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centrist project talks about the 2018 midterm elections and efforts by his group to find centrist candidates. "washington journal" is next. host: good morning. these are live satellite images from hurricane irma. at this hour, the storm is approaching the lower florida keys heading up the gulf coast, hitting tampa and st. petersburg. florida officials have ordered more than 6.5 million residents to leave their homes, one of the largest emergency evacuations in u.s. history. gov. rick scott is warning the state could get up to 18 inches of rain. according to the associated press, st. petersburg and tampa have not taken a head-on blow
from a major hurricane in over a century. these are images across the state of florida. then there is hurricane jose, which is also a category four storm. that storm at the moment is moving away from a string of caribbean islands, a welcome reprieve. with all of this happening, we want to begin with your calls at this hour. we have aligned set aside for florida residents. (202) 748-8000 for those of you in eastern and central time zones. (202) 748-8001 for those of you out west. if you live in the state of florida or have evacuated and have moved to georgia or north carolina, we would love to hear from you, (202) 748-8002. this is the headline from the tampa bay times, ready or not, irma projected to hit today.
let's listen to how they are covering this developing story. [video clip] >> within the eyewall itself, that is how they did that. we can also take the big picture here. bands go well up into the central part of the state now. keyshe folks in the upper and miami-dade, know the closest approach of irma has not happened yet. those rain bands should get more frequent and stronger as we go. this is the storm surge warning, five to 10 feet in the keys. it is going to be 10 to 15 feet over much of the gulf coast of florida. night, thede last
hurricane center dropped the storm surge warning for broward county all the way down to the upper keys. there is still a storm surge warning for miami-dade and points south. wplg is the affiliate in florida. we will continue to monitor their coverage. moving away from the original target, which was expected to be miami and broward county. we want to hear from you. larry from washington, d.c., as the hurricane hits florida. caller: good morning. this is not natural. jose, andrvey, irma, mexico. this is on america. this is not natural.
this is an unnatural event. people should get as far away as they can. this is not natural. i just wanted to have that to say. bye. host: thanks for the call. these are live images as hurricane irma makes its way, hitting the florida keys. james from virginia beach, virginia. caller: good morning. this but this in perspective. --let's put this in perspective. what the democrats had better realize about working with donald trump, you are putting your own self in jeopardy. i will not vote for a democrat if you continue to work with donald trump. these people voted against relief for their own states, then they get on tv and talk about spending my, what the immigrants are doing. they say they don't like big
government. as soon as something happens to their state, they want the big government to protect them. democrats, you better stand up and realize you are putting their own self in jeopardy because black people will not vote for you. understand that. host: terry jeffrey and eleanor clift will be joining us in our second hour talking about hurricane irma and the agreement president trump worked out with congressional democrats and the potential cost of this hurricane and the cleanup of hurricane harvey. we are monitoring the florida news publications, including this story, sorry south florida, when you wake up this morning hurricane irma will still not have passed even though waiting as already felt interminable. the worst for miami-dade and broward counties probably will not start until midmorning and will last several hours.
only getn will dangerous wind gusts, but tropical storm lane's are expected into sunday evening. that means hitting around may not be safe until monday. tornado watch is in effect until noon today. two tornadoes touched down yesterday. again, miami, which was initially the target of this storm without feeling the effects of the storm, but will not be directly hit. we have a phone line set aside for those of you who live in florida or have evacuated. 6.5 million people have left their homes in florida, moving to other parts of the state or outside of the state to alabama or georgia. we would love to hear from you as well. tell us your stories as you leave your homes in preparation for this storm that has already hit cuba. daniel is joining us in washington, d.c.
caller: thank you. it is really government who has allowed these communities to sprawl into flood areas. this could have happened 10 years ago, and it could be happening next month again. think about the houston area where they refine 5 million barrels of oil a day. gasoline is 16 to 32 times cheaper than a bottle of iced tea. throughouthave risen geological time and have caused climactic changes. ing.rnors are fail , first of all,g i would like to send a message to eleanor. help us save mcmillan park in d.c. we are trying to save a green
space from the corruption of the d.c. government. i wonder if your panel can address the election of donald trump. into is the investigation voter registration rolls, knocking thousands of people all who were targeted at, and the voter rolls are just out there. anybody can interfere with them. we need to reform this government big-time. we need to stop letting the government run roughshod over us for profit, keeping our utilities and gasoline at low price. host: you can send us your comments. we have this, congressman mike conway voting against hurricane sandra relief, but voting for the porkbarrel debt limit for
harvey aid. this, back to back do conservatives and republicans believe in man-made climate change yet? times, thatpa bay island near fort myers is now deserted. this is what pictures look like from marco island, a short drive from ft. myers, florida. the path has been delayed just a little bit, but expected to hit that area mid to late afternoon. georgia, welcome to the conversation. caller: good morning. i am originally from miami. i retired to georgia. i know the experience of a hurricane. a lot of your callers need to realize that. it goes back down to the
conscience of a person. we got to come together. care if you are republican, democrat, whatever. it goes back down to the conscience of each one of us. we have to stop letting these politicians divide us and this country. we have got to reach out and help each other. it shows you right now that the people going through that, i have got family members there now, and they are trying to bunker down as much as they can. it ain't about money no more. when you don't have gas, water, nothing, you don't have those things, i have seen people in hurricane andrew. --sident clinton appointed over andrew, and they reconstructed it all over again.
i know what time it is. your callers don't understand and have compassion for these people going through a storm. talking republican and democrat and nationality, we don't need that now. we need compassion. we need prayers. they need to realize that, hey, stop letting these politicians use our money -- they spend our money. donald trump is not spent one dime of his money. it is our money they are using. we need to realize they are spending our money. want to thank you. i have been watching c-span for 15 years. every morning. host: glad to hear it. i want to go back to your family. they are all safe? caller: they are safe.
they were in miami garden. their home has been there for years. they are in miami central. my mom has a house that has been there since 1953. we went through hurricane andrew, hurricane donna when i was a little boy. around a lot of houses, not a lot of trees now. it blows down a lot of trees. if you are in that area, you are all right. host: when was hurricane donna? caller: 1966. i was 16 years old. grapefruit trees, avocado trees, everything. i'm going to tell you now, you don't know how it feels. even if you've got money, you
don't know how it feels without proper water. i have seen people without water. you got money, but you cannot go to the atm machine. you cannot buy food, no water. host: we don't realize how vulnerable we are when these storms hit. caller: that is right. host: i am going to move on. thank you for the call. for the fifth time in its history, walt disney world is closed today and tomorrow. this is the story from the orlando sentinel, disney world making the decision because of the storm moving up the spine of florida, and also closing as a result of hurricanes moving through florida. that is the headline. our phone lines are open. we have a line set aside for florida residents. (202) 748-8002. inare monitoring wplg tv
miami fort lauderdale. people have already lost power with more expected. the storm now hitting the florida keys. we will go to marcia in new jersey. good morning. caller: good morning. forve been watching c-span a long time. thank you so much. what is making me feel very sad are these storms, which have caused people great stress. i watched the epa oversight program this morning on c-span, and i feel that the president trump administration has taken -- this is what i heard -- 2.6 billion away from the epa. the epa needs resources and
personnel. what is going on now is not acceptable. greed is not acceptable in the united states. we have to work together for all people, and that is all i have to say. thank you so much. host: thank you. we will go to james and north dakota. live pictures from south florida courtesy of wplg tv. caller: hey, james. a lot of interesting calls today. i have been hearing over the last week about the wrath of god. i don't quite buy that. i was in a couple storms down there. not many hurricanes hit north dakota. right after hugo, i worked in south carolina from pennsylvania. i saw the devastation there. even saw it at the time living in the south. i thought about going down there after andrew. i did not get down there. somet wanted to say that
of the people -- you begin to hear a lot of stuff, and you will hear it after the devastation. it is not in good taste to talk about global warming or climate change. we have only been documenting the storms for a little over 100 years. we have only had doppler for 75 years. these storms happen hitting the coast of the we call america now for tens of thousands of years. like jaredt of books diamond's collapse and guns, germs, and steel. the documents something like 23 massive climate shifts in the last 40,000 years of north america alone, the ice age was as far south as virginia, and massive cyclical warming pushed those sheets up to form the
great lakes. these things have been going on for millions of years and will be going on for millions of years after we are gone. that is my point. i called sometime before. i talked to kimberly about a topic which have to do with something, and i was talking cap, the highh year of men that die every on the job doing construction work and oil rigs. about 5000 men die every year compared to 200 women. we talk about the gender pay gap, but it is really the death gap. i want to talk about something that will be called misogynistic. who is going to rebuild houston and florida? patriarchy reasserts itself and feminism goes out the window when it is something like this.
it is fun to take men. women contribute, but it is going to take the power of strong black men, hispanic guys, white guys who are going to rebuild those roofs. be grateful for the strong backs of men and the sacrifices they are going to do their. -- there. host: we will go to dave in western pennsylvania. good morning. caller: i will remind people that both texas and florida advertise themselves as being low tax states. yet they go to the federal government for federal aid and repairey to rebuild and the infrastructure of those dates. state northeast, we pay sales tax, state income tax, both of which are not paid in
taxes or florida. why should the federal government bail them out with the tax dollars from the northeast when they do not impose similar taxes on their own citizens? i say the federal government should say to them, no, we will allow you to borrow money to be repaid with money want to have imposed state sales tax and state income tax on the citizens of your state. no free handouts anymore from the federal government. host: thank you for the call. as you can see, the national weather service confirming hurricane irma, the eye of the storm is hitting key west florida. florida,he very tip of and it is moving through the southern everglades and moving myers, tampa, st. petersburg, and the remnants
hitting miami, miami-dade county, broward county, jacksonville florida also feeling the effects. essentially the entire state weeks of the size of the storm. reports yesterday that the storm was as big as the country of france. these are live pictures from wplg tv. let's listen in. [video clip] >> i'm not sure if you have an idea of what the winds are gusting at in this part of the beach, but it will be , toresting for me to know put a number on what i am feeling now. [winds gusting] >> you are getting into another one of those heavy bands of stronger storms. some of the wind gusts we have noted for miami have been topping 60 miles per hour.
since you are near the beach, the winds are no doubt higher than that. i would say it's 70 miles per hour, gusting to that, but some of the stronger winds and that air being funneled between the buildings causing the wind to race a bit more. how difficult is it for you to stand out there? >> i am standing pretty close to the hotel because we are using it to protect ourselves to keep the amount of time we get into the open to a minimum. we have seen how violence the wind has gone. -- gotten. for me, it is not too hard because i am close to this building. i hesitate to get out there and tested because i -- and test it because i am a little scared about it. earlier when it was not nearly this bad, when a strong gust would come, it would not me off
feeta -- knock me off my a little bit. we have seen an accumulation of water here. it goes to show how this accumulation starts small, builds up, and is that water, you can correct me as i am wrong as i am not a meteorologist, how the water will build up and build up. tv in miami beach now, an area that is really well desolated as it was evacuated earlier, and now the remnants of the storm hitting miami beach. it is now hitting the florida keys, which has ordered a mandatory evacuation. over 20,000 residents live in
the florida keys area. conrad is joining us from pennsylvania. getting your calls and comments as hurricane irma hits the sunshine state. caller: good morning. i have something very unusual to talk about. homes inhave got three fort myers. boy, we are going underwater for sure. host: where are the homes? caller: they are in fort myers. host: along the coast or inland? caller: we are in the a section for penetration of surge. we are going to get direct hits. what i wanted to talk about is i was in the navy in the 1960's. i maintained whether messages in the mediterranean with the sixth fleet when i was over there. those whether messages came
back, and we used those in the vietnam war. days a yearain 365 for five solid years to try to from supplyinge the viet cong on the ho chi minh trail. tarted to develop more technology. one of the things that got developed under george h.w. bush was a microwave system. to 1976, theck up united nations sought we were able to modify the weather. nationsated the united weather weapons treaty of 1976. everything i am telling you can be googled. penetrates atem
lot of things. 10 patents came off a bit. one of the things it can do, warm water, they can shoot microwaves into the ocean waters and direct hurricanes. following now the gulfstream on the west coast. we were down there in april, and we noticed the gulf of mexico by arature was 89 degrees report from one of your people. it is currently 91 degrees. it is going to follow the warmest water. hurricanes are a natural phenomenon. coming across the waters, they can be directed right up the middle of the atlantic between the landmasses. they would just fizzle out. i don't know why the government doesn't use that system.
they do work. they can do other things. they can create tsunamis, do a lot of things. this is not classified information anymore because it is published. host: thanks for the call, and good luck with your home in fort myers, florida. irma has 145 mile-per-hour winds, yet the highest gust 102 miles per hour in key west. where's the big blow? the strongest lanes are near the eye. this is making its way up the gulf coast. brian from st. petersburg, florida. tell us where you are and what you're seeing. caller: i am right off the day of st. petersburg -- bay of st.
petersburg. i am about five minutes from the beach. we are in a higher elevation. we are in a d. we don't have to evacuate. what i would like to talk about inter-structure on how well the government did and all the weathermen from every station not telling people to pay attention to one line, pay attention to the whole area. a week ago we were all thinking we were going to be ok, and today it is hitting us. every day it kept going a little bit, a little bit. now today we are boarded up. we have family coming to stay with us. it has only been because everybody has stayed calm. everyone has been doing what they are told. people have been relatively
listening to the government. scott has done an awesome job. host: let me ask you questions. we have heard reports of price challenging when it came to gasoline, and yesterday morning half the gas stations in florida were without gas. is that what it is like for you? caller: most of the gas stations closed yesterday at about 6:00. rx stores,s, the they all closed at 4:00 or 5:00. if you do not have any, you were in trouble. there was a couple of little gas stations that might stay open. you could not get any gas after 8:00 anywhere. host: what is your biggest concern moving ahead after the storm hits and the cleanup
operations begin tomorrow and tuesday? ready: that everything is to put the power back together because that is what we are worried about is not so much if i get a 12 foot storm, i am ok -- 20 foot up.5 my driveway is a most straight up. the wind damage from the electrical standard, they put all the power through people's trees in stock -- and stuff. we are a green state, you know. that is probably going to get severed quite a bit. host: you have not had a direct hit by a hurricane in nearly 100 years, is that correct? caller: 48 years i have lived
here, and this is the closest one. outskirts have hit us, but never as close. host: stay safe. thank you for sharing your story with us. final point? caller: everyone, stay calm. liker down, and be family to everyone afterwards. host: thank you for the call from st. petersburg. jen is joining us, washington. these are live pictures from wplg tv in florida. caller: good morning. i think the only way to help the hurricane from hitting florida and texas and everywhere is to do the climate change. al gore explained it one time.
if the sun is making the water hot, and if they do not do the climate change where he works with the climate change and knows what should be done, if they don't do something about it, it is going to explode, and it will destroy the whole world. he said that is what is wrong. when the people die in michigan, it is the water. climate change is ruining the water. it is making it hot so it does not get cold. i think that is necessary like a lot of people were saying. we need to do something about climate change. host: thanks for the call. you can see in miami flooding is the concern into tomorrow evening through tuesday. this is the headline from the new york times. a 300 mile wide storm trains.
on florida -- trains fury on florida. joining us is jennifer from north palm beach, florida. tell us where you are and what the last couple days have been like. caller: just a lot of people fleeing the area, flying out, if they can afford buying extremely expensive tickets. we have stayed put. i am happy we did. 60 mile per gusts and small tornadoes coming off the water, but it is livable. i wanted to share with everyone a great new documentary called frumpkins sky. it is from the global elite tv. some militaryt technology like chem trails and things like that and how they are building these massive storms.
i thought it would be great to share that. host: you have decided to stay put and not evacuate? caller: that is true. we are not really in the conditions that it is like in naples or the west coast. it is relatively manageable. we went through the other hurricanes, and we got a special garage door and shutters and things like that. it is definitely -- we are staying put. we cannot go out. have like that, but we canned goods and stuff like that. we have power, so we are happy about that. host: same question i asked your neighbor in st. petersburg, moving ahead, what is your biggest concern? caller: like i said, there is some great information about the engineering of these storms. al gore is seeing in this
-- twotary talking about weeks before we have seen all these strikes in the sky, filling the sky. apparently it is technology they use to defend against global warming, but there is a lot of information about stuff i would like people to start looking into. what are people doing in the technology that is kind of concern to me? i would like to see more people get educated on these chem trails and things like that. host: jennifer, thank you for the call. jay is joining us from idaho. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you doing? host: fine, thank you. caller: i assume i can make a comment about hurricane irma.
host: please do. caller: thank you. i think our overall government response is unacceptable, especially with the preparations and the early warning alerts systems. it does not seem like there is a need to have our military take a more proactive approach. they could use the storm as training to help diversify our troops to an array of different experiences. host: the next call is from stacy in virginia. good morning. caller: good morning, america. my thoughts and prayers are with my fellow americans down in florida. i have a couple of concerns. first of all, the 14 nuclear power plants that are in the eye of the storm in florida that pepper florida as a state. had one inhey
nuclear power plant that could not hold the heater plants or whatever, the coolant explode. we have 14 of those things in florida now. that is beyond unacceptable because now not only do we have to worry about flights -- floods, but we also have to worry about nuclear fallout, not to mention the prisoners that were left in the jails in miami, in the prisons there. i don't care how bad they are, you should have moved them. they will end up dead if not in a watery grave. my final comment is on climate change. i know some people are kind of iffy about that. let me tell you, if you poison the air in the sea, you will poison mankind. the deadliest chemical will be
greed. now they say don't talk about climate change, it is inappropriate. let's not talk about climate change. let's talk about builders building 50 feet below the sea level. let's talk about builders building mud walls and houses in dangerous flood areas and insurance companies not ensuring -- insuring them. they should not be allowed to build down there. they should be building higher and stronger infrastructure. everything is about saving money, doing it the cheapest way. what an absolute shame greed has done to this country and with our leaders who will literally sell out their people for campaign donations. host: stacy from her junior. this photograph from the new york times will give you the sense of the devastation of hurricane irma as it made its
way through the caribbean islands and into cuba. robert joining us from california. that morning. welcome to the conversation. what is on your mind? caller: i am kind of touched up by that last lady. i am wondering about prisoners and things like that. you might get some expert on there before your segment is over. i am curious about that even though they might be vile people, they do deserve safety. the other thing i want to touch on is climate change and this thing this fellow was talking about with radar changing weather patterns. the chinese have been doing this weathervane for 3000 years,. thing forhis weather 3000 years. you cannot change the weather. you cannot stop an earthquake.
we are not going to stop these hurricanes and all that. government is doing as much as they can. they are human beings. our troops are human beings. people that want to send our troops out there, think. i have family in their, two marines. one of them is close and ready to deploy when it stops, the recovery, whatever. let's not get too political in here. changing the weather with radar was beyond me. thank you and god bless. host: thank you for the call. major navy base along the florida panhandle, hurricane irma expected to bring high winds, but the risk of flooding and storm surge is unlikely. that is the headline from the pensacola news journal. orlando,oining us from
lord. you will get the point -- florida. you will get the brunt of the storm later on. what is it like? caller: thank you for taking my call. peter, tell him we miss him on sundays. what has it been like? it was kind of scary earlier in the week when it looks like it was going to get miami and end up on top of orlando. our thoughts and prayers are with the folks in tampa and st. petersburg. right now it is light rain. there is some much more to orlando than the theme parks. i live downtown. we have a great downtown. you could not get on an elevator or go into a grocery store without people asking are you ready? be safe. brunt of thishe
until about 2:00 in the morning monday morning. donenow, the governor has a really good job. the local weather guys, the local news have got a really good job of keeping everybody up to date. we really appreciate a couple of comments from your earlier callers like the one gentleman talking about showing compassion to folks in texas and houston and the other caller who thought it was a little in bad taste and a time like this to bring up climate change. -- had a real word class world-class idiot talking about just because we have figured out a way to have a great state with a part-time legislature and no personal income taxes we should not get any help on a natural disaster like this. know, new jersey,
that part of the country, high taxes, if you wants to impose his theory, let's do it. they have state taxes, so they should not get any federal taxes. otherwise, just love "washington journal." keep your fingers crossed for us down in florida whether we pay personal income taxes or not. host: thank you for being with us. we will go to ed joining us from washington. good morning. i grew up for hurricane camille and hurricane katrina. we went off the water. people who don't have flood insurance, i have no compassion for them. it costs a lot of money for this. people who live on the water and gosh,have insurance, my
we pay an astronomical amount of money for the privilege of living in the water. people in houston, that city, talk about a rich state. the second richest state. the government should not bail them out for one cent. you are going to tell me you are going to reward people for living on the water and for building in floodplains? this global warming. global warming is absolutely real. it is a major issue, but it is measured in decades and centuries if not millenia. it is not measured in months and years. host: thanks for the call from washington state. stacy is a delegate from the u.s. virgin islands.
she is joining us live on the phone, an area that was hit hard and now getting fema assistance. thank you for being with us. caller: good morning. host: the storm has now passed the virgin islands. how much damage? damage on theous island. d.c. yesterday, went to san juan, and then had to be brought over by the coast guard. i came to the island of st. thomas, did a flyover of st. john and even the british virgin islands. the two islands of st. thomas and st. john were enormously affected by the storm. we have about 70% of our utility infrastructure gone on st. thomas and 100% on st. john. we have lost our hospitals, government structures, police
stations, etc., as well as houses that have been demolished or may just have roofs off. host: do you have a sense of how much money it will take to rebuild, and what you will be asking the federal government for? we have no clue what this is going to cost because we are still trying to clear out and get to certain areas as well. people have to remember that we are an island. just getting provisions here has been an issue. incredible and very supportive working with our local government and their own emergency management agency to provision for several days. now we are trying to clear our airport. we lost our air traffic control center. isting supplies in here
going to be a challenge. we have been using the base camp at st. croix, the larger island that did not get too much damage and trying to bring things over to st. thomas. we have been trying to clear the ports. there is a lot of debris along buoys, son ships and trying to navigate that so we can get things to people. it is going to be quite some time. with the hospital., schools destroyed, -- hospital gone, schools destroyed, government infrastructure, it will be a significant amount of time and money before we are able to get back that support. recall, we have already had a strange financial system in the virgin islands. we don't get the same amount of funding as the rest of the
states. our formulas are different. we are capped on medicaid and medicare, and infrastructure support has different formulas that put us well below per capita what we would be receiving if we were a state. host: we're talking with thegate stacy plaskett of virgin islands. tourism is a leading source of revenue, so what impact will it have short-term and long-term on the tourism industry? our tourismst season on st. thomas which begins at the start of october. i'm looking out now, and all of the hills are burnt. we no longer have that beautiful
facade people come here to look at. leaking,en some diesel one of the top 10 beaches in the vessels that were in the water there or pushed into the water there must have had tanks that were leaking, and some of our docs and main waterways where tourists shop will need major work. this will have a tremendous impact. 2012, wey be aware, in lost our largest employer and revenue on the island of st. croix. we had an oil refinery. that and the great recession that hit have really been huge hits on our finances. closed, oil refinery the island of st. croix
skyrocketed to 18% unemployment. we have been relying heavily on our tourism section and have been trying to get some fixes to thetax law, which in 2004 american jobs act changed residency rules and drove out another hybrid sector, which was the financial services sector that were coming here for some of our tax incentive programs that have brought people like myself and other young virgin islanders to be able to come back from. -- home. this has been a series of financial hits we have been taking. now with the hurricane hitting tourism, it will take a while and need a great deal of support from the federal government and the private sector to be able to come back stronger than we are. i want to tell you that
throughout all of this, our government is very optimistic. the people on the islands are supportive of one another. i have stopped in different places. i went to a senior citizens home where volunteers have been there. they spent two days nonstop, did not leave. getting the water out, patching things so our seniors could be comfortable. insured that their generator would be working even though the people working on it and not have generators in their homes so the seniors could be comfortable. not only were they elderly, some had medical needs. puerto rico, our sister territory extort have been outstanding -- next door, have been outstanding. they have worked with our governor in ensuring that all of our patients could be moved
veteranstheir administration hospital. needed dialysis treatment were being sent to puerto rico for that. plaskett is a delegate for the u.s. virgin islands. where are you now? guest: i am looking at the hospital in st. thomas. i spent the night in an office that had a generator and getting through the island and go over to st. croix at some point. my house did not receive any damage, so open the windows and air things out. host: thank you for being with us. we know it has been a busy 48 hours. we will check in from time to time. guest: i appreciate that. i appreciate all of the support
my colleagues have been giving me. from the time i have gotten down there, people have been stopping me on the floor and then tremendous about how they can help. the text messages from people. it was republicans and democrats reaching out. staff calling as well. that has been tremendous. thank you. plaskett, thank you for being with us. guest: take care. host: let's go back to your phone calls. d.c., andhington, morning. caller: good morning. i am an african american scientist. one of my jobs was to determine why the polar ice caps are melting rapidly. irma wentm, hurricane from a category for thai category five just before
hitting the florida keys. up energy, andes it confirms global warming and the climate change we are dealing with. because our president signed executive orders to remove us endangerate change and our position in the sciences, this is a warning to our african-american brothers. brothers and sisters have called in, talking about the global warming system. the reason donald trump is president is we did not go. we have to vote. -- we did not vote. we have to vote. donald trump got the electoral college. it happened to al gore and hillary clinton who got 3
million votes more than donald trump. we have to pay attention to these systems. the science is real. people must pay attention to this. let's get away on the fact and falselse -- from the information. host: thank you for the call. tampa bay times, ready or not irma projected to hit tampa bay today, calling it a killer hurricane. schools closed later in the week. newspaper,llahassee flights in and out have been canceled from the state capital. this has been felt one of the largest evacuations in american history. joining us from los angeles as hurricane irma makes its way up the gulf coast, good morning. caller: thank you for taking my
call. i am calling from los angeles because my younger brother who is a vet is living in st. petersburg in the eye of the storm. he has been waiting for transport. he is bedridden. he cannot sweat because of his condition. once air-conditioned goes off in a key has a little -- air-conditioning goes off, he has a limited amount of time. we know everyone of those people are working very hard. just trying to reach out because his nurses had to leave for higher ground. unfortunately, this system is not quite serving the people with special needs. i know charlie crist said this morning on msnbc that he went to bay pines and there is a special unit center. unfortunately, that is not true.
bay pines turned him away. if transport does not come, and he has been waiting 10 hours now, he is starting to be painful and is along with his cat. he is going to paris. i have been calling everyone and tweeting. that is why i am reaching out to you as well, seeing if anybody can help my brother. host: is he living in any type of housing unit that someone can retrieve him and bring him to safety? caller: he is living in a condominium in seminole, florida. he is a bedridden man. he needs and ambulance. all of the ambulances are evacuated hospitals at this time and nursing homes soon. he is on the list. everyone keeps circling around to the same number. you are on the list. we are waiting and waiting. it is heartbreaking.
we understand everyone is working hard to help. host: when was the last time you talk to him? caller: i have been on the phone with him all night because we are saying goodbyes. this might be the last time he is ever in his home again, the on the phone as a quadriplegic, and he might not make it through the storm. host: you have no family in that area? caller: regretfully, no. my mother is retired and is up north and is old. he has a condition where he cannot wear shirts because he has a lot of phantom pain. he is without clothes in a bed for a lot of time. it is not easy for someone to put him in a car or backseat. there are special needs. host: i understand. it seems to me if you are in touch with emergency officials, the storm has not hit that area yet.
it is still a couple of hours away. as the governor said, if you need assistance, let us know. priority will be the safety and lives of individuals. caller: right. he has been calling for days. he has a broken hip. he is rep. lee: not that he is regrettably -- he is regrettably not a priority because of the hospitals. we send prayers out to him. they are doing the best they can. host: thank you for your call. best of luck to your brother. here are the headlines. this is from fort myers, florida. state of fear, the rest of the state braces for a monster storm. from the naples daily news, brace for impact. an aggressive storm making its way from the florida keys to the western part of the state. miami herald, damage from irma
could surpass matthew impact. -- andrew's impact. housing headaches for those who lost their homes as the result of hurricane harvey or the resulting flooding. stacy joining us from fort myers, florida. good morning. you are getting the brunt of it this morning. caller: good morning. i have lived in the fort myers for 10 years. i relocated with my family from new york after the financial crisis. i have a few comments i want to make. first, the government at all levels has done an outstanding job. i am extremely happy that all the money fema has used, my use., has been put to good they have been trained.
an ounce of prevention saves us 10 pounds of fix. i have evacuated. i am in a red zone. my son is in the red zone. my son is in a red zone, my brothers and sisters have houses in red zones. the next thing after the storm hits his shelter and food, and that's basic human needs. host: what does that mean? caller: that means we are going , 16 feet.in the surge i'm within a half-mile from the water. i'm expecting 10 feet. i didn't get my car out of the garage. i don't know why didn't think of that. i have flinch insurance cash flood insurance. i ha