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>> "world news tonight" with david muir is next. >> we'll s tonight, the deadly nor'easter slamming several states as we come on the air. what's called a bomb cyclone, from the carolinas up through d.c., philly, new york and boston. hurricane-force winds at points reaching more than 80 miles per hour. knocking down trees into homes and cars. the major storm surge at this hour, and the real concern in many places, the worst is yet to come tonight. also this evening, the travel nightmare. because of this, thousands of flights canceled. and amtrak in the northeast shut down at this hour. also tonight, we have new reporting on jared kushner, president trump's son-in-law, and those meetings inside the white house. and then hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to help his family's business. tonight, new reporting. what then happened after all of that. raising new questions tonight. the deadly shooting at a school, a student opening fire reportedly on his own family.
the lockdown, students barricaded in rooms. the dramatic police takedown on an american highway. from the air, you can see the s.w.a.t. teams jumping out of cars and into action. and news today on the deadly flu and children, and what you need to know. good evening, and it's great to have you with us to end another week, and what a way to end it. horrific driving up and down the east coast tonight. the hurricane-force wind gusts reaching more than 80 miles an hour, and now tonight this nor'easter has been deadly. the pilot of this plane struggling against the wind in washington, d.c., aborting the landing. there is a ground stop at newark right now after stopping at laguardia and jfk. the storm surge several feet. this from sagamore beach in massachusetts. a multi-car accident on i-380 in the poconos in pennsylvania tonight. and look at this. the nor'easter as seen from
space right there along the northeast. we have the track of this at this hour, and abc's gio benitez is in massachusetts leading us off. >> reporter: massive waves shooting into the air, and overcoming the seawall as that monster nor'easter lashes the east coast. coastal flood alerts stretching from maryland to maine. the wind starting early, and getting stronger. you can just see we're already feeling these wind gusts of 35 miles per hour, probably even more. along the massachusetts coast, the highest gust clocking in above 80 miles per hour, the kind of wind you see in hurricanes. this seawall here is about 20 feet high. waves are already jumping over the wall here. even peeling the siding right off homes. the powerful mix of rain and wind, flooding streets, overtaking vehicles. first responders using a front-end loader to rescue stranded residents. children carried to dry land.
a raft used to rescue this pair and a dog. tonight, the high winds creating chaos. more than 2.2 million customers losing power. gusts toppling a semi in rhode island. another on its side northeast of baltimore. this school bus overturned in pennsylvania. the driver injured, but no students on board. trees crashing onto vehicles across the region, and onto houses too. tragically, outside richmond, virginia, a 6-year-old died after a tree fell onto his family's home. the major storm also bringing heavy snow further inland, already more than a foot in some places. whiteout conditions outside scranton, pennsylvania, dozens of accidents in westchester county, new york. christina rossi grateful to be alive. >> if i hit that tree at probably a few feet in front of me, i don't think it would be -- i would be here to tell the tale. >> and gio benitez with us from a very windy, stormy massachusetts tonight. the storm surge, a big concern at this hour, and gio, if you
can hear me, the worst is yet to come? >> reporter: absolutely, david, and this incredible wind that you are seeing right now, this is actually coming off the ocean, and when that high tide rolls in later tonight around midnight, we can see a record-breaking storm surge and some serious flooding here, david. >> all right, gio. you and the team stay safe. and as i mentioned, thousands of flights canceled at a boarded landing we showed you, and amtrak tonight paralyzed. here's abc's david kerley on that part of the story. >> reporter: this is the story of the storm whipping winds as a 737 tries to land in d.c. >> southwest 5875. go around, climb and maintain 2000. >> maintain 2000. >> reporter: so hard to land and take off, american airlines is suspending flights at jfk for the rest of the night. laguardia, where the wind peeled the roof off the building, suffered a suspension earlier. more than 3,000 flights canceled by midday. the winds have been relentless gusting 40, 50, 60 miles an
hour, and are expected to affect flights into tomorrow. in the air, jets buffeted by turbulence. one pilot landing included in his weather report, this. pretty much everyone on the plane threw up. pilots were on the verge of throwing up. even passengers lined up for takeoff, got the bad news. >> we're going to hang out for awhile, and see if they die down, but they are not forecast to really another much later tonight. >> minneapolis, canceled and canceled. and it's also canceled -- everything is canceled. >> reporter: and not just in the air. rail stations flooded. amtrak saying the inclimate weather forced it to shut down between boston and washington, d.c. >> nothing worse than being a passenger coming down on the planes of course, and all the wind. you're live at reagan national tonight, and airports up and down the coast with major cancellations. amtrak shutdown, and it will be
an ugly weekend for travelers trapped. >> reporter: it is david, and it will probably take the entire weekend for the air lines to get back on schedule, and amtrak has trees covering the tracks even south of washington. it's going to take some time to clear those tracks as well. >> what a mess indeed. david, thank you. >> let's get right to senior meteorologist, rob marciano. he is near i-87 where you can see the snow came down in force today. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. the snow piling up. blizzard warnings not far from here. 32 inches of snow officially reported in central new york. i'll show you where the storm is, and it's sitting just off the coast, and we have rain, wind and snow to contend with tonight, but it will drift south, and that will all come the an end. but the high winds and coastal flooding will continue through at least tomorrow morning. there are your warnings, 50 mile-an-hour wind gusts and maybe 40, in philly, potentially 70 miles an hour there, and at least two more high tide cycles. this has been a storm for the age, david. >> all right. we'll remember it for sure.
rob, thank you. now to the white house tonight, and new questions swirling about jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, after "the new york times" reported on kushner's meetings inside the white house, with banks and investors and hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to help the family business. tonight, what happened after those meetings and after all of that money bringing even new scrutiny. here's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, is facing mounting questions over whether he used his west wing position to help bail out his family's real estate empire. the "new york times" has reported kushner had several white house meetings with an executive of apollo global management, one of the world's largest private equity firms, even discussing a possible white house job. several months later, apollo approved a $184 million loan to the kushner family business, and today abc news has learned that soon after that loan, the securities and exchange commission closed an investigation into apollo.
there is no evidence of a quid pro quo, but serious questions about that time line. jared kushner's lawyer says he has taken no part of any business, loans or projects for his family business since joining the white house. and from kushner companies, we do not update jared on what's going on in our business, nor does he ask. the white house is standing by him. >> jared is still a valued member of the administration, and he's going to continue to focus on the work that he has been doing. >> reporter: at the beginning of the trump presidency, kushner's portfolio seemed all-encompassing. >> every day i come to work with enthusiasm and excitement for what can be. >> reporter: but kushner has been stripped of his top secret national security clearance, and "the washington post" reports, several countries believed he could be manipulated because of his inexperience, and financial debts. >> did you see "the washington post" has a story about you being compromised by foreign countries? >> reporter: publically the president defends his son-in-law.
>> jared's done an outstanding job. >> reporter: but sources tell abc news, the president is now privately raising questions with top advisers about his son-in-law's white house role, and potential ties to his family business. multiple trump advisers say they've heard the president question whether it's time for kushner and first daughter ivanka trump to move on from the white house. >> so let's get to jon karl. he is live inside the white house tonight, the briefing room there, and jon, jared kushner has clashed at times with the chief of staff there, john kelly. >> reporter: there has been tension from the start as chief of staff kelly has curtailed, kushner's once open access to the oval office, also occcurtai his role here at the white house. one symbolic measure of that is at morning staff meetings, i'm told the chief of staff calls on all the president's senior advisers for brief statements and he calls on kushner, i'm told, almost always last. >> big sign in the room. the bigger question here on security clearances that you
have been reporting on because we know that kushner was one of many working with temporary security clearance, and that has been taken away from him, and others. you were with the chief of staff, john kelly today, and you asked when he learned all of this. >> reporter: he said about a month after they took office as chief of staff in september, he became aware of just how many people in the white house staff were on interim security clearances, and what he said is, quote, it was more people than i was comfortable with. that's when he started looking into putting an end to it. >> jon karl in the briefing room tonight. thank you. next tonight, to president trump and the late night meeting at the white house last night that we learned about with the nra. the nra clearly not happy with what the president said at the white house this week, citing democrats on their ideas on schools and gun violence. after meeting with the nra last night, the white house now changing course on what the president said. abc's mary bruce tonight asking, are these broken promises already? >> reporter: tonight, president trump appears to be bowing to the demands of the nra.
just two days after scolding lawmakers for being afraid of them. >> some of you people are petrified of the nra. you can't be petrified. >> reporter: but late last night, top nra officials came to the white house. the president tweeting, good, great meeting in the oval office. the nra agrees. their top lobbyist tweeting potus & vpotus support the second amendment, support strong due process, and don't want gun control. the about-face is what democrats had feared, and predicted. >> do you think the president's calls for broader reforms are going to stick? >> it's up to the president. >> is this words, or is the president going to actually put some action behind it? >> reporter: trump told democrats like chris murphy that he supported their call for universal background checks. >> we can't get it done. nothing else like that, where it works, people want it and we can't do it. >> you have a different president now. you went through a lot of presidents and you didn't get it done. >> mr. president, it's going to have to be you that brings the republicans to the table on this because right now the gun lobby would stop it in its tracks.
>> i like that responsibility, chris. i really do. i think it's time that a president stepped up. >> reporter: but today, the white house walked that back. >> it's not necessarily universal background checks, but certainly improving the background check system. >> reporter: in the meeting, trump called for legislation raising the minimum age to purchase rifles, like the one used by the florida shooter. >> it doesn't make sense that i have to wait till i'm 21 to get a handgun, but i can get this weapon at 18. i don't know. so, i was just curious as to what you did in your bill. >> we didn't address it, mr. president. look, i think -- >> do you know why? you're afraid of the nra, right? >> reporter: but now, the question, is president trump afraid of the nra too? tonight the white house also changing course on raising that minimum purchase age. >> he thinks it would probably have more potential in the states than it would at a federal level. >> and mary bruce joins us now from capitol hill, and mary, republicans and democrats both say they need the president to lead the charge on any kind of gun legislation. republicans did not like what they heard from the president. democrats are trying to hold him
to his word now. but they want to know exactly what he supports. tonight, that's unclear? >> reporter: david, democrats today are blasting the president for changing his tune. it's been more than two weeks since this shooting and still no movement here on capitol hill. the senate democratic leader tonight says it shows once again that negotiating with this president is like negotiating with jell-o. david? >> mary bruce, rounding out another week on capitol hill. president trump not backing down on tariffs tonight, despite the stock market reacting with high anxiety, and despite criticism that america's trading partners could retaliate and do the same to us. in the last 24 hours, the president saying he will impose stiff tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel. today, the president tweeting, trade wars are good, and easy to win. next, the manhunt in michigan at this hour after a deadly school shooting at central michigan university. two people shot dead tonight, and we have just learned that police now say the two shot and killed were the shooter's parents. abc's alex perez is on the scene tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, an all out manhunt as police use canines, boats and choppers to search for a college sophomore and suspected killer. >> you should consider him to be armed and dangerous. >> reporter: authorities say 19-year-old james eric davis jr. is suspected of fatally shooting two people at central michigan university before slipping away. at 8:30 a.m., police start receiving calls of shots fired at campbell hall dormitory. >> cmu units have a possible homicide. >> reporter: police swarm the campus. frightened students, barricading themselves in their dorm rooms. the campus placed on lockdown, the university issuing this alert. >> please stay clear of the area. >> reporter: authorities say the two people found dead weren't students. >> we believe the situation involves a domestic type incident. >> reporter: late today, authorities saying davis shot and killed his parents who had reportedly arrived to pick him up for spring break. james davis sr., an illinois police officer, and his wife were killed.
and david, authorities say the suspect should be considered very dangerous. the students who were ordered to shelter in place all day are now slowly being allowed to leave, david? >> alex perez in mount pleasant, michigan. alex, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight." the funeral for billy graham. images from the service coming up. today, the takedown on the highway. you can see the s.w.a.t. teams jumping out of cars and then surrounding the suspects. the new headline tonight involving children and the deadly flu. what you need to know. and a surprise supercolony being reported tonight. what's being discovered in antarctica? it's great news when it comes to the penguins. a lot more news ahead. discovered in antarcti antarctica? it's great news when it comes to the penguins. a lot more news ahead. s ahead.
interstate takedown in florida. police say a two-year plot to steal millions from an armored truck, and kill two employees inside foiled just before the heist. a helicopter capturing the moments as officers move in, one suspect crawling on the ground as he surrendered. another suspect walking backwards, hands it in air. >> so you see in the video actually, we have cars in the front, cars in the back, vehicles on the side, and we just slowly tighten the noose, stop the vehicle and get them out. nobody got hurt. >> reporter: authorities say the group was planning to rob a loomis armored truck during a large bank run in port st, lucie. the truck expected to be carrying $4 million. according to court documents one of the guards on the truck was in on the plan. the three accused robbers even completing a dry run five days earlier, but an undercover informant tipped off police. tonight all three are in federal custody. police say if the robbery was successful, the trio planned to strike again, david. >> eva, thank you. when we come back tonight, news on the flu and children.
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living says it is not responsible for the death of two residents following a wildfire. >> and we are on storm watch. conditions proving deadly now for two people in california in the last 24 hours. >> i am meteorologist sandhya patel tracking a wintry live doppler 7 gives us the big picture of today's storm. scattered showers across the bay area. >> i am kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas. the sun often broke through the clouds. >> viewers capturing rainbows. layla saw this one in san jose. >> check out this double rainbow from miss jo jo.
>> you can see it is still wet out there. we are checking out the golden gate bridge, richmond and mateo bridge. >> now some ski resorts say they have received several feet of fresh snow and conditions have proved deadly for at least two people across california. let's bring in abc7 news patel tracking the storm. >> so let me show you live doppler 7. the snow down to 1500 feet. seeing rain moderate in intensity from the east bay from milpitas. so definitely still downpours out there as you take a look at north bay from windsor