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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the new hurricane threat. a state of emergency already declared in florida. hurricane irma now just upgraded to a category 4. several states could be hit. 130 mile per hour winds already. ginger zee standing by with the new track just in. also developing tonight, north korea's most powerful nuclear test yet. more powerful than either bomb dropped by the u.s. in world war ii. and this evening, the u.s. ambassadorer to the u.n. saying north korea is quote "begging for war." hurricane harvey. the newest evacuations. water released from reservoirs, leaving homes underwater. what now for the 85% of residents with no flood insurance? the images coming in at this
hour. the car into a crowded labor day party. several injured among them reportedly a pregnant woman. and the nurse arrested for refusing a police officer's order inside the hospital. the outrage. and tonight, the nurse is speaking out right here. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a labor day monday, and we begin tonight with all eyes now on this new hurricane. the new storm track just in, and late today, hurricane irma was upgraded to a cot goir 4 hurricane. florida is already preparing tonight. very likely in the path, and several other states getting ready too. hurricane irma as you can see now, sweeping toward the caribbean. winds up to 130 miles per hour, and expected to strengthen even more. a state of emergency just declared in florida. the models showing several tracks that could make u.s. landfall, anywhere from the florida panhandle to the carolinas. people stocking up on water and
food, and shelves empty there. the families just witnessed the destruction from hurricane harvey in texas. chief meteorologist ginger zee has been tracking this all afternoon with us in the news room. where is irma right now? >> i take you to the maps and you can see that thing. the eye so distinct. this thing looks scary. we have time before it even hits those leeward islands, but hurricane warnings and a watch for the u.s. virgin islands, and puerto rico, and this is the track everyone is focused in on tonight, as it moves north of haiti and dominican, and cue back, and now south florida has made its way into that cone. florida, i believe is going to have impact in some way by this weekend. you can see the timing there as it's north of cuba that saturday afternoon. what's going to drive it? this is the big question. last time we were talking about harvey being stuck between two
high pressure systems. this time, we have a driving high that is keeping it south. that cold front, its depth in timing could take it on the western side of florida or most models taking it to the eastern side. both not great, and the slower that goes, we'll talk about the inward flooding and to more states like georgia and south carolina. that's why these plots will come together and form one definitive answer as we get close earp. >> one thing that's clear, showing us that florida appears to be taking a hit here. >> yes. >> we'll track it. i hate to say it, but please take this seriously at home. we're facing another hurricane. you will be watching every development, in addition to the governor declaring a state of emergency already in puerto rico. response already spread thin. be ready for yet another monster storm. abc's linzie janis is in the region tonight. >> reporter: tonight shelves across florida, empty, as irma
takes aim at the u.s. >> if you wait until the last min there's nothing to be found and it's total chaos. >> reporter: after harvey even hurricane veterans are preparing for the worst. >> our hearts are in houston right now, but our reality is here in key west. >> reporter: florida governor, rick scott, declaring a state of emergency and urging residents to get their "disaster plan" ready. a state of emergency already declared in puerto rico. plywood and batteries flying off shelves before the storm hits here wednesday. the national guard has been activated, schools have been closed and workers ordered to cut their day short tomorrow so they can get ready. american airlines adding flights to get tourists out of irma's path, and cruise ships rerouting to dodge the storm. tonight, fema at the ready. 400 people on stand-by giant crates of supplies delivered to the u.s. virgin islands, where irma could hit as early as tomorrow night. 60 people including 20 children already evacuated by the national guard.
and nout now the 100,000 people there, stuck. >> if you are here, you are here at this point. >> reporter: greg and ashley bouzianis and their two sons are from kansas, but now live in st croix. >> the worst possible thing that could happen is the roof gets ripped off, and you just need to be prepared for flying debris, everything in your house to be completely soaked. >> reporter: their only choice bat down the hatches, stock up on supplies and hope for the best. >> and linzie janis joins us from puerto rico where there is a state of emergency, and there's concern that relief and rescue workers have been stretched thin with harvey, and they must be mobilized for irma. >> reporter: the red cross said it is no longer sending volunteers to texas where they could be in irma's path, and people are already in position. >> our thanks to you. we'll have much more on "good morning america." in the meantime, the major headline tonight.
kim jong-un with his most powerful nuclear test yet in north korea. u.s. intelligence officials now say they are confident in north korea's claim that they detonated a hydrogen bomb more atomic than the bomb dropped during world war ii. the concern now, that it could be mounted onto an intercontinental missile. terry moran is in seoul, south korea tonight. >> reporter: today in south korea, a show of force. f-15 fighter jets practicing bomb drops, missiles launched, live-fire maneuvers simulating an attack. this country's swift and angry response to north korea's stunning nuclear test. its sixth and most alarming blast yet. north korean state tv celebrated the, quote, perfect success, and there were cheers on the streets of pyongyang. the explosion was so powerful it triggered a major earthquake, magnitude, 6.3 with tremors felt across the region. and tonight, a u.s. intelligence
official tells abc news that the north korean claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb-vastly more powerful than the atomic weapons dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki, appears to be accurate. and the south korean government says it's detected signs that north korea is preparing for another ballistic missile launch this one aimed at the pacific. the u.n. security council meeting in an emergency session this morning. u.s. ambassador nikki haley calling for the strongest possible sanctions and issuing this stunning warning to north korean dictator, kim jong- jong-un. >> his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> reporter: president trump, just hours after the nuclear test, kept open the option of a military strike. >> mr. president, will you attack north korea? >> we'll see. >> reporter: but kim i don't think jong-un is going all out now to develop his weapons. since february, a series of 13 missile launches, including some capable of striking the us homeland triggering this threat from the president in august. >> they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never
seen before. >> reporter: the president also taking to twitter, declaring he is considering launching an economic attack, "stopping all trade with any country doing business with north korea." >> and terry moran joins us from seoul now, and terry, we heard you report president trump has threatened to stop all trade with countries who trade with north korea. that would obviously include china, and they are responding tonight? >> reporter: they are, david. the chinese foreign ministry firing back, calling that unacceptable and unfair. and the analysts are pointing to the half a trillion dollars worth of trade calling it a hollow threat, but president trump has pointed to the fact that china's trade with north korea is increasing. david? >> terry, thank you. you heard terry point out the south korean government says it has detected signs that north korea is preparing for another ballistic missile launch aimed at the prask. i want to bring in stephen ganyard tonight.
and first, let's talk about the strength of the bomb just tested by north korea. how strong is it? >> reporter: david, they have stepped up from a becausic atomic weapon to a complex they remember nuclear device. they believe it's between five and eight times stronger than the bomb dropped on hiroshima in world war ii. >> you told us how far those could feasibly going, the most recent going higher and further than before. what concerns you about the test of this nuclear bomb? >> reporter: david, it's the consistent progress they have made in their missile program and nuclear weapons. theoretically, he has the ability to hit most of the united states with a thermonuclear weapon, and more concerning is no matter what the u.s. seems to do, he doesn't slow down. in short, kim is winning, and the rest of the world is losing. >> colonel ganyard with us. steve, thank you. the other headline from the white house tonight. a decision is now expected tomorrow from president trump on
a major immigration policy that now protects roughly 800,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers, undocumented immigrants who were children when brought to the u.s. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: from chicago to miami, protesters out in support of the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who may soon be stripped of their legal status. [ chanting ] with a decision coming tomorrow, white house officials tell abc news the president is leaning toward phasing out daca, the program put in place by president obama to give legal status for the d.r.e.a.m.ers. undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s. as young children. there are nearly 800,000 of them. many in houston, including 15-year-old yazmin medrano, who talked to abc news as her family returned to their flooded home. she came to the u.s. with her family when she was just five.
>> my biggest fear is for us to get deported. for my family, all the hard work that they have done, to just get thrown away and go back to how we were. >> reporter: as a candidate, donald trump vowed to end the program immediately. >> i will immediately terminate president obama's illegal executive order onuati immigrat. immediately. >> reporter: but in his first interview in the white house, president trump told david the draemers would be taken care of. >> should they be worried they could be deported and is there anything you can say to assure them right now they will be allowed to stay? >> they shouldn't be very worried. they are here illegally, and they shouldn't be worried. we'll take care of everybody. >> will they be allowed to stay? >> i'll tell you over the next four weeks. >> reporter: seven months later, still no plan for the draemers. >> should they did worried? >> we love the d.r.e.a.m.ers. we love everybody. >> reporter: back in houston, where so many others await their
fate, we asked vice president pence about the d.r.e.a.m.ers as he toured the disaster zone. there are more than 120,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers here in the state of texas who would lose their legal status as a result of that. is this really the time to do that? >> president trump has said all along he is giving careful consideration to a issue that when he makes his decision, he'll make it, as he likes to say, with big heart, and i know he will. >> jon karl with the vice president, and now we're with him from the white house. it's believed the president will phase this out, giving us a short time frame to come up with legislation to fwix it, and how likely is that? >> reporter: there's bipartisan support for protecting the d.r.e.a.m.ers. paul ryan supporting the program, but there is absolutely no guarantee that congress will act. there is strong opposition from many conservatives and congress has brought this up before and failed to pass any protection for the d.r.e.a.m.ers. >> jon karl with us live from
the white house on this labor day monday. jon, thank you. we turn next to the texas gulf coast tonight. officials late today confirming at least 60 deaths now attributed to harvey as many residents face a new crisis. there are new evacuations in houston as water is released from reservoirs, leaving some homes underwater, and tonight, the staggering number here. what now for the 85% of homeowners with no flood insurance? abc's victor oquendo from houston again tonight. >> reporter: in west houston today the army corp of engineers starting to ease the flow of water from those swollen reservoirs. but it's too late for thousands of homes in its path, many now underwater. >> this area could potentially still be like this for another four, five, six weeks. >> more than a month? >> more than a month. >> reporter: 85% of residents in houston don't have flood insurance. homeowners like bill and nina cotton, who were flooded by that reservoir. >> there are thousands of us who don't have flood insurance and we were told we didn't need any because we're not on a floodplain. >> reporter: they had just hours to evacuate. firefighters carrying nina's
97-year-old mother to safety. harvey didn't flood your house? >> no, not at all. >> it was the reservoir. >> the city made a calculated decision that they were going to sacrifice a number of houses for the greater good of the rest of houston. >> reporter: fema is now paying for this hotel room but the cottons are hoping the city will help pay for them to rebuild where the water has receded. they are salvaging what they can and starting over, but it's a long road ahead. >> we appreciate the prayers, we really do. but what we need is assistance so people can get the necessities just to live. >> and victor oquendo joins frus houston. so many still suffering, really for weeks is and months to come on this. i want to get an update on the town of beaumont without drinking water? >> reporter: david, it's a city of 120,000 people, and their water pumps are flooded. all weekend long, they have had to bring in bottled water by air and by truck. they have also brought in temporary pumps, but that water is not safe to drink, and there is no telling when those
permanent pumps will be back up and run, david. >> the team in houston for us. victor, thank you. in the meantime, we are following developments from the west tonight. firefighters still fighting the largest fire in the history of los angeles. officials say rain and cooler temperatures are now helping firefighters battle the la tuna fire, and now 50% contained after destroying four homes and force a state of emergency. in oregon tonight, more than 150 hikers stranded by this fire, and the evacuations are mounting. that blaze of spark was caused by illegal fire works. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. a car plowing into a labor day neighborhood party. what police say that driver told them, and among the injured tonight, reportedly a pregnant woman. also the nurse arrested at the hospital for refusing the police officer's order tonight. outrage caused by this incident here. and the nurse now speaking out right here tonight. and the royal announcement. what may have forced their hand
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we turn next tonight here to the nurse handcuffed by police while defending her patient. that arrest on police bodycamera, provoking national debate, and she is speaking out about that showdown in utah. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: video going viral. a nurse under arrest after refusing an officer's request to draw a patient's blood. >> is he under arrest? >> no. >> do you have an electronic warrant? >> no. >> reporter: tonight nurse alex wubbels, sitting down with us about the shocking scene caught on camera. he was very aggressive and >> he was very aggressive and trying to wrench my arms behind my back. >> reporter: a patient at the university of utah hospital involved in a deadly and fiery crash. unconscious. the nurse, telling the officer there was a policy. >> that you guys agreed to with this hospital. >> reporter: and her manage on the line --
>> you're making a huge mistake. you're threatening a nurse. >> reporter: detective jeff payne of the salt lake city police moves in for the arrest. >> i can safely say any nurse in this entire country would have done the exact same thing i did that day. >> reporter: wubbels says she was following orders. the detective says so was he. >> i go with blood and vials or body in toe. that's my choices. i'm going to follow any boss' instructions. >> reporter: tonight, that arresting officer and supervisor are now on paid administrative leave. and today, david, the hospital says wubbels did everything right, and they are eliminating action between police and nurses and now it's been investigated. >> gio, thank you. when we come back here, the images coming in. the terrible scene at an outdoor neighborhood gathering to mark this labor day. the out of control car. several injured and it's believed a pregnant woman was among them. there's a development in the case of the 22-year-old college
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these two help their neighbor shovel out and clear away what harvey left behind. so many trying to get their lives back, students and volunteers coming together to clean out the high school in houston. while carlos delgado and his son, nico, sweep up the altar of their church. and tiffany quillen who traveled from north carolina with donated clothing and supplies. all of them working on this labor day to help those in need. so many spending the day in texas hand in hand. showing us what it means to rebuild, and be american strong. i hope osi you right back here tomorrow. good night.
good afternoon, and thank yu for joining us, i'm amaamaama dat dates. >> abc 7 news reporter is live with what's causing all this bad air. leann? >> well, is this weather wacky or what? >> i don't think i've seen it this bad up here, and this afternoon it was even drizzling if you can believe that? >> what we need is wind and we are getting it? >> from san francisco's twin peeks, there was no confusing the hazy skies for fog. for starters, the air was still, unusual for this area, smoke for
more than a dozen fires in northern california and oregon has been moving toward the bay area and staying here because there hasn't been a wind system to push it out. >> if we don't have fraesh winds to ventilate that away, we're just sitting in all that smoke. that's what happened the last several days. >> san francisco not beelg used to the heat, and with all the pollutants coming in, we've seen an increase in the number of people that are coming in with respiratory issues. >> patients complain of headaches and coughing. doctors recommend not exercising outdoors, not everyone follows that advise. >> you can't stop doing everything, right? you can try to not drive so much. >> i wasn't running when it was 106 that's for sure. i was inside waiting for things to cool down. >> late today things were beginning to change. >> it's dissipating