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> toheirst hne of the atlantic season closing in on the u.s. coast heading into the fourth of july weekend. hurricane elsa gaining strength in the caribbean. winds clocked at 85 miles per hour. elsa expected to be within reach of florida by monday. it comes as millions of americans are on the move for the long holiday weekend. some 50 million expected to drive or fly, the most since before the pandemic started. gas prices at their highest point in years. the worst time to travel when you're heading home. more heartbreak in the search for victims of the deadly building collapse in surfside, florida. a firefighter on the scene when to demolish what's left of the
unstable south tower as severe weather moves in. a boeing 737 cargo plane crash landing in the water off of honolulu. images of the rescue coming in. two pilots reporting losing one engine and about to lose the other. the final radio call as they fail to make it back to the airport. overseas and america's longest war drawing to a close, the u.s. military leaving the bagram air base in afghanistan after nearly 20 years. remaining troops expected out by august. president biden bristling at repeated questions about whether the afghan government will fall to the taliban and how soon some fear that could happen. news on the pandemic heading into july 4th. president biden declaring we have covid-19 on the run, but the u.s. falling just short of his goal to have 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of vaccine. and the delta variant fueling a rise in covid cases in undervaccinated states. foma
her apology and what this means for her chances at the summer olympics in tokyo later this month. and the billionaire space race, branson versus bezos. who will get there first? good evening. it's great to have you with us on this friday night. i'm whit johnson in for david tonight. as we come on the air the first hurricane of the atlantic season is racing across the caribbean heading toward the u.s. coast. adding to the frenzy of an already landmark fourth of july holida more than 47 million americans are on the move this long weekend satisfying the pent-up urge to travel and celebrate. some 43 million are hitting the highways navigating higher prices at the pump and slow-moving traffic. a suspicious package at the los angeles airport clearing
terminal 2 while the bomb squad investigated. some airlines forced to cancel flights because of weather and trouble with staffing and that new threat from hurricane elsa, you see there, already hammering barbados with 85-mile-per-hour winds. the fast-moving storm is barreling across the islands. florida and the gulf states bracing for its effects. rob marciano with the forecast in just a moment, but first abc's transportation correspondent gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight jam-packed airports from coast to coast, atlanta, chicago, detroit and minneapolis. >> i'm just excited to get out of here and do something new and different. >> reporter: at l.a.x. a bomb scare forcing the crowds to evacuate for a time. and just take a look how incredibly busy it is here at newark liberty international airport, and it will be busy again on monday when people fly back home. this as cancellations pile up too, southwest today canceling nearly 200 flights and more than
200 yesterday. southwest blames bad weather and very full flights, but abc news has learned the airline also has severe staffing issues. tsa screening more than 2.1 million people on thursday, that's about 50,000 more than the same day in 2019 before the pandemic even began. the pent-up urge to get away also creating a crush on the roads despite the highest gas prices in seven years, even rental car prices are up 300% in some places if you can even find one. >> it's really important that if you're planning a trip, that you reserve a car early. >> reporter: and, whit, the rain doesn't help. you can just see how bad traffic is right now. over the weekend it's going to calm down just a little bit, but by monday afternoon that is the absolute worst time to get back on the road between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. whit. >> we can definitely see that traffic. gio, thank you. as hurricane
elsa threatens the u.s. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano joins us now to time this all out and, rob, hurricane hunters are already flying into the storm tonight. >> that's right, whit. they were in there this afternoon and found stronger winds to 85 miles per hour and really moving along to the west at 30 miles an hour. there will be another plane going in there tonight. here it is on the satellite picture, the eastern caribbean racing westward. now we have hurricane warnings that have been posted for haiti, the d.r., jamaica and parts -- a hurricane watch now for eastern cuba and the track will bring it toward cuba as a category 1 storm and then sunday night hitting cuba likely weakening it some andsday impac florida tuesday and wednesday, our spaghetti models are getting better agreement but lots of uncertainty. the strength and the track, either way folks in florida need to be prepared, whit. >> all right. we'll be wanting it closely over the weekend, rob, thank you. there's also concern that severe weather from the
hurricane could impact the search of that building collapse in surfside, florida, and today another heartbreaking discovery. crews recovered the body of a 7-year-old girl whose father, a miami firefighter, was working elsewhere on the pile. today those crews were back working around the clock after a 14-hour pause over fears that parts of the building still standing could come down. here's abc's trevor ault in surfside. reporter: tonight, another heart-wrenching twist from the rubble of the surfside condo collapse. rescue workers recovering the body of a 7-year-old girl, the daughter of a firefighter on scene. >> it's very difficult, and last night was even more, you know, when removing a fellow reghter's daughter, and that's just where i want to emphasize the emotion. it still takes a toll. >> reporter: the girl's father has been helping with search and rescue efforts since the building came down. we're told he placed a small american flag next to her body, taking off his firefighter's jacket and draping it over her, as she was carried out through two single file lines of first responders. >> it goes without saying that
every night since this last wednesday has been immensely difficult for everybody and particularly the families that have been impacted. but last night was uniquely different. it was truly different and more difficult for our first responders. >> reporter: overnight, medical examiners' vehicles on hand. late this afternoon the death toll rising to 22. the search and rescue operation now back at full speed after a 15-hour shutdown thursday. 126 people still unaccounted for. florida officials now also monitoring hurricane elsa and the possibility strong winds and rain could force them to suspend their search in the coming days. >> based on the latest advisory, hurricane elsa continues to strengthen. the miami-dade county office of emergency management will monitor the storm as it quickly moves towards south florida. >> reporter: off remainder of the building
because of fears it too could collapse. >> that search still happening and the devastating news about the 7-year-old girl. trevor ault is joining us now from the scene, and, trevor, you're also getting late word about an evacuation going on following an inspection not far from where you are. >> reporter: that's right, whit. an evacuation has reportedly been ordered at a condominium building in north miami beach which is only a few miles away from here after that inspection found the building is unsafe. whit. >> okay, trevor ault, thank you. next to the emergency on board a cargo plane moments after takeoff from the airport in honolulu, hawaii. the pilots forced to crash land in the water following engine trouble. both were injured, and tonight one of them fighting for his life. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman on the investigation. >> reporter: tonight, those coast guard boats and helicopters plucking those two pilots from the water moments after their 737 cargo jet crash-landed into the ocean off the coast of oahu in the middle of the night and sank.
the plane taking off from honolulu at 1:33 a.m. en route to maui. just three minutes into the flight the first engine goes. >> we've lost number one engine, and we're coming straight to the airport. >> reporter: five minutes later a dangerous situation becomes potentially deadly. >> we're gonna lose the other engine too. it's running very hot. >> reporter: they alert the tower they're going down. >> it doesn't look -- look good out here. you might want to let the coast guard know as well. >> reporter: the plane crashes in the open ocean. engines to fail on an airliner. the ntsb is going to look for something catastrophic, something mechanical that would have affected both engines at the same time. >> reporter: tonight, one pilot in critical condition, the other, in serious condition. whit, the ntsb has a team of ten investigators en route to the site right now to try to figure out why this plane crashed. that as we're learning more about this incredible middle of the night rescue. responders following an oil slick to that plane, and as it
was sinking, they saw one of the pilots hanging on to the tail. another floating on a bunch of cargo, whit. >> matt, thank you. overseas tonight to afghanistan where the u.s. has departed bagram airfield with little fanfare and withdrawn all its troops from there. one step closer to drawing america's longest war to a close. abc's chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz is just back from afghanistan where she flew with the u.s. commander on his last helicopter ride out of bagram and what he said he's concerned about when the u.s. is gone. reporter: it was clear when we visited bagram airfield last week that u.s. and coalition forces would all soon depart. general scott miller, circling the 14-square-mile base, the fighter jets gone and heavy equipment as well. and on the ground, only a few dozen troops in sight. once the order f fulthaw ts me e of the large fastest e gates today, only
afghan forces remain, a force already facing dire circumstances as the taliban sweeps through the country. with some in the intelligence community predicting the government here could fall in as little as six months. but president biden today tried to brush aside those concerns. >> i met with the afghan government here in the white house, in the oval. i think they have the capacity to be able to sustain the government. >> mr. president, a follow-up on that thought on afghanistan. >> i want to talk about happy things, man. >> reporter: but there is no happy talk in afghanistan. even wh me 650 troop maining ptehebuairport, genera miller worries about civil war and worse. how alarmed are you? >> the loss of terrain and the rapidity of that loss of terrain has to be concerning. we're starting to create conditions here that won't look good for afghanistan in the future.
>> that concern shared by many. let's bring in martha raddatz and, martha, general miller was there in the beginning of the war nearly 20 years ago when we went into afghanistan because of the threat to the homeland after 9/11. how much does he still worry about that possibility? >> reporter: well, whit, he still has serious concerns about that. he said al qaeda is still in afghanistan, and the threat to the u.s. remains. whit. >> important reminders, martha raddatz for us, thank you. and back here at home tonight, new signs that the u.s. economy is on the mend. employers added 850,000 jobs in june, the most in ten months, unemployment ticking up slightly because more people were looking for jobs. wages were up 3.6% from a year ago as employers competed for workers and the areas doing the most hiring, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, education and retail. next with the fourth of july just two days away president biden declaring we have covid on
the run, but the u.s. is falling short of his goal to have 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. tonight 172 million people have had one dose, just shy of 67% of everyone 18 years and older, and that shortfall is raising fears for the unvaccinated as the delta variant spreads across the country. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight the kickoff to july 4th. what many hoped would be a celebration of independence from the virus, instead pockets of this country are still firmly in its grip. >> 18 months after the start of the pandemic, back to square one essentially. >> reporter: the delta variant fueling a dramatic rise in cases in undervaccinated states. the country now set to miss that july 4th goal by about 7 million shots with 67% of adults partially vaccinated. today, president biden touting progress on the pandemic and jobs. >> our economy is on the move, and we have covid-19 on the run.
>> reporter: but acknowledging he worries the delta variant will keep spreading among unvaccinated people. >> i am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak. in other words, that we're going to have another epidemic nationwide, but i am concerned rr: for the vaccinated, promising news from johnson & johnson. a new study shows its vaccine holds up against the variants, including the delta for eight months or longer. >> those vaccines have been holding up so far. erielle reshef joins us now and, erielle, with the delta variant spreading quickly, there is new concern about people missing their second vaccine dose. >> reporter: that's right, whit. according to the cdc, nearly 15 million people have missed that second shot, and we know that at least for the pfizer vaccine that it has been more effective against the delta variant after that second dose, so officials say it is critical to get that second shot. whit. >> erielle, thank you. and now to u.s. olympic track star sha'carri richardson
suspended for a month after testing positive for marijuana. the emotional event that triggered her decision, her apology, and will she be going to the tokyo olympics? here's abc's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, olympic gold favorite sha'carri richardson disqualified from the 100-meter race in tokyo after testing positive for thc, a chemical found in marijuana. >> i want to take responsibility for my actions. i know what i did. i know what i'm supposed to do. >> reporter: at the olympic trials richardson's sprint making her the fastest woman in america. the track star then revealing she had just lost her biological mother. >> last week finding out my biological mother passed away and still choosing to pursue my dreams. nobody knows what i go through. >> reporter: richardson now apologizing telling nbc she didn't know how else to deal with her emotions. >> don't judge me because i am human. i'm you. i just happen to run a little t drug in oregon where marijuana is legal, but it's banned in olympic competition.
the u.s. anti-doping agency saying "the rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels." it's possible richardson could still race in the 4x100-meter relay, but that decision is up to usa track and field. whit, many in the sports world are outraged and richard is getting a lot of support from fellow athletes like quarterback patrick mahomes who is saying just let her run but other athletes say a rule is a rule. whit. >> a lot of debate over this story, kaylee, thank you so much. when we come back here, the major league star placed on leave facing allegations of sexual assault. and we're hearing from the boy scout who survived a shark attack while canoeing. people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes are waking up to what's possible with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪ rybelsus® works differently than any other diabetes pill to lower blood sugar in all 3 of these ways... increases insulin... decreases sugar... and slows food.
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jeff bezos' history making launch into space, sir richard branson releasing this video nouncing overnight he'll blast off first. >> astronaut 0ll be evuangtomer space erience. this july our dream will become a reality. >> reporter: branson's virgin galactic flight, just over a week away, scheduled nine days before bezos and his blue origin team. >> i'm just expecting the most extraordinary trip of my lifetime and extraordinary trips of a lifetime for other people in the future. >> reporter: joining him are two pilots and three mission specialists. bezos will fly with his brother, the mystery $28 million bidder and 82-year-old wally funk, the aerospace pioneer who underwent astronaut training in the '60s, but never went into space. bezos >> oh, finally. >> reporter: bezos and the blue origin team documenting the moment.
>> we open the hatch, and you step outside, what's the first thing you say? >> i would say, honey, that was the best thing that ever happened to me. >> reporter: but with history on the line, branson remains courteous towards his billionaire rival, insisting he doesn't see it as a race. >> jeff has a different approach. so we're not really in direct competition. i have enormous respect for what he's doing and i know he has enormous respect for what our wonderful team is doing as well. >> it'll be fun to watch and thank you for joining us. i'm whit johnson in new york. hope to see you back here tomorrow night. have a great weekend and a great night.
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san francisco, we know it has problems. >> tonight, we are focused on one of those problems, talking about retail theft. you have seen it in videos like this. an accused shoplifter was grabbing and going at walgreens. the retail association found three cities in our state are among the top 10 in the country when it comes to organized retail crime. los angeles, sacramento, and san francisco. already, we are seeing a negative impact. stores in the city are shutting down or closing early. our focus is on building a better bay area. it's why we have team coverage on the topic including the insider news. first, let's hear from leanne melendez. she is here with how the city government is handling the crisis. >> reporter: san francisco is fifth on the list. it is the only city where