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test test test. st test test. st test test test test test t. > seven attacks. in . good evening on this thursday night. i'm amy robach in for david muir. and we begin about with the dangerous scene unfolding in tennessee. the toxic cloud, 5,000 people evacuated, the images coming in tonight, the freight train burning on the tracks hauling dangerous chemicals through the city of merryville. merge teams clearing a two-mile radius at least 45 people rushed to the hospital residents told not to go home this evening. alex perez with the warning about possible new contamination in the water and the air. >> reporter: tonight, that dark cloud of toxic fumes hovering over parts of eastern tennessee, the fire from that freight train accident still smoldering. >> i can see it on the tracks burning. going to put my gear on and
start to get that way. >> don't get too close. >> reporter: the fumes forcing 5,000 residents to evacuate. >> sounds to me like we need to upgrade our evacuation. station check that and see if we need to go further. >> reporter: authorities going door to door, waking people up to get them to safety. >> this is kind of frightening for a lot of people. >> oh, yeah we walked outside and we could see the smoke coming from the train in the air. it was still smoking. >> the parking lot. >> reporter: it was just before midnight the train was traveling from ohio to georgia when a single car derailed and caught fire, punk touring one of 27 cars. releasing fumes the chemical used to make plastics and considered a probable carcinogen. if inhaled, the fumes can cause headaches, dizziness and a rapid heartbeat, authorities establishing a two manufacture mile evacuation zone. >> the boundary has been set up for a reason.
>> reporter: 45 people rushed to the hospital. ten first responders among those treated. tonight, a local high school now an emergency center for displaced residents. crews handing out cases of bottled water. authorities warning those here not to drink well water for fear of contamination. and luckily authorities say there are no serious injuries to report. officials say it could be 24 to 48 hours before the area is deemed safe. those barricades come down and residents are allowed back home. amy? >> alex thank you. now to the terror threat for the fourth of july weekend. police and fbi on high alert. the washington navy yard put on lockdown today. s.w.a.t. teams rushing to the area. there are heightened concerns from new york to l.a. many police departments fully deployed and one holiday celebration already cancelled. here's abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: a massive police response this morning at the washington navy yard, the site of a tragic mass murder in 2013.
s.w.a.t. teams, tactical units, and choppers swarming the scene. ambulances at the ready for potential wounded. it turned out to be a false alarm. a 911 caller mistaking construction noise for a gunshot, but the instant reaction showed that law enforcement is on a hair-trigger as we approach the independence day celebration. >> we are aware of the discussion and chatter surrounding the fourth of july events. >> reporter: and it's not just here, the u.s. airbase at lakenheath in england cancelling july 4th celebrations. this amid reports of worrisome social media chatter revealing specific events and locations. the threat from isis greater than ever. this year alone 40 people with expected ties to isis have been arrested in the u.s. seven in just the last two weeks. the threat alert high all over the country. in new york city, the state-of-the-art command center up and running. police departments in l.a.
philadelphia boston and atlanta fully deployed. on the washington mall they're preparing for all contingencies. >> what isil is doing is radicalizing people that live here in the united states of america. our law enforcement, our military are under threat. >> reporter: in less than 48 hours this mall will be teeming with tens of thousands of people met by an army of police seen and unseen. amy? >> pierre thank you. to the mid-air scare on one of the busiest travel days of the year an unruly passenger forcing a plane to land in columbus ohio accused of making bomb threats during the flight. abc's david kerley with the tense moments in the sky. >> reporter: passengers on the tarmac, their plane in an isolated area as the bomb squad responds and bags are pulled. a passenger claimed to have a bomb on the united express flight from st. louis to washington d.c. diverted to columbus, the passengers put on buses. bags pulled and checked. the passenger who made the threat was questioned and then released. but this holiday weekend, with
the worry of an attack, passengers are seeing the security presence. >> there seem to be a lot more canine units out and a lot more people on the ground. >> reporter: a government official says there may be more random screenings and pat downs and plenty of additional security efforts behind the scenes. >> we've got a significant threat environment right now and we've got to continue to take protecting our aviation and transportation security very seriously. >> reporter: one airport security official tells me there is no specific threat but they are, quote, leaning forward with additional security measures throughout the holiday weekend. amy? >> david, thanks so much. now to the severe storms across parts ofamerica. with a record number of people traveling on the july 4th weekend, more than 40 million on the move, five confirmed tornados in 24 hours, including this twister whipping debris through the air in missouri. then fierce lightning strikes lighting up the sky in the west. 20 million at risk of extreme
weather to kick off the holiday. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all. >> reporter: the middle of the country hit hard by damaging storms. >> if that ain't a tornado, i don't know what is. >> reporter: that it is, a tornado confirmed in kentucky. >> look at that. >> reporter: and three confirmed in missouri in the last 24 hours. >> yeah, that's getting ready to touch down. >> reporter: terrifying moments just outside kansas city. >> dude, check that out. it just took the whole building in front of us, yo! >> reporter: on the other side of the state it was heavy rain. a woman dying in jefferson county when her car was swept off the road in floodwaters. these residents near st. louis had to be rescued from their homes as the water rose. and during heavy rain near nashville, tennessee, this out-of-control car crushed by a tanker truck. the driver and his two children miraculously survived. and look at his light show in central california. hundreds of lightning strikes around fresno but not a lot of rain. still so dry there that officials in bass lake are replacing fireworks with lasers this fourth of july weekend.
>> and rob joins us now. it's been so hot out west. what they need is rain. >> yeah and they're not going to get widespread rain. where the rain is going to come is where they already had it in the past couple days. this stalled out. right now strong storms are heading across south carolina and eastern georgia. big wind dangerous lightning. be aware. across parts of northern oklahoma storms beginning to fire up there. the next 24 hours we will see rain across the mountain west. the heaviest rain across the mid south, through the tennessee valley. could be some severe weather in there, too. stick around for the big holiday. might be a way to develop and get some rain as far north as new york or new england. the heat continues for the fourth of july out west. no relief in sight there, amy. stay cool. >> we'll try to do that. the holiday weekend will drive millions of people to america's beaches. in north carolina big concerns about the possible danger lurking in the ocean. seven shark attacks in three
weeks. some saying those beaches should be closed before another attack happens. abc's phillip mena looks at why this is becoming the summer of the shark. >> reporter: sharks attacking swimmers at an alarming rate. tourists on edge. >> i wouldn't go out there, not now. >> reporter: some even calling for beach closures. north carolina's governor warning beach goers. >> use your common sense and listen to what the life guards and local authorities are saying. >> reporter: a few beaches dispatching park rangers to warn swimmers to stay close to shore. all this after two attacks in two days. >> i felt just a tinge of pain in my leg and i, like looked back and saw the shark swimming away. >> reporter: nine attacks in three weeks along the carolina coast. seven in north carolina alone. but why so many here? shark experts say this year could be a perfect storm.
a coastal drought means saltier water. factor in 80 degree water, a mix sharks love. add in a surge in fish and sea turtles. >> lots of people in the water, lots of sharks lots of food and that's a bad mix. >> reporter: while the increase in shark attacks have scared off some here in the carolinas, as you can see there are many more who weren't afraid to go in the water. it seems there's no escaping sharks this summer. this fisherman off florida capsized after he accidently hooks a shark and makes a quick escape back to his boat. but for tourists like this woman who came to north carolina for vacation yesterday's attack just feet from here has her keeping a watchful eye. >> did you have a talk with them? >> oh, absolutely. we told them not to go past their knees and stay close. >> reporter: tonight the coast here continues to fill up ahead of fourth of july weekend. and as of right now, these carolina beaches will remain open. amy? >> phillip, thank you. and now to those july 4th
travel plans across the country. more than 3 million people flying over the holiday and more families than ever expected to be driving, encouraging by the lowest gas prices in five years. abc's rebecca jarvis shows us how to spend less time at the pump. >> reporter: the highest number ever thanks in part to that cheaper gasoline. pump prices even falling a few pennies this week in the runup to this independence day weekend. the national average for a gallon of regular now $2.77, nearly a dollar less than this time last year. but the savings don't have to stop there. >> even though gas prices are historically low, you can still save a lot by choosing the right gas station. >> spot the cheapest gas on your i rin rare. >> there are credit cards that
will give you bonus points for travel. a lot of times that includes tolls and parking. >> reporter: how you pay is as important as what you pay. for example, many credit cards offer cash back and even bigger incentives when you use them at gas stations and on the road. there's even more savings. you can now download free apps like four square and scout mob. finally, amy, to save yourself some time and money and your sanity, choose a navigation app like ways. it will help you stay out of traffic jams like this one. >> rebecca, thanks for the tips. overseas tonight new details about that deadly plane crash in taiwan. 43 people killed when a flight clipped a bridge plunging into a river in february. investigators blame the pilot for shutting down the plane's only working engine. the pilot's final words, wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle.
realizing his mistake 8 seconds before the crash. and we are learning more tonight about what may have brought down that military plane in indonesia. the plane slammed into a crowded neighborhood two days ago killing all 122 people on board and another 21 people on the ground. tonight air force officials there are saying an engine malfunction is to blame. back here at home a big apology from the ceos at whole foods. those bosses taking to youtube admitting some customers were overcharged. tonight what they promise to do about it. more now from abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: tonight, a fresh apology from whole foods. >> straight up, we made some mistakes. >> reporter: the company's ceo speaking directly to customers in a video posted online after accusations of routine overcharging. >> we know they are unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customer's favor and sometimes not in the customer's favor. it's understandable sometimes mistakes are made. they're inadvertent. they do happen because it's a hands on approach to bringing
you fresh food. >> reporter: in what the new york consumer affairs department called "the worst case of grocery mislabeling" they've seen in their careers last month, the agency reported some store locations have been overcharging customers by overstating the weights of prepackaged products. it's not the first time this has happened. in 2012, a california investigation also uncovered pricing violations. whole foods agreeing to pay $800,000 in penalties. now, the company ceos putting their money where your mouth is. >> if there's a mistake that's not in your favor, we promise to give you that item for free. >> reporter: mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to mara. word tonight of a record $18.7 billion settlement in that disastrous b.p. oil spill. you'll recall that explosion five years ago, the oil gushing out for months unchecked. the deal between b.p. and five gulf states said to be the largest such agreement in u.s.
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after more than four decades, g is for good-bye. >> reporter: this story is brought to you by the letter g. for "gracias." all the songs and all the vocabulary words, too. maria, in real life actress sonia manzano is moving on now, retiring after 44 years on "sesame street." she joined the cast in 1971 at age 22. the first latina with a major role on national tv. a gentle grown-up for generations of kids. >> just hold your knee up and i'll kiss it. >> reporter: through tough times -- >> big bird don't you remember we told you, mr. hooper died. >> reporter: and good times, when she married her beloved luis on the show elmo was ring
bearer. maria as essential to the cast as cookie monster, big bird, and the count. without her, sunny days won't be quite the same. david wright, abc news, new york. >> maria will be missed. thanks for watching. i'm amy robach and see you tomorrow. for "good morning america." good night. for "good morning america." good night. for "good morning america." good night. for "good morning america." good night.
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