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so get to it, ryan. the best way to travel. ♪ back in 2008, hugo took a picture of himself. >> i knew i knew that guy's to face. >> right? the next day another picture of himself and continued every day documenting his look from 12 years old, year after year after year. this isn't the first one of these that we've seen. >> they never get old, even though we've seen these videos, they're so, so fascinating because the changes sore sare s
subtle. at the end of the video it's such a dramatic difference from the beginning. >> so incremental. >> there's a fun thing coming up at the end. check out the beard phase. >> from boy hood to manhood. >> family, friends, make appearances all the way through. now it looks like he's getting more mature, starting to become that young man that he was destined to be, somewhere deep into the total of 2500 photographs, we start to see a familiar face appear and appear again and never truly leave hugo's side. >> his lovely love. >> exactly. that girl that we see towards the end of this video in almost every picture has just become hugo's wife. >> oh! >> hey, cool stuff! >> look at that, what age was he when he started? >> he started this at 12 years old in 2008. this girl, julie, is with him for life. >> oh. that's cool.
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area, but firefighters were finally able to get that fire extinguished. and today the house is expected to easily pass a $15 billion aid package for victims of hurricane harvey after it was overwhelmingly approved by the senate. it nearly doubles president trump's initial request for relief for harvey, and it appears the deal he made with democrats to avert a government shutdown for lthree months. the white house is getting rid of campus sex assault policies created by the obama administration. devoss says survivors must be taken seriously. she emphasized guilt must not be predetermined for those who are accused. and the trump administration has sided with a colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds. it will be argued before the supreme court this fall.
the justice department filed a brief in support of jack phillips who was found to have violated colorado's antidiscrimination laws. and a group of harvard professors spending the night in jail. they stopped traffic near harvard's campus to express anger over the president's reskippeding of the program that presents protects undocumented immigrants who came as children. pope francis is calling on people to help their country heal. more than a million people flocked to an open-air mass in bogota. he told them to look to the future without burden of hatred. colombians remain deeply divided over a peace deal with leftist rebels that brought an end to a half a century-long conflict. with hurricane irma hours away from hitting florida, we're looking back at another historic
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hurricane irma is on a collision course with south florida. landfall is expected late tomorrow night or early sunday as a category four before it heads north. >> and more than a million florida residents have been ordered to rack wait. many others want to leave as well. the airlines are assigning bigger jets to their flights to try to carry more passengers, but it's still tough to get a flight. northbound highways are jammed and gas short a.mages are repor as far north as jacksonville and forget about amtrak. it's canceled trains. hurricane andrew destroyed more than 25,000 homes. >> but we want to look at this graphic. that's hurricane andrew in
comparison to irma now. you can see andrew was only about half the size of what irma is right now. and that's especially alarming if you remember the level of devastation from hiurricane andrew. again, that picture is just incredible. two day the after andrew first hit florida, that was when we started seeing the extent of the devastation there. let's take a look back at that coverage from the abc news vault. ♪ >> this is world news tonight with peter jennings. >> in florida, where the hurricane wreaked so much havoc monday morning, assurance agent in miami said there's a pattern after disasters like this. first you only think of is survival, then comes the accept of loss and you later think about rebuilding. in southern florida most people are at the second stage, stunned by the loss. and there are a lot more people who lost their homes than everybody first believed. >> reporter: officials now
estimate that there are at least 180,000 homeless in florida. that's the size of dayton, ohio and glendale, california. >> i lost everything i own except a few trinkets. >> reporter: while some people are trying to stay with what remains of their homes, thousands are lining up at emergency shelters. this is the only one in homestead, one of the hardest-hit areas. >> took 25 years to build, two and a half hours to destroy. >> five-month old baby. >> reporter: there's no way to tell how many of these homeless will find homes in the future and how many will require long-term quarcare. for now there are an abundance of shortages and a shortage of one thing -- need. homestead, florida. ♪ this is abc news "nightline." reporting from washington.
ted koppel. >> hurricane andrew's impact sliced into more than concrete, wood and metal. the brunt of its force swept south florida and cruelly twisted innumerable lives. as linda pattillo found, there is a growing desperation. >> reporter: for decades, route one has been the main artery through south miami, a commercial route with everything from convenience stores to upscale malls. now there is little left. >> it's gone. we used to shop at the shopping centeren the street. there's just nothing left. >> reporter: but further up route one, don lee lost everything. for three generations of the lee family, home is now don's van, parked by the side of the road. >> the hurricane tried to blow me away. >> reporter: were you scared? >> i was scared. >> we're very fortunate. >> reporter: at the end of route one, amidst the rubble of a
community that no longer exists, reality is setting in. >> i can say that right now we have food. we have water. supplies we salvaged and kept. but today we don't need anything. tomorrow's going to be a different story. >> reporter: help may be a long time coming. this is linda pattillo for "nightline" in homestead, florida. >> it's important to remember and terrifying to think that andrew caused $25 billion worth of damage in florida alone and claimed 26 lives in the u.s. >> and additional people died as a result of the storm but sort of not directly because of it. i just want to holook at the ime again. we want to look at the size of irma in comparison to andrew. this means even those areas not directly in line with the eye of the storm will still experience extremely powerful winds. so for those of you thinking we can just ride this storm out, if you were in evacuation zone, please heed those orders. >> the way we're seeing that
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♪ time now for "insomniac theater." >> we start with a reboot of stephen king's "it." a group of young kids facing their biggest fears as they square off against an evil clown known as "penny-wise" whose evil reputation dates back for centuries. >> no! >> hi, georgie! what a nice boy. do you want it back? >> yes, please. >> here. take it.
>> don't take it, georgie! don't take it j. >> as faithful it is to king's story, the reboot leaves half of king's material on the table. so they're already gearing up for a sequel. critics are mixed. tasha robinson writing that it piles on the jump scares until they become irrelevant. and another writes, while a marked improvement on the tedious 1990 tv many series, it has the same shortcomings of king's original material, burning stephen king. >> ooh, scary stuff, though. a little levity now. from the producer of "father of bride", nancy myers is bringing us "home again."
the rom-com stars reese witherspoon, starting over by moving back to her hometown of los angeles with her two young daughters and falls for a hot young film make ir. >> wh -- film make ir. >> just reel it back to normal. >> did you wash these? >> i did. but only because i was doing a load, and i've been up since 5:30. >> critics are not loving "home again." giving it a 31% splat on rotten tomatoes. and one calls it a patently bogus rom-com. and a glib and shallow take on female mid-life crisis. but reese witherspoon is good. >> a rom-com with reese, i'm in! >> you don't want
now." hurricane irma takes aim. >> florida is bracing for the worst of the deadly category five storm. miami is forecast now to take a direct hit. we have team coverage, the mass evacuations, the traffic, the rn on supplies, and we'll bring you the accuweather forecast live. also breaking right now, a powerful earthquake hits mexico, sending people running. we're tracking the very latest. then a massive security breach involving eck which fax that could effect more than 143 million americans and their personal private information. what you need to know. then meet irma and harvey. different irma and harvey, though, a real-life couple with coincidental names, they are now the talk of the town. but they're talking weather on
this friday, september 8th. from abc news, this is "world news now." a good morning to you all. we begin with a new track for hurricane irma, less than 600 miles from miami. >> maximum winds are 165 miles per hour, less than they've been, but irma is still a very powerful storm. hurricane force winds extend out as much as 75 miles from the center. overnight the eye of the hurricane is expected to continue west towards the bahamas. it now appears on a path for a direct hit on miami, late saturday night or early sunday. >> irma has just passed turks and caicos, pummeling the islands and leaving new worries about flooding from the very high storm surge. meanwhile, in florida, 1.2 million people are under evacuation orders. all public schools and colleges are closed today and monday due to the storm. >> and airlines are flying larger planes in to help get more people out.
abc's marci gonzalez is there. >> reporter: hurricane irma cutting a catastrophic path through the caribbean. >> how are we going to survive after this? >> reporter: the monstrous category five storm devastating st. martin, damaging nearly everything on the tiny island of barbuda. >> the entire country has been decimated. >> reporter: and leaving about half of puerto rico without power. >> we're praying. the whole time. >> reporter: still hospitals there taking in some of the injured rescued from making islands. now florida preparing for what the governor warned will likely be a historic disaster. >> remember hurricane andrew is one of the worst storms in the history of florida. this storm is much worse. >> reporter: from the gulf to atlantic coast, more than 1 million people in the sunshine state ordered to evacuate. >> i'm i have scared. so i'm just trying to get as far north as possible. >> reporter: airports overcrowded, traffic stretching for miles. the wait for gas hours long with
stations running out. >> pretty much full, but i want to top off just in case. >> reporter: more lines for ply wod and essentials. >> i still have yet to find water. >> reporter: many store shelves left empty in the rush to get ahead of this deadly storm. >> i'm ready. all you can do is be prepared am be ready for it. >> reporter: and to give families time to prepare, classes at every public school in the state are canceled for today. nick and diane? >> marci, we're hearing a lot about being prepared, but how difficult is that at this point, given empty shelves and those long, long, long lines? >> reporter: oh, nick, it is definitely an exercise in patience. my parents live a town away from here. my dad spent seven hours in line just to get plywood and the lines and traffic are only expected to get worse today. back to you. >> hopefully people have that patience and are still taking all the proper precautions.
stay safe. and as we mentioned, the predicted path for irma has changed a little bit. >> let's get an update from justin povick. morning, justin. >> nick and diane. hurricane irma here has grown more in size. not a small hurricane, but a rather large. you can see the ominous look here, the well-defined eye. the movement continues here off to the west-northwest, very high wind speeds. this remains a category five and very, very damaging, devastating impacts tonight throughout the southeastern bahamas, but also notice where we have hurricane warnings over southern florida. we're talking about big impacts throughout the bahamas, into cuba as we go throughout the day, and notice the onset of the hurricane force winds here as we get to the evening hours on saturday. this makes its move a sure, southern florida, south or southwest of miami as a category four. we're concerned about a damaging storm surge as well as flooding rains and damaging winds. >> justin, thanks. and florida power and light says
it's shutting down its two nuclear power plants before irma comes to shore. >> the turkey point and st. lucie generate power for nearly 2 million homes. turkey point may close tonight and st. lucie early tomorrow morning. >> between hurricane harvey and irma, the emergency response fund is almost completely depleted. >> fema is burning through about $200 million a day. that's an average of $8 million an hour. >> now the house has approved nearly $8 billion toward harvey disaster relief, which feema sas isn't nearly enough to cover those costs. >> more coverage of irma ahead minutes away. in the next half hour, a full report from our reporters in the bahamas. also breaking right now, a powerful earthquake has struck offer the pacific coast of mexico. relimb nar measurements say the quake was magnitude 8. >> it was centered yauoffshore h
the border of guatemala. but residents were shaken out of their beds. some have lost power. >> the national weather service says hazardous tsunami waves are possible for the entire central american coast. there are no major cities closest to where the quake was centered. and president trump is not ruling out the possibility of war with north korea. the president said yesterday military action would certainly be an option but he would prior not going that route. he added that an attack by the u.s. would be a very sad day for north korea and refused to say if he would accept a scenario in which the north was contained without giving up its nuclear weapons. democrats say donald trump jr.'s appearance before the senate judiciary leaves them with more questions than answers. he was grilled for hours behind closed doors. mainly about his meeting with a russian lawyer, and he gin cysted he did not collude with russia. mary bruce has the details from capitol hill. >> reporter: this is the only glimpse of donald trump jr. we
got. reporters craning for a closer look. but his five-hour meeting with congressional investigators shrouded in secrecy. a prime focus, that trump tower meeting during the campaign with a russian lawyer, set up after an acquaintance told don jr. the lawyer had dirt on hillary clinton. the president's son responded, if it's what you say, i love it. don jr. told the committee he took the meeting because to the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, i believed that i shurd at least hear them out. don jr. has described the meeting as par for the course in a political campaign. >> for me, this was opposition research. >> reporter: he says nothing came of it and sources told developmen investigators there was no collusion and he never told his father about the meeting. >> reporter: did donald trump jr. way some of your concerns? >> there are still a lot of gaps
and questions to be answered. >> reporter: donald trump jr.'s story has been evolving over time, but in a statement i says he answered every question here and trusts he fully satisfied the committee. but lawmakers i spoke to said they want to hear from him again, this time in public. mary bruce, capitol hill. the fbi is investigating a massive hack that may have compromised credit information for nearly half the country. a breach between may and july potentially exposed personal data for 143 million people, and that includes social security also affected. days after the hack was discovered, three equifaxemploy. but they say they did not know about the hack at the time. the oregon wildfire that's already scorch the more than 50 square miles, the fire is now 5%
contained. there are 21 wildfires burning across montana. and in california, jerry brownf emergency in counties near yosemite national park because of four different wildfires burning there. in all, there are nearliy 80 wildfires burning. >> similar case in florida ahead of irma, but one man in miami is taking a pretty creative approach to how to help people prepare for the storm. >> there he is. pouring cuban coffee, serving to drivers waiting in line. apparently, he's an employee at a popular local bakery. >> the woman who captured captioned it saying in miami do they pass out coffee to everyone waiting in line for gas. the pine crest bakery replied to the tweet saying thank you for your kind tweet. it's my pleasure and pine crest
bakery to help out through these trying times. stay safe and god bless us all. >> small acts of kindness. coming up, the upset at the u.s. open, the nail-biting match that hinged on a single point between sloane stephens and venus williams, and the amazing move that changed the course of tennis history for both women. and join us on facebook and twitter. you're watching "world news now." n my 60's. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans,
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we are keeping a very close eye on hurricane irma, moving overnight between the bahamasub its winds are strong enough that both will suffer damage. the center passed right over turks and caicos, but the worst may yet to come. >> the islands are very low-lying. irma's storm surge could flood even inland areas, and more than 1. million people in south florida have been ordered to evacuate. the national hurricane center
has just issued more warnings for more of south florida. >> severe conditions will begin there tomorrow. to sports headlines, the new football season is under way. >> the patriots celebrated their super bowl win before their game with kansas city, and the chiefs kind of ruined the party. kansas city's offense rolled up -- >> oh! >> big numbers. jack is clearly very upset about this as you can hear. the chiefs won it, 42-27. the 42 points are the most surrendered by a patriots' team during coach belichick's tenure. >> very strong feelings i sense. >> i'm expressing the feelings of a nation. >> or maybe just new york, jack. >> not at all. >> high-five, jack. >> not at all. >> also before the game, the patriots did something special for the teenager who helped find
tom brady's missing super bowl jerseys. that's dillon wagner on the right presented with a signed number 12 patriots jersey, presented by robert kraft. >> try it again next time, dillon. >> sorry, dillon. >> and venus williams was two points from reaching her first u.s. open final in 15 years. instead, she's on her way home. sloane stephens sagtaged a furis come back, moments later, she finished off williams to reach her first grand slam title of her career. >> i don't give up, like i'm not going to give it to someone. i'm not going to just let them take it from me. i want to make sure i give
everything i have and leave everything out on the court at all times. >> she will meet her friend madison keys in the final. keys took a little more than an hour to beat coco vandeweghe. this is also keys' first grand slam final. >> wow, strong words at the press conference, too. >> sloane stephens is awesome. 24 years old, foot surgery in january. ranked in the 9 hundreds last month. she's in the final. she has such an amazing demeanor off court. she's funny, honest. >> but on the court. >> she's amazing. >> on the court. >> i'm going to are her for her. poor coco got caught in traffic. her preparation was all off kilter. am i getting into too much detail in. >> you can't be thrown off because you got caught in traffic. >> 275.
>> imagine if you and i had to sit down here with no makeup and no idea what we going to talk about. >> remember when you were asked -- >> that is lame. >> if you were going into too much detail? >> i might. >> #leave earlier. >> anyway, no sympathy from jack. he's very loud tonight. >> the new device that claims to make school bathrooms a bully and vaping-free zone. >> but it's not a camera. we'll show you how it works next on "world news now." born to outperform the #1... prestige eye cream for better hydration. and your best look yet. olay eyes collection. ageless. your toilet is germ-ridden with mineral buildup. clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach is no match against limescale. but lysol power toilet bowl cleaner has 10x more cleaning power against limescale. so switch to lysol. what it takes to protect.
we're turning now to a parenting alert about a new device designed to make school bathrooms safer for students. >> you can't put a camera or a guard inside a bathroom, but you can install a new device that claims to detect bullying and vaping without disrupting privacy. school is back in session. and while parents have been busy preparing, schools have been preparing as well. >> we're obviously looking to protect and be proactive about what's going on inside our schools. >> reporter: this will be the first school in the country to use a new appointmenti-bullying.
it's called fly sense, a smallp small box. if noise levels spike in the bathroom because of a fight or the air changes because the student is vaping, the fly sense detects those changes. and it sends a text alert to school officials. bathrooms are so private. what do you say to parents that might be concerned about having something like this in a bathroom where their child is going. >> in our device, there's no camera, no microphone, no phones, we're not recording anything. we're alooking at the environmental surroundings. so privaty's kept to the utmost. >> reporter: nearly 30% of students in grades six through 12 have experienced bullying. and e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product by
youth. so we put fly sense to the test. take a look at what happens when we stage a fight in the boys abathroom. >> what you're seeing is sound and this is normally what you would see across, this means there's activity. >> reporter: the fly sense detects a change in the bathroom noise level and sends an alert to check it out. the same thing happens with the vaping demo. >> in is the area where we're allowed. >> reporter: you now the second someone's doing something wrong. >> most definitely. >> tough to get away with much in the school. they first installed them at this school, and they already are installing in another school as well. and they're expecting to expand nationwide. >> any surveillance in the bathroom is odd. >> well, so that was the big issue, you know, it's very difficult to monitor the bathrooms, but that's also why it's where a lot of mischief goes down. so in this case, they're not recording any sound. there's no cameras involved.
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of three bottles of this other liquid. a drop of dawn and grease is gone. ♪ it is time for the "mix." obviously, we had hurricane harvey, and irma. it's hard it to find any light notes in the coverage of this stuff. but here's one. harvey and irma sluter have been married for 75 years, and this is the first time a hurricane bearing both of their names have been operational at the same time. he is 104 years old, she is 93 years old. ooh, younger. and they have been married 75 years, which in itself is an absolutely ridiculous achievement and giving us a little light hurricane relief on
what is otherwise a dismal, dismal story for millions of people. thank you, harvey, thank you, irma. >> yeah. and over to an artist who has taken a pretty creative approacapproach to the michael jordan photo. he uses the air jordans to make the painting. the final results, pretty remarkable. almost as remarkable as the polka. ♪ ♪
this morning on "world news now." hurricane irma takes aim, getting closer and closer to the american coast, with miami now bracing for direct hit. the category five storm has already taken lives as it barrels over the caribbean. we have team coverage, and we'll go live to accuweather for the latest forecast. >> and that hurricane is already making history with its strength and longevity. so what makes it so powerful and so dangerous? and new this half hour, five former and living presidents making the one-america appeal. >> they're all coming together to call on americans to support the hurricane harvey efforts. we'll tell you all about it. and it was the announcement that caught fans by surprise. the so-called kissing bandit from a lifetime ago on "the
bachelorette" has been named as the new bachelor. what do we know about this guy? we'll have full details in "the skinny," it's friday, september 8. from abc news, this is "world news now." and a good morning to you all. we'll get to our coverage on hurricane irma in just a moment. but we're going to start with breaking news. a powerful earthquake has hit off mexico's pacific coast. >> it was centered offshore on the border with guatemala. >> the shaking was felt so strongly there that residents ran outside, many in pajamas. there are scattered power outages in the mexican capital and we'll continue to monitor the breaking story. now to irma, the killer storm is taking aim at florida. the storm has passed turks and caicos. extending 75 miles out from the center are the winds.
>> many roads in the u.s. virgin islands are blocked or flooded. these are new images from st. thomas. >> at least 14 deaths are blamed on the storm. linzie janis is in puerto rico. >> reporter: the biggest problem here, power outages. nearly a million people still without power. and this is the main reason why. there are hundreds and hundreds of trees like this one down. this one has a power line in it. hurricane irma claimed three hours in puerto rico, but elsewhere in the caribbean t was much more destructive. we spoke with u.s. coast guard pilots who were doing rescue missions to the u.s. virgin behinds. they introduced us to two young women, college students who were rescued from st. thomas.
we spoke to them. their names alex demore and maddie gortat. they were worried the roof was going to come off the home they were in. when the storm was over, they went outside to survey the damage. they described utter destruction, but alex slipped and fell, hitting her head, she was in and out of consciousness, but they couldn't get to a hospital on the island. they were forced to call the coast guard and wait for the following morning for rescue. we lent them our phones to call family. and we were able to accompany them to the hospital. while we were there, the backup generator actually failed. so the power outages, a huge problem here. nick and diane? >> thank you very much. the latest track shows irma taking a direct hit on miami before it moves north over land. >> many are driving, and that means traffic on highs into georgia was three teams the usual volume. >> and airports are packed with people desperately hoping to catch flights out of the storm zone. this radar image shows planes
flying around irma. major operations are suspending by tonight. we have more on the mass exodus. >> started crawling. we're stopped right now. >> reporter: heavy traffic clogging major florida highways. >> we're just trying to get out of harm's way, get ahead of the storm. >> reporter: as more than a million floridians are asked to evacuate. >> i know many of you have stuck in traffic. evacuations are not meant to be convenient. >> reporter: officials in key west telling residents staying behind is dangerous and irresponsible. some flee by shuttle bus to a miami shelter. on the only road out of the keys, people abandoning their cars near elevated bridges, hoping to avoid flooding. many on the road facing fuel shortages. nearly 39% of gas stations in miami and ft. lauderdale are out
of gas. 44% out in gainesville too. officials urging gas stations to stay open as long as possible. to help people get out. using police escorts to get fuel in faster. several hospitals evacuating too, one airlifting patients in a c-130 to a hospital in alabama. take a look at that one road out of the keys. it is practically empty, because so many people have already left. gio benitez, abc news, key west. georgia and south carolina are also on alert, watching whatever path irma may take. >> justin povick is here with more on the track. >> irma, a very large hurricane. i want to stress the size of this hurricane. very, very large. so the impacts will not be felt over a teeny area but well beyond that. so we're talking about widespread impacts. the movement taking it through
the turks and caicos islands. devastating impacts through the next several hours. throughout the southern bahamas. the tropical storm force winds well out here. and the hurricane-force winds will cover much of the state as well. as we get to saturday night and sunday. that's when the worst will be impacting florida. as we are talking about landfall around miami. that's the most likely scenario at this point. nick, diane? >> and justin, how strong is it going to be when it hits miami? category four? >> category four, category five. both are extremely powerful. >> and with so many people near there in florida, what do you expect for the other parts of the state? is there an agreed-on trajectory? >> this is not a good scenario.
there could potentially be a second landfall as we get toward georgia or even toward the coastal carolinas. it's something we'll continue to monitor closely. not a good situation at all. >> all those areas, we're watching that closely. and many in florida are also leaving their homes. some of the shelters in south florida are already full. >> one shelter in pompano beach reached capacity less than three hours after opening. emergency officials warn the longer people wait to seek shelter, the more difficult for them to find it. >> and for now, florida's amusement parks are operating under normal conditions. and they have no plans to shut down or change hours. but disney world, universal orlando and sea world say that could change depending on irma's path. each park says it will refund or reschedule for those who decide not to come this weekend. their policies are posted on
their respective websites. and more on irma, how this storm became the most-powerful ever in the atlantic. turning now to other news. donald trump jr. has declared that his meeting with congressional investigators fully satisfied their inquiry. staffers questioned the president's some for five hours behind closed doors. he told them he took the meeting with the russian lawyer because he wanted to find out about hillary clinton's fitness for office. he said he did not tell his father about the meeting. and democrats are now calling for him to testify in public. and u.s. analysis of north korea's recent military test shows the blast was more powerful than first reported. the blast produced an explosive yield of 140 kilotons. for comparison, the u.s. bomb that destroyed hiroshima at the end of world war ii measured just 15 kilotons. the president is not ruling out
military action against north korea, but says he would prefer not to do that. all five living presidents are coming together to call on americans to support hurricane relief efforts. officials say every dollar donated will help hurricane victims. >> hurricane harvey brought terrible destruction but also brought out the best in humanity. >> as former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow americans again to recover. >> our friends in texas, including bush 43 and 41. they're doing just that. >> people are hurting down here, but as one texan put it, we've got more love in texas than water. >> we love you, texas. >> donate to one america appeal.org. we are all in this together. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> and president trump also showed his support for the effort. he tweeted out, we will confront any challenge, no matter how strong the winds or how high the water. i'm proud to stand with the presidents. >> it's impressive to all have of them together.
and it shows the magnitude of the situation facing much of the country. >> coming up, former white house press secretary sean spicer makes a big announcement about his future, and it involves abc. but first, hurricane irma already making history. what makes it so dangerous as it takes aim at florida. "world news now" weather, brought to you by crest white strips. "world news now" weather, brought to you by crest white strips. weren't perfect, but ugh. an i knew they oh well! all hope is lost. oh, thanks! clearly my whitening toothpaste is not cutting it. time for whitestrips. whitening toothpaste only works on the surface. but crest 3d white whitestrips safely work... below the enamel surface... ...to whiten 25x better than a leading whitening toothpaste. hey, nice smile! thanks! i crushed the tissue test. yeah you did! crest whitestrips. healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
hurricane irma has weakened slightly with its maximum winds now at 160 miles per hour. it's between cuba and the bahamas. hurricane force winds can be felt as far as 75 miles from the center of the storm. and the huge storm surge is also a very real danger to both areas. the u.s. consulate general in curacao says it believes about 6,000 americans are stranded on st. martin.
this morning we're finding out what's making irma so powerful and dangerous. rob marciano has more from key largo, florida. >> reporter: irma's first strike giving us a glimpse of its sheer power. morphing into a monster with a rare combination of conditions, moist air over deep, warm water with temperatures over a degree above average feed the storm. there's also a lack of upper-level winds that would choke the storm. it has avoided large land masses that would break apart the hurricane. >> it is like going over a giant all you can eat buffet for a hurricane right now. >> reporter: the eye 30 miles wide with it 600 miles across. with the inner core equivalent to an ef-3 tornado. the record-breaking stretch of 185 mile-mile-per-hour sustained
winds for over 36 hours. hurricane irma continues to churn to the u.s. as a remarkably strong hurricane and florida is preparing for the worst. most of the coastal communities especially here in the southern part of the state under mandatory evacuation orders. we expect a storm surge of 7-10 feet. that would certainly bring the water up and over my head. the fluctuation of track has everyone on edge and most people are prepared. most have made their way on the road if they're not staying at home. and most of those shouldn't. rob marciano, abc news, key largo, florida. >> you definitely don't want to ride out this storm. they say not to tape the windows, it doesn't do much good. never run a generator indoors or use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. huge carbon monoxide risks there. and don't walk in floodwaters. they can hide all sorts of things, snakes, power lines, you name it. when we come back, the big news from janet jackson about
♪ i miss you much ♪ i really miss you much ♪ i miss you much >> janet, we miss you too. pour for janet fans who do miss her much. there's good news. there were rumors that janet jackson's concert in houston was possibly being called off. jackson says fear not, she'll be there. >> she took to instagram to tell her fans directly, she will attend her tour date despite hurricane harvey. plus, she says she has something special for hurricane victims. >> i'm here to tell you that we're going to do the show in houston, but we're going to roll in early, because we wanted to visit some of the shelters. and not just visit some of the shelters.
we also want to do something special for the victims. so i will see you friday. >> so jackson is set to take the stage saturday night at houston's toyota center. meanwhile, beyonce, barbra streisand and oprah will headline a one-hour telethon for victims of hurricane harvey. >> the event will be simulcast live on september 12th on abc and other networks, on tape delay for the west coast, streamed on facebook, youtube and twitter. next, what we're learning this morning about the newest bachelor. >> so fans were a little surprised when they learned on gma this morning that arie luyendyk jr. was announced as the new bachelor. he was a 35-year-old contestant in 2012. and he was best known for his nickname, "the kissing bandit." >> since then, he's turned into a bit of a silver fox. the tousled do is making him the first silver bachelor.
>> what do you make of this? >> welcome to the club, i guess. silver is in this next season on abc. >> was that an audition, jack? were you applying? >> no, by no means, i'm not. i was, in my research, i came up with this line, arie told someone here at abc that he has not been in love since emily. >> oh, well. >> so these women have their work cut out for them. >> jack is debuting, he had a haircut today, jack. >> i did. i didn't get a haircut, i got them all cut. >> ooh! >> take that for what it's worth. >> it was an emotional -- >> blow-by-blow coverage of arie on the bachelor. >> we're moving on, jack. we're moving on! >> it was a very emotional first day of school for prince george. >> it was.
he was guided by the steady hand of his dad. prince william. mom of course indisposed with an acute bout of morning sickness. >> he looked a little apprehensive as he approached the first day of school. but later on, all smiles, kicking up his heels. check him out with dad. >> he's not going to be called his royal highness. he's just george cambridge. >> just hey, you? >> he's cute. >> he is cute. >> he's cute, yeah. finally! former white house press secretary sean spicer will soon be showing up on late night tv. >> oh, yeah. spicy will be making his late night debut right here on abc with jimmy kimmel next wednesday night. >> it will be spicer's first interview since leaving his post at the white house back in july. >> looking forward to hearing that.
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the bed. >> 28-year-old matthew phelps is behind bars, arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of his wife. saying he took over-the-counter medication to help sleep hours before. >> video going viral. a nurse under arrest, after refusing an officer's request to draw a patient's blood. >> i can safely say that i think any nurse this entire country would have done the same thing. >> i was right here. >> a state of emergency 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. >> hurricane irma closing in on the american coast. that is irma tearing across the island of anguilla. a category five storm right now. winds of 175 miles per hour. >> backlash growing over president trump's major decision to end the immigration program
protecting nearly 800,000 so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers. >> no second thoughts. >> princess kate and prince william announcing they're expecting their third child. we're looking around for someone british to cover this story, and we found nick watt. >> so offensive. >> a new season of "dancing with the stars" is getting started. we now know which celebrities will be joining this season. >> they were on gma. i was in the green room, oh, what is this? what this is? no, no, no! >> i like how you were trying to get a serious story. >> there i was with him earlier, i'm so cool. actually, i'm a flapper. that wasn't your plan? you weren't expecting that one? >> no. i'm glad you just decided to mock me anyway. >> isn't that what i'm supposed to do? >> i suppose so. >> it's been great having you
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making news in america this morning, bracing for a direct hit. overnight a shift in hurricane irma's track. >> i'm just trying to get as far north as possible. >> florida now in what's being called a worst case scenario. >> this is a catastrophic storm that our state has never seen. >> this morning areas on both sides of the peninsula under hurricane warning. >> every florida family must prepare to evacuate regardless of the coast you live on. >> the time to prepare and evacuate is shrinking as some of the state's shelters are already filling up. >> she just said they're full. i don't know where we're going to go. >> plus, what's left of some caribbean islands. >> the entire country has been decimated. >> boats upside down, buildings torn apart and many americans trapped in