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morning america." have a great day. making news in america this morning, wicked weather on the move on the big thanksgiving travel day. >> all this weather is kind of fouling things up. >> heavy snow falling overnight dumping up to a foot in some areas, plus the historic storm hitting the west coast right now. where it's all heading and what officials are now saying about those famous thanksgiving parade balloons. impeachment showdown. president trump invited to take part in the next public hearings as he rails against the hearings overnight. >> everybody said that's really bull [ bleep ]. >> the new questions this morning about when trump knew about the whistle-blower complaint that triggered the impeachment investigation. a new fight in the opioid
crisis. prosecutors now going after drug companies using laws meant for drug dealers.old war ornao use a chrtm >> then i hit him on the back like this. i just hit -- kept hitting him like this. >> how he fought back. the pro football player opening up about the anxiety that sidelined him. his message to others fighting the same battle. and don't waste your time. the surprising number of pointless emails we send every day. good wednesday morning, everyone. it is a big travel day for so many, and we begin with severe storms battering much of the country during the busiest travel time of the year. >> more than 100 million americans in 32 states are under some kind of weather alert because of two powerful storm systems. one storm right now is dumping
several inches of snow in minnesota and wisconsin. >> and as thanksgiving dinner nears, a storm being called historic is bearing down on the west coast. this morning, severe weather making thanksgiving travel treacherous. >> all this weather is fouling things up. >> reporter: winter storm warning stretching from california to michigan, some of them lasting until friday. overnight in the midwest a winter whiteout in the twin cities where up to a foot of snow is possible before it ends this afternoon. parts of the colorado rockies are digging out from feet of snow dumped by the same storm. >> woke up and thought i'd take a chance but no dice. it's just too dicey and thank god they closed the roads. >> reporter: on the west coast an even stronger storm is sweeping off the pacific ocean bringing hurricane-force winds. it is expected to be a record-setting system called a bomb cyclone meaning it will intensify at a rapid rate.
>> 80-mile-per-hour wind gusts, one to two inches of rain in southern california and in burn scars we could see mudslides and debris flow and that second storm could impact our weekend as everyone tries to get home. >> reporter: near spokane, washington, snow and ice blamed for this pileup on an interstate involving up to 70 vehicles. with rain on the way in southern california, thousands of people have been allowed back home in santa barbara after a wind-whipped wildfire forced them to flee. wind is also the big story on the east coast where tomorrow's macy's parade is in jeopardy because of heavy wind in the forecast. organizers saying it will be a, quote, game day decision on whether the balloons will fly. back in colorado, this snowboarder making the best of the bad weather. but with an estimated 55 million americans hitting the road and the skies today, it won't be all fun and games. >> you got to be careful out there. >> oh, yeah. there are a lot of cuckoo birds out there. >> got to be safe. that storm on the west coast is already blamed for thousands of power outages in california.
stay with us. we'll have your full forecast in less than five minutes. the weather may not be the only disruption at the airport. airline food workers are protesting. more than 50 of them were arrested at jfk airport in new york tuesday for blocking traffic. the catering workers are demanding higher wages and more benefits and targeted american airlines which is urging the catering companies to negotiate a deal with the union. now to the other big story this morning. a flat denial from president trump looking to distance himself from the ukraine scandal and his own attorney. the president now claims he never directed rudy giuliani to go to ukraine to dig up dirt on joe biden. meanwhile, sources now say the president released military aid to ukraine only after he was told about a whistle-blower complaint. abc's mona kosar abdi has new details on where the investigation goes from here. mona, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, janai. well, from here next week the house judiciary committee will take over the impeachment probe. this as intelligence chairman adam schiff says his panel will likely have a report after the
thanksgiving break. while congress remains on thanksgiving break, democrats are already preparing for a busy december in the impeachment inquiry. once lawmakers return, it is the house judiciary committee that will take center stage. chairman jerry nadler writing that on december 4th the panel will hold its first hearing in the probe to, quote, discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment. this comes on the heels of two weeks' worth of high-profile hearings involving current and former government officials including this admission from eu ambassador gordon sondland. >> was there a quid pro quo? the answer is yes. >> reporter: nadler's letter addressed to president trump also reminds him that he and his legal team are welcome to participate. >> think of this, impeachment. that's really bull [ bleep ]. >> reporter: as the president dismissed the probe at his rally in florida, in an interview with bill o'reilly, the president seemingly distanced himself from his personal attorney, rudy giuliani. >> so you didn't direct him to
go to ukraine or do anything to -- >> no, i didn't direct him. but he -- he is a warrior, rudy's a warrior. rudy went. he possibly saw something but you have to understand rudy has other people that he represents. >> no, i know. >> reporter: the president also making light of the situation during the annual white house thanksgiving turkty pardon. >> they've already received subpoenas to appear in adam schiff's basement on thursday. >> reporter: now "the new york times" is reporting that president trump was aware of the whistle-blower complaint when he released military aid to ukraine which, janai and kenneth, is a crucial aspect of the ukraine scandal time line. >> of course, mona, all eyes back on capitol hill next week for another impeachment hearing. mona, thank you for joining us. president trump announced plans to designate mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. the president said he's been working to make the change for three months. the designation would make it illegal for people in the u.s. to knowingly support cartel members and banks that have funds connected to the cartels would have to block the money. mexico is now requesting a high-level meeting with u.s.
officials to discuss the change. the e. coli outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce has spread to 19 states. the cdc says 67 people have been infected. that's an increase of more than two dozen since last week. dozens of people have been hospitalized and six have suffered kidney failure. these are the states affected so far. you see them there in red. the tainted lettuce is from salinas, california. the cdc says any romaine labeled grown in salinas should be thrown out. overseas at least 23 people are confirmed dead after an earthquake in albania. hundreds of others were injured and trapped in rubble and debris. teams from three other nations are now helping to search for survivors. rescuers did pull a 5-year-old boy from beneath the rubble. he is among dozens of survivors rescued from collapsed buildings. back in this country we're following breaking news. an explosion sparking a massive fire at a chemical plant in east texas. flames from the blast lit up the
night sky over port neches. a mandatory effect is in effect. no injuries are reported. we'll keep you posted. back now to weather. with so many people hitting the roads and the skies for thanksgiving, let's take a closer look at your forecast for this wednesday. good morning. we continue to track this powerful low pressure system moving into the great lakes bringing heavy snow and strong winds to the upper midwest on one of the biggest travel days of the year. this is certainly going to create more problems. in terms of snowfall amounts, one to two feet across the u.p. of michigan. 6 to 12 inches extending south and west from there into northern iowa. we've got this other powerful storm dropping along the west coast that will bring more wind and snow and rain. one to two inches of rainfall along the coast of southern california. one to three feet of snow into the sierra and southern cascades. not many improvements for our thanksgiving holiday either.
still some gusty winds affecting the holiday parade. i'm accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso. coming up, a whole new way to cook. the new instant pots from out of this world. but first the surveillance video after a school bus driver is allegedly caught drinking beer behind the wheel. >> first lady melania is booed during this anti-drug even
taken a plunge in a new am gwing concern about her medicare for all plan. she's dropped 14% in the last month according to a nationwide quinnipiac poll. joe biden is now back in the lead. pete buttigieg has jumped into second place. some disturbing news about life expectancy in the united states. it's once again on the decline. it's now 78 years. experts blame suicide, obesity and drug overdoses. meanwhile, federal prosecutors are now reportedly pursuing criminal charges against companies that make opioids. prosecutors want to know if drug companies intentionally allowed the painkillers to flood into communities. "the wall street journal" reports they're using a law that's typically used to prosecute drug dealers. first lady melania trump is making her rounds to raise awareness for the opioid epidemic but was booed
delivered remarks. the city denounced by the president as a rat and rodent infested mess. >> thank you for the warm introduction and for inviting me to join you today for such an important event centered on opioid awareness. >> the first lady released a statement after the event saying, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and i remain committed to educating children on the dangers of drug abuse. rolls-royce has made its high price suv bigger, faster and more expensive. the updated suv comes with 600 horsepower. the price for all that power, $382,000. last year's model was already the most expensive suv in the world. rolls-royce hopes that the upgrades can attract younger owners. if you want to spend a little less money on a gift, some new instant pots may be the ultimate gift for "star wars" fans who cook. they're designed to look like r2d. 2, a,ar ver andot theyome from williams-sonoma with "star wars" inspired
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survived what could have been a fatal fall after climbing up the first 150 feet on yosemite's treacherous rock face known as el capitan. >> i can feel everything. >> reporter: suddenly in the middle of her climb harrington says she lost her grip and tumbled down the cliff. she describes pinballing down with a rope lashing her neck. >> i think in my head it was just kind of like, okay, i'm falling. this is happening. and then i don't remember -- i don't remember the impact. i don't remember what happened after that. i just remember being on the end of the rope and my partner being there with me and knowing i was injured >> that's the worst hold on the entire route. you get maybe half your thumb on the hold. >> reporter: alex honnold was the first to help her. he's a world renowned rock climber and star of "free solo." he was part of a group supporting harrington's attempt to do something no other woman has done before, free climbed a 3200-foot granite wall in one day. he kept her alert with stories as yosemite's search and rescue
experts painstakingly climbed her up and pulled her to safety. this morning, harington says it will take time but she plans to climb again. >> i will be back to yosemite probably in the spring but i am going to rest and recover and then i'm going to look forward to the spring. >> and good news, harrington is feeling well enough to visit her family for thanksgiving. as for alex honnold, he'll talk about the rescue coming up on "good morning america." the indiana man charged in his granddaughter's death says he didn't realize the cruise ship's window was open before she fell out. the ship was docked in san juan when he held chloe up to look out. police have charged salvatore anello with negligent homicide. he says he's color-blind and that may be why he didn't realize the window was open. >> i saw her fall. i saw her fall the whole way down. i saw her fall. and i was just in disbelief.
i was like, oh, my god, and then i just remember screaming that i thought there was glass. >> if convicted he faces up to three years in prison. pro football player brandon brooks is speaking publicly about the anxiety attack that forced him to the sidelines. brooks who plays for the eagles had to leave sunday's game. he vomited before and during the game because of severe anxiety. he's among several public figures including selena gomez, stephen colbert and lady gaga also summer walker, as well, using their struggle with anxiety to raise awareness. he says he's not the only nfl player fighting the battle. >> it's been a lot of guys around the league who reached out to me. just know that it's a lot of guys that go through it for a lot of different aspects, not just the one that affects me but for a lot of different reasons. >> before sunday brooks had not missed a game for anxiety since
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making news right now, live doppler 7 is still lit up in green. the first big storm in six months refuses to give up its grip on the bay area. meteorologist mike nicco is on storm watch. if the storm is not bad enough, a power outage plunges oakland international airport into the dark. and heavy snow is making for treacherous driving into the sierra but a lot of people are still heading there this morning. good morning, everybody. we're seeing it all on this wednesday, november 27th. >> we told you not to go there. >> right. >> don't go to the sierra today. >> some people went any way. >> doppler 7 is tracking the storm still hitting us. mike, i know you told us it would be a heavy/moderate storm, but it was scary at times. >> it was intense at times.
more intense than a 2 would normally be? we didn't have river flooding. we didn't have small stream flooding, stuff like that. it lived up to its billing. let's look at what's going on now. we have a 1 for today and tomorrow. a lesser extent tomorrow. we have showers, waves of on and off showers today with locally heavy rain and gusty winds. snow is falling on our highest peaks. that will continue. even some snow possible over the santa cruz mountains. less likely to stick there. gusty, rough and dangerous surf. that's our only advisory we have going on now. that high surf advisory. you can see that continues until 3:00 this afternoon. look at the pinks and the whites in the diablo range and the north bay mountains, the rest of us have a lot of green but we do have some downpours moving through, daly
a 280 and around san mateo. more is on the way. jobina? >> i want to start with a live look at the golden gate bridge. you can see the slick road conditions. our chp feed is showing spinouts, thankfully nothing too seriously at the moment. take it slowly out there. there are also bridges. in redwood city, we have roadway flooding in that area. we have the shoreline on-ramp to southbound 85 there. so please be careful. we are seeing some other flooding as well. i'll have more on that coming up. we'll have more on the storm in a second.
first we're tracking breaking news in the east bay. there is heavy police presence outside of a house in lafayette. an ambulance was seen leaving this location with a police car trailing behind it. we're trying to confirm reports this is a possible home invasion and robbery. you can see officers around a suitcase there in the middle of the street. we reached out to lafayette police for wlletu ow as as we information. heads up if your holiday travel takes you through oakland international airport. >> that airport is still feeling the impact of the rain with shut down security and delayed flights. lauren martinez has more on what it looks like this morning. >> those that had to rebook flights or had flights delayed, it looks like everything is running smoothly now. it is 4:30 in the morning, but it appears things are flowing. we looked at the southwest