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he'll be my guest this morning on "sunday today." first of all, what a great guy. he's from belfast, from northern ireland, and they came to him about this role, and he said are you kidding, i would love to play this. jamie dornan getting a lot of award season talk. of course he's the christian grey and all the "50 shades of grey" movies. jamie dornan coming up on sunday on nbc. we'll see all of you back here on "morning joe" on monday. that does it for us. have a great weekend. good luck out in the storms. stephanie ruhle picks up the coverage right now. stephanie ruhle picks up the coverage right now hey, there. i'm stephanie ruhle live at msnbc headquarters here in almost snowy new york city. it is friday, january 28th. we've got a lot to get to this morning so buckle up and let's get smarter. in just 30 minutes, ukraine's
president will hold a press conference the morning after an hour-long phone call with president biden as more than 130,000 russian troops continue to build along their border. while in houston, a suspect is in custody after three more officers are wounded after this violent shoot-out. and right now, just two blocks from here, the funeral in new york city for nypd officer jason rivera is getting under way after he and his partner were killed responding to a domestic violence call in the bronx. and this morning, 75 million people are under a winter storm watch from north carolina up to new england as a massive bomb cyclone -- i'll need to define that -- takes aim, bringing hurricane-force winds and possibly up to 2 feet of snow. we have got to start this morning's broadcast with the intensifying speculation at this hour over who will replace supreme court justice stephen breyer. with the process of choosing a nominee under way and president biden doubling down on this campaign promise.
>> i've made no decision except one. the person i will nominate will be someone extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the united states supreme court. >> the president making those comments while appearing alongside justice breyer at the white house thursday. the 83-year-old justice formally announcing he'll retire at the end of the current term while reflecting on the future of american democracy. >> it's an experiment that's still going on, and i'll tell you something, you know who will see whether that experiment works? it's you, my friend. my grandchildren and their children. they'll determine whether the experiment still works and of course i'm an optimist and i'm pretty sure it will.
>> let's discuss. josh letterman, nan caldwell on capitol hill and ashley parker from "the washington post." mr. letterman, we're getting a clearer picture of when biden will nominate the replacement. what are you learning? >> reporter: good morning, stephanie. president biden saying he will nominate his candidate for the supreme court by next month, one month from now, which will also coincide with black history month. and the president is not going to be starting from scratch because he and his team have had a list of potential candidates in place since really the campaign days and shortly after president biden made that announcement during the campaign that he pledged to nominate a black woman to the supreme court if he were elected. over the coming days and weeks, the white house is going to start reaching out to a number of those candidates likely to include the ones on your screen right now, to start setting up meetings for president to actually have a chance to interview them. we are also told that president
biden plans to really work closely with lawmakers of both parties, senators from the democratic and republican party, to get their feedback on who they think would make a qualified pick for the supreme court. he is also planning to consult closely with vice president kamala harris, who, of course, in addition to fwg vice president, is also a seasoned attorney and former attorney general herself. and we know that the white house is really excited about the fact that they're going to be able to talk about this for the next month as they were coming up with this candidate, and then into march, which is when we would expect to see hearings begin for a supreme court pick. justice breyer, the outgoing justice, saying he does plan to remain on the court through the end of this term, assuming that his replacement is confirmed by then, stephanie. >> madam parker, what are you hearing about the process? >> josh summed up a lot of it, but there is a lot of pressure
from a majority of democrats to move -- he says he plans to nominate by february, but this is a very, very close and divided summit, and if there is a sense there is a tragedy, anything can go wrong, you can't afford to lose a single democratic vote assuming you don't get any republicans. that said, there is some talk about the idea that this is one of these thing where is you might be able to get some bipartisan support, especially from senators collins and murkowski. and this is also seen as a real opportunity. this is a white house struggling to explain two black voters who really saved joe biden during that south carolina primary and the primaries in general, why they hadn't delivered on a number of promises that are important to that community, including, for instance, voting rights. and this is a chance again for them to have a political fight on their terms where it gives a black female judge and black
women of course are critical to the democratic party. i believe about 93% of black women vote democratic. and it's a chance for president biden to make sure what's more like the country, more like america. >> why wouldn't they rush the process? what would the reason be for democrats to take their time? ashley? >> well, i think what you're mainly hearing is that they do want to do this process quite quickly for a number of reasons, including the fact that the senate is such a narrow balance. and i will say the very day that the news of breyer's retirement leaked, before he had even confirmed it himself, senator patty murray sent out a private email that basically went through how quickly amy coney
barrett's nomination was pushed through in 30 days and the implication was this is how quickly we need to move as well, that speed is of the essence. the democrats largely agree with your assessment. >> leigh ann caldwell, take us through the confirmation plo process in the senate. what does that look like? >> we know a little more about the time line because president biden wants to name someone before the end of next month. and that settles him up for a state of the union on march 1st to go ahead and tout and promote his nominee, which could be a big boost for democrats. and then we can be assured that senate democrats are going to move extremely quickly and expeditiously to start the process that's going to look like senate confirmation hearings and the senate judiciary committee. before that, you'll have senators meeting with this nominee as this nominee walks around from office to office meeting with both republican and democratic members. and then senate democrats are
going to be able to confirm her, and all signs point to the fact they are going to get all 50 democrats. senator joe manchin told west virginia radio yesterday he is inclined to support whoever the president picks, even if this person is more liberal than he is. and that is the position he has on most nominees. he supported most of donald trump's judicial nominees. and as far as republicans are concerned, i'm told by my sources that they're kind of holding their fire and waiting right now to get some signals from senate minority leader mitch mcconnell on what sort of posture and tenor he is going to take with this nominee. and that's why we haven't heard that much from republicans just yet, steph. >> all right. leigh ann, ashley, josh, thank you so much. we have to turn overseas this morning where russia's top diplomat, almost ironic, a diplomat from russia, what are they doing, said today that moscow doesn't want a war over ukraine but warn that the west
must respect its security interests. it comes as the kremlin continues to add combat forces to the area. that sounds like they want a war. the total now up to 130,000 according to ukraine's defense minister. back home, president biden spoke to ukrainian president zelensky for more than an hour on thursday and warned, again, that russia could invade within the next few weeks. we're expecting to hear more from zelensky when he holds a press conference later in this hour. let's discuss and bring in nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engle, inside ukraine, and diplomatic correspondent michael crowley. michael, the phone call with biden, we kept hearing this invasion may be imminent but zelensky's comment, people seem to be going about their lives business as usual. >> yes, stephanie. there are two parts to this. one is i think regular ukrainians, and richard can
speak better to this because he's there, but my sense is they have lived under the shadow of these constant russian intimidations and threats for years and there's a kind of fatalism that's set in, a sense they can't run around in a panic every time things look bleak, although i will say this looks much worse than anything we've seen in many years, so it does seem to be different in kind. then there's the political leadership, and i think this has become a great frustration to the biden administration and democrats on capitol hill, trying to figure out why zelensky seems to be preaching a different message than washington and its western european allies. part of the effort here is to make people understand how serious this is. europeans who might be a little more relick tant to impose sanctions that could take a toll on their own economies, i believe the biden administration thinks they need to really understand that this is the real deal, this is not just posturing by president putin, quite likely
it will be an invasion. and i think there's frustration that not only zelensky but others in his circle have not been in unison with the biden administration. i'll be interested to see whether his tune changes at all today. >> richard, putin has not said one word, and we keep seeing these troops pile up. >> he's spoken to president biden, but he has not been speaking out in public. he's allowing his diplomats to do that. sergey lavrov, the foreign minister, gave four radio interviews today, so the russians are speaking, just not vladimir putin himself. . it seems he wants to keep his conversations on a leader-to-leader basis. putin spoke earlier today with france's emmanuel macron. what the russians are publicly saying through lavrov and other foreign ministry officials is that russia would never start a war, they have no interest in starting a war, but they quickly
add these caveats saying that some other party could start a war, that this is western intimidation, western hysteria, that the united states and nato are threatening russia and therefore russia has to do what it can and what it must do to defend itself. so we are hearing a lot from the russians but not publicly from vladimir putin. >> well, we are all paying attention. michael, richard, thank you so much. we'll leave threat. before we go to break, i have a little something i want you to take a look at. it was this tweet from house minority leader kevin mccarthy. he said "president biden's policies have, quote, stalled our economic recovery and that, quote, bidenomics is bad for america." a year later, that is not what the actual numbers show. this graph on your screen shows u.s. gdp from 1908 to 2021.
that line at the end, it represents biden's first year in office. and gdp reaching, ready for this, a 37-year high. that was on top of other very strong numbers, rising wages, unemployment rate that is dropping faster than most predicted with 6 million jobs created in 2021. of course it is not all good news. we have seen prices climbing at their fastest pace in decade, hitting americans everywhere from the gas stations to the grocery store with people across the country feeling the pinch. however, when you look back at that chart, one thing is very, very clear. the economy bidenomics have done anything but stalled. numbers tell truth coming up, a pt is in custody after allegedly shooting three police officers and carjacking a driver in houston, texas. plus, right now, officers are gathering at st. patrick's cathedral to remember one of their own. we'll take you there next.
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three houston officers are in stable condition after another officer was gunned down in that same city. they were responding to a domestic disturbance incident when a suspect opened fire. that suspect was eventually tracked down and taken into custody after fleeing the scene. all of this as reports of violence crime rising across the nation. homicides are up 44% in 22 major u.s. cities, yet every single day our law enforcement officers show up on the job, and i am grateful for that. joining us, vaughn hillyard at the funeral in new york city, eugene o'donnell served with the new york city police department, and alfred titus is a retired nypd homicide detective. vaughan, this is a difficult day for new york city. i walked down 5th avenue. there were scores of police officers waiting to go inside. what's this morning going to be like?
>> thousands of other nypd officers, those who were inside of st. patrick's cathedral inside and thousands of others standing on the streets. several blocks here around st. patrick's cathedral are shut down. for those officers not inside of the cathedral, there's thousands of others who are here right now listening on shroud speakers. we're talking about nypd officer jason rivera, a 22-year-old man, a newlywed husband here who is being laid to rest here today. will burt mora, the 27-year-old. they were responding to a domestic violence call last friday night. there is a third officer as well who ultimately returned fire and killed the man who shot and killed his two partners there. you're talking about mayor eric
adams, who will be giving a eulogy in just a few moments here. he's a 20-year veteran of the nypd himself here who earlier gave a speech and laid out several proposals to address gun violence in the city. we're talking about the number of shooting incidents in 2021. stephanie, more than 1,400 of them, that is more than double the number of shooting incidents here in new york city in 2019. this is a conversation, a reckoning that is happening, not only how do police departments best serve their communities but also a recognition that there is gun violence on the rise here through this pandemic far host of reasons. the number of guns being trafficked, ghost guns, how best to get them out of these communities here. you're looking at the number of homicides and serious violent crimes taking place putting these officers in the line of fire and ultimately jason rivera and will burt mora are being laid to rest as a result.
>> these officers hearing about potential policy changes that could come months or years from now while they are standing inside or just outside st. patrick's cathedral mourning one of their own. what are they going through today? >> this is the greatest generation of american police officers. think of a 22-year-old person choosing to do this work in this day and age when the country is so divided, everything is so contentious. there's so much controversy surrounding every event. no two people can agree. yet you have these two officers going to save the life, try to save the life of a domestic violence victim. by the way, the last few nypd officers who have laid down their lives have done it on behalf of battered women. this is the most noble calling you can imagine. it is the most honorable job. now more than ever, these are remarkable people. >> they certainly are. alfred, how worried are you that
at a time when violent crimes are up we could start to see more and more lafrlss retire, doing it for themselves, for their families, or next generation say this is not a career i want to pursue? >> i am very concerned about this situation. as a matter of fact, i teach students that are constantly reminding me that they are unsure of the path that they are taking. they ask me for reassurance and just confirmation that they're making the right decision. this is definitely a difficult time for policing throughout the country. nypd and all other police departments have seen reduction of recruitment as well as increased retirement. and with the amount of violence that is increasing on our streets, the amount of guns, real guns on our streets, it's a very dangerous time in law enforcement and in policing,
and, as a matter of fact, in america. >> eugene, what do you believe is behind this spike and whack we do about it? >> without a doubt, the destruction of law, the undermining of the police at every turn, the total ideological attack on police officers has played an awful role here. we have a terrible dynamic where we had a buildup of criminal justice that was mindless and now we have a mindless teardown of criminal justice, the discharge of massive numbers of people that need to be under some sort of supervision, career criminals, the dangerous, mentally ill, a nation awash in guns. we're not norway. the cops are in the middle of this, in urban america in the most difficult circumstances. this is a day to reflect on their tremendous sacrifices. again, who would want to be a police officer in urban america? we have departments clearing out, shortages everywhere, the
recruiting pool has all but evaporated. but this is a day to honor the sacrifices and mourn for the families. new york city itself is in mourning as you see st. patrick's cathedral as people have wrapped around the church there to pay homage to this minister, this public minister. and this is a real public service. this is not a person who's a politician, self-serving people looking to be lobbyists. this is real self-sacrifice, the highest level of sacrifice, the most noble work you can imagine, and a day like that should be acknowledged in houston and new york and everywhere else. it's quietly going on. it doesn't go under the headlines. police are the rule of law in our society, and we have to reckon with the fact that that rule of law has been eroded and we're not going to find people to do the work. this is a conversation that should have been going on for years. we're just now catching up with where we're at. >> we need to keep having it.
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crazy week on wall street as investors continue to process the new gdp numbers, excellent ones, and the news from the fed about rates going up potentially. i want to bring in cnbc's done chu to break it all down. what do you make of this wild week? what's ahead? >> a lot about the fed and interest rates, inflation, how it's affecting not just consumers like us but also the companies that make all the stuff we buy as well. then you throw in some geopolitical risk around ukraine and russia. all of that and more is likely behind the market volatility that we've seen. it's caught a lot of investors off guard because we don't really see this kind of market volatility anymore. at the center of much of it, though, is the megacap technology and media/communications stocks that have become real brand names in our everyday conversations, talking about the hugely influential ones in terms of market value and the way it kind of directs the market and the economy. apple, microsoft, google, amazon, tesla, you name them. if interest rates rise, it could affect the growth prospects for these companies as well as
change the assumptions that drive how much you pay for the stocks. after a long period of no volatility, many experts believe we are due for a more extended bout of it. as for traders and investors, what will they be paying attention to this coming week? a lot of the employment month. the jobs report on friday, stephanie, that could help shape the views of the federal reserve and other policymakers, but it's also going to be a big week for corporate earnings results. 100 or so s&p companies will report financial results including amazon, starbucks, apple, facebook, meta, so there will be a lot of macroeconomic and microeconomic companies, specific drivers next week, so the volatility could continue. >> done, can you remind our audience, when we see these big tech names, the high fliers suddenly go down, it's not because their businesses aren't doing well, but where their stocks have been trading over the last two years are miles and miles away from the actual fundamentals.
>> the pullback isn't because the companies are doing poorly. it's because when investors look at the way they invest in companies, they make certain assumptions about what these companies will do with profit e growth or sale growth in the next couple years. it v interest rates may increase their costs of borrowing, but it changes the assumptions by which you invest a company or a stock. if interest rates rise substantially, all of a sudden there becomes an alternative for investors for investing in stocks. if treasury bonds and notes could actually give you decent returns, people would have to think twice about whether or not they want the risk adjusted returns for a company like, say, apple or microsoft, or whether they're okay taking "x" percent in coupon and yield payments from guaranteed government money. all of that plays into the discussion right now and it's a
reason why the folks are saying if interest rates are due to increase, maybe they have to take a harder look at how much i pay for a stock as opposed to parking it in government bonds, which pay me a guaranteed amount of money based on the full faith and credit of our government. >> it is such an important reminder that bonds, savings, savers have been punished for years and years with rates being so low, and especially senior citizens on fixed incomes. they don't necessarily want to invest in the stock market. rates went up a little bit. it's good for those who are looking to just stay safe and save. done chu, thank you so much. see you soon. this morning, very big news in the fight against covid. cases and hospitalizations are down across the country. i'm going to say it one more time because i love hearing it. cases and hospitalizations are down. that comes as the u.s. seven-day average for covid deaths did rise to its highest level since early last year. meanwhile, scientists are watching a new subvariant called stealth omicron, and say it
poses a different threat. on the vaccine front, moderna says it will seek authorization for its omicron-specific vaccine this summer, plus a team in texas thinks they have come up with yet another vaccine that could be a game changer not just in the u.s. but for the rest of the world. morgan chesky has that story now. >> reporter: at texas children's hospital in houston, there is much more than meets the eye because past the exam rooms inside this lab lie what is they believe to be the potential silver bull let for taking down covid-19. >> our lab is the united nations of science. >> reporter: a team of doctors led by dr. peter hotez and dr. elina mattazzi dedicating their careers to fill a vaccination gap. >> delta rose out of an unvaccinated population in india the beginning of last year, then omicron rose out of an unvaccinated population out of southern africa. mother nature is telling us what's going to happen. as long as we refuse to
vaccinate those low and middle income countries. >> reporter: with money provided by fillen throe misses, they turned to a vaccine inside texas children's they're calling a game changer. the technology is important because it's existed for decades, allowing multiple low-income countries to produce their own vaccine without intellectual property obstacles or way for donated pfizer and moderna vaccines that often arrive to late to make a difference. what sets this apart isn't how it's made but why. there is no patent. that means a company anywhere in the world can scale it unlike anything we've seen. in fact, in india, there's emergency use authorization after completing two phase-three clinical trials. >> the great thing about it is there's no limit to the amount you can make. it's got one of the best safety profiles of any vaccine out there for covid-19. simple refrigeration, storage.
you don't need any if you recognizers -- freezers to store it. probably the lowest cost vaccine. >> it's being districted outside the u.s. and currently isn't fda approved, but perhaps the most important of all, the accessibility the texas children's vaccine offers. by not having a patent, paving the way for partners worldwide. >> what makes the patent-free vaccines unique is companies can produce the vaccine without worrying about legal challenges and huge financial losses. >> reporter: with the pandemic entering year three, experts say the global health care gap, especially with vaccines, has become more exposed than ever. >> this is the greatest moral failure of our lifetimes, and we can't let this happen again. we have to have a world that is much more effective against preventing and responding to pandemics. and we have to have a world that's fair, more equitable, and just. and that's a global imperative.
>> let's bring in one of the doctors you saw in that piece, my friend, dr. peter hotez. he's the co-director of the center for vaccine development at texas children's hospital and dean at by lor college of medicine. i want you to talk to my mom right now because she's watching the news every day and hearing about a new potential vaccine. what if we've already been vaccinated and boosted? now we need a different vaccine? for what? >> well, you know, right now, we don't know what's looming out there, but here's what we do know, stephanie, is that as long as we fail to vaccinate the world, mother nature is going to hurl new variants at us. she's not being coy here. she's telling us exactly what she has in mind. she gave us delta out of an unvaccinated population in india at the beginning of last year. she gave us omicron out of an unvaccinated population out of southern africa towards the end of last year. and yet another variant is clearly brewing out of
unvaccinated africa, southeast asia, and latin america. that's the basis for our vaccine. we're saying enough. we have to vaccinate the world and this is the one to do it because the technology to make it is in place locally, indonesia, bangladesh, india, and now we're working to build that for botswana as well, so we're providing this with our technology, with no patent, no stringings attached. we're helping in the code development -- >> wow. >> -- at our own expense, not making any money but doing this to save lives. india, our biological partner there, has 250 million doses. they'll have a billion doses ready to go we hope by the summer. that's exciting for us. we've never made a billion of anything before. so we're hoping that this could be a game changer for the low and middle income countries. that's what's going to bring an end to this pandemic. >> that is extraordinary. what does that mean? we're currently shipping millions of doses around the world. are they not getting to the
people who need it most? >> well, let's go back to what you said. you're exactly right. we're shipping millions. we need billions. we need 9 billion doses for the world's low and middle income countries. so when the president two days ago boasts that the u.s. government has provided 400 million doses across the world, heck, we are about to exceed with our small research in texas in collaboration with these low and middle income countries. what the g-7 leaders do not understand is the scale and magny today required. we have a billion people in sub-saharan africa, a billion people in latin america and the caribbean, a billion in the southeast asian countries with these variants that are rising. back of the envelope math, 6 billion doses, that's what we need and this is the vaccine we think can help fill that gap. >> thank you for all you do. for everyone out there who says
i've done what i was told to do, i'm done with covid, mother nature doesn't care. peter, thank you so much. turning to a story we have a talk about. a school board in tennessee is voting to remove "mouse," a graphic novel about the holocaust. they're taking it out of the curriculum. why? profanity and an image of a nude woman. you might think not a big deal. failing to educate kids about the holocaust leads to situations like this -- protesters, tv personalities, elected officials making dangerous comparisons. earlier this week robert f. kennedy suggested restrictions today, covid restrictions, are worse than what anne frank endured. before that, a republican congressman from ohio wrote on twitter comparing vaccine mandates to nazi policies. yesterday was holocaust remembrance day. that is a day to remember 6
million jews not who got sick, 6 million who were killed, consciously killed by the nazis -- mothers, father, grandparents, children, who were taken from their homes, sent to concentration camps to be tortured, forced to work, hardly fed, separated from their families, and ultimately killed. why? for being jewish. that is why right now it is more important than ever that we remember and continue to tell the story of the survivors so that people understand the atrocities that took place and stop making ignorant, offensive, and dangerous comparisons. we'll be right back. we'll be right back. and a touch of sea salt. it's like a double double for your tastebuds. subway keeps refreshing and refreshing and refreshing...
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has roughly 130,000 troops amassed on the border ready to go to war. but moscow says they're being forced into it and they're gist playing defense because nato is getting too close. it is propaganda, it is lies, straight out of the soviet playbook. here's the thing -- you don't have to go to russia to hear it. it's playing right here in the u.s. too. take a look. >> this point, nato exists primarily to torment vladimir putin with his many faults but has no intention of invading western europe. vladimir putin does not want belgium. he just wants to keep his western border secure. that's why he doesn't want ukraine to join nato. and that makes sense. imagine how we would feel if mexico and canada became satellites of china. we wouldn't like that at all. >> before i explain why this makes no sense, please realize that a lot of hardworking american people that are not foreign policy experts are watching this garbage and they're buying it.
congressman tom moll now ski tweeted a few days ago he has constituents in new jersey calling him upset that the united states is not siding with russia against ukraine. in fact, the kremlin, the kremlin loved tucker's rant so much that they want the russian people to hear it too. that very same show you just saw but playing on a russian newscast. so for facts' sake, let's break down this propaganda. first of all, nato is not china, and it is not there to take over ukraine or threaten russia. in fact, russia already shares borders with at least four nato countries with no problem -- estonia, latvia, lithuania, and norway. while it might seem to make sense that putin doesn't want nato missiles in his backyard, nato has made it very clear, they are not for attacking russia. they're there for protecting other countries from russia. after all, let me remind you, russia is the one that invaded georgia in 2008, invaded crimea
in 2014, and is on the verge of invaing ukraine at this very moment. now, it is true that ukraine used to be part of the soviet union and the feeling from putin is that russia should be allowed to get back what used to be theirs. but here's the truth. a lot has changed since 1991. ukraine has been independent for more than 30 years. they have had plenty of changes. they have had plenty of time to change their mind and side with russia, including when they had a pro-russian president eight years ago and then launched a violent nationwide protest because they wanted to kick him out. in every election since they've picked candidates more aligned with the west than moscow. in other words, forget what putin says, forget what tucker carlson is telling you. the ukrainian people have made their voices heard, and they are seeking to maintain independence. still ahead, 65 million people along the east coast are under a winter storm watch. a big nor'easter threatens to
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new england is brushing for what could be a historic storm. wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour in some spots and in coastal community, we could be dealing with storm surge, flooding and beach erosion is also a big concern. we had crews working pretreating the road ways. you may notice this massive salt dome behind me. there is a brown mound, i was told a mixture of sand and salt and molasses. they'll be spraying that and they'll stick better on the ground. do the work and preparations now. conditions will deteriorate quickly. here in the community that issued a voluntary evacuation order. >> bill, take us to the world of
meteorologist and science, people are saying this could be a bomb cyclone. what in the world is that? i want to drop the bob cyclone at my dinner table tonight, give it to me. >> yeah, we all want to be the bomb, right? the bomb cyclone is a technical storm for storms rapidly forms. it happens with hurricanes and winter storms probably two or three timetimes. this is nothing new. this one is going to deepen rapidly tonight and become a nor'easter and a blizzard comes tomorrow eventually. we added millions more people to the advisory. now we are up to 73 million. we were in 65 earlier. those numbers continue to jump. we have light snow plaguing the atlantic and new york city. the blue shows you where roughly 3 to 6 inches. once you get towards the purple that's upward of a foot of snow. look at how huge of a section at
18 inches of snow. that's almost everywhere from hartford and new hampshire. that's the area you do not want to be traveling on saturday. it is going to snow so hard that the road crews are not going to be able to keep up with it. that's the most dangerous portion of the storm. the new york city area, i don't think it is going to be a major impact as far as travel goes. the airlines are already cancelling hundreds if not thousands of flights. i have seen portland airport and maine airport, 80% of flights are already cancelled. and the winds are going to be a
problem, too. that's possible from boston down to the cape, maybe on areas of long island. that's the bigger story we'll deal with through the blizzard. maybe you can relate to this one. stephanie. miami, 37 degrees sunday morning with a windchill in the upper 20s. they're panicking. they don't know what to do. >> sorry, it is going to be chilly in miami. that's a lot than getting hit with a bomb cyclone. that's rough. 37 degrees is not what people are used to from miami. we want people there to be prepared and warm. bomb cyclone is not good news. thank you for keeping us up to date. that wraps up this busy hour and week. i am stephanie ruhle, we'll pick
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