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Transcript for ABC News Live Prime: Thu, Sep 29, 2022
 >> WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER, MAN. >> A STUNNING PATH OF DESTRUCTION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TONIGHT. HOMES WASHED AWAY BY FLOODWATERS WERE TORN TO PIECES BY WINDS OF UP TO HUNDRED 50 MILES PER HOUR. POPULAR BEACH SPOTS -- THROWN TO THE GROUND BY ELECTRICAL FIRES. SECTIONS OF THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY CRUMBLE, LEAVING PEOPLE STRANDED. THE CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE PUTTING ENTIRE COMMUNITIES UNDERWATER WITH MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWE. >> -- EXTENT OF THIS MAGNITUDE. WE WERE HOPING IT WOULD NOT JUST. IT DIDN'T. IT GOT WORSE. >> RESCUES NOW UNDERWAY ACROSS THE STATE FROM THE GROUND AND THE AIR. A NURSING HOME EVACUATED IN ORLANDO, AND CHILDREN CARRIED FROM EVACUATED HOMES. -- ABC NEWS LIVE HAS A TEAM IN FLORIDA TONIGHT TRACKING ITS PATH, THE DAMAGE INDIVIDUAL RECOVERY. >> TOMORROW UNEXPECTED SPEECH FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN WILL FORMALLY ANNEXED FOR RUSSIAN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES IN UKRAINE AFTER WHAT THE U.S. IS CALLING SHERIFF RANDOMS. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AS PUTIN ILLEGALLY CLAIMS LAND THAT IS NOT HIS? OUR PANELIST IN UKRAINE. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS FACES ON THE BALLOT THIS PRIMARY SEASON HOPES TO MAKE AN ALL-OUT SPRINT TO THE FINISH LINE AND THE PRIZE? REPRESENTING PENNSYLVANIA IN THE U.S. SENATE. I MET DOCTOR MEHMET OZ FOR A RUN AND A RUNDOWN OF WHAT HE HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH IF HE WINS IN NOVEMBER. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST RING? >> I'M PASSIONATE. I REALLY CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING I TRY TO DO. >> -- >> I CAN BE STUBBORN. IT'S A PROBLEM BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE BLIND SPOTS. >> GINNI THOMAS, THE WIFE OF THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, SAID TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE JANUARY 6TH COMMITTEE, ACCUSATIONS THAT SHE HELPED PUSH PLANS TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION. AND HE WAS A WEST COAST RAPPER WHO WAS LAUNCHED INTO LEGENDARY STATUS THANKS TO ITS LIKE GANGSTERS PARADISE. TONIGHT WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE QUEER OF COOLIO, AND HIS REACH, WHICH EXTENDED WELL BEYOND HIP POP. ♪ ♪ ♪ GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, I'M LINSEY DAVIS, THANK SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US. WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE SHEER SCALE OF DESTRUCTION BEGINNING TO COME INTO FOCUS IN FLORIDA AFTER IN PLOWED ACROSS THE STATE, WITH UP TO 150 MILE AN HOUR WINDS, A RECORD STORM SURGE IN MORE THAN A FOOT OF RAIN. PRESIDENT BIDEN BELIEVES THAT AND COULD END UP AS THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. TONIGHT ENTIRE COMMUNITIES REMAIN UNDERWATER. RESCUE OPERATIONS ARE ONGOING. INDIAN IS HEADED BACK OUT TO SEA AND THEN STRAIGHT TO THE CAROLINAS. THIS HOUR IAN IS ONCE AGAIN A HURRICANE WITH 75 MILE AN HOUR WINDS AS IT MOVES BACK INTO THE WARM ATLANTIC WATERS AND IS FORECASTED TO CRASH BACK ASHORE IN SOUTH CAROLINA TOMORROW. WE ARE GETTING NEW IMAGES FROM IAN'S FIRST CHAOTIC HOURS, THE EYEWALL PLOWING THROUGH CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA, RIPPING UP HOMES, FORT MYERS GOT A FULL DOSE OF EVENTS RAT. SECTIONS OF THE SANDOVAL ISLAND CAUSEWAY CRUMBLED. THAT HAS RESIDENTS STRANDED TONIGHT. AND WHEN THE SUN ROSE TODAY, THESE ARE SOME OF THE SCENES IN LEFT BEHIND. HOME AFTER HOME WONDER WHAT ARE -- YOU ARE LOOKING AT A COMMUNITY IN INGLEWOOD, FLORIDA. IN ORLANDO, AT LEAST 300 PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM HEAVY FLOODING, INCLUDING NURSING HOME RESIDENTS, WE ARE WATERWAYS WAIST HIGH, AS TEAMS WERE ABLE TO RESCUE THOSE INSIDE. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT AND ARE STANDING BY TO TALK WITH THE MAYOR OF FORT MYERS IN -- LINSEY DAVIS FROM GINGER ZEE. WELL USED ANCHOR DAVID NOR LEADS US OFF. >> TONIGHT, THE DEADLY TOLL OF HURRICANE IAN. THE MASSIVE DESTRUCTION HERE IN FLORIDA, COMING INTO CLEAR FOCUS. THE DEADLY STORM MAKING HISTORY AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL HURRICANES EVER TO MAKE LANDFALL HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND ALONG WITH THE HURRICANE, THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF RAIN. A ONCE IN 1000-YEAR RAINFALL THEY ARE CALLING IT HERE. WHICH IS DESTROYED, HOMES ON FIRE. ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS UNDERWATER IN FORT MYERS. THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF SURVEYING THE DEVASTATION CAPTURING THESE IMAGES TONIGHT. THE SHORELINES DECIMATED. PLUMES OF THICK, BLACK SMOKE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. THE SANDOVAL CAUSEWAY WASHED AWAY, CUTTING THE ISLAND OFF TO THE MAINLAND. FROM THE GROUND FORT MYERS BEACH LEVELED, THE PIER GONE. THE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE, POWER LINES CATCHING FIRE, NEARLY 2 MILLION STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY TONIGHT. 20,000 FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT CREWS RACING TO RESTORE POWER HERE, ACROSS THE STATE. FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS. >> THE IMPACTS OF THE STORM A HISTORIC AND THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE HAS BEEN HISTORIC. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN IN TOUCH WITH GOVERNOR DESANTIS AGAIN TODAY, THE PRESIDENT SPEAKING OF THE ENORMOUS HUMAN TOLL HERE AND A REAL TOLL THAT THAT FEAR -- THE PRESIDENT AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS TODAY. >> THIS COULD BE THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. THE NUMBERS ARE STILL UNCLEAR BUT WE ARE HEARING EARLY REPORTS OF WHAT MAY BE SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF LIFE. >> TONIGHT AT LEAST SEVEN CONFIRMED DEATHS. HOSPITALS EVACUATED AMID THE FLOODS. SEARCH OF A FEW TEAMS FANNING OUT. THE NASA MARINE UNIT RESCUING TO PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR SAILBOAT OVERNIGHT, GRABBING THEM AND PULLING THEM TO SAFETY. [NOISE] NICHOLAS FIRE AND RESCUE SMASHING WINDOWS TO GET TO THIS DRIVER. WHILE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WEIGHED THROUGH WAIST DEEP WATER AS THEY UNLOAD THEIR FIRE TRUCK SUBMERGED IN WATER'S HERE. THEY HAVE BEEN RESCUING FAMILIES, BRINGING THEM BACK TO THE FIRE STATION. DOZENS OF LARGE FUNNEL CAN BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS PERFORMING RESCUES. AND THESE IMAGES TONIGHT OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD, AIRLIFTING STRANDED PEOPLE FROM MOVED OFF NEAR SANDOVAL ISLAND. 1000 FEMA PERSONNEL DEPLOYED HERE SUPPLYING MILLIONS OF LITERS OF WATER AND MEALS AND HUNDREDS OF GENERATORS. CHARLOTTE CERTAINLY COUNTIES REPORTING MORE THAN 500 RESCUES AND MORE THAN 300 RESCUED IN ORLANDO. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD LOCAL POLICE TEAMING UP WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD. BRIDGE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE REACHING WHICH STRETCHERS -- THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY. HURRICANE IAN MAKING LANDFALL AS A STRONG CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE JUST SHY OF A RECORD -- SENDING DEBRIS FLYING. THIS TIME LAPSE OF FORT MYERS BEACH SHOWING FLOODWATERS TAKING OVER THE STREETS. BOOTS FLOATING AWAY. >> -- FOUR OF THEM. >> WE DON'T KNOW WHO IS CAR AS MOST OF THESE ARE. >> A FAMILY RIDING OUT THE STORM THEIR GRANDMOTHER'S HOME, WATCHING FROM THE WINDOWS AS CARS AND HOMES FLOAT BY. >> THIS IS A HOUSE FROM ACROSS THE STREET AT THE BEACH >> WALKING OUTSIDE, ON TREES BENDING IN THE WIND. >> SO ONES ARE BECAME IN OUR BACKYARD. THAT IS OUR POOL. THAT IS OUR DECK. THAT WAS MY HOUSE. MY HOUSE IS GONE. >> ON THE GROUND HERE, WE MET JOSEFA, LEFT AND RIGHT AT THE STORM WITH FAMILY, ONLY TO FIND HER HOME BADLY DAMAGED TODAY. SHE SAID IT WAS TERRIFYING. THEY COULD FEEL THE HURRICANE BLOWING INSIDE THE HOUSE. YOU >> DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. >> -- THE STUFF. YEAH. >> AND TERRIBLY FRIGHTENING. BUT LEAST YOU ARE OKAY AND THE FAMILY IS OKAY. >> YEAH. >> WE ARE GLAD. AND THE THIS FAMILY, -- STAYING WITH THEIR PASTOR BECAUSE THE PASTOR'S HOME IS BUILT OF BRICK. THEY COULDN'T GET BACK TO THEIR HOME TODAY BECAUSE OF THE FLOODS. ANY WORD ON YOUR HOUSE? >> YEAH, WE HAD A BARN, TWO OR THREE WARRANTS, THEY ALL BLEW AWAY. >> IN TAMPA POWERFUL WIND GUSTS SENDING THIS TREE INTO A HOME. -- THE BOAT BEHIND IT ROCKING IN THE WAVES. AND THAT FATHER TONIGHT GRATEFUL THEY LEFT THEIR HOME TO SEEK SAFE FOR SHELTER, NOW KNOWING WHAT SO MANY WILL FACE. >> I AM SURE YOU ARE FEELING PRETTY BLESSED YOU ARE HERE. >> YEP. YEAH. -- I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WEREN'T AS FORTUNATE. >> SO UNFORTUNATE. AND OUR HEARTS GO OUT ALL THOSE AFFECTED. OUR THANKS TO DAVID FOR THAT. LET'S GET STRAIGHT TO CHIEF METEOROLOGIST GINGER ZEE. -- >> TIME THIS ALL OUT FOR US. IT >> I WILL TIME IT OUT. I JUST HAD TO SAY THAT AS WE WALK THROUGH THIS DAMAGE, THAT BOATS ON TO TREES, BOATS INTO HOMES, AND POLICE JUST NOW CHECKING BECAUSE THESE HOMES, LINDSEY, DON'T HAVE THAT TELLTALE X, THE ONE THAT SAYS, HEY, WE'VE BEEN CHECK, IT, THERE WERE SURVIVORS, OR THERE WERE NOT. AND HUNDRED HOMES IN THIS WHEN THEY BURNED AND THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO YET. THAT'S WHAT TELLS YOU THE BROAD SCOPE OF HOW MUCH THE RESPONSE HAS TO HAPPEN HERE. IT'S VERY. SO, EVEN, THERE IN THE ATLANTI, NORTHEAST OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA, THE CENTER AT LEAST. SO IT IS GOING TO POP UP AND THEN TURN BACK TOWARDS THE U.S. YOU CAN SEE ON THE RADAR THAT HEAVY SHIELD OF RAIN ON THE FRONT IN NORTHWEST SIDE. HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE ENTIRE COURSES SOUTH CAROLINA -- AND THEN THAT HURRICANE WATCH STILL FOR SAVANNAH AND JACKSONVILLE. THEY TAKE WATER REALLY EASILY. SO ANY PUSH OF THEM IS A PROBLEM. IF WE CAN TIME IT OUT FOR YOU, THIS WILL HELP YOU. OVERNIGHT TONIGHT THAT RANGE APPROACHES AND THEN YOU WILL START TO SEE THAT SPEEDS PICK UP BY FRIDAY MORNING. -- CHARLESTON ALMOST AT 60. KNIGHTS HEAD ALMOST TO 50. IT WILL GO INLAND A BIT BUT REALLY THE COAST GOING TO GET THE WORST OF -- I'D BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THAT HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOOD THREAT INLAND. BUT LOOK AT THAT, 71 FROM MYRTLE BEACH. THE SURGE IS BIG. 47 FEET IN CHARLESTON, ESPECIALLY IF IT COMES WITH TIED, THAT CAN BECOME SUPER PROBLEMATIC. -- DOWN TO THE JACKSONVILLE AREA, WE ARE 4 TO 6 FEET COULD STILL HAPPEN. I HAVE TO LEAVE YOU WITH THE RAIN BECAUSE WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TORRENTIAL RAINS FOR DAYS. THIS IS THE TIME TO PLAN AND SAY TO YOURSELF, IT'S A FLASH FLOOD WARNING HAPPENS -- I'M NOT GOING TO GET MY CAR AND DRIVE. WE SAW SNOW AND PASSED AWAY HERE THIS MORNING WHEN WE ARE PASSING BY. THAT IS A REAL ISSUE IF I SUREFIRE WAY OF GETTING INTO OLYMPIC WATERS. AND THIS HURRICANE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO THAT, LINSEY DAVIS. >> AND AS WE SEE, AS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CARS. BUT THE BOATS IN BEHIND YOU AND BEHIND HOUSES, YOU GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOME OF THOSE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE DEVASTATIO. HOW ARE THEY HANDLING ALL OF THIS? >> THE TWO PEOPLE THAT WE MET TODAY, AND WE MAY -- I WENT INTO ONE OF THE WOMAN'S HOMES TO SEE. THEY BOTH TOLD US, AND I QUOTE, I'M SO STUPID, AND THE OTHER GUY SAID, I'M A JERK. AND BOTH OF THEM SAID, THEY KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE BAD, WE THEY ASKED TO EVACUATE IF WE DIDN'T LISTEN. YOU DON'T ALWAYS HEAR THAT. BUT FORT MYERS AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY WAS IN FLORIDA EIGHT FOOT SURGE, AND TUESDAY WAS UP TO 8 TO 12. WE WERE SHOWING THOSE MAPS OF WHEN YOU GET NINE PLUS FEET, YOU CAN GET SURGE THAT GOES THREE MILES INLAND. GUESS WHERE WE ARE. THREE MILES INLAND. AND THESE HOMES YOU SEE BEHIND ME, IF I COULD SHOW YOU IN BEHIND THEM, YOU COULD SEE DEBRIS PILED UP, BECAUSE WATER CAME IN THAT RELEASED. I WOULD ANTICIPATE 8 TO 10 FEET. ONE OF THE WOMEN WE TALKED TO, LINDSAY, SAID SHE SURVIVED BY PULLING HERSELF ON HER FLOATING BED AND SHE ONLY HAD ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF IN THE CEILING -- CALL 9-1-1 AND SO WE CANNOT GET TO YOU. HE'S ABOUT TO HANG ONTO HIS ROOF. >> JUST TO BE CLEAR, YOU SAID YOU ARE THREE MILES INLAND? >> THREE MILES FROM THE OPEN WATERS. THERE'S SOME MARSHLAND THAT'S ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF THAT WAY. BUT THIS IS -- IT WAS WILD WHEN SAMANTHA AND MY TEAM BACK THERE, THEY PUT TOGETHER THESE GRAPHICS. AND I REMEMBER SEEING THAT NINE PLUS SURGE, SEEING HOW FAR INLAND, THAT IS REALLY HARD TO, DO IT'S GOT TO BE THE CANALS AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. THERE ARE SO MANY LITTLE BODIES OF WATER THAT THE RISING SURGE HAS TO MEET UP WITH AND -- THIS GIANT POOL, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN FORT MYERS. >> ALL RIGHT, GINGER ZEE OUR THANKS TO YOU, SO MUCH. DEVASTATION ON THE WEST COAST OF THE SUNSHINE STATE CONTINUES TO BE ASSESSED. WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF BOATS, FLYING HOMES, AND LIVESTOCK WILL BE IMPRINTED IN FLORIDA HISTORY FOREVER. VICTORIES IN SANDOVAL FOR US AND HE -- >> AFTER BEING HIT WITH WHAT THE GOVERNOR CALLS A BIBLICAL STORM SURGE. WE ARE STANDING ON WHAT WAS THE CAUSEWAY INTO SANDOVAL. THE -- HUGE CHUNK OF IT COLLAPSED AND GOT WASHED AWAY DURING THE STORM AND THE ONLY WAY -- BOAT OR HELICOPTER. THERE IS RESCUES NOW UNDERWAY ON THE ISLAND AS THEY ARE THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND WE SET OUT WITH ONE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN FORT MYERS IS COMPLETELY FLOODED. I'M ON A BOAT NOW WITH THE CAJUN NAVY. THEY GOT WORD -- WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK. >> -- HERE FOR YOU. >> FENDED FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. -- HERE, GIVE ME A HAND. >> -- >> YOU ARE ON, YOU ARE ON. >> ALL THE WAY, HER DOG SCENE, ENSO HER MOTHER AURORA, HUNKER DOWN TOGETHER. >> I'M -- GUYS >> HOLDING ON TO THE DOG ON TOP OF THE CAR. >> WE WERE STANDING ON TOP OF THE CAR FOR THREE HOURS. >> THREE HOURS -- WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? >> WE JUST -- THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE RIGHT THERE. AND THE CAR WAS WE -- ARE BOTH HOLDING ON. AND A WHOLE THE DOG IN THE MENTAL. >> EVENTUALLY THEY WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT BACK INSIDE WHERE THEY WAITED FOR RESCUE. AND FINALLY BACK ON DRY LAND. >> OH MY GOD. >> OUR SON MICHAEL WAITING FOR THEM WITH A BIG HUG. >> WE DO LOVE TO SEE THOSE REUNIONS. VICTOR JOINS US NOW. VICTOR, I'M WONDERING WHAT STRUCK YOU MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU SAW TODAY. >> WHO IS THAT REUNION THERE AT THE END HERE LINDSAY. AND NO ONE KNEW THAT WAS WAITING THERE, NOT US OR -- FINALLY SAW THEM AGAIN, MOM JUMPED IN QUICKLY AND TOLD ME HE LOVES ME, NEVER DOES THAT. GREAT TO SEE THIS FAMILY BACK TOGETHER. LINDSEY >> GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN YOU SAW THE SANTA BELLE CAUSEWAY? >> OUR HOTEL, THAT WE STAYED IN LAST NIGHT, WHERE WE RODE OUT THE STORM, IT WAS CLOSE TO THAT. WHEN YOU SEE IT IN PERSON, PART OF THE CAUSEWAY, JUST GETTING RIPPED APART, WASHED AWAY, GIVES YOU A SENSE OF THE POWER OF HURRICANE IAN. FOR ANYONE, STUCK ON SANTA BELLE ISLAND, WE CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS THAT THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH. >> INCREDIBLE. WE ARE SEEING THOSE IMAGES NOW. VICTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ACROSS THE BAY FROM SANTA BELT, THE DESTRUCTION, SO HARD TO COMPREHEND. I WANT TO BRING IN KEVIN ANDERSON, THE MAYOR OF FORT MYERS, ON THE PHONE WITH US. MAYOR, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE SPOKE ON TUESDAY NIGHT'S LANDFALL LOOMED. YOU KNOW THAT EONS IMPACT WOULD BE DESTRUCTIVE. WE ARE SEEING THE IMAGES FROM YOUR CITY. HOW BETTER CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND? >> IN THE CITY, THEY ARE IMPROVING. THE WATER HAS RECEDED AND, WE DO HAVE ABOUT 80, 000, OR 80% OF THE CITIES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. IT IS SLOWLY COMING BACK ON, IN ABOUT 70% OF THE CITIES WITHOUT WATER. >> YOU LIVED THERE, FOR DECADES. HERE ENTIRE PRO POLICE OFFICER. TELL US WHAT IT IS LIKE WHEN HURRICANE IAN SLAMMED INTO THE CITY, AND THE WATER RUSHED ASHORE? >> IT WAS DEVASTATING. LUCKILY, IT WASN'T A WALL, IT WAS A GRADUAL CREEP. STILL, I WAS ABLE TO STAND IN THE WINDOW OF MY CONDO, LOOKED DOWN, AND WITH THE WATER CONTINUOUSLY RISE. IT WAS WHAT THEM BUSINESSES AR, AND FELT VERY HELPLESS WATCHING THIS. >> DO YOU KNOW WHERE ANY FATALITIES HAVE REPORTED FROM FORT MYERS TONIGHT, OR IS ANYBODY ELSE WAITING TO BE RESCUED? >> IN THE CITY OF FORT MYERS, THERE WAS NO REPORTED LOSS OF LIFE, DUE TO THE STORM. WE PROBABLY PERFORMED UPWARDS OF 200 RESCUES. >> MANY ACROSS THE LEAGUE COUNTY, WITHOUT WATER, MANY DON'T HAVE ELECTRICITY. CELL PHONE SERVICE, SPOTTY AT BEST. TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT FORT MYERS NEEDS THE MOST, RIGHT NOW. WHAT IS MOST URGENT, AND TOP OF MIND? >> I THINK, TO GET OUR UTILITIES BACK UP. ESPECIALLY WITH ELECTRICITY. OBVIOUSLY, SEPTEMBER IS A HOT TIME. YOU'RE LIVING WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING. YOU NEED TO AT THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T HAVE WATER. TOMORROW, THEY'RE EXPECTING DELIVERY OF THE PONDS OF THE WATER, THE FOOD, AND WE WILL BE SETTING UP DELIVERY STATIONS, OR DISTRIBUTION CENTERS. AGAIN, THE PROBLEM IS, IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO LIVE HERE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING. >> IT'S AN INCREDIBLE SCENES OF YACHTS, AND WITH SEVERAL FEEDING INTO THE LAND AREA THERE. WE KNOW THAT THE AIRPORT, AND FORT MYERS, CLOSE TO COMMERCIAL PLANES, FOR SEVERAL DAYS. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CONDITION THERE? >> THE AIRPORTS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, SO I DON'T HOW MUCH CONTACT WITH IT. I CAN'T REALLY TELL YOU, JUST FROM THE IMAGE, WHAT THE SITUATION IS. >> WE KNOW THE DAMAGE IS STILL BEING ASSESSED, LARGELY, IN THE CITY, AND OUTSIDE OF THE CITY. WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS THAT FORT MEYER NEEDS TO START THE RECOVERY PROCESS, BEYOND GETTING UTILITIES BACK UP? >> WE STARTED TODAY. THE CREWS WERE OUT, THEY'RE PROBABLY STILL WORKING NOW, GETTING ROADS CLEAR. THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THEM TRAVEL-ABLE, SO THAT THEY'RE WITH THE FIRST TWO VEHICLES TO RESPOND. >> KEVIN ANDERSON, FORT MYERS, AND THERE IS SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO US, AND WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE RECOVERY AHEAD. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> STILL, A REAL RISK AS HURRICANE IAN MAKES LANDFALL. CNN METEOROLOGIST, ROB MARSICANO, HAS MORE. ESPECIALLY WHY THIS STORM WAS PARTICULARLY DAMAGING. >> TONIGHT, AND DEVASTATION, AND RELENTLESS STORM SURGE, LAID BARE. WE CAPTURING THROUGH THE LANDFALL, PUSHING ASHORE ON WEDNESDAY, IN FORT MYERS BEACH. WATCH, AS IT SIMPLY CARRIES THIS HOUSE AWAY. ANY SURVIVING SCENES HERE, IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. THE SURGE IS STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. >> THIS IS PORT CHARLOTTE, AND A NEW CONDO CONSTRUCTION SITE, DAMAGED BY THE WIND. 20 MILES TO THE GULF OF MEXICO, WITH THE DEEP WINDS, LIFTING THIS WATER, AND PUSHING FARTHER OFF THE BAY. WITH ANYTHING IN THE PATH. >> GO INTO THE LIGHT, THE EARLY ESTIMATES, IN THE BILLIONS. JOSIE, AND FORT MYERS. >> IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, ALONE, THERE IS 100 THAT WE CAN SEE FROM THE DRONE THERE. IT IS 12 FEET OF WATER. THEY'RE ALL TOTAL LOSSES. >> DUE TO THE MASSIVE POPULATION EXPLOSION, ACROSS FLORIDA'S WEST COAST, THIS IS THE FORT MYERS AREA ALONE, AND IS 1970. THIS SHOWS THE FORECASTED STORM SURGE THAT INUNDATED THE SAME POPULATION. >> JOINING US NOW, WITH PORT CHARLOTTE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE HISTORIC STORM SURGE. >> WITH THE SET HERE, DOWN THE ROAD IN FORT MYERS, IN NAPLES, IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT. IT IS GOING UP THE RIVERS IN THE BASE, IN THE NOOKS, AND CRANNIES, AND YOU CAN BET THOSE NUMBERS WERE DOUBLED. THAT'S WHERE WE SAW A LOT OF THE DAMAGE. SPEAKING OF DAMAGE, THIS CRANE BEHIND, WE HAD TO WIND DAMAGE. THE WIND, STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE DOWN HUGE CONSTRUCTION CRANES. THIS HAD A LOT OF WIND, AND SURGE, AND IS ALL HEADING OUT TOWARDS THE CAROLINAS, FOR ANOTHER ROUND AGAINST THE U.S.. LINDSEY? >> WE SEE U2S ON VIDEO. I'M CURIOUS WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR YOU THIS MORNING, TO WAKE UP, AND SEE THE SCALES OF THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND. >> THEY'RE ON THE DRIVING ZONE, STAYING INTO IT, AND THERE IS A LOT THAT HURRICANE MICHAEL FEL. THIS IS THROUGH TULARE, AND IT IS TORN APART IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND. THEN, THEY GET TO THE AREAS MOST AFFECTED BY THE SIDES OF THE ROAD, THEN, OBVIOUSLY, THE SHELTERS, AND THE STRUCTURES, TORN APART. THEY ARE ALSO HALFWAY INTO PUNTA GORDA, NOT EVEN GETTING INTO FORT MYERS. IT'S NOT BAD, LINDSEY. IT WILL BE A LONG ROAD AHEAD, FOR SURE. >> ROW MARCIANO, OUR THANKS TO YOU. NOW, LET'S HEAD EAST, ACROSS THE CENTRAL FLORIDA AREAS, AND WITH JANAI NORMENT REMAINS AROUND THE SCENE TONIGHT. TELL US ABOUT THE RESCUE OPERATIONS HAD HAPPENED THERE? >> LINDSEY, THERE IS A NUMBER OF RESCUES TODAY. WITH A NURSING HOME, AND OVER 106, 108 ELDERLY PEOPLE, IT WAS AT THIS NURSING HOME. THE WATER THAT WE GOT THERE WAS WELL UP IN THE OUTSIDE, IN THE PARKING LOT, AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY PREPARED, THEY HAD SANDBAGS THAT THEY SAW THAT THEY THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN. SO, THE WATER STARTED CREEPING, AND WE SAW THE BOAT THAT THEY HAD TO USE TO RESCUE THOSE PEOPLE, BECAUSE THE WATER WAS THAT HIGH INSIDE OF THE FACILITY. THEN, IN ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTY, THERE WAS MORE RESCUES GOING ON, MORE VOTES GOING OUT, AS THERE WAS HOLMES AND IT IS PEEKING OUT FROM THE TOPS OF THOSE, AND IT COMES OFF WITH ONE OF THE BOATS IN THE VISTA NEIGHBORHOOD OF ORANGE COUNTY HERE, IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. IT WAS ALSO WHAT THEY COULDN'T TALK. THEY JUST THREW, TWO YEARS, WAS TELLING US THAT SHE COULDN'T TALK RIGHT NOW. EVERYTHING SHE HAD BEEN THROUG, IT WAS, STILL, SO EMOTIONAL. HAVING TO HAVE THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS COME AND RESCUE HER, AND HER FAMILY, WITH HER HOME. LINDSEY? >> JANAI, OUR THANKS TO YOU. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COVERAGE FOR US. WHILE SIENA IS OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, MARCHING UP TOWARDS SOUTH CAROLINA, IT SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY BATTERING THE EAST COAST, PROMPTING A SECOND WAVE OF EVACUATIONS, AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY FLOODING. JOINING US FROM JACKSONVILLE, WHAT HAS EASTERN FLORIDA BEEN DEALING WITH TODAY? >> IT'S BASICALLY BEEN A BATTLE SINCE WELL BEFORE THE SUN CAME UP. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE SUN TODAY, BECAUSE IT'S BEEN OVER COST HERE IN JACKSONVILLE. UP AND DOWN THE ATLANTIC COAST, AS WE KNOW FROM JANAI, IT WAS DUMPING ALL DAY, AND ACROSS THE FLOOD. THERE IS PICKING UP STEAM FROM ALL SORTS OF WARM WATER THERE, YOU GET THE STORM SURGE, AND BRINGING IT IN OVER THE BEACHE, AND THE SPILLWAY'S. THEY SAW SIGNIFICANT FLOODING, AND INTO DAYTONA BEACH. THERE ARE TAKING PLACE AS THEY SAW TO GO TO FLORIDA, AND THEY WERE SUBMERGING THAT THEY DRIFTED AWAY. VOTES IT BECAME UNTETHERED, MAKING THEIR WAY, SLAMMING INTO DOCKS AS WELL. IT WAS A SECOND PORTION OF THE STORM, IT IS OUT OF THE TAIL END OF IT, AND THEY ARE BACK IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN WITH ANOTHER STATE, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, MAYBE MORE THAN THAT IN ITS SIGHTS. LINDSEY? >> HELP US TAKE STOCK OF THE STORMS IMPACT, IN THE EAST, AND CENTRAL PARTS OF FLORIDA, SEEING INCREDIBLE DEVASTATION FROM THE STORM SEARCH TO THE WEST. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE DAMAGE, IN THE REST OF THE STATE? >> IT'S A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE. IF YOU COMPARE WHAT HAPPENED INTO SOUTHWESTERN FLORIDA, IT SEEMS OUR CHILD'S PLAY THAT THEY WERE BATTLING TODAY. IF YOU LOOK AT IT IN A VACUUM, IT WAS IN AN AREA SOUTH OF JACKSONVILLE, OR SO, AND IT WAS AN EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. IT WAS WARRANTED STATE, AND FEDERAL RESOURCES, AND IT IS WEEKS, MAYBE MONTHS TO FIX ALL OF THE DAMAGE THAT WOULD CAUSE TODAY. IT WAS MAKING MARKS WITH THE HIGHEST FLOODING THEY HAD EVER SEEN, FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL. IT IS ABOUT A FOOT OF IT, AND IS HISTORIC IN THIS REGION, NO, BUT DEFINITELY NOT THE MOST DAMAGING PART OF THE STORM. THERE IS PLENTY DAMAGING, AND IS IN AN EASTERN PORTION OF FLORIDA THAT THEY WERE COMING HERE. >> REALLY SOME GOOD PERSPECTIVE THERE. TREVOR ARE, THANKS TO YOU. WHEN WE COME BACK, GETTING MEDICAL ADVICE ON TV, TO RUNNING FOR SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA, DOCTOR OZ, TRYING TO CREATE A PATH TO SUCCESS BY WINNING OVER INDEPENDENT VOTERS IN THE SWING STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHILE HIS OPPONENT ACCUSES HIM OF BEING CARPETBAGGER, QUESTIONING HIS RESIDENCY. DOCTOR OZ TELLS US WHAT HE WOULD PRESCRIBE TO FIX PENNSYLVANIA'S PROBLEMS IN THE RACE TO NOVEMBER. THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, SPEAKING TO THE JANUARY 6TH COMMITTEE. WHAT WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH GINNI THOMAS. FIRST, RUSSIA SET TO FORMALLY ANNEXED PARTS OF UKRAINE, AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL REFERENDUM VOT. THIS COMES AS QUESTIONS GROW FOR THE POSSIBLE SABOTAGE OF A CRITICAL PIPELINE. WELCOME BACK. RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAID TO MAKE A MAJOR ADDRESS TOMORROW, EXPECTED TO FORMALLY ANNEX AREAS BEFORE RUSSIA HAS OCCUPIED. WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THEY HAVE GIVEN IN A LEGAL SHAM. THIS COMES AS SUSPECTED SABOTAGE TO CRITICAL INDUSTRIES GAS PIPELINE FROM RUSSIA, AND GERMANY. CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, IAN PANNELL, HAS THE LATEST FROM UKRAINE. >> TONIGHT. DAYS AFTER RESAW A RUSSIAN FORCES WITH ASSAULT RIFLES, GOING DOOR TO DOOR, ORDERING PEOPLE TO VOTE IN RUSSIAN OCCUPIED UKRAINE. VLADIMIR PUTIN, POISED TO TAKE THOSE RESULTS, AND ILLEGALLY DECLARE THOSE AREAS, PARTS OF RUSSIA. THE FORMAL SIGNING CEREMONY, TAKING PLACE BEHIND THE WALLS OF THE KREMLIN TOMORROW. THE ANNEXATION, STOKING FEARS OF FURTHER ESCALATION. RUSSIA, WARNING AN ATTACK ON THE OCCUPIED AREAS, WOULD BE AN ATTACK ON RUSSIA. PUTIN, THREATENING, RUSSIA COULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO DEFEND ITS TERRITORY, AND NEWLY-SEIZED LANDS. >> THE UNITED STATES WILL, NEVER, NEVER, EVER, RECOGNIZE RUSSIA'S CLAIM ON UKRAINE SOVEREIGN TERRITORY. >> DAYS AFTER LAUNCHING A COUNTER OFFENSIVE, TO PUSH RUSSIA BACK, PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY, TELLING DAVID, HE WON'T GIVE UP ANY OF THE TERRITORY OCCUPIED BY THE RUSSIANS. >> HE WILL CEDE ZERO UKRAINIAN TERRITORY. IT IS NOT ON THE TABLE. >> NO. WE WILL NOT. >> THE CHALLENGE, TONIGHT, IS HOW WILL UKRAINE, AND ITS WESTERN ALLIES, RESPOND. >> IN PANEL, JOINING US NOW. WITH PUTIN'S MOVE TO ANNEX THOSE FOUR AREAS, WITH WHAT IS PRACTICALLY ON TONIGHT. >> THAT'S A KEY QUESTION. IN PUTIN'S EYES, AND RUSSIA'S EYES, AND PART OF RUSSIAN TERRITORY, AND IN SOME SENSE, IS SACROSANCT. IT WAS THE UKRAINIAN FORCES. I THINK FOR UKRAINIANS, AND IS COMMITTED BY RUSSIA, AND THE ATROCITIES. THE DISPLACEMENT. THE DEATH. IT WAS NO GOING BACK. THEY CAN'T ACCEPT THE LOSS OF LAND. THEY STILL SEE ALL OF THAT TERRITORY, FIRMLY, AS UKRAINIAN LAND, AND CRIMEA AS WELL. IT IS IN 14 50. SO, I THINK WHAT IT MEANS, PRACTICALLY, ON ONE LEVEL, IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT TO ANOTHER LEVEL. I THINK IT MEANS A LONG, AND BLOODY BATTLE, WITH NO IMMEDIATE END IN SIGHT. THE UKRAINIANS CANNOT ACCEPT THE LOSS OF THIS TERRITORY. >> BACK IN THE NORD STREAM GAS PIPELINE, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IT. WHY WOULDN'T BENEFIT RUSSIA TO SABOTAGE THEM? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION. WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS? OF COURSE, EUROPE IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON RUSSIAN GAS. IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE AN ADDICT TO'S TRYING TO WEAN THEMSELVES OFF. IT IS SINCE THE CONCEPT STARTE, AND THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CHRISTIANS, ESPECIALLY FROM THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION, ABOUT HOW HEAVILY DEPENDENT ERUPTED BECOME, AND THE UK IN PARTICULAR, ON RUSSIAN GAS, RUSSIAN PETROLEUM, AND RUSSIAN ENERGY. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A SPIKE, AND ENDS UP IN PRICES SINCE THESE LEAKS EMERGED, WHICH HAS BEEN A 40% HIKE IN PRICES, IN EUROPE. THAT IS CAUSING PAIN IN THE POCKETS OF CONSUMERS BACK IN THE UK, AND IN EUROPE. THE PROBABLY ANSWERS THE QUESTION, WHY WOULD RUSSIA DO THAT? CLEARLY, IT HARMS RUSSIA, BECAUSE IT LOSES INCOME. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT WAS GOING BEHIND THE SCENES. AN EXAMPLE OF THAT, IS A WAY OF UNSETTLING EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT, EUROPEAN CONSUMERS, AND I SUSPECT IT WILL NEVER REALLY KNOW. IT WAS GOING DIRE, AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE GREAT. >> IT IS CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE HERE. IAN PANNELL, IN UKRAINE, THANK YOU. STILL AHEAD, HERE, ON PRIME, MORE CONTROVERSY FROM HALL OF FAMER BRETT FAVRE. WHY DONATIONS FROM HIS CHARITY ARE UNDER SUSPICION. GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. THE LATEST STATE TO REQUIRE VEHICLES TO HAVE ZERO ADMISSIONS. AND, MORNING, ONE OF THE BIGGEST HIP-HOP ARTISTS OF THE 90S WITH HIS FANTASTIC VOYAGE, TO LIVING IN A GANGSTER'S PARADISE. WE TAKE A LOOK AT RAPPER, COOLIO'S, LIFE BY THE NUMBERS. FIRST, OUR TWEET OF THE DAY. CELEBRITY CHEF AND, HUMANITARIAN, JOSE ANDRÉS, HIGHLIGHTS HIS TEAM AT THE WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN, NOW FANNING OUT ACROSS FLORIDA. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO. >> WELCOME BACK EVERYONE, FROM THE STREETS OF COMPTON TO CONQUERING THE MUSIC WORLD, HERE IS COOLIO BY THE NUMBERS. HE BECAME A BREAKOUT STAR IN 1990 41 HE MAY TRACK ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM TOOK A THIEF, SHOT NUMBER THREE ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100. WHEN YOUR LEADER, GANGSTERS PARADISE, WHICH SAMPLED STEVIE WONDER FROM THE DANGEROUS MINDS MOVIE SOUNDTRACK MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO NUMBER ONE. CLEO WOULD BE NOMINATED FOR SIX GRAMMYS IN TOTAL. GANGSTERS PARADISE WAS HIS ONLY ONE, OWNING HIM BEST SOLAR PERFORMANCE IN 1996. THE SONG HAS REMAINED A MAINSTREAM ANTHEM. IN 2018, A JEOPARDY CONTESTANT LOST 30 $200 WHEN ALEX INFORMED HIM THE TITLE WAS PRONOUNCED GANGSTER'S PARADISE, NOT GANGSTERS PARADISE. HE CONNECTED WITH A YOUNGER GENERATION, -- WHICH ONE PAPER TV SHOW AT THE KIDS CHOICE AWARDS. THIS TRADEMARK -- SOLD 4.8 MILLION ALBUMS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. MORE RECENTLY BRANCHED OUT INTO REALITY TV AND EVEN PUBLISHED A COOKBOOK TITLED COOKING WITH JULIO. WITH COMFORT FOODS WITH A HEALTHY TWIST THAT DOES NOT BREAK THE BANK. COOLIO DIED YESTERDAY AT A FRIENDS HOME IN LOS ANGELES. AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING SAYING PELTED IS NOT SUSPECTED, HE WAS JUST 59 YEARS OLD. AND WE HAVE A LOT TO GET TO HERE ON PRIME TONIGHT. LEBRON JAMES IS BRANCHING OFF OF BASKETBALL. THE NEW SPORTY IS GETTING INVOLVED IN. AND DOCTOR OZ IS TRYING TO PLACE A TRAIL ALL THE WAY TO CAPITOL HILL, A POSSIBLE PATH TO THE SENATE INCLUDES A TIGHT RACE IN A KEY SWING STATE. HE TELLS US HOW HE PLANS TO GET HERE IN NOVEMBER. WE WILL LOOK AT OUR TOP TRENDING STO FREE TO YOU 24/7.H AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE NEWS WHENEVER YOU WANT IT, WHEREVER YOU ARE, ANYTIME. ABC NEWS LIVE. STREAMING LIVE AND FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS. >> HURRICANE IAN, TREATING THE FLORIDA PENINSULA, MAKING LANDFALL NEAR FORT MYERS WAS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL STORMS IN THE STATE'S HISTORY. >> THE IMPACTS OF THIS STORM ARE HISTORIC. AND THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE HAS BEEN HISTORIC. >> THE CATEGORY FOUR STORM, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WITH WINDS OF UP TO 140 MILES PER HOUR, PEELING OFF ROOFS FROM HOMES. THE STORM SURGE, SCATTERING DEBRIS EVERYWHERE. MANGLED BOATS AROUND THE BEACH, WRECKAGE SCATTERED ACROSS THE SAND, AND THE HIGH WATER, STRAINING FAMILIES WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD WRITE IT OUT THROUGH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, LEAVING A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION AHEAD OF ITS VISIT. JOE BIDEN IS ON THE PHONE WITH FLORIDA GOVERNOR, RON DESANTIS, WITH AN EMERGENCY DISASTER DECLARATION. >> THE SENATE VOTED 72 TO 25 TO APPROVE A CONTINUING RESOLUTIO, OR SEE OUR, TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. THE PACKAGE INCLUDES MORE THAN 12 BILLION DOLLARS IN MILITARY AND ECONOMIC SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE, ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPORT FOR HEATING COSTS, AND $20 MILLION TO ADDRESS THE WATER CRISIS IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI. THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE IT FRIDAY TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THE MEASURE WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER 16TH. NEW YORK WILL BECOME THE SECOND STATE AFTER CALIFORNIA TO MANDATE ALL NEW CARS SOLD TO BE ZERO EMISSION. >> BY 2035, NEW YORK GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL SAID ALL NEW PASSENGER CARS, PICKUP TRUCKS, AND SUVS STALLED IN THE STATE WOULD HAVE TO EMIT ZERO EMISSIONS. >> I FOUND THIS BILL LAST YEAR. WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR CALIFORNIA TO TAKE A STEP BECAUSE THERE -- CALIFORNIA HAD TO GO FIRST, THAT IS THE ONLY TIME WE ARE LETTING THEM GO FIRST, THAT IS ALL RIGHT. BUT ONCE WE MADE THAT DECISION, WE HAVE TO STEP UP IMMEDIATELY AND SAY THAT THERE IS NOTHING HOLDING US BACK. >> GOVERNOR HOCHUL ALSO INVEST AN INVESTMENT IN REBATES FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE PURCHASES, THE STATE ALSO RECENTLY FINISHED ITS 100TH INSTALLATION OF HIGH-SPEED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS. >> MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHEN ELIZABETH'S PASSING HAVE BEEN REVEALED, HER CAUSE OF DEATH ON SEPTEMBER 8TH WAS DUE TO OLD AGE, ACCORDING TO HER DEATH CERTIFICATE. THE LATE MONARCH DIED IN THE AFTERNOON AT AGE 96. MEANWHILE, WINDSOR CASTLE REOPENED ITS DOORS TO TOURISTS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE QUEEN'S PASSING. VISITORS CAN NOW SEE HER FINAL RESTING SPOT IN THE ROYAL CHAPEL. >> MORE CONTROVERSY FOR HALL OF FAME QUARTERBACK, BRETT FAVRE. HIS FOUNDATIONS THAT SUPPORTS UNDERSERVED AND DISABLED CHILDREN AS WELL AS BREAST CANCER PATIENTS. BUT ESPN AND THE ATHLETIC REPORT SAID IT DONATED MORE THAN $130,000 TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI ATHLETIC FOUNDATION FROM 2018 TO 2020. THOSE DONATIONS AND EACH OF THOSE YEARS, FAR HIGHER THAN DONATIONS TO ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION CHARITY SUPPORTED. THE FORMER QUARTERBACK IS ALREADY FACING HEAT FOR HIS ALLEGED ROLE IN TRYING TO USE MISSISSIPPI WELFARE FUNDING TO BUILD A VOLLEYBALL FACILITY IN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, WHERE HE PLAYED COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND HIS DAUGHTER WAS ON THE VOLLEYBALL TEAM. HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME IN THAT CASE, AND SAID HE DID NOT KNOW WHERE THE STATE FUNDS CAME FROM. >> IF YOU NBA STARS ARE JUMPING INTO THE PICKLEBALL CRAZE. LEBRON JAMES, JALEN GREEN, AND KEVIN LOVE WERE PART OF AN OWNERSHIP GROUP BUYING AN EXPANSION TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE PICKLEBALL. THE LEAD IS EXPANDING FROM ITS CURRENT 12 TEAMS TO 16, AND IS PLANNING ON HOSTING SIX TOURNAMENTS ACROSS SIX U.S. CITIES IN 2023. THE NBA STARS ARE NOT THE FIRST TO GET A NAME TO GET INTO THE LEAGUE. OTHER TEAM OWNERS INCLUDE FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK DREW BREES, MILWAUKEE BUCKS CO-OWNER MARK FLATTERY, AND ENTREPRENEUR GARY VEIN OR CHUCK. >> NOT A WASHINGTON WHERE GINNI THOMAS APPEARED IN PERSON BEFORE THE JANUARY 6TH COMMITTEE TODAY AFTER SHE VOLUNTARILY AGREED TO BE INTERVIEWED. THE WIFE OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, CLARENCE THOMAS, HAS FACED QUESTIONS ABOUT HER EFFORTS TO HELP FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP OVERTURN THE 2020 ELECTION RESULTS. WE WILL BRING IN ABC'S CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT, MR. JONATHAN CARL. JOHN, WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT GINNI THOMAS'S APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE? >> VALENCIA, GINNI THOMAS SPENT SOME FOUR HOURS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, INCLUDING SOME BREAKS, SHE SPOKE VERY BRIEFLY TO REPORTERS COMING IN AND OUT, SHE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE ABOUT WHAT SHE SAID. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, BENNIE THOMPSON, SAID THAT SHE HAD ANSWERED SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE PUT BEFORE HER. HER LAWYER THEN CAME OUT AND SAID THAT SHE ANSWERED ALL OF THE QUESTIONS, AND IN A STATEMENT, HER LAWYER SAID SHE WAS HAPPY TO COOPERATE WITH THE COMMITTEE TO CLEAR UP MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HER ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING THE 2020 ELECTION. THE STATEMENT SAID THAT GINNI THOMAS HAD DEEP CONCERNS ABOUT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES, BUT THAT SHE HAD ALSO THOROUGHLY CONDEMNED THE VIOLENCE ON JANUARY 6TH. AND ONE OTHER THING THAT CHAIRMAN THOMPSON SAID IS THAT JIMMY THOMPSON, AGAIN, THE WIFE OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS, STILL BELIEVES THE 2020 ELECTION WAS STOLEN. >> YES. STILL AN ELECTION DENIER. SHOULD THE PUBLIC EXPECT TO SEE ANY OF THOMAS'S TESTIMONY AT THE NEXT JANUARY 6TH HEARING? >> IT IS CERTAINLY IMPOSSIBLE, CHAIRMAN THOMPSON WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THAT INCIDENT WAS POSSIBLE. IT WAS A VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION. ALTHOUGH WE DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHEN THIS HEARING IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING IT YESTERDAY, IN FACT IT WAS SCHEDULED FOR YESTERDAY. IT WAS POSTPONED TO KEEP THE FOCUS ON THE HURRICANE, AND IN FLORIDA. I AM TOLD THAT IT WILL NOT BE NEXT WEEK, WE DON'T EXPECT IT TO BE NEXT WEEK. AS YOU KNOW, TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THIS COMMITTEE. I THINK THE SINGLE, THE BIGGEST QUESTION GOING FORWARD IN THE FEW WEEKS THAT THEY HAVE LEFT TO COMPLETE THEIR WORK BEFORE THE ELECTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO SUBPOENA DONALD TRUMP TO TESTIFY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CONVINCE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE TO TESTIF. THOSE WERE THE TWO BIG, OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS FOR THIS COMMITTEE. >> YES. TIME IS CERTAINLY OF THE ESSENCE. JONATHAN, CURLER THANKS TO YOU AS ALWAYS. >> THANK YOU, LINDSEY. >> FINALLY TONIGHT, WE ARE LESS THAN 40 DAYS UNTIL THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. IT IS POSSIBLE, THE KEYSTONE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA COULD ULTIMATELY BE THE KEY FACTOR IN DETERMINING JUST WHICH PARTY CONTROLS THE SENATE COME NEXT JANUARY. AND YOU MAY KNOW HIM FROM HIS DAYTIME TV SHOW, BUT TONIGHT, DOCTOR MEHMET OZ IS TRYING TO CONVINCE VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. WE GOT A CHANCE TO RUN WITH HIM IN HIS FIRST NETWORK TV INTERVIEW OF THE CAMPAIGN, AS HE RACES TOWARD NOVEMBER. >> ARE WE GOING TO SHOW AMERICA JUST HOW FAST YOU ARE? >> AS LONG AS I CAN SEE WHEN YOU ARE DONE. >> IT IS AN ALL-OUT SPRINT FOR DOCTOR MEHMET OZ. IN WHAT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TIGHTEST AND MOST CONSEQUENTIAL POLITICAL RACES IN THE COUNTRY. >> WE CAN DO A LOT BETTER. >> SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE CELL PHONE? >> TV HOST -- >> I'M SO HAPPY TO BE WITH YOU GUYS! >> TURNED POLITICIAN IS HOPING TO BECOME PENNSYLVANIA'S NEXT SENATOR. HE IS TRYING TO CONVINCE VOTERS THAT HE HAS THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM CEILING THE KEYSTONE STATE. >> HOW ARE YOU DOING, DOCTOR O? >> ON THIS FALL MORNING -- >> NICE TO MEET YOU. >> WE MET UP ON ONE OF HIS FAVORITE RUNNING TRAILS. >> AND HIS ADOPTED HOMETOWN OF PENNSYLVANIA. >> SO, YOU PLAYED FOOTBALL IN HIGH SCHOOL, ARE YOU A RUNNER NOW? >> I'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET ME ACTIVE. THE BIG ISSUE FOR ME, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW IS TO STAY HEALTHY. RESEARCHERS ANALYZE 1 MILLION ONLINE POSTS. >> FOR THE MAN KNOWN AS AMERICA'S DOCTOR, FIRST GENERATION TURKISH AMERICAN, AND THIS RACE IS PERSONAL. >> MANY OF YOU CONSIDER TO BE AMERICA'S DOCTOR, HEART SURGEO, AS IF YOU ALREADY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH CREDITS BEHIND YOUR NAME. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR SENATE? >> MY FATHER WAS AN IMMIGRANT BORN ON A DIRT FLOOR IN A FARAWAY LAND. WHEN HE LANDED IN AMERICA, HE REALIZED THIS WAS TRULY A DREAM. MY LIFE IS A LIVING TESTIMONY TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. I WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THAT. I DON'T WANT IT GETTING SQUANDERED AWAY. >> YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST MUSLIM IN THE U.S. SENATE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? >> PRIDE, AND HONOR. I THINK AMERICA, ESPECIALLY THIS PLACE, PENNSYLVANIA, IT WAS BUILT ON ALLOWING PEOPLE A VERY DIVERSE BACKGROUND, TO OFFER THEIR BEST IDEAS. BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE SMARTER THAN ANYONE OF US. >> YOU WOULD ALSO BE THE FIFTH MEDICAL DOCTOR IN THE U.S. SENATE. WHAT IS THE PRESCRIPTION, IF YOU WILL, FOR AMERICA'S PROBLEMS? >> I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A TAX CREDIT PROGRAM IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD ALLOW PARENTS, WHOSE KIDS, TODAY, ARE FORCED TO GO TO A PARTICULAR SCHOOL BASED ON THE PARENTS, TO GIVE THE PARENTS FLEXIBILITY. IT IS A SMART WAY FOR US TO GUARANTEE THAT THE MOST PRECIOUS ASSET WE HAVE, OUR CHILDREN, ARE PROTECTED. >> IS THAT YOUR FIRST PRIORITY? >> FIRST PRIORITY IS HEALTH CARE. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE. BUT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE COST ISSUES AS WELL. >> RECENT POLLS SUGGEST OZ IS NOW TOE-TO-TOE WITH HIS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT, PENNSYLVANIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOHN FETTERMAN, WHO IS TRYING TO CLING TO A SINGLE DIGIT LEAD. FETTERMAN HAS BEEN ON THE ATTACK OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, ACCUSING ODDS OF BEING A CARPETBAGGER, AFTER ALL IS MOVED HERE TO PENNSYLVANIA FROM NEW JERSEY IN 2020. HIS OPPONENT HAS EVEN ENLISTED THE SUPPORT OF CELEBRITIES ON TWITTER. >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN PENNSYLVANIA? EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU LIVE IN NEW JERSEY! >> OZ WAS QUICK TO PUSH BACK AGAINST THAT ASSERTION. >> WHAT IS IT, WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA? >> MY RESIDENCY IS EIGHT PREPOSTEROUS ISSUE. I GREW UP JUST SOUTH OF HERE, WENT TO GRADUATE SCHOOL, BUSINESS SCHOOL AND MET SCHOOL IN PHILADELPHIA. I HAD TWO KIDS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS THE BEST DECISION I MADE IN MY LIFE. WE MOVED OUT A COUPLE YEARS AGO. IT IS A DEEPER REALITY. WE DON'T REALLY CARE WHERE YOU ARE FROM, WE CARE WHAT YOU STAND FOR. THIS IS THE MUDSLINGING THAT THEY HOPE WILL DISTRACT VOTERS FROM WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST CRIME RATE EVER IN OUR HISTORY. IF YOU GO TO PLACES LIKE KENSINGTON, THE DRUG MARKET IN AMERICA, PEOPLE ARE SCARED. >> AFTER SUFFERING A STROKE IN THE SPRING, FETTERMAN HAS RUN A MOSTLY DIGITAL CAMPAIGN WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO THE PRESS. BUT HIS CRITICS, AND ALSO ARGUE THAT ONLINE CLIPS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER DISCOURS. WITH ONLY ONE 60 MINUTE DEBATE SCHEDULED LESSON TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF ELECTION, OZ SAYS PENNSYLVANIANS DESERVE MORE. >> YOU HAVE A THIN LINE THAT YOU HAVE TO PLAY, RUNNING AGAINST AN OPPONENT, WHERE THERE MAY BE SOME HEALTH CONCERNS. >> I HAVE TREMENDOUS EMPATHY FOR WHAT JOHN FETTERMAN IS GOING THROUGH, IT IS AN AREA I SPECIALIZE IN MEDICINE. ALL OF THESE ISSUES ARE CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, WHICH IS FOCUSED ON THE VOTERS. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO HEAR MY OPPONENT ARTICULATE, AND DEFEND HIS POLICIES. >> WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH? >> I AM FASCINATED. I REALLY CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I TRY TO DO. >> I COULD BE STUBBORN, AS A SURGEON, IT IS A PROBLEM. BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE BLIND SPOTS. >> THIS MIGHT BE THE HARDEST QUESTION OF THE INTERVIEW, ARE YOU AN EAGLES FAN? >> BIG EAGLES FAN, THEY PLAYED WELL YESTERDAY, IT HURTS SO GOOD! >> SPEAKING OF FOOTBALL, WE ATTEMPTED TO TACKLE SOME OF THE HARDEST HITTING ISSUES OF THE DAY. >> YOU SUPPORT LINDSEY GRAHAM'S 15-WEEK ABORTION BAN? >> I AM PRO LIFE, AND I HAVE STRONG SENTIMENTS ABOUT THE EXCEPTIONS, I DO NOT THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE STATES ISSUES. >> SO, YOU WOULD NOT SUPPORT I? >> I DON'T THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLAY A ROLE IN TELLING STATES HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS AROUND SOME OF THESE ISSUES. ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE ONES LIKE THOSE INVOLVED IN PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. >> THE HEART IS NOT BEATING. >> IN 2019, YOU TALKED ABOUT POTENTIALLY HAVING SOME CONCERNS ABOUT ABORTION. >> IF THE LITMUS TEST SAYS THE HARDEST READING, THEY REALLY MAKE IT TO HEART BEATING. >> HAVE YOU EVOLVED IN THAT THINKING? >> NO. IT IS THE SAME THING I SAID THERE. ON AN INTERVIEW I SAID THAT I AM PRO-LIFE. AND I HAVE TREMENDOUS COMPASSION FOR THE DIFFICULTY OF THESE DECISIONS. >> ALL IT HAS TO WALK A FINE LINE, TRYING TO WIN OVER INDEPENDENT VOTERS AND HIS KEY SWING STATE, WHILE ALSO NOT ALIENATING THE TYPE OF FAR-RIGHT CONSERVATIVES WHO HOPE DOUG MASTRIANO WILL BECOME THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. >> WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE LIKE THAT MASTRIANO WHO, BACK IN MARCH WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TAPES OF HIM SAYING THAT HE WAS PRO-CHOICE, THAT HE SUPPORTED ABORTION, HOW DO YOU PUSHBACK? >> I AM PROUD OF THE THINGS I SAID IN MY LIFE. I AM CONSISTENT IN THEM. I AM PRO-LIFE. >> YOU SAID THAT FETTERMAN DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULES, HASN'T PAID HIS TAXES, HOW DO YOU SQUARE THAT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DECENT CRITICISM OF DONALD TRUMP? >> YOU KNOW, MY MAJOR FOCUS IS TO ENSURE THE VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE WELL INFORMED ABOUT THE CANDIDATES THEY ARE GOING TO PICK FROM. THOSE TWO CANDIDATES ARMY OR JOHN FETTERMAN. YOU BASICALLY HAVE TWO CHOICES. MOST OF MY CRITICISM OF JOHN FETTERMAN ARE DESIGNED TO EDUCATE VOTERS. HE SHOULD COME OUT AND DEFEND HIMSELF. >> YOU HAVE BEEN A BIG SUPPORTER OF DONALD TRUMP, OBVIOUSLY, YOU GOT HIS ENDORSEMENT. IN THIS MOST RECENT ALLEGATION AGAINST HIM WITH THE CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS AT MAR-A-LAGO, YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT? >> POLITICS IS A GAME OF ADDITION AND MULTIPLICATION, NOT DIVISION. I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ENDORSING ME. SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, MANY DO, AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO ENDORSE ME. I WANT DEMOCRATS TO ENDORSE ME, INDEPENDENTS, I AM NOT GOING TO LIMIT WHO ENDORSES ME BASED ON WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THEIR LIVES. >> IN LISTENING TO YOUR PRIORITIES, YOUR PLATFORM, IF YOU WILL, YOU SEEM VERY MODERATE. BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE KIND OF LABELED YOU AS A MAGA REPUBLICAN. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT? >> I THINK I'M A MODERATE LEADER. BUT, NOT PASSIVE. I ACT VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE POSITIONS I HAVE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BRIDGE A GAP THAT HAS BECOME A CHASM IN AMERICA, ONE THAT HAS PARALYZED OUR ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD AS A NATION. AND SO, I HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT ABOUT AMERICA. I SUSPECT MOST AMERICANS SHARE THOSE FAMILY VALUES. >> A SENTIMENT HE HOPES WILL ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO GET THEM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE FIRST IN THE RACE TO NOVEMBER. >> I THINK THERE WAS A TIE. >> THERE WAS A TIE! >> THAT WAS GOOD. REALLY GOOD. >> OUR THANKS TO DOCTOR OZ. BEFORE WE GO TONIGHT, THE IMAGE OF THE DAY. ANDREA BARRIOS AND HER DAUGHTE, HANNAH, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE END TO THEIR HOME IN FLORIDA. THEY WERE THERE TO SALVAGE PERSONAL BELONGINGS. WE ARE CERTAINLY THINKING ABOUT EVERYONE ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND ACROSS THE STATE, IN WHOLE, WHERE MANY PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO REGROUP, AND WE'RE ALSO HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR THOSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE THE STORM IS HEADING NEXT. AND THAT IS OUR SHOW FOR THIS HOUR, BE SURE TO STAY TUNED TO ABC NEWS LIVE FOR MORE CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US. MORE THAN 2.4 MILLION CUSTOMER, WITHOUT POWER IN FLORIDA >> SLAMMED BY HURRICANE ETA. NEARLY COMING UP IN THE 90% OF ALL CUSTOMERS, NEXT HOUR, WE ARE SITTING ON IN THE COUNTY, TOP OF A FEW THINGS. INCLUDING FORT MYERS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CAPE CORAL, DEALING EDUCATION UPTICKS ITS GUIDANCE WITH DEVASTATION. ON PRESIDENT BIDEN OUT FRONT STUDENT THAT COUNCIL NOW, CHIP FOR, ASIAN PROGRAM. OUR LIVES, AND THE LOANS THAT NO WORKS, ON MATH LUSH LONGER , WHICH IS A SMALL QUALIFY. ISLAND NEAR BOTH OF THOSE CITIES. A PATH OF YOU CAN SEE BETWEEN DESTRUCTION LEFT BEHIND IN FORT MYERS AND FLORIDA AFTER HURRICANE CAPE CORAL ON, IAN, HOME A MAP. N. HEY THERE, I'M LUCY DAVIS. THANKS SO MUCH FOR STREAMING ON US. WHERE THE MONITORING SEVERAL DEVELOPMENTS HERE AT ABC NEWS AT THIS HOUR. SIX REPUBLICAN LED STATES ARE SUING PRESIDENT BIDEN IN AN EFFORT TO TRY AND BLOCK A STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS PLAN, SAYING, HE IS UNFAIRLY CLAIMING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO RACE THE LOANS. MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TODAY, QUIETLY UPDATED ITS GUIDANCE ON WHO QUALIFIES FOR DEBT CANCELLATION PROGRAM NOW EXCLUDING CERTAIN KINDS OF FEDERAL LOANS THAT WERE HANDLED BY PRIVATE BANKS THAT WILL IMPACT ABOUT 770,000 BORROWERS. MORTGAGE RATES HAVE RISEN TO THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS. THE AVERAGE RATE ON THE 30 YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE CLIMB TO 6.7%, ACCORDING TO FREDDIE MAC. THAT'S THE HIGHEST RATE SINCE JULY OF 2007, AND THE SIXTH WEEK IN A ROW OF RISING RATES. THE RISE COMES IN RESPONSE TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE RAISING INTEREST RATES RAPIDLY, IN AN EFFORT TO COOL INFLATION. NASA HAS REVEALED A NEW VIEW THAT COLLISION IN SPACE THIS WEEK WHEN THEY CRASHED A SPACECRAFT INTO AN ASTEROID, TESTING TO SEE IF THEY COULD ALTER ITS ORBIT. JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURED THE COLLISION AND WITH TIME-LAPSE IMAGES SPANNING FIVE HOURS, SHOWING PLUMES OF MATERIAL EMERGING FROM THE IMPACT. BACK NOW TO HURRICANE IAN AND THE SHEER SCALE OF DESTRUCTION COMING INTO FOCUS IN FLORIDA, AFTER IAN PLOWED ACROSS THE STATE WITH UP TO 150 MILE PER HOUR WINDS. A RECORD STORM SURGE, AND MORE THAN A FOOT OF RAIN. PRESIDENT BIDEN BELIEVES IAN COULD END UP AS THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. TONIGHT, ENTIRE COMMUNITIES REMAIN UNDERWATER. RESCUE OPERATIONS ARE ONGOING. AND IAN IT'S HEADED BACK OUT TO SEA, AND STRAIGHT FOR THE CAROLINAS. MORE NEWS TONIGHT, DAVID MUIR REPORTS FROM FLORIDA. >> TONIGHT, THE DEADLY TOLL OF HURRICANE IAN. THE MASSIVE DESTRUCTION HERE IN FLORIDA, COMING INTO CLEARER FOCUS. THE DEADLY STORM, MAKING HISTORY AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL HURRICANES EVER TO MAKE LANDFALL HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND ALONG WITH THE HURRICANE, THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF RAIN. A ONCE IN 1000-YEAR RAINFALL, THEY ARE CALLING IT HERE. BRIDGES DESTROYED, HOMES ON FIRE, ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS UNDERWATER IN FORT MYERS. THE LEAD COUNTY SHERIFF, SURVEYING THE DEVASTATION, CAPTURING THESE IMAGES TONIGHT. THE SHORELINES, DECIMATED. PLUMES OF THICK, BLACK SMOKE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY, WASHED AWAY, CLAIMING THE ISLAND OFF TO THE MAINLAND. FROM THE GROUND FORT MYERS BEACH, LEVELED. THE PEER, GONE. THE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE, POWER LINES CATCHING FIRE, NEARLY 2 MILLION STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY TONIGHT. 20,000 FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT CREWS, RACING TO RESTORE POWER HERE ACROSS THE STATE. FLORIDA GOVERNOR, RON DESANTIS. >> THE IMPACTS OF THIS STORM ARE HISTORIC AND THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE HAS BEEN HISTORIC. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN, IN TOUCH WITH GOVERNOR DESANTIS AGAIN TODAY. THE PRESIDENT, SPEAKING OF THE ENORMOUS HUMAN TOLL HERE AND THE REAL FEAR THAT THAT TOLL COULD RISE DRAMATICALLY. THE PRESIDENT AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS TODAY. >> THIS COULD BE THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. THE NUMBERS ARE STILL UNCLEAR, BUT WE ARE HEARING EARLY REPORTS OF WHAT MAY BE SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF LIFE. >> TONIGHT, AT LEAST SEVEN CONFIRMED DEATHS. HOSPITALS EVACUATED AMID THE FLOODS. SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS FANNING OUT. >> HOLD ON, HOLD ON! >> THEN -- RESCUING TWO PEOPLE ON THEIR SAILBOAT OVERNIGHT, GRABBING THEM AND PULLING THEM TO SAFETY. NAPLES FIRE AND RESCUE, SMASHING WINDOWS TO GET TO THIS DRIVER. WHILE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAIT THROUGH WAIST DEEP WATER, AS THEY UNLOAD THEIR FIRE TRUCK SUBMERGED IN THE WATERS HERE. THEY HAVE BEEN RESCUING FAMILIES, BRINGING THEM BACK TO THE FIRE STATION. DOZENS OF LARGE TUNIC AND BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS, PERFORMING RESCUES. AND THESE IMAGES TONIGHT OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD, AIRLIFTING STRANDED PEOPLE FROM ROOFTOPS NEAR SANIBEL ISLAND. 1000 FEMA PERSONNEL DEPLOYED HERE, SUPPLYING MILLIONS OF LITERS OF WATER AND MEALS, AND HUNDREDS OF GENERATORS. CHARLOTTE AND LEAD COUNTIES, REPORTING MORE THAN 500 RESCUE, MORE THAN 300 RESCUED IN ORLANDO. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, LOCAL POLICE TEAMING UP WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD. ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE RACING IN WITH STRETCHERS, TO RESCUE SENIORS BUT AMONG THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY. HURRICANE IAN, MAKING LANDFALL AS A STRONG CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE. JUST SHY OF A CATEGORY FIVE. THE RECORD-BREAKING STORM SURG, RIPPING ROOFS OFF HOMES, SENDING DEBRIS FLYING,. THIS TIME LAPSE OF FORT MYERS BEACH, SHOWING FLOOD WIRES TAKING OVER THE STREETS. BOATS FLOATING AWAY. >> FOUR OF THEM. FOR BOTH. >> WE DON'T KNOW WHO'S CARS MOST OF THESE ARE. >> THE FAMILY, RIDING OUT THE STORM IN THEIR GRANDMOTHER'S HOME, WATCHING FROM THE WINDOWS AS CARS AND HOMES FLOAT BY. >> THIS IS A HOUSE FROM ACROSS THE STREET AT THE BEACH. >> WALKING OUTSIDE, THE PALM TREES BENDING IN THE WIND. >> SOMEBODY'S RV CAME IN OUR BACKYARD. THAT'S OUR POOL. THAT'S OUR DECK. THAT WAS MY HOUSE. MY HOUSE IS GONE. >> ON THE GROUND HERE, WE MET JOSEPH -- MUNOZ, WHO LEFT HOME TO RIDE OUT THE STORM WITH FAMILY, ONLY TO FIND HER HOME BADLY DAMAGED TODAY. SHE SAID, IT WAS TERRIFYING. THEY COULD FEEL THE HURRICANE BLOWING INSIDE THE HOUSE. >> YOU DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> AND TERRIBLY FRIGHTENING. BUT AT LEAST YOU ARE OKAY AND THE FAMILY IS OKAY. >> YES. >> WE ARE GLAD. AND THE LOGAN FAMILY, SAM, SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON MASON, SAYING WITH THEIR PASTOR BECAUSE THE PASTOR'S HOME IS BUILT OF BRICK. THEY COULD NOT GET BACK TO THEIR HOME TODAY BECAUSE OF THE FLOODS. >> ANY WORD ON YOUR HOUSE? >> YEAH, WE HAD A WHOLE BARN -- THEY ALL FLEW AWAY. >> IN TAMPA, POWERFUL WIND GUST SENDING HISTORY CRASHING INTO A HALT. IN ST. AUGUSTINE, THIS SUV SUBMERGED. THE BOAT BEHIND IT, ROCKING IN THE WAVES. AND THAT FATHER TONIGHT, GRATEFUL THEY LEFT THEIR HOME TO SEEK SAFE SHELTER, NOW KNOWING WHAT SO MANY NOW FACE. >> I'M SURE YOU ARE FEELING PRETTY BLESSED YOU WERE HERE. >> FOR SURE, YEAH. YEAH, GOD KEPT US SAFE. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE NOT SO FORTUNATE. >> WE ARE CERTAINLY THINKING ABOUT THOSE RESIDENTS THERE. THANKS TO DAVID. THE DEVASTATION ON THE WEST COAST AND THE SUNSHINE STATE CONTINUES TO BE ASSESSED, WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF BOATS, FLATTENED HOMES, AND LIVES LOST WILL BE IMPRINTED INTO FLORIDA HISTORY FOREVER. VICTOR CAN-DO WAS IN SANIBEL FOR US, WHERE HE SPOKE WITH RESCUERS AND SURVIVORS. TONIGHT, SANIBEL ISLAND CUT OFF FROM THE REST OF FLORIDA AFTER BEING HIT WITH WHAT THE GOVERNOR CALLS, A BIBLICAL STORM SURGE. WE ARE STANDING WHAT WAS THE CAUSEWAY INTO SANIBEL. THAT BRIDGE WAS THE ONLY WAY IN OR OUT. YOU CAN SEE A HUGE CHUNK OF IT COLLAPSED, GOT WASHED AWAY DURING THE STORM. NOW THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL ON THE ISLAND, BOAT OR HELICOPTER. THOSE RESCUES, NOW UNDERWAY ON THE ISLAND, AS THEY ARE THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE SET OUT WITH ONE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS. >> THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN FORT MYERS IS COMPLETELY FLOODED. I'M ON A BOAT RIGHT NOW AT THE CAJUN NAVY. THEY GOT WORD THAT THREE PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED INSIDE ONE OF THESE HOMES, TAKE A LOOK. >> THE NAVY IS HERE FOR YOU! >> EVEN -- WERE STRANDED FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. >> HERE, GIVE ME YOUR HAND. >> NICE AND EASY. YOU ARE ON, YOU ARE ON. >> FOLLOWING HER OUT, HER DOG WE NEED, AND THEN HER MOTHER, AURORA. THEY WERE HUNKERED DOWN TOGETHER. >> SO, THE THREE OF YOU RODE OUT THE STORM TOGETHER? >> HOLDING ON TO THE DOG ON TOP OF THE CAR. >> THEY WERE STANDING ON TOP OF THAT CAR FOR THREE HOURS. >> THREE HOURS WATCHING THE WATER RUN THROUGH. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? >> SCARED TO DEATH, SCARED TO DEATH. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE RIGHT THERE AND THE CAR WAS, LIKE, WIGGLING WHILE WE WERE BOTH HOLDING ON. AND HOLDING THE DOG IN THE MIDDLE. >> EVENTUALLY, THEY WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT BACK INSIDE, WHERE THEY WAITED FOR RESCUE. AND FINALLY, BACK ON DRY LAND. >> OH MY GOD, I KNEW IT WAS YO! >> AURORA'S SON, MICHAEL, WAITING FOR THEM WITH A BIG HUG. >> IT IS SO NICE TO SEE THOSE REUNIONS. OUR THANKS TO VICTOR FOR THAT. TONIGHT, THERE IS A REAL RISK OF A DEVASTATING STORM SURGE, AS HURRICANE IAN MAKES LANDFALL ONCE AGAIN. ABC'S SENIOR METEOROLOGIST, ROB MARCIANO, HAS MORE ON WHY THE STORM SURGE HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY DAMAGING THIS TIME AROUND. >> TONIGHT, EONS DEVASTATION AND RELENTLESS STORM SURGE LAID BARE. THE STORM CHASERS CAMERA, CAPTURING THE GULF OF MEXICO PUSHING ASHORE WEDNESDAY IN FORT MYERS BEACH. WATCH AS IT SIMPLY CARRIES THIS HOUSE AWAY. ANYONE SURVIVING SCENES LIKE THIS IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. EONS SURGE IS STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH, AS IT MOVES NORTH. >> THIS IS PORT CHARLOTTE AND A NEW CONDO CONSTRUCTION SITE, DAMAGED BY THE WIND. WE ARE 20 MILES FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THAT DEEP LOW PRESSURE OF IAN AND THOSE BIGS WINDS LIFTED THOSE WATER AND PUSHED IT FARTHER UP THE BAY. BY MILES, AND GOLFING ANYTHING IN ITS PATH. >> THE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE, NOW COMING TO LIFE. EARLY ESTIMATES IN THE BILLIONS. OUR -- IN FORT MYERS. >> IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ALONE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF HOMES. YOU CAN SEE FROM OUR DRONE THERE THAT EACH OF THESE TOOK ON AT LEAST 12 FEET OF WATER. THEY ARE ALL TOTAL LOSSES. >> THE SCALE OF THE DAMAGE, DUE IN PART TO THE MASSIVE POPULATION EXPLOSION ALONG FLORIDA'S WEST COAST. THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS THE FORT MYERS AREA ALONE, GROWING BY MORE THAN 600% SINCE 1970. AND THIS SHOWS THAT FORECASTED STORM SURGE THAT INUNDATED THAT SAME POPULATION. >> ROB MARCIANO JOINS US NOW FROM PORT CHARLOTTE AND RON, TALK ABOUT JUST THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THIS STORM SURGE >> WELL, THE RECORDS WERE SET HERE DOWN THE ROAD IN FORT MYERS AND IN NAPLES, OVER SIX AND SEVEN FEET. WHICH DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A LO, BUT THAT IS IN THE FRONT OF THE BAY, WHERE THE WATER IS THE LOWEST. UP THE RIVERS, UP THE BAYS, IN THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES, YOU CAN BET THOSE NUMBERS WERE DOUBLED AND THAT'S WHERE WE SAW A LOT OF DAMAGE. SPEAKING OF DAMAGE, THIS CRANE BEHIND ME, WE HAD SOME WIND DAMAGE. OBVIOUSLY, THE WINDS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE ON HUGE CONSTRUCTION CRANES. THIS STORM HAD IT ALL. THE WIND AND THE SURGE, AND IT'S ALL HEADING NOW TOWARDS THE CAROLINAS FOR ANOTHER ROUND AGAINST THE U.S.. LINDSEY? >> AND WE ARE SEEING THOSE IMAGES IN THE DAYLIGHT HERE ON VIDEO. I'M CURIOUS WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR YOU THIS MORNING TO WAKE UP AND SEE THE SCALE OF THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND. >> WELL, WE WERE SAYING OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN IMPACT ZONE, BUT DRIVING INTO IT DURING THE DAYLIGHT, IT FELT A LOT LIKE HURRICANE MICHAEL FELT WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING FROM PANAMA CITY, THROUGH TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, TOWARDS MEXICO BEACH. VERY SIMILAR. YOU CAN START TO SEE THE VEGETATION JUST TORN APART IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND. AND THEN GETTING INTO THE AREAS MOST AFFECTED, TRAFFIC COMING TO A HALT, DEBRIS STILL ON THE SIDES OF THE ROADS, AND THEN OBVIOUSLY THE SHELTERS AND THE STRUCTURES, AND THE HOMES TORN APART. WE ONLY GOT ABOUT HALFWAY INTO PUNTA GORDA. NOT EVEN GETTING ALL THE WAY TO FORT MYERS, SO IT'S THAT BAD, LINDSEY. IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG ROAD AHEAD, FOR SURE. >> ALL RIGHT, ROB MARCIANO, OUR THANKS TO YOU. LET'S GET STRAIGHT TO CHIEF METEOROLOGIST, JIM JERSEY. GINGER, IS A HURRICANE AGAIN INTENDED FOR ANOTHER LANDFALL TOMORROW IN SOUTH CAROLINA. TIME THIS ALL OUT FOR US. >> I WILL TIME IT OUT. I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT AS WE WALK THROUGH ALL OF THIS DAMAG, THE BOOTS ON TO TREES RIGHT BEHIND ME, BOATS INTO HOMES. AND POLICE JUST NOW CHECKING, BECAUSE THIS HOMES, LINDSEY, DON'T HAVE THAT TELLTALE EX, THE ONE THAT SAYS, HEY, WE HAVE BEEN CHECKED, THERE WERE SURVIVORS OR THERE WERE NOT. 900 HOMES IN THIS ONE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN TO IT YET. THAT'S WHAT TELLS YOU THE BROAD SCOPE OF HOW MUCH RESPONSE HAS TO HAPPEN HERE. SO, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE THAT WE HAVE A HURRICANE AGAIN. SO, EVEN NOW RIGHT THERE IN THE ATLANTIC, NORTHEAST OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA, THE CENTER, AT LEAST. SO, IT'S GOING TO PUMP UP AND THEN TURN BACK TOWARDS THE U.S.. YOU CAN SEE ON THE RADAR THAT HEAVY SHIELD OF RAIN ON THE FRONT AND NORTHWEST SIDE. HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE ENTIRE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA, TROPICAL STORM WARNING THAT INCLUDES THE OUTER BANKS. AND THEN THAT HURRICANE WATCH STILL FOR SAVANNAH AND JACKSONVILLE. THEY TAKE WATER REALLY EASILY, SO ANY PUSH TO THEM IS A PROBLEM. IF WE CAN TIME IT OUT FOR YOU, THIS WILL HELP YOU. OVERNIGHT TONIGHT, THAT RAIN JUST KIND OF APPROACHES, AND THEN YOU WILL REALLY START TO SEE THE WIND SPEED PICK UP BY TOMORROW MORNING. SO, FRIDAY 9 AM IS WHERE WE STOPPED THE CLOCK. CHARLES SIMS AT ALMOST 60. NEXT HEADING UP TO 50. A LITTLE INLAND A LITTLE BIT, BUT REALLY THE COAST WILL GET THE WORST OF BOTH THAT SURGE AND THE WIN. I FEEL MORE WORRIED ABOUT HEAVY RAIN AND THAT FLASH FLOOD THREAT INLAND. BUT LOOK AT THAT, 71 FOR MYRTLE BEACH. NOW, THE SURGE IS BIG, RIGHT? 4 TO 7 FEET IN CHARLESTON, ESPECIALLY IF IT COMES WITH TIED, THAT CAN BE SUPER PROBLEMATIC. BUT FROM ELIZABETH CITY UP IN THE OUTER BANKS, 2 TO 4 FEET. DOWN TO THE JACKSONVILLE AREA, WHERE 4 TO 6 FEET COULD STILL HAPPEN. I HAVE TO LEAVE YOU WITH THE RAIN BECAUSE WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT JUST TORRENTIAL RAINS FOR DAYS. THIS IS THE TIME TO PLAN AND SAY TO YOURSELF, IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING HAPPENS, BECAUSE WE GET 5 TO 10 INCHES IN JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS, I AM NOT GOING TO GET IN MY CAR AND DRIVE. WE SAW A CAR THAT HAD GONE UNDER, SOMEONE THAT HAD PASSED AWAY HERE THIS MORNING WHEN WE WERE PASSING BY. THAT IS A REAL SUREFIRE WAY OF GETTING IN TROUBLE IN REALLY BIG WATERS. AND THIS HURRICANE HAD THE POTENTIAL TO DO THAT, LINDSEY. >> WE SEE, AS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CARS. THE VOTES THAT ARE ON SHORE RIGHT BEHIND YOU AND INTO HOUSES, YOU'VE GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOME OF THOSE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE DEVASTATION. HOW ARE THEY HANDLING ALL OF THIS? >> WELL, THE TWO PEOPLE THAT WE MET TODAY AND WE WALKED WITH THEM AROUND THEIR HOMES, I WENT INTO ONE OF THE WOMEN'S HOMES TO SEE. THEY BOTH TOLD US, AND I QUOTE, I'M SO STUPID. THE OTHER GUY SAID, I'M A JERK. BOTH OF THEM SAID, WE KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE BAD. THEY ASK US TO EVACUATE AND WE DID NOT LISTEN. THAT WAS REALLY IT, YOU DON'T ALWAYS HEAR THAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, FORT MYERS, AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY, WAS IN A 4 TO 8 FOOT SURGE. BY TUESDAY, IT WAS UP TO 8 TO 12. WE WERE SHOWING THOSE MAPS OF, LIKE, WHEN YOU GET NINE PLUS FEET, YOU CAN GET A SURGE THAT GOES THREE MILES INLAND. WELL, GUESS WHERE WE ARE? THREE MILES INLAND. THESE HOMES THAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME, IF I COULD SHOW YOU INSIDE OF THEM, YOU WOULD JUST SEE DEBRIS PILED UP. EVERYTHING MOVED IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE WATER CAME IN, AT LEAS, I WOULD ANTICIPATE, 8 TO 10 FEET. ONE OF THE WOMEN THAT WE SPOKE TO, LINDSAY, SAID THAT SHE SURVIVED BY PULLING HERSELF UP ON HER FLOATING BED, AND SHE ONLY HAD ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF TO THE CEILING TO LAY DOWN AND BREATHE. SHE COUPLED WITH HER CAT. THE OTHER GUY HAD CALLED 9-1-1 AND THEY SAID, WE CANNOT GET TO YOU. HE SURVIVED BY HANGING ON TO HIS ROOF. >> JUST TO BE CLEAR, YOU SAID YOU ARE THREE MILES INLAND? >> THREE MILES FROM THE OPEN WATERS. THERE'S SOME MARSHLAND THAT'S ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF THAT WAY. BUT THIS IS WHAT THOSE, AND IT WAS WILD WHEN, YOU KNOW, SAMANTHA AND MEL, MY TEAM BACK THERE, THEY PUT TOGETHER THESE GRAPHICS. I REMEMBER SEEING THAT NINE PLUS SURGE AND SEEING HOW FAR INLAND IT WOULD TAKE. I THOUGHT, WELL, THAT'S REALLY HARD TO DO. IT'S GOT TO BE THE CANALS AND ALL. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. THERE ARE SO MANY LITTLE BODIES OF WATER HERE THAT THE RUSHING SURGE HAS TO MEET UP WITH AND MAKE THIS GIANT POOL. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED HERE IN FORT MYERS. >> ALL RIGHT, GINGER, OUR THANKS TO YOU SO MUCH. >> JOINING US NOW IS HALL YOUR COUNTY MANAGER, AMY PATTERSON. MISS PATTERSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT THE SITUATION IS LIKE IN YOUR COUNTY RIGHT NOW. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. WELL, TODAY WHEN WE HAD LIGHT, WE STARTED OUR INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, AS WELL AS USING TODAY TO COMPLETE ANY SEARCH AND RESCUE. I AM SEEING A LOT OF DAMAGE ON THE COAST, BOTH THE STRUCTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE, TO OUR BEACHES. IT IS A LOT OF TAKEN. >> YOU WERE JUST MENTIONING THE PEACHES, OF COURSE, MARCO ISLAND AND NAPLES ARE BIG BEACH DESTINATIONS. ANY DEPTHS OF THE DAMAGE IS THERE? >> LIKE I SAID, WE JUST GOT OUT TODAY. IT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. IT IS GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME, WHILE THE SAND SETTLES, AND WE FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE LOST OFF THE BEACHES. THERE IS DEBRIS, AND ALL TYPES OF THINGS SCATTERED OVER THE BEACHES, AS WELL AS DAMAGE TO THE DUNES, AND TO THE BEACHES. >> YOUR COUNTY HAS ENACTED A CURFEW STARTING TONIGHT. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO DO THAT AND WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF IT? >> IT IS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF DEBRIS STILL AROUND. WE SAW CARS THAT ARE IN PLACES WHERE THEY EITHER WERE LEAPED OR FLOATED TO. AS WELL AS THE STRUCTURES THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED AND ARE SITTING PARTIALLY OPEN. AND ELECTRICITY THAT IS OUT. THAT IS A BAD COMBINATION FOR PEOPLE TO BE OUT AFTER DARK. AND WE TAKE THE ADVICE OF OUR SHERIFF VERY SERIOUSLY. >> YOU ALSO HAVE A BOIL WATER ALERT. ANY IDEA HOW LONG THAT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT? >> YES. IT IS A PRECAUTIONARY TIME THAT WE HAVE LION BREAKS, MEAN BREAKS, IT IS A COUPLE OF DAYS WELL THEY DEAL WITH THOSE, AND AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. BUT THE WATER AND UTILITIES ARE DOING REMARKABLY WELL THROUGHOUT ALL OF THIS. AND THEY ARE WORKING TO BRING EVERYTHING BACK ONLINE AND INTO FULL FUNCTIONALITY. >> AND LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ARE REPORTING THAT A HOSPITAL IN FORT MYERS EVACUATED 400 PATIENTS TO HOSPITALS IN YOUR COUNTY, AND MORE MAY STILL COME. HOW IS YOUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NAVIGATING THIS INFLUX? >> THEY'RE WORKING VERY COOPERATIVELY WITH THE COUNTY, AND WITH OUR OTHER PARTNERING AGENCIES, MAKING SPACE, AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THOSE PATIENTS, AND PROVIDE THAT RELIEF UP TO THE COUNTY. >> CALL YOUR COUNTY MANAGER, AMY PATTERSON, WE SO APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. STAY SAFE. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> STILL TO COME, A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS. WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED A COLLAPSE AND IN CARS INTO A RIVER, AND A PLEASANT SURPRISE FOR NEIGHBORS IN ONE CITY. HOW DEVOUN RODRIGUEZ ISRIME WIH LINDSEY DAVIS. STREAMING WEEKNIGHTS. >> WELCOME BACK. WE ARE TRACKING SEVERAL HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD. VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS MADE HER FIRST VISIT TO THE ZONE. THE BUFFER ZONE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ON THE FINAL LEG OF AN OVERSEAS TRIP. ALSO, PEERED THROUGH BINOCULARS AND MORE KOREAN TERRITORY, COMMENTING ON HOW CLOSE IT WAS. THERE IS ALSO RESPONDING TO RECENT NORTH KOREA MISSILES CALLING IT A PROVOCATION MEANT TO DESTABILIZE THE REGION. AS MANY AS 15 PEOPLE ARE MISSING AND THREE CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER BRIDGE COLLAPSED IN A NORTHERN PART OF BRAZIL. LOCAL MEDIA QUOTED WITNESSES SAYING THE BRIDGE HAD A CRACK THAT HAD CAUSED A TRAFFIC JAM SHORTLY BEFORE THE COLLAPSE. LOCALS WERE FORCED TO THEN CROSSED THE RIVER IN CANOES. THE BRITISH ROYAL MINT HAS INVOLVED OFFICIAL COINS FEATURING KING CHARLES THE THIRD, THE FIRST POINTS TO FEATURE HIS PORTRAIT, ON THE DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND. THE FIVE TON COMMEMORATIVE COIN FEATURES NEW PICTURES OF THE QUEEN, RELEASED INTO GENERAL CIRCULATION IN THE UK IN THE COMING MONTHS. UYGHUR NOW TO OUR WEEKLY SEGMENT TIKTOK WHERE WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A STORY BEHIND THE SENSATION. YOU MAY RECOGNIZE OUR NEXT GUEST FROM HIS HEARTWARMING VIDEOS, OR PERHAPS YOU MIGHT HAVE EVEN STUMBLED UPON HIM ON THE SIX TRAIN WITH HIS PEN AND PAPER. ARTIST DEVIN RODRIGUEZ HAS ACCUMULATED MORE THAN 28 MILLION FOLLOWERS, AND 382 MILLION LIKES DRAWING REALISTIC PICTURES OF STRANGERS ON THE NEW YORK SUBWAY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF. >> I DREW THIS IMAGE OF YOU. YOU CAN TAKE IT HOME. IT IS A GIFT. HAPPY FRIDAY. >> LOVE TO SEE THOSE REACTIONS. DEVIN, WELCOME TO THE SHOW! SO EXCITING TO HAVE YOU HERE. I WILL GET INTO THE VIDEOS AND JUST A MOMENT, AND I AM CURIOUS TO JUST GET A SENSE OF WHAT MADE YOU START DRAWING IN THE FIRST PLACE, HOW OLD YOU WERE. >> YEAH. I GREW UP IN THE SOUTH BRONX, ALWAYS LOVED DRAWING MY ENTIRE LIFE, I AM 26 YEARS OLD. I WAS DRAWING EVER SINCE I WAS FIVE. YEAH, IT WAS SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO. >> AND WAS IT ALWAYS PEOPLE, OR DID YOU DRAW THINGS, OR PLACES? >> GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH BRONX, ALL MY FRIENDS LOVE TO DO GRAFFITI, I STARTED OFF DOING GRAFFITI. AND I WAS JUST TAGGING WALLS AND STUFF, AND I GOT ARRESTED WHEN I WAS 13. ONCE I GOT ARRESTED I WAS LIKE, I HAVE TO CHANGE MY LIFE AROUND. SO I APPLIED FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN IN MIDTOWN. I DID NOT GET ACCEPTED MY FIRST YEAR, SO I WENT TO MY HIS OWN SCHOOL, SAMUEL CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL. AND THERE I MET A TEACHER THAT REALLY INSPIRED ME. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRAW PORTRAITS, AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH ART OF PORTRAITURE SINCE THEN. >> HOW DID YOU END UP TAKING YOUR ART TO THE SUBWAY? WE SEE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, DANCERS, COMEDIANS, EVEN IN THE SUBWAYS. BUT WHAT WAS IT ABOUT YOU THAT SAID, I AM GOING TO START DRAWING PEOPLE ON THE SUBWAY? >> IT WAS VERY ACCESSIBLE FOR ME. ALL YOU NEED IS A PENCIL AND PAPER, AND I JUST GET ON THE SUBWAY, AND NOTHING FANCY. MY R TEACHER, JEREMY HARPER IN NINTH GRADE, HE TOLD ME THE BEST WAY TO PRACTICE DRAWING PEOPLE WAS HAVING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, CULTURE, AND NEW YORK CITY, WE HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE, DIFFERENT SHAPES ON THEIR FACE, SO IT IS JUST A GREAT WAY TO PRACTICE. HE BASICALLY TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRAW ON A SUBWAY. SO I GOT IT FROM HIM. TEN YEARS LATER, I STARTED GOING VIRAL. SO I FEEL SO LUCKY. >> AND YOUR DRAWINGS, THEY ARE SO PRECISE. YOU ARE ABLE TO DO IT SO QUICKLY. WHAT IS THE SECRET? >> THERE IS NO SECRET. IT IS JUST A LOT OF YEARS OF PRACTICE, AND JUST REALLY BEING OBSERVATIONAL, AND ACCURATE WITH IT. >> WE SEE SOME OF THE PEOPLE'S REACTIONS HERE, DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS LIKE THE MOMENT, FOR YOU, WHEN YOU ARE HANDING THEM THESE GIFTS, AS WE SAID TO ONE WOMAN, HAPPY FRIDAY. MANY OF THEM JUST SEEM ABSOLUTELY SPEECHLESS. SOME OF THEM EVEN EMOTIONAL. >> YEAH. IT IS SUPER FUN. IT IS THE MOST FULFILLING THING TO DO. AND I HAVE DONE IT BEFORE, WAY BEFORE TIKTOK. AND WHEN TIKTOK STARTED BLOWING UP IN 2020, I WAS TRAPPED IN MY ROOM DURING THE PANDEMIC, AND I WAS LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT? I SHOULD MAKE THIS INTO A VIDEO CONTENT. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE 2010. IT WASN'T UNTIL 2020 THAT I STARTED FILMING THE REACTIONS THAT IT STARTED TO GO ALL OVER THE WORLD. >> AND YOU HAVE GIVEN A LOT OF CREDIT TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER FOR YOUR SUCCESS, WHY? >> BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I GREW UP IN THE BRONX. I HAD A TYPICAL CHILDHOOD OF ROUGH UPBRINGING, AND MY DAD LEFT ME WHEN I WAS THREE YEARS OLD, AND MY MOM WAS SORT OF ABUSIVE, SO I GOT REMOVED FROM MY HOUSE WHEN I WAS 13, AND THEN I GOT PLACED WITH MY GRANDMA. SHE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN ME. YOU DON'T HAVE FRIENDS THAT TELL ME, THEY SAY DON'T DO ART, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE A STARVING ARTIST. SHE ALWAYS TOLD ME TO, ARGUE WILL BE SOMEBODY, JUST KEEP FOCUSING ON IT. SHE GAVE ME A SAFE HOME, ALWAYS FED ME, ALWAYS MADE SURE I DID MY PRACTICE MY ART, EVERY DAY. >> NOW YOU HAVE MORE THAN 28 MILLION FOLLOWERS. DOES SHE HAVE A SENSE OF THE MAGNITUDE, AND YOUR REACH? >> YEAH, KIND OF. SHE KEEPS ME HUMBLE, YOU KNOW. >> AS ALL GRANDMA SHOULD. >> ALL OF HER FRIENDS, SHE TELLS THEM, MY GRANDSON LOVES YOUR GRANDSONS ARTWORK SO MUCH. SHE SAYS REALLY? WHEN HE WAS IN MY HOUSE, HE DIDN'T EVEN CLEAN HIS ROOM. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES HE WOULDN'T BE IN THE BATHROOM. SHE WOULD HUMBLE ME. BUT I THINK SHE UNDERSTANDS. >> AND I NOTICED THAT YOU BROUGHT YOUR SKETCH PAD TODAY. ANYTHING YOU CAN SHARE WITH US? >> YEAH. I HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU. >> OH MAN! >> EXCUSE ME, I DREW YOU. >> OH MY GOODNESS! NOW I SEE THE REACTION. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. >> YEAH. I HAVE GOT TO CLIP THAT FOR TIKTOK, MAKE IT GO VIRAL. THANK YOU. >> I LOVE IT! HOW LONG DID THIS TAKE YOU? >> IT TOOK ME 30 MINUTES. >> WOW! >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU DEVIN, I APPRECIATE THIS. >> THAT IS HOW IT IS ON THE SUBWAY. >> I AM GOING TO GET THIS FRAMED, THIS IS GOING UP IN MY OFFICE, THANK YOU. IT IS SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW. WE DO WANT TO LET OUR VIEWERS KNOW THAT THEY CAN GO TO DEVIN RODRIGUEZ ART DOT COM FOR DRAWING LESSONS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THIS IS AMAZING! YOU HAVE GOT TO GET SOME LESSONS FROM ANYTIME. ABC NEWS LIVE. STREAMING LIVE AND FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS. WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. LET'S GET RIGHT BACK TO ABC NEWS METEOROLOGIST, GREG DUE TO. GREG, WALK US THROUGH, IF YOU WOULD, WHEREIN IS HEADING NOW AND THE STORM SURGE CONCERNS IN THE CAROLINAS TONIGHT. >> THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE SHIFTING OUR FOCUS, ALTHOUGH NOT SO FAST TO SHIFT OUR FOCUS THERE IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THIS IS DEPARTING, WE JUST GOT SET ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH AROUND JACKSONVILLE, 50, 60 MILES PER HOUR. AGAIN, THE SYSTEM IS PULLING OUT. RIGHT NOW, HURRICANE IAN ESSENTIALLY GETTING INTO ITS ACT BACK TOGETHER AFTER BEING REDUCED TO A TROPICAL STORM. IT MOVED OVERLAND, IT DIDN'T QUITE LOSE AS MUCH STEAM AS WE HOPED IT WOULD, WHICH HAS ALLOWED IT TO REINTENSIFY BACK INTO A CATEGORY ONE, AND STARTING TO REALLY GAIN SOME STEAM AS IT MAKES ITS WAY TOWARDS COASTAL CAROLINA. THE GOOD NEWS ON THIS TRACK IS IT HAS SHIFTED A LITTLE BIT FARTHER NORTH. IT'S GOING TO DO AREAS LIKE CHARLESTON, A LITTLE BIT OF A FAVOR, IN TERMS OF THE STORM SURGE. HOPEFULLY BRING IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT WITH THE WIND DIRECTION. STILL THOUGH WELL WITHIN THAT WESTERN SIDE OF THE CONE. BUT IT DOES TARGET MYRTLE BEACH A LITTLE BIT MORE. THINKING ABOUT LANDFALL, PROBABLY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ABOUT NOON AND 3:00 TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THAT DOES BRING WITH IT, OF COURSE, THE STORM SURGE CONCERNS. WE'VE GOT HURRICANE WARNINGS NOW UP AND THEY DO EXTEND ALL THE WAY, WELL, PAST HILTON HEA, THROUGH CHARLESTON, SAVANNAH. CHARLES AND THEN ON UP TO ALMOST WILMINGTON. HURRICANE WATCHES WILL HANG OUT FOR THE COASTAL -- THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DROP THESE ARE PRETTY SOON. AGAIN, THAT STORM SURGE. WE SAW 4 TO 7 FEET FOR CHARLESTON, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THAT HIGHER SURGE IS STARTING TO PUSH ITS WAY A LITTLE BIT MORE UP THE COAST. THE LATEST MODELS I WAS LOOKIN, AT PUTTING THOSE HIGHEST TOTALS POSSIBLY ABOUT 8 TO 10 FEET NORTH OF CHARLESTON. A CITY THAT DOES NOT DEAL VERY WELL WITH EVEN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, LET ALONE STORM SURGE AND THEN RAINFALL ON TOP OF THAT. AGAIN, A LITTLE BIT MORE GOOD NEWS, AT LEAST FOR THE CITY OF CHARLESTON, AS WE'VE SEEN THE HEAVIEST RAIN SHIFT NORTH STILL. PROBABLY ABOUT 2 TO 4 INCHES THERE. MYRTLE BEACH SEEING 5 TO 10 INCHES. RAINFALL. I WANT TO ECHO SOMETHING THAT GINGER IZZY SAID EARLIER ON. NOW IS THE TIME. IF YOU ARE WATCHING US THROUGH COASTAL CAROLINA, ALL THE WAY UP INTO VIRGINIA, NOW IS YOUR TIME JUST TO REMIND YOURSELF, DON'T GET IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE THROUGH STANDING WATER. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GUT IT OUT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE BECAUSE THAT IS HOW THE BIGGEST LOSS OF LAND HAPPENS. IT HAPPENS AFTER THE STORM ENTERING THE RAINFALLS AND THE FLOODING THAT GOES ON AFTERWARDS. LINDSEY? >> SOME WORTHWHILE ADVICE AND IT BEARS REPEATING. GREG DUTRA, THANKS TO YOU. WE KNOW -- HURRICANE IAN AS IT MOVES UP TO THE CAROLINAS. AND THAT IS OUR SHOW FOR TONIGHT. BE SURE TO STAY TUNED TO ABC NEWS LIVE FOR MORE CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M LINDSAY DAVIS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR STREAMING WITH US. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

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