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the husband and father trapped, the fast-rising water surrounding him. recording a message to his family. the storms already turning deadly. and millions facing severe weather tonight. also breaking, american special operations forces will w enter syria. but will there be combat? the race for 2016. and the republican rebellion tonight. suending an upcoming debate, blting the questions this week. tonight, their new demands. the school fireball erupt erupting. and, the stunning amr alert. the 2-year-old abducted. the good samaritan driving right behind, trailing the kidnapper and calling police. the 2-year-old waving to the driver. good evening. we begin tonight with the deadly storms on the move at this hour,
at least two reported tornadoes, and the waters rising so quickly, it trapped drivers in their cars in texas. 12 million in the storm zone tonight. a trailer in texas, landing on the roof of a holiday inn. a school bus in san antonio stranded, students rescued. and this driver, trapped in his car, surrounded, he pulls out his phone and starts recording. you can see the rushing river outside his window, he begins a message for his family. holding on to a tree for hours. and ryan owens leads us off from texas. >> so, it's flooding here. >> repororter: witwater flooding the inside of his car, kerry packer he recorded this message. >> i'm floating down some e sort of creek in the middle of this weather. i've called 911, they told me to roll down my windows and stay in the car, and hopefully they'll
be here soon. >> reporter: they weren't. with the austin man hours from rescue, and his car taking on water, he got creative. from the relativsafety of 20 feet up in that tree, we spoke to packer about how the flood waters seemed come out of nowhere. >> it didn't look k like it s a lot of water. >> reporter: tonight, his car submerged, like so much of central texas. a foot and a half of rain fell in the last 24 hours between san antonio and austin. the rising water killing at least one driver. sheriff's deputies had to rescscue ur special needs studentand two teachers when their bus got stranded near san antonio. as if the rain weren't enough, two reported tornadoes hit the area. damaging storefronts in this downtown. and here in floresville, southeast of san antonio. look at this.
high winds lifted a trailer onto the roof of a hotel. the storm flattened part of the local high school. but tonight, it's the water threatening to do the most damage. >> i'm hearing a helicopter. >> reporter: one than that will be staying dry, kerry pack. he was finally rescued after five hours. here's a look at the damage to that school. everything is now all the way down here. fortunately, the storm moved through before classes started, or we could be talking a v very different story. >> ryan, thanks. let's get rightht to rob marciano, tracking this. tornado and flood watches into the night. >> yes, both of the items of concern here. flood watches extending through tomorrow for new orleans, tornado watches through this evening. and another line developing west
austin. that's the cold front, but until it comes through, that's the danger. and tomorrow, through louisiana, alexandria, through jackson, mississippi, and a decent amount of moisture through the hallowee weekend. >> thank you, rob. to the other major headline breaking, the white house announcing for the first time, u.s. ground troopops will enter syria to help in the fight against isis. a reversal for president obama, who has said in the past, there would be no u.s. combat forces in syria. saying their mission will be to help train local forces. but in iraq, u.s. forces i in a deadly fight. one american fighter, a father of four, killed in the linine of
duty. what could these american face? here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this is what it can look like when u.s. special operations forces are on the ground fighting isis. just last week, the first american combat death at the hands of the tererror grouin iraq. and now, the u.s. is sending special operations forces. close to 50 of them to syria with no promise from the white housthat the number won't increase. >> i don't want to try to predict the future here. >> reporter: putting american troops on the ground in one of the most dangerous places on the planet is a major shift in the fight against is, but today the white house downplayed it again and again. >> they do not have a combat mission, train, advise and assist mission. >> reporter: "train, advise and assist" was also the promise made about american troops in iraq. and yet the delta force was still pulled into that deadly firefight last week.
american troops in iraq has climbed since june of 2014. going from 300 to 1,600 and now to more than 3,500 troops. >> and martha is with us now, live from washington. a lot of the veterans' families will be asking, how can we be sure they won't beulled into combat like in recent days? >> we can't be. even t though they say they will be in a headquarters, that does not mean they won't see combat. >> martha, thank you. turning now to the race for 2016. new fallout after the contentious debate. the fireworks paying off, ben carson saying he pulled in $2 million after taking on the media. tonight, the republican party taking action, suspending an upcoming debate. here's jonathan karl.
>> reporter: tonight, the republican candidates revolt. >> even in new jersey what you're doing is called rude. so -- >> reporter: fuming over this week's debate on cnbc. >> is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign? >> no, and it's not a very nicely asked question the way you say that. >> the questions asked so far in this debate illustrate why the american people don't trust the media. [ applause ] >> we have $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, we have isis and al qaeda attacking us, and we're talking about fantasy football? can we stop? [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: now the chairman of the republican party is suspending plans for a february debate on cnbc's sisr network, nbc. writing, "cnbc's moderators engaged in a series of gotcha questions, pty and mean-srited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates." nbc calleded it a "dappointing development," pledging to work with republicans to address their concerns. this is not the first time
who could forget donald trump's fury over the way he was treated in the first debate? >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. >> i've been very nice to you, although i could probably maybe not be based on the way you've treated me. but i wouldn't do that. >> reporter: thahat debateof course, on fox news. and the next one will be on fox business. and tonight republicans say it will go on as scheduled. >> and jon is with us here in new york tonight. word of a big mting among republicans this weekend. >> they all he demands, more control over the moderators. but this is a summit of enemies. they have diffeferent demands. ben carson wantsore candidates, trump wants fewer. >> and good luck in the marathon
we turn to other news, a terrifying start to the school day in virginia. five students and a teacher injured when an experiment goes wrong. a fiball erupting. jim avila on the scene in virginia. >> reporter: sirens blaring. a ball of flame sent across the classroom, injuring five students and the teacher. two of the kids seriously hurt, taken by helicopter to a d.c. burn unit. >> it shot sideways out of the class. >> reporter: this boy was in the lab when he says the teacherer was conducting an experiment on an open flame. >> reporter: someone at the end of the hallway was on fire.
>> reporter: local police say it's an accident, no wrong doing. it's happened before. just this sing in phoenix, an open flame in science class ignited a five-gallon jug of ethanol. and last fall in reno, nevada, a children's museum fire tornado experiment went awry when methanol exploded in front of watching children. most of the high schoolers remains in fair condition in the hospital. >> jim, thank you. and a scare on an american airlines flight. shortly after takeo, a passenger storming into first class, ranting about 9/11. the pilot and crew taking swift action.
passenger, wearing a baseball cap with his arms raised, being airlines jet, in this video obtained by tmz. the entire plane was nervous. >> reporter: it started shortly after the fasten seatbelt sign was turned off. the male passenger walking into first class, reportedly refusing to return to his seat. there, authorities say he begins to make threatening and alarming statements about the government and including a reference to 9/11. >> the poor guy needs help. but he scared the hell out of everybody. >> reporter: passengers and crew intervene, and return the man to his seat. >> we strapped his belt on and that's when the flight attendant came and brought duct tape. >> reporter: with 153 passengers onboard, the pilot diverts to phoenix. police say the passengeras in his seat with his seat belt on when they boarded the plane to remove him. tonight, no word that the man who flew out of here will face charges. he was taken to a mental facility, is under the treatment of doctors, and under arizona law he can be held for three days. david?
>> david, thank you. a major development this evening after the cases of suspected arson involving churches in st. louis this month. firess in seven churches, mostly in black neighborhoods. a suspect is under arre, charged in two fires. a 35-year-old male, and officials say this does not appear to be a hate crime. >> new reporting afterer the manhunt in kentucky and tennessee. a convicted rapist on the run for a week, killed noefrovernight. alex perez with the thermal imaging they used to catch him. >> reporter: after six days on the run, and shootuts with police in two states, authorities finally catch up th concted criminal floyd ray cook. the first crucial tip, from a resident thursday afternoon, who spotted cook near a wooded area. >> he come up here asking for a ride. we told him no. >> reporter: leading
area in rural kentucky. once authorities were able to track cook into the woods here, they used a thermal imaging camera from a chopper up above similar to this one to pinpoint where he w was. take a look. you can see the camera shohows heat leaving the body. in the dark of night, that camera was the help police needed. >> tonight was kind of the scary moment when you are searching in the dark. that's an uneasy feeling. >> reporter: just after midnight, they come face-to-face with cook. >> shots fired, shots fired. >> reporter: police say there was a gunfight. cookiring g at offics who shot back, killing him. d david, this is where the firefight with police ended. you can see bullet holes in the tree right here. many across the area breathing a big sigh of relief. david? >> alex, thank you. now to tennessee, the race to save a 2-year-old girl. an amber alert issued. a driver trailing the kidnapper
from the window. here's david wright. >> reporter: amber alert. a chilabducted from knoxville, tennessee. >> i think i'm behind the amber alert called out this morning. >> reporter: steve adams of murrow county, ohio, is proof the system works. he's two states from quiet way in knoxville, where the little girl went missing. at first not even sure. >> do you want me to, like, creep up and see if i n get the plates? >> reporter: the 911 dispatcher tells him to go for it. >> g6116u. >> it is the license plate number, that is the right one,e, r. >> reporter: he follows the black chevy impala for 20 minutes. side the vehicle, a man matching the description of tyler enix, accused of murdering his ex-wife kimberly and abducting their 2-year-old daughter brooklynne. >> the little girl is waving at me. oh, i see e of your deputies coming. >> reporter: thanks to adams' quick thinking, tyler enix is arrested without incident, >> god put me in the right place at the right time to do the
right thing. >> reporter: and little brooklynne? she's now safe. david wright, abc news, new york. up next, the abc news exclusive. leah remini, one-on-one with dan harris about scientology. tonight, a statement from katie holmes right here. and a warning about peanut butter. and the coa tossing the puck to a boy, an adult stealing it away. you've got to see how this story ends. come on back. scream over here and freak out over there! and maybe go back to laughing here. and crying there. try not to laugh here though, it's rude. and maybe don't cry here, people will get the wrong idea.
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finally tonight, here, really? taking th puck from the kid? it was last night. the pittsburgh penguins against buffalo sabrbres in pisburgh. second period. buffalo's coach with a nice idea. >> look at this. dan bylsma, trying to throw it to that kid up there in the red. look at this, the gentleman grabs it right out and puts it in his pocket, sits down. are you kidding me? something get that kid in the red vest a puck. >> reporter: the fans watching saying the same thing. >> blysma with a second puck over the glass. there he goes. he's got one. >> reporter: and that's not all. here comes iceburg the penguin. >> look at this! this is an early halloween for this youngster. >> reporter: an instant connection. so, was he scarred at all? trey checked in with us today. >> hey david, it's me, trey. i'm on my way to a hockey tournamement in hehey, pennsylvania.
i'm gonna score one for you. >> reporter: but don't worry. this penguins fan and his sister aren't skipping halloween. he's a fighter. rocky balboa. he still can't believe iceburg the penguin came to him. >> gives me the jersey and i have a huge smile on my face and i was just -- it's unexplainable. >> reporter: a hug for trey. no trick, pure treat. don't mess with that little accurate weather team and we start with your forecast first." brad/wx wall weather adlib: it's the halloween weekend, and rain is moving in! should we be scared? well, in many areas of the metro, we should luck out with most of the rain increasing after 8 pm when beggar's night ends. rain will be likely overnight, so drive safely. temps will be in the low 50s to upper 40s this evening. some rain may still be around saturday morning, but should move eastward
and out of central iowa by mid-morning. we might see some clearing in the afternoon for especially areas to the west. temps for halloween day are looking like mid 50s "...made a very poor choice when handling behavioral issue" jack: a poor choice even though he did follow some of the protocol. how bus driv's training compares to a physical confrontation caught on camera. jack/2shot: good evening. i'm jack miller. stephanie/2shot: and i'm stephanie angleson. we showed you video of johnston bus driver robert scarbrough confronting a special needs student on a bus yesterday, and now local 5 has new video of the confrontation. the children's faces are blurred, but here is the video in its entirety. " children talking...get up here...no! behind you. get up here. you!