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where the jet struck 16 years ago today. and a reading of the names of the incident who died in the attack. there's such great pan and 16 years later there is still unanswered questions about how the attack was orchestrated. we remember the victims and our hearts are with those families. thanks for joining us. good evening we're broadcasting tonight from braiding ton, florida which is south of tampa north of sarasota. the community dodged a bullet. you can see not everybody was quite so lucky in this area. we're on the west coast but it's hard to find a area that wasn't affected by hurricane irma. over the next two hours we're going to take you all over the state to florida keys. up in jacksonville we saw storm surge and flooding and they're still dealing with her dangerous
flooding. irma's strong winds are hitting atlantic. so far there's one death confirmed in florida, a single car accident. the death toll will likely rise. there's the immediate issues that floridians are dealing with, lack of electricity, millions are without power. as we've seen all over the state people may be without electricity but they are certainly not without their strength. >> irma's fiery, the path of destruction not seen in florida in decades. the storm knocking out power to millions. >> i've been here for 22 years, i never seen nothing like it. the southern mo the. >> the southern most keys bore the brunt. the images show destruction. some of the towns remain cut off, getting aid will be a
challenge. naples was hit hard as well. the number of homes damaged or outright destroyed is still unknown. but the impact of irma spans nearly the entire state. many first responders had to remain off the street during the storm, but quickly got to work as soon as possible. they rescued 50 people from the riviera beach apartment complex after the roof blew off the buildings. amidst the chaos, a healthy baby girl was born. >> when we got there she was pretty much almost all the way out. she was -- and the patient's mother, the mother of the person in labor was actually pretty much delivering the baby, her own grand daughter in the bathroom on the floor. >> moving on --
>> people wen out of their way as well to protect animals, from escorting flamingos to safety to these men who helped save a stranded manatee in sarasota by the way. this woman brought her horse inside during storm. as irma moved north t brought record breaking flooding to jacksonville, water levels surpassing the previous held record set in 1964. in charleston, south carolina, portions of the city are flooded, the governor says thousands are without power. >> we're going to talk to the mayor in jacksonville shortly just to get a sense of the extent of the flooding. there's a lot of water still on the ground, as i mentioned we're also getting a look at the daniel of the florida keys. it was a cat 4 hurricane when it hit.
thousands of people stayed to ride out the storm. our bill weir has been reporting from the keys before the hit. tell us what you see, where you are and what's it's like. >> reporter: you know anderson the sky turned from black to blue, paradise blue and the mood turned from anticipation and fear of the storm to utter shock and heart break. you see what's left of the florida keys. this is sea breeze, a mobile home park here on plantation keys mark of i-67. this is north of the storm, worst the farther south you go you can't get down there. we have to use cellular phones. it's uncertainty with how neighborhoods are doing. this is rich and stacey and rocksy, come on over. this is billy. these folks moved out of here, good to see you folks.
billy you here as well. i was seeing the shock stacey on your face as you came and saw what your old neighborhood looked like. >> it's devastating. we feel for our friends and family that became part of our family when we lived here, we were here for three years. we came to take pictures for people concerned about their homes and they're not just snow birds, these are their homes, families that lived here. we're just so so sorry and we just pray that everybody's safe and, you know, everybody will be okay. >> right. >> reporter: i don't know if you can see behind stacey, the x on the door that's a sign of the search and rescue, the date and time that means no bodies were found here. and thankfully no lives lost. billy, your family has been in this neighborhood since donna blew ashore in 1960. what's it like seeing your home scattered every where?
>> yeah it was devastating. we were on the ocean front there so there's nothing left. just like stacey said we're hoping to get the families back in here and back to normal living conditions. we hope that fema will help us out doing that as soon as possible. this was a residential neighborhood mobile home park not a tourist. >> right, these are year rounders? >> absolutely. >> reporter: and what's so striking to me today, i had total strangers come up and offer us water and gasoline. that goes to the spirit of the keys right, that gives hope the rebuilding will come together. >> exactly. we came down and brought pizza to people across the street. so we had just enough gas for one more trip and a lot of people have been on facebook that live here. they kept asking us again, this is the second time we've been here, just please tell us what's
left, take a picture. these are people that. >> reporter: right right right. >> you see wreckage and homes and family. >> reporter: exactly. what time just the day-to-day going forward? we got no power, no ac, no telephone running water. are you going to stay here and ride it out? >> yeah, stay here and help the residence as much as possible. get back to normal living conditions. we're devastated here. we have 50% of the building standing but other than that everything else is off its foundation so we're hoping to get back to normal living conditions. hopefully like i said, fema and sun communities will help out this sun community park and get us back on our feet. >> sun community bought a bunch of mobile homes. it's up to them to build condos or give back to people.
>> we're hoping that don't happy. >> these are people that work at bars restaurants, dog parks across the street. it's a community. >> reporter: our hearts go out to all of you and i know our viewers' does as well. thanks for talking to us. anderson, a little sample of a couple families that are still reeling from what irma rocked. back to you. >> i was watching you walk around earlier today when i was seeing your reports, one of the things that struck me is the silence that exist. you hear the wind coming off the water but you don't hear cars, or the usual sounds of a community alive. you hear things that are broken, you hear a storm drain, you know a storm gutter that's scraping on the street, all the sounds are winds whipping through the metal and residue of people's
home. it's a surreal and sickening sound. >> reporter: it is. it strikes me, a couple of view disasters and one of the few side tracks there's car or home alarms sounding to no answer. and you walk through a neighborhood like this and you see children' coloring back on the ground. we found a box of family photos. can you imagine what this place sound like full of life, right. but at the same time, we also heard the sound of the cavalry coming. we saw first responders from l.a. fire department rolling down u.s. 1 of miami-dade. soon they'll hear the sound of building and back to normal. it will take a while but you got a sense of the resilience who call this place home. >> we appreciate you being there and wish everyone the best. i spoke on the phone with key
west city manager jim shoel. jim how are things on the islands how are the residence doing? >> we're doing considerable well even though we had a cat 4 make landfall up the road. it was a lot of devastation but mostly as the mayor told you, vegetation and the complications of trees falling on utilities or falling on power lines or the roofs, tearing up some soft water distribution system. those types of impacts. the storm surge in key west was not as bad as it was in some of the areas of the keys. we were fortunate that we were on the weaker side of the storm and that high wall area, i think could have been stronger but seem to not batter us as bad as what we expected at the time. it was very significant, the strongest storm anybody's seen in key west in decades. but, you know we got by much
less damage than what i thought. >> yeah, i mean when you were riding out at the height of the storm, given what you saw and what you were hearing, did you think it was going to be much worse? >> well, i expected it to be, but i have to tell you, we're in a new city hall building that we just moved into this last november. it was built to the latest building standards for south florida, and it was amazing how solid this building was. looking out the windows and seeing the effects of the wind and the water, but really not necessarily feeling the impact behind the walls and the windows of this building. so my hats off to the contractors for that. still, it's very impressive to be in a weather event like that and then be able to come out and start the recovery process and help out our community. >> and just in terms of supplies
for residence who are there, obviously water is an issue, electricity, i know cell service is out. what kind of supplies do you need? >> well we need the same supplies everybody needs. food, water, fuel and communication, better kind of activity. we planned for those things constantly and we know we're going to have deteriorated ability to communicate but this one's been challenging with the power out throughout the keys and having the cell phone communications and internet communications out. we've had to downgrade to old pot system telephone systems and that's been working. some of us are old enough to remember how to do that and we're teaching the younger ones. that makes it a challenge. we only have one road in and out
for the keys and key west is at the end of that road. so we were again very fortunate that as the mayor said the bridges were not compromised to the point where they're not able to handle traffic that really will help the recovery process, having the ability to have vehicles come down and not have to rely on all aircraft or sea born logistics to bring in the resources. but the recourses are starting to trickle in and we expect them to start flowing in much more tomorrow. we got three airfields that are open and ready to receive aircraft and the florida department of transportation did clear the road for road passage down here to key west. >> jim, i wish you and everybody there the best. thanks so much. >> thanks anderson, take care. >> we're on the western coast of florida today, braidington.
basically every community one way or another was affected by this community. and now it's aftermath in the eastern florida of jacksonville. i smoke with the mayor in jacksonville before we wen on the air to talk about the condition. he was saying look this is not over for them. first kelly is in jacksonville she joins us tonight. kelly, you've been covering this now all day today and yesterday. can you describe in jacksonville what you're seeing there today, how much the flooding is right now and how much of a concerns is. >> reporter: absolutely anderson. i'm standing in downtown jacksonville here, anybody familiar with the areas will be familiar with the landing, a very popular watering hole and these parks. a category 3 storm surge carried the waters in the st. johns river here up and over these seawalls and rolled it down the
street. when we walked here at 11:00 a.m. this morning the water was three blocksen land and it continues to rise throughout the day. as bad as it looks three blocks inland we were told, it is going to guess worse. 2:00 p.m. when the tides were 3 feet, now it's worse. at time we saw white caps in the waters as it flooded the street of downtown. i had my rain jacket on all day but i don't think i ever felt rain fall from the sky, it was the wind ripping up on these tunnel that it created down these downtown street to smack us when the water. you can understand the power of the storm surge throughout this day as we felt incredibly gusts of wind. for now the waters has receded but as the mayor told us, don't be fooled when you see some of the pockets of the water
starting to recede, because you can turn the corner and fine more water. this situation in jacksonville, anderson, very far from over. >> it's also a kind of a slap in the face. the residence who thought -- when that storm started going to the west two days ago, everyone thought, okay it's going to be tampa, it's going to be naples, ft. myers, some folks in jacksonville have been told to evacuate, and saying oh it's knot going to effect us. but now we're talking about jacksonville one day after the storm made landfall. >> reporter: yeah. and downtown today i met so many people staying in downtown hotels who had come here from other parts of florida. from as far south, boca raton or hollywood. they thought this was a safe place to be. and then they come out from their hotel this morning to see waters lapping up at the doors
of hotels downtown. the other area of concern i need to point out anderson, while we spent our day in the central business district down here, it's the residential areas in jacksonville that are still feeling so much of the pain and suffering through the damage the flood waters could cause. there's a river side area behind me. ortega to my right and san marco further up. these are areas where those flood waters are not going anywhere any time son. where many of the rescue operations that are underway today and will continue tomorrow. that's where a lot of them will be happening. the mayor and other officials say, if you are in one of those homes maybe on a second floor thinking you can ride it out that's not the best idea. these waters aren't going anywhere any time soon, make that call for help. >> kelly i appreciate you being there. as i mentioned we're going to hear from the mayor of jacksonville in a moment. i spoke to him before going on
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not over yet. mayor curry in terms of the flooding in yaeks vil, what are you seeing now, how bad is it? >> that this is a serious event and we've been telling the people of jacksonville this is going to be serious for days. on wednesday we started volunteer evacuations and we told those are going to be mandatory in a couple of days. now, here we are, we have category 3 storm. we are in rescue mode and that's how we've been all day and it will continue to happen. >> do you have a sense of the scope of those operations? how many people may be unaccounted for or straunded in any way? >> well, it's serious. i can tell you i was around today visiting some of the places that have been search and rescued. and i had some of the fire guys and gals doing the work told me
they had rescued about 100 people just in a small area of town. the thing we need the people of jacksonville to know is if they think they're going to wait this out, maybe on a second floor, they'll wake up tomorrow and everything's going to be okay, this could take up to a week, maybe days maybe a week. we wish everyone had heeded our evacuation orders when we put them out there, that didn't happen but now it's time fortous go in and save our people, make sure they're safe. we had a great partner in governor scott, he's been on top of this on the front end in the entire state of jacksonville. the team reached out and made sure we had access to those resources when needed. we are working in rescue mode to make sure our people are taken care of. >> you're talking about trying to get people to heed evacuation orders, clearly people were caught off guard, not just in jacksonville but elsewhere when the storm shifted to the west
than days before. did people there think they were out of the woods before all the flooding happened. >> anderson, one of my concerns was that people would think that. and it's very clear the message that i communicated when it started to shift to the west. i said, please people do in the think this is not going to be a major e event, do not think this is not going to have major impact. we are not changing our evacuations orders. we weren't surprised my team weren't surprised by the event. we learned that there would be category 3, hurricane category 3 storm surge in a tropical storm. and so, we are just dealing with that now. policemen, firemen, contractors are here. neighbors are helping neighbors, just doing everything that we can. first thing's first, make sure our people are safe.
>> and obviously it differs in different areas, do you have a sense of how deep the water is in some areas? >> oh, gosh, there are areas that i was in today that you can't drive a major public rescue vehicle into, i mean with major tires high up off the ground. you got to take the big truck in, drop the rescue boat that people take, go down the rode, get these people out. get them to a rode and drive them to a shelter. it's deep, serious and dangerous and the threat is still with us. but, this is -- anderson this is what i told the people today. this is why we're here, this is my job, this is the job that policemen and firemen signed up for and they are answering the call of duty and i am so proud of this community, working their
butts off to save people. >> mayor we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. wish you the best. >> thank you. thank you very much. i think some people in other states haven't been personally affected of what happened hear, but whether you see what's happening in jacksonville you realize -- and there are people facing with water on the ground, electricity's out, it is dark, it is miserable conditions and there are millions of people without power right now. obviously that is a major concern. i want to check in with john berman who is in miami and has been all throughout this storm. the mayor there says 72% of the city has no power. for miami, that's 6.5 million people across the state. john, that's the vast majority of people in miami without power according to the mayor.
walk us through the area where you are. the images of those boats piled up it gives you the sense of the power and that wind. >> reporter: it really does. miami did not get hit as hard as it could have been. i'm not coconut grove here in miami outside montys which is a well-known bar. this marina was really affected by the storm surge. came up and pushed all those boats on to the shore here. one boat after the other. a little bit down the street we saw a sale boat in a baseball field. the waters have all receded now but obviously it's going to take some time to clean up. we were here all day and people were walking checking out their boats shaking their heads, wondering if they'd ever get them back in the water or even if it was worth trying. anderson. >> let's talk a bit about the power situation, not only in miami, just across florida. how long before that's expected
to come back online? >> unfortunately officials say it could take weeks and weeks. we have more than 6 million customers right now in the state of florida without power. 800,000 in miami-dade county alone. if you listen to officials it's going to be a undertaking to get it back un. they have nearly 20,000 line workers who are going to be out in force, we're told they're going to be working 24 hours a day. with every turk and tool they have, they're using drones to fly over areas to identify the places of greater need. one thing they tell us it will be over 1 million man hours to get the lines back up and running. they have a serious task ahead of them. hurricane andrew, somebody told me 1.4 million lost power after hurricane andrew. this is 6 million. andrew was really a surgeon florida event, this is the entire peninsula anderson, and right now the crews can't get
every where they need to get. but they won't stop, we are assured, until their done. they do have 1 million customers who have been brought back online over the last 24 hours. other people up in jacksonville are still losing their power. arneson. >> tough days ahead. john berman thanks. joining me now cnn correspondent, david halstead. david you got mandatory curfew in miami until 7:00 a.m. in terms of mandatory responders what are they concerned about tonight? >> i think the mayor of jacksonville said correctly, we're really still in that life saving mode. we're still looking for people that might be trapped or caught in a lot of areas. in miami itself, we're worried about people going after dark perhaps looking to do things they shouldn't be doing after dark. the curfew's in place to protect
the businesses downtown, the isn'ts and homes that have been damaged. it's important that people obey that curfew and stay off the street. >> we were talking to john about getting power back online, in some places authorities say weeks and weeks. explain the difficulties that entails. >> well, you've just talked to the leadership in key west, they said it correctly, they're going to need support and supplies now. why? primary because of that electrical system has been dropped off. so it's very difficult to get that power grid back up and running. the power not being up, that means people have to be in shelters. people being in shelters moons the school are still going to be closed. it's a trickle down affect, physical we get the power solved, all the other issues, support for all the people in shelters, support for people at the end of keys and down the
road at key west is still going to be there. >> and observes authorities want to get businesses back open, but until that happens people are going to end up running low on their supplies and ending up relying on aid from authorities. >> well, that's certainly true. we got the great secret weapon here in florida, that is a warehouse in orlando. it has a couple million gallons of bottled water and it has over 1.5 million chef stable meals. fema is -- and that you are going to be pushing 200 truck loads of each of those products out probably every day for several days. so, the food and water is coming. but you're right, the faster we get stores up and running that i don't need to provide free food
and water you can go to the local stores. >> i appreciate that. up next more from the florida keys. another survivor shares his story riding out the storm at a marina there. we'll be right back. it's like nothing you've seen. the power of nexium 24hr protection from frequent heartburn. all day, and all night. now packed into a pill so small, we call it mini. new clearminis from nexium 24hr. see heartburn differently. hi..and i know that we have phonaccident forgiveness.gent,
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myers j and naples. it was slammed with winds and rains. when we come upon caretaker of the mobile homes she's worried about an elderly couple who decided to stay in their home. through water that sometimes comes up to our waists water contaminated with oil and garbage. we tracked about a mile into the neighborhood. homes are inundated, some are completely overturned. we meet a -- he's shaken by the condition of his neighborhood. >> there's a lot of damage. >> reporter: we finally make it to the home of edith, he's 98, she's 83. the door is near their trailer. >> do you want us to fall the fire department or police department? >> no no no we're fine we're
doing good. >> reporter: we asked why they didn't leave when most of their neighbors did. >> difficulties taking care of my husband. we have after, you know, he has all his -- everything, it's easier. >> reporter: and a question we often ask of disaster victims like edith and ed. do they want to continue to live in a place so devastating? >> we love it here. we've been here for seven years this is home. >> i'm glad you found edith and ed they're and they're -- and they're doing okay. strong, they want to stick this out. is the water in their home or just about to be? and how long might that water be there? because in some communities they're talking about water being on the ground for days and days. >> reporter: the water was just lapping the front door of their home anderson, it was not in the home just yet.
hopefully it'll recede right now. other homes around them were more unhabitable. we offered to give them food and water to this elderly couple, we offered food, water, and offered to call the police and to carry them out of the neighborhood themselves, and they said no they've got enough supplies to last for days. edith says they have flood insurance too. her spirit is just incredible. >> and in terms of, you know authorities, are they able to go and check on people's homes in a community like that or at this point is it still too early hours and days where authorities have not been around? >> reporter: you know i talked to the mayor of benita springs today and i asked them the same question. they say they are trying to get their arms around this. they are sending fire and
rescues out 24/7 to try to check on people. that area that the couple is in is hip deep in water. getting people like them out of those neighborhoods it's going to be tough. i'm not sure that city has the recourses for it. >> brian, just so i know if that couple decides to change their mind are there people around there locks check on them, neighbors so they can at least tell somebody, you know what i think i want to go now, and somebody can come and help them? >> there are. the two people who are the caretakers there, they were another couple. they were worried about them. they're arounded and they have a phone they can call people. but they're older and, you know the elderly couple who are the caretakers of that neighborhood they had no way to get to those people. they were telling us how worried her about them. so we went on foot through the waist-deep water to find them ourselves. so the recourses in that
neighborhood may not be great right now. >> brian todd appreciate you being there. this storm caught a lot of people by surprise, no matter where you are in florida there were a lot of different reports. the tracking was good but this surprised a lot of people over the last 24 hours. tom slater in the weather center. it moved to the west coast, that surprised a lot of people on the west coast that had gone there from the east coast and it started moving. people in jacksonville saw a lot of flooding on the ground today. >> yeah, it's interesting to know. the forecast and the warns from the storm surge and the winds, it didn't encompass a lot of florida. if you tell swing expect flooding, sure they think three or four, 5 inches of flooding and then they get 30. when you talk about a category
hurricane and a storm surge it's hard to fathom the damage. the damage cause for 3.4 million without power, fema went to five. we were talking about that surge coming into jacksonville and the radar was even hinting at the accumulation being heavy there with the surge moving in. didn't expect to break a record from matthew, of course the flooding in st. johns it's the worse since they start recording the flood records. the sitting of tropical storm irma is 125 south of atlanta. we have two fatalities in g and south carolina due to falling trees. for the first time ever a trop call storm warning was -- that again is shocking people. wind gusts from 50, 60 miles per hour and we talk about the massive area of pine trees in here and they easily fall. heavy rainfall, tornado rainfall
still in affect. charleston still under a flash flood emergency. they had pretty good flooding. the state of florida issued 69 flooding -- florida rkt 6ive 5 million without power. georgia, almost 1 million, 930,000. south carolina 136, 40,000 in gunman, that's a total of 7.67 million people without power. it's all going to come to an end and falls apart over night tonight. >> tom slater i appreciate it. before irma battled florida it left destruction in the caribbean. millions are desperate for food water and other supplies. a lot of places on the caribbean hasn't gotten the attention it should. we'll talk to one person on the island next.
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we've been getting reports over the last couple days from about people who are trapped and in need of aid and evacuation. and even just american tourist that were on vacation trapped on some of the islands. even some of the -- i had a report yesterday of two americans in for toe la in the british virgin islands who were desperate to get off the ooiisl, they managed to get off today. there are also reports out of st. martin. we were in touch with somebody in st. thomas who road out the storm there. we just lost contact with them, we're going to try to get back in touch with him. we want to bring you reports about st. john and st. thomas in
the days ahead. i want to head back to the florida keys. irma showed little mercy into the string of island as its slammed into them cwith the cat4 hurricanes. tim jones joins us on the phone. tim, how are you, how is your boat and the other boats in the area? >> we had a few minor issues, one lost -- one lost his sun deck. a couple had drifted in from the surrounding neighborhoods, one is upside down, one's just drifting around in the marina. we did very well, we figured it much better than we had expected. >> do you feel like you played the right decision to stay, to not try to evacuate? >> yeah. we did, we were all today talking about, you know, that
we -- i mean i don't want to say we got lucky but we all feel like we made the right decision by staying here. had we not, there were a couple boats we would have lost, they broke free during storm and we were able to pull them back. in that respect yes, we did. we're here and we're going to put everything back together before the rosa of these residence get back. >> how are you set up in terms of food and water? obviously there's no electricity now. cell service in a lot of places is out. do you have cell service? >> barely. barely. >> really? >> yeah. >> so, in terms of other supplies, how are you? >> we don't have any ice, we have plenty of water, all the boats have water tanks. my car happens to be a diesel car so we have plenty of fuel for our car, some of the others don't. food is a little bit sketchier,
we have some, unfortunately we didn't think quite far enough ahead, some of it needs to be cooked and we've lost power to the boats and so we don't have the ability to crock as much as we want to. we've been doing a lot of grilling and camping. >> no doubt that's going to go on for a couple of days. we talked to the mayor. we're going to continue to cover that and tim, we wish you the best. more supplies are said to be coming in the days ahead. when we come back a look at the damage in naples florida. just some incredible 140-mile-an-hour gusts of wind there. incredible images. what families are facing there tonight ahead.
the damage in naples has been september 11th. . >> our main objective is we want the roads open. >> to open the roads in naples and collier county, the north collier rescue is on a mission, they call it push and clear. >> imagine how long it would take to us chain saw that. we would spend a whole day just cutting trees. this is a super effective way for us -- we call it push and clear. >> they had to waited for the flooding to recede first and the winds to calm down. but they've been at it ever since, eight teams working in shichts. >> how many neighborhoods have you seen so far?
>> 20%. this will be going on for the rest of the week. one of the emergency that's occurring in here, we have to be able to get to it. the first objective is clear the roads. >> others in town are left to do their own cleanup, like ernie bore den and his family who rode out the hurricane in naples. >> it sounded like three freight trains all at once all around the house. the noise, the sound. >> just hammering. >> it's unbelievable. the wind, it wasn't whistling or moaning. it was screaming. the wind was just like screaming. it was deafening. >> they listened as hurricane irma blew right through here. >> the whole house started
vibrantin vibrating. there were white caps in the driveway. we literally had waves in our driveway last night. >> wow. >> it was unbelievable. >> i feel like one man trying to clean the sand off the beach one grain at a time. which one do you pick up first. >> but their horses luckily survived. >> the tree used to be this big, magnificent gorgeous shade tree they really enjoyed. and now it's shredded. i look at it and it looks like charlie brown's christmas tree. it's just pathetic. >> but the boreden family is counting their blessings they survived. >> randomy joins us from naples. how much structural damage has there been in the areas you were in? >> plenty, anderson. we had to pull off the road when we saw this. this is ace oil gas station. you can see behind me there, to
put it in perspective for you, that piece used to be up there. that's basically the top of the gas station. it just went over and you can see in the distance some of the gas tanks went down with it. here is where you would pull up with your car to fill up. now it's just a mangled mess. this snlt isn't the only structural damage we saw. we found a trailer home that had a roof blown off and a side wall and sitting there was a television set, a big comfy sofa and two brig chairs next to it. it was like an outdoor living room like a stage set, anderson. >> randy, appreciate you being there. up next, the hardest scenarios in florida, key lar go, a lot of homes and business were damaged. we'll take you there. k. experience a shift in the natural order.
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sarasota, this community seems to have done well. on this block this home is obviously severely damaged. but most of the houses on this block are okay. they even have electricity tonight. for six and a half million customers elsewhere in florida, they are out power. irma isn't even done yet. there are four storm-related deaths, three in georgia, one another in south carolina. florida has one confirmed
storm-related death. there has been flooding in charles, south carolina, historic storm surge in jacksonville, florida. we have a lot to coffer. we want to begin in the florida keys which took a direct hit from the hurricane when it was still a category 4. i understand you had to take a boat out to key largo because there's no way to access the island by car? >> you're absolutely right. we were forced to. that is the only way to get down there with any sort of speed. highway 1, which is the way to get into the keys, that is shut off. some emergency vehicles are being let through, but the people who were down there, the people who decided to stay down in the keys, there are an estimated 10,000 of them, they are essentially cut off. not only do they have dodge to deal with, but we're talking about no power,