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make landfall in the morning hours. we're going to get more in just a moment. we have correspondents standing by all throughout the region as they have been all day and will be all throughout the night and tomorrow as well. let's quickly go, though, to more of an update on the storm. i know an hour from now at is 1 you're likely to get a new update tracking the storm but what do we know at this hour. >> it's interesting to note the national hurricane center is now updating us every hour. something unprecedented, i believe, happened today. because we had jose, cata and irma, typically the national hurricane center handles all of these advisories, but they're getting overloaded. noaa took over command for cata and jose so the national hurricane center can solely focus on irma. that's unprecedented. a little fluctuation in speed. that's not a big concern because we've got plenty of time, unfortunately, that this thing
will develop strongerment we know that's going to happen. only 100 miles now from key west. so that's what we're going to talk about as we get in here. there's a couple of factors and i'm going to break it down with a google earth for you as well. everybody is wondering what happened? why did this make such a dramatic shift come this morning. we knew that there were going to be shifts. earlier in the week it was shifting east and west a little bit. the track which will come out at 11:00 p.m. may differ somewhat. let's go pack because we had a massive area of high pressure over the atlantic. it's called the bermuda high. we thought for a while that come today and tomorrow what we thought would see was this area of high pressure was either going to break down or slide east ward. because it's held its strength, the winds that circulate kwise contemptirma on this westerly track to the south. another trough dropping in from the northeastern u.s., but it's not as strong as we originally expected. so it's not a big force northward just yet. we still have a west
northwesterly movement. that is a big concern right now. it's not going to slide into the gulf. high pressure in texas is going to halt its progress that way. at some point it's got to go to the north. let me show you now, if we could break this down, what is a big concern. there have only been three category 5s to ever make landfall in the united states. the last one was andrew 25 years ago. camille in 69 and then in 1935, before they even named these hurricanes, it was the labor day hurricane of 1935 that actually cut right through the keys and isolated key west and the keys from the rest of florida. as we get in closer here, there's a couple of things that could happen. we could have a landfall in this direction here. we could have a landfall overly hoor in key west. now, that's critical to understand because when we get in closer and you take a look -- let's get into the key west naval station. there is one road in and one out. this again could isolate the keys in the days ahead. in the 1935 labor day hurricane,
unfortunately, there was a story of a pack 3 on a train track that did not know the storm was coming. many did not and it unfortunately knocked the train off the tracks with several fatalities. i want to go back and get into marco island. notice the inlets. when you get in the area of green it's more wetlands, down towards the south and southwest of florida. that's fine. t man roads. in fact, alligator alley is one of the only ones. if weet in closer, you'll see just the magnitude of real estate and holes that will be inundated with over nine, ten feet of water. if we continue now onward, we can move up toward naples. notice the inlets. when you have a storm surge of this magnitude, many do not understand that it's not just coming over the beaches and over the dunes. it can go in several miles. coming up in the next half-hour we're going to break down the storm surge inundation map for you that's from the national hurricane center. and you'll notice how far in the
water goes. and we're talking 10, 12 miles. this is not something to take lightly. now the problem in tampa. if the track makes its way, and right now we believe it will be somewhere out here toward tampa, but if it stays more in this westerly track, around son, and stays off the shore, that's probably the worst case scenario for tampa and saint pete because the inundation of that surge will move up into these areas and it will be even greater than anyone expected. that's if it takes that track. i'm more concerned that after irma moves north of tampa, because then what we're going to find is the winds coming around on the backside will come in from the west, northwest, so once you think that the storm has passed and everything is fine, you're going to get inundated again on the backside of the storm on the southern end of that eye. ask thaturge will continue for ll north. even if the storm is so a lot of concerns in the hours and days ah again, as we continue to monitor this.
we're still waiting on a northerly turn because until that happens, there's not a whole lot we can do as far as pinpointing a landfall. again, the national hurricane center, these are the best of the world, the men and women who work here are the approximate best in the world. so we will see what the models do. we will see if there's more of a shift westward. there is no best case scenario here because even people in the southeast and areas of miami up toward boek ara tone, if you think that you're in the clear here, unfortunately our tornado watches will start increasing off toward areas of the north and northeast. and it will continue that way all the way on the carolina coast. anderson. >> yeah. tom, i really appreciate that level of detail seeing in the florida keys and also in tampa really gives, i think, our viewers a sense of some of what to look for tomorrow and some of the dangers not just of the storm but also of the aftermath. as you said, people think the worst is over and then depending on the winds, depending on where it's coming from, you know, more water could be coming in. we'll continue to check in with
you, tom, and as we await an update on the track of the storm. john ber man, of course, is standing by still in miami. he joins us now. john, we're seeing some light rain here. it has been quite windy, though, for you throughout the evening. >> yeah. look, every time i think there's going to be a break here and right now the rain has let up we get one of these giant wind gusts that almost takes me off my feet. and it will get much worse as the hours continue looking to be at its absolute worst here in miami sometime after 6:00 a.m. l the way until noon tomorrow. it's going to be very, very rough here. look, tom sard, you guys were talking about, you know, whether or not miami is in the clear. you know, facts tonight is clearly we're not in the clear here in miami. we've had these wind gusts over 40-mile-an-hour up to 50 in some cases. just like everywhere else, anderson, there is concern about the storm surge. there's this boat that's been
behind me rocking all night long, and i don't think it's going to get any better for that boat as the hours continue as the waters continue to push in. we're on one of those enter coastal waterways. miami beach, which is more low lying is out past me that way. then there is this enter coastal water way and the water here will rise. if it go z up six feet, it will be above where i'm standing. and some areas in down down miami would see some water, which would be a serious cause for concern, which is why the authorities here are saying continue, please take this very seriously as the night goes on and don't think about coming home. if you've evacuated, if you're in a shelter, if you're at a friend's house inland, stay there. stay there until the authorities tell you it's safe to come because this will go on for some time. anderson. >> yeah. i know some people have evacuated from miami to end up in tampa woke up today thinking maybe i should het back to miami. again, one of those difficult decisions people have to make.
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welcome back to our continuing coverage of hurricane irma. we've had the benefit of talking to so many official throughout the day and we continue with that. the mayor of fort myers, very kindly agreed to come out again for us tonight. randall henderson, thanks so much for being with us and standing out in the rain with us. first of all, you and i before we went on air were talking about a potential silver lining. as bad as this storm is going to be and who knows what it's going to mean for fort myers, there may be a plus to some of it. >> well, i'm encouraged in this way, anderson, since it is coming further west, this is going to open up channels to the east to get provisions in to us post irma, which is going to be essential for meeting the needs of our citizens.
so i'm encouraged about that. >> i mean, as a leader you're already looking beyond of the you have to look days ahead. >> we are days ahead. we are staging. we have energy companies and petroleum companies and food and ragsz and all those things positioned and ready to deliver once we're able to do so. >> you were telling me also before in the commercial break you ran into three of your neighbors today and convinced them to get out, and this was just late this afternoon. >> i took a short break to get my own affairs in order, to mobilize family members and in doing so, came across neighbors and i am plord them to evacuate, and explained why. and i'm happy to announce that they took it very serious and they're on their way to gainesville, to atlanta, to the east coast to seek refuge. >> because i feel like we were seeing that just a lot today. people again who woke up realizing it's a different storm now, thinking you could ride it out and then throughout the day
started to think you know what, i'd better get out of here. >> i'm so proud of our citizens taking this serious. this is an epic situation on our hands. never been known to us in american history, and they are taking it serious, and we're working vigilantel to preserve life. we can refair tangible things. we cannot repair life. >> i've asked this question of a lot of people but i do think it's important for those who don't have access to vehicles, who may be less fortunate, even homeless who decide tomorrow i think i should try to get shelter, i probably should have done it sooner, but is there any way for them to get to a shelter? >> it is not too late. please dial 211. we'll get help to you. we can get transport. we can get you to a safe place. >> and bottom line for those people watching tonight in this area, what's your message? >> my message is be vigilant. if there was ever a time to be bold, now is the time to be bold. be decisive. take action. >> mr. meyer, i really
appreciate year time. thank you very much. good luck tomorrow to everybody here and throughout florida. now back in naples. he drove over to marcos island. he is back in naples. what's it like there now because obviously that is a place that according to estimates could be expecting as much as 10 to 15 feet of storm surge depending on the exact track of this storm? >> well, if there is good news emerging from naples is that the mayor of the city told us this afternoon that he believes that many perhaps most of the people here in naples evacuated in the days even before the track started moving west of this hurricane. so that is the good news. if you look outside assist we drive around here, the city streets empty. and it has been like this throughout the day, anderson. many of those people, as the mayor believes, had evacuated earlier in the week when it was clear that hurricane irma was going to make significant impact here in south florida and many
of those people started evacuating. there's some 27 shelters that are open throughout this collier county down here around naples, and we're told that three of them still have availability. and obviously it is still not too late to get to those locations. but we also just ventured down to march coisland, popular vacation spot, more than 16,000 people that live there full time. we spoke with the police chief and i asked him if it's too late to evacuate. and this is what he had to say. >> it's too late. it's called what we say right now we're at shelter in place. what you would do what we ask people to do if they're in a home is to vertical evacuation. that means if they have a second story, they go to high above the waterline as they possibly can. if they're in a single family home or a one-story home, with he ask that they get to a neighbor's house that has a second story where they can get high above the waterline.
>> and anderson, as we drive along one of the main streets here in naples tonight, you can see actually just that spot right there you saw on your right, one of the few places that is open. a sports bar that we were told is going to be open until about 2:00 this morning. but as we continue driving, you see a number of the businesses boarded up, and they have been like this, as i mentioned, anderson, throughout the day. this town was described by the mayor as simply a ghost town at this point. anderson. >> yeah. ed, be careful out there for you and your crew driving along those roads in naples for us tonight. randy kay is up in tampa, which is about a two-hour drive in normal times,ible, hour and a half to two hours from fort myers. raenld, just i talked to the mayor of tampa earlier today who said that up until today, you know, based on the track tf this storm, which they had thought was going to be more of an eastern storm, you know, tampa was kind of looking at the resources that they could send to other places that needed
help. today with the storm moving further west, they realize now they are in the line, that they may be the ones in the days ahead need being folks from other kmuntsd to help them. >> yeah. in fact, anderson, we talked to somebody from the red cross just a short time ago and they're moving their resources to tampa because they moved them all to miami. now that tampa is back in the track they're trying to get situated here. i've got to tell you when we pulled in just earlier this evening, it was a ghost toup. there was no traffic as we made our way up to here. there was nobody on the streets. there was nobody onhe highway on 75 north. it's really, really quiet here and the air is beautiful. we had a beautiful sunset. but everybody here knows the storm is certainly coming. and as you know, they also know that in fort myers as we made our way here we passed this massive shelter, the arena, which is the hoek arena just on the edge of fort myers there. we could see it from the highway
and there were thousands of people lined up trying to get inside, trying to get away, trying to find safety and that is mainly because they too saw that the track changed. they were planning to ride it out at home so they decided to try and get inside the shelter. and they brought everything with them, their families, their dogs, their cats. you name it. they had canned food. they had bags. sleeping bags. anything they could just to try and ride it out inside this she shelter. and they wade for hours, some of them four, five, six hours. here is just a sampling of what some of them told us, anderson. >> we changed our itinerary every time we looked at the map. >> we'll go another shelter. should we stay in our house. >> do you feel like you waited too long to decide? >> totally. i wanted to leave on monday. >> my fault. >> it's like if it's the biggest hurricane ever, just leave and you're not stuck. dpas was great on monday. >> how long have you been waiting in line?
>> about four hours. it's been a long wait. >> is this your only hope for shelter from irma? >> well, yes. with animals, yes, it is, yeah. unfortunately, things are closing fast. >> you're at the end here. how do you feel about that? >> well, it's all right. i came with my elderly neighbor, who is 87, and couldn't walk well, so he went to the front of the line. and i hope to somehow find him in there. >> i've got to tell you, people had a really good attitude like that last woman that you saw there. she's a camper. she's cped her whole life. she's ready for ts. read to go inside. we talked to i alieutenant from the florida highway patrol. he says that he was trying to make it as comfortable for everyone inside. it could hold 8,000. when we were there about a thousand people had already moved into the arena. he said that it would have air conditioning, clean water, food, snacks, whatever these folks needed. but anderson, i've got to tell you, as we walked through that line which round through that
entire parking lot, there was this look of desperation on so many of these peoples faces. they didn't know if they could get inside and they really didn't have anywhere else to go. many of them had waited too long or they just couldn't get out of town. it was tough to see. but it sounds like a lot of them, perhaps most of them or maybe even all of them did get inside that shelter, anderson. >> that's good news. randy, i want to go to done any li he's the chief of police in key west. what's your biggest concern tonight as you await this storm about a hundred miles from key west? >> well, anderson, my biggest concern is what we're going to find tomorrow when the sun rises and we're able to start responding, hopefully, at some point to calls for service and assessing, you know, the damages and stuff here. there's still, you know, far too many people that remained on the island that we're concerned
about for their welfare and their well-being. so, you know, we just don't know what to expect really. >> do you have a sense of how many people have decided to ride out the storm? i mean, it's always a difficult thing to kind of estimate. it's not like people register. do you have any idea? >> we don't have exact numbers, but, you know, there's still thousands of people that remained here on the island. i mean, our population is 25,000. so we know that there's still thousands of people who decided to stay. we did everything possible to urge and beg everyone to evacuate, and unfortunately, you know, not everyone made, you know, the best decision. and those decisions today have, theye here at their own risk because we're hunk erred down in e police department. we already have tropical storm force winds. we're not going to put our
ploofrz and first responders at risk anymore. the hospitals are closed h. they've been closed for two days. there's no ambulance, no fire. so, you know, people right now, they're out there on their own to fend for themselves right now, unfortunately. >> and chief, during the worst of the storm, obviously, as you said, when you're hunk erred down and not able to go out, if 911 calls are coming in, are those just kind of registered and kind of put in order of priority so that when you are able to go back out, you start to respond to those? is that how that works? >> that's exactly right. you know, all the 911 calls are recorded and we're also logging them in by hand as well. and as you said, we're just going to have to prioritize them when we're able to respond and start addressing each one. >> yeah. and of course, mobility of the roads, you know, you've got to make sure the roads are clear before you can even respond in some areas. chief, we'll let you go. thanks so much for talking to us and wish you the best for all of you and your officers and all
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our coverage of hurricane irma continues. we were talking to john berman and people in miami earlier this evening about the concerns that authorities had in miami that since this storm, there's now been so much focus on the west coast that people in miami might not take that as seriously. that concern runs all along the eastern coast of southern
florida. greg or vehicle is the mayor. mr. mayor, first of all, did i get that location correct and also, is that a big concern for you tonight that people feel like, well, this isn't in the -- going to feel the full force of the storm? >> yes, and yes, anderson. so as you know, a big issue, a lot of times with storm preparation is will your citizenry take it seriously but because of what we saw happen in houston and the greater state of texas and then also with this historic hurricane forming so fatr eas out of the atlantic and becoming such a powerhouse, everyone has been ready. and because of the track continuing to change and evolve overtime, we've been hunk erred down now for several days. and that focus going to the west coast, we do not want our population, our 185,000 citizens or anyone on the east coast of florida to poke their head out too soon. as you know all too well, this is the time now where we're
starting to have tornado warnings and tornadoes in the area and weather is just starting to get here. to all of our residents out there and everyone watching on the east coast, please stay the course and stay safe. >> in terms of tomorrow, i mean, what kind of hours are you most concerned about? i mean, do you have a sense of what sort of the worst hours are going to be for port saint lucy. >> yes. we go the with resources provided by cnn, but you can't beat the national hurricane center. and again, please, as you know, all too well, this is being updated on sings-hour intervals, even more frequently now it's under radar lock. but all of our residents and viewers should be locked into those resources that they trust so they can stay up-to-date. right now we're counting on kind of a 7:00 a.m. type start that would really last the whole day where we're subject to tropical storm force winds and why that's so important to government officials like us is because our
first responders can no longer respond to emergency calls once those winds reach that tropical storm force. >> mr. mayor, we're going to continue checking with you. we appreciate that and hope the folks in port saint lieu see and all over the east are heeding that kind of warning n to take this lightly at all. this is a deadly storm already. the death toll still rising as we're finding out more about what's happened in the caribbean. we'll continue to check in with you in the hours and days ahead. i want to go to tom sater, though, just for an update. i believe you have some new information about key west and shft force of the winds that have finally hit key west. >> key west is now reporting, anderson, our very first hurricane wind gusts. at 74 miles per hour. anything at 74 miles per hour or greater is hurricane strength. so it's begun. i want to take a look at our track, which we will get a new one at the top of the hour. but notice the cone of uncertainty. we continue to watch the storm
move west northwesterly. so we're not getting that northerly component just yet. where it moves especially around naples to tampa is critical here and then turn off areas putting atlanta in the worst possible for the possible winds. that's that front ride every right quadrant. again, the eye is still off the coast. we're not looking at an eye wall per se around the center of the eye, but notice how we have the bright colors now. that is the eye wall replacement cycle. so once that band starts to tighten up, then we're going to have an increase in our speetd. again, we don't have any tornado warnings right now, but i do want to go back to what we mentioned just moments ago when i took you through the keys and then, of course, we went into fort myer. i want to back up just a little bit and show you parts of around where we were talking about march coisland. this is a storm surgery inundation map that is issued by the national hurricane center. and anderson, this is almost a worst case scenario. it's the 90 percentile of our probabilities in our damage. everything you see in blue is
one to three feet. in yellow is three toe six. in hurricane warning is six to nine. and then in red is great than nine. now, this is the ever glads. ns fine. no one lives down here, but that is well inland. let's go up to naples a little bit. notice actually down in the keys as well you'll see some yellow here. when you talk about naples and again, on the coastline, significant inundation with the storm surge and it goes 10, 12 miles inland. this is not to be taken lightly. even if it's one to three feet, 12 miles inhappened, that's going to do some major flooding. to the north there's bow knee at that springs. here is marco island. we showed t map on google thousands and thousands of homes. this gives y an idea now of your over 9, 10, 11 feet of water and it continues through all the inlets. now to the north as we continue our progress. we're going to take you up to, here we go, all right. here is cape coral.
you can seaport chaurlt. you get into fort myers. you're well into plus nine to ten feet. well inland about a mile, a couple of miles. in fact, in some cases all the way up to owing el. now, again, we're going to continue to make our way northward. this is incredible amount of storm surge. notice in port charlotte right now. they were hit hard punt agored a. their winds only extended outward 25 miles per hour. this one extends 70 and is going to get to a hundred. up toward tampa, they don't have the bright red and that mainly, anderson is because the path we were talking about is in this direction. so they're going to be more with the northerly wind. if in system shifts off the coast, that area of red, 9, 10, 11, 12 feet will encompass all of this area of tampa and saint pete. so it's critical. i know this track right now is a
bad wind maker, but of course this could be just as worse with storm surge if we get a shift at the top of the hour. we'll keep you updated. >> tom, i appreciate that. richard rand is with the north miami beach police department. he joins us now. thanks so much for being with us, richard. just in he remembers it of i know there's a curfew. obviously there's been a lot of talk about storm surgement what are your concerns and what are you seeing in north miami beach right now? is there any problem with crime? what's on your radar right now. >> good eving, anderson. how are you tonight? >> i'm good. i'm good. thanks so much for being with us. >> first off, let me start out by saying that the city of north miami beach and our municipal partners are going above and beyond to keep the city safe for its residents so we can help them get back on track once we're past the storm. let me bring you up to speed with what's going on tonight. we're experiencing periods of very heavy winds, heavy rain. we have a lot of power lines
down, some transformers have blown. but we're holding it. >> so you've already seen some transformers down. do you have a sense of how many people may be without power at this point or has that actually occurred yet? >> yeah, anderson. the latest update i have is there's approximately 100,000 people in dated county without power and some were in the number of about 40 to 45,000 people in broward county without power. >> and just in the hours ahead in terms of for your officers, are you able to continue to patrol in the hours ahead or i mean, at some point obviously in some locals there's going to be a concern about the winds and it's just not say forth officers to be out on the streets or anybody. >> so our policy is sustained 40 mile an hour winds we don't let our officers go out on the roads. in between the squauls we get we're trying to send our officers out and keep them
visible to keep the element that we don't want in the city breaking into homes or businesses, trying to make sure that they know that we're out there protecting our residents. >> yeah. officer rand, i appreciate that. i'm glad you are and your officers i wish you the best and stay safe. we're going to take a short break as we continue our coverage of hurricane irma and what lies ahead. sfx: t-mobile mnemonic t-mobile's unlimited now includes netflix on us. that's right, netflix on us. get four unlimited lines for just forty bucks each. taxes and fees included. and now, netflix included. so go ahead, binge on us. another reason why t-mobile is america's best unlimited network. sfx: t-mobile mnemonic
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is right now, and it will. the winds will be twice as strong the ande just checked with florida light andower and already there are 150,000 people without power here in miami-dated county and north of here in broward. 150,000 and it's still going to get much, much worse. let's talk about what we can kpm. i'm joined by david hall stead, former director of the florida democratic of emergency management. and david, you know, again, 150,000 people without power, expecting programs millions of people without power. how will that be handled? >> yeah. 150,000 already in this storm, that's bad news. that means we're probably going to top into the millions by tomorrow morning. and what that means is that hospitals will be on generators. those that are at home that perhaps have medical needs, such as need oxygen regeneration, that has to be run by electricity, that's going to be a problem. we're going to see the traffic lights down. we're going to see gridlock.
and when people do try to come out and get into the area, which they hopefully won't, but we know there's going to be look i lose later tomorrow, those are going to be the problem. the power goes out means people in shelters for longer periods of time. >> all right. we're told at 6:00 a.m. is when is it will started to get really bad here in miami and that will last for six hours or show. talk to me about what happens behind the scenes in emergency management. during those six hours when things are really bad, what are you all doing? >> what's going to happen at the state level is they're going to prepare to come into south florida somehow. it may mean they have to wait until the second six hour shift goes by. we're not sure. it depends how big the swath of the storm is across the state. but we've got to get into the area. as misdemeanor mr few gate talked about and gernor sco talked about. we don't wait to assess. certainly we will assess. but we come in first, look you
in the eye, say how bad is bad. we determine that with you, but we've got troops on the ground assisting with search and rescue. the national guard will be on the ground assisting with law enforcement. we're going to have health and human services folks here helping with disaster medical assistance teams. all those things will be happening, but we've got to wait until the winds die down so the trucks can come in. >> it's almost -- you and i step out here, the winds start to blow really hard. look, a lot of people starting to think about going to bed here in southern florida. if you are going to sleep, you know, what should you do before you go to sleep? what should you be concerned about for this night? >> well, certainly you want to milwaukee sure that everything is locked up as tight as you can. if you've got any protection over the wind owes and doors, hopefully you've already dpot that in place. in some cases there's bracing for your garage doors. you can put that in place to make sure that's all locked up. additionally, make shower that you've got plenty of water on hand. but you can still fill other
devices with water and make sure you've got enough in case we lose pouring during the night and in case as we talked about salt water intrusion on the walls and the ak i fer. what happens if that water becomes contaminated for a certain period of time. make sure you've got water on hand, make sure your house is bat end down. make sure you're as safe as possible in that home you stieded to stay in. >> fill that bathtub in water. great advice. thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. anderson. >> john, we've already had the first hurricane force wind gusts on the florida keys, hit the florida keys. that happened just a short time ago. this storm, though, is still 95 miles off the keys. and remember, it's moving about 7 to 8 or so miles per hour still along time to come before the keys start to feel this storm in full force in the morning. our coverage continues in just a minute. kevin, meet your father.
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it continues to rain here in fort myers as we continue to cover hurricane irma. kyung lah is standing by as she has been all night long for us in miami beach. i understand you have been getting information about some of the first responders who are still out there, particularly the fire department? >> because, anderson, the wind gusts, the hurricane force gusts have not hit here yet, the fire personnel have not left miami beach. they are still responding to calls, and they are extraordinarily busy. they are responding to a number of different alarms.
a lot of fire alarms. but the other thing that they are responding to, transformers being blown. they had to go into an apartment building and rescue somebody who was stuck in an elevator. they are continuing to respond. they are continuing to act. but they are warning people that if you had not heeded the mandatory evacuation order here at miami beach, at some pointed when the brunt of the storm arrives tomorrow morning, they will not be able to make those runs that you are essentially on your own. what we are seeing in place tonight, anderson, is a curfew. police and fire say if you are on the streets here in miami beach, you are at risk of being arrested. the reason why they have put this into place is they do not want anyone on the streets they are concerned still about flooding. and the other thing, anderson, is that they don't want people to get back into their cars if they are in miami and come back to the beach. that, they say s an extraordinarily bad idea even
though it look like the storm is pushing to the west. do not come back here in your cars or get on the streets. anderson? >> i mean the idea of being caught, stuck in an elevator with this storm barrelling down -- what a nightmare. i'm glad they were able to get that person out. kyung, appreciate all that you have done for us today. and obviously will be doing in the days ahead. let's check in with miguel marquez who is in punta goreda florida for us as well. miguel? >> we are just north of where you are. the rain is getting stronger. the wind is pigging up. it's still not anywhere near what it is' going get to. if you didn't know we were just about to get deluged with water and rain in the next 24 hours you would think it was just a nice summer shower. punda gorda is very sensitive to hurricanes. charlie came through here 13
years ago and nearly levelled this town. the track irma is on is nearly similar to that charlie was on 13 years ago. right now it takes it just to the west of punta gorda, which would put it on the dirty side of the eye wall if it goes where it's currently on track to go. the shelter situation here in the county, charlotte county, is -- they are closed. there is no more room at the shelters in the county. they only have three here. it is a fairly small county. much of it is in lowlands. when they expect a ten to 15 foot tidal surge they don't have a lot of space to put shelters in so they borrowed space from the county north, sarasota county, and are telling people to go there if they need shelter. there are still four of five of those shelters that are taking people in. if one is out of gas, elderly,
disabled and cannot get to a shelter and you can only get to one here in charlotte county, they will take you in. but right now they are trying to get everybody, the bulk of people north to sarasota county. the big concern here is not only the wind and the wane but that storm surge. they believe 10 to 15 feet would go into the county and pull everything back out to sea in pretty quick order. >> miguel, be careful in the hours ahead. that's about it for our coverage tonight. but cnn's coverage obviously continues on throughout the nighttime hours. there is so much to tell you about. we are following this minute by minute. we are expecting a new update on the track of the storm at the top of the hour at 11:00 p.m. we are going to take aho break. cnn's coverage continues in a minute.
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viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm michael holmes coming to you live from orlando, florida, as hurricane irma barrels towards this state. >> i'm issa suarez coming to you live from miami where it is 11:00 on the east coast. i want to get you the very latest on hurricane irma and its new path. let's g to tom saida. tom, what is the very latest? where is hurricane irma right now? >> well it's taking its time issa getting off the coast of cuba. and there has been some major
interaction. the only thing we can tell you as far as an update it's slowing down. at 6 miles per hour now. of course that means a lot. because it continues now, which was northwesterly, more northwest. but it still has the northwesterly component, which means it's not due north. we thought by now this would have occurred so we can pinpoint better for everyone when there will be landfall. everyone wants to know when is land fall and where? it's undergoing an eye wall replacement cycle, which it has done many times in the last several days. it's slowing down. notice on the picture you are going to see wobble at the ends of the frames of the animation. that's part of the eye wall replacement cycle. last year when hurricane matthew made its way up the coast it did the same thing in the freeport, bahamas. every time you go through one of these you have a new center of the eye and you need to replot
the track. this is just coming out now. i'm looking at it for the first time as well. all right. we have seen a little bit of a shift now to the west. not by much but i do believe we had more of a movement like this. so, again, there is still a cone of uncertainty but itakest tractly over tampa now which isn't far off that track. if we go further to the north it still keeps atlanta in the same position but drops it down a little bit more toward the south. again this is new to us. we are going to continue to monitor but it's still 90 miles per hour as you get into monday morning. again, what we are seeing here, and we will continue to monitor this and do research and study it more for the next half hour. no not a big change of one change they have done is extended parts of the storm surge watch. and we are seeing amounts. win gusts are critical. we had a gust at hurricane strength, 74 miles per hour, the
first gust at hurricane strength. we are going to watch of course the storm surge. i show you the winds here. they are calm. getting good winds, wind gust of 38 at west palm. that's enough to down some branchs and power lines. 35 gusting in miami. then you are getting 56 now in marathon. there is 66 in key west. it's going to ebb and flow when it comes to the winds. i want to break this down for you. when we look at the bright white, this is where our eye is come in. key west by dawn tomorrow. we expect it to make its way -- these models will change somewhat in the coming hours. 3:00 a.m. in naples. tamp app at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. and you can continue to see circulation. concerns are going to be on the east coast of storm surge cing around the large feeder bands coming in. rafall totals want to pick up in this area. last year they had significant
flooding in st. john's. as we look at the extended winds northward we are going to have downed trees. we could see tens of thousands of downed trees. in the southeaster u.s. in georgia and south alabama it's hearty pine country. they have weak root systems. there is going to be many of them knocking out power lines. it's hard to talk about this. but once you start to receive hurricane force winds, whether it is a gust or a wind -- i know this sounds frightening but we know from past experiences you want to get in the interior part of your house, obviously, like a tornado watch or warning. you want to stay away from windows. but they say once you start getting these winds make sure your shoes are on. sleep with them on if you have to. you have a helmet, motorcycle helmet or bicycle helmet, go ahead and put it on.
if you have children do that as well. fill up bathtubs, any sinks -- any buckets, you are going to lose water if you lose power. if you have propane tanks put it outside. you don't want it inside your house if you have any kind of a leak. also get an ax, a chain saw, a hammer, whatever you can to take it up into the attic to escape if the waters get up to the roof. many people get to the attic but they can't get through. those are hard things to think about. but it needs to be done. as we look at the radar. slow movements, only a few miles per houretteis than to a it was. the national hurricane center is putting these out every hour. tornado watch. we had a few of them. again, moving northwest instead of west-northwest. that's the beginning of the turn northward. until that happens we won't have
a good idea of exactly where the landfall will be. that's where the national weather center has the track for us with the cone of uncertainty and the storm surge. we'll continue the monitor it for you. this is the beginning. we had our first gusts. that means everything right now, the next couple of days it's full press ahead for everything. >> tom, great advice you were giving to all our viewers. let me ask you this. one person was saying to me, why is it taking so long? people are still feeling the jitters but they want to get this over and done with. explain to our viewers why it's taking so long for hurricane irma to finally make landfall? >> i think part of the problem was -- why have we been seeing this westerly shift in high pressure in the bermuda right now has really been kind of a stronghold. we thought for sure that area of high pressure that's in the atlantic would break down or slide eastward, so the westerly
movement wasn't a big deal and we would see it move northwest. but a trough didn't come down so it's not lifting it northward like we expected. until that turn to the north happens we don't know exactly where landfall is. every hurricane has its different characteristics and a different path. this one is unfolding in front of our eyes. not exactly how we would like it. there is no best case scenario. >> tom saida we will touch base throughout the hour for the latest updates. thanks tom. michael, as tom was saying we have got the shift now going slightly northwest. for people here in miami, you know, what we've heard from the governor of florida is don't be complacent, just because it shifted somewhat don't go back to your homes. wait for authorities to tell you when you have been given the okay. so very, very important for people to remain in those shelters until they have been giving the green light. >> indeed.
of course the storm being so big. it's as big as the state of florida. wherever you are in the state you are going to be impacted. issa thanks so much. we'll check in with you a little bit later. and we saw as tom was indicating there, that track headed towards the north of the state, heading up towards tampa, florida. and we have the mayor of tampa, bob buck horn on the line joining us. you are pretty much in the line of sight of irma. what preparations have been taken to make people as ready as they can be, and the city ready? mayor buck horn, you can hear me? we seem to have lost mayor bob buck horn there. unfortunately. we are going the try to get him back. tampa very much issa suarez n
the line of. and one of the things that is worrying meteorologists is if the eye of the storm stays off the coast on the west side of the peninsula there, the storm surge is going to be that much worse. and tampa is a city that is very susceptible to a storm surge. so we will try to get the mayor back in a little while. issa? oh, i think we have the mayor now. bob buck horn we've got you back on the line now, i'm told. got the communication set. you are in the line of this storm. what is your big concern? what preparations have you made? >> we train for this all year round. we recognize that living in florida that this is always a risk. we have been lucky because we haven't taken a direct hit in over 90 years. so we really have been blessed. but we also recognize that our day was going to come. it looks like our day has come. fortunately, we have got a whole city that has trained for this. now we are in the execution
phase and we have got a lot of people that are counting on us to get up and do our jobs tomorrow. >> there has been a lot of sort of talk, speculation, but also reporting that tampa in particular is vulnerable to this sort of storm, to a hurricane and to the storm surge. so many houses close to water, of course, and the proximity to the lower levels. what about the storm surge? that must be your big concern, i imagine. >> it is, indeed. it is the issue that we worry about the most. it is what we fear the most. i mean we are going to get through the winds. we will get through the rain. depending on what the level of surge is -- but more importantly, the surge will occur tomorrow at the same time we have a high tide. so that compounds the problem. so for our low lying areas, which happen to be very close to downtown, those areas that ten to hold a lot of water in rainstorms anyway because they are low lying.
my house, for example,e have evted. i'm in flood zone level a. those are the areas that i fear for the most and potentially would experience that surge moving in early on monday morning. >> tell us a little bit about that. i mean, everybody hopes that, you know, irma is a little bit kinder to tampa than other places because of that vulnerability. tell us, what is the worst case scenario? what if the storm does the worst thing and you do get that surge. how big will it be? how much of the city could be impacted? >> certainly all of downtown would be impacted. all the areas along the water front which tend to be our more affluent areas would be impact of it would be pretty devastating. there would be a lot of trees down arc lot of standing water. there would be power disruptions. it would take a number of days to get the power hooked up, if not weeks. i think you would see tampa in a
predicament. not that we wouldn't emerge were it. but it would be a tough, tough couple weeks, i think. >> tell us about shelters, preparations. are the shelters full? are there enough schulters? have people been going there? >> well they have been going there, for sure. obviously with a storm of this magnitude there are never enough shelters. this storm as you know took a jog to the west only two or three days ago. we had anticipated going to high pressure our friends in miami, not being the recipient of these hurricane force winds. so there were a lot of people, i would suspect, that didn't think this storm was going to hit them, that thought tampa was safe, that this was going to be a challenge for the east coast. so their preparations were probably delayed. the shelters are filling up. they are filling up quickly e. there is still some availability. i would imagine at some point tomorrow that will end as well. here's what people need to know. you don't have to travel
necessarily to a shelter or georgia. all you have to do is get out of flood zone a. b, c, d, and e, it could be a few blocks away, could be a few miles away. all you need to do is get to higher grourch, get to a safe place, stay with a friend. it's not necessary that you completely pack up and move somewhere else. >> our thoughts and prayers are with you there in tampa. as you say, wasn't expected to be this much of a threat to your city. hopefully it won't be as bad as it could be. mayor, thanks so much for being with us. issa, that vulnerability for the city of tampa, which is a large city of course here in florida, a real worry. for years now they have been saying that tampa could be vulnerable to precisely this kind of storm. this is really a worst case scenario for them. >> absolutely. i mean, there are 385 shelters
along the new path the hurricane has taken. it seems from what officials have been telling us that many of the people along that route michael that have alreadyic tawin precautions before we saw hurricane irma shift slightly west. that is at least one sign that people are heeding that warning. let's get the latest from derek van dam. the winds have started to pick up here in miami. nothing like we have seen in the last 48 hours or so. the rain comes and and goes. it changes so quickly. it is really hard to keep on top of it and it's very deceptive, isn't it? yeah, absolutely issa. i would believe that for the next ten to 15 minutes weather is going to intensify here and where you are located because we have one of the outer rain bands coming in again just checking on the local radar. i am in miami beach, one block
away from the water in a safe location, four stories high. we have seen an incredible amount of wind in the past hours. we have seen transformers blowing in the distance. obviously trees or tree limbs coming down and falling on wires. we had flickering of our energy here. we have generators. this is a mandatory evacuation and a mandatory curfew. anyone who decided to stay obviously against their better judgment they are prone to being arrested. if you are found on the streets tonight you could potentially be arrested by police. obviously the roads are completely desolate it looks like a ghost town. i managed to speak to philip levine earlier today. he told me that fire and police officials are on high alert regardless of that westerly track in irma's path. that doesn't mean that miami-dade is in the clear. do not let your guard down. we expect the worst of the
conditions by first light tomorrow morning. 6:00 a.m. roughly 150,000 people without electricity in miami-dade alone. in the state, 160,000 people without electricity. there have been rescue attempts from an individual who was stuck in an elevator. fire and police personnel have still be responding to phone calls and service requests. lots of them being tripped fire alarms across some. buildings here. but as soon as the winds become sustained at 40 miles or higher issa they will pluck the personnel from the road and anyone who stayed here is on their own. issa? >> yeah, yeah. and that curfew has been set in place from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for a reason. it's for your safety. that's what officials are saying. so it's important that you abide by those warnings and heed those warnings. derek van dam thank you very much. i'm going to toss back to michael holmes. michael? >> issa suarez there in miami. thanks so much. we will check in with you
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find your exclusive retailer at tempurpedic.com a very warm welcome back. i'm issa suarez coming to you live from miami. >> this is cnn's continuing coverage of hurricane irma. floridians of course are facing a long and stressful night ahead as hurricane irma approaches the state from the south. the storm once a powerful category 5 has weakened a little to a category 3 but it is expected to strengthen once again as it moves into open water between florida and cuba. that water is warm. and that feeds a storm like irma. it is already w.h.i.p.ing the
florida keys with hurricane force wind and pound iing track. officials warning that irma is likely to bring potentially lethal flooding along the coast and widespread power outages. issa? >> thanks very much michael. it's not just shifting west. as we heard in the last 20 minutes from tom saida it's shifting northwest. for many people the shift we have seen in the last six hours or so has caught many people by surprise. the city of naples is in the eye of the storm. that's where we find our ed lavendara. ed from what you have seen on the ground, are people heeding the warnings? have people been able to seek shelter? >> yes, from what we have seen today. and we have been here since early this morning in the city of naples. i had a chance to talk with the mayor of the city who says he
believes that many people heeded the warnings to evacuate actually several days agoing and started leaving the area even when hurricane irma was just threatening all of south florida, its starting and ending locations weren't quite known. many people heeding the warnings then and taking off. that is a good sign. as we drove around throughout the city today essentially as the mayor described it, as a ghost town. there are a number of people who have chosen to stay behind. we traveled about a 30 minute drive south of here to marco island, a very popular tourist destination where about 16,000 people live full-time. we spoke with the police chief there this morning. he believes that most of the people that were on the island have evacuated as well but that there are still a number of people on the island who chose to stay back. a lot of high-rise condominiums and that sort of thing on that particular island. as you can see here this evening, just a slight drizzle
at times. occasionally the rain picks up a lib. we are still not really feeling the effects of what we know is on its way to this part of southwest florida. so all eyes on that. but the emergency officials we have spoken with say they are ready for this landfall and ready to answer any calls for help and distress after the storm passes. but they feel like they have done everything they could have done to get people into safe places before this storm makes landfall. issa? >> ed, i know you said you spoke to the mayor. what was the mayor's biggest concern? >> it's the storm surge. this is an area that is expecting anywhere between ten to 15 feet of storm surge. there is a mdatory evacuation throughout all of the city of naples and throughout the county here where there are some 300,000 people that live in these areas. those coastal areas along the western edges of the county and the city, these are areas that
are going to be of great concern here as that storm surge pushes inland. the exact extent of that damage and how much of that flooding will reach, we don't exactly know but everyone here preparing for anywhere between ten and 15 foot of storm surge. in talking to the mayor, who was here during hurricane wilma back in 2005, when i asked him, i was like what are the areas of town that concern you the most? he said it's hard for us to pinpoint exactly what is the concern, we have never dealt with this kind of storm surge. >> thanks very much for that ed lavendara joining us there from the city of naples. michael, that helps put it in perspective. they are expecting between ten to 15 feet when it comes to the storm surge. that is a staggering amount. >> it is hard to imagine, isn't it, what that might look like on the ground. issa thanks a lot. we'll check in with you in a
minute. bill bar net is actually the mayor of naples, florida. he's joining us now on the phone. ten to 15 feet of storm surge? i mean, you must be extremely concerned about your city? >> yes, michael, i am. and as you said a minute ago, it is very, very hard to imagine. i'm hoping that the forecast is wrong. >> what about preparations? what can you do? there is nothing you can do about a storm surge if it's as bad as they predict it could be. but what preparations have you made? obviously human life is the priority. what is happening there? >> well, you know, as was said, people started evacuating here very early in the week. they took this storm very seriously, just the threat. and i think that harvey had something to do with that, with the awareness and the
realization that this could happen to us. i had said that with wilma it was -- there was a very, very cavalierattitude. people were on the beach the day that wilma was coming. they kind of didn't believe it was going to happen. and i have just seen -- and here we are years later. but this has been taken seriously. our emergency first responders, police, fire, are ready. we have made plans both for prior to the storm. during the storm of course there won't be any emergency services once the winds obtain tropical force. and of course the aftermath, which nobody really knows what it's going to be right now. but we do have a plan. >> and something else you can't imagine, what it might look like afterwards. you make a good point, mr.
mayor, about complacency that has happened in the past when perhaps a hurricane hasn't lived up to expectations and next time around people get lazy about acting on their own safety. that's not the case here. i think 6.5 million floridians in a state of 20 million have been under evacuation orders. you say a lot of people in your area, in naples, have heeded that. like everyone where, though, there are those saying they are going to ride it out, stay put. what is your message to them, particularly as you say, first responders, during the height of the storm, they are not coming. >> you know, it has been said time and time again. i have said it. others have said it. that you are just not going to get a response. and you know there are die hard out there that just absolutely want to ride it out. so, you know, hopefully they stay in a secure place or in an
interior room and weather it out. we've done everything that we possibly can. >> mayor bill bar net from naples, florida, thank you so much for your time. good luck with the storm on its way. we do appreciate it. coming up here on the program our breaking news coverage of hurricane irma continues. we will talk to the national hurricane center about how strong this monster storm is and where it is right now. and where it might be headed. that's coming up. [king] as king midas, i expect things to last a looong time. and so should you. midas has a lifetime guarantee on these parts. that's right. on things like struts, brakes, shocks. all kinds of automobile parts. [king] guaranteed for life. does he turn everything to gold? [kinbrakes. not everything. [kinbrakes. not everything. [kinstruts. luckily, he's not a dog person. [kinshocks. luckily, he's not a dog person. at midas we're always a touch better with limited lifetime guarantees on select parts, complimentary courtesy checks and more. book an appointment at midas.com
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