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than 20 million views. that tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the state of florida bracing for impact as a dangerous storm is expected to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane. and thousands arrested in russia in a violent anti-war crackdown. >> first, that state of emergency in florida. residents filling sandbags, stocking up on supplies. officials warning people to get ready for ian now. the storm expected to strength into a major hurricane in the warm waters of the gulf of mexico before taking aim at florida. >> and news from canada and puerto rico tonight after a devastating hurricane wiped away homes and knocked out power. rob marciano standing by from tampa with the latest hurricane track and timing out another severe weather threat in the northeast. major new developments in the war in ukraine. anger boiling over in russia against vladimir putin's new
draft. more than 2,000 people arrested across dozens of cities. thousands fleeing the country. many of them young men hoping to avoid the horrors of the battlefield. president zelenskyy's message to the russians who may be forced to fight and the u.s. now warning of catastrophic consequences if russia turns to nuclear weapons. tom soufi burridge on the ground in ukraine. 44 days away from the midterms, the battle for control of congress is intensifying. abortion weighing heavily on the minds of many voters. as arizona enacts a near total ban. what a new abc news/"washington post" poll says about where americans stand on abortion. and what democrats think about whether president joe biden should run for a second term. the deadly protests in iran spreading to more cities. dozens killed in violent clashes after the death of a young woman in police custody. arrested for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly. >> the urgent manhunt for a killer in philadelphia.
after a recent college grad is gunned down in what police think may have been a random shooting. a high school football player's tragic death. a community mourning the loss of an up and coming freshman after taking a hit in the second half of a game. his grieving parents now speaking out. nasa on the eve of a potential breakthrough in space. a mission in planetary defense. and major news about the next super bowl halftime show. what the nfl is saying about superstar rihanna taking center stage. >> announcer: from abc news world headquarters in new york, this is "world news tonight." good evening. it's great to have you with us on this sunday. i'm whit johnson. we have a lot to cover tonight. the fury in russia over the new draft is spreading. authorities arresting more than 2,000 people as some russians race to flee. >> we begin in florida, bracing for a dangerous hurricane. the governor declaring a state
of emergency and calling up 2500 members of the national guard. ian is now churning in the warm waters of the caribbean and gaining strength by the hour as it impacts the cayman islands. before closing in on western cuba. from there, the models with a large amount of uncertainty, ian could move up east with tampa taking a direct hit or move closer to the florida panhandle later this week. many residents taking the time to prepare, filling sandbags and stocking up on supplies, including bottled water and wood to board up windows. meantime, along canada's atlantic coast, the massive cleanup under way after fiona slammed into the region. and in puerto rico where fiona first came ashore as a hurricane, hundreds of thousands are still without power. also tonight, there's another severe weather threat in the northeast. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano leading us off from tampa. >> tonight, all of florida is under a state of emergency. with a track that's far from
certain, ian poised to rapidly intensify. >> be prepared now. take a look at your plans. know where you're going to go and how to keep your family safe. >> ian expected to become a major hurricane as soon as tuesday morning. jose lugo filling sandbags. he was in puerto rico helping his parents before fiona. >> now i'm here helping myself and everybody else that i can. >> families already making a run on sheets of wood to board up their homes. this is tampa bay, a massive body of water that spans 30 miles to the gulf of mexico. only 11 feet deep with the right wind, that water gets pushed up the bay, piling up until it reaches downtown and has nowhere else to go. flooding the core of the city. nasa watching closely too. weighing whether to roll back artemis one's $4 billion rocket from the launch pad. this as fiona struck canada as the most powerful storm on record. a terrifying nighttime landfall hitting early saturday.
multiple buildings washed into the sea. roofs ripped off apartments. scores of trees toppled in neighborhoodft nghborhood. and tonight, long lines for gas amid widespread power outages. >> you're waiting hours for gas. like just to get generators in your house. >> it's erto more than 600,000 customers remain without power there. so let's get right to rob marciano there in tampa, and rob, we know florida is on high alert. how soon could ian make landfall? >> well, whit, it really depends on where it makes landfall. the sooner it makes landfall will be south and if it goes north, it will be later. let's show you where the storm is now. it hasn't organized much today. it's about 500 miles south of cuba but we do expect it to rapidly intensify over the next 48 hours and crossing western cuba as we go tuesday into wednesday. tropical storm watches now posted for the keys. you'll feel those winds early
wednesday and then maybe a category 3 or 4 on wednesday abreast or over tampa during the day on thursday and then making landfall eventually. you can see the computer models, they're still way out there, so there's a lot of uncertainty where this will make landfall. we do think it willweaken some. severe weather across the northwest and mid-atlantic. another threat will continue over the next couple hours, next couple days they're preparing here in florida. >> rob, our thanks to you and your team. please stay safe out there. we appreciate it. >> developing news overseas. violent protests in russia over vladimir putin's call-up of 300,000 troops to fight in ukraine. more than 2,000 people have been arrested in recent days as the anger in the country boils over. tonight, the u.s. with a very public warning to putin over his nuclear threats. abc's tom soufi burridge in uraine for us again tonight. >> tonight, widespread anger boiling over in the streets of russia. protesters outraged over putin's
military draft. police cracking down, seen here kicking a man in the head. this officer firing warning shots to disperse a crowd in the russian republic of dagestan. these videos now circulating online. here, women facing down police, insisting it was russia that attacked ukraine. crying no war. more than 2,000 arrested across 35 cities in recent days according to human rights activists. and a moment of rebellion -- a crowd overpowering an officer, setting a protestor free. tonight, an independent russian newspaper quoting a kremlin source, saying more than a quarter of a million men have left russia in the four days since putin announced the draft. quoting a kremlin source. tomorrow, neighboring georgia is closing its border to russian men of fighting age. with putin's back against the wall, the white house vowing to respond if russia resorts to nuclear weapons.
>> we have communicated directly, privately to the russians, at very high levels, that there will be catastrophic consequences for russia if they use nuclear weapons in ukraine. >> reporter: president zelenskyy tonight saying he doesn't think putin's nuclear threat is a bluff, and appealing to new russian recruits that if they surrender, they will be treated humanely. russia staging referendums through the weekend in russian occupied regions of ukraine. the kremlin moving to declare those regions part of russia. and russia's foreign minister saying newly-annexed regions will be given "full protection" by the russian state. whit, those breath taking scenes tonight in russia, particularly in dagestan are a problem for the kremlin. putin's gamble of bringing in a military draft is still playing out, and tonight, a u.s. official claiming putin has had disagreements with his generals amid those battlefield losses here in ukraine.
>> tom, thank you. >> back here at home, the midterm elections are just 44 days away and abortion will be a major issue for voters. arizona with a near total ban as a new poll shows a majority of americans disapprove of the supreme court's decision overturning roe v. wade and what the poll also reveals about 2024, whether democrats and republicans want president biden and donald trump to run again. here's abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks. >> reporter: tonight, early voting beginning in several states, a key issue in the midterm elections, abortion, back front and center in arizona. now, in a controversial decision, a state judge saying a century-old near-total abortion ban can take effect in the state. the same weekend republicans' 15-week ban went into law. the old statute with language dating back to 1864, long before arizona was even a state, has democrats up in arms. >> women and girls will die because of it.
>> democrats hoping strong feelings on abortion will move voters to the polls. according to our new poll, americans broadly oppose the supreme court's ruling overturning roe v. wade. with americans trusting democrats by a 20-point margin on the issue. and some republicans are taking notice. in wisconsin, the republican candidate for governor, tim michaels, flip-flopping. now saying he would support exceptions to the state's abortion ban for rape and incest. both parties facing a cross roads, our poll finds, with a majority of democrats wanting the party to replace president biden at the top of the ticket in 2024. republicans facing a divide, split almost evenly on whether former president trump should represent them. >> the new republican party is the party of we the people. >> trump endorsing the republican candidate for governor of arizona, kerri lake, who does not accept the results of the 2020 election. fellow republican liz cheney speaking at the texas tribute festival in austin this weekend,
saying bluntly, she will campaign for democrats to make sure election deniers like lake are defeated. >> if we elect people who have said that they're not going to certify results or who are going to try to steal elections, then we really are putting the republic at risk. >> maryalice parks joining us now. we heard liz cheney there. she and the other members of the january 6th committee will be back before the americans people this week with another hearing, and there are some new details starting to emerge about that day. >> yeah, one of the committee members acknowledging the committee is aware of this detail making headlines that there could have been a call between the white house switchboard and a january 6th rioter. the committee has been careful not to get ahead of this hearing. it could be their last one. but they're promising they will fill in some of the details and show a coordinated plot from the former president to overturn the election results and they're promising this hearing will be sweeping and have new information. whit. >> maryalice, thank you. >> stay with abc news. david and the entire team will have live coverage of
wednesday's january 6th hearings starting at 1:00 p.m. eastern. tonight, u.s. officials are condemning the most recent missile launch from north korea. south korea says the north fired a short range ballistic missile that did not threaten the u.s. or its allies. this latest launch coming as vice president kamala harris was preparing to head to the region. her first stop is the funeral for japan's former prime minister. the aircraft carrier, the uss ronald reagan, also recently arrived in south korea for planned military drills. next tonight, the deadly protests spreading in iran, now reaching a ninth day. demonstrators angry over the death in police custody of a 22-year-old woman arrested for allegedly not wearing her head scarf properly. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: tonight, thousands of men and women out in force on the streets of tehran for the ninth consecutive day, ignited by the death of 22-year-old mahsa amini. protestors bravely staring down
security forces, chasing away a riot police van. security forces brutally cracking down, pushing back hundreds of protesters. clashes breaking out. at least 41 people killed so far. it's the largest anti-government demonstrations the country has seen in years. in a wave of defiance, women who, under strict islamic law in iran, must cover their hair, are now burning their hijab or headscarves and cutting their hair. and across the world, solidarity demonstrations, from outside the white house to berlin and ee >> i'm cutting my hair because many of my sisters in iran, they're going to die. >> reporter: amini was arrested in tehran by the notorious morality police who say she was not wearing her headscarf correctly. she later died in custody. iranian officials say she died due to underlying health issues. her family said she had no prior conditions and believe she was killed at the hands of the police.
the protests show no signs of slowing down. they're spreading across the country because iranians say they're tired of a failing economy and an oppressive regime. whit. >> thank you. next tonight, an urgent search is under way for the shooter of a 23-year-old man outside of drexel university in philadelphia. authorities say there doesn't appear to be any prior contact between the two men. here's abc's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight, philadelphia authorities are searching for a suspected killer in what they are calling an unprovoked murder. police releasing this chilling surveillance video showing the alleged gunman waking down a street near drexel university early thursday morning. he then crosses paths with 23-year-old everett beauregard, gunning him down immediately. >> mr. beauregard is struck one time in the base of his neck, severing his spinal cord. >> reporter: beauregard was just blocks from his home. police say the killer took off running, identified only by his dark clothing and facemask. they believe he had no known
connection to the victim. >> tragically mr. beauregard's life was cut short by this horrific act of violence and for no apparent reason whatsoever. >> beauregard, a recent graduate of temple university, remembered by friends and family for his compassion and aspirations to pursue business school. whit, authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. whit. >> disturbing video there. zachary, thank you. we turn now to the tragic death of a high school football player in new jersey. freshman xavier mcclain suffered a severe injury during a game and died on wednesday. his devastated parents are now speaking out. here's abc's phil lipof. >> a high school football team in new jersey taking the field, with heavy hearts, without one of their own. the mayor of linden posting these pictures of 16-year-old xavier mcclain. >> i lost my boy. i lost my son. >> only 16. had his whole life ahead of him.
>> norm and lisa mcclain feeling a pain no parent should. their 16-year-old son xavier suffered a severe injury in the second half of a football game in linden, new jersey, on september 9th. in the hospital for two weeks, he died wednesday. >> he was loved. he was in every sport, social, bright, gifted and talented. we're never going to see him graduate from high school. >> saturday, an emotional effort. >> we ask that you join us in observing a moment of silence. >> dedicating the game and their win to xavier. the jets head coach offering this in a video posted on twitter. >> on behalf of the jets organization, heartfelt condolences to his mother, lisa, his father norman, his brother andres, and the entire community. >> linden is a very tight knit community. the mayor says xavier's family will not go through this alone. the funeral will be held wednesday.
whit. >> truly a tragic loss. phil, thank you. >> we turn now to the vote in italy where early exit shows a right wing coalition with a strong lead in an election coming at a critical time for europe. far right leader giorgia meloni could become the first woman premier leading italy's first far right government since world war ii. and much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. a powerful and dangerous typhoon slams into northeastern philippines forcing thousands to evacuate. >> and an investigation is under way after the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man, los angeles police mistaking his air soft gun for a rifle. peaceful state. full plate. wait, are you my blind date? dancing crew. trip for two. nail the final interview. buy or lease? masterpiece. inside joke. artichoke. game with doug. brand new mug. come here, kid. gimme a hug.
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finally tonight, the new frontier in space. nasa's deliberate collision with an asteroid. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, nasa on the eve of a potential breakthrough in space exploration. scientists hoping to witness its spacecraft crashing into an asteroid 7 million miles from earth, calling it an important step in planetary defense. >> so far, nothing recent enough that it has a large impact on our civilization, but it could happen. >> the mission is designed to show how nasa may be able to redirect a dangerous asteroid that may some day threaten earth. >> liftoff of the falcon 9 and dart. >> the dart mission, lifting off last year, aboard a spacex falcon 9 rocket, the spacecraft has been hurtling toward two
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the bay area and around theotesn world over the death of an iranian woman detained by morality police and chaotic moment. set of san francisco music festival concertgoers highlighting what they say were dangerous issues abc 7 news at six starts right now. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. from the golden gate bridge to union square demonstrators continue to voice their outrage over the death of an iranian woman detained over her head scarf. thanks for joining us. i'm jr. stone the death of 22 year old masa amini has scored worldwide protests abc 7 news reporter suzanne fawn joins us live with
more on the turnout today in the bay area suzanne on the golden gate bridge at union square demonstrators are angry about what happened thousands of miles away in iran and they're demanding justice for masa. amini's death. they came out in force a sea of people poured onto the golden gate bridge this sunday unified determined demanding change the goal to stand together and send a strong message to iran thousands of people formed a ancisclama. acrosshe san a's jt beautiful seeing this solidaritofhe pplthe catalg the death of 22 year old masa amini. she died in the custody of iran's so-called morality police and was reportedly detained for improperly covering her hair with the islamic head scarf or hijab 21 year old. yes verizon afar a uc berkeley student among the many people moved to take action. it