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tonight, the race against time. hurricane dorian now gaining strength. the track showing it could slam into the east coast as a major category 4 storm. a state of emergency across florida. residents lining up for gas, supplies and sandbags. when will it hit and where? we just got the latest update. so new tonight, the doj saying former fbi director james comey violated fbi policies in his handling of memos about president trump. the justice department declined to prosecute. why comey says he's the one who is owed an apology. the growing alarm about vaping, as one american city urges everyone to stop immediately. the sharp rise in the number of severe lung injuries. what do we really know about the
saty of these products? the school bus scare. a child nearly struck when a driver blows past the bus with its stop sign extended. >> stop! >> the warning from that mother to other parents. escaping the volcano. a massive eruption throwing lava, rock and ash into the sky. then raining down as nearby tourists flee. out of control. the hot air balloon bouncing off the ground. the pilot and a passenger thrown the from the basket. and america strong. alex trebek is back for a new season of "jeopardy!" amid questions about his cancer fight. tonight, his message to fans. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy thursday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and as we come on tonight, all eyes are on dorian. it could now be a category 4 storm when it slams ashore. here's the latest track, with landful shifting slightly to the south. you can see that right here.
but all of florida is now in a state of emergency and parts of georgia, as well. dorian already hammering the u.s. virgin islands on st. thomas. roofs blown off and an island-wide blackout left behind. more than 17 million people on the u.s. mainland now bracing for impact. long lines a gasns, some already draining dry. a run on lumber to protect windows. and the race to meet the need for bottled water. people being warned to stock up were several days supply. tonight, dorian is shaping up to be one of the strongest hurricanes to strike the florida coast in years. abc's rob marciano starts us off. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, tom. hurricane dorian 800 miles over the open waters of the atlantic ocean with a lot of warm water and time to get better organized, and it is doing juf that. here's the satellite picture, 5 85-mile-per-hour winds. it has tropical storm force winds that range 120 miles across. but it's heading into an area that has low wind shear and warm
waters. that combination is going to allow it to strengthen. that high pressure is going to scoot it off to the west toward the u.s. here's the forecast track and timing. it's slowed a little bit. by sunday, early monday, it's just off the coastline as a category 4 storm with 1 130-mile-an-hour winds. likely making landfall monday or tuesday. but a lot of uncertainty here. the two most reliable computer models, the european model and the gfs, the gfs comes here and goes north, the european goes to miami and scoots up the coastline. they're going to launch extra weather balloons tonight, more recon aircraft so the confidence in the forecast should increase, but a high impact storm is likely to come to florida, so, residents here need to be prepared. tom? >> rob marciano and his team tracking the storm. as we said, florida is in a state of emergency tonight, as hurricane dorian barrels towards the mainland. people are already waiting in long lines for gas and water and other supplies.
abc's gio benitez is in miami tonight with the rush to get ready. >> reporter: tonight, worried residents are lining up across the entire state of florida, snapping up supplies. outside this lowe's near orlando before dawn, racing to get generators. tampa-area costco. this is what we're seeing all across south florida. people preparing for this storm. loading up that plywood to board up their homes. at this miami home depot, we met jose norieg buying 26 sandbags. >> we're obviously plans for the worst possible, but hoping for the best. >> reporter: dorian tore through the u.s. and british virgin islands wednesday, winding gusting above 110 miles per hour. ripping this roof to pieces. and tonight, it's getting stronger by the minute. florida's governor today telling residents the time to prepare is now. >> you should have seven days of food and medicine and water. >> reporter: with more than 17 million people, nearly the entire state of florida in the cone of uncertainty.
mass evacuations are likely. >> it's mind-boggling, because nobody knows exactly where this storm's going. >> reporter: hurricane hunters flying inside dorian trying to track the storms every movement. at the kennedy space center, nasa using this crawler to move a 400-foot tall mobile launcher out of harm's way. florida power and light bracing for outages. some 15,000 transformers on-hand. 5,000 crew members standing by. >> we are ready, we're prepared and we will aggress all the outages as they happen. >> reporter: dorian now potentially the strongest hurricane to strike florida's east coast since andrew, a category 5, in 1992. the last category 4, irma in 2017, first making landfall in the florida keys, packing winds of 130 miles an hour. >> gio joins us live now from miami. gio, the storm is still several days away from making landfall, but there are still questions
about where it will hit. but from what you're seeing right now, some people seem to be taking this very seriously. >> reporter: oh, they sure are, tom. this is a very busy store right now. and take a look at the shelves behind me. some of them have just emptied out because so many people are buying plywood to board up their homes. the manager says he hasn't seen it this busy in years. tom? >> the rush is on. gio, thank you. and of course, hurricane dorian is arriving just ahead of labor day, disrupting a busy travel weekend. a record 17.5 million pangers were set to fly over the next few days. with millions more planning to drive. tonight, their plans could be changing. abc's kaylee hartung is at the airport in jacksonville, florida, tonight. kaylee? >> reporter: tom, all the major airlines are issuing travel waivers starting tomorrow for flights into florida's big airports like the one here in jacksonville. but the impacts dorian as it approaches will be felt far beyond this state. throughout florida,irports are securing equipment.
the military safeguarding planes, too. the coast guard strapping down boats. but the big question for the millions who live here is what will happen on the states major roads. officials trying to avoid a repeat of some of the traffic nightmares that happened in the lead up to hurricane irma. so, crews are clearing up construction along the roadways in advance of any potential evacuation orders. tom? >> kaylee hartung for us tonight. thank you. we turn now to a big story out of washington. the results are in from the investigation of former fbi direct comey t of justice inspector general. the finding? that comey violated fbi policies for his handling of some memos. but the doj has declined to prosecute. tonight, the president is calling comey thoroughly disgraced. while comey says he's owed an apology. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, in a blistering report, the justice department's inspector general says former fbi director james comey violated fbi policy by disclosing details of a controversial memo to the media, laying out concerns about president trump.
>> he asked specifically of loyalty. >> reporter: those misgivings led comey to write a series of secret memos, including one alleging that president trump wanted him to go easy on former national security adviser michael flynn for lying about contacts with russia. >> i was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting. >> reporter: comey was so worried about the president, he provided the details of one of the memos to the press. >> i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. i asked him to, because i thought that might prompt the proiment of a special counsel. >> reporter: the inspector general bluntly says comey was wrong to secretly keep his memos and to leak, writing, "comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current fbi employees." today, president trump tweeted that comey should be ashamed of himself, and that the inspector general's report leaves him "disgraced and excoriated." >> he gave it to a friend to leak classified information. he did an illegal act. >> reporter: but the inspector general, while sharply critical
of comey, did not find that he gave any classified information to the press and the justice department chose not to prosecute. >> abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas joins us now from doj headquarters. pierre, comey responded today in a tweet after the report was released and he was defiant. >> reporter: tom, he really was defiant, pointing out there was no evidence that he leaked classified information. and that while he did not need a public apology from those claiming he had done so, he said they should think about sending him a message, saying sorry, we lied about you. if he's referring to the president, tom, i don't think that apology is coming. >> pierre thomas for us tonight. thank you. next, warnings about possible health risks from vaping spreading tonight, as the number of people suffering from lung disease after using e-cigarettes continues to grow. there are special warnings for teens and young adults. abc's clayton sandell reporting tonight from colorado, where teen vaping is soaring. >> reporter: tonight, colorado
officials are sounding the alarm about the risks of vaping on young developing lungs. >> nobody is sure what's in these products or what they're putting into their bodies or how it might affect their health. >> reporter: the state with the highest rates of teen vaping now reporting two new cases of sudden and severe lung illness. the cdc already investigating about 200 cases of lung illnesses among users of e-cigarettes across at least 2 states, many of them in teens and young adults. the city of milwaukee now urging people there to stop using e-cigarettes altogether. >> i thought vaping was fun, i did all the tricks all the time. >> reporter: 18-year-old maddie nelson says she vaped for three years before winding up in a medically induced coma with a lung illness. >> it's very scary, because the doctors don't know the long-term effects of this. >> reporter: she says she still needs oxygen at night. here in colorado, one lawmaker now vowing to push congress to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone under 21. >> these products are just simply not safe for anybody
under 21, and we have real health concerns about their safety for anybody, at this point. >> reporter: experts say it's important to note that while these cases are associated with vaping, the exact cause is not proven. possible culprits include the vaping process itself, the substance inhaled, such as thc oil, the main chemical in marijuana, or some combination. tom? >> clayton, thank you. now to the race for 2020. front-runner democrat joe biden under scrutiny tonight for a story he often tells on the campaign trail about pinning a medal on a serviceman in afghanistan. but there are questions tonight about how much of that story biden got right. here's abc's senior national correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: for years, joe biden has been recounting a story of american heroism and heartbreak on the front lines, recently telling a crowd in new hampshire how he traveled to afghanistan to pin a silver star on a young navy captain. >> one of his buddies got shot, fell down a ravine about 60 feet. this guy climbed down a ravine,
carried his guy up on his back under fire and the general wanted me to pin the silver star on him. >> reporter: and then, a moving moment as biden approached with the medal. >> it's the god's truth, my word as a biden. he stood at attention, i went to pin him, said, "sir, i don't want the damn thing. do not pin it on me, sir, please, sir. do not do that. he died. he died." >> reporter: but "the washington post" dug into the story, and determined biden "got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony." biden seems to have conflated several events. kyle white, the serviceman he describes, an army specialist, not a navy captain, was actually presented with the medal of honor by president obama in washington, d.c. but the vice president did pin a medal on a different man in a different part of afghanistan for a different act of valor, army staff sergeant jeremiah workman, who tried to rescue a fellow soldier from a bushing
vehicle. workman telling the post he did say to biden then, "i don't want it, he died." and workman adds, biden looked him in the eye and said softly, "i don't you don't." >> terry moran joins us from washington. and biden is responding to the story tonight? >> reporter: that's right, tom. he's in south carolina campaigning, he told reporters there that, quote, the central point of the story is, quote, absolutely accurate, that a young soldier did try to refuse a medal biden was pinning on him. biden trying to make the argument that's what counts, the heroism and heartbreak, not so much the details. tom? >> terry, thank you. and another major update in the race for president. tonight, joe biden and nine other democrats have qualified to take part in the third presidential debate. abc news is hosting and it will be the first debate with all the leading candidates together on one night. the vice president will be at center stage, you see it right there, flanked by senators elizabeth warren and bernie sanders, kamala harris, cory
booker, amy klobuchar will be there, along with julian castro. the debate, two weeks from tonight. that's thursday, september 12th at 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. we head overseas now tonight, a powerful volcano erupting in italy, sending residents and tourists racing away. the incredible moment, you see it here, caught on video. that's lava and smoke rushing down the hillside and into the water, catching boaters by survive. abc's james longman with the stunning images. >> reporter: face-to-face with nature's fury. the island volcano of stromboli, near sicily, erupting right in front of this tour boat. as it blackens the summer sky, you can hear screams from those onboard. and as the boat speeds away, a plume of hot ash shoots out over the water towards them. other boats nearby also capture the smoke cloud, rising more than a mile into the air, even visible from space. this is the volcano's second recent eruption.
in july, hot ash and rocks rained down on tourists and locals, killing one hiker. the 400 or so people who live on the island are used to their angry neighbor. it's been in a constant state of eruption since the 1930s, but it's rarely as violent as this. and tom, scientists warn that further major eruptions could cause part of the rock face to break off into the sea. and that could trigger a tsunami. tom? >> james longman with that wild video and warning tonight. all right, james, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the school bus scare as kids return to class. a driver blowing past the bus with its stop signs out. a little girl nearly hit. and tonight, the warning from her mother. plus, the hot air balloon out of control, bouncing off the ground. the pilot and a passenger thrown from the basket. and the close encounter off the east coast with a great white shark. w little too close for comfort. comfort. stay with us. ve such a great tr. yeah, have fun!
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"jeopardy!" host alex trebek is back. the news first shocked "jeopardy!" fans all over the country. >> now, just like 50,000 other people in the united states each year, this week, i was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. >> reporter: trebek vowing to fight on a something he's done since 1984. and tonight, showing fans he's back for another season. >> i'd like to welcome you all to the first day of season 36. so put your hands together. >> the host of "jeopardy!" alec trebek! >> i've gone through a lot of chemotherapy. and thankfully, that is now over. i'm on the mend and that's all i can hope for right now. >> reporter: and cancer not stopping trebek's work ethic or his sense of humor. >> who would i want to play me if they ever did a biographical film about me? betty white. >> reporter: and for "jeopardy!" fans, trebek has kept them updated throughout his
treatments, including showing them he's keeping up with his hobbies, like working around the house, tweeting these photos of his remodel job on his wife jean's bathroom. season 36 also starting with a party. trebek recently celebrating a birthday on set the only way he knows how -- with a question. who is 79? ♪ happy birthday to you >> we have some exciting things coming up and i can't wait to share them with all of you. let me tell you, it's going to be a good year. >> and we can't wait. thank you so much for watching. i'm tom llamas. have a great evening. good night.
slow do, especially when you can't see. pull that visor down, get some sunglasses. when you can't see, you might want to reduce your speed. you don't have to go the speed limit. >> potentially lifesaving advice following a frightening incident in the east bay. a 12-year-old girl badly hurt by a lit and run driver. i'm larry beil. >> i'm kristen sze. the accident happened at sunset trail and sunset in brentwood. abc 7 news anchor eric thomas is live in brentwood with the latest. eric? >> reporter: specifically she was walking here to edna hill middle school. she had quite a distance left to cover. gps says the distance from where she was hit to here is just under two miles. let's show you the scene this morning. she was hit and thrown several feet by an suv.
you see paramedics putting her on a backboard, on an ambulance, her injuries were so severe she had to be flown to uc davis medical center. what police do know at this point is there are no crosswalks there. it appears that the young girl was trying to cross and was hit by the suv driven by a female suspect who then left the scene. she was caught a little while later by officers there and booked into the county jail in martinez on charges of dui and felony hit-and-run. it has been a long day for police and a long day for school officials who have had to deal with the aftermath of this. >> the officers obviously administered first aid until paramedics could arrive. and then they subsequently stabilized her at the scene and airlifted her to uc davis medical center. >> i think it's unfathomable that someone would leave the scene after injuring the child. it's not really representative of the family and the communty