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tonight, breaking news. bracing for a monster storm. hurricane matthew, now growing in strength to a category 4. ready to strike the east coast. millions of americans warned to leave before it's too late. >> if you need to evacuate and you haven't, evacuate. the storm will kill you. >> what could be theig mass evacuation ever across several states tonight. powerful bands lashing florida right now, and what's coming this evening. millions warned they could lose power. already more than 100 dead in matthew's wake, rooftops ripped off. tonight, we're tracking the storm hour by hour. our team of meteorologists and reporters right here in the storm zone. a special edition of "world news
and good evening to you as we come on the air from jacksonville, florida tonight. we are in the cross hairs here of hurricane matthews. families are being warned of winds up to 125 miles an hour in the coming hours. at this hour, 12 million americans are now under a hurricane warning, as matthew gets closer and closer to the u.s. coastline. take a look at the images coming in as we begin tonight. it is now a category 4. from deadly storm being felt tonight. president obama today declaring a state of emergency. this is how the storm looked as it blasted through the bahamas just hours ago on its way toward the u.s. we have a team there tonight. mandatory evacuations under way here at home. florida's governor issuing a dire warning today, and you heard him moments ago. this storm will kill you. you can see the hurricane closing in, roughly 100 miles now from florida, winds at 140 miles per hour. the national weather service
catastrophic storm surge right here in florida. i can tell you, the winds are picking up, the rain is now coming down here in jacksonville. it is being felt up and down the coast here in florida. we want to get right to our team coverage tonight, beginning with chief meteorologist ginger zee, and what everyone wants to know. the new track tonight. ginger, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. we're right here in central florida, the actry atlantic behind me. we're feeling the outer bands 150 miles away from us here. it is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour. you can see it on the satellite there. a nasty image coming toward florida. i wanted to bring you through the timing of this storm. that's what's so important. the track that everyone is wondering about. it will hug along the space coast, overnight tonight into early tomorrow. close to jacksonville, early tomorrow through the early morning hours. it weakens as it turns back into the atlantic. and look at this timing. i need to show you from the
now, over freeport, bahamas, it goes toward florida with that northwesternly track. you could see gusts upward of 140 miles per hour with this thing. cape canaveral and then watch the timing there. by friday evening, we go jacksonville to brunswick, savannah starts to feel it. charleston friday night through early saturday. so much more to come as far as what the impacts are. i'll show you storm surge, i'll show you wind. but in general, so many folks from charleston, down here through florida, on a hurricane warning. david? >> ginger zee beginning our coverage tonight. ginger, our thanks to you. as you heard ginger say, cape canaveral first, and then right here in jacksonville. a stark image tonight, showing you just how serious this storm is. take a look at the mandatory evacuations at this hour. 3 million americans have been told to flee the storm zone up and down the coast. and abc's gio benitez is right here in florida tonight where the affects of this storm are
hands of hurricane matthew swarming the florida coast. wind and torrential rain picking up by the minute. so, we just arrived in west palm beach, and just look. the wind is so strong, the rain is just starting, and these are just the outer bands. the storm passing the bahamas, packing winds up to 140 miles an hour. the national weather service saying matthew will be devastating, unlike any hurricane in the modern era. millions of coastal residents putting up the last plywood, filling the last sandbags. >> time's running out. leave. the roads are open. you should get out. >> reporter: as the governor says, the time to prepare is over. >> unfortunately, this is going to kill people. >> reporter: highways clogged with hundreds of thousands heeding that warning. store shelves, bare. fuel getting even harder to find. officials say the state has enough to last six days, but on the road, dozens of gas stations bone dry. >> ridiculous. i went to costco, the line is
>> i saw two guys fighting at the gas station yesterday. actually flowing punches. >> reporter: fears that nearly 3 million people could lose power for weeks. >> please evacuate. >> reporter: but no everyone is heeding that warning. in palm beach, one of the areas officials are most concerned about, floodwaters are beginning to rise. do you guys live here? we found stephanie watching the storm. so, you chose not to evacuate? why? >> i'm going to my mom's house right across the street. >> ah, i don't know. but i think that we'll -- i think we'll be okay. >> reporter: airports closing runways. all theme parks, including disney world, shut down. hundreds, including some tourists, hunkering down in shelters. david, i've been through a lot of hurricanes, and i have to tell you, this is some of the strongest wind, the rain feels like daggers on your skin. the national weather service is also warning of immense human suffering here. some of the strongest language they've ever used, david.
those are simply the outer bands, long before it gets here. our thanks to gio and the team further south from here. this hurricane has already carved a deadly path of destruction straight through the caribbean. in fact, in haiti, more than 100 people dead on the islands in the caribbean, the first pictures coming in tonight. look at this. it hit the bahamas a short time ago, where people were seeking shelter. american tourists seeking shelter, as well, there. right there in nassau. abc's alex perez tonight. >> r through the bahamas, amid torrential downpours. want you to take a look in the distance over there. that's the ocean, at least what you can make out it. in nassau, the capital city, conditions deteriorating by the hour. it's about 11:15 in the morning, and the eye of hurricane matthew has now passed beyond us. one way you can tell, the palm trees are all blowing in the opposite direction. matthew blowing out power lines.
six hours and the gusts are really picking up. take a look at that utility pole behind me there, swaying back and forth in the wind. we've just learned hurricane matthew has been upgraded to a dangerous category 4. those warm waters surrounding the island country help matthew grow even more powerful. the storm's winds increasing to 140 miles per hour. >> wow. >> reporter: more than 3,000 tourists in the bahamas, unable to sleep. >> i found a place to sleep with one of my family members and the metal part was coming out of the window. >> reporter: hotel guests forced to ride the storm overnight in conference rooms. this, as we're now seeing the path of utter devastation matthew has left across the caribbean. in haiti, the death toll, skyrocketing, as flood waters recede. more than 100 already confirmed dead. and that number will continue to rise. more than 28,000 homes damaged. many families now homeless.
residents trying to salvage what they can. this woman saying what little money they had is now gone, and they are hungry. cuba, walls collapsing, roofs ripped off in guantanamo province. this man saying he just hopes his family can fix this. and david, the winds have calmed here tonight, but the rain is still falling. in terms of the cleanup, they are just now beginning to assess th and the team in nassau tonight. we move north to georgia and the car lies that tonight, where millions are preparing, particularly after seeing images like those. south carolina's governor urging -- issues a warning, saying people are not evacuating. she wants to see more heed these warnings, fuel up quickly, she said, go to the pharmacy, we need you to think about this. look at these images coming in tonight. families already in shelters, on cots. and meteorologist rob marciano
>> reporter: tonight, the exodus ahead of hurricane matthew. more than 1 million people in the carolinas ordered to evacuate, across eight counties. >> as of 6:00 a.m. this morning, 175,000 people have evacuated. that's not enough. >> reporter: here in south carolina, highway lanes reversed, starting wednesday. all lanes heading away from coastal towns so people can get out as quickly as possible. >> we left charleston, south we are en route to atlanta, georgia. >> reporter: residents like brooke braving hours of traffic to get to safety. >> we loaded up all of our special people and we have puppies in the back. >> reporter: officials say the lane reversal will last as long as people are still leaving. the national guard is on standby, schools closed. an army of school buses deployed to get people out. >> look at all these buses. as far as the eye can see.
inland, only to find hotels are booked up. >> almost impossible to get something. now, i'm sure everything's booked up. >> reporter: while hundreds of others prepare to ride the storm out in emergency shelters. this snyder family left their home in downtown charleston yesterday, taken to a shelter by bus. >> hoping that everything goes well for us, i hope everybody be safe. >> reporter: the catalano family watching and waiting. >> we're prepping. we'll be ready. we just need more information. we're just not >> and rob marciano live with us tonight. it is already raining here in florida. the big concern here, those 125-mile-per-hour winds they're expecting, just in jacksonville alone. but what is the biggest concern in the carolinas tonight? >> reporter: well, david, this is the low country, so, surge is always a huge concern. and we're going to have a consistent east wind with this piling up this water. not just water here in the city, but a surge that pushes for miles up the river system. hence all the evacuations. david? >> rob marciano, part of the
rob, thank you. and of course, it's not just the millions of americans right here in the hurricane zone being affected by matthew. this new number as we're on the air tonight. nearly 4,000 flights across this country already being canceled because of this impending storm. abc's eva pilgrim tonight on the ripple effect. >> reporter: tonight, the hurricane grinding air travel to a halt in the southeast and causing a ripple effect through the country. >> we get complacent and this one's not turning. >> the one day that we planned there's a hurricane. >> reporter: mid-morning, ft. lauderdale airport shutting down for the first time since hurricane katrina 11 years ago. an extremely rare move. by 1:00 p.m., all flights in and out of miami and west palm beach stopped. orlando international, away from the coast, stopping commercial flights at 8:00 tonight. nearly 4,000 flights canceled over the next two days. time lapse radar showing the normally busy florida skies clearing out.
>> reporter: this family visiting florida from oklahoma, now driving away from the storm and hoping to find another way out. >> we are actually going to clearwater, and then driving to the tampa airport tomorrow to flight out. >> reporter: here in jacksonville, some of the final flights of the eastern coast of florida taking off. the ticket counters, mostly empty. david, jacksonville airport officials tell us, they do not plan to close the airport, even if there are no flights, to ensure stranded travelers have a place to stay. david? cancellations for days to come because of this. eva, thank you. let's get right back to ginger now, because the central question while we're on the air tonight for so many here in florida, ginger, is what time tonight will they really see the affects of this hurricane? and talk about what you first reported last night, the possibility that this could circle out to sea and then come back and potentially hit twice. >> reporter: well, david, the core of terror, of that storm, the harshest winds, will really come close by midnight tonight
and really through the early morning hours of friday. here, i'm expecting it closer to 7:00 a.m., between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. along the space coast. this is a big deal, too, because we have not seen a storm of this magnitude make landfall in florida since wilma, and that was in 2005. remember, that was 4,000 days ago today, actually. and yes, it could turn back around, but it will be much weaker by then. david? >> ginger zee, thanks for your coverage. and we'll check in with you later, as we. in the meantime, to the race for president, also being affected by this hurricane. the presidential candidates forced to respond to a potential natural disaster here, both candidates weighing in today, and you'll hear what they said. also, the presidential debate commission tonight saying it is game on. the debate will go on, regardless of this hurricane. here's abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, in battleground florida, hillary clinton and donald trump
clinton tweeting, "i urge everyone to follow emergency instructions and evacuate if you're told to." trump warning, "if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you are being advised to leave, you need to do so right now." the storm comes with both candidates deep in debate prep. trump screening video of the first showdown. aides wanted to point out his reactions under fire. >> it d them online. then, he called her miss housekeeping, because she was latina. >> reporter: trump being told he doesn't always have to get the last word in. >> donald supported the invasion of iraq. >> wrong. >> that is absolutely proved over and over again. >> wrong. >> reporter: his campaign has accused clinton of using canned lines. >> the five or six zingers she had rehearsed for a number of days. >> reporter: but now, they're working on their own zingers for
them. tonight, trump is test driving the debate's town meeting format in new hampshire. his coach -- new jersey governor chris christie. trump's opponent, hillary clinton, has more experience fielding questions in town halls. >> what are you going to do about all this bullying? >> can you tell me a little bit more about why that's on your mind? >> reporter: her campaign points to moments like that one, where she hugged that little girl, a personal connection with voters. but clinton has a rough outing in a recent tv town hall. tonight, she's deep in prep, and her team predicts she'll face a less testy trump on sunday night. and david, tonight, both campaigns with an eye on hurricane matthew. the clinton campaign hoping they change the voter registration deadline in florida. the cutoff is next tuesday. so far, no word if that's going to happen. david? >> tom llamas in new york city for us tonight. tom, thank you. and a reminder, the second presidential debate is now just three days away, and of course, we'll have complete team coverage, sunday night, 9:00
i'll be joining george and the powerhouse political team and our own martha raddatz co-moderating. in the meantime, there is still much more ahead on this special edition of "world news tonight" from florida, and there is other news to report this evening. breaking developments in the investigation revealing new details about what happened just before that deadly commuter crash, right outside new york city in hoboken. and now, this question tonight -- why did the train accelerate so quickly before the moment of impact? also tonight, the chilling surveillance footage just knife attack inside an american mall. authorities confronting the attacker. and, of course, much more, our team coverage, right here in florida, as the hurricane gets closer. expected to hit as a category 4. much more on that, as well. stay tuned here. man: i accept i'm not the deep sea fisherman i was. i accept i'm not out on the ocean wrestling marlin. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem.
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his iphone. no word from apple tonight, but this could explode into the same kind of legal confrontation we saw between apple and law enforcement in the san bernardino terror case. david? >> pierre thomas in washington. pierre, thank you. there is still much more ahead on this special edition of "world news tonight" from florida. as i mentioned there are new details in that invest gax breaking late today about the commuter horror, the train crashing into the train station in hoboken what we learned about what happened right before the crash. and an important warning tant about the category of the her hurricane. like to show off their strengths: 13 name brands. all backed by our low price tire guarantee. yeah, we're strong when it comes to tires. right now during the big tire event,
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expected. six to ten feet, some in excess of 11. take care, my friend. >> all right, ginger. i'll be right here with you in the morning for "good morning america," along with the entire team. and, of course, a special edition of "world news tonight" right here tomorrow night. from all of us here, have a good evening.
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