tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC August 21, 2017 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
live look outside. no eclipse anymore. >> no, gone, but not forgotten. tonight tonight, millions of americans in the path of the eclipse. 99 years since the last total solar eclipse to cross the entire country. from the west coast to the east. [ cheers ] from oregon to idaho, wyoming to nebraska. missouri to illinois. kentucky to tennessee. to south carolina. our team's in all of the states, in small towns, on farms, in national parks. americans looking to the sky. >> there it is. >> and tonight, the massive traffic jams across multiple states. we are in the middle of it. also tonight, the other major news. the disaster at sea. another violent collision involving a u.s. navy ship. ten sailors missing tonight. how did this happen again? breaking news. president trump set to address the nation on afghanistan in
just hours. will he send more american troops? we've we've learned. the shootout at the courthouse. a judge reportedly ambushed. pulling his own weapon and firing back. and chaos in the cabin. the passenger attempting to open the door of an american airlines flight. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. we have a lot of news to get to tonight. but we are here in charleston where we witnessed that once in a lifetime cosmic event along with millions of americans today. the total solar eclipse. the first seen coast to coast across america in nearly a century. this nasa satellite image showing the shadow of the moon moving across the country. and down here, millions drawn together to take in the breathtaking view from oregon to the adler pan et tear yum in chicago, to times square in new york city. tonight, the massive traffic as millions now try to make their way home.
our team across the entire country today, and abc's senior national correspondent, matt gutman, leading us off. >> reporter: after so much anticipation, it arrived right on schedule. the celestial matinee turning night to day in lincoln city, oregon, the first stop tore totality. >> oh, it is just absolutely spectacular. look how dark it is. how quiet it is. the air is still. it is like being in the eye of a hurricane. >> reporter: next up, the place known as solar city. i'm almost speechless. the crowd here is absolutely ecstatic. i'm going to have our cameraman glen turn down the lights. so you actually get a sense -- turn it off, glen. let's see how dark it really is. it's pitch black here! this is the most incredible thing i've ever seen. madras, oregon, going dark for 2:04, and then that sliver of sun coming back. 100,000 people just in this part of oregon, outside of madras, feasting their eyes on a spectacle many of us will never get to see again. the shadow marching eastward
averaging 1,800 miles an hour, reaching a place known as "carhenge" in alliance, nebraska -- american cars forming a replica of stonehenge built by a family 30 years ago. 38 cars rescued from nearby farms, from the dumps. they painted them all gray. but right now you can't see the color. you can just see the outline of them under that extraordinary moment there. the spectacle landing in city after city including the so-called capital of the eclipse -- carbondale, illinois. but carbondale, which should have had 2:41 of darkness, was darkened by something else -- clouds. you guys have brought us into the drama, and you have 45 seconds there, and it all depends on the weather system above you. thousands who traveled there crestfallen. they're looking up because this might be the only and best shot of it they get. but then, with just seconds left, the clouds part. >> there it is. there it is! what an extraordinary gift right
there in the final last few seconds. in kelly, kentucky, something else emerges in the sky. we can see venus here at this point in kelly, kentucky. i love the fact that you can see venus. even the president stepping out of the white house to watch. finally, the last major stop for the great american eclipse -- charleston, south carolina. the clouds cooperating. you know, it really puts us in our place as far as our role in the cosmos, doesn't it, the fact that we here on earth are part of something much bigger. and then sky gazers starting to make the long journey home. in remote rigby, idaho, bumper to bumper traffic for miles. >> the traffic coming out of idaho goes as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: this traffic jam started precisely as the eclipse ended. people already had packed, gotten into their cars. one family heading back to california. how long do you expect that to take you with this traffic? >> about 20 hours. >> reporter: 20 hours. was it worth it? 20 hours.
>> oh, yeah! >> reporter: as it was for a nation of americans soaking up the great american eclipse. that was a resounding answer from that family there, matt. matt gutman joining us live from madras, oregon. the total eclipse stunning, especially where you are. hours later, those lines and that traffic, people still trying to get out? >> reporter: that's right, david. earlier we saw the great american eclipse, but this afternoon, we got to see the great american escape, and tone broad swaths of the northwest in gridlock. in fact, it took people over three hours just to get out of the parking lot here in solar fest. i asked one motorist, was it worth it. she responded it was totality worth it. got to have a sense of humor, david. >> we get it, matt. the great american eclipse, and now the great trip home. matt, thank you. there were so many powerful, breathtaking images. we have two more quick questions on this tonight before we move on. let's bring in our meteorologists who were on all afternoon. ginger zee, in nashville, and rob marciano in lincoln city, oregon. ginger, the temperature change,
how much did it actually drop during the eclipse? we were expecting, 10, 12 degrees. why were we so lucky? it seemed there was cloud cover in so many locations and then suddenly the clouds opened up. it happened over and over again. >> reporter: well, let's do temperature first, david. we officially dropped 6 degrees here in nashville. but our krn had someone in a different part of tennessee that had up to 14 degrees. there are places even in the west that saw a good 10 to 12-degree drop. as far as the clouds, let me tell you. the number one ingredient, you need moisture, but you need sunlight. you take that sunlight away and watch what happens. we have this from the national weather service in mobile. it's a time lapse. you saw the clouds there, then the shadow of the moon takes away just like oxygen taking away from a fire. all the clouds get suppressed and squashed. and once the sun comes back, they start building again. that certainly had something to do with the reduction in clouds, david. >> yeah. whatever the reason, we welcomed it in so many cities along the
way. and rob marciano, nasa wanted to study that corona today, the sun's atmosphere. we don't see it with the naked eye, but many americans saw the corona today. >> reporter: something you can only see during a total eclipse. it's the outer atmosphere of the sun. a plasma of hydrant, and it burns really, really hot, and it turns different colors throughout the event, so it's certainly something spectacular to see. >> and rob, that diamond ring, the stunning moment as we traveled from state to state, what causes that effect? >> reporter: well, you know, the surface of the moon is not regular, so it's the first and last glimpses of the sun before and after totality, and then the last part of that corona, it looks like a diamond ring. another surreal vision we witnessed today. incredible, david. >> all right. our team of meteorologists, rob marciano and ginger zee. our thanks to both of you for our coverage all day long. in the meantime, we move on to other news tonight and to that disaster at sea involving a u.s. navy destroyer. sailors missing, and the
tonight the question, how did it happen again? the "uss john s. mccain" colliding with an oil tanker in the waters off the coast of singapore. ten sailors are missing tonight. even more troubling, it's the second collision for a ship in just two months. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the crippled "uss mccain" is in port at a naval base in singapore, while searchers work to find those ten missing sailors. and the navy scrambles to find the cause of this latest accident. the gaping hole in the ship's hull giving only a hint of the horror that took place inside. >> it's an intolerable and inexcusable tragedy. >> reporter: it was before dawn when the destroyer, one of the most sophisticated ships in the navy, collided with the oil tanker in a busy shipping lane in the south china sea. the bulbous nose of the tanker piercing the destroyer's left side, which would be near berthing areas for the crew. in addition to those missing, five sailors were injured, four
medevacked to a hospital in singapore. it's the fourth navy mishap this year, the second major collision for the seventh fleet in two months. seven sailors died in june when the "uss fitzgerald" collided with a container ship off the coast of japan. >> what have we missed? has something changed in the environment? are radars so good -- are we relying only on radars and not basic seamanship? >> reporter: the senior officers on the "uss fitzgerald" have been relieved of duty, and today the navy announced all operations will be halted for the next several days for the entire fleet. >> this trend demands more forceful action. as such, i direct an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight. and martha, this is not only a human tragedy with these sailors still missing tonight, but this leaves the navy now without two
ships in the pacific at such a critical time. >> it does, david. you now have $2 billion warships out of commission all coming at a time of tension with china, and when north korea is threatening the u.s. and its allies with what it says are nuclear-tipped missiles, david. >> all right. martha rad at with us on a monday night. martha, thank you. next here this evening to that developing headline at this hour. the president set to address the nation just a short time from now. will he send more american troops to afghanistan? abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega, is at ft. myer in virginia tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president trump hoping to turn the page after one of the worst weeks of his presidency. in a primetime address to the nation, the president is expected to announce his decision to send more troops to afghanistan following the advice of his generals who argue the only way to ultimately beat back the taliban and isis is with more american boots on the ground. >> it's a very big decision for me.
i took over a mess, and we're going to make it a lot less messy. >> reporter: the move would mark a major reversal for mr. trump. here he was in 2012. >> afghanistan is a total and complete disaster. what are we doing? let's get with it. get out of afghanistan. >> reporter: the following year tweeting -- we have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in afghanistan. their government has zero appreciation. let's get out. and as a candidate, he kept it up. >> the people opposing us are the same people who we've -- and think of this -- who have wasted $6 trillion on wars in the middle east. we could have rebuilt our country twice. that have produced only more terrorism, more death, more suffering. >> reporter: but just last week, a much more measured tone about the war that has already claimed the lives of more than 2,200 american service members. >> i've been looking at it. it's our longest war in history, 17 years.
that's unacceptable. we will be making decisions, as you know very well. we're looking into that very closely. >> reporter: the president's decision made during a visit to camp david on friday. ♪ the white house releasing these behind-the-scenes images, set to music. the president surrounded by members of his national security team as he makes perhaps the most consequential military move of his presidency so far. >> cecilia vega joins us from ft. myer tonight where the president will speak just a short time from now, and cecilia, as you reported, the president is expected to announce he is sending more american troops to afghanistan. just how many are we talking about here? >> well, david, we don't expect him to actually give an exact number tonight, but we do know that his generals have requested about 4,000 more troops. and the president is expected to meet that request. but you know, david, this would bring the total number of u.s. troops on the frouground in
afghanistan to 12,000 people. and these troops behind me here getting ready to go inside and hear that speech. >> we'll see you for the west coast after his speech, and then abc news will bring you the president's speech live at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. in the meantime, overseas tonight and to spain where the man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of tourists in barcelona is now dead. younes abouyaaqoub seen on surveillance video escaping after thursday's deadly attack. police tracked him to a vineyard outside the city and say they flashed what appeared to be a suicide belt, and it was fake. police say he was carrying a bag full of knives. back here at home tonight, and to an ohio judge reportedly yam bushed outside the courthouse. shot several times, but managing to pull out his own weapon. the assailant was killed, and abc's alex perez is on the scene in steubenville, ohio tonight. >> reporter: tonight, ohio investigators hunting for answers. >> we need 911. we need a squad up here. we had shots fired. >> reporter: after a brazen targeted attack against a judge as he was heading into work. >> it just hurts.
you have a judge shot in front of his courthouse. >> reporter: around 7:00 a.m. authorities say the suspect, nate richmond, arrived at jefferson county courthouse, armed with a gun, lying in wait, sitting in a car nearby. just after 8:00 a.m., as judge joseph bruzzese was making his way to the courthouse, authorities say the suspect ambushed him, firing five shots at point-blank range. >> he went up to the judge and apparently fired a shot here and shoved the judge down. >> reporter: the judge, who carries a gun, firing back. and a probation officer nearby also returning fire on richmond, who was killed on the scene. the suspect is the estranged father of ma'lik richmond, the former steubenville high school star football player who was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting a fellow student. nate richmond had a number of cases in judge bruzzese's courtroom throughout the years. >> whether or not there's a connection between any of the prior appearances in that courtroom in today's action, we don't know the answer to that
yet. >> reporter: david, officials here say the judge is in stable condition and his injuries are not life-threatening. david? >> alex perez in ohio for us. thank you, alex. and now a major development in the stabbing case we have been following for more than three years now. anissa weier, one of the two young wisconsin girls accused in the so-called slender man case, has now entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge. she and a companion were just 12 years old when they lured a classmate into the woods to stab her 19 times. authorities say, to please a factitious character named slender man. weier faces trial over her mental fitness. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the deadly earthquake late today, and the images coming in right now. buildings damaged. residents and tourists rushing into the streets in panic. we'll have late reporting. also the massive payout tonight facing johns johnson & johnson. facing $400 million in a lawsuit involving a common household ingredient and possible cancer risks. and chaos in the cabin when
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finally, you won't have to finally, you won't have to wait as long for the next total solar eclipse. bill nye the science guy, this was such an incredible moment that so many millions across this country were able to witness together. it's a moment of unity, but it's also a reminder of our place in the cosmos. >> this is extraordinary. that humankind has figured out that we live on a big sphere, orbiting another sphere with a smaller sphere orbiting us, and once in a while, these things line up and we experienced totality today. >> bill, i know you have seen this before, but when you think about, you know, the families who gathered along this route across america and so many populated cities being in the path, that people were able to see a moment in their lifetime. >> absolutely. it was spectacular. first of all, it's awe inspiring. it's spectacular. the moon covers the sun. it goes dark. the crickets were chirping.
and then the other thing is appreciate and predict it and understand it. >> you say our place in space. it's hard to believe that at one point, it used to instill fear. we know so much more about what happens in a total solar eclipse now than they used to centuries ago. >> it would be a really troubling thing if you didn't understand it, but fortunately, we humans living now in the 21st century understand it with extraordinary precision. >> bill, we know there's another trajectory almost the opposite from texas up through the middle of the country into the northeast in 2024. we don't have to wait as long. >> we have the good fortune of living at a time where they are sweeping right across the u.s. >> bill nigh the science guy. i'll meet you right back here in 2024. >> see you then. carry on. >> bye! >> we hope the take in the wonder again with all of you in 2024. i'll see you tomorrow. good night. wonder again with all of you in 2024. i'll see live where you live. this is "abc7 news."
ahead of schedule. >> those are the headlines now. that's all for the moment. >> live coverage of the president's address on afghanistan is next. this is an abc news special. nw reporting george stephanopoulos. >> we are coming on the air now because trump is about to address the nation for the first time on the war in afghanistan. it is already america's longest war, almost 16 years. more than 2,000 americans have sacrificed their lives in that country, more than 20,000 wounded. and with a new strategy, president trump will announce for the troops gathered there, america's longest war is all but certain to continue for several more years with several thousand more american troops. for years, the president called for the u.s. to get out of afghanistan all through the campaign. he complained our troops are stuck in a war we are not winning,