tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC September 14, 2018 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." hurricane florence makes landfall. we were on the air as hurricane florence slammed ashore, and quickly turned deadly. the storm churning at this hour. millions still bracing. the terrifying scene. water rising so quickly, families trapped inside their moments and apartment calling 911. dispatchers telling them to get to the second floor, get to the attic. our team right there. and here in wilmington, we're on the scene. a mother, an infant killed. the father pulled out. the firefighters, and the prayer outside. in the dark, more than a half million without power and growing. and now, the new warnings. flash flooding and tornadoes possible in the coming hours.
my interview with the governor just moments ago. there are several other major stories this friday night. paul manafort, pleading guilty, now cooperating with robert mueller. what does this mean for president trump? the new letter raising questions involving supreme court justice nominee brett kavanaugh. what it accuses him of, involving a young woman decades ago. why was the letter just now revealed? and, the massive fires outside boston. the deadly chain reaction gas explosions. and what we now know. tonight, what they saw from the air just before another possible explosion. and tonight, our persons of the week. the rescuers and volunteers. they did not forget the pets. and good evening from
wilmington, north carolina. where hurricane florence slammed today, carving a deadly path. at the airport, wind gusts reaching 105 miles per hour at one point. not seen since 1958. when you have a hurricane of this size and scope, this is what you see in its wake. our drone flying over one of the neighborhoods not far from here. homes damaged, frtrees down everywhere you look. and the storm is still churning. the governor just telling me they're extremely concerned over the flooding to come. the storm still nearly 300 miles across at this hour. this hurricane has been so terrifying. north of here, the city trapped between two rivers. the flooding was almost immediate. hundreds trapped in their homes with fast-rising water. we were embedded with the rescue teams racing to get there.
you'll see what we witnessed. and the heartbreaking discovery in wilmington. the mother and daughter who did not survive the tree crashing down. we begin with gio benitez in newburn, where water was rising so fast, rescues still under way. >> reporter: florence, raging ashore before dawn. hurricane force winds turning debris into projectiles, driving rain flooding streets, and in new bern, north carolina. a ten-foot storm surge submerging cars and trapping hundreds in their homes. call after call for help. >> it's starting to get deep out folks. >> reporter: jay schrieber, with his wife, shooting this video, from the second floor. >> i would say it's probably 12 feet up from normal. a lot of debris out there. heavy things that shouldn't be this close to buildings. >> people all night long have been in attics and roofs, asking
for help. with the resources we had, we get them out of there. we are calling for more resources. >> reporter: hundreds rescued. the national guard helping this family, helping them into high water vehicles. >> helmets, everything, this is the real deal here. >> reporter: our team, with the nypd and fdny helping out. navigating dangerous currents to find trapped residents. >> when you can help your fellow man, when you can get out there and do what you're trained to that's a great thing. >> reporter: the rescuers are trying to cut this tree up so they can clear the road and get to new bern. they weren't giving up. >> we pulled up, jumped out,
started cutting. the destruction here, incredible. and the water keeps rising. this truck is just under water. and right next to us, we have the massive river, there's so much water here, that that river just can't drain it. so, it's a recipe for disaster. david? >> gio benitez, thank you. here in wilmington, the discovery as we drove through neighborhoods today. so much destruction, the trees down. and in one case, a heartbreaking discovery. the frantic effort tonight to rescue those in florence's path. first responders out at daybreak after the hurricane first began battering the coast. here in wilmington, neighbors holding each other. a tree falling onto this home. firefighters race to rescue the three trapped inside.
the mother and daughter did not get out. the father rushed to the hospital. the fire chief telling us they had to cut through the tree to get to the family. >> these firefighters were out here during the height of this storm working this rescue, basically. very, very difficult. >> reporter: kneeling in prayer amid the horror they had discovered. hurricane force winds at florence slammed into the coast, making landfall as we were on the air. you can see the winds are just ferocious right now. wind gusts reported up to 97 miles per hour right on the coast. wind gusts at the airport reaching 105 miles per hour. the highest recorded gust since hurricane helene in 1958. look at the sheer amount of
water already arriving. the eye of florence isn't even here yet. what they're most concerned about is the rain. expected, up to 40 inches of rain. police cars pounded by the wind and rain. this roof collapsing, then carried away by the winds. the storm surge as high as ten feet in places. streets blocked, trees down. trapping hundreds of residents in high water. and it all happened very quickly. from the highway, the view of the shopping center in the distance. the lights flickering, then off. across town, this parking lot suddenly in total darkness. >> look at this. it's twice as deep as it was ten minutes ago. >> reporter: walt crayton has been relying on his generator. that is now threatened because of the rising water.
>> we about to have to kill the generators. it's about to be under water. look at this. >> reporter: it's a generator that was blamed for a death in lenoir county, while a resident there was trying to plug theirs in. he was elect row cuted. and in pender county, a woman died of a heart attack. emergency crews unable to get to her because of downed trees. tonight, the damage is vast and widespread. these cars crushed. so many lives affected. and the firefighters and community praying after learning of the young mother and baby, lost. very sad and difficult scene today. and there are very real worries going into this evening. flash flooding, possible tornadoes. north carolina governor told me about what he's most worried about. thanks for joining us. i know there are significant
concerns ahead. you're dealing with possible flash flooding and tornadoes as we go into the night? >> our main worry is water is no flooding. with every inch of rain, our waters rise, and we'll see significant flooding into next week. could be of historic proportions. >> reporter: what would you like to say to so many people that are nervous about their property as we head into the evening hours? >> there's a great temptation to go back east and view your property. do not go. stay in place. people are still being rescued in coastal north carolina. i'm telling people to stay where you are. don't go back until you get the all-clear. >> reporter: governor, we thank you for your time. we know you're extremely busy. we want to applaud the emergency teams across the state and all the volunteers.
thank you, governor. >> thanks a lot, david. we appreciate it. >> roy cooper tonight. let's get to ginger zee. you heard what the governor said, the storm obviously very dangerous tonight. but he's very worried about the flooding still to come. >> reporter: he's right to be worried. that's absolute will the truth. there is a place northeast of here that has 20 inches of rain, and that will go upwards of 30 or 40 inches. if you don't get in a car in the next few hours, you need to. and the track takes the storm west through south carolina, and then into eastern tennessee and becomes a low into pennsylvania. leaves behind an additional 10 to 15 inches. behind me, three giant trees in a row, they came into the storm
20 inches above their average to date. this is a saturated place that is obviously being inundated. david? >> the rainfall totals, just incredible. thank you, ginger. and the swirl of the radar, myrtle beach right is in the thick of it. tom llamas is there. tom? >> reporter: david, good evening. florence is pounding the south carolina coast right now. and the winds are shifting. all the wind is flowing the water up into this land here. they're waiting for a two to four-foot storm surge. and they're worried about h historic flooding. the rivers could possibly all crest at record levels. back to you. >> tom, thank you. and we'll have much more later in the broadcast. but we move on to the other developing stories this friday
evening. paul manafort flipping, and now cooperating with robert mueller. entering into a plea deal, pleading guilty to avoid his upcoming trial. court documents adding he would cooperate on any and all matters. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: he was the picture of confidence, the campaign chairman at donald trump's side at the republican national convention. but today in court, paul manafort appeared ashen, softly pleading guilty to multiple felonies. at times his voice barely audible. >> a tough day for mr. manafort. he has accepted responsibility. >> reporter: he was already facing up to decade in prison after convictions on bank and tax fraud. he has now agreed to cooperate with special counsel robert mueller. he's agreeing to cooperate, do you expect that he will do so fully and thoroughly? >> we do. thank you.
>> reporter: in court, manafort pledged to cooperate fully and truly. prosecutors describe a broad cooperation agreement covering "any and all matters" the government deems relevant. that will likely include the now-infamous trump tower meeting -- donald trump jr., jared kushner and manafort sitting down with a kremlin connected attorney they told had dirt on hillary. manafort is the fourth trump campaign official to plead guilty in recent months. just weeks ago it was the president's former personal attorney, turning on trump. >> this whole thing about flipping, they call it. it almost ought to be outlawed. it's not fair. >> pierre joins us live from washington. how is the president's team responding to news that manafort is now cooperating with the special counsel? >> reporter: we have a statement from rudy giuliani, once again
an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with the president. the president has done nothing wrong, and manafort will tell the truth. >> thank you. and in massachusetts, the deadly gas explosions. dozens of homes burning at the same time, in several communities. police with infrared imaging stopping another major explosion before it can happen. here's linsey davis tonight. >> reporter: tonight, residents still reeling after gas explosions rocked three communities north of boston thursday. with 60 to 80 structure fires, surrounding fire departments were overwhelmed. at least 12 buildings were left to burn. gary lang put the fire in his furnace out himself with sweatpants. >> i just started fanning it, fanning it and it eventually went out. >> reporter: at least 25 people injured. and 18-year-old leonel rondon killed when a chimney from this
house fell on his car. what is believed to be at fault, an issue with a high pressure gas main. the mayor, emotional today, lashing out at the gas company. >> since yesterday, the least informed and the last to act was columbia gas. >> reporter: and new images show what police say was another major gas leak caught in time. two people remain in the hospital. the gas company apologizing tonight, and saying they are working to fix things safely. and that the ntsb has taken over the investigation. david? >> linsey, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight." new developments on the deadly police shooting in dallas. the off-duty officer charged with wrongfully she entered an she thought was hers. and the new letter raising
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've never seen this kind of damage here. >> it's a difficult situation for all of us. >> in a moving image, firefighters stopping in the middle of a storm to pray. a mother and kid were hit when it brought a tree down on top of their carolina home. at least three other people have also died. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'll larry beil. >> and i'm ama wind gusts have been at 105 miles an hour. >> i want to take a look at the south carolina coast. it looks pretty tame, but you've seen the conditions throughout the day. but it's still very, very dangerous.
jonah has more. >> reporter: 100, 110 degrees, hot is hot. but even if the wind dies down, you have trillions of gallons of water being dumped on the coastal communities this evening. you mentioned about a mom and infant child being killed in their home as a tree fell on top of their home. we're also learning a man died when he was trying to plug in his generator. something went wrong there. we also found out one person was killed simply by having a heart attack and first responders unable to get there because of conditions. we're in south carolina right now, the storm moving southwest now. take a look at the video we