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us. we'll be right back here at 6:00. tonight, tracking two major storms. the dangerous winter blast from coast to coast. more than 40 states now on alert. heavy snow, ice, and bitter cold moving into the southern plains. texas expected to see some of its coldest temperatures in decades. near austin, icy roads causing this tractor-trailer to skid out of control. and in mississippi, a car flipping over and bursting into flames. hundreds of thousands of customers without power. we have the timing and the track. the covid variant threat tonight. dr. anthony fauci with a new warning about the south african strain. several states now easing coronavirus restrictions. in florida, 30,000 fans in attendance at the daytona 500. the largest crowd at a sporting event since the pandemic began. many in the stands without masks defying the rules.
impeachment trial fallout. the swift backlash for the seven republicans who found former president trump guilty. louisiana's gop censuring senator bill cassidy just moments after the verdict. meanwhile, the former president now taking a victory lap. is he hinting at a political return? and with the impeachment over, what's next on the agenda for the biden administration? subway stabbing arrest. the suspect just charged in a series of deadly knife attacks on the same train line. what we've just learned. valentine's day surprise. prince harry and meghan reveal baby number two is on the way. the sweet announcement. lost and found. decades later, the symbol of love making its way back to its rightful owner just in time for valentine's day. good evening, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm linsey davis. we begin with the major winter
blast covering almost the entire u.s. more than 40 states under winter weather alerts for snow, ice, and dangerous cold. and another storm sweeping in right behind it. freezing rain blamed for this collision in mississippi. a car and truck both rolling over. a major wreck in oklahoma. the crash involving trucks and passenger vehicles. temperatures in texas plunging into the single digits. snowplows working around the clock to clear the roads outside of amarillo. seattle reporting its snowiest day in 52 years. washington state with more than a foot of snow in some areas. millions now bracing for record cold through tuesday. temperatures 50 degrees below average. windchills well below zero from texas to the dakotas. dangerous ice leaving hundreds of thousands without power on both coasts. marcus moore is in texas and
leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, that powerful storm system taking icy aim at the south. this wreck shutting down an oklahoma city turnpike this afternoon. smoke billowing in the distance. interstate 10 near el paso littered with big rigs and other vehicles. a fiery crash on interstate 55 outside jackson, mississippi. firefighters working to put out the flames. the crash blamed on freezing rain. in austin, first responders nearly slammed by an out of control car. after last week's massive pileup in ft. worth, officials begging drivers to stay home. experts say if your car goes into a slide, don't panic, don't slam on the brakes, instead pick your eyes up, look at where you want to go and steer into the skid. and as you regain traction turn the wheel straight. >> slow down. slow down. slow down. >> reporter: this big rig driver jackknifing, but turning into the skid, preventing it from tipping over. the system diving into the plains after punishing the northwest. ice taking out power lines near
portland, hundreds of thousands out of power. in seattle, cars pushing cars up hills after 9 inches of snow in one day, the most in 52 years. >> definitely had to take it a lot slower. not used to it, but we're moving. >> reporter: ice from a separate system causing problems in the east from greensboro, north carolina, to virginia, parts of the state enduring their worst ice storm in 20 years. authorities warning families to prepare to be without power in freezing temperatures for several more days. >> some dangerous cold air. marcus, officials are also concerned about power outages. they're warning people to try to conserve power? >> reporter: that's right. they expect demand on monday and tuesday to be so high, it could overwhelm the power grid. they're asking customers to curtail their use. here in the dallas area, the blowing snow and icy roads making travel treacherous. the windchills expected to be below zero through monday. a dangerous 24 hours ahead.
>> some brutal cold there. marcus, thank you. now let's get right to meteorologist brittany bell. she's from wtvd, our abc news station in raleigh, north carolina. what is the latest? >> reporter: this winter blast could be historic. let's look at all of those alerts. texas, actually houston, under a windchill warning for the first time ever. and now we have new alerts for the northeast. it is going to be a rough night for texas and oklahoma, as that heavy snow continues to fall. and then that same winter storm, that will impact the northeast late monday into tuesday. bringing heavy rain, ice, and snow with most of that falling farther inland. we could see record breaking lows and dangerous windchills monday and tuesday. linsey? >> brittany, thank you. turning now to the pandemic. the growing covid variant threat amid a steep drop in cases and hospitalizations nationwide.
growing concern about easing restrictions too soon, that states could be risking their progress. a crowd of 30,000 gathering for the daytona 500, the largest crowd for a sporting event since the start of the pandemic. in a state with the most reported cases of the highly contagious uk variant in the u.s. dr. anthony fauci with a new warning about the south african variant. here's trevor ault. >> here they come. >> reporter: tonight, america's largest major sports crowd since the start of the pandemic. 30,000 fans in the stands for the daytona 500. officials still limiting attendance to a third, screening every person, and requiring face coverings, but in several images, few people wearing them. florida, home to the famous racetrack, now reporting more cases of the uk variant than any other state, which scientists say is likely more deadly. and tonight dr. anthony fauci with a stark warning about the south african variant.
>> in south africa, there were people who got infected with the original virus, recovered, then got re-infected with the new variant. prior infection does not protect you against re-infection. >> reporter: the variants threatening to undo significant progress. this week's average national daily case total falling to 93,000, the lowest since early november. in new york city, re-opened restaurants quickly filling to 25% capacity. >> everybody wants to go out. we've just been getting phone calls nonstop. >> reporter: and despite warnings, several states now lifting mask mandates. the cdc director especially emphasizing masks for a safe return to school, saying teachers don't need to be vaccinated, but mitigation efforts have to be in place. >> we are nowhere out of the woods. now is the time to not let up our guard. now is the time to double down. >> reporter: this weekend the u.s. passing 50 million vaccine doses administered, and demand is about to skyrocket. tomorrow, new york is expanding
eligibility to millions more people, including anyone with chronic health conditions. and seniors in maryland, turning to las caza vacunas, "the vaccine hunters," a group of teachers volunteering to book shots for hundreds of strangers. >> covid is a deadly disease, and the sooner we can get these shots in our most vulnerable populations, the more safe our community will be for everyone. >> the race to vaccinate continues. trevor, joining us live from the javits center. while vaccines have been shown to be highly effective, a small number of people have been vaccinated and have still gotten infected. >> reporter: that's right. oregon is reporting the first so-called breakthrough covid cases, four people who tested positive at least two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated. officials say there is a small chance of this happening. but even if you still become infected, the vaccine will help protect you from dying or becoming hospitalized. linsey?
>> that's right. the hope is that those cases are not as severe. trevor, thank you. we move on now to the fallout over the second impeachment trial of former president trump and the second acquittal. seven republican senators feeling the backlash for voting to convict. senator bill cassidy immediately censured by the louisiana gop. mitch mcconnell first voting not guilty, then minutes later fiercely condemning the former president for provoking the deadly assault on the capitol. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: it was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment verdict in history. tonight, the fallout is swift. the seven republicans who voted to convict the president of their own party -- >> he is is hereby acquitted of the charge. >> reporter: now feeling the heat. in louisiana, the state gop party wasting no time. immediately censuring senator bill cassidy moments after he
declared donald trump guilty. >> mr. cassidy? >> guilty. >> mr. cassidy, guilty. >> reporter: a republican state lawmaker tweeting, don't expect a warm welcome when you come home to louisiana. >> i'm attempting to hold president trump accountable. and that is the trust i have from the people that elected me. and i'm confident people will move to that position. >> reporter: during the closing moments, cassidy passing a note to senator richard burr, leaning back and nodding in agreement. he voted guilty, too. the republican party in his home state of north carolina calling his vote shocking and disappointing. and in pennsylvania, the gop chair calling pat toomey's decision disappointing. toomey and burr both not running for re-election. stepping down at a time when their party is divided over its future. but most republicans standing by the former president. the house managers blasting the 43 who spared trump from conviction. >> a number of them are
aggressively trying to disentangle themselves from the vote. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell delivered a blistering speech, eviscerating trump. saying there is no question he is to blame for the violence on january 6th. >> hang mike pence! hang mike pence! >> reporter: and defending his vote to acquit, saying the trial he delayed until trump left office was unconstitutional. >> president trump is still liable for everything he did in office. didn't get away with anything, yet. yet. >> a big yet there. let's go to rachel, live at the capitol for us. we just heard from mitch mcconnell there. we know the former president is facing at least one criminal probe in georgia. looking into his attempts to overturn this election. >> reporter: and donald trump has denied any wrongdoing. at this point, both democrats and republicans are signaling they're ready to close this chapter. senator lindsey graham said he
spoke to donald trump. he says the former president is now focused on rebuilding the republican party, looking ahead to 2022. and president joe biden weighing in, saying while the final vote did not result in conviction, the substance of the charge is not up for dispute. linsey? >> rachel, thank you. democrats closing the chapter on impeachment, and turning their full attention to president biden's $1.9 million covid relief plan. the president at camp david this weekend, hoping talk of his predecessor is now behind him. here's alex presha from the white house. >> acquitted of the charge. >> reporter: tonight, with impeachment over, democrats in congress are turning the page on donald trump, clearing the way for the biden agenda. >> what we did with this impeachment trial was not at the expense of president biden's priorities. we'll be returning to them quickly when we come back to washington. >> reporter: priority one for the president -- covid relief. >> we in congress need to move forward with delivering the
expanded unemployment checks, the stimulus checks, the re-investment in our economy that the american people so desperately need and deserve. >> reporter: the clock is ticking to get a bill on president biden's desk. a month from now, federal unemployment benefits for millions will run out. the president's $1.9 trillion plan includes $1,400 checks for most americans, money to safely re-open schools, and hundreds of billions for state and local governments. republicans have said that price tag is too high, but democrats have the majority and have signaled they will go it alone if need be. this week, biden is hitting the road for the first official travel of his presidency. making the case for his plan. first, in wisconsin for a televised town hall, then to michigan, for a tour of a pfizer facility. linsey? >> alex, thank you. there is news tonight about the growing incidence of racist and often violent attacks against asian-americans in this country. more than 2,800 reports since the pandemic began. the community in oakland,
california, showing its frustration after several attacks. here's zohreen shah. >> reporter: tonight, in oakland, california, growing calls for police to help stop attacks against asian-americans. >> two days and they still haven't responded to us yet? >> reporter: it comes after several brazen assaults. in oakland, two men knocking down a 70-year-old woman and robbing her. her granddaughter saying she was injured. >> she's traumatized. she did get, like, really bad bruises. >> reporter: and in this chinatown shop, a man hovering behind a customer, snatching their wallet when they tried to pay. advocates say they're tracking a disturbing trend. over 2,800 accounts of anti-asian hate nationwide from the start of the pandemic through december. oakland's new police chief telling abc he's committed to sending more officers into asian-american neighborhoods. >> when we have communities that are non-english speaking, that sometimes we have to actually
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on abc7 news, breaking news. we've just learned mass vaccination sites in san francisco are putting vaccinations on hold. what city officials say is to blame. we don't want anyone being quiet any longer. everyone needs to speak up. >> a plea from those directly impacted by a recent string of violence against asian americans as a community comes together to heal and search for solutions. sideshows in the south bay scene police busy, along with several shootings in other areas that left 17 people hurt. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now. >> now from abc7, live breaking news. >> right away, that breaking news has to do with covid-19 vaccinations. san francisco is pausing mass vaccinations due to a supply
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