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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. authorities now warning hurricane irma could be catastrophic. the category 5 hurricane now barrelling toward the u.s., kbr growing in strength. winds now 185 miles per hour. florida and puerto rico declaring states of emergency, mandatory evacuations already in the keys. several states could be in the path, and ginger zee is standing by with the new track just out. also tonight, president trump ending daca. the program protecting 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants, brought here by their parents. the president saying today he has a great love for them. north korea showdown. kim jong-un's response tonight after the u.s. said north korea is begging for war. from houston tonight, the staggering number.claims.
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cars destroyed. what some may not know about their crae. to new york city when flames shoot from the engine. the emergency landing. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night, and we begin with that monster hurricane gaining strength in the atlantic and tracking toward florida tonight. the strongest hurricane since wilma in more than a decade in the atlantic. at this hour, irma is already approaching the caribbean islands before heading toward the u.s. mainland. right now, a powerful category 5 storm. winds 185 miles an hour. the storm you can see right there, the eye perfectly formed nearly every model tonight showing it headed toward florida and several states to the north. this evening, florida is already in a state of emergency. families preparing for a potentially catastrophic storm. way. and so first up tonight, chief meteorologist, ginger zee, with the newest track out, and ginger, where is irma now?
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>> reporter: this is just a buzz saw of a storm headed right over the leeward islands tonight. this is 100 miles east of antig antig antigua, and the gusts are 225 miles per hour. saint martin, and caicos could see 15 to 20-foot storms and allow the islands 10 to even 20 inches of rain, and we expand the track. once it gets beyond puerto rico, it kisses northern cuba. it's a category 4, and we close night through sundayis the timd start to be felt in the keys or south florida, and that cone now includes everyone south of tampa. this is a huge storm that we need to pay attention to, but has two very different scenarios setting up. that powerful high in the atlantic, driving it west and keeping it south. that disturbance we highlighted with the red "l" up there, that will either push it on the wes
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side, which would be horrific, because you have the northeast and then the other side, still not good. we put aront on here because that develops and we will be talking about inland flooding, eventually possibly making lanall along the coast up to georgia or south carolina. >> all that converging over florida. either scenario on either side of florida, very particularly the west side because of that upper quadrant, that's to dangerous? >> reporter: right. the whole state on alert. >> thanks for leading us off again tonight. as you imagine, florida officials are sounding the alarm. evacuations have begun in the keys tonight. the people of the state, the entire state, to be prepared. the track making all the difference, but either scenario as we just mentioned, almost all of florida in the crosshairs. abc's alex perez is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight, long lines, and bare shelves and
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frayed nerves as all of florida braces for what could be the worst hurricane to hit the state in decades. >> it's very important that everybody in our state gets prepared. >> reporter: and take a look is story where all the sports drinks and water would be. the shelves almost already completely empty, people scooping up what they can when they can. the governor already declaring a state of emergency. >> this is a category 5 hurricane, yeah, so it's just like really scary, so have to be prepared as much as possible. >> reporter: for some, harvey's destruction in texas is fueling the fear. >> i saw what happened in in houston, 4 feet of rain. they are saying this storm is going to be worse. >> reporter: in low florida keys, mandatory evacuations, officials telling tourists to get out as soon as possible. patricia and valerie lynn rushed here from houston where they were dealing with harvey, now faced with a new storm. >> i looked at them said we've got ten minutes. pack your bags. we're driving to dallas. caught a flight monday morning to here. >> reporter: back on the
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mainland, people being told not to rely on shelters. >> going and staying with family or friends outside of the evacuation zone is the best choice since shelters only provide for basic needs. >> reporter: seen from space, the strongest since wilma in 2005. >> is south florida ready? >> well, i would say we're not ready. no one is ever ready for a category 5 hurricane. >> reporter: in the 25 years since hurricane andrew, construction has boomed in florida which toughened up its building codes. during that time, nearly 1 in 10 new homes in the entire country were built in the state. >> the place has grown like crazy since andrew. there are a lot of people who haven't been through this before. >> let's get to alerks perez live in miami tonight. we have seen evacuations for the florida keys issued today. what are authorities in miami saying tonight? >> reporter: well, david, officials here are saying evacuations in miami-dade could start as early as tomorrow, and
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they are reminding people to take pictures of their important documents and refill prescriptions and very important, have a spare or alternative power supply for your cell phone. david? >> alex perez in miami for us tonight. alex, thank you. and this evening, into the evening hours, in fact, some of the islands already in irma's path. puerto rico gets hit tomorrow, and they are expecting the worst storm there in nearly a century. abc's linzie janis with the urgent effort tonight to get prepared in san juan. >> reporter: tonight, protests >> reporter: fisherman in antigua pulling people to safety. the time to prepare is over. the island, the first in line to feel irma's effects. may god protect us all. puerto rico also in irma's path. the national weather service says it hasn't seen a storm of
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this magnitude in nearly 100 years. here in puerto rico, it is a race against time to prepare for irma. every hour counts. the governor saying the decisions we make in the coming hours could be the difference between life and death. americans matthew and rachel are on vacation here. they can't get a seat on a flight home before the hurricane hits. >> we have food. we have water. we froze water bottles so we have extra water and it keeps our food colder. we have flashlights, backup battery chargers. >> reporter: stranded tourists stocking up on water across the region tonight. claudia harris stuck with her family in the u.s. virgin islands. >> i think we're just going to hunker down here and hope for the best. >> we are hoping for the best for all of them. linzie janis joins us from san juan, and they expect the first effects of irma there first thing in the morning? >> reporter: that's right, david. the governor here just spoke. he said the latest forecast
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showed the eye of irma is closer to this island. those first dangerous winds expected by early mornitomorrow. he is warning the results could be catastrophic. as for those leeward islands, they are expecting hurricane force winds by tonight, david. >> you and the team stay safe. our thanks to you, alex and ginger. we will have much more first thing in the good morning right here on "good morning america." in the meantime, we are following other major news tine. president trump ending the daca program saying congress must now decide the fate of the so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers. 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents. tonight, the president saying he has a great love for the d.r.e.a.m.ers. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega. >> reporter: tonight, protests from the white house to trump r. students marching out of class. outrage at president trump's
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plan to end protections for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children. >> i have a great her the folks we're talking about, a great love for them. hopefully, now congress will be able to help them and do it properly. >> reporter: but from his attorney general, a strikingly different tone, calling the so-called dreamers quote, illegal aliens taking american jobs. >> we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. it's just that simple. >> reporter: as of today, nobody else will be allowed to apply for protection under the obama-era program known as daca. and as soon as next march, d.r.e.a.m.ers could be eligible for deportation. in this memo obtained by abc news, the trump administration urges members of congress to say d.r.e.a.m.ers should prepare to self-deport, saying, they should prepare for and arrange their departure from the united states, including proactively seeking travel documentation.
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the backlash, immediate. apple's tim cook saying, more than 250 of our apple co-workers may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they have ever called home. but from the white house, no guarantee the d.r.e.a.m.ers won't be deported. the president says the d.r.e.a.m.ers won't be a priority for enforcement, but that's not a guarantee of protection. is this white house willing to offer one? >> those are certainly, again, not a targeted priority. but the goal here is that congress actually fixes the problem, and then that isn't an issue. >> reporter: now d.r.e.a.m.ers like jugee sus are terrified. w thefloodwaters. now he is looking at an uncertain i am disappointed th president as a man of god, and as a man of faith, did not keep his word. b which is to keep us daca recipients at ease, and it's -- it's saddening. it's
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>> reporter: and naili lopez has liveince she was 13. today, she told me she has no idea what comes next. do you go back? do you stay here and live in the shad dose? >> i won't have anywhere to go. i won't have anywhere to go. because this is my home. >> and cecil with us live tonight from the white house. and celia, former president obama who has weighed in so much on this administration, sending a message? >> reporter: he said he would weigh in when he felt like our core values are at stake as a country, and she said, the to rescind daca is cruel, wrong, and this is about basic decency. >> thank you. next here, a reality check. what are the chances congress will act on the d.r.e.a.m.ers to protect them with this new action taken by the president? abc's mary bruce back on the d hill for us. >> reporter: with the dreamers , tonight capitol hill is bracing for a bruising fight. >> here's the deal. the congress is going to have t
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paul ryan says he wants to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers, but many conservatives disagree. it's a familiar battle. lawmakers have already tried and failed more than ten times to act on this issue. why should d.r.e.a.m.ers today have any confidence that this time around you'll be able to get this done? >> daca is about to expire. we need to act on this or we know the consequences are a countdown clock to deportation for 780,000 of the best and brightest young people in our country. >> reporter: congress already has a workload. at the top of the must-do list, hurricane harvey relief, raising the debt limit and funding the government, to avoid a shutdown, and on top of all that, the white house is also pushing tax reform. how are you going to get all this done? >> we'll get it done. we don't have a choice. >> the promise there they'll get it done. mary bruce with us from capitol hill tonight. how realistic with that list you just showed us that congress could actually tackle immigration and the d.r.e.a.m.ers with everything else on the list?
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>> reporter: ai yeah, david. this is a tall order. six months is not a lot of time, especially up here. now top republicans i have talked with say if the president wants them to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers, he has got to get involved. work the phones, tell them specifically what he is willing to sign so congress can get to work, david. >> mary bruce live on the hill for us. thank you, mary. we turn next to north korea after its powerful nuclear bomb test tonight, promising more, quote, gift packages for the united states. that threat as concerns are abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran report in from seoul, south korea, tonight. >> reporter: today, a show of firepower off the korean coast, the south korean navy conducting live-fire exercises, while south of seoul, more advanced, u.s.-made anti-missile batteries were being deployed, and president trump, after approving south korea's request for more powerful wares, signaled that m hardware is on the way to the
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region, tweeting, i am allowing japan and south korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the united states. north korea's response, a gleeful threat, an official describing that massive nuclear test as a gift package for the u.s. >> the u.s. will receive more gift packages. >> reporter: and hijacking u.s. ambassador nikki haley's words saying it's the u.s. that's begging for war. many south koreans feel helpless. this man's family photos, relatives in the north. saying it's about family for koreans and not politics. sending that message to the white house. i plead with president trump, he says, just stop talking tough and move towards a peaceful resoluti resolution. >> and terry joins us from seoul, and now vladimir putin with a warning to the u.s. to tone down the rhetoric? >> reporter: that's right. president putin suggesting that belligerence won't work with the
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north koreans. they will eat grass before they give. thur nuclear program and edge to solve this crisis. >> thank you, terry. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the wildfire in the west and the warnings tonight. there is new corn tonight about the air quality over an american city. also the murder mystery. the young husband accused of killing his wife, pointing to the cold medicine he took. what he claims happened before waking up to find her dead in their home. and more than an emergency landing. the jet headed to new york city. the flames shooting from the engine. what we have learned tonight. a lot more news ahead. say with us. i accept i don't bike as far as i used to.
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floodwaters, tonight, a view of that staggering loss. the damage at royal purple raceway in baytown texas, the track shut down, turned into a graveyard for thousands of storm damaged vehicles. >> we're just fortunate to have this real estate available literally in the heart of the devastation to where the insurance companies can come out, start their process for their customers and get people back on their feet. >> reporter: the auto insurance industry estimates a $2 billion loss. about 20% of texans with auto insurance don't have polices that cover floods. >> i have to go to work. i had to find a ride to go to work at least for a couple of days until i got a rental car. >> reporter: kimberly bormann, who has insurance, says she's one of the lucky ones. >> there's a lot of people going through it, and that's even worse than me. >> reporter: david, so far insurance council of texas says 150,000 vehicles claims have come in. that number expected to double to three-hundred thousand. keep coming at this racetrack, and we're told we have enough space to fill 300 football fields with damaged vehicles. >> another mouting toll. thank you. when we come back this tuesday night, the emergency minutes after takeoff.
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friends. going on walks, they have all learned a lesson about the power of bringing generations together. >> seeing the smiles and interactions between the kids and elders, both age groups have so much to offer each other. >> reporter: and the children have their favorite part to the day. jaden likes sharing the food. this girl was asked what she likes most about one of her new friends. >> just to hug her. >> reporter: and tonight, at that center, they tell us they can already see the transformations. >> i can't wait to see what the future holds. >> the bond formed already. we need more of it. thanks for watching here on a tuesday night. stay with us this week for this hurricane. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. at longhorn, tonight's special,
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