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everyone should be getting a plan for their food and water a supplies >> bracing for dorian. when the hurricane could make landfall in florida after hurtling through the virgin islands. >> a final step into the frontier president trump pushes for the launch of space problem tier >> they turn the tables on a scammer to show unsuspected victims just what we're up against. >> all right, all right, all right. 101. oscar winning actor matthew mccm mcmcconaughey addsresume
"early today" starts right now i'm phillip mena >> and i'm frances rivera. puerto rico seems to have been spared by dorian, but the storm still posebig a category 3 hurricane before slamming into the florida coast during the holiday weekend. puerto rico has the heavy rain you see here there is little confirmed damage on the island. an 80-year-old man died when he fell from the ladder preparing for the severe weather dorian reached category 1 status as it reached the u.s. virgin island there are power outages, downed trees and flooding they ared path of the storm clo. nbc's janessa webb is here to track dorian for us. good morning >> good morninem sg. ms to be erratic, but making its way to the north. puerto rico is in the clear now. just a few outer bands of the storm affecting that area. but now turks and caicos is on
our radar. the storm system has lower wind shear here, humidity is higher, winds. and look at how the track has miles per hour with sustained changed here over across the bahamas. but now potentially a major hurricane going into friday, also saturday evening. now, landfall is a little bit too early to forecast right now, but we are looking at sustained winds possibly for tampa going into monday evening of 90 miles per hour so this is actually just the beginning of this storm. >> going to be crucial in the next few days for everybody in that area. thank you, janessa >> sure e hatches inn for doria president trump was blasting the island's leadership. he lashed out at those critical of his response to hurricane maria in 2017. nbc's peter alexander has the details from the white house >> reporter: the mayor of san juan is criticizing president trump for his tweets as the storm was barrelling toward the
island the president bashing puerto rico as one of the most corrupt places on earth, calling its political system broken and insisting he is the, quote, best thing that ever happened to puerto rico. san juan's mayor, a frequent trump critic, responding, this is not about him, this it saving lives as for the storm, president trump says fema is ready and will do a great job. >> thanks to pete alexander for that report. >> a shake up in the race for the white house this morning new york senator kirsten gillibrand is dropping out of the crowded democratic primary after failing to qualify for the third debate next month. she championed women's rights and families on the campaign trail, but failed to gai traction she is the first senator to call it quits in the race president trump later taunting gillibrand on twitter saying, i'm glad democrats never found out she was the one i was really afraid of. but new polls aren't quite a laughing matter for the president. the numbers show him losing to
all the top democrats nationally and in the crucial swing state of michigan. and for the first time since 2016, more voters believe the economy is getting worse than better also we found out which democrats will appear on the stage at the next democratic debate in houston. it is a one-night event featuring ten candidates including the three front runners, joe binder, bernie sanders and elizabeth warren >> a high point university student is behind bars being held on a $2 million bond after police say they foiled his mass shooting plot. officials say 19-year-old paul of boston was removed from the college after security confiscated two guns from his -. police say he had a .9 mill meet ers pistol and .12 gauge shotgun in the room. he said in an interview he planned to shoot up the school and had been planning the attack since december school officials are contracting fellow students that he was in possession of the firearms >> the trump administration is taking the first step toward the
final frontier today u.s. space commando officially launches this morning. the newly created command will over see missile warnings, satellites and space support nbc's craig boswell joins us with more from d.c craig, this could set the stage for the president's space force. >> reporter: frances rivera, good morning good morning, everyone it is seen as a step to creating space force, interim step. president trump directed the pentagon to start looking at a sixth branch of the military last year he signed that directive. that was in february of this year and he directed the pentagon to start looking at legislation so that congress can look at that and congress can start looking at funding that is key. congress has to approve it congress has to fund it. that is not a done deal. it's also an kbexpensive deal we're talking initial estimates of $2 billion to $13 billion in the first five years now, we heard from the defense secretary yesterday about
today's launch of the space command, saying that it is necessary to ensure americans' interest in space. space command, space com launching today, there is an actual head of space com it will over see 87 active units as you mention, handling missile warnings, satellite systems, spy systems. again, space force has to be approved by congress if it does that, making a new military branch, it will be the first in 70 years. back to you. >> thank you >> the racing world is mourning the loss of one of its own after professional driver and former myth busters host jessi combs died in a crash. the 39-year-old was trying to break her own speed record here's nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: six years ago in oregon's remote alver desert, racer jessi combs got into the cockpit of a converted fighter jet and broke the record for the
fastest woman on four wheels but being the fastest wasn't fast enough for the 39-year-old. >> there's no reason to be nervous because we actually know what we're doing >> reporter: who had spent her entire life racing, fixing any vehicle she could get her hands on >> you are part of one of the greatest racers that ever happened >> reporter: she wanted to go faster more than 500 miles per hour tuesday, in that same desert in another converted fighter jet, combs died pushing the limits. there are few details, only that there was an accident and she didn't survive just days before combs posted, it may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire those who are willing are those who achieve great things people say i'm crazy, she wrote. her response thank you. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york >> ahead of this labor day, health officials in a number of states are warning residents to be cautious outside in areas
where mosquitoes could be spreading a rare but deadly virus. nbc's miguel almaguer has how to protect yourself >> reporter: more than a pest, some mosquitoes from the midwest to the east coast are carrying a virus that can kill people in days spreading across wet warm regions where mosquitoes thrive, eastern equine encephalitis or triple e is being detected at an alarming rate. >> her brain is trying to heal itself and she can't do anything until that happens >> reporter: 14-year-old savannah de harte is one of three suspected cases in michigan >> i watch my daughter almost check out. >> reporter: while extremely rare, eee is incredibly deadly the mortality rate of 30%, with s norgets the central nervous system, causing swelling of the brain. mother and wife laurie sylvia died over the weekend. the fourth confirmed case of eee in massachusetts >> this is one of the most
deadly mosquito borne infections >> reporter: with nearly 30 communities now at critical risk in the state, health officials are warning residents in parts of new jersey, michigan, and massachusetts to avoid outdoor activity during dusk and dawn. the heightened concern comes just before the holiday weekend as many flock to the outdoors. the advice is simple use bug spray with deet on your body and your clothes and avoid standing water where mosquitoes breed. a warning, protect yourself from a small bug with a deadly bite miguel almaguer, nbc news, new york >> let's turn our attention again to hurricane dorian and to nbc's janessa webb >> good morning. good morning, everyone you're going to hear this all day, rapid intensification it currently does not meet that criteria, but later on today we're going to start to see that storm system meet that criteria where we're going to see the wind gusts pick up tremendously, up to about 90 miles per hour. now, we're seeing the highest wind potential still in puerto
rico the backside of that storm system, as it moves along, real the outert. florida, you're following some storms today, highs still in the 90s. so, just the beginning of the storm. it's going to be a long duration event. we're watching it very closely >> all right thank you very much, janessa >> some drivers in england, they were doing their best to defy gravity. participants are competing in the 2019 car jumping summer championship starting up and flying over. some cases into old juto land safely on the other side. keyword here, safely although no major injuries were reported, paramedics were there to attend drivers risking skeletal and soft tissue damage and whiplash they did this for a grand prize of 60 bucks. >> that's it don't get it , > all right, still aheadnew
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here we are, we made it to thursday morning. we're taking a live look outside of san francisco. thank you so much for joining us. i am laura garcia. >> i am marcus washington. what is going on outside this morning. kari hall has been tracking that. >> as we take a live look outside, we are going to see in waln
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