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hurricane irma is a category 4 now with 15-mile-per-hour winds and it is barrelling through the caribbean straight to florida. we're so good to have you with us. victor blackwell is in miami. good morning. >> reporter: more of those winds. florida governor is urging everyone in evacuation zones to leave right now. get to the shelters. get to the shelter that's closest to you and available. irma is just hours from
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delivering a major blow to florida. the national weather service warns this could be the last chance for people to leave and get rid of this. i want you to look at the destruction left behind in barbuda. this could be what is coming to florida. imagine this. here's what we know right now. more than five and a half million people have been ordered to evacuate. it could become one of the largest mass evacuations in u.s. history. there. >> reporter: more than 10,000 people dealing with power outages. some shelters in miami-dade could have already reached capacity. beknow some of those pet friendly shelters could have reached capacity. chad, let's talk about the track, because we talked a lot about this as an east coast
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storm but increasingly this is a threat to the west coast as well. >> 120 hours ago, we waited for the urn the. we said look, there's going to be a turn. when will it happen? well, originally the models said it would turn somewhere in bermuda but that didn't happen. now we know that turn is going to be later. now the turn looks like it may turn over key west and cape coral and fort myers as a major hurricane. now, the storm did torn up overnight. that is terrible news for cuba. that is terrible news for the keys. that area there really got torn up overnight. now this thing is down significantly. the highest wind gusts i can find is about 135 but the
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hurricane center still hanging with 150. we're down to red, but the water here where it's going is again, very warm. i suspect that purple will come back in the forecast for landfall category 4, 150-mile-per-hour storm very close right over key west, get a map if you don't know where the places are. they're beautiful and they may not be so beautiful tomorrow afternoon. >> i will tell you every single florida key, here is the storm on radar right now. we are getting weather into key biscayne all the way into the keys. almost to about that ocean reef right there. that's key largo and if you're driving out of the keys, it's still time to get out of the keys.
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the watches have extended all the way into georgia and it's shifted to the west. this is the european model running right over to the west of tampa and right up into the fort myers. there are so many elderly people that may not be able to evacuate here. this could be 140 over fort myers into that south western florida. and that's kind of new. yesterday i thought tampa would be 85. now i think 115. the american model takes it just to the east and finally up to the north and maybe toward ever glade city. that's a big shift. that is 30, 40 miles when it comes to east west distance, but that is a big shift and a big help to fort myers if the model
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does come true. mooim mooim you're now filling up. i juthe winds are blowing in fr the east and blowing that water in right now. here's what the forecast winds look like. miami, the winds were blowing like 40 so every time a band comes by you're going to pick up wind. that's naples, that's'myers and then finally dying off as it gets into georgia. so let me -- i'm going to roll you through a couple scenarios here. here's the storm right here. just off of the cuban coast and it's going to come in here. this is the big keys here all the way down to key west. so the weather comes through here and it comes up here into
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cape coral. let's move you ahead. key west, the air force base here. i saw yesterday, a bunch of air force planes evacuating all of these naval air stations. get those those blaens out plan the way. you hit the missouri keys and you get to the 7 mile bridge. there's so many people whoily along canals. you put a little boat on the canal, those canals are going to fill up. they're going to be 12 feet higher than they are right now. your house is going to be underwater. something else i'm very concerned about. if we put 12 feet of water into the everglades where does it go? i'm concerned there's about a 4 foot levee in this area right
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here keeping the everglades wet and keeping the concrete jungle here dry. if we put 12 feet of water over a 5-foot levee, i think we're going to flood western cities from west kendall, possibly, you know how high your levee is to the west so you just if you need to go or not. this is still 24 hours away, but there's always something, victor. there's always something that we forget about when it comes to a major storm like this. when it comes to katrina it's oh, it hit gulf port, it's gone, new -- new orleans had a couple of wind gusts and all of a sudden the levee broke from the backside and we lost 1,000 people. so there's always something you have to think about. this is one of them. >> yeah. thanks so much. the comparisons to andrew, may
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be a problem for a lot of people. krig, the former fema director, they know his work here, florida has not seen a storm like this since the 20s. so very fuse people alive who have experienced anything like this in this state. as we discuss tds the shift to the west, we do not want people to believe they are out of the worst of this because this city is and should be bracing for lasting damage as hurricane irma threatens to slam the city with the winds and the rain that are coming. rosa flores is standing by. it's important to reset and tell the people how the city is preparing. >> reporter: well, victor, good morning. this city and city officials have sent a very clear message from the get go. if you are in an evacuation zone you must evacuate.
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660 people to evacuate. we saw empty shelves, people packing their cars heading north and we saw people go into shelters. this county has capacity for about 100,000 people to go into shelters. city officials tell us that at least 23 people are in shelters that's in 43 shelters seven at capacity and there are those folks who decide to ride the storm at home. some of them people are in homes. you see the boats that are flexion to the bridge that's lighting the water leer, i talked to one of those people and the man says that he plans to ride out his -- this storm in his boat. he says that he has gone through many, many storms before. he says this is my house. i plan to stay. take a listen. >> really tie everything down
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you can. nothing that will fly away. nothing that's going to get damaged and make sure you have lots of water and batteries and provisions and sort of have some knowledge of boating experience. >> now he also says he took in a homeless man to make sure he had a place to stay, but as you know, with storms we will have surge, we will see high winds so staying on a boat is definitely what public officials are saying you shouldn't do. >> yeah, it is certainly a risky choice and it's important that you pointed out some of the people who are deciding to stay versus the people who because of an economic reason potentially cannot drive up to atlanta. listen, there are a lot of people who have this concept of florida that's it's all driving
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around solving crimes and sitting around eating cheesecake. there are some parts of the city that for economic reasons people feel they cannot leave four or five days before a storm. also the homeless population here as well. as i toss it back to you, the discussion of people deciding not to leave we should also examine why they should not leave. the stcity officials try k to me sure they get the support they need. >> there is still room in shelters there and yes, i know they have been trying to bus people there and it is so important for folks to try to get on those buses if they can and to find out if they can. you don't want anybody staying in their home. i'm going to talk a little bit about irma and what she's been doing in the last few hours. look at some of the images we're getting in from this morning.
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160-mile-per-hour winds is part of what you're watching there. in fact, the winds were so strong they broke the equipment that records wind speeds on the island. the bahamas are really feeling some harsh rain and wind there as well. storm surges up to 20 feet in the area. and the latest pictures out of ba barbuda are just breathtaking. irma crashed that island on wednesday and it is astonishing to think that only one person died. those residents, about 2,000 of them are preparing for a second hurricane in four days. jose has its sights on barbuda but those people have been moved
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high as 23 feet and wind gusts so strong they broke some of the instruments used to record them. you are ma expected to reach the area by early sunday. let's go to derek van dam with more on a specific threat that irma poses when this storm comes to south florida. tornados people will now are have to wap vp watch out for. >> yeah, if there weren't enough on people's plates down here. that is one of the many multiple threats that are faced across this region. we are on ocean drooiive in sou beach and the beach is 50 feet to my right and we have lightning surrounding us because one of the feeder bands that bring in the heavy downpours are about to move on shower. we've had a few of these move in overnight and they change the
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weather conditions dramatically. temperatures drop 10, 15 degrees in a matter of seconds. it can get dicey pretty quick. we know the storm track has shifted slightly to the west but that doesn't mean you let your guard down because we are still going to feel the full brunt of this storm. remember, hurricane force winds still expected here within the next 24 hours. storm surge conditions, the official forecast 5 to 10 feet. we're talking about 5 to 10 feet of inundation water levels above my head. also the tornado threat, victor talked about it just a moment ago. we eve got changing wind directions with height. that shows spin in the atmosphere so it doesn't take much for these small moving feeder bands to rotate and spin up a tornado.
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often weaker but can still cause considerable damage. 10 to 15 inches of rain, a foot of rain in 24 hours, this is not the same as harvey. remember, harvey stalled. it took a long time to move on. this storm is going to move quickly but no one wants to see a foot of rain anywhere that they live. right? >> absolutely and no matter how quickly this storm moving it's not going to move quick enough for the people living here. you know, what you see across the city when you come to miami are so mf otany of the cranes. joining me now is dan whiteman, vice chairman of coastal construction that began preparing for irma a little while ago. you've got 12 of the cranes
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across the city. >> that's correct. >> so let me read to you something that came from the deputy director of the building department. the crane arm has to remain loose. it's not tied down. an example of that swaying. the arm's counter balance poses a potential danger. i understand that they're rated for 145-mile-per-hour winds. >> the cranes were all inspected by third party inspectors. all of the connections were secured over the last four days. the turntables that we talk about weather vaning, we were there as late as 9:00 last night and they were all doing what exactly they're intended to. >> thewith know that sustained
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winds at up higher than that. what happens? >> we're confident that regardless, those cranes are going to operate fine. many times there are safety factors built into those calculations and those are guidelines that have been established for years to, you know, be considered. >> now, also from this official with the building department and i'm paraphrasing here suggesting that it may be risky to be in a high rise near one of these cranes would you be comfortable putting your family next to one of these cranes. >> i wouldn't be there, the reason being there, there's a greater danger of flying debris damage than one of those tower cranes coming down. >> explain to people why these weren't taken down. >> even though we've got 12 of them up there, 25 of them in downtown miami, there are only a
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few subcontractors capable f otaking them down. you would not have time to prepare and even though we started four days early, we did lower four of our cranes to the possible height by taking sections of them out over the last few days. >> you'd have to close roads to do that too? >> you're creating more of za danger by trying to take them down and they're designed to weather vane, that's exactly what they're going to do. >> now, when you see these cranes across the city, they are supposed to weather vane. they've done their best to make sure that everyone stays safe. back to you in tlaents. listen, florida's governor has been clear about this. if you live in the state you're
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going to be hit by this storm. millions of people it seems thankfully have taken that warning seriously. they are getting out and that's what you're looking at there. a mass exodus from this deadly storm. here's what one evacuee described her decision to leave. >> it's difficult for me to leave my home. i don't want to displace myself, but this is going to be a big storm and it's going to come in right in miami, so we would hope that it how old go out to sea and at one point it became apparent this was our window of opportunity to move north so we drove nortz ah. >> there is a window of opportunity and she's right. chad myers reporting roads are clear if people want to still try to get out and gas has been
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delivered to florida which was one of the big problems. gas has been delivered to many of those areas now in florida so we're going to continue following hurricane irma's destruct ifz path and cuba, we have an update from our weather center about where it's going to go and the po ten si it will pack on its journey. stay close. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup. (butch barks at man) butch is like an old soul that just hates my guts. (laughs) (vo) you can never have too many faithful companions. introducing the all-new crosstrek. love is out there. find it in a subaru crosstrek.
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you can't rebuild your life and you can't rebuild your family. florida is resilient. florida is unbreakable. et let's all stay together and help each other. >> a lot of thoughts and prayers going to florida right now as hurricane irma is making its way there. victor blackwell is in florida, miami to be specific and i know you're feeling the wind pick up there. >> reporter: the wind has picked up. we're getting strong gusts. that's relative to the gusts that are going to be felt by this part of the state. when i drove no this site about two hours ago, there was already standing water in some sections of downtown miami and that was just from a single outer band, a single squall coming through. you can imagine what happens when those inches of rain come to miami and miami beach.
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let's continue now with our breaking news coverage of irma. a category 4 storm, a strong category 4 headed to the u.s. the worst will be coming here making landfall in southern florida tomorrow. and people, many of them are staying where they are to face the fury of the storm and some are rushing to shelters. more than 5.5 million have tried to get out. airports are being closed. highways were jam packed and those who cannot get out are trying to find space in shelters. more than 40 are hope and more than 5.5 million people under evacuation orders. this could become one of the largest evacuations in u.s. history. as i send it back to you and chad myers in the weather
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center, where the worst of this storm will go, that's been a gentle vacillation over the last 24, 48, 72 hours. >> and again it's a hurricane 4. but i wanted to ask you, we know those waters are warm and how long will it talk for it to get to gflorida and is it enough tie to escalate again? >> 24 hours to get to keys. the storm skirted along cuba. did some significant damage to the northern coast of cuba. the people that were still here received 160-mile-per-hour winds, not barbuda type damage but close because of the way the structures were built but it also took the steam out of the storm it brought it down significantly. i know they're still saying 150, but i'm looking at the hurricane under aircraft. they're finding 130 and that's
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helpful for america, terrible for cuba. you're about to get slammed, victor and pretty much all of miami. i'm going to zoom in and show you what's going on. there's the eye of the storm. the cuban keys as they're called here. we're going to move some of these first outer bands into the keys this morning and victor is right there where that lightning bolt hit. i hope you were out of the way. here is key biscayne. this is the water of key biscayne and biscayne bay. here's north key largo. there's ocean reef, but the water is pouring now, getting pushed into biscayne bay. as it ill fills up with water that's where the storm surge will get to 6 to 10 feet. it will sneak up into the intercoastal waterway and likely get up into fort lauderdale as well. there are areas that are less
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than 10 feet above sea level. key biscayne, the little causeway right there, you're not in it yet, but here it comes because it will be one of those bands that sweep -- if we stay with you, your weather will change so significantly, i think people will leave florida when they see that first band. they're thinking, that is the first band? that will be a big one. they of the storm, still 155 from the hurricane center. as it exits cuba and gets to the warm water here. where does it go from here? how does it turn and what do the models say? the first thing i woke up this morning and i said, look, you know, irma does not care if there's a european model or a gfs model. we eve been saying for days it's going to turn here. didn't still and now it may well
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move right over key west and right into cape coral, fort myers as a major storm. >> all right. so glad you're on it. we're so grateful to have your expertise here. >> and he of course talked ability what it did to cuba overnight. we're getting our first pictures in of what hurricane irma has done there and how it's battered that island. already major flooding there. we're live there. stay close. naturally beautiful, fresh and nutritious. so there are no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives in any of the food we sell. we believe in real food. whole foods market. super-cool notebooks, done. that's mom taking care of business. and with the "25 cent event", office depot officemax takes care of mom! now, all this just 25 cents each! ♪ taking care of business
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than 10,000 people as irma takes its first swipe. according to florida power and light, as many as 9 million people could be impacted by this storm as the storm approaches and in the aftermath. irma is forecast to make landfall in a matter of hours. the latest track puts it on the west of florida although miami is not out of the worst yet. fort myers through sarasota, st. petersburg. tampa international airport will closing tonight. do not be surprised if that time is hairsennstened a bit. buzz it is not a shelter to where they can stay that's rated to be safe for those winds and now let's talk about cuba which is taking the full force of
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irma. the hurricane made landfall on the northern coast bringing with it wind gusts so strong that they destroyed the instruments that are used to measure those gusts. let's go to patrick, live in cuba. you've been getting some really rough weather. what are you feeling now, patrick? >> reporter: irma continues to lash cuba, victor and to give you an idea, we are in a coastal town where the ocean as flooded the entire town, continuing some debris going by and right where we are is about five feet of water. we're on the second floor but we are oar watching with some concern as the water continues to go up for most of the houses in this town, they are single story houses and they've been flooded and probably destroyed by this storm. so even though irma is heading towards you, it is continuing to have a major impact, continuing
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to cause lots and lots of damage here. we're hearing debris flying by and it has been a devastating storm but we won't know until the sun comes up how devastating, victor. >> all right. thank you so much. christie, back to you in atlanta. >> all right. miami officials are taking some measures to get some of the homeless people off the streets and into shelters. we know there are shelters already to capacity, especially those pet friendly but in some drastic cases they are actually even committing some of these homeless folks to psychiatric wards to get them to safety. we'll talk with the man giving those orders. you know, geico can help you save money on your homeowners insurance too? great! geico can help insure our mountain chalet! how long have we been sawing this log? um, one hundred and fourteen years.
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welcome back to cnn special live coverage of hurricane irma.
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chad myers said just a few minutes ago that we're about to get slammed here and the gusts have turned into sustained winds now and what we saw in cuba is on its way to south florida. landfall still several hours out but we're going to start to see some of that rain. many hours out from landfall, but so far, more than 10,000 customers have already lost power in south florida because of the winds from hurricane irma. this is now a very strong category 4, still powerful, life threatening. irma is expected to be near the keys very early on sunday. and officials are urging people who have been ordered to evacuate to do that. leave their homes. don't head north to those crowded highways or to the airports, but instead, go to the shelters nearby. a warning that sparked the exodus that we know as the people in those areas have tried
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to get out. 5.6 million in the evacuation order. so how do you protect people who have no home, nowhere to go? over the last few days the homeless trust has been out working to move the homeless into storm shelters. the chairman of the trust is with me on the phone. ron, good morning to you. first, give us a number of how many people -- homeless people there are across this area. how many you've been able to get into shelters. >> caller: g >> caller: good morning to you and your viewers. we count our homeless. we did our august count a little over three weeks ago so we know that there were 1133 people living on our streets homeless this past week. and it was not -- it was not frankly something that we wanted to see happen, you know, that
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there were 1133 on our streets, but at least we knew what we were looking at in population and so we began our evacuation operations way ahead of what we traditionally do with the general population in miami-dade county and we started on tuesday morning to evacuate our homeless. >> so we know that you've used a state law, the baker act, which allows psychologists or psychiatrists to intervene to allow you to help to move some of these homeless people who refused to go with you. explain that process. >> well, florida has as you've described the baker act. and the baker act says if you suffer from a mental health issue and a medical professional has indicated that you do and you are considered to be a threat to yourself or to others, you can be involuntarily committed to one of our crisis
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stabilization units. one of our psychiatric units to be evalwaduated for a short ter stay of up to 72 hours. >> and i understand you hold the miami herald that you're not going to tell people to write their names an their arm. explain that for us. >> well, look, we -- we know that in most communities across this country, just like here, a lot of people consider their homeless the least, the last and the forgotten of their communities. we don't feel that way in miami-dade county. we run an effort called end homelessness now. that's what the trust is about. we run a budget to get people off the street permanently and get them settled into housing. we went out and we moved as many off the street voluntarily from
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tuesday through thursday as we could. but it made it clear i wasn't going to make an announcement. that wasn't going to happen on my watch and so we told the homeless, if you weren't off the street by thursday night, friday morning we were going to be out there with a team to begin to commit those that would not otherwise save themselves. it was not going to be me signing a suicide note for the homeless in our community. think about it. we knew two weeks ago -- >> i've got to interrupt you. i've got to interrupt you because we've got time constraints. quickly, just a yes or no here, are you still going out trying to find some of the homeless
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people here or has that stopped? >> we are now only taking voluntaries. we stopped our involuntaries late yesterday afternoon because we had to let our medical professionals go so they could go take care of their families. >> all right. thanks so much for being with us. i apologize for our time constraints. >> i want to get you some of the latest pictures that we're getting in from cuba as they are now just now experiencing really the worst of what they're going to see. there's patrick or one of his crew members but we're talking about possibly 23 foot waves that have already been recorded there in cuba and you see the side of the palm tree there and 160-mile-per-hour winds. this is the first category 5 hurricane to hit cuba in 85 years. these people for the most part
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believe we're prepared for it, but when you look at what it's done to barbuda and some of the other islands we'll have to do some close assessments but again, 23 foot waves and patrick saying what you're looking at there, that wind feels like a jet engine hitting you. we'll go back to patrick in a little bit as we watch irma move beyond cuba and toward the keys. and the sports world, we should point out, the sports world affected by hurricane irma as well. they're doing something about it. >> yeah, teams are having to make some mayor moves to keep their players, their coaches and their families safe. who's moving to where and when coming up after the break.
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hurricane irma expected to hit florida early tomorrow morning. i'm victor blackwell continuing our special live coverage. nearly 5.6 million people in the state have been ordered to evacuate. meanwhile hundreds of fema officials are working double shifts to working a response to what will come after irma. let's go back into you. >> because we have to remember, this storm is affecting the sports world as well. more in this morning's bleacher report. >> the dolphins already conditionaled tomorrow's game against the bucs and he's taking the players, the coaches and the staff, flying them to los
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angeles to play the chargers where they don't play until next sunday. so they'll keep them safe and away from the storm. the jaguars play the texans in houston and they will stay in houston after the game. they're going to monitor the storm, evaluate the storm in jacksonville monday to see if it's safe for them to return. tampa bay also in the path. so the series is moving from tampa to new york to the home of the mets. funlly, the u.s. virgin islands have been devastated and the rebuilding process is just beginning. tim duncan was born and raised there and the future hall of famer rote an article and said don't forget about the islands. he's personally donating a quarter million dollars and he's going to match up to $1 million as well.
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he's already as of this morning raised $450,000. >> and those people certainly. thank you so much. appreciate that. so glad to have you with us as we watch irma come ashore. i'm christie paul in atlanta. the sun looks like it's stoartig to come up and the rain is coming down? >> the rain is close. i saw one of the guys kind of point behind me. they can see it coming. we're about to get slammed and we are, but you said, the sun is m cooing up over miami, west palm beach. sunrise in tampa as well. hurricane irma is closing in on florida right now. a very strong category 4 storm. you can see the wind


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