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tonight, the death toll rising after the deadly tornado outbreak in the south. and millions still at risk. at least 23 reported tornadoes across three states. these people nearly driving right into the heart of a twister. one long-track tornado possibly cutting a 100-mile path of destruction roughly across the entire state of alabama. the new danger this weekend. 45 million in the storm zone from memphis to atlanta to d.c. rob marciano timing it out. the new warnings. an alarming rise in covid cases in the u.s. as more states ease restrictions. at least 18 states seeing cases increase by more than 10%. hospital admissions on the rise in at least eight states. michigan reporting a dramatic spike in the number of young patients. the cdc director saying she is
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deeply concerned. america speeding up the vaccination effort. 47 states rushing to lower eligibility by may 1st. johnson & johnson promising to deliver 11 million more doses next week. and the new study about vaccines and pregnant women. the battle over voting rights heating up in georgia. the new law just signed by the governor, claiming it will make elections more secure. critics say it will keep black voters from turning out. rules preventing volunteers from giving food or water to people waiting hours in line. a state lawmaker arrested outside the governor's office. president biden saying the law represents jim crow in the 21st century. chilling new details about the deadly shooting that left ten people dead in boulder, colorado. police saying officers rushed into a firefight with the alleged gunman in the supermarket. the first officer at the scene, eric talley, among the ten victims. investigators frustrated. they still have no clear motive. the bottleneck at the suez canal.
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the massive cargo ship stuck for four days, showing no signs of moving. the u.s. now offering to help. more than 200 other ships waiting at a cost of more than $9 billion per day. and the teenager stuck on a thrill ride in the air 40 feet i the air. how firefighters got them back on solid ground. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this friday night. i'm whit johnson, in for david tonight. we begin with the violent storms ripping across the south. at least 23 reported tornadoes in three states. one cutting across alabama for 100 miles. the death toll rising. and tonight, the new threat of severe weather and tornadoes into the weekend. some 45 million people in the storm zone. this ominous sight in pickens county, alabama. and watch this driver caught in
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the middle of the furious winds as another twister passed over pelham, alabama. and the terrible scenes of destruction. homes turned to rubble. this church ripped apart. you see the steeple laying on the ground. this image showing the this image showing the bravery. rescuers helping a injured person pulled from a flattened home. the work to pick up the pieces just getting under way tonight as millions face another threat. abc's elwyn lopez leads us off in alabama. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: tonight, the terrifying moment a violent tornado tore through alabama. >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> reporter: demolishing homes, toppling trees, sending debris flying. the twister narrowly missing the people inside this car. >> oh, my god, i was so scared. >> go, go, go. >> reporter: at least six people killed as nearly two dozen tornadoes sliced across three states. including this ef-3 with 140 mile per hour winds slamming shelby county, alabama.
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greg hernandez rushing into his bathroom for shelter as he watched the destruction unfold. you were sitting here. all of a sudden you looked out the window, and you saw the houses behind you were gone. >> yup. yes, ma'am. >> reporter: then you walked over here? >> yes, ma'am. yup, i walked over here. i was holding on to my dog because she was going crazy, and the house was shaking. >> reporter: the powerful winds ripping the roof off his home. the stairs to the second floor leading only to open sky. one tornado possibly carving a 100-mile path of destruction across alabama. in calhoun county, kelvin bowers says he lost three family members in the storm. they died after sheltering in their trailer. >> it's terrible, man. like, to know my family was in this stuff. >> reporter: storms roaring through georgia in the middle of the night, killing at least one person. new drone video showing homes flattened. the winds peeling parts of the roof off this high school. >> like, our school, like, the
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ceilings, like, they're gone. >> such a long road to recovery for so many. elwyn lopez joins us from hard-hit shelby county, alabama. elwyn, you're learning it could take several days to learn the true scope of the destruction there? >> reporter: whit, the damage here, just unbelievable. take a look at these massive two by four splinters pouring over what used to be a bedroom. the roof completely gone. the toys still left behind. the damage will take days to survey, and they are doing that as quickly as possible as another round of storms comes through this weekend. whit? >> an incredible scene. elwyn lopez, thank you. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano. rob, the severe weather threat continues through the weekend. >> reporter: another one right on the heels of this one, which we're not done with yet. the core of the storm that brought that severe weather is bringing serious winds across the northeast, even storm damage through parts of vermont. the next storm drops into the plains tomorrow.
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memphis, jackson, nashville, you're right in the path of damaging winds, scattered hail, maybe a few tornadoes as well. then the low pushes to the northeast. that front drags across the same area of tennessee. along i-40. severe thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. into sunday morning, the carolinas will get hit. looks like another rough weekend for weather in the south. whit? >> all right, rob, thank you. next, the alarming rise in covid cases. a reversal after months of decline. at least 18 states with cases up more than 10% in a week. even more troubling, covid patients admitted to the hospital up in eight states and deaths still averaging 1,000 per day. those numbers fueling the race to vaccinate. johnson & johnson set to deliver 11 million doses of their one-shot vaccine next week. the cdc reporting a one-day record -- 3.38 million doses administered in a single day, and nearly 90 million people have had at least one dose, more than 34% of all adults. and tonight, an encouraging study about pregnant women and the vaccine.
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here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, coronavirus cases heading in the wrong direction. 18 states now reporting increases in the last week. and the cdc now warns the number of patients admitted to hospitals is rising, too. up in eight states. >> if we don't control things now, there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again. we can turn this around, but it will take all of us working together. >> reporter: new jersey now has one of the highest case rates per capita. and in michigan, a dramatic surge in younger, unvaccinated patients in hospitals. >> the majority of the patients we're seeing are between the ages of 30 and 50. in the last roughly three weeks we've quintupled the number of admissions. >> reporter: to prevent a surge, the cdc urging americans to double down on masks and get vaccinated as soon as possible. nearly 3.4 million shots into arms reported yesterday, a new record. in texas, the husband of 33-year-old victoria gallardo has been desperately pleading for help for his wife.
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>> do i just sit here and wait? i sit here and wait for my wife to die? i don't know what to do. >> reporter: the mother of five losing her fight with covid after the entire family, including their newborn daughter, contracted the virus. >> when you see your loved one on a ventilator, literally lifeless on a ventilator in a coma, it breaks your heart. >> reporter: tonight after so much heartache, there is hope. a new study showing the moderna and pfizer vaccines are likely safe for pregnant women. with few side effects and likely transmit protective antibodies to babies. dr. nayeli rodulfo zayas lost her own mother to covid. the e.r. physician was pregnant working on the front lines, getting the pfizer vaccine in december. >> i am just just grateful that he was able to get these antibodies and that once i go back to work and he has to go to daycare, he has that extra protection. so i'm very, very happy, and very grateful that i made this
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decision. >> certainly some encouraging developments there. erielle reshef joins us now from hackensack hospital in new jersey. there's a new important study looking at vaccinated college students. >> reporter: that's right, whit. dr. fauci says that study will be crucial to determining whether people who are vaccinated can get an asymptomatic infection and whether they can transmit it to others. but we'll have to wait up to five months while those students are being monitored to get the answers. whit? >> thanks to you tonight. next, georgia's sweeping new election law. president biden calling it jim crow in the 21st century. governor kemp behind closed doors signing the bill into law last night. a state lawmaker arrested, knocking on his office door, asking to witness the signing. georgia, one of more than 40 states now moving to set limits
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on voting on election security despite no credible evidence of widespread election fraud. opponents argue it will only suppress the vote, especially in black communities. abc's steve osunsami is in atlanta. >> eporter: it's the new election law that many tonight are calling racist, signed by the same georgia governor who refused to go along with the wildest rumors of widespread fraud in the last two elections where the democrats won. and here's what he's saying now. >> there's no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled. >> reporter: there are now two photos defining this pivotal moment. one with the white republican men signing the law, and another with a lone black woman getting arrested for trying to get in the room. >> quit. i said quit. >> reporter: state representative park cannon is a democrat, and she was put in jil after she refused to stop knocking on the governor's door. >> there is no need for me to be arrested. i am a legislator! do not touch me! >> reporter: u.s. senator raphael warnock is the pastor of her church and was at the jail when they bailed her out.
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>> what we have witnessed today is a desperate attempt to lock out and squeeze the people out of their own democracy. >> reporter: those popular outdoor ballot drop boxes that were available 24/7 can now only be used inside an early voting location, and only while that location is open. you'll now need to provide a license or an i.d. number to vote by mail, and it's now a crime in georgia for anyone other than a poll worker to offer food or water to people waiting in the endless lines they often see in the large cities. outside the statehouse, black and brown voters are screaming that this is voter suppression. the president today called the new rules jim crow in the 21st century. >> they passed a law saying you can't provide water for people standing in line while they're waiting to vote? you don't need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep
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people from voting. >> let's bring in steve osunsami, joining us from atlanta. steve, georgia's not alone here. states across the country are trying to tighten voting laws. >> reporter: that's right. there are republicans in dozens of statehouses across the country who are working on similar measures. and let's talk about politics for a second. most of these measures are aimed at the early vote and the mail-in vote. when you look at this state, which broke heavily for democrats in november and january. whit? >> this debate only heating up across the country. steve, thank you. now to the border. the surge of migrants, especially children, a growing concern for both political parties. a group of republican senators led by ted cruz of texas visiting the border along the rio grande and visiting a customs and border protection facility in texas where unaccompanied minors are taken when they first arrive. tweeting pictures out, calling it horrifying and inhuman. president biden asked about the crowded facilities yesterday said he too found the situation
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unacceptable. next, new developments in the investigation into the deadly rampage in boulder, colorado. police say the suspect used a semiautomatic weapon he bought legally just six days before the attack, and that he engaged officers in a gun battle when they arrived. but still tonight, no word on a motive or why he allegedly opened fire on that supermarket. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, chilling new details about the boulder supermarket massacre and the heroic officers who engaged the suspected shooter in a gunfight, likely saving lives. >> their actions saved other civilians from being killed. they charged into the store and immediately faced a very significant amount of gunfire from the shooter. >> officer down inside the building. >> reporter: the first officer at the scene, eric talley, among the ten victims. today investigators saying they're frustrated, still unable to find a clear motive. >> we, too, want to know why. why that king soopers?
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why boulder? why monday? and unfortunately at this time, we still don't have those answers. >> reporter: authorities claiming today that the ruger ar-556 legally purchased by suspect ahmad alissa just six days before the attack was the murder weapon. the massacre again placing gun violence at the center of national attention, perhaps averting another possible shooting, this time in atlanta. this cache of weapons allegedly brought into a publix supermarket there. this instacart shopper alerting staff after he says he saw an ar-15 style rifle. >> with the events that happened in colorado recently and everything like that and just any mass shooting in america, i was afraid. >> reporter: authorities say the suspect was wearing body armor, had an ar-15 style rifle, and five other loaded weapons in that store. police still don't know what was his intent, but he's now in jail facing charges. as the people of boulder continue to grieve we're getting
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information about funeral services. services for officer talley, the father of seven who joined the force at the age of 40, will be held on tuesday. whit? >> our hearts go out to all the families. pierre thomas, thank you. we go overseas now and the traffic jam in the suez canal. the u.s. now offering to help. a cargo ship the size of the empire state building, you see it there, blown sideways during a storm, wedged across the canal. ships are piling up in both directions. billions worth of goods at a standstill. here's abc's james longman. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent operation unfolding as crews work day and night to dislodge that massive tanker blocking the suez canal. now the u.s. vowing to help as the cost of this huge maritime traffic jam rockets by the hour. >> we have equipment and capacity that most countries don't have, and we're seeing what help we can be. >> reporter: the "ever given" is one of the world's largest ships, the size of the empire
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state building, weighing in at 200,000 tons. take a look, the ship is not budging. it can be seen from space. billions of dollars' worth of goods sitting idle in the water since tuesday. oil, grain, cars, clothing, and manufacturing components. shipments keeping a global economy moving, and they need suez. the canal is the shortcut between asia and europe. without it, they're forced into long, expensive, and more dangerous journeys around africa that could take 12 days. the financial losses are already huge. container traffic alone represents $9.6 billion of trade a day. >> as ships back up at each end of the canal, it creates this accordion effect. it could take weeks, if not months, for global trade to unravel and to get back to normal. it could eventually end up in the united states as higher prices and fewer goods on shelves. >> reporter: egyptian authorities vowed to get the ship free in a few days, but a company working on the operation has said it could take weeks. whit?
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finally tonight, "america strong." the country rallying around the people of boulder. tonight, the outpouring of support from across this country and the world for the victims in boulder, colorado. overnight, a vigil there honoring the lives lost, as today across the town, the tributes grow. outside the king soopers grocery store where the shooting happened and outside the police department, police officer eric talley's patrol car covered in flowers. the 11-year veteran was first on the scene and had seven children. tonight, more than $1 million in for the family of the victims. so many wanting to help however they can. 11-year-old j.j. whitmer lives near boulder. like others he was thinking of the victims, their families, and the workers at king soopers across colorado who went back to work.
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so he bought flowers with his dog walking money and went to king soopers grocery stores to say thank you. to the deli counter. to produce. to gabby at the entrance, and nancy at checkout. tonight, j.j. telling us why he did it. >> kindness is a powerful thing, and just a little act of kindness could go a far way. like, just saying, i appreciate you, just doing that would be such a big deal for the world. >> and that is the truth. j.j., we certainly appreciate you. thanks so much for watching. i'm whit johnson in new york. david will be back on monday. have a great night.
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tonight, a mother's over losing her son. she is sharing her pain for a reason, speak with us to save another family from going through the same experience. plus the supply and demand struggle for vaccines in california. will the new eligibility expansion make the situation even worse. also ahead. >> the cable carrs. >> reporter: cars aren't coming back until the fall. >> not until the fall? you know, i'll see what i can do, phil. >> mayor london breed one-on- one with phil, talking about the path forward for san ard fo francisco. it's just going to make that experience almost like how
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it used to be. >> oh how it used to be. remember the freedom of life before the pandemic. tonight, an expert predicts when california will reach herd immunity. the day might be closer than you think. good evening, thank you for joining us. >> the united states has a new record to talk about here tonight, nearly 3.4 million coronavirus vaccines given in one day, that it was yesterday. more than 48 million americans are fully vaccinated. >> statewide, we have more than 5.8 million people fully vaccinated. that's about 19% of our population, and that ranks our state 39th in the country. >> lot of room form improvement, though. >> yeah, clearly. getting better at giving vaccines will help us in the bay area. the news that california will soon expand eligibility to those ages 50 and up on april 1st and anyone over the age of 16 on april 15th is certainly very encouraging, bu


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