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this is cnn breaking news. >> and good morning, i'm carol costello. i want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. chris cuomo live in jacksonville, florida. starting to feel the effects of hurricane matthew. all right so he can't hear me right now so the wind is causing all kinds of technical problems for us in jacksonville. the monster storm hasn't even hit where chris is in jacksonville. hurricane matthew batters the florida coast as a category 3 storm. more than 400 thought people are without power. and more than 4,000 flights have been canceled. the storm already slamming places like merit island, florida near cape canaveral. you can see power lines blowing out from the storm's force. also getting a clearer look at the devastation in haiti. nearly 300 people died. that number expected to rise. again many in the united states
now bracing for the worst. officials warning that some communities could be uninhabitable for months. we are covering this historic hurricane like only cnn can. we have teams of reporters stationed along florida's east coast up through georgia. boris sanchez is live in daytona beach, florida. where the winds have been picking up all morning. take it away, boris. >> good morning, carol. we're kind of in a bit of a lull right now. we've gotten band after band of hurricane matthew hitting us here. the winds upward of 60, almost 70 miles an hour. we have debris all over the streets. a few moments ago some roofing insulation almost hit one of our photographers. there's a ton of trash just everywhere as the wind is starting to pick up and the trash comes back our way. there's also a lot of water seeming to fall sideways at some
point. on top of all of that you've got this storm surge we've got. the waves are enormous. there's a board walk over there, i spoke to a gentleman over there, and they told me the last time they had a direct hit from a hurricane that board walk was totally inundated. he's expecting something similar to happen here as the eyewall gets closer and closer to daytona beach. another i never thought i would say. this morning we've seen several people, civilians, out on the street. that guy right there is actually the chief of police. we were talking to him on the corner this morning before we had to move, obviously, for safety reasons. as we were having a conversation, some guy in a pickup truck showed up at the intersection and started doing doughnuts in the intersection and swerving out of control having to break at the last minute before he went right into a store front. the chief cut off our conversation and went after that guy. he was jailed shortly after that. but just like him we saw another guy that was just walking down the street taking pictures earlier.
terrible, terrible thinking to be outside in a situation like this where there are so many dangers. we've seen signs flailing in the winds. power lines almost about to snap. the dangers are very real, and they are extremely, extremely -- these people are putting their lives at risk. this is honestly stupid for people to be out here in these conditions, carol. the best thing you can do right now in this situation. if you didn't heed the warnings and follow the mandatory evacuation is just to stay inside your home and hope for the best. carol? >> you know, boris, i'm glad you use that word stupid. because, i just can't believe it. but people will be looking at your picture, boris and saying oh, it doesn't look all that bad. hurricanes don't quite work that way because the strong winds come and go, right, boris? absolutely, carol, yeah. we've had moments where it looks just like a regular old storm. typical florida summer storm. as we saw this morning as we had to run away from that corner
things can take a drastic turn. some of the palm trees looking as if they were going to break at some moments. on top of that we've had the lights flickering on and off all morning. even though things may appear to be calm at some points, they are not. and the conditions on the ground can change very quickly in a very short amount of time. >> all right boris sanchez reporting live from daytona beach. all right. so the winds have died down enough. we can get chris a shout-out from jacksonville farther up the coast of florida. chris cuomo what's it like there? >> just the beginning here, carol in jacksonville. originally we set up here hoping it would be the steady hand for the duration. now the advisory has changed and the jacksonville area is expected to take the most concentrated impact from hurricane matthew. that's still several hours away. currently it's about tropical storm conditions. about 40-mile-per-hour gusts and steady rain. 40 miles an hour is significant because that's when emergency services stop being able to get out and operate safely.
now jacksonville is particularly vulnerable because of what hurricane matthew presents as the greatest threat which is not the wind, as it was with hurricane andrew in 1992 but storm surge. this is the st. john river. it represents one of the few cuts on the eastern coast of florida. if you have a cut in the coastline you get concentrated water flow. they measured a 17-foot wave from this hurricane 20 miles offshore. that gives you an indication of the volume coming this way. in the area of a cut it pushes through, it will create storm surge. we're already at the bounds of this promenade here. we still have 2 1/2 feet of regular tide to go before noon. without any storm surge. yes. when this floods over and these bridges stop being able to function now you have people stuck and in a bad way. jennifer gray our meteorologist has been detailing this for me all morning long. she is in palm bay. that area has big gusts, 80 miles an hour and more. how is it now?
80-mile-per-hour gusts before sunrise. really even hard to stand up. now the winds have died down. every now and then it will feel completely normal. all of a sudden you'll get a big gust, but not nearly as strong as what we are seeing earlier today. i would imagine the gusts have dropped from 80 miles per hour down to about 35, 40-mile-per-hour gusts which is good news. we are on the south side of that storm though so it is pulling away from us. our conditions are just as you would expect. but areas to the north, north and northwest of that eye like daytona beach, all the way up the coast to jacksonville where you are, conditions are going to continue to deteriorate throughout the coming hours, especially daytona. that storm less than 30 miles away from you. and so you are going to get the brunt of it during the next couple of hours. it's going to be extremely, extremely windy and rainy. we're looking at that eye just offshore and carol you have to watch that so closely because any little jog to the west, that
means that those 100-mile-per-hour winds are going to be right onshore, if not further onshore, carol. >> all right, jennifer, thanks so much. she's reporting live for us this morning from palm bay. i want to head to the weather center now to check in with chad. so chad, currently this storm is a category 3. how strong are the winds? >> the winds are 120. we just had a wind sustained from the hurricane hunter aircraft at 116. so they are measuring that 120 still. the reason why it's not 140 anymore, or 145 like it was forecast to be is because there's not an inner eyewall anymore. we went through what's called an eye replacement cycle. which was the core, which we didn't get at andrew, we didn't get that core to break up before it hit homestead, that core broke up overnight and now we only have an outer core. so like an ice skater with one foot on the ground spinning around with her arms out, she's spinning slowly.
slowly at 120. but not like spinning with her arms in, at 140. that's the only difference. the pressure is the same. the risk is the same. the storm surge is the same. it's the same size storm. it just doesn't have that one inner core wall to make 140. new smyrna beach you're in the way right now. that storm is about to come onshore for you. playa linda, oak hill getting slammed with 100-mile-per-hour winds. and then farther up toward daytona beach we are seeing one more band come in for boris. i suspect in the next 45 minutes when this outer wall right here at about new smyrna gets to him, he will have sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. and those are the damaging winds. a tree, a house, a power line, can sustain 60 or 70. but when you get to that 100-mile-per-hour threshold, that's when you get the
problems. that's when all of this starts to go away. the power lines go down, singh 8s come off. you even heard about a few roofs off the buildings. the closer to the water, the gustier it will be. here comes another squall for chris cuomo in jacksonville. if you want to talk to him, do it rather quickly because he will be going away. that live shot will be going away quickly in the rain. sometimes we call it rain fade. where the satellite just can't shoot up to the satellite dish or back down. because there's just too much rain in the way. you'll notice that if you're a directv or dish customer, your signal goes away. that's what's happening to our signals as well. think about that dish waving back and forth it can't stay amd at that satellite. this is about 15 minutes from now, palm coast, daytona down to new smyrna, hurricane force sustained winds. higher gusts than that. later on today, that storm goes by jacksonville. but this is a lumbering storm. carol it just seems like it's
taking forever. we've been here all night long waiting for the storm to go by but it's only moving 10 to 12 miles per hour and it's going along a 300 mile seashore all the way from jacksonville down to about daytona. and that's where it goes. eventually gets into myrtle beach. eventually moves out to sea. but the risk today is the water going up the st. john river, going into st. augustine, going into daytona. i think, and this is kind of i'm calling this an audible off the cuff, we had a shot from daytona beach, it was a surf line shot. see if the control room can find that. there's a fence out there in the surf, and it was completely dry about an hour ago. now, those fence lines which are three feet tall, are completely covered with water. you can't find it here. go to cnn.com, we do have it here. >> here it is. >> there is the shot right there. this was completely dry beach for much of the day. now you can barely see those
poles. every once in awhile a huge wave will cover the poles up altogether. we're concerned about some overwash on some of those lower islands. that's what storm surge looks like. that should be a beach. it's not. >> it's not. okay. chad myers thanks so much. with me on the phone right now is the st. augustine mayor nancy schaefer. welcome back. oh -- >> while i'm talking to you i want you to know we're awaiting a press conference from your governor rick scott. that's expected to take place at any moment now so i may have to interrupt you. >> that's fine. >> on the right of my screen i have conditions in st. augustine. we have a local reporter doing reports there and that reporter is being blown all around. so tell me what conditions are like in your town. >> the conditions are just as you see them. and our concern obviously is the safety of the folks who live here. we only had about half of our people evacuate as far as we know. so our concern right now is making sure they stay put
through this dangerous period. we are obviously on alert everywhere. we've lost power in the city. power outages throughout the county. we expect more. we turned our water off last night. so this is the time for people to stay put. this is an incredibly dangerous storm. and you know it. you've been reporting on it for hours now. and our concern is really making sure people stay where they are, stay safe. we have our crews ready to move as soon as they are able but right now they're not moving anywhere. >> so the rescue workers are not out and about. they're, they're, thars -- >> absolutely not. and we expect i have not yet confirmed that our bridges will be closed. we are, as you know, connected to barrier islands and those bridges will close at 40 miles an hour sustained winds. we expect that to happen shortly. >> you're going to close the bridges soon. so are you asking people -- you're asking people to stay in their homes right now. you don't want them to get in
their cars and go over those bridges? >> no. absolutely not. we absolutely not. we have an emergency operations line that they can call where people stay where they are. the moment really to get in to a shelter, or to evacuate has passed. so it's really asking people to stay as safe as they can. stay where they are. we are not -- we are not able to help out right now. >> i'm going to dip into this local reporter's report. >> evacuate this area, don't try to come out here. don't try to look at anything, and just stay in your homes. if you haven't already left, stay in the shelters if you're already there. >> that was w -- what was it? wjxt many thanks for that. we didn't dip in early enough.
you see winds are picking up in st. augustine. they're blowing very hard. they're worried about the storm surge there in st. augustine. but that will come later, as that storm moves past. it is a massive storm. 314 miles across. and it's a category 3 so you heard what chad said the winds are very strong. they could gust up to 100 miles per hour, plus maybe all the way up to 120. you heard the mayor say -- you heard the mayor say that she wants people to stay inside their homes, only half the people in st. augustine evacuated. she didn't sound pleased about that. because you can't send rescue workers out at this point because the winds are too strong, the waves are too big. so they won't come rescue you. please stay inside your homes. don't go outside and take pictures. it just is not worth it. where can we go next? i'm talking to my control room now. we're still awaiting the press
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all right. as promised, the florida governor rick scott. let's listen. >> jacksonville area has a lot of low-lying area, especially nassau county. we're very focused on jacksonville. there's potential for significant flooding there. damage assessments are just coming in from south florida. they will continue. the storm passes each county. i've been reaching out to people in each county as it passes. fish and wildlife has 90 officers performing search and rescue operations and another 70 on standby. what we're doing is as the storm passes, we're sending them in to do assessments. both property, and people.
we did the same thing after hermine. they have not reported any issues yet. highway patrol has 150 troopers on public safety patrol right now. and another 100 on standby. they have not reported any issues yet. we have over 145 shelters open. we have over 22,000 people in our shelters. i've been -- i checked all night and we don't have any major traffic or road issues at this time. we have been checking, and that's one of the things that worked with our evacuation so far is we kept our roads open. all major roads and interstates in florida are open. in miami and west palm where the storm has already passed department of transportation is out investigating the roads and there are no issues to report at this time. all toll suspensions remain in effect. tolls will remain suspended for
at least 24 hours after the storm passes each county. we denied mvx's request to reinstate tolls this morning. department of transportation will continue to review this on a county by county basis. some individual gas stations are reporting fuel shortages. these stations are quickly being refuelled. and fuel is readily available across the state. we don't have fuel issues. the current fuel supply in the state is at least five days. even if all the ports are temporarily closed. so right now we have plenty of fuel in the state. about 600,000 homes are without power. the number is going to fluctuate. but some utility companies have told me they are restoring power in miami and palm beach counties. about half the power is out in martin county. about a third in st. lucie county. as of now, florida power and
light has restored about 27% of their initial outages, which was over 580,000. right now they have about 500,000 homes without power. but look, we're only halfway through. we're going to have more outages. more outages are going to come. i will be speaking with the utility companies this morning to talk about their plans to start restoring power. it's really important that we get power restored as quickly as we can. last night i directed the state begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state just to make sure as we get all these individuals in that we can get them housed and they can get to work. they don't have to worry about where they're staying. we already have northeast florida running which can house 100,000 utility workers and their trucks. we have three other locations being prepared for the utility companies. we're going to everything we can to make sure the utility companies get power back on as quickly as possible.
these resources will be available to any utility. let's remember this, power saves lives. we want everybody to get their power back as quickly as possible. damage assessments are just coming in in areas where the storm has passed. the u.s. army corps of engineers are currently conducting their assessments of lake okeechobee. the south florida water management district is still holding water north to prevent more water from going into the lake. this morning the national guard will conduct assessments in south florida. once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops deployed in central and north florida. so what's going to happen is as we saw problems in the south we'll just keep moving all these assets up north. we won't be sending them home. our goal is to keep solving problems. i've spoken to quite a few people this morning. martin county sheriff. he said all roads will be cleared in martin county without any obstruction within two hours. their emergency management director says they have no major
issues. palm beach sheriff, no reported issues at this time. i talked to the palm beach mayor and she reports no issues. st. lucie sheriff, they're reopening beaches and have no major road closures. their emergency management director says no major issues. and the evacuations were very effective. that's what i heard from a lot of people, the evacuations worked. indian river sheriff, they are focused on power outages, clearing beaches and bridges and not reporting any structural damage. the brevard sheriff said they're just getting out. it's not completely out of brevard and he's starting to assess the damage. they have a lot of power outages. i made the following requests to the federal government. food, water, tarps. generators. water pumps. search and rescue teams, hazmat assessment teams, cots, blankets. food distribution vehicles, helicopters. at this time they are supporting all of our requests. if our local communities need
more resources we will continue to make requests of fema. we've also received offers of support from oregon, alabama, texas, massachusetts, indiana, california, oklahoma, louisiana, mississippi and we're very appreciative of their support. let's remember the storm is only past half our state. so this is not over. text flprepares, one word, flprepares to 888777 for updates from the state emergency response team. flprepares is one word. if you have a smartphone please enable it in your settings to receive emergency messages. the national hurricane center will be pushing life saving messages out during the storm. you will hear a loud noise. it's loud. do not ignore them. they could save your life. now everybody needs to remember, we focused very much on being prepared before the storm hit and we still have the storm hitting us.
but, don't touch downed power lines. don't get close to downed power lines. if you have a downed power line call your utility company to let them know there's a down power line. caller your sheriff. do not touch downed power lines. they can kill you. don't go into standing water. there's no reason to go into standing water. while the storm is still on, don't go outside. i mean there's going to be debris. think about it we have over 100-mile-per-hour winds still hitting us in some areas. if a tornado approaches, move into an interior room of your house. generators. when we have the power outage a lot of people are going to use generators. do not use them inside the house. only use a generator outside the home. keep it outside. if you evacuated don't return until they tell you you can. i was talking to the st. lucie sheriff and he said both north
and south hutchison island was open now. but don't go back until you know -- until it's open and they say it's open. the most important thing is protect every family. we all have families. i love my wife, my daughters, my grandchildren. my son-in-law. i don't want anything to happen to them. i don't want anything to happen to anybody's family or anybody's friends. so, be careful. if you have any concerns about your safety, call your sheriff. they are staffed, and they're there to help you. at 11:15 i will be getting a briefing for the national hurricane center and speaking again to all the florida counties. at some point today, we will go out and start assessing damage around the state. i'll be glad to answer any questions anybody has. >> governor, have you heard anything from st. lucie county officials? there was a report of a possible hurricane related fatality there. have you talked to anyone there? have you heard anything about this? >> i've talked in st. lucie the
sheriff and emergency management director. i've not heard there. >> are there any fatalities? >> i've not heard any fatalities. my goal, i hope everybody stays safe and we have none. i don't want any family -- i just can't imagine. >> do you have any -- one of your emergency directors said that the -- there's two missions going on. below brevard and below brevard. and below brevard you're starting to deal with recovery. can you talk about the time frame for restoring power to the southern part of the state? >> well, we -- i'll be talking to utilities today. and we have a report that we'll talk about how many homes are without power. so we know that fpnl has already restored over 150 homes already. 150,000 homes already. so, but we have a constant report of how many homes are without power and then we'll be talking to them. what you need, is there anything
the state can help you with? and my goal is, as any utility finishes up their restoration, then we use those assets to help any other utility in the state. so i know that florida power and light has brought in over 10,000 people. i know duke has brought in people. the municipals and co-ops have brought in people. so my goal is let's share resources. let's find out where our problems are and get everybody there. >> from governor rick scott of the state of florida. but it's mostly positive. he said 600,000 people are without power right now. it seems like and i'm reading between the lines here that most of the damage happened in martin and st. lucie counties. he said rescue workers and police are already out in those cities along the florida east coast, that the hurricane has passed. they're already doing damage assessments and seeing if they have to rescue any people. so far, though, so good. the big worry now, and you heard governor scott say that, is jacksonville. he's afraid of flooding there
and a big storm surge. the st. john's river is there. that's where chris cuomo is right now. hi, chris. >> hey, carol. so the good news/bad news analysis there. good news is about halfway through things are better than were expected. the governor said you know you had those peak outages over 500,000 people, about 25% or so has already been restored. that's a more aggressive pace than they anticipated initially. the bad news obviously is that you have halfway to go. and here in jacksonville the advisory changed. we set up here because we thought it would be the steady hand for the duration. but now, it's supposed to see the most concentrated impact of hurricane matthew. and what that means is maximum storm surge. we're still several hours away. they believe that will happen in the later afternoon hours. you look over my shoulder, you see the scenario. this is the st. john's river. you see the bridge there. 40-mile-per-hour gusts, which is what we're getting right now, that's about tropical storm level, that's when those bridges start being impassable. if you made a wrong move and
didn't evacuate you now can't self-correct. this river, the st. john's river, one of the few cuts that you have off the east coast of florida. that means as the volume of water comes, it's going to raise the level here in st. john's and you'll have storm surge here. you already have a couple more feet to go for high tide. you're just about cresting in many areas, and that's the concern. once the surge comes there's nowhere for you to go. we'll be keeping an eye on it here and showing you live picture of daytona beach, florida, on your screen right now. that's the current kind of critical impact of hurricane matthew. they've had gusting winds there in excess of 80 miles an hour. gusts onshore measured of over 100 miles an hour. stay with cnn and we'll bring you the latest.
this is cnn breaking news. and good morning, i'm carol costello. and along with chris cuomo, he's in jacksonville along the st. john's river. breaking news this morning, of course hurricane matthew slowly, agonizingly slowly, moving its way up the east coast of florida. all the way, almost to jacksonville. chris how are conditions there? >> well, so far, so good. we're about tropical storm level right now. gusts at about 40 miles an hour. everything's relative, right carol? obviously you don't want that. but you know when you have a hurricane headed your way and that is the current advisory that jacksonville which was supposed to be a tangential hit is going to see concentrated lit from hurricane matthew. we heard from governor rick scott. he said the good news is about halfway through this dilemma, things have gone better than expected. there were over 500,000 that lost power. about a quarter of those have been restored.
which is a faster rate of return than expected. there's still halfway to go. the big concern, st. john's river. storm surge is going to be the story of damage from hurricane matthew and this represents one of the few cuts in the eastern coastline so the volume of water and storm surge will funnel through making this river, which is already about cresting, plus storm surge and tide, another eight to ten to twelve feet of surge that changes the topography here. changes power. and makes things impassable. so that's the concern from here right now. the gusting winds, not such a big deal. they have picked up winds in excess of 100 miles an hour, especially in areas like daytona beach where boris sanchez is. he's been getting pummeled all morning long and keeping track of it for us. boris, what's going on right know? >> things are quickly deteriorating. after a bit of a lull we're starting to see the storm pick up. the wind moving stronger and stronger. we heard a loud bang just a few
moments ago. we have no idea what it was. it may have been a power generator. it may have been something else. i think quite honestly, something is ripping apart down the street from us. because we've seen these huge chunks of sheet metal where you see these two gentlemen walking up the street behind them is a chunk of sheet metal and we've seen several pieces of it going down the street and getting closer and closer to us. can you see it there? aside from that there are pieces of roofing insulation that keep falling not far from us. some of them falling very close to us. i'm going to show you a piece to our left that came down just a few minutes ago. the situation as i said quickly deteriorating. we've had to move several times. we're going to have to continue moving. in spite of all of this, chris, i still see several cars, what appear to be civilians, in the street. people just walking around as i saw earlier today. terrible, terrible thinking to be out in these conditions. right now we're under an awning so we're in a loop.
we're somewhat protected from the debris that's coming this way. but for people to be out on the street is extremely dangerous. we've seen signs flailing in the wind all morning. power lines looking as if they're about to snap. another note on the other side of our hotel we got a chance to check out our balcony a few moments ago. the waves are just huge. there's a board walk not far from here and i spoke to a gentleman last night who told me in the last hurricane they had here in daytona beach, a direct hit, that became totally unindated. they're expecting that to happen again. it may very likely happen. there's also a small kind of amusement park type business across the street from here. they had really serious damage to the roof. it was starting to come apart. again the conditions starting to get worse and worse here as the eyewall gets closer and closer to daytona beach, chris. >> and it shifted west. another point of concern intensifying the impact. please stay safe. stay where you can cover
everything, but not get too exposed if possible. all right so that's what's going on in daytona beach. that's the present. which is a look at the future of what's going to happen up the rest of the east coast and here in jacksonville, carol. that's why the governor was saying the i-10 corridor which cuts east to west is open and passable. now is the time to move while you still can. >> now is the time to move. unless you live in st. augustine. because we just talked to the mayor there. she wants people to stay inside their homes. there are bridges there, too, going to be shut down shortly. when the winds hit 40 miles per hour they shut down those bridges because it's too dangerous to cross them. if you live in st. augustine that's right below where chris cuomo is in jacksonville. please stay inside your homes. governor scott just brought us up to date and he had some statistics to share. i'll share those with you right now. 22,000 people remain in shelters this morning. chris said there are no road problems. all major roads are open. that means that emergency personnel are searching those roadways to see if anyone is
broken down. if you can get out and those cities that are just about in the middle of the east coast of florida, and down south, you can go above that please do not travel on the roadways. 600,000 people, 600,000 homes without power right now. half of those power outages are in martin and st. lucie counties and the governor said there will be more outages to come. he also said utility crews are already working to restore power. so let's talk about exactly where that storm is. how strong it is. how far it's wiggled to the west. chad myers has that in the weather center. >> carol, i have a question for you. do you have a front loading washer or a top loading washing machine? >> front loading. >> okay so you put a rug in the machine and it does its wash and all of a sudden it's trying to spin and it's on one side of the washing machine, goes clunk, clunk, clunk and then you have to shut it off and start all over. that's what this hurricane is doing. it has one piece of rug on the
north side of the spin, and that's where the wobbles come from. that's why your washing machine wobbles. conservation of angular momentum if you're still not in school yet you can watch that. here's what we have for you here for the rest of the day. we have an area here that is lopsided. that is the rug on the wrong side of the washing machine. if this decides to rotate toward the coast, this entire eye will wobble to the left. that's the rug. if this area here, this convection to the south, then the whole thing would wobble the other way. so we're watching for this to just go around in a circle, and not wobble and take the storm with it. that's the only real risk that we have right now for a significant change in where we are from where jacksonville is, that's where chris is seeing his rainfall. that's going to be the rest of the day. as we move you ahead from 9:30 to 10:00 to 11:00, the storm
runs up the coast and eventually past georgia and into the carolinas. that's still a category 3, 120-mile-per-hour storm. but slightly offshore. and if this thing stays offshore it is a huge win for america. it's a huge win for fema. it's a huge win for less than -- we're taking billions of dollars in damage off the table if this thing stays offshore. now there's still going to be flooding. there's still going to be storm sung. but there's not going to be the significant wind damage that this thing could have made request 120 miles per hour because 80 and 100 is not 120. it's a big difference. so we'll see. we hope that this wobble doesn't go left. >> i hope so. keeping my fingers and my toes crossed and pragying, too, chad. we're looking at pictures from daytona beach, florida, even with winds of 100 miles per hour it's blowing debris into the streets. that's why emergency personnel are warning you to stale off the streets. because what if you get hit with that? right? it would hurt. it might injury you severely.
so please, stay in your homes right now. even though things seem to be calming down at the moment. also, power lines are down in many places. those power lines spark when they come off those poles, right? we just got a report of a house catching on fire because of those electric lines coming down. so if you see electric line down and you're dumb enough to be out on the streets, do not touch it. i'll be back with much more in the "newsroom." when heartburn hits, fight back fast with tums smoothies. it starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. ♪ tum -tum -tum -tum smoothies! only from tums
all right our breaking news this morning. of course hurricane matthew. you can see what it's doing in daytona beach, florida, right now. debris blowing down the streets. it is a category 3 storm. that means sustained winds of 100 to 120 miles per hour. there appears to be damage in daytona beach right now. you -- electrical lines are down. you see that utility pole there
has snapped off. and you see the siding coming off buildings, at least according to boris sanchez. we believe what that stuff is blowing down the streets, so rescue workers are saying stay in your homes because they're battening down hatches of their own and they're not going to be able to come out and come get you if you're in trouble. let's head to st. augustine a little farther up the florida coast just below jacksonville, florida, which is just below the state of georgia. a reporter just a few minutes ago did a live shot from st. augustine. his name is chris >> reporter: if you can zoom in to the wall there, as another gust comes through. we're trying to kind of shield the camera behind the car, because of how much rain is coming through this area and how much water is coming over that wall and bruce, if i heard you correctly, i think i heard you
say that we just received word that the bridge is closed, is that correct? that wouldn't be surprising at all because like i said, as you look down there, again, if we can zoom in, in multiple spots, you can see the flashing lights. i know it's difficult and the camera's kind of shaky right now because of how hard the wind's blowing out here but you can see those flashing lights blocking the bridge at this end. unfortunately i can't see across to the other side of the river to know if they have it blocked on that end but one can likely assume if they have it blocked on this end, it likely is blocked on the other end. we have another deputy from the st. john's county sheriff's office in patrol in this area. law enforcement out in full force. actually, if we look behind us now, two more st. john's county deputies heading to this area. we have seen them positioned all
across the st. john's county area. in certain spots and in strategic spots, so they can get places that -- plan ahead because emergency management officials have been working around the clock figuring out where they may need their assets to be not only during the storm but after the storm. we have seen a lot of sheriff's deputies and st. augustine police officers that have been in certain spots where their cars are protected but now they can make their way to places where they may be needed at times like this. >> chris parenteau. you see what conditions are like in st. augustine's. the mayor said only half the town evacuated. she is very worried about residents who decided to stay and is urging them to stay inside their homes. so the storm is coming. matthew is coming to jacksonville because that's above st. augustine. that's where chris cuomo is now. >> how you doing, carol. that's why the governor said get
while the getting is good. the i-10 corridor is open, you can drive west, you can get to safety if you're in the evacuation zones. it's easy enough to find out. go to the websites for your local authorities. the word is out on your local stations. we are putting it out as well. the concern and the story of matthew is going to be storm surge. it's not so much about the winds as it was with hurricane andrew. people make the mistake of saying well, that was a more powerful storm as if this will certainly be better. we don't know that, because as the water volume comes in here with the increasing bands of intensity in this storm that has shifted west, you are going to get storm surge, you will get flooding and you will be unable to move. that's when it gets really dangerous. jennifer gray, meteorologist, has been detailing this for us all morning long while enduring the storm in palm bay in central florida. how is it now? >> reporter: yeah, we are still getting those gusts, not near as strong as we saw earlier this morning before sunrise. we had gusts of 80 miles per
hour, maybe a little more. now the gusts are down to 25, 30 miles per hour, i would guess. some people that are staying in our hotel kind of out and about now. this is a dog-friendly hotel so people are trying to walk their dogs and things like that. still, not totally safe. we are still getting some of the gusts and a little bit of rain. we do hear sirens off and on. that tells us that emergency crews are able to start getting out slowly and start to assess the damage. people -- folks are urged to stay put for right now until all the damage is assessed, especially right along that barrier island, melbourne beach, where people were ordered to evacuate. no word yet on when people will be able to return. we are still in the rain. we are in that outer rain band, that last rain band with matthew. once that passes, we should start to feel much better around here. all of the storm surge and everything will be headed to the
north, north of the storm. daytona beach and north where you are. >> reporter: all right. everybody's hoping for good news. please stay safe unless it comes. we will check back with you in a little bit. our complete coverage on cnn of hurricane matthew will continue. we are about halfway through the duration of concern. we are showing you a picture of daytona beach. this is the concern, what happens when these winds come ashore. they have been measured in excess of 100 miles an hour with this category 3 storm. stay with cnn.
all right. hurricane matthew, we are covering it extensively this morning. it's still a category 3 storm which means there are sustained wind gusts of up to 120 miles per hour. these are pictures out of daytona beach. that's where the storm is right now. you can see it's doing a number on daytona beach.
there is damage to property in downtown daytona beach. boris sanchez sees debris rolling down the street. rescue workers urge people to stay off the streets because there are downed power lines, they are sparking. we have had words of at least one home catching on fire because of sparking power lines. please, if you did not evacuate, stay inside your homes. the governor also came out just a short time ago and did fill us in on some statistics. i want to go through them for you. he said 600,000 homes are without power. most of the power is out in martin and st. lucie county. utility workers are out and about trying to restore power in those places where the storm has already passed through. let's talk politics now, shall we? you knew we had to do it. it is quiet on the campaign trail today as hillary clinton and donald trump are both in debate prep ahead of their next showdown two days away. clinton huddling with advisers
near her new york home while trump is continuing his work after what was reportedly a dry run in new hampshire last night. for his part, well, trump disagreed with that assessment. >> they are saying this is practice for sunday. this isn't practice. this has nothing to do with sunday. we are just here because we just wanted to be here and you know, hillary frankly, they talk about debate prep. that's not debate prep. she's resting. she's resting. i want to be with the american people. i want to be with the people from new hampshire and she wants to rest. >> jeff zeleny live in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, i think donald trump has just become averse to using the word practice. i'm not exactly sure why. every republican, every even donald trump supporter would agree he needed practice after that first debate. perhaps he doesn't want to raise his expectations. whatever, he called it, his new hampshire town hall, it was a dry run.
it was a chance for him to take questions from a preselected group of supporters. many republicans i talked to who actually watched that were not as reassured as they had hoped to be but it was a sense of that. now, he is off the campaign trail. he had a small meeting this morning with his national security advisers but he is actually practicing, whether he likes to admit it or not, with chris christie and other advisers. and he is going to go into the weekend trying to have a better performance on sunday. now, for the democratic side, the full democratic bench is out across the country today campaigning. hillary clinton of course is huddled with advisers as you said. we have bernie sanders out campaigning, joe biden out campaigning, tim kaine out campaigning and elizabeth warren out campaigning. all are trying to make the case for hillary clinton. i caught up with bernie sanders yesterday in michigan. this is the case that he made to voters. >> this campaign, let me be as clear as i can be, is not about hillary clinton. it is not about donald trump.
it is about you. and it's about you and your families and your communities. >> reporter: there was bernie sanders making the case for hillary clinton. we did see donald trump just a few moments ago this morning at trump tower in new york talking border security with a couple small -- small group of advisers. i believe we have video of this that's just coming in. donald trump is going to -- he's talking about securing the border here with his -- just a couple advisers here. he was even talking about is the election going to be secure. this is something he has been talking about again and again. of course, we have no reason to believe it is not but this is how donald trump is spending his morning in new york city. >> thanks for filling us in, jeff zeleny live from washington. be sure to tune into the next presidential debate this sunday on cnn. cnn's anderson cooper cohosts
the town hall style matchup sunday night 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning. i would like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm carol costello along with chris cuomo. chris, i don't think you can hear me. the wind is wreaking havoc with our technical abilities this morning. you have to excuse us. that monster storm hasn't even hit where chris is in jacksonville. we are following the latest on hurricane matthew as it climbs up the florida coast. moments ago we heard from florida governor rick scott. he said so far, no deaths have been reported but warned it ain't over yet. >> we are very concerned about storm surge and the worst effects are still likely to come. if you remember, the jacksonville area has a lot of low-lying area, especially nassau county. the very focus on