tv Red Eye With Tom Shillue FOX News October 8, 2016 12:00am-1:01am PDT
heading for georgia and south carolina, sustained winds now about 105 miles per hour, gusts are a lot more than that. white house staff is keeping president obama up to speed on matthew's movements, and the president met friday with the fema administrator. mr. obama issued a warning for those living in the affected areas. >> so i just want to emphasize to everybody that this is still a really dangerous hurricane,
that the potential for storm surge, flooding, loss of life, and severe property damage continues to exist and people continue to need to follow the instructions of their local officials over the course of the next 24, 48, 72 hours. >> hurricane matthew continues its track up the atlantic coast. in its path, savannah, georgia. that's where rob schmidt has been all evening. last time we checked, you were concerned about -- i believe you were concerned about the paddleboat that was nearby that's tethered and possibly in danger. >> reporter: yeah, it's like a tourist ship of some kind, almost like a party boat. it is right behind me. ky tell you right now, this is the toughest this storm has been all night for us. we're getting wind gusts now that got to be almost twice as
strong as they were just an hour ago, where it wasn't gusting that hard. we're getting hammered right now and the rain is coming down a lot harder, too. so rick was right on the money when he said we were in a weird lull. we just had some weird period where there wasn't a lot going on. just in the last 15, 20 minutes, we started getting nailed. the savannah river behind me has come up another six or eight inches here, as we're now in high tide. you have to remember, high tide hit at 2:06 this morning about 25 miles east from here. so that could keep rising. i still think we have another foot or two to go before it threatens any of these businesses here. hopefully that won't happen. but we are feeling some serious wind gusts. this is certainly the worst the storm has been out night, as we're very close at this point to that eyewall. of course where that eyewall is is the strongest winds this
storm has. we're maybe 15, 20 miles from tiby island. so 30 miles away for us from the eye. so i'm not sure if this is coming through on camera, but the rain is just going straight sideways, and we're just getting some of those bands as this continues to move through. this is why they tell people to evacuate. we're starting to see now the ferocity of this category 2 hurricane. >> we can see it. we can tell that you are getting pummelled by the rain and the wind. anybody else out there? i know you said you were able to go inside a nearby business. is that business owner still there and letting you go inside? >> reporter: yeah, he's staying in a room in a hotel above his business. he's been very nice to us, and he's been quite kind to let us stay here. we've had a restaurant to kind
of warm up in and stuff like that. but yeah, there's some random people moving around, just maybe an hour ago before my live shot at 2:00 in the morning. a guy came through, an suv came driving by. i saw a few guys milling around out there. there are just some random people just going for a walk, trying to check things out. people that maybe wanted to stick around. you can understand why people don't want to leave. it's your house. for a lot of people, that's the biggest investment you have and you don't want to leave it and see what happens. you feel like you can protect it by staying here. but you're taking a big risk if you do and emergency management can't get you any time soon with all the storm going on, especially on the barrier islands. you're not getting any help, so hopefully you're okay if you stayed out there. >> your life is always more important and valuable than your property. quickly, what's the name of the business where the guy is letting you stay in tonight?
>> reporter: tubby's. tubby's restaurant. and right below it is huey's. i don't think he owns huey's as well. but tubby's restaurant and bar. he's been quite kind, so i guess we should throw him a bone. if you're in savannah, come and have a sandwich. >> all right, rob, we'll check back in with you later. >> people in florida are now really feeling the aftermath. thousands without power. officials beginning to assess the full damage of this very powerful storm. phil keeting is in melbourne beach, florida. so phil, what are the folks looking at there? >> well, they're looking first and foremost to sun rise, revealing a lot more utility crews and perhaps businesses opening. not to mention all the homeowners getting out and completing perhaps the cleanup
job from all of the tree debris. along the most populated coastal communities of florida, that's in central florida and southern florida, a big sigh of relief because everyone knows they were anticipating massive destruction and what ended up happening here was far less worse, far less impact and far less damage. however, a far different story as you head north up the coast, like around daytona beach, st. augustine and into the jacksonville area. that is where you had hurricane matthew's eyewall passing closer to land. you had hurricane force winds on land, inland, and significant storm surge ripping up sections of a1a in flagler beach.
inside treasure coast -- first, i want to get you some of the storm surge. it was more than four feet of storm surge up in northern florida, and the further north you go, the higher the storm surge is getting. they're certain hi seeing that in georgia and south carolina this morning. but the impact in florida, jacksonville, st. augustine, smyrna beach, you had four feet of water coming in, it was also high tide right around the time the eyewall was going by. so you had a lot of flooding in streets and roads and on properties. so that water will recede over the next day or two. then a whole lot of cleanup of that. there's still a 4r089 of roads and bridges out to the barrier islands that remain closed by the sheriff's department. so it's going to be perhaps another day or two before all the damage is truly assessed. i know that the coast guard and the air force are going to be flying over jacksonville and
daytona beach island today, just to try to get a better eye of the storm there. south of all of that, inside the treasure coast, up and down the intercoastal, numerous boats took a destructive beating, and the sunken boats, and the downed trees, in central and south florida ranks as isolated, and really not widespread scale, providing a huge sigh of relief for much of the state that really was super stressed and super worried and super nervous for this first major hurricane to hit florida in 11 years. piles of trees and debris still continue to litter yards. businesses like this one. perhaps they will open today, perhaps not. but you can still see a pretty large tree there snapped in half right in front. so it's going to be a busy saturday and most likely a busy sunday as everybody continues the big cleanup here. again, i cannot emphasize enough
the sigh of relief down in central and south florida that it's not as bad as what undoubtedly is going to be in south carolina, georgia, and north carolina. by sunday evening, from palm beach county all the way north, all power should be restored. so that is certainly some promising news. greg? >> i was struck when i was in florida recently that some communities are actually raising the streets because of the rising tidewaters. bell island, for example, has already begun a very aggressive effort to raise about a foot and a half to two feet all of their streets, which is a very odd thing to look at, because you've got buildings that you can't
lift, and so -- but they've been very creative in doing that. how many other communities are doing that? >> reporter: it's happening all over miami beach, all over miami-dade county, as well as broward county where ft. lauderdale sits. everyone is taking all the leadership, the political leadership down this is taking climate change and sea level rise very seriously. they consider themselves ground zero in the united states for sea rise and climate change as the polar icecaps are melting and the seas are rising and they're heating up and the polar caps are melting faster than scientists even thought they were going to ten years ago. so not only are roads being rebuilt, but they're also, for example, in miami beach, spending $500 million to basically improve the storm drainage system, replace these storm drainage pipes that are much larger with four foot
diameter pipes, adding pump stations to help alleviate the heavy floods that have been happening over the past several years. every time there's a heavy rain that hatches during high tide or we get one of these late august what are called king tides where the moon is closer to earth, so the tide is actually higher. th that floods the street. so that's certainly a big concern, and it would obviously help any time we get a big hurricane, as well. >> phil in melbourne, florida. phil, thank you very much. it's very interesting to see, you know, so the streets are up about two feet above where they used to be. >> right. >> and they raised some of the sidewalks, as well. then you have sort of a lower ditch area around the buildings. >> it's like a mote almost.
>> and the new buildings they construct, they design them so that the second story will become the first floor. >> right. but that little ditch will collect some water and it will protect the property. if you get eight inches, two feet of water and so forth in this, it can do a lot of damage. >> and they have these new pumping systems with the draining pipes to sift the water away from the affected areas. so it's a huge construction everywhere, dealing with climate change essentially. >> yeah. so as phil was saying, the people in florida, mostly were able to breathe a sigh of relief. the people in georgia and south carolina, well, they're bracing for hurricane, great winds and flooding and storm surge, et cetera.
so what can you tell us about the conditions there right now? >> well, in chatham county, we've got about 80% of our population without power. we've got some storm surge issues. other than that, we've got sustained winds right now of just under hurricane force, and we've got gusts that are hurricane force. we've had no significant injuries. so we're very thankful for that. the center of circulation is just to the east of us, so we're hoping this will get on past us so we can get a look at what's left in the county and do our damage assessment. >> dennis, you mentioned the storm surge. how severe has the flooding been, and what about the structural damage? >> we don't have any reports of any damage yet. you know, all of our
infrastructure seems to be in tact. we do have power outages as i mentioned, but no significant damage to our road networks or any of our water or sewer systems that we can tell as of right now. as far as the storm surge, the highest value is about 12 feet, so we do have some pretty low areas of the county that are flooded because of the storm surge. but it's not as bad as we thought it would be, so we're thankful for that. >> how do you deal with the flooding, are there pumping systems in the low-lying areas, or do you have to allow time to take its course and the water recedes? >> yeah, in the city of savannah, they have a pretty extensive flood pumping system. we have a tidal range of about seven feet fluctuation, so hopefully a lot of this will
start receding. >> there is a mandatory evacuation there along the georgia coast. did everyone heed that evacuation warning? >> yeah, we're estimating about 75% of our population actually evacuated. >> well, that's good. have you heard anything from the other 25%, any calls to your emergency line there? >> thankfully, no. we have several call-ins to the emergency operation center just so we know where the population centers are, but we haven't had any issues that we can determine at this point. >> have you poked your head out or walked around and what did you see? >> yeah, actually we have. at our emergency operation center, we had a tree fall down on one of our workers's cars. obviously, the tree tops are blowing left and right. it's heavy rain. where we are, there's no significant flooding issues. but just a lot of wind and rain
and out towards our barrier islands, we do have some isolation issues out there pause of the rising water. other than that, i think we are so far fairing pretty well. >> that's very good to hear. perhaps in the morning you'll be facing lots of downed trees. and we have a live shot up here coming there from savannah right now, and there's some twinkling lights in the background. i'm not sure if that's from that paddleboat tethered out there, but how is the power where you are, do you have power? >> where we are, we're running on generator, we have about 80% of our population without power. our emergency operation center is without power. we're running on a generator backup system. we have all functionality here. i think some of our long distant lines are out. we're having some trouble communicating with the state.
other than that, i think we're doing okay. >> how long do you think it will take before folks get their power back? >> georgia power is responding to the entire coast of georgia. chatham county is just one of six coastal counties. i'm very confident they'll get in here restoring critical services. as we progress, it could be three to five days before we get full power restoration. >> you mentioned 25% of the population. i know that's a rough figure, decided to stick it out and not evacuate. will there be an e. once this hurricane passes to try to reach some folks there to make sure they're okay? >> yeah, absolutely. what we did before the winds really started picking up is we drove the county with our public safety agencies and trying to find where the clusters of
people who stayed behind. so we got a goo÷ idea throughout our community where the population centers are. so that will be the first areas that we go to do make sure those people in those common areas are safe. then we'll work our way around. >> are they individual residents or a condo building, the areas you're say bring the people stayed there? >> no, they're mostly individual homeowners, like in a community. there may be more than 50% of the community decided to stay. and again, it's sporadic throughout the county. it's not one particular area over the other. just little clusters where people are commonly located. >> dennis jones, you seem like you're really on top of it and you're incredibly alert at 3:23 a.m. eastern time. that serves your community quite
well. thank you. best of luck to you, dennis jones. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> very, very nice. good luck, sir. hurricane matthew continues to churn up the atlantic coast. >> that's right. coming up, we'll have a live report from savannah, georgia, and we'll be checking in with our meteorologist to give you an update on the track of the hurricane, as you see there on your screen. we'll tell you where it's going, what it's doing, and wow, where it will end.
welcome back. we are tracking the path of hurricane matthew. fox news chief meteorologist rick is here with us now. so rick, what's the storm path for this early morning, is it likely to gain steam or is it slowing down some? >> well, it will weaken a bit, and it looks like we will possibly see a landfall. we've not seen a landfall of this storm so far. think about all the damage we've seen across areas of florida. it just skirted the coast in georgia, but now it is getting so close to land, and just because of the way the coast goes here, i think we're likely
about to see a landfall here. a couple of things have happened since we were on last. savannah haste seen its highest water level ever. so we've broken that record, and charlesson in the battery, which is that downtown area, the water has breached the sea wall there, so flooding is going on in downtown charleston. we continue to see more water move in there. we'll see that flooding increase. you see the consistent rain here, and this right there is the eyewall, and it is getting very close to hilton head, up towards beaufort. we've had winds now into the 62 in beaufort, 54 in savannah. hilton head, into the 50s, as well. 53 right now. the heaviest of the winds are coming on shore and we're likely going to see this cross land, which would be the first time we've seen any kind of a
landfall from the storm. just going to walk you there what we're going to see, the center of this coming on shore around that charleston area. we're done with the rain in georgia, but we still have it in south carolina, and it's start getting going significantly across north carolina. that's going to be the case all day long in towards saturday night, also heading up in towards virginia. then it gets absorbed into this front that's moving on through, and it's gone out of here by sunday, say midday or so. but we've got -- it looks like it's very close to a landfalling category 2 hurricane across the coast of south carolina. >> well, they're not out of the woods yet, but it's slowing down sort of, you say? >> when i say slowing down, i wouldn't think about it in those terms at this point. we have a landfalling category 2 hurricane in south carolina. the worst of the damage we've seen anywhere is about to happen across the coast.
we're seeing significant flooding in charleston, south carolina. same for areas around savannah. taibe island, hilton head island, over towards beaufort, we have a very long next few hours coming. it's still bad, and probably in that area, the worst we've seen. >> hurricane matthew is going to operate like a thief in the night. rick, thank you. hurricane matthew is continuing the track as rick pointed out, up the atlantic coastline and in its path still is a vana, georgia. that's where caroline is located. caroline, what's it like? >> this is the worst we've seen, greg. you've got to think to keep our cameras dry and lights on, we found a little cove here. we're blocked by two very thick brick walls that have been here for decades. closer to the water, the winds
are unbelievable. the real worry is the water that rick spoke about. i've talked to plenty of people who have lived here decades and said they've never seen the water like this. the savannah river yesterday, they were shocked that it was so high on its banks. now we're seeing white caps, it's coming over river street. we don't know how high it will go here. we're talking about a fairly elevated place here. if you go to some of the barrier islands, their roads are completely covered. some of their houses must surely be under water at this hour. it is a very rough feeling here. they begged people to evacuate yesterday. 2,000 people were sent out on buses. other people went out on their cars. at some time in the mid afternoon, once the storms got really kicking, once the winds were so strong, people had to hunker down in place. they will be checking on these
folks as soon as they can. fire, ems, police, they are out of here. they're as close to the city as they can. they're staged further off. they will start coming in the city when they can. it's just too dangerous to get on the streets now, greg. >> caroline, what kind of damage did you see during the daylight hours? >> yesterday afternoon, it wasn't too bad. i haven't seen a lot of trees down here. we haven't gotten out of the downtown. but as the water comes up, it really loosens up that soil, you're going see some of these beautiful, old trees covered in spanish moss flipping over. so far, this is a city that those winds and rain, we are in buildings that have stood since the 1800s. they have holding well here. what i worry about are the bungalows, the beach houses. those must definitely be in trouble now. shocking to see that we still have electricity in some places.
the weston hotel behind me closed down because their bridge is closed down. it's on a little island over there in the savannah. it's amazing that we have kept power. we have some boats here that are still on their moors but may be in trouble. >> what do people do with all their boats? there are a whole lot of -- it's a boating community, this -- generally, what did people do? >> reporter: they send them off to safety when they can. with a tornado that hits you have no warning. with this we've known for a week. we did see a fishing boat yesterday, it was a small one. comedy light, we'll be looking for that. to my right, there's some old time boats moored over there. if it gets to this late hour,
all you can do is put them on a mooring and hope they hold. that's one of the things we saw during katrina, some of the massive boats flipped over land and went ha of a mile inland. we won't get the winds that are going to cause any damage like that, and raise those boats out of the water i don't believe in downtown savannah, but we could be talking about debris. thankfully i haven't seen too many things rolling down the street. i haven't seen any road signs ripped off, but certainly the water is our main worry. i'm just watching it here, coming closer and closer to this city that floods. we haven't been inland in the city that floods in a thunderstorm. so it could be worse the further you get from the savannah river. >> caroline, great job in difficult conditions. thank you very much for your reporting. >> thanks, caroline. for some more insight into how georgia is handling the wrath of hurricane matthew, let's go to
lynn moore, emergency management director, joining us by phone. mr. moore, how much is matthew affecting your area? >> good morning. [ indiscernible ] -- state of emergency. [ call breaking up ] >> mr. moore, i'm not sure if you can hear me, but we're having trouble with your phone line right now, so we'll try to regroup and get you back so we can get you back and talk to us and see what's happening there. in the meantime, right now, hundreds of thousands of people, greg, are still in the dark along the atlantic coast, as hurricane matthew moves through. >> and it could be days actually before the lights are turned back on. so stay with us. we'll continue to have updates
welcome back. we want to catch you up on some political news. donald trump taking a great deal of heat and playing defense less than 48 hours from a crucial second presidential debate. if a 2005 videotape released on friday, a hot mike picks up trump talking about women in a vulgar and lewd way. the clinton campaign very quick to condemn the remark, tweeting this. this is horrific. we cannot allow this man to become president. >> now, trump issued an apology first in a written statement, saying that if i offended -- >> if i offended. >> if i offended anyone --
however, after that, he released a video apology around midnight. let's take a listen. >> i've never said i'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that i'm not.
i've said and done things i regret. and the words released today on this more than decades old video are one of them. anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who i am. i said it, i was wrong, and i apologize. i have travelled the country talking about change for america, but my travels have always changed me. i've spent time with grieving mothers who have lost their children, laid off workers, whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who want a better future. i've gotten to know the great people of our country, and i've been humbled by the faith they've placed in me. i pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever
let you down. let mess be honest, we're living in the real world. this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we're facing today. we're losing our jobs. we're less safe than we were eight years ago, and washington is totally broken. hillary clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. i've said some foolish things, but there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people. bill clinton has actually abused women, and hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims. we will discuss this more in the coming days. see you at the debate on sunday. >> so donald trump wrapping up
there, saying see you at the debate on sunday. meantime, heading into that debate, clinton does hold a two-point lead over trump in a four-way race according to new fox news national polls, out friday night. now, clinton's lead expands to four points over trump in a
head-to-head matchup. she leads 48% to his 44%. >> those polls, of course, taken before this latest controversy. republicans are distancing themselves from their nominee, some are actually calling for him to quit the race for the white house. trump was scheduled to campaign today in wisconsin with speaker paul ryan. mike pence will take his place, speaker ryan saying in a statement he is sickened by what he heard. this controversy will not go away by sunday night, when all eyes will be on the st. louis debate stage. the question is, will this be approached immediately by one of the two moderators or one of the people in the gallery? >> that's the wild card. you know, you're going to have regular people there asking questions and you can rest assured that they're going to address this. so it is going to be interesting to see as we saw tonight, mr.
trump's videotaped speech, it was clearly him reading a teleprompter, so it will be interesting to see how mr. trump responds when he's just off the cuff. >> he's been threatening since the last debate to bring up bill clinton's infidelities relating to monica lewins other women, and hillary clinton's alleged conspiracy involved in that, complicity i guess is probably a better word. the question now is, will he back off from that because of this? >> we will see. we'll be watching this debate on sunday evening. we'll have full coverage of that right here on fox news. we'll continue the coverage this morning on hurricane matthew, continuing as a category 2 hurricane. >> the storm, a big concern for emergency officials, as it continues up the atlantic coastline. we're going to hear more of those folks on the front lines still ahead.
dealing with insurance is off a huge battle for them. joining us by phone is florida attorney scott major, a disaster and insurance expert, he's riding out the storm in florida. so in the 24 hours since we last spoke, scott, what have you learned about casualties and claims? >> first, thanks for having me. there is a lot of, you know, official repairs that are going to be done as a result of wind damage in south florida and as you move up the coast, you're going to find much more damage as you saw from some of the photos that you have been displaying amongst people. >> yeah, so this is mostly going to be claims for structural damage caused by the winds, as well as flood damage. water damage, and so forth,
right? >> that's correct, sir. >> i mean, give us an estimate based on history as to what amount are we talking about here, do you think? >> billions. >> really? >> yes. the amount of claims you're going to have associated with this is sheer volume is going to be not only on the residential and commercial side. some people are going to be out of power, probably hundreds of thousands of people out of power for days if not weeks and often times in some cases as much as a month before people are going to get back to work or get back to their ability on the resident's side. that's going to cause substantial losses that are typically covered by insurance. >> scott, do most of the people there have flood insurance? >> yes. florida is very savvy in encouraging people to get insurance. and for those people that fit into what's called a nood zone,
which is a zone more capable of flood occurrences, you almost have mandatory insurance that you purchase for the flood section of it. that's difficult than your typical homeowners insurance. >> and those premiums are usually very high. even still with high premiums, are the residents going to be made whole if they are going to collect from their insurance company? >> the answer is, you can be made whole. you have to understand a critical skillset is your ability to properly document your damages, contact your insurance company, provide estimates and stay on top of the insurance company to get them out to your facility and to advocate on your own behalf for your claims. >> there are different kinds of policies i would imagine. some would include replacement value, but that doesn't
necessarily mean putting it back the way it was. >> that's correct. there are different types of insurance. there are some what's called replacement cost value, where they will fix and replace whatever the cost is. others have what's called actual cash value policies, which is almost like a depreciated amount where they pay a portion of that, depending on your policy, and also depending on exactly what kind of damages and where they're coming from. roof danmages are going to be more readily apparent versus somebody who is claiming they have some window damage to a door and you don't see the same kind of visible damage. a lot of times on windows, it doesn't break, but the windows suffered a loss because seals around the window will be broken, even though you don't realize -- you see your window
and it looks like it's in tact. sometimes it takes engineers to come out and verify that claim. i can't emphasize enough for those people who are involved in this, that you must be vigilant and take loads of pictures and photographs, get expert estimates and advocate strongly to get your claim paid and get the most amount of money. >> what if you did not take the photos before the storm hit? >> if you didn't take the photos before the storm hit, you need to take photos right after the storm, take enough video or photos so it that is absolutely clear, then get certified contractors or other people who are qualified to come out and do estimates. i recommend people getting at least two estimates, so that it is clear to the insurance company, hey, i've had independent experts come out. they believe these are the
damages. here is the photographic support. they're estimating these damages were directly caused by the hurricane. therefore -- or the storm or the winds or the flood, and therefore, we're urging you to have an adjuster come out and pay as soon as possible. >> that's exactly what you just said, scott. you said the insurance companies will determine if it was caused by the flood or the wind damage, and that's where they get you. >> and how well you advocate and getting experts and certified contractors or whether they be in the form of hiring a lawyer who has expertise in that area to make sure they advocate. people don't understand that insurance companies don't fix pratt. they're in the business of paying money after they collect premiums, and you go and fix the property.
so you need to advocate on your behalf by getting very good estimates. don't have your friend fred come down the street and give you an estimate. >> scott, thank you very much. insurance disaster expert. appreciate your expertise. we'll be right back with more of our live coverage of hurricane matthew.
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it's what you do. [narrator] listen to your heart. don't let it quit on you. let's go for a walk! [narrator] uncontrolled high blood pressure could lead to a stroke, heart attack or death. get yours to a healthy range before it's too late. hurricane matthew is stepping up its assault on south carolina and georgia right now. moving very close to georgia and south carolina coastlines. this is a fox extreme weather alert. welcome back to our live continuous coverage of hurricane matthew. i'm gregg jarrett thank you for being with us. >> and i'm marcel. some weakening is expected