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it's wednesday, february 24th, early "today" starts right now. good to be you with i'm frances rivera. the results are in from last night's nevada caucus. donald trump took the silver state by a land slide winning every major voting bloc. we'll tell you how he did it and how the gop is reacting. but first, after a tense night in the deep south, 35 million americans are in the path of severe weather, with parts of the country bracing for more twisters today. dangerous storm systems pushed through the gulf coast region and at least three people are dead and dozens more injured. as at least five confirmed tornadoes touches down in louisiana, mississippi and florida. and tens of thousands are still without power. this video captured the moment power was knocked out in one alabama town. and in louisiana, duelling tornadoes touched down over a lake causing huge water spouts. elsewhere the state debris from homes scattered in streets and yards. the louisiana state police posted these photos of one area looking more like a demolition site than a neighborhood.
a cacophony of lightning brought on by the storm was captured on video. the damage in the area is severe. this home, completely destroyed. the only thing left water shooting up marking the spot where the house used to stand. and the remnants of this home can now be found floating in runoff from the storm. that threat continues today. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with the extreme weather forecast. bill, what area are we talking about? mostly in the east? >> now we push into southern alabama, north florida. and that's where the concern is. here's the storm report so far and the majority of the tornadoes were right where we thought they were going to be from the i-10 corner from louisiana into areas of western florida. and that continues to be the greatest area of concern. as far as overnight the ones we're still trying to get assessment of because it's been dark are the tornadoes that have been recently formed in areas near dothan and north of apalachicola and another one between mobile and right near the pennsylvania klee area. we just showed you the picture of the one home there.
we still have a couple of them and a new one that has just been issued for a good portion of northern portions of florida. and so this will continue for the next couple hours as this line of storms marches towards the east here. the strongest of the storms right now are in areas of southern georgia. looks like in augusta just some heavy rain from you. we'll watch these storms as they approach i-95. we're at the peak of rush hour this morning from charleston to savannah to jacksonville and frances, later today, we'll continue this threat up into the mid-atlantic region with more tornadoes. i'll pinpoint who is at risk. >> a whole lot to watch. bill, thank you very much. back now to nevada, and donald trump's commanding win of the nevada caucus picking up 12 more delegates. his count stands at 79. far ahead of ted cruz and marco rubio with 17 and 16 respectively. trump spoke with enthusiastic supporters. >> trump, trump, trump! >> now we're winning, winning, winning!
start winning, winning, winning! >> he highlighted the across-the-board demographics of the voters. >> we won the evangelicals. we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people with the most loyal people. 46% with the hispanics. 46%. number one with hispanics. >> and he breaks down how the next few weeks may play out. >> if donald trump wants to end this quickly obviously the easiest thing to do is keep winning. but there are three really specific things he can do in the next two weeks right now to sort of force the issue with his three remaining opponents and that is win in their home states. look at this. this is a poll that's just out in the last day, ted cruz ahead by only eight points in his home state over donald trump.
cruz campaign was looking at texas, and they were looking at the magic number of 50% there, because if you can win more than 50% in texas, you win every single one of the statewide delegates in that state. this is a winner take all primary in ohio. the buckeye state, john kasich's state, two-term governor, re-elected overwhelmingly in 2014, look at this brand-new poll out there, donald trump leading john kasich in his home state of ohio by five points. in florida, 99 delegates. marco rubio the home state candidate, not only in the latest poll, this is a few weeks ago, not only is marco rubio losing to donald trump, a few weeks ago when this poll was taken, he was running third in his home state, behind even ted cruz. now, rubio got a decent performance in a couple of contests in at least in south carolina since then, maybe that bumps him up. but again, donald trump has done nothing but win since this poll was conducted. and so from that standpoint, maybe donald trump is moving up, as well. >> meanwhile the democrats held a town hall in south carolina.
on foreign policy, and women's issues. while bernie sanders touched on the hot button topic of the transcript from secretary clinton's private wall street speeches. >> secretary clinton said i will do it if other people do it. well i am very happy to release all of my paid speeches to wall street. here it is, chris. there ain't none. >> sure, if everybody does it, and that includes the republicans, because we know they have made a lot of speeches, but look what is this about? this is about whether i have the best plan to go after wall street. >> you know everybody's not going to bring up their transcripts. there -- >> why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else, chris? i mean -- everybody should be on a level playing field and i'm happy if that were the case. >> the candidates also tackled issues of race and gun violence. both are hoping for a boost in saturday's south carolina primary where clinton is favored before the whirlwind super tuesday when nearly more than
and that massive number of delegates up for grabs brings us tracie potts with a look at those 11 states that could all but lock up for the race for the number two front-runners. interesting to see what happens after super tuesday. because this could be a key month for democrats and republicans in this race. take a look at that map of the states that are going to be voting. it's the largest contest that we've seen so far. it's the first time we'll see people in the midwest voting. the largest state so far, texas, we'll have those delegates up for grabs, and donald trump is hoping to clinch it on super tuesday. more than half the delegates needed for the nomination. he goes in to this with three of the four contests so far under his belt. ted cruz is also hoping that super tuesday could be a huge win for him. his home state of texas is voting. they've got 155 delegates up for grabs. marco rubio, who left nevada and went to the midwest, is also
now taking a look at the democrats for clinton and for bernie sanders, this could also be key. in fact, sanders' home state of vermont is voting on super tuesday. >> what a watch between now and that tuesday. tracie potts, thank you very much. president obama, formally announced his plan to close down a controversial detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. >> for many years it's been clear that the detention facility at guantanamo bay does not advance our national security. it undermines it. this is not just my opinion. this is the opinion of experts. this is the opinion of many in our military. >> that opinion isn't shared by everyone. especially across the aisle. >> but it would be illegal, under current law, to transfer foreign terrorists at guantanamo into the united states. >> not only are we not going to close guantanamo, when i'm president if we capture a terrorist alive, they're not getting a court hearing in manhattan, they're not going to
to guantanamo and we're going to find out everything they know. >> donald trump also addressed the president's decision in his victory speech late last night. >> we're going to keep, as you know, gitmo, we're keeping that open, and we're going to load it up with bad dudes. we're going to load it up with a lot of bad dudes out there. >> the plan rests on the transfer of between 30 to 60 of the detainees to u.s. soil while the rest of the 91 detainees could be sent to other countries. the house armed services committee plans to hold a hearing on a closure plan. turn back now to nbc meteorologist bill karins who has more on today's severe weather, especially those pockets there where these twisters may be stirring up again later today. >> yeah, let's break down the timing of it and who is at risk. 35 million people from washington, d.c. down to tampa, florida, today. so there's a large coverage on the east coast. and it's worse late this afternoon near the raleigh area, south of richmond. that's where we have a moderate risk of severe storms. eastern north carolina and southeastern virginia. and here's the timing on this.
charlotte area, exiting columbia. they'll probably peak in intensity near raleigh right around 4:00 p.m. and richmond will be looking at the strongest of storms right around 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. that's going to be the danger time when we have the chance of any strong tornadoes. that's your national weather. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. besides the severe weather threat some very strong gusty winds behind our storm system so be prepared for that today as you're driving around. as far as the snow goes with this storm system, look out chicago and detroit, enough to shovel. when we get back a little later i'll break down the snow forecast for the storm, too. some areas are looking at a snow day tomorrow. >> the "s" word once again. all right, bill. erin andrews' $75 million stalker lawsuit trial gets under way. some scary moments after a small plane crashes into traffic on a busy california street. early "today" is back in two. see me. see me. don't stare at me. see me. see me.
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unlock 14 other devices. >> and in california surveillance video caught a single engine plane crash landing right in the middle of the street on monday hitting several cars. the pilot was trying to return to the airport in a plane owned by his son joshua. he's currently in jail for allegedly stalking actress sandra bullock. no injuries were reported. jurors heard opening statements in the $75 million lawsuit brought by sportscaster erin andrews. she is suing a man convicted of stalking her and secretly filming her while naked along with a hotel that andrews claims allowed that man to have a room right next to hers nbc's morgan radford brings us the details. >> sports reporter erin andrews head nothing a nashville courtroom. eight years after a stalker secretly recorded her naked in her room of this marriott hotel, and then posted it online, a video viewed more than 300 million times. >> she's so afraid now. she is so afraid.
said her stalker, michael barrett, asked for a room next to hers and got it. he served 30 months and is now free. in the civil case andrews wants $75 million from the marriott hotel in nashville, it's management company at the time, and michael barrett. the hotel denies it's responsible. >> what he did to her was terrible. but counsel is trying to tie my clients, who were simply trying to provide a hotel room, to the guest, to a criminal stalker. >> reporter: andrews was stoic in court but previously shared her embarrassment. >> i won't get this down in 30 months. i won't get it down in 30 years. my kids, my future husband, will have to deal with this. >> reporter: andrews alleges her stalker was able to find out where she was staying from marriott. a former central reservations agent testified by videotape. >> during your training you were told that it was perfectly acceptable to provide the information that somebody was staying at a specific hotel, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: michael barrett
videotape in a trial expected to take two weeks. and andrews is expected to take the stand. morgan radford, nbc news. time now to get down to business. according to consumer reports the best, most reliable cars, all hail from outside the united states. the top five are audi, subaru, lexus, porsche and bmw, all auto brands from europe and asia. buick was the only american brand in the top ten, at number seven. good news especially if you're having bacon for breakfast. the federal government announced tuesday that bacon supplies spiked last month. nearly 62 million pounds of pork belly were held in cold storage in january, so that could mean a decrease in bacon prices. more bacon for you. just ahead a trio of terrific shots that all beat the buzzer. we'll bring you sports next here on "early today." does the smell of a freshly bound presentation fill you with optimism? do you love your wireless keyboard more than certain family members?
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accidentally slammed an excited baylor fan. kansas went on to win the game 66-60. next charleston, south carolina, girls high school and three seconds left here, a stolen inbounds pass, a desperate half court shot. see it? watch. yep, goes right in. the first lady bulldogs pulled off a last-second win over the fighting gators. the lady bulldogs are headed now to the lone state championship. and the shot of the day is from vanderbilt. josh henderson launches an 80 footer that was just before halftime, and as you just saw he nails it. henderson's shot took about two seconds to soar through the air with the shot leaving the gators faithful stunned. vandy went on to win it 87-74 in >> >> just ahead a literary classic is headed to the silver screen. plus, why are some stars skipping out on sunday's oscars?
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director ryan googler is among those scheduled to attend. and hillary clinton took a detour on the campaign trail yesterday to visit with kerry washington and the cast of scandal. clinton was in town for a fund raiding event in los angeles. actress kendrick lamar will be inducted to the nwa this morning. dr. dre, ice cube are among the inductees. the event will air april 30th on hbo. and vh1 announced yesterday it will be reviving the long running reality competition america's next top model. the show has been renewed for 14 new episodes and tyra banks will serve as executive producer. i'm frances rivera. thanks so much for being with us. this is "early today." (baseball on tv in background) with heart failure, danger is always on the rise. symptoms worsen because your heart isn't pumping well.
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leading the news in "the washington post," how donald trump dominated nevada. in one word, anger. he's always been seen as the outsider candidate but now he's also the candidate who can't be stopped. trump's win in nevada, a state known for its eclectic voting groups, showed that he could win across the board, regardless of age, education, render -- gender why? a preliminary entrance poll reported by cnn shows that the government. and they don't believe a politician can address that. trump's remaining confident how is which why the hill had this head line trump might not even need two months to lock up the nominations, at least that's what the candidate is saying after his victory on tuesday night. trump thanked his supporters and assured them that they'll be celebrating for a long time
which leads to this, out of the huffington post, ted cruz faces a tough road ahead after a third consecutive trump victory. the texas senator initially edged ahead of donald trump with his win in the iowa caucus and he had hoped to eke out a win in nevada after a strong ground game. his loss, however, sets up an interesting battle ahead of the crucial super tuesday states next week. want to get another check of that massive storm system from nbc meteorologist bill karins, and the threat of even tornadoes in some areas. >> tornadoes in eastern north carolina, and then there's the winds aside, and also the snow side of this storm. we just had a blizzard warning that has been issued for areas right along the illinois/indiana border just south of lake michigan, not including chicago or indianapolis. but that drive in between those areas by south bend will be the worst. winter weather advisories for much of northern new england with a lot of freezing rain out there. also some areas of snows in the higher elevations. and even st. louis has some areas of snow this morning. here's the snowfall amount, the heaviest snows will be found in areas of michigan, northern indiana.
close to up to a foot of snow possible. so this could be a significant snow event here for areas of michigan and during the day today, and also into tonight. so there could be a lot of snow days for areas in the kids there in illinois, indiana, michigan, maybe even northern ohio tomorrow, frances. >> all right, bill, thank you very much. now for a look ahead, space-x is expected to launch its rocket from cape canaveral this evening carrying a european communications satellite into orbit. spacex will try to land the first stage booster on an ocean platform about 400 miles offshore. the company says a successful landing is not expected. and happy birthday to retired boxing champ floyd mayweather who turns 39 years old. sex and the city star kristen davis is 51. and actor barry both rick from sin city, and the rocky horror picture show turns 71. keep it right here for more news, weather and sports. thanks so much for being with us on this wednesday. i'm frances rivera.
today." breaking election news this morning, hot off last night's win in nevada, donald trump heads to hampton roads to speak with voters. we're live in virginia beach where he's expected to answer questions. a deadly, powerful storm is heading our way, and packing serious wind. we'll show you more of hospital as police search for his shooter. our main concern this morning is for the chance of severe weather later this afternoon. meteorologist jeremy wheeler is tracking the line of storms moving towards the coast. you can see them on super doppler 10 radar. he's even tracking the possibility of some tornadoes. and jeremy this morning we're also dealing with fog. ("jeremy ad libs wx headlines") today: am fog. mostly cloudy with scattered showers. we'll see scattered thunderstorms later today. some could
and windy. highs will be in the low 70s. winds south 10-20mph with gusts to 30mph. tonight: mostly cloudy with scattered evening showers and storms. ending overnight. lows will be in the upper 40s. winds south/west 10- 20mph with gusts up to west 15-25mph with gusts up to 35mph. a warm front will lift into the region today. this will eventually warm things up. we'll have strong southerly winds which may gust up to up. so thunderstorms are expected to develop. some of these may be strong to severe. straight lined winds will be the main threat, but an isolated tornado in the region cannot be ruled out. the highest threat for severe thunderstorms will be during the evening between about 5-10pm. overnight the rain will taper off. then we will tomorrow into the weekend. the weekend