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there on boats. starting to see that water rising and storms surge, that is going to be the story in the next hours in miami and throughout much of southern florida. we have reporters all over florida to talk you to tonight as well as in cuba andle elsewhere. we're expecting into tomorrow on the west coast, as you know early today, the storm moved west. a lot of people here on the west coast of florida woke up to a very different situation. people who decided to hunker down and ride out the storm in their homes were suddenly faced with a storm surge they had not anticipated. a storm direction they had not anticipated, and many of those people have decided to either seek shelters or get on the highway and get out. there's a lot to talk about in the hours ahead, but i want to go to tom saider at the weather
center for us with the latest on the track of the storm. tom? >> anderson, latest advisory issued, we see a wind% change. 125 miles an hour to 120. we are only ten miles away from from getting to category 4. the interaction with the cuban coastline has tried to starve the system of its energy, some of the dry air trying to infiltrate it. you'll see it on the eastern flank. but the bright colors are telling us it's going to strengthen. the eye is actually getting quite bounded as well. everybody's asking what happened overnight? why didn't we have this shift? 2007 shift was going to continue. and until the storm moves to the north, we still can tell anybody what time and where landfall is. it still has a track to the
west, northeast. through the caribbean, we thought at some point this week this area of high pressure would either slide away to the east or break down. that would allow this trough coming in to the easterntous pull it north. it's strong, keeping it west ward. but this trough is not as strong as we expected as well, so it's stuck between high pressure, the high pressure in the gulf is going to keep it from moving towards texas. eventually it's going to slide north ward. what we're seeing are these bands coming in with rainfall where, again, just like we saw with harvey in the heavy rainfall in houston or into beaumont and port arthur, it's going to drop heavy rain. we're seeing severe weather. we have a tornado watch in effect for the southern half of florida. we're starting to see a few warnings. we have one now still in broward county north of miami. we're going to continue to have that overnight. the entire state of florida is
under a warning. there are watches to the north that will change to warnings over time as the storm decides to move up. where is it going to make landfall. fit continues, we think it's west, northwest track. it may barely make landfall in key west. fit wobbles east, 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon, give or take a couple hours, port charlotte, if it wobbles east, may not be until tomorrow evening. there's a lot of ifs right now. the storm didn't know about computer models, it could care less. i heard this morning from marco rubio, he said do not play chicken with this hurricane, and he's right. everyone shifting to the west coast yesterday and they're wondering if they should go east. just hunker down. this model wants to place landfall near ft. myers when the eye is halfway over land, you consider that landfall.
keep in mind the outer bands this is where the wind is strongest. a path of the destruction up, of course, the entire western a half of florida. they may think they're fine in the southeast, parts of miami and hollywood up to delray beach. you're going to be still into significant wind bands and attorneys. concern now into georgia with the winds sustained around 50, maybe gusts, 60, 70, that's pine country. the pines in this area have weak root systems and they're massively tall and they're downed all the time. we could have power outages in many states. notice ft. myers, 134 miles per hour. 71 down in miami. jacksonville at 72. some of the models want to put moisture and rainfall. the path and the track still looks pretty much the same.
we'll get a new track, anderson, in just a few hours. again, still uncertainty exactly where landfall will be. a massive storm and most likely will get to category 4. we'll look it in as soon as the storm moves north. >> we'll check back with you. i'll be on the air for the next three hours following this story, so we'll be talking to tom a lot. i want to check in with bill weir in key west. he's now in key lar go where there are a lot of folks still riding out this storm. bill, the scene tonight is what? you've been talking to a number of people riding out the storm. i've been talking to them throughout the day as well. they can't say situation there? what are they facing? >> i'm going to give you a sense of that here. you don't have to be a meteorologist to know common sense. you hide from wind, run from water. stay away from the coast. there's a community of sailors,
old salts down here in the keys. that's just not in their dna. i met a scuba boat captain by the name of timothy jones. he lives aboard a vessel, and this is his logic. >> this is home. this is a two bedroom, two bath condo. two cabins, two heads, living room, kitchen and dining room on the boat. >> you hope it's still a floating condo. >> it will be. >> this is your refuge in here? >> it used to be a sailing school rigging shop. we have what they call a ship stored at the end, and some offices. and we're sleeping in the offices. this is home. this is where we are. we brought the stuff in here to get it out of the wind.
we shut the doors. and life is good. this is solid concrete. it's not going anywhere. >> tim like so many other locals, their logic is based on fear of the highways much more than fear of irma. they were worried about losing glass and being stuck in the everglades. that dye is cast and now it's up to the fates to see how that decision plays out, anderson. >> yeah, and, of course, obviously one road in, one road out. a lot to watch for tomorrow and in the days after in terms of the kind of damage we're seeing in the keys, throughout the keys, and the ability to get aid and supplies to people who are in need. as you know, authorities have been telling people have at least three days of supplies in your home or everywhere you may be. bring what you can with you. we're going to continue to check in with bill weir in key largo.
he's been in the keys for days. let's go to john. you saw his vantage point. you saw the wind and the rain. john, what is the situation in miami in terms of the beginning of any storm surge? clearly you're getting wind and rain right now. >> yeah. right now it's about the wind and the rain here, anderson. we've had gusts consistently touching 50 miles an hour or so. a second ago it was just pouring. it's bad, but this is not as bad as it was just a few minutes ago. we got an inch or so of downpour. the concern here is like all over southern florida is storm surge. behind me you can see this marina here. that would put the water up to my knees or higher here, and that would go i would not and get into the first floor store
front seat here along the coast. this is downtown. behind me is miami beach. that is a low-lying area where they're concerned about the storm surge. not as bad in the west, but enough to cover a serious part of that barrier island. it's after 8:00 p.m. eastern they have a curfew. they don't want anyone out on the streets. if they see you out on the streets, they say you're going to get arrested. that said, first responders, law enforcement, they don't want to be out right now either. once the wind gusts and the sustained winds get above 40 miles an hour, they will not be out there. they also won't be responding to 911 calls. i can't imagine why anyone would want to be out in all of this. as the night goes on and the winds pick up and the rains pick up, very dangerous to be moving about. officials we spoke to say, if
you made the decision to stay, hunker down, be careful, be safe, make good decisions. anderson? >> yeah, john. as the storm moved west earlier today in ft. myers, authorities here faced a new situation. they actually expanded the evacuation zone. now they add in zone a to zone b, which is downtown west, and south down river. basically all in that direction and also across the river on the western side. that basically meant even more people were being told, there was a mandatory evacuation. the scene at some of the shelters today, people were standing in line for hours and hours, thousands of people. we'll show you that coming up. i want to go to ed lavandera. i was told you're heading to san marco island. where is it exactly?
>> right now we have just left the city of of naples which is further south of where you are. on our way down to marco island, popular vacation spot for many people in this part of the country. it is a barrier island. could be one of the most significant spots off the florida keys that will take a direct hit from this hurricane. we have been driving around the naples area in collier county which is home to about 300,000 people. and this town is absolutely desolate. spoke with the mayor just a little while ago, and he told us that many people here in this area had started heeding the evacuation warnings early in the week. many people were extremely worried about the path of this hurricane and they left early, and the signs of that very clear throughout the city. every business closed down except for one or two restaurants that are still open. we are on our way to check out
the scene in marco island where they have been asked people to evacuate that area. that is definitely not an island you would want to be on as this hurricane approaches much we're going to check out and see if anybody is still there. but the mayor here in naples says that he's very encouraged by the number of people who listened to those evacuation warnings and left town. the entire city is under a mandatory evacuation, and they're concerned about all of the homes. there are multimillion dollars homes up and down the gulf coast there on the western edge of the city of naples. so these are an area that will be very close that storm surge which could be up to 15 feet. these are stunning numbers and many people around here who have lived here a long time say that they lived through hurricane
wilma back in 2005 and they don't think what they're about to endure here will easily rival what they experienced here 12 years ago, anderson. >> ed, it's incredible when you think the new storm figures came in in which in naples they were talking about a potential of 10 to 15 feet of storm surge, that doesn't even include obviously any wind on top of it is going to be creating away from his on top of that storm surge. so you're talking about a huge amount of water potentially. 15 feet, that will cover somebody's house if it's a one-level house. >> absolutely. the homes on the western side of naples, multimillion dollars homes, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact. anderson, as we're talking to you, we just arrived. this is the scene on marco island here this evening.
i think a lot of people who might be familiar with this island who have vacationed here over the years will find this shot interesting. as you look out onto the streets, still a full 15 hours or so before the worst of this hurricane makes impact here. this is the scene that we see repeatedly on the streets around here tonight. you can see how desolate everything is. the power is still on. that's the good sign. but that won't last for long. this is an island that will take a very strong hit here in the next 15 hours or so. >> yeah. ed, be carefully out there. we'll continue to check in with you again. all day long this thing has been moving at 8 miles an hour. so relatively slowly. it's going over warm water since it left cuba and over the keys. it will likely become a category 4 as it picks up strength.
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until sunday night around this time, around 8:00 or so. i want to go to tampa right now and talk to the mayor, bob buck horn who woke up to a differentiate situation to what many in tampa were hoping and praying for. they were hoping this was more of an eastern storm. mayor, i'm wondering what your day has been like. i know a number of people left miami and came to tampa thinking that was going to be a safer area for them. i talked to one person who was considering driving back to miami or what they should do. hour things this she stated? what is the situation right now in tampa. >> you're absolutely right. this is a day unlike any other, and i imagine tomorrow will be unlike anything we've experienced. we have not been hit by a hurricane in 90 years. this, for us, even though we trained for this every day all year round is going to be an
experience unlike anything we've ever seen, particularly given the magnitude of this storm. shelters are filling up. we still have some availability. what i am concerned about is given sort of the right shift of the storm is the impact is going to be more severe than we anticipated three or four, five days ago. now we're the ones that are in the eye of the storm, and we now have to execute our plan, anderson. >> the storm surge, the latest estimates i've seen for tampa, and it might change, was five to eight feet down in naples they were looking at ten feet. what is that going to do to tampa? >> it would hit us pretty hard. we are a low-lying city right on the hillsboro bay. our downtown is right on the water as you well know. there are reasonable areas in it, one of which is mine. my family is evacuated.
you're going to have significant impact on some of the residential communities around tampa bay, downtown tampa will be affected, harbor island, davis island, bayshore beloved that is world famous will be affected. the wind and rain are going to be significant. but anderson, what is compounding the problem is that the surge will occur at the same time that we have a high tide. so early, early sunday morning from probably 6:00 to about 12:00, we will have a high tide as well, so that will increase the amount of water that is being pushed up onto land. knock on wood, we're going to be okay, but there will be damages and there will be flooding. >> if people wake up tomorrow morning in tampa and decide, i'm not going to ride this out, are there still shelters? you said there's still some room. are there shelters they can go to still tomorrow in the early part of the day? >> there are.
that capacity is dwindling fairly rapidly as this storm gets closer. i would suggest to anyone in flood zone a, if there are sustained winds of more than 40 miles an hour, tampa fire and rescue can't come and get you, we cannot put those public safety personnel at risk in those conditions. so my suggestion to you is you still have probably 12 to 15 hours to make this decision. get up in the morning and move. you don't have to go to georgia or tennessee. just move to another flood zone. it may be a couple blocks away or two miles away, but just get out of flood zone a and let us do our job. >> mayor, we wish you the best. i think we're going to get to tampa tonight and be there obviously in the morning and throughout the day tomorrow. of course, everybody's plans can change on a dime along with this
weather. we'll continue to talk to you through the storm, mayor. good luck you to and everyone in tampa and all around florida tonight. no matter where you are in florida, and, frankly, in other states as well, this is a storm that is going to affect you in one way or another, but this is a statewide storm. it is going to impact everybody one way or another in the stephie florida. authorities have been saying that for sometime. we're going to take a short break as we continue to track hurricane irma. can i get some help. watch his head. ♪ i'm so happy. ♪ whatever they went through, they went through together. welcome guys. life well planned.
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already you're seeing the power of this storm in fort lauderdale. we are still so many hours away from the full brunt of this storm tomorrow. obviously fell at different times in different places. tom, i don't think we can track this enough. can you give a sense of the time line from where it's at now, when hurricane-force winds are going to hit the keys, naples, ft. myers, tampa and points beyond? >> we can break down a few areas. but i want everyone to understand, until this system moves due north, it's still going west, northwest. we do have some ideas and it does look around key west by daybreak, depends around naples or further north. here's the forecast map. you can see it make its way towards ft. myers 2:00 in the
afternoon, maybe up a bit further, port charlotte at 8:00 or 9:00 at night. tampa may be overnight tomorrow night. it's only moving 7 miles an hour. if it makes its way into georgia and alabama, that will be another issue. naples, tropical storm at 5:00 a.m. hurricane-force winds at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. rainfall over up to a foot is possible. let's go a little bit further over toward tampa to the north. tropical storm winds around 2:00 p.m. sunday. we were talking about that hadn't that's the tropical storm force winds, but the hurricane-force winds during the evening period. sometime around 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 at night and the conditions deteriorate with six to eight inches possible. that's your eight-foot storm surge. a little concerned once the system gets news, weather, and sports of tampa, the winds wrapping around it coming in from the northwest and the west will also flood tampa bay.
that can be another two to four feet. slide over toward miami, you think you're okay, but tropic force winds are coming in now. we have a few tornado warnings. hurricane-force winds tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. storm surge of four to six feet. tornado warnings are going to be a big issue up and down areas of the south and southeast. here's a your storm system. 7 miles an hour, moving slower than it was, but it dropped another five miles per hour at the top of the hour. we believe it will still pick up in intensity. instead of going right from cuba to florida in the 90-mile stretch, it's going to take more of a path towards the outer areas of the keys, then up in this direction. instead of 90 miles over the warmest waters, we have 220 miles. we're doubling up the a. time it's going to soak up this heat that's about 86, 87 degrees. now the eye.
we pointed this out earlier. we have a band of yellow, a secondary bank banding procedure. it's the time where it's taking a top and spinning it on a table. these storms can only sustain their energy before they start to wobble, and the same thing with a hurricane. the outer bands form and then they tightening back up and it gains its strength again. that's why most likely we have lost some strength, and that 120-mile-per-hour winds will become greater and it will become a category 4. the winds will start moving into the southern areas of the keys. we've seen already some water spouts. we've had tornado warnings. just like we saw with harvey and houston, not going to have that historic rainfall, but that's what the bands do, it's called training. now the wind forecast. this is critical when it comes to power outages.
notice in in white, this is over 100-mile-per-hour winds. gusts will be 120, 130, 140 miles per hour as they slide north as they down tens of thousands of trees. florida light and power, they are putting out a forecast. when you get to the brighter colors, more widespread. florida light in power. estimating 3.4 million will lose power. if that occurs, that will be the greatest power outage in u.s. history, and they believe the restoration of that power will be the greatest challenge in u.s. history when it comes to restoring power. fema saying more than that, anderson. they're going with four million to five. we can see easily people without power for weeks, maybe months depending on getting the needs of down into the areas. if the arteries are clear, if the trees are out of the way. there's so much more to infrastructure. we're going to find out the
dangerous elements that are a possible risk, the loss of life and property. this is a big one. anderson? >> without power for weeks, a lot of elder people in that area in florida. this is going to be a huge challenge in the weeks ahead if that number of people are without power for that a. time. tom, we'll continue to check in with you. i want to go to juan perez. working the hours you have been working, as we see the wind already in miami picking up, those tropic force winds. what are the challenges? what do you want people to know? >> anderson, you know, i hope that people don't take this lightly. the anxiety level was the highest for any storm coming this way. we went through andrew 25 years ago, and then what we saw in houston as the storm built up to
the magnitude, 185 miles an hour, the anxiety level was skyrocketing. it looked like it was shifting away from us, and became weaker. i'm hoping that people -- they heed the warning and they take this seriously. stay inside because we will have cat 1 or cat 2 so far, unless this thing shifts again. cat 1, or cat 2 hurricane winds hitting us at some point tomorrow between 4:00 and 8:00. it will start and it's going to last. it's going to be a long-lasting storm. we will be out of it completely till monday morning around 5:00, 6:00 a.m. in the morning when the tropical storm winds subside. it is going to be a long event for us. our guys are going to be very tired. our men and women in the police department are going to be -- they're out there already, they're sheltering up now
because the gusts have picked up. they're going to have to with stand the amount of hours and we'll get back on our feet once it's over and go out there and make the assessment and help our community out. >> because this storm did move west earlier in the day, i got the feeling in talking to people in miami that some were breathing a sigh of relief thinking it's not going to be as bad as we thought. obviously people in the west here in ft. myers and tampa had the exact opposite feeling. do you worry about that sense that maybe it won't be that bad in miami and miami-dade? obviously a lot can change. we're talking about something that is going to be taking place all during the day tomorrow. we're still talking about hurricane-force winds and their storm surge and rainfall. there's a lot of variables here that maybe people aren't taking into account. >> absolutely. and we continue to remind the people of that. we message them so they
understand the magnitude of what this storm brings. every storm and hurricane we face, bring us challenges and unexpected results. we don't know what this is going to bring. there's still surge threats to parts of miami-dade. we still have the wind threat that will kill people because already midday we had trees down, power lines down. and the winds were -- it was really -- you could walk outside and it looked like a windy day, and then all of a sudden you get a gust. and those gusts, we probably had a touch down of a minor tornado where two blocks we lost trees, gates, fences, and roof tiles. and that was early on. we've been messaging the people and hoping they're listening. we do have up with wards of
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day. all along the west coast today in tampa here in ft. myers, punta gorda, napless, authorities have been trying to open more she stated because a whole bumbling of people who thought they could ride out the storm woke up today to a different storm, a very different reality they were facing and deciding i got to try to get to a shelter and get my dog, my cat, my loved ones to a shelter and do that fast. here in ft. myers bus service stopped at 3:00. if you dialed 211, you were able to get information about shuttle service to get you to a shelter. if you're one of these last my point people, but that bus service stopped at 3:00. miguel has been in punta gorda that was hit badly in 2004 with hurricane charlie when the hurricane deviated several degrees from the track it was
supposed to be on and december made the punta gorda. miguel, you were at a shelter today. some people were turned away because they had just too many people inside, is that right? >> they were turned away. this is charlotte county. all the shelters are jam packed, they are turning people away unless they run out of gas, they're elder, disabled, they can't get anywhere else, they will take them in an emergency. there are so many lowlands here and they are expecting a 10 to 15 storm surge a giant wave out of the ocean that would grab everything and sweep it back out to sea. so many areas that are in threat of flooding here that they only have a couple shelters in charlotte county itself. they have five other shelters in sarah sota county.
stronger winds up here and just a little bit of rain coming down, but it's certainly going to get worse in the hours ahead. punta gorda no stranger to hurricane storms. hurricane charlie almost leveled this place. the track that irma is on right now is not too far off where charlie was. anderson? >> just in terms of storm surge, do you know what kind of expectations there are in the areas around punta gorda? i think you said this, but if tomorrow people in punta gorda want to get into a shelter, there are some shelters you said in the nearby county? >> there are shelters that charlotte county has arranged with sarasota county where they're a little higher. they are still open in sarasota county for residents of charlotte county. the concern about the storm surge is that all of charlotte
county, 60% of it is low land. the surge will sweep very far inland and carry things out. there will be very few places that are safe in this county. >> all right, miguel. john is in miami with the latest. we saw tropical winds in that area. where are you now? >> it's range it's not really letting up anymore. the bands have been coming, now when the heavy heavy rain goes away, we're left with this, which is merely a medium range pelting rain. the wind has started to swirl a little bit and we have starred to see lightning, anderson, fairly regularly. there are some tornado warnings for a big section of south florida right now. that's something everyone is
watching very, very carefully. i'm joined by david hal stad, the former director of the department of emergency management for the state of florida. wind picking up, over 40 miles an hour. what do people need to have an right now tonight. >> in this particular case, evacuation needs to be over. it's dangerous at night and you're going to have debris falling and water on the roadways. on the west coast, caution should be used as we approach night, it's very dangerous trying to evacuate at night. go tens of miles, no hundreds of miles. be careful. >> we've had some pretty powerful wind gusts, gusts that have notably moved me more than they move you. but people need to know that once the wind speeds reach over 40 miles an hour, it's a much different situation. >> it is.
your first responders and your 911 centers everywhere are making decisions on the speed of the winds, on the conditions of the roads. whether or not they're going to respond anymore. i can i guarantee you you in the keys it's probably stopped or is about to stop. here in the miami area, probably sometime throughout the night, law enforcement, fire, will not be able to respond, nor ambulance. the west coast, the same thing. sometime probably later tonight, early tomorrow morning, those 911 centers are going to say it's too dangerous to be on the road. >> the surf coming in and staying in. you were director of emergency management for the state of florida. how did you prepare for that? how do you prepare for that? >> as we talked about a little bit earlier, what we did is we put a lot of money into the radar detection for the entire geographic spaces around the entire state of florida. never been done before.
we spent a lot of money after the '04, '05 storms. even a 15-foot surge, where do the people have to be? where are the danger areas for that kind of surge? so we have those identified, locals know where they are and quite frankly, they're moving people to the safer areas. >> thanks so much. that is one thing different here from storms in the past. the storm surge warnings, the technology gives people those warnings in so much more specific, so much earlier. all we can do, anderson is hope that people are paying attention. >> yeah. and, of course, we're waiting later tonight, tom saider is going to give us the latest update the track and speed of this storm and its strength. we'll talk to more of our reporters coming up. we'll take a short break ahead. sfx: t-mobile mnemonic sfx: t-mobile mnemonic sfx: t-mobile mnemonic
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as we talked about earlier in the broadcast, a lot of people without power. there are estimates millions could be without power for possibly even weeks. depending on where this storm hits and what strength it hits and what kind of storm surge we're seeing. as we said, there are a lot of elder elderly residents. you're looking at port charlotte. this gives you a hint of what could come down the road if power is lost for a lot of eld rly people. there was a senior living facility that's in a low lying area in port charlotte. about 35 residents of the facility were evacuated. they were brought to an old k
mart to an empty k mart that for some reason people thought was an adequate place to bring them. turned out there was no air-conditioning there. some of the windows were open. they had to wait there for about three hours with mattresses and some of the belongings before they were taken to i believe it was an elementary school. it just gives you a sense -- that's only 35 people. that happened in port charlotte today. you really get a sense of just the difficulties the layer upon layer of difficulty. it's not just the immediate storm and what's going to happen over the next 12 to 24 hours which is bad enough. it's about what's going to happen 48 hours after that and 72 hours after that. and days and weeks after that. obviously folks in texas are still dealing with harvey. but this storm is obviously very different storm. the size of it will effect everybody in florida in one way or another. and states beyond. so there's a lot to get to.
standing by in miami beach. which is obviously different from where john was in miami. miami beach much closer to the water. that's an area where storm surge is a huge concern. and mandatory evacuation. that doesn't necessarily mean everybody has left. what's it like there now? >> we are seeing at least, at least just on the this block as we look up and down, the street is empty. at least on this street people appear to have at least come off the street if they have ignored the mandatory evacuation order. there is a mandatory curfew in effect. the police have said -- we have seen officers still on the job driving around. they say that if you are walking the streets here in miami beach, you are subject to arrest. they are not kidding around. they do not want people to be lulled into the idea that because the forecast is showing that the hurricane is pushing to
the west, sorry just heard something crash there. as it's pushing to the west, they're concerned people will feel they can come out onto the street. but the storm surge here because this is such a low lying barrier island the concern is that the storm surge could rush in without people not expecting it. so the police want to make sure people are off the street. something we have seen, deteriorating condition. we continue to see higher winds, more rain. and we're not even in the thick of it yet. that's not expected until 6:00 a.m. here in miami and the miami beach area. one other thing, you can see we have power here. the city grid in miami beach is on. we are starting to see at least one transformer blow and we are seeing lightning in the area. and flickering of lights. >> the electricity goes out a lot can change. and quickly. we're going to take a short break. more coverage ahead.
welcome back. continuing coverage live from fort myers, florida. you're looking also at scene on the right side of your screen there in fort lauder dale and the radar track of the storm expected to grow back into a category four storm. taking a little bit longer to do that because it's taking a slightly different track. tom sater in the weather center. we'll explain that in a moment. we have correspondents across florida. all across the region. to cover every angle possible of what's happening over the next 12 to 24 hours. and yes, this storm will be an intense storm for the next 24 hours. probably hitting the florida keys early this morning. and all day io e