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what other states are now planning to do car prices are they about to go even higher? why a major american automaker is saying it's halting production at most assembly plants. podcast star joe rogan's announcement he has covid revealing the controversial treatment he took. the fda warning it could put you in the hospital the nbc news exclusive. surviving surfside you'll hear for the first time from a family who made it out alive as their floor was collapsing >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt >> good evening. i'm tom llamas in for lester tonight states of emergency across the northeast after ida took one last cruel turn, causing torrential rain, catastrophic flooding and a tornado outbreak the shocking images still coming in. take a look at this. homes on fire in the middle of flood neighborhoods. cars submerged on highways a connecticut state trooper dying after his cruiser was swept away in new york city, water cascading into
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subway stations after record-shattering rainfall prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency in the city and the home explosion you saw right there caught on camera after authorities say flooding may have caused a gas leak. multiple tornadoes also reported, one touching down outside of philadelphia. several homes reduced to rubble. now at least 39 deaths from maryland to new york stephanie gosk leads us off in new jersey and steph, we see the effects of ida right there behind you >> we can see four cars, tom, and there may be even more it gives you an idea how fast water rose in this region. people had to abandon their cars to save their lives. >> half the town is currently under water. >> reporter: in the light of day, the storm damage on display. the danger far from over water kept rising. the stranded rescued by helicopter. in mamaroneck new york, boats carried them to safety >> we lost everything. >> reporter: similar scenes in pennsylvania and new jersey >> look at that tornado! >> reporter: where tornadoes also touched
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down this neighborhood outside of philadelphia ripped apart. ida was no longer a hurricane when it hit the northeast, but it was no less a punishing storm, dropping so much rain so quickly, new york city was overwhelmed more than 3 inches in central park in just one hour, smashing the previous record. waterfalls gushed into subway tunnels in queens, passengers had to jump on their seats. the bus driving through a river that used to be a street. emergency crews worked tirelessly to rescue people, but they couldn't get to everyone >> they got stuck in the back and they couldn't come out. >> reporter: a mother and son drowned in their basement apartment. new york city's mayor frustrated, said the city was caught off guard. >> i think we now understand that every attempt at projection, bluntly, is failing us from now on what i think we do is tell new yorkers to expect the very, very worst. >> reporter: last night's deluge drowned philadelphia too this is the vine street expressway, or it was
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the schuylkill river rose fast, sweeping cars along with it in raleigh, new jersey, floodwaters filled a home that later exploded because of a suspected gas leak that explosion captured by a camera across the street. this nursing home had to evacuate all of its residents. what looks like rapids racing past the front doors. how quick did the water rise >> it was very quick by the time we got here we put marks on the ground to know where the water levels were by the time we got the first patient out of the facility, that mark was already gone. >> steph joins us now. still a dangerous scene in so many parts of the region. and steph, residents still told to be careful? >> yeah, they are, tom. i'm along the raritan river. although it has crested, it's going to stay at major flood stage, which means they have another night battling the water. >> tom >> stephanie gosk leading us off steph, thanks. these powerful storms hitting with a shocking force,
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including in many places that aren't used to extreme weather. tonight many taken by surprise, worried about what's coming next >> reporter: tonight, from new york city subway riders dodging urban rapids, to families losing personal treasures in flooded homes, many feeling the extreme reach of extreme weather. in maplewood, new jersey, floodwaters killed one man and rocked an entire community. homeowners like amy kramer say the power of the storm took her by surprise and took out her basement >> started gets texts from friends, and people were freaking out. they're like what's going on what do we do? >> reporter: today they surveyed the damage the water came up to here at any point did you start to get scared? >> oh, yeah, yeah. we got scared. we wondered about the foundation and if -- this house is built in 1927 >> reporter: like so many in this community, she had no flood insurance. maplewood hasn't seen a flood like this in decades.
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just a few days ago, what was a hurricane along the gulf coast -- >> the eye wall of hurricane ida is now approaching new orleans, and we are feeling those hurricane gusts somewhere around 85 miles per hour >> reporter: its remnants bringing extreme weather to places that are not used to it >> warming atmosphere is going to make heatwaves hotter it's making wildfire seasons longer, and it's making these flooding events more extreme. >> reporter: the question tonight, can cities be better prepared some new york city subways closed down again due to rushing water. it seems to be happening more frequently >> the subway system is not a submarine. >> reporter: the head of the transit system in new york telling me in some cases they can build better but with extreme weather seeming to ramp up, mother nature seems to always be one step ahead this is no longer a freak accident you think this is a clear pattern? >> listen, i'm not a climatologist, but the professionals are saying extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, and that we have to prepare for them >> and the brutal
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conditions in the gulf not getting any better desperate families pounded by ida struggling to get food, water and gas still without power. and late news tonight about a new tragedy involving nursing home residents. morgan chesky reports. >> reporter: tonight, frustration mounting and fears setting in as hurricane ida's impact only deepens. >> i just don't want to cry anymore i'm tired, yeah, and burning up anight, you know you wake up, you feel like you in hell. >> reporter: just outside new orleans, tawny ellison still has power lines draped over her car how are you holding up >> sweating to death. >> reporter: the 76-year-old wants a tarp for her roof leak from ida, but can't afford it now. so she waits, like so many others, in brutal heat and widespread power outages. for residents here, every bag of ice a potential life-saver >> i have meds that need to be on ice. >> reporter: neighbors and national guard distributing essentials as residents struggle to recover.
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ida's death toll still rising the state confirming four nursing home residents died after being evacuated with 850 others to this warehouse, now under investigation. in hard hit houma, lines for vital supplies forced some to wait for hours. expectant mother megan nakin needs everything but today -- >> mainly water because we have kids it's tough >> reporter: every day a new struggle forcing many to make hard choices. are you going to stay? >> i don't know. the way i've been feeling, i feel like i might just stick a for sale sign and say "as is." >> reporter: an uncertain future shared by so many from a storm taking so much morgan joins us now. and morgan, we're hearing more and more about people with medical needs stuck without power. what are officials going to do to help them >> yeah, tom, right now the city of new orleans prepping this convention center to specifically house those disabled or
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people with specific critical medical needs. the mayor saying they plan to have 100 beds at the start, but can certainly expand tom? >> still a dire situation there in new orleans. all right, morgan, thank you. now to another breaking story in washington where the supreme court just cleared the way for a controversial abortion law in texas it's a major blow for the abortion rights movement for other states, though, the divisive ruling could be a blueprint toward their own laws catie beck reports >> reporter: a divided supreme court decision causing more divide across the country >> everyone deserves to have the ability to decide if and when to carry a child. >> reporter: a late-night 5-4 vote allows the country's most restrictive abortion law to stand in texas, justices denying the request to block the laws, saying abortion providers failed to make their case that the court should step in the law forbids abortions after cardiac activity is detected, typically at six weeks, and allows citizens to sue anyone who assisted anyone to
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get an abortion after that time. president biden vowing to challenge the law with powerful federal resources, saying it unleashes unconstitutional chaos. meanwhile, the defenders of the law call it incredible progress florida and south dakota already making moves toward adopting their own. >> it clearly is going to send a signal to all the states that are interested in banning abortion. >> reporter: advocates of abortion rights predict a firestorm of similar legislation. >> roe v. wade is the dead letter in texas today. >> reporter: you use the word sneaky to describe the texas law. what's sneaky about it >> what they've done is said we're not going enforce the law. we're going to empower individuals to be able to sue people to stop them from having abortion we're going to try to get someone else to do our dirty work for us. >> reporter: the issue again heads to the supreme court in coming months. catie beck, nbc news >> and we're back in 60 seconds with more breaking news about why already sky-high car prices could go up even more. plus, our
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when bundle home and car insurance. and we're back with more breaking news, this time about an american automaker stopping down production as car prices are already sky-high tom costello joins us now. tom, at the core of this, these automakers say they're low in computer chips critical to make these cars >> tom, good evening general motors temporarily shutting down most of its north american plant operations this month because of that worldwide computer chip shortage. we're told suv and truck models most likely will be affected by all of this gm following similar announcements from ford, nissan and toyota asian chip factories have been hit hard by the covid delta variant, forcing some factories to close, and that's led to a shortage of both new and used vehicles, sending car prices even higher, hitting a record price average in august of $41,000 anyone who needs a new car may find very few options in the weeks ahead, potentially meaning even higher prices on dealer lots. tom?
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>> average price $40,000. all right, thank you there is new fallout tonight after podcast star joe rogan announced he has covid and he is being treated among other things an anti-parasite drug that the fda has warned people to avoid. meantime, more doctors and nurses on the front line say they are combatting covid misinformation with some icus overwhelmed. nbc's gabe gutierrez goes inside one of those hospitals tonight. >> reporter: the icu at billings clinic in montana is nearing 150% capacity, and the hospital is asking the national guard for help >> i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy at all. >> reporter: patrick has been here more than a week. he is just 24 years old. do you regret not getting the vaccine? >> absolutely, i 100% regret it. >> reporter: during our brief interview, he paused to catch his breath but he wanted to continue so he could counter what he calls misinformation
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>> that the vaccine was not a real vaccine, that it was, like, a tactic that the government was trying to use on us. >> reporter: that's what's so frustrating to health care workers here. >> we're here to do our part it feels like those refusing to choose vaccine aren't helping us >> reporter: this is the e.r. they set up overflow beds in the hallways just this week, the hospital had to divert nearly 30 ambulances to other facilities in just one day and for some nurses, it's personal. brad von bergen lost his mother and stepfather to covid last year. how hard it is to keep doing this >> oh, man, i never thought we'd be in this situation again. >> reporter: joey treywick didn't think so either. he worked at another hospital we visited here in october. >> we are broken. >> reporter: since then, he came down with covid and recovered. >> there is something about my brain that has to stay positive. >> reporter: so would you say you're still broken >> i would say i'm healing. >> reporter: this deep into the pandemic for
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both nurses and patients -- >> thank you you guys are really my heroes. >> reporter: healing doesn't come easy. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, billings, montana. now to an nbc news exclusive, and good news for americans who struggle to prove that they own their own homes. new federal rules aim to protect families whose homes and land have been passed down over generations often without a will or deed the top cause of land loss for black americans in the u.s here is dasha burns. ♪ >> reporter: in bucksport, south carolina, the battles are fought through faith and community. people here can trace their roots back to over a century of life on this land, which has been passed down generation to generation, often informally without a will the legal term for that is heirs property >> it's always called family land. it was only after post flooding we understood that had a legal ramification to it as well. >> reporter: bucksport is an increasingly flood-prone region back-to-back hurricanes in recent years devastated the area and in 2018, hurricane
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florence destroyed hazel bellarmine's home >> that's water from florence >> reporter: she found out she lives on heirs property when she applied for fema aid >> they couldn't approve us certain things it was a nightmare. >> reporter: hazel's name is not on the deed none of her living relatives are either that meant they couldn't prove the land was theirs. according to long-standing fema funding requirements >> heirs property owners can't get a mortgage, have limited to no access to housing repair money because you cannot prove clear ownership. >> reporter: fema's new policy will change that by expanding the list of documentation they'll accept for individual assistance. but heirs property owners are still not in the clear >> at any moment, an heir could sell his or her share, which then makes everybody vulnerable to having their property lost. >> reporter: when someone dies without a will, their heirs, kids, grandkids, great grandkids and so on all join the land jointly as tenants in common a property could end up with hundreds of part owners. and if just one of
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them decides to sell their share, that could result in the forced sell of the entire property below market value about 60% of african american owned land is heirs property and vulnerable to land grabs. bucksport 30 miles from myrtle beach is a prime target for developers >> development can be good and bad but when you're in heirs property, it's definitely going to be a bad thing. >> reporter: it's not just a problem for black americans. it impacts the native american community, people in appalachia, and the latino colonias on the border >> heirs property is an issue among low income folks. low income folks do not sit around the dinner table and discuss estate planning >> reporter: and fixing it is often unaffordable hazel's family paid a lawyer $7,000 to update their deed. and did it get you guys anywhere? >> nope. they wanted more money and we couldn't afford it >> are you worried you might not be able to protect this property? >> i am. this is our houses this is what our parents left us. this is our heritage this is where we belong
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>> dasha burns, nbc news, bucksport, south carolina. >> we thank dasha for that we're back in a moment with a family who survived that condo collapse in florida. what they say they heard and felt seconds before the building gave way survived that condo collapse in florida. what they say they heard and felt seconds before the building gave way. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ liberty mutual customizes car insurance so you only pay for what you need. how much money can liberty mutual save you? one! two! three! four! five! 72,807! 72,808... dollars.
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survived. >> this is nothing i mean, it almost resembles the trade center. >> reporter: the surfside, florida condo collapsed 70 days ago edgar gonzalez among the 98 who died. >> i want to know why my husband lost his life i want to know my kids lost their father. >> reporter: the three were on the bed in the master bedroom they just finished watching a late night horror movie when around 1:30 a.m., it sounded like thunder >> it just felt like an earthquake. >> i remember mom yelling "run" and dragging me out of the bed. and i just screamed run and kept screaming to run and then the floor just started to cave >> do you remember the sensation of it going down >> i do. it's indescribable i can't even describe it to you. >> reporter: their condo was on the ninth floor. devon and her mother fell with the building five stories >> whoever thinks a building is going to collapse on you? you just never -- i'm sorry.
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>> reporter: 16-year-old devon's left leg was crushed, her femur snapped. a standout volleyball player, she is expected to fully recover in just months angela, still in a wheelchair, recently took her first step. edgar's wedding band a tangible treasure of the husband and father they lost. >> saying good night and i love you and i'll see you in the morning is a lot better than a goodbye, because it's like i'll see you later. i'm glad i had that. >> reporter: kerry sanders, nbc news, surfside, florida. and when we come back, we take you to broadway that's right, it's opening back up. tonight the cast returning to the stage after the pandemic hit close to home. close to hom. e with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪ rybelsus® works differently than any other diabetes pill
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inspiring america tonight, despite all of new york's hardships, broadway is back we'll show how a popular musical will raise its curtain again, this time with a special tribute. joe fryer reports. >> reporter: one of the first songs in the musical "waitress" is called "opening up." tonight they'll help broadway do just that. >> welcome back to broadway pie >> that's it right there, right sarah bareilles who wrote the show's songs returns as the lead. why was it so important for you to come back to this role for this return to broadway >> it is the great love of my artistic life it has changed everything about my
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life, in every way, shape and form. >> reporter: "waitress" is just the first course in the coming weeks, dozens of musicals andxxed. plays will also open up, the audience masked and fully vaxxed kids under 12 need a negative covid. >> to me, i feel like this is a no-brainer. >> reporter: to the "waitress" community, the pandemic hit home after nick cordero, who was in the original cast, died after battling covid >> nick was a beloved company member, deeply kind, deeply talented, had a big life here. >> reporter: in honor of him, their pie board now features a slice of live your life pie >> and that is the song he wrote. and so he lives inside our little show for ever and ever. >> reporter: remembering while reopening as broadway's next act. joe fryer, nbc news. >> and we will be singing along. that's "nightly news." thank you so much for watching i'm tom llamas in for lester for all of us here at nbc news, good night
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♪ ♪ >> ♪♪ this old bar stool's ♪
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♪ feeling higher ♪ ♪ as i started sinking lower ♪ ♪ the minute that he waltzed ♪ ♪ right through that door ♪ ♪ not long ago ♪ ♪ i held him like a fool ♪ ♪ i went and left him ♪ ♪ now he's with somebody new ♪ ♪ out on that floor ♪ ♪ and he's got the rhythm ♪ ♪ and i got the blues ♪ ♪ and he's showing me ♪ ♪ how much i had to lose ♪ ♪ with his every little move ♪ ♪ he's telling me i'm over you ♪ ♪ he's got the rhythm ♪ ♪ and i've got the blues ♪ ♪ well, that music's ♪ ♪ getting louder ♪ ♪ as my heart ♪ ♪ keeps beating faster ♪ ♪ as he spells out regret ♪ ♪ in perfect time ♪ ♪ well, i thought ♪ ♪ i wanted freedom ♪ ♪ but that ball and chain ♪ ♪ i need 'em ♪ ♪ but when you choose ♪ ♪ sometimes you lose the prize ♪
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♪ he's got the rhythm ♪ ♪ and i got the blues ♪ ♪ and he's showing me how much ♪ ♪ i had to lose ♪ ♪ with his every little move ♪ ♪ he's telling me i'm over you ♪ ♪ he's got the rhythm ♪ ♪ and i've got the blues ♪♪ whoo! [applause] >> kelly: all right, everybody. welcome to "the kelly clarkson show." give it up for my band y'all. that was "she's got the rhythm and i've got the blues" by the amazing alan jackson. cindy and the house seats requested. >> hey, kelly. i grew up with my dad taking me to school in his big pickup trip
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every morning and we always listen to alan jackson's greatest hits. "she's got the rhythm" spoke to me at a young age because i took dance lessons growing up. now that i'm older i have a new man in my life and we love to dance together. but i can confirm that i do have the rhythm. god bless my boyfriend, hunter. he does such a great job but ironically his mom was my dance teacher growing up. still working on it. >> kelly: oh, my gosh. >> i appreciate you seeing the song. it means a lot to me. >> kelly: i love that you just called him out on tv like he ain't got no rhythm, y'all. thank you so much, cindy. i love alan jackson. everybody, we have an hour of complete goodness. you have seen her in "my crazy ex-girlfriend" from the nbc series "mr. mayor," we have
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bella lavelle. we will meet a couple in indiana making sure anyone there, very who wants a bike can have one for free. my first guest, she has won and oscar and a boatload of emmys. please welcome helen hunt! ♪ ♪ oh, my god. >> helen: let me tell you. >> kelly: all right, you look so cute. that's my favorite color, green. >> helen: my daughter picked out the boots. >> kelly: the boots are amazing. i think i like the style. lovely to meet you. i'm a huge fan. >> helen: i am a huge fan. i want to wake up from this dream and it turns out that i can sing like you. that's what i'm hoping for. >> kelly: i would love to act like you. it's incredible. every time i know that you are
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in something, this is legit, i don't even care what it's about. i will just watch it. >> helen: i don't care either. you and you are a gifted actor, you make me want to watch the story. >> helen: thank you. >> kelly: i love you in that green. i know you are laughing at the movie reference but "twister," i love so much and i'm from texas. oklahomans and texans identify with that film. is it true that when y'all shot that, it was sunny the whole time? >> helen: it's true. the poor director. >> kelly: how to do that? >> helen: he blasted a lot of light interfaces and then took the film -- film, that's been a while. turned it all gray. if you prepare for that giant movie, you get there in the sun is shining, you're pretty bummed out. >> kelly: that's not motivating. >> helen: they made up for that by beating the crap out of us. it was before computer animation was so great. there were just guys, there's a
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giant fan and guys with piles of stuff that they would put in front of the fan that would then fly onto us. >> kelly: i had to shoot a music video and it was in the rain and i thought it sounds incredible, it's going to be so and cool. i got so sick after that shoot. they blow, it was pounding rain on me and they were blowing leaves and dirt and i got so. >> kelly: there's a famous, if you're into the movie "castaway" which i was in that i love. there was seen at the end and a giant run down the driveway. in order for rain to show up on film, it has to be droplets the size of coffee cups. it has to be so much rain. would have this romantic kiss, cut, then you would just hear squish, squish. >> kelly: it sounds so dreamy in your head. i had no idea. i'm not in your world. i thought it would just be a little rain. >> helen: my world is weird. >> kelly: you are so great at acting because you are miserable
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probably. you almost didn't take the role at first? >> helen: in what movie? >> kelly: twister. >> helen: i got taken for a fancy lunch. steven spielberg said please do it. they picked great actors. there's wonderful actors, that director was smart, he knows to make a big movie with good actors. >> kelly: everybody -- ever but he loves that movie. and "castaway." you are mad about your costar, paul reiser. he said you and his wife are pretty close. did you ever talk about his issues. >> helen: i think we dealt with every issue either of us had. after seven years, which you can watch the reboot. you can watch it on amazon. was eight years of bringing your issues to the table and turning them into episodes. we know each other pretty well
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