tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC September 22, 2017 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
tonight breaking developments as we come on the air. the urgent warning in puerto ri rico. their bracing for a major dam to collapse telling tens of thousands to seek higher ground and the new storm models showing the track of hurricane maria once again closer to the east koes coast of the us. we have the timing and the possible path. also a major blow to the effort to kill obamacare. john mccain and his decision late today. jimmy kimmel tweeting him and tonight the two key senators who could make or break this bill. where they stand right now. the stunning moment now days after the earthquake. this person pulled from the rubble alive. north korea tonight and their new warning responding to president trump. now promising an h-bomb in the
pacific. and breaking now, the hostage situation unfolding at this hour inside a bank. several reportedly trapped inside. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the urgent headline from puerto rico at this hour. a dam at imminent risk of failure, a life flaet threatening situation. a mass evacuation under way. some 70,000 people across the island. catastrophic flooding and mudlieds already. the cover saying it's time to get people out. we begin with abc's rob marciano on the scene to get tens of thousands to higher ground. >> reporter: a large dam is beginning to fail. two towns and tens of thousands of people in danger downstream. a flash flood emergency in effect right now. officials urging people to get
to high ground. this is a life-threatening situation happening now. tonight the new emergency in this unfolding disaster. the battering of hurricane maria and her 40 inches of rain causing this major dam's failure. flash flooding fersing 70,000 people to evacuate immediately. officials saying a crack is forming in the guajataca dam. people's lives are in danger. utter devastation being felt throughout the u.s. territory. the chaos and desperation etched into caregiver maria ortez's voice. >> we can't let them die. we can't let them die. we need all the help we can get. please. >> reporter: we first met her thursday as she struggled to keep 11 nursing home patients alive. their generator low on fuel. i see when that runs out -- >> what we going to do? >> reporter: those patients in sweltering conditions inside. some clinging to life. when we returned today help had not arrived. the generator out of fuel.
it's been 20 hours since we called the governor's office on her behalf. calling again today. we had trouble getting through and we're not alone. communications nearly impossible across the island. drivers lined up here as far as the eye can see to access one of the only working cell phone towers. maria hasn't seen or heard from her mother since before the hurricane hit. some relief knowing her parents are okay. then the son of one of her patient's shows up with a diesel that the care center desperately needs. how long does a tank last? >> eight hours. >> reporter: another temporary physician. fix. elation with knowing there's enough fuel to at least get through the night. >> rob marciano is back with us. we're glad to see the nursing home at least got some fuel. the other major concern you reported on the dam, tens of thousands told to get to higher
ground immediately? >> reporter: yeah. the governor cut his press conference short to head out there. the military vehicles trying to get people out right now. it's going to be a dangerous night ahead david. >> the meantime the possible paths for hurricane maria as it moves towards the east coast. they seem to shift night to night rob. >> reporter: we didn't give the u.s. the all clear and now they're shifting closer to home. right now it's a cat 3 and will weaken father north by wednesday. north carolina, the forecast getting close to the u.s. and our spaghetti models spread out. there could be some direct impacts from maria in the u.s. by the end of next week. david. >> rob marciano on the ground in puerto rico again tonight. thank you. to mexico city at this hour. days after that earthquake and the cheers erupting at a factory that came down during the earthqua earthquake. matt gutman with the moment that another person was found alive.
>> reporter: tonight amidst the flattened buildings there are spikes of hope. cheers erupting at this flattened factory where another person was found alive. those rescues dangerous as we saw firsthand. debris crashing down around us. >> watch it watch it! >> moments later officials clearing the scene fearing another collapse. we joined the search and rescue team at this pancaked office building gearing up for a grim search. fire rescue teams say that those six stories collapses so densely that there's no void space and concern is nobody could have survived. and under these tarps the families of the dozen or so missing prayed. it was after those prayers that we met fabiola. her brother is in that building. she showed us around the improvised tent where families had been living for the past four days. they're all there.
cousins, sibling, friends. and then that call for silence. >> shh. >> reporter: now they call for silence because that's when they try to listen to something in the rubble. these are the moments of hope. she told us they need to show strength. but after four days even iron will can snap. ch she says her brother is very strong. ♪ >> reporter: everywhere solidarity for mexico. ♪ >> reporter: on the rubble of this building a salute to the mexican national anthem. >> and matt from mexico city. the scene of that apartment building and matt you're hearing they're bringing in a crane to lift up sections of the building? >> reporter: that's right david. the crane is going to lift layers of that building where you see that swarm of rescuers. which is a sign that this could turn from a rescue operation to a recovery operation. for days we have been asking
mexican officials for the list of the missing but in the scope of this devastation they say they still don't have one. david. >> matt gutman on the scene. the major headline, a major blow in the new effort to kill obamacare and it comes from the same senator who killed the repeal the last time. senator john mccain declaring he will vote know. the two key senators who will break or make this repeal. where do they stand tonight. >> reporter: it's been just eight weeks since the country watched john mccain walk onto the senate floor, shocking his own party, with this defiant thumbs down. >> reporter: his vote delivering the final blow to the president's attempt to repeal and replace obamacare. tonight, with one more chance at a repeal before next week's deadline, john mccain stunning the party again. announcing today, "i cannot in good conscience vote for" the latest republican plan. he says a "bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach." mccain might have just killed
this new repeal, because they can only afford to lose two votes. rand paul has already said no. and mccain did this, even though his own best friend in the senate, lindsey graham is one of the architects. >> i don't expect him to vote because we're friends, i expect him to vote for what's best for the country. >> reporter: the bill would give states more flexibility to craft their own health coverage, but with far less federal funding. and with no guarantee of how they would cover americans with pre existing conditions. experts say it could leave millions more without insurance. all eyes now on two key senators. senator susan collins of maine, and lisa murkowski of alaska. collins tonight is leaning no. >> i just have to do what's right of the people of maine and our country, and if i don't do that i can't look at myself in the mirror. >> reporter: and senator lisa
murkowskis office protesters camped out urging her to protest this bill like she did the last time. >> i said in january we should not repeal without a replacement. just an indefinite hold on this just creates more chaos and confusion. mary bruce back with us from washington. and jimmy kimmel whose own baby needs several operations, and fought for other families to have coverage if they're in the same situation. he tweeted senator mccain. >> reporter: yeah. kimmel with a tweet of praise saying thank you john mccain for being a hero again and again and now again. and john mccain's wife responded tweeting thank you for the kind words about my hundreds and god bless your sweet baby. david. >> as we head into the weekend, mary thank you again. meantime next to the new threat from north korea. kim jong-un saying president
trump will quote, pay dearly for his speech. and north korea with the hydrogen bomb test in the pacific. here's martha raddatz tonight. >> tonight a dramatic escalation of tensions. north korea now threatening to test a hydrogen bomb above the pacific ocean. their response to president trump. >> the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: for months, the president's heated language has so far failed to stop kim. 3 missile tests and an underground h-bomb test since trump warned of fire and fury. but detonating a nuclear bomb over the pacific would be kim's most provocative move yet. >> a hydrogen bomb, a thermo nuclear weapon is going to have a lot of radiation. if it hits the water, there is going to be contamination for
hundreds of miles around. >> reporter: on gma, david continued to press secretary of state rex tillerson about the us response. >> but if we see this detonation of an h-bomb in the pacific, what will the u.s. do? >> well, we will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena but all our military options, as the president has said, are on the table. >> reporter: the two leaders themselves, trading a volley of insults. kim for the first time responding directly to trump, calling him "mentally deranged." the president branding the north korean dictator "a madman" who "will be tested like never before." martha you and i have both been talking to colonel steve ganyard and now they're talking about testing a hydrogen baum in the pacific. do they have the capability to pull that off? >> reporter: they have already tested a hydrogen bomb and an
intercontinental ballistic missile. we don't know for sure but this has to be taken seriously. this would be an extraordinarily alarming and dangers move and the administration would have to rethink what it is doing. >> all right. thank you martha. president trump responding tonight after facebook revealed thousands of ads were bought by russian agents during the election, ads that praised donald trump or attacked hillary clinton. mark zuckerberg saying he will turn those ads over to congress. today president trump tweeting the russia hoax continues, now its ads on facebook. next to your money. taxpayer money spent on flights on private jets. another cabinet secretary under scrutiny for his travel habits. health and human services chief taking private jets dozens of times from d.c. to philadelphia. cecelia vega with the price tag. how much you have spent already.
>> reporter: tonight health secretary tom price under investigation for dozens of trips on luxury private planes. >> the american people need to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. >> reporter: as a congressman, price once tweeted "congress doesn't need to have private jets." but now according to politico, his penchant for private planes has cost taxpayers more than three hundred thousand dollars. last week alone, on a luxury jet like this, he took five flights. one of them, a short 30 minute round trip to philadelphia. the cost, $10,000. compared to about $700 for a commercial flight. >> it's just not right, it's just not right. >> reporter: today in a scathing letter, the top democrat on the house oversight committee tells price, "the amount of taxpayer funds you spent on just one single flight is more than some of my constituents make in a year." >> i just say to the secretary, mr. secretary you can do better and you need to set the example
for the entire administration. >> reporter: at least three trump cabinet secretaries now under investigation for expensive travel on the public dime. tonight, abc news has learned that after one meeting with the president at trump tower, treasury secretary steve mnuchin flew back to washington on an air force jet, costing taxpayers at least $25,000. a government jet trip to kentucky, where mnuchin and his wife viewed the eclipse is also under review. on top of mnuchin's request to have a government plane fly him and his wife to their honeymoon overseas, a request he ultimately withdrew. cecelia vega, secretary price, secretary mnuchin both under scrutiny. >> reporter: price's office says he uses the private planes in order to accommodate his demanding schedule. they say he has taken commercial flights but you heard the
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teams through the rubble. chef has saved lives before and many of them. this week in mexico those moments of heroism giving so many renewed hope that more lives would be saved. firefighters rescuing this woman pulling her out through a hole in the ceiling. her hand to her face in disbelief. [ speaking foreign language ] >> children trapped inside this school. rescuers and neighbors pushing through the rubble. reaching behind this wall to lift them out. and among the first responders are at that school, frita. the 7-year-old labrador is part of the mexican navy's canine unit searching for trapped survivors. she has saved a dozen lives in her career. in those goggles protecting her eyes from the dirt and debris and the booties to protect her paws. they have been crawling into those dangerously tight spaces for days now. the corners rescuers cannot get
to. tonight as hope fades so many trying to focus on the lives saved. and the first responders and their partners, those dogs including frita answering the call again. cannot forget frita and those dogs with all of those rescue teams. thank you for watching this week. i'm david muir. i hope to to see you on monday until then have a good evening. good night.
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