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tonight on "world news", several breaking stories as we come on. north korea's major nuclear test. announcing they've successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, the force registering as a 6.3 earthquake, more powerful than the atomic bombs used in world war ii. how will president trump respond? also breaking, the new hurricane threat. irma, a category 3 and gaining steam. will this storm impact the east coast? cities in crisis. new evacuations ordered in parts of houston. houses still under several feet of water. and in one city, lines just to get fresh drinking water. l.a.'s biggest fire. hundreds
get out. a state of emergency just declared. and in oregon, more than 100 hikers trapped by wildfires on both sides. plus, the gas price surge. as millions of americans hit the roads this holiday weekend, why prices will continue to climb. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with breaking news. the most powerful military act by kim jong-un ever. the president calling it a major nuclear test. president trump and t president trump asked if he will attack north korea, saying we'll see. the test involving what they say is a hydrogen bomb.
the blast cheered in the streets of north korea. but met with swift global condemnation. and one after saying north korea will be set with fire and fury, now questions about how the white house will respond. here's david kerley. >> reporter: just hours after showing off what was said to be a hydrogen bomb, seismographs start dancing from this remote site, an underground north korean nuclear test shaking the earth. the north claimed the test was a perfect success. but this was its first, much more powerful, hydrogen bomb test. kim jong-un's provocative move met with a stern response from president trump, calling north
>> mr. president, will you attack north korea? >> we'll see. >> reporter: a month ago, president trump threatened military action. but just a week and a half ago said kim was starting to respect the u.s. a different message just hours ago. defense secretary james mattis, emerging from a meeting with the president, was blunt. >> any threat to the united states or its territories, including guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. >> reporter: but the defense secretary also messaged north korea that the u.s. is not seeking hostilities. >> we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea, but as i said, we have many options to do so. >> reporter: in his first twitter response this morning, the president also went after south korea, warning the u.s.
ally that, quote, "their talk of appeasement with north korea will not work, they only understand one thing!" mr. trump did not say exactly what that thing is. >> people need to cut off north korea economically. this is unacceptable behavior. >> david, word just coming in that south korea is holding major military drills in response to the tests? >> reporter: live fire drills, using f-15 jets and a missile, simulating as if they were going to attack the north korean nuclear site, and the president has been speaking with the prime minister of japan on the phone about this latest test. >> david, thank you. and as questions mount about the white house response, china, japan, and south korea all on edge. here's ian pannell. >> reporter: this nuclear test was so powerful it triggered an earthquake felt from russia to china. but tonight it's the political aftershocks shaking the
north korea's main trading partner warning north korea. and south korea says its president will speak with president trump about ways to deploy the strongest strategic assets. >> tactical nuclear weapons. on to the korean peninsula. >> reporter: earlier this summer, north korea proved it has missiles that can hit the u.s. mainland. analysts concluding they've made a miniaturized warhead that can fit inside. they're worried it could have capabilities as soon as next year. >> the whole world is out of
military option in north korea the only thing left is economic, diplomatic pressure to north korea, but kim jong-un will never give up his nuclear weapons. >> reporter: a pre-emptive strike by america could have catastrophic results, igniting a war, putting millions of people and tens of thousands of u.s. troops in immediate danger. in some ways, there is no mistaking that tonight, what was already a crisis has just got worse. tom? >> ian, thank you. now to the new hurricane threat that could impact the east coast. irma, churning across the atlantic, as a category 3 storm. cheryl scott joins us from wls in chicago. where is this headed? >> we need to keep a close eye on this. it will continue to the west, and impact portions of the leeward islands. as we look at the
about 790 miles east of the leeward islands, winds up to 115 miles per hour. will continue moving west, impacting puerto rico, the virgin islands, the bahamabaham. and you can see the models veering closer to florida and the carolinas. still six to eight days out from impacting the u.s. florida and the midatlantic need to pay attention to the storm. and new footage today showing the ongoing flood situation in houston. and residents rummaging through personal items. and many still in need
victor oquendo is in houston. >> reporter: a life-threatening emergency in west houston tonight. hundreds in flooded homes now under new mandatory evacuation orders, the controlled release of two major reservoirs expected to raise water levels even higher. >> if you've got water in your home, i'm requiring you to evacuate. >> reporter: jessica castro-paredes fled her home on monday. this is it before. tonight, it's flooded. >> we just don't know when it's going to end and how it's going to end. >> reporter: officials now cutting power to thousands to reduce the danger from electrocution. we followed one team on a high water rescue operation. we're in the bear creek village with some spots under five feet of water. making sure there are no looters and rescuing anyone who needs it. residents here being told the water won't recede for weeks. >> seven feet of water. total devastation. >> repte
houston in danger of more explosions. the cooling system broken, nothing preventing other reactors from overheating. throughout this disaster, acts of kindness on display. academy sporting goods opening its doors to more than 1,000 rescuers. president trump and first lady melania, back in texas for the second time this week, this time connecting with houston families displaced in the disaster. >> as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, i think for the country and world to watch. it's been beautiful. >> reporter: and today, a national day of prayer, the people of texas healing with hope. >> and victor joins us now live. in some cases, people refused the leave. what will happen to them? >> reporter: many have chosen to ride it out at home, and life will only get more difficult. cutting the power, in part, was to encourage them to get out.
and among the communities hardest hit by harvey, beaumont, texas, where drinking water remains scarce. as the city tries to fix pumps destroyed by the storm. kenneth moton tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the entire texas city of beaumont, still without drinking water. >> they still can't drink the water. they can't cook with this water. >> reporter: nearly 120,000 residents, surviving the wrath of harvey. now dependent on bottled water. the active military operations are still ongoing in this area. large pallets of drinking water brought in on the chinook and dropped at shelters and different points where people can actually get to this water. at the city's distribution centers, a long line of vehicles. three gallons of water per car. inside this home, tracey pearson, thankful to see this. for the first time in four days, steady running water. thanks to temporary pumps, water is flowing.
it's low pressure, and not safe to drink, but it's there. >> it's water. we have to be thankful for whatever we get. >> reporter: now, the city waiting on the flooded neches river to recede so crews can repair the water pumps. but the support, stacking up. rooms full of water, clothes, and volunteers helping beaumont get by tonight. >> we had a downpour and now we're having an outpour. >> a resilient city for sure. kenneth, do we know how much longer until they have drinking water. >> reporter: good news. the raging flood waters are receding faster, but it could take days or weeks before getting drinking water back on line. >> thank you. next tonight to the worsening fire threat in the west. a state of kmeemergency in
angeles county, the latuna fire. jim avila is in los angeles tonight. >> reporter: a state of emergency tonight as crews battle a wildfire burning in america's second largest city. >> it's the largest fire by acres within the city of los angeles. >> reporter: for fire crews it's an all-out assault, from the air to the ground. in this burbank suburb. so far, the wildfire charring more than 5,800 acres of land, forcing more than 700 evacuations. panic as homeowners load up cars and pets, desperate to get out. >> everything i needed to get out is in the car. >> reporter: so far, in l.a., three homes have been lost. many evacuees now allowed back home.
fire officials warning heat and dry brush are still a threat. tonight, the fire danger extending across the west, dozens of fires burning across eight states. in oregon, an urgent mission in the mountains. >> that's toasty. >> reporter: that hiker and more than 100 others stranded overnight, authorities dropping notes from helicopters warning them to shelter in place. but late this afternoon, rescue crews bring them to safety, reuniting them with family. that fire in eagle creek gorge burning up to 3,000 acres. >> we believe this was human caused. we don't have many specific details to share. but oregon state police are investigating. >> reporter: too late for homeowners like the one here. and an update after the u.s. seized three russian
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cause from social media to the streets. with the help of teammates, high school football players, and the mayor of houston. they handed out meals, gatorade, and water from more than a dozen trucks. >> they're superstars on the field and on the street. >> reporter: as all these people drive by and get their food, there are thanks, blessings, and gratitude. >> it's good. >> reporter: watt is well on his way to the hall of fame for what he's been able to do in a uniform. but he may be best remembered in houston for what he's doing with his heart. >> thank you. thank y'all. >> now there's even a petition to rename a major highway j.j. watt parkway. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> any threat to the united states territories including guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response. anchor: north korea sending shockwaves around the world. north korea claims it has a powerful nuclear. tonight, the white house response. news at someing hotel. a heavy police presence after a crash. on the scene. texas still reeling. more volunteers from our area are heading south now. a closer look at the road to recovery. now, abc 7 news at 6:00