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impacts around new orleans, mississippi, and florida. remember, they had all the levees put in after katrina and they can handle a half inch of rain per hour but we will see over one inch of rain per hour. as we look at the track moving over the tennessee river valley, so much rain so far. storm surge possibly 12 to 14 feet in and around wireless. here is a look at live doppler 7. what a relief with better air quality today. moderate elsewhere. you can see the fog. 58 in san francisco. 67 in san jose. from our tower camera, you can see it as a nicer day already in the low 70's. hazy to hot inland in the 90's, but cooler at the coast and day with 60's and 70's. about 80 in oakland today. mid 80's in san jose. mid to upper 90's inland, so the
cooling trend has started with better air quality. we will keep it going and talk details in a few minutes. kate: thank you, lisa. turning back to hurricane ida, this is a live look at new orleans. you can see raindrops on the camera. this is where hurricane katrina hit 16 years ago today. the national weather service warns that some parts of the gulf coast may be inhabitable for weeks or months. abc news reporter morgan norwood has more on ida's impact. morgan: ida continues intensifying as it approaches the louisiana coast, becoming a category 4 hurricane before making length of. >> one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in louisiana since the 1850's. morgan: officials urging everyone to shelter-in-place. homes and businesses boarded up. many spent lots of time in lines waiting for gas. new orleans airport packed with people trying to leave on saturday.
all flights scheduled to fly out on sunday now canceled. president biden approving a n emergency the commission for mississippi. he already had done that for louisiana. ida is said to make landfall 16 years to the day after katrina. >> every storm is different. they all bring their own challenges. but also, i want you to know that we are not the same state that we were 16 years ago. morgan: people hope the post-katrina system of levees, pumps, and seawalls will help the city. >> this one is coming from the south so it will be pushing water up the whole entire time. so the water is my biggest concern. >> ida is like katrina, and i don't want to be the same. morgan: ida is expected to make landfall in the louisiana sometime sunday afternoon or evening. morgan norwood, abc news, los angeles. kate: president biden called
hurricane ida very dangerous and urged americans to pay attention. he made the remarks yesterday during a briefing with the administrator of fema where he talked about the ongoing preparations. president biden: we will deploy 500 emergency fema response personnel in mississippi and louisiana in addition to 2000 personnel already supporting our response in the region. and we will position food, water, generators, and other supplies in the area. power restoration and mobile communication support teams are also en route. we have also closely coordinated with the electric utilities to restore power as soon as possible and to support your response and recovery efforts. kate: president biden is telling people who will be impacted to be prepared and if you have to move to shelter to make sure you keep some distance because of course we are in the midst of a pandemic. back here at home, all eyes are on strawberry as the fire
approaches the small town near lake tahoe's resort region. the strawberry lock is still standing after firefighters conducted tactical burns. the fire has now scorched more than 156,000 acres and remains 19% contained. much of the growth is along the eastern edge towards lake tahoe. this control burn is one way crews are trying to save the community of strawberry, which is south of lake tahoe. a man we spoke to who lived in southlake for 32 years says the smoke right now is the worst he has ever experienced in the area. >> othe days, the sky turned black. it was about 4:30 in the afternoon. the streetlamps came on. it was scary stuff. kate: the fire has destroyed 471 homes. cal fire says it is expected to battle the heat along with dry and windy conditions over the next few days. for most of the bay area, there is no escaping the poor air quality this weekend. many, the heat is making it much worse.
if you seven newen newen cornell barnard found people sweating it out. cornell: soccer games were still happening at berkeley, where coaches were monitoring the air quality index. cornell: if you know what is going on, the air quality is bad but if they say it is ok, we just come and play. >> it is an opportunity to get out a little bit. we jumped at the chance, but if it gets really bad, i am sure they will tell us we have to reschedule for another time. cornell: the coach was concerned about his players breathing so much wildfire smoke. >> i think if we stay under we can stay safe. over 100, we have to go home. we have to escape it. cornell: over 100 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. the air-quality map was moving from orange to red in some parts of the bay area. from our tower cam, the golden gate bridge, a mere shadow.
from the east bay, downtown oakland was hazy. the bay bridge finishing in the smoke along with the san francisco skyline. the track event in oakland got canceled. >> we will have a team intrasquad race at joaquin miller park. this morning, our coach sent up and email that the air quality was too high, like 150, which i am pretty sure that is in the unsafe range. cornell: the air and extreme heat was enough to send jim and his mom to the movies for some air-conditioned comfort. >> my mom is elderly. her heart is not that good. we are just happy to be in a theater inside. >> we had others that sold out. cornell: masks recommended by experts for wildfire smoke have been some -- have been selling fast. she says to get them while they last. >> everyone comes in asking for them for the air-quality. plus, it protects them from covid. kate: that was cornell barnard reporting.
you can track the air-quality for your neighborhood by going to our website, abc7news.com. the real-time tracker is up on our homepage. it also has temperature and wind speeds. e ve meoracking this weather throughout the bay area. lisa: on top of mount tam, it is 80 degrees now. relative humidity at 20%. yesterday, it was 95. not as hot. but we will see slow clearing and slow improvements in parts of the bay. still hot elsewhere. stay tuned. my forecast is next. kate: the latest and afghanistan. the u.s. embassy issues a new security warning to u.s. citizens around kabul with president biden saying another terrorist attack is highly likely. plus -- >> i hope when people see me walk across that stage that they see themselves overcoming their challenges. kate: overcoming the odds. a paralyzed student athlete is
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kate: welcome back. you are taking a live look at lake charles parish on the coast of louisiana. hurricane ida is now moving onshore along the coast of southeastern louisiana. you can see the water is moving quickly and the camera is shaking. it looks quite windy as the cars travel down the highway. lake charles parish is between new orleans and houston, so we will have more continuing coverage on the hurricane ida that is moving into the gulf coast right now as we speak. but switching gears now to the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan, u.s. government official tells abc news that the u.s. conducted an airstrike to take out a vehicle borne ied in kabul that posed a threat to the airport. it comes after a new warning about a security threat as president biden warns of a poewttack on the airport this weekend. abc news reporter julia mcfarland has the latest.
>> overnight, a new alert issued to americans around kabul airport, citing a specific credible threat to security. the embassy warning u.s. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time. president biden issuing an urgent warning that another terrorist attack remains highly likely, and the pentagon echoing that danger as the final withdrawal of u.s. troops is underway. the circumstances on the ground are as dire as ever. >> some threats are still very real. they are very dynamic, and we are monitoring them literally in real time. julia: this comes after the u.s. carried out a drone strike just over 24 hours ago. an unmanned drone killing two members of the temer group isis-k -- terrorist group isis-k. no civilian casualties have been reported. >> the fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, it is a good think.
it is a good thing for the people of afghanistan and our troops and forces at that air. -- airfield. julia: the retaliation was for the suicide bombing that took the lives of 100 70 afghan civilians and 13 u.s. service members. president biden vowing to avenge them earlier this week. president biden: we will not forgive. we will not forget. we will hunt you down and make you pay. julia: the president now announcing that strike would not be the last. the pentagon releasing the names of the 13 servicemembers killed in the bombing. 11 marines, a navy hospital corpsman, and an army soldier. there remains now en route to dover air force base in delaware. lance corporal espinoza of texas enlisting in the marines straight from high school. >> as a mother, you know, it is hard. but he did serve. he did do what he wanted. but it's hard. julia: a 20-year-old marine just
three weeks away from becoming a new father. >> he loved his fathe family. he loved his wife. he was a wrestler. he knew he was going to be a marine his whole life. julia: the lance corporal, his heart broken writing "this is my hero. i will never get to hug him again." and a marine sergeant of california posting this picture from kabul just days ago comforting at afghan baby writing "i love my job." if the conflict and the threat of covid was not enough, millions of afghans are now facing dire food insecurity. the united nations world food program warning that vital food stock supporting half the population could start running out in september. julia mcfarland, abc news, london. kate: happening now, president biden and first lady jill biden are in delaware dover air force base attending the dignified transfer of the 13 american servicemembers killed in
thursday's attack in afghanistan. this is video of them leaving for delaware earlier this morning. they met with the families of the service members before the transfer. officials say this is a solemn moment at a military ritual of receiving the remains of those killed in foreign combat. dozens of bay area families are asking the american government to rescue their loved ones from afghanistan. a reporter spoke to a residenttt who is afraid for her parents's safety after she says they were blacklisted by the taliban. >> in the last 10 years, the tables have turned. her parents helped her flee to the u.s. to go to college and be free. now, she is hoping she can do the same for them. time is ticking. on tuesday, u.s. military forces are set to leave afghanistan. do you believe that if your parents stay in afghanistan past tuesday they could be killed? >> yes. yes. god forbid.
i'm scared. i'm terrified. they don't deserve that. >> she and her two siblings are doing everything in their power, calling assembly members and senators across the country, asking for help. two days ago, she got to see her parents over video and she broke down. >> that was the mo felt like i don't know, i don't know when i'm going to see them. i don't know if it's possible to see them. her dad worked for the afghanistan government in key projects backed by the u.s. >> he started in the war and is finishing in the war. everything just gone to waste. >> she says recently her parents were blacklisted by the taliban and found a letter by their door that read -- >> you are being watched. rgt ghanomessman represe his officeeeing
nonstop to help families fl manf are waiting to hear back from the doj? >> at least 50 cases. >> the doj is now aware of her parents's situation. >> it is the decision of the president and the executive branch in terms of how they conduct a particular rescue mission. >> her parents locked themselves at home and wait. she is thinking of the time she fled and is now praying for a miracle for her parents. >> i feel responsible. >> in san francisco, abc 7 news. kate: such a tough story. there are ways you can help afghanistan refugees. friday yes, go to abc7news.com /takeaction. on the same page, you will find supportive resources, especially for veterans during this difficult time. happening now at uc berkeley, a long to -- long delayed
commencement ceremony will finally happen. walking across the stage will be a symbolic moment for every graduate but even more so for a student athlete who was told afterward injury that he would never walk again. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman has that story. wayne: we never really know how life can change in an instant until it happens. >> in one moment, i was living out my dream. another moment, i was living out my worst nightmare. wayne: the robert we see today is no longer the physical specimen used to be on may 6, 2017. that was the day he broke his neck while playing rugby in the ncaa championship game. the doctors were anything but optimistic he was a quadriplegic. >> they said, robert, your injury is bad. the reality is you are never going to walk again. you are never going to move your hands. we are going to do our best so you can do something like pick up a piece of pizza. wayne: it is a story we have told many times and robert has told even more as he has turned
the worst moment of his life into a reason for living, to inspire. >> i am now 1574 days out of my injury and have not given up, have not taken a break on one of these days. wayne: two times now, he has addressed graduating classes at berkeley in commencements. >> it gives me joy to say congratulations to the graduating class of 2021. wayne: but the pandemic has made it impossible for him or anyone to walk for a diploma until of his 2020 class, that will happen on his own two feet for a business degree. yes, robert has made that much progress in his recovery. >> i hope when people see me walk across that stage that they see themselves overcoming their challenges. wayne: because every one of us has challenges, and roberts walk may be the last an important lesson from four long years of them. >> these 10 yards will be the most important 10 yards i walk in my life. wayne: wayne freedman, abc 7
news. kate: inspiring story of persistence. switching gears, meteorologist lisa arjun has been tracking the weather in the louisiana. lisa, it looks like hurricane ida is making landfall as we speak on the coast. lisa: that's right. the inner eye while to southern louisiana, and it is a spectacular but horrifying picture because we are already seeing the storm surge at about six feet, looking at rain that not all the levees can handle, so they had the big levy improvement, billions of dollars, since katrina. myou cau here. a strong category 4, borderline five, with winds of 150 miles per hour, moving to the northwest at 13. you can see the guests at 185. as it moves ashore, it is not just the wetlands in louisiana but mississippi, alabama, and it
will weaken to a category two, but that is still 100 mile-per-hour winds.5:00, the ie evening hours, and then it moves up the tennessee river valley. a very saturated area from memphis to nashville, and then it makes a turn with heavy rain and some damaging winds. we have been talking about the storm surge that is already affecting new orleans. we could see a possible storm surge of 12 to 14 feet. that is how much water is above sea level. you know this is below sea level, so some very big problems unfortunately for the gulf coast. as we look at live doppler 7, some improvements here already. mount tam with the fog scattering out looking better in the last few hours. 58 in san francisco. 64 in oakland. 67 in san jose. 66 in palo alto. you know this shot. we can usually see across the bay in the mountains. unfortunately, all the factors
coming in for much worse fire conditions in the sierra nevada. we are talking fuel, terrain, and wins, and a red flag warning 2:00 tomorrow through 11:00 wednesday. 63 in napa. 71 in concord. looking at moderate air quality better than it was yesterday, but the good air quality from oakland to san francisco. as we go into the mountains, it is horrifying still with unhealthy and very hazardous air. the smoke forecast calls for improving conditions coast side. inside the bay, look at the north bay. haze into the east bay as well. with gusty winds coming into play, we will see some haze into your monday, but then it clears up. hazy and smoky inland. air quality improves around the coast and bay. cooler and cleaner air but the copy yet is the wins will be strong throughout the week. that is not good for anybody in california with those fires burning, even though it will be
on shore. the fog sets up along the coast. this is what has been protecting us for so long. you is the red flag warning. monday afternoon to tuesday night through susanville and chico, winds up to 35 and 50 miles per hour. relative humidity 10% to 20%. winds are breezy today but get stronger into monday. in the mountains, breezy at home. look what happens on tuesday. newly 40 mile-per-hour winds in the mountains. 79 in oakland. 72 in san francisco. 88 in san jose. 99 in concord. hot but not as hot. today, we are seeing some improvements around the bay, along the coast. temperatures coming down a few degrees. more so tomorrow with better air quality. then cooler as we enter september, looking at temperatures below average by later on in the week. but the breeze, kate, it is what we want. it brings up the relative
humidity but also will create more havoc for the mountains and all fires around the bay area. kate: thanks. it could be a tough week the next couple days. we are hoping for the best. expert keeping track of that. just ahead, vta resumes limited light real service at no charge. how long it will remain free, coming [ sfx: ding ding ding ] [sfx: bing bing bing ]
kate: in the south bay, vta h lo new video shows it back in action this morning. light rail service has been suspended for the past three months following the deadly mass shooting at the downtown san jose railyard. trains will operate the orange line -- along the orange line. it light rail through september 12.
the service comes back jhe 49ern game in santa clara. caltrain is increasing service starting tomorrow. it will offer more than 100 trains every weekday in anticipation of a large number of people returning to the office and in person classes. caltrain says this will be higher than pre-pandemic levels. ridership continues to go regularly exceeding 12% of pre-pandemic levels on weekdays and 40% on weekends. still to come on abc 7 mornings, much more on hurricane ida hitting louisiana right now. this is a live look from the louisiana at the storm. you can see the flag is blowing as the hurricane moves into the coast. we will have a live report from new orleans with the latest in just a few minutes.
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category four storm and is moving on shorean extreme wind warning -- sure. -- shore. an extreme wind warning is in place. ida barros toward the state with winds of 150 miles per hour. experts say ida may cause catastrophic damage to louisiana and the gulf coast 16 years to the day after hurricane katrina. we are taking a live look right now from lake charles parish. that is what you just saw. officials have warned of life-threatening impact of rainfall, wind and storm surges as the storm moves through louisiana, the southeastern part right now. we have a live shot with a reporter who is joining us from new orleans. residents are sheltering in place. i can hear the trumpets behind you. what is the weather like there on the ground? >> kate, it is bourbon street here in new orleans. this would normally be full of
people, especially mardi gras. well-known area. to have someone -- we do have someone enjoying the use of a trumpet down there. most peoplareut a beuse the winds have started to pick up. the severe weather started pick up. the city of new orleans sent out another saying to expect tropical storm force winds to come through the area. the worst of it to the southeast of the state. with that wind comes power outages. the state is reporting 39,000 outages so far and counting. the time to evacuate has passed. >> right now, they are there, they have to stay there. they did not leave in time. we will have search-and-rescue immediately. >> ida is barreling to louisiana as a hurricane. >> the storm will be severe. >> there has been issued a rare extreme wind warning and wind gusts in some areas could exceed 150 miles per hour. extremely life-threatening storm surge of 1216eeinome areaariolhurricanr.
mandatory evacuations were ordered in parts of southern parishes and other coastal towns. another nine were issued voluntary orders. residents spent friday and saturday boarding up businesses and homes and gathering supplies. those who chose to leave jammed the highways. >> best case scenario is power outages and some minor flooding. worst case, i don't even want to think about that. >>a,he natnal grd navy are on standby to come in immediately once the worst of the storm passes. on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina, many are not downplaying how dangerous ida can be. >> i think that when this is over with them we will see mass destruction. hopefully that will not be any casualties but this one here, that may not be the case. >> kate, the eye of ida moving on shore as we speak.
landfall expected sometime later this afternoon. to the west of new orleans near houma, actually behind me you may not be able to tell right now it is not that bad. windy, a little bit of rain. that puts new orleans in the west part of the stormdespite hs and people out and about on the northeastern quadrant of this hurricane, that means the worstd the worst winds. we will have to see how this plays out, but conditions here are only going to get worse in the next couple hours. kate: thank you so much for youu reporting this morning. we have meteorologist lisa argen also tracking the hurricane from here, our kgo studios. what are you seeing on the radar? lisa: with the eyewall move into southern louisiana right now, we're looking at winds 115 miles per hour lashing parts of the coast there. the southern part of louisiana and worland.
remember, they have that extravagant levy system there, but this will impact not only louisiana but mississippi, alabama. as it is a category 4 right now, it will stay a category 2 as it moves in. moving from of 150 miles per hour to 100 miles per hour in the next few hours. that would bring in a lot of rain. we are talking anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of rain. the impacts go through tonight. the storm surge is already six feet above the ground there. you know it is below sea level in new orleans. the path takes it through the tennessee river valley with heavy rain and wind for middle and western tennessee. by the time this is all done and the impacts lightened up overnight tonight, we could have 12 to 14 foot storm surge. local clouds and fog over 1000 feet. at the golden gate entering through open, good air quality there. moderate elsewhere. you can see the clouds scattering out.
64 it open. low 60's in santa cruz with the fog. the fog has made its way to the north coast, so that is definitely some good news. low 70's and still hazy inland. warm inland. by 1:00, in the 90's. 60's and 70's shoreline to san francisco. a cooler day around the bay and at the coast. even a few degrees cooler in them. today is the last day of the heat impacts and hazy conditions and we will keep the cooling trend going. more details on the lookahead, coming up. kate: thank you for that, lisa. back to hurricane ida hitting louisiana 16 years after hurricane katrina. experts say ida is coming from a slightly different direction than katrina. a reporter shows us how ida is different -- how new orleans is different and how they can better protect the city. >> 16 years to the day after katrina and the infamous ninth ward has less than 40% of their
pre-katrina population. > there are still houses -- >> are still houses that are not back 16 years later. 16 years. >> when you look at this house here, if you imagine what it looked like when it was fairly new. >> arthur johnson knows the ninth ward's history and wants to change its future. > this was an area historically that more white people lived in and where black people were allowed to build on the lower nine but to the other side, below sea level. >> those geographic inequities gave way to white flight in the 1960's and a suburban oasis in the city of new orleans was born. >> prior to katrina, the lower ninth ward was one of the top communities in the country in terms of color per capita of homeownership. >> and then katrina. generational homes lost. while today they are more
protected from storms. >so this is a living. it looks like a big hill with a lot of grass on it. on the other side is the mississippi river. it has been built up since can trina and can now handle up to 20 feet of storm surge. we don't expect more than 11 feet with ida so that will be ok, but this story is not about flooding. it is about inequity. when you rebuild and it takes 16 years to rebuild, as you start to see newcomers come in who are pricing out the folks who lived here originally. >> right. what happens when this starts to increase the property value, everyone's property value goes up, so now the small cottages that are two bedrooms and three bedrooms that used to be under 50,000, now they start to emerge to be $150,000 or more. >> beyond the property tax and beyond the lower ninth ward, there was insurance injustice. fema's flood insurance recently
updated because until now, no matter if you owned a mansion or cottage, you had to pay the same. >> we are going to be able to price is fairly going forward. currently, lower value homes are paying more than they should. higher value homes are paying less than they should. kate: that was ginger's the reporting. white house chief does not was ginger reporting -- that was ginger reporting. dr. fauci this morning talked about booster shots and if they should be given sooner than eight months after being fully vaccinated. >> we are going to have to go through the standard way of the fda looking at the data and the advisory committee and practices. although we are sticking with eight, we are remaining flexible that if the data tells us differently, we will make adjustments accordingly. for now, we are sticking with the eight. kate: data shows that
daily new case averages are up in the last month and covid hospitalizations have surpassed 100,000 for the first time since january. dr. fauci says the only way to get those numbers down is to get people vaccinated. ornings -- >> not going to live forever and we need to know she is safe. kate: parents face their greatest fear and found a solution, a place to take care of their adult special-needs child after they are gone. here is a live look. you can see the sun is out over the bay bridge. the bay is sparkling. lisa argen majestic mountains... scenic coastal highways... fertile farmlands... there's lots to love about california. so put off those chores and use less energy from 4 to 9 pm when less clean energy is available. because that's power down time.
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meteorologist lisa argen has more on our local forecast as well as ida. lisa: it was really hot yesterday in oakland. how about 87? today, not sure you will make 80. better air quality here but for the rest of you east of open, not so much. we will still be hot but not as hot. my full forecast is next. kate: also next, the giants powered their way to a win over the braves. the highlights, coming up in.
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kate: in the 49ers will play their preseason finale before the regular season begins in two weeks. then ithe raters at levi's stadium. kickoff at 1:00 p.m. the giants will close out their nine-game road trip in atlanta this morning with first pitch at 10:20. the a's will close out their homestand against the yankees. you can watch it on espn at 4:00
p.m. last night, the giants bounced back from friday's loss to the braves. here is chris alvarez with d d i am just a word we have a special report from abc news. >> good morning. i am martha raddatz in washington. we are coming on the air because the flag draped remains of the 13 fallen u.s. service members who were killed on thursday in afghanistan have now arrived back in the united states to dover air force base in delaware. earlier this morning, president biden and the first lady left the white house to meet with the family members and participate in what is known as a dignified transfer movement. the servicemen and women, 11 marines, one nave corpsman, and one u.s. army soldier, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest filled with explosives at the gate of the kabul airport. the u.s. military was there
helping facilitate the evacuation of americans and afghans out of kabul in advance of president biden's august 31 deadline for u.s. troops to leave afghanistan. president biden said last night that it was highly likely another attack could take place in the next 24 to 36 hours. tensions could not be higher as we approach the final withdrawal deadline. this morning, u.s. officials confirm an airstrike was conducted against an isis-k planner in a vehicle believed to pose a threat to the airport. this of course follows another drone strike on friday night against an isis-k target. we are going to look at that dignified transfer taking place at dover airbase right now. where so many have taken place in the years before. but this is president biden's first as president. you see first lady jill biden
there as well and defense secretary lloyd atiaing for t rains of those ice members to come off of that c17 aircraft. i want to read the in kabul, afghanistan, this week. the majority of them under 20. only one 31 years old, and that is marine corps staff sergeant gerren taylor hoover from salt lake city, utah. at 31, he was the oldest of the fallen. his father calling him one heck of a leader, saying his son decided he wanted to join the military at a young age, a very young age after 9/11. marine corps sergeant rosario ricardo, 25 years old, from laurens, massachusetts. the state's governor calling her a massachusetts hero gone too soon. rosario originally from the dominican republic.
the country's ambassador to the u.s. says the dominican community shares in the loss. she was one of two women killed in the suicide bombing. the other, marine sergeant nicole gee, 23 years old from sacramento, california. she was married to a fellow marine. days before her death, she was featured in a photo released by the defense department cradling an afghan baby at the kabul airport. a friend posting on facebook that she was a light in this dark world. and we have lost marine corps corporal hunter lopez, 22 years old, from california, the son of two local sheriff's department employees. the sheriffs association says he was planning to join the same department when he returned from deployment. and marine corps corporal deacon william tyler page, 23 years old from omaha, nebraska.
his family saying he had a tough outer shell and a giant heart. the family says he planned to go to trade school and possibly become an electrical lineman after his enlistment ended. and marine corps lance corporal david espinoza from laredo, texas, also just 20 years old. he enlisted in the marines after graduating from high school. his mother saying it was his calling and he died a hero. marine corps corporal humberto sanchez, 22 years old, from logansport, indiana. he was among 17 members of his high school class who joined the military after graduation. his former principal remembering him as a popular and athletic young man who was honored to be serving his country. annmarie thence corporal jared smith from st. charles, missouri, was 20 years old. his father says this was something he always wanted to do
and he never does she was on his first overseas deployment. a friend posting on a gofundme page that the 20-year-old from rancho cucamonga, california, always showed up with a smile and brought energy to everyone he was with. anne-marie and lance corporal riley mccollum of jackson, wyoming, was just weeks away from becoming a father. the 20-year-old may in february on valentine's day. he was expecting his first child in just weeks. his sister said he joined the marines on the day he turned 18. anne-marie lance corporal dylan was on his first overseas deployment. a friend posting on a gofundme page. we just spoke of him, that he always showed up with a smile was witghty everyon
kareem, who was just 20 and from california. his father said he loved what he was doing. he always wanted to be a marine and had no hesitation for duty. navy hospital corpsman soviak from berlin heights, ohio, was 22. his father told a reporter that in their last face time with their son when his mother told him to be safe, he said "don't worry, mom, my guys got me. they won't let anything happen to me." today, she realized they all just went together. army staff sergeant ryan, the 23-year-old from tennessee, joined the army right out of high school. this was his second deployment of guinness tan. his grandfather calling him a motivated young man who loved his country. as we watch those remains, as we watch the solemn men and women
there, watching the defense secretary lloyd austin, again, first lady jill biden, and you saw the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general mark milley, who has been to so many of these. our chief washington correspondent jonathan, former army ranger jericho, who has just arrived back in the u.s. from kabul, where he was helping with the evacuation efforts at the airport just moments before the blast took place on thursday, at at the white house this morning, white house correspondent mary alice parks. jericho, i want to start with you. this must be heart wrenching. you have done 15 deployments yourself, lost so many friends, but these were such young men and women. you were just with them. you do some of them.
this morning, just your thoughts as you watch this. >> my thoughts now are with dutch i was with that group through the week. just thinking about the times i had interactions with a few of them that i can remember very vividly in my head and how happy they were to be there and how selfless and humble they were in everything they were doing. and then really i am thinking back to experiences i have had, thinking about all of the traumatic baggage and the work that everyone is going to be putting in in weeks to come and years to come of how much this will touched so many people. i just hope it is as easy for them as it possibly can be. martha: jericho, we are not used to seeing scenes like this, this mass casualty of our american service members coming off a plane like this. these are not hardened warriors.
i have known you for a while. i know how this affects you. you were telling me earlier, nicole, the young marine we saw cradling that baby, you met her. >> i did. i was with our group pushing ou afghans. she was there helping us corral them on the plane. she was just a spark plug were running around, big smile on her face, happy to do anything she needed to do. i was out there taking some photos. she asked, hey, can i get those? i got her information and sent the photos to her when i got back. it is a really sad time, but also come everyone should be incredibly proud of everything she was doing and these other marines and soldiers and sailors . martha: they put themselves in great danger out there by that gate. you as well, to help afghans, to
help american citizens get through that day. >> riep. -- right. i have been asked why they were all there, why they were closely together. the answer is they were assuming risk. they all knew the risk they were assuming by being in such close .bto they could have very easily said we will pull back and take more measures to make ourselves safer, but they knew that that would mean less of our american partners and citizens and afghans would escape what they were trying to escape from. absolute definition of selfless service and absolute definition of being an american. martha: i should tell our vi are not hearing what's happening at dover just out of respect for the families. we are only allowed to see those remains come off, and john karl is here with me as well. this is the hardest thing for any president to do.
>> the hardest thing for any president -- joe biden announced his withdrawal of troops from afghanistan because he wanted to avoid scenes just like this, and here you have today seeing those caskets come off, 13 brave americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in what was, what were the first combat deaths in afghanistan, american/u.s. combat deaths in afghanistan since february of lars st year the single deadliest day for the american military in over a decade and that weighs on joe biden as he looks at this, and questions raised about what got us to this moment. you know, when joe biden's son, beau biden, served in the army, went to iraq in 2008, biden said at the time quite frankly and
candidly, he did not want him to go, and i think he often thinks of beau when he's faced with asa circumstance like this. think about how many times you've seen joe biden give a speech and end that speech by saying "god bless america and god bless our troops." >> and this truly must be criticism he's receiving for how poorly this has gone. >> he wanted to end -- he wanted to see no more scenes like this, and here, towards the end of the process of americans leaving afghanistan, he sees the deadliest day for american servicemembers in over a decade. >> mary alice, i want to turn to you there at the white house. he is there at dover this morning, just hours after a drone strike that took out a vehicle suicide bombing, we assume, dealing with that as
well, and also with just two days left before the deadline. >> yes, and martha, the pentagon confirmed that second strike just as the president was starting to meet with families. pentagon saying it was a proactive defensive strike to thwart an imminent attack. could you imagine he might have gotten questioned today therefa. the white house told us he was kept abreast of everything that was going on. he's traveling with members of his national security team but back to john's point there abous grappling with the magnitude of at tack and just how young the servicemembers were, 20 to 31 years old and in a tragic way that seems to underscore exactly what the president had been saying this last week, when we would defend his decision to withdraw, that he did not want to see another generation in harm's way.
i think about how he often prides himself on being consoler-in-chief. he sees it as a strength that he has, as a leader, someone who can talk about the pain of losing family members, but of course, this is different, because he acknowledged this week as commander in chief, all final decisions rest with him, and the families there know that. martha? >> thanks, maryalice. i want to turn to you, ian. we know you were in kabul just before that blast, and i am struck by looking at the tail of they have gotten about 10,000 american citizens and afghans out of there without great risk, but two days from now, the u.s. military will be out of there, and what do you expect?