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plore floor and decor in person or online at flooranddecor.com tonight, the northeast reeling from this week's devastating storms. ida becoming the deadliest tropical system to hit the u.s. in the last four years, with historic flooding and record-breaking rain. more than 60 dead in 8 states, including at least 49 in the northeast. new images of the fast-moving danger. home surveillance video showing a man getting out of the basement seconds before rushing water burst through the walls. three major fires burning out of control for hours in new jersey today. firefighters helpless, blocked by flooded roads. streets filled with water 24 hours ago, now packed with debris. rob marciano standing by. also tonight, president biden getting a firsthand look at the devastation caused by hurricane ida in louisiana. we're now learning about the investigation into several
nursing home patient deaths. abc news obtaining these images showing the conditions. and the frustration growing. hundreds of thousands still without power and running low on the u.s.an water, and fuel. top health officials at the fda and cdc telling the white house they're not sure they can meet the president's timeline for offering that third shot. and tonight, the cdc's covid travel warning heading into the holiday weekend, especially for unvaccinated americans. overseas tonight, the terror attack in new zealand. a suspect armed with a knife stabbing at least six people in a supermarket. authorities describing him as a violent extremist, revealing he was under constant surveillance. back here at home, disgraced former cardinal theodore mccarrick in court today. the 91-year-old pleading not guilty to sex assault charges. one of the key figures in the january 6th capitol riot pleading guilty today.
the so-called qanon shaman facing years behind bars. and "america strong." first responders across the country answering the call this week. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. i'm whit johnson in for david tonight. and we begin with the rising death toll after the remnants of hurricane ida hammered the northeast with historic flooding and record-breaking rain. the deadliest tropical system in this country in four years. tonight, more than 60 people are dead in eight states. at least 49 in the northeast. and we're getting new images of the monster tornado that sliced through mullica hill, new jersey, an ef-3 with 150-mile-per-hour winds. surveillance video showing powerful flash flooding destroying a basement wall, there you see it, within seconds. in new jersey, a doorbell camera capturing a home explosion,
suspected to be from natural gas. the neighborhood had already been evacuated. in downtown philadelphia today they were still pumpinouof the expressway into the schuylkill river. in horsham, pennsylvania, every power line on this street and many others is down. while in louisiana, where the category 4 hurricane came ashore, the devastation is still so painfully clear. president biden paying a visit today, promising help, saying no community will be left behind. and tonight in the northeast, flood warnings are still in effect. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano leads us off in westchester county tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new terrifying surveillance video from inside a basement in cranford, new jersey, showing the sheer force and speed of the flash flooding that killed dozens of people across the northeast. watch again. just seconds after that person moves out of the frame, the walls caving in. fortunately, the family's okay.
ida now the deadliest tropical system to hit the u.s. in the last four years. at least 11 deaths in new york city tied to basement and cellar apartments. tonight, officials revealing 5 of the 6 apartments where those deaths occurred were illegally converted units. >> the worst tragedies we saw on wednesday did not happen anywhere near the shoreline, and this is another reality we have to face. >> reporter: the other reality families in the storm zone face, a mountain of damage. you can hear the activity picking up on this street that was hit so hard by this storm. the sidewalks are lined with garbage, full of debris and damaged furniture. the water has since receded, but its been replaced with dumpsters for the cleanup. in west orange, new jersey -- >> we got five feet of water in our basement. >> reporter: laura wiesner surveying the damage. she and her family moved in just over two months ago. >> you can see the washers and dryers were pushed far away from the walls.
>> reporter: in montclair, new jersey, photographer neil grabowsky and his team had to break a window to escape from their flooded ground level studio. >> go, go, go, go! get out of here. >> reporter: escaping through an adjacent parking garage. and in manville, new jersey, firefighters helpless as multiple homes and a banquet hall erupt in flames. >> the fire department unable to get to the scenes of these fires because of the flooded roadways. >> reporter: and in philadelphia overnight, a race to drain the vine street expressway. water nearly overtaking the bridge. janai norman on the ground this morning. >> reporter: even after the rain stopped, this is the vine street expressway through philadelphia. the water had been up to those green street signs. you can see that it's come down, but at its highest point, this waterline shows it would have been over my head. >> reporter: and outside philadelphia, new video shows the massive tornado in mullica hill, new jersey, bearing down on a home. >> go. downstairs. >> reporter: the man inside recording as he and his dog race to the basement. emerging to find his windows
blown out, damage everywhere. that tornado, rated an ef-3 with winds up to 150 miles per hour. >> multiple threats from this storm. rob marciano joining us now from westchester county. rob, still incredible damage we can see behind you. although the storm is gone, there are still millions under flood alerts, thousands without power. the danger not over. >> reporter: yeah, we're not quite done with this yet. we still have several rivers across the northeast that are in flood warning much like the raren river in new jersey. it hasn't seen levels since 1999, hurricane floyd. that's over that now. and any flooding that's sitting around, residual flooding, it's going to take some time to drain. the bright spot is that tomorrow will be our third straight day of dry weather and that will help everybody in the recovery efforts. whit? >> people desperate for that break. rob, thank you. in the meantime in louisiana, grim fallout from hurricane ida. four nursing home patients have died. at least a dozen hospitalized after they were evacuated to a warehouse.
health inspectors say they were turned away when they tried to visit. across the storm zone, still so many without power. scrambling for food, fuel, and other things. president biden paying a visit, promising federal help. abc's elwyn lopez is there. >> reporter: tonight, growing anger and misery, five days after ida cut a path of destruction through parts of louisiana and mississippi. people still waiting in hours-long lines like these, searching for food, water, and gas in the blistering heat. >> we need to be rescued right now. we need ice. we're barely surviving through this heat. >> reporter: and tonight, the investigation into the treatment of more than 800 nursing home patients, evacuated to this warehouse ahead of the storm. at least four of them have died. abc news obtaining these disturbing images, showing the crowded conditions inside the the most vulnerable and elderly, sleeping on mattresses on the floor. one of the residents who was in there for five days describing what it was like.
>> it was terrible. the mattresses were on the ground. it was horrible. >> reporter: her daughter says she was not allowed to visit her mother in the warehouse. >> they didn't have any electricity, no air conditioning for a while, generator. i thought they were coming to a nursing home, that they were going to have nursing beds and they would be taken care of like they were in a nursing facility. >> reporter: investigators from the louisiana health department saying they were denied access to the facility. officials now working to find alternative places for the residents. the governor vowing a full investigation. >> we will do everything that we can to make sure that our most vulnerable citizens are properly taken care of. >> reporter: abc news reached out to the owner of the nursing homes for comment, but so far, have not heard back. he reportedly told local station wafb that he believes they did a good job given the circumstances. late today, president biden
touring the devastation, promising no community will be left behind. >> it's just simply about saving lives and getting people back up and running. and we're in this together. >> reporter: and in the face of so much destruction, communities pulling together, helping one another. no power. >> no power, no water. >> reporter: no water. you're out here helping others. >> that's what it's all about. >> a glimmer of hope among all the misery there. elwyn lopez joins us from hard-hit laplace. elwyn, you're learning more about when power may be restored to parts of louisiana? rorter: officials announcing today power won't be back up and running in most of new orleans until next wednesday, but in some of the hardest hit areas like this one, it could take longer, possibly weeks. whit? >> not the news people were hoping to hear. elwyn, thank you. we move now to the pandemic. new questions tonight about booster shots and the rollout plan set to begin on september 20th. the fda's advisory board will review pfizer's data on september 17th, but moderna's data a few weeks behind pfizer, submitted today.
206 million people have received at least one dose, 72% of everyone 12 years old and older. and with 38 million people expected to travel this labor day weekend the cdc now warning the unvaccinated to stay home. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: even the president's own top health officials are warning tonight that they aren't sure they can realistically meet his september 20th timeline. that's when president biden was hoping to start widely delivering covid-19 booster shots to americans, but both the cdc and the fda are saying they need more time to study the data from the makers of the vaccine. moderna, for example, just finished turning in theirs today. >> if the recommendation is needed to get an additional dose, we don't know which populations, and we don't know when -- six months, eight months, ten months. we don't have all of that data yet. >> reporter: at the cdc tonight,
they're also underlining their new holiday weekend travel warning for the estimated 38 million americans trying to get away. saying that if you haven't yet gotten the vaccine, you should stay home. >> first and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling. >> reporter: the numbers are keeping public health officials up at night. more than 1,000 americans are dying from covid-19 each day. the worst we've seen in nearly six months. the wife of 47-year-old carlos chavez says he did not have to die. she says that the youth football coach from southern california was unvaccinated because he was afraid of possible side effects from the drug. >> you need to get vaccinated. in my case, it saved my life. unfortunately, my husband not being vaccinated, it cost him his life. >> reporter: the number of children getting sick and needing to be hospitalized is also growing. and there are millions of children heading back to school next tuesday. at two grade schools and a high school in miami, students lost three of their favorite teachers.
the local teachers' union reports that all three, including high school teacher michael thomas, were unvaccinated. >> this devastated me, because he didn't get vaccinated, so it just -- it just broke something within me. >> reporter: there's that important meeting at the fda on booster shots on september 17th, just three days before the federal government is expected to widely roll out booster shots across america. the acting fda chief says it feels like they're making a plan without all the data. whit? >> steve, thank you. now to texas tonight. breaking news on the state's new law that has halted a vast majority of abortions in the state, asking a court to temporarily block some potential lawsuit the measure allows. >> it just seems -- i know this
sounds ridiculous, almost un-american, what we're talking about. i was told there are possibilities within the existing law to have the justice department look and see whether there are things that can be done. >> abc's rachel scott joins us now from houston. rachel, what is the significant of the court ruling late today for planned parenthood? >> reporter: this is only a small victory. planned parenthood saying they're relieved. but this only stops one anti-abortion group from suing. any private citizen can still move forward with the lawsuits. the white house is looking for any possible avenue to be able to challenge this. meanwhile, the reality of this is settling in. a talked to a health care worker at this clinic behind me. she said their call center has turned into a crisis hotline.
she said she's had to turn away 70% of patients she's spoken to since the law took effect. >> rachel scott, thank you. job growth slowed abruptly last month, just 235,000 new jobs added in august, though unemployment fell to an 18-month low and wages did rise. president biden blaming the delta variant's surge and vowing to lay out new steps to fight the pandemic next week, but he said the economy is durable and strong. the president's job approval already suffering a hit, from 50% in late june to 44% this week, falling six points. the decline reflecting the afghanistan withdrawal. while 77% support ending the war, 60% disapprove of his handling of it. we move overseas tonight. a terror attack in a new zealand supermarket by a known isis supporter, even though police had him under constant surveillance. the stabbing spree left six people injured, three in critical condition before officers moved in and took him down. here's abc's james longman.
>> reporter: tonight, panic at this new zealand supermarket as shoppers realize a man has started to stab people at random. >> he's got a knife. >> reporter: fear spreads through the shopping center. people run for the door. the man, who grabbed a knife from a shelf, attacked six people, injuring three critically. and then -- [ gunshots ] gunfire rings out. he's shot and killed by police on the scene. >> he just went stabbing. he then went allahu akbar, and then i realized after that, i have to run. >> reporter: an islamic extremist and isis sympathizer, the sri lankan national was known to security services. in fact, he was considered such a threat that he was under constant police surveillance. officers had followed him to the store but assumed he was shopping. as soon as he started his stabbing spree, they moved in, killing him in less than 60 seconds. this man was on a terror watch list for five years and he was still able to carry out the attack. it all raises big questions yet again. not just for new zealand but around the world -- how can you
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nypd officers seen on body camera video wading through waist-deep floodwater to save a stranded driver. >> get your stuff. i'm here. i'll hold you. >> reporter: in new jersey, police officers carrying a man in their arms. in pennsylvania, guests at a marriott hotel being escorted into armored vehicles and flatbed trucks. >> the firefighters put heroic efforts in with a line across raging water, and we were incredibly grateful. >> reporter: and when the category 4 hurricane battered the louisiana coast sunday, first responders, many leaving their own damaged homes behind, rushing in to help stranded families using high water vehicles and boats. in mississippi, rescuers assisting this woman with a walker get through knee deep water to safety. >> she's in it. >> reporter: and these brave officers walking directly to a submerged vehicle -- >> climb out the window. >> i don't think i can. >> reporter: two women trapped
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where the call the fire is not finished yet and firefighters are beginning to tighten the news. that is coming up. spencer: air quality is declining and temperatures >> are rising. >>labor day weekend is not what it usually is. >> live breaking news from abc 7. anchor: man versus nature, this is just a sample of what firefighters are up against the tahoe basin. there is optimism as we head into the holiday weekend. second anchor: let's get to the good news of the fire lines, favorable conditions overnight helped firefighters reach 29% containment. the fire grew slightly. hours ago at some evacuation orders in el dorado county were downgraded to warnings. >> we finally turned theinally r on this piece here.
we still have some smoke as you know for residents that show up in these areas. we have the line completely secured, and there is not a threat to houses at this time. as people repopulate the area please be aware we have fire engines and crews and heavy equipment still coming out of subdivisions over the course of the next few days. anchor: this map shows the current evacuation zones. the green areas where people are illogical. yellow means evacuation warning, red is an evacuation order. most evacuations are in el dorado county but they affect parts of alpine and amador county. second anchor: you will see this qr code on the screen throughout our wildfire coverage. scan it and we will take you to our tracker met -- map.
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