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the forecast is great, jeff. >> we're going to cool down thursday, friday, saturday, the 80s returning. we'll have more on hricane dorian at 6:00. >> next is "nbc nightly news." air this labor day the disaster at sea, a boat sinking in flames off california, multiple people killed, the inferno erupting as they slept, trapped below deck five crew members jumping into the water to escape. jumping inr to escape. tonight families desperate for answers. breaking, hurricane dorian turning deadly, the category 4 carving a catastrophic path in the bahamas, torrential rains, massive floods, homes monster carving a catastrophic path in the bahamas, torrential rains, massive floods, homes shredded, cars underwater. tonight the southeast is bracing for impact much of florida's east coast virginia. the race against time
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as more than a million people are ordered to under hurricane warning, anxiety growing up through virginia. the race against time as more than a million people are ordered to evacuate. our team in place in the storm zone and al roker with some new tracks new crews in the mass shooting in texas. police revealing what happened just before the random firing e began, and new video of the moments of terror as it unfolded. a scare in midair after an instructor passes out at the began, and new video of the moments of terror as it unfolded a scare in midair after an instructor passes out at the controls, his student pilot radios the tower >> this is my first lesson >> how he landed the plane single handedly.l comeback, a major league star bringing players and fans from both teams to their feet. >> announcer: this is and the emotional comeback, a major league star bringing players and fans from both teams to their feet. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, i'm kate snow in for lester tonight. adventur they were experienced divers who signed up for an adventurous holiday weekend trip off the coast of santa cruz island near los angeles. board the diving boat when it caught fire in in the darkness early
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39 people were on board the diving boat when it caught fire in in the darkness early this morning, the passengers asleep down below tonight family members are desperate for information about how crew members escaped while divers perished. gadi schwartz has the details. >> reporter: at 3:00 a.m. off the coast of a california island, a frantic call >> mayday mayday mayday. >> reporter: that mayday coming from a boat fully engulfed in flames >> i can't breathe please >> reporter: over the radio, a man identifying himself as the captain telling the coast guard dozens of passengers were asleep below deck crew members awake on the upper deck jumped overboard to escape the flames while passengers remained trapped >> can you get back on board and unlock the doors so they can get off? >> there's no escape hatch for any of the people on board >> reporter: witnesses describe
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hearing an explosion during the fire the boat was outfitted with pressurized tanks as well as propane for cooking on board it's too early to tell how the fire started the coast guard reporting they have recovered four bodies while more than two dozen others were still unaccounted for. >> did the crew try to help the other passengers >> i don't have information regarding that >> reporter: this morning the hull sinking shortly after sun rise only 60 feet off the coast of santa cruz island >> devastating, tragic >> reporter: rescuers searching the shoreline, but no sign of survivors. >> there are so many unanswered questions. >> reporter: yeah. >> there are so many unanswered questions. and a growing call for answers kate, specifically did this boat have a fire evacuation plan? suppression equipment on board? spoke detectors? fire extinguishers? did it have fire suppression equipment on board spoke detectors? fire extinguishers did it have just one escape hatch?
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and how was it that the crew was able to make it off the boat bu were not? all these questions the passengers were not? all these questions remain unanswered at this point but such a tremendous loss of life the ntsb team is sending 16 th sending 16 people to help with this investigation. people to help with this investigation. >> gadi, thank you to the other major headline tonight. hurricane dorian still an extremely dangerous category 4 storm battering the bahamas and posing a powerful threat to the southeastern u.s southeastern u.s. our team is in place in the storm zone, but first al roker is here with the n our team is in place in the storm zone, but first al roker is here with the new track al, all eyes are on this storm tonight. what are you seeing? >> kate, dorian continues to come down. stationary with 145-mile-per-hour right now it's stationary with 145-mile-per-hour winds, hurricane warnings stretching from north palm beach to the georgia border hurricane watches up to charleston so, we continue to watch this sys so, we continue to watch this system as it makes its way up along the coast as a category 3 storm on wednesday, moves along the carolinas and out to sea sometime friday afternoon.nd
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out to sea sometime friday afternoon. wexpect to see hurricane force and we expect to see hurricane force and tropical force from north of miami all the way to the carolinas and as far as storm surge from west palm beach up to the wilmington storm a wobble of 15 miles either way could impact who feels the strongest impacts of dorian. kate >> i know you'll keep an eye on either way could impact who feels the strongest impacts of dorian. kate. it tonight officials in the bahamas are calling the devastation from dorian unprecedented, the images showing homes demolished and streets under water from widespread flooding. late today the prime minister confirmed at least five deaths on the hard hit islands.ay the minister confirmed at least five deaths on the hard hit islands. morgan chesky is in the bahamas for us. >> reporter: tonight the bahamas torn apart. morgan chesky is in the bahamas for us. >> reporter: tonight the bahamas torn apart dorian, a slow moving monster, swallowing homes, mangling cars,
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and pushing an angry sea on to peoples' doorstep. >> you're literally in the ocean. >> reporter: david mackie gave a chilling play by play, his home on stilts no match for a two story storm surge.ave a chilling play by play, his home on stilts no match for a two story storm surge. >> far more than anything we ever experienced. >> far more than anything we ever experienced >> reporter: prayers for the family as dorian turned deadly >> my grandson is dead >> reporter: this grandmother in tears after she said her grandson drowned seeking shelter. today conditions so bad the u.s. coast today conditions so bad the u.s. coast guard couldn't move in until late this afternoon rescuing dozens but leaving many fearing the worst. fear right now as a dad? >> what's your biggest fear right now as a dad >> my biggest fear is my son's safety >> reporter: robert's son part of the military stationed in abaco. his last message, the weather is picking up since then, silence. >> the storm came, and then all communication was lost at that time
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>> nothing >> nothing >> reporter: right now flooding is among the biggest concerns with cars submerged at police head quarters as dorian dumps after foot of rain. >> we fear for our foot after foot of rain. >> we fear for our lives >> reporter: tonight the prime minister tells me help is on the way but stresses he's never see. >> it's saddening. such a powerful storm. >> it's saddening. it's as if we're fighting a war with the enemy having all the weapons at their disposal and we have absolutely nothing. having the weapons at their disposal and we have we're hopeless the only thing we have to us is god. so, we can pray to god and ask god to bring us strength the pr confirming dorian is now responsible for at least >> reporter: and again the prime minister confirming dorian is now responsible for at least five deaths here in the bahamas. he went on to tell me he plans to visit abaco island tomorrow to witness the to witness the devastation firsthand and begin that long plan of recovery kate >> morgan, thank you and of course people on the east coast are nervously watching dorian's track nervously watching
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dorian's track. more than a million residents up through the carolinas are being warned to ge more than a million residents up through the carolinas are being warned to get out and get out now. nbc gabe gutierrez is on the florida coast. >> mandatory evacuation is in effect right now >> reporter: tonight more than a million people from florida to georgia to south carolina are carolina are being ordered to evacuate. >> i'm worried about the flooding at this point. >> reporter: florida's being ordered to evacuate. >> i'm worried about the flooding at this point >> reporter: florida's governor says dozens of medical facilities have already cleared out. power crews ready to roll. >> get out now while you have time while there's fuel available and you'll be safe on the roads. warnings are now in effect for a chunk of the florida coast. at the ready 45 members of the state's national guard. >> reporter: hurricane warnings are now in effect for a chunk of the florida coast. at the ready 45 members of the state's national guard >> it could be potentially devastating. of course we hope it's not but hope is not a plan >> reporter: today jean lynch florida 85 emergency shelters. what's your biggest concern? >> it creeps up and her husband took no chances leaving their home for one of florida 85 emergency shelters. what's your biggest concern? >> it creeps up on you you don't even know it you're standing here like this
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and all of a sudden it's like boom somebody dropped a drum full of water on you >> reporter: though the monster storm is turning well offshore, livelihood of shrimpers during a crucial time of year. >> this comes in here, it's going to mess us up. >> reporter: across the u.s. more than a it's already threatening the livelihood of shrimpers during a crucial time of year >> this comes in here, it's going to mess us up. >> reporter: across the u.s. more than a thousand flights cancelled today. airports in fort lauderdale and west palm beach are shut down, orlando international closing tomorrow >> i've never experienced a hurricane. hopefully i can get out of here before that happens. fingers crossed. shut down, orl >> reporter: tonight the race to beat dorian -- >> who in their right mind would stay in a trailer during a hurricane?the race to beat dorian -- >> who in their >> reporter: -- under way. right now this area is under mandatory evacuation order most homes and businesses are boarded up and cleared out the outer bands of dorian have been bringing winds and occasional wind throughout the day, but with the storm moving slowly, the worst is yet to come >> thank you with dorian bearing down, tonight we're getting an extraordinary look inside the eye of the storm from those brave enough to fly right into the beat
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here's katie beck. >> reporter: inside the cockpit of air force hurricane hunters scientists look dorian square in the eye. major alex boykin is at the controls of today's flight in ae wall and be able to track its movement. this one has been very hard to predict. >> reporter: these air >> we'll be reading the winds on the way in and through the eye wall and be able to track its movement this one has been very hard to predict. >> reporter: these air force and noaa high flying weather stations travel through turbulent conditions slicing through the eye wall of the hurricane to determine the conditions at the heart of the storm. probes are dropped into the hurricane to measure pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction. >> giving information we need to know where temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction >> giving information we need to know where the hurricane is and where it's going >> reporter: all the information gathered from up above, it's difficult to predict exactly what will happen along the coast. coast. >> we also need to know the steering current. so, well away from the storm, we need to know >> we also need to know the
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steering current so, well away from the storm, we need to know maybe a thousand miles away >> reporter: forecasters use the data and other sources like buoys and satellites to track slow-moving dorian analyzing new information as it comes in the slightest shift in course could be the difference between dodging danger or disaster. the work continues as the powerful eye o dodging danger or disaster the work continues as the powerful eye of dorian sets sights on the east coast katie beck, nbc news, savannah, georgia. also tonight we're learning more about the seven people lost in that random shooting across two cities in west texas and investigators are revealing chilling new details about the gunman gunman. we'll get more from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> get down, get dow we'll get more from nbc's miguel almaguer themselves pinned down in a hail of gunfire. >> it's okay, it's okay. >> get down, get down, get down. >> oh [ bleep ]. >> reporter: before most victims had time to run they found themselves pinned down in a hail of gunfire >> it's okay, it's okay. >> reporter: officials now say the suspect seth ator had a criminal history, failed a gun purchase background check, and should have never owned the assault style rifle used to kill seven and wound 22
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hours before the shooting, he was fired from his jobwas on a spiral of going down. he didn't wake up sa >> he was on a long spiral of going down he didn't wake up saturday morning and walk into his company and then it happened >> reporter: after police tried to pull over the suspect for a traffic violation, he opened fire on officers and civilians across odessa and midland before he was eventually killed investigators later swarmed his home where neighbors say he was often armed, the house barely livable. >> she said it was dirt, no sa dirt, no running water. >> no. >> reporter: with running water. >> no. >> reporter: with several hospitalized carla burn lost her brother in the rampage that left seven dead seven dead. >> my brother was slaughtered like he was nothing. he was at a car at a stoplight with his wife and children on their way to get family pictures taken. stoplight with his >> reporter: overnight this tight knit community came together to remember the postal employee, the truck driver, and
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the afghanistan veteran who survived a battlefield but died at home in odessa. miguel almaguer, nbc news, midland, texas. >> this week a new miguel almaguer, nbc news, midland, texas >> this week a new round of tariffs on chinese imports are taking effect adding to the whoas of american farmers. tonight in our series "america under pressure" one widow who after tragedy is bringing awareness to the issue of mental health in the heartland. nbc's kevin tibbles have more. . >> reporter: in the american heartland, heartbreak. >> this was our dream. >> reporter: in the american heartland, heartbreak. >> this was our dream. we were going to retire here >> reporter: brenda stark is now alone with her kids to do the chores and keep their wisconsin family farm alive. their wisconsin family farm alive. >> he loved the farm. >> he loved the farm plain and simple, he loved the farm >> reporter: anxiety over making ends meet overwhelmed her husband leon last october he took his own life
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>> you're torn up inside too because you're seeing them too you're seeing them suffer you're seeing them and you can't help them. you don't know how to help them. >> reporter: the latest cdc numbers show that american rate population. >> hello there. farmers die by suicide at more than twice the rate of the general population >> hello there >> reporter: dairy farmer randy roker pays more to produce milk than he can sell it for, losing about $30,000 every single month. >> it bothers me all the time that i feel i'm losing my grandfather's farm, a multigenerational farm, and you feel that it's going to end with you. >> reporter: randy also contemplated suicide in these parts they say farmers are often too proud to ask for help that it's okay to go and talk. >> reporter: so, >> let people know that it's okay to go and talk. >> reporter: so, brenda, randy, and others started meetings at their church >> i felt so alone when this happened, that there wasn't any resources for me to go to. >> reporter: to offer help and talk things through. >> it's okay to ask someone st
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that's struggling if they're thinking about suicide that it's fine to ask the question they should ask the questionanc. >> you don't want to have another family go through what you've gone through. >> no. it's okay just to ask for help. it's so hard for so many of them. >> reporter: today, other rural communities reach out to them for guidance >> you don't want to have another family go through what you've gone through. >> no. it's okay just to ask for help it's so hard for so many of them >> reporter: the american farm family, strong, independent, standing tall. but sometimes too in need of support. kevin tibbles, nbc news, near loganville, wisconsin. >> it is okay to ask for help.l with suicidal if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the national suicide prevention lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 and this labor day, scary moments in one new jersey town, officials in south planz plans officials in south plainsfield cancelling their hollywood parade where the governor was scheduled to appear after a man was arrested for illegal possession of explosives on his property near the route. the suspects family says he just had fireworks and the allegations are exaggerated.
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his first time landing an aircraft ever. inside the cockpit, the flight instructor had just passed out >> are they unconscious? >> he's leaning on my shoulder i'm trying to keep him up, but he keeps pulling down. >> have you landed any aircraft before with someone with the controls with you? shoulder. i'm trying to keep him >> no, i haven't >> reporter: max's response was literally fight or flight. >> you have to deal with the >> incredibly with the tower's guidance max brought the plane down without a scratch. >> gently start situation that you've been thrown in front of and you need to react >> reporter: incredibly with the tower's guidance max brought the plane down without a scratch >> gently start braking now and you're down on the ground. you did it, mate well done. that's amazing >> you're going to show your kids that having issues like this, you've got to power through them >> reporter: that flight instructor was rushed straight to the hospital where he's now in stable condition. max has already visited him. >> good news. matt bradley, thank you. up next the latest on kevin hart's condition af kate >> good news matt bradley, thank you. up next the latest on kevin hart's condition after surviving a terrible crash
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headed to his bedside. after a blockbuster year on the big screen, ha hart's wife today headed to his bedside. after a blockbuster year on the big screen, hart's health is in the spotlight as fans hope for a full recovery.angeles. when we come back an emotional return to the mound that had both teams cheering. you won't want to miss it. blaine alexander, nbc news, los angeles. when we come back an emotional return to the mound that had both teams cheering you won't want to miss it. let's see, aleve is proven better on pain than tylenol extra strength. and last longer with fewer pills. so why am i still thinking about this? and last longer witi'll take aleve.
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"inspiring america." >> there's a line drive. >> reporter: in the midst of the fierce playoff race, the cleveland indians and tampa bay rays for a moment were on the same team. even the fans in tampa bay joining them on their feet cheering the emotional return of of indians pitcher carlos indians pitcher carlos carrasco. >> cookie has been out since early june when he was diagnosed with leukemia. >> it was great. the other team came out, my teammates.eam came out, my teammates. it was great, man. it was great because luke i said before, they support me from day one. >> short stop francisco lindor an encourage was an encouragement for the cancer survivor they call cookie >> he told me welcome back cookie just go out there and throw the ball >> the indians posting on twitter this has never been a one-man fight. on twitter this has never been a one-man fight. we fight together. cookie strong. we fight together. cookie strong. normally a starter, carrasco pitched in relief. the indians down 4-1 when the right-hander took the mound. he worked one inning throwing 19 pitches, getting neither a save, a loss, or a win
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but with a second shot at life, he got the biggest victory of all. anne thompson, nbc news. >> that is "nbc nightly news" on this labor day i'm kate snow. lester is back with you tomorrow from all of us at nbc news, have a great night. killed by a ship near alcatraz. what witnesses saw right after the strike. also, police demanding tougher laws for people who attack officers. the confrontation that has sparked this outrage and the critics who say a newly proposed law would begin a slippery slope. but first -- >> this isn't a day that we wanted to wake up to. >> at this hour 26 people missing, eight confirmed dead after a boat catches fire near
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santa barbara. we are live with new information about this tragedy. good evening. thanks for joining us. this will be one of the worst boating disasters in california history. a holiday weekend, diving trip turns deadly. the crew survived. it's believed the passengers did not. tonight a lot of questions. >> damion has more. >> reporter: jessica, yes. baits sailed out of here, the santa barbara harbor, but it never returned. tonight the search and rescue operation continues outside these calm waters of santa barbara. we just finished, wrapped up a news conference with the sheriff's office about an hour and a half ago. the sheriff and coast guard shared more information. 26 people remain missing and the hopes of finding more survivors are going down. there were 39 people on board, six of them crew members, five crew members survived, one

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