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>> bill: we are tracking irene, wondering what she will do next, causing problems up and down the eastern seaboard. that is ed, the national hurricane center. let's get his update. >> mostly along the east coast of the united states until making its final landfall during the day tomorrow in southern new england. irene poses several threats. within about 100 miles of the center to the west, the 100 miles closest to the coast, there will be an area of very
heavy rainfall, six to 12 inches, locally 20 inches of rain will cause severe flooding in some areas. this is a very large storm as can be seen on the satellite images and will take as much as 24 hours for the entire storm to pass. tropical storm winds will last an entire day. they're blowing toward the shore line and build a storm surge at the coast along the east coast from north carolina, northward to southern new england. the areas that we're most concerned about are norfolk, delmarva peninsula, delaware bay, close to new jersey, new york harbor, and long island sound, where isolated areas could see storm surge as high as four to eight feet. preparations in this area from north carolina to song new england should be rushed to completion.
national hurricane center. >> bill: fascinating information. i want to switch gears, north carolina, the governor, this is her first briefing since irene started to exit that state. let's listen here. >> experienced flooding over the next few days. we know that a major power transmission line is down in tarboro and outages are widespread throughout the east. there are problems being reported all day at waste water treatment plants in once wick, terrell and wayne county, as well as carolina beach, columbia and fremont. we have had reports of possible tornadoes that struck last night in three counties with some minor injuries reported in terrell county, along with structural damage to several homes. the hurricane-force winds are expected to leave about 8:00 o'clock or 9:00 o'clock and then tropical force winds until 3:00 o'clock or 4:00 o'clock in the morning. so irene is still in north
carolina. let me speak very directly to people of north carolina. you just -- if you live in the coastal plain, if you live in these counties that have seen irene in our presence since last night, stay inside. it makes no sense for anybody to go outside with hot wires on the ground and trees down. don't take any unnecessary risk for you or your family. the highway patrol is activating, has activated 300 troopers. there are 600 on stand-by if we need them tonight and tomorrow. the troopers thus far have investigated 135 collisions in eastern north carolina since 8:00 o'clock last night. and again, a foot of water will turn your vehicle over and do you damage. it will float your car. so if you are out for whatever reason and you run into water, please, please stop and turn around. as you might expect, numerous
roadways will be closed tonight that we don't know about due to storm debris and fallen trees and downed power lines and overwash. if you have a road damage to report or travel directions that you need about safety, you can call the dot information line at 511 for those of you who still have web site activity, you can go to dot's web site. the phone number is 511. the north carolina national guard has 414 guards men and women and airmen activated with more ready to help tomorrow if we need it. we continue to have seven helicopters in the state, two of which now are equipped with hoists for rescues and isolated or cutoff places because of water. nearly 40 more helicopters are available to us from surrounding states that have offered to
help. our swift water rescue team and urban rescue teams and helo rescue teams are all in play just waiting for the weather to clear if their services are needed. as of 4:30 this afternoon, we have 60 shelters that remain open with 5,540 folks in them. three emergency management distribution centers in dare, hyde, and pamleco counties are set up and ready to begin distributing food and water and tarps and all those essential commodities that people will need as they try beginning tomorrow to rebuild their lives and their communities. three emergency management distribution centers in dare, hyde, and pamleco counties are set up now and they are ready to begin distributing that food and water. the governor's hot line is up and going.
888-835-9966. let me reiterate, this is not an emergency line. but if there is anything you need, if there is a problem that you're experiencing that you think the state or these resources that are at our beck and call can help, call that number. high tide is going on along the coast as we speak. from 6:00 o'clock to 7:00 p.m. this evening, and there are occasions where that might precipitate more flooding. in the southeast where irene began, we know that irene has left and there is word that rightful beach may be open. in the northeast, hurricane irene is still very, very active and throughout eastern north carolina, many of our people have sustained damages and are very worried. so very quickly, our teams will be out there and on the ground
as soon as it's safe for them to do that and by early tomorrow morning, you'll see people moving throughout your community trying to get a handle on what has been damaged and what we can do to put north carolina back together. i want to thank all of you for your patience. we've gotten through this almost and we're at the end now and we thank you. thank you. questions? >> bill: that's perdue, the governor in north carolina. i think one of the most telling aspects of her comment there tells the story and shows us that this storm has affected her state. for almost an entire day. it began at day break and goes deep into the night, 3:00 o'clock or 4:00 o'clock in the morning. that's a good 20, 21 hours almost of the storm affecting the tar heel state. welcome back here. we begin yet another hour here of our special programming on hurricane irene. i want to welcome everybody viewing today. i'm bill hemmer. good saturday to you. how are you doing, martha? >> martha: i'm doing well. haven't seen new a long time.
i'm martha mccallum. >> bill: a heck of a way to come back from vacation. >> martha: we welcome everybody. we're following this story because it is affecting so many people up and down the east coast. first it struck north carolina this morning. two people were killed there. nearly 600,000 people are without power. you got evacuation orders in effect for nearly 2.3 million people just because this is hanging into and moving along such heavily populated areas in the united states. it is affecting one in five americans, which is stunning. the defense secretary, leon panetta, issuing prepare to deploy orders for members of the military to help with the hurricane relief efforts. john roberts is in kill devil kill devil, north carolina, where he has been throughout the hurricane today. john, what's the update from where you are? >> we're getting it from the other side, for most of the day the wind was coming off the ocean. now it's coming back from off
other areas. we're seeing some of the awesome beauty of nature as the incoming tide and those waves pushed in by irene meet the counter veiling winds and just getting beautiful spray coming off the tops of those waves. it really is incredible to see this. got a wrap up of what's happened so far on the outer banks and then on the other side of the sound, talking with hyde county emergency management. they say they've got major flooding up at the top of pamleco sound, pushed all that water up to the top of the sound in places like scanton, they've got a lot of flooding. they haven't had sign of injuries, certainly no fatalities in hyde county. the same thing holds true for turrytuck county. in kitty hawk and nagshead and kill devil kill devil where we are, it's been a fairly mild storm. not really much sign of damage other than superficial damage,
shingles off on the house beside us. the mayor of kill devil hills said it's amazing how little happened here. no 911 calls. no fatalities. not even any injuries reported. it's going to take a while for these winds to die down. i know in hyde county as the winds are beginning to die, they told me that they're going to get their emergency assessment teams out to take a look and see what level of damage there is. it's still going to be a number of hours before they can do that here in dare county. they might wait until tomorrow morning because the sun is going to go down very soon and the same thing in other counties. the folks here say if the damage is not too bad, they should be able to be open for business at the beginning of the week. they still have one more big week of the summer to go leading into labor day where a lot of these businesses try to make what they can before the end of the year. that's really the weekend that could put them over the top. most extraordinary here, i should tell you, while 400,000 people in the state of north carolina are without power, and there are a lot of people in dare county who don't have
power, here on the outer banks of kill devil hills, we did lose power for 20 seconds and it came back on. so we haven't really lost power at all today. this is the first hurricane i've ever been in that that happened. >> martha: that is extraordinary. and we are hearing that a lot of people did lose power. we expect that will be the case in other parts as we head north of north carolina as well as the hurricane moves its way up there. we were listening to the governor, perdue. she was talking about the importance of people to remember if you are driving through this and you hit water, you need to turn around because if there are downed power lines out there, so often what we hear in terms of loss of life comes at the tail end of the storm when people start to drive out into some of the standing water and get into dangerous situations. >> exactly. really there is no reason to be outside right now.
i know here on the outer banks they're not selling beer. so if you want to restock your hurricane party, you can't do that. good idea to wait inside until tomorrow. grab a good book or whatever you want to do, just stay inside 'til tomorrow morning. it's most likely going to be a beautiful day. there is no reason to be out right now. let the emergency crews get out first. make an assessment first. let the power crews come out, whatever they need to do. it's 6:15 on saturday night. you don't need to be driving around. >> martha: incredible pictures and the power of the ocean is so evident behind you, john. thank you so much for that reporting. we'll check back in with you later, john roberts in north carolina. >> bill: golds burrough, north carolina the eastern half of the state. police reporting a child has been killed in a car wreck out of north carolina intersection after the lights, traffic lights were knocked out by hurricane irene. that goes to what the governor was just saying about everybody be cautious right now, even after the worst of the storm
moves through your state. as it moves through there, virginia is next. already feeling the force of hurricane irene. that storm killing two people there, including an 11-year-old boy who died when a tree crashed into his apartment building. virginia will not get the worst of this storm until about 2:00 o'clock in the morning. they got a long way to go. the mayor of virginia beach, good day to you. what are your conditions like, sir? >> i'm traveling through low lying neighborhoods. fortunately, we had them evacuated. i'm seeing water go into the houses and into businesses as we speak. right now is about the time for the tidal surgery for the sex two hours. so the tidal surge is the biggest problem. >> bill: what would that mean based on what you have so far? >> it means we'll probably going to have a 6 1/2 to 8-foot tidal surgery, you put that on top of the rain. we were anticipating -- still
top that on top of all the runoffs and it's quite a sight to see. >> bill: that would mean extensive flooding, right? based on your knowledge of the area, how bad, who would be affected? how many would be affected? >> right now, i would anticipate probably in the neighborhood of ten to 12,000 right along the river that i'm going through as we speak. the other areas, probably would be 60 to 65,000 people. >> bill: good luck. thank you. we'll be in touch with you. mav that? >> martha: north of there, new york city we are just a few hours from this storm starting to really hit. we're getting quite a bit of rain now. julie banderas is live in battery park, new york city, with a special guest. hey, julie. >> i sure do. i've got the new york city police commissioner, ray kelly, standing next to me. we were talking about how this is something you don't hear
every day here in new york. that is that new yorkers are being compliant. that, for me, is probably the lead story of the hour. we're talking about evacuations. we're standing in zone a and you're taking what regarding new yorkers heeding the evacuation warning? >> generally they have. they heeded the warnings and evacuated. some neighborhoods are a little better than others, but generally speaking, new yorkers are concernd about this. it's a category 1 now, but we know that it's sort of slow moving and it has the potential for raising the tide significantly. >> we noticed the harbor rising behind us within the last five hours. but new york has taken unprecedented moves. not only have they issued these mandatory evacuations, they've shut down the mta, all public transportation now since noon today due to weather. do you feel that this was a lesson learned from perhaps back in december 26 when the snow storm caught all of us by surprise? new york seems to really be on
top of this. >> i think we are and the government is doing a good job. i think the mta made a decision to -- this is their standard operating procedure. they need six to eight hours to take trains and buses off line to secure them, and that's important so you can get them back into service. that's a different agency than new york city. the mayor has been certainly focused on this issue for several days and this is the first time in anyone's memory that we mandated people have to evacuate from certain areas. but it seems proven certainly to the mayor and the mayor's staff. >> this is a serious situation. a category 1, 75 mile-per-hour winds in new york city, i mean, explain to those of us who are watching at home right now that don't live in new york city, they don't quite understand the dangers around your city. we've got the high building, scaffolding. we've got high-rise buildings with glass windows that could easily be affected by high
winds. you've got a lot more danger surrounding us here. >> precisely. that's a very good point. we have an awful lot of high buildings, tremendous potential for glass, flying glass, for scaffolding. the tides can rise precipitously, particularly with this storm. that's what they're talking about. the winds are not that great, certainly we've seen stronger winds here in new york in the past. but i think the rising tide is of particular concern. flooding is a very real concern. flooding of the subway system. we've had some of that in the past. but once you have that system flooded, it's very, very difficult to get it back going in a reasonable period of time. >> there is no city that can deal with any kind of disaster, whether it is brought by mother nature or not. so commissioner kelly, thank you. why don't you put a hat on or get out of the rain. he was all covered up. he walks up. i can't really complain about the weather conditions now.
thank you so much for talking to us. we appreciate it. yeah. if you understand the evacuation order that was mandatory here, 370,000 people, 1.6 million people in new york city. so we are talking about a very large span of people and at this point, no one can get around because the public transportation system completely shut down until monday, we're told, late monday. so it will be a long ride for many of us sitting in our apartments hoping to get to work on monday. >> we'll be staying put throughout the night. thank you very much and our thanks to commissioner kelly for making some time for us today as well. good to hear from him. >> bill: at the top of the hour we heard from the national hurricane center and quickly went to north carolina to get the information from the governor. but i thought what they said was important. 100 miles to the west of this storm, you could experience significant flooding after the storm moves out. so we're waiting to see where it hits and where it goes and how strong it is. even after that, the cone of uncertainty is so large right
now, part of the reason why so many millions are in the crosshairs. what will irene do ultimately? in a moment you will hear from a meteorologist who goes straight to the storm to get you the information that could save the life of you and members of your family and friends. we'll talk to that person in a moment here. >> martha: a lot of people live in the path where irene is heading right now. we have the latest on the storm's track and who is lying in the middle of the path. bill and i have more right after this.
>> martha: it can't get much clearer than this when it comes to watching thousand this thing formulates and the hurricane hunter job, they fly twice a day and do the butterfly pattern. fox news going along with one of the rides on an up close look at the eye of the storm. paul flaherty is a flight meteorologist with the noah and joins us on the phone. great to have you with us. thank you. >> hi, thanks. >> martha: so this video that we have of what you all do is so extraordinary. i think it's given people a real insight into how you do your
work up there. we just watched sort of the data that goes down the chute and gets pulled into the atmosphere to get more information. what's it like for you up there? >> we actually stay so busy that a lot of the times we don't really even understand what it is we're going through until we get back on the ground and look and say hey, look at the size of this storm. look how strong the storm was. we know it's important. we're very busy when we're up there flying, especially as a flight meteorologist, i'm constantly looking at and gathering data and making sure it's correct so we can get that information out to the national hurricane center so they can get that information to all your folks listening on the ground. >> martha: you go up twice, 4:00 o'clock in the morning, 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon to gather data. how long does it take to actually -- i know it's an eight hour flight. how much time are you actually spending weaving in and out in that x pattern in the rye of the storm? >> we fly out of the air force base in florida and typically that's where we fly from.
it really depends how far the storm is from our location. typically we're probably looking at a one or two-hour flight to get to the storm and then we're in the storm for maybe five or six hours and another one o two hours back. >> martha: what are your impressions of this hurricane? >> looking -- this has always been a very large storm. i was commenting earlier looking at the satellite imagery on this storm, i have family in south carolina, new hampshire and people can look up and there will be clouds associated with this system. so it's an incredibly large storm. even if the winds don't reflect a single peak wind -- strong wind, there is a lot of power with this type of storm this size. >> martha: i know you mentioned this earlier, but give us a sense of what the flight is like up there. to a lot of people, this is just a really intimidating job that you do. >> certainly not a job for anybody. i'll definitely say that. even sometimes those who fly kind of question what we're
doing up there. but typically speaking, if you imagine how bad you think it might be, i can almost guarantee you it's not that bad. however, when it does get bad, it's probably even a little worse than you expect. there was a couple of times you'll take a few jolts and kind of hold your breath for a few seconds. but we don't have time to react to it. we just have to get back to work and make sure we're getting the information. >> martha: these pilots must be just incredible. >> we have some of the best pilots that we can get. we train them well. we have great support staff all around all of us. and we train people to be as safe as we can and that's all we try to do is get throughout and do the job and the whole purpose is make sure the people get out of the way when the emergency managers tell you. >> martha: so much of it all goes back to your work and the ability to tell everybody what's out there, which didn't exist in the years gone by. so we thank you very much for everything you do. good to talk to you again.
>> thank you very much. >> bill: not easy to do, you know? it makes a great point. how do you get the new yorkers to listen to you? but they are now. getting word from the u.s. navy. they have sent numerous ships out to sea, from 27 to 30. here is what the navy is saying right now. more than 30 of the ships moved out of irene's path and ready to help with the storm after it passes. on thursday the navy sent 27 ships out of hampton rhodes region to ride this out. another 11 ships already underway at that point. the second fleet commander is saying that the ships are now in a position to support search and rescue. medical evaluation, and evacuation of the post-storm effort. if needed, the u.s. navy is ready to go to work. the city that never sleeps
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this time of year. looks like a ghost town from there up to manhattan basically. let's look there. that is times square, which is extremely quiet. it might look slightly busy, but it's not. it's quiet and rainy. it looks like a photograph of times square. they've shut down the subway system. this doesn't happen in new york. they're talking about shutting down the bridges and tunnels, which is a strange feeling for most of the people that work here because we all come in and out across the tunnels. >> bill: we live on this island. we want to move forth east. long island runs 100 miles due east of the city. goes straight out into the atlantic and the surf there already pounding the coast line ahead of irene's arrival. what do we have? >> martha: surfers. >> bill: and a police officer. laura ingle is live in west hampton beach. what's happening there, laura? >> hey, bill. west hampton beach for the most part has been cleared out. all the residents vacationers are gone with the exception of a few people who have decided to
dig their heels into the wet wind whipped sand. those people definitely had to sign waivers to stay here so that the police would know. we've got water coming up here now, so i'm going to keep on trucking. i was wondering what my camera crew was saying as they were pointing behind me. this path that walks straight to the ocean is the area of concern. once the ocean starts to swell and come up, this place is going to be covered in water and then beyond the hotel is dune road. that's what so many people are worried about. it's a main artery here in west hampton beach. it was wiped out in the hurricane of 1938. we've been hearing that it could happen again. police and fire officials are taking absolutely no chances. they want everybody out of this area until the coast is clear. bill? >> bill: so that surf behind you is picking up, because the last time we talked about an hour ago, it wasn't nearly that high, was it? >> no, it wasn't. it is moving very rapidly.
we've been hearing that we're going to start getting some tropical force winds around 9:00 p.m. tonight. we've been hearing from some officials. we really got to watch it. it could be coming much sooner. the overnight hours between 1:00 o'clock and 4:00 a.m. is when we're really going to see things kick up to 50 miles an hour or more. by 7:00 a.m., when we have about high tide, between 7:00 o'clock and 8:00 a.m. is when we could see this thing hit. as you see the storm surge that's going to come up at that time, obviously worst case scenario, look at those logs behind me. see how big they are? those were way down the beach. they've been pushed up and kicked up to this area and when we talk about debris, that's the kind of stuff we're talking about. yes, when the tree branches go down, they take the power lines with them. it will be a huge problem here. that kind of stuff floating around in the air, you don't want to be near it. cops don't want you near it either. >> it is a beautiful part of the country, let's hope it makes it through. laura, thank you on long island. west hampton beach near the dune deck, which apparently is pretty poply at the moment.
at least for now. still open. >> martha: let's swing around to the other side of manhattan and the hudson river and go to new jersey where they're expect to go take quite a beating. governor chris christie making it very clear as he does most things, to the residents of the garden state that warnings and evacuations are not to be ignored. >> we are meeting the first requirement that you have in any situation like this, which is to do everything you possibly can to preserve human life. and the best way to preserve human life for the jersey shore is for there to be no human beings on the jersey shore given what's about to come. the tracking of the storm continues to be very ominous for our state. while there has been some minor weakening of the storm to a category 1 storm as it hit landfall in north carolina and heading up the coast, decreasing the wind speeds by 10 or 15 miles an hour will make
little difference to what's really going to cause harm to the folks here in new jersey. we're still looking at anywhere from six to 12 inches of rain throughout the state, high winds throughout the state, and extraordinary damage to the barrier islands in terms of both private property and public infrastructure. and flooding issues that will be happening throughout the state. none of that's going to change even with a minor weakening from a category 2 to a category 1. we still don't know whether it will pick up speed and get back to a category 2 by the time it hits in new jersey. but people should take no comfort if you're watching the weather channel or any of the other news coverage, that there has been a slight weakening of the storm. it's not changing the fundamentals of what makes this storm so dangerous for new jersey. so please, don't think that means, we can go out to dinner tonight. we should be on the road. >> martha: all right. that's what the governor has to say. the worst of irene expected to start hitting the jersey shore over the next few hours,
although rain is being felt from those outer bands. >> bill: if you can find a restaurant that's open. because the report we're getting is everything is closed. from maryland, the authorities updating on the storm, pt -- wtg is there. >> what are some of the things you're concerned about in these next six to eight hours or so? >> i think right now operations are fairly normal, but it's going to get worse over the next six hours. the weather will get worse. i think we'll have more calls for service for alarms. i think we'll have traffic situations and trees down on the roadway. so it's just going to get worse over the next six hours. we made sure we have adequate staffing out there, we've got adequate staffing here at the 911 center so people can get through. probably the most important message we want to get out to folks is if you have a question about the hurricane or something that's not an emergency, call 311. we've got operators at our 311
center. only use 911 if you have an emergency. so we're trying to keep these -- the 911 lines clear and open for people actually who have emergencies. >> bill: that is terrific advice there. out of gaithersburg, maryland. i want to show you a live look at ocean city. rick standing by with us. irene growing closer, from our extreme weather center. rick, hello to you. >> yeah. it really is interesting. i keep seeing people tweeting about how they think this storm is petering out. they're saying it isn't going to be as big a deal and i think people will be really surprised when they see the effects of this toward the north. it's skeptical people across the northeast. if you've been out in the carolinas, you realize what this storm has done and it's really held together very, very well during its trip here across this eastern side of north carolina. the center of the storm now, you can see it here, exiting back out right there, just over the ocean. so we're back over the waters, not really warm waters to make this strengthen, but it means it
won't weaken in any rapid fashion. central pressure at 950 millibars. it held together. the center of the storm, according to the latest from the national hurricane center, where from what they can see, say it looks better formed now than it did before it made landfall earlier. so very consistent and what will still be a strong storm as it gets to the northeast. strong across the southern half of new jersey. winds will continue to gust in tropical storm force strength during the night tonight. by tomorrow morning, these purples, hurricane-force winds. landfall around new york city, maybe to the east, somewhere early in the morning. >> bill: the history on this as well as anyone, it's rare when a hurricane of any size gets this far north. you would have to go back 30 or 40 years to the 1950s where it used to happen more frequently. is there anything in the atmosphere, say around the area of virginia or new jersey, that could push this storm out to
sea? >> not a thing. it's not going to happen. a lot of times storms out here do a big deflection and they curve off towards the east 'cause they get caught up in the western region and moving really fast. that's not happening in this case. not a single model -- >> bill: is there a reasonable for that? is that el nino? or la nina or neither? >> no. it's a big trough building out across the west and a lot of times those lumber across with big wind speeds that cut across a little more directly across the latitude, got a big trough that's digging in very deep. the jet stream, i wish i had a graphic -- the jet stream is pushing towards the north. so it's driving this along with it to the north instead of pushing it off. >> bill: a it's allowing it to -- allowing it to move north. we need a giant fan. >> yeah. >> bill: rick, thanks. we'll talk to you again. >> martha: everybody line up on the east coast and just start... let's take a look at new video that i'm being told we just got in from virginia beach.
look at that. flooding in the virginia beach area. flooding is likely to be a huge part of this story when we look at the aftermath of this. that's a big concern, as rick has told us, if it pushes to the west, it will hit a ton of suburbance areas. that's another thing we're keeping an eye on. >> you're about to see a lot more of this. one viewer send not guilty a picture. look at this. a massive tree uprooted in that yard by the storm. keep the pictures coming. you report at foxnews.com. stay safe and give us your name and your location and we'll be able to get a few of those on the air. that picture will be imitated up and down the east coast by this time tomorrow. ry purchase, so me and my lads earned arip to san francisco twice as fast we get double miles every time we use our card... i'll take these two... ...no matter what we're buying. ...and all of those. and since double miles add up fast, we can bring the whole gang!
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unfortunately, with the system. ocean city being very hard hit at the moment. >> we're going to bring in sue. the pictures from where you are is incredible to see the ocean up against the seawall. sue, are you here now? >> yes, i'm watching and i think that this is all designed to keep tucker on the air as long as possible because we want to see him completely covered in sea foam. tucker, i'm checking the buoy that is off bethany beach and right now you're getting sustained winds of 45 and gusts to 63. the waves are now 14 feet high off bethany beach. closer to ocean city, that gust hasn't quite made it in there. these are all spiral bands. it's a sustained wind at 16, gusts to 38. i think you're in the middle of that 63 miles an hour gust and we looked up this sea foam, a normal occurrence. but usually it happens when there is some other matter in the water. we've got these huge waves. it can be proteins. it can actually be some sewage in there, rivers and drains discharging into the water and the force of the waves are
creating this foam and it can be blown all over the place, into the beach, inland on the sidewalks. so it's actually probably not real tucker, is what i'm trying to tell you. we want you to shower really well later. >> you can see -- tucker, if you can take a glance around you and get a sense much what the ocean is doing. it seems like it was pounding up against that wall and now it's kind of gone out a bit. the ebb and flow still and you're expecting it to get obviously worse, i guess, as we go on. >> what it does, we have a series of waves come in, they'll pound away, we have a spray, and then it will retreat and then another band of heavy rain and the waves keep coming back in. you have seen probably seeing what's happening here with the waves. they're rolling right up this wall at the moment. yeah. >> a mandatory evacuation in
ocean city since last night. have you seen any stragglers, any people trying to ride this thing out? >> one or two early this morning, but i'll be honest with you, the emergency officials have been on everybody. they're saying get out of town. the mayor told us earlier, there were 300 people left in the city and i see maybe three of them. so there is nobody here. the last store closed yesterday at 5:00 o'clock. there is no food here. it's very quiet. it's a ghost town at the moment. >> tucker, you say high tide was expected around 7:30. sue, if you're still here, when is this storm expected to pass right over ocean city? >> we think it's going to be closer to about 2:00 o'clock or 3:00 o'clock in the morning. we've just now seen the center of irene come offshore close to norfolk, virginia, or virginia-north carolina. i think it's starting to pick up, just eyeballing it. but that would put it around the ocean city area at the current rate of forward motion around 2:00 o'clock or 3:00 o'clock in
the morning. hopefully closer to a time of low tide. >> if this is what the storm is like right now, imagine what it will be like once it passes right overhead. >> people, tucker, people in social media are starting to ask why we hate you. apparently we're holding you too long. we'll let you dry off a little bit and we appreciate the insight, obviously, doing some good work on the boardwalk. >> martha: that's our affiliate in washington. their reporter, tucker, basically hanging on to a bench near the seawall in ocean city, maryland, and getting pelted with sea foam, which apparently is some kind of combination of proteins and other things that one person suggested he should wash off immediately. >> bill: if you look at a map, it's about to get worse there, too, in ocean city. doug is there also, not covered in sea foam. but he's getting whipped around and the worse is about to come his way. we'll talk to doug in a couple of minutes as our coverage of
the coast. we have watched the scene drift in and out of the feeder bounds wrap around the beach town. what conditions do you have now, doug? >> little bit of a bull, bill. the rain let up and winds 40-50. you saw the live shot a while ago with tucker at the sea wall. it ends 20 blocks to the south owhere i am. this is the last protection between the ocean and the community of ocean city. i started out my live shot on the beach. it is all the way up to the edge of the dunes. we saw 20 minutes or so two young kids taking a dip in the ocean if you can believe that. i told them, you guys are really risking it. and a couple of police officers said you reporting about couple of kids swimming
. i said yeah, they have taken off. the storm peaks at 2:00 a.m.. high tide at seven:30 this evening. we'll see what the ocean does at that time. >> doug, we'll be in contact with you throughout the night and good luck run riding the storm out. the kids won't last long in the surf it is clear they are strengthening by the hour. ocean city, maryland. >> irene is hurricane strength. it has not spun into a tropical storm. we need to keep a close eye and how it makes it up in new york city and long island stand. >> a lot of the story to be told . we are back tomorrow at noon and 4:00. >> shepherd smith is standing
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