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available i'll turn it over the fire chief. >> good afternoon. fire chief robert sapain. as all of you are aware, the driver behind this electrical service interruption is the extreme fire danger conditions we'll be experiencing over the next 24 to 36 hours. in response to that particular hazard, the fire department is following our normal operating procedures which include augmented staffing which means we can provide additional fire engines and wildland specific fire apparatus into service. and we can also respond to any increased call volume during that period. with regards to the power safety shutoff or the electrical sh
shutoff we are also going to take steps to ensure continuity of operations, meaning all of our resources could continue to respond to emergencies as normal. and we will have additional resources to ensure that we could respond to any added call volume based loss of electricity overall. in the meantime, as we go through this high fire danger period, we ask forse fire safety, that means please avoid using cutting power tools, torches those type of things near dry fuels. we should not have any open flames anywhere throughout the city and we should also be very careful if we choose to employ power generators, making sure we have open spaces for exhaust and only use them as absolutely necessary overall. again, no open flames. no tools in dry areas.
and, again, we are working with augmented staffing levels and with our regional partners cal fire and other agencies throughout our operational area to ensure that we're able to provide mutual aid support as well. >> you've been watching a live news conference by san jose officials. they have confirmed that they've activated the city's emergency operation center ahead of the get home before dark.sed to com get the evening commute done early because by then you'll have no power and then of course the traffic signals will be out and more dangerous. the other thing they want to emphasize is that during this time of the shutoff, people will have drinking water, all sewer services, garbage pick up is normal. but possibly a little delayed. and they emphasize there are city resource centers open where people could go to get freshwater to recharge the electronics. of course all of the information
is on abc7news.com. we have live team coverage coming up at 4:00. in the meantime, you could get the latest information on the abc7news.com website and on the abc 7 news app. fo cramming into the back of pickup trucks with whatever belongings they can. officials now warning of a humanitarian disaster. we've been on the front lines with the kurds, watching their troops beat back isis for years, fighting alongside american forces. but facing an invasion, the kurds tonight are halts their fight against isis alongside the u.s. a u.s. official now telling abc news some kurdish fighters guarding isis prisoners have now left their posts to reinforce the front line against turkey. the onslaught coming just days after president trump appeared to give the green light. abruptly pulling u.s. forces back from the border after a call with turkey's president erdogan. but today president trump
claiming "the united states does not endorse" the operation, calling it "a bad idea." >> and are you concerned that erdogan will try to wipe out the kurds? >> i will wipe out his economy if that happens. i'm sure that he -- i hope that he will act rationally. >> reporter: the president pressed, too, on those isis prisoners. >> what if isis fighters escape and pose a threat elsewhere? >> well, they're going to be escaping to europe. that's where they want to go. they want to go back to their homes. >> reporter: with a ground invasion under way, critics, even in his own party, blasting the president's decision to abandon the united states' kurdish partners. >> if he follows through with this, it would be the biggest mistake of his presidency. >> reporter: representative liz chaney saying "impossible to understand why donald trump is leaving america's allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of isis." >> and ian, tonight, you've reported that some kurds are no
longer securing those isis prisons as they now try to defend themselves. how are they likely to respond to turkey? >> reporter: well, david, look, the kurds have far less firepower than the turkish military, but they are highly motivated. so, what we should expect is for them to step aside and allow the turkish military to come in on the ground, as they have already tonight and then engage them guerrilla style, just as they did so successfully against isis. david? >> all right, ian pannell on the ground for us., n ly manyf the t isis the u.s. had been teaming one the kurds, that fight has stopped. let's bring in martha raddatz tonight. we were just on the syria border. you know u.s. military leaders were telling me that the fight against isis was very much alive, still a serious threat. so, what are you learning tonight about the mission now suspended in syria and those isis prisoners?
>> reporter: well, the kurds feel they have no choice to leave those prisons as turkey invades, but you and i both know how dangerous those prisons are. 11,000 isis prisoners could simply blend in with the population or flood surrounding areas and pentagon officials feel this could get much worse if president trump pulls out all the american troops quickly, and i am being told many are doing their best to try and talk him out of it. david? >> all right, an extraordinarily delicate situation. martha, thank you. meantime, all o as the impe standoff intensifies tonight. it was last night, as we came on the air here, the white house refusing to cooperate going forward. now speaker nancy pelosi saying the president is not above the law. and for the first time tonight, the man who president trump wanted ukraine to investigate, joe biden, saying the president should be impeached. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: as a defiant president trump rep fuses to cooperate with the house impeachment inquiry and speaker
pelosi declares the president is not above the law, a fiery joe biden now says it is time for the president to be impeached. >> donald trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts. to preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached. >> reporter: it's his most forceful response since it was revealed the president asked ukraine to investigate biden and his son, hunter. >> he believes he can and will get away with anything he does. we all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot someone he's no joinit. >> reporter: president trump fired back, calling biden pathetic. >> biden is dropping like a rock. i don't think he's going to make it. and i guess this is one way he can do it. >> reporter: the president, made it clear today he is ready
to take his battle with congress to the courts. >> probably ends up being a big supreme court case, maybe it goes a long time, i don't know. >> reporter: the president is now looking to beef up his legal team. he's talking to former congressman trey gowdy, a former prosecutor who led the house benghazi investigation. back then, gowdy warned the obama administration they had no choice but to cooperate with congress. >> the notion that you can withhold information and documents from congress, no matter whether you're the party in power or not in power is wrong. respect for the rule of law must mean something eirrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles. >> reporter: politically, the president is getting help from senator lynn sindsey graham, wh today warned speaker pelosi that if trump is impeached in the house, the senate won't convict him.
but graham's old statements, coming back to haunt him, too. this is what he once said about another president who refused to cooperate with an impeachment inquiry. >> article iii of impeachment against richard nixon was based on the idea that richard nixon as president failed to comply with subpoenas of congress. the day richard nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day that he was subject to impeachment because he took the power from congress over the impeachment process away from congress and became the judge and jury. >> jon karl with us live at the white house again tonight. and jon, president trump has attacked the whistle-blower whose complaint, of course, launched this impeachment inquiry, calling him a partisan and political, but just moments ago, as we came on, the whistle-blower's attorney now fighting back tonight against those partisan claims? >> reporter: whistle-blower's attorneys have put out this statement, saying that the whistle-blower has never worked for a political candidate, a campaign or a party. and that the whistle-blower's entire career has been spent in apolitical civil servant positions in government. and finally, david, though the whistle-blower has come into contact with candidates from both parties in their roles as elected officials, not as candidates. so, only while they were in government and those were people of both parties. >> jon karl with the breaking
development there. jon, thank you. and next, to that horrific image from overseas tonight, an alleged hate crime in germany. a gunman targeting a synagogue on the holy day of yom kippur. video shows the heavily-armed gunman firing down a street, reloading several times. he was unable to get inside the synagogue, but an explosive he tried to throw into the synagogue cemetery missed its intended target. he shot a woman passing by and then the gunman allegedly firing at a shop nearby, killing a man there. and all of it, we have learned, he tried to stream live. police now have him in custody at this hour. abc's james longman from germany tonight. >> reporter: the shots ringing out at noon in the eastern german city of halle. a man, appearing dressed in world war ii-style military gear, calmly firing and reloading his weapon in the middle of a busy street. the attack carried out at two separate locations, at a guobki services. this the holiest day of the
jewish calendar. he tried to storm in, shooting at one door but it was locked. then unsuccessfully attempting to use a makeshift bomb. "he wanted to throw what looked like a hand grenade or a firecracker, but it bounced off the door frame and exploded," this man says. frustrated, police say he then kills his first victim before heading to a kebab shop blocks away. inside, he kills one more before fleeing. nearby residents told to shelter inside. police able to trace that getaway car, arresting the suspect at 3:30. tonight, german media reporting the suspect, stephan baillet, was possibly motivated by far right extremism. in a nation grappling with an uptick of anti-semitic and inty immigrant crime. >> james longman with us live tonight. and james, this gunman, sadly, using a similar tactic of other recent extremists who have tried to carry out these attacks and livestream the shooting? >> reporter: that's right, david. he posted a video of the attack online, but that's since been removed. and he had written about killing people he described as nonwhite,
especially jews. as bad as this attack was, it could have been a lot worse. his gun kept jamming. those makeshift bombs didn't really work and thankfully those synagogue doors remained closed. david? >> james, thank you. back here at home, to those two major storms we're following tonight. the coastal system about to slam the east. new york, up to boston. the major snowstorm, more than a foot of snow in the middle of the country and, of course, there are fire dangers in the west, as well. emergency rob marciano tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. these are two significant storms, both with wide-reaching impacts. start with the northeast. that coastal lowell, due east of d.c., but it's not moving much. if anything, it will drift to the west. that means more rain for new york, new jersey. could see 30 to 50-mile-per-hour winds. that doesn't wind down until the weekend. here comes the midwest snowstorm. denver, you're 80 today. whiteout conditions from there, up through minnesota. could see a foot of snow with some of the season's coldest care coming in with that big
blue h. that is going to set up our santa ana wind event. dangerous winds that will persist right through friday. david? >> rob marciano, a busy night in the weather department. rob, thank you. and you heard rob mention the winds in california. tonight, california's largest utility making an extraordinary mare move, cutting power to hundreds of thousands to avoid wildfires sparked by a wind-blown power line, but many are furious. abc's will carr in mill valley, virginia. >> reporter: tonight, hundreds of thousands of californians are without power, including lindsey garcia and her three kids. >> i'm hoping it doesn't last five days. you know, that's kind of insane devastating wildfires utility companies, including pg&e, just proactively shut power off across the region. the first wave of outages striking in the middle of the night. >> tens of thousands are in the dark. >> reporter: frustration now growing. >> pg&e while out doing operations some of their field
level staff have been met with some aggression. >> reporter: some are surviving by generators. others draped in darkness. >> there has to be a better way than turn the power off for five days, because that's going to trash our economy. >> reporter: many businesses forced to shut their doors. so, there's no way you can do business today? >> none. >> reporter: while residents stocked up on supplies, pg&e's website crashed, leaving families, like the garcias, wondering exactly how long they'll have to you toer through without electricity. >> it's not that hot, it's not windy, i don't know why the power is shut off. >> reporter: tonight, there's a real rush to get gas and other supplies, because nobody knows how long these power outages will last for. pg and e says it could be through the weekend. david? >> all right, will carr in california. thank you, will. we're going to turn next here to new allegations against former "today show" host matt lauer. tonight, a woman has reportedly assault. matt lauer responding tonight, and so is nbc.
here's linsey davis. >> reporter: for the first time, one of matt lauer's accusers has reportedly come forward to describe a sexual assault by the former "today show" anchor. >> this is shocking and appalling. >> reporter: this morning, his former colleagues reacted to the explosive claims. >> there are not allegations of an affair, there are allegations of a crime, and i think that's shocking to all of us here. >> reporter: "variety magazine" obtained excerpts of the new book "catch and kill" by roman farrow. according to variety, a former nbc news producer says the assault took place at the 2014 sochi olympics while she was working for anchor meredith viera. she reportedly told farrow that one night after drinks in sochi with lauer and vieira, she went up to lauer's hotel room where she says he pushed her onto the bed, flipping her over, and forcing her into a sex act. she says she "wept silently into a pillow." according to excerpts obtained by "variety," the producer told farrow, "i was too drunk to consent. it was nonconsensual in that i said multiple times i didn't
want to." she tells farrow that back in new york she went on to have more consensual sexual encounters with lauer and later told "colleagues and superiors at nbc." but she claims nothing happened until she told vieira, who urged her to go to human resources with a lawyer. "the today show" later announced lauer was fired. >> as i'm sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing. >> reporter: but tonight, lauer denies these latest allegations in a letter, saying he could remain silent no more, calling it "an extramarital affair" that was "completely consensual." he claims that on that night in sochi "she certainly did not cry. she was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner." adding the producer hugged him when she left the hotel room. he says, when the affair ended, the woman tried to rekindle it. adding, "because of my infidelity, i have brought more pain and embarrassment to my family than most people can ever begin to understand. they've been through hell. i have asked for their forgiveness, taken responsibility for what i did do wrong."
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