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a new week, a new challenge in california where voters will decide whether to recall governor newsom and install a new leader today covid mandates will be enforced in many places. plus one hospital that is turning expectant mothers away because so manmaternity ward staff members have resigned over vaccine mandates we'll have the latest op that. and new york city the nation's largest school district back in the classroom today as the mask and vaccine mandates will be enforced in many arease good news to report too.eaking
week one of the nfl, football back in full swing we'll take you behind the scenes to show you how one stadium is enforcing its own vaccine mandate. and today president biden will head to california to help shore up votes for governor newsom as voters head to the polls tuesday in a massive recall effort. the 2021 video music awards just wrapped up a few hours ago. it was an all-star thing we've got this year's winners and most memorable moments of the night as we kick off your week "early today" starts right now we do say good morning i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm frances rivera. we begin your week with another named tropical storm threat targeting the gulf coast nicholas is churning toward south texas and has triggered a storm surge watch. dangerous amounts of rainfall could hit areas still rebuilding after ida. let's get right to nbc meteorologist janessa webb who's tracking nicholas. janessa, good morning. >> hi. good morning
yes, we do have kind of a lopsided storm system right now. but throughout the afternoon nicholas will he start to gain a little bit more steam. right now 70 miles southeast of the mouth of rio grandee, 60-mile-per-hour winds we really want to take note of the moisture content in this storm system it will produce heavy amounts of rainfall across the coastline of texas. right now the national hurricane center has us making landfall later on tonight but this will be prolonged moisture, guys. we're talking about 15 to 20 inches of rain in some areas >> so tough to hear. all right, janessa, we'll check in with you in a bit classes are back in session today in new york city after 18 months of in-home learning the nation's largest school district is opening its doors. roughly 1 million students back in the classroom stayed. and three states are leading the country in vaccination rates they are massachusetts, vermont, and connecticut. according to the cdc, more than 2/3 of their populations have been vaccinated.
>> plus, growing backlash over president biden's vaccine mandate. in new york the mandate forcing one hospital to turn away expectant mothers after staff members quit >> we have initiated discussions with the department of health regarding the maternity unit we are unable to safely staff the service after september 24th the number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at lewis county general hospital. >> 165 staffers at lewis county general hospital remain unvaccinated meanwhile, there's new information about a possible vaccine for children under 12. nbc's rehema ellis has more. >> reporter: understanding some parents are anxious, the fda is stepping up its review of a covid vaccine for kids 12 and under, saying it will carefully,
thoroughly and independently examine the data from the clinical trials. to complete its review as quickly as possible, likely in a matter of weeks rather than months >> right now we're doing the clinical trials. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci has suggested a similar timeline >> will be available for pfizer at the end of september and for moderna at the end of october. >> reporter: this comes just as it's back to full in-person learning monday for more of the nation's kids. meanwhile, the fda is urging parents not to seek shots for children under 12 who are not eligible for vaccination, saying younger kids may need different doses and they're working around the clock to figure out what that is. >> why can't children take vaccinations that are approved for adults >> children are not little adults and we do need to wait for the pediatric trials as they're being conducted to read out. that can tell us, number one, what's the right dose? what's the right frequency and what are some safety side effects that we need to watch
for in children? >> reporter: nationwide, concern is mounting. with more than 251,000 new cases of covid recently reported among children lila mejia, the mother of six, worries about her kids would you get your children 12 and under the vaccination? >> i would honestly wait to see like the first wave of folks get vaccinated and then i would allow them to get vaccinated. >> and our thanks to rehema ellis for that report. as nfl teams return to the gridiron, fans head back to the stadiums in the midst of the pandemic the league and its teams grapple with bringing fans back loudly and safely here's nbc's emily ikeda with more >> nothing quite like the opening sunday of the nfl season >> reporter: nfl sunday is back. and so are the crowds. 60,000 packed in indianapolis. masks encouraged but not mandated nearly 70,000 in tennessee after containing an outbreak on their team just weeks ago.
most stadiums have drastically loosened covid protocols no mask mandates, no temperature screening. a far cry from last season's cardboard cutouts. >> when one guy makes an interception -- >> reporter: the strictest rules among nfl teams set to play out at the las vegas raiders' regular season opener. last season looked a lot like this empty stands cleared out by the pandemic monday night a different picture. 65,000 fans will take a seat here but first they'll need proof of vaccination. >> they can celebrate in the way that they love and remember and not worry about the person sitting next to them >> reporter: for the glass family the vaccine mandate is what's pushing them through the gate >> it kind of got me over that hump like okay, they mean business >> reporter: so here how you get inside from your home you download the clear app. you select las vegas raiders upload your i.d. take a selfie. opt to add your vaccination card and then you're good to go without a mask
but the groundbreaking call not considered a touchdown by everyone a torrent of tweets calling it ridiculous, intrusive, too far the raiders reporting 1,800 tickets were refunded or rolled over to next year. have you worried that the call might isolate any raiders fans or discourage people from coming >> we can keep the building full regardless of what the health landscape looks like >> reporter: all of the raiders players have been vaccinated their opponent with more than 90%. last month ravens quarterback lamar jackson said he's undecided about getting the vaccine. it's unclear if he's since changed his mind the nfl promising to dole out strict punishment for covid outbreaks among unvaccinated players. the infected team could be forced to take a loss. but the nfl's top doc optimistic with less than 7% of players leaguewide without the shot. >> about half of the players who came into training camp that were unvaccinated have gotten started on the vaccination process since that time.
so we are seeing continued movement >> reporter: a pandemic that won't dictate who you root for but will shape how you do it emilie ikeda, nbc news, las vegas. president biden is campaigning for california governor gavin newsom in long beach today, a today before the state's recall election. voters could throw the democrat out of office and replace him with a republican. guad convvenegas has the latesto los angeles. >> reporter: with some pandemic restrictions still in place, governor gavin neuse simm facing this recall election the last time a governor was recalled in california was 2003 when arnold schwarzenegger replaced then governor gray davis. now democrats are rallying to keep that from happening again with even president biden flying in to support newsom in los angeles gavin newsom is making the final rounds as the deadline for a special recall election approaches. >> we will defeat this republican-backed recall on
tuesday! >> reporter: the governor campaigning to keep his job as his opponents criticize him for imposing heavy restrictions during the pandemic and his handling of issues like the homeless population and immigration. >> i think there's a lot of change that needs to happen in california so i'm very grateful for it. >> reporter: yet newsom maintains strong support >> i think he's done a good job with covid response. i'd like to see him continue his term >> reporter: voters will decide by tuesday to keep gavin newsom as governor or replace him with one of 46 challengers. newsom needs more than 50% of voters to choose no on the ballot if the majority selects yes, the opponent with the most votes would become governor. >> the key for the newsom campaign is turnout. this is an overwhelmingly democratic state so if they can turn out a bunch of california's 10 million democrats, they're going to beat california's 5 million republicans. >> reporter: the list of contenders ranging from the former mayor of san diego to reality tv star caitlyn jenner
but the front-runner, conservative talk radio host larry elder. >> i'm not anti-vaxx i've been vaccinated what i'm opposed to are vaccine mandates and face mask mandates. >> hello, california >> reporter: joining in support for newsom are democratic heavyweights former president barack obama, vice president kamala harris, and president biden set to join the campaign >> should newsom come out really strong, he sails forward into 2022 with a message for the party about how covid should be handled overall. >> reporter: a defining moment for california and a crucial test for newsom's legacy and early voting appears to favor governor newsom by as much as 2-1, but republican voters are expected to come out in large numbers on tuesday as democrats try to mobilize more supporters in the final days frances? >> okay, guad, thank you let's turn back to the weather right now because it is going to be a busy day busy with the tropical alerts and storm surge here's yeah, guys.
you know, the latest models just coming out i am concerned that this storm system will go from zero to 100 very quickly right now it's very disorganized but i do expect it to ramp up throughout the afternoon it will be a huge flood threat across coastal areas of texas. hurricane watches, they are currently in place across the bay city all the way into corpus christi, potentially going into warnings across this area. so you need to stay tuned to your local forecast. look at the storm surge. three to five feet could see some high surf along with beach erosion across all of this area. that's a look at the big weather story of the day here's a look at your day ahead. so our temperatures across the deep south are in the upper 80s. the lower 90s for florida with some stormy conditions also watching a slight risk for severe weather for new york city all the way into northern new england this afternoon watching this one very closely
could rev up very quickly. but then we have three other disturbances we'll talk about that coming up. >> important information we'll check in with you in a bit. thank you. wedding bells are in the air for britney spears the pop singer shared her engagement on instagram. she showed off her rock and wrote "i can't bleeping believe it." she met sam asghari in 2016 on the set of her "slumber party" music video. they have been together ever since. the iranian-born actor helps her stay in shape and has been her support during her conservatorship battle "early today's" back in two with how many steps a day can epheocr away and some renewed tensions with north korea this morning. and one we explore one that's been paved and one that's forever wild but freedom means you don't have to choose just one adventure ♪ ♪ you get both. introducing the all-new 3-row
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a new week, a new challenge in california where voters will decide whether to recall governor newsom and install a new leader. today covid mandates will be enforced in many places plus one hospital that is turning so many maternity ward staffse members have resigned over vaccine mandates can but there is some good news as well. sir richard engel is back in kabul weeks after the taliban withdrawal how are women being treated and what right