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on that note, today is national read a book day. so if those kids want to pick up a book or people need a diversion, i have a good one to suggest. it's called amanda wakes up. it may just add some levity to your life right now. >> you believe that everything in that book is kid friendly? >> not everything. not everything. the it's really best for adults. >> all right. there is a lot of news. we are tracking one of the worst storms to come out of the atlantic. cnn news room with poppy harlow and john berman have all the latest. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> and the breaking news this morning, one of the if not the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open tlants tick, irma is well past the category 5 mark with winds greater than 185 miles per hour. so far today st. martin, st.
barts, bar buddha have taken direct hits. virgin island the bracing for the same later. we can show you some of the impact. look at those flashing rights. every one of them, the power line exploding on the island of st. kitts. officials fear parts of that island might be without power for months. >> wow. mandatory evacuations under way. irma is expected to arrive there on sunday. already heard from president trump who has claired states of emergencies. this morning said watching hurricane closely, my team which is done and doing such a good job in texas is already in florida. no rest for the weary. cnn is tracking the storm. let's begin with chad myers. what are you seeing? >> i'm seeing now the radar from puerto rico picking up the eye of the storm out here. it just moved through an go will
la and st. barts. it moved through bar buddha a little while while oog oh. no contact with that island since flk not even radio contact too its sister down there. virgin gord da and u.s. virgin islands. those will be hit next. means 180, 185 miles per hour winds, if the eye wall makes direct contact, and that's expected. so, barbuda had a wind gust of 155 overnight and then the mane broke. just shattered. but they were at least 155. all the way up the island chain, the watches and warnings continue. but where does it go after that? right through the turks and cake cos and significantly impacting the northern part of puerto rico with big waves. same sorry for the dominican republic and haiti.
damagesing mudslides as well. overnight, the models have changed a little bit. and so paz the hurricane forecast. yesterday it was doing this. the from the hurricane center. now it's turning to the right. that's south florida right in the middle. i believe it may turn farther to the right. sooner. here's the reason why i believe that. if you look at the models, we're going to watch for this turn. it's going to be hours, dreadful to watch it. models say it could be here, could be here, but if it's here, that's the big problem for the u.s. back to you. >> all right. chad myers. that's what we're watching. next update from the hurricane center comes at 11:00 a.m. thanks, chad. he mentioned puerto rico right now. this is the last thing they need. cnn's reporter in san wan to give us an update. >> reporter: emergency management officials are saying you are running out of time for any sort of preparation for irma. as it arrives.
the it's expected to arrive later this evening but the governor was asked at a press conference what's the deadline here, what is the absolute last moment for people to seek shelter, and he said in spanish, now. so certainly we are still seeing people boarding up windows, hitting the stores where shelves are pretty much empty from the basic supplies that you typically try to get right before a hurricane. the but this is a caribbean island. they are used to tropical storms and hurricanes as much as one can be for this time of year. but this one, even though winds are picking up, we're certainly starting to see a little bit more of aggressive waters on the coast, this one has really brought a lot of fear to puerto rico. the governor said they never experienced one of this magnitude in its recorded history. so people woke up today with a lot of uncertainty waiting to find out what it will bring, and you're right. it's not just this storm that is
a problem here. there is another storm looming over puerto rico. that is the economic crisis. they are $70 billion in debt. so anything catastrophic, anything destruction, that will be very difficult to rebuild. which is why the governor seemed to be so relieved when president trump declared a state of emergency pre landfall. remember. this is u.s. territory. these are u.s. citizens. and at this point, we know that more than 700 of them have already gone to the shelters, but that's a relatively low number. of the this is an island of 3 and a half million u.s. citizens that could be devastated in a matter of hours. john? >> thank you very much for your great reporting. from puerto rico. this morning, you've got mandatory evacuations under way in parts of florida. our rosa flores is there in miami. we just saw chad sort of outline
the different models but there is that scary model that brings this right into the heart of miami dade. >>reporter: you know, this storm is coming in with a lot of fury, and florida is preparing with a lot of fury as well. mandatory evacuations have already been issued for munroe county, that includes the keys. here in miami dade we know people with disabilities are being evacuated today. the mayor here saying he could issue mandatory evacuations for portions of this county as early as today, maybe tomorrow. people do appear to be heeding the warning. we're seeing a lot of grocery stores and hardware stores with empty shelves. we're seeing long lines at gas stations, people trying to prepare, because public officials said you need at least three days worth of water and food and we're seeing people go to grocery stores, trying to gather all of those things for their families.
now, just north of here in the next county, there's about 43 shelters there on the ready. ready to take up to 33,000 people into shelter. the and then saidwide, the governor of this state, rick scott, has issued a disaster declaration for all 67 counties, and he's also tapped into all 7,000 national guard members. and all of their assets, and response capabilities. we're talking about high water vehicles. boats, helicopters, just to maim a few. florida hunkering down and making sure people know this is a monster storm. you need to pay attention and figure out what the plan is for you and your family and you need to take action. poppy? >> thank you for your reporting from miami. we'll check back with you. on capitol hill meantime, the response to another devastating storm hurricane harvey is in focus.
house set to take a vote today on relief for those affected. >> just one of the many things that lawmakers will deal with today. as the leaders of both parties prepare to meet with the president at the white house. cnn's sues zan mel voez. >> good morning, the house is expected to vote about noon or so, and it is expected to pass this bill, this $8 billion nearly in hurricane aid for hurricane harvey victims. the drama we're going to see, however is really going to be on the senate side, because we have already gotten signals indications on the senate side, number 2, john cornyn from texas who's seen these flood victims saying essentially they are open and willing now to attach this emergency funding to raising the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money to pay for this because ultimately this is just a down payment. they're looking at nearly more than $120 billion they expect in relief that is going to be
necessary. not to mention what is coming to florida as well. this is going to create quite a problem for some of the house members we've already seen it here. the house caucus chair conservative meadows. he is saying that this is a terrible idea. mark meadows, that you should not use this as leverage, that it's just not right but he also said he beliefs that this in fact is going to work. it also provides some political cover for those who are uncomfortable marrying those two things. we also expect the president is going to weigh in on this. we already heard from the treasury secretary mnuchin saying this is a good idea. it has to be acted on quickly. the president is going to weigh in either through a statement later or a tweet. we'll be waiting for that. thank you very much. so another key issue for lawmakers is daca. you've got nancy pelosi set to
speak. the president for his part who initially said this is in congress's lap, up to them to do their job. he confused things to say the least last night when he wrote in a statement, congress now has six months to legal ease daca. something the obama administration was unable to do. if they can't, i will revisit the issue. here what the deaf nation of revisit is joe johns. what does he mean? >> whee're still deservering th meaning of that. coming hours after the attorney general announced that the administration was rescinding daca and giving his reasons among those reasons, a lawsuit by attorneys general from red states, that the administration says could have shut the whole program down rather suddenly. now, the significance of this, a couple things. first, it indicates the friction inside the white house over the issue of how to handle daca.
it also shows a pattern that we've seen in this administration of the president essentially sending his lieutenants out to take a position, send a message, and then the president undercutting that message one way or the other in a tweet, in a public statement, and, in some ways, throwing his lieutenants under the bus. the spokes woman for the justice department was asked about that by chris cuomo on "new day" this morning and she said among other things you can't put a lot of nuance in 140 characters suggesting a need to ask the president what he meant by the tweet, and also indicating doj was in the belief that there would be a nationwide injunction in the event the president did not act. members of the president's party, like lindsey graham saying this is all about enforcing the law. now the president has long and busy schedule today, including at this hour, a conversation on
the telephone with chinese president xi. talking about among other things north korea and the issue of trade with china. >> all right. joe johns for us at the white house. thanks so much. we do have breaking news on the russian investigation. two big figures behind closed doors, former national security advisor susan rice right now. and tomorrow, donald trump jr. heads to the capitol hill. this as we're tracking the monster storm. millions of americans in the immediate path of hurricane irma. we'll bring you the latest. >> plus, what happened? the title of hillary clinton's knew book and she takes everyone behind the scenes of her loss. takes onus for some of it. also talks about why she thinks she is such a lightning rod. she says in part because she's a woman. also weighing in on her ma marriage. all the detail the ahead. cloo
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the russia investigation. we just learned that donald trump jr. will go to capitol hill tomorrow to talk about contacts alleged contacts between his father's campaign and russia. also, there's a meeting behind clothes doors now. manu raju joins us with the latest. >> reporter: that's right. donald trump jr., the first time he will have a chance to undergo a extensive questioning from senate judiciary staff and members. this, of course after the revelations he had met are russian operatives after being promised dirt on the clinton campaign. also including paul manafort. i'm also separately that the senate intelligence committee does plan to question him as well. le the chairman of that told me yesterday that a number of questions that are still -- committee still has about what the russians actually intended to happen from that meeting. now, donald trump jr. is trying
to make very clear that he is going to cooperate saying his lawyer saying in a statement we look forward to profession productive meeting and appreciate that opportunity to assist. another big name is susan rice, president obama's former national security adviser and somebody who has been crit sided by republicans for her handling of intelligence reports believing she unmasked the identities of individuals. i'm told she is going behind closed door the and under go a grilling and one person could be devin nunes who really has gone after the issue of unmasking so much so that it eventually forced him to step aside. separately, he, is leddingading push to force the attorney general and fbi director to provide documents about that british dossier showing connections between the trump campaign and russian officials and warning he may even hold
them in contempt of congress if they do not produce documents. it shows the fast pace of developments. of the first if don jr. tomorrow and susan rice testimony. >> russian investigation launching into full gear now that congress is back. thanks so much. it's all atop of all the policy congress want the to be making right now or may be trying to making. president meets soon with pop party leaders with both sides of the aisle. hours after saying if congress can't help dreamers, he will revisit it. >> now the panel is going to tell us what that means. everyone's wondering. abbey, he staerts the six months top watch yesterday. yesterday with the jeff sessions announcement. and then last night, he sort of stops it or breaks it or what have you. basically says i will personally revisit this if congress cannot legal ease tack ta. >> a lot of this has to do with
the media coverage of the last 24 hours which was i think really overwhelmingly negative. a lot of coverage folks saying on some 800,000 young people who are kind of in limbo as a result of this decision and trump has from the very beginning been he concerned about that. that's why he keeps saying something different from what his staff, from jeff sessions, who talked a lot more about the rule of law, and about process, and trump keeps talking about heart. . and there's a disconnect here between what he did and what he keeps saying, so, i think his aides are holding out for the possibility that at some point in the future, maybe if we get to the six-month mark and congress doesn't do anything, trump can simply change his mind. it's hard to see how that works from a legal perspective, because of course there is sort of the looming threat of challenging out there, but it reflects that the fact that trump is just really not sure what he wants to do about this.
he wants to find a way to make everybody happy, including his base, and his base will not be happy with anything short of getting rid of daca. they may not even be happy with congress legalizing daca, frankly. >> david gergen, we often ask the question if voters understand what he he thinkings. what's correct me if i'm wro what's congress supposed to do with this? >> i don't know what they're going to make of it. it's very weird, very odd. i sympathize with the president in that these are hard decisions. but you know what? that's why you run for president. big decisions come to you, and to lead is to decide. and here he's waffling in the presidency, but more important i will, he has upended -- what they did yesterday upyepded the lives of hundreds of houses of
young people in this country that are reporting to colleges this week around the country, or in jobs, and they don't know what their lives are going to be three months, six months. don't know where they're going. a good chance they'll be sent out of the country. you really have to, in this case, focus not on the presid t president's waffling but on the chaos and the cruelty that's involved here. >> david gregory, so this will likely split the republican party, fracture it. we've already seen who's on which said so far. the but you have two options, don't you? either something happens at the six month the and as the president said daca is legal identified by congress and they may head into the midterm the if they can't get other big accomplish. the through with the one big led legislati legislative being amnesty or
have them heading into the midterms without helping these 800,000 people. >> there's an opportunity here, big time opening here for president trump if he can see his way to seizing it. and it's that leadership piece. talking to republicans on the hill. there's an opportunity to fix, at least temporarily thisd.r.e.a.m.er situation. but to couple it in terms of a longer fix with some level of border security. you heard lindsay graham. i don't think the politics are right for some that comprehensive but the reality is that donald trump is the leading republican voice on immigration in america. he campaigned on this. he swept up the energy among the conservative base for this push for border security. he has an opportunity to work with congress. if he will actually lead on this issue, to get something on border security.
it's probably not going to be the ill conceived wall notion, but he can still do it and declare victory and also help the dreamers as well as. and force congress to do it job. there's actually nothing inherently wrong with the president standing up and saying congress actually do your job, but he's got to lead them. he's been such a bystander on so many issues, this is an area where he has to lead. >> david gregory is right as he always is. the big complicating factor here, though, is that the president or the white house is saying two things at once. sara sanders at the white house yesterday says the president want the to sign a comprehensive immigration reform. protecting them would only be part of that. but the president's own words overnight. if we parse the statement that he sent out to the american people last night, he says congress now has six months to legalize daca. he made it seem, abbey, as if maybe he would sign somethingth discreet measure.
marco rubio was basically begging tell us what you'll sign. >> the reality is he hasn't told congress what he wants. i was communicating with house leadership aides yesterday. and they were like we have no idea if he would sign a bill that legalizes daca or sign something else immigration related. we don't know if they want to couple the wall funding. they haven't made those decisions yet. i'm surprising given the magnitude of the decision made y yesterday. i think it will be a tough de zigts. honestly, there a lot of people talking to president right now who do not want him to play ball on daca. they are not happy with the way that this has gone down. they don't like the talk of congress legalizing this program. so he's going to get pulled in a lot of different directions. but the president is definitely being influenced in the other
direction. it will be hard for him to push through his base on this issue no matter what -- >> that's the combination that's important. there are too many republicans and even some democrats, i presume who consider just acting on thed.r.e.a.m.ers a way that it incentive eases illegal behavior. that's why i think there have got to be in republicans' minds something on border security tied to this. there's been a lot of momentum to that since 2005. more of a crackdown on border security. the that's where you might see some compromise. >> the question, though, is what is border security? i mean is it the wall? or -- >> i 24ithink it's something sh of the wall. >> but will the president want something short of the wall. >> he could declare victory if it's short of the wall if it still looks like it's his plan. they've got to create a path forhim. >> all right. we're out of time. thank you all for being here.
senator bob menendez' corruption trial kicked off this morning in new jersey. this is a big deal. you see him walking moments ago. this is the first bribery case involving a sitting u.s. senator in over three decades. he spoke to reporters moments ago. let's listen. >> i appreciate all of my supporters who have stood by me as i try to clear my maname. i am thankful for the countless new jerseyians who have either called me or my office and say they have my back as i've had theirs. not once. not once have i dishonored my public office. >> what is he facing? he is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in what the prosecutors called bribes, flying on private jets,
taking paid vacations all by this doctor who donated a lot of money to his campaign, gave him a lot of gifts, and now it's on the prosecution to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. >> if he is convicted, his replacement would be appoint birthday i a republiced by a republican governor. the president may be putting pressure on congress to fix the protection ford.r.e.a.m.ers, maybe he released that pressure. we will ask a key member of the senate what she thing thinks about the president's statements negligence. with one phone call, i get products that suit my needs and i get back to business. ♪
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seemed to try to regain possession sort of. let's discuss with the senator from new hampshire. maybe you can help us understand. the president said overnight if congress can't legalize daca, he will revisit the issue. how do you interpret that? what do you think he means? >> first of all, thanks for having me. i'm very concerned about president trump's decision here, and his tweet last night just seemed to add uncertainty. what we should be focused on is making sure that we are deporting criminals and those who pose a threat to our public safety, not hard worki workingd.r.e.a.m.ers who know no other country than the united states of america and who are contributing to our economy and sew side. i strongly support the d.r.e.a.m. act and hope very much we're going to be able to pass it with bipartisan support because we know that these young people who are, by all intents and purposes, living in america, being americans contribute to go
the economy and society, should have a path forward to citizenship. >> senator, what if that legislation in the next six months came to you and your fellow democrats, with also some funding for border protection, or for border wall, even? is that something you could get on board with, meaning what will you and what do you think your party should give on this to protect the dreamers? >> i think it's very, very important that we find a path forward ford.r.e.a.m.ers. it's also very important that we strengthen border security. i think you'll find a bipartisan commitment to make sure we can accomplish both things. it's long past time for comprehensive immigration reform in the united states which has to include border security and a path forward for people to become citizens after they've paid fines and taxes for instance. there's been that kind bipartisan support in the united states senate in the past. i hope we can come together and really focus on solving the
problem and stay away from the partisan corners. >> wall funding, yes or no? >> i'm sorry. >> funding for the president's border wall, though, would that be a yes or no for you? >> i don't think there's support for the kind of border wall that the president's been talking about. i think a lot of us understand that isn't the most effective way to secure our borders, and so, i'd focus on how we can secure our borders listening to people on the front lines of this. so we can do both things, have border security and support our dreamers. >> the thing though that was sort of promise number one from this president on the campaign trail. i will build a wall. right now i think we all know mexico's not going to pay for that, but if this is his and republicans' line, some money, not full funding, some money for a border wall if he protects these 800,000 dreamers, will you do is it. >> what i will focus on is how we can protect our dreamers and strengthen border security.
we need to eliminate the uncertainty. here they came forward giving information to the united states government after daca was enacted, and then, now they're facing this kind of uncertainty. which is just unfair and immoral. i strongly disagree with the president's decision. and i think we should be protecting the dreamers and i'm very hopeful we'll have bipartisan support for doing just that. >> a couple of other quick issues. number one, there's going to be something very unusual on capitol hill today. a bipartisan hearing on health care reform. this is something i can't remember the last time we saw such a remarkable thing. give me odds that congress could pass funding to fund these subsidies to insurance companies the there is 7 billion to provide insurance for low income americans. of the. >> what we know is there's bipartisan support for continuing and insuring the cost sharing reductions, which be subsidies that help everyday americans afford deductibles out
of pocket costs and copays on the insurance policies. the they go back to the people that need them the most so they can afford health care. there's also bipartisan support for reinsurance and something we will hear from insurance commissioners from around the country today, as we just did earlier in an informal discussion with them, is how important reinsurance is to stabilizing the market. there is bipartisan commitment. i'm very grateful to senators lamar and murray for calling this bipartisan hearing. our committee has a way of attacking these and getting results. so i think what you willyou'll focusing what the conditions are on the ground, stabilizing the markets and move forward. democrats also realize it needs improving and there are measures we need to take to do that. i think you'll see a focus on how we can stabilize the market. >> senator, it's nice to have
you. and it's nice to see some bipartisanship in this hearing that is going to get under way on capitol hill. we'll see what comes of it. >> thank you very much for having me. we have our eye very much on hurricane irma right now, the most powerful hurricane ever in the open atlantic. looking at live pictures, we're expecting a news conference any minute. the miami could be right in this thing's path. bring you the very latest next. this school year, it's okay for your kids to be scared. to struggle. they're learning resilience, and tenacity. here's to the moms who show their kids that every step -even a misstep- is a step forward.
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major hurricane. the keys should be preparing to feel the effects as early as saturday. storm surge and extreme winds are the biggest concern right now. the storm is bigger, faster and stronger than hurricane andrew. we are being very aggressive in preparation for this storm. and every floor riddian should take this seriously and be aggressive to protect their family. it is important not to forecast on the exact path of the storm. a storm of this size to have effects statewide and everyone must be prepared. i know it shifted east in the latest forecast but we have to understand this is serious and we cannot make changes. in regard to evacuations. right now mandatory for all visits in the florida keys. tonight it will go into effect for all residents. if you're told to evacuate, get out quickly. we can expect additional evacuations as the storm continues to come near our state. everyone must listen to their local officials.
listen to your local officials on the evacuations. individuals with special needs will be evacuated from miami beginning this morning. miami dade county officials are advising resident in low-lying areas to evacuate new. remember. we cannot rebuild your life. real-time of traffic information is available add wwwfl 511.com. www.fl 511.com. my direction all tolls have been waved. this should help families evacuate quickly and safely. we are preparing for irma to impact the state. it's too early to tell but it's important that all floridians keep an eye on this. do not sit ant wait for it to
come. get prepared right now. regarding the florida national guard, yesterday i activated the 100 members of the national guard to support with planning logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from the hurricane. these 100 members are stationed across the state right now. and air assets from the north carolina national guard. today activating another 900 for a tote of of 1,000 by the end the day. on friday, all 6,000 remaining available national guard members will be reporting for duty. i stand ready to activate additional members throughout the week as needed. in addition more than 1,000 technical high water vehicles are on standby. national guard bureau is to ensure approximately 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks, 100
helicopters and their evacuation crews are ready to support our state. regarding fish and wildlife. the conter vation commission it preparing search and rescue teams for potential deployment. regarding utility providers, i've been in h constant contact with the utility providers already working on staging a massive allocation so they can return power as quickly as possible following the storm. there are actually pre positioning resources throughout the state and in neighboring states. we know from previous storms how incredibly important it is for power to be restored quickly. i will be talking with the utilities often throughout the day and have urge the county and city officials to reach out to their utility providers so we can all work together in response to the storm. regarding shelters, if you you're you're evacuating from the keys you can shelter at the university. there's absolutely no reason for anyone not to evacuate if you're
ordered to do so. shelters will be available and you should follow the directions of your local officials to go to the one that fits your needs. families is go to www.florida disaster. to learn where shelters are in your area. the state is staging supplies such as meals, the state logistic resource center for deployment as needed. le we will be pre positioning the good z once we have a better idea of the path of the storm. the american red cross is also established a disaster relief operation in orlando. last night i spoke with u.s. health and human services secretary tom price. the he told me hhs has disaster medical assistance teams en route to florida. these rapid response teams aid in the provision of medical care to those who need it after the storm.
the florida department of education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities. they will receive updates before, during and after the storm. to find out if your local school district is closing please vit the website. at this point all school distincts are monitoring the path. for any questions on school closure, call your superintendent. >> i've been in touch with the army corps of engineers to zus the lake okay a choeb by. the u.s. core of the engineers have begun lowering water levels in the lake as well as sour rounding canals and moving as much water as possible to tide and flood control systems. routine inspections of the dike are taking place and additional
inspections will begin once the lake approaches 17 feet. right now it's 13.68 feet. we've extreme reports on the news of grocery stores being out of water. members of the media we ask that you partner with us and report any confirmed shortages by calling 850-921-0217. if you call, we will work with the retailers to make sure they've getting the supplies back as quickly as possible. yesterday, i signed an emergency -- state of emergency and re -- it allows us to get all the resources we need into our we ask that you prepare -- as you prepare be considerate of your neighbors. take only what you need. we have been in touch with retailers and more supplies are
on the way. if you visited a store yesterday and found a shortage, go back today to get supplies once everything has been replenished. fuel availability. the state is monitoring fuel and has contacted emergency fuel equipment providers for emergency fuel supply and equipment. we're moving as much fuel through the system as fast as possible. waivers on weight restrictions anz dri and driver hours are getting it to you quickly. be considerate of your neighbors. take what you need to evacuate. don't take extra. state offices are closed today until further notice. state office closures will follow the dpreirection of coun officials. i have directed state offices in 67 counties to be closed friday. we now need volunteers. that's what our biggest need is. i encourage all floridians that
can volunteer to do so. floridians can go to www.volunteerflorida.org to sign up for volunteer opportunities. volunteers make a huge difference in these emergencies. help with shelter, food distribution. it could help a family get through the storm. we prepare all year and irma is no different. every family needs to have a plan, have a disaster preparedness kit and be ready today. do not sit and wait. prepare right now. don't watch the path, assume it's going to impact the state. for details how to create a plan, visit www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan . if you need to fill prescriptions, do it today. fill them early at your local pharmacy so you are prepared. we are working closely with our federal and local partners to make sure our communities have all the resources they need. trump approved a pre-landfall
emergency and freed up assistance. we are 100% focused on making sure floridians and visitors have information on this storm and we will continue to closely monitor hurricane irma and issue updates throughout next few days. i cannot stress this enough. get prepared. this is your responsibility. know your evacuation zone. listen to your locals. this storm has the potential to devastate our state and you have to take this very seriously. i've gone through a variety of tragedies. we went through andrew. we evacuated hospitals. we thought the storm was going to go one path. it moved and directly hit that hospital. it was devastated. all the windows blown out. understand that even though we have seen the latest panel and it moves it further to the east, this thing can still go anywhere. there's a chance it will go up
the west coast and to the panhandle. the state needs to be prepared. i will take any questions. >> is there any specific plan to get fuel here into the keys? there's shortages all along the area here. >> absolutely. we are calling the suppliers. we are working with highway patrol. we're doing everything we can to get fuel here. we believe we're going to continue to bring fuel. i talked to a mayor in broward that they said some of the stations didn't have fuel. we're doing the same thing there. we're doing everywhere we have a fuel shortage. if you know of any, make sure you are letting the state emergency operations team know. we will do everything we can to get the fuel here. >> do you have escort with police? >> we're doing everything we can. highway patrol is helping to get the fuel down. >> how long do you anticipate doing the supply snz. >> as long as we can.
we have to know -- i know the retailers want to do their job. if you let us know, we can help the retailers make sure they have the information. >> is there concern that as people try to leave the keys, try to leave miami-dade, you will see a serious traffic issue kind of like houston saw years ago during rita? >> if you listen to the evacuation orders, they are given in a timely manner so people have time to evacuate. if you wait, that's where the problem is go -- that's going to happen. whether it's highway patrol, after you leave, local law enforcement, dot, we will keep it open. if you hear something, you have to tell us. >> how do you reiterate the seriousness of this? some floridians -- we see hurricanes enough. they don't take it seriously. you brought up hurricane andrew. that's something people
remember. how do you rera-- >> i had 500 employees without homes. here is what we didn't have. we didn't have this amount of wind. andrew was not as big as this was -- as this is. this is 185 mile an hour winds. they're tracking higher at times. this has the potential for significant storm surge. we didn't have that in andrew. if you remember last year, fortunately it happened in an area where -- there were citizens but not like in a major area. we had ten feet of storm surge. it goes in for miles. we have a plan in every community for how -- if we're going to have storm surge how far the water will go. that's how they make the evacuation orders. listen to them. i have a daughter in naples. she lives inland but she's looking -- she listened. she's calling me all the time asking me. make sure you listen to your local.
we have a plan. the whole state does. you have to listen. >> if the storm does travel north, it will affect the state. even after it passes south florida, is there a concern that after the rain has stopped, even the storm to jacksonville, getting supplies down this way? >> we're going to do -- you worry about everything. you worry about bridges, roads. you worry about all these things. you plan what you are going to do to respond to it. we are prepositioning assets to the extent we can. we will move it south as fast as we can. you have to be careful. not knowing where this thing will go. if you remember matthew last year, scraped the coast. at any moment -- it was 20 myles off our coast. it could have come in and scraped the coast. it was not as big as this. this is way bigger. this is the potential for more storm surge than matthew had. it was never this big. andrew was never this big.
>> what about plans for traffic flow in the overseas highway in the coming days? >> right now, if you look, the roads are open. you can get out. if people listen to their evacuation orders, it's not an issue. we will do everything we can to keep the routes open. whether it's the national guard, whether it's highway patrol, they will keep doing it. we will deal with the issues as they come up. it's more efficient. keep it going both ways. emergency vehicles have to get down here. that slows that down. >> thanks. >> governor rick scott with a warning to the people of florida, take hurricane irma seriously. very seriously. take it seriously right now. he called this a devastating, catastrophic storm. he said it's bigger, stronger
and faster than hurricane andrew. those words matter. they matter in miami-dade which was so badly devastated by andrew more than 20 years ago. the point that governor rick scott made was this could do even more damage than that storm. >> he said it could affect the entire state. he said over and over, do not ignore these evacuation orders. get out if you are ordered to do so. the biggest concern is the storm surge and the wind speeds which we know in the caribbean are 185 miles an hour right now. again, that is the directive from the governor of florida. we will keep an eye on this as it develops. it's the top of the hour. this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. >> a very busy morning today. we're tracking two developing stories up first hurricane irma. this is a category five monster storm. look at these new images out of
st. martin. this is where part of the mayor's office and firehouse have been completely destroyed. it's so bad you can barely see the structures there. the entire island has been in the dark since 6:00 this morning. after losing electricity completely. president trump has declared states of emergency in puerto rico, u.s. virgin islands and florida. forecasts show florida could begin to feel the impact of irma on saturday. the potential for a strong hurricane very close to or over miami as early as sunday. >> irma, of course, just one other issue that the federal government now has to deal with, also talking about funding for victims of hurricane harvey, tax reform, protection for dreamers, 800,000 people in the united states. minutes from now, leadership from both parties will hold news conferences before heading over to the white house for the first joint meeting with the president they have had since january.
cnn's joe johns at white house with a look ahead. >> reporter: this is setting up to be a very interesting day at the white house, also on capitol hill. as you know, the top congressional leaders expected here at the white house to speak with the president about the fall agenda. as you said, at the top of the list is the issue of funding for the victims of hurricane harvey in louisiana as well as texas. the emerging question is whether to take that proposal for $7.8 billion in emergency money and attach it to a proposal to increase the debt ceiling, which is according to some on capitol hill, including senior congressional aide i just talked to a few minutes ago, that may be the only way do it they say. even though some congressional republicans in the house, conservatives, are