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tonight, as we come on the air, millions in the path of severe storms. reports of the multiple tornadoes touching down, texas slammed by heavy rain and strong winds. this gas station torn apart. 14 million in the storm zone tonight. our ginger zee standing by. breaking news, the investigation underway right now. four children killed. >> there was a strange odor in the house. >> the dangerous pesticides under their home. the killer in that deadly new year's nightclub attack, and the wounded american speaking out saying he played dead to survive. a police takedown under fire. officers plowing into him with a cruiser. questions tonight about that
arrest. an unruly passenger's faceoff with the flight attendant. the transcontinental flight grounded. what happened in the air? and mariah's meltdown. what really happened on that stage? good evening, and happy new year. i'm cecilia vega in for david. tonight, 2017 kicking off with dangerous weather, reports of multiple tornadoes in mississippi coming in at this hour, and severe storms. 14 million people in the threat zone. >> we just got hit by a roof. >> south of dallas, powerful wind and rain slamming part of a gas station into a car, and not far from where those tornadoes were reported, this mangled farmhouse. while across the northern plains, heavy snow is falling. today in east grand forks, minnesota, that a virtual whiteout, and behind tt
an arctic blast is on the way. abc's steve osunsami starts us off. >> reporter: these are the blaring winds, some near 60 miles an hour, that tore through cities south of dallas today -- knocking down power lines and cutting the lights. >> we've lost power. >> reporter: drivers taking cover at this gas station were hit by falling pieces. >> oh, we just got hit by a roof! >> reporter: here's covington county, mississippi this evening. this same severe weather system brought six inches of rain in a few short hours to parts of alabama. >> i want you to see this. it is completely submerged, it is not passable. >> reporter: tonight, the jackson, alabama police department says they're dealing with a flood emergency. >> we're just asking everybody to stay in. >> reporter: they're now having to rescue drivers who didn't listen. >> this is a prime example of why not to be out. because we have a vehicle submerged in water at this time. >> reporter: the rain and screaming winds brought traffic at gulf airports to a stop. the gilliam family was stuck in the sky today, circling houston,
with a screaming baby. >> we got to circle for a long time, and deal with him crying even longer on the plane. >> reporter: in pensacola, where more severe weather is on the way, more than 30 homes were hit over the weekend. the winds knocked down large trees -- >> we have a big dent right here. >> reporter: over houses and cars. as the storm continues to move east, there's the threat of an isolated tornado tonight, but the greatest danger this evening is from the heavy rain. >> thank you. let's get right to ginger zee tracking and timing out these storms. what are you most worried about right now? >> reporter: se vececilia, i'm worried about the isolated tornado potential, and the storms that could produce 70 plus mile-an-hour winds. it extends into parts of georgia. the flood watches, you could get two to six inches of rain that you see on the map there.
it moves through south carolina, parts of north carolina and get gets out of our way. the next is the arctic blast that will make it feel like 28 below in billings, montana tomorrow morning. wednesday morning, in chicago, it will be zero, and it will be moderated, but cold until the end of the week. >> you will be following it. ginger, thank you. we want to turn to breaking news in texas. involving pesticides at a home. ten members of one family falling sick after accidentally mixing water with a dangerous chemical, and tonight, four children in that family are dead. abc's matt gutman with the details just now coming in. >> reporter: tonight, an invisible killer tristriking th texas home. >> one is not waking up. >> reporter: they saw the unconscious kids. four children ultimately died. >> there are kids that are not awake, and a bunch of others that are having a hard time.
severe chemical poisoning from a lethal gas. fire officials say it seeped into the mobile home after an occupant spreading it to kill rats and mice beneath the house. family members complained about the pesticide's smell, and the man told officials he sprayed it with water, causing a chemical reaction creating that deadly concocti concoction. they smelled that gasp. >> we need to call a hazmat chief. >> reporter: nine others hospitalized as a precaution. families are planning a individual for the family. >> it's a tragedy that hit home because this can happen to anybody. >> reporter: this is one of the most commonly used agricultural pesticides, and unfortunately, there is no antidote. >> thank
we want the turn overseas with authorities closing in on a suspect with that new year's massacre in turkey. this obtained today. it shows the face of the killer, and of course, that surveillance video showing the gunman firing outside that club. tonight, new details about how he got away, and how some of the survivors, including one american, made it out alive. abc's alex marquardt is on the scene in istanbul tonight. >> reporter: new images tonight of the man being hunted by turkish security forces. that chilling video of the suspected terrorist -- still not publicly identified -- walking through a central square in istanb istanbul. at one point, smirking. he's believed to be the one who started firing an automatic weapon outside the popular, upscale reina nightclub on new years. he then raced inside and over the next seven minutes, coldly murdered at least 39 people. in this image, he appears to be taking off his jacket. sources telling us they believe he changed in order to help in
he's later seen wearing lighter clothing. then they suspect he limped while fleeing the club in order to blend in. from the club, appearing to take a taxi under half a mile away. he gets out warily, his eyes darting around and walks away slowly. in his wake, a massacre. dozens were wounded, including american jake raak, who said he pretended to be dead. he left istanbul today. >> all i can say is it's a massive tragedy. this is very unfortunate. >> reporter: we met 18-year-old omer ozturk who was at the club with six friends. he told us there was chaos as constant gunshots rang out, people stampeding, crushing each other, many jumping into the waters next to the club. isis said their soldier carried out this attack because of a terror against them in syria. and saying the club was targeted
for, quote, "christians celebrating their apostate and the sad part is almost all of those killed were muslims. >> thank you. next president-elect trump is back in new york after his holiday in florida, and back on a twitter spree from his jab at chicago's mayor to his gripe about a book cover photo. abc's mary bruce has more from the white house. >> reporter: after ringing in the new year at his annual bash in florida, the president-elect is back home in trump tower -- and back on twitter. weighing in on the surging murder rate in chicago, tweeting "if mayor can't do it he must ask for federal help!" a record-setting 762 murders last year. with 18 days until his inaugurati inauguration, trump is taking another victory lap, tweeting "various immediate media outlets and pundits say that i thought i was going to lose the election.
book on the election, saying, they used the worst cover photo of me. but tonight, the big question -- what will trump reveal about the russian hacking? >> i also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> what do you know that we don't know? >> you'll find out tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: trump is still pushing back against the conclusion of 17 u.s. intelligence agencies that russia was behind the hacking. >> i know a lot about hacking. and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. so it could be somebody else. >> reporter: president obama has just counterpunched with sanctions, but will trump keep them? his team says they are waiting on a full white house review. >> the idea that we're jumping to conclusions or actions you're going to take on a conclusion that are not final yet is unbelievably irresponsible. >> reporter: trump -- who despite his twitter habit rarely uses a computer -- says there's only one way for sure to prevent cyber attacks. >> if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way, because i'll tell you what, no computer is safe. >> and mary bruce joins us now
president-elect trump had a very busy day on twitter. late night, he is weighing in with strong words for north korea. >> reporter: that's right. he is responding to the claim that they are preparing to test a long-ranged missile that could reach the u.s. he tweeted that it won't happen. we turn to a police arrest playing out on facebook live. questions whether buffalo police used the right tactic. an officer using a police cruiser to ram a suspect allegedly armed with a knife. abc's lindsey davis picks up the story from here. >> reporter: after this was posted on facebook live of a police officer plowing into a man with his suv. watch again, and first the suv reverses and then accelerates forward. the man tries to run away but is rammed by the suv. it happened in buffalo, new york. sheila woodard shot the video. >> i
either tase him, tackle him -- >> reporter: the attorney for the police officers says there was another officer who we don't see in the video, whose life was being threatened by the suspect who was holding a 12-inch butcher knife. >> the officer perceived a risk, and sure was unorthodox because there are always other options, but the buffalo at least as of when this happened, does not carry tasers. >> reporter: police say the man displayed suicidal tendencies. buffalo police have not identified any of the people involved. the police officer remains on the job. the month who was hit, is said to have suffered an ankle injury. cecilia. >> thank you. thanks to the accidental stowaway to the dallas airport. a baggage handler for united express found locked in the plane's cargo hold. they helped remove him when the plane landed. the
word on how he got locked inside, and how no one noticed. they are investigating. for the 252 passengers on a united flight from australia to san francisco, a major headache. that flight diverted to new zealand after a flight attendant and one man on board, and the faceoff taking an ugly turn. abc's gio benitez with more on this midair meltdown. >> reporter: tonight, yet another passenger accused of causing a flight to reroute. this time a united flight from sydney, bound for san francisco. >> i'm calm as can be. >> no, you're yelling at me. >> i'm yelling at you? i'm not yelling. you want to hear me [ bleep ] yell? [ inaudible ] >> do you know how cool it would be to have the captain have him turn around? you're gonna do that. you do that. i'm being so impolite, fatass. >> reporter: the plane diverting to auckland, new zealand on new year's day. the man taken into police custody. passenger neil kay shot the video. >> the two male flight attend
immediately to try to de-escalate it. and he called them terrible homophobic slurs. >> reporter: this is the second time in just a few days that a passenger is forced off a flight. this video appears to show one passenger hitting another. a couple from minnesota was arrested and taken off a delta flight. >> and as for that united flight in auckland, more than 250 passengers had to wait nearly 24 hours, until today, for a new flight to san francisco. united tells us the call to divert is ultimately the captain's decision. cecilia? o gio, thank you. we have an update on britain's queen elizabeth. she was suffering from a heavy cold, and her husband prince philip without her. the queen has been out of sight for weeks, except for this christmas message, but the palace says she is back at work in the comfort of her country estate. and the queen of pop is at the center of what became the final viral story of 2016. mariah
sparking controversy and now a war of words. we have more on this meltdown of the year. ♪ should auld aquicquaintance b forgot ♪ >> reporter: minutes before midnight, a diva disaster. 11 million people watching it live here on abc. >> we don't have a soundcheck for this, baby, but that's okay. get these monitors on, please. >> reporter: mariah carey's high notes crystal clear -- on tape. >> i'm trying to be a good sport here. >> reporter: but on stage, she was just going through the motions. ♪ we belong together >> reporter: the pop star, fresh off a concert tour and a christmas star, known to fumble before, blaming this new years karaoke fail on an earpiece she says wasn't working, noting that beforehand she couldn't hear ryan seacrest. her representative said dick clark productions "set her up to fail," telling abc news "mariah rehearsed at 3 p.m. with no sound issues."
to suggest we would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. "2016's last victim" was one of the more sympathetic reviews on twitter. "i tried to sing along to mariah carey, but even mariah carey can't sing along to mariah carey." true enough. last night, fans caught in the lip sync cam, at the indiana pacers game did about as well as the diva herself new year's eve. david wright abc news, new york. hour thanks to david for that. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the fiery collision on the highway. the suv bursting into flames. the stunned photographer rushing to the scene. and a home invasion caught on camera. the on duty firefighter watching from miles away
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finally tonight, new year's eve twins born in separate years on opposite sides of midnight. so what are the odds? abc's john donvant tells us. >> reporter: newborn everett shay getting on the news as the hospital's first birth arriving during the first minute of the new year's. >> i thought i was going to be pregnant for another year. >> reporter: same parents, but born in the last few minutes of 2016, and yes, that makes everett and sawyer twins.
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from sony pictures studios, it's america's game! wheel... of... fortune! ladies and gentlemen, here are the stars of our show -- pat sajak and vanna white! hey, hey, what's all that yelling? hold it down in here! [ chuckles ] they're out of control! must be the new year. thank you, jim. see you later. thanks, everybody. so there you are. our first contestants of 2017. get ready for our first "toss up" here, all right? the category for this one is "phrase." it's worth $1,000. here goes vanna. ♪ [ bell chimes ] arnie. hit the highway. that's it. whoo!