tv New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman CNN September 14, 2018 2:59am-4:01am PDT
we have chris cuomo with us in south carolina. we have alisyn camerota in new york. 280,000 people without power in north carolina. 6,500 without power in south carolina. this is a category one storm. 90-mile-an-hour winds we are feeling here in wilmington. the wind speed is not the story. do not be deceived. do not be seduced by the notion the storm not powerful. it is an extremely dangerous storm. not because of the wind but because of the duration. this storm is moving at a galatial pace at 5 or 6 miles an hour. it sits over the coastal community it hits. it sits over it for hours and hours and hours. 6 or 7 or 8 to 12 hours with the pounding wind which can cause damage. the real threat is the storm surge. 6 to 12 feet in areas.
it is a crisis situation in some parts of the coast. new bern. 80 miles north of where i am. calls for spoke to a volunteer from the cajun navy, and some 500 calls, the rescue crews cannot go out in this kind of weather, not yet at least. they are staging and getting red 83 to help when they can. we have been on the phone all morning with people trapped inside their homes and they have moved to the upper floors to remain safe while they can. this is just the beginning. there will be days of this, two days of this, moving down to south carolina over the next day and a half. cnn, we have crews up and down the coast here at hurricane
florence bears down. want to go to chris cuomo, a heck of a day to choose for alumni day on "new day" chris as the storm hits. >> reporter: happy to help out. you are doing a good job, j.b. stay safe and keep the crew safe, and you are our future here. j.b. and i have been on since 3:00 a.m. eastern standard time, and it has changed here during that time. it was dry and breezy. now you are getting gusts, that's just 45 miles per hour. what will this place be like after 12 hours of it? we are not going to get the major conditions of a hurricane until late tonight or early tomorrow morning. how many tree root systems will be soft evening up. we are just getting started.
>> we just got an alert that the eye is about to lake landfall. i want to go now to the real crisis, the winds are bad here but the crisis situation is in new bern, about 80 miles from where i am, that's where there has been six to ten feet of storm surge, and our diane gallagher is with our team up in new bern who had a very difficult night. you join me on the phone. please tell us the situation there. >> reporter: i might be able to join you live now, and look, our conditions, we have been experiencing this throughout the night. we have heavy winds and intense
rains, and most of the places around here in new bern you can see are completely dark right now. but the problem is the rising water that we talked about all day yesterday. county and city officials have been working on water rescues throughout the night. the cajun navy has arrived and they will work with them on the rescues, but this morning just about two hours ago just the city of new bern had more than 150 people who still needed to be rescued, john. this is a very serious situation here. we could see it coming. i mean, we had to evacuate last night twice from our positions because the water was rising so quickly and getting so high. this is something they knew what happen, and this is why the city manager and major set a curfews on monday. they have more tn 800 people in shelters, and they are
expecting that number to rise significantly because of all the rescues and other people that are trying to leave hair homes -- their homes. a man just drove up and he said i have money and stuff, and please can i stay here, and the water is coming up at our home. some of the women that were staying at the hotel left a few moments ago, because they work at a nursing home and need to see if the patients need to be evacuated. it's not going to be better because we are on the river here, and we have enter coastal waterways, and channels, and the atlantic ocean is right there as well, and all of the water that florence is churning up is coming up through new bern, and there's going to be flooding as the rain and the water surge
continues. this city and kpaoucommunity wi riv re-vick victimized. there's a dive team from indiana that has been performing rescues overnight, and the national guard is here. if you are that person that sees a tweet telling you to get to the roof or attic, that's frightening. this water is rising just as quick, john. >> diane, thanks so much. i saw some blue transformer explosions here in wilmington while you were speaking. i have had to hold on here in the last few minutes as the wind gusts get above 75 miles per hour and approaching 90, we
understand, in the next few minutes. diane, i am having a hard time hearing you, but please tell us if you are still on with me how high the water is at this moment, and the concerns about how long it may stay that high because this won't get better for sometime, i understand. >> reporter: yeah, john, we are looking in the immediate several days, but in the extended period we are looking at more than a week of this. they are not sure how to estimate it because we are still going through it. just into this morning, we were looking at ten feet here on certain spots of this additional surge coming into the sound and come into the river. when we were in downtown new bern, as the streets began flooding we had to get out of there roughly around 11:00 p.m. because we had nowhere else to go and it was starting to rise and it was coming down alley ways, not just up from the river
itself, and i am told it tends to flood here anyway, but the mayor said they have not seen flooding associated with a hurricane in new bern like this since hurricane hazel, and that was in 1954, john. it's something -- look, my family lives here and they are in the path of the storm. some did not evacuate. they talk about hurricane hazel all the time, and it's legendary in north carolina. >> diane, i think i heard you stop talking. just so the control room knows my situation right now, i think my audio equipment has gone down, too much water in my ears or in the pack. this is the worst of the storm that we felt yet. the outer eyewall passing over us. we are told the eye itself will
make landfall in the next few minutes over wilmington. the wind gusts, 79 miles per hour they say, and probably a little higher than that over the last few minutes. chad meyers was telling me we are getting three inches of rain per hour, which i can believe because it's coming down so hard, frankly in every direction, no matter which way i turn my face, it gets pounded. we have seen the blue transformer explosions, power is going out, some 280,000 people without power. the eye moving ever closer here to wilmington and to this city. i think we are supposed to go to chad meyers next, and just so the control room knows i am having a hard time hearing, but chad meyers, tell us what we can expect. >> still the eyewall itself is
three miles to your east, you are not really in it. i know it's going to be hard to believe that you are not really in it, but you are not just in it yet. the worst is still to come, still another seven to ten miles per hour. we don't call landfall until the center of the eye makes landfall with land. we didn't make it yet. we made outer eyewall landfall, but that's it so not a technical landfall just yet. there's an inner part of the storm trying to make a new rotation inside. these are what is called meso vortices. some of these can do 100, 105. and a storm chaser yesterday he just had on his personal weather
station, this is a very real storm in the eyewall because the pressure didn't go back up. i know we have been talking about this going from a 3 to a 2 to a 1 and all that, but the pressure remains the same. the only difference between where we are now and where we were 48 hours ago is the eyewall. this part right there, this little part right there and right there, they are no longer going 130, but everywhere else is doing the exact same wind speed that it was, so we focus on the one number of the one thing that is five miles wide when you have to focus on the size of the storm itself. let me get rid of this and i will get you to the graphics there, that will show you the tornado watches still in effect, and the onshore flow come into new bern, and that's not stopping, and the winds there in
new bern blowing more wind into the storm itself, and more storm into the trent and noose rivers, and then there's the center of the storm, not that far from wilmington. i believe we will get a landfall this morning, and then finally this is a forecast, this is what will likely happen, it will move over to conway, just to the north of myrtle, and then it will shift for chris cuomo and then come onshore and chris gets the storm surge later on this afternoon. the eye is very cold, and the eyewall is cold and the storms are still going back up and it's not losing strength. john, you are in the middle of it and i hope you can hear me. >> reporter: i can hear you, chad, and i can tell you i feel like i am in the middle of it right now. the wind speed absolutely picked up, and the gusts have to be higher than 75 miles per hour.
chad, how long will this last now that the winds have come and now that we are in the outer eyewall with the eye itself approaching landfall, how long will this last in this area? >> well, it could be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. the eyewall has been wiggling back and forth. there are other spots trying to develop on the inside of the eye, more storms along the inside, and sometimes we can call it brown ocean or friction affect, when a hurricane like this gets over land it gets more friction from the land. that can slow the storm down but in turn make the eyewall slower, and we go with the whole ice skater thing, if you get a smaller eye you get bigger winds. even though we are interacting with land it could make the wind speeds pick up, at least for a while. >> reporter: chad, let me tell you what i am seeing here in
wilmington. just above the horizon i can see the blue explosions, the transformer explosions, the power has gone out already, and 280,000 customers without power, and the number rising minute by minute. behind me is the northeast cape fear river. one of the rivers that flows into the atlantic, the concern is that the storm surge will push some of the river up, and you might see flooding from the surge pushing up, but in the next few days, the rainfall falling at three inches per minute will flood the rivers and put them well over their banks. it floods at ten feet. and it could reach 22 feet.
>> reporter: all right, j.b., obviously with all the increasing winds and him being close to the wall, you know, the signal is getting into competition. we are going to make sure j.b. is all right, him and the team will ride out this part of it and so chad meyers, john has been using the accurate number of 280,000 without power in north carolina, and now it's over 300,000 people. we are getting gusts of 40ish, a little more. we are starting to see things change angles a little bit, shingles here and there, already over 5,000 people without power. we have seen going north to south what the storm can do. john berman, calms are back now. if you can hear us, keep going and tell us how you are doing. >> reporter: chris, we are back here. you know, you can see it coming down here. the rain is really, really thick
right now. it's messing with our signal. the wind speed probably higher than 80 miles per hour. i was talking about the cape fear river, the northeast cape fear river behind me, this is one of the waterways that will almost certainly flood. i can't turn around because the rain will fly into my face too fast, and the saland the sails come loose and they are flapping with the wind. and anything not tied down can turn into missiles and projectiles. we have been speaking to rescue crews up and down the coast. obviously, you can see the wind blowing and the rain coming down. this looks tremendous, but the real fear, the real danger is north of here in cities like new bern, new bern, north carolina, where there have been water
rescues throughout the night. they went as far as they could until they had to stop because the rain is falling too hard and the wind speed is too high for the rescue crews to go out. you heard a short time ago from our diane gallagher on the phone, there have been some 100 people rescued already. so many calls already lined up. the cajun navy, the group of volunteers who often come into situations like this to help out say they have been inundated with calls, some 500 calls, and they are getting ready to go out and help as soon as they can. chad meyers, our meteorologist with us, chad, we have been talking about new bern, again, this is as i am getting pounded here, and the wind and the rain here -- the real problem up in new bern where they have been dealing with storm surges, the rescue crews want to get out as soon as they can. when do you think that will be? when will they see the wind
speeds get below 50 miles per hour? >> in ten hours. ten. 55 miles per hour, and you are in a ten-foot zodiac trying to go through the streets, and it's an impossible task. you are putting too much pressure on the rescuers to get to you. the problem is the neuse river, and they get there and move into new bern, it went up from one foot to 11 foot. because of low tide, we lost two feet of surge. all that water will go back up, so i think we are going to get higher than an 11-foot surge, probably up to 12 to 13-foot surge. so let's just get right to it here. john, just take a breather and you get dry, dry your ear out. there's new bern. here comes the rain. it comes in from the neuse river
here, and the entire area has been raining there for nonstop 13 hours. they have already had ten inches of rain. and then the water is getting pushed up here. this is kind of a porous boarder through here, and that's where the water is pouring in from the ocean and pour into the river up towards new bern. until this whole batch moves on up here into new bern and moves away, we are not going to get wind speeds below 55. where you are here, john, this is what you are seeing here, the north and west side of the eyewall right there, kind of open over here so there's lesser wind here, and nobody is living here because that's the ocean, but the next rain batch will come through, and even to skipper's corner, they will all see what you are seeing right now. eventually, the storm appears to be moving and there's an eye in
here and that may get over you, john, hopefully in an hour. let's hope for an hour, you will get out of what you are seeing now, but unfortunately that means that will all go down towards cuomo and north myrtle beach. >> reporter: i think you can see the rain. the rain is stinging it's beginning to fall so hard. i am separated from my camera by about 50 feet or so and i can't see the camera shooting me right now. it's raining so hard the wind blowing so fast i can't actually see the camera. i am only looking into the direction where i think the camera might be, and the rain is so thick that you can't see that far. you were telling me three inches per hours, and i can't tell if it's the rain i manyam feeling, if it's the rain blowing off.
the wind is whipping here and the rain is falling. you are seeing three inches an hour. the forecast, chad, if you are still with me, we have been told we can expect 24 inches of rain here. at one point they were saying as many as 40 inches per rain, and is that still the forecast? >> it still is. i would say what is left of the storm still to come at 20. if we get 20 compared to the 40-inch mark. you are going to get the break. that break is the center of the eye. you may see the sunrise through the center of the eye. the worst part where you are now gets better and then you get the other side of the eye that will blow water up your river and then all of a sudden you are going to get surge. you are on an inverted surge,
but in two or three hours you will see the winds come from the other direct shpb. >> reporter: i will take your word for it -- that we will see -- possible -- not with the wind blowing and the visibility as low as it is at this moment. i keep looking behind me trying to get a look at the northeast cape river. i know the water will rise still. the cape fear river, which is that way from where i am right now about half a mile, the concern is it could top 22, 24 feet with the rain falling like it is over the next several days, and the river master just gave a dire warning to us about what we can expect when that happens. obviously when the water overflows its banks, there's
reprr repercussions. obviously people need to be very careful about what they are drinking and going anywhere near that standing water, and bringing you back to new bern which is the area of the greatest concern, we are told that some of the concerns are electrified water, some of the power lines have gone down in the last several hours, and they don't know and have to be so careful before they go out and try to rescue the people. it's a triple threat, this storm, the winds picking up here as chad says for the next hour or so we could get 70 to 80 miles per hour winds, and then the rain and the storm surge. often times you will get the wined and the hurricane-force winds in some areas, and then a
few hours after that, that is when you will see some of the storm surge and the rainfall, it comes in different waves. remember, it's not just now that we are worried about, it's the next day, day and a half as the storm moves down to the coast to the south carolina area. give us an update on -- if the eye of the storm exists, where is the eye at this moment? >> oh, it absolutely exists. it always existed, and the reason why it went from a category 3 to a cat 1 is because it got wider. we never lost the pressure for the storm. it was always 953, 54, which is a low enough pressure to make it a category 3 the entire time. that's why we are getting
category 2 and 3 wind gusts here, not sustained but a gust or two, easily to 115. there's the center of the eye right through there, so almost due east of wilmington, so 10 miles from each locations, these places are not that far apart, but we are pretty close. we have a crew down here in carolina beach just beginning to get the worst of the eye right now. the worst of what you are seeing on the map will be this, because the onshore flow is pushing in now. emerald isle just checked in with a surge, and the highest spot was about 12 feet, and that means most of the islands and homes have water running under them or water running smack dab into them because of the east
side surge, john. >> reporter: chad meyers, thanks so much for that. i was on oak island yesterday, and they were so concerned about the storm surge there, and i am thinking about all the people i met yesterday, including those that did not leave and chose to ride out the storm. the outer eyewall, as chad was saying, right over us at this moment, you can seat winds and you can see the rain as it comes down. i want to go to carolina beach, about 12 or 13 miles from where i am, derek van dam is there, and i understand you are really feeling it right now. >> reporter: oh, without a doubt, john. this is the strongest part of the storm that we have felt. every ten or 15 seconds we are getting the gusts well over hurricane force, and it's whipping us around. we were walking just outside of the covered balcony we have available to us and we had a flash of light, transformers
blew up around us and a loud park and all of a sudden we went dark. we have joined the hundreds of thousands of customers in north carolina and south carolina without electricity. of course we are on carolina beach and we are isolated from the mainland, because the only thing that connects us and gives us the ability to have any kind of help or rescue for people that decided to ride the storm out is a bridge, so that bridge is closed so that opportunity is closed as well. so many threats going on at the moment as we enter the eyewall, the strongest part of the storm. we all know, and chad has been talking about it, this is where we expect to feel the 95-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and we are getting the brunt of it as we speak. little tiny sand particles from the ocean, literally 100 yards behind us, and it's pelting us in the face. it feels like we are getting blasted like a jet engine getting thrown right at you, and
i am going to come home and not to make light of the situation, but definitely going to have a lot smoother skin once i get back to atlanta, john. >> yeah, not the kind of exfoalation you wanted out there. how are the structures holding up? >> reporter: great question. we are fortified with concrete building. our structure has not had any damage, but looking up and down, like i said, we have no electricity so it's difficult for us to tell, but there has been signs blown over in the parking lot here. some of the trees, and i can't imagine for the sustained winds and the duration we are expected them to be will be able to stay around too much longer. we will start to see branches come off, and palm trees bending over and snapping because the ground is so moist and wet and saturated, it doesn't take much to topple the trees.
as you know, you are only ten miles away from me and we are in the thick of it, the strongest part of hurricane florence and it's only going to get worse before we get into the eyewall. >> stay safe out there on carolina beach. thank you for being with us. hurricane florence baring down on the city of wilmington. three inches of rain per hour, a storm surge which has created a crisis situation. cnn special live coverage of hurricane florence picks up after a very quick break. kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin kevin
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now. >> at 50 miles per hour, we have a policy that says when the winds get that high we stop our responses. if there's a life to be saved we go and do it. if something was to happen dangerous, we would send somebody out to try and operate if it was to save somebody's life. >> you will do what you can? >> absolutely. >> you can't do everything is the problem? >> when people stay back in a storm, the expectation needs to be or they have to have a very low expectation that somebody will be able to come and help them. it's difficult. >> i apologize for the water going into your eyes right now. you are a great sport about that. one of the things we know about the storm is it's coming for a while, and the duration of the storm will be something. what kind of challenges does that pose? >> a lot. we don't get a chance to clear the streets of the debris, so the debris is going to pileup in the streets which makes the responses more difficult and
more difficult for them to get the power turned back on. >> we have 320,000 people across north carolina without power, and that number is going to go up quite a bit. what kind of flooding do you normally get here, and is it a storm surge situation you are concerned about? >> storm surge situations happen on the ocean front and on the atlantic-facing beaches a lot and we are concerned about that for those barrier island communities. this particular area, when it was built, it was built high so we can take a fair bit of rain, and saying that we will probably be under three feet of water in several hours, but we will take a good piece of rain before we start flooding. >> what do you think the timeframe is -- again, i apologize we are standing in the middle of this with the winds coming pup how many days do you think before we are out of it?
>> this is weeks. if this thing sits on top of us, it will be a few days before the storm is over, but recovery will be weeks and months. >> weeks and months. now, we are hearing reports up in new bern of people trapped in their homes. the storm surge there, some people did not heed the mandatory evacuation orders that were there. we had somebody on the phone with us before and they moved to their attic where there was not a window, what do you tell people in their homes with the floodwaters rising? >> go high and stay there and we will get to you as quick as we can. the way we prioritize the rescues those that are most vulnerable, so when we get into the damage assessment mode, we will clear the beaches because they are under the greatest impact from the storm surge and the wind, but we have a good process how we prioritize the rescue efforts, and we will just
go into that mode. >> how -- >> we might end up in the river here in a minute. >> i will hold on to you. your rescue teams, how are they doing and how are they staged? >> we have federal search and rescue assets staged five minutes from here at the airport. they are waiting to go to work. we have preposition teams not too far out of town in raleigh, and they are ready to go to work. our folks definitely are prepared to go to work. i promised our citizens and visitors that we will get out as quick as we can. i promise you. >> get dry and stay safe, you have days of work ahead of you. we appreciate you. joining us by phone is keith ackley with the north carolina emergency management. give us an update if you can on
the power outages first in the state right now? >> statewide we are looking at about 320,000, that was the update we had. that numbers to grow quickly and jump up in large chunks. >> 320,000 and rising -- and rising. keith, one of the areas of great concern is new bern where we understand there are people trapped in their homes and there have been calls for rescues. can you give us an update on the situation? >> i think the rescuers on the ground are doing everything they can do at this point, and they are out there in the 90-mile-per-hour winds, so it's quite a challenge. we are doing what we can on the
ground, and we are trying to do it without putting the rescuers in jeopardy themselves. >> i am having a hard time hearing you with the wind and the rain where i maam. the concern is we are talking about the rescues in the area of the storm surge. what can people expect, what can people who are trapped in their homes at this point expect? >> some of them can expect a little bit of a wait. crews are working diligently as they can. a lot of people need rescued. and it's not safe to move crews distances across the state, and all of the rescue teams they just can't move around. resources that are close to you, they will come for you as quickly as they can get there. >> yeah, we know we are doing -- you are doing everything you can to help the people that you can
help, but sometimes you just can't get out. not with the winds like that and not with the rain like this, and in some cases the water is moving swiftly. what complications -- what unique complications does the duration of the storm pose for you? >> i think it's a matter of having the resources and teams keep at it for extended periods of time. we have brought in resources from all around the country and north carolina has been working on that for the past several days. we have quite a bit here now, and hopefully what we have is enough to sustain the course over the next 48 to 72 hours and beyond that. >> you say 42 to 72 hours. the storm surge, new bern has it hit the hardest. do you suspect we will see
similar situations as the storm turns and moves south? >> yeah, i think we will see flooding occur in other areas. where that's going to be is hard to predict, but we certainly expect there will be other cities in the same situation. there are officials in some towns having conversations about potential evacuations, so. >> keith, just one more question. i was told the rainfall at this point is falling at about three inches per hour, and some 20 inches of rain already in atlantic beach, north carolina, and chad meyers, our meteorologist, said we could get 20 more inches by the time this is all done. the fresh water flooding will be a problem in the next day or two. explain what that will mean? >> you will have an initial problem of flooding due to the storm surge, and then the river flooding, the creeks and streams is another issue we will face three to four and five days from
now because all the water that falls inland back towards the inland, and we fully expect to see that with this storm. >> keith with north carolina emergency management, thank you so much for joining us, and thank you more for the work you have done and will be doing over the next few days. it's so important and it's just a big effort in front of you, so we appreciate it, sir. >> thank you, and stay safe out there. >> we are just getting word the north carolina governor will brief at 11:00 a.m. this morning, and that's when the storm will still be bearing down on his state and coast here. the outer eyewall over us right now, and wind speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. three inches of rain per hour. cnn special live coverage of
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john berman in wilmington, north carolina. this is cnn special live coverage of hurricane florence. the outer eyewall directly over us in wilmington, north carolina. these are the strongest wind gusts we have received here, 75 or 80 -- that felt like 90 miles per hour blowing me around here right by the water in the northeast cape fear river. three inches of rain per hour now, and we will get so much more rain in the next 24 hours, and very difficult to deal with. we just got breaking news from the power companies here, some 430,000 people, 430,000 customers in north carolina without power. that number has gone up by about
100,000 every hour as this morning approaches and the sun begins to come up. a little lighter here than it was a short time ago. that's if you can see through the rain that is just whipping past us at this moment. let's go to chad meyers in the weather center if we can. chad, give me a sense of where we are in terms of the eye of the storm, the outer eyewall over us, obviously in north carolina. what do we have ahead of us? >> now we have duration damage, because the wind has been so strong for so long, just like that gusts right there. just the 98 miles per hour wind gusts in kirkland, and that was the same cell that just went over wilmington. at the same time, four miles near you there was a 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts near wilmington. the eye is showing up quite well and moving this morning. in the overnight hours it didn't move at all.
there is there's the land. half of the storm is still off in very warm water taking very big waves, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 feet, and smashing them to the north and northeast of the storm in that wrap around part of the storm. we do know that emerald isle has a storm surge right now of seven feet, seven feet above normal high tide, and that's emerald isle up north, and i will show you a different map in a second. only three streets wide, and if you have seven feet of water in that town right there that's going to be a mess. like you said, theres's more rain to come. we have areas here that will pick up an additional 20 to 30 inches of rainfall before it gets towards charlotte and up in the northeast. i can barely see you, john.
>> you know, the wind is blowing -- the rain -- chad, i have to tell you, you know, i am 50 feet away from my camera and i cannot see the camera. it's raining, and the winds -- >> and i cannot hear you. it's about to turn on you, and eventually you are going to get the inside part of an eye, the eye is going to get to you and things are going to calm down rapidly. it's just going to be some time. wilmington, north carolina, your normal rainfall for the year should be 42 inches, and you already had 63 and that's what it's raining like right now, going up another ten inches before it stops. there are 17 river stages in major flood and higher. some of the areas may get to record flood. and there's been very big
weather, and to get to record levels you have to really get rain. atlantic beach, 23 inches. that's rain. emerald isle is under the h in moorhead city, and that's seven feet above sea level, and we have big waves on top of that. john, i will try and get you to dry out for just a second and i will toss it to chris cuomo in north myrtle beach, and what you have there he will have in about 12 hours. >> reporter: i will tell you what, it's that amount of time that raises the concern, not just the amount of time with that rain and that wind, but what leads up to it. i mean, even these relatively baby winds of something like 40-mile-per-hour gusts are plenty to soften up structures, and root structures of vegetation in the area, and shingles are flying off and we will see what happens when the high tide turns around, and a lot of people stayed even though
it was a mandatory evacuation zone. in the 8:00 hour, you are going to have the fema director, brock long, he's going to be on the program as is the head of the national weather center. you will get insight from the top on the show. that is to come. in terms of how to deal with something like this, how to make it through and what the necessities are, let's bring in mitch landrieu. he was lieutenant government in louisiana during the time of katrina. can you hear me, mitch? >> i can hear you, chris. how are you doing? >> reporter: better than i deserve. we have not seen anything -- >> in a couple minutes you will look like berman. that's coming your way. >> reporter: we are going to keep john's shot up for two reasons, one it's important for people to see the reality, and two, i like to see john in it, so we will keep him here especial especially while i am dry and on
the porch. we try to bring in levity when we can, because we know there are so many people will be dealing with distress. i lived katrina and saw how people pulled through it, and it's not about comparison, but what they are going to deal with here is duration. imagine three days with these types of conditions, and what that does and what it requires from local government. what will they have to do? >> blorock long is going to tel you this, don't be fooled that it's a category 1. category 1 can be every bit as dangerous as a category 5. this has rain and storm surge and electrical outages. the eyewall is coming through and it will calm down, and a lot of people will think it's over and do something silly like go outside, but do not do that.
a lot of people that evacuated, they are all sleeping on top of each other so it takes a lot of patience. back where you are, people are hunkered down. stay where you are and do not try to move. once the winds get above 35 miles per hour, first responders cannot get to you. the great challenge for everybody right now is to stay where they are. your first responders are doing everything they can to help people in harm's way. but if you are in myrtle beach and think everything is going to be fine, it's not. the storm surge chad was talking about is coming your way, the wind and water is coming your way, and the order is to stay put, and the water is the greatest danger in the next 48 hours. >> reporter: we have been talking to people in new bern and other areas north of here that have seen the worst of it,
and we will see what happens there. they have been moving up in floors. that's what we are told to do. as the water comes into the house, if you have been there you made the decision to stay, obviously you move up as the water moves up, but that move is only as smart as what you bring with you. you have to be ready to break a window, put a hole in a wall or roof, because god forbid you put yourself where you don't have an exit. >> well, here's the hard part. all of the people that the mayor told to leave bough thune. if the wind stays up, it will be hard for first responders. don't light a fire or try to make yourself warm, just get yourself out of harm's way and get as high as you can. you have to wait it out. if for some reason you get yourself in a closed attic, you have to get air flowing in.
the first responders are champing at the bit to get to you, and i know i just saw the fire chief a minute ago, they are all waiting and ready to get in as fast as they can. here's the danger. when one part of the storm goes away, everybody will want to come back outside. don't do that either. when you do that, there's all kinds of dangerous standing water you can fall in or power lines down, and the hardest part is to let the first responders do their jobs. >> 100%. mitch landrieu, thank you very much. again, lieutenant governor during katrina in the state of louisiana, and he knows what it takes to get through the things. a reminder about first responders, they have to think about their lives as well, and they just can't be effective in certain conditions. if you are home and you have power and are watching and are in this area, do what i am doing, watch john berman in the weather, and that's the reality
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome back to the special edition of "new day," coverage of hurricane florence. alisyn, we are waiting to get her calms back in new york. john berman is in the thick of it. florence has made landfall. we are waiting for his shot to get back up. he and his team are fine, and he
has been reporting brilliantly all morning for you. he is in the worst of it, and as soon as his shot comes up we will show you what he's living in real time. we are nowhere in terms of the expected duration of affect. 430,000 plus customers, who knows how many people are in each household, it's per customer, 430,000 of them without power. storm surge has become a reality, up to 11 feet. what does that mean in terms of flooding? different things in different places. calls from hundreds for help from first responders. we brought you one earlier, peggy bur peggy pe peggy perry, he was in new bern, and she has been rescued. her family called and let us know she is okay. she was there in a