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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the superspreader warn health oiclsouthe alarm abt era'biggest sportsay images already emerging of packed, mostly maskless parties in tampa. everyone urged to avoid large gatherings, crowded bars and restaurants. growing concerns about the super bowl leading to a new surge in covid cases. and new variants possibly reinfecting people who already had the virus. two dangerous weather alerts at this hour. more than 100 million people in the path. millions bracing for the second possible nor'easter in less than a week. whiteout conditions in the midwest. blinding conditions on the highways. heavy snow tomorrow from d.c. to philly, new york to boston. new york closing two mega vaccination sites.
and the brutal arctic blast. windchills plunging well below zero. rob marciano timing it all out. president biden spending his first weekend away from the white house. the president at his home in delaware, pushing his $1.9 trillion covid relief plan and refusing to negotiate over the amount of those $1,400 stimulus checks. the white house releasing video of his phone call with an unemployed mother in california to help make the pitch. news tonight about the jail uprising in st. louis. 117 inmates setting fires, smashing windows, a guard attacked. word coming in now on the situation inside the jail. the kansas city chiefs arriving in tampa on the eve of the super bowl. one of their coaches, the son of head coach andy reid, under investigation for a car accident injuring two children. authorities reportedly saying he admitted to drinking before the crash. and hours before kickoff,
the one person who has been on the field for every super bowl. good evening. and thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm whit johnson. as we come on tonight, more than 100 million americans are on alert across the midwest and the east coast as a powerful winter storm and dangerous cold take aim. the latest track in a moment, but we start here on this super bowl weekend with warnings that america's unofficial national holiday could become a covid superspreader event. the nfl and the host city of tampa setting limits on attendance, requiring masks and taking other precautions. but images from tampa already emerging of crowded events and largely maskless crowds. concerns about gatherings across the country as well. los angeles banning restaurants and bars from turning on tvs for
customers, even outdoors. the urge to gather competing with the vaccine. some 39 million doses of vaccine have been administered. just 9% of the population receiving their first shot. and the death toll continuing to climb tonight. more than 461,000 lives have been lost. 60,000 in just the last 18 days. and tonight, health officials are urging americans to be cautious, especially on this weekend. abc's trevor ault leading us off right here in new york. >> reporter: tonight, a high-stakes weekend. officials fearing super bowl parties could explode into superspreader events. new images showing already packed parties in tampa, a mostly maskless crowd. >> i'm highly concerned about it, to be honest with you. >> reporter: bar owners there trying to contain the energy. >> we're going to do our best, so we hired ten securities. it's kind of hard because what are we going to do, glue them to the seat? >> reporter: the potential for a super bowl surge threatening to unravel the nationwide progress we've seen, with cases and hospitalizations finally coming down.
and the concerns stretch far beyond florida, with the game typically drawing 100 million viewers, health experts are warning about indoor gatherings everywhere. >> if you've got 25 people together for super bowl sunday in a party, the chances of having one person with covid among those individuals, depends on the city, but in cities like l.a., it's over 50%. >> reporter: but tonight, more states rolling back restrictions. colorado allowing more people into bars, restaurants and gyms. and tomorrow iowa lifting its mask mandate and social distancing limitations for business and social gatherings. further complicating the fight, the new variants of the virus possibly capable of reinfecting people who already recovered from covid once before. >> viruses will not evolve and mutate if you do not give them an open playing field to replicate and replicate in essentially an unbridled fashion. >> reporter: johnson & johnson now applying for emergency authorization of its vaccine.
in trials, the single shot showed a lower overall efficacy than its competitors, but the company says it's 85% effective against severe illness, even with that concerning south african variant. >> the pandemic today is a much more complex pandemic than it was several months ago. so, the trials conducted now are really a very different ball game than trials conducted last fall. >> reporter: the cdc says more than 39 million total vaccine doses have been administered. 9% population receiving their first dose, but millions like new jersey grandmother lori lalin are waiting their turn, and she says her patience is running thin. >> for younger people, a year is a year, but for those of us who are seniors, a year is a lot. >> especially when people are separated from families. trevor ault joins us now from the javits center, a mass vaccination site here in new york city. the virus is continuing to mutate. tonight there's a troubling report about the effectiveness of the astrazeneca vaccine. >> reporter: that's right, whit.
the financial times reports a new study shows the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine has no effectiveness against mild or moderate sickness caused by the south african variant. any way in a statement they tell us they're working to optimize the pipeline should a change to the vaccine become necessary. it is important to note these are still very preliminary results of the study, and they still need to be reviewed. whit? >> another thing to watch in this pandemic. trevor, thank you. now to the bitter winter blast. a system on the move triggering what could be another major storm in the northeast. new york state closing two mega vaccination sites tomorrow ahead of the storm. whiteout conditions and treacherous driving in grand island, nebraska. bo camidngir responderssiopa fishmao ll throe ice in ohio. and the deep freeze on the way. spreading and lingering for days.
rob marciano with the forecast in a moment, but first, here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight whiteout conditions in the midwest as millions in the northeast brace for their second major storm in less than a week. an army of plows outside grand island, nebraska, before dawn. crashes and slideoffs littering interstates. its all part of a large system that's laser focused on the northeast for super bowl sunday. >> if you have anything you need to do, do it early, get it out of the way. >> reporter: on top of that some of the coldest air of the season is fueling massive snowfall along the great lakes. frozen waves from lake erie crashing ashore, completely encasing this car in ice. and tonight as the cold moves in, a reminder that the ice can still be dangerous. in elmwood park, new jersey, a mother and daughter rescued from the passaic river. and this new body camera video from montville, ohio, shows first responders using ropes to fell through the ice.
>> i just heard these faint calls for help, and i just knew someone was in the water. >> reporter: whit, here in new jersey, parts of the state just got three feet of snow. it took at least a couple of days to plow all of this. with more snow on the way, officials are concerned about where to put it. some cities even opting to use snow melter machines to control piles of snow like this. whit? >> people still digging out from the last storm. stephanie, thank you. let's get right to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. rob, time the snow and the cold out for us here. >> reporter: all right, well, this is a fast moving but potent system that's digging as it amplifies into the southeast. we've got winter storm warnings from georgia to new england. those wind chills for that extreme cold behind it. timing it out, heavy snow across appalachia. in through the morning in d.c., philly. then new york city 7:00, 8:00 in the morning. only about a six-hour event, but we'll see snowfall rates, two to three inches per hour. it all gets done by midnight.
but that's enough for maybe ten inches in spots along i-95 as well. extreme cold coming in behind it. whit? >> we know you'll stay on top of it. rob, thank you. turning to president biden spending the first weekend away from the white house. back in delaware, stopping for an x-ray on that injured foot. but still pushing for his $2 trillion relief bill, reaching out to a california woman who lost her job in the pandemic. abc's alex presha is in delaware. >> reporter: tonight, president biden making the pitch for his covid relief plan directly to american people in need of assistance. >> i was laid off in july. >> reporter: speaking to a woman who lost her job named michelle in a video released by the white house. >> we're putting together a plan that provides emergency relief to people who are in desperate need now. everything from mortgage payments to unemployment insurance to rental subsidies to food security for children. >> reporter: recent polling indicates biden's $1.9 trillion package already has the support of most americans, including 37% of republicans. but republicans in the senate
are frustrated the president and democrats are pushing it through along party lines. >> they're not interested in doing the hard work it takes to build consensus. >> it looks like you're pushing your agenda with the disguise of wanting to interact, and then doing it 100% the direction you want to go. >> reporter: the fact is, democrats don't need any gop votes, but president biden says he's open to compromise on some things, like which americans get a stimulus check based on income. but he's not budging on the amount of those checks, $1,400. >> alex presha with us. alex, president biden acknowledged he won't get everything he wants in this plan. that includes a $15 minimum wage, saying he doesn't think it will survive? >> reporter: that's right, whit. president biden says his guess is that it will not be included but he also says he's prepared to negotiate separately on minimum wage and work it up from where it is now. whit? >> alex, thank you. late word tonight on congresswoman liz cheney.
the wyoming republican party today voting overwhelmingly to censure cheney for her vote to impeach president trump following the insurrection on the capitol. she says it was compelled by the oath she swore to the constitution. she remains the number three republican in the house after attempts to remove her from her leadership position. now to st. louis and the jail uprising that lasted for hours. the stunning images outside the st. louis justice center. 117 inmates involved. a guard attacked, fires set. it was the third outbreak like this in weeks. here's abc's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: chaos inside this st. louis jail, inmates setting objects ablaze and throwing items outside shattered windows. >> this is the st. louis justice center downtown on tucker. >> reporter: officials say it all started with a fight overnight. inmates able to break out of their cells after jimmying the
locks. >> that detainee got into a scuffle with our correction officer, who was then jumped by others that were detained inside one of our units on the fourth floor. >> they done set they sheets on fire. >> reporter: the smoked-scarred windows full of inmates. some holding signs, others raising their fists as daylight broke. activists say this comes after an ongoing protest against conditions at the jail. officials say more than a hundred inmates were involved in the fourth floor uprising. >> this was not a situation where there were demands being made by anyone. these were just very angry, defiant, very violent people that we house at the justice center. >> reporter: this marking the third disturbance at the jail in recent weeks. whit, officials telling me tonight the situation has been resolved. some detainees were taken without resistance to another separate facility, and others
were taken to a more secure place inside that facility. and officials believe that that corrections officer will be okay. whit? >> elwyn lopez for us tonight, thank you. news now on the mystery disappearance of two brothers in california. the boys vanishing from their backyard just before christmas. the adoptive father's family saying they have been receiving threats ever since. here's abc's zohreen shah. >> reporter: tonight, the family of the adoptive father of two california city brothers who vanished -- 4-year-old orrin and 3-year-old orson, speaking to abc news exclusively. >> i just know that they were really good parents as far as i was concerned. >> reporter: the family saying they're being targeted by members of the public, showing up outside their home not to support them but to accuse them. >> the fact that people are gathering outside of our homes and making us a target is demoralizing. ey adopted t bs 2019.es
the parents saying they last saw them in their backyard late december before they vanished. >> came inside house, searched the house, me and my wife. >> reporter: police suspecting foul play, but they have not named any suspects or persons of interest. the family urging people to not rush to judgment. >> it's like the people don't realize that we are grieving, we are hurting just like they are. >> reporter: a reward from multiple parties, including the party, increasing to $120,000. and tonight, a community vigil outside the west's family home. >> zohreen shah tonight, thank you. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. a coach for the kansas city chiefs, the son of head coach andy reid, under investigation. a car accident injuring two children. authorities reportedly saying he admitted to drinking before the crash. and tom brady about to take the field for his tenth super bowl. tonight, one person who has been there for all 55.
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next tonight, the kansas city chiefs now in tampa ready to take on the bucs in super bowl lv. the team missing one of their coaches, though. britt reid, the son of the head coach andy reid, now under investigation following a crash that injured two young children. here's abc's will reeve. >> reporter: tonight, the kansas city chiefs arriving in tampa for the super bowl without linebackers coach britt reid after he was involved in a multivehicle car accident. according to police a pickup truck driven by britt reid slammed into a car that was out of gas and another vehicle stopped near an on-ramp noor the chiefs training facility in kansas city. >> three vehicles involved. a dark colored sedan, suv and a different vehicle. one vehicle is flipped. >> reporter: a 4-year-old and 5-year-old inside one of the vehicles were taken to the hospital. the 5-year-old is reportedly in critical condition. according to the warrant obtained by espn, an officer
responding to the crash could smell odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from reid's person, and his eyes were bloodshot and red. when asked if he had been drinking, reid advised he had two the three drinks. the warrant says reid told police he was on adderall and complained of stomach pain and was taken to the hospital. reid had legal problems in the past. in 2007 he pleaded guilty to flashing a gun at a motorist and was sentenced to 8 to 23 months in prison. in 2008 he pleaded guilty to dui and drug charges after crashing into a shopping cart in a parking lot. no charges have been filed at this time. the kansas city police department tells abc news investigations like this typically take weeks. if charges were to be filed they would come after that investigation. the chiefs team released a statement friday evening saying they were still gathering information and would not comment further for now. whit? >> will reeve for us in tampa tonight. thank you. when we come back here, the massive avalanche, the urgent search for people believed to be trapped under the snow. urgent
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take a closer look at the grass beneath the players. for 92-year-old george toma, this is his office, his canvas. toma is the oldest groundskeeper in the nfl, but make no mistake, he takes his turf seriously. >> the cheapest insurance is a safe playing field. >> reporter: a theory he's put into practice as he reaches his 55th super bowl. there he is, putting sod down for tomorrow's game. >> it's grown in georgia. put plastic down. >> reporter: his first super bowl in 1967 at the los angeles coliseum. his hard work on display in 1983 at the rose bowl. there's george under the tarp examining the field after heavy rains. his legendary field status earning him the title of "sod god." >> wherever you are there's nothing more beautiful than grass. >> reporter: and meeting some halftime celebrities along the way. ♪ but he knew it couldn't last ♪ >> reporter: the likes of paul mccartney and others. his favorite?
♪ i've got 100 million reasons to walk away ♪ >> reporter: lady gaga in 2017. >> lady gaga was one of the best i've seen. she came down and walked the field. she talked to me. >> reporter: and the pandemic hasn't slowed him down. toma still keeping busy, playing with the family dog, dixie, while working his day job on the field. and tonight, he sent us this message ahead of the big game. >> but please be safe watching at home with your closest relatives, because we all want to come back and do it again next year and then some. >> great advice, george. thank you for all you do. thanks to our affiliate wfts for help with that story. i'm whit johnson. i'll see you tomorrow on "gma" and linsey davis will be right here tomorrow night. good night.
nothing like this. a driver is robbed while sitting in traffic. you will hear from the person who took this video. and the race to vaccinate comes to an east bay racetrack. some people did everything they could to get the shot and this is all that's left of the community center today. vital service it was providing during the pandemic. the special edition of abc7 news starts now. >> building a better bay area for a safe and secure future this is abc7 news. it is the shot of a lifetime. more counties in the bay area are giving people the opportunity to get the covid vaccine this weekend, and for many it means being able to see their families once again. with that we say good afternoon and thank you so much for joining us. i'm dion lim. welcome to the special edition