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tonight, breaking news. dangerous storms as millions head home from the holiday weekend. new tornadoes, as the watch moves north, targeting cities. chicago on alert. after more than 200 reported tornadoes in a week. heavy rain, giant hail and the flood threat from rising rivers. also breaking tonight, the growing everest disaster. a second american climber has died after reaching the summit. 11 people lost this season. is the crowding on the path to the summit putting climbers at risk? deadly shos lly shark attac. the desperate attempt to save a swimmer in hawaii. the victim recently retired. a father and grandfather. his wife on the beach witnessing it all. testing trump. the president's historic visit
to japan. full of spectacle and controversy. parting ways with his host and his own advisers, praising north korea's kim jong-un while bashing 2020 rival joe biden. plus, some of the rescue teams that just located that yoga teacher trapped in a forest for 17 days back out on another mission. new images from her amazing rescue, and now the new search for another missing hiker. and icon of the game. bill buckner, whose long major league career was overhad doed by this play in a world series game. how he's being remembered tonight, and the touching words from the player who hit that ball. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this memorial day. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we begin with the tornado threat on the move tonight. tornado watches in six states and severe weather now targeting cities. indianapolis, des moines and chicago all in the cross hairs.
travelers heading home on chicago's kennedy express 3 way tonight, driving through the wind and the rain. a new tornado striking charles city, iowa, today, you see it there. one of more than 200 reports in the past week. el reno, oklahoma, still reeling from a powerful ef-3. two people killed there, dozens injured. and there are flood alerts in six states from montana to missouri tonight. these homes in tulsa already under water. the national guard rescuing people stranded by high water in arkansas. and tonight, 30 million americans from texas to ohio are in the storm zone and the system is now moving east. abc's alex perez starts us off from chicago. >> reporter: tonight, dangerous storms striking as millions head home from the holiday weekend. ping pong ball-sized hail and tornado warnings near chicago. >> you can see where the rotation is. it's heading almost east-southeast. right there. >> reporter: in iowa, the floyd county fairgrounds taking a direct hit by a twister there. more than 200 tornadoes reported
since last monday. an ef-3 twister, w least 136 miles per hour, tearing through el reno saturday night, claiming two lives. our rob marciano is there. >> the tornado coming from just over my right shoulder.there.tho mosh he,t'hard t identify them. >> reporter: oklahoma's governor touring the damage in el reno today, taking a call from the president. >> pretty devastating. we've got two fatalities. >> reporter: the state also facing historic flooding, after up to two feet of rainfall this month. floodwaters reaching the rooftops of homes. people like carla ashton and her boyfriend losing everything. >> we have no idea. we don't know what we're going to do. >> reporter: two lock and dam operators stranded by floodwaters. the arkansas national guard rescuing them by helicopter
sunday outside of ft. smith. >> and alex perez joins us now from a rainy chicago. alex, these storms continue through the night. where are they headed next? >> reporter: well, tom, take a look behind me. you can see the clouds have basically swallowed up the skyline here. there is a tornado watch that includes all of us here in chicago through tonight. and take a look. these storms tomorrow move to the northeast and a separate system heads back into the southern plains. oklahoma, kansas, bracing for more torrential rain, high winds, hail and possibly even more tornadoes. tom, this outbreak is far from over. tom? >> our teams will be tracking all of those storms through the night. alex, thank you. we move onto the other side of the earth. a second american climber has died this week after reaching the summit of mt. everest. chris kulish is the 11th climber to tie this season. his family says he died doing what he loved. climbers have been warning about
overcrowding. you can see it right there. a steady line of people heading towards the summit. here's abc's clay ston sandell. >> reporter: chris kulish watched his last sunrise from the top of the world. but the 62-year-old attorney from boulder, colorado, suddenly died today after heading down to camp. he is the second american and the 11th person to die this week during a climbing season proving both deadly and crowded. >> we're going to try to get ourselves up there when there's not so many people and the weather is good. >> reporter: with only a narrow window of good weather, and even narrower trails, log-jammed climbers are forced to spend longer stretches in lethal so-called death zone conditions, where oxygen tanks can run out. >> you can see camp two in the background. >> reporter: british climber robin fisher died saturday. days earlier, he warned on instagram, "with a single route to the summit, delays caused by overcrowding could prove fay 258." nepal has issued a record number of climbing permits this season, at $11,000 each. those who don't survive, forever entombed on the mountain. >> we saw a climber that had
taken a fall, had obviously hit their head, lost their life, and that climber was fixed to the safety lines, and every single person that had to climb that night had to step over, you know, that person's lifeless body. and it's horrific, you know, it's devastating. >> reporter: experienced climbers tell us that while overcrowding is an issue, they are also seeing more unprepared, inexperienced climbers and they can put their own lives and the lives of others as risk. tom? >> clayton, thank you. now to japan. president trump's historic visit, as the first foreign leader to meet the country's new emperor. the prime minister and fir-- th president parted ways with his host, praising north korea's kim jong-un and making light of his nuclear ambitions, while also getting a dig in against his 2020 rrival, joe biden. abc's tara palmeri is with the
president in tokyo. >> reporter: tonight, president trump breaking with his own advisers and his host, the japanese prime minister, by downplaying north korea's recent missile tests. >> you're not bothered at all by the small missiles? >> no, i'm not. i am personally not. >> reporter: japan's prime minister, shinzo abe, and trump's national security adviser, john bolton, have both warned that north korea's missile launches earlier this month violated a u.n. security council resolution. trump, standing shoulder to shoulder with abe, publicly contradicting that. >> my people think it could have been a violation, as you know. i view it differently. all i know is that there have been no nuclear tests. there have been no ballistic missiles going out. there have been no long-range missiles going out. and i think that someday we'll have a deal. i'm not in a rush. >> reporter: president trump also weighing a deal with iran, just days after his administration ordered 1,500 additional troops into the middle east. >> we're not looking for regime change. i just want to make that clear.
we're looking for no nuclear weapons. >> reporter: the president's four-day state visit to japan has been marked with spectacle. >> as sumo grand champion, i hereby reward you the united states president's cup. >> reporter: he presented an award to sumo wrestlers, took selfies with abe on a golf course and met with the new japanese emperor, who trump toasted with champagne. but while the trip was meant to show solidarity with japan, the president sided with north korea on another issue, praising kim's attack on one of his democratic virals, former vice president joe biden. >> kim jong-un made a statement that joe biden is a low i.q. individual. he probably is, based on his record. i think i agree with him on that. >> and tara palmeri joins us live tonight from tokyo. and tara, the 2020 election is still more than 17 months away, but it seems like president trump has set his sights on one candidate in particular, even attacking him from as far away as japan. >> reporter: tom, it's one
unspoken rule that when you are abroad, you don't attack a political rival. but president trump is back at it again tonight, tweeting about vice president joe biden, calling him sleepy joe. as for the biden camp, they've declined to comment. tom? >> tara palmeri, thank you. back here at home now, to new fears about sharks after a fatal attack in hawaii. a california father and grandfather who had just retired was attacked while swimming in the waters off a maui resort. rescuers were unable to save him. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, vacationers are on edge after this horrific scene. rescuers on jet skis work in vain to save a man killed in a vicious shark attack. >> report of a shark bite. i have calls still coming in. >> reporter: thomas smiley, a doctor and grandfather to six, had just retired, enjoying a vacation on maui. he was swimming 60 yards off the
coast when he was mauled saturday. his wife on shore, in utter panic. >> we were watching the man get pulled up, we could hear her scre screaming, she was saying, "that's my husband, that's my husband." >> reporter: witnesses say the shark inflicted gruesome damage. >> we could see that they were trying to do cpr on him, but as we got closer, i saw some blood. his entire left leg from his knee down was just missing. >> reporter: hawaii has already seen twice as many shark attacks this year than all of last year. this most recent case is the 16th u.s. shark attack and the first deadly one of 2019. while fatalities are rare, shark sightings are up. last week, this great white was seen near new york. cape cod's fatal shark attack last summer was its first in 81 years. officials are now installing new warning signs, emt stations and emergency phones on shore. >> i think the public's starting to get their head wrapped around the fact that this is a pretty serious situation. >> reporter: and tom, authorities are looking into what type of shark may have killed smiley. experts say the highest number of shark sightings are between
july to november. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. next to the invisible threats on american beaches. rip currents have claimed two lives just this holiday weekend and two more swimmers are missing. abc's gio benitez on what you need to know to stay safe. >> reporter: tonight, an alarming start to the summer beach season. two teens missing off beaches near galveston, texas, since last night. >> it looks bad. real bad. >> reporter: red flags flying today. the rip current danger so great, the beach patrol warning children to not go in past their ankles. >> it looks like it's something that you should not go into, even if you are a strong swimmer. >> reporter: on north carolina's outer banks sunday -- >> i've got a body underwater, he's not moving. >> reporter: a father of three drowned in a rip current. the eighth death there in just a week. >> there's been too many drownings in the area, just recently, and it's easily avoidable. >> reporter: rip currents form when waves break fiercely at the shore. a stream of water moving away from the beach then takes a swimmer with it. that's where the rip current is,
so, we're going in. to learn more, i swam into a rip current with the watchful eyes of ocean rescue in ft. lauderdale. it took just a few minutes to get out here and now we're starting to feel it. i intentionally swim against the current. oh, that's hard. that's hard. >> when you have little kids, people that have never been to the ocean, that's where it becomes a problem, that's where we're making rescues. >> reporter: tom, if you get caught in a rip current, don't panic. just let it carry you out, then swim parallel to shore to get out of it. but most critically, make sure you're at a beach with a lifeguard on duty. tom? >> such an important tip. all right, gio, thank you. and major league baseball losing an icon tonight. bill buckner died today after a struggle with dementia. there was a moment of silence at fenway park before the game tonight for the former red sox player. but buckner's relationship with the fans there in boston complicated, all because of one play that haunted buckner his whole life. tonight, how he moved on and what he meant to the game. shea stadium, game six of the
1968 world series. a play that no one would forget. >> little roller up along first. behind the bag -- it gets through buckner! here comes knight and the mets win it! >> reporter: first baseman bill buckner missing that ball, even more torturous, he said this in an interview less than three weeks before the game -- >> and the nightmares are that you're going to let the winning run score on a ground ball through your legs. >> reporter: and for a time, the nightmare would not end for buckner. heckled, harassed, even death threats. red sox fans unfairly blaming him for losing that world series. >> most of the time when it's shown on tv, which, you know, i've seen it once or twice a week for 23 years. when it comes on tv, i switch the station. >> reporter: imagine one mistake defining your whole life, but buckner pushed on, playing four more seasons. >> please welcome back to boston, number 6, bill buckner! >> reporter: and in 2008, he returned to the city that shunned him.
invited to throw out the first pitch. the cheers bringing a tear to his eye. and later in life -- >> bill buckner. >> yeah. >> reporter: even able to poke fun at himself in a classic episode of "curb your enthusiasm." buckner saving the day when he catches a baby from a burning building. >> nice catch, bill. >> reporter: and tonight, mookie wilson, the mets batter on the other side of that play, saying "bill was a great, great baseball player, whose legacy should not with defined by one play." for a man who had such a complicated relationship with the public, he had simple request for his legacy. >> hopefully it's bill buckner, '86 world series, but he was a pretty good player. leave it at that. >> and buckner's wife issuing this statement tonight, saying he had fought with courage and grilt as he did all things in leitch. bill buckner was 69 years old. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the mass suspect now in custody with connection of a terror
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at 19, he faced off with the germans, wearing this dog tag through france, belgium, denmark and the uk. keeping him sane through the misery, this handkerchief from his fiance. she had the perfect name -- hope. when he returned, he would make her his wife, and what a life. war, romance, friendship, but there was one thing missing. leaving for war meant no graduation, no diploma. >> finally, we would like to welcome a very special guest. joe perricone is a member of the hillsboro high school class of 1943. >> reporter: so this past weekend, 76 years later, joe's life would take another amazing turn. >> he was not able to receive his diploma in 1943. >> reporter: now came the time. >> you ready, mr. perricone? ladies and gentlemen, from the class of 1943, and now the class of 2019, joseph a. perricone!
>> reporter: joe, getting his diploma, in front of a crowd of people that owe him more than applause, like so many of his generation. putting their country before themselves and some still standing strong. and on this memorial day, we honor joanne all veterans for their service and sacrifice. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. gm first thing in the morning. david muir is right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
now news to build a better bay area, from abc7. >> could we jushe poa said about that you should resign? >> well, you know, i respectfully -- what do i say? >> that's abc7 news reporter lyanne melendez questioning the san francisco police chief today. this after san francisco's mayor ordered an outside review of that controversial raid on a journalist's home by police. good afternoon. thanks for joining us on this memorial day. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm am >> live virgin islands in the newsroom with comments from chief scott and the mayor. lyanne? >> first of all, will the chief resign like the police union is demanding? well, it seems unlikely at this stage since both the mayor and chief scott want independent agencies to determine first if there was any wrongdoing.
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