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tonight, hurricane ian makes landfall again. the rescues in south carolina. and washington d.c., philadelphia, and new york city will feel this tonight. the new images coming in at this hour. ian hitting south carolina as a category 1 hurricane. winds up to 85 miles per hour. dangerous storm surge. families carried from the rising waters. and tonight, the tornado fears now. and the nation's capital, philadelphia, the new york city area, all bracing for winds and rain tonight and tomorrow. elwyn lopez where the hurricane made landfall this time, and rob marciano timing this out in the hours ahead. and in florida tonight, the death toll rising dramatically just moments ago, and what our team witnessed today when they finally made it to sanibel island, florida. cut off because part of the causeway is destroyed.
the horrific scene. victor oquendo with the search and rescue teams tonight. the other major news this friday night, vladimir putin holding a massive rally in red square, declaring four regions of ukraine are now part of russia. putin's nuclear threat tonight. what he said about the u.s. and president biden's response. ian pannell in ukraine. the verdict tonight for an american sailor accused of destroying a u.s. navy ship, accused of setting it on fire. but what the judge ruled today and what the u.s. navy is now saying tonight. martha raddatz is here. in texas, opening fire on migrants. a former warden and his twin brother facing charges for allegedly shooting at migrants outside el paso. the scene was deadly. the group had pulled over to get water. the terrifying moment on the football field seen by millions. the nfl quarterback, the head injury, and his hands, his fingers appearing to curl. what that signaled. and tonight, the nfl facing intense scrutiny over its concussion protocol.
and tonight, history made at the supreme court. what justice ketanji brown jackson later said. the audience erupting into applause. good evening, and we are just back from florida tonight, where we witnessed the staggering devastation, the loss of life. and we have just learned tonight the death toll in florida has now risen dramatically. already the deadliest storm in 60 years, and what our team witnessed when they made it to sanibel island today. tonight, hurricane ian making landfall again this time just south of myrtle beach. 85-mile-an-hour winds. look at this storm tonight stretching up the east coast. washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york city, the northeast will all feel this. it stretches more than a thousand miles now. the new images tonight of hurricane ian as it approached south carolina. the storm surge there in garden
city slamming right into town. the eye wall arriving, battering litchfield beach. those pictures right there. and tonight we are seeing these images again, the rescues on the water. high-water vehicles navigating the storm in litchfield beach, rescuing families from flooded streets and homes there. while in southwest florida, the horror. look at this. the scope coming into sharper focus tonight. fort myers beach among the hardest hit. homes just wiped away. our team making it to sanibel island, cut off from the mainland, and what they found. family, neighbors waiting two days for help. unsure about the fate of many throughout their community. the coast card arriving with helicopters, lifting survivors to safety. and we have it all covered tonight. rob marciano tracking this into the night. and we begin with abc's elwyn lopez in charleston, south carolina, for us. >> reporter: tonight, ian is on the move, making a third u.s. landfall as a strong cat 1 hurricane with 85-mile-an-hour winds. roaring onshore in south
carolina's low country at the worst possible time, during high tide. >> the surge is coming in hard! >> reporter: ian's powerful storm surge sending a wave of trash cans and debris through the streets south of myrtle beach. in georgetown county, authorities using high-water vehicles to rescue families trapped, guiding people and their pets through water up to almost their waist. >> get your feet under. take your time. >> reporter: carefully assisting them as they climb inside. off pawleys island, debris from a pier ripped apart by the sea. in charleston, powerful winds tossing boats in the harbor. sheets of rain rushing into this garage as ian roars ashore, making landfall here in south carolina. south of here in folly beach -- >> it's raining, it's windy, it's flooding. >> reporter: conor o'malley and his fiancee alyssa nejame sheltering in place.
they're supposed to get married this weekend. ian now a monster storm, 1,000 miles across and still a force to be reckoned with. david, officials here are still assessing the damage. this is some of what they're finding, toppled trees cutting off streets like this one. and tonight, david, officials are warning people to stay off the roads. they say with the ground so saturated, there's a possibility more trees could come crashing down. david? >> all right. elwyn, thank you. elwyn lopez leading us off. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano in the storm zone all week for us. he's in fort myers again tonight. rob, this storm is moving up the east coast, still very widespread impacts ahead. >> reporter: indeed, the the back side of this is actually bringing good weather for rescue and recovery efforts here, but the front side heading north, it's bad news all the way. 40 miles northwest of myrtle beach, south carolina, heading into north carolina. most of the action north of the ce we got the tornado watch up from the carolina border through virginia beach. and the northwest quadrant
of this storm continues to be a very strong one. big cities like charlotte, like columbia, raleigh durham, roanoke, richmond, all getting heavy rain. more power outages will be happening as elwyn said. d.c., baltimore, and then on the coastline, atlantic city, wind gusts up and over 40, 50 miles an hour. early morning hours into new york city and up the i-95 corridor will release heavy rain here. 3 to 6 inches of rain along the i-95 corridor, down through philly and york. that's enough to flood urbanwise. it's not going to be as bad as ida last year, but certainly everybody on the east coast getting a piece of ian. >> rob, thanks to you and your crew, please. you guys have just done tremendous work for us. thank you. in the meantime, as we mentioned off the top, the death toll rising dramatically tonight. at least 33 dead now in florida. and what our team witnessed just today when they were finally able to make it out to sanibel island, florida, cut off because as we showed you last night here, part of that causeway is destroyed.
well, tonight, what they found. the horrific scene there. abc's victor oquendo there with the search and rescue teams. >> reporter: tonight, the urgent search and rescue mission after hurricane ian cut a path of destruction in florida. the death toll rising to 33. ian now the deadliest storm to hit the state in 60 years. >> how many are you? >> no, it's us two and the dog. no one else. >> okay. >> reporter: coast guard helicopters scooping up survivors from the once picturesque island of sanibel, now cut off from the mainland. its causeway ripped apart by ian. we raced out there by boat. the international rescue organization project dynamo taking us ashore. greeted not by people but the sounds of fire alarms. the scope of the devastation quickly coming into focus. structure after structure, house after house. it seems like everything here on sanibel island sustained some kind of damage. take a look at this one. it was picked up right off of its foundation. it was pushed in that direction, and, unfortunately, so much of sanibel looks like this now.
along the once pristine beach, we find neighbors jim and judy already being helped. they rode out the storm and were waiting to be rescued for more than two days. >> i don't have a house. i don't know where to go. i don't know where to live. >> reporter: our group flagging down a coast guard helicopter overhead. you got some jet skiers. we got project dynamo and the guard. jim and judy boarding the helicopter, finally off sanibel. dramatic new video showing the moment floodwaters burst through the door of a condo building in naples. ian tearing homes to shreds destroying beachfront communities, and cutting power to more than 2 million people. an army of power crews fanning out across the state, racing to restore electricity. this camera in fort myers captured how quickly and high the water rose in just over an hour. images showing the destruction there. dozens of homes gone. one official saying 90% of fort myers beach is pretty much gone, ravaged by record storm surge. rescuers pulling this man out of
the rubble from a home there. >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: with their bare hands, hoisting him onto a board. today, more than 20 critically ill babies were evacuated from a fort myers hospital that was using backup generators and running out of potable water. some of those preemies airlifted to joe dimaggio children's hospital in hollywood, florida. >> we're here to support them. and it's a privilege. we know that these families have been through a catastrophic event. >> reporter: ian sparking a 1 in 1,000-year flooding event in parts of central florida. new body camera video shows deputies desperately trying to save a woman trapped in raging floodwaters, forming a human chain, using a rope. pulling the woman to safety. >> you okay? >> reporter: the water ten feet deep. president biden today saying ian's destruction will likely rank among the worst in the nation's history. >> it's going to take months, years to rebuild and our hearts go out to all those folks whose
lives have been absolutely devastated by this storm. america's heart is literally breaking. >> reporter: the president speaking with florida's governor ron desantis again today. >> in times like these americans come together. they put aside politics. they put aside division, and we come together to help each other. >> reporter: meanwhile, back in sanibel tonight, jim and judy, two people who waited two days to be rescued. the question now, how many more people are waiting for that rescue? back on the mainland here in fort myers, you can see the condition of this marina. these boats tossed around like toys. let's take you to our drone from above so you can see what it looks like. this is the same marina we left from to go to sanibel. and it was just heartbreaking to see that beloved island in that condition. but, jim, who we met and was rescued, he tells us he wants to rebuild. he just knows that it's going take time, and he also told us it won't be the same sanibel. david? >> yeah, it's just extraordinary to think of the people still waiting for help and the
uncertain fate for so many of their neighbors. victor oquendo, we're so glad you made it out there today. thanks to you, rob, elwyn, the entire team across the storm zone tonight. just remarkable, careful work all week here. and of course we're grateful to all our crews out there in the storm zone. we'll have much more later in the broadcast. in the meantime we're going to move on to the other news this friday night. vladimir putin holding a massive rally in red square declaring four regions of ukraine are now part of russia. also putin's new nuclear threat. tonight, what he said about the u.s. and president biden's response. ian pannell in ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a rally in red square as vladimir putin declares four regions in ukraine are now part of russia leading three cheers for a war that's gone awry. >> hurrah! hurrah! hurrah! >> reporter: speaking earlier at a signing ceremony at the kremlin, putin calling the west evil, blaming it for the war in ukraine, threatening to use nuclear weapons. he said america created a precedent by dropping atomic bombs on japan in 1945.
[ speaking non-english ] putin doubling down on this war, warning, we'll protect our land with all the forces and means at our disposal. after signing the so-called treaties along with the leaders of the four occupied ukrainian territories, the audience chanting, russia, russia. but on the ground, this is the reality of russia's campaign, striking a humanitarian convoy in ukraine, killing at least 30 people, including 2 children, with more than 80 hospitalized. the civilian convoy of around 40 vehicles was heading into russian-occupied zaporizhzhia to pick up family and take them to safety. zaporizhzhia is one of the four regions vladimir putin illegally declared part of russia today. president zelenskyy responding to the annexation by insisting that ukraine will expel russia from the entire country and formally applying to fast-track nato membership. the u.s. unveiling a new round of sanctions. president biden repeating,
america and its allies will never recognize russia's land grab and delivering a warning directly at putin. >> america is fully prepared with our nato allies to defend every single inch of nato territory, every single inch, so, mr. putin, don't misunderstand what i'm saying. every inch. >> ian pannell joins us tonight from kharkiv. ukraine's second largest city, and, ian, president biden with that strong warning to putin that every inch of nato will be defended. but what about these four regions, these territories claimed by russia now. >> reporter: yeah, i mean, i think on one level it won't immediately have an impact, but remember that zelenskyy just applied for fast track status to join nato. now, if that were to happen, which i think is unlikely, then america theoretically could be drawn into this war because of events like that movement of those territories. i think the more immediate threat is that ukraine attacks russian troops in the annexed territories and then putin
escalates with the growing threat of a nuclear response. david? >> an awful turn in this conflict that's already been so awful to begin with. ian pannell, our thanks to you again tonight. in kabul, afghanistan, tonight a suicide attack on a tutoring center, a place where young afghan women were trying to prepare for university. tonight, at least 19 people killed, dozens more wounded. young people were there taking a practice test for university admissions. one young man said the blast occurred in the front. he said girls were sitting there at the center in an area where ethnic minorities live. no one has claimed responsibility tonight. back here at home tonight, an american sailor found not guilty of setting a fire that destroyed a u.s. navy ship more than two years ago. the navy accusing him of doing it out of anger. but what they're now saying tonight. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, after two years of trying to prove his innocence in the inferno that gutted the "uss bonhomme richard," 21-year-old navy seaman ryan mays has his life
back. >> i've lost friends. i've lost time with family, and my entire navy career was ruined. i am looking forward to starting over. >> reporter: navy prosecutors had blamed mays for the largest, costliest ship fire in the history of the navy outside of combat losses claiming mays had destroyed the $1.2 billion amphibious assault ship in july of 2020 because he was bitter about having to drop out of navy s.e.a.l. selection. mays vehemently denied the accusations. >> thankfully, the military judge today reaffirmed that innocence. >> reporter: today, the navy issued a simple statement saying mays was found not guilty on the charges of willful hazarding of a vessel and aggravated arson. the navy is committed to upholding the principles of due process and a fair trial. it is highly doubtful anyone else will ever be charged.
the navy's own investigation uncovered a series of mistakes that contributed to the destruction of the ship with nearly 30 people disciplined. david? >> all right. martha raddatz in washington. thank you, martha. we turn now to the frightening moment on the field seen by millions. the miami dolphins quarterback going down, the head injury, and his hands, fingers appearing to curl. what that signaled in this moment. his second serious hit in a matter of days. the nfl facing intense scrutiny over its concussion protocol. here's erielle reshef. >> down he goes! >> reporter: it was this terrifying injury seen by millions, a second head hit in less than a week for the quarterback of the miami dolphins, triggering an investigation into the team's handling of the nfl's concussion protocol. tua tagovailoa sacked in last night's game against the bengals. his back and head slamming the turf. you can see his fingers seizing, what's known as fencing. >> it's a neurological response to head trauma. >> this posturing response
certainly signifies that a head injury has occurred, but does not really tell us anything about the severity of that head injury. >> reporter: tua went to the hospital but later flew home with the team. the dolphins last night announcing he suffered head and neck injuries. >> the best news that we could get is that everything has checked out, that he didn't have any -- anything more serious than a concussion. >> reporter: but the worry is repeated concussions. just four days earlier, tua was knocked to the ground and hit in his head in a game. >> ooh, he's woozy. >> reporter: staggering on the field afterwards. tua went back in the game. the dolphins saying it was a back and ankle injury, not a concussion, which would have sidelined him. an independent doctor then giving the green light to play last night. miami's coach today insisted tua had been cleared by several medical professionals. >> if there would have been anything lingering with his
head, i wouldn't have been able to live with myself and put him in harm's way. >> reporter: but critics of the nfl's handling of head injuries believe tua should not have been back on the field. >> now we have to worry about what this is going to do for the rest of the season and really how this is going to affect him the rest of his life. >> reporter: and, david, as for tua tonight, he says that he is feeling much better and is focused on recovering so he can get back out on the field. the nfl and the players' association are conducting a joint investigation. david? >> it was a horrific moment. erielle reshef tonight, thank you. when we come back here, firing on migrants in texas. tonight a former warden and his twin brother charged after a deadly scene there. the migrants had stopped for water. and here in new york city, the fdny lieutenant who responded on 9/11 attacked and killed outside the fire station. ♪ ♪ this is how it feels to du more with less asthma... ...thanks to dupixent. dupixent is not for sudden breathing problems.
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