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good morning, america. fiona's fury. the tropical storm taking aim at the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico. the fears of blackouts with the memories of hurricane maria, the storm that killed nearly 3,000 people on the island still haunting residents. plus, the typhoon putting alaska on alert with waves up to 50 feet high. battle at the border. the thorny issue over how to handle so many crossing into the u.s. >> is this city at a breaking point? >> abc news getting a firsthand look in el paso as republican governors send migrants north. the white house response this morning as the crisis worsens. holding vigil. the striking images showing the queen's four children surrounding her coffin.
the poignant moments even as questions are raised about what should happen to the crown jewels. queueing for the queen. the line to pay respects to her majesty stretching up to five miles. the crowd undeterred, including david beckham and this retired firefighter with a personal story to tell. plus, "gma" tries the queen's own pancake recipe. fighting for their freedom. the families of brittney griner and paul whelan meet with president biden for the first time. what he told them about getting their loved ones released from russia. ♪ tomf the oper♪ and "phantom's" finale. the longest running show on broadway announces its closing date. ♪ the end of an era on the great white way and the farewell to the music of the night.
good morning, america. it's so great to have you with us. eva is off this morning, but we are very happy to have amy and t.j. co-anchoring from london. >> and that is where so many people are lined up. the queue, as it's called, stretching for miles to say their final farewell to queen elizabeth. amy and t.j., we know there's been tremendous traffic this morning. you guys even actually saw the new king in traffic. >> yes, well, we're really happy to be anchoring here with you all from london because we almost weren't here. a walk that typically takes us ten minutes -- we've been doing it every day -- turned into 45 minutes because there are so many people here now trying to catch glimpses of the king, which we got, which was pretty remarkable and just to pay their respects, just to be a part of history. >> this was kind of expected. a lot of people couldn't get off work all over the country to pay their respects, and the line has
been growing. the queue, as it's called here, you check, at this moment it's now 14 hours is the expected wait. when we got up this morning, tat wait was 24 hours. so it's been fluctuating like that. and, again, on the crowds, everyone has kind of descended. it's become a pilgrimage coming from all over the country to be here for this, and we could not make our way around and tried to take shortcuts, and, seriously, guys, we got stopped, and we didn't know why. we look up and sure enough, the car comes past and the king is waving. >> he waved at me. >> he waved at me first. >> he waved at me. [ laughter ] but i'm saying it's just that kind of feel, an exciting time, a solemn time, but people here to celebrate, and it's a communal experience. >> it's pretty cool because people from all walks of life. even david beckham himself waited in line to pay his respects to the queen and did cause a little bit of a stir in the queue, as you might imagine. but that's just how special this time is here for people in the uk but from people from all over the world. we've been hearing all sorts of accents, languages, americans,
from all over the world paying their respects, guys. >> it's so cool hearing that story because we know it is a sorrowful and solemn time but obviously quirky moments like you guys just getting to see the king randomly. >> and some improvement in the queue as well, down to 14 hours. >> exactly. so, guy, thank you so much. we'll get back to you in a minute. but we we do begin with tropical storm fiona bearing down on puerto rico. the island bracing for potential flooding and concerns the storms could damage its power grid, which is still recovering from hurricane maria. >> and abc's victor oquendo is there with how people are preparing. victor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. the winds are starting to pick up here in san juan as is the surf behind me, but this is just really the beginning. conditions will be deteriorating throughout the day and into tomorrow. overnight fiona brought heavy rain and gusty winds across the leeward islands. winds now at 60 miles per hour and puerto rico is bracing for the storm this morning. people filling up their gas
tanks stocking up on last-minute groceries. fiona could cause some real problems here. the island's power grid is notoriously fragile. in april, an islandwide bl blackout, some people without power for five days. we spoke with the vice president of the new utility company that's restoring the grid. they tell me they do expect power outages this weekend, but they say that they are well prepared to restore power quickly. the other concern is mudslides with up to a foot of rain expected in some areas and, of course, it was nearly five years ago to the day that hurricane maria devastated puerto rico, nearly 3,000 people dying in the wake of the storm, still so fresh in everyone's minds here. whit? >> amazing. they're still rebuilding from some of that too. victor, thank you. let's bring in danielle breezy from our nashville affiliate wkrn, who is tracking all this. danielle, what can we expect over the next few days? >> reporter: whit, we are watching tropical storm fiona. right now. it is pummeling the leeward islands as it pushes towards the west towards puerto rico.
i want to show you as we get into the track of it, it is going to pass south of puerto rico. by the way, puerto rico has hurricane watches in effect, not to mention tropical storm warnings, so does the dominican republic. as it passes to the south, it will then strengthen to a category 1 hurricane. it is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of rain to puerto rico, 3 to 6 inches to punta cana leading to flash flooding, dangerous mudslides. it is not a good situation down there. i guess the latest timing bringing it overnight into first thing into tomorrow morning and pass by the dominican sunday into monday. janai? >> and we will be watching that and check back in with you shortly, adam. thank you. we do turn to the battle over the border. with newly arrived migrants caught in the middle over who should be handling them, many of them, families with young children. abc's mireya villarreal is in el paso, texas. mireya, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning, janai. city leaders here in el paso say they are absolutely in crisis mode. to give you an example, in the first few weeks of september they had over 4,000 people from
venezuela show up. one family told me on their dangerous trip they were robbed on the bus and many times they were sleeping on the streets with their young children. new this morning, the nearly 50 migrants from venezuela that were flown to martha's vineyard wednesday night are now waking up at a military base on cape cod. immigration attorneys saying the group was lied to about the trip. >> these are human beings who were deprived of basic human rights. these wonderful people, who find themselves plane wrecked on our island, i have a message for all of them, you are not alone. we have your backs. >> reporter: abc news confirming the desantis administration chartered the planes and the migrants didn't even board in florida. they came from texas. along the border there's been a recent surge in crossings with a record 1.8 million apprehensions since last october. in el paso city leaders are
sounding the alarm as they face another influx of migrants. with nearly 1,300 encounters in this area a day, the city had to set up an emergency processing facility. >> is this city at a breaking point? >> we are at a critical point. we need something to happen. there's over a thousand releases to our community a day. >> reporter: el paso is now chartering their own buses to help migrants head north. volunteers make sure these families know where they are going before leaving on the buses. shelters fill up every day forcing some families to sleep on a city sidewalk near the bus station. immigration attorneys regularly walk through this area to help them. >> it's a humanitarian crisis. look at where we are in downtown el paso at the moment. there are a lot of migrants here. they're suffering and will be spending the night outside. they're here, we might as well help them. that's el paso mentality. we're a close community. >> reporter: and just to be very clear, the buses that are leaving el paso now are
not connected in any way to governor greg abbott, or governor desantis or governor doocy. they're for a completely different purpose and so far they have spent $1 million of their own money to try to get these migrants out of here up north to where they want to go to next. janai? >> you said that they are in crisis mode. we are seeing that playing out with an incredible human toll. mireya, thank you for your reporting. this morning the political fallout is intensifying. florida governor ron desantis who chartered the planes to send the migrants from texas to martha's vineyard is unapologetic saying it is just the beginning. abc's elizabeth schulze is at the white house where the administration is firing back. and, elizabeth, they're trying to take action on the ground. >> reporter: janai, that's right. good morning. the white house tells us that it is now surging resources to el paso sending personnel from the department of homeland security on the ground there to help deal with this influx of migrants. administration officials say that they are engaging across
federal agencies on the topic of immigration, but they are offering few details as to how they're actually coordinating on the ground with local officials in texas. for months texas governor greg abbott and arizona governor doug ducey have been busing them to democratic led cities like d.c., new york, chicago and florida governor ron desantis paying an aviation company $615,000 as part of a relocation program just under a week before 50 migrants were flown to martha's vineyard. president biden is now blasting republicans for using human lives as political props saying it is simply wrong. the president insists that there is a process in place to manage migrants at the border and that these political stunts are slowing down that process. as to whether the administration will pursue any legal action against republican governors for how they transported the migrants, the white house is the president is also urging congress to pursue comprehensive
immigration reform, but, of course, there is little appetite for that ahead of the midterms. guys? >> yeah, congress has been deadlocked over this for decades. elizabeth, thank you. turning to queen elizabeth's final farewell. let's go back to amy and t.j. in london with more. good morning, once again, guys. >> hello to you again. you might be able to hear the construction going on behind me. this has been going on in preparation, getting a lot of things ready for the huge crowds that will be out here, but there have been a lot of somber moments. last night the queen's kids gathered together to honor their mom, the royal siblings joined the king's bodyguard to ceremoniously protect the queen's coffin. they were military dressed there. >> "the daily express" showing a photo of the moment with the headline, we're with you always, ma'am. then "the times" with the headline,guarding their mother. "the daily mirror" simply stating, one nation. >> the story out of london has been for days, this week, people still queueing, getting there, this line. we're talking about stretching for miles and miles. up to five miles lining up to say good-bye to the queen and
woke up and that line, they've been giving people updates. the queue tracker on line to give you live updates. and sure enough, it was 24 hours when we first got up. it's down to 14 but warning pople we still might pause this thing if it gets too full in a particular part. so still keeping an eye on that. >> there was an incident inside westminster hall, a member of the public rushed the queen's coffin before eventually being taken down by police and arrested. but aside from that, it has been a peaceful, somber scene as people continue to pay their respects to the queen. >> what might those in line catch a glimpse of? well, in just a few hours, the queen's grandchildren will hold their own vigil with prince william, prince harry expected to stand at either end of their grandmother's coffin. abc's maggie rulli in london with the latest on this farewell. maggie, hello to you. >> reporter: hey, t.j., you know, we just saw some footage of the line. it's been incredible to witness. we've talked to people as they've been waiting, many of them for hours, some throughout the entire night, and for many it's almost been a moment of celebration.
so many people are sharing their favorite memories of the queen. others telling us they're making lifelong best friends while waiting in that line. but, you know, it's also a somber mood. as one woman told me, she says, i've got my hanky ready. an intimate moment with the queen's children guarding her majesty in silence for 15 minutes. king charles flanked by princess anne, prince andrew and prince edward on friday facing away from the casket as they pay their respects to their late mother. meanwhile, the queue outside now stretching more than five miles across bridges and down the river thames, some waiting as many as 24 hours. >> we love her, and it's been like losing a family member, so it's just wonderful. we don't regret any minute of it, do we? we've got another two hours to go apparently, but we'll do it. >> reporter: at one point the line pausing for eight hours and now reports of 100 people treated for injuries, most head injuries from fainting. >> i have no sensation in my
knees at all or legs, but it's been fine. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands showing up including david beckham, the football legend not getting any special treatment arriving in the middle of the night waiting in line for 13 hours. he spoke with itv. >> we sang, you know, "god save our queen." that was something that meant so much to us. this day was always going to be difficult, and it's difficult for the nation. it's difficult for everyone around the world. >> reporter: inside, tearful, bowing his head and saying a final good-bye. with so many paying their respects, prince edward releasing this statement, we have been overwhelmed by the tide of emotion that has engulfed us and the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to express their own love, admiration and respect. william and kate spending the day meeting with some of the troops participating in monday's funeral, an event expected to be viewed by 4.1 billion people, more than half of the global population.
and later today, all eight grandchildren are expected to stand vigil at her majesty's casket including prince william and prince harry, both in their military uniforms at the request of the king. guys, this is going to be the first time we're seeing prince harry in his military uniform since he left royal duties more than 2 1/2 years ago. amy? >> yes, maggie, they're making that exception for prince harry, and it will be a sight to see for people who are in line waiting to also witness all of that. thank you so much. janai, back to you. >> thank you so much. in the meantime, we do turn now to the war in ukraine. russia's president putin threatening to escalate the fighting, that as ukraine is pointing to new evidence of russian war crimes. hundreds of people found buried in the woods. abc's lama hasan joins us now from london as investigators work to identify the bodies discovered in territory recently occupied by russia. lama, an unbelievable discovery. >> reporter: yeah, good morning to you, janai. it's a shocking discovery.
a mass burial site in a forest in the outskirts of izyum, which is a newly liberated city in eastern ukraine. rows of graves with wooden cross, some have names, other marked with a number. ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy says at least 450 people, most of them civilians, including women and children were buried at the site. the regional governor adding that some of the bodies had their hands tied behind their backs. now, president zelenskyy is accusing russia of torture and war crimes adding that an investigation with international help is under way. russia has not responded to these allegations. but vladimir putin has dismissed a ukrainian counteroffensive warning that russia will respond forcefully if its troops were put under further pressure, and this, of course, all comes as the u.s. pledges another $600 million worth of military aid to ukraie. whit? >> lama, thank you. turning now to the oval office meetings between president biden and the families of brittney griner and paul whelan, both families eager for progress on the release of their loved ones being held in russian
custody. abc's phil lipof is here now. phil, good morning to you. what more are you learning about these meetings? >> whit, good morning to you. we knee these meetings took place in the oval office. the white house says the president met with paul whelan's sister elizabeth first and brittney griner wife cherelle. paul whelan is a former marine, as you know, arrested in 2018 on espionage charges and sentenced to 16 years behind bars. griner, a wnba star has been in russian custody for seven months now, convicted on drug charges sentenced to nine years in jail. overnight her wife talking to the president and thanking the president in a statement saying, i felt every minute of the grueling seven months without her. i look forward to the day my wfe is back. now, the white house has offered a trade of a notorious russian arms dealer in a prisoner swap, but according to national security council spokesperson admiral john kirby, who briefed the media just yesterday, the russians have simply not
responded yet. kirby says the united states made, quote, a serious offer and that griner and whelan shouldn't have been detained in the first place. we're told the president assured the families that both brittney and paul are front of mind, and he will not stop working until he gets them home. secretary of state blinken said of the effort, just because we don't say something or you don't see something doesn't mean it's not happening. so, whit, a lot going on behind the scenes. >> phil, thank you. now to the countdown to the midterm elections. with just 52 days until election day, abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks is in ann arbor finding out what michigan voters are saying about the big issues that could determine how they cast their ballots. maryalice, good morning. >> reporter: yes, it's game day here in ann arbor. good morning, whit. the university of michigan wolverines set to take on the uconn huskies. and, of course, here on campus at the university of michigan they cheer, go blue. but we are just 52 days until the election, and so, of course, the big question is whether this
state will go blue. >> go blue. >> reporter: the countdown to election day less than two months away. high stakes campaigns now in high gear. >> are you planning to vote in november? >> yes. >> i am. >> reporter: on the ballot this november in the battleground state of michigan abortion, a proposal to change the state's constitution to guarantee abortion access, front and center on voters' minds. >> i think both sides are really energized. >> what issues matter most to you? >> i think for me the biggest thing is probably abortion rights. >> i think restricting people from like things like abortion i mean, that's just pretty dangerous in my opinion. >> i think i'm going to stick mostly democrat because of the overturning of like roe v. wade. so i'm definitely focused on trying to get women's rights. >> reporter: this republican woman telling us she plans to vote for the proposal to keep abortion access but also for the staunchly anti-abortion rights republican candidate in the governor's race. >> it's my body.
i can do what i want with it. that's truly how i feel. >> reporter: it's two women on the ballot for governor here. tudor dixon, a businesswoman, challenging gretchen whitmer who's campaigning for a second term. whitmer hand in hand with president biden this week as he visited the detroit auto show announcing major funding for electric vehicle charging stations. >> the great american road trip is going to be fully electrified. >> reporter: in motor city car companies betting big on electric vehicles. we asked voters outside the auto show about it and that support from the white house. >> yes, it's a lot of excitement. yep. >> we have a lot of autoworkers in my family, some retired. some are for, some are against. >> i just don't this the infrastructure is there yet. >> i think it's good to have a plan for the environment. >> reporter: now, there are also
several key house congressional races in the state we'll be watching, and other issues that voters told me were top of mind, climate change, protecting the environment and, of course, the economy with inflation and food prices so high. janai? >> so interesting to see what politics they care about while out there caring about sports. maryalice, thank you so much. time now for the weather, danielle breezy from our nashville affiliate wkrn watching it all. hey, danielle. >> reporter: hey, and i got to tell you we were watching tropical storm fiona. we also have the remnants of a typhoon headed to alaska. take a look at this. this low pressure system not going to move in the next 24 hours, which means large waves headed to the west coast. they could see 50-foot waves in particular. they had it recorded in the ocean and also a lot of rain. three to
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perhaps you would like a marmalade sandwich. i always keep one for emergencies. >> so do i. i keep mine in here. welcome back. >> i love that. >> remember everyone was talking about that when that commercial aired. who can forget when we finally found out what the queen kept in her purse and that she loved marmalade sandwiches. coming up in our second hour, another one of her favorites, we try out the monarch's 60-year-old pancake recipe. >> looking forward to that. we've just been going through these clips. she had such a sense of humor and it's been nice to go back and have those memories again. before we head back out to london and t.j. and amy in a moment, we do want to look at some of the other big stories we're following this morning.
happening right now, the justice department has filed a motion asking for the fbi to regain access to about 100 sensitive documents seized at former president trump's mar-a-lago estate. the motion does not try to block the newly appointed so-called special master from reviewing those documents. also right now, west virginia is now the second state to impose a near total ban on abortions since the supreme court overturned the constitutional protection in roe v. wade this past june. this new law has exemptions for medical emergencies and for rape and incest until eight weeks of pregnancy for adults and 14 weeks for minors. and visitors at the detroit auto show got to see the world's first flying bike this week. take a look at this. a japanese start-up introduced this hover bike. it's capable of flying for about 40 minutes and can reach speeds of up to 62 miles per hour, and it sells for, you know, just $777,000.
but that's fast. speaking of george jetson, he'd be proud of that. >> that's what i thought about too, george jetson. we have to widen the bike lanes. all right. we do start this hour with more on farewell to the queen and the events taking place surrounding her funeral. so let's go back to amy and t.j. in london. hey, again, guys. >> hello again. we were just commenting, we could have used that hover bike today. the crowds have grown. we had all kinds of issues we told you about trying to just get to our live location here in westminster. but really they expected this weekend, and the crowds have shown up and they absolutely have shown up all over the country now descending on london and today is going to be all about queen elizabeth's grandchildren. all eight of them are expected to stand vigil beside her coffin. prince william the heir to the throne will stand at the head of the coffin. harry will be at the foot, and both of them will be in their military uniform. both are military vets. harry wore his civilian clothes during the procession of the queen's coffin from buckingham palace because he's no longer a working member of the royal family. the king, however, gave harry special -- a special permission
here after it was requested that he go along with his brother william and both will wear military uniforms. and we mentioned this. it became a bit of a story. it was talked about a lot. a lot thought it was ridiculous, that he should be allowed to wear his military uniform. he actually served a couple touring in afghanistan. >> and he will be doing that. of course, monday will bring the queen's official state funeral. the service begins at 11:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. new york time. it will last about an hour, and then there will be a procession leaving westminster abbey. the queen's coffin will head to windsor where she will -- where she will be buried with her late husband prince philip, the duke of edinburgh, in a private service. now, london police say the queen's state funeral will be the largest single policing event the force has ever landed surpassing even the 2012 summer olympics and the queen's platinum jubilee in june, which we saw here celebrating her 70 years on the throne. so a lot of people here to make it happen and to make it happen peacefully, and we've seen -- people queueing up for hours and it has been a peaceful endeavor.
>> you know, it's remarkable to think, guys, about how many people are here. we talk about a line that at times, 24 hours long and 5 miles long and people, everyone has complimented how well it's gone, it's become a communal event. it's a pilgrimage that people are making and have camaraderie and are together in the line through this shared experience, so it's been going well. >> with the death of queen elizabeth, of course, comes the question, what will happen to some of those crown jewels? the collection includes some of the world's most rare and valuable gemstones, but how they were acquired by the royal family is now coming under some scrutiny. and abc's maggie rulli is joining us again with that story. hi, maggie. >> reporter: hey, amy. you know, the crown jewels are one of britain's most precious national treasures. the collection is truly priceless. i'm going to read to you what's in the crown alone. it has 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 17 sapphires and 11 emeralds.
it is truly incredible. but, guys, many of these gems came from former british colonies, and now some are calling for them to be returned. it's the symbol of the british monarchy, the imperial crown, now seen placed solemnly atop queen elizabeth's crown. >> it is the identity behind which the entire power of the united kingdom is exercised. >> reporter: but with the queen's passing, there are now renewed questions as to the ownership of the nearly 3,000 rare gems. some say they were spoils of war and should be returned. >> history is complicated. there are, of course, people who would want issues of the past adjusted, changed, directions altered. >> reporter: imbedded into the imperial crown, a diamond cut from the largest uncut diamond ever found. it's known as the second star of
africa, mined in what is now south africa in 1905. atop the solemn scepter sits a 530-carat diamond set to be worth $400 million also from south africa and there are growing demands from within india to return the famous diamond set in the queen mother's crown, the 105-carat oval diamond is said to be the most expensive in the world. >> people should feel passionately about symbols, because that's what symbols are. but as to what will happen, well, that's a matter for the government. the government makes decisions about what belongs to the nation because these things don't actually belong to the king. they belong to the united kingdom. >> reporter: the crown was worn during the queen's coronation in 1953 and at the openings of parliament. and will now rest on the head of king charles iii. only time will determine if it's a symbol of the monarchy's future of the colonialism of days past.
those hundreds of thousands of people now waiting in the queue to pay their respects will have a chance to see the imperial crown where it currently rests on top of the queen's coffin, guys. >> well, we will see what king charles will decide in the coming days and years during his reign. all right, maggie, thank you. we'll turn it back to you, whit. >> we'll check back in a bit. you can join amy and t.j. for abc's live coverage of queen elizabeth's funeral on monday with robin roberts and david muir beginning at 5:30 a.m. eastern. we do turn check of the weather and get back to danielle breezy because we are tracking that tropical storm fiona as it comes into the caribbean and puerto rico. danielle? >> reporter: yeah, we're definitely watching that storm and we're also watching the threat for severe storms in parts of the midwest. i want to show you this video. this is our earth cam video out of dyersville, iowa. you can see the dark clouds over the baseball field there. and we are looking at a cold front to spread through that area, developing showers and storms as we head through the
afternoon and evening hours. and, unfortunately, there is a severe weather risk out there today for st. cloud, minnesota, also des moines, iowa, a level 2 out of 5. it's a slight risk meaning we could see damaging winds, hail, not to mention even an isolated tornado. and, unfortunately, that threat is going to shift as we head into sunday. we could see severe weather anywhere from missouri to illinois to iowa. we're looking at damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, not to mention an isolated tornado, so a lot going on in the midwest, a lot quieter here in nashville. that's a look at what's >> reporter: and like i said, it's going to be nice and dry this weekend in nashville. we're really excited about that
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welc welcome back to "gma" on a beautiful saturday in london and what you're seeing here, king charles there greeting folks. he along with his son prince william doing so today meeting people in line to pay their respects to her majesty. of course, we've been talking so much about people that have been lined up in that queue in particular, but a lot of people all over london, we have seen here, robach, they are lining up in all kinds of places just hoping for a glimpse, and we got a glimpse a short time ago. people are lined up and were lucky enough to see the king pass by. >> and the reaction from the crowd including us, king charles, everybody was so excited. it's funny, because, yes, they're here in their part in london but when you see them up close, it's exciting, and people had a lot of excitement
as they watched the royal family make their way to westminster hall. officials had to close the line at one point. that's how much they were trying to queue up. there was a queue for the queue and then once it was re-opened, people were advised they would have to wait as long as 24 hours before their chance of seeing the queen, and it was a cold night. temperatures dropped into the 40s here in london. >> and people keep doing it, and it's funny that there was -- they closed the official line, people on their own started their own line, another line. so, of course, there's so many moments that we have seen here in london. our faith abubey has been talking to some of the people out there who are wanting to be a part of history including, faith, you talked to a guy who has a shared history with the queen. >> reporter: these are the faces of the hundreds of thousands of mourners in line to bid farewell to britain's longest reigning monarch. each person in the crowd with their own stories of what brought them here to pay their final respects. we met peter stratford, a former firefighter in the line near westminster bridge. >> 11 1/2 hours. >> 11 1/2 hours with 3 1/2 at least more to go.
>> reporter: he was one of the firefighters who in 1992 battled a devastating blaze at windsor castle, queen elizabeth's then weekend home. >> she was so lovely. i'm 70 years of age and known her all my life, 70 years she's been my queen. it's very touching. >> reporter: he showed us a photo of the scene 30 years ago as the fire tore through part of the 1,000-room royal residence. >> that is the brunswick tower at windsor castle 30 years ago this november. there i am just about to put on my breathing apparatus to go into the fire. >> reporter: queen elizabeth sending the now retired fireman a thank you letter for helping save the day. peter also gifted this medallion in 1997 after the restoration at windsor castle was completed. today he's here bidding farewell to the only monarch he's ever known. >> i get upset. it's so special. >> reporter: and peter says walking by that coffin yesterday
was such a moving experience for him. he says he waited in line for 14 hours, but he was grateful he got that experience. t.j.? >> it's amazing. people can see exactly how long that line is and how long it'll take them and they still keep showing up. faith abubey, thank you so much. and, folks, we are back here on "gma," a special edition. stay with us. so whether you■re breaking a sweat, breaking down barriers, or breaking the laws of gravity, keep moving with the ultimate energy bar. we bake in delicious, wholesome ingredients, purposefully crafted with a blend of protein,■fat and carbs. because the more good you put in, the more great you get out. clif. baked in goodness. now introducing clif thins. a crispy, craveable 100-calorie snack.
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and cleaner air. yes on 30. a live look at prince william there greeting people. we'll be back, right back. >> announcer: next week on "gma," what will kim kardashian reveal when she comes live to >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. stephanie: good morning, i am stephanie sierra. in san jose, an eight-year-old boy was struck in killed while walking to school with his babysitter. jacob viento way but was in a crosswalk on his way to castle
rock elementary. he and his babysitter were a block away from school when they were hit. both were taken to the hospital. sadly, jacob did not survive. as of friday night, san jose has recorded 50 traffic deaths so far this year alone, and jacob's death is the first juvenile debt this year. in the east bay, part service has been restored after a --b.a.r.t. service has been restored after motorcycle landed on the tracks between the 19th street and macarthur stations. the person on the motorcycle was then struck and killed by a train. trains were initially stopped in all directions, but the lines were slowly restored. turning to weather now, meteorologist lisa argen is tracking some wet weather moving in this weekend. good morning. lisa: good morning, stephanie. that is right. we have signed in emeryville, 55
in san francisco. you can see the haze over san francisco. gusty winds throughout the day after they come in from the south. chile at 47, concord is up to 60. we are starting out sunny and cooler. by the afternoon, finishing cooler than yesterday, and we have those winds to thank for that. 23 miles an hour in san francisco, and notice today in the 60's and 70's with those breezy the gusty winds at the coast with increasing clouds throughout the afternoon. stephanie?
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stephanie: a growing memorial in the south bay for an 8-year-old boy struck by a car and killed on his way to school. it is saturday september 17. i'm stephanie sierra. we will have more on that but first let's get to the weather. lisa is tracking where you could expect rain. lisa: today is dry and we have a system in the pac-12 northwest bringing gusty winds and cooler conditions. we have fog at the coast and you can see from s.f.o. the lowe cloud deck. 57 san jose, some
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