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making news in america this morning, deadly storms. a powerful system moving east spawning at least two powerful tornadoes and high winds ripping down a tent at a festival. where these storms are heading right now. raging wildfire. 54,000 acres and barely contained. the dry conditions on the west coast fueling this massive blaze and several others. buildings burning and people forced from their homes. illegal hunt. a second american doctor accused of poaching in africa. another lion killed in a protected area. new details on this investigation. and insane stunt. forget the surfboard, the jet ski, this daredevil uses his motorcycle on the water.
and good monday morning to you all. we have to start with severe weather that's hitting several states producing strong winds, hail and tornadoes. >> the radar showing that strong line of storms moving east overnight heading east moving across to detroit heading toward pittsburgh and albany right now. >> and this image here showing what the storm system is capable of producing. a strong tornado was spotted just west of des moines iowa, some reported damage there. >> oh, my god. oh, my god, no. i'm going to shut the gas off. >> you're okay. >> panic in eastern michigan as a tornado rolled through that area. the twister damaged several buildings including a school. >> severe storms turned deadly in illinois. high winds caused a tent to collapse at a festival. we get more now from abc's bazi kanani. >> this is horrible. >> reporter: festivalgoers described the frightening moments that led to this. at least 15 injured and 1 person killed when a sudden storm
barreled through the annual prairie fest near chicago. powerful winds sent the main tent and its 30-foot poles flying. rescuers had to cut holes in the tarp to free those trapped inside. >> i saw one of my friends on the floor. her whole arm right here was cut. >> reporter: in another part of town the storm sent thousands scrambling to take shelter at the annual lollapalooza musical festival. the sharp winds pierced this dome over two indoor softball fields. the youth league playing there got out just in time. >> all of a sudden you could see the rip in the dome, and it just kind of blew down. >> reporter: the system of severe thunderstorms moving across the upper midwest with rain, hail and even some reported tornadoes. >> oh, my god. oh, my god, no. i'm going to shut the gas off. >> reporter: tense moments as a twister approaching in owendale michigan. this family races for shelter. >> let's get into the bathroom here. >> reporter: the violent winds flung around whole trees in northern michigan.
>> literally saw trees being uprooted before our eyes. >> reporter: trunks and branches crashing down on power lines, cars and leaving crews with hours of work to get roads re-opened. bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> incredible pictures. and our other major weather story, dry conditions fueling dozens of wildfires in northern california. the largest fire, the rocky fire more than doubled in size yesterday to 54,000 acres. the blaze has destroyed homes and other buildings. another 6,000 homes are threat more than 12,000 people ordered to get out of there. >> we had seen a couple of spot fires, and those pretty much escalated and got pretty big and took off the whole side of the mountain. >> doomsday. that's what it looked like. >> officials say the brush in that area is the driest in at least a century, and they don't know what the rocky fire will do next. also fires burning in oregon and washington. the 9,000 firefighters working the blaze in northern california aren't going to get any help today from the weather.
>> yeah, we get the complete national weather from accuweather's molly cochran. good morning to you. >> thanks, t.j. and reena. now for monday, we do have the threat for some severe storms across the northeast. the i-95, it is going to be a hot and steamy afternoon. that severe threat does include syracuse and near pittsburgh where flooding downpours and damaging winds will be some of the main impacts. meanwhile, across northern california we continue to have wildfires burn, not the great news coming in for monday. we have dry thunderstorms in place and some additional gusty winds. t.j. and reena, back to you. >> thank you, molly. another close call between a drone and a passenger jet in the country's busiest airspace. sources tell abc news that the pilot of a shuttle america flight spotted a drone while coming in for a landing at jfk airport in new york last night and the drone, well, it came dangerously close to the plane packed with passengers. >> there is a drone incident runway.
>> location please. >> right behind -- [ inaudible ]. >> altitude? >> 30 feet. >> this was the third drone sighting near kennedy airport since friday. the faa has launched a campaign warning people operating drones to stay away from airports. malaysian investigators are hoping to find more aircraft debris after confirming the wing flap that washed ashore is, in fact, from a boeing 777. the part called a flaperon will be analyzed this week by experts in france trying to determine if it came from the missing malaysia airlines flight 370. they're also trying to figure out how it broke off. so far no other wreckage has been linked to the plane including a metal object found on reunion island which turned out to be a ladder. well, police in memphis, tennessee, are trying to track down a cop killer warning he is armed and dangerous. they're looking for this man, 29-year-old tremaine wilbourn. they say he was a passenger in a car pulled over by 33-year-old officer sean bolton. he allegedly struggled with the officer before shooting him multiple times.
the mayor of memphis says the shootings highlight the danger of police work and the ease of getting a gun. well, breaking political news overnight, a first glimpse of hillary clinton's first tv ads set to begin running tomorrow in iowa and new hampshire. they focus on clinton's work on behalf of families and relationship with her late mother, central themes of her earl campaign. and clinton may be facing a challenge from another veteran of the white house, joe biden's chief of staff has been quietly talking to supporters and democratic donors about the possibility of the vice president jumping into the 2016 race. while biden has not authorized any specific moves, his advisers say he is seriously considering a run. well, plunging prices. when $2 a gallon gas is expected to make a return. and scary scene at sunday services. two explosions at two churches just minutes apart. but are they connected? and another american doctor accused of hunting down a lion. the growing big game poaching
a surprise at a south florida beach. rocket debris from the european union's satellite galileo washed up behind a hotel in ft. lauderdale. it was about the size of a mattress. police hauled the debris away and the faa will take a look at it later today to confirm that it's from galileo. motorists in some states could be paying less than $2 for gas by the end of the year. aaa says the national average this morning is 2.65 a gallon. that's 12 cents less than a month ago and nearly a dollar down from a year ago. gasbuddy.com says 20 states could see prices below $2 by christmas mostly in the south and midwest.
>> that's good news, but if you don't feel like driving, try flying. airfares could hit a four-year low. in the next few months the travel app hopper predicts an average domestic fare of $248 through november. nearly 4% cheaper than last year. the reason, fuel is down about 30%. and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to guess what movie was tops at the box office this weekend. nope, it's not impossible or even hard. "mission impossible: rogue nation" pulled off that stunt. the tom cruise film took in $56 million. "vacation" took a detour to a distant second with $15 million and "ant-man" crawled into third with $13 million. when we come back here, a drag race comes to a violent end smashing into a wall. the reality show personality who is behind the wheel. and american pharoah returns, the horse on the tracks for the first time since winning the triple crown. everyone wowed again.
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western mountains. if you're flying, airport delays likeliest in kansas city and denver. well, back to the news now and the frightening attacks on two churches in new mexico. >> bombs went off about 20 minutes apart, one at a baptist church, the other at a catholic church during sunday services in las cruces. the buildings were evacuated. bomb-sniffing dogs brought in. >> i couldn't even see the place. i walk up to the altar and heard, everyone out of the church. i was like what happened? what did we miss while we were -- lots happening. >> because of that timing investigators think the bombings were linked, but they're not revealing any other possible evidence. well, the government of zimbabwe claims that a second american doctor illegally killed a lion. investigators say dr. jon seski, an obstetrician/gynecologist from pittsburgh shot a lion with a bow and arrow back in april. authorities say seski shot the big cat without approval and on land where the hunt was not allowed.
seski is apparently well known in big game hunting circles and is said to have killed six elephants. over the weekend zimbabwe suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in the area where cecil the lion was killed by a minnesota dentist. his whereabouts are unknown. public health investigators in new york are trying to reassure residents after a fourth person has died of %-plegionnaires' disease. at least 65 people have gotten sick. five cooling towers in the south bronx area have been cited as a possible source of contamination and now a city leader is calling for cooling towers to be inspected regularly just as elevators are. a dramatic drag race came to an end in texas with a reality show star having to be rushed to the hospital. daddy dave of discovery channel's "street outlaws" was in that car and lost control and slammed into a wall. you can see the car flipping over several times. his wife posting that he's recovering from a concussion, a bruised lung and lots of bumps
and bruises. his competitors actually pitched in to help with the medical bills. well, also nascar driver brad keselowski says he's to blame for this pit road accident in which three -- you see them there -- three of his own crew members were hit by his car. all three were just fine. keselowski said afterward he felt pretty bad about this whole thing. he went on to finish second in the race. from the nascar track to the horse track, where american pharoah picked up right where he left off. pharoah cruising to victory yesterday in his first race since winning the triple crown in june. >> yeah, the jockey said the win was actually pretty easy. that's a direct quote. the big question is, when will he race next? his owner isn't saying but his final race will likely be at the end of october. continue with the sports theme here in time for some other winners, but these are from major league baseball. >> highlights now from our guys at espn. >> two johns for the price of one, buccigross, anderson. the mets came
into sunday night's game and a chance to sweep and get into first place. >> the game was on espn, sunday night baseball. curtis granderson. bottom of the third, this was the inning, this was the whole game. he homered and then daniel murphy crushes one way up there, seventh of the year, 3-1 mets. then cespedes singled and then duda homered. three homers in like five minutes of realtime. that's all noah syndergaard needed. check out this. wow! 99 miles an hour at the kneecaps and the mets just a game back in the loss column to beat the mets. another potential sweep, andre ethier, the dodgers against the angels. a lot of l.a. stuff going on there. bottom eight, we're tied at two. ethier's solo home run off joe smith. that's really his name. we're not just trying to protect the innocent here. dodgers up, 3-2. we go to extras. ethier gets up again. in the tenth, go home. two-run homer, his 12th of the year.
dodgers, 5-3, they sweep the angels who have lost six straight, nine of ten and are currently four in arrears of the astros. in a central rival clash jon lester, cubs battle the pirates and andrew mccutcheon, who is more fun to watch running than doing anything else. monday, 7:00 p.m. watch espn app which jay harris invented and after that i believe you see bucc and i on "sportscenter." you can stay up for that. monday night "sportscenter." >> merry monday, everybody. >> all right, thanks, fellas. we got quite the scene over the weekend at a beach in san diego where dozens of dogs getting on their boards and, yes, they're out there surfing. >> more than 50 participated in the tenth annual dog surfing competition. the dogs competed against each other. they were about the same size, maybe the best part of it all, it all went to charity. proceeds, that is, went to the san diego humane society. well, up next in "the pulse," the biggest name in fighting, ronda rousey, her weekend win, and this morning
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in a second goal, a reference to february's super bowl, of course. and the amount of time kanye west keeps a smile on his face. >> yes, the the brazilian woman who rousey beat taking to instagram, as well, she thanked her fans and asked them to, quote, wait for her. she says her dream of being a champion continues. >> that was a big fight. >> 34 seconds. i mean, the story we just did about her was longer than the fight, as well. she is a bad sister. well, swimmers enjoying the beaches along the southeast have been plagued, of course, by sharks. they've been worried about that, but now they have something else they need to worry about. >> yeah take a look at this seven-foot-long alligator decided to swim into the shallow waters of a crowded south carolina beach. but police and animal control officers quickly moved in and bravely catching the gator and tying it up. >> yeah, all ended well here. nobody hurt, the alligator was relocated to more suitable waters. >> i'm not a fan of these alligators being from florida. >> oh, yeah. you should love them then. >> i know, but they bring fear, you can see exactly why in this video. >> what do you take, alligators
or sharks? pick one. >> neither. i'll stay at home and watch them on television. next up, a police officer in michigan who is getting some kudos for a rather nontraditional act of heroism. he was on the scene while a baby skunk desperately tried to get its head out of a yogurt container. he was very patient about it. >> yeah, here you see he's letting the thing go round and round, and then he finally gets in there to help the little guy out and takes the container off. this next go-round. there it is, but then the officer got the heck out of there. >> oh. >> well, of course, you can understand maybe why the officer was a little nervous about sticking around too close. the department said on its facebook page "luckily, baby skunks can't spray like adults." the officer didn't know that at the time. he just got out of there, but performed a good deed. >> i never knew that about baby skunks. >> i mean, now if you think, of course, talking about riding a wave, you usually think about somebody on a surfboard. well, robbie maddison turns that on its head. a new video showing the australian stunt rider doing
this, yes, riding waves on a dirt bike. this is in tahiti. he says this was his most ambitious project ever. >> it combined his favorite things, dirt biking, surfing and stand-up jet skiing. who knew that was a thing. it took him two years to accomplish it. there are small skis on the front wheel and a propeller tire on the back. the bike also has an inflatable air bag in case he wipes out. >> but he creates an incredible illusion. it looks like he's riding that thing on the water. >> but he is no jesus. you have to have a little help here. air bags, right? >> i'm sure he prayed about this before he went out there and tried it. well, for some of you out there, your local news is coming up next. for everyone else, stick with us. we'll be right back.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good monday morning. it is 4:28. i am kristen sze. >> i am matt keller. we are talking about nice cool temperatures. >> cooler. we will check with meteorologist mike nicco. >> good morning to you guys. looking at live doppler hd, there is no rain. there are low clouds. a nice sea breeze. the cooling trend will continue with below average to nearly average temperatures. 56 to 64 at 7:00. we will see increasing sun. lingering clouds at noon. up to 74. our range at 4:00 is narrow 66 to 80 much by 7:00 64 to 72. a look at rocky fire conditions in seconds. leyla? we will talk about road closures as a result of the fire. driving do work this morning
look at all the cars building in the cash-paying lanes at the bay bridge toll plaza. hope you had a great weekend. we are experiencing a wait if you head between the east bay into san francisco. moving over to san mateo bridge this drive is looking clear across the water and not finding delays but haze up to the peninsula. not impeding visibility drive time traffic 680 southbound is six minutes and highway 24 is top speeds 5 writ westbound tracy to dublin is 25 minutes. >> abc7 news begins with breaking news. in oakland where an officer was injured in an officer-involved shooting after 1:00 o'clock this morning. maybe around 1:30. at martin luther king jr. way with an exchange of gunfire with a suspect. both were hit. the officer is in stable condition at the hospital. the suspect was pronounced dead
at the. we have crews on the scene with a report shortly. our coverage continues on twitter@abc7newsbayarea. >> firefighters are work an the clock to tackle the fierce risky fire near clear lake. new evacuations are in effect growing to 54,000 acres and only 5 percent contained. the fire is spread at unprecedented rate. sergio has more. >> crews started backfires to cut a fire line along the ridge which is only a couple miles away from clear lake. >> we afraid it will jump the ridge. it is really close. very close. out back is nothing but grandson. >> they cleared equipment from the business close to an evacuation areas. >> we are getting our cools out of the shop as fast as we can. >> david is moving out. he moved all tools to