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tonight, breaking news. bracing for two hurricanes. one, affecting the u.s. coast right now. hurricane jose, the warnings up the coast from new york city through new england. and the other major concern tonight, hurricane maria. late today, growing to a category 4, now heading straight for the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico. what it could then mean for the east coast of the u.s. st. louis bracing for new protests at this hour. outrage over a judge's decision in a deadly police shooting. what does the video show? also tonight, two deadly shootings in both cases, police say a car pulling up, the gunman shooting victims at close range. are the shootings driven by race? president trump tonight, after saying the u.n. is not a friend of the u.s., that they don't solve problems, what will he now say in his major speech there? and the deadly collision.
a tour bus slamming into a city bus. the victims pinned. good evening. and it's greet have you with us here on a monday night. and as we begin another week toeg here, two hurricanes we are watching very closely at this hour. the first one, hitting right now. you can see there jose, hugging the u.s. coastline. dangerous owinds, rip currents. and look at hurricane maria. late today, strengthening to a category 4 hurricane, bearing down on some of the same islands, just now recovering from irma. the outer bands already battering st. louis ya. puerto rico bracing for a direct hit. in some places, so much destruction already from irma, they're telling people to use rocks to hold down loose debris. and where will hurricane maria then go? the pa getty models showing the hurricane tracking north. chief meteorologist ginger zee is here. first, jose, because jose is hitting right now.
we can feel the affects already. >> seven to eight-foot waves, david, and that's why we have to start here. the tropical storm watch. the warning for newport, rhode island, through massachusetts. this is really tomorrow night through wednesday, when we see the biggest affects. gu gusts and waves, 17 feet. 60 mi-mile-per-hour winds. the piling of water and the waves, the biggest deal. a quick look at that eye everyone's eye is on, that would be maria. maria has puerto rico, as you said, in its sights. right now, in the next couple of hours, going to feel the affects of this category 4 hurricane, as it moves west-northwest. we will see it closer to the bahamas and then heedi iheading. >> the spaghetti models are gunning to converge? >> they are. it looks like it cuts across puerto rico, that northeast side. the u.s. and both british virgin
islands. then it starts to die verge a bit, staying east of florida, that's everybody's big question. we'll have to watch, as we go into the weekend. this is a little too far out to tell where, from south carolina out into the atlantic will it go. jose interaction will be interesting to see, too. >> to watch that, as well. possible u.s. landfall late this weekend? >> and we will watch for that. it not something we can say for definite right now. >> very early. we'll be tracking it. ginger, thank you. as you saw there, parts of the east coast feeling jose already. tonight, and for the next 24 hours. reaching from the carolinas all the way up to massachusetts. including some areas hit hard by sandy. abc's linzie janis on the warnings up tonight, she's in bellmare, new jersey. >> reporter: tonight, along the east coast, jose bringing angry surf and warnings to beachgoers. >> i would stay out of the water today. because the outgoing tide can suck you right out. >> reporter: the center of jose, well offshore, already flooding roads in the outer banks. heavy equipment being used to
build protective dunes. and first responders on alert all the way to new england. jose could bring winds topping 50 miles an hour, waves up to 15 feet to areas that were ravaged by superstorm sandy in 2012. >> we were concerned yesterday with people just walking along the shoreline. >> reporter: many beaches banning swimming and surfing altogether. >> you never know what kind of surprises are in store. we're going to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. >> and linzie janis is live tonight from the jersey shore. and linzie, i know they're worried about rip currents, flooding. where you are, they are worried about erosion? >> reporter: that's right, david. the last time the federal government replenished this beach was right after sandy. the mayor here tells us this community and others are in desperate need of reinforcement in order to protect homes and businesses here. david? >> linzie janis with us live tonight. linzie, thank you. in the meantime, the next threat, of course, it is major, hurricane maria. as ginger said, growing into a
cat 4 earlier today. sat line images showing the giant storm. the eye churning there. some of the same island s hit b irma could get hit now. meteorologist rob marciano on the desperate race to prepare there. >> reporter: tonight, hurricane maria rapidly intensifying. residents bracing across the caribbean. puerto rico boarding up, the second major hurricane bearing down on the island in less than two weeks. flights to san juan usually packed with tourists, today mostly residents scrambling to get back home. maria now poised to make a direct hit. people nervous, scared? >> oh, definitely, you know, it's been awhile since we've got such a strong hurricane, hit us directly, so, yeah. >> reporter: the eye of the deadly category 5 hurricane irma passing just north of here. winds on the island reaching 70 miles per hour. irma devastating the virgin islands and the island of st. martin, destroying some 90%
of the buildings on the island of barbuda. >> we cannot afford to be complacent. we need to pull out all the stops and prepare for an impact just in case. >> reporter: those islands already decimated, racing to clear the debris left behind by irma. >> all of the debris that's piled up behind me, we're worried about that becoming projectiles. >> reporter: residents asked to use rocks or anything heavy to weigh down debris. >> and we know that irma passed north of puerto rico. this is going to be different, given the current track. rob is live in san juan tonight. that current forecast has puerto rico getting this as a category 4, even a category 5 hurricane? >> reporter: yeah, right on the cusp of it, david. 1 155-mile-an-hour category 4 hurricane, likely slicing the island right in half. last time they had a storm even remotely close to this was back in 1989, hurricane hugo. but this, maria, much, much stronger. this island is certainly going to be tested on wednesday. david? >> all right, the ominous skies there behind you. rob marciano, thank you. and stay with us this week for these hurricanes. and as always, you can download
the abc news app now for breaking news alerts on the warnings for the northeast already up tonight with jose and for alerts on hurricane maria, as she approaches. in the meantime, next, to the other major news this monday night. p president trump making his first visit to the u.n. she's said the u.n. is no friend of the united states. tomorrow, the president's mayor speech to the general assembly. how will he handle north korea, and what message will he send to the u.n. with the world watching? abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: president trump made his u.n. debut today, declaring he wants to make the united nations great. >> in recent years, the united nations has not reached its full potential, because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. >> reporter: not long ago, he was one of the u.n.'s harshest critics. >> the united nations is not a friend of democracy. it's not a friend to freedom. it's not a friend even to the united states of america.
when do you see the united nations solving problems? they don't. they cause problems. >> reporter: today though, president trump was upbeat, even saying the trump apartment building across the street was a such a success because it's so close to the united nations. but amild a flurry of meetings, no public mention yet of the biggest issue on the agenda this week -- north korea. it's been about a month since trump made this threat. >> north korea best not make anymore tlements to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> reporter: since then, north korea has launched three missile tests and conducted their most powerful nuclear test to date. over the weekend, the president branded north korean dictator kim jong-un "rocket man" but he didn't mention him today. instead, we saw a lighter moment at this meeting with french president macron. the president recalled the big military parade he saw when he
visited paris on bastille day and now he wants one, too. >> we may do something like that on july 4th in washington down pennsylvania avenue. i don't know. we're going to have to try to top it. we had a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might and it was really a beautiful thing to see. >> perhaps a parade coming in our future. in the meantime, jon with us now. president trump delivers this major address at the u.n. tomorrow. as you point out, the fire and fury line, but then three missile launches from north korea. people are going to be watching very closely what he says tomorrow. >> reporter: and there is no doubt. you are going to hear a very tough line from the president on north korea. and david, keep in mind, over the last several days, we have heard from virtually all of the top players on his national security team saying that there are military options available to the united states if diplomacy fails. >> jon karl, good to have you in new york for a change. to st. louis now. the city bracing for potential
protests tonight after the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black suspect. peaceful demonstrations turning to violent clashes now for several nights. the police battling for control of the streets. and protesters are gathering at this hour. abc's kenneth moton from st. louis. >> reporter: tonight, st. louis at a boiling point. police prepping for more violent protests. >> the use of chemical munition is imminent. >> reporter: after three nights of chaos. protesters were armed with weapons, rocks and police say an unknown chemical. >> we're in control. this is our city and we're going to protect it. >> reporter: a different scene in the light of day. >> no justice! >> no peace! >> reporter: demonstrators in the streets today for a peaceful march, arms linked. >> i don't want to be out here, but what else can we do but protest? peacefully. >> reporter: the catalyst for these protests,
officer jason stockley in the 2011 killing of a black man, anthony lamar smith. stockley chased smith during a pursuit. the officer heard on a dash cam saying, quote, "we're going to kill this expeletive." >> i don't recall saying it but i never denied it. there was no plan to murder anthony smith during a high speed vehicle pursuit. >> that's the rock. >> reporter: one restaurant owner showed us the rock that shattered his window. businesses in this popular shopping district already hit hard, bracing for tonight's protest. >> people just like to cause damage for damage's sake. dhint help anybody. they don't help the cause of the people marching. >> kenneth with us live tonight in st. louis. he's in front of some of the boarded up businesses. kenneth, you told us, police on high alert once again, headed into tonight? >> reporter: david, police say their goal is to stop more destruction. each night, they've been aggressively arresting more people. so, expect another show of police force tonight. david? >> kenneth moton with us tonight. kenneth, thank you. next, from baton rouge, a person of interest in the
killing of two black men, separate cases. that potential person of interest has been released from custody. police say they did not have enough evidence to hold him. in killings that they say may be racial little motivated. here's abc's senior justice correspondent bee yarl thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, authorities investigating two eerily similar murders in two days. and whether the gunman was motivated by race. after two middle aged black men were shot by an apparent stranger, just five miles apart in baton rouge. the victims, bruce cofield, 59, thought to be homeless, and donald smart, 49, who worked at a local diner. shell casings point to the same weapon at both crime scenes. and police suggest the killer was cold blooded, firing from his car, then walking up to the victims and shooting them at close range. >> there's a guy laying on the ground, he'd be shot multiple times. >> reporter: donald smart's family and coworkers shell shocked. >> i will love that man until
the day that i die. >> it's mind boggling for somebody to take a person's life like that. he was a good man. >> reporter: and tonight, police continue to say they're investigating a 23-year-old white male as a person of interest,. >> we're looking at all the motives but that's definitely on the table. >> reporter: police say the person of interest was driving a car similar to one seen by a witness. but tonight, they don't have enough evidence to charge anyone, so, the community remains on edge. david? >> pierre thomas in washington. we turn overseas tonight, new developments after that terror attack on a london subway. look at this tonight. new surveillance of an 18-year-old now in custody, seen carrying a bag, much like the one found on that train. and tonight, the british couple who took him into their home as a refugee. that family had been honored by the queen for taking in refugees. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran from london tonight. >> reporter: caught on a security camera. just a glimpse of a young man, but look at that white bag he's carrying. 90 minutes later, in that subway
car, there's the smoking remnants of the botched parsons green bombing in a white bag. the 18-year-old suspect under arrest, seen here on a second security camera, hasn't been named by police, but abc news has learned he is an iraqi refugee who came to the u.k. three years ago after his parents died. today, investigators were swarming over the row house in suburban london where the suspect lived for a time. the home's owners, penelope and ronald jones, once honored by the queen because they had served as foster parents for more than 200 kids over the years. including the second suspect, arrested this weekend in west london, believed to be 21-year-old yahyah farroukh, a syrian refugee. a neighbor says there'd been increasing police activity at that house before the attack. >> the last couple of times they dressed in black. no police cars. it was all -- it looked like it was all undercover, secret service kind of stuff. >> reporter: police were also searching the home where farroukh was living, just yards from the runway at heathrow
airport. police say the bomb was made cheap and deadly, but so unstable, terrorists have dubbed it the mother of satan. david? >> terry, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the hazmat scene, the chemical leak, forcing residents to shelter in place. also, the deadly bus crash. that tour bus slamming into a city bus. four american students attacked with acid overseas. we have news tonight on their conditions. and then, the national monuments in this country possibly being reduced in size. which ones are reportedly on the list tonight? a lot more news ahead. (vo) do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light. do not go gentle into that good night. ♪
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barreling through and slams into it, killing three, including the driver of the charter bus. moments after the accident, first responders swarming on the scene. 19 injured, including the other bus driver. some rushed away on stretchers. >> it was bad. it was really bad. i felt the vibration shake my truck. >> reporter: and you can just see how hard the impact was. just take a look. there's that bus and there's the store front. it's completely wiped out. one of the dead, a pedestrian who was pinned in the initial impact of mangled metal. the front of the bus completely destroyed. the speedometer is frozen at 60 miles per hour. investigators say that doesn't mean it was traveling that fast, but are confident speed was a factor. now, at issue, the driver has a previous dui on his record in connecticut. >> these pulses spun around, that requires an enormous amount of speed. >> reporter: and david, we've just learned the driver of that charter bus was previously adriver for the city, he was fired for cause in 2015. now, investigators are focusing on that driver and what caused him to crash.
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