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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. fire onboard. more than 500 passengers and crew told to abandon ship, racing down chutes, more than 100 injuries. the raging wildfire tonight in the west. the state of emergency at this hour. more than 80,000 residents racing from their homes. and in the south tonight, the death toll from the floods. authorities say the worst devastation in this country since sandy. breaking news. brazilian authorities ordering american swimmer ryan lochte and another swimmer not to leave brazil, amid new questions tonight about their story of being robbed at gunpoint. and this surveillance image. is the order too late? donald trump and the major shakeup tonight. and late today, trump getting his first classified briefing at the fbi. asked beforehand, do you trust
trump said, not so much. and the 12-year-old hunter. her family defending these photos amid death threats tonight. good evening on this very busy wednesday night. and we begin with the frightening moments unfolding on a ship with more than 500 passengers and crew, off puerto rico. a fire breaking out. they were ordered to abandon ship. the u.s. coast guard rushing to the scene of the caribbean fantasy. black smoke there pouring out from the ship as it approached san juan. passengers overcome. the captain ordering that evacuation. passengers in life vests jumping down slides. more than 100 injuries. and tonight, abc's gio benitez in puerto rico with new report ing now on what might have caused the fire. >> reporter: tonight, new details of the horror at sea. the ferry still smoldering hours after that dangerous fire erupted. more than 500 passengers and crew, wearing life vests,
evacuating down those emergency slides into rescue rafts. surrounded by coast guard boats and choppers. a crew member saying the fire started in the ship's engine room, when a hose carrying fuel burst open, igniting the blaze. crews battling from boats dousing the side of the blackened ship. witnesses spotting the emergency unfolding about a mile off the coast of san juan. >> the smoke has definitely gotten worse. we've seen more vessels responding. >> reporter: two dozen passengers hop hospitalized. more than 100 treated for smoke inhalation, dehydration, and, of course, shock. this woman leading a frightened child ashore. moments later, collapsing before being carried away on a sttcher. "it's on fire over there," one grateful passenger saying, "thank you, god." a paramedic cradling a newborn. a group of children holding hands as they were led to safety. >> and gio benitez with us live from puerto rico tonight.
us, still smoldering. several passengers in the hospital? >> reporter: that's right, david. just take a look. they are still trying to put that fire out. at least ten people are in the hospital right now, but i got to tell you, everyone here is just so grateful that those rescuers could save all of those people. remember, we're talking about more than 500 of them, david. >> all right, gio benitez leading us off tonight. thanks, gio. we turn now to the state of emergency at this hour east of los angeles. a major wildfire out of control, the speed of growth stunning even veteran firefighters. tonight, the blue cut fire is raging just 60 miles from los angeles. you can see one of the air drops late today. firefighters going door to door. this woman in tears. 82,000 racing from their homes. countless homes already destroyed tonight, collapsing, engulfed in flames. and tonight, travel always a challenge in and around l.a., at a standstill in some places. and you're looking live tonight at pictures from our station in los angeles, kabc. their chopper flying above the
abc's lauren lyster is on the fire lines with late word another community is now being threatened. >> reporter: tonight, on the front lines, hundreds of firefighters on the attack. >> this is nuts. fire on both sides of me. >> reporter: the fire out of control. ripping through 30,000 acres north of los angeles in just over 24 hours. >> this is a monster of a fire that is moving faster than any fire that i've seen in a very, very long time. >> it hit hard. it hit fast, it hit with an intensity that we haven't seen. >> reporter: the furious winds whipping up tornadoes of fire. more than 82,000 people told to get out. >> the firemen are doing a wonderful job, thank you. please save us. >> reporter: roads jammed with evacuees. the main freeway engulfed in flames. firefighters are putting out the flames now on the side of the 15. this is the main highway from los angeles to las vegas. it's been closed. now, they are battling these raging flames to get it open
fanning the fast-moving and unpredictable fire, triple digit heat and gusty winds. >> i just opening it up, so we can get the heat out of there to put it out. to mitigate the smoke from impacting the freeways. >> reporter: six firefighters brfly trapped by flames tuesday, forced to abandon their truck, injuring two of them. >> it's going. it's going. there it goes. >> reporter: the historic summit inn and cafe, a landmark, going from this to this. the total number of homes and structures burned, still unknown. >> there will be a lot of families that come home to nothing. >> just devastating tonight. lauren is live in san bernardino county. and lauren, you were telling us, authorities are now very concerned about a neighboring community next? >> reporter: yeah, david. fire officials telling me right now, that fire is approaching hundreds of homes, it could go up in flames any minute. tonight, where i am, this structure is still smoldering and we could wind up seeing a lot more scenes like this out
>> lauren lyster, our thanks to you. and we want to get right to meteorologist rob marciano, also in the fire zone tonight, and rob, you were telling us, conditions will continue to fuel this? rob? >> reporter: david, nonstop the past couple of hours, the sky cranes have been dipping into this lake. just moments ago, that hillside was on fire. one of many spot fires that have been flaring up. on this fuhr fire that has zero containment and over 30,000 acres burned. an explosive situation. the winds accelerating. low levels of humidity. so, red flag warnings remain up through tomorrow, and excessive heat warnings now for the pacific northwest through saturday. well might have some new fires starting there. right now, 28 large fires burning in the west, so, clearly, firefighters across this part of the country have their hands full. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight with the choppering flying overhead. rob, thank you. rob, of course, traveling to the fires from those historic floods in the south. authorities tonight saying the flood danow the worst natural disaster to hit the u.s. since superstorm sandy.
is now moving. just look at the homes there, under water as far as the eye can see. abc's phillip mena is in sorrento, louisiana, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an upclose look at where the floodwaters that inundated baton rouge have hit next. in sorrento, we met russell williams. his own home under water. he helped others get out. >> the worst part about all this, that all these people that sandbagged for days and days, trying to save their houses -- and then still lose it. >> reporter: in parishes downstream, th hoping their sandbags hold. >> hopefully we're wasting our time, but you can't never be too safe. >> reporter: in ponchatoula, the cleanup underway. many here still reeling from disastrous flooding, just months ago. >> we were already back in the house, rebuying furniture and then we flooded again, and we got 31 inches this time. >> reporter: some now say, they've had enough. >> i don't think we're going to stay. we can't go through this again. >> reporter: david, for those
thousands in shelters tonight, the water can't recede fast enough. david? >> phillip mena tonight, thank you. next this evening, to breaking developments from rio. a brazilian judge has now issued a warrant to have ryan lochte's and another swimmer's passports confiscated. they want to talk to them. there are new questions about lochte's story of being robbed at gunpoint, among them, the timeline. does it match surveillance images of lochte that you're about to see right here tonight? abc's matt gutman is in rio, where that order from the judge might be too late. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has learned brazilian police are investigating whether olympic swimming great, ryan lochte, lied to authorities about the night he and three fellow swimmers were allegedly mugged at gunpoint. lochte, with 12 career olympic medals, told nbc on sunday -- >> the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehand and he said, get down. and i was like -- i put my hands up, i was like, whatever. >> reporter: lochte said the men flashed badges and were
today, a brazilian judge issuing a warrant to have the four men's rooms searched, and the passports of lochte and james feigen confiscated. all on suspicion of providing a false sworn statement to police, punishable by up to six months in jail. police say those phones are critical and could determine where the men were that night. lochte posted this snapchat inside this club at 2:25 a.m. court documents reveal the at around 4:00 a.m. driving 40 minutes to the olympic village. according to the same documents, at 4:35 a.m., the swimmers say they were robbed. and just before 7:00 a.m., the group re-entering the village, as seen on this security footage obtained by dailymail.com. the brazilian judge saying the swimmers' timeline does not match the surveillance video obtained. the judge also wondering why the men seemed to unfazed, if they'd really just been robbed at gunpoint. only later did they provide a statement, but police say the men were so drunk, they were
regarding the perpetrators, the vehicles the criminals used or the license plate. lochte admitting to misleading olympic officials, at first, denying the incident took place at all. is there any concern that ryan lochte and his teammates, they may have been trying to cover something up? >> i couldn't possibly comment on that. >> reporter: the usoc would not comment on that, but abc news has confirmed that lochte is back in the u.s. tonight. his lawyer telling us, he gave statements to the state department and the fbi, but says there's no question the robbery did occur. police telling us tonight, they still want to question feigen, and even though he has his passport, they say he'll be stopped by authorities if he tries to leave the country. that, as brazilian officials leaving the door open to prosecuting all four swimmers. david? >> matt gutman in rio for us again tonight. thanks, matt. back here at home, and to the race for president tonight. a major shakeup at the top of the trump campaign, less than 24 hours after donald trump said
reset, i don't want to pivot, i don't want to change. but tonight, those big changes, and trump holding a roundtable on terrorism today. also late today, he got his first classified briefing at the fbi. and you're about to hear what trump said when asked beforehand if he trusts u.s. intelligence. and new numbers here tonight from key battleground states. in colorado, hillary clinton leading by ten points. in iowa, she holds a slim lead, within the margin of error. and in virginia, clinton now leading by 12 points. campaign trail. >> reporter: today, at trump tower, cameras ushered in for what looked a lot like a trump cabinet meeting. donald trump surrounded by his top advisers, and now, some of fresh faces. there at the end of the table, his new campaign ceo, stephen bannon, and new campaign manager, kellyanne conway. trump not saying much during
today, that campaign shakeup, sends a clear message. trump is going back to his way of doing things. >> i am who i am. it's me. i don't want to change. everyone talks about, oh, well, you're going to pivot, you're going to -- i don't want to pivot. i mean, you have to be you. >> reporter: bannon, a onetime goldman sachs banker and film director, stepping down from his current job as head of ultra-conservative breitbart news. he's never worked on a campaign, but today, the trump team touting in a press release a magazine article calling him "the most dangerous political operative in america." trump, a guest on bannon's radio show in may. bannon making sure the candidate would not be swayed by republican leaders, calling for a more moderate tone. >> the trump people want to know, because when they hear paul ryan talking unity, what they feel is going to be a collapse of what you ran on and a collapse of what they backed you on. >> my folks have absolutely nothing to worry about. that's the way it is. i mean, i won in landslides, based on what i was saying and
room and go right back to the old stuff that's not working. >> reporter: conway, the new campaign manager, says like the primaries, they are banking almost entirely on trump. >> we'll never have the money and we'll never have the manpower that hillary clinton has in brooklyn, but we don't need it, because quality candidates matter. >> reporter: this is the second major shakeup for the trump campaign in just two months. it comes on the day trump's motorcade pulled into the fbi headquarters in new york for his first classified intelligence briefing. just last night, trump seeming skeptical about the value of those briefings. >> do you trust intelligence? >> ah, not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. i mean, look what's happened over the last ten years. look what's happened over the years, i mean, it's been catastrophic. >> reporter: with trump in new york, hillary clinton today in battleground ohio, reminding trump, the clock is ticking. >> there are just 83 days left in this election. i keep track of them.
and for anyone waiting for donald trump to suddenly become more responsible, remember what a great american, maya angelou, said -- when someone shows you who they are, believe them. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight. and tom, we heard donald trump's new campaign ceo there, stephen bannon, in that radio clip you played, talking about essentially not folding wn establishment, urging trump to essentially stay the course. so, any reaction tonight from the republican establishment or speaker paul ryan? >> reporter: well, david, so far, no comment from speaker paul ryan, but his chief communications adviser may possibly be hoping this election cycle ends soon. today, he sent out this tweet. "free idea -- election day on september 8th instead of november 8th." david? >> tom llamas, with us live again tonight as always. tom, thanks. well, as donald trump gets his first national security briefing, american authorities are keeping a close watch on
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vacation time, so he could stay in rio longer. in part because of that elusive athlete folan had yet to catch up with. michael phelps. >> phelps is like my white buffalo. i got to -- >> reporter: what he doesn't know is that our interview with him is just a front. the trick now to doing a selfie -- let's see here. what -- what's the trick? >> flip it around for me. yeah. >> reporter: what's the trick -- >> oh! >> reporter: there's a trick to doing this selfie -- >> what's up man? >> how are you? >> reporter: so, one photo folan wasn't able to crash. this new pic phelps posted today, writing, "great way to spend my first day in retirement." >> great to see michael phelps back home, and we hope to see
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