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oregon. the cow makes him laugh every day by her not laughing. >> she has a tonight, the stunning damage from relentless storms. an ef-3 tornado striking with little warning, after dark. the heartland community suffering terrible loss. >> just bodies everywhere. people everywhere. >> two dead, dozens injured. and the search for the missing. our team is there. and it isn't over yet. the new outbreak on the way. plus, the horror on maui. first responders on a jet ski trying to rescue a tourist attacked while swimming. his wife and other witnesses watching from the shore. also tonight, we're inside the forest that trapped that young yoga instructor. found alive after 17 days lost. her jubilant friends and family celebrating. tonight, new details about how she survived. president trump in the ring,
awarding a sumo champion while wrestling with his critics. tweeting about his friendship with kim jong-un, and undercutting a top adviser. also taking a shot at a 2020 rival, former vice president joe biden. and, need for speed. the racing legend. not even fire could stop him. his will to win inspiring generations. the touching tribute today. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with the tornado watches up at this hour. six states on alert as we come on. after another night of deadly weather in the heartland. a powerful ef-3 tornado striking near oklahoma city after dark. it came with fierce winds and pounding rain. the tornado shredding a motel. look at that. and a mobile home park in el reno, oklahoma. teams searching all night for the missing. tonight, the region reeling from the damaging storms and from flooding as well. as a new round of severe storms
is on the way. here's rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, the view from above. this area of oklahoma obliterated. the tornado killing at least two people. a confirmed ef-3 striking at 10:28 p.m. with winds up to 145 miles per hour. the twister forming quickly, giving residents only minutes to take cover before the intense storm ripped through el reno in the middle of the night. >> just bodies everywhere, people everywhere. don't know dead or alive. >> reporter: this hotel torn apart. the tornado jumping the highway, hitting this one with a glancing blow. >> there's significant tornado damage. this is right across the street from the hotel that got leveled. >> when you see something like this, i think about the kids getting up in the morning and thinking what happened? >> reporter: a mobile home park leveled. cars flipped over. the powerful winds scattering belongings everywhere. survivors rushing to the scene.
victims triaged at the chevy dealership next door. >> the thing that was most devastating was when i walked in there, and there was a really shiny floor, covered with blood. >> reporter: rescue workers and dogs searching for survivors amid the demolished hotel. the piles of debris making the search grueling. >> people have absolutely lost everything. you won't believe the devastation in the pictures of the poor families in that trailer house. >> reporter: just incredible, the twisted metal frames of these mobile homes thrown into this parking lot and there's the hotel badly damaged. dumpsters thrown onto the second floor of that hotel. parts of the country slammed by nine days of dangerous storms. 164 reported tornadoes across 11 states. along with blinding rain and dangerous flooding. swollen rivers covering homes up to the rooftops. el reno picking up the pieces after flooding just a week ago. >> and rob marciano joining us from el reno. so many families lost everything. it's really bad right there. but we know there is more severe
weather on the way? >> reporter: i'm afraid so. not until tuesday. we'll get a break tonight and tomorrow. but tuesday does look bad in this region. the risk tonight is to our west. we'll show you on the radar. three tornadoes touching down. kansas and colorado. denver, under tornado watch. and you see the storms firing. flood watches through oklahoma city, wichita, kansas as well. and louisville to west virginia, you may get some rough storms tonight. chicago, getting some tomorrow, north of here, des moines, indianapolis as well. tuesday, a significant risk of severe weather, here in el reno, oklahoma city, tulsa, wichita, maybe jefferson city, kansas city, up through omaha, st. louis, damaging winds, hail, and the possibility of more tornadoes and more rain. something else this area does not need. >> rob, thank you. next to the horrifying scene in hawaii.
a california man attacked by a shark while swimming off a beach in maui. first responders rushing to his side, bringing him in, but they couldn't save his life. all of it as the man's wife and other witnesses watched from the shore. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: first responders racing into the water off maui this weekend. >> report of a shark bite, i have calls coming in. >> reporter: desperate to save the swimmer who had been attacked by a shark. >> bringing him to shore. patient unresponsive. cpr starting now. >> reporter: the 65-year-old man vacationing from california, found 200 yards off the coast. his wife on the shore in utter panic. >> we could hear her screaming, "that's my husband, that's my husband." >> reporter: as lifeguards transferred the man from the jet ski to a gurney, the extent of his wounds, horrifyingly apparent. >> he looked unconscious when they transferred him, and they were trying to do cpr on him. as we got closer, i saw some blood.
it was really traumatic to see. >> reporter: maui is considered hawaii's hotspot for shark attacks. where tonight, a small memorial surrounds one of those signs. this is the 16th shark attack and first deadly one at u.s. beaches this year. following a very active season last summer which saw 32 attacks and 1 fatality. and tom, the last deadly attack on maui's beaches came four years ago when a tiger shark bit a snorkeler. authorities today are still trying to determine if it was the same type of shark that attacked this weekend. >> marci, thank you. now to an update on the yoga instructor found alive after 17 days lost in the forest. she's back home tonight. rescuers finding her, and airlifting her to the hospital. tonight, new details about how she survived. marcus moore, taking us into the forest that trapped her. >> reporter: tonight, amanda eller is out of the hospital
after those harrowing 17 days lost in this hawaiian forest. eating berries, plants, and guavas to survive. confronting treacherous terrain and enduring brutal weather for days. including a flash flood that swept away her shoes. >> the last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life. >> reporter: at one point, the 35-year-old questioning whether her life would end in these woods. >> there were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up. >> reporter: and tonight, we're getting our closest look yet at the area where she went missing. this is what it looks like, trees as far as the eye can see. also thick brush and rugged terrain. and there are steep dropoffs here. in fact, amanda fell from one of these cliffs and fractured her leg. >> she didn't have her phone or any of everything looks the same. >> reporter: friends and family forming their own search party to look for amanda. you all were not giving up? >> we were not going to give up. >> reporter: through donations from the public, they hired a
helicopter to aid in the search. and friday, that miraculous discovery. finding the missing yoga instructor in a ravine, sandwiched between two waterfalls. >> we looked down, like, hey, there's a hiker. what? she's coming out of the woodwork, man. like, arms out. you know, waving us down. unbelievable, man. elation. absolute elation. >> reporter: then, this incredible moment when she's finally lifted to safety. >> i knew we would get her, if we hung in there long enough, we would find her. i was confident. >> marcus, it is quite remote, and includes a narrow road to get up to the trail head where she parked her car? >> reporter: it's a narrow, winding one-lane road. once you're up there, you're surrounded by trees and brush. there are parts where the tall pine trees completely block the sun. on a cloudy day, at times it can be difficult to know where the
sun is. tom? >> marcus, thank you. overseas now from japan, president trump with a full schedule of activities that were close to his heart. a round of golf with prime minister abe, then awarding the president's cup trophy to a sumo wrestling champion. but the president tweeting warm words to kim jong-un and nasty ones to 2020 foe joe biden. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: the president getting a lavish layout from the japanese, catered to indulge trump. the showman. a ringside seat at a championship sumo match. the president and first lady watching the intense matches. >> as sumo grand champion, i hereby award you the united states president's cup. >> reporter: trump awarding a massive 70-pound trophy to the winner. and it didn't end with sumo diplomacy.
japanese prime minister shinzo abe hosted a round of golf. the two posing for a selfie before having cheeseburgers with imported u.s. beef. perhaps a nod to progress on a u.s. trade deal. >> the prime minister and i talked a lot today about trade and military and various other things. i think we had a very productive day. >> reporter: but looming over the glamor of the visit, a growing discord over north korea's recent missile tests. both the japanese prime minister and national security adviser john bolton saying there's no doubt the tests violated a u.n. security resolution. the president then undermined both in this tweet. "north korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. i have confidence that chairman kim will keep his promise to me, and also smiled when he called swampman joe biden a low iq individual, and worse. perhaps that's sending me a signal?" >> can you explain why americans should not be concerned that the president of the united states is essentially siding with a murderous authoritarian dictator over a former vice president of
the united states? >> chuck, the president's not siding with that. i think they agree in their assessment of former vice president joe biden. >> reporter: but even republican allies in the senate saying they are troubled by kim's recent actions. >> i find them very disturbing and certainly wouldn't trust kim jong-un. i think we need to keep our eyes on north korea. >> tara, joining us from tokyo. joe biden's camp is firing back at the president for his tweet? >> reporter: tom, an aide for biden is slamming president trump for amplifying the attack. calling the tweet erratic and unhinged. and it's rare for a president to attack a political rival on foreign soil. >> tara, thank you. back here at home, sticking with politics, democrats and republicans faced off over the prospect of impeaching the
president. president trump fueling the debate this week, giving attorney general william barr sweeping new powers to go public with classified information as he investigates the investigation. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, with a growing number of congressional democrats calling for impeachment, a top republican senator is issuing a stark warning. >> impeachment would be political suicide because there's no reason to impeach the president. >> reporter: democrats digging in, saying this goes beyond politics. >> when we don't hold this president accountable to the rule of law and to the united states constitution, just look at the fact that currently, over a number of abuses of power, but the public's trust is at stake. >> reporter: for weeks democrats have been demanding the full and unredacted mueller report be released, and requesting testimony from mueller and former white house counsel don mcgahn. the president claiming executive privilege. preventing the former white house lawyer from testifying. >> they don't feel they can win the election, so they're trying to do the thousand stabs. >> reporter: the president is
now facing questions over granting attorney general william barr unprecedented powers to declassify information from other agencies over how the fbi's russia investigation into the trump campaign began. >> now i'm insisting that we get to the bottom of this. i think transparency is good for the american people. >> reporter: the president going as far as to call the fbi investigation a criminal act. >> they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person. you look at comey, mccabe, probably people higher than that. >> reporter: press secretary sarah sanders asked if trump would accept barr's conclusion, even if it found no wrongdoing. >> look, i'm not going to get ahead of what the final conclusion is. but we already know that there was a high level of corruption that was taking place. >> stephanie, we've learned the president's lawyers and house committees have come to an agreement about the trump financial records they've been fighting over in court?
>> reporter: yes, they've reached the agreement with the house intelligence and financial services panels to hold off for now on making the records public. in exchange, trump's attorneys have agreed to an expedited court schedule. this means we may not see the documents for a while, or at all. tom? >> stephanie, thank you. still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, a woman looking to cool off with a swim comes face to face with an alligator. attacked, and airlifted to the hospital. what officials are warning tonight. plus, the man trying to escape an apartment fire, getting caught on that ledge. firefighters racing to save him. and a young swimmer still missing tonight. where the rip current risk is deadly, and what to remember when you're out on the water. stay with us. ...this... man 1: ...this is my body of proof. man 2: proof of less joint pain... woman 3: ...and clearer skin. man 3: proof that i can fight psoriatic arthritis...
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world's top race drivers standing in a circle of silence, remembering niki lauda. lauda, famous for wearing a red cap, won the formula one driver's title, the pinnacle of auto racing, three times. >> i was quick. quicker than the others. >> reporter: but that is not why we are telling you his story. this is why. lauda crashing in 1976 in germany. his car exploding in flames. a scene recreated in the movie "rush." drivers pulling lauda from his ferrari, but not before his head was severely burned. his lungs scorched by breathing in the fiery fumes. a priest was called for last rites. but niki lauda's story is about comeback, human will, and perseverance. >> the body was more or less dead, but the brain was still working and the brain convinced myself stay awake, don't sleep because you are going to die. listen to whatever is happening and keep going. keep going. >> reporter: remarkably, just
six weeks after his horrific crash, lauda somehow pulled a helmet over his still healing wounds, returning to his race car. it was the 1976 season. lauda losing that championship, but going on to win two more. later in life returning to formula one, lauda working with mercedes and its latest generation of drivers. it was fitting today that the current world champion won the monaco grand prix wearing a tribute helmet to lauda. the driver paying homage to his mentor, a man who lived to 70, teaching us all what is possible. david kerley, abc news. >> we thank david for that report. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. have a great evening. good night.
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