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a state of emergency declared. in oregon, more than 100 hikers trapped by wildfires on both sides. >> plus, the gas price surge as millions of americans hit the roads this holiday weekend, why prices will continue to climb. good evening. i'm tom llamas, the most powerful military act by kim jung-unever. the president calling it a nuclear test. president trump and the first lady departing church asked if he will attack north korea telling reporters, we'll see. before meeting with top national security advisers. the test reported as a success on north korean state television. this time involving what they say is a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on to an icbm, more powerful than bombs dropped by the u.s. in world war ii. the blast cheered in the streets of north korea.
see it there. met with swift global condemnation. and now after one saying north korea would be met with fire and fury, the white house facing new questions about how they will respond. kerley starts our coverage from the white house. >> reporter: just hours after showing off what was said to be a hydrogen bomb capable of fitting on intercontinental missile, seismographs start dancing from this remote site, an underground north korean nuclear test shaking the earth. the north claimed its sixth nuks leer test was a perfect success. but this was its first much more powerful hydrogen bomb test. cheers greeted the announcement in pyongyang, south korea believing the test suggests a bomb four to five times more powerful than the one that hit nagasaki. the provocative move met with a stern response from president trump calling north korea hostile and dangerous. >> mr. president, will you attack north korea?
a month ago the president threatened north korea with military action. >> they will be met with fire and fury. >> reporter: just a week and a half ago saying the statement wasn't strong enough he suggested kim was starting to respect the u.s. a different message just hours ago. defense secretary james mattis emerging from the meeting with the president was blunt. >> any threat to the united states or its territories including guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. >> but the defense secretary also messaged north korea, that the u.s. is not seeking hostilities. >> we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely north korea. but as i said, we have many options to do so. >> reporter: in his first twitter response this morning, the president also went after south korea, warning the u.s. ally that "their talk of
appeasment with north korea will not work, they only understand one thing." mr. trump did not say exactly what that thing is. but his treasury secretary is already preparing additional sanctions. >> people need to cut off north korea economically, this is unacceptable behavior. >> word coming in, south korea is holding major military drills in response to the nuclear test? >> live fire driells using jets and a missile simulating as if they would attack the north korean nuclear site. the white house told us that the president has been speaking with the prime minister of japan on the phone, about this latest test. >> david kerley, david, thank you. as questions mount about the white house response, china, japan and south korea, all on edge. here is abc's ian panel.
here's ian pannell. >> reporter: this nuclear test was so powerful it triggered an earthquake felt from russia to china. but tonight it's the political aftershocks shaking the world. north korea's main trading partner warning it to stop taking actions that deteriorate the situation. russia condemning the test calling for immediate dialogue and negotiations. and south korea says its president will speak with donald trump about ways to deploy the strongest strategic assets. >> the south korean president seems stew be -- seems to be signaling that thee will ask the united states to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons on to the korean peninsula. >> reporter: earlier this summer, north korea proved it has missiles that can hit the u.s. mainland. analysts concluding they've made a miniaturized warhead that can fit inside. intelligence officials are worried the north is moving so fast it could have a nuclear tipped missile capable of hitting the u.s. as early as next year. there are no good options how to
deal with the threats. >> the whole world is out of any military option in north korea the only thing left is economic, political, diplomatic pressure to china to throttle back the north korean program, but kim jong-un will never give up his nuclear weapons. >> reporter: a pre-emptive strike by america could have catastrophic results, igniting a war, putting millions of people and tens of thousands of u.s. troops in immediate danger. in some ways, there's no mistaking that tonight, what was already a crisis has just got worse. tom? ian pannell, tonight for us, thank you. now to the new hurricane threat that could impact the east coast. hurricane irma, churning across the atlantic, as a category 3 storm. the first watches just issued in the caribbean. meteorologist cheryl scott joins us from wls in chicago. cheryl, where is this headed? >> we have to keep a close on this, it will continue to trek
west. and portions of the leeward islands. hurricane watches in place. if we take a look at the map. 790 miles east of the leeward islands. winds up to 115 miles an hour. this will continue moving west. impacting puerto rico, the virgin islands, the bahamas. and intensifying to category 4 strength, thursday into friday. now the long-range models -- this is what we need to pay close attention to. you can see them veering closer to florida and the carolinas. still six to eight days out from impacting the u.s. but anywhere from florida and the midatlantic needs to pay attention to the storm. >> we'll keep a close eye on that track. all right, cheryl, thank you. next to hurricane harvey's wake. as the crisis continues in some of the hardest-hit areas. new footage today showing the ongoing flood situation in houston. so dangerous in some areas, residents are facing new mandatory evacuations. in homes no longer under water, and residents rummaging through personal items. to see what if anything can be sallaged. salvaged.
the situation remains volatile tonight, and many still in need of help. victor oquendo is in houston. >> reporter: a life-threatening emergency in west houston tonight. hundreds in flooded homes now under new mandatory evacuation orders, the controlled release of two major reservoirs expected to raise water levels even higher. >> if you've got water in your home, i'm requiring you to evacuate. >> reporter: jessica castro-paredes fled her home on monday. this is it before. tonight, it's flooded. >> we just don't know when it's going to end and how it's going to end. >> reporter: officials now cutting power to thousands to reduce the danger from electrocution. we followed one team on a high water rescue operation. we're in the bear creek village with some spots under five feet of water. we're riding along in a high water rescue vehicle. making sure there are no looters and rescuing anyone who needs it. cars submerged. their roofs damaged by boat propellers. residents here being told the water won't recede for weeks. what's your house like?
>> probably under 7 feet of water. total devastation. >> reporter: and tonight, that chemical plant just outside of houston in danger of more explosions. the cooling system broken, nothing preventing other reactors from overheating. throughout this disaster, acts of kindness on display. academy sporting goods opening its doors to more than 1,000 rescuers. president trump and first lady melania, back in texas for the second time this week, this time connecting with houston families displaced in the disaster. >> as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, i think even for the country and world to watch. it's been beautiful. >> reporter: and today, a national day of prayer, the people of texas healing with hope. >> and victor joins us now live. in some cases, people refused to leave. what's going to happen to them? >> reporter: tom many people have chosen to ride this out at home. for them, life will only get more difficult. part of the reason they've decided to cut the power, officials hope this will encourage them to get out.
>> victor oquendo reporting this week from the region. all right, victor, thank you. and among the communities hardest hit by harvey, beaumont, texas, where drinking water remains scarce. many residents continuing to line up for three gallons of water per car. this, as the city tries to fix pump s as the city tries to fix pumps destroyed by the historic storm. abc's kenneth moton reporting from beaumont tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the entire texas city of beaumont, still without drinking water. >> they still can't drink the water. they can't cook with this water. >> reporter: nearly 120,000 residents, surviving the wrath of harvey. now dependent on bottled water. the active military operations are still ongoing in this area. large pallets of drinking water brought in on the chinook and dropped at shelters and different points where people can actually get to this water. at the city's distribution centers, a long line of vehicles. three gallons of water per car. inside this home, tracey pearson, thankful to see this. for the first time in four days,
steady running water. thanks to temporary pumps, water is flowing. it's low pressure, and not safe to drink, but it's there. >> it's water. we have to be thankful for whatever we get. >> reporter: now, the city is waiting on the flooded neches river to recede so crews can repair the water pumps. but the support, stacking up. rooms full of water, clothes, and volunteers helping beaumont get by tonight. >> we had a downpour and now we're having an outpour. >> a resilient city for sure. kenneth moton joining us live now from beaumont. kenneth, do we know how much longer until they have drinking water? >> reporter: tom, good news. i can tell you, right behind me, the raging floodwaters are receding faster, but it could take days or weeks before crews can inspect, and repair the pumps, and can get safe drinking water back online. >> kenneth, thank you. next tonight to the worsening fire threat in the west. california governor jerry brown just issuing a state of emergency in los angeles county as firefighters try to contain
latuna fire. now the biggest fire in the history of los angeles. it is one of several wildfires burning in the west. as firefighters battle tinderbox conditions and sweltering temperatures. abc's jim avila is in los angeles tonight. >> the fire is right here. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: a state of emergency tonight as crews battle a wildfire burning in america's second largest city. >> it's the largest fire by acres within the city of los angeles. >> reporter: for fire crews it's an all-out assault, from the air to the ground, in this burbank suburb. so far, the wildfire charring more than 5,800 acres of land, forcing more than 700 evacuations. panic as homeowners load up cars and pets, desperate to get out. >> all the memorabilia that i needed to get out is in the car. >> reporter: so far, in l.a., three homes have been lost. >> we lost three. one damaged in acres of fire.
many evacuees now allowed back home. tonight, the fire danger extending across the west, dozens of fires burning across eight states. in oregon, an urgent mission in the mountains. >> that's toasty. >> reporter: that hiker and more than 100 others stranded overnight, authorities dropping notes from helicopters warning them to shelter in place. but late this afternoon, rescue crews bring them to safety, reuniting them with family. that fire in eagle creek gorge burning up to 3,000 acres. >> we believe this was human caused. we don't have many specific details to share. but oregon state police are investigating. >> reporter: tom, the heat and wind are still a threat. but firefighters believe they're getting a handle on the blaze. too late for homeowners like the one here. tom? >> we see the destruction right behind you. all right, jim, thank you. and an update after the u.s. seized three russian diplomatic posts on american soil. russian officials calling the move outrageous, and releasing
videos of what they describe as illegal actions by u.s. officials at those buildings. on friday, smoke and fire spotted in san francisco and washington, d.c. the move, a direct response to vladimir putin's order to reduce american staff in russia by more than 750 employees. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. we have an update on the missing college student. the tragic development and what police say surveillance video shows. plus, the soaring prices at the pump. follow ing it's not over yet. hurricane harvey. why the prices will continue to rise. and the suv, apparently out of control. what happened to the pedestrians hit by the car? stay with us. >> announcer: this is abc "world news tonight" brought to you by mattress firm.
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streets. with the help of teammates, high school football players, and the mayor of houston. they handed out meals, gatorade, and water from more than a dozen loaded semi trailers. >> they're superstars on the field and on the street. in the community. >> reporter: as all these people drive by and get their food, there are thanks, blessings, and gratitude. >> it's good. >> reporter: watt is well on his way to the hall of fame for what he's been able to do in a uniform. but he may be best remembered in houston for what he's doing with his heart. >> thank you. thank y'all. >> now there's even a petition to rename a major highway j.j. watt parkway. we thank j.j. for his effort. and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night. ing. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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