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>> tropical storm elsa slamming the east set to hit major cities during the morning commute hours after another storm flooded train stations and stranded drivers on the highway. the south and mid-atlantic now cleaning up. and in the west, the extreme drought expanding. one town running out of water. temperatures approaching 130 this weekend. what people are now being asked to do. a strong earthquake felt across california and nevada unleashing boulders, scattering them across the highway. what experts are saying about the quake. a major new headline in the fight against covid-19. what pfizer is now revealing about how long its vaccine will last. the cdc already issuing a response.
new overnight, what we have learned about the american arrested in connection with the assassination of haiti's president and the charity the suspect set up in florida. and new research on your morning coffee. the best time to drink it for b. and later, history at the national spelling bee. the inspiring new champion who at 14 already owns three world records for her other remarkable talents. good friday morning, everyone. i'm zohreen shah. mona is off. >> i'm andrew dymburt. we begin with extreme weather from coast to coast. here in the northeast tropical storm elsa is hitting the busy i-95 corridor just in time for the morning commute and only hours after another storm triggered extreme flooding in new york city unleashing waist high water in underground subway
stations and forcing some drivers to abandon their cars on the highway. in the west this morning, the opposite problem, no rain. the historic drought is now expanding. one town in california has run out of water, and this weekend the temperature in death valley could approach 130 degrees. >> abc's reena roy begins our coverage from new york. reena, good morning. >> reporter: andrew, good morng as you said, the heaviest rain here in new york city is expected to hit just in time for the morning commute just hours after another storm triggered flash flooding and left the ground soaked setting the stage for what could now be a possibly isdang morning, elsa is powerin up the east coast producing heavy rain, gusty winds and the potential for tornadoes. in new york city, commuters wading through what looked like underground lakes as water pours into subway stations.
the floods crippling some of the city's highways and streets. more than a dozen people had to be rescued from this expressway. earlier elsa gaining strength over the carolinas before heading north. in virginia this driver getting ck werrd mustang s meanwhile, as flooding rains inundate the east, an extreme drought is expanding in the west. 98% of utah is now in extreme or exceptional drought conditions. in california, nine more counties have just been added to the state's drought emergency. the governor is now asking californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15%. >> not only on residences, but industrial, commercial operations and agricultural. >> reporter: the small farming town of teviston, california, has already run out of water. the pump in the town's only well broke down and has been dry for a month. >> you can't cool down. you can't take a proper shower, nothing.
>> reporter: officials trying to determine what caused the malfunction believe a lack of water is to blame. >> the only thing we can think is that the well went down so low that the sand started agitating down below and got into the pump and made it malfunction. >> reporter: shelly soriano says she's been traveling to another town to get five gallons of water every two weeks, and it's still not enough. >> it comes out to, if you have a family of four, this much water per person per day. >> reporter: and back here in the northeast, elsa could drop up to five inches of rain this morning as it heads into boston by midday with winds moving up to 50 miles per hour. andrew. >> reena, thank you. we'll have the complete forecast for the day ahead in just a few minutes. a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked the california/nevada border about 40 miles south of lake tahoe followed by dozens of aftershocks. people up and down both states say they felt intense shaking. experts say a quake of this
magnitude is uncommon for that area. one aftershock sent boulders falling onto a busy highway in mono county, but otherwise no major damage was reported. a major development in the fight against covid-19. pfizer now says its vaccine's effectiveness may be waning, and it says a booster shot could be needed as soon as six months after getting the second dose. the news causing a lot of concern but already the cdc and fda are responding saying, not so fast. abc's elizabeth schulze is here with the very latest. elizabeth, good morning. >> reporter: andrew, good morning to you. pfizer says its current covid vaccine works well against the delta variant, but a third booster shot might work better. this morning, with the delta variant now the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the u.s., new questions about the need for booster shots. pfizer announcing it will ask the fda to authorize a third booster dose of its vaccine six
months after the second shot saying it could be even more effective against the variant. some health experts say not so fast. >> eventually we will probably need a booster shot, but six months may be too early. >> reporter: hours after pfizer's announcement the cdc and fda writing in a joint statement, americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. the debate comes as the highly contagious delta variant spreads faster than expected across the country. >> this rapid rise is troubling. >> reporter: the variant is now behind 80% of all covid cases in parts of the midwest and plains. and nearly all u.s. counties with the highest covid rates, less than 40% of residents are vaccinated. >> it's no secret who is driving this surge in cases and hospitalizations. it's unvaccinated people. >> reporter: at this single day vaccine clinic in missouri retired nurses struggling to understand why patients were so sparse.
>> they're not trusting the science. they are listening to facebook. >> reporter: 45-year-old trisha jones chose not to get the vaccine. >> we were just like, mom, please just go and get it. >> reporter: she died from the delta variant last month. >> i was actually the one who felt her last actual breath, one without the ventilator, and it hurt. >> reporter: now it will ultimately be up to the fda and the cdc to decide if and when booster shots should be allowed, recommended and made available. andrew. >> elizabeth, thank you. we're learningmore about the men accused of assassinating the president of haiti including the americans under arrest. james soleges and joseph vincent are among 17 suspects detained in the killing. both are believed to be u.s. citizens of haitian descent. soleges is listed as a member of the board of directors for a charity he started in florida to help rebuild haiti.
on the charity's website soleges says he previously worked as a guard at the canadian embassy in haiti. authorities say the rest of the suspects are colombian. haiti's ambassador to the u.s. says it's obvious the gunmen had internal help within haiti. president biden is defending the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan even as the taliban gains power. he says the u.s. goal was never to nation build. he says the security problems in the country will now be up to afghanistan's government to solve. >> mr. president, will the united states be responsible for the loss of afghan civilian lives that could happen after -- >> no, no, no, no. it's up to the people of afghanistan to decide on what government they want. not us to impose the government on them. no, there's no mission accomplished. the mission was accomplished in that we got osama bin laden and terrorism is not emanating from that part of the world. >> the president says afghan interpreters who helped u.s.
troops will be moved to other countries to wait for u.s. visas. guam is one territory willing to accommodate them. 64 people are now confirmed dead in the condo building collapse in surfside, florida. the mayor says it's possible the death toll could reach 140. that's because 76 people are still unaccounted for. authorities say recovery efforts will now move at a faster pace. meanwhile, officials say a condo building five miles from the surfside condo is unsafe. 300 residents were evacuated last week. authorities now say it must remain empty until structural and electrical repairs are made. time now for a look at your friday weather forecast. good morning. tropical storm elsa held together from the gulf of mexico to the atlantic coast, and it's moving up as we speak with tropical storm force winds of 40 miles an hour or greater. elsa's path brings it through new york city and long island on
friday morning. southern new england on friday afternoon. you can expect 40 to 60-mile-an-hour winds and 2 to 4 inches of rain through friday. meantime, our friends out in the west are going to be hot. another weekend, another heat wave for you. high temperatures on friday, well above 100 degrees. i'm accuweather meteorologist kevin coskren. coming up, the new research on coffee. the best time of the morning to drink it. also ahead, the billionaire space race. branson versus bezos. the final preparations for the big blastoff this weekend. but first the death of a 47-year-old woman on a roller coaster. did the ride cause one of her arteries to tear open? we hear from an expert. to run a growing business, is to be on a journey. and along the ride, you'll have many questions. challenges. and a few surprises.
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back now with police in georgia announcing an arrest in connection with a triple murder at a country club. police outside atlanta called the 23-year-old man in custody a lone shooter. on saturday three people were found dead on the golf course. two victims were in the back of a truck. one victim was a professional golfer at the club. investigators are not revealing any information about a possible motive. but they say the golfer was not targeted. instead, he apparently witnessed a crime in progress before being killed. we're learning more this morning about the death of a woman in her 40s on a roller coaster in indiana. doctors say she suffered a torn artery and officials say the artery was torn while she was on the ride. here's abc's andrea fujii. >> reporter: this morning some answers as to how an ohio mother died on this amusement park roller coaster. an autopsy revealing 47-year-old dawn jankovic died from severe
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checking the top stories, pfizer says the protection provided by its covid vaccine is waning. it says a booster shot may be needed six to twelve months after the second dose. in response the cdc released a statement last night emphasizing that americans who are fully vaccinated do not need to worry. it says a booster shot is not needed right now. wells fargo is reportedly closing all existing personal lines of credit. customers who have outstanding balances will be required to make minimum payments. and the bank will no longer offer new lines of credit. the bank is reportedly telling customers that the closures could affect their credit score. today crews will begin the process of removing the metal fencing surrounding the u.s. capitol building. the seven-foot barrier was erected after the january 6th riot. authorities say it can be reinstalled if needed. tropical storm elsa is
sweeping through the northeast with heavy rain and winds up to 50 miles per hour, just in time for the morning commute in new york. looking at the rest of today's weather, severe thunderstorms in the plains, scattered storms across the west, and more extreme heat in the interior west. and finally, the sports fan who went to great lengths just to witness history. >> he sold his car so he could buy tickets to the nba finals. nicole gregg from our phoenix station has the story. >> reporter: for suns fans the energy is contagious. ♪ and some arizona natives giving it their all to be at game 1. >> i do have an empty driveway. >> reporter: for donovan you can say the suns are fueling him after he sold his car for tickets to the finals. >> just kind of jargon with my friends over the season, you know, what will happen, how much are tickets going to be, i bet they're going to be so expensive.
i just kind of threw it out, i'll even sell my car. i'm going to go. and came down to it, had to put my money where my mouth was and do it. >> reporter: fans inside even recognizing him now. donovan says he has no regrets selling his 2007 nissan. >> cars come and go, money comes and goes, but this is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. do what you've got to do. >> it came off a mannequin. they actually sold it to me. >> reporter: some suns finals game selling out on wednesday. this family came in from new mexico to cheer on the suns. and they're not alone. robert rivera lives in casa grande. a vietnam veteran. we met him as he was headed to the nba shop. i asked him how game 1 made him feel. and it's a feeling so many can relate to. >> like crying. just joy. you know, kind of says it i guess. but the feeling that what they're doing, they came back and beat them. >> reporter: suns fans are feeling even more confident that suns can do this in four. reporting outside the suns arena nicole grigg, abc 15, arizona.
>> he tra tropical storm elsa slamming the east set to hit major cities during the morning commute hours after another storm flooded train stations and stranded drivers on the highway. the south and mid-atlantic now cleaning up. and in the west, the extreme drought expanding. one town running out of water. temperatures approaching 130 this weekend. what people are now being asked to do. a strong earthquake felt across california and nevada unleashing boulders, scattering them across the highway. what experts are saying about the quake. a major new headline in the fight against covid-19. what pfizer is now revealing about how long its vaccine will last. the cdc already issuing a