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in america this morning. making news in america this morning, hermine makes landfall in northern florida marking the state's first hurricane in more than a decade. >> it's kind of crazy out. it's kind of scary. we're just sitting inside the house hoping a tree doesn't fall on us. >> and the storm has a long way to go with millions in its path. we have coverage from across the storm zone straight ahead. "your voice, your vote," critical voices being heard by both donald trump and hillary clinton this morning. trump losing the support of one of his closest hispanic allies while the clinton campaign braces for the release of detailed documents from her time as secretary of state. investigators search for answers after a spacex rocket explodes right on the launchpad. we have the latest on the blast and its potentially worldwide impact. and back-to-school time with
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some dangerous encounters for students. a reminder to drivers and students as kids head back to school. a good friday morning. we begin with breaking news as hurricane hermine hits the florida panhandle. the category 1 hurricane made landfall just before 2:00 a.m. near st. mark's, florida, packing 80 mile-per-hour winds. >> so far three states have declared a state of emergency, florida, georgia and north carolina. there are widespread power outages this morning affecting tens of thousands of homes. many schools in southern states are closed today. >> the live radar shows the storm bringing strong rains and winds to a large area from tampa bay all the way up into north carolina. it's also bringing a large storm surge. there is extensive flooding in northern florida, and forecasters warn flash flooding could threaten lives. the brunt of the storm was felt further east than expected close to the state capital of tallahassee. >> and we have team coverage
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this morning starting there in the panhandle. abc's marci gonzalez is in mexico beach, florida. good morning, marci. >> reporter: hi, devin and diane. good morning. well, some parts of the gulf coast including where i am are getting spared while other communities not far from here are getting hit hard by hermine. north of where the category 1 hurricane made landfall this morning in tallahassee, strong winds and heavy rain bringing down trees. in towns north of tampa reports of water rescues and potentially record-breaking storm surge. a state of emergency already in effect for much of florida with some people forced to evacuate. floridians spent much of yesterday getting ready for this, sandbagging, boarding up windows and now waiting for sunlight to see the extent of the damage as the storm now makes its way into georgia and the carolinas. devin and diane. >> all right, marci, thank you. and many people are without power now in tallahassee. strong winds also keeping those utility crews from being able to restore service overnight. >> and it could be days before everyone has power again.
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robert mclaws spoke to abc news from his home in tallahassee. >> i don't think many people anticipated that it was going to pick up strength as much as it did before it hit land, but it really slowed down and was really kind of packing a punch and we see lightning flashes and whatnot every so often but mostly just hear stuff flying around, and there were a couple of crashes earlier, so sunrise is going to be pretty interesting. this is my first hurricane, so it's kind of crazy out. it's kind of scary. we're just sitting inside the house hoping a tree doesn't fall on us. >> and it's not just florida impacted here, hermine is bringing bad weather to several other states, as well. >> accuweather's justin povick is tracking the storm's path. good morning, justin. >> diane, devin, thanks, and good morning to you, as well. we still have a hurricane. it's beginning to slowly weaken but, again, hurricane hermine continues to churn off to the north and the northeast at 14 miles per hour spreading damaging winds, flooding rains and severe weather. yes, there will be the potential for additional tornadoes.
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tropical storm warnings extending all the way northbound to nags head expecting gusty and in some cases damaging winds here over the course of the next 24 to 36 hours. tropical storm watches all the way northbound to the jersey shore where we're going to have the winds piling in from the atlantic creating beach erosion, coastal flooding, and we're also looking at damaging wind gusts right into sunday evening. devin, diane, back to you. >> all right, justin, thanks, and hurricane hermine is expected to put a damper on holiday weekend events all the way up the eastern seaboard even as far as new jersey. many atlantic beaches are already seeing heavy surf and dangerous rip currents, and there are also worries about beach erosion. >> and the hurricane couldn't come at a worse time. it's the last hurrah for summer vacationers and, of course, a major travel weekend and the bad weather is expected to have a cascade of problems for travelers all across the country. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: nearly 16 million americans are hoping to fly this weekend. the airlines are warning people to expect major delays and cancellations.
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if you want to change your flights because of the hurricane, all the main carriers will allow you to do that 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. 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 northern track this weekend. linzie janis, abc news, at charleston international airport. >> our thanks to linzie. and stay with abc news for continuing coverage of hurricane hermine. >> we'll have all the latest coming up on "good morning america" including chief meteorologist ginger zee reporting from the storm zone. we turn now to the race for the white house as donald trump prepares for his second classified intelligence briefing amid some new fallout over his immigration speech. >> and this as bernie sanders gets ready to campaign for the first time for hillary clinton and the final sprint to election day now gets under way. abc's adrienne bankert is here now with the latest
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developments. good morning, adrienne. >> reporter: good morning to you, devin and diane. now, new this morning the president of mexico mentioning donald trump in his state of the nation address following the republican candidate's visit there repeating that mexico will not pay for that now infamous wall. trump still facing some fallout after expectations of a softer approach on deportation after his wednesday immigration speech in arizona. he hammered hard on deportation again losing the support of some of his key hispanic advisers, namely jacob monty, who says he used them as, quote, props. the campaign saying trump's message has been consistent specifically addressing criminals in the u.s. illegally. following questions about whether certain wealthy donors to the clinton foundation received preferential treatment, the state department will release the remaining 2,700 pages of hillary clinton's detailed daily schedules while in office by october 17th. but that's just a couple of weeks before election day. clinton's spokesperson brian
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fallon saying the public should see the full picture, plus on labor day and for the first time clinton will begin traveling with the press corps. up until now she's been choosing to fly separately. and bernie sanders hits the campaign trail next week to stump for clinton and other democratic candidates. he says that he will push her economic plan, one he says will work for everyone, not just those at the top. and as a side note, clinton took in $143 million in the month of august, her most lucrative month of fund-raising yet, diane, devin. >> all right, abc's adrienne bankert here in new york this morning. adrienne, thank you. a powerful earthquake rocked the coast of new zealand's north island today. the 7.1 quake triggered a tsunami warning, but it was canceled after several hours. some residents reported items shaking from shelves and several large aftershocks but no major damage or injuries. a 5.1 quake hit the same area on thursday. and president obama is back in hawaii after a trip to the midway atoll in the middle of
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the pacific. >> that tiny island was the scene of a critical u.s. victory in world war ii, so the president paid respects at the memorial there. he also announced a major expansion of the refuge making it now the largest in the world. >> all right, nice pictures there. still ahead, a shocking fiery scene on a launchpad in florida. plus, some confirmation about just what a violent month they've had in chicago. we're hearing exclusively from nba star dwyane wade now, who's been personally impacted by the violence. and we're keeping a close eye on hermine as it spins across florida this morning dumping inches of rain and threatening most of the east coast after florida. stay with us.
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this was the stunning scene as a spacex rocket exploded right on its cape canaveral launchpad. spacex was testing the rocket for a saturday launch, and it was being filled with fuel when something went wrong. the $200 million satellite that facebook was going to use to deliver internet service to africa was also destroyed. abc's david kerley spoke with former astronaut mark kelly, a member of spacex's crew advisory board about the accident's impact. >> so this isn't a death knell. this is just a setback. >> it's just a setback. we can figure out in this case what happened to make sure it doesn't happen again, and i'm certain that's what's going to happen in this case. >> spacex is postponing any future launches until they can determine what caused thursday's malfunction and that could delay a scheduled delivery to the international space station in november. the city of chicago just recorded its bloodiest month in 20 years.
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a staggering 90 murders and 384 shootings. one of those killed, of course, nykea aldridge, a mother of four and the cousin of dwyane wade. among those reacting to her shocking murder was donald trump making what some considered insensitive comments, and abc's george stephanopoulos spoke exclusively to wade about his cousin's death and trump's response. >> i was grateful that it started a conversation, but on the other hand, it just -- it was a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of chicago is dealing with, and it looks like it's been used as a political gain. >> and george will have much more from that exclusive interview with dwyane wade later this morning on "gma." the highly praised dallas police chief has announced his retirement. chief david brown was widely recognized for how he handled the aftermath of the ambush-style attack that killed five officers in july. brown gave no reason for stepping down now, but he's promised to reveal more information next week. and when we come back, 49ers
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quarterback colin kaepernick taking a knee keeping up his protest during the national anthem. and a reminder to remind your kids about safety now that it's back-to-school time and the reminder for drivers, as well. stick around.
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>> reporter: san francisco 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick sitting out the national anthem to take a stand kneeling down and joined by teammate eric reid. this time, it was ahead of the 49ers game against the san diego chargers on military night, reportedly a coincidence. >> he is entitled to his opinion. we fought for that. i just think he's a jerk. >> what he's expressing is his freedom to do as he wants. >> reporter: kaepernick's perceived slight of the u.s. military is what angered certain fans, some so upset they have burned his jersey. but earlier this week, the #veteransforkaepernick going viral, and kaepernick made a point to stand up and applaud during a rendition of "god bless the usa" when military were asked to stand. the public debate and outrage coming after the player's protest of the anthem last week before a game against the green bay packers. kaepernick protesting, he says, police brutality against african-americans.
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>> cops are getting paid leave for killing people. >> reporter: even ahead of the san diego game, the quarterback igniting a new controversy by wearing these socks at practice, depicting police officers as pigs. kaepernick on social media saying, he's worn them before as a statement against, quote, rogue cops who in his view put the community in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust. lauren lyster, abc news, los angeles. georgetown university this morning is taking several steps to apologize for owning and selling slaves. it plans to offer preferential admission status to the descendants of slaves it once owned. the school also says it plans to create an institute on slavery and establish a public memorial. at least a dozen universities have formally recognized their ties to slavery, but historians say georgetown is the first school to offer preferential admission status. florida officials have announced the first discovery of zika carrying mosquitoes in the continental u.s.
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the virus was found in three groups of mosquitoes in the popular tourist area of miami beach. there have now been 45 cases of so-called homegrown zika in florida, nearly all of them found in miami-dade. there are new disturbing images from texas where school bus cameras captured shocking incidents of cars hitting young students. the children were not seriously hurt. take a look. it's the first case here, a boy is seen being hit in the crosswalk by a pickup truck, and the second image here, a teenage driver clearly ignoring that stop arm on the bus and those flashing lights. police say cameras have caught about a thousand drivers in the first week of school so far. they released the video to get drivers to stay alert when passing by school buses. we have a couple of sports notes now starting with a very close call on the first busy night of college football. it was number 9, tennessee, hosting appalachian state. >> they go to overtime tied at 13. tennessee on third and goal and the quarterback scrambling for the end zone when he fumbles and a teammate comes up with that
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ball, and so that's a touchdown. >> that's a rough one. appalachian state had a last chance, but the pass is broken up in the end zone. the vols win it 20-13 avoiding the fate that michigan suffered nine years ago to date, by the way. and here in new york, a big night at the u.s. open for serena williams. after winning her match, williams pulled even with martina navratilova for the most match wins by a female player at a major tournament. next saturday, of course, williams going for her 23rd career grand slam. that would give her sole ownership of the most major titles in the open era. up next in "the pulse," a first for president obama traveling like never before. and who needs a driver when you're rolling through the fields? surely not this tractor. when you have type 2 diabetes, like me, hi, i'm dominique wilkins. there's a moment of truth.
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♪ all right, time to check "the pulse" starting with president obama traveling like we've never seen him do it before. >> so, devin, you covered the white house. you might be used to these kinds of scenes, but this is a full presidential motorcade with the president riding in the super protected limo nicknamed the beast. >> all right, this is not the big beast. things were a little more relaxed when the president visited the midway atoll. the secret service, take a look at this, riding in go-carts. it's the go-kart motorcade for the president. very relaxed. sort of like donald trump did when he visited his scottish golf course. >> a little smaller. >> and the president, of course, an avid golfer comfortable with that course. i wondered if he took the wheel there, but there he is checking out a very rare presidential visit to that pacific island. >> it looks beautiful. >> all right.
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well, most of you may think that the iphone or even the ipod are the thing to listen to music on but the sony walkman, the company says, is the way to go. i remember my first. >> oh, a little flashback. >> yep. >> so back in the day the am/fm radio, slash, tape player, yes, cassette tape, became one f of the most successful electronic products ever until technology rendered it a little obsolete. >> now it's back and this time it's plated in real gold. sony says the gold isn't just a gimmick but helps improve the sound. the problem, it'll cost you about 3200 bucks. >> is that all? >> just a little bit. and more high-tech stuff for you. check out this vehicle. kind of looks like something from "the terminator" or "mad max" maybe. >> wait. where is the driver? >> well, that's the point. it's actually a driver les farm tractor. it was unveiled this week at a big farm equipment show in iowa. >> they're calling it the magnum and it uses a gps system and software that's used to plot its most efficient path across the field so it can harvest more
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corn or grain or whatever. it can be monitored and controlled from a computer or a tablet from anywhere in the world. there you go. >> that seems kind of fun. >> coming soon to a field near you. and finally, a lovable little fluff ball is learning to take his first steps, and we're trying to come up with a name for this guy. what do you think? he's a baby in belgium. >> he's still working on that. >> maybe the jelly bean. >> i like jelly bean because of his little belly. zookeepers have been calling him baby p. for now. more news after this. zookeepers have been calling him baby p. for now. more news after this.
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know more. >> from abc7. abc7 news begins with breaking news. >> you are looking at scene outside the santa clara jail where we are waiting and so are member of the media for brock turner to be released. he has served three months of a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. >> that is the big story this morning on friday september 2. we have a lot of things to get to. i am natasha zouves. >> i am reggie aqui with jessica castro. but first meteorologist mike nicco? >> the dry cold front moves and took away the cloud cover. can you see on cop done how limited the clouds are. here is a look at sutro tower, and your day planner. we have temperatures cooler today, in the 50s to low 60s through 7:00. you can see 60s at coast and
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69 to 71 at noon to 4:00, around the bay and 75 to 83, warmer this afternoon. we have the neighborhood temperatures next. alexis? >> we are getting word of a new issue in the tri-valley. zooming in to livermore, eastbound 580, note that, the lighter side of traffic, we could have delays. we hard we have a garbage truck on fire that started with the tires and now the entire back end of the truck is on fire. the fire department is on way. i will have another traffic update in ten minutes. >> while we are on air we expect convicted sexual offender brock towntory get out of jail. during the short time in jail outrage over the sentencing has changed the face of all the major employers who have touched the case. matt is in san jose this morning. good morning, matt. >> good morning, reggie and
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natasha. we are standing in front of the lobby at the main jail in santa clara county so this morning we are expecting brock turner to walk out of the front doors of the lobby after serving three months for three felony con voices of sexual assault. once he walks out of the lobby and is released he is required to register as a sex offender with the police station in five working days. there is a place holder on the database. if he leaves california and goes back to ohio which who appears to do he will have to register there. his parole supervision will take place in ohio. he waits longer than 72 hours to sleeve he has to meet with the probation officer because he will be on probation for three years. no word if he will make a statement but we will monitor the situation, and in a moment we know he is released we will bring it to you. back to the


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