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our neighbors had time to prepare, the communities did. the so for the first time i think we were not surprised by anything that this storm did or could have done. i think a lot of us in south florida feel like it could have done more and we were very fortunate to only get the brunt of what we did get, not the full brunt of it. >> all right. mayor jack sieler, fort lauderdale. a lot of credit goes to the scientists, right? . victor blackwell thank you for your great reporting, all of our teams in florida. thanks for that. "new day" picks it up now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> special coverage of hurricane irma, be very clear, it is not over. hurricane irma still battling the state of florida. right now some 24 hours plus after first making land fall. this is an unpress dentszed beating. even though the hurricane has
been down gragraded to a catego it is still a hurricane. cnn is everywhere in the path of this storm and we can show you where hurricane irma has been and what she has done. it is a category 1 but at latest count, at least 4 million floridians are without power, the governor saying not only without power but he doesn't know when it will be restored. will it be days? weeking longer? the need to be great here. that's why the president of the united states already signed a disaster declaration. that doesn't nearly recognize the existence of the storm. it frees up assets. so we'll be bringing you coverage from here in naples florida and alison of course is up in new york. so many people. 6 million people had to be evacuated. at least 75,000 in shelters across the state. how many shelter in place? how many are out there? as you can see, everything is
dark here. power is out where we are. we're using minimal battery power. when the light of day comes on to these areas hit hardest you're going to see things you may have never seen before. storm is still very much in effect. let's go to sara sidner in daytona. i know your communications aren't great in that kind of weather. if you can hear me tell us what your situation is. >>reporter: so this is actually the gusts have actually come down, believe it or not, after the past couple hours. of the worth was about 4:20 when we could barely stand. now we are still getting some of those gusts but not nearly as strong. now, we are just about 200 yards from daytona beach, the water being whipped up very high. in fact so high we're on the fifth floor of a hotel that is hurricane rated. i am standing just so people know, so they know i'm safe, in ex-to a concrete wall sochlt if i get down here, i have shelter.
it's much, much easier to stand. but i will tell you that i am getting pitted by salt water, which means that the water from the ocean, 200 yards away, and 5 stories below me is being whipped up this high and smacking us in the face. i am standing here with my crew, jeff king and stephanie becker who are literally bracing themselves to hold up the light and camera and trying not to shift around much but you'll see it shift a bit because these winds are incredible, chris. incredible. and folks here thought the storm had pretty much passed them by. even emergency management open officials in this county and the county that is about 60 miles from us where cape canaveral is thought that the storm was pretty much on its way out, then suddenly started turning towards this area. we know on the fifth floor here, we are at about 70 to almost 80 miles an hour gusts at points. but it is calming down a little bit compared to what it was just
an hour ago. chris? >> hmm. calm, a relative assessment when you're in a hurricane of course. be safe. very fright nij added by the fact there's so little light. to go through a hurricane in the dark must be so frightening. that's why one of the reasons our hearts and minds are with all those who sheltered in place, many with children and family. very tough to go through. give us some perspective. are many of the areas that are getting hit now and still have to worry about this storm, have been hit recently. hurricane matthew did damage in gainsville, jacksonville in areas surrounding the region you're in. >>reporter: absolutely. it was impact here. i was actually standing on the ground floor during that storm here at the very same hotel. and i can tell you that the winds then felt like nothing compared to what we have been feeling today. i mean compare tim, yes, there was damage. yes, the sea wall came up and
over into the board walk which everyone loves it for spring break. that was damaged. there was damage to the business owners, i'll tell you something else. the hotel we're staying at spent about $3 million in renovations to deal with some of the aftermath of that hurricane and now being hit again. we noticed that water is coming up. everyone is concerned about storm surge but right now i'm looking at the board walk itself and i do see quite a bit of water that has come up and been pushed up that z ha not necessarily storm surge but pushed up from the strong winds. can i mention one other thing to you, chris? i know everyone worried about power there especially in miami where so many of out of power. florida power and light has a lot of their workers here alongside us, and we've been talking to them and they've been asking us hour after hour when it the storm passing? how long will it be. they are ready and willing to get out as soon as the storm passes by and they can drive the
roads, they are heading, many of them to miami. this is an unprecedented event ant there is an unprecedented response. telling us this is an historic day for themmi, they have echl employed 16,000 workers to try and restore power to more people than have ever lost power before. chris? >> that is a very key component because they need to get back out there. but they need the storm to abate before they can. that's just the workers from this state. unprecedented but they'll be coming from surrounding states as well. we're told the cooperation is very good 0. the they're trying to put together teams, many teams of who's going to clear the debris, so that the power guys can get in and how do they deal with getting rid of water where they need it to work on transformers and lines. so, we're going to watch that especially once the sun comes up because in places like where we are there is no power so we can see nothing. just one random street light.
so let's deal with the priorities. sara, stay safe. shelter yourself and the team. will let us no he when this check back. let's get to chad myers. as you were coaching us through, all afternoon yesterday, this storm is unprecedented in one way because of its breadth. it never ends. it's still blowing here. it's still blowing in miami. the rain is still coming and all these different parts of the state. please, take us through the radar and explain why there's so many who are probably never went to sleep in florida saying it doesn't end. >> the storm was so big, north to south and east to west that it feeling like its never ending. the east coast is still taking a bounding even though the center the eye is now 90 miles to the west of the coast. 90 miles west of the east coast of florida and sara still seeing bands from daytona beach.
watch out for the st. john's liver all the way up into parts of south carolina that onshore flow is still tremendous. there you go. north of tampa, not that far from week key watch chi. the villages, still seeing that claremont, lake city, still seeing the worst of this. what you saw right there from sara is what they are seeing everywhere across northern florida. that's the wind translating down. i know this doesn't have an eye but it still has a pressure. still has a low pressure, lower than any snowstorm you would ever see in the northeast, so think about what the snowstorm winds can be like. we have those winds down here in florida still. those are going to move up to georgia, parts of alabama and south carolina later on this morning because the low is not that far north of orlando. we're still going to see winds of 70, 75 miles per hour, and if that number of power company lights, people without power goes up, i wouldn't be surprised
at all. there's going to be a triage, if they can get your power line up and put up another 4,000 people at the same time, you will be the priority. if your tree in the backyard took your power line down and only going to get one person back on line, you're the last person to get fixed. naples had a gust of 142. ma are koefr island, 130. significant flooding there as the surge took over marco island. other gusts somewhere around 122 to 120. we do know the florida keys got hit first and the hardest. big pine key, but the rainfall amounts melbourne florida picked up 14 inches of rain. talk about the flooding there. that's all because of fresh water rain and salt water surge adding together. chris? >> yeah. after we were done with you, last night, nobody's going to sleep during this thing. first of all, its afrightening. it just is. the howling of the wind and
things falling down. i wanted to go out and look around and really it was just blowing too much to walk around. also, people who were owl in the elements, it's not just water. for sara getting hit with salt spray. that's the worst. the we know that. but just the pressure and water, our eyes were burning too much to sleep last night. i don't know if you saw, chad, but what you were worried about with the storm surge, it came true in naples. we didn't have to worry about it flooding us here about three quarters of a mile from the water but those homes inundated with water. so many people we were talking to last night don't know yet. they heard my whole areas is flooded. so the light of day is going to be a horrible wake-up call. chad, stick around. we're going to have so many questions for you throughout the morning. thank you so much for your excellent guidance to this point. let's check in with the current state of irma. you're going to hear a lot of past tense. it is incorrect. it is very much still ongoing
with this storm. a category 1 hurricane is more than anyone should ever want to face. in gainsville another place already hit getting hit right now. kailly, what's the situation? >> reporter: well chris, just as you say that, we hear a siren go off on the university of florida campus. compared to what sara was describing, the -- we have not felt the worst of it it here as what we mains of that eye wall moves up. they are expecting the worst conditions gainsville will see in the next hour or two. the heaviest rain and strongest winds. winds greater than 74 miles an hour. the rain has been down pours overnight. i can hear the strong gusts of wind sitting in the hotel room. as you mention hard to sleep when you don't know exactly what's going on around you in the darkness of night.
trulily we haven't seen more more destruction than tree debris. i'm shield on one side by the stadium. university of florida's football stadium. it's not hard to see the wind coming from every other direction. power outages were such a concern. specifically here in gainsville. so much so i'm at elderly folks and special needs folks who voluntarily went to shelters in this area as early as friday. we're told more than 30,000 are without power in the gainsville area and regional utility company not responding to calls for service at this moment in h pan anticipation of these winds that we expect in the next hour or two. on the university of florida, i'm told the concern for so many here is what their families are experiencing in other parts of the state, chris. >> it is not over. stay safe.
be very careful. only scientists are impressed by the down grading of a hurricane. if you're standing in the wind you're going to know it. the please be safe. we'll check back with you. as you look around the state, we'll be showing you maps all morning where hurricane irma is right now and what she ees doing. orlando, we have brynn gingras there. they thought they would be okay and yet the blow is there. power outages are affecting them and it's going to be bad for days, maybe even weeks to come. whiteth what's it like right now. >> we are getting major wind gusts. i was listening to sara as life shot. she's got that rain coming from the water. the we don't have the rain issue but wind gusts are very strong. i talked to emergency officials just before i came on the air and right now the national guard is trying to rescue people from an apartment building, 24 apartments because they all flooded. so you can imagine those guys trying to go to work right now
with this intense wind coming at them. that's the issue. we have rain overnight. it caused flooding in this area and now we're dealing with the winds from this storm. that's the entire reason why the city of orlando especially and this county, orange county, has put in a mandatory curfew until tonight. they don't want people, even though they're in orlando and evacuated this to this area. they don't want them to go home thinking it's okay when you got the serious wind gusts coming at you that can cause a lot of damage. certainly we have seen a lot of things flying around overnight. one of the things i keep referencing again are those bulbs that are around the lamps. they come crashing down any time, really a major wind gust. it sounds like a mini car crash happening all around us. wind, the major issue right now. and i don't see it letting up any time soon. >> i think you're right, br.
thank on. joining us is carlos aveal las. he is the fire chief in st. augustine florida. tell us what the situation is is the this hour. >> good morning. thanks for having me. i tell you, crews have been really swamped and busy all night. this area was devastated by hurricane matthew only 11 months ago, and sadly, we're repeat thg right now as we speak. we have hundreds of residents still displays as a result of matthew or that are in the rebuilding process but overnight last night we saw significant flooding on our barrier islands and historic downtown core. i can tell you that we performed dozens of rescues already in the wee morning hours. we had a structural collapse.
waiting on confirmation of what we believed was a tornado touched down last night around midnight and several structure fires, we 100% have our hantszs full but we maintained our posture up. we believed we were going to be impacted from this storm. early. the tract shifted west but we maintained our posture here for readiness. so we had all the resources we need but we have a a long road ahead of us moving forward. >> it sure sounds like it. the idea you already had to go out and do rescues and seeing car crashes and fires be and all of that. based on what chad myers is telling us, it sounds like it's just now coming to your neck of the woods. what is your -- how many people do you think are trapped? what's your plan for rescues over the next few hours? >> we're just going to continue to get to them as we can. le what i would tell folks is if
you have evacuated this area, you need to stay place in shelter where you are. if you evacuated, we had a mandatory evacuation of large zones a and b, if you left town as a result of those evacuations you need to stay where you are. it may be a while before we open up certain parts of town. we haven't even begun doing damage assessments yet. but the list is growing as we speak. >> chief, we're looking at the radar on the right side of our screen. below me as we talking to see it is coming to you right now. this is -- what are the conditions like around you? how windy is it? is it raining? >> no. it's very windy. and rainy. we have about four to five feet of water on the streets right now. so lots of downed trees. it's becoming challenging our responders to get out. ask the folks to be patient. and remain sheltered in place.
hopefully nobody decide z to try to come out in this when the sun cups up. >> absolutely. we're happy to get that word out. thank you very much to faking the time to talk to us. best of luck down there today. >> appreciate it. see you on the other side. >> absolutely. chris, wow, what a weekend you've had. everyone has watching you reporting all weekend. it was so gripping to watch how the storm came in and all the conditions around you. the we couldn't turn away. many it was just incredible, the reporting that you and all of our colleagues have been doing from down there. >> team was an all the right places and everybody did what they need to do. the problem is the job was as in es sere as it was and is. i can't tell you how many first responders. loosely set up networks during these types of disasters for informion and communication. first responders really only know what they're telling them until they can get outside. here in naples, it's locals who
cleared the streets. we haven't seen emergency services vehicles yet. that's not a criticism. it's about safety. the light of day is going to create a whole new wave of need, of concern, of desperation. that's why we're staying away from fatality numbers. it's too early to tell. even real injuries, property damage, where is it worse? we don't know. and it's still ongoing. for example, let's take a break now. when we come back, at least miami was spared. remember that part of the story that the track was shifting they'll be okay. no they weren't okay. they got pounded for hour after hour, the flooding devastation, damage. we're going to show you when we come back just what hurricane irma has done and may still do. stay with us. stay with me, mr. parker. when a critical patient is far from the hospital, the hospital must come to the patient.
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punishing florida, a category 1 hurricane making its way north and starting now to shift across the state. this was never anticipated to be as widespread as persistent, and now, as devastating as hurricane irma is proving to be. let's take miami for example. here in naples we had major, major wind gusts, the biggest they've seen in the state so far, but the duration of poupding and water and flooding and damage that miami has seen and is still seeing took everyone by surprise. rosa flores has braved that storm with the rest of the cnn team in place and you're going to tell us a story of a city that is absolutely affected in every way by a hurricane. >>reporter: you know, chris, the heavy winds here in downtown miami snapped cranes. they uprooted trees like the one that you see behind me. we saw three and a half feet of
storm surge that turned one the streets in the financial district into a raging river. like you mentioned, miami did not see the destruction of the eye of the storm, but that doesn't mean that the city was spared. hurricane irma wall lopping the sunshine state from coast to coast making landfall in floo as a category 4. the 400-mile wide storm leaving the low lying florida keys under water. powerful 130 miles per hour winds whipping through southwest florida sunday, downing powerlines and leaving a trail of debris behind. more than 4 million customers without power aid cross the state. irma pump melling ma are coisland. registering some of the strongest winds in the state. these two photos in marco island taken 15 minutes apart showing
docks completely submerged. in nearby naples, 140 miles per hour wind gusts tossing elimb numb siding. irma's powerful wind gusts peeling the roof clean off this apartment building in miami. the dramatic moment caught on camera. roaring winds and heavy rain in the downtown area turning streets into rivers. a major concern in downtown miami, construction cranes weighing several tons threatening everything below. at least two snapping under the pressure of the winds. in north miami beach, police rescuing this 4-month old baby and hit mother. and a fort lauderdale resident watches in horror as a tree is uproaded before 1/3 their eyes.
water spouts like this one popping up threatening to wreak havoc. florida's governor warning to heed local evacuation orders. over 6 million ordered to evacuate. mat mass ex-oh disbecoming one of the largest in u.s. history. >> if you have been ordered to evacuate you need to leave now. >> more than 160,000 hunkering down in shelters. people forced to evacuate in riviera beach. a miracle in coral springs, this baby girl delivered at home. first responders carrying the little one to safety. now in miami dade county 28 people arrested overnight for looting. this city is trying to get back to normalcy as the run rises. the we will see assessment crews
assessing damage, removing trees like the one i see behind me, chris, so try to get back to work, to get this financial district back working. we do know, however, that a lot of the shelter that is were used in this area were schools, so the superintendent of miami dade telling us that the schools are closed until further notice. chris? >> yeah. rosa, not even close to life beginning to get back to normal. thank you for the reporting and showing just one set of aspects of what this storm has done. you're going to keep seeing new pictures for days to come. in fact the storm is still, still impacting this state in i was that we're not able to measure. look at this county. look what's happening with the surf. storm surge is going to be a big story. you're going to see devastation from this storm and continue to see it as the storm continues to move. so we're going to show you pictures throughout the morning. the you heard rosa talk about
one of the rescues they already had to do in miami. remember, the first responders didn't want to go out in those conditions. it's very dangerous. that was in north miami beach. that's we are major richard rand. thank you so much. we know you're very busy especially today once you get some light on the situation. but, even though you've had to make rescues already and that's dramatic. thank god you were able to save that mom and child, your work really husband nts begun yesterday, has it. >> good morning. that's the truth. the worst part of this storm even though it has passed aus is ahead of us. we have lots of reports of lye wires down, a lot of standing waters, some areas two or three feet of water. one of our worth nightmare ss people waking up want to go get outside, wanting to get out of their house and stepping in a water that has a live power line in it. we're facing some big obstacle
the we have to overcome this morning. >> we were talking to people here in naples last night after all the drama that went through they were so des frats back to their homes. but in the dark, with all that debris and all the power lines down, you just can't do it. it's unsafe. even still we haven't had the clearing crews go out yet. what was it like for your team to have to get out in the storm yesterday to get to that mom? how did you find out? and how did that go, that rescue? >> first of all, i have to say a big thank you to our first responders. our north miami beach police department really, really stepped up. our policy that that 40 miles an hour sustained winds we pull the emergency vehicles off the road because it's just simply not safe. for our first responders. god forbid one of them gets in
an accident then we have two emergencies. story came out yesterday we got a 911 call frantic calling the police saying the neighbor is a single mother and has a 4 month old child in the house, the streets are flooded, two to three feet of water rising quickly and that he's concerned that the mother is strapped inside the house with the 4 month old. we immediately deployed our emergency response team and our m rap which is a unique vehicle we purchased years ago from the military for occasion just like this. the vehicle was sent out into the neighborhood, make its way to the home, pulled up, the operators jumped out of the truck with a medic, breached the front door, took the baby out of the mother's arms and took them to a shelter. incredible work. >> and done under the worst of conditions obviously the storm still very much in effect there. luckily for you, the preparation
and having the right tools was part of the story. you guys are so uniquely equipped and prepared and moat vaded when it comes to disasters. that piece of equipment those m wraps for people at home. they have a specially designed hull that was originally designed tody tribute force during a blast if they went over something. but the hull works very well in water situations like yesterday don't they, major? >> yes. they do. as a matter of fact i had my crews out there all night. we had a double stabbing in the middle of the worst part of the storm. the i sent the same emergency response team. we located two victim that is were stabbed, and because we couldn't get rescue out there, we actually transported the two victims to the trauma center, located the person who committed the stabbing and transported him as well. it's out there today pulling large trees off the roo roadway.
>> the vehicle is only as good as the man or woman behind the wheel. this is going to be a story of unbelievable effort by good people. the best among us to help the rest of us. so major, thank you very much for taking the me. let us know how we canhelp, what in fact needs to get out there. consider us a resource and please, stay safe. still plenty of things that can go wrong in this storm. >> yes. thank you and we'll keep your prayers out there. >> alisyn, it's needed. people think it's a throwaway line but when you have no power and people can't get out there to help you, very often all you have is who's around you and if you're lucky, the hope that something greater will sustain you. >> oh, chris, what a story. thank god those neighbors called the police about that 4 month old baby and thank god the police were able to get there. obviously we'll check back with you. meanwhile we want to say daytona beach is getting hit hard.
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hurricane irma still very much in full effect. a category 1 hurricane pounding the northern parts of florida after making her way through the entire state. here's what we know right now. you're going to be seeing live picture of what this storm is doing to communities still. we are in the dark here in naples because there is no power. some of the 4 million floridians
without power are here. le 6 million were eevacuated. there are over 150,000 in shelters still, as the sun comes up this morning at some point. we're all waiting for it because we need it not just to see, but to shed light on the situations that you're going to see all over this state. 6 million had to get out. 150,000 are in shelters, 4 million have no power. now the worst numbers to talk about will be those who didn't make it through the storm. frankly those stories are out there, but too early to confirm and too early to discuss. we have to know everything before we start talking about that because we don't want to give any false hope. now, let's deal with this current situation. steve gardener is the flagler county emergency manager in palm coast. the steve, what i've seen, we all knew this was going to be bad but you're dealing with more than was expected. >> we did. i mean this wind field is
absolutely rapidly expanding as the storm came north. we have approximately 90 ps of our citizens out of power. >> as the governor was saying, to try to prepare people, that's why they evacuation calls were so consfants r stants, it's not just being out of power but how long. what are you thinking in terms of what the variables are for dealing with in a? >> we're anticipating wind, this current wind sustained around 40 miles an hour with gusts up to 60. that's a strong tropical storm force winds. we're going to probably see that go all the way into about noon if not later today. we still have a lot of hours to go to ride this storm out. >> now ordinarily you don't want to get out there as first responders in those kinds of conditions. is that still the thinking now or adjust the plan based on what the storm is doing? >> we're going to adjust the plan. we're waiting for daylight to
get up to survey the amount of damage. we have a fur few in effect until noon. we're going to make sure the roads are safe before we let the public out on the roadway. >> we're watching it here. it's just pitch black except for a couple of radio antennas and we're seeing headlights every once in a while and too often you hear a crunch and see the lights stop. even the headlights can betray you. what's the message? >> i understand. this goes out to the whole state of florida. my heart goes out to you. please be patient. i know everybody wants to get out and look around. this is the most dangerous times, a lot of times people get hurt or killed after the storm. police st please stay where you can. wait until all the communities notifies the people that it's safe something outside and travel.
>> all right. steve, listen. i hope that this storm gets past you sooner rather than later. it is amazing the duration of the impact we're dealing with with this muhurricane. let us know how we can help. >> thank you very much. we really appreciate it. >> it's one of the basic tensions that happens in a situation like this. people who are out of their homes want to get home. people who are stuck in their home get desperate to get out of their homes to deal with the water to get into it to see what's going on. all of those feelings are normal and all create major problems. >> right. we just can't emphasize it enough that people need to stay put. the time will come to be able to go home and see what the aftermath looks like but right now it is just not safe enough. be back with you momentarily bus what will we see when the sun rises this morning. how will the communities deal with the damage? by the way. this is live video. sum ter county florida.
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martin savage. 's he on mexico beach in the florida pan handle very far up north and that is still the present apt future story of this hurricane's impact. how is it? >>reporter: right now we have eonly just started getting the rain and own live some of the wind. otherwise it's been a very tranquil night. we're the future. or we will be the future with irma arriving here. it's expected to be at its worth around 11:00 a.m. whether it's still a hurricane or tropical storm forth winds. this is one the quiet communities. they like it that way. they are looking at this with a bit of skepticism. they don't think it's going to be that bad. right now buttoned up, doing everything they should do. le lights are still on but it storm has barely begun. chris? >> i'll take it, martin. thank you very much. we'll check back with you throughout as it gets worse
there. so we're waiting for first light toe see the extent of the damage throughout florida. let's bring in cnn contributor retired lieutenant honore. general, thanks so much for being with us, what are the conditions in orlando? >> well, orlando has been heavy winds and overnight curfew. but i just want to tell you and share with the american people this morning the united states military's on the way. unlike is a response we had in hurricane harvey, what a difference it makes. the chairman and joint chiefs have emptied the barn you might say. there there's ships on the way following this storm in led by ab lincoln that i'm told will be the air boss. the army's committed already
17,000 troops and national guard active duty and reserve. as well as 90 aircraft and some 900 trucks and 90 iv b's. le it's itty-bitty boat. the army has a bunch of those used to are assault landings. 140 aircraft on call and 3,000 trucks on call. so there's a lot of help on the way to deal with the enormity of this task and the success of it will be based on how well we can execute the search and rescue plan working with local at state officials an getting integrated. but the department of defense is coming in with the right kit, right command and control structure. now we've got toeks cute, as this weather die down stashting from the south and coming north. >> lot of good information there. including the technical term ivb. itty-bitty boat. you and you were in houston in
the aftermath of harvey and i thought the local the were not calling in the calvary cast enough. what are your biggest concerns at this hour this morning? >> safety, people stand in place. because all the people we can communicate perfectly with now, that's 3 million people, without power they don't have the quality of information they had yesterday. so those that do, with the weather radios and iphones and all of those advises, they should stay connected. but, unless we can continue to communicate with folks, people are going to get nervous and looking for signs to get on the road. it is imperative that the keep the road the clear because all those troops i'm telling you about, they've got to get in. saturday morning i left shreveport, louisiana and power
trucks were on the way here. they've got to get in. the roads have to remain clear, otherwise the team and support that's needed that's got to come from the north in places like ta tone in a will not get in. everybody needs to freeze in place. have a to have an absolute shutdown of the interstates other than first responders as well as major state highways, people need to stay in place. otherwise the help won't get in. >> meaning if people are in shelters now, even if they're uncomfortable and god knows they are and we know situation can be overcrowded and hard to get peace and quiet, or if they're at home and the house is soggy, you're saying everybody stay put for the foreseeable future. >> unless it's a life or death situation you need to stay in place so we did get 9 help in. otherwise the road the are going to become congested. we need to get fuel in here to refuel all the gas stations from here to jacksonville. the otherwise people want to get
in. so we need a day, maybe a day and a half, so on local officials will tell people in local shelters but if you're going to get on state highways or interstate, you need to he keep them off until the help can get in here. >> general honore, it's always great to have your expertise. thank you very much. so chris, you heard the general. says what everything is saying that now is no time to try to change anything. everybody needs to remain sheltering in place at the moment. >>reporter: easy to say, tough to do when the power goes out. desperation sets in so quickly, not because of the fear of crime but what he was talking about, the need for information, i want know about my home. how bad is it? are we going to be okay? all of those things are very real especially in the moment. and the moment isn't ending here with hurricane irma. even here in naples, the storm
in the main part may be gone, but still getting wind and still don't know what happened in their homes. the red cross is going to be a big part of this story. they were here in the preparations for it. we see them at every disaster, we have our nation spokesperson for the red cross. we've heard numbers about how many people are in h shelters up to about 150,000. what can you tell us about the situation and how it will sustain today, tomorrow, into next week? >> started off with safe evacuation shelter working with the county to house all those people. pre land fall. they remain there currently and now we're going to begin to move from the evacuation phase to a longer term recovery phase. hundreds of thousands positioned in the center the state and begin to move those to the shelters so people can begin a longer term recovery once they determine the situation at their home. >> what are you seeing in terms
of need, jim? we were just making the point about people needing information. so do we, kind of, because unless you're everywhere and cnn is like an army of ants: we have so many people in different areas. but still a lot of need we haven't heard about. you have a great network of eyes and ears within your volunteer core and your own internal communication system. what are you hearing about what irma has done so far and what the concerns are going forward? >> well this has been just an incredibly massive storm. i think the needs are going to be first of all, long-term, red cross, has been here for about a week. we have 1500 people on the ground, another 500 on their way. the needs are going to be sheltering, foot, first aid and perhaps as importantly, emotional counseling. the red cross has a number of emotional counsellors here to help these people get through the first few days and weeks. >> and in terms of the ability
to meet the need, are you guys stretch stretched at all in terms of resources? we know you're still very much in full effect at harvey. >> you know, a cast like harvey and irma are so large, so massive i don't think there's one organization that sing eularl can handle all the need which is why we partner early on with county, state and local officials to make sure there's a synergy so the whole is greater than some of the parts. to that end i think we've done a pretty good job working with the government locally. while we are stretched, we are meeting the needs. >> down here, you look for the red kroets. either they're cnn and part of our team or you guys on the ground trying to do what you can to keep people safe and comfort them after the storm has passed. jim, let us know what we can do to help in your efforts.
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