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right now on "america this morning," blistering heat smashing records across the west all the way up to montana. more than 40 million americans on alert. the u.s. potentially seeing the hottest temperature ever reported on earth. the new warnings about the power grid, water supply and the extreme drought impacting farmers. summit fallout. both president biden and russian president putin describing their summit as positive, but what was really achieved? what we're learning about the talks behind closed doors. plus, president biden's personal apology to one reporter, admitting he was, quote, such a wise guy. america's housing crisis growing worse. this morning, the new report on why it's so bad, and some encouraging news about prices. changing times. the re-branding move by
victoria's secret replacing its famous models with a very different message. plus, caught on camera. the tornado stretching across the sky. and from the new concern over murder hornets to the soccer star who's costing coca-cola billions, to the ultimate test flight. all your trending stories for your thursday morning. good thursday morning, everyone. we begin with the heat wave baking the west. extreme heat is nothing new this time of year, but this, this is something different. >> experts say summer heat waves are starting earlier, they're lasting longer, and they're becoming more intense, and as the so-called megadrought in the west gets even worse, the impact grows more widespread affecting everything from the power grid to the water supply. >> of course, it's also affecting farmers and food prices. one example, cattle ranchers say hay prices are now spiking, and
the conditions today are set to break even more records. >> reporter: this morning, 40 million americans are feeling the effect of a dangerous heat wave. on wednesday, record high temperatures were shattered in california, arizona, utah and montana where billings hit 105 degrees tying the city's hottest june day ever. just south of billings this dramatic picture showing flames in the mountains above the city of red lodge. one of two large fires burning in montana. in lincoln, nebraska, the temperatures causing this road to buckle. california's death valley is the record holder for the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth, 134 degrees back in 1913. the forecast for death valley this week flirting with that record with temperatures in the mid 120s. california and texas are asking customers to cut back on electricity. >> start thinking about things
that you do that use a lot of electricity that you can move to different parts of the day. so maybe you're running your dishwasher later in the evening or earlier in the day. same with the washing machine and dryer. >> reporter: the heat now baking areas already parched by extreme drought. with no rain in sight, lakes and reservoirs that millions of people rely on for their water supply are drying up. abc's matt gutman is at folsom lake in california. >> the drought so severe this last year, this entire boat ramp was underwater, but the drought so severe this year that this lake has shrunk, and now you have to go a quarter of a mile just to find water's edge. >> reporter: the water even making it possible to find the wreckage of a plane crash from 1986. and no one died in that crash. as for the heat, a gradual cooling is expected this weekend. we'll have a closer look at today's forecast in just a few minutes. president biden returning to washington overnight after his meeting with vladimir putin. both leaders separately took
questions from the media after their shorter than expected summit. ill on it only lasted about three hours. officials had planned for up to five hours, but president biden says they had plenty of time to tackle the big issues. the question now is what, if anything, will be different going forward. abc's ike ejiochi is with us. he's live from washington with more. good morning, ike. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. both president biden and putin are giving this summit a positive review, but biden said only time will tell if their meeting was successful. the high-stakes meeting started with a handshake and the chaotic photo op inside an 18th century villa. then president biden and russian president putin meeting behind closed doors. afterwards, putin calling the talks constructive. >> translator: he's very balanced, just the way i expected. he's very experienced. you could tell that at first glance, and he talked about what his mom said. it shows the extent of his moral values, and that's all quite attractive. >> reporter: when asked who won the summit, the russian leader
did not bite saying it was not a competition. >> translator: on the whole, we spoke the same language. >> reporter: president biden also saying the tone of the meeting was positive. >> when we disagreed, i disagreed, stated where it was. when we disagreed, we stated, but it was not done in a hyperbolic atmosphere. >> reporter: the majority of the meeting was spent on recent cyberattacks carried out by russian-based hackers. the two agreed to have cybersecurity consultations in the future. biden gave a list of critical infrastructure that should be off limits to cyberattacks from the energy sector to the water supply. >> i pointed out to him that we have significant cyber capability, and he knows it. >> reporter: president biden also raising human rights concerns including the imprisonment of kremlin critic alexei navalny. abc's rachel scott confronted putin about his list of political opponents. >> the list of political opponents who are dead, jailed
is long. alexei navalny calls for free and fair elections, an end to corruption, but russia has outlawed that organization calling it extremist, and you have now prevented anyone who supports him to run for office. my question, mr. president, is what are you afraid of? >> reporter: he said he and his followers are similar to those who attacked the capitol in january. >> if all your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned, doesn't that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight? >> translator: foreign people had criminal charges placed on them, and they face prison sentences of up to 20, maybe 25 years. they're being called domestic terrorists. i would like to stress once more that we sympathize with what happened in the united states, but we have no desire to allow the same thing to happen in our country. >> reporter: president biden later called that a ridiculous comparison.
the other post-summit dustup came when one reporter asked biden about the possibility of changing his behavior. >> why are you so confident he'll change his behavior, mr. president? >> i'm not confident he'll change his behavior. when did i say he was confident? i said we'll change the behavior. it's a reaction that diminishes the standing quarrel. i'm not confident in anything. >> reporter: before boarding air force one to head home, biden apologized for that reaction. >> i shouldn't have been such a wise guy on that last answer i gave. >> reporter: beside the agreements on further consults on matters like cyberattacks, both biden and putin agreed to return their expected ambassadors to washington and moscow, a move being described as a positive sign. andrew? >> ike, thank you. president biden also spoke with putin about two americans detained in russia. both are former marines, convicted on charges on the eve of the summit. 29-year-old trevor reed shared an audio message pleading for his release.
there's no promise that reed will be allowed to return to his family in texas, but his parents are hopeful after biden brought up his name yesterday. >> i think it's huge. i do. i really think it's huge, and we have the last big final step for him to come home. >> this is really what our whole goal in life has been for the -- almost the last two years. >> biden found that he will follow through with questions about the detained americans. returning to the pandemic. a former white house adviser says the delta variant of the p steroids. the variant first seen in india is more contagious than other strains and it's now spread to at least 37 states. the good news is the vaccines appear to work against it, but the biggest concern is for states with low vaccination rates where covid infections are up nearly 20% in the last two weeks. doctors say it's hard to tell if you come down with the delta variant because the symptoms are the same as the other strains. america is getting a new
federal holiday. president biden is expected to sign a bill today officially recognizing juneteenth. the house wednesday approved the bill which commemorates june 19, 1865, the day slaves in texas learned they were free two years after the emancipation proclamation. time now for your thursday weather forecast. and we are watching the gulf of mexico because a storm system there is expected to intensify over the next few days. it's expected to swamp up the gulf coast with up to a foot of rain in some areas this weekend, but the big weather story this weekend remains the extreme heat. triple digit temperatures are expected today from northern california to denver, and all the way to the desert southwest, and checking today's high temperatures elsewhere, 90s in chicago and minneapolis, boston and new york will be in the high 70s, 84 in portland, 86 in miami. coming up, finally some good news when it comes to the price of housing.
back now with a stunning sight from rural canada. that's a rope tornado kicking up dirt in saskatchewan. damage was minimal, but one witness says the storm caused a nearby moose to get very upset. the u.s. housing market is experiencing a short fall of 5.5 million homes. that's according to a new report which looked at single and multifamily homes and apartments nationwide. builders say new construction has been lagging for 20 years.
there is some good news. lumber prices are finally dropping after soaring to record highs during the pandemic and borrowing costs are expected to remain low. the federal reserve doesn't expect to raise interest rates until 2023. and now to the crisis on the southern border. there's a new move to restart construction of the border wall, and now the public is being asked to donate to the effort. >> building the wall in texas has officially begun. >> reporter: this morning, the governor of texas announcing his plan to restart construction of a wall along the southern border, setting aside $250 million as a down payment, and launching a website to collect private donations to fund the project. he says the crisis at the border is getting worse. >> the border was far more under control under the trump administration until president biden came in and removed the remain in mexico policy. >> reporter: just last month officials reported 180,000 encounters with migrants on the southwest border, a 700%
increase from the same month last year, and the highest number in two decades. just last week in west texas, border patrol agents coming across this disturbing scene. 33 migrants stuffed inside a locked u-haul truck outside of a mcdonald's. human smuggling and drug trafficking are among the top security concerns as more people flow across the border. >> the problems that people are suffering on the border just continue to get worse. >> reporter: the governor already deploying national guard troops to the border, and he's also requested help from law enforcement in other states. florida's governor on wednesday heeded that call. >> florida's going to support texas and arizona. we believe that securing the southern border is important for our country. >> reporter: critics are slamming the texas border wall project as a political stunt saying it's the federal government that regulates immigration, not the governors, and they insist many migrants crossing the border are seeking asylum, a legal process.
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today. >> i'm pretty sure like 99 degrees? >> now at 5:00, a heat wave. people all across the bay area will be trying to find ways to beat that heat today. >> and power grid operators have issued a flex alert. pleading for you to conserve electricity. mike has the forecast for the hottest day this week. masks in the workplace. the the new guidance we expect to come down today. also -- >> i am thrilled to declare disneyland paris officially open. >> look at mickey. >> mickey is like got to ramp this up. all right, with everything that's going on, all the disney parks around the world are now back open. >> welcome back in paris. overnight. >> bonjour. >> welcome to thursday, june 17th. you are watching abc 7 mornings live on abc 7 hulu live and wherever you stream. a check of the forecast of course mike because it is superhot today. i don't