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tonight, breaking news. the snow danger and the arctic blast. the snow, reaching all the way up the east coast. the dangerous driving. thousands without power. the nfl game played in blinding snow. and the bitter chill now on the way. also breaking tonight, roaring back. california's monster fire suddenly intensifies. new evacuations. and the battle to save homes. >> they just told us to get out. >> our team on the fire line. final showdown. after four days off the campaign trail, roy moore finally popping up in a tv interview as his opponent doug jones tears across the state. tonight, you'll hear the call alabama voters are getting from president trump. also breaking tonight, highway shooter. a gunman, still at large, targeting four drivers within
minutes. one wounded victim, stumbling into a gas station asking for help. and, reality scam. crooks claiming to work for tv's wildly popular "property brothers," demanding tens of thousands upfront. tonight, the warning from the show's stars. good evening, thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with the threat on both sides of the country. fire in the west and icy weather in the east. the new threat from the california wildfire in a moment. but first, the south reeling from the record-breaking snowfalls that had georgia drivers navigating unplowed roads. downed power lines from mississippi to maine. thousands of customers in the dark. and icy roads causing accidents like this one. an suv in massachusetts ending up on its side. and the lake effect whiteout in buffalo. the bills and colts nearly playing blind. and a big chill on the way for a
huge stretch of the country. rob marciano starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, more than 100 million americans feeling the effects of the winter blast. lake effect snow falling from indiana to new york. thundersnow startling west seneca. three miles south, this scene. and the bills/colts game, snow falling up to two inches per hour. so thick at times, you could barely see the field. indiana drivers dealing with whiteout conditions. slick roads causing hundreds of crashes in the northeast this weekend. in connecticut, a jackknifed tractor trailer slowing traffic to a crawl. this driver careen into an icy pond outside boston, swimming to safety. tonight, the south still reeling. almost 300,000 without power. >> trees are popping all over.
you never know when one will pop near us. >> reporter: crews working to get everyone back online. >> we want to get them warm. get their electricity back on. >> reporter: but one major school district still in the dark and closed monday. >> rob, after all the snow, a big chill now on the way? >> reporter: yes, i-90 will b y dicey, up to 20 inches in spots if not more is possible. another clipper system coming through the great lakes will bring cold air. afternoon windchills, as warm as it will feel in chicago, 8. 2 in green bay, 8 in detroit. wednesday, similar numbers from d.c. to boston. teens for afternoon windchill high temperatures. the coldest air of the season.
tom? >> rob, thanks. next to the west. the thomas fire already more than 270 square miles, bigger than chicago. racing across the hills, forcing families to evacuate with little warning. firefighters working around the clock, trying to save homes. marci gonzalez is there. >> reporter: this massive inferno raging up the southern california coast and still growing tonight. >> look at how big that is, how dangerous it is. >> reporter: overnight, the powerful santa ana winds intensifying. whipping the flames towards homes. >> this area was under evacuation two days ago, and we lifted the orders because we thought we were in good shape. >> reporter: residents startled awake this morning to find the fire was at their doorstep. >> my neighbor pounded on the door at 3:00 a.m., debbie, get out! >> reporter: the flames closing in fast.
residents sent scrambling. >> in ten seconds, the fire was close to us, 30, 50, 100 feet high. >> reporter: this man decided to stay, grabbing a hose in the overpowering haze of smoke, doing what he could to keep the fire from spreading. his efforts paid off. the fire came dangerously close, but he was able to help save some of his neighbors' homes. now, the fight to make sure others fare as well. >> this fire is going to keep spreading for a while. >> reporter: but tonight, a glimmer of hope for the rest of southern california. crews getting the upper hand on four other fires, and one is now completely out. but the devastation left behind is hard to swallow. >> just absolutely traumatic. >> reporter: these women in disbelief. only their mailbox left standing. >> i was hopeful, a 50/50 chance. it doesn't seem like it's real. we just spent thanksgiving here. >> so sad to see those families
returning to what's left of their homes. marci, a tough night for firefighters after a brutal week. will they get a break in terms of weather? >> reporter: they sure could use it. you can see all the smoke where they're so hard at work. the good news is, the winds are dying down, but it's dry and there is no rain in the forecast for more than a week. tom? >> marci, thank you. next to the high-stakes election for the senator from alabama. the voting just two days away. roy moore giving a tv interview today, and getting some help with a robocall from president trump. but his opponent doug jones has been tireless, cris-crossing the state for votes. and stephanie ramos is in birmingham tonight. >> reporter: embattled senate candidate roy moore hasn't been seen publicly since last tuesday. but today speaking out on an alabama tv show against the women who have accused him. >> it's inconceivable to think
that someone would wait 40 years because they were embarrassed or ashamed of something, and then less than 30 days before the general election come out with allegations. >> reporter: moore, who has held eight campaign rallies since the beginning of october, has not said much since eight women came forward against him including two who said moore sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. >> these allegations are completely false. i did not date underage women. i did not molest anyone. >> reporter: but president trump once again backing moore with new robocalls going out statewide today. >> roy moore is the guy we need to pass our make america great again agenda. >> reporter: moore's chief strategist saying on "this week" the special election is a referendum on the president. >> this is donald trump on trial in alabama. if the people of alabama vote for this liberal democrat, doug jones, then they're voting against the president who they put in office at the highest
level. >> reporter: but alabama's senior republican senator richard shelby already casting his ballot. choosing a write-in candidate. >> i didn't vote for roy moore. i wouldn't vote for roy moore. i think the republican party can do better. >> reporter: while moore remains mostly out of the public eye, his opponent, democratic challenger doug jones, is all over the state. trying to be the first democratic senator of alabama in 25 years. >> what kind of senator hides from his constituency when he's running for office? what do you think that says about the campaign? >> there's an energy out there that can't be captured by pushing a telephone. we feel great about this election. >> on the final day before the
special election, roy moore will be campaigning and bringing a special guest? >> reporter: that's right. the team is getting back together. roy moore and former white house chief strategist steve bannon are scheduled to campaign together tomorrow night. the doug jones team tells me they plan to host as many events as possible tomorrow, possibly even topping the number of events today. tom? >> stephanie, i'll see you down in birmingham tomorrow. thank you. next to a series of highway shooting in detroit. a fourth driving coming forward to say a shooter struck her car. one of the drivers was wounded. police say the same gunman is behind all of them, and they're following the clues to find him. here's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: the hunt intensifies tonight for a drive-by shooter who fired at several cars on two separate freeways. police now say a fourth victim has come forward. it started early thursday in detroit, a driver pulls over to this gas station, bleeding as he limps inside for help. >> can you call police? i just got shot in the leg. >> reporter: he didn't know what
hit him. >> i thought it was a rock, i was on i-94, i heard a big bang. >> people were hanging outside the vehicle shooting. >> reporter: all four shootings were within 10 miles and 20 minutes of each other. none of the other drivers were hurt but say bullets hit their cars. >> sounds like our caller's vehicle was struck. he's got a couple of flat tires and he has holes in his vehicle. >> reporter: three of the drivers describe a silver car pulling alongside them, then shots being fired. police say they believe this is the work of one gunman. >> we don't rule anything out because we are just at the very beginning of this investigation. >> reporter: police say all four shootings are connected. for the gunman to be at all four crime scenes, he had to be traveling at over 80 miles per hour. >> thank you. and new fallout over president trump's decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's
capital, and to move the u.s. embassy there. protests and demonstrations across the arab world, and violent crashes outside the u.s. embassy in lebanon. president trump saying he took the action to advance the cause of peace. james longman is in jerusalem tonight. >> reporter: water cannons and tear gas, injured protesters and explosives. and then the crackdown. harrowing scenes outside the u.s. embassy in beirut tonight as anger at the president's speech still echoing across the region. it's been four days since the president's speech and the violence shows no sign of abating. the rocks are still being thrown, tear gas being used. and the political fallout continues. the arab league petitioning other countries to recognize east jerusalem as the capital of a future palestinian state. as u.n. ambassador, nikki haley defends the u.s. decision recognizing the entire city as israel's capital. >> we don't do things just to please every other country in the world. we do things to advance the
ball. and that's what the president did with this. >> reporter: the palestinian foreign minister saying they will have no formal communication with u.s. officials and that they won't meet with vice president pence later this month. mike pence's office is calling that decision unfortunate. tom? >> james, thank you. back here at home to a deadly plane crash in a quiet california neighborhood, sending san diego residents scrambling for safety. gloria riviera with the latest on what may have brought that plane down. >> reporter: today, a san diego community reeling after a plane crashed into a neighborhood home, killing two passengers. the single engine aircraft had four onboard. shortly after takeoff, the pilot radioed in, catastrophic engine failure. >> we saw the plane dip out of the sky, straight into the house. >> reporter: an inferno filled the sky, as residents raced to
help. >> i was in the backyard, i could see what looked like part of the tail section, and the rest of it was into the house. >> reporter: no one was inside, but next door, an entire family was at home. >> my parents were sitting up against this wall. >> reporter: what is tragic for this community could have been much worse. the two survivors of the crash were found wandering the wreckage and taken to the burn unit for care. the faa and ntsb investigating. >> thank you. next to a convicted serial killer, accused of chaining a female hostage inside of a shipping container, confessing to new crimes. and the accusations he's now making against law enforcement. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: the man who police say chained this woman in a makeshift dungeon and murdered seven people now says he killed even more. in a letter the "herald-journal"
of spartanburg, south carolina, says it recently received, todd kohlhepp brags, "yes, there really is more than seven. i tried to tell investigators and i did tell fbi, but it was blown off. at this point, i really don't see reason to give numbers or locations." kala brown, the woman who was freed from the metal container where kohlhepp imprisoned her for two months after killing her boyfriend, told dr. phil mcgraw he told her he murdered scores of people. >> how many people did he tell you he killed? >> he said he was near the three-digit mark, so almost 100. >> reporter: profilers of serial killers say what kohlhepp is saying is not usual. >> serial killers' entire identity is tied up in killing. and now they've lost it, and how do you get the spotlight back on you? you do it by saying there's more victims. >> and garrett says sometimes the claims turn out to be true. more often, they're not. but investigators have to check them out. the fbi is telling the newspaper they have an investigation pending into this. >> ron, thank you.
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