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tonight, bracing for impact. the major tropical system that could become a dangerous hurricane. several states on alert. authorities warn the mississippi river has never been this high, with 20 inches of rain now coming. it will test the levees in new orleans. rob marciano live with the new track and the timing tonight. also tonight, the passenger jet rocked by sudden and severe turbulence 36,000 feet in the air. the jet plummeting. oxygen masks dropping. nearly three dozen passengers hurt. many hitting their heads on the ceiling. the u.s. coast guard and the high speed chase on open water, going after a suspected narco-submarine. the stunning discovery inside. in new york city tonight, the taxi slamming into a restaurant. multiple injuries. the deadly virus outbreak in a retirement community. at least two patient s dead.
late today, president trump suddenly backing down from his promise to add a citizenship question to the census. what he now plans to do instead. the american mother, the u.s. scientist found dead. her body dumped into these tunnels, a former nazi bunker. and now, the new nit. > and your money. amazon prime this weekend. the items with deep discounts. and the other major retailers and what they're offering now. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with that major system bearing down on the u.s., the gulf bracing. barry could become a hurricane, but that is just part of the concern tonight. authorities say the mississippi river has never been this high, with a storm this size coming. 20 inches of rain on the way. this is the satellite at this hour. barry churning in the gulf. mandatory evacuations have been ordered for part office the coast. meteorologist rob marciano leads us off from new orleans.
>> reporter: along the louisiana coast tonight, thousands sandbagging and scrambling to evacuate ahead of tropical storm barry. >> we're just hoping everything will be okay and life and property will stay safe. >> reporter: in new orleans, is hundreds of flood fleets are closed in and around the city. the mayor telling residents there to have a plan and be ready to shelter in place. >> you need to have at least 72 hours of food, water and medication for the whole family, including your pets. >> reporter: just a day after storms tore across new orleans and flash flooding swamped this city in just a few hours, louisiana is facing a new threat for the first time. a potential hurricane roaring ashore while the mississippi river is still at flood stage. swollen by months of flooding upstream. >> this is going to be a major weather event for a huge portion of the state of louisiana. and everyone needs to pay attention to the track. >> reporter: new orleans sitting below sea level is the most vulnerable. miles of these levees protect this city, but look how close the water already is to the top, and this wind is only going to
get worse. hurricane storm surge being pushed upriver, essentially stopping the flow, lifting the levels and potentially sending water right into downtown. the army corps of engineers says though the roughly 20 foot high levees may be overtopped, they will not fail, nor should the flood walls, improved after katrina. >> we're confident that we are not going to have a duplicate of katrina. however, if you have a storm that has elevations much higher than those floodwalls, you're going to get water in the city. >> reporter: david, officials obviously preparing for the worst. those katrina upgrades are going to be tested with this storm. and there's still a fair amount of uncertainty when it comes to the intensity of this storm. that said, hurricane warnings have been posted as we come on the air across the louisiana coastline. tropical storm mowarnings up fo new orleans. the center is just less than 100 miles offshore a little bit bottom heavy. dry air to deal with. but water temperatures are in
the upper 80s. we expect to see intensification. 60 miles an hour tomorrow afternoon. making landfall saturday morning. three to six feet of storm surge. so, this river level is going to come up, but the rainfall will be in excess of two feet. so, we will see flood issues here and in towns well inland. david? >> rob marciano leading us off tonight. rob, thank you. also just in tonight, the passenger jet rocked by sudden and severe turbulence, 36,000 feet in the air with no warning over the pacific. the jet then plummeting. three dozen passengers hurt. the air canada flight made an emergency landing in hawaii. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: oxygen masks dangling in the boeing 777 right after that severe turbulence. >> half the cabin didn't have seat belts on, and there was no warn, and then half of them, their head hit the roof. >> reporter: the air canada jet had left vancouver for sydney and halfway over the pacific, the pilots turned on the fasten
seat belt lights. >> but before people even had time to get back to their seats, the plane just dropped. and everybody hit the floor or hit the roof. >> everyone's head who wasn't belted in hit the roof like a jack in the box. it was scary to see. >> reporter: the pilots diverting to hawaii, 600 miles away. five doctors on board start treating the 35 injured. there were 284 people on board. >> it was a scene from a movie. worst possible scenario where plane is about to crash, it was like that. people went whack, straight up in the air, and then from there, masks came down, people are scream egg, kids were crying. >> charlie nine will be your gate and medical personnel will be standing by. >> reporter: turbulence can hit with little or no warning. this is one of the most severe cases from just last month. a flight attendant picking up glasses over europe when she and her cart are thrown to the ceiling. the airline says she was not injured. in the u.s., these turbulence events happen nearly 30 times a
year, injuring more than 80 people. word from hawaii tonight that among those who were injured, some hurt seriously. >> got us out of a very traumatic experience. but i'm glad we're here anyway. >> reporter: of the 37 injured, hawaiian officials are telling 30 of them were taken to the hospital and nine of them, their injuries were described as serious. david? >> abc's david kerley, our thanks to you tonight. and we turn now to the high speed chase on the high seas. the u.s. coast guard and dramatic video tonight as they approach what they believe was a narco-submarine. you can hear the coast guard there ordering them to stop. tonight, the major discovery inside, and tonight, here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: what you're looking at is a coast guard interdiction team in hot pursuit of suspected drug smugglers. a crew member screaming in spanish, "stop the boat." that boat on the run, a submarine like vessel called a semi-submersible, designed to
keep a low profile.ad been spota marine patrol aircraft hundreds of miles off the coast of ecuadorian/colombian border in the eastern pacific. >> this is going to be hard to get on! >> reporter: finally, pulling alongside. a member of the team dressed in tactical gear boards the vessel. then pounding on the hatch. demanding that the smugglers surrende surrender. inside, the coast guard discovers five suspects and in excess of 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million. >> reporter: david, cocaine making a cocaine in popularity, the same week cocaine was confiscated in june, u.s. authorities discovered this ship in the atlantic, recovering more than a billion dollars of cocaine. and david, cocaine-related deaths have more than doubled in
will cent years. 10,000 fatality poisoned in 2016 alone. >> pierre thomas, thank you. we turn next here this evening to the deadly outbreak in a retirement community. at least two patients have died. dozens more sickened. and tonight, parts of that facility are now under quarantine. abc's kyra phillips is on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, a deadly outbreak in virginia. two deaths and dozens of residents sickened by a respiratory illness here at the green spring retirement community. >> for respiratory outbreak to occur in july would certainly not be as likely as for it to occur during the winter. >> reporter: in just the past 11 days, 54 people have become ill. symptoms ranging from a bad cough to pneumonia.ng ldsn the atement from the retirementfacis all necessary implement proven infection prevention and control
strategies. david, health officials are testing patient swabs, hoping to figure out what this virus or bacteria is . meanwhile, sick residents have been quarantined to their rooms. new residents are not being admitted an all stuff are wearing masks and protective gloves until test results bring about answers. david? >> kyra phillips tonight. kyra, thank you. there is also a breaking headline from the white house tonight. president trump now backing down on his demand that a citizenship question be added to the census. but what the president is now planning. here's our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: after weeks of vowing to fight and win in the courts, today, president trump backed down, saying the census will not include the question "are you a u.s. citizen?" >> far left democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst. >> reporter: opponents of including the question argued millions of people, mostly
minorities, would be reluctant to take the census if it included a citizenship question. >> it is designed to intimidate families, particularly hispanic families, from answering the basic questionnaire in the hope that they won't, and that they won't be counted. >> reporter: that could have a profound impact, since census numbers determine how many seats each state gets in the house of representatives. and how federal money is distributed. recently, the supreme court blocked the question. chief justice john roberts calling the administration's argument for including it "contrived." and today, the white house acknowledged they would about have been able to fight this in court and still get the census done on time. president trump announced a plan b. >> i'm hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the department of commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country. >> reporter: now, the administration will use existing gota, including information fro social security administration,
to make an estimate of the number of citizens and noncitizens in the united states. that is a far cry from changing the u.s. census questionnaire. david? >> jonathan karl at the white house. jon, thank you. meantime, jon, as you know, the trump administration plans to move ahead with those sweeping raids this weekend. some 2,000 imgrants in ten cities are reportedly targeted. and abc's matt gutman is in los angeles, one of the cities expecting those raids. >> reporter: tonight, those possible i.c.e. raids sewing fear across america. as reported by "the new york times", the roundups would target some 2,000 undocumented workers on deportation lists. they'd reportedly begin sunday in as many as ten major american cities, about three weeks after president trump warned this coulen. the result? near panic in some places. we are in los angeles, headed to the home of a woman in an undisclosed location, of a woman
who, like so many thousands, plans to go into hiding this weekend.ian, who asked, that we not show her on camera has been in the us for 20 years. she has two children who are us citizens but she and her partner are undocumented. >> are you afraid? >> yes. i -- i lot of scared because for immigration. >> police, search warrant! >> reporter: what frightens people like lillian the most is i.c.e. deporting undocumented people who happen to be near someone on a target list like they did at this texas workplace. so, this sunday, do you plan to have the shades closed and extra food in the fridge? >> yes, of course, because i go yesterday to the market becau because -- for prepare. >> reporter: she shows us the food and water she stocked, enough to last her for several days. immigration groups fans out, david, with cards like these, advising folks that they are not legally bound to open their doors to i.c.e. now, i.c.e. officials, unwilling to confirm to us that these raids will take place on sunday, but they do tell us that about
2,000 people are on their target lists and will be deported, quote, soon. david? >> matt gutman, our thanks to you tonight. and we are learning more about that american mother a u.s. scientist, found murdered in greece. her body was dumped in an world world war ii bunker. tonight, investigators have collected dna from at least one person. here's james longman. >> reporter: new details tonight on the murder of 59-year-old american suzanne eaton, killed on the greek island of crete. her body was dumped in this network of tunnels. a former nazi bunker. police now say she was dropped from above. an old wooden pallet covering the entrance has been taken away for further examination. investigators revealing today that dna has been collected from at least one suspect. an autopsy revealing she'd been asphyxiated. the molecular biologist, seen here in this company video, was a mother of two living in germany. she was in crete for a conference. >> suzanne was an incredible
athlete. great runner and cyclist. and she has a black belt in tae kwon do. >> reporter: tonight, her colleagues are remembering an accomplished scientist and devoted friend. >> she really made a huge impact with her research. through her loving friendship, it really -- really made me who i am. >> reporter: david, search and rescue went on for a week, but police believe eaton was killed not long after she went missing. david? >> james longman tonight. james, thank you. there is news tonight on jeffrey epstein, charged with sex trafficking. his attorneys have now proposed a set of bail conditions that they hope will allow him to get out of jail. proposing epstein serve home detention, be monitored electronically and put up a bond secured in part by his $77 million manhattan mansion. prosecutors claim he's a flight risk and should remain locked up. a bail hearing is now set for monday. and to your money tonight, and the economy and a new milestone this evening on wall street. the dow closing above 27,000 for the first time, gaining 227 points today. amid new signs the federal reserve will cut interest rates.
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for help with belly pain and recurring constipation. ask your doctor. finally tonight, america strong. the coach who inspired his players -- now the rest of us. here's david wright. >> who says i can't? >> nobody! >> who says i can't? >> nobody! >> reporter: rob mendez has never played football. but he sure can command the attention of his team. >> believe in yourself, believe
in your teammates and believe in what you're doing. >> reporter: he's head jv cohor learned about thes sport by playing the madden football video game. >> so what we're going to teach right now is called 31 zone. >> reporter: his passion more than compensates for his disability. >> one, two, plant. good. >> reporter: he has a custom-made wheelchair that he operates with his shoulders. and uses a smartphone and stylus to diagram plays. >> our opponents, they'd always doubt him because they see a man in a wheelchair. to us, we see our coach -- who is perfect. >> reporter: he gets something from them, too. >> who says i can't? >> nobody!>>epter:t wa mz w with the jimmy ve mmy v perseve award.
>> for anyone out there not sure if they can do something, it could be in sports, in your job, in your life, whatever it is, i'm here to tell you that you can passionate. you have got to work at it. but it can happen. >> reporter: moving the crowd to tears. >> i made it this far -- and who says i can't go further? >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. >> wow. we salute coach mendez. thanks for sticking here with my voice tonight and for all your tips on twitter, i feel fine, just the voice. we'll see you tomorrow. good night. now news to build a better bay area from abc7. >> the faa has now determined that the airplane crashed a few
miles off the coast of the santa cruz mountains. >> a plane crashed but no wreckage was found. mystery deepens in the case of a stolen plane out of watsonville. good afternoon, thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. >> video released today of the plane taking off from the airport. >> investigators believe the plane crashed with no. >> reporter:s in late june after it was taken from watsonville municipal airport. >> police believe the plane was stolen by 64-year-old hugo marr. chris reyes has the details police are sharing with us tonight. >> we do have video surveillance from the night the plane was stolen that shows the airplane taxiing into the runway at about 8:30 at night. >> reporter: june 26th, investigators believe that 64-year-old watsonville hugo marr flew the single engine cessna and flew it out of the airport before crashing into the ocean. >> detectives did find hugo
marr's car had been abandoned parked in a parking lot near the airport. it's a parking lot commonly use bid pilots. >> he was an active member of the santa cruz flying club and had authorization to get into the airport. on the club's we be site he was in good standing with the club but failed to follow protocol by not making a reservation to use a plane that night. >> someone authorized has access and has been a pilot before, we believe that this is a tragic incident. >> reporter: the faa says the plane disappeared from radar about three miles over the ocean. however, the coast guard has stopped their search. to date no, wreckage or body has been recovered. family members of marr were at the press conference and appeared emotional and would not speak toe media. he has no history with police.