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good morning, america. happening right now, the blizzard of 2016. this is a storm for the history books. >> it's just going to get worse and it's going to get worse fast. >> as we speak this monster is barreling up the east coast, 80 million people in its deadly path. warnings have been issued from alabama to new england. states of emergency declared up and down the east coast. wind gusts nearly 70 miles an hour. snowplows struggling to keep up. >> the plow trucks will remain out throughout the storm. >> the nightmare on the roads.
>> just a complete standstill. >> rob with the advice that could save your life. >> as the snow piles up will the records be smashed? the advice from officials, stay home. the close call right in front of our eyes and the crashes, the storm is now whipping up the waves and fears of major damage along the shore. >> d.c. paralyzed. the transit system shut down. airports now ghost towns. and the st. bernard that needed his own rescue. complete coverage of this massive storm, our extreme weather team up and down the coast this morning with all you need to know. hey, good morning, everybody. we're coming on the air right in the thick of the blizzard of 2016. look at the map. this thing has been called massive and major. it's been called snowmageddon,
you call it, it is a beast. >> if you're hunkered down at home dan and i want to thank you for tuning in. look at these live pictures out of philadelphia, one of the cities under a blizzard warning and here's a live look at the jersey shore. it's the area hit hard by superstorm sandy just over three years ago bracing there yet again and a lot of tension and nerves. >> legitimately so. we've got hours to go on this thing but already the impact is real and widespread. more than 170,000 homes and businesses without power right now. 9,000 flights canceled. more than 3,000 accidents out on the roads. and so far at least three people dead. >> and we do begin our coverage in the city that's getting the worst of it. our nation's capital and rob is right there. rob, good morning to you. >> good morning, paula. hi, dan. it is coming down here in the nation's capital where we have seen it snowing hard all night long. winds gusting to blizzard
this is the white house behind me. you see the andrew jackson statue pretty clearly. beyond that it is difficult to see the white house through all this heavy snow. the obamas, by the way, i'm told are home this weekend. so they are hunkered down and sheltered in place. obviously this is drifting quite a bit but right now we're looking at about 14 to 15 inches in this spot and we expect potentially another foot here in the d.c. area and obviously this is not the only spot that we're going to get it. this is a massive storm and it is just blowing up now that it has tapped the energy and moisture from the warm atlantic ocean. take a look at the radar. moisture shield, most of it is white now. a little bit of sleet mixing in near the coastline but snow wrapping all the way back through west virginia and even ohio and the snow shield well into 4r50i8d and new york. we have upped the snow totals there. winds huge. the coastal beach erosion, big waves there, power outages, you bet. all along the i-95 corridor up
afternoon, still snowing winding to slow down later on tonight. snow totals, we've pumped up the numbers for the new york city area. could see 15 to as much as 20 inches in the big apple and snow removal there is an issue so monday may be a problem there and then back through philadelphia, maybe even more than that here in d.c., 20 plus inches. could see 25, that would be nearly a record in south and west we could see close to 30 inches of snow. a quiet year so far, el nino but only takes one and this is certainly the one for this year if not the century so far. >> had you not pointed out the white house in the background, we may not have spotted it. so snowy. we'll check in later and new york city also taking a direct hit. >> ron and sara braving the elements usually bustle ing but a wintry ghost town. how are you doing out there?
like you said normally the city is beginning to wake up at this hour. people out, cars out. just look around. it's pretty much a ghost town. heeding the advice of city officials to stay home and not have their cars out. >> yeah and when we were driving there, it actually took me about double the time. for good reason, everyone's moving slower. but the wind is actually whipping so hard at my face right now, this is getting uncomfortable and know it goes on for another 12 hours. >> getting some of the worst is eva pilgrim in philadelphia in the special mobile unit. over to you, eva. >> good morning, guys. this storm shutting down roads from north carolina to new york this morning. we are here in the storm chaser suv in philadelphia right here, independence hall and snow still coming down, the roads completely covered here. when the wind picks up, it makes
local officials urging people if you don't have to go out, stay home. snow and ice turning highways into hazard zones this morning. cars slipping and sliding all up and down the east coast. watch as this suv spins out of control right behind a reporter's live shot. in philadelphia, we hit the roads with snowplow drivers trying to keep a handle on the continuing snow but with the road temperature of just 24 degrees, it was an uphill climb. >> guys are getting stuck. when we come back we're going to get them all out of there. >> reporter: the plow trucks will remain out throughout the storm, but as long as there's snow falling, the roads will remain somewhat dangerous. one north carolina driver is lucky to be alive. his car flipped over on the ice. >> i just held on and hoped for there was nothing i could do.
people forced to push their cars to safety. virginia state police responding to nearly a thousand crashes since the start of the storm. so far this weather, blamed for three traffic-related deaths. >> it is just going to get worse and going to get worse fast. >> reporter: and the snow continues to fall here in philadelphia. and until it stops, these roads are going to remain pretty dicey. ron and sara. >> actually we'll pick it up from here, eva. ron and sara, we're going to allow them back inside after negotiation with their agents. eva, please drive carefully. speaking of dangerous on the road we want to take you to a stretch of highway in kentucky where an urgent situation is playing out. 3,000 vehicles stranded. >> yeah, they have been there all night. talking moms and children, aditi the officials scrambling to
needed supplies to the drivers marooned in their cars. good morning, aditi. >> reporter: good morning, some very exhausted and cold passengers out there on the roads. we're in louisville, kentucky, and the roads clear but a couple hours south of us the snow covered highway is a mile's long parking lot. >> they tell us we're going to get you out of here very soon. that was nine hours ago. we have not moved an inch at all. >> reporter: overnight thousands of drivers in the bull's-eye of the massive blizzard, trapped inside their cars on snow battered interstate 75 in kentucky. after two jackknifed trucks brought traffic to a standstill. >> we're estimating 3,000 vehicles but we can't put an estimate on the number of >> reporter: with traffic backed up for miles, state troopers and highway patrol have been called in to help get drivers to a nearby church and middle school. >> we've recently got reports that people are needing some water and they are a little bit hungry and so we're doing our best to respond to those emergency concerns.
getting to everyone. one woman trapped inside her car with her two children and her parents including her father who is diabetic. >> they're supposed to be sending fuel, blankets, water, food and we have not seen anyone. we have not seen anybody from the national guard, anything. just the one police officer. >> reporter: some drivers say they have been stuck on i-75 for as many as ten hours. people battling frigid temperatures forced to turn off their cars to save gas. >> i took somebody's advice and we tried to shut the van off a couple of types but it gets so cold so quickly and i don't want my kids to get sick or cold. to them. right now it's not clear when the interstate will clear back up. paula and dan. >> you're right. our hearts do go out to those young children and their thank you. we did mention the jersey shore which as you remember was devastated a little over three years ago by superstorm sandy
>> people along the shore have really gone to extreme measures to protect their property this time around. the question is, will it work? abc's linzie janis right there in atlantic city. linzie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan and paula. i'm backing away from this sea here because we're right around high tide. this is by the jersey shore, extremely concerned about major coastal flooding. these waves out on shore, you got 20-foot waves closer in, ten-foot waves, the wind is fierce. i have a wind meter and i've been monitoring it, sustained winds around 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 miles per hour. the real concern is the storm surge will hit businesses and homes that were hard hit by sandy. overnight, the jersey shore bracing for impact. putting to the test the berms erected like this one. take a look at this giant sand
it's been built to try to protect the homes and businesses along the shore. 12 feet tall and nearly a mile and a half long. to prevent this. the toons of sand and debris pushed miles inland when superstorm sandy struck just over three years ago. >> i mean, i'm like terrified it's going to happen so i'm out of here. >> reporter: 37,000 homes destroyed or damaged. >> reporter: iconic landmarks completely wash add way by the surge which measured over four feet in some parts of the state. this morning, officials fear some communities could be facing the same elevated sea levels. police going door to door issuing a mandatory evacuation for some residents, others warned simply to be on guard. and it is a full moon just as it was during sanders so sea levels already elevated. that is a big concern. we just clocked these winds in at over 50 miles per hour.
>> a full moon. the timing couldn't be worse. we're thinking about the people along the shore just over three years from that disaster superstorm sandy. stay safe out there, linzie, thank you. as we said earlier, washington, d.c. is really in the bull's-eye of this blizzard but the surrounding suburbs are also getting pounded right now. >> they're expecting more than two feet in some areas of virginia but what's even more concerning right now is they're bracing for power outages that could last for several days and abc's gloria riviera is in reston, virginia, for us this morning. hi, gloria. >> reporter: good morning. i have to tell you we're in reston in a town center and feels like it's getting worse, not better. this morning in the early hours very low winds, now they've gotten up to about 30 miles per hour. i want to show you something. look down here. there is a path behind me. it's snowy, it's white but it looks passable, right? that's what it looks like when you've had near constant snow removal. they've been shoveling. they've been plowing, but those
danger of losing power, they uys are just taking short naps but they just can't move the snow fast enough. i want you to take a look down there. now, remember, yesterday less than 24 hours ago there wasn't an inch of snow. now it looks like the north pole. those snow piles everywhere. come up here. this is one snow pile where the snows accumulated in less than a day where they've been plowing and shoveling. i am 5'6". take a look at this. this is a yardstick. i'm going to need more than that and the news ahead is that this snow, it's still coming so these piles are just going to get bigger with more snow. >> d.c. is just getting pounded. if you're waking up this morning, you don't see snow, well, you might feel the effects because you will most likely feel the ripple effects. the storm is already severely disrupting plane and train travel. canceled. some airports closed.
and abc's david kerley is covering that angle from washington, d.c. david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. i was going to tell you the streets are completely like a ghost town but here's a cab trying to get through. we'll let him go by. this is connecticut avenue. one of the main thoroughfares in washington, d.c. the white house just a couple of blocks down but look at this snow on connecticut. we're about halfway through the storm and this is going to be a good one. this cab is stuck. he's going to try to back up. this is untouched snow. if i dig down to the pavement we're looking -- that's definitely more than a foot of snow already here and more is on the way. let's talk about what's happened so far. look at flight aware. this is the tracking system of flights around the country. look at the hole over washington, baltimore and philadelphia, those flights are shut down, they are going nowhere fast, in fact, we've had cancellations that will run through tomorrow, about 8200 flights canceled. really today in this area nobody is flying.
and a lot of sporting events needless to say have been postponed. they are gone both in the nhl and in the nba, as well and a bunch of college games too. the big game tomorrow, panthers and cardinals down in carolina, they got hit already and have been cleaning up the stadium so here's goes this cab. he is having a hard time getting out of here in washington, d.c. because these roads are so covered with snow. we're halfway through the storm. it is a good one, i got to tell you, dan and paula. this is going to be a historic storm for the washington area. >> it will and as you said, we're going to be feeling it all over the country because of those flight cancellation, david, thank you. let's bring it back to new york city for a minute because there's practically been no snow delighted in. >> we've all delighted in that that is, until now. a rude awakening. video. the mayor declaring a winter
meteorologist indra petersons is in union square. stay home. if you do not need to go outside, why would you go outside. do not risk your life or emergency workers that would have to come out and try to get you. we've seen seven inches of where i'm showing. keep in mind we're just starting this event here. we're talking about snowfall rates one to two inches per hour and the rates have been up. by the end of tomorrow we could inches. if we surpass 21 inches, that could be the third snowiest on record. now, keep in mind there's something called wind out here. it is a blizzard so we're going forget this. we could be talking about snow drifts as high as my head. even above that.
>> the advice, don't get around. just sit home and watch television or do something educational. anyway, sara, what you got? >> this is a warm fuzzy on a cold day. now, to an incredible rescue to tell you about. a st. bernard rescued from an icy lake. now, this happened in fairfax county, virginia, overnight, the video shows firefighters trying to coax milo out of the lake. the dog was with a family who had been tubing down the hill when he walked out on the ice and actually fell through. now, the firefighters did an amazing job and milo was taken home to get warped up. can you imagine these st. bernards are trained to do rescues themself and the role >> so cute. >> he's doing fine after 30 minutes of warming him up in vet care they were able to send him home. he was fine but how scary to look at your dog and know you can't help it. >> terrible. terrifying. two minutes. >> for me like watching you minutes ago. our hearts went out --
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welcome back to "gma." you're looking live at what is allegedly the white house, but you can't really see it because it is whited out. right in the middle of it. the monster blizzard blanketing much of the east coast. nine states and washington, d.c. in states of emergency and this storm is far from over. more than two feet possible by later tonight in d.c., so far, the storm has claimed three lives in two states. >> in kentucky, right now desperation on the roads as drivers are stranded for hours without food and water on interstate 75. they're just sitting there, no end in sight.
that roadway has crippled emergency efforts. the snowstorm is not stopping the small group of soldiers who stand guard at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. sentinels from the army's 3rd infantry regiment guard that tomb 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. regardless of the elements and we do want to salute them this morning. a stark reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our military and serving, no matter what happens they're there to serve us. >> a tough morning and night for them. we do salute them as you said. also coming up, we have one nonweather story to tell you about. so much outrage right now over the lack of diversity among this year's oscar nominee, some stars are even sitting out the whole affair. now this morning, the new steps the academy says it is taking to address who does the voting. will these steps make a difference? that story is coming up but first here rob is right out in the thick of it. braving the blizzard and it's all happening right now. >> he has more from washington,
storm historic and epic. we see that the white house disappeared. it is the white house. >> yeah, it is. snow. we've got visibility at a quarter to a half mile. winds at 34 miles an hour. blizzard criteria and getting worse. this snow is piling up. fresh tracks here. this is cold snow, dry snow, this isn't snowball type of stuff. you want that go closer to the coast. when you get that near that warm ocean you also get some incredible instability and there was thunder snow this morning along the new jersey coastline. take a look and listen. incredible. when you talk about the thermodynamicses that need to be in place and lift that needs happen with a coastal low like
>> this weathercast brought to you by wayfair.com. you know, we've got people that are stuck on the roadways in the storm zone. that can be a very dangerous situation. i went out with an expert who gave us helpful tips on what to do if that happened and how to prepare for it. it is literally stuff that can save your life. >> reporter: it can happen in an instant driving in an unfamiliar area and lost or stranded in the snow. >> that's going nowhere. >> reporter: it happened to four men in oregon. their gps sending them the wrong way into very rough secluded country. >> we didn't know how long we would be there. >> the men hunkering down for 18 hours until help finally arrived. what happens if you do get stranded? what do you need to do to
>> above all do not leave your vehicle. bruce corden is an expert taking me through his survival tips. so we're stranded in the middle of nowhere. temperatures in the teens. what should i do? >> stay cool and stay warm at the same time. >> reporter: telling me to keep calm and bundle up. >> make your car visible. tie a rag or some brightly colored ribbon. run your vehicle ten minutes every hour, have the heat running and charge your cell phone and most important thing, stay with your vehicle. >> don't leave this car but i had to ask. my instinct to survive is to leave the vehicle and go find help. how do you keep from doing that? >> fight the instinct. keep your wits about you and stay with this vehicle because it's your best shelter. >> reporter: don't forget to pack this. a simple survival kit complete with a whistle, that bright rag, hand warmers, emergency blanket, protein bars and a flashlight with extra batteries and, of course, a first aid kit.
like this we are in right now. it will save your life. >> be prepared. that's great information for you and your family to take away with you. obviously shelter in place is the advice here and across the entire snow zone even if you're not in the snow zone, i know you want a snow day, dallas and it's 70, stay put, enjoy a movie. have a snow day empathetically for the rest of us in this blizzard. >> my plan is i'm going to stay indoors but i'm going to wear the goggles that rob is wearing. i feel like i can pull it off. >> i feel like you could too. >> thank you. he does the hard work, i look like a geek. >> for you it's for him it's fashion. >> the room is turning against me. coming up could big changes be coming to hollywood as a result of the uproar over the
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it looks now, though, like changes, real changes are afoot. >> we do have a very big move to tell you about. just announced by the motion picture academy aimed at increasing diversity and chris connelly joins us from l.a. with more. hi, chris. >> reporter: good morning, paula. with controversy growing and more big names talking about passing the oscars by, the academy taking bold action to address its issues head on as it looks to create a voting membership that's younger, more diverse and more engaged in present day moviemaking. still, reeling from the widespread outcry and the prospect of some high-profile absences from the oscars after for the second straight year none of its 20 acting nominations went to a person of color overlooking such performances as idris elba in "beasts of no nation" and not giving a best picture nod to "straight outta compton." >> i got something to say. >> reporter: the academy of
on friday announcing what it called a necessary step to aid diversity bringing sweeping changes to its membership's eligibility requirements. going forward members who had been given lifetime voting privileges now getting them for a ten-year stretch. renewable for another ten years only if that person has remained active in motion pictures. the initiative coupled with efforts to enhance the diversity of the academy board and outreach to new members that's aimed at doubling the number of oscar voters who are women and minorities by 2020. on social media "selma" director ava duvernay one good step in a long journey. the announcement coming in the weighing of some saying they'd skip the ceremony in response to the nominations. director spike lee awarded an honorary oscar this year. as well as jada pinkett smith and her husband, will smith, who
>> we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay. >> reporter: all of these matters that one would expect chris rock to share a few thoughts about, when he hosts the oscars on february 28th. it hasn't escaped my attention that i appear to be the only indoor correspondent this morning, so just so everybody knows here in los angeles, 56 degrees and we have a wind of about 3 miles an hour. >> boo. >> and i'm wearing cargo short, guys. >> you have shorts on right now? >> yeah, well -- >> can we get a shot of that. >> we had some leaves blowing. that's all i saw on the way in. >> you're never coming back on this show. just so you know. that's it. that's it. >> we'll go outside any time you want. >> i take that back because we love you and we'll be talking to you a bunch as the oscar season ramps up. thank you very much for that. >> thanks, chris. we do want to say coming up on "gma" we'll get back to the issue of the weather because the doctor is in.
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time now for our "weekend download." important information to make sure the snowstorm doesn't land you in the emergency room. here with expert advice is dr. peter shearer at mt. sinai hospital here in new york city. what are the most common kinds of injuries you see related to the snow that la land you in the er. >> obviously the most common slips and falls, so people getting out there being a little less cautious, slipping and falling, people more at risk
of breaking things, we see a lot of ankle, shoulders, wrist injuries. >> older people are more at risk. >> more at risk and certainly if a fall happens, the older you are, the greater chance you'll actually fracture something. >> don't get old is one preventive measure. >> don't get old. >> what else can you do besides not get old to minimize the risk? >> so you have to be cautious and people certainly do things that are not -- they can be a little more dangerous and climb on their roofs to shovel the snow off. don't do that. and if you're someone who is not in particularly good condition, don't go out and do heavy shoveling of snow. that is like jumping on a treadmill. if you're over the age of 65 and not in good physical condition you've got high blood pressure, diabetes, it could provoke a heart attack. >> expert advice from dr. peter shearer from mt. sinai hospital. the apps for your phone to help you weather the storm straight ahead in "pop news"
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"good morning america" is brought to you by mcdonald's. all right, it's time for "pop news." sara has fully defrosted and hit to pop. dan, but thank you for being concerned. nothing can drag one direction's morning. that's because the singer has brianna. "people" magazine confirmed the happy news revealing the little one was delivered thursday on l.a. he first opened up about becoming a father right on "gma" calling it a very exciting time. those are good words for it. no word yet on a name but we'll be sure to keep you updated and of course we wish the new parents all the best. i'm not that much older than him but i had to make sure he was old enough to have a baby. >> he looks young. >> he's actually 24. >> okay. >> that's pretty young. >> still in the 20s, i mean but i was thinking in my head they just stayed 18 because they started pretty young. >> you called yourself a little bit older than him. >> nobody has to do the math, dan but thank you so much.
>> remember i'm cold and hangry. don't mess with it. another congratulations to ma yeah carry engaged to her james packer. he popped the question thursday evening at a restaurant in new york city and as they exited the building mariah proudly displayed her new bling, wait for it, a 35-carat diamond ring. >> whoa. so that was the blizzard that was coming. >> yeah, can you -- that's called an ice skating rink. the designer telling "vogue" he wanted it to be super sophisticated and clearly super big because he says it's an epic ring for an epic time in her life and we couldn't agree more. i don't even know what 35 karats looks like. >> or what it would cost. >> but i mean really looks like in person. i want to hold it. i want to hold it, mariah. i just want to touch it a little. i promise to give it back. just in case you don't have a giant -- >> oh, my word.
you entertained this weekend, don't worry i tracked down the hottest apps to weather the storm. the first is called snow brawling and allows you to chuck snowballs without leaving your lounge chair, dan, step away from the app store. the next boredom buster is called draw something. one i've done before. this is fun. hugely popular. you basically draw pictures and your buddies have to guess what they are. i can just tell you now that i know dan would be bad at it he sometimes draws pictures and i have no idea what they are. >> what are those things. >> birds? >> it's love birds. >> ah. and my next suggestion a free app called rounds hanging out with your friends and family can be hard during a blizzard. this app allows as many as 12 people to connect in one video chat session. so you can watch videos and play games together. you'll basically never need to leave your house again. >> i need an app that will help me today in a small new york city apartment with a 1-year-old barbarian who is -- has cabin fever. >> you know what's going to happen.
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