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good morning. search for survivors. hundreds remain missing in the wake of the deadliest tornado outbreak since the great depression. and as the rescue and recovery operations intensify, new fears of a growing humanitarian crisis in the south. deadly strike. gadhafi escapes a nate toe attacked that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren. was the libyan leader and his children targeted? we'll have the latest on this story. and blessed. the vatican overflows this morning for the beatification mass that will bring pope john paul ii one step closer to sainthood. we will take you there live for
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the extraordinary ceremony. "today," sunday, may 1s, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt in tuscaloosa, alabama. and i'm jenna wolfe in new york. and, lester, the scope of the destruction from those tornadoes is just unimaginable. you've been there for days now. what can you tell us about the situation this morning? the more time you spend here, jenna, you realize the defining patterns of these tornadoes. i'm standing on the edge of one and you see perhaps a parking garage or trees in the background about a quarter mile, a little more, that's the width. this particular tornado went across tuscaloosa. so there's so much damage like this and then you go a few blocks and everything is fine. they're starting to get power n
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onto many of the affected neighborhoods in tuscaloosa. the death toll went up one overnight, up to 342. here in alabama alone at least 250 people were killed. this morning officials are racing against time trying to find the hundreds who are still unaccounted for but they realize that window for finding survivors is closing very rapidly. nbc's john yang joins me now with the very latest. john, good morning. >> as you know you walk around this city, you walk around this state, there are so many different emotions, relief at having survived, grech at having lost a loved one. desperation about having a place to live right now this region this morning is struggling to pick up and move forward. >> reporter: in hardest hit alabama, volunteers scramble to deliver aid, distributing water, ice, and medical supplies to people left homeless after the record rash of devastating tornadoes. in tuscaloosa with nearly 40
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dead at least 570 missing and more than 1,000 injured, a remarkable relief effort. people cleaned up what was left of their homes and crews repaired power lines. >> we still remain that shining city on the hill because the world has seen our faith in god and our faith in each other. >> reporter: those who lost all their belongings are amazed they didn't lose their lives. >> that's the place to be. >> reporter: what's for you and your wife? this is what's left of where two generations of the hicks family lived side-by-side. mike and his wife survived by taking cover in a closet. his son nolan and daughter-in-law tessa, newlyweds, by sitting in a bathtub. >> i looked one more time out the window. when i did, the trees just snapped. >> reporter: in neighborhoods like this across the region it's not just the residents digging out, it's neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, families helping families. and even total strangers coming
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up, doing what they can to help. the certificate am for the missing are in a paper to search and rescue squads deploying in pleasant grove, alabama, hoping for the best. >> this is the last viable day. >> reporter: but fearing the worst. the psychologist specializing in disasters says the destruction will leave a mark even on those whose jobs are to help. >> i get very concerned about our first responders. they're well trained. they know what they're doing. but in a situation like this the impact of what's going on can be overwhelming. >> reporter: university of alabama where the tornadoes canceled the rest of the school year, parents picked up their children grateful that they're safe. >> we're just most thankful that he's okay. that's all we tear about. you can replace everything else. >> reporter: the obama administration is making recovery a top priority. fema is here in force and later today, lester, four cabinet
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secretaries will be on the ground here and in mississippi. >> john, you say over 500 missing in tuscaloosa alone. we're four days in now and i think we understand that people may have misconnected but at this point is there concern this death toll could rise? >> reporter: absolutely. the mayor does think it will rise. you have so many missing and searchers are going door-to-door or really rubble to rubble this weekend trying to make sure and see what they can find. >> and then we're seeing a lot of disaster relief trying to help people. i've noticed a lot of civilians that don't seem to be in any organized umbrella just doing the right thing. what have you seen? >> reporter: it's amazing. you go into neighborhoods and people are trying to pick through belongings or houses are destroyed and people are pushing carts along the street with water, with ice, with sandwiches, with cooked hot dogs wrapped in tinfoil. the phrase you most often hear is, what can can i do to help? >> it's pretty remarkable. john yang, thank you very much. and this morning we are watching some other dangerous new storms making their way across the country. the weather channel's jim cantore is also here in
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tuscaloosa tracking the extreme weather for us. jim, good morning. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, lester. we're at a church building in a church that would be packed on a sunday morning. it was last sunday. obviously not the case this sunday. let's take a look at what we're talking about, already firing up yesterday with showers and thunderstorms from texas, up into parkansas, into kentucky a well. thatrea is not going to move all that much today but the real threat comes with heavy rain and flooding. the gauge right nowth is mississippi and memphis is at 44 feet. we expect it to be about four feet from a record crest here that will flood many areas along the memphis riverfront. 125 gauges, lester, at moderate to major flood stage right now and this will see 6 to 8 inches of rain. there will be severe weather as well. check it out. that same area getting the flooding. where we saw it on the radar, a chance for severe thunderstorms. hail, damaging wind, and of course the heavy rain threat. then we move into monday and areas here in alabama that have a little bit of roof that they
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need to patch will have to cover it up quickly with tarps. i haven't seen many blue tarps on many roofs yet. we're talking about what could be from three-quarters of an inch to a half inof rain but the severe weather threat we have is of the hail and wind variety and not of the tornado, at least this time as we move into may. to put this into perspective as we wrap up april, six times the normal average. 679 for the months. an average april usually yields with 115. back to you. >> jim cantore, thanks very much. we're going to have more from here in tuscaloosa a bit later. right now let's head back to jenna in new york. jenna? lester, thank you. let's turn to overseas now. we're following that developing story in libya where a nato air strike has reportedly killed moammar gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren. nbc's mike taibbi is in tripoli. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
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this happened at about 8:30 last night. we heard two huge explosions near the hotel and were taken to the compound of saif al arab gadhafi, the youngest of the seven sons of moammar gadhafi. he, according to a spokesman, was killed along with three of colonel gadhafi's grandchildren, all said to be 12 years old or younger. now it was said to us by a government spokesman this was a direct attack to try to assassinate the leader of the country. it is said they do not target families. there was an air strike at that location, he could not independently confirm any casualties or the identity of those casualties but now the story from the libyan government is that the youngest son of moammar gadhafi and three of the grandchildren have been killed. gadhafi himself, by the way, has almost been killed three times this week in air strikes that came quite close to where he was. earlier yesterday in a long rambling speech on state television, he reiterated his
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defiance. he said i'm not going to leave my country. no one can force me to leave my country. now, though, the youngest of seven sons and three grandchildren reportedly killed. jenna? mike taibbi in tripoli, thanks. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." he's in washington. david, good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start there. what is the administration's reaction to this latest strike? >> well, talking to national security officials and intelligence officials over the weekend, there was still some uncertainty about whether this was, in fact, confirmed. so they're still wait to go see that. there was this view that this is the sort of step that would be necessary to get gadhafi to give up power, that he was not going to leave on his own. but the more trauma, the more pressure that can be created right next to him, in his family, mopping those closest to him, would perhaps be the best way to get the regime to actually crack. so they will watch and see what the next hours and days bring.
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but this is the sort of step they felt needed to be taken to sort of ratchet up that pressure in the most personal and dramatic kind of way. >> david, i want to ask you about the tornadoes at home. this was the worst natural disaster since hurricane katrina, the worst under obama's administration, his tenure. how is the president handling it thus far? >> well, you've seen the president and the first lady go there, be there, show up, and i think that's really the role of the president at a time like this to focus some attention on how horrific the scene is, how bad the damage is, and how much the government will have to be a partner going forward. i mean, on the order of $5 billion worth of damage, that requires sustained commitment long after the media attention goes away and so the president, as you see in pictures like this, is doing what the president needs to do, to be seen there comforting, showing up and paying attention. >> i want to turn to a much lighter topic. last night was the white house correspondents dinner and it was hosted by steph myers from
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"saturday night live" and a jam packed, fun filled night of laughs all around. you were there. we thank you for getting up early this morning and being with us. i want to talk to a quick clip from seth myers. >> okay. >> just recently in an episode of "celebrity apprentice" at the steak house the men's cooking team did not impress the judges from omaha steaks. and there was a lot of blame to go around. but you, mr. trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. and so ultimately you didn't blame little john or meatloaf, you fired gary. and those are the type of decisions that would keep me up at night. >> so funny, in fact, that seth myers and president obama looked very similar last night. >> it was amazing. >> there were a lot of jabs
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going back and forth. did they take it all in stride? >> i don't know. i couldn't see trump from where i was sitting but i understand he was not necessarily in on the joke. they skewered him pretty much, both of them. >> we thank you. wnbc's tom is at the news desk. good morning, everyone. we begin with possible relief coming to illinois. a federal appeals court is allowing the army corps of engineers to break a levee in missouri it to lower floodwaters. the state of missouri asked the court to block the plan because it will flood thousands of acres of fertile missouri farmland. later today if the space shuttle "endeavour" will be able to lift off monday. technicians spent saturday trying to fix a heating something problem which caused friday's launch to be scrubbed. congresswoman gabrielle giffords is still in florida having come for the launch of her husband, astronaut mark kelly, who is
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leading "endeavour's" final mission. headlines from the royal wedding seen round the world. reports from the reception say that best man, prince harry, gave a moving tribute to his brother, calling him the dude. he said the couple's long romance is an inspiration to him. kate's wedding bouquet is laid out on the tomb of the unknown warrior at westminster abbey for all to see, leaving the bouquet is a tradition that began with queen elizabeth's mother in 1923. it was placed there by a royal officer after the royal photographs were faken. and as for the post wedding plans, well, the couple is enjoying a quiet weekend at a s secret british location and will honeymoon at a later date. lindsay lohan reportedly wants to put a quick end to her latest legal troubles. tmz is reporting she is prepared to enter a no cop test plea in the necklace theft case against her. the "mean girl" star has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating probation. they say lohan wants to put the case behind her to focus on acting. finally, oh, baby, times two for mariah carey and nick
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cannon. she gave birth to twins. the baby girl and boy each weighed more than 5 pounds and as an added bonus it was the couple's third wedding anniversary. no word yet on baby names. congratulations to the brand-new parents. that's the news. now back to jenna and janice. >> thank you. that's sweet. >> that's lovely. they're here. >> i feel like she just announced she was pregnant. >> it seems like it. >> this is janice huff. >> this is jenna wolfe. >> what are we looking forward to? >> not great news across parts of the ohio and mid-mississippi river valley. as you heard earlier there's more bad weather. a lot of flooding rainstorms occurring across thosehe areas. the worst across western tennessee, membphis down to little rock, arkansas. flash flood warnings are in effect. there's a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms moving through the ea this morning. looks like you could see upwarpdz of maybe 5 to 6 inches of rain in the next 24 hours and across most of the ohio river valley down into texas. severe weather, likely damaging
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wi and good sunday morning to you, chilly morning outside. we have 45 degrees, clear skies in oakland. san jose also 45 degrees right now, a little bit of a southeast wind at 5. gilroy up towards napa, we're in the 30s this morning. dry air, clear skies, allowing the temperatures to drop off. as we head towards the afternoon, lots of sunshine and temperatures climbing nicely, mostly 80s inland, close to the upper 70s for san jose. and you can see the dry valley, close to 80 in livermore. turning warmer for the middle part of the week. weather. >> all right, janice, thanks. we are live in the vatican for the beatification mass for pope john paul ii. compacted, drained of nutrients. it'll hold your plants but it'll also hold 'em back. the solution: miracle-gro garden soil. the perfect mix of rich, organic ingredients, and miracle-gro plant food.
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a major milestone on the path to becoming a saint sex years after his supporters demappeded sainthood now. beatifying him in record time, leaving hem one miracle away from sainthood. the three-day celebration began with a prayer vigil last night where the romans once raced chairots. here the faithful remember the man on a fast track to sainthood. among the speakers the french nunn who says her prayers to the late pontiff cured her parkinson's disease, his first miracle. john paul's charismatic face is everywhere and on everything, trying to rekindle the catholic spirit. flickering in europe after decades of declining mass
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attendance. >> europe is in a spiritual funk reason. maybe this will bring people out. >> reporter: a funk exacerbated about a group of claims of sexual abuse, the same scandal that rocked the american church almost a year ago, and it's where american surz vooifors say they should slow the path to sainthood. >> we believe that all of this is just going too fast, and we don't yet know all of the implications of his inaction. >> reporter: in rome there are few descenters. in life and in death the cardinal says john paul stands as a beacon of hope. >> we need heroes. we need people who achieve the very thing that we are attempting to do. >> reporter: now, many of the faithful still here in the
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square will next move inside the basilica to pray before the casket of pope john paul ii, and the vatican says it will keep the basilica open medical every pilgrim has paid his or her respects. jenna. >> ann, we hear that the pope is on this fast track to sainthood, but how long could it realist click take before he achieves that? >> oh, it could take centuries. many some cases it has. usually when somebody becomes a saint, the catholic church finds it in decades or centuries. in pope john paul it's the fardest moving candidate towards sainthood in the modern church, and so what he needs is one more miracle and once that miracle comes forward and the church approves it, then he will be made a saint. jenna. >> ann thompson, ann, thank you very much. and we'll be right back, but, first, these messages.
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a live look at hp pavilion, downtown, you'll want to steer clear of that, and the shark tank, unless you want to catch shark fever. they're playing today. >> in some places around the bay area this morning it's cold enough to play hockey outside. we're seeing numbers in the 30s around napa and gilroy. this morning, 45 in f 52 san francisco and you see san jose there, 45 degrees, southeast wind at five. look at the temperatures, we had the clear, dry air, the winds
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acted like a hair dryer yesterday, dried out the air without any clouds overnight. we cooled off quickly. despite the brisk start to the morning, should see some nice sharks sunshine right around the start of game time, 70s to near 80 degrees inland. 60s to low 70s around san francisco. tomorrow and tuesday, a little cooler as the sea breeze picks up. the middle part of the week is when the temperatures will soar mid to upper 80s. tri-valley and inland. north bay valleys wednesday and thursday. >> thank you very much, rob. tomorrow in san jose with the city manager releases her budget, it will reiterate what many workers found out this week, there will be layoffs this week, about 600 city workers were pulled aside by their bosses to find out they will lose their jobs or demoted. 400 positionings across all departments, including 220 jobs saved through one-time funding last year. the city has asked all unions for a 10% wage concession and about a third of the city workers have agreed, including police and firefighters. tomorrow is decision day for
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the long in the making plan to redevelop treasure island. the board of supervisors development committee will vote tomorrow on the plan to build high-rises, parks, an organic farm and wind farm. enter there are some questions about the plan, on how the plan will affect the already-congested commute across the bridge. caltran backers are trying to find a way to keep the agency afloat for the long-term future. business groups and community leaders will gather for a meeting to discuss finding a dedicated funding source for caltran. fund experts say the only wayle rail operator can is your rife is to have a tax ballot on the november 2012 ballot. cal train was able to piece together a budget for this year, avoiding service cuts and station closures. heads up for east bay commuters, caltrans is shutting
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down state route 4. eastbound route 4 will be closed at loveridge road for three weeks starting tomorrow for construction. closure will be in effect through mondays through fridays through 12:30 in the morning until 5:30 a.m. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," bullying, heartbreaking when you're a kid, even more so as an adult. >> it was devastating experience. and certainly prevented me from working on my job, at my career, helping my students. >> a local man's battle against bullies in the workplace. that story, plus all the rest of the day's news coming up at 7:00. right now, here's more of the "today show."
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we're back on this sunday morning, may 1st, 2011. the start of a new month. it's may already. the start of a fwor just spring day here in new york. we thank this great crowd for joining us. out here on the plaza, i'm jenna wolfe along with lester holt who is in tuscaloosa, alabama, this morning. and coming up, we're going to hear some more about the royal wedding, or at least the wedding part of the royal wedding. billions watched the ceremony, the event of the decade inspiring many others. in fact, we'll show you how you, too, can bring a little regal splendor into your life. not just the wedding but from the dress to the decor. we have all the details for you
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and all the bases covered to give you your wedding a fairy tale shine if that's the sort of thing you're going for. also coming up, the wedding is just the beginning of things happening in london. nbc's special correspondent ben fogle is biking through a city gearing up for the olympics actually coming up. he'll give us a fun tour of the town just ahead. first, we have our own little culinary royalty right here. one of my good friends, host of "america's next great restaurant" here on nbc. i've been watching the show from the beginning. i really enjoy it. basically all these apirg restauranteurs have been turning their ideas into big things. you're down to three. >> we're down to three. tonight is the finale. tonight we're going to give three restaurants away to one of three concepts. there's a modern indian concept. there's soul dad which is soul food with a twist, a modern play on soul food. and then there's the brooklyn meatball company. obviously meatballs. >> and the prize is what?
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>> three restaurants. that's all you get. three restaurants and you're going to open tomorrow in new york city, in los angeles at hollywood and highland, and in minneapolis at the mall of america. so three restaurants in one day. it's the prize of a lifetime. >> did you enjoy doing this? watching everyone come up through the ranks? >> i loved it but it it was something i felt comfortable in. i'm a chef first but obvious ly i'm a restauranteur because i own a restaurant. it's great to be able to mentor people and push them in the right direction and hopefully see their dreams come true as well and these are people that are not restaurant people, just people who had a really good e idea and a concept and incredible passion behind it. >> all right. so who is going to win? >> you have to watch tonight at 8:00. >> bobby, thanks so much for being with us this morning. again, you can tune in to the finale for "america's next great restaurant" at 8:00, 7:00 central here on nbc. bobby, thank you very much. another check of the weather now from janice huff.
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jenna, we have -- i wasn't expecting to be quite that big after welcome but thank you. a big crowd from virginia. i see some more of your folks over there on that side, too. we'll go visit them, too. let's go see them and check weather while we're walngnd a see what's happening across the nation today. we have some thunderstorms nd moving in over parts of the mississippi river valley. there could be flooding there. be on the lookout for that today. otherwise warm across the southwest. 80s today in southern california. severe weather, flooding rains, hail and damaging winds. northeast texas into arkansas and western tennessee. in the east tomorrow it's mild but it's quiet. there will be thunderstorms across the great lakes, the ohio valley and back into texas again tomorrow, unfortunately, and it stays pretty quiet in the southwest with some mountain snow. there's the rest of the other group right here. thank you guys for coming down. nd here's a look at the temperatures around the bay area
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today, you'll want to dress in layers, you're going to need a jacket this morning. temperatures in the north bay, 30s and 40s, but by this afternoon, we'll see the temperatures swinging by 30, up to 40 degrees. near 8o degrees inland. 76 in petaluma. tomorrow we'll see just a slightly stronger sea breeze as temperatures cool a notch. by the middle part of the week, highs soaring into the mid 80s wednesday and thursday. and now here's lester. janice, thanks. when the tornado outbreak began last wednesday, hospitals across the region knew they would be in for a very busy day and yet for some what they saw was beyond their worst fears. i had a chance to meet patients and the staff at a major trauma hospital here in tuscaloosa who shared with me stories of miracles and heartbreaking tragedy. from his tuscaloosa hospital room, reginald epps recalls what may be the worst and best day of his life. >> the lights went out and the
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wind and the windows blew. >> only the foundation remains of his alabama home, destroyed on wednesday by a predawn tornado. the first of many that day. as it hit, he and his wife, danielle, rushed to grab their sle sleeping children. >> she grabbed the baby boy. i grabbed my middle boy. james, get up, buddy. get up. when i get r.j. off the top bunk the walls and everything just go and my son with it. >> at that moment did you think you'd lost him? >> yeah. >> but as reginald and his wife clutched their other children praying out loud, 8-year-old r.j. suddenly walked into view. >> i could see the shadow of him coming across and then finally kind of cleared up and i could see him. >> when you look up in the midst of all this and see r.j. walking back -- >> i stood up. that's my boy. >> reginald suffered a punctured
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lung. just in time to witness his second tornado of the day. the much larger one that struck in the afternoon and destroyed this neighborhood and nearly the hospital itself. >> i was here and then you could see the debris in that window. that debris was just swirling. >> it was coming right directly for the hospital and turned and went around the hospital within a few blocks. >> spared a direct hit, within minutes the hospital's e.r. was overwhelmed with victims. >> this was the worst. >> over 800 patients were treated here wednesday. some didn't make it. the memories haunt dr. ramsay. >> our first victims were babies, literally 18 months, 2-year-old babies, that were dead on arrival. and i had to go out and pronounce them in the ambulance bay and that i was not ready
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for. >> as the number of dead rises, there is no accounting for the emotional casualties of this disaster, nor are there ready answers to the questions that haunt survivors. >> my neighbor called me the other day. he said i have your 2x4 in my wall, and i'm thinking, wow. now if i have 2x4s in his wall, why did my son get thrown further away? why didn't he just get sucked up off the concrete? there's only a slab there? my house is folded up neatly into a pile. it's gone. >> and, again, reginald's son, r.j., is fine. had a few bumps and bruises. joining us with a look at how hard these neighborhoods have been hits and what supplies and assistance they need, oscar barnes, of the american red cross. thanks for being with us. >> thank you are for the opportunity. >> you are doing a terrific job here. what is it you need most? what is the major concern right now, the relief operation? >> we're taking care of the
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immediate needs that they have and then we want to start looking at their long-term needs. these people come to us with a lot of emotion and we want to settle them down, to give them shelter, a good place to stay, a shoulder to cry on and some visions of hope. >> i want to talk about the shelter because i have seen people picking through the rubble and barely coming out with a boxful of things. they have nothing. what kind of shelters do you have and are there enough? >> well, so far we have been able to take care of anybody that wants a shelter. there's a lot of them staying with their friends and relatives and we see that happen a lot but we still have shelter capacity and we're able to take care of those type of needs. >> and this has been called the worst tornado disaster certainly since the great depression. you and i first met several years ago in mississippi. >> that's right. after katrina. you moved up here. i know this is different than a hurricane but do you find some
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frightening, uneasy parallels? >> well, in a hurricane we could hear about it days in advance, the warnings were there. and then when it it started, it was like a pounding and it went a few hours and a day. but when there's a tornado, it's just in a matter of minutes changed so many people's lives and so many ended with total destruction. >> you talked about giving people a shoulder to cry on. that last story i mentioned there's no accounting for the emotional toll here. no one keeps track of what that does to people. what kinds of things are you hearing? how are people emotionally that you're seeing? >> emotionally they're -- some of them when they first came in they were just shell-shocked and we've got to take them and we have to get them settled in and we've got to start talking to them and give them that mental health treatment to get them knowing that they have hope for the future. >> but at the same time they've
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got to get back on their feet. >> that's right. >> how do you orient people, okay, we have to get you back on your feet. >> that's a constant message that fema and the state and the other agencies and our agencies will provide that long -term recovery for them. >> oscar barnes, it's good to see you. thank you for all the work. and i know your headquarters took a hit as well. you're all okay. >> we can repair that. >> it's good to see you. we'll be back. [ female announcer ] mother's day is not for celebrating moms. it's for celebrating all they've given us. really?! [ female announcer ] the tough love... okay, don't do that on your test. [ female announcer ] ...invaluable guidance... [ mom ] go, turn, turn, turn! [ female announcer ] ...and a lifelong friendship. do it again. [ chuckles ] ♪ [ female announcer ] mother's day is for celebrating all our moms have given us. happy mother's day. i love you. i love you. [ female announcer ] now, select cards come postage paid.
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this morning your royal wedding. even if you're not royalty, you can make your next big event a regal affair from the dress to the decor. we have all the major trends from william and kate's day and how you can make them a part of your special day. >> first off the dress, princess catherine went for a traditional elegant look. here is the fashion director, star of tlc's "say yes." randy, good morning. >> thank you. >> we have the privilege of seeing kate in two dresses, not just one, and they were a classic style.
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>> beautiful. >> are these the styles we may see other brides start following in their path? >> i sure hope so. her dresses were classic, timeless, they were very much like the 1950s which i think was one of the best decades in fashion and really accessible for brides to be able to get these dresses. they weren't too over the top. >> both models will be sporting these gowns. the first is vanessa, wearing a jane wayne gown. just under $5,000. and this looks a lot like kate's dress, the lace, the sleeves. these are making a comeback, right? >> girls come in every single day and ask me, rapidy, do you have anything that's not strapless? every wedding i've been to they have worn strapless gowns. when you have a dress with sleeves, you really can't raise your arm very much. so that's why a lot go with strapless dresses. you can throw on a shrug to get that look but take it off at the
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recepti reception. >> it's classic but you can be more comfortable. >> thank you very much. r next model is going to come out. this is $10,800. i guess this is a dress for someone who wants to adopt more of the dramatic flair. >> this is more dramatic. and the thing that girls have to keep in mind is that it's all about proportion and let me tell you, kate absolutely did everything perfect yesterday. from the size of the tiara to the size of the bouquet everything was perfect for her proportion, her body, and for the venue. she didn't overdo anything and that's one thing that i tell the girls all the time. if you're 5 feet, this is not probably the dress for you to wear. it's going to overpower you. but kate's a tall woman and it was a big venue so the dress was perfect. >> and really quick, classic making a comeback? >> i hope so. i hope so. you want to look at your wedding pictures and not know what decade they come from. they need to be timeless. >> absolutely. randy, we thank you for your insight as always.
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and now here's janice. jenna, thanks. now to the decor from the simple flowers there's plenty to draw inspiration from for your own party. designer and events planner mark is here to show us how. good morning, mark. we're still celebrating the royal wedding. we will start with flowers. >> thank you. i think based on a great example they did it and wanted to be sustainable in the flowers they chose. so i brought together a collection of beautiful flowers that represent what they actually did. we have a collection of plants here going with the topiary tree. beautiful orchids. all can be replanted as well as cut flowers, they made a huge point of having fresh flowers from england and mostly from the state itself. >> and they were simple and beautiful and just really elegant. i loved that. brought the trees into the abbey, too. now china, i personally have five sets of china. i know not everybody has that
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much. >> we don't have service for 300 to 600 people so we have party rentals. i like mixing and matching. it makes us young and fresh. >> i love that, too. >> a special moment that they were actually engaged in africa on safari so i have a safari themed plate going on here with the snake skin and we don't have monogrammed plates clearly but you can do it easy, just print on your own on your home computer. >> so cool. so great. now i am totally fascinated. you made your own. >> that was the fashion statement of the wedding. and napkin rings. your guests can unclip them from the napkin and they can adorn them themselves. may think. >> yes, you may. how lovely. >> how fascinating. and then a man's version, much more fabulous. >> and we have a cocktail. quickly. >> this is what i call the royal rose blossom, it's a champagne
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cocktail made with rose essence. >> cheers. awesome. thank you so much, mark. once again, here is generjenna. >> and perhaps you can save some for us. now for the details, there were so many special moments of personal touches william and kate made part of their big day but those could be sparking some may injure trends you might see at the next wedding you attend. more on that is the executive editor for we saw william and kate do the ceremony, the party and the reception. it went all night. is this something we could start seeing? >> exactly. >> for nonroyalty? >> absolutely. the all day affair is something we're going to start seeing more. the reality is a four-hour wedding reception goes by like that and brides and grooms just want the party to go on. we expect to see it go on longer. >> the 0 other thing we saw which a lot of people enjoyed, so many kids involved in the wedding party, a lot of flower girls and ring bearers, that could be something we're trending towards. >> i definitely think this is
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going to spark here. it's a great photo-op and who doesn't love looking at these cute little boys and girls dressed up? it's adorable. we'll see a lot of that here. >> now william and kate did not want gifts. instead they opted for their guests to donate to a charity. they don't need an extra toaster and they don't want g i don't think anyone is going on give up on the gift altogether, but there are looch ways they with incorporate charity. for one thing, they could renlster at weddingç channel.c. then your guest goes to that site and automatically donations are made to whatever charity of their choice. or they could do favors that are charities or register for charities. i think there are a lot of options there. >> here's my favorite part of the whole wedding, which i found out that presence harry hosted this late, late night party that went on straight through the wee hours and then at 6:00 a.m. he goes to what's called a survivors breakfast for anyone that was still going to come down and have some breakfast. what a great idea. he was not going to bed at all.
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is that something we can incorporate? >> absolutely. i love the idea of the afterparty. sending guests off with something. all these food trucks are really big right now. i can imagine here it will take the form of having a great food truck, maybe with donuts or pancakes or whatever for guests on the way out. >> that sounds like a great idea. rebecca, thank you for your insight. >> and just ahead, london calling. the celebrations are just getting started for the city, but, first, these messages. thanks to the venture card from capital one, we get double miles on every purchase, so me and the boys earned a trip to dc twice as fast! oh hi! we get double miles every time we use our card. and since double miles add up fast... one more chariot please. ...we can bring the whole gang! i cannot tell a lie. he did it. right... it's hard to beat double miles! read my lips -- no new axes! [ male announcer ] get the venture card from capital one, money magazine's best rewards card if you aim to rack up airline miles. what's in your wallet? so, you're a democrat right? - oh, we miss you, honey. - i'll be home soon.
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their exact plans are for the future, we do know the u.k. has more reasons to celebrate. nbc's special correspondent ben foeingel joins us from london with more. good morning, ben. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. well, the royal wedding may be over, but some have described it simply as a dress rehearsal as the world's gaze remains on this city for the next year or so. ♪ >> i've lived in london all my life. i still have never been on the london -- >> this could be the ultimate ticket to see history in the making here in london. this is the london eye. it was built in the year 2000 to celebrate the millennium. 423 feet high, and this is the second tallest wheel in the world. now, the royal wedding may be behind us, but this is only the beginning of london's time in the spotlight. hopefully in the sunshine. from up here you get a real
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perspective of the london theme. below us is the river thames. this will play host on the jimd jubilee with festivities. beyond is buckingham palace, and that is where prince phillip will be celebrating his 90th birthday later this year, but, of course, it's bigger than 2012 in london, and behind me is the place that will be the setting for the volleyball, and they'll be seek seating for 20,000 people. with just over a year the olympic games yet underway, this is london's gearing up. the royal wedding serving as a good dress rehearsal. >> looking ahead to the olympics next year in a way, this is a dry run for that. >> reporter: london has a unique bicycle rental program next year inspired to inspire londoners to get in shape for the game and also giving commuters and visitors alike an alternative to
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getting around the city. it allows people to rent a bike in one location and drop it off at another. >> such a great way to explore london. we've got parliament here. there are 20,000 trips on these every day. they've been a huge success. it's anticipated that they'll be rolled out across the u.k. and who knows? maybe they'll be coming to the u.s. soon. >> reporter: while london moves along as planned in anticipation of the 2012 games, the diamond jubilee and prince phillip's 90th, the city remains proud of its neighborhood where old meets new. >> london may be filled with oat buildings, but we're not stuck in the 17th century. we've got an eclectic array of neighborhoods, and this is my favorite, nottinghell gate. it's made famous by hugh grant's role in "nottinghill." >> can i have an apple please? >> thank you very much.
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perfect way to finish a day. an english apple. >> reporter: no trip to london would be complete without the visit to the pub. cheers. here's to london, and the years ahead. well, you can probably see the river thames behind me. this, of course, will be one of the key locations during the queen's diamond jubilee next year. let's just hope the sun continues to shine on this city for the next 18 months. jenna. >> all right. i got to tell you, the last final seconds of your chore, the beer park, hands down my favorite park. thank you so much, ben. we're going take a break, and we're back after these messages. [train whistle blowing] we're here because we wanted to come as much as they did. (girl) it's really hogwarts! because i can fly with harry! because i love seeing him like this! (screaming) ahhhhh! (narrator) from unforgettable adventures to the wizarding world of harry potter,
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that's going to do it for this sunday morning. we'll have much more on the
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tornadoes tonight on "nbc nightly news." i'll see you then. jenna? thank you, lester. our thanks to janice huff. did you have fun? >> it was great. >> come back again? >> yes. >> fap as it parti discusses her book and her foundation that's helping kids dream big. >> find something you love and just go for it. >> class action, today at 9:30.


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