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right now on "america this morning," weather extremes. >> oh, my god. >> from dramatic floods and desperate rescues to the so-called megafire just one of dozens of major wildfires now burning across the west. some could burn for months. the new state of emergency declared and the troubling forecast for this weekend. getting sicker and dying faster. doctors on the front lines sound the alarm about covid cases spiking even in highly vaccinated areas. what's different this time. plus, new research on the johnson & johnson vaccine and with cases rising in tokyo, the new change to protect olympic britney's breakthrough. a judge allows the pop star to get her own lawyer as britney demands her father be charged with conservatorship abuse.
her new message to fans overnight and what's next in the free britney battle. also this morning, why millions of american families will be seeing money land in their bank account beginning today. the nationwide chicken shortage forces a major fast food chain to think ahead. and later, their son was kidnapped 24 years ago. now the emotional reunion, how they tracked him down. good thursday morning, everyone. we begin with the extreme weather impacting millions of americans. >> a new drought emergency has been declared in the west where wildfire conditions are getting worse, and another heat wave is on the way. >> meanwhile, a very different problem in the southwest. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: this morning new video from arizona as monsoon rains send cars sliding down streets. much of the drought-stricken
region under flash flood warnings. emergency crews forced to rescue people trapped in the fast-moving water. this man and his daughter were stranded on the roof of their car in tucson. everyone was pulled to safety as flooding rains pound the southwest, to the north, there's no relief in sight for a region desperate for rain with yet another heat wave in the forecast. triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds making fire conditions even worse. at least 68 fires are now burning an area nearly the size of delaware. in oregon the bootleg fire now being called a megafire growing to an area nearly seven times the size of san francisco. authorities say the fire will likely burn until late fall. >> i wish we had something more than extreme to explain it because it's historical fire behavior and historical drought we're seeing. >> reporter: that drou leaving many of the rivers dry. the state of california has been forced to relocate more than a million baby salmon 122 miles away to a hatchery with more
water, and just over the border in vancouver, millions of shellfish have been boiled alive due to the extreme heat. washington is the latest state to declare a drought emergency. we'll take a closer look at your forecast in just a few moments. and now to the pandemic and more doctors say they are alarmed by a spike in covid cases and not just in low vaccination areas but also in cities like new york and los angeles. it's all because of the delta variant and children not eligible for the vaccine now face a greater risk. meanwhile, there is a new study this morning on the effectiveness of the johnson & johnson vaccine. abc's ike ejiochi is here with the latest. ike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. one of the main concerns with the delta variant is how it affects children, an issue hospitals in mississippi are currently dealing with. mississippi hospitals are consumed with severe cases of covid-19 attacking children. >> we're seeing more symptomatic children, and children seem to be able to spread the disease to
each other much more readily. >> reporter: the concern is growing for kids not yet eligible for a covid shot. mississippi health officials are reporting seven children with covid are currently being treated in the icu, two of them on ventilators. >> i suspect that's probably because this delta variant is imparting a little more severe illness in the pediatric population. >> reporter: at least 44 states and territories are reporting a weekly increase in covid-19 cases. with the delta variant now estimated to account for close to 58% of all new cases. some health experts labeling the new numbers a harbinger of what's to come. >> we can expect to see hospitalizations rise. we'll probably see deaths go up. >> reporter: in new york city cases more than doubling in just one week from 182 on july 6th to 429 on july 12th. in los angeles county, a 500% jump in cases over the past month. health experts say every single patient hospitalized has not been fully vaccinated.
>> even in large cities there are still large pockets of unvaccinated people, so if you don't get vaccinated, you are basically going to get infected. >> reporter: but the race to vaccinate reaching a new milestone. are now fully vaccinated, and s this morning new data shows johnson & johnson's single shot vaccine is strong and stable after eight months and also offers good protection against the delta variant. now, elsewhere in jacksonville, florida, hospitals are rescheduling some elective surgery because of surging covid cases. andrew. >> ike, thank you. new concern about the olympics in tokyo just days before the games get under way. the city is reporting its highest daily number of covid cases in six months. as one precaution athletes will have to put their medals around their own necks to follow social distancing rules. we turn now to the 911 calls just released from the night of the condo building collapse in surfside, florida. 97 people are now confirmed dead. some calls that night came from people trying to escape.
>> oh, my god. the whole building collapsed. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: for the first time we're hearing the terrified calls for help moments after the collapse of champlain towers south. >> i woke up because i was hearing some noise. >> reporter: the first 911 calls coming in just after 1:00 a.m. june 24th. a caller calmly telling the operator he heard an explosion. >> seems like something underground. everything is exploding. >> reporter: the calls growing more frequent and urgent by the minute. one woman was on the line with dispatchers as she frantically tried escaping from the garage. >> i think the roof collapsed in the building. a bunch of us are in the garage, but we cannot get out. we're going back up the stairwell. the garage is inundated with water. we don't know where the water is coming from. >> reporter: another woman panicked apparently calling from the part of the building still standing. >> where is your emergency? >> yes, i'm at champlain towers. something is going on here. you got to get us out of here. >> okay. you're in your apartment right now? >> yes, but half the building is gone.
>> reporter: soon first responders arrive and find the entire side of the building gone. one boy was pulled from the rubble alive. >> there's people in the rubble yelling. >> reporter: and after 14 days of searching, rescuers did not find any more survivors. crews have removed 22 million pounds of debris and concrete since the building collapsed. a new message this morning from the first lady of haiti one week after she was shot by assassins who killed her husband. tweeting from a hospital in miami, she wrote, quote, thank you for the team of guardian angels who helped me through this terrible time. with your gentle touch, kindness and care, i was able to hold on. thank you. as the investigation continues in haiti, the head of security at the presidential residence has been reportedly detained. back in this country the first round of child tax credit payments are hitting bank accounts today. millions of families are getting up to $300 per month for each child. the biden administration says the payments will lift 5 million children out of poverty this year.
the payments are part of the president's nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan. breaking overnight, new images from iowa where at least two dozen tornadoes have been reported. damaging homes and buildings. lake city was hard hit and the city of oelwein, iowa, a high school football stadium was damaged. no reports of any injuries. >> all right, time now for a look at your thursday forecast. good morning. thursday brings another stormy day to the midwest from chicago south westward damaging straight-line winds in excess of 70 miles an hour. the monsoon surge continues in the southwest. beneficial rain for you but also some flash flooding, a hazard to watch out for. lots of fires burning in the west, especially the northwest creating a lot of bad smoke and haze and poor air quality. it's tough to fight fires under those conditions, folks, and look how hot it will be thursday, triple digits in many areas. i'm accuweather meteorologist kevin coskren.
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over night she posted to instagram saying new with real representation today. i feel gratitude and blessed. this is me celebrating by horse back riding and doing cart wheels today. the judge granted her request to hire her own lawyer in the fight to end her 13 year conservatorship. controlled by her father. celebrity attorney will now represent her. >> question remains why is he involved? he should step down voluntarily. in the best interest of britney spears. >> in court a tearful spears called this by phone. demanding hr father be removed from the conservatorship. saying she wants him charged with abuse. saying i'm here to gt rid of my dad. claiming i was extremely scared of my dad. detailing what she calls her illegal work schedule. she was forced to be available ten hours a day. every day. and at times she says her
caretakers took away her hair vitamins and coffee. saying that's not abuse, that's just cruelty. we were in court. >> she described how as a child she was afraid of him. afraid of how he would come to her dance rehearsal and drunk and embarrass her. >> he was adamant he's not stepping down. arguing for their side of the story to be heard. saying there are misstatements in the testimony. >> hearing about meaningful and substantial financial abuse over long period of time. emotionally abusive relationship and it seems to have ignored her human rights. >> the judge aremove aremoved the resignation. he's the sole manager of the $60 million estate. spears was the conservatorship ended altogether without facing a medical evaluation. saying if one is necessary she'd
like her coconservator a person to stay on and handle the transition. free britney fans spothing her across the country. from california. to washington d.c. >> we're planning on rallying until she's free. >> there will be another court hearing monday. in which the judge will examine montgomery's request for security to be paid out from the trust. she claims she's receiving death threats. >> thank you. turning to miami beach. investigation is under way at the former versace mansion. now a hotel. two men found dead inside a room and housekeeper found the bodies. no further details have been released. today marks 24 years since fashion designer was murdered on the steps of that very property. >> coming up. electric car owners told not to park inside because of a fire risk. >> the nfl star arrested for domestic violence. what his wife told police.
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checking more top stories the justice department watchdog found serious errors. the watchdog found 70 young athletes were abused after the accusations were first reported to the fbi. >> drug over dose deaths rose 29% last year during the height of the pandemic. experts say welcome downs and restrixs isolated drug addicts making treatment hard to get. >> proposing new legislation that legalize marijuana at the federal level. the bill would eliminate federal. >> dry on the west coast. flash flooding in the southwest. strong storms across the plains and southeast. hazy, hot and humid.
for the northeast. >> finally a special visit to the white house. >> singing sensation arrived. >> you'll currently find her album at number one. on the billboard 200. she spent the day at 1600 pennsylvania avenue on wednesday. 18 year-old super-star visiting the white house. to meet with president biden to encourage young people to get the covid vaccine. >> it doesn't matter if you are young and healthy. protect yourself and friends kp family. >> in a 1995 pink plaid chanel two piece set. old every than she is. a surprise appearance in the white house press briefing room. >> if you know her music. you get that joke. >> i want to say i'm beyond
honored and humble to be here today. to spread the message about the importance of vaccination. >> cdc data showing young people between ages 18 to 24 have been the highest rate of covid-19 cases and only 41% of the age group is fully vaccinated. >> i'm in awe of the work president biden and dr. fauci have done and happy to help lend support to the important initiative. >> of course being that a majority of her 28 million social media followers are millennial. the internet had a field day. the president joining in sharing photographs. >> the white house says she filmed several videos with the president and dr. fauci. encouraging young people to get vaccinated. those will roll out on her pages and the white house channel in the coming days. her message is clear. vaccines are good for you.
>> happy and right now on "america this morning," weather extremes. >> oh, my god. >> from dramatic floods and desperate rescues to the so-called megafire just one of dozens of major wildfires now burning across the west. some could burn for months. the new state of emergency declared and the troubling forecast for this weekend. getting sicker and dying faster. doctors on the front lines sound the alarm about covid cases spiking even in highly vaccinated areas. what's different this time. plus, new research on the johnson & johnson vaccine and with cases rising in tokyo, the hl.nehrou a judge allows the pop star to get her own lawyer as britney demands her father be charged