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welcome to "world news tonight." dangerous weather. devastating winds batter the northwest, taking lives. and florida bracing for flash flooding. plus, a powerful hurricane barreling toward hawaii. fatal fall. a baseball fan plunging from an upper deck, slamming to the concrete below. >> i heard a loud noise and knew that it was a person. >> how did this happen? as ballparks around the country take a closer look at keeping fans safe. survivors' tale. the hiker rescued after nine days in the wilderness, seriously injured in a fall. what she did to stay alive. close calls. a great white taking a bite out of this surfboard. a hammerhead nuzzling these kayakers. two harrowing encounters, while others are trying to get as close as possible to these
dangerous predators. and, is this the luckiest man alive? finding a $20 bill. the spur-of-the moment decision that made him a millionaire. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with damaging storms on both sides of the country. and a powerful hurricane in the pacific. in seattle, whitecaps you expect to see in an ocean. powerful winds knocking down massive trees, crushing cars, tens of thousands without power. and this water spout twisting off the coast of florida. and this is the stunning view from a plane inside hurricane ignacio, at its most powerful, a category four storm. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: residents in the pacific northwest cleaning up. a rare summer windstorm tearing
through the region this weekend. whipping up the water on lake washington. in oregon, snapping this power pole apart. flames spreading to the dry grass below. toppling scores of trees. >> heard a big crack noise and saw part of the tree fall down on the line. >> reporter: and catching shoppers by surprise. rebecca hansen with her young daughter, when the lights went out. >> we're stuck up here because the escalators don't work and the elevators don't work. >> reporter: tragically, those winds did more than knock out power. back in washington state, falling trees and branches killing two near tacoma. across the country in tampa, florida, today, sandbags in high demand. >> not taking any chances, our side yard got pretty flooded last time. >> reporter: more than 15 inches of rain already falling this month. that saturated ground primed to flood again. so you're in a susceptible neighborhood? >> i'm in zone a. >> reporter: zone a, what does that mean? >> that's the worst. >> reporter: this station handing out more than 2,500
sandbags alone. >> and rob joins us from tampa. hammered earlier this month with severe flooding. what are they looking at right now? >> reporter: it's dry right now, but this could go down as the wettest august on record. this is all leftover stuff from erika. the rain will flow north, and stretch into the carolinas and georgia over the next two to three days. widespread flooding with this. anywhere from two to four, maybe five inches across the area. want to discuss the pacific. three major hurricanes out there. one of which is a threat to hawaii. ignacio, still a category three. the forecast track, bringing it just to the north of hawaii. tropical storm watches are posted for hawaii and maui. another close call expected for the 50th state. >> we hope it stays on that track. okay, rob, thanks.
and next to a terrifying moment at the ballpark. a man falling from the upper deck at turner field in atlanta. deck at turner field in atlanta. stunned spectators looking on. he did not survive. here's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: tonight, fans still in shock after witnesses say atlanta braves fan greg murrey fell 50 feet off the top deck during the seventh inning at saturday night's game against the yankees. >> someone just fell over the upper deck. they have to stop the game. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: fans looking on in horror as murrey receives medical attention from others at the game, including dr. joseph ricotta, who was sitting just ten seats from where murrey landed and rushed over to help. >> out of the corner of my left eye i saw something fall. you're in a state of shock. the adrenaline kicks in and you don't think. >> reporter: you can see dr. ricotta and others at the game administering cpr. ricotta estimates for as long as ten minutes, before paramedics rushed murrey to the hospital
where he was pronounced dead. witnesses tell espn murrey was heckling at yankees player alex rodriguez when he suddenly fell over the rail. >> it's a tragedy. it's one of those things that you hope you never see or experience, and i certainly hope to never experience it again. >> reporter: fans getting badly hurt at stadiums is an ongoing concern at baseball games. at fenway in june, part of a broken bat struck a woman in the head. at today's braves game, the flag at half staff for murrey, and a moment of silence to honor the longtime season ticket holder. atlanta police say there's no indication of foul play. murray's family saying he held the same seats for 20 years. and died doing one of his favorite things, watching the braves. >> thank you. let's turn to politics now, and the race for the white house. a new poll showing hillary clinton losing ground.
possibly shaking up the democratic race. while on the republican side, the same poll showing trump getting more and more likable. devin dwyer with the polls. >> reporter: tonight, trouble for hillary clinton in a state where she knows defeat. >> barack obama will win the caucuses in iowa. >> reporter: eight years after she failed to win iowa, a new poll of democrats shows clinton slipping, losing a third of her support since may. her lead, now its lowest ever, just seven points ahead of senator bernie sanders. >> this is not anti-hillary clinton. this is pro-bernie sanders, and pro a message that says enough is enough. >> reporter: sanders is leading clinton in new hampshire, energizing liberals, particularly younger voters. and he's not the only clinton alternative stirring excitement. vice president joe biden surprises a jamboree of delaware democrats saturday, building speculation he may get in the race. the new iowa poll shows a door
could be open for biden. 14% of iowa democrats want biden as their nominee. 13% remain undecided. >> very good magazine this week. >> reporter: meanwhile, a stunning turnaround in iowa for gop frontrunner donald trump. three months ago, 63% of republicans viewed him unfavorably. now, a complete flip. at the back of the pack, new jersey governor chris christie, today clarifying a comment suggesting immigrants should be tracked with systems used by shipper fedex. >> i don't mean people are packages, so let's not be ridiculous. >> reporter: the candidates trailing trump now fully focused on making the cut for the next debate. as for clinton, her campaign tonight shrugs off the latest poll, saying they always expected the race to be close. tom? >> thank you. overseas now, the refugee crisis in europe. nearly claiming more lives. austrian police finding refugees
inside the van. the driver now under arrest. and pope francis addressing the crisis. referring to the 71 people found dead in austria last week. saying the criminal behavior that led to their deaths offends the entire human family. and next to the cold-blooded killing of a police officer on duty. tonight, this man, shannon myles, accused of the crime, facing a death penalty charge. here's kendis gibson. >> reporter: police in houston say they know who killed this deputy execution style. they're just not sure why. >> our assumption is that he was a target because he wore a uniform. at this point, we found no other motive. >> reporter: the ten-year veteran, ambushed friday night. police say it was 8:30 p.m., pulling into a gas station, and
filling up his patrol car when he was shot in the back. >> six to eight shots, an officer is down. >> reporter: police hunting the area, for a red pickup truck. 1:16 a.m., police release surveillance photos. and 3:40 a.m., a person of interest taken into custody. police charging that person of interest, shannon myles, no known run-ins with the deputy. dozens coming together to remember the deputy at a vigil. >> he was loyal. fiercely so. and he was ethical. the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass. >> reporter: tonight, gas station pump number 8 is now a huge shrine to the deputy. his accused killer, expected to
appear in court tomorrow. tom? >> look at the size of that memorial. thank you so much. and next to two more stunning close encounters with sharks in california. here's ryan owens. >> reporter: on one of the last weekends of summer, two close calls with sharks have shaken two california beaches. one shark near san luis obispo, taking a big bite out of a surfer's board. >> i was sitting on my board a little further out than everybody else. i looked down and i was like wow what is that under the water? it came up and then bit my board. i thought it was a dolphin, i just turned around and started swimming. >> reporter: the bite, believed to be from a six-foot great white. the same day, another shark near san diego. reportedly eight to ten feet long, spotted saturday underneath kayakers. >> he came close enough to the swimmers to be concerned. the swimmers climbed on board
some kayaks that were nearby and were escorted to the beach safely, the whole time the shark was following the kayaks. >> reporter: beachgoers near la jolla cove and shores, popular beach and tourism spots, evacuated. >> i saw the fin. it was like going over to the kayakers and it was a hammerhead shark and it was being feisty. >> reporter: at a time when technology is letting professionals film sharks closer than ever, this footage from "shweekend" airing now on discovery. this damaged board, and the kayaker's video, signs of encounters too close for those just trying to enjoy the waves. the beach near la jolla reopened this morning. the state beach to the north is still closed. authorities will wait 72 hours before anyone is allowed back in the water. tom? >> ryan, thank you so much. and the u.s. open begins tomorrow. for the first time in history, tickets for the women's final are sold out faster than the
men's final. that's because serena williams is favored to win it and if she does, she will make history. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, the unstoppable serena williams ready to claim the one prize that's managed to escape her. the tennis superstar poised for what may be the most demanding feat in all of sports, the grand slam. attempting to claim all four major titles in the same season. the pressure is tremendous, but williams is playing it cool in an interview with abc's robin roberts. >> you're about to start the u.s. open and you seem so chill. i mean sincerely. >> i'd rather be in the position where i have the pressure and i have people expecting me to win than be in a position where it's like, oh, well, she probably won't win, she'll probably make a deep run. and that's not what i want and once i realized that i embraced it. >> reporter: steffi graf scored the last grand slam in 1988. the 33-year-old powerhouse has already won the other three
major titles this year, and the u.s. open six times before. but lying in wait, the only two players who have managed to beat williams this year, belinda bencic and petra kvitova. they could possibly derail her, but it's a long shot. experts say it would be a complete shock if williams doesn't slam the grand slam. now, williams has no clear rival here at the u.s. open. this is hers to lose. the greatest competition here, is maybe herself. tom? >> coverage of the two-week tournament begins today on espn. some drama at the little league world series. the team from lewisberry, pennsylvania, with a commanding 10-2 lead, but japan fired back, taking the championship with a score of 18-11.
the map ch up making history. the two teams combining for the most runs in any little league world series game. still to come, a woman lost and cripple in the wilderness for nine days. fighting to stay alive as crews searched to find her. how a small survival tool saved her life. and later, look who's hitting the gym, and hitting it hard. what's this all about? coming up.
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clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: nine days alone, no food, painful broken bones. but none of it could break miyuki harwood's survival spirit. the 62-year-old hiker flown to a hospital saturday, rescued after a seven-day backpacking trip in california's sierra nevada wilderness became a nine-day fight to live. a few days into the trip, harwood, separated from her group, fell down a slope severely breaking her left leg. >> she crawled for about two days to get to a creek where she could use her water filter to sustain herself until she was rescued. >> reporter: more than 100 rescuers had their own challenges. a 19-mile hike just to reach the search zone. plus, smoke from a nearby wildfire so thick they sometimes couldn't see or fly. >> the smoky conditions made the search and rescue extremely difficult. >> reporter: but it wasn't what they could see saturday, it's what they heard.
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as you're about to see, a woman has some quick-thinking doctors to thank. here's ron claiborne. >> she was in a parking lot when two of our doctors thought she seemed to be having a stroke. >> can you squeeze my fingers here? real tight. >> reporter: for this woman, every minute counts. the doctors say she's a candidate for tpa, a clot-busting drug that can restore blood flow to the brain. for the type of stroke that she is having. >> the question is, when was the person last seen well? that can be hard to establish. in this case she was lucky she was in the parking lot. >> reporter: but early intervention is key. it has to be given within several hours of the first symptoms. but sometimes, loved ones don't recognize the signs in time. >> the faster it can be administered, the better. >> reporter: her husband, by her side. >> i think the medication worked. >> okay. >> reporter: within 30 minutes. >> you look much better. >> reporter: after five days,
her transformation, remarkable. she's ready to go home. >> i'm so lucky. i thought my life was over, and somebody saved my life. >> remarkable is right. we want to thank ron for that story. you can see more, tune in later tonight for abc's "save my life." "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir is right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
next, witnesses tell us weather led to police to open fire on a man in a typically quiet neighborhood today. it's a story you'll see only on abc7 news. fallout from a collapsed pg&e tower will bring traffic to a halt on a major roadway tonight. a warning to stay out of the water for some beachgoers in northern california. abc7 news starts right now. another painful night ahead for drivers along the peninsula as highway 101 will be shut down. on friday night a pg&e tower collapse sent power lines sprawling across the highway, forcing closure for 17 hours. the good news, drivers are being warned ahead of time. good evening, ask thank -- thanu for joining us. northbound lanes of highway 101 between millbrae and burlingame
will be closed from 10:00 p.m. tonight and remain closed through 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. southbound lanes will be closed in san santorum mama -- san mateo. sergio, drivers can expect to see interruptions earlier than announced? >> reporter: the plan is to have the work begin at 10:00 but the california highway patrol tells us that drivers on highway 101 should expect to start seeing the lanes being shut done an hour before that. the main objective for the pg&e crews today was installing the temporary power poles that will hold six lines. they had to remove what was left of the massive metal tower that failed when it was hit bay piece of construction equipment. along with then new power poles crews have prestrung ropes they use to hoist the power lines on