tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN September 12, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
s survival on island after island. correspondents on the ground where food, water and patient are running out. >> restoring power. there's an urgent need across florida and multiple states slammed by irma. how much longer will millions of people suffer in the heat. and work to do. more than 1,000 personnel involved in responding to this disaster. the danger remains and lives are still very much at risk. we want to welcome our viewers around the states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in the situation room. this is cnn breaking news. breaking tonight president trump is set to visit florida thursday as emergency forces are struggling to deliver lifelines to the hurricane battered keys.
new video and first-hand accounts are providing a clearer picture of the devastation two days after irma made landfall. about 90% of the homes in the keys are destroyed or damaged. that according to an official estimate by fema. and unknown numbers of people in need of mower, water and possibly rescue from flooded homes. some residents are now returning to the upper keys facing a slow crawl as they head to the single highway connecting the entire island schan. state workers still vambling to repair the two secks of that road that were washed away by the storm. also tonight, widespread power outages are endangering the health and safety of millions of people in florida and four other states slammed by irma. about 15 million people don't have electricity in florida alone. the death toll from irma rising. at least eight people have been
killed in the united states. at least 86 dayed during the hurricane. scat strophic rampage through the caribbean. we're covering this. and our correspondents and specialists are also standing by. first, let's go to cnn's john berman. he just arrived by helicopter in kujo key. tell us what's going on. we have this first report. >> reporter: tonight floridians getting a closer look at the scope and scale. scenes of destruction and a possibility of an impending crisis. there's no running water, no gas, no power. crews have cleared parts of u.s. highway 1 and the upper keys are now open to residents. but first responders are anxious to get to the lower keys, and there is concern the bridges here are damaged.
>> we've been sending the department of transportation down to the keys to inspect all the bridges because even though you can see that people are traveling, you're not sure that on the bridges they can any significant weight. >> reporter: fema estimates well over half the homes in the keys have major damage, and one in four destroyed. >> basically every house in the keys was impacted in some way or another. this is why we asked people to leave. >> reporter: with many roads still impassable military ircraft are flying in personnel and supplies. throughout the state some 15 million people are still without power. and though countless evacuees are eager to return home, authorities are calling for patient and caution. >> if you're out and about especially at night, spaelgts with all this flooded water, there could be a line you don't know is there. it might not even be moving, and if you step on it, it could be
energized. that could be fatal. >> reporter: it's impact being felt across nine states including georgia where a million customers are without power. so far at least eight deaths being blamed and that's in addition to more people when it tore to the caribbean as a category 4 hurricane. the eye of the storm passed right over this island. i met the man who lives or lived in this house right here. he was trying to ride out the storm. and was doing okay, he said, but then he noticed these trees starting to creek and he got very, very nervous. he waited for the eye to pass over, and when there was a lull he got in his car and drove to a safer place on a different island and says he barely made
it. again, the man armando who lives here, told me that he wants to move back, he wants to continue his life here, that he has to rebuild after what happened. he does think that irma was worse than he was expecting. i think he's relieved, frankly, wolf that it turned out like it did and she's still here to talk about what happened. wolf. >> thanks very much. john berman with that story. we'll get back to you, john. it's certainly not easy for emergency crews or journalists, for that matter, to get to the lower keys where conditions are the most dire, most dangerous right now. cnn's bryan todd is in an area between key west and key largo for us. what's the situation where you are? >> reporter: wolf, take a look at this. this is what the category 4 storm did to this complex here. this is the sandy cove condominium complex in florida,
just south of the main port of mirodda. look at this. the floor you're seeing here is the third floor. the second floor and the garage was where i'm standing was crushed under neath this. there was storm surge under neath it washed outlet. and then the force of the storm just crushed everything under neath it. i spoke to an owner of one of these units, tom ross, he owns this center unit right here. and we can pan over to the left where i'm pointing. he owns this. he says go for about $300,000 each. they're about 700 square feet. this is the third floor. this is the unit and luckily everybody who lives here got out. he says they're confident they
can rebuild here and build it back to code. this was was built in the 70s. we went to a checkpoint about five miles south. we tried to get further into the keys by vehicle. they would not let us. the monroe county sheriffs deputies stopped us there. they said they could not let anyone even residents back in there because if residents got back in there, still dangerous to go home, downed wires, other hazards in these homes. if something happens to them, there are no cops. all kmukszs are down. no cell lines, no phone lines, no electricity or water. if something happens to these people after they get to these check points, they can't call anybody. and that is causing frustration
for these people in the florida keys who want to see what's left of their homes. fema has said that 25% of the homes in the florida keys were destroyed and another 65% suffered major damage. you've got almost every single home in the florida keys. wolf. >> bryan todd reporting for us. bryan, thank you. some floridians are getting their power turned back on, but millions of floridians don't have electricity and won't have it for some time. let's get an update from that from our national correspondent miguel marcus, who's joining us. what's the latest? >> across, florida, wolf it's not 1 problem or three problems or a handful of problems. it is thousands and thousands of problems. problems a little like this. the electricity everywhere is affected because of individual situations. sometimes the pole is literally just snapped. other times trees.
look at all the tree debris you have in this neighborhood. trees brought down lines in many cases. we also saw lines where just whole rows of them were just sort of laying over to one side. 6.6 million households. so that's many, many more people across five different states are affected by this. florida power and lights says that they hope to have most of the service restored along the coasts by the weekend. but here in palm beach county, for instance, about 53% of the county is without electricity. this is also in the interior where we are now. places like punevertheless county, lee county, fortt myers and up in sarasota there up to 77% of people without electricity. so while the hope and desire is there to get it back on by the weekend, it is a massive work
for the crews. all of that working around the clock. it is a massive problem. and when you look at the small issues around every little neighborhood in florida, it's going to take a long time before things are fully pack up in operation. >> spoke ural in the day to a representative. and it it could take until this week for the eastern part of florida to get back all the power, maybe the follow weekend another 10 or 11 or 12 days for the western part of florida to get the power back. for the keys, forget about it, that could be weeks and weeks. miguel, thank you. let's talk a little bit more about the response of irma with the fema administrator. he's joining us from gainsville, florida. what are fema's top priorities at this early stage of the recovery? >> well, right now i think
search and rescue teams have completed most of their work. that was the first wave. the second wave is going to be getting commodities in. with the power outages working with the private sector, stores can't get open, getting supplies in to support the state, and then housing is going to be the next big step. particularly those folks who have lost their homes, one of the options the rental properties and hotels and motels they can put them up in. but as you can see from the keys, not a lot. there's real devastation. i think that's one mission, how do you do the housing there? >> you're in gansville. what are the conditions there? >> power is still coming back up. long lines at gas stations and those kinds of things. but a lot of stores, restaurants and things are starting to get back to normal.
that's why they're telling people if you're somewhere safe right now, everyone wants to go home and we know that. there's not a lot of fuel and there's no power. so you're just going to get home to a situation that's probably worse than where you're at. stay where you are and give people time to get things stabilized, get fuel in the system and get power back on before you rush home. >> you're an expert in this area. how long to get services functioning to much of the state? >> power is going to be a big driver. fuel, i think, again is starting to flow. but you've got to have gas, got to have power to get things going. and i think utilities are right. they'll have electricity up except for some of the hard-hitting areas or homes that can't take power. it's not going as fast as people want. this is a statewide impact.
>> so much of the gas, the fuel is brought in from the ports. and there's serious problems with the ports right now. you speak about the gas shortage and the recovery impact. elaborate on that the. >> florida gets its fuel from ports not pipelines. tampa and jacksonville, your many ports they could not release all the fuel. they have to hold fuel through the storm, and then they had to make repairs and get power back up and start releasing fuel. their priorities are going to be the first responders and all the critical infrastructure that's been running on generations the last several days. so anything from hospitals to tv and radio stations, those are going to be top priorities. and then it's going to be getting fuel out to the rest of the public. so there is a process here. also critical infrastructure on diesel that need that for their generators. >> the president and president
trump and the first lady for that matter will travel to florida on thursday. what advice would you give him for this trip? >> well, i don't know give vice president, i work for them. the commitment of the federal government to governor scott and the rest of the florida team is going to be critical. this is not going to be a fast recovery. it's going to take us years, and we need that commitment from the federal government they're going to be there through the entire recovery process. i think the president could bring that message but also ruassure people that florida is not by itself. the nation is behind us. >> you're right. texas, louisiana suffering right now. craig, thank you. he's the former fema administrator. our correspondents are now
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private helicopter from miami and tried to take the most direct line here to conserve fuel. so i did not flyover the entire keys. we did flyover a few of the islands, namely kujo key, which is over there and sugarloaf where i am. i saw most structures still intact from the air. most structures still intact but very few houses still undamaged. i saw a whole lot of boats in places where boats aren't supposed to be. often in people's yards and in streets, around and about. but i would say the structures did seem to withstand the storm. by and large from the air the structures did seem to withstand the storm. there was a campground over there, and we saw some trailers overturned. you would expect to see trailers
overturned. i don't think that inself is unusual. there's an air stream on its side right there. that's the type of thing you would expect to see in a hurricane. and also some of the homes clearly also more or less destroyed. so we put the helicopter down near here because we wanted to take a look and see the damage for ourselves. i'm near the main road here, and i do hear cars going by. flashing lights going by. that's going north. i've also seen cars going south. armando has told me they had come both quas. so here at least the roads appear to be open. also a good sign. we haven't walked that far, but the only human we've seen is armando who lives here. he does have some friends nearby who did ride out the storm. what he's doing well. he says his friends are all doing well. his house as you've seen here, more or less destroyed.
although in the back he took me to the bathroom which is still intact. although, i suppose that's a start but just a start. you can see what is his living room right there and now open to the world. the painting, amazingly, still hanging on the wall. so, wolf, we just got here. we're going to see what we can see and hopefully they continue to get the help they need here. wolf. >> and john, there's no power where you are. might not be power and electricity there for weeks. you're using a satellite phone to communicate with us. tell us about that. >> reporter: all right, so, no, there's definitely no power, no waterlines, no cell service. this is a satellite phone. the last time i think i used a satellite phone, wolf, was in iraq back in 2003 or 2004. this is really one of the only ways we can get out.
i think getting this message out to the world so people can see what happened here is very important. i think it's a message of hope and also need. i think the message of hope here is that they're going to get through this and they have survived, the people who chose to stay. the message of need as you can see by the fact i'm using this phone, the resources here are nonexistent. and they're going to need to come in from the air, or the water. and then the road. i've been seeing about 200 cars driving north with sirens. it's encouraging to me i am seeing those cars drive by. >> john berman on the seen for us. excellent reporting as usual. not just today but for the past several days john berman has been on the front lines in covering this hurricane. the death toll from hurricane irma, by the way, rising right
now to eight here in the united states. the casualty count. many times in the caribbean with irma struck as a category 5 storm, we're getting new first-hand accounts of the devastation there as well. the urgent need for food, water and lots of other supplies. our senior national correspondent clarissa ward is on the island for us. tell us what you're learning. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. so this is essentially a processing center. and for for last four days some 4,000 people have passed through here. a vast majority of them come from the island of st. martin which has been decimated by irma. authorities now saying 91% of the buildings on that island have been damaged. many of them have simply been wiped out. and what we've seen from the people, many of whom are almost staggering in here some on crutches, wheelchairs, many
crying, looking dazed. some describing some fairly traumatic lord of fly-esque scenarios as they waited for days. food, water running out. and they described criminalality. staying up each night to kind of afford each other protection. so there was a sense of many enst. martin they were abandoned by the french government. we saw the french president today here. and he was vowing the place would be rebuilt, the water will be back, the schools reopen. but, frankly, wolf it is difficult to see how that will happen quickly. because we are still some 150 nautical miles away from st. martin. the situation there still very
desperate. they're still trying to evacuate people. they're still trying to get security forces on the ground to get control and contain. the security situation which for many people has already made a horrifying scenario all the more traumatic. imagine you lose your house and then you're in a situation where you fear for your life. so a lot of people dazed, exhausted traumatized and a little bit rang angry, too, as what they see help that is late in coming, wolf. >> thanks for your great reporting. i want to quickly check on the conditions -- she's joining us on the phone. what's it like there, sarah. >> reporter: the first thing you notice that you notice when you come up on this island of st. thomas, it's completely brown. it's usually lush vegetation with a lot of foiliage and
trees. and all the of the trees are decimated. it's not an exaggeration to say there's not a single leaf left here. when you get closer you realize there's really not a building that isn't damaged in some way as well as people that aren't struggling in some way almost a week after this storm to get by. we have seen downed power lines, trees that are making streets unpassable. this is a week later. people say -- people who talk to here say when irma passed over, it sounded like a freight train had come and was riding on top of them. we spoke to several families who lost everything except for a few suitcases. what we're seeing here from the locals is local people helping other local people to survive in
the days after this storm. people with private jets, people with yachts, things they would otherwise be using for fun time, using them to bring in supplies to this island and get people off. this island is very isolated. it takes time. the circumstances and what they're seeing here is the worst circumstances and they're struggling. thousands of islanders do not have power, and a lot of people do not have clean water. they're trying to bring medicine in on private planes, boats, diapers, food, bottled water. we talked to people who spent two or three days simply trying to chain saw their way off of their street to get to the main roads. and now what they're doing is trying to help each other get the supplies that they need. i talked to three brothers who
have been coordinating these relief efforts to get diapers and bottled water to families here. we actually came in on one of their boats because the airport is damaged, the ferries are damaged. it's very hard to get on and off the island. this is one of the islands to be hit by hurricane irma. >> sarah dunham, reporting for us. we'll stay in close touch with you. sarah is out of the caribbean watching all this unfold. i want to quickly check in to the u.s. virgin islands to the delegate. congresswoman, thanks so much for joining us. what's the level of devastation on the island right now? >> thanks for having me this evening. as you're aware hurricane irma hit us almost direct impact while it was a category 5, and it it hit on the north side.
so st. thomas and st. john have been tremendously affected by it. the small ilnsland of st. john s been completely decimated. we lost 100% of our utilities there. our airport, our terminals looks like grenades have been there and bombed the place out. airport terminals, fire stations, police stations, schools are all gone as well as major kmunts on that island. but i've had to say we've had great support from fema, from the department of defense. our governor has been working very closely with the federal government along with our local management agencies first to prepare for this and now in the aftermath. this is not anything we could have been prepared for despite
the fact all of our buildings were really at code at the time of impact. so just as your last interview and discussion you had, we're an island. and so getting supplies to us has been the challenge. making sure that there are ways in which individuals can get back and forth have been the challenge. it took some time before the coast guard were even able to open our ports, removing sunken vessels, debris, boats that were flung up onto the port to have ships coming through. and i have to tell you, wolf, when you look during the days that followed at individuals and the amazing stories of support, individuals working with local government, our governor reaching out to the private sector, it's been a tremendous demonstration of the resilience of american people and how people have really looked out for one another. we have quite a number of virgin islanders who lived in the united states.
they've organized themselves bringing cargoes, planes, ships here. and in the afternoons, mornings when you look on your borderways between the island of st. croix that was not hit very hard, that has become a base camp. and there are flotillas, guys in speed boats bringing supplies to st. thomas and st. john. >> your constituents, are they safe? we've heard reports of looting going on, even heard reports of some areas in the caribbean where there are looters with machetes. so what are you hearing? >> so, you know, i've made it a point of being on the ground. i flew into san juan. the coast guard were really great in getting me to st. thomas, spent several days there. actually took a speedboat with some guys and spent the time on
st. john. there is minimal amount of looting going on. a lot of it is people being desperate for water and such that we're trying to get to them. a lot of jockeying, a lot of pushing at distribution centers we're trying to bring under control. and i have to tell you unfortunately in part of the world we live in right now, there are going to be people trying to take advantage. . people who were robbing before it was a hurricane who find the opportunity now. but that is not at the level people were saying. i was there on st. john where there were rumors of so much police and armed robbers. and they tell us that's not the case, that people are really self-organized. they're cleaning debris, working with each other. they're locating family and friends, locating their neighbors people are being evacuated if that's what they need to do. they prioritize the elderly, the sick, the children.
that's what we do here in the caribbean. we're really a resilient people. i think there were panic initially. but we've settled ourselves and we're working really hard. we're grateful that the governor has been working with the federal government. i've talked to fbi agents who were here, our local police who are on the ground they're really tired. but they're doing the job. >> we wish you only the best, the delegate for the u.s. virgin islands and the u.s. congress. good luck to you. good luck to all the folks over there. we certainly will stay in touch with you. i know you're doing the best you possibly can under these horrendous circumstances. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. i want to thank you for demonstrating your commitment to us as well. because we are parts of america and people are concerned we're not getting the thuz and coverage and we may be over come by what's happening in other
places of the united states. so thank you. >> thank you. i speak for all of our viewers we love the u.s. virgin islands, and we're hoping only for the best for all of you. we're going to continue to stay on top top of the breaking news. we'll take a quick break and be right back. my dell small business advisor
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about 90% of the homes on the island chain are either damaged or completely destroyed. cnn's brian todd is in the key area for us. right now, brian, irma's fierce wind and storm surge simply ravaged that region. >> reporter: they certainly did, wolf. and it's still a very dangerous situation tonight. tens of thousands of residents of the florida keys trying desperately to get back to their homes. many are like this condominium complex. we talked to sheriffs deputies down the road. they would not let us through that checkpoint. would not even let residents through because of situations like this. when they get home and there are buildings like this. no phone service, no cell
service, no water, no power. they say if people get into these areas and something happens to them, they cannot call-out. the sheriffs deputies are still keeping people away from their homes. >> we apologize to our viewers to the communications, but i'm sure everyone understands the circumstances. there is a disaster unfolding in the florida keys right now. we're going to try and get better communications. brian, thank you for that report. also tonight millions of florida residents are still without power. some of them could take maybe a week, two weeks or even longer to get that power back. rob, thanks very much for joining us. when i spoke with you earlier today you told me it could be another 10, 11 or 12 days before the west coast of florida has power fully restored maybe by next weekend, the east coast of florida. why does the process take that
long? >> well, what we've seen is less damage on the east coast. more traditional what you would expect to see with a major hurricane. less poles down, more wire type of thing. we can restore that much quicker. but on the west coast we're actually seeing some-air areas that have significant damage where we have to rebuild certain parts of the infrastructure. i will tell you the good news is our preliminary assessments on the west coast in particular are showing the billions of dollars we've spent in the past decade to harden our system, for example, take wood poles and put in concrete and structures, those are still holding. we're not finding transmissions on the ground or structures in damaged form. so that's a really good thing in terms of our ability to get the backbone of the infrastructure back. and that allows us to restore
power much more quicker than had we not those investments. >> do you have to shutdown gas lines before you restore power? this is a dangerous operation for the workers who are doing this job. >> well, what we have to do -- where and there are times some of our customers will actually be taken out of service, so we can restore service to them. as a matter of fact, we estimate about 5 million customer interruptions. that means some customers have had one, two, or three interruptions or will have that kind of pattern. and then to restore our customers we have to do that to your point to make sure it's restored safely. >> florida power and light, you have operations in much of the state bought not all the state. you don't operate in the keys, for example. but based on what your latest estimates are, how many customers that you serve are without power right now?
>> right now we have about 4.4 million customers who we've actually been effected. we have about 2.6 million customers right now out of service. we're shooting to have half of our customers back in the light, back in service sometime tomorrow. and that's our goal. we're going to keep working hard we get all of them on very, very soon. >> well, good luck to you and all the men and women who work with you. florida power light and company. thanks for everything you're doing. we're following the breaking news. there's much more coming up. the white house now says president trump will visit florida. we have the details on his trip. that's next. til we die... this i gotta try bendy... spendy weekenders. whatever kind of weekender you are, there's a hilton for you. book your weekend break direct at hilton.com and join the weekenders. been trying to prepare for this day...
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breaking news on the hurricane disaster from the white house, which has announced president trump will visit florida on thursday. let's go to our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> that's right, womp. the white house says president trump will be headed to florida on thursday to survey the damage left by hurricane irma. it appear at that point it will be in the ft. myers area in the part of southwest florida. this will be another test for the president when he arrives on the ground down there after hurricane harvey, of course, the
president was criticized for being insensitive when he commented on the size of his crowd when he gave remarks to storm victims. later on in the week, the president did earn higher remarks when he met face-to-face with the displaced residents in texas and louisiana. >> also other news at the white house briefing today. as you know, you were there, jim. the press secretary, sarah sanders, was asked about the fired fbi director james comey. tell us about that. >> well, it was a pretty stunning moment. white house press secretary sarah sanders took the unusual step of appearing to advocate for a justice department investigation into former fbi director james comey. at first, when she was asked about this notion of prosecuting comey, sanders said that would be up to the justice department, but pressed again on what the white house preference would be on the subject, she made the suggestion that comey somehow broke the law, but she didn't specify how. here's what he had to say. >> that's not the president's role. that's the job of the department of justice and something they should certainly look at.
>> someday you would like to see? >> i'm not sure about that specifically, but i think if there's ever a moment where we feel someone's broken the law, particularly if they're the head of the fbi, i think that's something that certainly should be looked at. >> normally, the white house would stay out of these kinds of questions about criminal matters, leaving that up to law enforcement professionals. two other notes on the russia probe. sanders also pushed back on stories that there was a discussion here at the white house earlier this year over whether the president's son-in-law would step aside and sanders, get this, did not knock down the idea of the president's son, donald trump jr., testifying publicly in the russia investigation. that is something that some prominent democrats on capitol hill like senator dianne feinstein would like to see. wolf. >> thank you. jim acosta with the latest at the white house. we have much more coverage comi coming up on the hurricane aftermath, including the stunning new scope of the destruction in the florida keys. plus, an exclusive live report from inside north korea. as the kim jong-un regime react
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north korean capital for us. this, his 15th trip to pyongyang. he's the only western journalist on the scene right now. will, this live fire drill in south cria comes on the heels of sanctions against north korea unanimously approved by the united nations security council. give us the reaction where you are. >> reporter: just minutes ago, wolf, we received a response from the north korean government to this latest round of u.n. sanctions. they're condemning them in the strongest possible terms. and they are threatening to redouble their efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. nuclear warheads and the missals that could deliver them to the mainland u.s. adding fuel to the fire on the peninsula here, this new show of force by the united states and south korea. these live fire drills where you saw artillery and tanks and aerial support all an attempt by the united states and its south korean ally to show north korea that in the event of an actual war, they would have the tactical upper hand. when you're dealing with a north korean leader kim jong-un with an increasingly sophisticated
nuclear arsenal from the north korean perspective, it's hard to convince them to give up those nuclear weapons despite these sanctions. the strongest that have ever been passed against this country, wolf. >> in the 15 visits you have had to north korea over the past few years, will, have you seen any signs at all that the north korean economy is suffering because of these sanctions? >> reporter: we really haven't, wolf. and granted, we're only allowed to see a limited picture of the country, mostly the capital of pyongyang, but we did travel throughout other regions and people are not starving or at least they don't appear to be. the people who we are allowed to see. we see more people with cell phones, more cars on the streets, more products on store shelves. and in fact, the north korean economy grew by almost 4% last year, according to south korean central bank estimates, despite round after round of increasingly strong sanctions. so the limited window that we have into this country, their economy is improving despite this mounting economic pressure.
but of course, sanctions do take a long time to kick in. so we'll have to see if this latest round has the bite that the previous sanctions didn't. >> you have an amazing documentary that will air here on cnn friday night. tell us a little bit about that. >> reporter: this is something that we have been wanting to do for a long time. and we finally got permission from the north koreans to leave the capitol of pyongyang and travel throughout the country, from the south, the border with south korea, the demilitarized zone along the coast, and for the first time in cnn history, we were allowed to visit the northern border region near china. the same region just one province over where north korea recently conducted its sixth nuclear test. we were able to have really unpresidented conversations with people. the kind of discussions we have never been allowed to have before, and some of the things they told us were really, really revealingering wolf. one of these situations where often i find myself driving through this country looking out the window wishing we could stop and talk to people and tell
their stories, and we had the opportunity to do that with this documentary. >> cnn's will ripley in the north korean capital for us exclusively. thanks very, very much. once again, will's documentary airs friday night, 10:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, the breaking news. florida battered. we're just learning the extent of irma's devastating effect on the keys tonight. nearly every home damaged or destroyed. >> plus, across the caribbean, a desperate situation. food and water are low. reports of looting. some carries guns and machetes. one couple in the middle is "outfront." and the white house says the justice department should consider prosecuting jim comey. let's go "outfront." >> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront," florida in crisis. authorities struggling to grasp the grim extent of irma. the numbers are staggering and the images are really