he's back in town to
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be the guest of honor at the gridiron club, the oldest gathering of the washington media elite. traditionally, the president gets roasted at the gridiron's annual white tie dinner. and tonight, there's plenty of new material. the white house staff in turmoil. the president's policy priorities changing by the day. >> i've never seen a white house in more disarray, with more internal conflicts, with more changes in direction so abruptly and so quickly. >> reporter: just this week, president trump sent mixed messages on gun control and threatened a trade war. vowing to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. it hasn't helped that some of the president's closest aides are under fire as well. son-in-law jared kushner, facing intense scrutiny over possible financial conflicts of interest. and chief of staff john kelly, still struggling with the timeline of former staff secretary rob porter's resignation. kelly has offered several
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different explanations how he handled serious allegations of domestic abuse by a top deputy. on friday, kelly admitted, we didn't cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that. but, he said, i have absolutely nothing to consider resigning over. >> david wright joins us now from the white house. the tweet from the president today taking aim at european carmakers. many viewing this as the first sign a trade war could be coming. >> that's right. the eu and canada said they might have to respond with new tariffs of their own. today the president tweeted that if the european union does increase its tariffs, he's prepared to slap a tax on imported european cars. could be getting a lot more expensive. >> george stephanopoulos will have much more on all of this tomorrow on "this week" when he
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goes one-on-one with former white house chief of staff reince priebus. to florida now and a stunning reversal on gun control there. the senate briefly passed a bill on the sale of ar-15 rifles in florida. but moments later, one senator called for a second vote and the ban was narrowly overturned 21-17. the measure was part of a legislation package known as the marjory stoneman douglas high school public safety act in memory of the school tragedy. a final vote could come on monday. next to the restaurant employee who took on three armed robbers and lived to tell. he is now being called a hero tonight. but it comes with a warning. police say no one should do what he did. abc's ron claiborne has more. >> reporter: the dramatic confrontation captured on security video. three gunmen vaulting over a pizza hut counter in philadelphia. one shoving an employee. but instead of giving the robbers what they want, the
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worker fights back. >> the mindset of you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. >> reporter: the cameras capturing the chilling image of two of the suspects checking their weapons. but the worker comes at them again, this time grabbing a metal stand and toppling it onto them. they take off empty-handed, followed seconds later by the third gunman. >> it is pretty amazing to see this one guy take on three people that are armed with sort of like no issues. >> i'm just glad we're both here. >> reporter: last week a mother and daughter in tulsa, oklahoma, fighting off a man who tried to rob their liquor store. both women grabbing their guns and firing at the suspect, critically wounding him. but law enforcement experts say resisting an armed criminal may not be the best idea. >> any time you take on somebody that has a weapon pointed at you it's a big risk. >> those experts tell us if you're ever confronted by
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someone with a gun, comply with their demands. but only if your life is in danger, then you should fight back. as for those suspects in philadelphia, they're still on the loose. the oscars right here tomorrow on abc. the final preparations now under way, and part of this year's star-studded show, a conversation about equality and the me too movement. tonight, a new fire storm -- what harvey weinstein's lawyer said about the women and the casting couch. >> reporter: tonight, the red carpet rolled out for hollywood's bigs night. the buzz on hollywood's biggest night expected to be not just the movies, but the movements empowering women. >> it would be hard to not talk about what's happening now, because it's pretty momentous. >> reporter: stars ready to speak out as an attorney for harvey weinstein, who's accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women, is raising eyebrows in a new interview. benjamin brafman telling "the times of london," "if a woman decides that she needs to have sex with a hollywood producer in order to advance her career and actually does it and finds the whole thing offensive, that's
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not rape." his client weinstein denies any non-consensual sexual activity. tomorrow night, many watching to see if there will be another outspoken oprah type moment. >> a new day is on the horizon! >> reporter: like at the golden globes, addressing time's up and me too activism. >> the best part of the me too movement is not just what it happening in hollywood but, across the land and across the world even, we have been able to encourage and inspire women who are waitressing, who are nursing and we have been able to let them know their voices matter. >> reporter: times up raising more than $21 million to give victims of sexual harassment and assault legal resources. so far, 1,700 women across 60 different industries have come forward requesting that aid. >> to be harassed in the work place is not just something that happens in hollywood. it happens unfortunately
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everywhere and we at time's up want that to change. >> the oscar producers say there will be a moment or two dedicated to these movements. they want to keep the main focus on tomorrow night's show on the movies. still ahead on "world news tonight" on this busy saturday, potential breakthrough in the fight against the flu. the new vaccine that lasts more than one season. just when will it get to a doctor near you? plus, a terrifying avalanche at a california ski resort, a snowboarder buried alive. he lived to tell what he's now saying about those final seconds. as we await for the best film of the year, what about the worst ones? the votes are in. will you admit to seeing any of them? friends, colleagues, gathered here are the world's finest insurance experts. rodney -- mastermind of discounts like safe driver, paperless. the list goes on. how about a discount for long lists? gold. mara, you save our customers hundreds for switching
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he lived to tell, and what a story he's telling. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: terrifying moments at a california ski resort. good samaritans frantically digging, trying to uncover snowboarder evan huck buried alive during an avalanche. >> i just heard someone yell, look back, and saw about an eight-foot wall of snow. and then a second later, it had hit us. >> he's breathing. >> reporter: brushing the snow off his face, making sure he could breathe. he saw the avalanche as it came crashing down on five people in lake tahoe. you can see her in the vote here crawling through the snow trying to reach the stranded border. >> where's evan huck? my husband is missing! >> we started to hear a woman scream for her husband and that's when obviously your heart starts racing. >> reporter: over a hundred rescuers and rescue dogs responding to the area.
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after a few long minutes, someone spotted a life saving clue. >> whoever spotted that snowboard sticking out, good job. >> reporter: huck buried for six minutes. but once out, no injuries. he eventually snowboarded with his wife back down the mountain to safety. >> we feel incredibly lucky. super stoked to be alive. >> reporter: one man was hospitalized because of the avalanche. the ski resort is back open tonight. cecilia? >> eva, thank you. up next, new details on that deadly shoot on a michigan college campus. tonight, where the police say the shooter got the gun he used to murder his own parents. massive flooding on a california roadway. what caused this geyser. geyser the second in two days.
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the oscar nominated film "the greatest showman," turned anthem. ♪ this is brave this is bruised ♪ ♪ this is who i'm meant to be this is me ♪ ♪ look out 'cause here i come >> reporter: the words resonate for fans of all background and ages who can the pain of being different and the triumph of overcoming singing "this is me." ♪ this is me >> reporter: that unforgettable voice, keala settle. the bearded lady in the movie's ensemble cast. ♪ i won't make them break me boun to dust ♪ ♪ we are glorious >> reporter: in this behind the scenes rehearsal video, raw with passion, settle was still grieving the death of her mother, seen here relying on the strength of leading man hugh jackman. >> there's was a moment in the song where i was so scared that i actually had to grab hugh's hands so i had somebody to hold
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on to. this is me ♪ >> reporter: this sunday, she lives out loud a dream come true as she performs at the 90th academy awards. ♪ this is me >> adrienne bankert abc news. thank you for watching. our oscars coverage kicks off tomorrow. the award preshow starts at 1:00 p.m. eastern. then the red carpet show at 6:30 followed by the main event. i'm cecilia vega. i'll see you right back here tomorrow on "gma" tomorrow. tom llamas reports from the red carpet. from all of us, have a great night.
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now on abc 7 news. the strange mix that hit today and find out if we're in for more stormy weather this weekend. i was completely buried. luckily, the tip of my snowboard was showing. >> caught in after avalanche. a san francisco man talks about his near death experience on the slopes of tahoe. the sun has finally come out for the stars to arrive tomorrow. i'm deon lim along the soon to be unveiled red carpet with your oscars preview coming up. live where you live, this is abc 7 news. it was fast, it was furious. hail pounding many areas. mostly in the north and the east bay. san francisco got a good dousing of morning rain and we're not in the clear just yet. hello, i'm eric texas ahomas.
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we begin with the unpredictable weather. the day started with sun and a little weather. this was the view from the mt. tam camera in marin county. a sudden burst of hail hit, including here in martinez. we needed both umbrellas and sunglasses today. taking a live look at conditions from the exploratorium camera at pier a 15. meteorologist drew tuma is tracking all of it. what can we expect tonight? >> some areas are seeing rain hail and sun. milpitas had a downpour move through. in the higher elevations, the pink and the white on your screen, that is some snow that is falling. into the east bay and inland we go. we had a couple of cells move through. this is the region that saw the hail earlier today. showers offshore this entire system is moving on shore. we're not out of the woods just


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