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>> no. >> thanks for inviting us into tonight, breaking news. hurricane hermine ready to strike. widespread flooding. damaging winds up to 75 miles per hour. and now, parts of florida under a tornado watch. plus, millions in the northeast could see a labor day washout. our team in the storm zone. disaster on the launch pad. the spacex rocket exploding in a huge ball of fire, destroying a $200 million satellite to be used by facebook. mixed message. donald trump's hardline stand on undocumented immigrants. so today, why is he saying he's, quote, "softening his position"? the abc news exclusive. basketball star dwyane wade speaking out about the death of his cousin in chicago, and how trump responded to the tragedy.
and, lost and found. two 5-year-old children flying alone, on separate flights. the airline putting them on the wrong planes, to the wrong cities. how did this happen? and good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. we begin with that massive storm system growing by the minute. hurricane hermine about to strike. the first hurricane in 11 years to make landfall in florida. fierce rain and wind already battering the central part of the state. the rain and storm surge triggering flash floods in clearwater. up to 10 inches could fall. the hurricane's effect reaching up the atlantic coach, all the way to the northeast. millions of americans will feel the storm's power. we have several reports. ginger zee is standing by. but we begin with rob marciano on the florida shore, where they're bracing for impact.
rob? >> reporter: the winds are picking up. the wave action, really rolling in. the tide should be going out. but the storm surge keeps bringing it back in. hurricane hermine is still 100 miles to the southwest, but it's taking a toll on this part of florida. tonight, hurricane hermine bearing down, and gaining strength, with conditions deteriorating rapidly. >> please protect property and evacuate immediately. >> reporter: officials warning residents, get out now before it's too late. >> bottom line, this is life-threatening. if you need to go to a shelter, go now. don't wait. >> reporter: storm surge now above the sea wall in clearwater beach. police patrolling in humvees there. in cedar key, tony frazier is hoping these sheets of metal hold up to the storm. >> there's no way to make anything safe. it's mother nature. >> reporter: this part of florida, extremely susceptible to storm surge. at high tide, the water will be over this railing, if not over
my head. the governor urging floridians get ready with a three-day supply of food and water. they're now emptying store shelves and filling up their gas tanks. storms have taken a rest the past few years. are you worried about people being complacent? >> that's my biggest worry, complacency. >> reporter: the storm already wreaking havoc overnight. in sarasota, flash flooding trapping residents in their homes. first responders going door-to-door to help them get out. northwest of tampa, more than 200 hospital patients evacuated after a fire and power outage, lightning the likely cause. the police chief telling me, once the winds get over 40 miles an hour, and if you didn't evacuate and need emergency services, you're on your own. going to be a long night. tom? >> rob, stay safe.
now, ginger zee is also in the storm zone with the hurricane track tonight. ginger? >> reporter: we're still some six miles from open gulf, but the water is already up a foot, and we're still hours from landfall, which will happen late tonight into early tomorrow morning. let me take you straight to the maps. hurricane hermine, 75-plus mile an hour winds, and we put the futurecast on. five to ten inches of rain easily, some places could get locally 20 inches. the storm surge at peak, 6 to 9 feet. a new moon and high tide coming in tonight. and by 7:00 a.m., into georgia. that's where you see the advisories into north carolina, and tropical storm warnings up into south carolina. and that path hugging the coast as far north as sandy hook, new jersey, by sunday afternoon. tom? >> ginger thank you. and to that point, hurricane hermine is already making a mess for travelers. and the holiday weekend is just beginning. from flooded roads to airport ground stops, this labor day could mean trouble all the way up to the northeast. here's linzie janis with the
travel report. >> reporter: nearly 16 million americans are hoping to fly this weekend. the airlines are warning people to expect major delays and cancellations. if you want to change your flights, all the main carriers will allow you to do it for free. some are even letting you cancel for a full refund. all of the airports in central and northern florida will likely be affected. and there's already been a ground stop in charlotte. here in charleston, there are delays that will likely move up the east coast to major airports if hermine maintains its track this weekend. tom? >> linzie, thank you. and next to the disaster on the launch pad, all caught on camera. look at this. the explosions seen and heard for miles. the fire destroying the rocket and the $200 million satellite onboard. that facebook was planning to use. here's david kerley on the catastrophe at cape canaveral.
>> reporter: it's a test that goes terribly wrong. this spacex rocket, erupting on the pad, like a bomb going off. and it wasn't just one explosion. several followed. the force of the blast felt by residents miles away from cape canaveral. >> it was like a small earthquake. that's a lot of power. >> reporter: spacex was planning to test fire the rocket ahead of this weekend's launch. it was filling it with fuel, including the tank in the upper stage, when something fails catastrophically. it is clear the explosion starts there. so big, it was picked up on radar. along with the rocket, its cargo, seen here falling in flames, was lost too. inside, an israeli communications satellite that facebook hoped to use. its first big venture into space. in africa, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg said in a post, "i'm deeply disappointed that spacex's launch failure destroyed our satellite, which would have provided internet service across the continent." it is the second major setback for spacex and its ceo elon musk.
a little more than a year ago, one of its falcon 9s blew up on takeoff. former astronaut mark kelly is on spacex's crew safety advisory board. so this isn't a death knell, it's a setback? >> it's just a setback. we can figure out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: spacex will not fly again until a cause is determined and fixed. and that could complicate the space calendar. the private company was scheduled to take supplies to the international space station in november. tom? >> david, thank you. let turn to politics now. donald trump's fiery speech on immigration after his trip to mexico. in phoenix, trump detailed his plans for a crackdown. yet today, he said his position had softened. jon karl sorts it out. >> reporter: in ohio today, donald trump portrayed his immigration plan as positive and all-american. >> we will treat everyone with
dignity, respect and compassion but our greatest compassion will be for the american citizen. >> reporter: but for all the talk trump would soften his stance on immigration, he's gone in the opposite direction. embracing what he called extreme measures to limit the flow of immigrants as he outlined his plan in arizona. >> extreme vetting. i want extreme. it's going to be so tough. and if somebody comes in, that's fine, but they're going to be good. it's extreme. >> reporter: and portraying undocumented immigrants as criminals. >> countless americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration. >> reporter: in a single day, there seemed to be two trumps. fiery and uncompromising in arizona. and just hours earlier, diplomatic and soft-spoken in mexico. >> the bond between our two countries is deep and sincere. >> reporter: there, he even
seemed to pull his punches on the demand that mexico pay for the border wall. and the wall? is it a nonstarter? is there any chance mexico pays for the wall? >> we did discuss the wall, we did not discuss payment of the wall. >> reporter: after trump left, pena nieto insisted he told him that mexico wouldn't pay. >> mexico will pay for the wall. they don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall. >> reporter: trump is now calling for a new immigration standard. >> it's our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us. >> reporter: he wants a deportation task force to round up violent criminals. >> day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone. >> reporter: but what of the millions of nonviolent immigrants, living in this country illegally? >> anyone who has entered the united states illegally is
subject to deportation. >> reporter: yes, but would a president trump actually deport those families? today, trump said not immediately. >> we're going to make a decision at a later date once everything is stabilized. i think you're going to see there's really quite a bit of softening. >> reporter: there are some trump supporters that are deeply concerned with his latest hardline turn on immigration. republican sources tell us two members of trump's own hispanic advisory council have withdrawn their support of trump, revoking their endorsements. >> and some news tonight about hillary clinton. the associated press reporting the state department will release her detailed schedules before the election? >> reporter: yes, all four years of her time as secretary of state. we'll see how much of the time was spent meeting with donors, coming out right in the middle of the campaign in mid-october.
>> jon, thank you. donald trump also made headlines with his response after the shooting death of nba star dwyane wade's cousin on a chicago street. just today, a new measure of that violence in chicago in august. the police recording 90 murders, 384 shootings, 472 shooting victims in all. again, that's just in one month. dwyane wade's cousin, nykea aldridge, a mother of four, one of those murdered. george stephanopoulos spoke exclusively with dwyane wade today. >> donald trump expressed his condolences, but also got a lot of reaction for this tweet. he said dwyane wade's cousin shot and killed walking in chicago. just what i've been saying. african-americans will vote trump. what did you think when you heard that? >> well, i was kind of conflicted. you know, it's like, on one hand, your cousin's death is used as a ploy for political
gain. on the other hand, it's a national story. it goes back to that for me. i want eyes on this city. i want us to be able to do more together, and the only way we can do more together is if more people know what's going on. so, on one hand, i was grateful that it started a conversation. but on the other hand, it left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family and our city is dealing with. and it looks like it was used for political gain. >> and george will have much more from that interview tomorrow on "good morning america." next, san francisco colin kaepernick with another controversial move. some saying he crossed the line again. first, he refused to stand for the national anthem before a game against green bay. and then, this image of him wearing socks depicting pigs as police officers.
tonight, kaepernick has a message for some in law enforcement. here's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, the quarterback who ignited a firestorm for refusing to stand during the national anthem, sparking a new controversy by wearing these socks at practice, depicting police officers as pigs. colin kaepernick says he's worn them before, as a statement against rogue police who put the community and other officers in danger by, quote, "creating an environment of tension and mistrust." now, one of the country's largest police organizations, accusing kaepernick of dishonoring officers. tonight, the quarterback is planning to sit out the national anthem again in san diego. the chargers hold a tribute to veterans every year, and that tribute is tonight. >> i don't think we'd have a player like him. frankly, i think he'd be booed out or the owners would be forced to not accept someone like him. >> reporter: but kaepernick has
said he's still sitting. some fans burning his jersey. but others like these veterans taking to twitter to support his right to protest. "i served 25 years in the air force to protect everyone's first amendment rights. i support you." the san francisco police association has invited the 49ers quarterback to visit the academy. they're also asking for an apology. tom? >> kayna, thank you. next, a sweeping apology by an american university for its role in the slave trade. georgetown university, formally apologizing and offering preference in admission to the descendants of the slaves it once owned. tonight, those families are welcoming the moves. many of the country's oldest colleges owned slaves. but georgetown has gone the furthest to make amends. and new zika worries tonight. florida officials say three groups of mosquitoes in miami beach have tested positive for the virus. the first time zika-carrying
insects have been found in the u.s. the mosquitoes were trapped in a tourist area of south beach with concerns infected travelers could now spread the virus when they return home. officials are urging residents to drain or cover standing water. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the major mix-up at the airport. two children, flying alone on separate flights. landing in the wrong cities. how did this happen? coming up. then, the smartphone danger. the company forced to halt shipments of its new phone because of a possibly explosive battery. and the former college athlete behind bars, serving three months for sex assault. the case igniting outrage across the country. the big development that's just hours away.
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>> reporter: tonight, a high-flying mix-up. 5-year-old andy martinez, flying alone, put on the wrong plane, and ending up more than 200 miles from home. his mother mirabel martinez, telling me she panicked when jetblue employees presented her with the wrong child. her own son, missing. after traveling to the dominican republic with her son, she had to fly home early. her son staying with relatives for a longer summer vacation. andy, seen here leaving santiago with a group of children on the day of his flight. moments later, jetblue mistakenly putting him on a flight to boston. the other boy, sent to new york carrying andy's passport. martinez now asking for the faa to investigate. >> this never should have happened. >> reporter: jetblue telling abc news they are now reviewing the incident. but adds, the children were always under the supervision of crew members. tom? >> mara, thank you.
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finally tonight, "america strong." the 9-year-old boy putting his imagination to good use. creating a special gift for a teacher. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: the more conventional storyline is, a little boy like alex pring is born missing part of his right arm. adult graduate students create one for him. this time it is reversed. it's 9-year-old whiz kid, calramon malbot, making a 3d hand for a grown-up. you see, calmaron has his own business, brother robot, specializing in 3d printing. and one day last spring teacher nick sissakis poked his head into this lab at the san diego library where calramon was tinkering.
when the librarian noticed that the teacher was missing a hand, calramon piped up that he could make him one. >> you can use a wire to help you thread the string. >> reporter: using 3d printing that cost a fraction of what a traditional prosthetic would cost. >> pretty functional. >> reporter: calramon even making a spare hand. and in the process, a lifelong friend. matt gutman, abc news, san jose. >> that's a powerful high five. we thank matt for that story. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us here, good night.