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when you put shutters on your home, it's darker than ever. it's pretty good sleep. but we'll be in this tomorrow morning, i mean, that's the threat in south florida. it's just beginning for the rest of the state, but they're here thankfully and everyone is safe. >> senator rubio, we're praying for you and your family and all the citizens of florida this morning. >> thank you. stay with us. i'll be back in two hours, but breaking news coverage of hurricane irma continues right now. \s >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. if you are just joining our continuing coverage of hurricane irma, the hurricane has made landfall in the florida keys as a category 4 storm. you will see what that means in terms of wind speed, the big concern is storm surge, the most deadly aspect is drowning, the
water is the major concern. more than 600,000 people out of power already, and we have seen the least of the worst. that's just? central and southern florida. as this storm moves, the tally will only grow, but we are now in the beginning of the process, the keys getting hammered, gusts well in excess of hurricane levels. i am in naples, florida, the west coast a particular concern, vulnerabilities to storm surge, very low-lying areas, tampa bay especially. so far we've been seeing gusts in excess of 60 miles an hour, and rain for hours. one of the problem with this hurricane is its size. it's the size of a state. while we all focus on the eye of the storm, you'll see hurricane-force winds, 7 0rks 75 miles out from that eye. you'll see tropical storm force winds, which are still super destructive, 100 to 100-plus miles out. so the reach is great.
that's why we're seeing that even though the east coast the florida was spared, in quotes, that's a defined term, because they have been getting hammered by really bad winds and water. john berman is in miami. he's been standing through it all night and now all morning. what's the situation there? >> we've been having they tropical storm-force winds now for hours and hours. the national weather service says they're experiencing gusts of 100 miles an hour in the high-rice building of miami, saying stay away from the windows. that's well over hurricane force in the downareas and there's cranes that people are concerned with, two, more than 20 of them. emergency management put out a notice, they will not respond to
911 calls anymore. there are no rescues happening, because the winds are so strong. that's in a county of 2.5 million people. so many affected by that right now, so many people here who need to hunker down. the wind just one of the concerns. storm surge, that may be the story of this entire storm all across the florida peninsula. i think we're starting to see it right now. they docks best hind me, you were out here yesterday. the water lapse up over them at high tide. we're two hours from high tide, and they are completely subamericaned. if the water were to come up another four feet or so. it would be over where we're standing and that would be a serious concern. we would then move. that's why there were evacuations in the downtown miami area. of course, out there in miami
beach, it's even worse. let's go over i believe to tampa and cnn's anderson cooper. anderson? >> john, obviously a very different situation, but a taste of what you've been seeing, particularly over on miami beach, that's a taste of what is to come here and more. tampa, which thought a couple days that they were not going to be getting hit as hard and miami, miami beach, woke up to a different reality yesterday morning when that storm moved west. late as last night, as you know, it moved we had. originally it was going to come barreling straight towards tampa. it's actually worse news, because it means that tampa is in that northeast quadrant of the storm, and that storm surge very likely to enter into tampa bay and up through the inlets here throughout tampa. one of the things that makes
tampa so beautiful is the hillsboro river, where later today we are expecting to see, right now as the winds are moving counter clockwise, the tropical storm wince, the hurricanes storm winds, the water is actually going out. later today that water will be coming back in. chad, just explain where this storm is right now and what folks here are going to be expecting in the hours ahead. >> absolutely the storm has moved over the lower keys. florida bay is a warm body of water. there's a lot of lobs terse, warm-water lobs terse. as the storm moved to the north, you think, wow, great it's going to hit the land here. this is the everglades. it's not really land. miami you will not be in the clear until the center gets here, your closest approach. so you still have more hours of worsening weather to go, even though you think you're done.
these bands coming on shore as well. >> this is where it is now. here is key west. keyes west, at least 120 miles per hour here, as the storm wrapped around. making landfall here, also very being damage, and also big pine key. we also have all they key deer that run around through here. the next spot, a seven-mile bridge. the infrastructure on the bridge, and one more spot to the norm into marathon form marathon catching the rather here right through jufish creek. that could also cause damage to the infrastructure of the bridge. we could be washing things away,
washing the bottom of the bridge away, and then all of a sudden the keys are cut off. the rain is all the way -- we talk about the surge. this side maybe two to four fierce. right where you are in ft. my s myers, in naples, cape coral, those are the areas you need to be above ground, above sea level by more than 10 to 15 feet. naples, what you're going to experience in the next fuse hours, the water will go out, you're going to push away, you'll be three feet down, a negative surge. you'll think, there goes the storm, it's over. absolutely not. your surge is on the back side, because of where it's hitting the surge is on the wrong side of the eye. it's on the back side and it's going to be tremendous. so be ready for that.
>> chad, a lot to look for in the hours ahead. it's going to be a very difficult day for millions all across florida. brian todd is in west palm beach. brian, what's the situation there? >> reporter: anderson, a real intensification here. the wind has really intensified to almost hurricane strength. what is adding to the campaigners here is we have been under tornadoes warnings just about all day. we're under one now. we're told but our weather team that popup tornadoes will be a threat. we to hang on to the railings just to walk around here. you can see they palm trees here under strain. over here is an illustration of the real danger here in palm beach. debris is flying all over the place. we've had palm fronds flying,
and we've had to look up constantly to dodge them. power lines are in real danger a city official said the fire battalion is warning there will be zones they will not be able to respond to now. we're told we're on the dirty side of this hurricane, meaning the upper right-hand quadrant where the wind is pushing in from the east. that really starts to spur tornadic activity. pop-up tornadoes will threaten us all day long. that is another through here. this is where much of the winds energy from the hurricane is hitting now in west palm beach. it's really intense here we've also had very intense rain bands hit us. i'm going to throw it to you, john berman, where you are in miami. i know you've got the intense hurricanes-strength winds there. it sure feels like it's hitting up here, too.
>> reporter: yeah respect hard to operate. hard to move, hard to hear. hard to do anything in conditions like this, with the winds pounding like they are. again in the high rises they've had gusts of 100 miles an hour. moor than a million people over southern florida as a whole. as bad as it is in miami, this is downtown miami, you can't see it, because it's raining so hard, and the soup is so thick, but miami beach is out there, and that's where i want to go to kyung lau. >> what is it like? >> as it happens in a hurricane, our electronics are starting to get down as things get waterlogged. conditions are starting to deteriorate here. i want to give you a look the what it looks like here in miami
beach. it looks bad, yes, but i need to tell you if you go over that berm to the beach, it's even worse. the wind gusts there are even stronger. ing there very, very few people on the street. we've seen a couple storm chasers. that is the good news, because miami beach police and fire say they cannot rescue people. if you tro i to come out here. if you have in and out evacuated, not heeded the mandatory evacuation order, you are on your own. 24th did try to help people, but eventually they simply had to stop. what we are seeing as far as the storm surge, nothing, that's very, very good news. the concern was there would be a five-foot storm surge. so far that has not arrived. a big concern is flooding, but right now what we are mainly deal with are winds.
entire trees are being completely bend over. we're seeing street signs fall over, andall -- john -- chris. excuse sunset. >> kyung. i'll take it. we are in naples. you see the map on your screen right now, that big red ball in the middle is obviously the eye and the most intense winds. if you look above it, the top part you'll see the red flashes, which is what happens with those red flashes. we're getting gusts well in exercises of 60 miles an hour or so, and big bands of rain punishing this area. this is that west coast dilemma.
you have an already very low-lies area that president take much water, as we were being shown by the meteorologist allison chinchar, the storm surge will come back with a vengeance. we're actually see the waters start to withdraw on the western side. why? that's energy absorption, right? the hurricanes moving counter clockwise, will take energy from one side and distribute it to the other. that will reverse as it comes through the area form the flood potential is the main fear. the reason for that is the bind gets the headlines, the wind is the spectacle, but it is the water that wins. it is the water that is deadly. the in number one cause of death in a hurricanes is wart. we still ain't seeing nothing yet.
where they are getting hammered is key west. this is where the storm made landfall. key largo, the key closest to florida, is where bill we're is. he's chronicles about their rugged individualism. he sauce some horrible storm conditions this morning. at least he's been to have his jacket out. i see some sunshine behind you? >> no, i gave up on the pa,a. it doesn't matter. i might as well be more breezy, but we moved over to the other side of our sheller carport. we're looking at the bay side of key largo, but i'm reading these reports, "the mime herald" just reported that everything, quote, is under water. there are reports out of the shelters in marathon key, where one man died of natural causes overnight in that shelter. they're running low on food.
we're getting admonitions from the authority, monroe county, reminding people not to run your generator inside, because the power is out for there entire archipela archipelago. if it if it seems the storm las end ended, you're probably in the eye. we did our final friday night live shot as the exodus was starting to trickle down north on u.s. 1, there was this improvised car load at cudjoe key, where people tried to park their cars or tried to shelter on a mountaintop. that's exactly where irma came ashore. no telling what became of those vehicleses, and hopefully nobody was riding it out in that area there. we've been talking to our sailor friends here on key largo.
aside from some tiki huts and plywood blowing around, they're all safe so as this things winds down, we'll broadband venture out and guess an assessment of the damage. since thinks the strongest storm to hit these years in 57 years, since donna, the devastation is sure to be historic. >> and of course it was donna, which was terribly devastating for the keys back had 1960s, a report of hundreds of people who lost their lives. obviously the technology and warnings are very different now. people are far better prepared. wee till to that you can with bill weir. a lot ahead.
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a canopy that's hanging off the building. it's been torn off. hang you on by just a thread right now. this is the debris, the type of thing you have to be careful with. this is why they want people off the streets inside. it's blowing in the other direction. the only reason i'm standing where i am. we've see things blow away from the building, but it does show you the force, as the wind gusts here in miami, even in downtown miami have been 100 miles an hour or more. when you listen to our meteorologi meteorologist for appear update. >> this is the financial district, and as you were mentioning, the big story here in this urban downtown area, is
the wind. the wind creates wind tunnels in between the buildings. the only way to describe the sound is a screeching high-pitched sound. it's very weird. it's very eerie. as you look around, you see there is some debris on the ground. it doesn't look like much, but when it rains in miami, it floods. it does means a lot, because this plugs the drain. i can tell you by looking around at they high-rise buildings, people did heed the warning and put patio furnish down, which is really important, because that could turn into flying debris. we do see one person in a balcony waving, which is the one thing you're not supposed to do. as we pan over right next to this building is a crain. we've been monitoring these cranes all over the city of miami, because they dot the
skyline. we were told by city officials they had not take down the cranes, they didn't have enough time. now they are at the mercy of mother nature, and now they're evacuating because of the dangers. >> no question the science backs you up. we have some of the aspects that rosa is describing. this place doesn't have a lot of resilience when it comes to water. it is very vulnerable to storm
surge. before being on this morning, i walked down to the waters just a few walks around from here, on the gulf side, it was already right up to the edge. that was before anything happened. we also have a crain right over our shoulder, another part of the vulnerables here, what will happen in high winds. another thing that they have to monitor. that's why the calls for evacuation were so serious. not everybody heeded them we have wayne pluhoff. he decided to stick it out. wayne, how are you? >> caller: good morning, how are you? >> i'm doing well, thank god. we haven't seen the worse of what we'll see, by a long shot on the west coast, but what are you seeing and how are you faring? >> so far so good, holding
strong, okay? the winds have drastically come up since yesterday, of course. i've been posting videos on my facebook page, trying to, you know give a good word out there on how the island is doing to local people and friends and family and stuff. there is about eight people in my building alone that decided to stay and hunker down, you know in this to referenceally sto storm. >> it wasly i was supposed to fly out this morning. i had my ticket, and then if the gov came in and did what he had to do, and then i was set to go
out tomorrow, so now i'm not going out until tuesday. i have to go back for family reasons, but i figure, well, best thing to do is stay right where i ham and hang in there. i've been doing that ever since. >> what do you have as a plan. >> i have canned good, plenty of bottled water, of course i'm keep constantly charged on my cell phone. i have a battery-operated radio. so -- and i also have lights -- battery-operated lights in case, you know, we lose power for a
good day or so. in fact, just before you came on, that i was cued up with you, i happened to lose power at the moment. it's been flickering in and out at times, but only for about maybe 10, 15 seconds. then the power would come back on. s. >> reporter: right. we had that same power hit here. it was just brief, certainly nothing like what they're expecting may happen. the estimate from the state is over 1.3 million people without powers, mostly central and southern florida, because obviously the storm hasn't come up this way yet. now they are saying you should -- but you did refer to something that make by a huge asset in the numb comes hours. you said there were other people who stayed in the building. are you in touch with them?
we're all in this together. it's a practical reality for people who stayed behind. are you in contact with them, in an able to get together and make it through this as a group? >> uh, yes, sir, we are there are three on my third floor another three on the fourth floor, and definitely two on the fifth floor. so we're all, you know pretty much together. we can go to each neighbor and sit in with each other, which we have for the last two days or so, you know, just to shoot the b.s., so to speak. other than that, all spirits are good, everybody is fine, everybody is supplied very well. so with another day or so of going through this to referenceal storm we have descending upon us, we're all going to be okay.
so if it starts to change for the worse, do me and favor and let us know, so we can keep some tabs on you. >> great and one of the. thank you for the interview. i appreciate it. >> take care, wheel check in soon. >> there are a lot of waynes out there in areas that are vulnerable. >> there's a bit of a by this i hadness. it kind of goes along with being a floridian. there's a stubbornness, and also the west coast wasn't supposed to get hit. you heard wayne sea there were
flights as we go to break, this storm has strengthened. it made landfall, and it slowed down. that speed is going to mean a lot to scientists. duration. this storm is going to stay longer and places we're going to take you through that, where the storm has been, what it's done and where irma is still aheaded. we'll be right back. we're seeing cars drive up to this intersection, having to turn around, make a u-turn, realize it's not safe to pass. we have some first responders out here. these are the ohm people who should be on the road.
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cuomo in naples, anderson cooper up in tampa, cnn literally wrapping around the florida peninsula, as hurricane irma wraps around the florida peninsula, delivering all kinds of misery in its path. the wind kicking up, the rains really coming down, and we did just get a piece of breaking news. city officials confirm to us now that a crain did crack in downtown miami. we're working to get picture for you of that. more than 20 cranes here in miami up there at risk so those cranes were left up. one has now cracked. it was a building under construction. no word yet if anyone is hurt, but people were told to leave buildings near cranes as storms got closer. we'll give you much more on
that. in the meantime, congressman charlie crist joins me now by phone. as florida has ever seen, what are you seeing right now where you were? thank you first for your excellent coverage. i'm in downtown petersburg. we're seeing decent wind, not terrible. we nose there's more to come. >> what we're getting here in miami, you will potential get
much worse. >> mow do you think the ampa bay area will be able to handle that? >> a storm surge like that is something you will worry about, but depending on where the storm continues to track will be a huge factor in how much of a surge we experience or on the back side of the storm. that all depends, as you know, whether the eye goes to the east or west of us. >> millions of people in the past of the storm.
tens of shelters, as far as -- >> well, they're pretty full now. >> we have got a lot of shelters fortunately. people have heeded the evacuation orders, which is important. so i think we're doing pretty well. we have some shelters that are taking pets, cats and dogs as well, which are very important to people. >> now, 1 million people-plus without power already. that number will go up, because there's still plenty of how long will it take the power to get back up? >> it may take a while.
it's hard to say for certain. it kind of depends on what grid you're on. a lot of people have better grids, because that's where the hospitals are located. so that can be a factor. it just depends on where you're located and how severe the winds are, where it takes down the power lines or not. if it does, it may take a while to get power back on. >> you've been some public service for a long time, have been through many storms, so let's look forward a bit. what do people need to brace themselves for as we deal with the days ahead, deal with the recovery? >> i think the important thing is having been well prepared already. the stole is upon us. we'll get it later into the day you see, and the warnings that
have come out from state, local and federal authorities have been continuous and constant. as a result of that, i think the people should be well supplied. if they're hunkered down, they should have the water that they would need. some canned goods, you know, any prescription drugs they might need for several days. that sort of thing. >> but that for most people has occurred. once the storm gets past us, hopefully it moves on fairly rapidly. >> hope for the best, plan for the worst. thank you from public officials like you these day, how to get
through this, how to be best prepared. we thank you so much for your time, sir. back to you, chris, in naples. >> obviously charlie crist, congressman now, former governor, we heard from the fema director the other day. you have three objectives -- inform, influence and inspire. we are in the phase now of just holding everything in pause until they see what this storm does. the aftermath is a when the horse will have -- bill maas, i kept you as dry as possible. to be honest, this is nothing compared to what you're worried about coming your way. >> we have a long time ago, preparing all week for this, all employees in the city with a lot of equipment. our job is to implement our plan
to get the city open and back into business as quickly as possible. come daybreak, we have a strategic plan, we'll start clearing the roads to do search and rescue. and more importantly we'd like to have our people return to the city as quickly as we can, as long as they recognize it could be days and weeks without power, the temperatures will go up to the 90s. it would be uncomfortable, but i think we'll be fine. >> plus -- you've been planning this for days. plus, you've been here for 40 years. i notice these a snowbird city, but about two thirds are believed to have evacuated. that's a huge plus you have here. what do you make of that on the good side? >> that's good, people recognize the potential problems.
i think the storm surge now will be our biggest threat. the wind will be damaging, but not to our structures. we have good construction standards. the problem we'll have is this small town has about 20 trees, and those tree are going to go down, then block the roads and they'll rip up water and sewer lines. we'll provide water and suer for as long as possible. and then restore the system to make sure that people have that vital service. >> quick note, the governor has a home here in naples, but that wasn't driving his concern. he's saying it's uniquely vulnerable to storm surge, and before the broadcast i went down to the gulf side. the marina already looked like it cou it had as much as it could take.
>> there's no doubt this is this is a very serious threat. we hope that anybody anywhere near the beach has moved inlid and at least on a second floor. >> you can tell you've been doing it 40 years, when that gust came through you didn't even blink. so there's a steady hand that's needed here. >> good luck to everybody. >> that's bill maas, 40 years of experience. experience pays in a situation like this, but it also informing -- they don't know what's going to happen, because they haven't seen anything like irma. we're going to take a break. when we come back, we have seen what it's capable of from what it's done already, as the effects are felt, we'll take a look at what hurricane irma can do. stay with us.
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i'm anderson cooper. welcome back to our continuing coverage. i'm in the city of tampa, where there really is no indication at this point of the storm that is yet to come. obviously things are going to be getting worse and worse later throughout the day into the evening hours. john berman is in miami, and we're in naples, and we're throughout the region. this is not just an event for florida, but other states will be affected as well. john, you mentioned a crain collapsing in miami. what have you learned about that? >> reporter: that's right, a
crain has cracked fifb want to be clear it's not a full collapse. but it does appear that there was a concern they -- i believe we have with us a witness, someone who saw this crain crack. gideon abe joins me. give me a sense of what you saw. >> caller: hi, really i was just riding the storm out like many people here in downtown miami. i heard a loud crack, and then a boom that followed that. i looked out the window and looked up and sue remnants of the cranes falling down. so now it's cracked.
looking at it right now, there is a little metal piece that attacked to like the crain chain, it's swinging around and busting out other windows of the property itself. i heard more than what i saw, but that's where it's at. >> official had told us that they cranes weren't -- we're not there, the wind gusts we're told right now in some of the high rises about 100 miles an hour, obviously this crain on a building under construction right now couldn't withstand that. >> i can't imagine anyone out on the streets under this condition, but did you see any signs of people when you looked out? >> not at all. the streets have been like a ghost town. i think people are taking heed to the surfuse in place, and
obviously the storm, it's just common sense to stay off the streets during something like this. hopefully. thank you, gideon, for that perspective. the news is that one of the cranes have cracked. they didn't have time to take them doane, anderson. we have several more hours, they wind gusts now 100 miles an hour, so people really need to be -- ander son? >> john, that's obviously a huge concern here in tampa. this is a city that's been booming, a big construction boom. there's two cranes over here just off the river. obviously, you know, they have tried to secure though, but as you know by now, the cranes -- the perpendicular cranes are left to float freely and
basically act as a weather vane, but there's being questions about how prepared tampa is for this storm surge of this mag any tide. five to eight feet was the estimate. as of yesterday. it was 1921 when a category 3 storm hit tampa. thankfully only one fatality was reported then, but there was an awful lot of damage down here, so the city has not had a direct hit since that storm nearly 100 years ago. obviously yesterday morning people woke up to a very different reality here, and really all along the west coast, as we talked about in florida, with ft. myers, a lot of people who left miami who had come to tampa, to evacuate from miami, were suddenly faced with the realization that wait a minute, we are in and out in the eye of this thing. do we go back to miami, go north
or seek shelter? we saw a lot of people yesterday seeking shelters. in fact cities all across the coast were accommodating the number of people. drew griffin was in a shelter by ft. myers, what is the scene inside that shelter? four, five hours, and outside the hockey arena which holds about 8,000. >> yeah, it was not a pleasant line to be in, as you were waiting in the heat to get in. from what the people who were inside told me, it was not pleasant last night. you were in there with thousands of people, all kind of last-minute decisions to get there. you were told to bring three-day supply of food, your bedding. they only going to provide to make you safe. it's east of i-75, zone c flood
zone. that is what they think is not going to be susceptible to any kind of storm surge, but we went back there this morning, and just -- just really looked like those folks had been through a miserable night. they're not letting cameras inside, but outside we just met lots and lots of people who said their night was terrible. the day is going to be terrible. they're just huddled down in there, just waiting for the storm to be over. to be fair to the officials, they gave them safe shelter. they never promiseded a four-star luxury resort, and it is not. we're going to hear a lot of complaints, but like i said, good, at least we'll hear the people complain who have gone through this storm. anders anderson? >> it bears repeating. people were told to bring supplies. the shelter does have supplies, but they're told to bring things
for at least three days. is that correct? >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, you know, you've got to prepare, you can't rely on the government to provide everything for you. and keep in mind everybody in the government has their own families to deal with. there were lots and lots of people outside the shelter smoking. a lot of people brought enough smokes. so i'm just saying you have to be prepared for most, and most people are. >> i talked to the mayor here in tampa, who in the days before this, while they were preparing for this storm, they knew the size of the storm, but they were also thinking about how they were going to be helping other communities perhaps on the east coast where it seemed earlier in the week the storm would be tracking. then yesterday the mayor had a very did i realie, this is a city which may be asking for