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tonight, breaking news. the new hurricane threat. three storms on the march west, but all eyes on that one in the middle, hurricane maria. devastated islands back in the crosshairs. our rob marciano with the new advisory just in. plus, return to ruins. our reporter with the caravan into the keys. the hardest-hit area, open for the first time. what residents are coming back to. and the dire warning from officials. message to the world. as the president prepares for his address to the u.n., he retweets a video showing him hitting hillary clinton with a golf ball. and, ferris wheel fall. a carnival worker trying to free
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children stuck on a ride, losing his balance. the terrifying moments and rescue, all caught on camera. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the latest weather threat and a new hurricane. hurricane maria, strengthening and moving towards the caribbean, along with puerto rico. one of three storms churning in the atlantic. forecasters and millions of americans up and down the east coast, keeping a watchful eye on the possible track. images from irma still so fresh. and the cleanup in some areas just getting under way. let's get right to rob marciano, who is now on his way to puerto rico. rob? >> reporter: puerto rico could be looking at a category 3 storm
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come wednesday. it's developing rapidly, category 1 with 75-mile-an-hour winds. to the east of barbados, it will be a category 2, monday into tuesday. watches and warnings for the same islands that were hit by irma. getting to puerto rico, looks like wednesday as a category 3. and jose, just off the coast of the carolinas. will be abreast tomorrow afternoon. and will be close enough to the northeast shoreline to have tropical storm watches for winds over 40 or 50 miles an hour. could be a stormy tuesday across the northeast. tom? >> we'll keep a close eye on jose. let's go back to hurricane maria. the path looks similar to irma, but a different type of danger as far as the track is concerned, for the u.s.?
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>> reporter: it's the time of year when they cross over the ocean. our computer models hint it may go out to sea. but the entire east coast needs to keep a watchful eye on this over the next couple of days. tom? >> rob, thank you. the new hurricane bearing down on the storm-ravaged caribbean, as residents still reeling from the damage from previous storms. scrambling for food, clean water, and power. can they handle another hurricane? david wright reports from st. martin. >> reporter: tonight, the caribbean is bracing for its second major hurricane in two weeks. for some islands, an unprecedented blow. i mean, wow, look at this. on st. martin, we saw firsthand the devastation that irma caused. these are sizable yachts, and yet to the storm they might as well have been tinker toys. on this dock alone, millions of dollars in damage.
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so, this is a $10 million boat and the insurance won't cover it? >> no. >> reporter: many on the island have no power, no clean water, and no gas for the generators. relief supplies are getting in -- >> you're a strong man. >> reporter: but the demand is huge. the idea of facing another hurricane with no roof overhead is not very enticing. jeffrey sochran is an american we met who lives on st. martin. we caught up with him by phone again today. >> any type of rain, any type of wind that we have as a result of maria will devastate those that are already devastated further. >> reporter: the exodus that began on these islands after irma has now kicked into overdrive. but for many, it's too late. on st. croix, ashley bouzianis and her family are getting out.
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>> in an hour after we booked our flight, the remainder of the flights sold out. there was nothing left as of last night. >> reporter: for the thousands who can't flee -- >> we are going to make it through. we're strong people. we will rise again. >> reporter: this tropical paradise is becoming a living hell. david wright, abc news, st. martin. we now head to the florida keys. some residents returning to ruins today. many getting their first opportunity to witness the extent of the hurricane damage there. the stunning losses coming into vivid focus for so many tonight. victor oquendo is there. >> reporter: tonight, a heartbreaking homecoming for thousands, seeing the utter devastation up close for the first time. the displaced lining up for miles. authorities reopening the florida keys today from marathon to key west. fema warning, basically every house there was impacted. we drove in with dean madison, just one of many terrified he's lost everything. >> that whole corner of the house came off. >> reporter: debris everywhere, the entire side of his home ripped off, the kitchen exposed.
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>> the top floor was a master bedroom suite. that was a deck off the bedroom. >> reporter: inside dean's home, a wasteland. the living room blown apart. what's this like for you to see it? >> it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: his bedroom gone, its insulation blown out. hurricane irma made landfall here, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. as you look above, houses battered, roofs ripped apart. one neighbor says boats were bouncing around like ping-pong balls during the storm. those who stayed behind, suffering in 90-degree heat without air conditioning, water, or electricity. and more than 600,000 throughout the state. >> we should have evacuated. we thought we would be okay. >> reporter: officials warning those returning, the florida keys are a virtual war zone. >> bring your supplies. bring your water. it's going to get worse in the
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next few days, so be self-sufficient. >> reporter: what's left behind, a solemn reminder of the long road ahead. >> victor joins us live. officials telling residents they are on their own. how long can they expect to be living that way? >> reporter: for some who came home, that process will take a lot longer with their houses destroyed. others, looking to have power restored before the end of the week, except for a few small pockets. >> thank you. next to louisiana, a strong possibility that two deadly shootings were racially motivated. here's adrian bankert. >> reporter: ambushed, killed in the street. tonight, investigators now say it's possible the murders were racially motivated. police stress they're looking into other motives, but confirm they're questioning kenneth gleason, calling him a person of interest.
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the 23-year-old in custody on drug charges. >> there are some similarities to those two shootings. >> reporter: authorities in baton rouge say it all started tuesday. a homeless man, bruce coefield, is killed. two days later, and just five miles away, donald smart is gunned down while walking to work at a cafe near lsu. >> i just got out of my car and i heard about 10 to 11 shots. >> reporter: authorities say shell casings found at both crime scenes were a match. and in both cases, the shooter got out of his car, firing on the victims multiple times. family members of donald smart, describing the father of three as hard-working. >> it's mind-boggling for somebody to take a person's life like that. he was a good man. >> reporter: tom, gleason has not appeared in court yet on those drug charges. as for the city still healing from violence from just one year ago, a black man killed by police, and three white officers assassinated, this story is painfully familiar. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. let's head overseas, what we're learning tonight about the subway bombing in london.
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new video that has just come in. and now the arrest of a second suspect in the attack. here's ian pannell. >> reporter: tonight, a second major surveillance emerging, showing a man carrying the exact type of shopping bag used to carry the bomb. >> he was arrested on suspicion of being concerned with an act of terrorism. >> reporter: tonight, he's being held in london. this weekend, officers swooping into this neighborhood in southwest london. neighbors given two minutes to leave for safety as police came in.
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>> i was scarred, to be honest. i was really scared. >> reporter: a 21-year-old man taken just before midnight. abc news learning the homemade device that detonated contained tatp. an explosive made from hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals. it's a highly unstable compound being used in terror attacks before, from paris to brussels. including the manchester concert bombing that killed 22. so tonight, the terror threat level has been lowered from critical to severe. which still means police think another attack is highly likely. as commuters prepare to ride the same subway trains going to work and school tomorrow morning.
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tom? >> ian, thank you. let's turn to politics. and president trump in new york city tonight, in advance of his first address to the united nations coming up on tuesday. issues like climate change and north korea taking center stage, as foreign leaders gather for the annual u.n. general assembly. the big week kicking off with some controversial tweets from our president. gloria riviera near trump tower tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president trump arriving in new york ahead of his first u.n. general assembly meeting after a flurry of tweets earlier today. retweeting this doctored video appearing to show trump hitting a golf ball into hilary clinton's back, causing her to fall, from an account that has posted antisemitic comments in the past. tonight, no comment from the white house. trump also tweeting about his call with south korea's president on north korea's recent missile launch. "asked him how rocket man is doing. long lines forming in north korea. too bad!"
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the u.n., which trump has called, weak, incompetent, and just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. ench enchts. >> the u.n. is not a friend to democracy, the united states. >> reporter: trump known for his america first platform is calling for significant reform at the u.n., which advocates a world first agenda. the u.s. bankrolls 25% of the u.n.'s budget. trump wants that slashed. as the president prepares to address 193 nations, on the top of his agenda, how to handle north korea's series of missile launches. and that nuclear test, its biggest yet. >> so you are saying that if he doesn't give up those nuclear weapons, the president will strike? >> he's been very clear about that, all options are on the table. >> rpeorter: the paris climate agreement is also expected to be discussed. today the white house addressing a recent report suggesting the president may not withdraw after all. >> so it is possible the u.s. will stay in if you can get a new agreement? >> if there is agreement that benefits the american people, certainly. >> and gloria riviera joins us live. we know the president will be
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there, but there are some key players who will not be attending this meeting? >> reporter: we do not anticipate seeing either russia's president or china's president. both leaders are so key in applying pressure on north korea, but the president will not have the chance to make his case personally for harsher sanctions. >> gloria, thank you. tonight, we're also monitoring developments out of st. louis. another confrontational night is feared, after several evenings of protests, and arrests. kenneth moton is there. >> reporter: tonight, st. louis on edge. a third night of protests shutting down the heart of the city. this weekend, violent clashes with police. >> an unruly crowd became a mob. >> reporter: more than 40 arrested. storefronts, destroyed. even the mayor's house
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vandalized with paint, and attacked with rocks. the violence, sparked by a judge's decision friday to acquit white police officer jason stockley in the 2011 killing of a black man, lamar smith. the protests in this city have been peaceful during the day. but at night, these demonstrators go home and police say a small group of troublemakers moves in. in this popular shopping district, businesses like eleanor ruder's 30-year-old art gallery are replacing broken windows. >> i'm going to take care of it. i'm going to take care of it. >> reporter: tonight, members of the community are understanding about the protests, but not the violence. >> they have a right to protest. protests, they have nothing to do with small businesses. >> reporter: tom, peaceful protesters say the point is to disrupt to bring attention. tomorrow, they plan to march and shut down streets during the morning and evening commutes. >> kenneth, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. a carnival worker, trying to save two children from a ride,
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marseille, rushing the americans to a local hospital. french prosecutors confirming a 41-year-old woman confessed to spraying the students with hydrochloric acid. two of the women suffering facial burns. the others being treated for shock. tonight, boston college identifying them as courtney silverling, charlotte kaufman, michelle krug, and kelsey kosten. >> one of the students will have to see an eye doctor tomorrow. the women who attacked was described as being disturbed. >> reporter: tonight, french officials ruling out terrorism as a motive. the four victims are out of the hospital, and an investigation is under way. tom? >> jennifer, thank you. coming up next, the massive equifax breach generating a new round of scams. the suspicious phone calls to
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