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on this saturday night, states of emergency as a massive blizzard roars through the eastern part of the country. more than three feet of snow in some areas as the nation's largest city all by shut down. we have it all covered tonight up and down the east coast. ready to run? in the highly unpredictable race for president a new potential factor. listeria outbreak. the bacteria found in packaged salads links to a dozen cases in six states, including one death. golden moment. on the ice tonight twin sisters both in pursuit of their own definition of gold. "nightly news" begins
now. good evening. it is deadly. it is crippling. it is historic. tonight parts of the east coast are paralyzed by a blizzard blamed for 16 deaths. it's been felt in 16 states and it has dumped a lot more snow in some places than predicted including washington, d.c. and new york city. the south over three feet reported in parts of maryland and west virginia. here's what it looks like tonight on radar. beyond the snow, the blizzard has brought hurricane force winds in a massive storm surge to coastal areas still not full ry recovered from superstorm sandy.
more than 8,000 nights have been cancelled. tonight we have extensive coverage of blizzard twibl blizzard 2016. we begin in hard hit washington, d.c. >> reporter: good evening. we've been in a whiteout much of the day here in washington, d.c. this is our 30th straight hour of snow. on a typical day you would usually be able to see the national capital behind me. certainly today that's not going to happen. here into the nation's capital we have had two feet of snow. this city tonight in the bull's-eye and we're not alone. this is what they feared and so much more. historic snow, crippling ice, severe flooding bringing much of the east coast to its knees. tonight the roads are dangerous and deadly. 16 killed across the region. most in car accidents. in kentucky 3,000 cars stranded. some for 13 hours on
i-75. >> no food, water, bathroom facilities. >> reporter: with hundreds of thousands in the dark, ice is snapping power lines. many more in this deep freeze will lose heat and electricity. a convoy of help pouring in from outside state. >> to restore power and to restore hope whether that's for here at home or for our neighbors. >> reporter: with more than 8,000 flights cancelled in two days, you can see this monster storm from space sprawling 800 miles long from tennessee to massachusetts. few have been spared in its path. wall to wall coverage in what some call the storm of a generation. broadway shows cancelled. there's nearly 20 inches in central park. >> it's a winter wonderland. >> reporter: even the governor helping to pull stranded cars off
the road. >> between the snowfall and the wind, it is really a treacherous, treacherous situation. >> reporter: the coast is being pounded too. a surging tide, 70 mile an hour winds, trigging flooding along the jersey coast. first superstorm sandy, now this. parts of virginia hit with three feet and counting. after 17 years behind a plow, he thought he had seen it all. >> when you go through a neighborhood, you see everybody outside clapping. they're happy to see us. >> reporter: tonight the white house is just that, white, surrounded by 18 inches of snow. skiers took to the national mall. paramedics usually scrambling to help needed a hand themselves. >> there's no point to be out. stay home. >> reporter: tonight 33 million impacted by this massive storm,
but even as many start to dig out, they're still getting buried. with these whipping winds starting to pick up, we expect the snowfall here in the nation's capital to continue until about midnight. tonight they are asking everyone to shelter in place. the mayor says when it is all said and done all across this region we could have $850 million in damage. jose, back to you. >> thank you. here in new york city it's all pretty much shut down tonight. the streets mostly and bridges and tunnels are closed. we started the day in washington, d.c. now on the streets of new york city tonight. >> reporter: hey. it's going to take about four hours from washington, d.c. to new york city. in the blue mobile it took us eight hours. heavy snowfall and
snow-covered streets forced us to take it very slowly. we did not make it back to new york city because of that travel ban. they did allow us through the lincoln tunnel. we actually made it through in record time seeing as there was no other traffic going through the tunnel. we are now on sixth avenue in midtown manhattan and it is a virtual vehicle ghost town with police threatening to arrest people who do not heed that travel ban. it is very surreal being in new york city on saturday night with no traffic and no horn honking. there are so many people walking around, just taking in this storm. we've seen folks on skis. some on snowboards. some standing in the middle of the street taking pictures, something you can only do when the storm hits
the area. >> they include the jersey shore where memories of superstorm sandy are still fresh. >> reporter: they knew the waves of water were coming, but no one expected this. much of jersey's south shore woke up to flooded streets. some waves reaching up to ten feet and winds getting up to 48 miles per hour, many without power. >> it's like getting sandblasted out here, particularly up around the ocean. >> reporter: water rushed through neighborhoods. areas hard hit three years ago by superstorm sandy. governor chris christie said residents were prepa
prepared. >> we're so much better off now than we were three years ago. >> reporter: in point pleasant robin snyder and her daughter rode out the storm, still rebuilding from sandy. >> hopefully we won't see any water. >> reporter: the jersey shore wildcats hockey team got in their workout today trading in their hockey sticks for shovels. >> out here it's a lot different with the ocean right here, the wind. it's brutal. >> reporter: tonight, there will be more of high tide and new jersey is bracing itself for the possibility of more fierce winds and even more coastal flooding. jose? let's remember the storm began in the south bringing death and misery there before moving on in kentucky. thousands of drivers were stranded last night in frigid temperatures on one of the nation's busiest highways. >> reporter: the backups stretched for
more than 20 miles. trucks and cars paralyzed on i-75. >> we needed walmart closed. walmart closed last night. >> reporter: tractor-trailers unable to climb snowy hills blocked the highway, leaving hundreds trapped in their cars. >> they kept telling us a couple hours, a couple hours. a trucker said we're going to be here all night. >> just taking cat naps. making sure i'm still awake and still alive. >> reporter: danny gardner and her three kids started their trip in muncey, indiana. for toddlers, 16 hours in their frigid car with nothing to drink until this morning. >> i was like my heart kind of jumped.
i seen it moving. i was like, oh, god, i think it's moving. it's moving. it's moving. go, go, go. >> reporter: tonight her desperation is over. traffic is moving and for so many drivers home never sounded so good. and then there are those who decided to abandon their vehicles just off the exits. it will take those drivers awhile to dig their cars out of these snow drifts. dozens of families spent the day at a nearby red cross shelter. amazingly, there are no injuries. some of the busiest airports remain shut down tonight. we're at laguardia airport here in new york. >> reporter: take a look because this is not something you'll see very often. laguardia a virtual ghost town. nobody here at the ticket counters. just a few unfortunate passengers who are stranded here. we talked to one
couple who couldn't get to a wedding tonight in chicago. they ended up getting a room for tonight in new york, but others say they're sleeping here, including one woman who says she's staying until tuesday because that's when the airline says it can get her out. there have been more than 4400 cancellations nationwide and we're already seeing more than 2500 for tomorrow. that, of course, has a ripple effect through the entire system. we're even seeing stranded passengers in places like miami and los angeles. the effects are worse than many people thought, so from the airlines tonight we're hearing that operations won't resume in washington, d.c. area until at least monday. here in new york they are hoping to have limited service later on sunday afternoon, but it's going to take several days, jose, to get everything back up and normal. so if you are flying out, as always, a good idea to call ahead and check with your carrier. let's go to al roker for the latest
on this blizzard and what we can expect for the rest of the week. >> we're talking about still some more snow at least until midnight hanging out. there is no relief. tonight it is going to continue coming in here. some of the amounts we have gotten already, jfk, 26. baltimore, 19.8 inches of snow. as we go through, this is what we're looking for. by 11:00 tonight, should end in the washington and baltimore area. for philadelphia, 18 to 26 inch with the snow ending around midnight. new york city snow ending midnight, 1:00 a.m. this will start pushing off, pulling away. the snow will taper off after midnight. we'll be left tomorrow morning with plenty of sunshine and strong winds and blowing and drifting snow around. the snow ends, but we are going to linger with its aftereffects well in next week. the political storms of the 2016 campaign were in full force today as a wild card emerged that had
a lot of people talking. the possibility of a third party run by another billionaire, michael bloomberg. >> reporter: it is yet another surprise, another billionaire may enter the 2016 campaign. today multiple sources tell nbc news former mayor michael bloomberg is seriously throwing his hat into the ring as an independent fed up with the state of the race. >> i think he'd really like to do it. >> reporter: bloomberg would likely enter only if donald trump, ted cruz, or bernie sanders are destined to be their party's nominees. with the caucuses just nine days away, trump and cruz are on track running neck and neck in iowa. trump today again raising eyebrows with yet another controversial comment. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth
avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters. >> reporter: the release of a new bush ad featuring his mother barbara. >> when push comes to shove, people are going to realize jeb has real solutions. >> reporter: trump mocking bush on twitter. just watched jeb's ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him. >> i'm be careful donald. >> reporter: trump supporters standing firmly by his side. >> i think donald is always a bit shocking and i think that's something is that brings him a lot of support. >> reporter: the democratic race also getting increasingly tight. hitting sanders on his medicare for all health care plan. >> my esteemed opponent senator sanders wants to start all over again.
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performed voluntarily by dole out of an abundance of caution. tests by the ohio department of agriculture found the contamination started at this production facility in springfield. >> a likely source of the outbreak in the dole plant is listeria that were brought in on the lettuce plants that were harvested. >> reporter: dole says salads beginning with the product code letter "a" are affected. some were made for specific supermarkets including walmart, aldi, and fresh selections sold at kroger. >> if you have the lettuce, you should definitely throw it away. >> reporter: representatives from dole says it was just that one plant in springfield, ohio, meaning no other facilities were affected and no other products are at risk.
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hours, jose, and then at least the heavy snowfall will be just about done, but we have boston all the way down the washington a fairly wide, solid swath of snow. 26 in jfk. all these cities are getting their average seasonal snowfall for the entire winter in this one storm, so we have really overperformed with this system. the good news is it tapers off after midnight. we have to deal with all the snow that's left behind, getting the mass transportations up and running, and getting everybody out of their homes. >> good to see you. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. thank you for the privilege of your time. in all of us here at nbc news, thanks for watching. good night.
right now, up to two feet of snow in some areas, and we are feeling some of the strongest winds of this storm. we're live with the weather conditions throughout our region. >> some of us have even more than two feet. most drivers have heeded the warnings to stay off the off ro. unfortunately, it seems a lot of walkers have decided to take their place on the roads. and you're looking live at the u.s. capitol during this hour-long special. we'll bring you live pictures from our area and other states dealing with the blizzard. good evening again, everyone. we've got live team coverage throughout our region tonight on this