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>> thank you for joining us. "world news tonight with david muir" is next. i'm ama daetz. >> tonight as we come on the air, millions in the path of severe storms. reports of multiple tornadoes touching down, texas slammed by heavy rain and strong winds. this gas station torn apart. 14 million in the storm zone tonight. our ginger zee standing by. breaking news, the investigation under way right now. four children killed. >> there was a strange odor in the house. >> the dangerous pesticide under their home. chilling new video of the suspect in that deadly nightclub attack. how he may have escaped, and the wounded american speaking out saying he played dead to survive. a police takedown under fire. a call for a man with a knife, officers plowing into him with a cruiser. questions tonight about that arrest. an unruly passenger's
faceoff with the flight attendant. the transcontinental flight grounded. what happened 30,000 feet in the air? and mariah's meltdown. what really happened on that stage? good evening, and happy new year. i'm cecilia vega in for david. tonight, 2017 kicking off with dangerous weather. reports of multiple tornadoes in mississippi coming in at this hour, and severe storms. 14 million people in the threat zone. >> we just got hit by a roof. >> south of dallas, powerful wind and rain slamming part of a gas station into a car, and not far from where those tornadoes were reported, this mangled farmhouse. while across the northern plains, heavy snow is falling. today in east grand forks, minnesota, that a virtual whiteout, and behind that storm,
an arctic blast is on the way. abc's steve osunsami starts us off. >> reporter: these are the blaring winds, some near 60 miles an hour, that tore through cities south of dallas today -- knocking down power lines and cutting the lights. >> we've lost power. >> reporter: drivers taking cover at this gas station were hit by falling pieces. >> oh, we just got hit by a roof! >> reporter: here's covington county, mississippi this evening. this same severe weather system brought six inches of rain in a few short hours to parts of alabama. >> i want you to see this. it is completely submerged. it is not passable. >> reporter: tonight, the jackson, alabama police department says they're dealing with a flood emergency. >> we're just asking everybody to stay in. >> reporter: they're now having to rescue drivers who didn't listen. >> this is a prime example as to why not be out. because we have a vehicle submerged in water at this time. >> reporter: the rain and screaming winds brought traffic at gulf airports to a stop. the gilliam family was stuck in the sky today, circling houston,
with a screaming baby. >> we got to circle for a long time, and deal with him crying even longer on the plane. >> reporter: in pensacola, where more severe weather is on the way, more than 30 homes were hit over the weekend. the winds knocked down large trees -- >> we have a big dent right here. >> reporter: over houses and cars. as the storm continues to move east, there's the threat of an isolated tornado tonight, but the greatest danger this evening is from the heavy rain and high winds, cecilia. >> that rain coming down, steve. thank you. let's get right to ginger zee tracking and timing out these storms. what are you most worried about right now? >> reporter: cecilia, i'm i'm most concerned about the isolated tornado potential, and also severe storms that could produce 70 plus-mile-per-hour winds. let's look at the tornado watch that goes until 11:00 p.m. eastern. it extends into parts of georgia. the flood watches, you could get two to six inches of rain that you see on the map there. we're going to move it overnight.
we'll show you the timing of it as it moves through south carolina, parts of north carolina, and gets out of our way. the next big headline is the arctic blast that will make it feel lick 28 below in billings, montana tomorrow morning. wednesday morning, in chicago, it will be zero, and in st. louis, 7. it will be moderated, but cold until the end of the week. mrs. late breaking news to report tonight. and details on the developing story, we go to abc's juju chang. >> reporter: several u.s. airports tonight promoting a custom system outage. travelers posting videos like this one showing long lines on one of the busiest holiday travel days. hundreds of people backed up at miami's airport, and ft. lauderdale saying expect delays until the system is restored. >> thank you for that. we want to turn to breaking news from texas tonight. a tragedy involving pesticides at a home. ten members of one family falling sick after accidentally mixing water with a dangerous
chemical. and tonight, four children in that family are dead. abc's matt gutman with the details just now coming in. >> reporter: tonight, an invisible killer striking this amarillo, texas home. >> there are eight people sick in the house, and one is not waking up. >> reporter: they saw the unconscious kids. four children ultimately died. >> there are kids that are not awake, and a bunch of others that are having a hard time. >> reporter: ten people all from the same family, were found with severe chemical poisoning from a lethal gas called phosphine. fire officials say it seeped into the mobile home after an occupant spreading the pesticide to kill rats and mice beneath the house. family members complained about the pesticide's smell, and the man told officials he sprayed it with water, causing a chemical reaction creating that deadly concoction. of phosphine. when they arrived, rescue crews smelled that gas. >> we need to call a hazmat team.
we do have a strange odor in the house. >> reporter: nine others hospitalized as a precaution. tonight, neighbors are planning a vigil for the family. >> for them to go just all at once, it's kind of a tragedy this hit home because this could happen to anybody. >> reporter: this is one of the most commonly used agricultural pesticides. because of that, it is one of the most common causes of poisoning. unfortunately, there is no antidote, cecilia. >> just a tragedy there, matt. thank you. we want the turn overseas with authorities closing in on a suspect in that new year's massacre in turkey. this obtained today. investigators say it shows the face of the killer, and of course, that surveillance video showing the gunman firing outside that club. tonight, new details about how he got away, and how some of the survivors, including one american, made it out alive. abc's alex marquardt is on the scene in istanbul tonight. >> reporter: new images tonight of the man being hunted by turkish security forces. that chilling video of the
suspected terrorist, who still hasn't been publicly identified, walking through a central squarsquare in istanbul. at one point, smirking. he's believed to be the one who started firing an automatic weapon outside the popular, upscale reina nightclub on new years. he then raced inside and over the next seven minutes, coldly murdered at least 39 people. in this image, he appears to be taking off his jacket. sources telling us they believe he changed in order to help in his escape. he's later seen wearing lighter clothing. then they suspect he limped while fleeing the club in order to blend in. from the club, appearing to take a taxi under half a mile away. he gets out warily, his eyes darting around and walks away slowly. in his wake, a massacre. dozens were wounded, including american jake raak, who said he pretended to be dead. he left istanbul today. >> all i can say is it's a massive tragedy. this is very unfortunate.
>> reporter: we met 18-year-old omer ozturk who was at the club with six friends. [ speaking a foreign language ] he told us there was chaos as constant gunshots rang out, people stampeding, crushing each other, many jumping into the waters next to the club. isis said their soldier carried out this attack because of a actions from turkey against them in syria. and because this club was hosting, quote, christians celebrating their apostate holiday, meaning new year's. the sad part is almost all of those killed were muslims. >> awe alex marquardt following that for us. alex, thank you. next president-elect trump is back in new york after his holiday in florida, and back on a twitter spree. from his jab at chicago's mayor to his gripe about a book cover photo. abc's mary bruce has more from the white house. >> reporter: after ringing in the new year at his annual bash in florida, the president-elect
-- >> regulations are going off. we're going to get rid of obamacare. >> reporter: tonight, the president-elect is back home in trump tower, and back home on twitter, weighing in on the surging murder rate in chicago. tweeting, if mayor can't do it, he must ask for federal help. a record-setting 762 murders last year. with 18 days until his inauguration, trump is taking another victory lap, and he's complaining about a new book on the election, saying, "they used the worst cover photo of me." but tonight, the big question -- what will trump reveal about the russian hacking? >> i also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you'll find out tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: trump is still pushing back against the conclusion of 17 u.s. intelligence agencies that russia was behind the hacking. >> i know a lot about hacking. and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. so it could be somebody else. >> reporter: president obama has
just counterpunched with sanctions, but will trump keep them? his team says they are waiting on a full white house review. >> the idea that we're jumping to conclusions before we have a final report is frankly irresponsible. >> reporter: but for now, trump says there's only one way to prevent cyber attacks for sure. >> if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way, because i'll tell you what, no computer is safe. >> and mary bruce joins us now from the white house. president-elect trump had a very busy day on twitter. late tonight, he is weighing in with some strong words for north korea? >> reporter: that's right. he is responding to the claim that it's preparing to test a long-ranged missile that could reach the u.s. trump just tweeting that it won't happen. cecilia. >> okay, mary. thank you. we turn to a police arrest playing out on facebook live. tonight, questions about whether buffalo police used the right tactic. an officer using a police cruiser to ram a suspect allegedly armed with a knife.
abc's linsey davis picks up the story from here. >> reporter: an investigation is under way tonight after this video was posted on facebook live of a police officer intentionally plowing into a man with his suv. watch again, and first the suv reverses and then accelerates forward. the man tries to run away, but is rammed by the suv. it happened in buffalo, new york. it was on saturday afternoon. sheila woodard shot the video on her cell phone. >> i actually thought they were going to either tase him, tackle him -- >> reporter: the attorney for the police officers says there was another officer who we don't see in the video, whose life was being threatened by the suspect who was holding a 12-inch butcher knife. >> the officer perceived a risk, and it sure as heck was unorthodox, but it worked and knocked him could be down. there's always other options, but the buffalo -- at least as of when this happened, does not
carry tasers. >> reporter: police say the man displayed suicidal tendencies. buffalo police have not identified any of the people involved. the police officer remains on the job. the man who was hit is said to have suffered an ankle injury. cecilia. >> linsey, thank you. and for the 252 passengers on the united flight from australia to san francisco, a major headache. that flight diverted to new zealand after a confrontation between a flight attendant and one man on board. the faceoff taking an ugly turn. abc's gio benitez has more on this midair meltdown. >> reporter: tonight, yet another passenger accused of causing a flight to reroute. this time a united flight from sydney bound for san francisco. >> i'm calm as can be. >> no, you're yelling at me. >> i'm yelling at you? i'm not yelling. you want to hear me [ bleep ] yell? >> do you want me to call the captain and get him turn around the plane? >> do you know how cool it would be to have the captain have him turn around? you're gonna do that. you do that. i'm being so impolite, aren't i, [ bleep ]? >> reporter: the plane diverting to auckland, new zealand on new
year's day. the man taken into police custody. passenger neil kay shot the video. >> the two male flight attendants just came over immediately to try to de-escalate it. and he called them terrible homophobic slurs. >> reporter: this is the second time in just a few days that a passenger is forced off a flight. this video appears to show one passenger hitting another. a couple from minnesota was arrested and taken off a delta flight. and as for that united flight in auckland, more than 250 passengers had to wait 24 hours for a new flight. united tells us the call to divert is ultimately the captain's decision. cecilia? >> gio, thank you. and the queen of pop is at the center of what became the viral story of 2016. mariah carey's performance sparking so many bizarre questions and now a war of words. abc's david wright has more on this meltdown of the year. ♪ should auld acquaintance be forgot ♪ >> reporter: minutes before midnight, a diva disaster.
11 million people watching it live here on abc. >> we didn't have a soundcheck, but it's new year's, baby. that's okay, you guys. get these monitors on, please. >> reporter: mariah carey's high notes crystal clear -- on tape. >> i'm trying to be a good sport here. >> reporter: but on stage, she was just going through the motions. ♪ we belong together >> reporter: the pop star, fresh off a concert tour has been known to fumble, blaming this new year's malfunction on an ear piece she says wasn't working, noting that beforehand, she couldn't hear ryan seacrest. her representative said dick clark productions "set her up to fail," telling abc news "mariah rehearsed at 3 p.m. with no sound issues." the company said, "to suggest we
would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd." "2016's last victim" was one of the more sympathetic reviews on twitter. "i tried to sing along to mariah carey, but even mariah carey can't sing along to mariah carey." true enough. last night, fans caught in the lip sync cam, at the indiana pacers game did about as well as the diva herself new year's eve. david wright abc news, new york. >> our thanks to david for that. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the fiery collision on the highway. the crash coming out of nowhere. the suv bursting into flames, the stunned photographer rushing to the scene. and a home invasion caught on camera. the on duty firefighter watching from miles away as thieves kick in the door of his home. and they sure are cute, but why are these newborns getting so much attention? twins born in separate years. what are the odds? i had that dream again -- that i was on the icelandic game show.
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next tonight, the fiery rescue on a california freeway. a crash playing out right before a photographer's rolling camera. he drops it and runs to help. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: a terrifying new year's crash caught on camera by the man who would end up saving that driver's life. >> oh, [ bleep ]. that's when i put my video camera down, grabbed my fire extinguisher and my flashlight from the back of my car, and ran across the freeway. >> reporter: just after 3:00 a.m. sunday, news photographer, austin raishbrook spots this stalled vehicle in the middle of a busy california highway with no caution lights. the car burst into flames trapping the man inside. raishbrook springs into action. >> i just saw flames and smoke, so i took a deep breath, went back in, and pulled his shoulder belt down and ripped him out. >> reporter: he gets the driver out of harm's way just in time. >> less than five seconds to live, and i managed to get him out. >> reporter: there were no other passengers in the vehicle.
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finally tonight, new year's eve twins born in separate years on opposite sides of midnight. so what are the odds? abc's john donvan tells us. >> reporter: newborn everett shay getting on the news as his hospitals a first birth of the year. arriving during the first minute of 2017. >> i really thought i was going to be pregnant for another day. >> reporter: but who is this next to everett? that is sawyer shay. same phoenix hospital, same parents. but born in the last few minutes of 2016, and yes, that makes everett and sawyer twins. twins born in two different years, of course, with two different birthdays. in fact, a similar thing happened this year in arlington, texas, twin boys. and in san diego, twin girls, and in salt lake city, twin boys again. what are the odds?
well, about 1 in 2 million. a lot better than winning the lottery. so to the winning parents, congratulations on kids that are special from day one. or is that from day one and day two? john donvan, abc news. >> they sure are cute. thanks for watching on this first monday of the new year. i'm cecilia vega. for david and all of us here, have a great night. 49ers owner jed york
responds to calls that he step down after the search for a new head coach. [ bleep ]. mid-flight meltdown. what led to a flight face-off that forced an unexpected landing. scattered rain right now. we're in for a wet week. find out exactly when you'll need those umbrellas. this is abc 7 news. i own this football team. >> you don't dismiss owners. no, you don't. 49ers owner jed york on the defensive after announcing the dismissal of the team's coach and gm following one of the worst seasons in niners mystery. good evening. i'm dan ashley. i'm ama daetz. both teams facing troubled times. >> we have more on the raiders comeback woes and the search for new leadership.
>> wayne friedman is live at team headquarters. owners, wayne, do not get dismissed. >> reporter: good afternoon, larry. we hear the word culture. culture, 16 times in the first 25 minutes. that from a man whose team has won 15 games in the last three years. that sets the scene for what we saw here today. if you play a sport long enough, even this ritual is routine. same in the 49ers practice facility as players cleaned out their lockers after a season that began with high hopes and concluded at 2-14. >> we come into a season and hope for the best. after that, hopefully you left it all out on the field. >> for see owe jed york had more to do with management today as he met with reporters to explain the firings of general manager trent baalke and chip