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along the east coast. the images you never see this time of year. what this weather pattern means for the rest of winter. crackdown. the plan for a nationwide sweep of undocumented immigrants. hundreds of families facing deportation. and, tracking santa. inside the government's top secret mission to follow that flying sleigh. you won't believe how it all started, 60 years ago. and good evening. great to have you with us on this christmas eve. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. and we begin with those deadly tornadoes and the communities torn apart. the dark cloud of destruction moving in here. a wild string of rare december tornadoes and violent weather, from arkansas to michigan, that left 11 people dead. and so many taking stock of their lives on this christmas eve. scenes of devastation like this across the ravaged south. people returning to their homes, trying to salvage what's left.
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story now in mississippi. >> reporter: tonight, severe weather still on the move. with blinding rain in alabama and flooded roads south of atlanta. this after a devastating christmas week tornado outbreak. >> oh! i think that's a tornado brewing up! >> reporter: over 24 tornadoes reported. >> i looked up, the roof was blowing off the house. >> reporter: watch as these two tornadoes merge into one massive twister. swirling winds lifting this tractor trailer and sending it careening onto its side. in holly springs, mississippi -- >> monster tornado. >> reporter: the national weather service says this tornado was at least an ef-3 and may have tracked over 100 miles across two states. >> it was like a war zone. >> reporter: first responders rushing to help the injured, including retired nurse sherry keel. she was on her way home from last-minute christmas shopping. >> there's a lady face down in the ditch. she kept asking about her child.
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years old, didn't survive. >> i can't imagine -- i just can't imagine what that mom is going to feel when she's told that her child didn't make it. >> reporter: so, this is where you and your daughter and your granddaughter hid during the storm? gwendolyn jones had no storm shelter. she and her family took cover in the safest place they could find. >> and we laid here on the floor and holding hands and praying all the while. >> reporter: the room her daughter and granddaughter live in, now destroyed. losing so much so close to christmas, but this family feels blessed. >> christmas will still be christmas, so, whether i have presents or not. that's not going to change christmas for me. >> reporter: the community here now coming together. donations pouring into this shelter, hoping to salvage some kind of christmas. tom, this motor home was parked 100 yards away. and the only thing that stopped it was a two-story building, now obliterated. and the trailer attached to that rv, tom, they found it up in those trees, a quarter mile away. >> incredible.
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storms. all right, phillip, thank you. and now we want to bring in our senior meteorologist, rob marciano, outside in new york city. rob, those powerful storms, are they over at this point? >> reporter: still happening, tom. especialal across the southeast, where it was a mess today. eight to ten inches of rain falling across southeast alabama and still some flooding rans happening from mississippi through the i-10 and i-20 corridor. we have flash flood watches that r posted for additional rainfall across these areas. look at the future radar for tomorrow. the same areas that saw those tornadoes could see some rough weather on christmas day. and the flood threat, tom, both flash flooding and river flooding could last through the weekend. >> and rob, the calendar says december, but you look like you're dressed for july. how about this record-breaking warmth on the east coast? how long is it going to last? >> reporter: it is absurd, isn't it? no jacket required. if you like warm christmases, this one is for you. 68 degrees today in northern vermont. that's an all-time record for the month of december, in burlington. and more records are going to fall tomorrow, though it will be a little bit cooler, but still 10 to 15, maybe 20 degrees above
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the southeast. and here at this holiday market in manhattan, where the vendors are breaking down for the season, they are also breaking a sweat tonight, tom. >> good point. all right, rob marciano for us tonight. rob, thank you. after the brutal winters of the past few years, ma finding the balmy weather is a nice holiday gift, but others rely on the cold to make a living. abc's gio benitez tonight with a look at the wild winter. >> reporter: tonight, an unusual christmas eve in the northeast. a record in new york city -- 72 degrees. almost as warm as the fourth of july. this december is on track to being the warmest on record ever. it is so warm that here in new york city, you can walk on the street wearing short sleeves on christmas eve. >> i'm loving it. everyone should have a hot holiday. i don't have to go to california or florida. i'm fine right here. >> reporter: up and down the east coast, people are walking around in shorts and flip-flops. even the ice cream trucks are out. 1984 was the last time you brought the ice cream truck out? >> yes. >> reporter: but the nice
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weather-related sales are down dramatically. a loss of at least $421 million. ski resorts are feeling it, too. only 16% of ski trails have opened at 12 major resorts in the northeast. still, more people are eating out and malls are seeing a jump, too. and tom, here in new jersey, it's also the warmest christmas eve on record. but this little christmas miracle is just that. next week, temperatures start dropping dramatically. in fact, in parts of the northeast, snow is in the forecast. tom? >> all right, it's coming our way. gio, thank you so much. we want to turn to chicago now. protests tonight over the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer. more than 100 demonstrators staged die-ins, where they laid down on the pavement. the move held up last-minute holiday shoppers along busy michigan avenue. it's the latest protest since the release last month of a video showing officer jason van dyke shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. he is charged with first degree
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meanwhile, some christmas eve chaos at one mall, as so many are already on edge of a year marked by deadly shootings. shots fired at a north carolina mall. shoppers running for cover. the investigation unfolding tonight. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: it happened again. this time, a shooting in a north carolina shopping mall, packed with last-minute christmas shoppers. gunfire sending many in the crowd fleeing in panic. inside, this man finding safety, huddling behind a clothing rack. >> we were just walking and people just started running, yelling, screaming. so, i just -- my first thing to do is get safe. >> reporter: images from the northlake mall in charlotte captured the chaos and confusion. >> started shooting. >> reporter: authorities say the shooting occurred after two groups of people inside the mall got into an argument. an off-duty police officer intervened and fatally shot one person who they say was armed. >> this is not a random act of violence. this is something that happened between two parties who were
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>> reporter: this incident comes just two days after a shooting at one of the country's biggest malls on new york's long island. there, too, scenes of panic when a would-be robber allegedly fired a gun in a struggle with a store security guard. in north carolina tonight, the mall where today's shooting occurred is closed. at least four people gone to the hospital, and yet another community on edge. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. now to a developing story that could affect hundreds of families here in the u.s. the department of homeland security is finalizing plans to deport central american immigrants living here illegally since 2014. is the government really ready to conduct raids to round up thousands of people? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas on >> reporter: they came over the thousands. children and families, in some cases, fleeing violence and persecution in central america. many bussed beyond the border. inside the u.s. some facing angry crowds, while
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fate. now, with illegal border crossing spiking again, hundreds of those families are being targeted for deportation in a series of sweeps that could begin as early as next month, if approved by the white house. >> i think what they're trying to do here is send a message to central america, saying, don't come. and in order to do that, i think they believe that images of families being offloaded on planes in central america, that it's going to deter people from coming. >> reporter: the families targeted for deportation had their requests for asylum rejected by immigration judges. but the removal is sparking controversy, because the obama administration has typically focused on deporting criminals, not families. >> very tough day, frankly, for this news to break, on christmas eve. >> reporter: some administration critics said the plan is symbolic window dressing that will do nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration. and others, including democratic presidential candidates, call the plan draconian. martin o'malley tweeted today, a christmas refugee roundup sounds like something donald trump
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and hillary clinton's campaign released a statement, say inging she has real concerns about these reports. >> and pierre thomas is live with us from washington. pierre, how would authorities actually go about executing this plan? >> reporter: tom, in many cases, these families have to be tracked down. but our sources say immigration and customs enforcement agents are confident they can be located. they say it's simply too difficult for families to hide. but we'll have to see what happens. opposition to this plan is already fierce. tom? >> no doubt a delicate situation. all right, pierre, thank you. now, to politics and the race for president. the rhetoric not easing up on this holiday. the latest polls show hillary clinton and donald trump running in a dead heat. with the democratic front-runner's lead over trump dwindling now to just two percentage points. that's within the poll's margin of error. and now trump's campaign is turning up the heat, taking aim not just at hillary clinton, but at bill clinton's scandals, as well. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: no christmas eve quiet on donald trump's twitter
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retweeting this -- "why is hillary even allowed to run? she's a criminal." spokeswoman even summoning the ghost of her husband's scandals. >> hillary clinton has some nerve to talk about the war on women and the bigotry towards women when she has a serious problem in her husband. >> reporter: trump's campaign upping the rhetoric after he described clinton's loss to offcolor slang of the male anatomy. >> she was favored to win and she got [ bleep ]. she lost, i mean, she lost. >> reporter: trump insists his use of the term was neither vulgar nor misogynistic. >> to me, that's really a reference to getting beaten and really pretty decisively. and when i said it, nobody in the audience thought anything about it. they clapped, they didn't view that as being a horrible thing. >> reporter: but clinton's campaign calls trump's language degrading and disgusting.
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his campaign and the inflammatory rhetoric. it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. >> reporter: and that brought this veiled threat from trump last night -- "hillary, when you complain about a penchant for sexism? who are you referring to? i have great respect for women. be careful." hours later, his spokeswoman developing this bomb. >> i can think of quite a few women that have been bullied by hillary clinton to hide her husband's missoj nis, sexist secrets. >> reporter: no comment from the trump and his family go to church near his palm beach home, momentary truce. and tonight, a bit of hostages held captive in iran back in 1979. they are finally being compensated for their ordeal, which dominated the headlines after years of their legal claims being turned down by courts.
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millions. tonight, more than 30 years after those american hostages were paraded before the world, a measure of justice. the 53 americans seized by an angry mob that stormed the u.s. embassy in tehran in 1979. >> spend at least another night imprisoned in the american embassy. >> reporter: they became international pawns. their ordeal dragging on for more than a year. rodney sickmann was one of them. a 22-year-old marine serving as a security guard at the embassy. >> being held hostage was 444 days of a bad nightmare, where each day, we woke up, we thought we were dead. >> reporter: finally, on the day ronald reagan was sworn in -- >> they won freedom for 52 americans. >> reporter: in all the years since, the former hostages fought for compensation, and now it's finally come. buried in a budget bill president obama signed last friday. they will each receive up to $4.4 million. that's $10,000 for every one of the 444 days they spent in
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sickmann calls it justice. and sickmann tells us when he heard the news, he actually pulled over to the side of the road and cried. all right, we want to turn now to the holiday that is upon us, and the celebrations taking place around the world on this christmas eve. here's the scene in bethlehem tonight. the biblical city celebrating jesus. and the vatican lit up. pope francis celebrating basilica. tens of thousands are expected to attend tomorrow's christmas day mass. and there is still so much tonight." last-minute shopping crunch, and plenty of deals still to be had. which stores will stay open late on the chase for the best deals? and can you believe, the best deal out there, possibly, an iphone 6 for just a buck? and, a tourist adventure takes a scary turn. what caused this chopper to swirl out of control? today people are coming out to the nation's capital to support an important cause that can change the way you live for years to come. how can you help? by giving a little more,
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next tonight, still have a few gifts to buy? well, you're not alone. but if you think you've missed all the good deals, don't despair. there are still plenty to be found in these last few hours, and in the days ahead. abc's linzie janis on the hunt. >> reporter: today, frantic shoppers rushing around for those last-minute gifts. did you mean to be still shopping on christmas eve? >> i never mean to do this, but i do it every year. >> only reason why i did, laziness. >> reporter: retailers eager to help out. target stores across the country, staying open until 10:00 or 11:00 tonight.
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or, go online. amazon prime members can get two-hour delivery from now until midnight. and retailers like coach and macy's will even e-mail a description of your gift to the relative who slipped your mind. they can then change the color or size, even exchange it before it ships. you have to get home and wrap all this. >> i do. >> reporter: good luck, go! good-bye! >> merry christmas! >> reporter: but the holiday shopping season is still far from over. some of the best pre-christmas deals extended after christmas. like this iphone 6s at best buy. just $1 for qualifying customers who extend their contracts. the shopping frenzy is set to kick off again in roughly 36 hours, with some stores open as early as 6:00 a.m. on saturday. tom, the good news is, the deals are expected to be as good or better than black friday. >> i think the malls are just going to stay full. all right, linzie, thank you so much. and when we come back, an
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>> oh! >> we call that the holiday freakout. her son returning from service with the air force and a brand new baby. her son and daughter-in-law kept the baby's early adoption a secret and then flew home to share the good news. a moment of pure holiday joy for that family. so nice. and when we come back, keeping track of santa tonight. norad protects our skies, so, how did they get into the business of tracking jolly old st. nick? started it off 60 years ago. stay with us. we live in a world of mobile technology, but it is not the device that is mobile, it is you. real madrid have about 450 million fans. we're trying to give them all the feeling of being at the stadium. the microsoft cloud gives us the scalability to communicate exactly the
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way. the team at norad tracking his every move as they've been doing now for 60 years. tonight, how and why the government launched this high-flying mission. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, santa claus is under the watchful eyes of norad. >> so, on the screen, you'll see the last place that we've seen santa claus, which, in this case, was russia. and then it also tracks the number of gifts delivered, which is just over 2 billion. >> reporter: usually on alert for things like missile attacks, norad takes this very seriously. how important is this mission? >> oh, this is a no fail mission. >> reporter: a mission that goes back to the cold war. as the story goes, back in 1955, a sears newspaper ad gave kids a number to call santa. but that number was off by one, so, instead of reaching the man in red, kids were calling colonel harry shoup on his red phone. >> that red phone was top secret. >> reporter: the colonel ordered his men to play along. >> he was military through and
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and he loved christmas. >> reporter: and a tradition was born. norad has been playing along now for 60 years. >> santa loves cookies and milk. >> reporter: 1,500 volunteers taking 135,000 calls from excited kids in 235 countries. >> he's headed for india right now. >> reporter: you might just reach terry, taking calls today for the first time ever. >> have you got cookies for him? >> reporter: colonel shoup was her dad. so, your first call, what does it feel like? >> oh, it's great. better than i even thought. it's wonderful. >> reporter: she says that went for her dad, too. a simple mistake he helped turn into 60 years of magic. clayton sandell, abc news, colorado springs. >> and our thanks to tto those 1,500 volunteers who take those special calls. thank you so much for watching. "gma" first thing in the morning. i'm tom llamas. for david and all of us here, a
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holidays.her 17-year-old shot and killed... while police say... he was trying to rob someone. tonight - her message to other parents. and right now - a looming deadline. but there's one thing out there that could make this the best time of the season to get your holiday shopping done. and it seemed like an easy hit. but the push... of one button ...turned their target...into a trap. how one would-be thief still got away. that lone criminal is still out there right now. the danger unfolded inside a jewelry store... while people were out shopping for last-minute gifts. contact 13 investigative reporter stephanie zepelin spoke with the store owner near eastern & owens and has more on his message. . """""""the owner of amigos
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but it is hurting business""""""" the owner don lee says a woman came in and asked for the price of a piece lee said he hit the alarm, which trapped them inside and alerted police. the men shot out one of the windows and they escaped. 12.03.00 today is actually one of the best days of the year. so we couldn't do business, but as long as nobody gets hurt im glad for that 10 don lee owner, amigo jewelry metro says there may have been another woman waiting for the would-be the jewelry business for 20 years, and in this location for ten. he says another person tried an armed robbery here about five years ago. at eastern and owens, soc""""""" the search is on for suspects after a man was shot in the head in jean. it happened near the gold strike casino.
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