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tonight, the breaking news here. millions of americans now bracing for hurricane matthew. what could be a direct hit. hundreds of thousands already racing to get out. the mandatory evacuations at this hour. the deadly storm steamrolling through the caribbean, the u.s. coastline next. the new track right here tonight. and is it possible this hurric and hit twice? also tonight, the scare onboard a passenger jet. the owner who says his smartphone was burning, smoke in the cabin. this had been the fear all along. donald trump and his new attack late today, using bill clinton's own words, as hillary clinton now prepares for their second showdown. american secrets stolen? authorities say the government contractor and the top secret
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and the new findings tonight, after the tv chopper crash. and what they reveal. good evening. and we begin tonight with the monster hurricane moving toward the u.s., and tonight, millions of americans are now being told to prepare for that possibility of a direct hit. let's get right to the pictures tonight. authorities say this could be the biggest mass evacuation ever. hundreds of thousands of families already in their cars, racing to get out of the possible path, across several states tonight. authorities saying, do not be complacent. the lines forming outside this costco near orlando. the satellite at this hour showing the scope of the hurricane, deadly already, 300 miles across. and tonight, this video just in from hurricane hunters flying right through the eye of the storm. and, of course, what everyone is watching, the new track just in tonight, from miami, north to charleston, up through wilmington.
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more than once. ginger zee standing by on that. but first, abc's gio benitez in south florida. >> reporter: tonight in florida, time is running out. the southeast preparing for a direct hit from hurricane matthew. >> when you look at this storm as it goes along the east coast, we're going to have to prepare every county. so, it could be the biggest evacuation ever. >> reporter: matthew, potentially the worst storm to hit the sunshine state in over a decade. now strengthening over open water, winds over 120 miles an hour. wreaking havoc across the making a second landfall overnight in eastern cuba, leveling the town of baracoa. officials in haiti still trying to assess the damage. five deaths reported so far. but the main bridge that connects to the hard-hit south is washed out. officials now postponing sunday's presidential election indefinitely. our lindsey davis is on the ground. >> people are worried about the potential for landslides and even possibly cholera. it's difficult to know the full
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island, because in some of the areas most impacted by hurricane matthew, communication has been cut off. >> reporter: matthew now barreling toward the bahamas. in nassau, airports closed. residents who stayed behind fearing the worst. >> my stomach tells me that this one might be bad. >> reporter: at least 3,500 tourists hunkering down in hotels. alex perez is in nassau. >> some 3,000 people will ride out the storm here at the iconic atlantis hotel. about 90% of them americans. they'll spend the night in a conference room turned into a shelter. >> reporter: and now, with just 24 hours to go, florida and much of the southeast tracking this storm's every move. >> has been awhile, but the others are just like tropical storms or whatever they were. this is a little scary. >> reporter: residents forced to choose, evacuate or stock up. supplies running low. tempers running high. >> this is the line. i've already been to three gas stations that have shut down because they're out of gas. >> reporter: these lines may be long, but these people are the lucky ones, because most of the
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already run out of gas. the governor calling up 500 national guard troops. the president today warning residents. >> if you get an evacuation order, just remember that you can always rebuild. you can always repair property. you cannot restore a life if it is lost, and we want to make sure that we minimize any possible loss of life or risk to people in these areas. >> and gio benitez is with us live in south florida tonight. and gio, you were telling us, there are concerns this eveninging about fuel, and we can see the lines right there behind you. >> reporter: that's right, david. plenty of gas here, even with those long lines, but i got to tell you, we've been to several gas stations, so many of them without fuel, all day long. the governor insists there is no shortage, but he's watching that closely. >> it will be a concern moving forward. gio, thank you. already, schools closed for nearly 2 million children in the country, more than 1,000 flights
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in fact, they have reversed the direction of several lanes on some highways there to actually help families get out and quickly. meteorologist rob marciano is along i-26 in north charleston tonight. >> reporter: tonight, evacuations under way. along the south carolina coast, more than a quarter million people told to get out immediately. that number could grow as the storm gets closer. >> we want you to evacuate. we do not want you to stay. >> reporter: residents boarding up and sandbagging, gassing up and now heading for safer ground. for those without cars, a fleet of buses offering a ride for people like samira snyder. >> it's going to be super flooded, so, we decided to leave. >> reporter: traffic this morning, already bumper to bumper on interstate 26. the main artery out of charleston. then, this afternoon, the highway patrol blocking eastbound traffic. >> absolutely no one on the road, that is what troopers are looking for.
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major interstate a one-way highway, helping more people get out faster. this map showing the state's evacuation routes and where that interstate 26 traffic is now going in a single direction, away from the coast. >> and rob marciano live with us tonight, as well. and rob, this is the first time i-26 has ever been shut down for hurricane evacuations. what's it looking like so far? >> reporter: so far, so good. the exchange behind me has been jammed up at times, but they're saying, if you do evac the way to columbia. the last time they evacuated was back in 1999, floyd, that took what should have been a two-hour drive, made it a 12-hour nightmare. they certainly don't want that situation again. david? >> get out and get out early. rob marciano in the storm zone. rob, thank you. meteorologist ginger zee on satellite beach in central florida tonight with this new track we were talking about. and ginger, where's the hurricane right now? when do we expect to feel it here in the u.s.? >> reporter: david, we are less than 24 hours from feeling it here on the coast of florida. what could be a nightmare
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about 450 miles to my southeast. and it's fitting that i'm in satellite beach, because we are about to see one of the nastiest satellites that i've ever seen, coming toward the u.s. a look at this. through the bahamas it goes, it is a category 3. 120-mile-an-hour winds. moving northwest at 12 miles per hour. bahamas are urgent, now through tomorrow. hurricane warning right here along the east coast, through daytona beach. and that hurricane watch goes up through the coastal waters outside of charleston. a quick look at the timing, david. it is bad news by tomorrow morng that right quadrant there. then, you move the hurricane way too close to florida, making landfall on our computer model here by friday morning. if i were to be standing here in satellite beach, my goodness, we'd have that destructive wind, the locally ten-plus inches. you don't need a landfall to feel incredible results. david? >> possible direct hit near cape canaveral. in the meantime, ginger, what do you make of some of the forecast models that could show this actually circling around and hitting, potentially, twice? >> reporter: so, after friday morning, take the path here with
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jacksonville, up through parts of georgia, into south carolina, very important to watch the proximity there, even to wilmington. but turns back around, and, yes, some of the models trying to take it back towards florida again. we'll be watching it for you. >> all right, ginger zee, rob marciano, gio benitez all in the storm zone for us. ginger, thank you. we move to other news tonight, and the other major headline at this hour. the owner of a samsung smartphone saying it started burning while on a passenger plane, smoke in the cabin. it happened on this southwest plane, the captain calling in samsung, as we've been reporting, has recalled a million of its note 7 smartphones and offered a replacement it said was safer. but the owner of this phone says it was one of those replacements. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: tonight, what happened in this jet at the gate in louisville -- >> 994, we got smoke in the cabin. >> reporter: -- could mean even bigger trouble for samsung. according to a passenger, it was his smoking, burning, replacement note 7 phone. >> i noticed smoke just pouring
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pulled the phone out of my pocket, threw it onto the ground where it continued to smoke and kind of burned and smoldered into the carpet. >> reporter: brian green says he powered down his note 7 as instructed and put it in his pocket. suddenly -- >> it popped, it sizzled, you could say, even. i was scared, you know, i was going to have bits of glass in my hand. >> reporter: none of the 76 people onboard was hurt, as the jet was quickly evacuated. latest count had 60% of the nearly 1 million original note 7s sold in the u.s. replaced. nearly 100 of the originals overheated, with 26 people being burned. in the past week, there have been reports that some of the replacements the south korean company rushed to market were getting hot. but this would be the first case of a replacement phone smoking and burning. so serious, the consumer product safety commission already has investigators on the ground in louisville. >> we are going to be working around the clock to make sure that we can get to the bottom of this and make sure that consumers know what they can count on or not with regard to
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also sending representatives to louisville and will be working with the government to identify the phone and the cause. >> and, so david kerley with us live tonight, and david, let's get back to what the owner of this phone claims, that this was one of the replacements. if the replacement is a fire risk, what are they dealing with here? >> reporter: if the replacement is a risk, you may see another recall. and if samsung used the same battery in all of the replacements, david, that could mean that there are still 1 million dangerous phones out there in the u.s. >> all right. that's going to concern a lot of people. david kerley, thank you. next, to a contractor working for the nsa, under arrest this evening, accused of stealing top secret material on our nation's security. and then storing it at his home. our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas on the case tonight. >> reporter: this is the home where harold martin iii is accused of illegally keeping some of the nation's top secrets, stolen from the agency deploying the nation's most cutting edge intelligence technology, the nsa. neighbors stunned. >> shock to everybody.
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fbi jackets and, you know, police, state police. >> reporter: martin, a contractor at the same company that edward snowden worked for, is being held at an undisclosed location after the august raid uncovered classified documents and digital media, material so sensitive, prosecutors warned that if divulged, it would cause exceptiona the national security of the united states. >> once it is out of nsa, anyone can get it. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, the fbi suspects martin stole critical computer codes that the nsa uses to hack foreign adversaries. so far, the fbi's not accusing martin of espionage, but sources tell abc news the probe is far from over. >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight. and pierre, the fbi says martin admitted to taking the material? >> reporter: yes, david. they claim he acknowledged taking the material when confronted, but tonight, his lawyers say that he loves his country, and would never betray it. david? >> pierre thomas with us tonight.
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we turn next here to the race for the white house, and perhaps you were one of the millions watching that fiery vice presidential debate overnight. but already tonight, an intense focus on the next presidential faceoff, just four days away now. abc's tom llamas tonight with trump out on the campaign trail, and hillary clinton off the trail and preparing. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump, taking credit for his running mate's debate performance. >> mike pence did an incredible job. and i'm getting a lot of credit, because that's really my first so-called choice, that was my first hire, as we would say in las vegas. >> reporter: in the vp debate, governor mike pence, praised for his style. both candidates arguing over which campaign deals more in insults. >> he's called women slobs, pigs, dogs, disgusting. he attacked an indiana-born federal judge and said he was unqualified to hear a federal lawsuit because his parents were mexican.
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p.o.w., and said he wasn't a hero because he had been captured. he said african-americans are living in hell. >> reporter: pence, trying to turn the tables. >> did you all just hear that? ours is an insult-driven campaign? i mean, to be honest with you, if donald trump had said all the things that you said he said in the way you said he said them, he still wouldn't have a fraction of the insults that hillary clinton leveled when she said that half were a basket of deplorables. >> reporter: trump now testing a possible new line of attack for his own debate sunday. >> bill clinton yesterday, oh, they're so angry at him. they scolded him yesterday. he was scolded. >> reporter: he's talking about these recent clinton comments criticizing obamacare. >> so, you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their
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coverage cut in half. it's the craziest thing in the world. >> so, bill clinton torched president obama's signature legislation. he said, it's just a crazy system. and that's the way he said it. it's the craziest thing in the whole world. >> reporter: today, clinton clarifying, saying he supports obamacare, but it has some problems. hillary clinton, flying to washington today, alre in that focused prep trump once mocked. >> you decided to stay home, and that's okay. >> i think donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. and, yes, i did. >> tom llamas with us live tonight from trump tower. we know the second debate will be a little different, a town hall-style format. late today, the clinton team saying she likes town hall formats, she embraces it, and tom, what are you learning from your trump sources tonight? is he preparing for this
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>> reporter: david, tonight we've learned that donald trump is going to host a private town hall event tomorrow night in new hampshire. it likely will emulate the same format he's going to see on sunday at that debate. david? >> all right, tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thanks, as always. we are just four days, as i mentioned now, to that second presidential debate. co-moderated by our own martha raddatz. and i'll be joining george and the entire powerhouse political team sunday night, 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. in the meantime, there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the deadly cho findings coming in tonight. the tv helicopter bursting into flames on the street. investigators revealing now the possible cause. also, the medical bill making headlines across the country tonight. parents of a newborn baby, and the surprising fee they were charged after being handed their own son. how many other families have been charged for this? and, of course, everyone remembers michael jackson's "thriller," such a giant hit. why that song is suddenly back in the news tonight.
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long-time pilot gary pfitzner and photographer bill strothman died in the crash. of course, our thoughts with the team at komo with this back in the news tonight. the fright train derailing in new york city. eight cars jumping the tracks in the rail yard. all 99 cars were empty at the time. no one was hurt, but amtrak was forced to suspend service between new york city and connecticut for a time. the trains are now running at reduced speeds. the cause is under investigation. and a passing to note tonight. the man behind the music. ? thriller ? ? thriller night ? >> michael jackson's "thriller," and it was rod temperton, songwriter behind some of the biggest hits of the '70s and '80s. he wrote jackson's "thriller," "rock with you" and "off the wall." he tested about 300 titles before settling on "thriller." quincy jones calling him, quote, one of the best, period. rod temperton was 66. when we come back, america strong tonight. and you've got to see this. the wounded marine and a dream
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finally, the former marine, badly wounded while serving his country. he had a life-long dream. tonight, that dream realized, with someone by his side. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: this couldn't be happening to a more deserving person. retired marine sergeant john peck served two tours in the middle east. and on one of them, in afghanistasi was hurt badly by an ied that stole all four of his limbs. after four long years and 27 surgery, he was approved for a double arm transplant and has been waiting since. this august, the call came, from brigham and women's hospital in boston. they found a donor. it was a complicated 14-hour operation. it took this team of 16 miracle workers to get it done. and it was a success. >> you got it. >> my dream job since i was 12 was to be a chef. and because of my donor's gift,
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chance of doing this. >> reporter: by his side ever still is his girlfriend, jessica. and now, they're getting married. >> jessica, my rock. without you, i wouldn't be here. i wouldn't have come so far so fast. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> and we salute marine sergeant john peck. next at 6 pm. a valley busboy stops a beautiful attack to a customer. we walk you through that attack. -- breaking details, from the
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street and mcdowell. it involved in armed robbery. you're looking at brand-new video. detectives are looking for clues, the looking for heavyset black man with a dark baseball cap on. as we hear more we will pass along to. there is a serious weather alert coming in. three states are impacted big- time. you see the people stuck in the traffic. they are trying to leave third at this hour. on screen, the kennedy space center is shut down just in case. how long can this guy hide? we have a sketch. joining us live near 99th avenue. >> reporter: neighbors are scared that this predator could be there by. police believe he is kind and attack during broad daylight. happened at one of these homes
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neighbors cannot believe this. >> some of the most beautiful homes in the area, they're gorgeous, you would not think that. you know, it's making me think twice as we are moving into the new house, and doing all this work. i am definitely thinking twice about leaving my wife at the house. >> reporter: some of the neighborhoods are not complete. we spotted one patrol car, it drove by twice today. the sketch was released again. i want to show you it. it is here. if you see anyone that looks like this, please want to hear from you. you can call police or silent witness. there is a glow from the republican ticket. they are energized. they needed the boost to get through the next campaign stops.


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