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i'm sharyn alfonsi. tonight, on "world news," one-two punch. torrential rain forced emergency evacuations in the midwest. deadly heat shatters records in the east. how long will this extreme weather last? the gulf coast dodging a bullet from the tropical storm, but more delays tonight. the new timetable for sealing that well. desperate search. two u.s. troops now missing in afghanistan. new details of how they were ambushed at a busy marketplace. an open book. the place 500 million people are now revealing the instant secrets of their lives. good evening. all eyes were on the gulf early today and whether a tropical storm would make the disastrous
oil spill even worse, but we begin with the weather tonight a thousand miles to the north and east. torrential rain soaking portions of the midwest stranding residents, flooding highways and causing a dam to fail. in the east, deadly triple-digit heat and tropical humidity making this one of the worst days in the summer of record-breaking temperatures. we have two reports on the extreme weather. we start off with abc's eric horng who is outside of chicago in westchester, illinois. >> reporter: good evening, sharyn. the water here came up quickly while many were asleep. and today many streets here in westchester look just like this one. the water here has started to recede but for many, not soon enough. it was a nonstop 12-hour deluge, torrential rain falling as fast as 2 inches per hour. >> it looked like a hurricane. >> reporter: the downpour temporarily shut down three major interstates, knocked out power to tens of thousands and sent people scrambling for higher ground. >> when i woke up this morning, it was just -- it kept coming. i could see it coming up through the sewer.
it was just like a fountain. >> reporter: in the hard hit suburb of westchester where several roads are impassable maryanne agular spent the day pumping out her basement. she lived here 50 years. >> it's never ever been this bad. never, anything like this. i have had a dry basement, you know, all my life. >> reporter: nearly 60 vulnerable residents of a retirement home had to be rushed to safety. they were placed on gurneys and evacuated by boat. the downpour was the result of a train of storms that dumped more than half a foot of rain across much of the midwest. >> this is a common occurrence in high heat situations where there's a lot of humidity. >> reporter: in eastern iowa hundreds have been told to evacuate following a dam breach. several communities are now in harm's way. >> we're going to sit back and watch it come. we can't do anything about it. you know, the good lord willing, everybody will have -- be able to get out of the way. >> reporter: another night of anxiety during the summer of extremes.
eric horng, abc news, westchester, illinois. >> reporter: i'm stephanie sy in new york in the throes of yet another heat wave. 20 states are under heat advisories this weekend. high temperatures and stifling humidity are pushing heat indexes up to 115 degrees in north carolina, up to 110 degrees in new jersey and up to 105 in the ohio valley. >> the heat is hot. it's super hot. >> feels like every pore in you is just sweating. >> reporter: temperatures are dangerously above normal even for the peak of summer. >> the last decade was the warmest decade since we started having reliable instrumental measurements. >> reporter: dozens of heat-related deaths have been reported this summer. the latest, a 20-year-old maryland man who went into cardiac arrest while cycling today. noaa cited last month as the hottest june ever reported worldwide and with july continuing the trend, the agency predicts
this will be the hottest summer, the hottest year even. >> not just new york city, it's global and not just the atmosphere, the atmosphere and ocean, as well. >> reporter: moscow is enduring a month-long heat wave that has residents seeking relief in the fountains of red square. in the typically mild uk, an ice cream truck is supplying canines with cold treats. dog days of summer, indeed. sunday into monday will bring some relief in the northeast with temperatures remaining in the mid-90s but much less humidity. still, sharyn, this is not likely to be the last heat wave we see during this seemingly endless summer. >> all right, stephanie sy, thank you. as we said, the weather in the gulf is much better than forecast. a rare bit of good news in the battle to seal the crippled well, tropical storm bonnie was a bust, and so tonight ships are returning to work at the spill site, and matt gutman is back along the gulf tonight. matt? >> reporter: sharyn, the fear that a giant storm surge would have brought oil miles inland, that's pretty much gone. you can see that the floodgates behind me have re-opened and
that just a couple of hours away before the storm hits. bonnie has fizzled over the gulf deflating as it cruises towards the spill site. so weak, in fact, that this armada sent out of the storm's path has tonight chugged back into it. bonnie caused no damage but cost precious time. more than a week's delay in snuffing out the well. >> the casing would have been so i think we're probably rough ly looking at seven to nine days and that could grow. >> reporter: now that the rig drilling the relief well has returned, it will take another two days to resume work, another three to five days until static kill could begin in which drilling mud then cement would slowly be choked down the well killing it. the coup de grace would come two weeks from now when the relief well is completed, and all of this is dependent on the stacking cap holding up better than expected. and while bonnie gobbled up time, it is also likely helping the cleanup. >> the wave action offshore is potentially going to have a
a very beneficial effect and the bacteria have a better access to it. >> reporter: those bacteria generally feast on the oil breaking it down. while bp boarded up its command center yesterday, skimmers were latched together for protection and boom neatly coiled, many local residents didn't think much of bonnie. >> bonnie is nothing. bonnie is a summertime squall. >> reporter: ken frelich rode out katrina in his fishing boat. and it's certainly not this storm that worries him. your worry is not the destruction of bonnie but it's the destruction of your image. >> yeah, the destruction of the entire louisiana seafood image that we got to deal with it after this is all over with. >> reporter: sharyn, even as bonnie fizzles out in the gulf, a new tropical system is developing in the caribbean and officials tell us it's going to be a cat and mouse game with all these storms for the rest of the hurricane season. sharyn? >> all right, thanks. matt gutman along the gulf. we turn next to afghanistan where it has been a tough day for u.s. forces. five u.s. troops were killed in separate bombings in the south
bringing the u.s. death toll for july to 56. and there is a massive air and ground search tonight for two u.s. navy personnel who disappeared in a dangerous area of eastern afghanistan. our nick schifrin is in kabul tonight. nick? >> reporter: sharyn, just a few miles south of me there is a massive manhunt with helicopters and troops who have fanned out to search for two of their own. it's not clear what two navy personnel were doing driving alone at night, but they found themselves in the middle of a district that is virtually controlled by the taliban. in the last year, thousands of troops have surged into the southern gateway to kabul. but there aren't enough troops to be everywhere, and the taliban control large pockets of land. the two navy personnel found themselves in one of those areas after leaving kabul on friday afternoon. they drove in an armored land cruiser into the district of charkh. they stopped at the bazaar and continued on when sergeants launched an ambush and tried to take the troops alive
but the americans fought back. residents say in the end the two americans were overwhelmed and taken by local insurgents. the u.s. called local reporters and promised to pay $50,000 for information leading to their return. some of the reporters were scared to help, a sign of how strong the insurgents here still are. >> if they control the people around an incident like this, it's unsafe to work with americans, to work with the afghan forces in government. that's the fastest and most direct way of defeating a population centric strategy. >> i'm a prisoner. i want to go home. >> reporter: private first class bowe bergdahl is the only other u.s. service member in custody. he was captured more than a year ago in eastern afghanistan, one of the areas where violence is up and where fatalities have never been higher. across the country these last few months have been the deadliest of the war. u.s. commanders warn the rest of the summer will be more deadly
and more troops will be in harm's way. and tonight the military says it is dedicating "every asset in its inventory to try and find these two navy personnel if, indeed, they are still alive." >> nick schifrin in kabul, thank you. in germany, at least 17 people were killed in when a stampede broke out at a music festival. the victims were crushed when police tried to block access to the event because of overcrowding. people in the tunnel leading to that festival panicked. there is an ominous threat of force from north korea tonight if the u.s. and south korea hold war games as planned tomorrow. north korea has made these kind of threats before, but this one is causing more anxiety. here's david kerley. >> reporter: with one of america's most powerful warships poised to take part in joint military exercises, tonight north korea is threatening to use its nuclear deterrents in response. the north says the u.s./south korean exercises will result in what it calls a retaliatory
sacred war. >> we should be very worried about this. north korea is getting comfortable with being a state that makes nuclear threats, and we better get used to it. >> reporter: all this just days after the secretary of state and defense secretary visited the korean demilitarized zone announcing new sanctions aimed at the north's nuclear program and saying these military exercises are meant to send a clear signal. >> we have seen nothing that gives us any reason to believe that north korea is ready to end its provocative, belligerent behaviors. >> reporter: threats from the north are nothing new but take on more meaning after march's sinking of a south korean naval vessel killing 46 sailors, a sinking caused by a north korean torpedo according to the u.s. tonight the white house is not commenting on the latest north korean threat, but that doesn't mean these exercises haven't created a war of words. >> there will be physical response. >> reporter: that statement from
a north korean spokesman answered by the defense secretary. >> taking steps that further strengthen deterrents and also demonstrate our determination not to be intimidated. >> reporter: 8,000 troops, 20 ships and 200 aircraft start sending that message tonight. david kerley, abc news, washington. we turn next to politics and a new battle breaking out in washington. this one over tax cuts enacted under former president george w. bush. president obama wants to let the tax cuts expire at the end of the year for individuals earning more than $200,000 and for couples earning more than $250,000. republicans are fighting back, and so we bring in jake tapper, host of abc's "this week." jake, you spoke to treasury secretary tim geithner about these cuts. >> reporter: that's right, and republicans and even some moderate democrats are promising a fight over these tax cuts, but secretary geithner says the administration is going to fight back. >> i think that's the
responsible thing to do because we had to make sure we can show the world that we're willing as a country now to make some progress bringing down our long-term deficits. >> don't you think it will slow economic growth? >> just letting those tax cuts that only go to 2% to 3% of americans, the highest earning americans in the country expire i do not believe will have a negative effect on growth. >> reporter: the secretary also talked about job creation and he even weighed in on the controversy involving shirley sherrod, the agriculture employee, who was fired earlier this week now the administration says unjustly. sharyn? >> all right. thanks, jake. you can see jake's full interview with the treasury secretary and, of course, the weekly roundtable tomorrow morning on "this week." still ahead on "world news" this saturday, protests and arrests. a school busing program is canceled. is this another step in the resegregation of america's schools? general stanley mcchrystal says good-bye. we hear from the former commander of the war in afghanistan for the first time since his stunning fall from grace. and the incredible reach of
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you it's like journaling and helps moments moralerter: private moments shared, both big and small, moments that boost morale for those so far away from home. > for those few minutes that you get to communicate with your know whatlet them know what ng on backuring the day and that you're okay and in turn to find out what's going on back in the united states, it gives you a peace of mind. > reporter: but it hasn't just helped connect families it's helped to build them. >> this is our son theodore who we found through adoption on onebook. >> reporter: the results nothing i remembernematic. >> i said, well, of course, i he'smber him. he's the first boy i kissed. just became some kind of little miracle for me. >> brought us together, dear. brought us together. >> and that is "world news" for turday.turday. i'm sharyn alfonsi. good night.
>> alan: tonight, the sew lap know firefight. two fires burning simultaneously, a mile and a half apart. firefighters beat back the flames and those fires are both contained tonight. one of them started near a pg&e substation, the other along interstate 80 between vacaville and dixon. >> reporter: if this fire had a few more seconds, it really could have been a disaster. that's explains why if you look in that field you might see some firefighters still out there. they're still spraying water on the area, even though fire is out. it's just too close to people's homes. look at this pictures. you can see what i