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>> welcome to "world news tonight." we're tracking a deadly tornado threat. the southeast on high alert. millions in the danger zone. already, more than two dozen reported twisters and at least 16 people killed so far. the states of merge and the new threat right now. trump's truth? the top aides are sworn in and the back and forth over what is fact and fiction. face to face with the fbi director. what he told him today. dramatic rescues in the west. high surf pulls two women out to sea. a race to save them. a driver flooded. and new reports of mud slides come in. the consumer warning tonight targeting americans in the dead
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the cold reality to protect you and your family. >> i just got had. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with a dangerous tornado outbreak tearing across of the southeast right now with millions in the threat zone. georgia, homes completely blown away. a state of merge lshd declared and 12 people killed early this morning. wealth officials issues a weather alert with a particularly dangerous weather situation in effect. already at least one tornado reported on 9 ground this evening. in its path, a trail of destruction. take a look, a scene from the sky above. hattiesburg, mississippi. four people killed there. and a storm in the east and
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we begin with tony thomas on the ground. >> reporter: this is a shooin mobile home park in georgia. this is as far as authorities will let us go. we have been told sirnlg and rescue crews are going stlu what is left of this park, looking for victims and any survivors. a deputy korener told us that they have been washed through. a firefighter told us they are using construction equipment to lift the debris all people. it's not over for the area. more storms are on the way. >> tony, thank you very much. and that seen, just one location hard-hit by the outbreak.
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states from the florida panhandle north to georgia. several major cities in the path. steve osunsami takes us with an update. >> reporter: this will be a heartbreaking night for a number of families across south georgia, recovering from these tornadoes seen here that tore through this community. in this one mobile home community alone, seven people were killed. brenda griffen got out alive, some of her neighbor's didn't. >> we covered each other and we just laid there and we prayed, "lord, please let it pass over, let it pass over." >> reporter: first responders in cook county had to free people who were trapped under their own walls. jenny bullard had to crawl out from under hers. >> and then i opened up that door of my bedroom and when i opened it up the whole wall just fell in on me. and i crawled out from under it. and our back door then came in and hit me and knocked me down. >> reporter: so far across this state, 12 people have died in
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this storm. georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency in seven counties. he took a call from the president today, who is sharing his condolences from the east room. adding insult to terrible injury, the weather service has issued a particularly dangerous situation tornado watch for these same areas tonight. and the rare warning now includes parts of georgia, south carolina and florida too. more than on 10 million people need to stay alert. this same storm brought darkness and death to hattiesburg, mississippi. >> life is beyond that. life is precious. >> reporter: this is the difficult moment when one women learned that someone she loves has been killed. >> wayne dead. wayne's dead. >> reporter: our adrienne bankart is there tonight. >> you've got churches and businesses, as well as homes, destroyed on this street. four people killed. we've learned that two of those were relatives -- a grandfather and grandson. here at the mcmorris property, the house decimated, but they did walk away with their lives. >> repte
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had wind speeds of up to 136 miles an hour, and cut a path 15 miles long. >> steve is live with us here. 16 people killed in the storms. you mentioned the darkness and there is likely a reason why the death toll is so high? >> the tornadoes hit at night while people were sleeping. people often sleep through sirens when tornado hit at night. or when they get out of their homes, they can't see. another reason, the danger moves so quickly. we saw it today here in atlanta and it's another reason families nonlt this area should be watching closely, the forecast, listening for warnings and watching the skies. tom? >> crucial advice. steve, thanks so much. i want to bring in abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all. >> you mentioned the pds
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watches. only 3% of tornado watches are those. very, very rare. strong storms are firing and they will do that through the dark nls. you see it rotating through as the main system getting to lift up. we change to a high wind event. i-95, wrinds up. and just in, we will see sleet and hef yif snow and enough wind to knock out power there. and southern california really getting a deluge of rain and flooding there and more cold rains for tomorrow. the threat for mud slides will continue, tom? >> we will have more later in the broadcast. rob, thanks so much. a busy second day in office for president trump. late today, trump greeting fbi director james comey for
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and they were talking about the controversy of the inaugust congratulations crowd size. >> reporter: today, james comey. a pat on the back who is the public face in the investigation of hillary clinton's e-mail. trump today swearing in his new staff at the white house. >> we are going do some great things over the next eight years. >> reporter: and he's been speaking with foreign leaders including israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. but the white house order of business is to double down on a fight. >> i have a running war with the media. >> reporter: speaking with the cia, trump falsely accused the media of creating the feud with the intelligence community. >> it's exactly the opposite.
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with coverage of the crowds of his inaugural address. >> it looked like a million and a half people. whafs it was, it was. it went all the way back to the washington monument. and i get this network. and it showed an empty field. and it said, we drew 250,000 people. now that's not bad. but it's a lie. so we caught them and we caught them in a beauty. >> hours later, in his first appearance, the white house press secretary ripped in the press corps for what he called false reporting. >> this is the largest audience to witness an inauguration period. >> this is the crowd as obama gave his first inaugural address and this is the crowd friday as trump delivered his
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both photos taken from the washington monument. 30.6 million people tuned in to watch trump. fewer viewers than 2009 when 37.8 million watched obama. today, the white house defended their denial of reality. >> we saw crowds as far as the eye can see. they are giving shawn spicer alternative facts. >> they are not alternative facts, they are not facts. they are false hoods. >> reporter: his nominees for cia director and secretary of state. getting the back frr senator john mccain. >> this wasn't an easy call. but i also believe that when there's doubt, the president, the incoming president gets the benefit of the doubt. >> reporter: mcc
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the security team. what about the man in charge. >> do you have utmost confidence in president trump? >> i do not know, george. i do not know. because he made so many comments that are contradictory. >> a zuning response. marry bruce from the the white house. for months, trump said he could release his taxes in sbrch now, a statement if that is going to happen. >> the bhous will not releases trump's tax returns. they say the issue was litigated through the election and people didn't care because they voted for trump any way. tom? >> thank you very much. president trump runway acting today to saturday's women's rights marches across the country. this is the scene in the nation's capital. millions joined in major cities and small towns here and around the world. the president with two tweets and different
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here is gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, president donald trump responding to those demonstrations, tweeting -- "watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! why didn't these people vote? celebs hurt cause badly." but later adding -- "i recognize the rights of people to express their views." the presidential motorcade passing right by this view saturday afternoon. protesters not far from trump himself. >> hey hey! ho ho! donald trump has got to go! >> reporter: millions marching worldwide in opposition to president trump and in solidarity for women's rights. >> it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to speak up and be part of such a massive national movement. >> reporter: in more than 600 different locations, as far away as australia and antarctica. tonight, the data pouring in. 11.5 million #womensmarch tweets sent around the world. officials say more than 400,000 turned up new york city. and even more estimated at the largest march, in
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washington, d.c., where the subway had its second busiest day on record. we met this family who traveled more than 200 miles. et 7-year-old max making her on sign too. >> it's three generations and fortunately i've been given the tools and the strength to be able to teach her how to keep moving, because it's a tough thing. >> reporter: so many marchers telling me this is a call to action. president trump saying the marchers want to delegitimatize his election. tom? cars toppling off the tracks in southern india killing at least 32 and injuring 50. crews dig through the cars looking for trapped passengers. and to italy, the race is on to find survivors trapped by an avalanche at a
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23 people remain missing after a wall of snow and debris slamming into a hotel. a sixth body was pulled from the sight today. so far, nine survivors including four children have been pulled out alive. police responding to a deadly shooting in the rolling oaks mall in san antonio. one person killed and six injured. the mall placed on lockdown. en with person is in custody and they are searching for a possible second suspect. the heads up for homeowners. beware of demands for big bucks to keep your lights on. here is the report on what to watch out for. >> reporter: tonight, a scam sending a chill through thousands of homes and businesses in the coldest months of the year. >> you will need to bring a total amount of $874.92 for the payment in cash. >> i'll do that right now then. >> reporter: perpetrators posing as utility workers --
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off electricity if you don't pay. >> they sounded just like edison, i totally freaked out. >> reporter: trent jones lost nearly $2,000. when the phony power company called back, he was recording. >> now sir, if you wish to avoid disconnection, you will need to make a payment today, sir. >> i called the police, they said yes, it's happening. but there ice nothing we can do about it. basically i just got had. >> reporter: tonight, power companies across the country sending out warnings saying these scams are spreading. the federal trade commission ems suspicious, hang up and hat contact your provider. and remember that your electric company will never ask you to load money on to a pre-paid card. >> good tips tonight. thank you. there is more still ahead. breakingew
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>> to be able experience that first handed a part of it was exciting and very humbling. , vacating d.c.d after a busy and historic weekend. now some are wondering what's next. a record on the rails, metro rises to the challenge, moving more than one million people over town on inauguration and women's march weekend. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> that breaking news from texas. one person died after a robbery and shooting at a mall in san antonio. let's take a live look outside the rolling oaks mall, a briefing that happened 15 minutes ago. people said one,

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