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good morning, america. bombing investigation. what we're learning about the christmas morning explosion in nashville. the devastation. three people injured, buildings ripped apart and the cries for help. >> help! >> plus, the hero officers, how their quick actions saved lives. stimulus stalled. the covid relief bill unsigned with unemployment benefits expiring today for millions. what happens next as the pandemic rages across america. the critical crisis in california. the pleas from four new england governors with christmas and covid colliding in a memorial of lights. an abc news exclusive. the family of andre hill speaking out after the police shooting that took his life. >> if you watch the video you
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can hear him gasping for his last breaths and they're just cussing at him to put his hands behind his back and move his hands and he's laying there shot. >> their agony over breaking the news to his grandchildren and the vigil planned for today. christmas cleanup. the storm that left more than 250,000 people without power and pounded the east with nearly 80-mile-per-hour winds. the cold blast up next and the long slog home, the travel conditions on the road and in the air. and holiday hoops. the 12 hours of basketball with lebron james leading the lakers to victory, kevin durant on fire for the nets and a football feat. new orleans saints running back alvin kamara tying an nfl record. were those christmas cleats the key to victory?
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hello, good morning, happy kwanzaa to those of you who celebrate. happy boxing day to our canadian viewers and as whit pointed out this is the last weekend of 2020. >> couldn't come fast enough, right? >> i hear that. let's start with the latest on that christmas day rv bombing in nashville. another classic 2020 happening. the fbi has now taken over the investigation. at least three people got hurt here. but, the mayor says many, many more people were saved by police officers who rushed in to clear the area. >> what could be the strangest part of this was the recorded warning blasting from that rv minutes before it exploded. on a street lined with tourist bars and restaurants. the rv was parked near an at&t office and it took out communication systems including some 911 operations in the nashville area. >> and the communications interruption also affected nashville's airport, which had to declare a ground stop for awhile. for the very latest on this investigation, let's go to
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abc's marcus moore right there in nashville. marcus, good morning. >> reporter: well, whit, good morning. authorities here have cordoned off several blocks in nashville and curfew went in effect. you can see broadway right behind me, it's shut down. as the fbi leads the investigation into this explosion that left part of this city in ruins. the powerful explosion ripped through downtown nashville christmas morning. chaos and a horrific scene would follow. debris strewn for block, windows shattered and those desperate cries for help. >> help. help. >> reporter: this morning, investigators believe the powerful blast was intentional but they don't know why. just after 1:00 a.m. police say this rv was seen on second avenue. parked outside the at&t building. hours later police respond to a shots fired call. when they approach the rv, a now-haunting recording could be heard.
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warning people nearby to evacuate. police are still reviewing surveillance video. >> if you can hear this message, evacuate now. >> reporter: investigators say it was coming from that suspicious vehicle. first responders and six police officers now being hailed as heroes rushing to the scene to evacuate residents. >> they heard the announcements coming from this vehicle. they took them seriously. >> reporter: and look closely, a police officer stops this man walking his dog just in time. >> i said why do i need to evacuate and right then, boom, the bomb went off. >> reporter: and at 6:30 a.m., the rv would explode into a vicious fireball rocking parts of the vibrant city and even knocking an officer to the ground. debris and plumes of smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air. >> stay back until we figure out what's going on. >> reporter: this surveillance video from a home nearby captures the moment the building is shaken from the force of the blast. buck mccoy was in his bed when his apartment building shook.
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>> all the windows came in from the living room into the bedroom. the front door became unhinged. everything was on the ground. you had to step over things. large pieces of wood were, you know, all over the place. and as i got out onto the street it was just surreal. it was like a movie. >> reporter: the fire department rushing three people to the hospital, remarkably all with only minor injuries. including one police officer suffering temporary hearing loss and law enforcement sources telling abc news human remains have been found at the site of the explosion. >> we do not know whether anyone was in the rv when it exploded so i can't tell you at this point whether there's a potential for a fatality in that scenario. >> reporter: investigators are working to figure out if those remains are from someone inside the rv or perhaps a passerby, so that work is continuing. overnight, we got more information on the enormity of
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this explosion. 41 buildings sustaining some sort of damage. one of them actually collapsed during this. the mayor said that it will take some time to return this area to normal and he vowed to find the people responsible. >> that is the huge question. such a bizarre story. marcus moore, thank you very much for your coverage. we turn now to politics and the will he or won't he question hanging over that big covid-19 stimulus package. the president still refusing to sign the bill even though the benefits from the previous package run out today. millions of americans on tenterhooks. abc's rachel scott is on the story from washington, d.c. rachel, good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning, and that is the question. that covid relief bill was flown to florida where president trump is spending the holidays but he still has not signed it and this delay will have dire effects for millions of americans out of work and on the brink of eviction. this morning, as covid relief hangs in the balance, millions
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of americans out of work will lose their unemployment benefits today. president trump spending the christmas holiday on the golf course, as seen in this photo obtained by cnn. the bipartisan package still awaiting his signature. trump taking to twitter, saying, he had many calls and meetings, demanding congress increase the amount of the stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 writing, give our people the money, but this is a bill his own team helped negotiate. here is his secretary of treasury days ago promising those stimulus checks would go out next week. >> people will see this money the beginning of next week. >> reporter: leaders from both parties are urging the president to sign the bill to get immediate relief to the american people. >> i beg the president to know how many people in this country are scared. >> i hope the president looks at this again and reaches that conclusion that the best thing to do is sign the bill. >> reporter: unemployment benefits expire today. and if the president continues to hold off, the government shutdown starts monday. if ted ral moratorium on
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evictions ends in a week. >> we are facing the real possibility of tens of millions of people losing their homes this winter during the height of covid-19 and the consequences of that will be catastrophic for children and families, for communities and for our country's ability to contain the pandemic. >> reporter: stormie cobb is s a mother of three, she lost her job during the pandemic and was evicted just one week before christmas. she waited more than six months for congress to act. now she says she's running out of options. >> it's been a lot of tears and we've just been in a continual struggle and hoping for another stimulus check. it feels like you failed as a parent, as a mom when you have three children who depend on you. >> reporter: and so many americans like stormie cobb waiting for that relief. democrats in a last-ditch effort did try to increase the amount of the stimulus checks to $2,000
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but republicans objected, so now the president has the bill in his hands. he has a few options -- he could sign it or he could veto it and could force lawmakers back to try to override the president. if he does nothing, the bill will expire and then it will be up to the next congress to try to do this all over again to get relief to the american people. eva. >> rachel scott for us, so many people hanging in the balance this morning. thank you for that report. now to the big winter storm. after dumping a lot of snow on the nation's midsection, it battered the east coast with massive rainfall and intense winds. rob marciano is here with more. good morning to you, rob. >> reporter: hey, good morning, eva. 250,000 woke up without power for christmas morning as the wind storm rolled across the east coast. look at these trees down across parts of new jersey. 60 plus mile per hour winds there and so strong that these power lines tilt over and looked like a hurricane went through there. and in erie, pennsylvania, they
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had over a foot of snow there and in hamburg, new york, just south of buffalo, a foot of snow and white christmas in places like pittsburgh and parts of the ohio river valley. the backside of this system has some significant cold as weld and now everybody in the eastern third of the country is feeling that freeze. warnings down to the gulf coast and florida, they're talking about falling iguanas across parts of miami. they just fall right out of the trees. one more thing that's crazy in 2020. whit. >> always an interesting site, the iguanas. rob, thank you. we'll talk to you soon. the after-effects of the storm likely to make things difficult for many people heading home after the holiday. expect sizable travel delays today, especially in the big cities. abc's elwyn lopez joins us with more on the travel situation now. elwyn, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. as the holidays come to an end millions are already making their way back home. aaa predicts the bulk of that traffic will be on the roadways. experts say the peak of delays on major highways will begin
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this afternoon in boston, houston and here in atlanta. all of this despite health official warnings to stay home this holiday season, and while overall air travel is down nearly 60% from this time last year, tsa numbers have jumped showing more than 7 million people hitting the skies in the past seven days. that's the busiest stretch of travel since the beginning of the pandemic. but travel app hopper predicts january 3rd will be the busiest day for holidaygoers coming back and it also lists atlanta as the number one-trending destination this christmas. if you are traveling the cdc has a new search tool online. just type in your destination to check on any new restrictions including quarantine rules and testing requirements. dan. >> elwyn, thank you very much. public health experts are of course worried all this travel will only make the pandemic worse. here are the latest numbers. the cdc is now expecting america's death toll to surpass 400,000 next month. the u.s. has well over 18
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million cases, nearly 19 million in fact, and more than a million americans have now received a covid-19 vaccine. one state where things are especially dire right now, california, and abc's zohreen shah is right there in santa monica with much on that. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. last week you saw me inside those tents at st. john's but the situation got so dire we can't actually be inside because patients are expected to be in and out. right here in california, 6500 patients are hospitalized. 20% of those are in the icu. overnight, the coronavirus continuing to take a toll on the country. confirmed cases topping over 18 million with over 120,000 hospitalizations. in california, the l.a. county department of public health announcing the second consecutive day of record high covid deaths. >> this being a sober reminder of how deadly this disease is, how deadly this pandemic is and how devastating it is to families that have lost their loved ones during this holiday. >> reporter: california's governor saying they are under
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unprecedented pressure as they became the first state exceeding 2 million covid cases. even with strict lockdowns ordered by the state, patients are still being treated in tents outside emergency rooms as cases throughout the country rise. in arizona, 93% of icu beds now full. and 80 employees between two colorado in-n-outs reportedly testing positive. officials now bracing for a continuing surge as millions gather over the holiday week. four new england governors jointly releasing this plea. >> by staying apart this year we'll be able to celebrate together next year. >> reporter: but not everyone made it to celebrations this year. one orlando couple using light decorations memorializing those americans, placing 220,000-plus lights on their home to represent a life lost to covid-19. preventative measures to save more lives put in place. the u.s. now requiring travelers from the uk to show a negative test after reports of a virus mutation.
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but hope is on the horizon. over a million americans now vaccinated. experts saying it will likely work against mutations but one boston doctor getting the vaccine christmas eve briefly hospitalized after being the first known person to have an allergic reaction to the moderna vaccine speaking to "gma" overnight. >> and it was not the first time that i had this experience, but i would say it was the worst experience. >> how are you feeling right now? >> i'm actually feeling well. i feel that i completely recovered from the allergic reaction. >> reporter: while there is still some hope the situation is still so dire. based on monthly reported data, 103 americans have died every hour this month. officials are urging people that even though there is a vaccine we till have to take every precaution. eva. >> zohreen shah for us, thank you. and a lot of you like us
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have been wondering what these new variants of covid are all about and what they may mean as this pandemic progresses. so here's what you need to know. viruses are always changing, in fact, there are thousands of different lineages of this current coronavirus. viruses mutate because they're constantly making copies of themselves in really big numbers. think of it this way. if you were typing a draft of something millions of times on a computer extremely quickly, you'd probably make some typos, right, so these viruses are making a typo in their genetic code so we recently heard of these two new variants showing up in britain, the uk one and the south african variant, which was first identified in december. well, there is new evidence these new variants transmit more easily between people because of how quickly they're outpacing prior ones but here's the good news, there's no evidence these are more deadly, no evidence they will make you sicker and no evidence that they are resistant to the vaccines and the basics still work here. wearing a mask, social distancing, handwashing and good indoor ventilation will help in
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the fight against these variants as well. whit. >> great information breaking it down there, eva. thank you. we do turn now to los angeles and abc news medical contributor dr. darien sutton whose specialty is emergency medicine. dr. sutton, good morning to you. thank you so much for joining us. i first want to jump right in here and get your take on new variants we've seen out of the uk, south africa and now france confirming a case as well. you've been treating patients on the front lines there. do you suspect more contagious mutations are already here and what are you actually telling your patients? >> that's a great question. i think eva did a fantastic job explaining the differences and understanding of mutations in terms of viruses. right now for these outbreaks, i don't suspect that there's any specific mutation that is associated with them. i think this is just a result of unfortunate holiday and/or gathering or travel. >> now southern california as we mentioned emerging as
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really the new epicenter of the virus in the u.s. icus are full. l.a. county says a person now dies from covid there every ten minutes. what are you seeing in the emergency rooms right now? >> well, as you know, i spent the first half of this year in new york city fighting the pandemic and unfortunately right now in l.a. i'm seeing a lot of what i saw in new york city in march and april. emergency rooms full of admitted patients and icus at or near capacity. >> so despite these record numbers people continue to travel. many not heeding the warnings and california's had some of the toughest restrictions so far. what message do you want to send to people as they wrap up their holidays? >> if i could speak directly to people i would tell them and remind them that covid-19 loves indoor gatherings and social gatherings as much as they do so i would urge people to reconsider indoor gatherings and unnecessary travel and i'm trying to remind everyone that we want to make smart decisions now so that we have something to look forward to and celebrate in the future.
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>> i wanted to ask, you were able to get the covid-19 vaccine. which one was it? did you have any side effects? >> i got the pfizer mrna vaccine and this is approximately a week after my vaccine. the first day i had some tenderness and fatigue. but that resolved the third day and right now i feel completely fine. i'm eagerly awaiting my final dose of the vaccine on january 8th. >> really important for us to hear from doctors and they're sharing their experiences as the vaccines are rolling out. dr. sutton, thank you for your time this morning. we truly appreciate it as always. dan, over to you. back to the weather. rob mentioned a few moments ago that there is a new storm about to march across the country. rob, what's going on here? >> we had our christmas week coast-to-coast storm and now we're about to have our new year's week coast-to-coast storm. this is what the christmas week storm did in north carolina. they got a foot of snow and windchills of minus 15. that's the arctic air behind the storm. storm number one comes through the west coast. not that strong.
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this one coming in on monday, it's going to have some rainfall, goes from san francisco down to san diego and will help the fire situation in southern california, but this one has potency and it goes across the entire u.s. and will once again bring snow, significant snow to the upper midwest. blizzard conditions and icing and strong storms again, could see severe weather on new year's eve pushing on to the east coast and it looks to be messy new good saturday morning. i'm lisa argen waking up to partly to mostly cloudy skies here. damp pavement, maybe an isolated shower. otherwise skies turning partly cloudy this afternoon. the next system arrives tomorrow night. it's a colder system and we should see higher rain amounts in the south bay. upper 50s to near 60 today, an isolated shower here but increasing sunshine. accuweather seven-day forecast, level 1 system sunday dan, you mentioned boxing
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day. i've got a lot of canadian friends, but it is never been explained to me exactly what boxing day is. >> i mentioned it. i don't know what it is either. >> two left jabs -- and a right hook. >> i think it has to do with cleaning up things. >> we'll get research on that. >> thanks, rob. in addition to the 12 days of christmas we've been celebrating we also had 12 hours of basketball overnight. and janai, stormin' norman, is here with the highlights. good morning, janai. >> 12 hours of basketball. dan harris watched every last one of them. the nba season may have started earlier this week but for many fans, christmas day is the unofficial opening day and basketball superstars delivered five major games and kevin durant proving why he is one of the best players in the league, leading the nets to win against the celtics, but all eyes on lebron james and the l.a. lakers the defending champs steamrolling the mavericks by 23 points. king james now moving into second place in the all-time christmas day scoring list. second only to the late great
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kobe bryant, but there was no christmas cheer for steph curry and his golden state warriors with a second straight loss this time to the milwaukee bucks. and sticking with sports in the nfl new orleans saints running back alvin kamara was in the christmas spirit sporting green and red cleats but what really stole the show was his performance. kamara scored six touchdowns against the vikings giving him 21 touchdowns for the season and a new career high. kamara also is tying the nfl touchdown record for the most in a game. those colorful cleats, though, might draw a fine from the league. so much sport, so much fun. >> kamara on your fantasy football team, dan? >> i don't understand why it would get a fine. it was the only thing i liked about the whole game. >> he was not on my husband's fantasy team but the person he was playing. it was not a good afternoon in my house. >> a child manages his team. >> an 11-year-old.
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we do have a busy morning here. still ahead an exclusive interview with the family of andre hill. the black man killed this week by police in columbus, ohio. an apology from a high school football player who slammed into a referee after a disputed call. and our weekend download helping you reorganize after the christmas chaos. we'll be right back. >> it's boxing day. "good morning america" is sponsored by uber. my husband and my water broke. at only 23 weeks. andrew: we had to stay in the hospital for 10 weeks, 1000s of miles from family. our driver kristin came along in our most desperate hour. suzanne: bringing us home-cooked meals and gifts. andrew: day after day. we wanted to show you something. kristin: oh my god! andrew: kristin is the most uncommonly kind person that we've met. suzanne: thank you so much.
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some locations and there are chain restrictions on 50 and 80, so while they get all that snow, we're getting some rain. here's lisa to talk about it. >> yeah, the advisories in the sierra nevada last until about noontime. back home this is the south bay, some scattered high clouds, a pretty start to the day. 54 san francisco, 41 in morgan hill, the rain pretty much over here. our roof camera, numbers are milder. upper 50s to near 50 this morning and near 60 this afternoon, partly cloudy. >> all right, thank you so much, lisa. thank you all for joining us. the news continues right now wi
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♪ welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. that there is, of course, baby yoda jamming with director robert rodriguez on the set of "the mandalorian." coming up in our second hour, more on the new special that takes us behind the scenes of the disney plus megahit's second season. you got baby yoda. he likes music now. if you needed another reason to love baby yoda -- >> grogu has rhythm. i like it. >> i also love that we know his name now. >> of course, or you can call him that or the child. let's take a look at some of the other stories we're following. happening right now, the fbi is now in charge of the investigation into that christmas day rv bombing in the heart of nashville.
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the explosion ripped apart a street in the downtown area. at least three people got hurt and law enforcement sources now tell abc news that human remains have been found. the city's mayor says many lives were saved by the officers who rushed in to clear that area. also right now, a grim prediction in the fight against coronavirus. the cdc is expecting the nation's death toll to surpass 400,000 next month. confirmed cases in the u.s. topping over 18 million as we near 120,000 hospitalizations. california now hit the hardest. the state's governor announcing that it is now the first state exceeding 2 million covid cases. and the season is over for the duke women's basketball team after just four games. the university saying the team made the decision to opt out of the 2020/2021 season due to safety concerns over covid-19. the team hasn't played since december 16th when two tests came back positive and the men's
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team in case you you're wondering is expected to continue their season. we do start this half hour with the latest on the fatal police shooting of a black man in columbus, ohio. the police chief calling for the officer to be fired as the family of andre hill says that's not enough. abc's stephanie ramos joins us now with an exclusive interview with hill's family. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: whit, good morning. the day after the shooting of andre hill, the police union released a statement calling for due process. however, the hill family is demanding justice now. >> i couldn't believe it was him. it's still unbelievable. >> reporter: this morning, a family's heartbreak after 47-year-old andre hill was fatally shot by a columbus, ohio, police officer. his daughter still struggling to break the news to her children who affectionately referred to their grandfather as big daddy. >> they still don't know. they're innocent kids. they don't even know what's going on. they think big daddy is at work
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or something. they don't understand this. >> reporter: police body camera footage shows hill approaching an officer who responded to a nonemergency call early tuesday morning. here you can see him holding a cell phone in his left hand. his right hand was not visible. at this point officer adam coy, a 19-year veteran, raises his weapon and fires instead of helping a wounded hill, he shouts commands. >> put your [ bleep ] hands off to the side. >> these cops are too aggressive. they are cussing at my dad after they shot him. if you watch the video, you can hear him gasping for his last breaths and they're just cussing at him to put his hands behind his back and move his hands and he's laying there shot. >> reporter: the officer only turning on his body camera after the shooting. this video automatically capturing 60 seconds prior to that moment but without audio. >> they shoot a man who he was investigating a noise disturbance. this wasn't some criminal call, some emergency call. this was a nonemergency call.
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>> reporter: on thursday, columbus police chief tom quinlan calling for officer coy's termination. >> some may call this a rush to judgment, it is not. we have an officer who violated his oath to comply with the rules and policies of the columbus division of police. this violation cost an innocent man his life. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: protesters rallying for justice thursday. >> black lives matter. >> reporter: hill's grieving family says they want coy behind bars. >> i not only want justice for andre, i want justice for everyone who has been done wrong. i need for him to do time. >> reporter: hill's devastated relatives remember his love for life. >> do your thing, y'all have your fun and enjoy yourselves. life is grand. peace. >> he was definitely a family man. he loved family gatherings. he loved to cook. >> his energy would just change
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when you walked in the room, you know. i'm going to miss talking to him and miss hearing him call me and just being there for me. >> abc news has reached out to officer coy multiple times for comment and we have not heard back. there is a press conference scheduled for later this afternoon held by attorney ben crump. he has been hired by the hill family, and then on monday the columbus department of public safety, which oversees the police department, will hold a hearing to consider the police chief's recommendations that that officer who fired those fatal shots at hill be terminated. eva. >> stephanie ramos for us with that report, thank you. well, the former texas high school football player seen on a video attacking a referee after being ejected from a game earlier this month is speaking out. senior emmanuel duron is now apologizing. for incident that shows him running after a referee and slamming him to the ground. and in a video posted to youtube
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by his attorney, the 18-year-old apologizes to his team at edenburg high school. his parents, school officials and to that referee. >> i would like to apologize to you personally. i hope you're doing well. i am extremely sorry for my actions towards you and i hope one day you can accept my apology. >> now duron has been charged with a class a assault and has posted $10,000 bond. his team was removed from the playoffs because of that incident. time now to check the weather and rob marciano is back. a lot going on in the weather department, rob. we've got these freezing temperatures and a new storm. >> we had almost a white christmas on the east coast. my family woke up christmas morning, so we had white up until christmas day, and then it was all gone. places like binghamton, new
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york, and places around there saw nearly 40 inches of snow last week, then four inches of rain, temperatures, 50s, 60s, river flooding in arcville aptly named there. severe weather with this storm. we had a couple of tornadoes reported. this is a wall cloud, a little mesocyclone. there's that storm exiting. storm number one on the west coast. storm number two will be more potent. winter storm watches and warnings in los angeles and we could see feet of snow here across southern california. that's going to be tough but it will at least finally put an a few scattered showers this morning and some slick roadways. a lot of cloud cover to start out and then we'll get partly cloudy by the afternoon today. temperatures will be cool, upper 50s to near 60. >> this weather report sponsored by state farm. and in just a few minutes we'll run down the weather of 2020 and how extreme it was and how maybe climate change is linked to some of those events. >> professor marciano schooling us.
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♪ time for the "weekend download." christmas has come and gone, and the result for many of us, a lot of stuff, especially if you have kids, so here to help us get organized, the lifestyle expert and author of "the happiest mommy you know," genevieve shaw brown. genevieve, merry post-christmas. >> thank you. >> what is the easiest way to declutter when there are gifts all over the house? asking for a friend. >> yeah, so it's the golden rule of the day after christmas, it's one in, one out. whether it's a piece of clothing or a toy, this is the number one way to manage the mess. for every item that comes in, one gets donated assuming it's still in great condition or gets thrown away. >> what about with young children, they get so many gifts.
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i have a pair of 6-year-olds around the house, an incredible tsunami of gifts. what's the best way to handle all of that? >> so there's a reason they play with the boxes rather than the gifts themselves, it's because they're completely overwhelmed, so leave out a favorite toy or to and put the others aside. every month or so take one out and it will feel brand new to your little one. it will be like christmas all year long. >> you have a great idea. one thing i really don't want to throw out. i really love getting all of the holiday cards from friends and family. you've got an idea for saving them. >> yeah, i hate to throw away cards and they can actually serve as the perfect gift tags for next christmas. also it works with candy cane boxes and all sorts of things so just cut around the portion you need and you have instant gift tags ready to go for the year. >> with the whit johnson family card i'll cut out the picture of his dog and put that on the gifts. let me ask you about the tree. some of us just managed to get it up, but we have to start thinking about the extraneous trimmings.
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what do we do with those? >> start thinking about putting away christmas decorations, take a good look at the things you didn't use or had a hard time finding a place for and get rid of those. so whatever you can do now to streamline next christmas all the better. >> genevieve shaw brown, thank you very much. and coming up, 2020's hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires, a year for the record books and often not in a great way. books and often not in a great way. eat way. inging] [thunder] ♪ ♪ ♪ rich indulgent chocolate with a luscious caramel filling with love from san francisco. ghirardelli caramel squares. try new white chocolate caramel squares.
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gold bond sfx: dog bark ♪ a little taste of home is worth sharing. welcome back to "gma" and how 2020 has been a stormy year in more ways than one. rob has been looking into what might be behind it all and he's got more information for us this morning. good morning, rob. >> good morning, eva.
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yeah, with all that's gone down, everyone i talked to, they're ready to take on 2021. that goes for the weather department where extreme weather was more the norm than the exception in 2020. >> oh, my god. the roof just blew off. >> reporter: it was a year for the record books. waves are picking up now here in lake charles and with debris piles all over the city. hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires. tornado watches, a storm surge of up to 11 feet and rain, yeah, but my biggest concern is damaging winds. at least 16 weather and climate disasters exceeding $1 billion each. i spoke with dr. marshall shepherd, who says some of our extreme weather today is at least in part fueled by climate change. >> 2020 has given us all kinds of interesting things to chew on and certainly extreme weather is one of them. recent studies suggest that the dna of climate change is in certain weather events today. >> reporter: the atlantic
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hurricane season shattering records, 30 named storms, 10 forming in september alone. six hurricanes hitting the u.s. but it's not so much the number of storms, it's the rate at which some strengthened. >> there's quite a bit of scientific evidence that suggest that a warming ocean system will have more rapidly intensifying hurricanes. >> reporter: and it was an early start to the tornado season with a march outbreak in tennessee that killed 25 people followed by a massive outbreak of at least 140 twisters from texas to maryland. then august brought an extreme derecho wind event devastating iowa. dr. shepherd says these events have no provable climate change link. wildfires, however, are made worse in a warming world. >> forest management, natural availability, human-caused climate change, they're all in the mix. and anyone that denies that is denying the science.
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we know there are some forest management issues in california but when i listen to firefighters on the ground in california and in parts of the west who say they are seeing once-in-a-lifetime fires happening multiple times in a year, as we saw this year in 2020, that tells me from a commonsense standpoint that there's something different. there is a new normal. >> reporter: this year, california saw five of its six largest fires in history, colorado three of its four largest on record. we expected this to happen but it feels like to me it's happening even faster than we expected it to happen. is that alarming to you? >> i think you hit on a key point. it's the rate of change and that's what has always alarmed me as a scientist. >> and we are still warming. we're not quite done with 2020 but it could very well be marked as the warmest year on record or at least rivaling 2016. you can read more on how climate change is impacting our weather on and there are some theories where that climate change or
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global warming can actually eradicate or amplify the jet stream and make for a worse snowstorm so we have that to look forward to in the next few months. >> another thing on the list, rob, thank you so much. we'll be right back with our "play of the day" after this. "play of the day" after this. mornings were made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis. when considering another treatment, ask about xeljanz... a pill for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis when methotrexate has not helped enough. xeljanz can help relieve joint pain and swelling, stiffness, and helps stop further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections. before and during treatment, your doctor should check for infections, like tb and do blood tests. tell your doctor if you've had hepatitis b or c, have flu-like symptoms, or are prone to infections. serious, sometimes fatal infections, cancers including lymphoma, and blood clots have happened. taking a higher than recommended dose of xeljanz for ra may increase risk of death. tears in the stomach or intestines and serious allergic reactions have happened.
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>> or dan. landing on dan's head. >> a little taller. >> i wish i could define plyometrics. somehow that amazing story got a little depressing. "gma" is now two hours on saturday. the new information coming to light in that bombing in nashville. the credit going to quick-thinking police officers there. keep it here. good morning, i'm jobina fortson. with the new year right around the corner, some new laws will go into effect. work places will be required to tell their employees and customers if they have been exposed to covid-19 within 24 hours of learning of an incident. more workers will be eligible for family leave. companies with five or more employees must offer it. it used to be 50 or more.
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and california law enforcement will be banned from wearing you know forms that include camouflage. lawmakers say it's too demilitarized police. today marks the first day of kwanzaa, an annual seven-day celebration of african-american community and culture. in san francisco the village project is taking their celebration online because of the pandemic, which has pushed them to serve the community in new ways. tickets are free and you can register on the village project's website. students from edna breuer middle school in oakland will play a big roll in the red carpet premiere celebrating disney and pixar's new film "soul." the middle school and jazz band are featured in the film with jamie foxx and tina fey. it is being live streamed starting at 11:30 a.m. disney is the parent company of abc 7. hey, lisa. good morning to you. we have a mix of clouds and sun. the rain has ended. this is the view from the south bay. 54 san francisco, 55 in oakland. it's 51 in san jose.
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morgan hill up to 50. the golden gate bridge, you can see the clouds there, 54 in novato with numbers milder this morning. in fact with all the cloud cover, the humidity out there anywhere from 8 to 9 degrees warmer for some of you. looking at the skies getting a bit brighter today, so we'll call it partly cloudy towards the afternoon. mid-50s coast to near 60 away from the bay. >> thank you so much, lisa. up next, with no deal in sight on the new stimulus package, people out of work will lose their unemployment benefits today. what that could mean for some 3
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the clock is ticking fast for unemployment benefits that are about to expire. americans are waiting to see if president trump will sign the covid relief bill today. the bill took months to negotiate but now the president is demanding more money be sent to millions of americans. good morning, it's saturday, december 26th. i'm jobina fortson. we'll have much more to get to on that relief bill in a moment but first we're going to begin with weather and meteorologist lisa argen who is tracking some rain. >> good morning to you. we may have driven through a few rain drops this morning but as we look at live doppler 7, there is scattered cloud cover and we're clearing out. numbers ar


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