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tonight, two major storms hitting both coasts. the chain reaction crash. the pictures coming in right now. the winds blinding drivers. multiple injuries. and the east coast now bracing. the massive tornado outbreak. at least 18 confirmed tornadoes across several states. a home surveillance camera pictures this. the mid-air ka stas trophy. the leading theories emerging. a bomb, a missile, or was it mechanical? a top u.s. official will not rule out isis. donald trumps and the debates, breaking away from the rest of the candidates. what he now says before getting on that stage. the e. coli scare. c chipotle shutting down restaurants. and the home explosion. authorities say this time, it was not natural gas.
the new warning. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with severe weather on both coasts. the chain reaction crash and the tornado outbreak. at least 18 confirmed tornadoes in 72 hours now. another reported tornado touching down today. flash flood watches from georgia to north carolina, drenching rains. the images coming in. a dangerous commute home in florida. in charlotte, north carolina, a big rig off the road. and out west in southern california, a massive pileup in i-5, triggered by the high winds and the dust. abc's clayton sandell with the tornado and flooding threat as we head into the night. >> reporter: tonight, a blast of wind, water and worry. in sun nil hills, florida, today -- >> oh my gosh, this came out of nowhere! i think this is like a tornado! >> reporter: a reported tornado damaging at least one house.
18 twisters from texas to georgia striking since friday. the biggest tornado outbreak since july. out west, more high winds. this 15-vehicle crash near bakersfield, california, injuring more than a dozen people. how many cars are in this accident? >> reporter: a woman recording the aftermath, in disbelief. in alabama, 70-mile-per-hour winds took out this high school. and in north carolina, rains crashed the commute. in florida, these drivers powered through the flood waters. texas took it the worst. at least six people are dead. streets vanished underwater and rvs floated away. south of houston, troy elmore's home security camera captured this tornado ripping through his family's backyard. >> it was freaky. >> reporter: dozens of homes in the area were damaged. >> all this was up against here. it happened so quick. it's hard to prepare for. >> reporter: and david, the tornado that tore the roof after this house was packing winds of 115 miles per hour. but the damage here is pretty
random. this house right next door -- totally fine. david? >> that's always the way. clayton sandell leading us off. let's get right to ginger zee, because this threat goes into the night. >> reporter: david, just minutes left on that tornado watch in georgia. but we could severe weather in western north carolina and south carolina, really for the next 24 hours as they pick up another two to three inches. but our concern has to turn then to the west. we mentioned that pile yum on i-5. well, we've got winter storm warnings from the sierra up through western montana. at least five inches of snow, already reported in a place like lake davis, california. as they cold front slips through, las vegas could see gusts tonight up to 45 miles purr hour. a lot of people love to see this snow but it's going to make travel difficult. >> all right, ginger zee, we'll be watching in the morning. thank you. now, to the other developing headline tonight. the plane crash mystery. the russian passenger jet falling out of the guy over egypt, killing all 224 on board. no distress call, simply breaking apart.
tonight here, three main theories now emerging and the kremlin saying, don't rule out terrorism. america's top spy now saying, don't rule out isis. new clues in the debris across eight square miles of desert. haunting images, a mountain of luggage there, the hull cracked open. victims' cell phones ringing in the aftermath. abc's alex marquardt on the ground in desert. >> reporter: the desert littered with charred wreckage and the signs of the victims. a child's shoe and passports. tonight, new mystery surrounding around what brought the plane down. just today, the u.s. not denying the possibility of terrorism, after an isis-linked group claimed responsibility. >> does isis have the ability to shoot down an airliner? >> it's unlikely, but i wouldn't rule it out. >> reporter: the flight full of tourists took off at 6:00 a.m. on saturday from sharm el sheikh, egypt, for st. peters burg, russia. before boarding, the parents of a 10-month-old posting a photo
of her. this father and daughter smiling as they walked up the steps. after reaching 31,000 feet, 23 minutes after takeoff, it disappeared from radar. with no distress call. authorities agree, the large debris field, eight square miles, means that the plane broke up in the air and not on the ground. but why? three main theories emerging. first, a missile. though this hasn't been ruled out, intelligence officials say militants in the area aren't known to have weapons that can reach that high. a bomb on board. the kremlin today not ruling out some type of terrorism. and the airline, metrojet that it was not technical error. mechanical or structural failure remain a strong possibility. the co. pilot's ex-wife telling russian tv he had complained about the plane's state, even on the morning of the crash. records also show that in 2001,
the plane's tail hit the runway, known as a tail strike. today, many of the bodies arrived in russia. the parents of 29-year-old roman polionov, on vacation with his girlfriend, weeping before they went to the morgue. now, his mother said, we don't understand the point of living. the black boxes recovered from the crash site are said to be in good condition, but one egyptian aviation official said today that the results of the investigation could take up to a year. david? >> alex marquardt tonight. alex, thank you. and you heard alex report there, the two black boxes recovered in good condition. that's encouraging. so, let's bring in abc news aviation consultant stephen ganyard tonight. and steve, we reported, no distress call. but if the black boxes are in good condition, what might they reveal right away? >> well, david, if a bomb goes off, that's going to be heard in the cockpit. they'll hear the actual sound. or, if the airplane comes apart, they'll hear the rushing of the air and be able to differentiate between the two. >> a real difference in the sounds recorded on the cockpit
recorder. and you were telling me, the plane nearly broke in two coming apart. strongest part of the plane. how rare is that? >> it's extremely rare, david. if you look at the pictures of the debris on the ground, this airplane broke literally in half. which is why this remains such a mystery tonight. >> all right, stephen ganyard with us. appreciate it. we move on now to new developments after the sinking of that u.s. cargo ship, el faro, lost at sea during hurricane joaquin last month. 33 people, including 28 americans on board. tonight, the navy using sonar confirming they have found the ship's wreckage, east of the bahamas, three miles down. the ship discovered in an upright position. no word on the condition of the ship's data recorder. we turn now to the race for 2016, and to a developing headline late today. the new poll numbers coming in, showing ben carson in the lead, then donald trump, then marco rubio, jeb bush facing a big challenge. and now late word from donald trump, saying he'll negotiate about the debates on his own.
abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, as miss of the republican presidential candidates unite, hoping to take control of future debates, donald trump says he'll nel gauche yat for himself. >> the networks are making a fortune with the debates. we should be like a basketball player. we should go on strike and say, we want money for wounded warriors, or we want money for a great charity. >> reporter: trump isn't signing a letter many other campaigns plan to send to television networks. an early draft including demands for at least 30 seconds of opening and closing statements. no "gotcha" lightning rounds. and no show of hands questions. >> raise your hand now if you won't make that pledge tonight. mr. trump. >> reporter: and remember how some of the candidates were sweating under those bright lights? they now want keep the debate hall below 67 degrees. someone who has gotten a big boost from the debates, senator marco rubio. today, trump slamming him as a lightweight. >> i think he's an overrated
person. i don't think he's going to make it. >> reporter: jeb bush, rubio's close friend, taking a swing today. >> the challenging we fashice a nation are too great. >> reporter: bush today trying to relaunch his struggling campaign with a new slogan. >> i can fix it. >> reporter: bush admits he's getting lots of advice. >> take off the suit coat. ditch the glasses. get rid of the purple striped tie. i like the tie. >> reporter: but late tonight, his campaign communications director tweeting out, jeb's going to have a few weeks of bad polls. comebacks take time, we recognize and are prepared for that. >> reporter: and david, jeb bush says the candidates should go forward with the next debate. that's been suspended because of the much criticized cnbc debate, but bush says it should happen. david? >> tom llamas, thank you.
and we should mention to everyone at home that donald trump will be live in our times square studios first thing in the morning on "good morning america." in the meantime tonight, we turn to new jersey, where president obama gave a push to give former prison inmates a second chance. the president today touring a drug rehab facility in newark. he wants to make it easier for them to receive training, find jobs and housing. the u.s. sentencing commission granting early release to about 6,000 federal prisoners in recent days, reducing long sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. we turn now to your money tonight, nooand no growing outr. american taxpayers footing the bill on a very expensive gas station. more than $40 million of your money spent on a gas station in afghanistan. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz asking, how does this happen? >> reporter: they don't call it the world's most expensive gas station for nothing. 43 million u.s. taxpayer dollars
spent on a remote highway stop that should have cost no more than $500,000. the idea? afghanistan has lots of natural gas reserves. so to become less dependent on costly foreign oil imports, build the country's first compressed natural gas station and then convert cars to run on the fuel. but it costs $700 to switch over a car to natural gas. more than an average afghan makes in a year. >> this is simply misuse of taxpayers' money. all of this would suggest that there's possible fraud involved. >> going to be a lot of anger about this. martha with us live now. the pentagon isn't offering any answers, why so much money was misspent? >> reporter: that's right, david. the pentagon is cooperating, but they have no explan nation so far. and we won't get one soon, since the group behind the project closed shop six months ago. david? >> closed shop. martha raddatz live from washington. martha, thank you. and we do have one more headline about your money tonight. the runaway military blimp that
cost taxpayers $175 million to build. recovered now, carried away by a chinook after that wild ride, drifting from maryland to pennsylvania over scohools and neighbors. officials shooting it more than 100 times to deflate it. tonight, by the way, the army now taking insurance claims from any homeowners who sustained damage from that blimp. we turn this evening to a health alert now. chipotle taking drastic action, closing 43 restaurants after 22 people fell ill, raising fears of an e. coli outbreak. invest gave tomorrows are looking for a cause, and near is abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: chi pot late closing 43 of its restaurants in oregon and washington state. would be patrons greeted with this message on the door. fyi, we are closed due to a supply chain issue. so far, at least three victims have been sickened by e. coli in portland and 19 outside seattle.
eight of them, bad enough to be hospitalized. >> the excruciating pain in my abdomen was something i've never experienced. >> reporter: health officials say most, but not all of the victims told them they recently ate at one of six chipotle's. the chain closing two locations, though the come contamination hasn't been directly linked to them. saying in a statement, the safety and well-being of kus americans is our highest proyourty. >> shutting down restaurants is a good way to go. >> reporter: and because symptoms can take more than a week to show up, health officials expect the number of victims to rise. david? >> neal karlinsky with us tonight. thanks, neal. and we have one more health alert this evening, just in time for dinner. the company all american meats is now recalling 167,000 pounds of ground beef over fears of e. coli, as well. the beef was packaged in omaha, nebraska, but shipped nationwide and we have much more on this at abcnews.com. in the meantime tonight, we turn to colorado now.
police identifying the gunman on a halloween shooting rampage. 33-year-old noah harpam killed in colorado springs. investigators saying he walked down the street, killing three people in broad daylight. witnesses say he was car riffing a rifle and a revolver. now, to a troubling attack caught on camera, raising serious questions about the safety for those drivers of uber. one driver blindsided and allegedly attacked by the passenger, and tonight, the flip side, as well. what the drivers know about you when you get into that car. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: edward caban used to drive for uber. >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: but after this beating, not anymore. passenger benjamin golden was sloshing from side to side in the back seed. caban says he was so drunk, he couldn't even tell him his destination. >> dude, you got to give you directions. >> why do i have to give you directions?
>> reporter: when caban says he began cursing at him, he told golden, this ride is over. >> i'm kicking you out. >> reporter: the dash cam catching that barrage of punches. >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: but caban fights back. watch him pepper spray his assailant. caban says taxis are safer because they have a partition between the driver and the passenger. but when you use uber, uber knows who you are. has your name, your phone number and your credit card number. we've been unable to reach golden, who faces charges of assault and public drunkenness, but uber has, informing him he's now banned for life on uber. matt gutman, abc news, los angeles. >> difficult to watch. matt, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the mystery danger. the home levelled by an explosion. watch this. the blast felt up to three miles away. and tonight, authorities say, this time, natural gas was not to blame. the warning and the investigation coming up. also, the female driver
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