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>> we have over 22 inches of snow in some places already. sfwl very different depending on what you live. we'll be back at 7:00. nightly news is up next. tonight, a monster winter storm. the nor'easter hitting with a dangerous mix of snow, rain and wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. travel nightmares, thousands of flights canceled, passengers getting sick on a plane trying to land in the storm. >> i'm holding on to the seat and we're going up and down and everywhere. >> massive flooding, roads underwater. al roker is tracking the threat for us. the deadly double shooting inside a college campus dorm. tonight, the urgent manhunt for the gunman. another roller coaster day on wall street as president trump stokes fears of a trade war, saying they're easy to win. how it could impact prices on everything from blue jeans to bourbon. hotel wi-fi warning. the new trick scammers can use to make you think you're signing on to the hotel's
network to steal your info. how to protect yourself. and hollywood's biggest night, how a movie with high hopes at sunday's oscars is inspiring calls to action across america. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. thank you for being here. power is out for millions, floodwaters are rising in many sections of the northeast tonight as ra rain, heavy snow and vicious winds pummel the reason. in new england there is a potentially deadly storm surge threatening coastal communities. the weather service in boston tweeting today, take this storm seriously, expect structural damage, homes destroyed. the nor'easter has battered an area from the carolinas too maine with winds gusting above 70 miles an hour. the winds making for harrowing moments in the sky like this flight aborting its landing at washington's reagan national airport. most flight, however, are grounded. flight cancellations being felt across the entire country, even
amtrak service between washington and boston halted. we start in massachuset massachuset massachusetts. >> reporter: tonight a powerful nor'easter slamming the east coast with power outages from maine to north carolina. along massachusetts's coastline -- >> this whole street will be totally flooded within the next 45 minutes. >> reporter: -- wind gusts above 70 miles an hour. streets simply gone beneath the water. and the waves. >> you can hear it -- >> reporter: whoa! that hit the roof. >> that went over the house, we have to step back. >> reporter: duxbury fire was at the ready, checking on residents who stayed behind. >> there is a road underneath here. >> reporter: using this massive high-water vehicle to get to areas now cut off by water. tens of millions up and down the coast are still in the thick of
it. in boston, the harbor spilling into the streets. >> my wife and mother are not happy that i'm bringing my kids down here right now but we're playing it safe. >> reporter: in pennsylvania and upstate new york, heavy snowmaking driving treacherous. >> rain, snow, slush, it's just -- my windshield wipers can't keep up with this stuff. >> reporter: in new york city, wind gusts over 60 miles an hour toppling trucks on bridges, downing trees in philadelphia, hitting a bus on a highway. while those whipping winds in d.c. rocking scaffolding and downing trees. and turning deadly in virginia. a six-year-old boy killed in his bed when a tree came through the roof. back in duxbury, first responders ready for a long night. >> everything the meteorologists are telling us, this water won't be able to escape so it's only going to get worse. >> reporter: we still have two more high tide cycles to go through before the storm moves on as we are learning about
another death from a downed tree in this storm. lester, as you can see, these winds continue to whip. >> some incredible images, all right kristen dalghren, thanks. this monster storm is wreaking havoc on travel, sending rippings across the country, wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. it's a nightmare on the roads and in the air, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and making for very rocky rides. let's get the latest from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: at reagan national airport in washington today, a terrifying landing attempt in high winds with air sick passengers as a southwest plane at first aborts then comes around for a second attempt. >> there's lots of people throwing up in bags, it was pretty crazy. >> reporter: thankful to be on the ground, john kirk and his sons returning from orlando. >> the guy whose seat i was holding was throwing up for like five minutes. i'm holding on and we're going up and down.
>> reporter: high winds forced more than 3,000 flight cancellations. >> the cross winds are causing a problem for us and as the day progresses we're also worried about any winds that are higher than 44 miles an hour. >> reporter: at new york's jfk and laguardia airports, flights suspended during the day, stuck in the airport for 48 hours, janet gill and her kids trying to get to boston. >> i really want to be home, you know, my kids want to -- really want their bed. >> reporter: but boston logan felt the cancellations. the high winds affecting train travel. amtrak service in the northeast suspended. meanwhile, the flight aware misery map showing red out of east coast hub airports while at washington dulles airport, the tower was evacuated with winds pushing 70 miles per hour. the hope? that air travel is back to normal by monday. here in washington, we've got sustained winds averaging 30 to 40 and then it gusts up to 50 or 60 but meteorologists tell us just a few thousand
feet up they're seeing 80 mile per hour winds, that makes it a very rough ride if you're in a plane. lester? >> good night to be on the ground. tom costello, thanks. for the latest, let's turn to al roker. al? >> being on the ground isn't that much better depending on where you are. you can see on the radar, rain in new england, snow, wind gusts of 58 degrees -- 58 miles per hour i should say in jfk, montauk 45. what we're looking at now, this system will be moving out slowly as it does the rain will start tapering off but as the low pressure moves away we have the pressure gradient so winds will continue through tomorrow and, in fact, as you can see, we're going to be looking at wind gusts between 44 to 50 miles per hour right on into early tomorrow morning, so, lester, it's going to take almost all weekend for the air travel system to get back to normal because we still have wind gusts hanging around. >> it will be with us. al roker, thanks very much. let's turn to a college campus on edge this evening. police searching for the gunman in a deadly
double shooting inside a dorm at central michigan university. there's late word from campus, police confirming the victims are the suspects parents. kevin tibbles with the latest with the urgent manhunt. >> reporter: shots rang out before 9:30 in one of the student residents halls at central michigan university, setting in motion a campus-wide lockdown and police manhunt. >> number-one priority right now is safety. we still have people sheltering in place. >> reporter: authorities have not confirmed the victims' identities but tonight are searching for 19-year-old student james eric davis jr. tonight authorities say the victims are the parents of 19-year-old student james eric davis jr. davis sr. was a police officer in the chicago suburb of bellwood. >> if you encounter mr. davis, you should consider him to be armed and dangerous. >> reporter: central michigan is three hours northwest of detroit. today was the final
day before students left for spring break. >> for those planning to come to campus to pick up their students for spring break, we would ask that you please stay off campus. >> reporter: anxious families were asked to wait at a nearby hotel. >> just happening all over the place and never would have thought it would have happened here, i police say they have security video of davis leaving the dorm and running down some nearby railway tracks but tonight he remains at large. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. we've got good news about the nationwide flu epidemic. the cdc says flu season has "definitely peaked" but warns it's still widespread in 45 states. another 17 children died from the flu last week, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to 114 for the season. it was another wild day on wall street after president trump doubled down and welcomed a potential trade war over his surprise announcement on new tariffs on steel and aluminum
imports. nbc news chief white house correspondent hallie jackson has the story. >> reporter: president trump leaving a washington wind storm can't shake the turbulence tied to the tough new tariffs he announced on aluminum and steel. the dow closing down slightly after another dip today. >> there goes the bell. the dow will close down 50 points. >> reporter: what the commerce secretary calls a tremendous overreaction, arguing any price hike passed to consumers is chump change. >> i just bought this can today at a 7-eleven down here and the price was $1.99. so who in the world is going to be too bothered by six-tenths of a cent. >> reporter: but the risk isn't just that higher costs could get passed to you, it's that other countries could retaliate, making it more expensive for american workers to sell their products overseas -- like wheat from farms like this one. >> we depend a lot on exports and the fact that something threatens those exports makes it tough for us. >> reporter: the president aiming to
protect u.s. metal workers tweeting, at times trade wars are good and easy to win. >> trade battles can be easy and possible to win, trade wars are damaging to everybody. >> reporter: why now? nbc news has learned the president became unglued this week, in the words of one source, by a series of events including hope hicks' testimony to lawmakers on russia, that's according to two officials familiar with the matter. seething and spoiling for a fight, the president picked one on trade, throwing the markets and his west wing into turmoil with a single sentence. >> it will be 25% for steel, it will be 10% for aluminum. >> reporter: the white house points out the president's position on trade should come as no surprise. as for whether he will actually formally sign this next week, we're told never say never, but he's pretty committed to moving this forward, lester. >> hallie jackson at the white house. thank you. now to our exclusive interview with russian president vladimir putin, who has denied any russian government involvement
after u.s. charges of election meddling. but what about russian citizens who have been indicted in the special counsel investigation? nbc's megyn kelly asked him about that today. >> translator: we cannot respond to that if they do not violate russian laws. >> would this violate russian law? >> translator: i have to see first what they've done, give us materials, give us information. >> hacking into the democratic national committee, creating interference in our election by creating bots that spread false information on twitter, on facebook, spreading misinformation when it comes to black lives matter, when it comes to our presidential election, that's what i'm talking about. >> translator: with all due respect for you personally, with all due respect for congress, you must have people with legal degrees. 100% you do. and people who are well educated who must understand that we, russia, cannot prosecute anyone if they have not violated russian law. if you don't have a legal degree, i can explain to you -- >> i do. >> then you have to understand what it
takes is an official request to the general prosecutor of the russian federation. give us a document. give us an official request. >> you said that that the last time and now i'm back with an indictment. >> translator: this has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the united states congress. >> we'll have much more of megyn's reporting from russia in the coming days. tonight an nbc news investigation involving russia. claims that russian ships are being used in an elaborate operation to help north korea evade sanctions, a plot that has major implications in the growing concerns over the north korean nuclear threat. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel went on the trail to a remote russian port looking into this. >> reporter: one of the keys to north korea's funding its expanding nuclear program might be here in russia. we came here to investigate how the sanctions-starved regime is getting cash through smuggling right under everyone's nose. this area may look
completely blocked off right now by the ice, this is actually an essential shipping route, a route apparently used to move banned goods and keep kim jong-un's regime afloat. a still-unpublished u.n. report obtained by nbc news says north korea made $200 million in just nine months last year through illicit trade. the report describes several cases of shipping north korean coal through russian. we were searching the ports for specific ships. we're looking for a ship called "vitas." according to shipping logs, it went out to sea last fall and then apparently turned off its locator beacon. reuters quoted two european security officials who said the ship then transferred 1600 tons of oil to a north korean vessel. the guard remembered the ship but when she checked the records the shape's name
wasn't on them. can we go in and see it? we did eventually find a way to get to the vityas in that port and capture these images. >> russia has a rich history of often being an obstacle to sanctions against some of the darkest characters in the international sphere. >> reporter: despite our findings in that u.n. report, no russian ship or companies were included in the latest u.s. sanctions. the russian government and the ship owners had no comment. lester? >> richard engel, thank you. there's much more of richard's reporting tonight at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. still ahead tonight, how computer hackers can easily break into hotel wi-fi networks and how you can protect your personal information. also, the oscar nominated film that's about three billboards vo: gopi has built her business with her own two hands. each unique piece comes to life in the same way...
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and cody, they both have iphones. >> and you're watching what they do. >> monitoring everything they're doing. >> reporter: i'm going to try to find them. >> good luck. >> reporter: the hotel is in on it but no one else is. is there a sharon here? you're sharon. what wi-fi are you on? >> fiesta rewards pool. >> reporter: that's the hotel wi-fi? >> yes. >> reporter: what if i told you that's not the wi-fi and our security expert can monitor everything you're doing. >> it frightens me. why would you want someone to know your personal information? >> reporter: even on the beach people are logging in. cody? >> yeah. >> reporter: there it is, fiesta rewards pool. >> it's unsettling being on vacation. that's scary. >> reporter: but what information can the hacker really get? i test it out. >> i'm watching everything he's doing in realtime. >> reporter: going to buy some gloves for when i get back home to the cold. >> he just entered in his visa information so it's his visa card number [ bleep ]. >> reporter: i'm going to log into my e-mail. >> he just logged in, there's his e-mail address and his password.
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protest tragedy. three billboards circled a senator's office "slaughter in school" and "still no gun control" "how come, marco rubio?" >> i think the reason why they resonated with people is because of its simplicity and its humanness. >> reporter: around the world, billboards are speaking volumes. 500,000 dead in syria and still no action. in london, questions after a deadly apartment fire. actress frances mccorps mmcko mcdormand. >> appreciate a well-organized act of civil disobedience. >> reporter: life imitating art doesn't always demand social change. some have used three billboards to flatter one person. in cleveland, philly fans want to lure lebron james away. in palm springs, a love letter to serena williams from her husband. from the heart felt to the heart wrenching, "three billboards outside ebbing,
missouri" is a movie inspiring a movement. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us, that is "nightly news" for this friday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> thanks for joining us tonight. we have new information about this major storm, and its impact on our entire region. >> you can see from the first alert radar, this storm is far from over. traffic has been a nightmare for people trying to get home. most service has been suspended,
and trains that are running are more than an hour late. people are stuck across the delaware valley. and amtrak has cancelled all trains along the northeast corridor for the rest of the night. >> now to jersey shore, the strong winds that are really whipping around there, and the concern is flooding for tomorrow during high tides. nbc 10 first alert chief meteorologist tammy susa warning conditions are going to get worse. >> they're going to continue to deteriorate. other places are improving. lehigh valley, the snow is lightning up. in the poconos, the snow is tapering off. some places seeing nearly two feet of snow already. snow still coming down in philadelphia and south jersey, and coming down rather heavy in some places. the bands are moving from north to south. the storm system is very slowly edging its way out to sea,ot