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have harvey and irma and whatever else is on the way. can you give us a sense of locating housing for those that were misplaced. >> locating housing in texas? >> housing in texas, for those who need housing be it texas, be it outside of the state for the moment. >> i'll answer both. in texas, going back to praising the governor. he's done what we have seen in the pa past. he's owning the task force that he's initiated and he's a person in charge of the long-term recovery and there other solutions. some of them are short leffed and you'll find tell solutions and people can stay in their home and it's been flooded when the driwall is ripped out and they'll have to find a place to live temporarily and we try to find hotel solutions. fema has created a manufactured housing solution where they will put a travel trailer where you can live while your home is
being repaired and that's a solution when you have enough acreage and you can remove the temporary unit. that's essentially the option that we have right now. the third option is distance. there's available rental stock, because you have to draw a larger circumference. so we have some analysis done on the rental available housing stock and we can get you after the podium here, but we haven't yet obsessed entirely. >> florida will be the same model, but remember, it's a peninsula and a wider scale problem and it's been a larger-swath storm. we'll have to see if we have to implement solutions and we have the authorities and the budget to do so. i will make sure people are taken care of. >> there was a big concern, the health of mobile homes and then they wound up having issues with
formaldehyde. is that cleared up? there was a big concern about mobile home communities just being in place after katrina. is that out of the mind set now? >> as the government manufactured housing, we don't make it and we purchased it off the open market and the open market has improved and their building practices and we've improved through that experience in knowing who to buy from and not to buy from. i also understand that problems of ambient air quality continue to persist in our everyday hives. so we don't know how much formaldehyde is in this room, but it is a carcinogen at any level. the point here is that we take it very seriously and we make sure we message seriously the importance of basically ventilation, so to my knowledge we buy off of a better market now and we provide that solution in a more tailored and responsible manner.
>> a couple of questions about the conditions in florida. first of all, more than half of the floridians are now without power and usually a very local issue and this is a catastrophe of a much greater scale. when can people in florida expect to get the power back and what's the federal government's role in making that happen? >> my number business are north of 5 million. if the number is higher, i don't know if that constitutes half of the people in florida. >> households and businesses. >> it's a significant -- it's a significant number to the extent that a customer might have four people in the household. you will see that number increase. the number of people would be four in the home and the number of customers would be one so that's the difference. as i said earlier, we all have a joint role, florida power and light, luke electric, the u.s. government brings to bear a number of forces that are
imperative like push pushing debris out and the roadways. this will be the largest-ever mobilization of line restoration workers in this country, period. end of story. they were already mobilized yesterday. they were at the daytona speedway. we will have line restoration workers from every company in this country from states all over the country, but also from canada, coming to florida to help restore the lines. in florida, unlike houston where they're on power lines, in florida they're on poles. we have to restring the poles and the subplant and then line by line into each road and house by house. you can't hook up each house until the homeowner makes safe. you don't want to burn the house down with flood damage and corroded line. it is a joint effort from federal clearing to public and private partnerships to line restoration efforts that are partnered for the for-profit and
regulated road to the individual homeowner. >> what is your assessment? how long will it take? >> i would caution people between re-entry and that process we could have power down in homes for the coming weeks. weeks. i don't want to cause panic in florida and i'll come to a question here next. there are hospitals and nursing homes and other facilities that have generator power to provide services that are necessary and there the concern is providing fuel to those generators should they run out and it provides a great deal of fuel and contracts and we give that fuel to the state and locals and they distribute those to the wholesale and retail distribution and that's the best analogy. that's our rule there, as well and we expect that to happen seamlessly. sir? >> is preventing price gouges in the state of florida a federal responsibility or is that up to state officials. >> it can be both.
so i'll let you do what to prevent fraud. you heart pat bondi when there are state and local laws at play. neither officials and the attorney general of the united states or the attorneys general of the states will tolerate gouging. that's something that people ought to think twice about. sir? >> is it a possibility of a third and fourth supplemental for disaster relief? can you tell me how much monoet administration is addressing with the supplementals and will you put the legislation, as well? >> on the first point, no. we're trying to make sure we have responsiblest the mas and now we're going for the amount of money we need to get through the response operation phase. as we transition into the recovery we'll fig you out how much money we might need and go for the responsible request. it's not necessarily wrong, but
if we estimate a world and don't meet those estimates. >> with respect with flood programs, we'll go up and ask for the cap to be erased. >> i wonder if you had evacuated americans in the caribbean. the state department task force is working around the clock in operations and you assess those efforts can can you give a message to americans who are right now in dire straits in the caribbean who are listening to this. what should the expectation be for an evacuation? how soon can americans get the americans out? >> i'm preaching caution to make sure people understand this is an ongoing effort and there will be long, painful days ahead. i believe doubling down on my assertion that this is the first, integrated, full-scale response in the u.s. lirj inislands and puerto rico and
nonus islands where we helped during a window of operational safety between jose and irma. this has been a large event and you'll hear positive stories from it. control expectations and we have a long road ahead of us to bring electrical power back online and we have flotillas, a total of nine large ships and i'll just cut right to the oak hill, wasp, mclean and abraham lincoln and iwo jima, and the ferrigate in new york. that is an aircraft carrier and large platforms of helicopters, that is an operation, for most americans has never been mobilized for this type of emergency response effort inn or history. to the extent it meets the need, we're saving hundreds if not
thousands off the island collectively. i would be surprised because we're mobilizing ourselves in a way we've never mobilized before. the governor and the president of the united states and the governor of puerto rico were all pleased so i am no position to assess it as a positive outcome. >> with so many people that evacuated from the keys and given the level of destruction there. any time estimate on when people might be able to return to the keyses? >> the keys are going take a whine, there's reason that it may or may not have been bent. that route one is a large, expansive bridge essentially and all of that has to be looked at for structural integrity. i would expect the keys are not equipped for re-entry.
if that's wrong and i'm wrong let the locals bring you in and i would say that expectation is pretty broad and for the people that chose to stay that every morning to leave, we hope they took the warning and those that didn't, we'll take that down as soon as you humanly can. i talk the toed femaed admin strarth that he's had a good accessment that lives were lost, if the responders -- >> i see sarah -- i'm going to actually end on that, if i could and where i started. today is a day of solemnity for nerve and it's why i got into this business and the level of response that we've seen it just kind of goes to show what we've got if we want to bring ourselves together and help our
fellow humans. under president trump i think we put up a good effort. please, for the people of person please continue to follow the instructions of your local authorities and it it will be a frustrating week ahead. thank you all very much. >> thank you, tom, as he wrapped up he reiterated the need to listen to local authorities. i know that the governor of florida is getting ready to hold a press conference. i'll try to take as many questions as i can and i'll cover that extensively. finally, before i take your questions, a number of you asked about the ongoing request to the violence in burma. i'll read a statement that will be coming out shortly on that topic. the united states is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in burma where 300,000 people have left their homes on secure burmese posts on august 25th
reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence. with that, i'll take your questions. >> one, do you have a reaction to steve bannon's comments on $60 minutes" saying the firing of james comey was the biggest political mistake in history. if you can look forward to tomorrow and the president meeting with the malaysian prime minister. what do you expect to sooshgs chief that? and will the president avoid that issue into him? it was a pretty wide-ranging topic and the comey firing and we've been clear on what our position is and certainly, that has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing director comey since directors firing. we've learned new information about his contact that only provided further justification
until it was leaking priviledged information of journalists and he politicized it for a presidential candidate. i think the president has been very clear on his position on that front. he's very pleased with the new director and has full confidence in him to fully restore and lead the fbi. in terms of malaysia and all of that question. hard trance egz, but i tried to make cover there, that continue asks president looks forward to covering the issues with the prime minister and talk about how they can strengthen counter terrorism, cooperation certainly and the halt of isis addressing north korea and making sure we promote the south china sea. those are some of the priorities
of tomorrow's meeting, but i'm not going to get ahead much further than that on any conversation that may take place. look, we're not going to comment on an ongoing investigation being led by the department of justice and that investigation is apolitical and independent of anything taking place tomorrow. >> thanks, sarah. during that, i think mitch mcconnell and will to a degree, paul ryan does not want the populist agenda to be implemented. it's very obvious and it's as obvious as night fall is day. first of all, does the president agree with that obvious characterization of mcconnell and ryan? >> the president's committed to working with congress and we have a very big agenda. the president wants to work with all members of congress and that includes the republican leadership as well as democrats. i think you saw some of the president's leadership last week when he helped strike a deal to make sure we got the funding that was necessary. we're focused on moving things
forward and certainly that's the goal and the priority of the administration. >> what would he like to see given his past criticisms of mr. mcconnell and ryan. would he like to see different leadership in the republican ki congress. >> the president is committed to working with what we have and nothing beyond that at this point. >> to follow up on bannon's comments. when he said all of that about mcconnell and ryan and also said they wanted to nullify the 2016 election results. so just a simple yes or no question, does the president agree with that assessment? >> is he still talking with steve bannon? does he still seek councils on the outside? >> i don't think anything beyond that since he left. john decker. >> i think we may be aworrying
mo answering more questions about steve bannon. did you happen to watch the interview? >> i don't know if he watched it in its entirety. >> i did watch part of it. what was your reaction to it? >> as pay former colleague of yours who worked at the white house. were you disappointed with any of his comments? were you surprised by any of his comments? do you like the fact that a former staffer is speaking so openly about some of the inner workings of what happens here at the white house on a regular basis? >> i'm sure it made for great tv and i'm sure cbs will be happy to put those ratings out. as for me i am here to speak on behalf of the administration. francesca. >> sarah -- isn't that what this is? a good thing? on steve bannon, d.r.e.a.m.ers should consider self-deporting when the permits runs out. is that something that the white house thinks is realistic that the d.r.e.a.m.ers would
voluntarily leave the country and is that something the president thinks they should do? >> the administration has been clear on what our position is. we are hoping congress will step up and do its job and fix this problem and implement responsible immigration reform and addressing that problem would be a part of it. >> last week, nancy pelosi and the president would sign the d.r.e.a.m. act. >> the presidented and administration are looking at responsible immigration reform and part of that would be part of that process, but we want to do something that addresses a multitude of issues and again, congress has six months to do their job and we're hopeful and confident that they will. >> steve bannon said this discussion over daca would lead to a civil war in the republican party. how and why is he wrong with that? >> i think steve always likes to speak in kind of the most extreme measures. i'm not sure that i agree with that. john? >> on a different topic. >> oh, wow! maybe you get two questions
then. >> in just a matter of weeks. two storms that were categorized and one in 500 years or longer, major events have hit the united states. in line of that, has the president given any thought to reviewing his decision to leave the paris climate accords? >> i am not sure on the paris climate deal. as he said at the time the goal is to always do our very best when it comes to taking care of the environment and taking proper steps. the united states is one of the best in the world at doing this. we want to the continue to do that, but right now the administration is focused on the recovery and relief efforts and as tom said a few minutes ago, we'll look at that analysis once we get through the coming days and focus on the recovery and relief and saving life effort taking place. >> to follow up here, can you clarify whether the president believes that human activity contributes to climate change? >> the president's addressed this already. >> i don't think that it's
changed over the last several weeks and again, he's addressed his opinion on that several times since. >> on something that happened back on august 10th, the president declaring that he wanted to have a national emergency when it came to the opioid crisis. it has now been more than a month since he said that. it's a delay for the president that likes to do things quickly as he's said. when does he intend to declare this an emergency and get the ball rolling on that. >> absolutely taking it seriously and members of the administration have continued to meet and work on the details of that national declaration and that is certainly a big priority for the administration and will continue to focus on -- >> it's a much more involved process and that's something that they're, woing through on the legal side and administrative side and making sure it's done correctly. >> i need to ask about steve mnuchin. >> tricky, tricky, bender.
>> they'll talk to a bunch of committee and what do they want that budget resolution to look like and does the administration support the house budget? >> i don't want to get ahead of their conversations and i'll let secretary mnuchin, i think plans to address that in further detail tomorrow. >> he took -- this is from last week from the republicans' first handling of the debt deal. what does the president think of secretary mnuchin so far? >> he has confidence in secretary mnuchin and is happy he's part of the effort to work with gary cohn to get reform done this year. >> you said that he was responsible for giving false testimony. do you believe that comey either perjured himself before congress or at the very least misled congress in his testimony? >> think that's something probably for doj to look at. not me. i'm not an attorney. >> one on the equifax leak and
tax reform. >> if a big tax reform doesn't pass by december would the president consider adding middle-class tax cuts? >> we are focused on making sure we get a complete tax reform package. that's the goal. >> right now, that's the focus and if that doesn't happen we'll look at other options at that point. >> americans' personal data security after the equifax leak is more regulation warranted for the handling of americans' personal data. >> that's something we have to look at extensively and tom bosser will be one of the primary people taking the lead on that front and we'll have to explore the best ways to make sure americans are protected in that sense. >> thank you. was the president disappointeded by steve bannon's comments on "60 minutes"? >> i don't know if he was disappointed. >> did steve bannon warn the president that firing james comey would be the biggest political mistake in modern
history? >> as i mentioned the governor of florida will have a press conference and we want to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to tune in. the press team will be here and we're happy to answer any questions particularly if you have anything beyond steve bannon we'd be more than happy to answer. thanks, guys. all right. sarah sanders wrapping up a white house press briefing. a lot of questions about steve bannon's interview with 60 minutes that aired and it turned out to be a category 3 interview if you forgive the meta for and a lot of cleanup to be done from that interview which we will discuss at a future time, but right now we're dealing with the aftermath of hurricane irma, as well and before we heard from the white house press secretary we heard from the homeland security advisor tom bossert. he they might impact the recovery, fort down there. he noted that to get all of the electricity back up in florida, there are 6,000 customers -- 6
million customers in florida without power and it could take weeks which is something we've heard from officials, as well and an interesting note from tom bosser, the two areas of acute concern for the administration are the florida keys and jacksonville, florida, also where we've seen terrible flooding just over the last few hours. i don't think you could pick two points in florida further apart than jacksonville and the florida keys which just shows you the scope of the devastation from hurricane irma. let's go to jacksonville right now if we can. kaylee hartung is in jacksonville and has been covering this flooding and the images that we've seen from this, kaylee, have been astounding. what's it look like now? >> reporter: john, the waters of the st. johns river is still rolling into downtown jacksonville. we are two blocks inland from the st. john's river. the good news, i'm not standing in water right now. i am standing on high ground and
the best way it has come up to look at this pile of debris, and the water is still very much a threat here. high tide was at 2:00. we recognize that would be the height of the concern here. that time has come and gone and it is a good sight to see these waters beginning to recede, but we all know how quickly these scenarios can change. the advice local officials are giving is go up, not out right now, but plenty of people not heeding these warnings all around me. this is about as busy as we've seen it outside. children, families getting a look still as these waters rolling into downtown, but officials say unless it is essential you should continue shelter in place and do not leave your homes and do not get on the roads. there is just no need while these floodwaters are so unpredictable at this time. what we are encountering here in jocks downtown jacksonville, outside of the omni hotel and from boca raton, a family over
here from pointa vedra, they came here thinking this would be a safe place to shelter and yet here are the waters of the st. john's river rolling up right into the middle of downtown. an unprecedented event, historic flooding and the records continue today and the winds continue to gust. >> all right. kaylee, i'm going to cut you off, kaylee as there is concern about jacksonville. i am sure we'll listen to governor rick scott briefing now. >> 16 years ago our country came under attack and thousands of americans lost their lives. we will never forget them and today we reflect on the memory of the loved and lost. we are also reminded of the bravery and selflessness of the law enforcement and first responders. some of which who tragically lost their lives that day as they ran to danger to save others. i am always amazed at the resolve of law enforcement and we are seeing their commitment to families today as they conduct search and rescue missions to keep people safe.
today i want to thank the u.s. coast guard. i want to thank admiral schultz for taking me on today's tour to assess damage and i want to talk about later. we have a wonderful coast guard and we have a wonderful military and i can't say enough about how they have shown up and they're continuing to show up to do the right thing. our military not only defends the freedom of this country, but they show up when there is a crisis. i just received a weather briefing on tropical storm irma's continued path through our state. it's been downgraded to a tropical storm and sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. here's work we're seeing across the state. storm surge, eight feet. monaco county experienced 10 feet. what's interesting about the storm surge is it's totally different than andrew. a lot of us remember andrew and we didn't see the storm surge in andrew. it was more of a wind event.
and tampa, we're seeing two to four feet of storm surge right now and this will last throughout today. we're seeing surge of three to six feet along the big bend and you remember the big bend in the panhandle last year and irma got significant storm surge and we saw a lot of damage. in central florida and the orlando area we are seeing rain of more than a foot. in jacksonville and northeast florida, the storm surge is three to five feet on top of a foot of rainfall which is causing flooding in the st. john's river and they explained to me this morning in the weather briefing that hurricane jose is also pushing water into the northern part of our state which is preventing the water from flowing out as fast. i spoebke to him and assured hi that resources are being deployed. fish and wild life commission deployed search and rescue teams with ten boats that were
pre-stage to jacksonville. we will do everything we did and the way i look at it is as governor, we want to the keep everybody from the storm and we want to keep everyone safe from the storm and get everyone back to life as quickly as possible. we have deployed a 25-person team from the state operations center to the emergency operation in putnam, duval and clay counties in response to this historic flooding. we will continue to send resources to jacksonville and any other community in need. rainfall exceeding a foot in many communities in northeast, central and southeast southwest, florida. fortunately, the heaviest rains have cleared the state. however, this rain caused flash flooding in northeast florida. rivers across the state continued to rise and standing water remains an issue over the entire peninsula. the biggest threat for week is the florida will be river flooding and most of it will be in the northern part of the state. stay tuned to local advisories
and river flood watches and warnings. families in southeast florida and the tampa bay area need to be especially vigilant as local rivers can remain at flood levels until this weekend and we see that in the corridor north. the heaviest winds have left florida and the entire peninsula experienced tropical storm force winds with gusts felt as far east as jacksonville. thankfully, the threat of tornadoes has diminished. we've received several reports of tornadoes including two in brevard county and the national weather service is looking to confirm the reports. if your family and your family have evacuated it's extremely important that you check with local officials before you return home to make sure you can safely do so. don't think just because this is has passed you can run home. we have downed power lines all a krot the state. we have roads that are impassable and still across the state and we have debris all
over the state. our goal is don't put anymore lives at risk. don't put your lives at risk because of downed power lines and debris and impassable roads. this morning i had the opportunity to travel with the coast guard and admiral schultz has surveyed damage throughout the west coast of florida and the keys. i want to thank the coast guard for this opportunity. here's what we saw. we saw the remnants of the storm surge along the west coast and we didn't see -- i didn't see the damage i thought i would see. we clearly saw homes that were messed up. we clearly saw roofs that were off. we clearly saw boats out of place and things like that, but we didn't see more damage and they're still on the roads and on the west coast and this is confirmed to the mayors i've spoken to today, it's not as bad as we thought the storm surge would do. when you get to the keys, we were able to fly into key west
which was as of just a few hours before we landed had significant water still on it, but they worked to clear that. we went over all of that area. we saw a lot of boats washed ashore and we saw any, basically, any trailer park there overturned and i don't think i saw one trailer park and almost everything wasn't overturned and we saw lots of flood damage and from talking to the officials in the keys, the water is not working, the sewer is not working and no electricity. so it is very tough. the national guard and this is, i think, general michael calhoun, they've already gone all of the way down to the keys and all of the bridges are passable. the roads are passable. however, there is clearly bridge damage. there's clearly road damage, but you can get down there and traffic -- there's not a lot of traffic which is good.
it's moving. my heart goes out to the people in the keys. there's devastation. it's and i just hope everybody survived. it's horrible what we saw. especially for the keys, it's going to be a long road. there's a lot of damage. i know everybody wants to get back to normal. i know everyone wants to get started, but again, you've got to be patient and you have to get the first responders in the keys and we have to get the water again and the suers going again and it will take a lot of time. i can tell you everybody at the local level, at the state level and the federal level, everybody is working hard. our brave members of local, state and federal law enforcement, the national guard, military members have been working around the clock to save people's lives. we've got rescue teams with all sorts of equipment trying to make sure we don't lose anybody.
if anybody is in harm's way you can call your local law enforcement and call the state emergency hot line which is 800-342-3775 and someone will show up. we're working with fema. i can tell you that the white house has been outstanding. i've talked to president trump three times yesterday. i talked to administrator bark long with fema. i talked to him multiple times yesterday. i have talked to so many cabinet members. i talked to vice president pence yesterday, the white house and everyone at the federal level is showing up and my belief is they're going to show up and they'll do everything they can. we've got -- and i'll talk a little bit about the missions, and the resources they're providing. the -- d.o.t. is working hard to clear the roads and inspect the bridges all across the state. d.o.t. needs to inspect bringes before the people go back to the barrier islands and things like
that. it was a top priority after matthew. if you don't need to be on the roads, don't get out. again, there are power lines and all sorts of things like that that we're working on. let me just go on down. i've never needed to do this before. the u.s. navy -- the navy and coast guard will be providing resources, the "uss iwo jima" and "uss new york" to provide search and rescue and other things. power outages, we have 65% of the state without power. it's going to take us a long time to get power back. i've been talking to the utilities and i've having daily calls with the utilities to get power back on. they'll do everything they can. i've been talking to nursing homes all morning. i've been talking to assisted living and everybody needs their power back on. i can tell you that they're
bringing in 23,000 members. this is just what the utilities are doing and not including the support of the military. >> fuel. we're doing everything we can to get fuel back in the state. we had fuel shortages last week and we had outages and we had a lot of shortages. the two big parts are tampa and port everglades. both of them have fuel in their tach tanks that they had to have in their tanks during the hurricane. weigh are getting that out through our carriers and we're giving them law enforcementes korts. we are doing the same with the utilities to get the trucks out as much as possible. we are getting those down here as much as possible. i can just tell you that everybody will work hard. we have to keep everybody safe. we've got to get our hospitals back open. we have to get our fuel back here and we have to get our roads open and we have to get
everybody their electricity back and i can't tell you everyone that's not working and my experience is everyone is working their tail off and everyone will have to be patient because it will take a lot of work to get this done. this is not an insignificant storm. this impacted our -- and what's different here is it impacted the state. you can preposition assets on one half of the state and this one you couldn't because it was coming all of the way down the state so it is a lot of work. so i want to thank everybody starting with the president. i want to thank everybody at the federal government and i want to thank everybody at the local government and state government. they have busted their rear keeping us all safe and it's my distinct opportunity to introduce someone i've enjoyed traveling with today and i know that with his leadership the coast guard will be an unbelievable partner in this, admiral schultz. >> thank you, governor. good afternoon, as elaine duke said this morning the department of homeland security has been preparing for irma to arrive first in the caribbean and here
in florida for the good part of more than a week. the coast guard has been reconstituting forces today. >> we'll pull away. you were listening to rick scott of florida running through his takeaways from taking a tour both over florida and then the keys. a couple of the headlines and i'll bring in lieutenant general russel honore. the river is flooding and just because you think you're in the clear will rivers will continue to rise and the storm surge in parts of florida up to eight feet and especially in the keys, and that was reiterated by tom bossert in the white house briefing prior to this. he was saying a lot of water and a lot of boats washed ashore. trailer parks overflowed and the word he used was the devastating from the governor of florida. general honore is with me and he led the hurricane response after katrina. you were taking copious notes as you were listening to the
governor there, what of all of his points and observations made the biggest impression on you? >> well, the details broke that it took to pull that picture together and for them to start setting a priority of work. that is very important. the number one right now is to save lives, of course, and he reiterated there, but then to start waiting and this is where the state and the federal government will get the real test because there will be places and populations that will not be able to remain in their current location beyond a couple of days. >> how do you mean? >> locations where you have a large numbers of elderly people that require extensive care that have been dislocated to shelters and those shelters may not have power right now. i would suspect there would be a relocation starting with some of
the people in the keys, particularly those that were elderly and sick that did not displace before to air and medevac them out. the second phase of the search and rescue after the assessment is done would be to take a look at the selective evacuation that needs to take place. you can't maintain that large number of people with bottles of water and with a few generators. you can bridge some of the infrastructure up in the keys like a hospital. you can take prime power and you can take some bmgs and the biz fashi big facility generators, but i think in the next 10 to 24 hours we may start seeing some selective evacuation out of the areas that you can sustain large populations in, but it's going to take them at least the rest of the day to assess where those
are, brooke. >> so that's the keys. again, going back to what the white house's point was, they said the federal focus on jacksonville which is where you see a lot of the flooding and what do you do if you're in the rest of florida. to me, general, if there are 6 million without power. 75% or so of just the city of miami out of power, how do you advise those people? >> again, that's when you will start looking at the most vulnerable population. those people that health will start to deteriorate because the power isn't to them or those that are in their homes that were able to survive the first 24 to 36 hours and the stay-home kit will start to expire. we told people have three to five days' supply of food. in the next 24 hours that will start to deteriorate and when people need food and water and they'll need to set up distribution points. we have an enormous task right now that's in distribution
points so people can get food and water in the communities they're in. the other one, brooke, will be to command the highways and i thought we'll have much more stringent control of the interstate, but it looked like the state is going with a control by the cities as indication, the city of miami is telling citizens not to come until tomorrow because we've got to get the troops deployed. we've got to the get the fuel deployed and we've got to get those power companies in position. from what i'm seeing here now is everything is headed in the right direction, but i hope that they start to plan and their assessments include what vulnerable population need to be evacuated because you can't keep people surrounded by water beyond 24 to 36 hours because you deplete the amount of food and water you have available there, particularly with that large grid is down. >> general honore, i don't know how much of the video that you're seeing of these pictures
over the florida keys. the governor said and he took the aerial tour and we can trust him and he was the eyewitness in saying he didn't see the damage he thought he would see which is a good thing, but he did also point out as we're looking at now just all of the roofs gone, you know, boats toppled, cars turned over. i mean this was a powerful storm. >> absolutely. and that brings to the problem, if the estimate i saw at one time is that 5,000 people in the keys. how do you sustain them there with the infrastructure that's broke and many of the housing is destroyed? that will be problematic and they'll have to selectively, i think, evacuate some of those people to other states until they can get the infrastructure up and get that place where it can operate safely and get the grid up, get the sewer system running and get the power plant back online that produced the
water. so i think those decisions will be coming and if my projections are right and my estimate is right within the next 12 to 24 hours we'll start seeing some selected evacuation out of florida because there's no other safe place in florida to maintain those size populations. >> general honore, thank you as always for your time and your wisdom. you talked so much about the keys. we have bill weir standing by in the keys and my colleague john berman is in miami. john, over to you. i take that back. we'll go to break. we'll be right back. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he?
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them. the governor of florida, rick scott just briefed the press and he's been all over florida today. he took a tour up the coast, up the west coast in a helicopter and said it wasn't as bad as he feared, but when it comes to the florida keys, he says he saw devastation. our bill weir rode out the storm in key largo. he's been filing amazing reports from there for days. we want to the check in with bill in key largo. bill? >> reporter: we're running on fumes. there's no gas here. the roads are cut off because they have to inspect the bridges and instagram angel heard my call for help, her name is shirley and she said hey, my friend katherine's dad has gas in his shed. that's the shed over there, after climbing the roof, those angels bought us a few more hours of live shots because these days our car is our home and our office, but you get a sense of just one of the homes here and this scene is repeated in an apocalyptic streetscape
here in a neighborhood, a blink and a nod. this is mile marker 97. that's how they gauge distance in this part of the keys here and just about every home we've seen sustained some damage. the mobile homes, obviously, more than others and the post-andrew heavy stone construction seemed to have survived pretty unscathed, at least down here, but we're dying to get down south to the lower keys, but the florida department of transportation has to inspect all of the bridges before they're going to open up u.s. 1 and since there are 43 islanda, you can imagine what a huge job that is and the people are hoping to get back to the keys, you may have to wait a while. so, john, you can see here, some of the boat damage and just about all of the vessels here on the atlantic side were heaved up by that storm surge as irma came ashore. about at cudjoe key, what is that, tiffany? what mile marker is cudjoe?
26. we're at 97. so 60-plus miles from here, so we'll do our best to bring you as many stories as we can while we look for a boat or a plane or any sort of transportation that can get us further down to the lower keys because we hear about people in shelters. we hear about folks in key west who are really anxious to checkup on. but until i send it back to you. >> unbelievable. bill weir in key largo getting fuel from a good saa and what a great report to get us focused to get the aid we need down there. and really, really inspiring information from key largo, and we appreciate that. let's go up the coast to diane braden, and what are you seeing
the there? >> yes, john. we don't have the same situation of bill down there in key west, but people here don't have water and loft them have water and as you can see, alleys full of water, and this is siden from people's homes in bradenton and this is ripped off by the winds of irma. this is right on the bay. i want to give you a lye look from the cnn drone where we are located. you stee bay there, and this neighborhood back here seemed to catch the brunt of the winds from irma. nobody was here, and this is why it is so important to head the evacuation orders, because the sheriff's office came by on friday, i am told by the neighbors, with a bull horn saying you have to get out, this is dangerous. and this is when they thought that it would be an incredibly category 3 direct hit to this area, and obviously, that is not what happened, but you can see that it is good news that people did not stay here, because look at this. this la ni here, this sun porch here is crushed in and we have glass and the door is open, but there is no room.
the furniture is still there, and the angels in the window are still here, but i have been seeing the people coming in and they have no idea with the carports just ripped to shreds and people are finding the sides of the homes and the roofs in the yards two to three streets over. one woman who came to check on her father-in-law's homes over here and she asked if we could use the drone to see the rooftop of the home up here because she didn't know how bad it was. while many are feeling lucky that the forecast did not come true in that a category three or higher slammed into the area, but if this is your home or your father or mother's home, because this is a are retirement community of 55 and older, you have a lot of work to do coming forward and the good news again, nobody was actually here when the storm hit. >> that is is the good news, dianne gallagher for us in bradenton, and we are hearing that from the people who go through the storms and the message to the rest of america,
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deep south and the carolinas and tennessee and alabama. >> brooshgs -- brooke, it conti break records, and it is just something up into the carolinas and north georgia and records are falling. nice to see the dry air to infiltrate the system and the sunshine for the cleanup efforts, but of course, the rescuers continuing with the aid that needs to get out. as we are taking a look of this, there is a little bit of the wind coming in of course from the west coast, and we have not and will not see what is expected as far as some of the great damage of the surge after the storm made its way more inland and that is good news, baup kol of days ago we were talking about how this is 500 miles from naples that we were going to be talk about jacksonville, and jacksonville, because early on with the storm being so broad, we were seeing this wind flow coming in to northern florida, and they saw it first when the system was still well off shore off of the coast of south florida, so we know what happened with matthew a year ago, but now we are
seeing the records broken and the surge is going to continue through the carolina coast. first watches and warnings and notice up here in the jacksonville area, we are seeing the records that surpassed not only matthew last year with the water shoved up into the st. john's rivers and dora in the '60s, but the record missing matthew by 0.02, but in the charlotte area, we are seeing the records well over the b battery and well into the downtown area. again, 9.92 feet which is a half foot above the all-time record, and watches for rainfall across parts of georgia. now, when you look at the rainfall, it is interesting to note that for first time in history, we have a tropical storm warning for atlanta and most of georgia as it is continuing the make its way there, and we are getting the u power outages across the state of georgia and alabama and south carolina, and most of the tornadoes, brooke, continue to
be with the flow on shore, and this is a big concern from the southern parts of georgia up to charleston and beyond. so again, the records will continue to fall unfortunately. >> you are track it, tom sater, as always, you are on it, and when we check in later with you, and thank you for being with me, and on behalf of my colleague john berman and i, thank you for being with us, and our live coverage of hurricane irma continues with "the lead with jake tapper." >> this is cnn breaking news. good afternoon, and than kwouk, brooke. irma's destruction is not over yet as the former hurricane now tropical storm is continuing north with millions of americans still in its path. right now, the streets in downtown jacksonville, florida, are so flooded that the national weather service says that the flooding has surpassed the city's previous flooding record of 1864, the year before the lincoln assassination. and a short time ago