ABC News Live: South Carolina braces for Hurricane Ian to make landfall

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Transcript for ABC News Live: South Carolina braces for Hurricane Ian to make landfall
 >> ABC NEWS, AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE NEWS SOURCE. GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE THANKS FOR STREAMING WITH US. I AM ALEXIS CHRISTOPHER'S IN NEW YORK. >> AND I AM GEO BENITO'S IN VENICE, FLORIDA. ONE OF THE MANY CITIES EXPERIENCED EONS RAT AS IT TRAVELED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA WITH HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PEOPLE SUBJECTED TO THE STORMS PAT. THIS IS THE VENICE, THEATER NOW CONSIDERED THE CENTER OF THIS. A CULTURAL INSTITUTION HERE SINCE THE 50S. IT HAS BEEN HERE THAT LONG, AND IT WAS JUST RENOVATED. ALMOST 500 SEATS FOR THE COMMUNITY. NOW RIPPED APART BY HURRICANE IAN. ALEXIS. >> AND, NOW IAN AS WE KNOW TAKING AIM AT SOUTH CAROLINA. PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. CHARLESTON IS NOW UNDER A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. IT IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON, AS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE WITH WITH LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AS HIGH AS SEVEN FEET. I WANT TO CHECK IN NOW WITH GREG DO TRUST, ABC METEOROLOGIST, FOR MORE ON THE PATH OF THIS STORM. HE HAS BEEN LOOKING AT THOSE MAPS ALL DAY FOR US. GREG, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US NOW? >> REALLY, OVER THE PAST 45 OR SO MINUTES, NOW COASTAL CAROLINAS REALLY SEEING THE IMPACTS FROM THE CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE, RADAR. FIRST AS YOU MENTIONED THERE IS THAT FLASH FLOOD. WARNING GOES ALL THE WAY FROM MODESTO BEACH NORTH, PAST CHARLESTON. AND THIS IS IN EFFECT WHERE THE LONGER DURATION TO ABOUT THREE AND A HALF HOURS NORTH OF CHARLESTON. THAT GOES ALL THE WAY TO GARDEN CITY BEACH. RIGHT NOW WINDS ARE AT 85 MILES PER. OUR GUSTS UP TO 105 MILES AN HOUR. JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO WE HAD A PLATFORM. WHICH IS ABOUT 50 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. BUT STILL AN OBSERVATION OF 84 MILES AN HOUR. THAT IS RIGHT AROUND ABOUT GEORGETOWN NORTH OF CHARLESTON. THE SCOPE OF IT IS ENORMOUS. OF COURSE THERE'S A TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND, ABOUT 275 MILES. 75 MILES OUT FOR THE HURRICANE. LOOK AT THE CLASS. WE GO TO ABOUT LAKE GEORGE,. NEW YORK THEY EXTEND ALL THE WAY INTO PORTLAND, MAINE. AND EVEN NOVA SCOTIA SEEING SOME CLOUDS FROM. THIS IT IS A MASSIVE SYSTEM SPINNING OVER 1000 MILES TALKING ABOUT THE HIGHEST LEVEL CLOUDS. WE ARE GETTING TO A NEW LEVEL, NEW YORK CITY GETTING CLASSROOM HURRICANE IAN. TAKING A LOOK HERE AT THE STORM SURGE. DRAW STONE BEING WHERE THE WORST, SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS ACTUALLY GETTING THE ANTI-. SERGE APPARENT MYRTLE BEACH. ALREADY REALIZING ABOUT TWO FEET OF STORM SURGE THERE. UP TO ABOUT THREE FEET OF STORM SURGE IN SOME OTHER SPOTS, TOO. THERE ARE THOSE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. THE BIGGEST THREAT IS FROM CHARLESTON, STRETCHING UP TO THE NORTH. STILL HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WARNING GOING FROM CHARLESTON FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE NEXT HOUR, AND THEY RECEPTIONIST A BAD THERE THAT WE WERE GOING TO LEAVE THE SHOW WITH A LAND SHOCK -- LOPEZ BUT THE WEATHER IS INTERFERING WITHOUT IT IS. TIME LOOKING UP TO THE NORTH TO THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA, THEY HAVE THE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES OR FLOOD WATCHES, RATHER, IN FACT. LOOK OVER INTO THE INTERIOR THEY EXTEND. ALL THE WAY TO THE SPINE OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS. AS FAR AS ROANOKE AND THE SOUTHERN VERMONT VOTE PENINSULA. RAINFALL TOTALS 3 TO 6 INCHES. EVEN IN SOUTH GEORGIA, ALMOST A MATURE. NEW YORK CITY EXTENDING ALL THE WAY FROM THE CAPE TO MASSACHUSETTS. IN THE, COURT 6 TO 12 INCHES OF RAINFALL. AGAIN, BEING RELIES RIGHT NOW IN CHARLESTON. WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WINDS, WELL, THOSE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GO UP AGAIN. WE SAW IT HURRICANE-FORCE GUST ALREADY OBSERVED IN THE PLATFORM. LIKELY FROM GEORGETOWN TO MYRTLE BEACH, THAT IS WHERE THE HIGHEST WINDS ONSHORE WILL BE REALIZED. WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF CHARLESTON GETS UP TO ABOUT 60, 65 MILES AN. OUR WITHIN ABOUT THE NEXT 20 OR 30 MINUTES. MAYBE EVEN YOUR PORTILLO IS OUR NEXT FIVE OR SO. MINUTES WHEN WE GET THE NEWEST UPDATE FROM THE CENSUS. THIS CONTINUES TO MOVE INLAND INTO THIS EVENING. THANKFULLY WEAKENING AS IT DOES. SO BUT THROUGH NEW JERSEY INTO NEW YORK, EARLY ON SATURDAY MORNING, FOR ABOUT THE DURATION OF, SATURDAY IT IS GOING TO RAIN AND IT IS GOING TO RAIN PRETTY HIGHLY HEART. IT WAS ALSO WEAK GUSTY. WE WILL SEE YOU FEEL THIS WEEKEND, IN NEW YORK CITY, IT WILL BE THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE ANNE. BACK TO YOU. >> ALL, RIGHT GREG, THANKS A LOT. AS WE SAID IT'S NOT JUST A FLOODING. IT'S THE WIND DAMAGE IS. WELL GOING BACK TO, BENITEZ THERE THE FLOODING IN FLORIDA. ALSO VERY HARD, HIT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT LATER, BEHIND NEARLY. RENOVATED YOU CAN SEE DISRUPT APART. >> ABSOLUTELY. THIS THEATER HERE IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN BEING USED FOR CHILDREN IN THIS AREA. AND NOW YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS LEADER HAS BEEN RIPPED APART, THE ROOF IS GONE. SO MUCH OF THE. WALLS THOSE ARE GONE AS. WELL WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT, THIS AND HAS WE SEEN STORMS LIKE THIS. THERE IS A BUILDING RIGHT NEXT TO US, HERE COMPLETELY ON. DAMAGE COMPLETELY UNHURT. IT WAS JUST UNTOUCHED BY THE STORM. I WOULD SAY IT IS 50 FEET AWAY. AND THAT IS WHAT YOU SEE IN COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS IN THESE STORMS. YOU SEE BUILDINGS THAT ARE DAMAGED AND OTHERS THAT ARE NOT. OF COURSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT -- HITTING LININGS. AND THAT IS WHERE WE GET TO ELLEN LOPEZ IN CHARLESTON. THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING IN AND OUT THIS MORNING. TELL ME WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW. GOING IN AND OUT BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING SOME OF THESE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS. JUST PUMMELING US. ESPECIALLY THE RAIN, NOW, WE HAVE GOTTEN KNOCKED OFF THE AIR. THIS IS WHAT CHARLESTON WAS EXPECTING, RIGHT? SO, RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE ARE HUNKERED DOWN. PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO GET OUT. WE SAW, YESTERDAY, CAR AFTER CAR LEAVING CHARLESTON ON I-26. THOSE THAT LIVE IN LOW LYING AREAS, THOSE AREAS THAT ARE PHONE TO FLOODING. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE LEFT IN THE AIR IS PRONE TO FLOODING. ON THOSE DAYS, ASHLEY RIVER, 30 PEOPLE OF THERE. MANY OF THEM HAVE LEFT. SOME OF THEM HAVE RETIRED THE BOATS AND HUNKERED DOWN. WE SAW SOME OF THEM HERE AT THE HOTEL AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD GET OFF THEIR BOATS AND STAY HERE. THEY ARE NOT EVEN RENTING A ROOM TO STAY THE NIGHT. THEY ARE STAYING HERE AND WAITING THIS THING OUT TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. THE GOOD NEWS, THOUGH, FOR PEOPLE HERE, THIS SEEMS TO BE SHIFTING TOWARD THE NORTH. SO, THE BIG CONCERN, RIGHT NOW, IS IN THE NORTHEAST. WE HAVE MYRTLE BEACH. WE ALSO HAVE THEM PUMMELED. THIS HAS NOT MADE LANDFALL YET. RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE ARE HUNKERING DOWN AND WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >> I'LL WHEN, THAT IS PERFECT. WE KNOW THAT IT IS THOSE OUTER BANDS, AS WELL, THAT ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS. REALLY, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE THE CENTER OF THE STORM HITS. BECAUSE, SO MUCH OF THAT STORM, AS WE SAW, AS IT HITS FLORIDA, AND NOW WE ARE SEEING WITH YOU, SO MUCH OF THAT STORM AFFECTS SO MANY PARTS. A HUGE PART. NOW, THIS IS A MONTE STATE STORM. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES NOW. EARLIER THIS MORNING, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWEETED OUT PICTURES OF 21 FOOT WAVES OFF THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WE KNOW SOME RESIDENTS IN THAT STATE, THEY HAVE ALREADY EVACUATED. DOES IT LOOK LIKE MORE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO LEAVE? IS IT JUST TOO LATE THERE? >> IT IS TOO LATE HERE, GIO. I MEAN, AT THIS POINT, OFFICIALS ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY PUT AND STAY OFF THE ROADS. YOU MENTIONED IT. THIS STORM, IT IS HUGE. THESE WINDS ARE REACHING FAR INLAND. THEY ARE HAVING IMPACTS FAR PAST THE COASTLINES. THAT IS WHERE OFFICIALS ARE TELLING US HERE. YOU CAN SEE THE PALM TREES RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE ALMOST GOING HORIZONTALLY, HERE. WE WERE DOWNSTAIRS EARLIER TRYING TO WALK ABOUT. YOU COULD NOT. THAT IS HOW STRONG THESE WINDS ARE. OF COURSE, IT HAPPENS AND GUSTS OF WINDS. AS YOU SAW THERE IN FLORIDA. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE OKAY. AND THEN, THE NEXT MINUTE, YOU LIFT OFF THE GROUND BY SOME OF THE STRONG, INCREDIBLY POWERFUL WIND GUSTS. THAT IS WHY OFFICIALS ARE TELLING PEOPLE, STAY PUT. THE MAIN CONCERN, AS WELL, WITH THESE WIND GUSTS, FLASH FLOODING. THE POTENTIAL FOR LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGES. SO, RIGHT NOW, OFFICIALS ARE WARNING PEOPLE, STAY OFF THE ROADS. STAY PUT. IT DO NOT EVACUATE. STAY WHERE YOU ARE. >> ELLEN, AS WE START WITH THE STORM, IT WAS LESS OF A WIND EVENT HERE IN FLORIDA. AND MORE OF A STORM SURGE EVENT. AND SO, THAT IS WHY PEOPLE NEED TO BE CAREFUL. IF YOU ARE STREAMING WITH US IN SOUTH CAROLINA, PLEASE STAY INDOORS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SAFE. DO NOT GET IN THAT STANDING WATER. OWEN LOPEZ FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU MY FRIEND. BACK TO YOU IN NEW YORK, ALEXIS. >> ALL RIGHT, THANKS A LOT TO BOTH. I WANT TO CHECK IN WITH THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, NOW. DEPUTY DIRECTOR MICHAEL BRENNAN LIVE WITH MORE. SO, MICHAEL, TELL US, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING HERE IS IN IS APPROACHING THE CAROLINA COAST? >> WE ARE SEEING THE CENTER AND NOW MOVING FASTER NORTHWARD AT 14 MILES AN HOUR. IT IS WHAT SEEMS TO BE A NEWLY DEVELOPING EYEWALL. IT IS ABOUT TO MOVE ON TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST. BASICALLY, BETWEEN CHARLESTON AND THE GRAND STRAND OF MYRTLE BEACH AREA. WE ARE VERY CONCERNED. IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS, ABOUT THIS FOR A CANE. FORCE WINDS MOVING ON SHORE. THAT LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE STARTING TO INUNDATE COASTLINES. YOU CAN SEE 4 TO 7 FEET WITHIN THE NATION ABOVE GROUND LEVEL FROM THE I PALMS UP TO LITTLE RIVER. THAT IS WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE HIGHEST WATER LEVELS. THAT IS WHERE PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM RISING WATER NEAR THE COAST. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED TO BE IN A SAFE PLACE, NOW, FROM NOW UNTIL THE EVENING HOURS. >> HOW FAR INLAND ARE YOU EXPECTING HURRICANE IAN TO GO AT THIS POINT? >> THE CIRCULATION OF HIM IS GOING TO MOVE QUICKLY UP INTO EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA AND CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA AS WE GO FROM TONIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY. THE WINDS ARE GOING TO DIE OFF BUT RAINFALL IS GOING TO BE AN INCREASING THREAT. EVERYWHERE YOU SEE RED HERE HAS A MODERATE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING. THAT IS THE AREA WE ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT. YOU CAN SEE IT EXTENDS OVER ALL OF EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA. MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, PIECES LIKE RALEIGH, CHARLOTTE, GREENSBORO, UP INTO VIRGINIA, THE TIDEWATER AREA, AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WIDESPREAD, HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT. WE TEND TO LOSE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH FRESHWATER FLOODING EVENTS AND HURRICANES. ESPECIALLY IF THE DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD OR THEY ARE LEFT IN THE LOW LYING AREA AND WATER STARTS TO RISE. THE FLOODING DANGERS, ESPECIALLY, ACUTE AT NIGHT. OVERNIGHT TONIGHT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WANT TO BE VERY TUNED INTO THE PROSPECT OF FLOODING, WHERE THEY, LIVE IN THE INLAND AREAS WILL BE READY TO TAKE ACTION AND MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND, IF THEY NEED TO. >> GOOD ADVICE. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MICHAEL BRENNAN. APPRECIATE THAT. MEANWHILE, BACK IN FLORIDA, SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS ARE UNDERWAY AS RESIDENTS THERE START TO PICK UP THE PIECES. CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JIM JERSEY HAS THE LATEST. >> A CONSTANT STREAM OF OVERWHELMING IMAGES. A GLARING REFLECTION OF HURRICANE IAN'S POWER. THE BEHEMOTHS MAKING LANDFALL, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AS A CATEGORY FOUR. FEROCIOUS WINDS TOPPING 150 MILES PER HOUR. GOUGING PARTS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. IAN IS MAKING HISTORY AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN STRONGEST ON WHAT OCCURRED IN THE UNITED STATES. SHREDDING HOMES AND SWALLOWING ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS IN THAT RECORD-BREAKING STORM SURGE. THE MONSTER STORM CLAIMING SEVERAL LIVES. SO FAR, AT LEAST 11 PEOPLE KILLED. THAT NUMBER, EXPECTED TO RISE. THIS COULD BE THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN FLORIDA'S HISTORY. >> WHEN WE STARTED, REGIONS FORT MYERS BEACH. STORM SURGE RIPS THIS HOUSE OFFICE, FOUNDATION CARRYING IN. WAY FLOODING THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS. >> -- >> THIS TIME LAPSE OF THE BEACH CAPTURING THE RUSH OF THE SURGE INTO THE STREETS. THAT SAME SPOT, AFTER, DEMOLISHED. ALL THAT IS LEFT IS PILES OF DEBRIS. AND AS THE SUN ROSE THURSDAY MORNING WE NAVIGATED THROUGH THE DESTRUCTION LEFT BEHIND. >> THE ROADS ARE A ROCK. THEY'LL BE HIT HARD FOR PEOPLE GETTING INTO RESCUE FOLKS. >> THE CAUSEWAY IS IMPASSABLE AFTER BEING BATTLER BY THE EPIC SURGE. PEOPLE TRAPPED NEAR THE ISLANDS. AT THE SIESTA BAY RV PARK, WE MEET HALLIE, WHO RODE OUT THE STORM WITH HER. CAT CLIMBING TO BED AS THE RAPIDLY RISING WATER CRASHED INTO HER HOME. >> THE BAD HERE IT ROSE UP IN THE FLOODWATERS, SO SHE SAID SHE ONLY HAD ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF OF CLEARANCE TO BREATHE. >> I'M HOMELESS AND. SCARED >> BRUCE PLAN TO EVACUATE, BUT WOKE UP EARLY AND FIGURED HE HAD A LITTLE MORE TIME. SO WE WENT BACK TO SLEEP. >> I WOKE UP TO FIND MYSELF ABOUT AN ARM AWAY FROM MY -- SO I CLIMBED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND CLIMBED UP ON THE ROOF, WAS THERE FOR FIVE AND A HALF HOURS. >> IT'S NOT JUST BRUCE AND HALLIE THAT LOST THEIR HOMES. >> IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ALONE THERE WERE 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. SO MANY PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES NOT JUST IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE TELE-STRAIGHTER THAT I HAVE, AND I CAN DRAW ON HERE. THE WATER CAME FROM WAY BACK THERE. ALMOST THREE MILES FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. >> SINCE 1970'S, THE FORT MYERS AREA HAS GROWN BY MORE THAN 600. PERCENTAGE YOU CAN SEE IT CLEARLY IN THIS GRAPHIC. , AND ON THIS NEXT, ONE THIS WAS THE WARNING FOR STORM SURGE OVER NINE FEET. INUNDATING A LOT OF THAT NEW POPULATION. MASSIVE RESCUE EFFORTS UNDERWAY ACROSS THE COAST. >> THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 700 CONFIRMED RESCUES. AND THERE WILL LIKELY BE MANY MORE THAN THAT. >> 1000 FEMALE PERSONNEL DEPLOYED. SUPPLYING MILLIONS OF LEADERS OF, WATER MEALS, AND HUNDREDS OF GENERATORS. ABOUT 2 MILLION PEOPLE STILL WITHOUT POWER. JUST HEARTBREAKING RUINED EVERY TURN. BUT, RESILIENT INTO GRATITUDE RIGHT THERE. TO. >> YOU KNOW, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS HAVE THE MOST AMAZING FIRE IN THERE BALLET. THEY ARE MY HEROES. THEY -- WHAT THEY DO IS GOD'S WORK. >> IN, ORLANDO HISTORIC FLOODING. MORE THAN 12 INCHES OF RAIN. FROM THIS NURSING HOME ALONE, 106 RESIDENTS WERE TAKING OUT AFTER THE FLOODWATERS TRIED TO GET IN. DESPITE THOSE SANDBAGS. OUR JOURNEY NORMAN RIGHT THERE AFTER THE RESCUE. >> NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE? THIS >>, NO MA'AM, I HAVE NOT. NOT WITH THIS MUCH WATER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. >> IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW THAT IT IS STILL TORTURING PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST. , BUT TO GO BACK TO THE AREA THAT IS SO HARD. HIT THE 900 HOMES IN THE ONE RV PARK WEEKS EVENT TIME. AND FROM WHAT WE COULD TELL THEY HAD NOT YET BEEN CHECKED. MEANING THAT THE BROAD SCOPE OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE SEARCHED, AND THE RESCUES IT STILL NEED TO HAPPEN, IS REALLY KIND OF OVERWHELMING. I REALLY HOPE THAT CAN BE EXPEDITED, BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG COUPLE OF, WEEKS MONTHS, AND EVEN YEARS BEFORE SOUTHWESTERN FLORIDA ESPECIALLY THE COAST IS FEELING ANYTHING LIKE THEY DID JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. PLATFORMS. AND WELCOME BACK TO ABC NEWS LIVE, PART OF SOUTH CAROLINA BRACES FOR IN. I WANT TO BRING IN ANDREW, GILMAN DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE CITY OF FOLLY BEACH. CHIEF, AND I ARE IN THAT RIGHT. NOW WHAT IS THE GREATEST CONCERN WHERE YOU ARE? >> WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW, ABOUT 50-MILE-PER-HOUR. WINDS SOME TREES. NOW SOME POWER OUTAGES. AND SOME FLOODING. LUCKILY, WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT CATCHING -- >> THANKFULLY. SO MUCH OF THE COAST WAS AFFECTED BY THIS. HOW ARE YOU ADVISING YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO PREPARE AHEAD OF THIS EXPECTED LANDFALL FOR HURRICANE IAN? >> SO, RIGHT NOW IT IS JUST NOT BEING ON THE BALLOTS. YOU ARE ON THE BALLOT YOUR MAKING THE JOB HARDER FOR THOSE OF US LITERATURE HAVING TO RESPOND. SO, STAYING INDOORS AND STAYING SAFE FROM WINDOWS, THINGS LIKE. THAT IT COULD BE FLYING ESPECIALLY AS THE WINDS WE ARE SEEING HERE. PLANT OTHER THAN THAT, DEFINITELY STAYING OUT OF FLOODWATERS WHETHER IT IS A FOOT DEEPER NOT A DOES NOT MATTER. THERE ARE HAZARDS AND CONTAMINANTS IS NOT WITHIN YOURSELF INJURED OR SICK. >>, CHIEF ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALWAYS TELL FOLKS WHEN COVERING HURRICANES WE ALWAYS SAY LISTEN AT THIS POINT IT MAYBE TOO LATE TO GET FIRST RESPONDERS TO YOU. IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE ALSO SAY? BECAUSE NO DOUBT ABOUT YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR WHOLE OWN TEAM OUT THERE IN THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. >> THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THE FIRE TRUCK AND THINGS LIKE THAT ARE GIANT SALES WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH WINDS. ONCE THE WINDS RECEDING TO CERTAIN LEVELS, WE CANNOT RESPOND SAFELY. >> LENGTHENING STORM SURGE EXPECTED THERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE SEND YOUR BEST WISHES. WE KNOW THEY ARE OUT THERE PROTECTING THE FOLKS OF THEIR FOLLOWING SPEECH. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU. >> ALL RIGHT, ALEXIS. FIRST RESPONDERS. ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES, DOING SO MUCH FOR THE FOLKS IN KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE. >> IT IS CERTAINLY OCCUR ELECTIVE EFFORT. THANKS FOR THAT. JOINING NOW TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE. U.S. IS SUCH A LITTLE NEW SANCTIONS FOR RUSSIA IN RESPONSE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN ILLEGALLY DECLARING LARGE PARTS OF. UKRAINE RUSSIAN TERRITORY. A MAJOR ESCALATION IN THE WAR. NOW, UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT IS APPLYING FOR EXCEL OR THE MISSION INTO NATO. CORRESPONDENT IAN PANNELL HAS THE LATEST FOR US ON UKRAINE. >> THAT IMPORTANT FORMALLY DECLARE THE FOUR REGIONS IN UKRAINE ARE NOW PART OF RUSSIA. SPEAKING WITH THE KREMLIN WHO CALLED THE WEST EVIL. BLAMING IT FOR THE CONFLICT. , AGAIN PERIODS THREATENED TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SAYING THE AMERICA CREATED A PRECEDENCE BY DROPPING AN ATOMIC BOMB ON JAPAN. A WARNING WILL PROTECT OUR LAN, WITH ALL THE FORCES AND MEANS AT OUR DISPOSAL. TELLING UKRAINE TO NEGOTIATE, HE SAYS THESE FOR PARTS OF UKRAINE WILL NOW BE RUSSIAN FOREVER. ON THE GROUND, RUSSIAN STRIKE ON A HUMANITARIAN CONVOY IN UKRAINE KILLING MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE. WITH MORE THAN 60 HOSPITALIZED. MOST OF THE IMAGES ARE TOO GRUESOME TO SHOW. THE CIVILIAN CONVOYS OF ORANGE 40 VEHICLES WAS HEADING INTO RUSSIAN OCCUPIED AS A PRESSURE TO PICK UP FAMILY AND TAKE THEM TO SAFETY. MUCH OF THE WORLD CONDEMNING RUSSIA'S MOVE. YOU WOULD SECRETARY GENERAL SAYING IT HAS NO LEGAL VALUE. >> IT IS A DANGEROUS ESCALATION. NO PLACE IN THE MODERN WORLD. IT MUST NOT BE ACCEPTED. >> HE WAS EXPECTED TO IMPOSE HARSHER SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA IN RESPONSE. >> UNITED STATES WILL NEVER NEVER RECOGNIZE RUSSIA'S CLAIM ON UKRAINE SOVEREIGN TERRITORY. >> INSIDE, RUSSIA GROWING IN THESE AT THE MILITARY. DRAFT TO PUTIN NOW ADMITTING THAT MISTAKES WERE MADE. SAYING, RETURNED HOME THOSE WHO HAD BEEN DRAFTED UNREASONABLY. AT THE SAME TIME, MOVING TO STOP THE WAVE OF FIGHTING AGE MEN FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY. BUT OPENING UP NEW MILITARY ENLISTMENTS, OFFICES NEW BORDER ENTRY POINTS. >> THANKS TO IAN PANNELL FOR THAT REPORT. COMING UP HERE IN ABC NEWS LIVE. HOW URGENCY COULD MAKE A KEY DIFFERENCE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. STAY WITH US. >> WELCOME BACK ABC NEWS LIVE. WITH NOVEMBER EMITTERS NOW, ONE GROUP OF VOTERS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AT THE POLLS. THAT IS GENERATION Z. CENSUS DATA SHOWS THAT VOTER TURNOUT AMONG 18 TO 29 YEAR OLDS FOR THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS ROSE FROM 20% BACK IN 2014 TO 36% IN 2018. THIS IS THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION WHERE MEMBERS OF GEN Z ARE ON THE MIDTERM. BALLOT SOPHIE BARON IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF A CONVERSATIONALIST, NONPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM THAT AIMS TO HELP GEN ZERS HAVE DIFFICULT CONVERSATION ABOUT POLITICS. SHE IS HERE NOW WITH US. SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW GEN Z CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BECAUSE HISTORICALLY VOTERS AGE 18 TO 29 TO NOT GET OUT AND ABOUT. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BREAK THAT STREAK OF THIS TIME AROUN? >> I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP SOME IMPORTANT STATISTICS ALREADY. I BELIEVE GEN Z IS GOING TO MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE. AS YOU SAID THIS IS THE FIRST ELECTION WHERE GEN ZERS TRULY SEE THEMSELVES ON THE BALLOT. AND MANY OF THE ISSUES AT STAKE ARE THE ISSUES THAT WILL IMPACT GEN Z'S FUTURE. SO I KNOW THAT JOE NZE WILL SHOW UP TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD. ESPECIALLY WITH GEN Z CANDIDATES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. MOBILIZING VOTER TURNOUT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALSO NOTE THAT 17 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE SENSE SCHEDULED TO VOTE SINCE THE 2020 ELECTION. I HAVE FAITH THAT THIS GENERATION WILL BE THE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. >> AND HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MAIN ISSUE. WHAT IS TOP OF MIND, WHEN THEY PASSIONATE BECAUSE THEY HEAD TO THE POLLS? >> JONES YEARS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO PRIORITIZE THE ISSUES OF MASS SHOOTINGS, ABORTIONS, INFLATION AND STUDENT DEBT. AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH. WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING. AND WHILE GEN Z IS NOT A MONOLITH, THEY DO PRIORITIZE THE ISSUES THAT WILL IMPACT THE FUTURE. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE GEN ZERS DO YOU CARE ABOUT THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CRISIS AND ACTUALLY FIND A LOT OF UNITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ABOUT A PARTICULAR ISSUE. >> THERE WAS A RECENT GALLUP POLL THAT SHOWED 52% OF GEN ZERS IDENTIFY AS INDEPENDENTS. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS TO IDENTIFY ONE PARTICULAR PARTY? >> I WOULD SURMISE THIS BECAUSE GEN Z IS A GENERATION THAT IS REJECTING TRADITIONAL LABELS. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR OURSELVES. NBC'S INDIVIDUALS. AND MORE AND MORE WE SEE THIS GENERATION REJECTING TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS. AND FORGING NEW PATHS. THIS IS NO SURPRISE WITH THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM. SO I WOULD NOT BE SHOCKED IF IN THE UPCOMING MIDTERMS, YOUNG PEOPLE WERE VOTING OUTSIDE OF PARTY LINES. AND SEEING PEOPLE AS A HOLISTIC HUMAN BEING. >> BRINGING UP CONVERSATIONS ABOUT POLITICS SOMETIMES CAN BE PRETTY DAUNTING. WHAT WOULD YOU ARE ADVICE BE TO GEN ZERS WHO WANT TO BRING THIS UP WITH THEIR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND MOBILIZE PEOPLE AROUND THE? >> YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT. CONVERSATIONS AROUND POLITICS WILL ALWAYS BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD. BUT I ALWAYS SAY IF THE CONVERSATION WAS A CONVERSATION THAT MAY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, IT IS CERTAINLY A CONVERSATION WITH HAVING. AND UNLIKE GENERATIONS PAST WHEN IT WAS INCREDIBLY TABOO TO BRING UP WHO YOU ARE PLANNING TO VOTE FOR, OR POLITICS AT THE DINNER TABLE OR WITH YOUR FRIENDS, GENERATION Z SEES OUR POLITICAL IDENTITIES AS INTERTWINED WITH WHO WE ARE AS HUMAN BEINGS. AND THEREFORE, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL MORE AND MORE BE WILLING TO START THIS DIALOGUE. AND WHEN YOU START THE DIALOGU, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT THE OTHER PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF THE CONVERSATION IS READY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH, YOU BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU ARE CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND NOT READY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFICULT. SO, ASK FOR PERMISSION. AND THEN WHEN YOU ARE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION, TRY NOT TO SEEK TO CHANGE SOMEONE'S MIND, BUT RATHER TO OPEN IT. BECAUSE HOW COULD YOU EVER EXPECT TO CHANGE SOMEONE'S MIND WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING IT FIRST? >> IMPORTANT. STAFF HELP THOSE GEN ZERS GET OUT THERE IN. VOTE

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