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rafael nadal and now it's been a great weekend in australia so far, you guys. and i expect more from rafa. it seems rare how finite these opportunities are and she's not taking anything for granted. >> good to know. carolyn, good to see you. thank you. we'll be right back. so, good morning to you, we are so grateful to have you with us. on your "new day" on this saturday. i'm christi paul. >> and i'm boris sanchez. there are hurricane-force winds, whiteout conditions and potential flooding for parts of new england. several states under state of emergency as a dangerous nor'easter begins to hit the northeast. >> we'll take you there. also under fire, the law enforcement community is on edge after a string of attacks, what cities are doing with the surge in crime. plus, the white house confirming one of the potential picks for supreme court nominee. we'll tell hue is a potential
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front-runner. well, on this saturday, january 29th, you've made it to your weekend. you might be stuck inside. i know, but thank you for being with us. >> yeah, this morning, we're watching the forecast, aren't with, christi? millions of americans bracing for a powerful winter storm. 55 million people right now under winter storm alerts. >> yeah. this is a powerful bomb cyclone as it's called and it's bringing heavy snow and vicious winds potential coastal flooding that's slamming the northeast now. i want to give you a live picture from boston, in fact. you see people out there helping shoveling. but the snow is moving sideways. based on what we can tell. they have had several states that have issued a state of emergency declaration. massachusetts in particular, rhode island expected to get the
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worst of this extreme winter weather. >> not only are we expecting large amounts of snow, we're also expecting high winds. and we're fully expecting whiteout conditions. >> this has the potential to be a historic storm. a huge one. >> officials are asking folks just stay inside. because travel is going to be a problem. not just on the road. nearly 3,400 flights have been cancelled across the u.s. that's on top of the thousands of flights that were axed yesterday. and more than 600 have already been cancelled for tomorrow. >> cnn teams have been covering this powerful storm as it moves across the northeast this morning. we want to start with cnn meteorologist tyler mauldin. you can see britain todd and brynn gingras waiting to talk to us and probably get out of that snow as they can. let's get to you tyler then we can get to them.
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>> look at the snowfall totals, ocean city, maryland, nine inches, forked river, new jersey, 15 1/2 inches. we're going to see the snow pile up as we go through time. because this system is a slow-mover. it's a slow-mover moving through the northeast and going to cause the snowfalls to increase exponentially. it's 5 degrees in albany, 16 degrees in new york. 20 degrees in boston. the wind adds a bite to that air. and also this 46-mile-per-hour wind, that's sustained in nantucket. a gust of now 63 miles per hour. that's leading to the near whiteout conditions in part. that's why we have a boulevard warning from maine all the way to massachusetts on into the coastline of virginia. philadelphia, new york, you're not included in that blizzard warning. you're in a winter storm alert at this time. the winter wind alerts extend all the way down to the carolinas. the bull's-eye is really here
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across eastern massachusetts going into maine. this is where we're going to see more than 24 inches of snow in eastern maine. eastern massachusetts could see north of 3 feet of snow. you can see right here, all of the areas in pink and some of that purple, that's more than 1 foot of snow. a lot of us seeing more than 1 foot. in boston if we pick up more than 2 feet this will be the snowiest day on record in boston. and we don't see it taper off in boston until we get past midnight. this is something we're dealing with all day long. and in maine overnight as well. guys. >> tyler mauldin, thank you for breaking down the forecast for us. let's move to brynn gingras, she's in new york city with the latest. brynn, i see people moving around you. there were joggers earlier today. what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: boris and christi, you didn't believe me there were joggers, i actually have a jagger to talk top.
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chris pratt. you said it's a good day for a jog? >> yeah, it's great. time to get peace and quiet. pretend you're in nature. >> reporter: obviously, we heard they're preparing for the storm. it's going to be a big one, certain areas more than others. tell me about your first impressions how the city looks. >> it's not too bad. i'm surprised that the central park and the roads are sort of plowed this morning. which is pretty instrumental here at 6:00 in the morning. >> reporter: yeah, we're new york, right. go ahead and enjoy your jog. obviously, there are sightseers, people walking their dogs. there's going to be a lot of sledders joining us. and like i said, this snow continues to just fall in new york city. the outer boroughs actually having a tougher time. they're making sure those power lines are intact, because of the
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wind that really hits you in the face, guys. getting the roads cleared so cars can move about, even though officials have said stay home on this saturday morning. >> brynn gingras, thank you so much. stay safe. >> she's right, new york tough. it is real. you know who else is tough? brian todd, oh, he's been out in atlantic city in some really horrific conditions this morning. brian, how are you holding up? >> reporter: well, we're holding up pretty well, guys. i did hear someone on the official, one of the officials talking about whiteout conditions. i can show you. take a look at south carolina avenue, you can't see nearly a block away. we're told that the conditions are nearly impossible as the whiteout conditions continue to intensify. i'm looking down this way, i can barely see a gentleman who just
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walked past us down this way. now, over here, there's a snowdrift i showed you a short time ago. these guys are trying to -- they just fired up a snowblower, and they're trying to clear a path to this hotel driveway -- excuse me, so someone can get out. i don't know how anyone is going to get out of this. the snow has been coming down for 12 hours. it's coming down mere, blizzard warning in effect for another eight hours. and more than a foot of snow is expected. but it's really not the accumulation that is the issue. it is this wind. it is high tide, as of 3 1/2 hours ago. and that's causing flooding. we're told a short time ago, route 40, a key artery in and out of new york city is closed because of high tide. it is the three forces, high wind and whipping snow, accumulation, but it's also a tidal situation. atlantic city is a barrier
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island. and the areas around the bay side are very low, very low-lying. and those are the ones that are susceptible to flooding at this hour. again, i mentioned high tide was only 3 1/2 hours ago. so flooding there is an issue. as you can see down here, just in a few seconds -- actually, josh, we're going to the right. just a few seconds on the air here, look at how visibility down this street has dissipated. you can barely see past the light poles. it was a little better visibility when i started the live shot. again, as they try to dig out of people trapped inside the driveway here. the cars trapped here. we can tell you that officials are telling us that people are venturing on the roads and they are getting stuck. as you can see, it's ridiculous to try to do that. you've got to hunker down and stay inside. now, the casinos are still open. that's one thing that the mayor said, the casinos, they want
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people to stay in the casinos if you're in there. >> i guess it gives them something to do. brian you and the crew, take care there. i hope you don't have to endure it all day. candace cope, mayor of quincy, massachusetts is with us now. i know your neighbor, boston is expected to get the brunt of this. we're expecting you will as well. what can you tell us about the wind gusts, the snow that you might be seeing right now. we're told it might be historic levels? >> indeed. we're well prepared. we've got every snow route covered. 200 pieces of equipment across the city, but we are expecting somewhere between 9:00 and noon time absolute whiteout conditions where things will come to a halt. we're telling people to stay home, don't go out. obviously, if you have issues call the emergency numbers. >> mr. mayor, do you know if the
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emergency numbers have been called on just yet? >> we've had minor things. one major coastal road that's been closed off, watching that. just general questions about parking and some folks have been towed. no major emergencies to date. >> we heard brian talk about the potential coastal flooding. i know that's a big concern for you as well. back in 2018, there was that storm where dozens of people needed to be rescued because of some of the flooding up on the coast. i understand you have fortified those sea walls now, at least a mile and a half have been fortified. you said three or four miles now need to be fortified. but how confident are you what you've done so far will be able to halt that as a barrier? >> well, we're extremely confident. we've had some major design and engineer work done. a lot of meetings about it, what height should the seawall be.
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the new seawalls are two or feet higher than they were before. the section of the city that covers that, merrimack should be well covered. we're not seeing the high tide that we see. we're dealing with flsplashovert this point. jeff that's good. you did not have to call for evacuation of that area? >> we're prepared to if we need to. the first is high tide. we think we'll be okay. we'll don't watch the next cycle. we have crews out, make sure the drainage is working appropriately so it doesn't back up into people's homes. so far, so good. >> we're keeping our fingers crossed that that continues. when we're talking about potentially 2 feet of snow and winds potentially up to 70-mile-per-hour gusts, what does that mean, once this flows through for any interruptions of power? and your ability, your team's
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ability there to get to that and try to remedy the situation that may be occurring at that time? >> it's going to be a major challenge. obviously, we're catching, and we have the telecompany here with us, in case we have any issues. it's really almost a minor hurricane with snow. the big issue that i see is us getting the streets back opened up again. there's no pressure that we're going to lose control for a period of time. there's no way plows can operate when they can't see in front of their face. when you're talking 2 to 3 feet of snow, that's a lot of snow. with 70-mile-per-hour winds we're looking at six or eight-foot drifts. we have a lot of coastal roads and those winds will be blowing across, even after the storm, we'll be plowing for many hours to keep up with it. >> godspeed for you and your team there. thank you for taking time. mayor thomas koch, thank you so
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much. >> thank you. we'll be monitoring the storm all morning. obviously. stay tuned to the latest on that. but we do want to pivot what's happening in the nation's capitol. the house committee investigating the january 6th insurrection is issuing another round of subpoenas this time targeting judd deere. >> investigators saying they're hoping deere can shed light on conversations they were having before and after the attack. cnn national reporter zach cohen is with us now. zach, talk to us what we do know regarding these meetings. >> good morning, christi and boris. so, the committee, like you said, they want to know what was said in the white house behind closed doors on january 6th and the days leading up to it. whether judd deere said he participated in a specific meeting january 5th where the
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president originally said, quote, what are your ideas for getting the rhinos to do the thing tomorrow. how do we convince congress? the context of that quote is not clear but it refers to the in connection day where congress was supposed to certify the election results for joe biden. as we know there was a pretty concerted effort to convince pence not to do so. judd deere, another white house official who has intimate knowledge of the conversations on january 6th. and his former boss mcenany send time testifying about it. >> zach, we're also warned that more than a dozen subpoenas tied to that fake elector plot on that day. do we know who all was subpoenaed? >> we do, 14 republicans from seven key swing states where they put forth a slate of
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electors as we've reported, it was a coordinated effort with the trump campaign that led to january 6th and in hope of overturning the election results. these are gop party members and listed as the chairperson -- chairperson or secretary for each slate of electors. these are people that the committee believes have intimate knowledge of these electors to get them to sign the fake certificates that were then sent to the national are schives and congress. >> a huge story controversy after controversy, that the committee has uncovered and soon shared with the american people. zach cohen, thanks so much. coming up this hour, outrage of a book removed from curriculum. a book about the holocaust pulled from tennessee classrooms where other school districts do the same? also, the pictures are -- look at that, just breathtaking. thousands lining the streets of new york yesterday to say their
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week. thousands of fellow officers turned out yesterday to honor officer jason rivera. he was shot and killed just over a week ago while responding to a domestic disturbance call. >> the officers, look at that there, standing shoulder to shoulder, 20-deep, packing fifth avenue outside of st. patrick's cathedral in new york. it was a sea of blue, as you can see. during the funeral, officer rivera's wife said that sendoff was a fitting tribute. >> this is exactly how he would have wanted to be remembered. like a true hero. or like i used to call him big p.o. rivera. you have the whole nation on gridlock. and although you won't be here anymore, i want you to live th through me. >> dominique luzuriaga also took aim at the new district
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attorney, she said that new laws are making officers less safe, apparently referring to alvin bragg's bail, plea and sentencing policies. and with police officers and increases in violent crime in response, new york's mayor is resurrecting a controversial unit known as the anti-crime unit this was disbanded in 2020 following complaints of aggressive tactics and police brutality and led to police-involved shootings. the units will be called neighborhood safety teams. they're going to start patrols in the next three weeks. a lieutenant professor at jon jay college. thank you, sir, for being with us. your reaction, first in reviving this program. >> it's an important first step. the anti-crime unit acts as a deterrent for people to carry handguns. and if people don't fear that they're going to get caught then we saw a huge rise in gun
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violence almost the day after they deleted this unit going back, i believe it was june of 2020. so, mayor adams is uniquely qualified to address this, would you say? i mean, how much confidence do you have in this mayor who is a former law enforcement officer? >> well, he certainly understands policing. and he certainly understands the fact that the cops actually matter when dealing with crime. and he's got -- you know, he's got phil banks with him. a new police commissioner. all highly capable people, it's just that they're fighting a lot of politics to get this done. >> when we go back to that unit that he's resurrecting, do you think there's appetite, do you think there's space, to remedy this unit and strengthen it in a way that would be more embraced by the residents of new york? considering the fact that there
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were a lot of civil complaints against the prior unit. >> yes. you're dealing with a unit like this, you're dealing with a lot of civil complaints. that's the major of their job, they're going after guns, violence, felonies, and this is what you have to worry about, if something goes wrong, something goes bad, or goes what we refer to as going sideways, does this administration have the stomach to handle it. and that's the number one question going forward. but this unit is an important aspect of it. and it hasn't been out for a long time. but there will be some retraining. they'll go through different steps. they'll send them to plain clothes training again and go through all of the aspects, let's say, reasonable suspicion, all of those other things, to make sure we can try to prevent a lot of these civilian complaints. >> can we put the picture up, please, of the funeral or fifth avenue, just a sea of officers, law enforcement.
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you couldn't see the street. you couldn't see the pavement anywhere. because so many officers were there. to honor -- to honor rivera. i want to ask you, help us understand what a situation like this, an event like this does to the camaraderie and to the mental head space of fellow officers. >> well, unfortunately, i've been through my share of police funerals. and this one here was the largest i think i've ever seen. i know people refer to it as a thin blue line. but that thin blue line is not that thin when you look at the men and women who every day put their own safety aside. they put their own family aside. they go out and try to make the city a better place for the residents. i mean, that's the bottom line. and when you have a situation like this, you know, we have a
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saying, fidelis modem faith ful to death. unless you're in it, you can't explain but i can tell you the bonds go deep. and the men and women try to do their best every day. you can see that. >> sergeant joseph giacalone, we appreciate your service and talk us through what we're seeing in new york now. thanks, sir. >> thanks for having me. >> of course. join cnn's sara sidner tomorrow night, she's riding along to find out why driving while black can be deadly serious. cnn's new series "traffic stop" will be here tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. we'll be right back.
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with us to discuss the historic implications of this pick the dean of the law school angela willie, is an expert on race and the law and was a finalist for a spot on the iowa supreme court. angela, thank you for sharing your morning with us. we're grateful to have you. let's talk about the historic implications here. it's very likely that the first black woman will be appointed soon and confirmed to the supreme court. what does that mean to you? >> oh, it means a great deal to me. it's important for a number of reasons. it's important as justice ginsburg said before she passed in talking about how it was important to have three women on the court at one point. she said when school girls look at the supreme court and see three women on the court, they'll see it's natural and proper. and when a black woman son the supreme court, people will look at the supreme court and see it's natural and proper to have a black woman on the supreme
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co court. it is important because it will add legitimacy to the court. and people will have a natural trust in the court if they feel their views are represented on the court. it's very, very important. because everybody brings their life experiences with them on to the bench. all judges do. and having a black woman who's lived, experienced intersection of race and gender will not only shape how she views the facts of the case, how she views the state of the case, it will shape out her colleagues do. justice o'connor, when she was talking about the impacts that justice thurgood marshall had on her, said the kinds of stories he would tell based on his lived experiences as a black man. based on his lived experience representing black people during the civil rights movement really, really shaped how she
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viewed so many cases. and shaped the ways in which they discussed cases during their deliberations. and i think shaped the outcomes, shaped the majority, helped shape the majority of opinion. so having a diversity of perspectives, having a diversity of backgrounds, having a diversity of work experiences is really, really critical to having a strong supreme court. and adding a black woman's voice to the supreme court is really, really important for all of those reasons. >> it seems obvious, that you would want the highest court in the land to be reflective of the population. and so representation in that high realm matters. but i'm curious what you make of the response from some folks out there who claim that a person's background, whether ethnicity, gender, sex, et cetera, they say it shouldn't be a consideration in the process. what's your response to that? >> well, i would say, number one, i would say, that the
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very -- the very key to the excellence of an appellate court, where you want a diversity of perspectives, where you want a lot of really smart people discussing complex legal issues, that turns on whether you various people with different backgrounds, different perspective, different work experiences, different life experiences that really matters. so whether who the best person is deters from lifting from the front in part, right. and there are so many people at this level who are so exceptionally qualified for this position. and the people they're talking about are so exceptionally qualified that you're choosing between, you know, excellence and excellent, basically. on all of these candidates. and so i would say to these people, and i have said to these people that for many, many years, it's been presumed that the only qualified candidates were white men.
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95% of all supreme court justices have been white men. and i think that there is now unconsciously some of that happening. when there's a woman being replaced by a woman. when there's a person of color being replaced by a person of color, there isn't this kind of reaction. and i think it's this kind of reaction because there's a white male justice being replaced by a woman of color. angela, i have a question for you, it's a little personal, because you've broken barriers, were you the first black woman to lead boston university's program. and the top-20 law program. there are a lot of challenges being the first of something, right? and i'm wondering what your perspective would be for any potential nominee to go through a process of nomination, and to sit on that bench, again, such a
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high realm, right? >> i think that, obviously, it's -- there's a lot of pressure. you're -- more eyes are on you. you're hyper -- you're very visible. but all of these women are used to being the first in many things that they do. all of these women are used to having to be twice as good to get half the credit. and all of them will rise to the challenge. whoever the nominee is, will rise to whatever challenge there is on the supreme court. we're talking about people with exceptional, impeccable credentials. and i would say, you know, that the best. there are so many people who can do this job. and the top candidates are all phenomenal candidates. >> and it is an exciting moment in american history. and we're delighted to have your expert tease. thank you for the time. >> thank you.
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students. the book depicts jewish people as mice and nazis as cats. here's what the author art spiegelman told cnn. >> i think there's so much focus in this whole parade of what's implied in having to defend the decision to teach "maus" as part of the curriculum that it led to this daftly myopic response. >> there's been a noticeable uptick in attempts to control what's being taught in schools especially in republican-led states. let's discuss the impact with an educator and the president of american federation of teachers randi weingarten. ran randi, thank you for being with us. it's not just "maus" it's other books. yesterday," to kill a mocking
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sb bird" why is this book banning a trend. it seems it happens every few years? >> so, first off, let me just say "to kill a mockingbird" i was a high school social studies teachers and i used "to kill a mockingbird" as a key way of showing the limitations of justice systems in place where is you had jim crow and racist laws. and it was a wonderful way of teaching in an age-appropriate manner. and creating the kind of critical thinking that you need to do in schools. what i think is happening is that we have a terrible, cultural war that is going on, by some people, who want to actually censor and to stop kids from having the robustness that they need for their lives. and what's very dangerous about
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it, just like the book banning, that we saw in autocratic regimes, what's very dangerous about it is that we are stopping kids from grappling with really tough issues. but really important issues. slavery. the genocide. we have to teach it in an a age-appropriate way and we have to be mindful that we respect all kids but this is a very, very dangerous trend and it hurts the students and young adults in america, in terms of their education. >> randi, one of the board members in tennessee made the argument that schools can still teach kids about the holocaust, but without the profanity and nudity they objected to in "maus" to be clear the profanity was a couple uses of the word
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"d "damn" and the depiction of a female breast. what's your impression of that school board member? >> look, just for a school teacher like myself, and someone who had relatives who died in those concentration camps, it's hard for me. because what -- you know, we have to grapple with this. again, age-appropriate, common sense media. others have said that "maus" should not be taught until kids are 13 years old. age appropriate is an appropriate conversation to have between teachers and parents and school boards but what they're saying is to have kids to actually have to grapple with it. ing exposed to the bad southwest t as well as the good. if were don't do that, we're not giving kids the kind of knowledge and skills that they
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need for their lives. but we're also doing a huge disservice to the peoples who have been discriminated against. we're also also actually opening up the availability to repeat terrible history. we need to make it clear that the holocaust was terrible. genocide is terrible. it's really uncomfortable to teach about genocide. but if we do this in an age-appropriate way, we are actually making sure that we don't repeat it. >> randi, it strikes me that the same folks who are frightened to teach kids "maus" and "to kill a mockingbird" often turn around and celebrate politicians that use racist and crude language and then call their opponents snowflakes. do you think this is really about protecting kids? shielding kids from harm? >> no. >> or is it a political weapon? >> it's a political weapon.
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it's -- look, i don't -- we have to be careful. and, look, i am as political as everyone else. but in this moment in time, we have to be careful not to politicize schools. and this is the politicization of schooling. book-banning is about stopping kids from having a holistic education and understanding the world around them. and, frankly, this is cancel culture. book-banning is the perfect example of cancel culture. w what we need to do, we need to get through the tough times, not try to shield us from the tough times. it will make all of us stronger, and frankly, it will make people more empathetic. and part of what we need to do right now, as we're grappling with covid is we need to see each other and make and help people be more empathetic about
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each other. part of that is teaching tough things. teaching about slavery, teaching about the holocaust, just like we teach about july 4th. these are things we need to do to have kids have the knowledge and skills they need to live their lives. and to be able to deal with tough issues and be able to see each other as real people. >> a challenge in times as divided as these. randi weingarten, always appreciate your perspective. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> don't go anywhere. we'll be right back. scary. 't have to be spraying flonase daily stops your body from overreacting to allergens all season long. psst! psst! flonase all good.
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vaccination offinformation. earlier this week, young pulled his songs from spotify. in a statement on a website, mitchell wrote, quote, irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. unquote. so, all morning, we've been staying on top of developments as a powerful winter storm moves through the northeast. nearly 55 million people from the carolina ss to virginia to w england under an alert. a bomb cyclone, with vicious winds and potential flooding in some areas. as we take a look at areas from boston. >> the combination of hurricane-force winds. we're talking up to 70-mile-per-hour winds in some areas. and then all that mass of snow that you saw there, expected to bring -- we say expected to bring, i think the blizzard conditions will rise. do you think, boris? >> i think so, the snow has been hitting reporters sideways.
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