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captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, and in hd, this is abc 7 "news at noon," on your side. high water closed roads and stranded motorists. we are on storm watch as flooding and rains move through our area. crews are on the scene on a number of serious accidents. we will get a live update coming up. we have team coverage. we will get more video, but we
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want to begin in the weather center with steve rudin. it is a busy day. >> we have had tornado warnings, when the advisories -- everything. take a look at what is going on in our doppler radar at the abc belfort furniture weather center. moderate rains across the rest of the area. a few breaks south of fredericksburg. you can see plenty of moisture on the way. it will all move in our direction for the afternoon, evening, and overnight hours. these are the remnants of what was once tropical storm nicole. the 50 impressive rainfall totals. unbelievable amounts -- look it is impressive rainfall totals. unbelievable amounts. over 6 inches in annapolis. huntingtown is reporting in just
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around 4 and 1/4 inches. we will look at the extended outlook. we have better weather on the way. we will get through rain. >> all of this rain is causing problems across the region. in maryland, police are investigating two separate bus accidents, and in d.c., a power cable shut down a busy street. what is the latest from h street? >> pepco is on scene. h street has reopened. officials say a why there was cut underground, and with the rain water, it put out a lot of smoke out of manholes. they are pumping water out of the ground. first-responders have been busy. the rain is not letting up. in the pouring rain, pepco and
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d.c. firefighters responded to a problem with an electrical feet. >> there was a smoldering wire. there was smoke coming from manholes. >> the smoke poured out from under ground. the street were shut down. buildings were evacuated. >> a lot of smoke. they had to evacuate. >> in silver spring, 26 passengers were injured when a metro bus rear end another bus. several of the injured were high school students. >> staff and myself came to the same. we realized it of our students suffered minor injuries -- non- life-threatening injuries. >> a tree came crashing down on the school bus. childrenementary school were on board. >> of the glass came to me.
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>> fortunately, the driver was not hurt, and the children were transported in another bust. you are asked to leave extra travel time today. it might not look that bad now, but every 20 minutes or so that can change with downpours. >> thank you, mike. two virginia, we are keeping an eye armed other areas -- keeping an eye on other areas known to flood. courtney robinson continues coverage from old town alexandria. >> rain, rain, and more rain -- it hit early, coming down hard and fast. just off of old courthouse road in vienna, our camera caught two cars in trouble. the water wreaked havoc.
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>> traffic is backed up on 95. it is really challenging. >> old town alexandria is prepared. the city is giving residence at sand bags. this man said water hits them first. >> i am perfected the technique. it is a big help. anyone who is brave enough to ride a bleak in the rain, i will give you a discount. >> each time it pours, the river rises, and high tides means water's going into the street. >> i do not let it stop me. >> residents say they have seen much worse. >> i do not think it will hit too hard. >> she was wrong. the water has come in. we are standing on king street.
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we are getting ready to be at high tide. this street was completely clear 30 minutes ago. now, you can see several inches under water. not to fund. >> in just -- not to fund. >> in just 30 minutes. keep us posted. a number of rows are closed. that is making travel tricky. let's check in for the latest on the traffic situation. >> we have beltway incidents. this is the interloop of the beltway. you can see just above the chain-link fence, that as a truck that is flipped over. there might be a part underneath. the left side of the beltway is tied up. this is where we had a jackknifed tractor-trailer.
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there are minimal delays at the moment. we have another beltway crash near the interchange at 450. at that point, we have two right lanes blocked. the delays begin on the beltway near the interchange, route 201. and that delay continues to get worse. we have massachusetts avenue closed each way. also, rhode island avenue near the metro station is closed because that underpass is flooded out. connecticut avenue is closed each way. there is a police investigation at the cleveland park metro. that will cause delays on the red line. >> one thing after another. today, we are following the aftermath of the dramatic tour
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bus crash. one person died today, -- yesterday, but today, we know that those others are doing well. >> a tour bus crashes through a guard rail and tumbles 50 feet down an embankment. >> i was trying to get the kids felt. >> a witness jumped into action to help pull the children from the wreckage. >> i gave my hand to the other people. >> police searched to make sure no one was ejected. witnesses say it appeared the driver, 66-year-old joseph clabaugh slumped over in his seat seconds before the accident. he was killed. >> it was scary. we are glad they are safe and doing well. >> the bus was heading toward
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pennsylvania after a trip to the national zoo. the accident caused a major traffic tieups and a secondary wreck. investigators are surprised the outcome was not worse. >> the thing that stands out is the fall seems significant. the mechanisms, the physics behind it, i am surprised there were no more serious injuries. >> a team has been dispatched to figure out the cause. investigators will be looking at the condition of the boss and the drivers medical history. autopsy results from the driver are pending. pamela brown, abc 7 news. >> stay with us. we will have more on the news at 5:00 p.m.. until then, you can check for updates on the associated press is
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reporting that rahm emanuel will resign, and it will happen tomorrow. there has been much speculation he would leave his post to make a bid for mayor of chicago. police are looking into a stabbing late last night that left one man dead. investigators say a 54-year-old man was killed in annapolis. police say another man was also stamped. the two men had been wrestling on the floor. there has been no charge. two men were shot just after 10:00 p.m. on the 3500 block of 22nd street. when the victim died, and the other is in critical condition. in fairfax, police are warning residents about a serial
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burglar. eight of the -- of the incidents happened with the latest yesterday morning. residents are warned to lock their doors. when we continue, the latest on the international terror plot intercepted by intelligence officials. who is at the center of this investigation? plus, a major recall alert. more on the millions of items effected. president obama ways in on the colbert purses stewart rally. thee keeping our eye on sky. thee keeping our eye on sky. steve will join us with
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let's get to some breaking news -- emergency crews in northeast washington came to the rescue when drivers became trapped. sam ford has the late breaking news. >> i am on rhode island avenue in northeast washington under this underpass. the water started rising about an hour ago, catching a number of motorists driving this way on both sides. water rose quickly. it is right here near the rhode island metro station. we had a couple of people in their car at the time. mrs. bernie clark and her grandson -- tell us what happened? >> we had to get through the rain. it started raining two or three
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blocks before. by the time we got there, we could not see how to drive. there was about four cars that were slowing down. my grandson said oh, my lord. we got back in the car -- we did not get out of the car. you have to excuse me. i am nervous. by the time i was under the bridge, he said at all, lord -- oh, lord. he wanted to get out. i said the water was coming too fast. he reached his hand on the car seat. the water had come in the car that test. >> you got out of the car? >> no, i did not get out.
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he said a you have to get out. if he had not got me out, i would not be talking to you. >> you did make it out of the car. miss clark was telling us that a passer-by head helped -- had helped swim them to safety. >> he got out of his car. >> it took him a while, and he was able to get her out. a number of people were trapped and they managed to get to safety. the concern is making sure the drainage is better. reporting live, i am sam for. >> thank goodness people were there to help her out. severe turbulence and injured two people on board a flight bound for reagan national airport this morning.
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two women were injured, one of which is a flight attendant. both suffered non-life- threatening injuries. we are learning more above the planned terror attack in multiple european cities. eight germans and two british brothers are at the height of the scheme. an official says the plot is in its early stages. we are learning more about a massive recall involving more than a dozen different children's items, involving millions of fisher-price products including tricycles and high chairs. >> we are recalling over 10 million products this morning. >> the recall includes more than 1 million fisher-price high chairs. toddlers have cut themselves.
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the high chairs, it could -- and also tricycles. each had a safety that sticks up on the frame. children have injured themselves on the frame. >> things that protrude from a toy need to be removed so they do not pose a hazard. >> also, small, inflexible balls and little people cars. the wheels can detach. it is time to get back to the weather. steve rudin is standing by with the latest. >> it is a slower-moving system. a lot of rain is on the way. we have wind gusts around 25 miles an hour. skies will brighten up a little bit across fairfax county into
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arlington over the next half hour, to 45 minutes. take a look at what is going on at this hour. you can see the heaviest activity is across the bay. other things are moving ahead toward the north. you can see the lighter blue. that is a little bit of clearing. you will not see sunshine, but the rains will let up a little bit. the tick is rain totals. 6.3 inches in the annapolis. over 3.5 inches in chevy chase. almost 3 inches at fairfax station. rockville, almost 3 inches. two and three-quarters in the district. accident, maryland, is only 56 degrees at this hour.
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here is what is going on outside in terms of the latest watches and advisories'. a flash flood warning for the entire listening and viewing area. we have a tornado watch in effect for the next 40 minutes that includes montgomery, fairfax, prince william's, and points toward the east. a wind advisory for calvert county, and anne arundel county. two to 5 inches across most of the area. we will add to that overnight. showers will stick around for the day tomorrow. 75 degrees at reagan national airport. here is our forecast. 72, to 78. periods of rain once again tonight. for the day tomorrow, 72, to 76.
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here is a quick look at extended outlook -- high temperatures saturday and sunday in the 60's with lots of sunshine. >> looking forward to the weekend. that will be a nic host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? did the little piggy cry wee wee wee all the way home? piggy: weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeee weeeeeeee. mom: max. ...maxwell! piggy: yeah? mom: you're home. piggy: oh,cool, thanks mrs. a. anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more.
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former president jimmy carter is expected to be released from the ohio hospital any minute. he was hospitalized in cleveland after complaining of an upset stomach. doctors say it was likely a viral infection. president obama wrap up pick
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four-state speaking tour, where he said republican lawmakers had no serious ideas. he also said the plan to expand the tax cuts for the wealthy would expand the deficit. >> people are still hurting economically. even though things have gotten modestly better, millions of people are out of a job. millions of people are losing their homes. i hear from them every day. >> the president said he wants to extend cuts for the middle- class. he is also speaking out on a lighter subject, and used by john stuart's rally in washington. the president added that having the voices lifted up is really important. the rally to restore sanity, and fellow post steven colbert rally
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this has turned into quite to the weather event. >> give it another 12 to $18 and we will see a improvement for the weekend. we will see a improvement for the weekend. a flash fund warring
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