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tonight, we're on the scene, the deadly tornadoes. the damage here unimaginable. tonight, at least 23 dead. authorities telling us here they will search into the night, homes lifted off their foundations, carried into the air. and we were here when they upgraded this tornado, anef-4. winds 170 miles per hour. a mile wide. and tonight, the sheriff here taking us past the barriers, showing us some of the worst of the devastation. the scare on the passenger jet in the northeast tonight. part of the landing gear tearing off. the death of an actor. luke perry has died. the star of "beverly hills 90210" and "riverdale." he was just 52. on the hill tonight, democrats on the hunt. launching several investigations into the president, his family,
his finances. what they want from don jr. and eric trump. and they're now demanding the notes from the conversations the presidents had with vladimir putin. the interview just coming in tonight. the two young sisters surviving nearly 48 hours stranded in the woods, freezing rain and cold. how they stayed alive. the unthinkable crime. the mother killed. her family telling authorities it was a panhandler. instead, tonight, police say it was them. the husband and step-daughter now charged in her murder. the ceo of the san francisco giants, the video of the altercation with his wife. and what the ceo has just revealed tonight. and the drives in their cars when an avalanche of snow buries them. and good evening tonight from beauregard, alabama, the center of a tornado disaster zone stretching across four states tonight. at least 40 tornadoes reported,
leaving an enormous trail of death and destruction. here in this community alone, at least 23 dead. in fact, the sheriff here telling me today, entire families were killed in their homes together. you can see behind me here tonight, this home lifted right off its foundation. actually flipped right over. and the cars and trucks in nearly every driveway as you pass through these neighborhoods, are crushed. you can see the windows blown out. or treeing sitting right on top of them. the worst of the tornadoes struck rear height. we were here when they actually came out and revealed this was actually stronger than first thought, an ef-4 now, they're saying, with winds 170 miles an hour. on the ground, think about this, it was a mile wide, 24 miles long, this path. homes, entire neighborhoods gone tonight. devastation across several states. in georgia, a tornado ripping buildings apart. neighbors there holding hands and praying along their shattered street. and here in beregard, they are mourning the dead tonight.
today, we learned the youngest is just 6 years old. i remember standing in moore, oklahoma, several years back. it was horrific then. and tonight, they say this is the deadliest tornado to hit since then. tonight, communities across the south ravaged. the alabama community of beauregard def stated by two tornadoes that struck through at the same time, taking a similar past, crossing over one another. today, investigators on the ground upgrading the deadliest of the two to an ef-4. you just learned that a short time ago. >> yes. >> reporter: and ef-4. >> that's correct. >> reporter: winds of 170 miles per hour? >> yes. >> reporter: traveling at 170 miles per hour, carving a path nearly a mile wide. in the end, a path of destruction 24 miles long. among the dead, at least three children, including a fourth grader, taylor thornton. local officials saying today this is the worst natural disasers, and the deadliest tornado since moore, oklahoma.
the sheriff took us past the barriers today to show us the worst of the devastation. homes with entire families inside lost in them. >> two generations of people in some cases, all in one home and unfortunately, became victims of the storm. >> reporter: none of them survived? >> none. the ones that we located, they did not survive. that is correct. >> reporter: first responders working in the overnight hours, searching for stur vie vors. and we're told tonight the searching will continue into the evening hours again. going home to home, combing through debris. it began sunday afternoon. the eerie, ominous sound of those emergency sirens blaring, ringing out across neighborhoods. >> oh, my good, dude. tornado. oh, my god. >> reporter: in fact, several dozen tornadoes tear across four states. >> holy cow, holy cow. >> reporter: sparks seen in the distance. the pounding rain. people sheltering wherever they
could. in this bowling alley in ft. benning, georgia. all of them thankful to be alive. >> i thank the lord. you tell the god thank you. >> reporter: leshobia daniels and her family huddled together in their bath tub. >> i just noticed that the wind was picking up, but i look gd outside, and i saw my horse running and the wind blowing. that when my husband asked me what was wrong, and i was like, i think it's a tornado. >> reporter: her next door neighbor's house destroyed. the neighbors did survive this. and they were grateful they survived, too. communities tonight grappling with the toll. homes smashed to pieces, vehicles overturned. the roof ripped right off this local sports bar. surveillance video capturing the terrifying moments the tornado sliced it open. you can see the beds from the home, and this is what's left from inside the house. and it used to be sitting a good 100 feet in that direction, homes were lifted o sherry and her husband returning
to this property. the family just sold this home to a couple money fear the news. what was the age range of the couple that bought this house? >> they were young. they were in their 20s. they were young. >> reporter: and they didn't survive? >> we haven't found them. we don't know. we don't know. >> reporter: and standing with her husband, billy, we looked out at the horizon. every home gone. you know this area and your wife was just trying to describe, she was telling me that there were homes all through here. >> sure. yes, sir. all over the place. yeah. not anymore, but -- >> the devastation, the destruction, really as far as the eye can see here. and one of the things i asked the sheriff here is, how much time did families have, were there warnings? he said, there were. alerts on tv and on the phone and the minutes right before this tornado touched down.
the meteorologists had been talking about severe weather since last thursday here. but he said this tornado came in so quickly, it was so power. even for families who had, you know, safe places in parts of their home or places to run to if a tornado were to hit, it simply was not enough. and the tornado outbreak here was part of that same system that brought dangerous driving to the northeast. closing schools, grounding 1,000 flights. and sending a passenger jet veering off the runway during its second attempt to land today. here's abc's senior transportation correspondent david kerley tonight. >> reporter: all that heavy snow, too much for a united jet, sliding off a maine runway, just before noon. part of its landing gear breaking off and ending up near an engine. a united express pilot and three passengers flying from newark were treated for injuries at presque isle. the airline says it is trying to learn more about why the 50-seat regional jet severely veered to the right. more than a foot of snow in the northeast. it's the biggest storm of the year for boston, bringing the
city closer to the normal snowfall totals for the season in just one day. a day to dig out and restore power. 110 million hit hard. >> it's thick, it's heavy, so, i take breaks, don't push yourself. >> reporter: to the south, icy, snowy roads proving treacherous, too. >> just slipping and sliding. i did a 360. that was it. that was it for me. >> reporter: north of philadelphia, two teens killed when they car veered off the road. that storm resulted in 1,000 flights being canceled. that rippled through the entire system. as far as that united jet, two ntsb investigators are headed to the scene to join the faa in trying to figure out why it slid off the runway. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. david, thank you. and this major storm is moving out tonight, after bringing that snow, the danger at the airports and the deadly tornadoes right here. but right behind it tonight, even as they still search in this community right into the evening, a deep freeze is now moving in. chief meteorologist ginger zee is tracking it all for us. ginger?
>> reporter: hey, david. you are right in the center of this block of freeze alerts that stretch from mornings are going to be severely cold. anywhere from houston, which tomorrow morning will feel like 23, to birmingham, alabama, it will feel like 17. and the wind chills much worse in chicago, 7 below there. but the single digits make it all the way from philadelphia to boston by wednesday morning. david? >> ginger zee with us tonight. jimmer, thank you. we're going to have much more on the or the day knows in a moment here. we turn to the other news on this monday night, and to the outpouring of grief after the death of actor luke perry, days after suffering a massive stroke. known for his roles on beverly hills 90210 and more recently on riverdale, tonight, he is being remembered as a colleague, a friend, and he was so young. just 52. here's abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: with that squint and those sideburns, luke perry defined cool for a generation of teens. >> i'm not in a good mood today. in fact, i'm feeling a little
hostile. >> reporter: as dylan mckay in "beverly hills 90210," he was the heartthrob. a role that launched perry's career. >> the stage, it's you and the audience. you have a direct connection to them. >> reporter: decades later, he was enjoying another hit, now playing archie's dad on the cw show "riverdale." >> i'm trying to build a safe life for you. >> reporter: drawing in a new generation of fans. perry was too busy to join a revival of "90201," a reboot announced just last week. a day later, that call for help from the actor's home. >> unit 102, rescue 78. stroke. >> reporter: perry suffering a massive stroke at just 52 years old. stroke is more common among the elderly but can occur at any age. 1 in 3 strokes occur in people younger than 65. tonight, luke perry is being
remembered by fellow actors. molly ringwald writing, "my heart is broken. i will miss you so much luke perry." friend patricia arquette calling perry an, "irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend and adoring father." david, when he died at this hospital, luke perry was surrounded by friends and family, including his daughter and his son. and tonight, his family is thanking everyone from around the world for their prayers and their support. david? >> matt gutman with us tonight. matt, thank you. on the hill tonight, democrats making it clear they're now on the hunt. now in control of the house, of course, after the midterms, they are ramping up their investigations of president trump, launching several investigations into the president, his family, his finances. and also we're learning tonight, they're asking for notes, any documentation for the president's conversations with vladimir putin. at times, only translators were if the room, at times, only a russian translator. abc's mary bruce up on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as
democrats launch a sweeping investigation into allegations of corruption, obstruction and abuse of power, president trump insists there's nothing to see here. >> mr. president, are you going to >> i cooperate all the time and with everybody and you know the beautiful thing, no collusion, it's all a hoax. >> reporter: but democrats are going far beyond just the question of collusion. the house judiciary committee today demanding documents from 81 people and entities close to the president, including members of his family, sons don jr. and eric and son-in-law jared kushner. some of trump's closest former aides and advisers, like steve bannon, hope hicks and former white house council don mcgann. his current campaign manager brad parascale and the trump organization's chief financial officer allen weisselberg. chairman jerold nadler says the judiciary committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment, is making these requests to "begin building the public record." >> impeachment is a long way down the road, we don't have the facts yet. >> reporter: democrats want to explore everything from the
firing of former fbi director james comey to the hush money payments to stormy daniels to the president's meetings with vladimir putin, and whether he and his family are profiting from the presidency. but trump has said it all amounts to presidential harassment. >> and all of the sudden, they're trying to take you out with [ bleep ], okay? [ bleep ]. >> reporter: in a meandering, two-our off-script speech this weekend, the president ripping into his democratic opponents. >> they don't have anything with russia. there's no collusion. so, now they go and morph into, let's inspect every deal he's ever done. we're going to into his finances, we're going to check his deals, we're going to check -- these people are sick. they're sick. >> and mary bruce with us live tonight on capitol hill. and mary, we've learned that three other committees are requesting any and all information about the president's conversations with vladimir putin? >> reporter: david, democrats made clear today, they are demanding to talk to anyone who
had any inside access to those private conversations between the president and putin, including the translators. and they want to see any notes or records related to their communications, whether they were those in-person meetings or even phone calls. david? >> mary bruce tonight. mary, thank you. and next here this evening, to that stunning arrest in the murder of a baltimore mother. her family said she was stabbed to death. they say she was trying to help a panhandler. tonight, her husband and step-daughter, though, are now charged in her murder, after being arrested in texas. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: it was the shocking story of a good samaritan, apparently stabed to death by a baltimore panhandler when she tried to give a woman with a baby $10. >> she didn't die in vain. >> reporter: jaclyn smith's husband seemingly devastated. >> i jumped out my car to run after them, but then i came back, because my wife needed me more. >> reporter: her 28-year-old step-daughter who says she witnessed the killing, too,
latedly shaken. >> she was a beautiful person and she didn't deserve this to happen to her. >> reporter: tonight, a stunning twist. authorities saying it was all an act. keith and valeria smith, taken into custody in texas near the mexican border, accused of spinning a web of lies. >> people took advantage of baltimore, and what we want to make sure is that the truth comes out and justice is done. >> reporter: david, keith and valeria smith have been charged with first degree murder. they will be extradited to maryland and have not yet entered a plea. david? >> erielle, thank you. overseas tonight, the vacation in africa ending in tragedy. four americans taking off in a helicopter from a national park in kenya crashing on an island, killing all of them. the u.s. embassy now tonight confirming the names of three of those americans, anders burk, brandon staffer and josh forde. and from northern california tonight, the miracle survival of two little girls, sisters just 5 and 8, they spent nearly 48 hours in the cold and the rain.
but they've been discovered and okay tonight. here's abc's will carr with the interview just in. >> reporter: tonight, a community celebrating a miracle. >> yes! we ground them! and i'm so happy! >> reporter: two little girls survived for 44 hours in the northern california woods. after an emotional family reunion, tonight, we're hearing from those brave little girls for the first time. >> started to drizzle, so, i knew we had to find shelter fast. >> how did you feel, caroline? >> a little scared. >> reporter: 8-year-old caroline and her 5-year-old sister, leah, disappeared when they went for a hike instead of waiting for their mother. >> i started to worry and i started to scream. >> reporter: the girls quickly got lost. then they relied on their survival training, even starting a fire. >> we go on camping a lot each summer. and i knew how to start a fire, because i watch a lot of "tropical paradise." >> reporter: dehydrated, they
licked water off tree leaves. >> i told her to think happy thoughts. very roll lu >> reporter: volunteers found their boot tracks and then the girls. they are nowun with their paren. tonight, the two volunteers who tracked the girls through this terrain are being praised for helping save their lives. david? >> we're glad they're okay. will, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the ceo of the san francisco giants and the altercation with his wife. what he has now just revealed tonight. what's happened after that video. also, the high school party igniting an uproar. red cups arranged in the shape of a swastika. what the school is threatening to do tonight. and the drivers in their cars when an avalanche of snow suddenly blasts across an american highway, right on top of them. a lot more news ahead tonight. stay tuned. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla.
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finally tonight here, america strong. from the heart of this disaster zone, a moment of prayer and of hope in the high school gym. today, the students of beauregard high school gathered in the gym to hold a prayer service on the basketball court. coming together, bowing their heads. a mother and daughter praying together. wanda dotson, her daughter, kaitlyn, resting her head on her mother's shoulder. holding hands, like so many in this community. afterward, friends embracing, knowing they have a lot of rebuilding to do. and this sign made by those students saying it all. beauregard strong. as they prayed together, mourned together and vowed to rebuild their community together. we're with this community and we know the prayers of the nation are with all of them here, too. and we thank you for watching here on a
. >> announcer: live, where you live, this is abc 7 news. please stand with students and stop cuts to these kids. >> we don't have it easy. it is not easy in oakland. but support services like restorative justice is making it easier. >> from the top -- from the top to the top. >> students in oakland are taking a stand today as teachers head back to school after the strike. students head to the school board to fight for programs. good morning, i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. the students say the programs on chopping block are vital to their success. laura anthony was at a long and often emotional meeting. >> reporter: hundreds of students from several oakland high schools marched through downtown. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: and into a meeting at the school board. a meeting postponed twice before. where the board was set to decide on $21.7 million in budget cuts.
[ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: the contentious meeting came one day after oakland teachers narrowly voted to ratify a new contact, giving them a 3% bonus and 11% raise over three years. >> unless this board reduces the budget for next year, there is not the funding to give a raise. >> look at this. this is the city of oakland. we're united. we don't want any more cutbacked. >> reporter: after of the cuts will come at the central office and including reduction to libraries and services to asian-pacific islanders and foster youth and the restorative justice program. >> the programs ground us and make us -- relationships between us. if you don't want to see violence in schools, keep these programs. >> you are taking away from these students and y'all should stand for and not against students and protect our amendment. >> i don't like this for me and for district seven. >> motion is adopted. >> reporter: in the end the