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breaking news. tonight, we start with a new hurricane watch, just issued. two systems. one growing in the atlantic. the other, in the gulf. plus, back-to-back major hurricanes now targeting hawaii. terror takedown. one of the most wanted terrorists killed tonight. the number two man for isis. a $5 million bounty on his head, as new details come in as an american woman held hostage. in the race for president, donald trump facing a pivotal moment. will he flip-flop on immigration? tonight, his son coming to his defense. fiery crash. the chain reaction pileup. all caught on video. and the heroic rescue by a group of other drivers. and, an out of this world sound. the radio signal discovered from 94 lightyears away. is it a sign of alien life?
and good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. and we begin with multiple tropical threats on both sides of the country. and now, a hurricane warning just issued. take a look at this view from the international space station. two category 3 hurricanes churning in the pacific, with winds up to 120 miles an hour. and headed towards hawaii. and in the east, a hurricane watch now in effect for florida. strong winds hitting the coast forcing people off the beach. torrential rain is on the way. and here's the satellite view. three separate tropical system triggers rip current alerts from florida, all the way to long island. abc's linzie janis is in cape hatteras, north carolina, where residents are gearing up for a long night ahead. >> reporter: tonight, florida beachgoers running for cover as the first signs of tropical depression nine come ashore on siesta key.
while hundreds of miles away, a separate system threatens north carolina's outer banks. the storm already churning the sea. the biggest fear? dangerous rip currents. >> the approaching storm has kicked up surf quite a bit, there's a lot of water moving around. >> reporter: as we spoke with one family, a life guard warning people to come back ashore. rip current alerts extending to new york, where one man drowned and another was rescued from the waters off long beach. ed fayans and his son maxwell helped pull them out. >> if you don't know how to swim, and you're not on your game, those waves will pull you. >> reporter: back in the outer banks, vacationers who were gearing up for the unoffical last week of summer -- >> rental stocked. we have all the food we need. >> reporter: now preparing to spend it indoors. tom, the storm headed here should be short-lived, but that system now threatening florida is expected to make its way up the atlantic coast by the
weekend. that life guard captain we spoke with earlier says they are preparing for that. tom? >> it's going to be a long week for the carolinas. linzie, thank you. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee is here now with more. what's the timing of it all? >> reporter: and that's the important part. you have to pay attention. tropical depression eight, the one linzie was talking about, that's the threat tonight. the outer banks, coastal north carolina, up to five inches of rain, that gusty wind and the rip currents. then, it's gone. let's go to tropical depression nine, in the gulf. it should strengthen to a tropical storm by tomorrow. you look at flood watches in south florida already because of the moisture pulling up there, but the timing of this one, tom, is thursday, for landfall. looks like it is closer to tallahassee now. that's why we see the hurricane watches starting to pop up. you could see storm surge up to two to four feet in some spots. >> keep an eye on the gulf. then, on the pacific side, two possible back-to-back hurricanes aiming for hawaii? >> reporter: fascinating and scary, because hurricane madeleine is close.
tomorrow night for timing there. and look at this. the big island of hawaii has never had a landfall in recorded history. so? would be a big deal. then, lester comes right behind. big time rain, lots of wind. we'll be watching. >> ginger, thank you. another big story we're following tonight, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world has reportedly been killed. he was a top figure in isis. so important that the u.s. offered a $5 million reward for his capture. al annanny's death in syria was reported by isis itself. martha raddatz joins me now, and martha, what do we know about who he is and how big of a blow is this to isis? >> reporter: tom, he's been the official spokesman for isis, but it's his role as head of external operations that has made him so dangerous. he's been tied to the attacks in paris and the downing of a passenger jet on the sinai. and it's him who has urged isis
sympathizers to take up whatever weapons they can find, knives, rocks, vehicles to kill americans and our allies, so, if this is confirmed, it is a relief to the u.s. and a significant blow to isis, tom. >> martha raddatz for us tonight. martha, thank you. next, we want to show you a new and an alarming video of an american woman held captive by the taliban, pleading with the u.s. to help save her life. kaitlyn coleman and her canadian husband have been held since 2012. in this video, she says that her captors will kill them unless the afghan government frees taliban prisoners. she is asking the american government to intervene. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with that emotional plea. >> willing to kill us. >> reporter: as u.s. officials tonight study this new hostage video, one senior analyst says 30-year-old american caitlan coleman and her canadian husband joshua boyle, look healthy but dazed, relaying a threat from the taliban to execute them.
>> i know that this must be very terrifying and horrifying for my family to hear that these men are willing to go to these lengths, but they are. >> reporter: coleman and her husband went missing four years ago, hiking in afghanistan. and her family in pennsylvania says she has since given birth to two sons. her father, jim coleman, recorded this video for the taliban last month. >> we desperately want to be with and hold our daughter and grandson, who we long to meet and care for. >> reporter: in the case of kayla mueller and three other americans held by isis, the u.s. government refused to negotiate or pay a ransom for their freedom. to the outrage of kayla's parents. >> they were blocking us at every turn. >> reporter: but the obama administration has cut at least one deal with the taliban group now holding coleman. this same faction once held captured american soldier bowe bergdahl and then negotiated his release as part of a prisoner
swap with the u.s. >> we remain concerned, obviously, about the welfare of caitlan. >> reporter: but according to the statement coleman was forced to deliver, the taliban now says it will execute her if the afghan government continues to execute captured taliban fighters. as she concluded her statement, watch as the lights go out. >> if you could please try to help stop this depravity. >> reporter: brian ross, abc news. >> let's turn now to the race for the white house. donald trump is being accused of flip-flopping on immigration, but tonight, his son is coming to his defense. on the eve of a major speech, and his plan for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: one day away from donald trump's big speech on his immigration plan -- >> we will end illegal immigration. >> reporter: and tonight, his son insists trump's position has not changed. >> he wasn't softening on anything. he didn't change his stance on anything. >> reporter: don junior on the defensive after this moment --
>> there certainly can be a softening, because we're not looking to hurt people. >> reporter: trump in a town hall on fox news, polling the room, asking to deport or not to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. >> who wants those people thrown out? >> i do! >> the guy who wants them thrown out, stand up. >> stand up. >> stealing our jobs! >> who does not want them thrown out? >> stand up! >> there you go. we are going to come out with a decision very soon. >> reporter: a decision on a policy that seemed set in stone for months. >> we're rounding them up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. >> reporter: but now, team trump insists there's been no flip-flop. >> his position and his principles have been absolutely consistent. >> this is a guy who has been very consistent. >> pretty con u.s. is went. >> reporter: today, the candidate's son also not backing down. >> he didn't say, well, my
policy's now changed. he didn't say that. his policy has been the same for the last six, seven, eight months. >> he still says deport, they all got to go. >> that's been the same. correct. but again, you have to start with baby steps. >> and cecilia joins us now. let's turn to hillary now, cecilia. she spent her week so far in the hamptons, raising money. but that investigation into her e-mails about to take center stage again? >> reporter: yeah, tom. the fbi is expected to release a report that spells out its decision to not file charges against hillary clinton during its investigation into her private e-mail server. that could include notes that agents took during their interview with her at fbi headquarters. tom? >> cecilia, thank you. next tonight, a major warning from the fbi, after hackers tried to attack voter data in illinois and arizona. russian hackers suspected in at least one of them. could hackers actually change election results? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas joins us now from washington. pierre? >> reporter: tonight, tom, james comey is taking seriously any
hint that hackers ma may try to disrupt the upcoming november election. the fbi has issued a flash alert to election officials in all 50 states to immediately report any suspicious activity on their computer networks. the warning came after hackers targeted state election sites in arizona and illinois. arizona officials say a russian hacker was behind the attempted incursion. and the threat is not only to voting machines, but there is the potential to undermine the election by manipulating voter data. tom? >> pierre thomas, thank you. also, from washington tonight, president obama with a new round of prisoner releases. the president cutting short the sentencing of 111 federal inmates, mols st of them convic of nonviolence drug offenses. he's commuted 673 prisoners. more than the previous ten presidents combined. and more of a third of those prisoners were serving life
sentences. next, from orlando, new insight into the terror at the pulse nightclub. officials have released recordings of 911 calls. 53 people were injured in the june attack, but 49 people did not make it out alive. calls poured in during the attack, including one from a father, begging police to help his injured son hiding there in a bathroom. abc's steve osunsami reports on those calls from orlando tonight. >> we were leaving the club, and as soon as we left, gun shots were going like crazy. >> reporter: as difficult as it may be to relive, the orange county sheriff tonight is sharing the calls for help from outside the pulse nightclub on june 12th. >> i just got home from the club. my friends are texting me that there's a shooting going on. my friend told me he got shot three times. he's waiting in the bathroom. he needs help. i'm not there, i can't do nothing. >> reporter: the calls are from desperate friends and family, who at the same time, were on the phone with shooting victims still inside the nightclub. >> did you find out which bathroom she is in? >> she doesn't know. all she knows is now, there's
four dead and there's two shot. they're bleeding out, about to die. >> reporter: in the panic, you hear operators struggle to get second hand descriptions of the gunman, omar mateen. what the callers aren't realizing is that police are already on the scene, in a gunfight with the shooter. >> my son was shot in the club -- in the pulse in orlando. and he's still in the bathroom and he's bleeding. he got shot. and nobody's going in for him. >> reporter: the recordings don't include calls from the shooter or from victims who were inside the club. authorities here a refusing to release those why a lawsuit is spending. tom? >> steve, thank you. let's turn now to some close calls on passenger planes. on one aircraft, a man tried to open a door at 30,000 feet. and in the other, an emergency response after a suspicious item was spotted onboard. abc's david kerley on the latest round of mid flight anxiety as we head into busy travel weekends. >> reporter: this passenger was shown the door in handcuffs in minneapolis, after he reportedly
tried to open the door at 34,000 feet. yelling he had to get off the jet. it was less than midway through the flight from jfk to seattle that the crew decided to make that divdy version. >> we're going to end up dropping off one of our passengers early. this customer having a difficult time working and playing well with others. >> reporter: shoshana godwin, sitting next to the man, did see him take a pill. >> almost as if he didn't realize he was on a plane. just said, you know, i need to cancel my flight and go check on something. >> reporter: just hours later, a southwest jet ready to head from albuquerque to denver is unloaded and sent to a remote area for a search for a suspicious item. nothing was found. this, as we've seen airport terminals empty with false reports of active shooters. the lost recent, sunday in l.a. tension among flyers. that anxiety is not keeping passengers grounded. more than 15.5 million are expected to fly over labor day weekend, a 4% increase from last year. tom? >> david, thank you.
there are troubling questions tonight about a low-level fly-by by military jets in charlotte, north carolina. take a look at this video. it shows one of the four a-10 war hogs flying low over bank of america stadium. the maneuver triggering a flood of anxious 911 calls. faa rules require planes stay 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle. tonight, the faa and the air force are investigating. and a business headline tonight. apple is facing a $14 billion bill from ireland for back taxes. european union executives ruled that ireland gave apple illegal tax breaks for years, and ordered the irish government to collect what's due. the u.s. treasury is slamming the eu ruling and ireland says it will also appeal. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. chaos on the highway. the chain reaction crash. the driver trapped and burning in a car. we'll show you what happened next. the radio signal discovered in another solar system. is it a sign of alien life?
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finally tonight, america strong. the 7-year-old girl finding a lost treasure, but returning it to its rightful owner. here's abc's david wright on the golden moment that followed. >> what do the athletes win when they win the 0 almost pick games? >> a gold medal! >> reporter: olympian joe jacjai won the same gold medal twice. the first time, in barcelona, 1996. the event? canoe slalom. he and his teammate are the only americans ever to win the gold in that sport. but in june of this year, a thief broke into his car and stole his backpack. and, with it, his olympic medal. jacobi thought he'd never see it again. until he received the medal a second time -- from a 7-year-old.
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