tv Fox and Friends Saturday FOX News September 9, 2017 3:00am-7:00am PDT
>> florida growing ever more grim. >> hurricane irma quickly approaching the state of florida as a category 4 storm. >> officials urging before florida hits. >> engulfing our entire state. wider than our entire state. you can't survive this. >> take it seriously. >> entire state. the entire peninsula will be directly impacted by this and in a catastrophic way across the south. >> get to a shelter immediately. this is no laughing matter. >> 5.6 million people have been asked to evacuate their homes. >> strengthening even more which is very scary. >> got to get out more. can you rebuild your house. i can't rebuild your family. >> america stands united.
we will endure and come back stronger than ever before. abby: straight now to a fox news alert. hurricane irma now a category 4 storm. but still barreling towards south florida just hours from making landfall and the state bracing for a direct hit. pete: they say it's the largest evacuation in u.s. history and it's now underway. nearly 6 million people. todd: strike the keys, naples and miami after already pounding cuba and the bahamas overnight. ♪ [sig [sirens] abby: winds unbelievable. powerful killer hurricane bringing extremely dangerous storage surges that can kill. authorities warning this is as real as it gets. >> got this unbelievable storm surge, pound the keys.
you can't survive this. todd: so far irma blamed for at least 23 deaths. now islands already destroyed by irma's wrath. they are bracing for round 2 as hurricane jose category 4 in the atlantic continues to intensify. todd: we have live team coverage for you beginning all morning live with griff jenkins in little havana where people who stayed are bracing for the worst. good morning. >> good morning. they are bracing. we are in little havana because, obviously, the largest cuban disdental community in the united states as cuba absolutely gets lashed with that category 5. it hit cuba overnight as a category 5 hurricane with 160 mile-per-hour winds. the combination of wind and surge of waves upwards of 20 feet. we talked to one woman here didn't want to go on camera. she was going to the emergency room with her 18-year-old daughter. she wasn't feeling well. we hope she had some luck. we didn't want to hold her up. she said her brother and parents live in havana. she has been frantically all night trying to get ahold of
them with no luck. no word on that. let me shows the scene? little havana is similar to downtown miami and elsewhere just shop after shop after shop boarded up. across the street, this is cafe versailles the center. normally on saturday morning you would have dozens of people gathering for the best coffee that miami has to offer. but it is literally a ghost town. let me tell you what else residents of miami are worrying about. that is the power outages. the florida power and light utility telling us that they can expect as many as 9 million florida ans to lose their power. that is an unbelievable as irma hits here. even if it tracks west we will be on the dirty side of category 4 winds. it's going to knock power out. the fpl which you will hear a lot about, saying a lot of the power structures which
are on poles elevated likely to come out. fpl mobilizing more than 10,000 employees, bringing them from other states to preposition. we will see what happens. just lastly, you can't really see it, but this storm sewer says f dot storm sewer. miami is about to get a test it has never happened before it's had in its life to ham they're city, guys. abby: griff, thanks so much for that we will be back with you soon. pete: down to rick reichmuth who is tracking the storm what matters is where it hits and when it hits. rick: everybody in florida is going to get it where it hits is just one point. these storms are really really large. griff is saying million people. there is 21 million people in all of florida. that's a staggering amount. if you are waiting to today to decide what to do, you better decide really, really fast.
the time is about up. the rain moving. in we will see our first tropical storm force winds quickly. also, take a look at water temperatures. water temperatures back where this storm has been back as a cat five storm. we are in the mid 80's. the water that it's now going over and actually interacting with land of coulibaly. as soon as it is done with that and moves back here in the florida straits, these water temperatures are back into the you were 80's. 89 and some degrees. and it's for sure going to move right across the keys and then now it's looking much more like the western coast. this is a rainfall projection here. a lot of areas here along the west and even as far as north as parts of georgia are going to see over a foot of rain. probably see isolated 25 inches of rain. it's a wind event and also a rain event with this. here is the wind part. take a look at this. this is tonight. tonight we have hurricane force winds in key west, in marathon key, key largo. all the keys. miami 43 miles per hour. going overnight pushing 93 miles per hour.
tomorrow key largo 93. miami 66. miami gets to hurricane force throughout the day tomorrow. we will start seeing some of these winds that are going to go up into that 150 range. i think the scariest part for me at this point it has weakened a little bit back to 155 mile-per-hour storm. that is right at cat 4. cat 5. those things don't make a difference. the problem is it has a lot of time to get back over water here and we could have a strengthening storm as it is moving towards making landfall somewhere across the western coast of florida. todd: all right. rick. thank you very much. we are going to go right now to jillian mele. she has been in florida now for a cup days. jillian, what is the scene where you are? >> we actually have gotten where it's windier than the last time we saw you. it started to drizzle here a little bit. we saw someone walking on the beach. i want to introduce to you felix who has quite a set up. why are you out here right now. >> metal detect. jillian: what are you looking to find and why at the beginning of the storm? >> storms cause erosion.
i'm looking for heavier items like jewelry that sank in the storms. jillian: did you say you are not going to be here once the storm is. >> no, i'm gone in two or three hours. jillian: you said you have lived in miami all your life and you always stay. why? >> i stay where i am. my house is like a fortress. i feel good. jillian: are you scared about this one. >> i'm very concerned about this one. jillian: why? >> it's made a beeline for florida all the models for a week and it's a strong, strong storm. jillian: does it feel different than some of the others have you lived through. >> it feels different and i think it's been more predictable and it's strong. so i think that's what makes the difference, i think. jillian: let me ask you this, a lot of people we talked to said after seeing what happened in texas last couple weeks they made that priority to take one more seriously. do you notice that and feel that. >> i notice and feel that especially what they saw happened in texas. jillian: thank you very much for joining us this morning. hopefully you get out of
here safe, right? >> i will. jillian: we saw one person running out here earlier. thank you for joining us. he is going to be out here a couple hours. rain starting a little bit. a lot of lightning. that's the situation here. we will try to check out some shelters at some point today. a lot of people have evacuated miami beach. it is a ghost town. we will keep you updated on the situation. pete: don't want to make light of it another man's evacuation is another man's opportunity to scan the beach for metal. todd: unreal. we weren't expecting to see that. abby: stay safe. pretty much a ghost town. that's what they want. that's what they have been ordered to do by the governor of that state. pete: only guy can find has a metal detector on the beach. you don't make light of it but something you don't expect to see. todd: junsd scores the point like abby and pete just said. you really want a situation where everybody gets out. we have had the warnings. we saw what happened in
previous storms. katrina, obviously the number one example where people don't get out. we saw in harvey a number of people did not necessarily in houston but surrounding areas. everybody in miami, which is such a crowded area. you guys have both been there, you know. it's so great to see everybody clearing out with the exception of, you know, metal detector guy. abby: a lot of them remember 1992 hurricane andrew. a lot of the them were living there during that imtoo. rick was giving us really interesting details about this earlier on the show comparing hurricane andrew back in 1992 about to what we are experience with hurricane irma. you mentioned the really interesting stat how much the population has grown in the state of florida 13 million in 1992 and now 21 million in the state of florida. rick: that guy with the metal detector he might be there this morning if he is still there later on is he going to be in real danger. to be honest with you you can't be on the beach at all. a lot of people comparing these two storms. you are absolutely right. the population in florida is up by 8 million since andrew was here.
there is also you would have to be 25 years old, probably 28, 29 to have any memory of it. so a lot of people haven't gone through anything like this. florida hasn't had a major hurricane in 12 years. this is their first experience with this. this also for over 72 hours was at 185 miles per hour storm. that's never happened with any storm anywhere around the globe. that's a lot of energy that is trapped up inside that storm. and it is a much bigger storm than charlie was. charlie caused $26 billion of damage 25 years ago. and it cut straight across the peninsula of florida. so it just hit a really small path, cutting right just to the south of miami. hurricane irma is a way larger storm. hurricane force winds extend up 70 miles on either side. 195 miles for tropical storm force winds. almost 100 miles across it is this one going to go all the way up florida. it's a very different thing. this will be a way more
expensive, potentially over 100 billion-dollar disaster. all right. hurricane andrew. the images that came out of this. take a look at some of the damage that happened. when it went through primarifully homestead, florida. the pictures of this we kind of really hadner seen anything like this in the u.s. we had seen stuff like this from tornadoes. but tornadoes are small. hurricanes are larger. damage here changed people's lives. it made kids want to become meteorologists. it changed meteorology. it made us realize we have to invest in this so we can forecast this better and protect people's lives and bring the death toll down on these kinds of storms. also, the history that we have of this storm because it's gone over a number of islands. direct hit. the pictures that come out of that have given us an idea. people saying some of those buildings aren't built that well. actually a lot of these buildings are built really well in some of these islands. and they took an incredible amount of damage. that's about to happen to the u.s. with that much force coming into the u.s.,
coming into a really big population area that is going to be completely cut off. it's a serious thing. sorry to be mean to your beachology. pete: you know construction well. you see those images as well. how confident are you that zoning codes have created environment where buildings can we stand that. rick: buildings have gotten better. because of hurricane andrew they changed. this a lot of buildings are built to withstand cat 3 storms. this is going to be a stronger storm than that a lot of buildings will be able to handle it a lot of houses that can handle it will have a lot of roof damage, a lot of trees down. those sorts of things. any building that isn't or has gotten out of those codes is going to be in really big damage. and the flooding that comes in from the storm surge there is nothing ca can you do about that. todd: we seemed to have learned so much from early 90 disasters. andrew was the hurricane. north ridge was the
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hurricane irma. it is actually pretty windy out here. can i seat channel right through the island. the water is already rushing in there. there is already high water levels. there is still time to get out of the path of this thing. absolutely worse case scenario for the florida keys. right now why are torn between covering the storm and concrete bunker like shelter in key west or going back to the mainland and following it up to the coast. it also looks like that storm surge near naples, possibly even further north than that is going to be devastating as well. abby: the keys is going to get hammered. this is what the national weather service tweeted about the keys. they said this is as real as it gets no. where in the florida keys will be safe. you still have time to evacuate. reed, you are going to stay there, right? you are going to stay there through the storm. how prepared are you to deal with what likely will be coming your way? >> well, we would be prepared. we are prepared to survive out here for maybe a week or two if we have to, if we do get trapped. we have all kinds of
non-perishable, water, gas tanks strapped to the top of the vehicle. we have a tornadoes probe here that we normally deploy in the path of tornadoes. that measures wind speed and pressure fall inside. we will be deploying this in the path of the hurricane as well to measure those wind speeds inside the eye wall. it's a question whether we deploy this in the path of the keys and get out of path and then head to the mainland this morning or do we stay with it and then head toward key west and ride out the storm there. abby: at what point do you say it's too dangerous, we need to go. does that ever happen? >> that does happen, yeah. you also have to have an escape root when you are covering a system like this. especially category 5 hurricane. much of the keys will be under water. if you are in the path of this. you will definitely want to get out. we will likely be retreating to the main land and covering it from naples. the forecast model track could trend further west of key west and put the rest of the florida peninsula further at risk. todd: you are obviously doing this for a reason, reed. explain to the viewer why you are basically risking
your life and limb to do this. explain the science you are hoping to discover. >> i don't feel like we are risking our lives out here. we understand that these storms, we have been chasing these for 20 years now. we chased hurricane harvey last week. deployed this probe on top of a bridge measuring winds in excess of 140 miles per hour. we are not going to put ourselves at risk near that storm surge. we are going to retreat. we are constantly monitoring the elevation and geography of the area. so, storm chasers will never become the victim of the storm. we are also planning in advance and maintaining escape roots. todd: what are you hoping to discover specifically with hurricane irma. >> for us we will cover the conditions as they evolve to relay to people hopefully outside of the path of this storm. sign tiivelgly we are trying to measure the wind speed and direction inside the eye wall and also those pressure falls possibly those tornado like vorvort tis cease measure
specifically. pete: you have a vehicle built for this and wait for the last minute and move in need be. >> the mike tyson vehicle herb bullet liner on the outside. it's decked out basically specifically for a category 4 or category 5 hurricane to keep us protected from those winds. the vehicle does not float though. that's one thing we are taking into consideration. we're definitely going to have to get out of those storm surge prone areas. abby: we all need to get one of those vehicles. todd: who knew mike tyson would be tied to the hurricane. abby: stay safe out there. todd: lines of cars waiting for gas stretching for miles as millions of people are told to get out of florida. >> you can't survive this. i tell everybody, if you are in the evacuation zone anywhere in our state, have you got to get out now. abby: some people are choosing to ride out the storm. we will talk to a business
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♪ to the to the back with a fox news alert. caribbean set to take second hurricane punch jose category 4. intensifying and could strengthen to a category 5 at any moment that storm following right behind hurricane irma which already left unprecedented destruction behind. check this out. once a paradise get away left unrecognizable. wow. more than 90%, 9-0 of the island of barbuda gone.
23 people in the caribbean killed. that number is expected to rise. and in the gulf, tropical storm katia weakening after making landfall overnight as a hurricane one hurricane in mexico it brought heavy rains and winds 70 miles per hour. that storm expected to weaken as it moves inland. we are talking about katia here that seems like a day at the beach compared to irma and jose and obviously harvey. it's amazing how intense this hurricane season has been and we are only september 9th. abby: what's to come? despite some of those warnings to evacuate some florida residents are choosing to ride out hurricane irma. pete: randy toe who owns a fishing company joins us. you are going to stay there, tell us why you made that decision. >> well, you know, there is a few reasons. not as easy to get out. and not get affected by the storm somewhere else. and really we are in a pretty good area where we live. we're up high.
if we are in a very solid foundation. and there is quite a few people in the you were keys that chose to stick it out as well. probably over 400 people that we know of. and, you know, it's one of those things that we just feel that it might be better off just to stay here and deal with everything as this passes by and try to get back afterwards and clean up and see what's left. abby: that is a big question. it sounds like you have somewhere you feel is safe to go. that is good news. we are hoping that everyone who stays behind is safe through all of this. then the next question as you just said is going back to your home and seeing what is left of it after this hurricane hits. how are you going to do that? >> well, you know, that's the problem. if you leave, you might not get back for a week to two weeks depending on what's going on. a lot of the things can happen to your property to. your friends and people that, you know, you would like to be there to try to help. and support. so, it's something that, you
know, it's a big storm. it is certainly serious. we prepared very, very well. and i'm sure we're all going to be okay. it's going to be treacherous at times. but it's already beginning right now this morning. and we just think that we're in a pretty good spot for the -- for what's coming and, you know, just hoping for it to not be as bad as it can be. and see what happens. pete: i ask you the same question i asked one of our earlier arier guests and i mean this with all do respect. you have to make a decision that's best for you and your family. is there a concern you are going to be putting first responders lives in jeopardy by your decision to stay? >> well, i don't know about first responders because there is a lot of people that are here that are in that business that are neighbors. you know, it's something that if you left the keys
and went somewhere else and at ground zero, you kind of have the same problems. you can't really run from a hurricane when it's like this. and especially this big. it's going to cover the whole south florida region. and it has shifted a little more to the west than it was a few days ago. but i don't think there is really -- of course there is going to be problems and issues and you hope you don't put anybody in jeopardy. but you just don't know with the storage and what it's going to do. you just hope for the best. pete: randy, you own a recreational fishing company. your livelihood is tied to boats and boating. what have you done with all of your boats? where are they? >> well, we have secured my bigger boat we secured in a residential area canal that i have rode quite a few storms out and had pretty good luck doing that my other boat is on a trailer underneath a large concrete
house. that's what most of the guys do. you board up your boats. put them on trailers and put them secure next to a big building or leave them in the water. you tie off 10 to 12 libraries through the man groves to secure i secure it thy ride out movies the storms pretty well. that's what most of the commercial guys do. everybody has done a good job securing their stuff and i think everybody is taking it serious and everything looks as secure as can you make it. abby: do you have family there with you? do you have family that are staying behind on key west with you? >> well, i'm actually in aisle my family is with me here. we are in the house together. that was part of our problem to leave with 8 people and five dogs and try to find a place to stay and ride the storm out wasn't so easy. we did that for a solid day trying to find accommodations up the road. and, again, the best place to be, probably, if you had
to draw ultimate spot would be las vegas. we weren't getting out there that quick. and with everybody. so it's just the way it is. you are not going to hide from it. todd: you don't need vegas for your luck. you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. we hope you get through this storm and get back to fishing. >> i appreciate that. thank you. pete: these folks are not crazy. they made a calculated decision i feel i have the supplies i need. my life is here. it may take two bleex to get back. a legitimate decision a free person can make. abby: a lot of people i talked to live in florida. one of the biggest problem they face in evacuating are pets as we just heard there from randy. you have four or five dogs. where are you going to go? pile them in the car. where are you going to stay? hotels won't take animals. you can't fly anywhere. every story is very different. todd: major decision.
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just a matter of hours. pete: nearly 6 million citizens across the state told to get out. the largest, they say, evacuation order in u.s. history. todd: and the most powerful atlantic hurricane in recorded history. already blamed for at least 23 deaths. leaving unprecedented damage across the caribbean. and it's on its way to the u.s. rick: muted joins us live now with the very latest on irma's path. rick, where are we at 6:35 east coast time? rick: we are still not able to stay exactly where it's going in the u.s. i wish we had better news for that and that we could. all of our models have obviously over the last, say, 36 hours have trended toward the west. also to the south. it's put the storm over cuba. in fact, made landfall last night in cuba and has been hugging the coast. this right here is our european model. it's our most reliable computer model. it keeps it hugging the coast here all the way towards tonight. if that were who-to-happen it would be really bad news for cuba but really probably beneficial for us. that could disrupt the
structure of the storm a little bit more to have more interaction with land. that said, it's goings to go back over water here. here is 10:00 p.m. tonight. it's going to spend probably about 36 hours back over water. this water is really warm. very good chance. there is no reason to think it wouldn't strengthen again. this right here puts it 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning right out here around key west. so continues to pull it towards the west. that puts all of this water up here in across parts mostly into the everglades here which is probably also a little bit of beneficial news. because it's going to absorb some of that and not a lot of people at least right here where the worst of that storm surge would come there then it goes farther towards the north and puts a ton of storm surge in across the naples area. up towards fort meyers. eventually up towards tampa. these are cities that are really prone to damage from storm surge. cities that grown a ton since they last experienced anything like this. and also, unfortunately, we have been saying, i think our message has been clear that all of florida needs to be watching that. that said, we have also, i
think, hinted and talked a little bit more about the east coast of florida instead of the west coast of florida. abby: why is that important? because we have heard you and janice dean and adam all talking about the importance of either the east side or the west side. now that it's heading more west, rumor concerned about that? rick: i am more concerned about it for both reasons. because i don't think we have talked about it enough about the west side. so i think people thinking awe, i think we are probably on the good side of it. there is a better side of a storm, neither are good. but the better side is the left side of the storm. and so, you know, if the storm came on shore somewhere around the miami area that left side, the west coast of florida maybe would have better conditions and certainly wouldn't have the storm surge. now with it going on that west side it puts all that storm surge up in across the west coast beaches. that's where there are a lot of those cities that have those bays and inland. pete: you have been talking about this turn and when it makes a turn. some models we have seen it shows not even making a turn.
how do you know when it's going to turn and what's that prediction? rick: all the models are showing it's going to make the turn. where and when it happens. some models farther to the west and bring it up across the panhandle of florida. don't say that to say it's going to happen to the panhandle of florida. also if you are in the panhandle of florida. be prepared. have a eye out to this. but, these things are driven by high pressure and low pressure. and these storms move on their own. basically just kind of move east to west, waiting for a chance to move north. they want to go to the north there is a high pressure area blocking it you have to have a low pressure that weakens that high pressure. creates a weakness for it to move in the direction it naturally wants to go which is to the north. we are waiting for this area of low pressure to kind of move. in pull it. it will feel the impact of it and shoot it up to the north if that explains that at all. todd: you mentioned warm water temperature. can you give us numbers and explain why that matters. rick risk basically hot air moister air goes up more.
water temperatures 80 degrees that's what you have, you need to build a hurricane. it has enough warmth there and energy coming out of the water. the water temperatures here are 89. that's about to go over. todd: that's a bathtub. rick: it's a bathtub. when you have warmer water it's more fuel for it this storm was 185 mile-per-hour monster going over water temperatures that were about 85. which was shocking, i think, to all of us even in the meteorological community. now it's going to be going over warmer water. if the structure disrupted more time over cuba might take a second to get act back together it doesn't need a lot of time when i say act back together it's already almost at a cat 5. abby: difference between cat 4 to cat 5 it keeps going back and forth. what is the difference between the two? rick: higher up higher category we come up with markers. abby: higher winds? rick: all based off of the wind. that said, messaging wise, it puts us into a tough
position. because i think we all say like downgraded to 155 mile-per-hour cat 4 and it makes people think oh, the storm is getting better. pete: we're great. rick: that's not any differential than 160 mile-per-hour cat 5. pete: you made a comment gentleman we were talking to the metal detector guy who also said. rick: imaginary guy you talked about. pete: the sound structure he said i have a cat 5 rated house, good to go. if you have that rating and it is -- are you confident -- can you be confident that hey i will be safe in my home? i know storm surges matter. ultimately will these structures withhold? rick: if you have a cat 5 structure i would be there. abby: you would stay? rick: that's the reason you built a cat 5 structure probably because you want to be able to be in a structure that can withstand it and you want your house to be able to survive. abby: pay for a home like this stick it out. rick: they should be okay if you are in that structure. there is not a lot of those
structures. pete: clearly a guy thought through that. rick: they thought through it they want to have that experience. todd: i asked you a stupid question and i'm going to ask that same stupid question here. storms like this disperse the energy. we are at september 9th. we are already in the ks in terms of named storms. i will ask you like i asked you before. is this done? has this dispersed all of the energy in the world? >the. rick: no. it doesn't work that way? 11th or 12th letter in the alphabet. we are expecting active season. abby: jose is next. rick: jose is about to move through the lesser antilles or north of it the places that five days ago got hit by irma the strongest storm ever and then they have another storm right there which is devastating for them. we have a long-season to go. todd: novembeseptember 10th. the. rick: we are right at the peak and long way to go.
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pete: welcome back. some quick headlines for you starting with a fox news alert. the u.s. military laying the groundwork ahead of hurricane irma's landfall in florida. several branches of the pentagon deploying ships and aircraft along with thousands of gallons of fuel to the reasoning. and florida's governor greg abbott -- excuse me, texas governor greg abbott. i believe that's wrong. it's the florida governor is nearly 4,000 troops have been deployed and the white house allowing as much fuel
as possible to be shipped to florida. easing the gas shortage. president trump's administration waving a long time statute to allow more and faster shipments of fuel. fema has set up a website dedicated to squashing hurricane rumors. which hotel also accept pets and how to avoid scammers. unfortunately we have to do that. abby: we find the best and worst of people. florida residents sitting for hours in clogged, backed up and bumper-to-bumper traffic. pete: jackie from fox 35 in florida is along a highway right now. jackie, give us an update. >> well, good morning to you guys. right now traffic is actually looking pretty good. these are the last-minute evacuees right here behind me. i was here the past few days and i have got to tell it you was bumper-to-bumper traffic. it was very difficult to get even gas here. but surprisingly this gas station here along the highway has not run out of
fuel. everyone i spoke with say that they haven't had any issues getting gas. a lot of these folks, again, coming from heim, fort lauderdale, west palm beach, a lot of them, again, deciding to evacuate and coming along here. again, so they said that their main concern was that they will be -- they thought the gas stations will be running out of fuel. but luckily that's not the case here and several other places. that's why they decided to leave around 1:30, 2:00 this morning. they say that traffic was surprisingly good. i have got to tell you one guy who is actually going to atlanta. i asked him why did he decide to wait the very last minute because he came from fort lauderdale. he said that he just prayed on it and he decided to leave early this morning. i will send it back to you guys in the studio. abby: thank you so much. stay safe out there, jackie. todd: she? in orlando. they closed down disney disney world. if our hours and hours of
coverage haven't. they have only shut down disney world five times. will. abby: orlando always gets hit. i have a lot of friends who live in that area i spent a lot of time living there as well. it's tough because it's hard to get out. pete: it is. make your decision quick. todd: time is running out for sure. well, drones become the eyes to help rescuers see victims. next, a former special ops intel analyst with his effort from hurricane harvey that will now help during irma recovery. ♪ ♪
todd: time now 51 minutes after the hour. you are looking live right now in miami where hurricane irma is inching closer to making landfall. pete: the entire state expected to feel the impact, especially areas along the west coast of florida and parts like tampa, naples, and fort meyers. abby: joining us on the phone now to help answer that is the mayor of fort meyers, florida, randy handers jr. a lot on your plate this morning. >> yes, indeed. thank you. abby: now we are hearing reports from our meteorologists that it is moving more to the west. the west side of florida. that is directly where fort meyers is. what your message this morning as you are waking up and seeing what is coming your way? >> of course we have a heightened sense of emergency here. our main focus at this life. i am happy that our citizens have taken this and continue to take it very, very serious. we are moving people inland to get them out of the storm surge and, you of course, we are pleased for those who
have sought refuge to the north. todd: a the loft early models had this storm hitting on the east side of florida. so a the loft preparedness, a lot of warnings were issued there, first. and the west side, where you are, was seen as the place to go. any concerns about the fact that your residents may not have expected this? do you feel fully prepared? >> i feel fully prepared. we're executing on our plan. we always knew whether it went further to the east or not that it was going to severely impact us because of the depth and breath and the hour of this storm. so hourly we are prepared for it to tilt to the west or left a little bit. and we are exexecuting on our plans accordingly. and again we are laser focused on the preservation of life. abby: all right. you know the president is watching this very closely saying he wants to help however he can we have experienced this is a short time ago in texas. talk to us about coordinating with the federal government on this with fema.
what is most helpful to you as where you are at this time? >> one of the things that i can share with you is it has been a remarkable experience to engage with our federal government francis rooney, marco rubio, our governor scott. the president, our senators here in florida, et cetera, they have been engaged with us locally. we are executing on plans for communicating often. i talk to all of those officers last night or them personally. and the communication lines are opening. the effort is massive focused on us right now for weeks. we are internally grateful. todd: mayor anderson as a yankee fan i hate to give them any credit it is due. they are using spring training facility as a headquarters for first responders. so kudos to them. can you also tell us how else you have resourcesource deployed throughout your city. >> governor scott opened up all public schools that have
been hardened. we have evacuated citizens to public schools all around fort meyers and the county. have been exlengths in unveiling new shelter opportunities for our citizens in hardened buildings. that actually has worked. including the red sox stadium and we're grateful for that. rick: mayor, you guys were hit very hard by hurricane charlie in 2004. excuse me. so you guys probably have a better grasp of a major hurricane, better than a lot of cities around florida. do people there remember that? do they understand it? can you talk to us a little bit about what that experience was like and give a sense to the viewers what you guys are in for and what other areas of florida are in for now? >> citizen does remember it. they talk about it a lot. it was a major threat to us. for the sake of a four degree tilt to the north, we
were spared but our friends to the north in punta gorda and other islands were devastated. yes, it has been on our minds. we know that this hurricane irma makes charlie less significant because of her power and her opportunity for surge. todd: mayor, as this approaches, would very heard from some city officials saying in other places don't try to call 911. no one is going to answer. we have limited resources. what's your message to residents that are there as far as emergency services? >> our number is 211. our residents call 211. we are running out of time though. there is going to come a time when this storm is going to take our communication opportunity away. and there is still time to evacuate. so i would urge citizens and thank you for that question, that be divisive be certain, be bold. right now is the time to be bold u. abby: we are wishing you all
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scenario for the florida keys. >> can yoyou can rebuild your house. we can't rebuild your family. >> we will endure and come back stronger than ever before. todd: we begin with a fox news alert. hurricane irma a catastrophic category 4 hurricane now on florida's doorstep just hours from making landfall. and the state bracing for a direct hit. abby: governor scott ordering the largest evacuation in u.s. history, nearly 6 million people told to leave that state. pete: this monster storm will strike the keys, naples and fort myers bringing dangerous storm surges that can kill. authorities warning this is as real as it gets. >> we have got this unbelievable storm surge. it's going to really pound the keys. you can't survive this. >> i have been through it before. anybody that stays around here is really -- better pray hard. todd: irma blamed for at least 23 deaths unleashing on cuba and pounding the
bahamas overnight. abby: now islands already destroyed by irma's wrath bracing for round 2 as hurricane jose, a category 4 intensifies. pete: as we always do, we have live team coverage. griff jenkins is in little havana. we begin with julie meally in miami beach where hurricane's path is closing. in jillian, good morning. jillian: good morning to you guys. the sun is coming up. we are just getting first look on miami beach. all that's left is a couple of lifeguard stands. we have this one right here. we have just a couple aside from that. there is nothing out here. come on here for a second so you can see what the water looks like just because the waves are picking up it is getting windier out here than it was a couple hours ago. that's what we're dealing with right now on the beach. miami beach as far as this town goes and evacuations, the people who live here were asked to evacuate days ago. so they, for the most part have already left. take a look at some video. some of the interstates up north like 75 approaching
ocala, that has been jammed there has been so much traffic jams of people try and head north problem is a lot of people we talked to in miami beach and this portion near miami have said we are getting out of here. we are going west. now that people out west are trying to get away. so it's one of those things that if you haven't evacuated already, you are going to run into a lot of traffic, depending on the time. day that you are going to be leaving. make sure you gas up. gas is still hard to find in this area as well. we will be searching for some today. keep that in mind. one more time before we let you guys go. you can see this is what it is looking like right now on miami beach. we had a few sprinkles of rain earlier this morning. that has since stopped. we will certainly keep you updated. i will send it back to you guys. todd: we saw lightning over your right shoulder. please be careful while you are out there. abby: thank you, jill i can't believe. >> all morning. abby: video 24 hours ago, the sun was out. barely any wind. amazing how much it can change in just a matter of
hours. jillian: you have got that right. pete: have you had trouble finding hotel. it's a situation if you don't have somewhere to go, you are stuck. jillian: right. actually a second ago i heard pretty loud thunder. that's starting in the last hour. as far as hotels go, they are impossible to find right now. so if you are having a hard time finding a hotel, you are not alone. keep calling. we ended up finding one in tampa earlier this morning. we may move out there. we will keep you updated. that is something that people are really having a hard time with. abby: please stay safe out there. not too far in miami beach is little havana which is also bracing for direct impact. that's where griff jenkins has been live for us all morning long. what is the latest right now? >> the latest is that the businesses are still obviously boarded up. and we have been hanging out at the center of little havana at that versailles cafe. people showing um only to learn that they're closed.
of course, cuba getting just absolutely slammed overnight with irma approaching, making landfall as a category 5, 160 mile-per-hour winds on the north side of that island. and we were able to talk to two folks, cuban dissent, renee gonzalez and his son rene jr. who have been in contact with their family members as recent as within the last member, just about 40 minutes ago. here's what rene and his son had to say. take a listen. >> they were just scared for ourselves and for our family and friends. prepare for the worst but hope for the best. we already talked to them. we told them what to do. obviously the house, it's our house that we have over there it doesn't really matter as long as they get out. they focus on themselves. everything else is just materialistic. >> a very fascinating thing is that rene jr. told us his
uncle who is now flooded there in cuba did not even know until he had told them on wednesday this week that a hurricane was coming. news traveling slowly, information slowly in to cuba. hopefully that will not make the situation worse as we learn more out of there. but here the other concern power. florida power and light saying that they expect upwards of million customers to lose power. the company only has 10 million customers so that means they are losing roughly 90% of their customers. they have mobilized some 13,500 workers from over 30 states to preposition. and over 20 sites arranged here expecting power, particularly those that are elevated on poles to come down. the ceo calling it one of the most challenging restorations he has ever seen. abby: that's nearly half the population of florida. 21 million all together. todd: 2 to 3% of the population of the country. unreal. abby: thank you so much,
griff. todd: now head down to rick reichmuth who is tracking the latest path of this storm. so important where it hits and when it hits, rick. rick: it is important. some storms we feel really confident in the direction they are moving. others we don't. this has been one all along we have been saying since last week we don't feel confident about the direction. we still don't, at least to say where the center of storm goes. we still don't feel very confident on it unfortunately. i wish we did. we will feel more confident once it makes a northerly turn which has t. has not done still. it probably won't until tonight. if we did not think it would interact with cuba like it is. it has been making landfall. the center of it moving along the coast for the last probably about 9 hours now. and that is causing, i'm sure, incredible damage right there from the storm. but that said, it's still kind of holding its shape. hurricane hunters have been in there. they were in there last night again. and they are still finding all the strong winds. the pressure is still there. and it's going to move back eventually over this really warm water. here's the latest. if this storm tracks farther
towards the west, that puts it over water for longer again. which allows it potentially to strengthen. this water is incredibly warm. this is a wind forecast. you get the idea of by tonight we have hurricane force winds in the keys. that is probably going to continue there for about 24 hours, hurricane force winds. so that is going to cause that prolonged period of the wind is going to cause incredible damage. this is tomorrow morning, 9:00 a.m. 104 mile-per-hour winds in key west. with this one model i'm looking at. it puts the center of this going right over key west that puts all of the storm surge anywhere to the east of it. so we're going to see all of the keys getting storm surge. still some storm surge in miami. although miami i will tell you things are probleg probably looking a little bit better than we thought 24 hours ago. the west side of florida not the case there are a lot of people on the west side of florida waking up this morning and seeing models that have trended farther towards the west. that's really bad news for naples who i think is going to take a huge hit from this up towards fort myers up
towards charlotte, tampa saint pete area. the time to move is kind of diminishing now. have you got it wake this up morning and make a decisive move one direction or the other and then hunker down. we are already seeing the rain. we will see these winds, getting up to tropical storm force already. it gets worse. guys because of this is moving towards the north impacting everybody in florida it's going to be a long duration event. it's not going to be in and out. long duration event for them. farther west it goes this becomes a bigger problem all the way up the west coast of florida. abby: certainly changed which from what people expected. thanks a lot. hours left until irma makes landfall. businesses are shuttered. sandbags lining the boardwalk and people are struggling to find shelter. pete: live on the ground with more extensive coverage next. don't go anywhere. ♪ ♪ parodontax,
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♪ todd: 13 minutes after the hour now. you are watching fox news weekend and this is a fox news alert. all eyes on hurricane irma. we are here to bring you through the entire morning. bringing you the very latest on the storm as it moves through the state of florida. abby: we do want to bring in the narrow how. rick, we are glad you are on the couch with us because you understand better than any of us. as you heard from the meteorologist rick the storm is moving more west which hits directly where you are. what your message this morning? >> well, my message is, you know, we're obviously have been following you for a week now. and we are prepared in
naples. who knows just what it is going to do when it does hit us. but i can tell you our first responders and citizens have listen all week and have had evacuated. those that didn't have hunkering down pretty good. and you know, it's -- it's that wait and see where the anxiety mounts. but i feel like we have just done a terrific job. and we're ready i'm just at a view watching. my hopes it was going in another direction, obviously. but, you know, we will deal with it as it gets here. it's getting a little bit windy. pete: mayor, what percentage of your population has evacuated? how many have stayed? >> well, sure. the city of naples, i would say that a vast majority of our citizens have left. and you have to remember
that, you know, we are seasonal and a lot of our residents don't come back until october, beginning of november. so, and i would say of those that were here, other than the ones that decided they were going to stay, a vast majority has left naples. it's kind of like the ghost town when you drive down -- when you drive around the city. so you can see that everybody that -- people were listening to us. rick: mayor, before harvey, the last major hurricane that hit in the u.s. was right around naples with hurricane 12 years ago. not that long ago. the population has changed a little bit. do people remember that and are people comparing this or realizing what's happening because of having experienc experienced that. >> i will tell you i was here for wilma. i was actually the mayor when wilma hit here. and with wilma, there was this cavalier attitude, you know, the day that wilma was approaching, people were on
the beach, enjoying themselves and we are trialing to say people, have you got to get off this beach. we have a hurricane coming. a lot of them took it seriously, don't get me wrong but there were people that just didn't believe it after harvey, after harvey's disaster and this time at the early warnings, big difference. i mean, huge difference in attitude and seriousness. nobody was joking around. i didn't see any t-shirts, you know that were mocking the hurricane. people were really serious and have been. i think that is really a good thing. todd: mayor, as you deploy resources, what is the thing that you are the most worried about? >> well, storm surge, of course. you know, the predicted storm surge is a big worry. and the last hurricane that really really flooded naples was hurricane donna.
that was in 1959. and we spent a lot on rebuilding infrastructure since then. and that would be primarily my biggest concern. rick: mayor, i had some friends contact me earlier this week from miami saying i can't go north for whatever reason. i think i'm going to go to naples. did you see a lot of people moving towards naples and now here we where to days later with naples maybe under a bigger threat than miami? >> well, you know, the real issue was they had asked me earlier and people were asking all the time well, should we evacuate and when people were evacuating from the east coast, and all of a sudden there was no gas in florida or very little even though governor scott has done a great job, traffic was horrendous. and we are saying, look, you need a plan.
if you have a place to go, family friends relatives somewhere way up in the northern part of the state, then by all means go. but if you don't have a plan, just don't go get out there on the road because it will be a lot worse. and that's a big thing. and even today i can't tell you -- well, i can't tell you there aren't very many motels or rooms in naples. there was an influx. but pretty much every restaurant is shut down. big grocery stores are shut down. you know it's going to be pretty slim pickings here. we do have some gas here which is a good thing. i'm sorry, go ahead. abby: i was going to say, mayor, they are showing the size of the storm. no matter where it goes east or west of florida it covers more than the entire state. people still in that area people haven't evacuated is there an emergency hotline or place they can go or call
to get help if they need it. >> yeah. we have that up online at collier gov.net. there are shelters that we have opened that have been open and that are open. although they are full, they are still offering hope. i think most people here have, by now, are even if they are staying in an evacuated, mandatory evacuation is or ordered, we stay interior room and giving them all the safety precautions. once those winds reach proportions there is going to be no help out there. todd: we wish you the very best of luck. thoughts and prayers with you and your entire city of naples. appreciate it. pete: story of many ways east coast and west coast we heard from the mayor as you said, todd, of naples. up next we will hear from phil keating who is on the other side in miami on the ground with the very latest a spot still very much in the spotlight of this storm.
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todd: phil keating picks up our coverage live for us. we saw on the air yesterday that your entire family was able to get out. i want to say thank goodness for that phil, what do you see right there now? >> thank you. wind gusts reported of 56 miles per hour impacting parts of this heavily populated county. it's the most pop police in all of the state of florida. and 650, 750,000 people have been ordered to mandatorily
evacuate. if you don't have your shutters up yet. and your sandbags in front of your doors, it's getting very limited on how much time have you left to do that. simply because when the winds are this rough, this strong, it's very difficult to hang those things safely. in fact, one of the first fatality happened up until davey, florida a guy was 15-foot up on the latter trying to put shutters on second story window fell to his death. very unfortunate there. take a look at aerials. people yesterday all over the state were grabbing sandbags. loading them in long lines of cars and hauling them back to their homes and their businesses. it's all about storm surge. and miami-dade county, much of the east coast as well as the west coast under a storm surge warning right now. anywhere from 3 to 6 feet of water, possibly even more on the west coast right now with the latest track. shelters about 40 shelters in miami-dade county. many of them are already at
capacity. so, if you are going to hit a shelter now, people, have you really got to get going. as far as grocery stores, everything closed pretty much last night at 9:00. i don't expect anything really to be open at all today as far as getting supplies. so if you didn't get your supplies yet, you may be just having to ride it out with whatever do you have. back to you guys. >> thank you very much. not much time. if you are not doing it yet, you probably won't have a chance to do it. this morning, police in some areas going door-to-door warning residents to get out now. >> this is a life-threatening situation. the storm surge will rush in and could kill you. if you have been ordered to evacuate, now, not two or three hours, not in 10 hours, not tomorrow morning, now is the time to evacuate. >> but our next guest is hunkering down and choosing to ride it out. joining us now is of course secret service agent, florida resident and future guest on our show dan bongino. dan, welcome.
i'm going to ask you, why? abby: of course you, dan. i'm not surprised at all. >> that was my line of work prior to doing commentary for you guys. i was a secret service agent. preparedness is what we did. my wife and my kids rupp north. they are back up in maryland. an area i'm very familiar with i was prepared and a lot of floridians are. i have about 30 gallons of gas in the tank, food, generator, water. one thing the viewers may not know, florida the building codes here are a little different. moist of the homes built down here post andrew are built concrete block. although in a category 5 you have a lot of stress obviously if that were to be the case, most of the homes down here built after that can take a pretty decent wallop. the expression is you want to run from the water and hide from the wind. if it's just wind and you are not in a flowed zone, sometimes your house is probably the safest place if you have nowhere else to go.
pete: dan, it wouldn't be an unfortunate event without a hollywood celebrity spouting off nonsense. this time it's jennifer lawrence has a new movie coming out lengthy interview about it halfway through couldn't help herself and said well, mother nature's wrath here, part of it has to do with president trump. take a listen. >> it's been proven through science that human activity -- that climate change is due to human activity and we continue to ignore it and the only voice that we really have is through voting. and we voted. and it was really startling u you know, you are watching these hurricanes now and it's really hard, especially while promoting this movie not to feel mother nature's rage, wrath. pete: speak softly and look off to the side then you are thinking deeply. what do you make of this? >> the great sage of the west coast jennifer lawrence speaks. thank you, jennifer.
i really do want to thank her. i have limited entertainment dollars to spend. now i know to never spend them ever on a jennifer lawrence movie. i mean, when are these hollywood celebs going to get it? your box office receipts are down by double digits. why do you think that is? do you think the movies are less entertaining or they just don't have anything to do? the bottom line is people don't want to finance this ideological war against them anymore. they are tired of being lectured by hollywood people. this is nonsense. remember, by the way, mother nature's wrath? what, in mexico with the earthquakes? the wildfires in los angeles? this is ridiculous stuff. these are human tragedies. this isn't a joke. she should be ashamed of herself. abby: time and place for everything. she has a right to speak her mind. right before a second hurricane hits, millions of people are going to likely be without power. millions of people having to evacuate. you think about the tone of that and timing of it. it does not sit well at all? >> no. and abby, you see the pictures coming out of houston, and nobody was
asking people what your party affiliation, how voted for. are you an environmentalist or not? do you believe in an throw climate change? they said you know what? you need help. i'm here to help you. we're americans first. will. pete: anthropogetic i will look that up in the break. dan bongino. >> you are darn right. second amendment supporter here. practice what you preach. abby: dan, please stay safe out there. >> thank you. pete: miami beach is a ghost town at this hour as it embraces for impact from the monster storm. the mayor of that city says his greatest fear is the massive storm surge and he joins us live next. ♪ it's a highly contagious disease
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rick, right now it's 7:34 here in the east. do we know any more about what befalls florida later on? rick: a couple things. the models are coming in to better agreement of a west coast florida hit. if you throw that video from cuba back in there cuba has been taking a lashing for about the last 8 hours of a cat 4, cat 4 hurricane right along the coast. it's also in that process has -- weighenned the storm just a little bit. here did you go. listen to, this guys. ♪ siren] rick: crazy stuff moving across the coast of cuba probably beneficially for the u.s. that is weakening the storm a little bit. when it intrackets with a land mass for a long enough time and certainly land mass with mountains and structure to them it weakens it a
little bit. the hurricane hunters are in there right now. they have found a weaker storm. this is still the official stuff. i think when we get the next advisory coming out in just about 30 minutes, we will see a lightly weaker storm. that said, it is about to go back over the much warmer waters. so i think we will see it strengthen right back. the overall structure of the storm is still very much intact. keep in mind harvey went from a tropical storm to article cat 4 hurricane in less than three days. if it stays a little bit farther off the shore, it's probably going to have a 36-hour window over this water here where it would likeline strengthen once again. what is happening now, if you are waking up and you are on the west coast of florida, things are looking much worse for you. this track would bring an incredible amount of storm surge from naples, through fort myers, up toward port chart and tampa area. all areas really prone to damaging storm surge. there are all these bays and inlets there and that water gets pushed up in there and can't get out. this is 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night. this would mean maybe a
quick landfall in the florida keys. and then another landfall somewhere up along mainland, florida late in the night. this brings us to 4:00 p.m. monday. we still probably have a hurricane on our hands in south georgia at this point. if it spends its time over water, it would be stronger once it gets into georgia. yesterday we were thinking we would have hurricane force winds in georgia. that would be if the storm trekked all the way through the pence laugh florida. now if it doesn't make its way inland a little bit to florida to say central florida, we have a much stronger storm on our hands in georgia which keep in mind where everybody has evacuated to. i think you will be safe there it's going to be a very strong storm. more wind, more rain across parts of georgia as well, guys. abby: thank you, rick. as you are saying, a lot of the areas people evacuated to, even western florida is now where it looks like it's heading. pete: we haven't talked about it that much it's been florida, florida, florida exactly where it's focused now. man if it turns georgia and the panhandle it hasn't been talked about a lot. abby: still hurricane level strength that is a story.
wow. todd: after hurricane harvey hit texas next guest actually used these drones to hit in recovery and relief. abby: in florida and ready to help in the wake of hurricane irma. pete: author of stone drone warrior. we did a segment before you were headed to houston. we have seen footage of that what are you doing right now in florida? >> right. so, essentially what's happened now is a lot of people obviously are heading out of florida. our team is heading. in we just moved our group of professional drone pilots and a small team and equipment of industrial drones here to help with irma. we have embedded with a group of medical professionals. so doctors, nurses, even a canine search and rescue team. we're going to basically be augmenting them with drone support. so a lot of the stuff that we can do with drones is actually going to occur after the storm hits. and so we're going to be really focused on doing instant damage assessments, providing live streams of
videos to people in need. sending videos from the drone camera to commands centers. and also really doing some of the stuff we did at harvey which was inspecting critical infrastructure. making sure our homes were safe to return to. and really what we have done now is we have prestaged here in orlando. we're going to be monitoring the storm to figure out where are the locations that we need to focus on after it hits. abby: it's so interesting to see the perspective from a drone, bret, because i think it's a lot more helpful from above. oftentimes as we saw like in houston getting places to rescue people had to be via boat. it was really difficult. what you are able to do from up above is really life changing. talk to us about that difference and how that can be so helpful to people. >> no. you are exactly right. that's one of the benefits of drones that they can get to places quicker and faster than people can manually. so the idea here is basically for us to provide essentially intelligence support to rescue crews that are actually out there trying to help these victims. some of the things we actually have are thermal
imaging cameras, right? so we can do -- conduct mapping. we have been talking to some of the local fire fighting departments here. one thing they are significantly concerned with is if the water rises so the same levels we had in houston, there is a loft alligators around here. one of the things that people are going to be concerned with are these alligators in these neighborhoods now? we can actually use the thermal cameras on the drone to fly over in front of these individuals and make sure that there is nothing in the water they should worry about. we have even been given underwater drones that have sonar and cameras. one of the things we learned from harvey was that there was e.coli starting to form in some of the waters so medical personnel were not able to go in there. they were afraid to go in there. we can use underwater drones to test some of the samples and see if it's safe to go in there as well. pete: really important stuff. some of it is private coordination but working with public officials as well. >> embedded with a group called the global outreach doctors. their volunteer force really
focused on working with local authorities and working with groups that have more limited resources. one of the things we noticed about harvey was that all this effort came in there, tons of resources, assets moved into houston. which is amazing. i have never seen anything like it. but a lot of that was focused on houston proper there were a number of outlying areas hit hard and still under water right now. the goal to outreach doctors right now are going to be focused on. so agencies that have more of the limited resources that provide the canines and provide the medical support and provide drones to help out. if people need our help, absolutely reach out to us. that's what we are here for. abby: life-changing brett velicovich, good luck. >> thanks for having me. todd: just because hurricane irma is tracking further west doesn't mean south florida is out of the massive storm's path. congresswoman elan that's district covers part of miami. she joins us live next. ♪ ♪
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pete: welcome back. quick headlines starting with a fox news alert. several branches from the pentagon deploying ships and care craft along with thousands of gallons of fuel to the region. and florida governor rick scott activating nearly 4,000 troops as well. well, the white house allowing as much fuel as possible to be shipped to florida to ease the gas shortage. president trump's administration waiving a long-time statute to allow more shipments to get there in less time. and fema has set up a website dedicated to squashing hurricane-related rumors and scams. the site answers questions like which hotels accept pets and thousand avoid scammers. unfortunate. abby: latest forecast showing hurricane irma tracking west as it approaches florida. the southern parted of the state is still directly in the path of this massive storm. todd: joining us on the phone right now is
congresswoman ileana ros-lehtinen who represents south florida. good to have you with us this morning. in case people haven't gotten the message yet, would you like to take this time to give a message to the residents there in south florida? >> thanks, pete, abby, and todd. the message is simple. hunker down or get out. i think it's pretty late now for anybody to get on the road but the keys are going to be so heavily impacted that even early this morning the county manager there told folks that to try to get out. that's pretty desperate because the roads, they are getting so windy. the rain as these bands of irma are coming through. even here where i live in the south miami area, so, it is just going to pick up the pace as we move forward. now, in miami itself, we have been as prepared as we could be. we have been told to evacuate and seek shelter. we have had a lot of shelters even pet friendly shelters and i was here in
the same home 25 years ago for hurricane andrew. we were not prepared then. we did not evacuate. and we did not have a coordinated federal state and local response. this time we are ready for anything. we can't -- you can't outlive dangerous conditions. but you can prepare as much as can you. florida is prepared. but that looks like it's heading toward the west coast, pounding my native homeland of cuba right now. and once it crosses over to the united states, it can go -- it can veer more towards us on the east coast or it could stay on track for the west coast. you just don't know where it is going to go because it is such a wide, strong, and powerful storm. abby: no matter where you are on that coast line, i mean, it's about the strength of these winds and the storm surges. so you can prepare as much as possible. but these surges can be absolutely devastating. right? >> right. and the sound that they make
and you can can just feel that wind coming through the house. we have shelters. we're all sheltered up in our home. but it is fright thing and anyone will tell you if you have gob through a hurricane. but you need to prepare. and weigh saw in the past 24 hours are people running out of gas on the turnpike, on i-95. and i think that we have got a good team getting gas down here. and that should not be a problem. but, if you are still within that cone, which is all of south florida, seek shelter or try to get out. it is not too late. in a few hours from now it will be too late. you should not be moving anywhere. pete: congresswoman there are two camps of people those who decided to evacuate and those hunkering down. how worried are you for the people who truly --
>> stay safe. do not be in the outer areas of your home. don't open up the doors. i know this is ridiculous to say. but people do. they open up the doors to see how bad the wind is the wind is bad. stay inside. find a safe place to hunker down. the keys are going to be really devastated. i understand we want to preserve our home. no one wants to abandon their home. but there is nothing as precious as life. and i think many keys residents, an area i was proud to represent for 10 years, many of them, most of them decided oh, we're going to ride this out. the republic, we're proud, we're independent. they're going to be in worse shape. miami is as ready as we can be. we have got a good response post irma also. that's important. because most deaths happen post a hurricane not during. abby: we have seen that just most recently in texas. our thoughts and prayers are
with you, congresswoman and the whole state of florida with awful this coming your way. thank you so much for being with us. todd: thank you congresswoman. >> thank you. everybody take shelter. these things can turn on a dime. pete: i might also be the idiot that would open his door during the middle of a hurricane. how windy is it? not a good idea. abby: people trying to escape florida before mayor makes landfall. do you know how to prepare your car for a major storm? todd: what do you do if you actually unfortunately get stranded in the safety tips you need to know. that's coming up next. ♪ ♪ i make it easy to save $600 on car insurance, so being cool comes naturally. hmm. i can't decide if this place is swag or bling. it's pretzels. word. ladies, you know when you switch,
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todd: welcome back. florida, of course, bracing for hurricane irma at this hour with more than 5 million people now being forced to flee. here with safety tips on how to prepare your car for a major storm like this and what to do if you are stranded, transportation expert mike caudill. mike, this is scary stuff. >> it is. todd: what do you do to prep? >> have you one artery heading out of florida right now and everybody is stranded on a highway. airports are closed. what do you do? i call it a to-go bag. incredible things you need to put inside your bag. you will be in the car 12 hours from miami to orlando right now. this is a power bank. this is just a battery charger put in your vehicle. you can charge a 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine with this. help others on the road. help yourself if you get stuck. you want to have a tow strap. you want to have gloves. it's going to be wet. throw these all in your bag. of course, water, blanket. i like to throw trash bags in. why? if you are going to be getting wet.
dump things in it food as well. stuck behind the wheel. talking about the vehicle itself. this is a jeep rubicon which is fantastic. take this thing anywhere in a flood. for the average consumer out there with a vehicle. in 6 inches of water, can you lose control of your vehicle up to a foot you will float away. todd: let's go over other tips. this is a great set of items to have. what are some tips before you head out if you head out? >> yeah. so you can do all of your preparation before a storm hits. we always advise that first, right? check your tire pressure. make sure you have tire tread on there. do a penny trick to make sure have you enough tread on there. you want to do things critical. check your windshield wipers and fluid, et cetera. todd: take photos to protect your documents. that's key. things get wet and lost. >> that's exactly why i talk about a 99-cent box of plastic bags. take all of your valuables and put it inside that bag and protect them. think about all your insurance cards as well.
with hurricane harvey, 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles were salvage titled as a result of harvey. that's more than $5 billion in insurance policy claims. todd: if your car is water damaged, do you start it. >> i would not start your car if it is water damaged there are a have a right things to do to check against that i will be back to talk about salvage vehicles and what to look for. todd: what do you if you become stranded? >> always look for high ground. that's the key. if you can't walk through water if you see a flood, do not go into it. people try to push through. don't do it. look for the high ground and get through it as fast as you can. todd: this is important stuff. anybody watching in florida right now in this situation take heed to this and especially to the folks in georgia and south carolina as well. >> people are going to be leaving today to get behind the wheel. it's a scary thing. be smart on the road. todd: thanks. appreciate it we are just minutes away from the next update on irma from the national hurricane center. rick: mouth tracking irma's
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you can't survive this. you have got to get out now. ♪ ♪ pete: it is get out or hunker down. irma blamed for at least 23 deaths so far. unleashing on cuba and pounding the bahamas overnight. abby: now islands already destroyed by irma's wrath bracing for round two as hurricane jose now a category 4 intensifies. todd: that shot tells it all. we have live team coverage for you this morning. of course it's in miami. of course we begin with rick reichmuth who is tracking hurricane irma's latest path. it's 8:00 here in the east. what do we know? rick: latest advisory came in the from the national hurricane center. they have found a weaker storm because of this interaction that they had right here along the cuban coast line which they have been doing now for 9 hours making landfall right here along the coast that disrupts the structure just a little bit. but the overall structure is very much intact. so the message out of the
national hurricane center is the coast line has weakened the storm. what we anticipate restrengthening of the storm. once it's done moving off of this coast line and gets back out here across the water. so expecting still a major hurricane landfall. somewhere along the western coast here of florida. we knew florida. didn't know exactly where this morning. we are much more concerned about the west coast of florida. last year, if you remember, we had hurricane matthew that just hugged the east coast of florida. that put the coast right on the good side of the storm or the better side of the storm. this will be the opposite scenario. this will be tracking up the west side. and that will keep the west side on the bad side of this storm. so all of that storm surge pushing up here through naples, through fort myers, through tampa all of those cities under a storm surge warning now because of this. also, i will just now note up here around part of apalachicola to the east in that cone now. we are watching this westward trend, a little bit
concerning for all of these westward cities here, guys. pete: as that pertains to south florida that looks like better news. we have seen those spinning eyes of the storm in the middle of the peninsula now and now they are off. rick: a little bit. this is a very horrible, difficult thing messaging wise because we talk about these things as if these hurricanes are a single points and they are not. they are huge. hurricane force winds extend out 70 miles from the center. we will see hurricane force winds throughout the entire peninsula. i'm sure of that where does the worst of the storm surge come in that at this point looks like it's going to be this west side instead of the east side there will still be storm surge because that circumstance is going sirke immediate storm surge is going to be across western shores. abby: as you said, rick, that's where a lot of people evacuated thinking the west side was was because going to be the safer one. south florida residents are racing against the clock. boarding their homes and businesses as they brace for hurricane irma.
todd: also getting a look at the devastation left behind both in cuba and throughout the caribbean. pete: griff jenkins picks up our team coverage live in little havana, florida. griff, how is it looking? >> >> well, guys, you can see the wind is starting to pick up a little bit and starting to rain here. earliest signs of what is coming as the residents around here are bracing. but, in this cuban community already they are feeling because many of them have relatives in cuba which has been absolutely laciousd by irma with category 5 winds of 160 mile-per-hour making landfall overnight there on the north side. we spoke here in little havana with a father and son rene gonzalez jr. unlike the residents here in south florida who had time to prepare and all the notice they needed, not the case so in cuba. take a listen. >> they came from cuba on tuesday. when they showed up i told them what are we going to do about the hurricane? they said what hurricane? by tuesday everyone has already bought all their
water. they already put up the shutters. cuba doesn't have the same way of knowing what is going to come, when it is going to come and how bad it's going to hit. if it wasn't for us telling our family there is a category 5 hurricane that's going to hit you soon there wasn't any way for them to prepare themselves. >> as you look at the boarded up businesses behind me in little havana preparing for it a little bit of street traffic. cars out on the road. i'm not sure where they are going. they better get somewhere where they are going to hunker down. it's coming. it's interesting you mentioned the power outages, pete, 30,000 already out. florida power and light expect 9 million customers may lose their power. they only have 10 million. that's 90% of the company. they have mobilized over 1,500 workers from 30 states at 20 prepositioned stations to prepare for the fixing what comes. but one thing is for sure, they are going to lose a lot more power than they already reported outages. guys? abby: wow. you are probably right about that one.
griff, thank you so much. get back with you shortly. 21 million people the population of florida, 9 million expected -- half of that population, unbelievable. pete: they say florida's power gabriel giffords is as updated as any in the country show you how vulnerable our power grids are. pete: now we go to phil keating in miami beach. >> good morning. we already had a couple good strond bands of wind and rain. 56 mile-per-hour gust is was the biggest the county has report sod far. as the day progresses here. even though the track of the storm now heading westerly which is really a sigh of relief to an extent for people on the east coast, there is still a tropical, tropical wind maybe cat 1, 2 impact possibly happen over here. people shuttered up over the last several days. this is good. sandbags protect against storm surge. much of florida's east coast remains under a storm surge. 3 to 6 feet, perhaps. and so if you don't have these up yet, you don't have
too many hours left because once the winds get super strong, it's going to become next to impossible. and dangerous to put those up. take a look at the shelters. 42 shelters in miami-dade county. many of them have reached capacity as of yesterday. so if you happened to have made it to a shelter you have to find out first which ones have some space. then, when you do get there, bring everything you need. waters, food, bedding, everything. so, that's another complicating effort here now that all the stores are basically closed for the weekend. closing um last night. everyone is boarded up. the miami beach has been under a mandatory evacuation now for three days. so, the beaches for the most part, pretty empty. not too many people stayed around. want vast majority didn't get out. many of them filled up the hotels this week, midweek in orlando and in tampa so tampa hotel availability was super challenging a couple
of days ago and now all of those people try to escape south florida at the projected wrath of the hurricane now may have to flee eastbound. abby: such a good point, phil. hard to predict where these hurricanes are going to go last minute. thank you for your reporting. pete: now we will head down to our own rick reichmuth to ho continues to track this storm and how it compares to previous hurricanes that have hit florida. rick: particularly andrew. andrew was a category 5. two category 5s that we know of have hit florida. 10 category 4s. that's going over the last 150 years. doesn't happen often. if this hits as a category 5. it would be the third. andrew was the last time there was a category 5. that is a look at the size of it. this is a look at the size of irma. when andrew -- excuse me, when andrew came on shore 25 years ago it, had hurricane force winds that exdensded out 45 miles from the center. this one, those hurricane force winds extend out 75 miles from the center.
and this storm just cut perpendicularly across florida. just a straight line coming in just to the south of miami. and exiting very quickly out the other side. this storm is going to go up all the coast. so, it's going to travel over a lot more land this time than andrew did. andrew was the most destructive storm they had seen. it changed the way we did forecasting. take a look at some of the images that came out from andrew after this storm. south florida, especially the homestead area. i think we have those. there we go. you get the idea. this looks like a tornadoes went through this area. it wasn't. it was a hurricane. tornadoes come in for about 30 seconds and then they are gone with winds in that maybe 200 mile-per-hour range. this we can see gusts in that same range. only it stays there for hours and it causes this kind of destruction. this storm, andrew, was a 26 billion-dollar disaster at that time, guys. one of the costliest storms we have ever had anywhere in the u.s. keep in mind, we just had andrew financially going to
cause a big cost to our country to that area. now this storm that we are about to deal with is going to be well, well above what we saw with hurricane andrew. it's going to change things in florida it will probably change the building codes again. and forecasting. every time we have these storms, guys, we get a big influx. we realize the importance of meteorology and this forecasting. and hopefully the message is out for everybody who has gotten out of harm's way. todd: rick that side by side have you there tells you the story there look how tiny andrew is compared to irma. think about what andrew did. granted with different building codes like we have said all morning long. really this storm itself is the size of texas and going over a much smaller state in florida which isn't a small state. rick: just hitting it in a different direction. a storm comes in and out the other side really quickly, that's one thing. if it runs up the entire length of it, that's a big problem. so this is why this is a different storm because it's
impacting the entire state instead of just a small line coming right across. abby: the size and strength of these winds really important comparison you made there you just realize how devastating that hurricane was in 1992 and how scary it's going to be for the next few days for florida. they have never seen anything like this. rick, we will be back with you shortly. thank you so much. hurricane irma ripping through the saint martin and turks and caicos. 23 people have died so far from hurricane irma's wrath. devastating across those islands in bar mood da 95% of the structures now destroyed. take a look at that category 4 storm leaving more than a million people without power throughout the caribbean. more than 50,000 are without water in puerto rico. really sad state of affairs. well, rick just gave us the latest update from the national hurricane center on irma's path. the center's chief hurricane specialist is joining us live right after this commercial break. stick with us. ♪ ♪ ♪
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abby: east coast we are back with a fox news alert. hurricane irma's wrath aiming straight for the state of florida. monster storm set to slam the state in a matter of hours. pete: nearly 6 million people across the state told to get out. largest evacuation order in u.s. history. todd: most powerful atlantic hurricane in recorded history already blamed for at least 23 deaths and leaving unprecedented damage across the caribbean. pete: joining us now with
the latest on irma's math dr. michael brennan the chief hurricane specialist at the national hurricane center. talk about the eye of the analysis storm. that is you and your team. rick reichmuth here has been keeping us up to date. what more can you add about the trajectory of this storm? >> well, right now irma's eye has been skirting the north coast of cuba. so that's caused the sir coulcirculation to weaken a little bit. want people to keep in mind irma is a dangerous hurricane. as it moves out away from cuba and across the florida straits as we go tonight and tomorrow back out over very warm waters and expect to see some restrengthening. right now we expect the core of irma to move across the florida keys and make landfall somewhere along the west coast of florida during the day, sunday or in to sunday night. so everybody from the tampa bay area southward naples and florida keys be prepared for seeing the core of the hurricane move over them tomorrow and overnight. abby: how is this different from what we saw with
hurricane harvey in the challenge there it lingered so long and so much rain that just pounded down specifically on houston. it seems like with this one it's a more impactful storm. the winds are stronger and moving a little bit quicker. >> irma is a bigger storm. it is moving faster. and because of the geography of florida, you are not just affecting one coast line. you are affecting both coast lines. the east coast and the gulf coast. have you hurricane warnings. they are in the keys and you have the storm surge risk on both coasts as well. we are particularly worried about the stoirge threat in the florida keys. we could see 5 to 10 feet of storm surge flooding that's above ground level. that's above my head. and 8 to 12 feet in this area from captive have a down to cape sable and also a storm surge warning in effect for the tampa bay area. millions of people affected by storm surge. pete: when you talk about storm surge, how long does that surge last. >> the biggest surge usually comes with the passage of the center. if the center even goes a little east of these areas, the northwest winds on the
back side will drive that gulf water in to these especially sensitive areas on the southwest coast. so those folk could say even see the surge peak after the storm goes past and the winds shift out. pete: are we talking hours or days? >> on the scale of multiple hours. the storm is going to be moving relatively quickly. so the water will pile up on the east coast until the system gets past and then it will blow out and on the west coast it will be close to the eye of the center and then after the eye goes by. so we are probably talking one or two tide cycles of very high water. todd: obviously the focus is on florida as it should be. what should other states expect. >> well, we do expect irma to move north out of florida into georgia as a tropical storm. so there could be some wind and rain impacts here. we are actually expecting a lot of rain all the way from florida up through georgia and southern appalachians and tennessee valley as irma weakens and becomes primarily a rainfall threat that could cause flooding concerns over multiple states as we go through the middle portions of next
week. abby: what concerns you the most you are the expert here. what sticks out to you as the most concerning. >> the situation that the florida keys is in is really dire today. they will see the core of a major hurricane with the catastrophic winds that you see in a category 4 storm. and you're going to see this life-threatening stoirge. anybody left in the florida keys is at risk for their life honestly today. we are very concerned about that. very concerned about this particularly sensitive region for storm surge here along the west coast of florida as well. pete: dr. michael brennan very important and helpful information. thank you so much. as we watch irma head toward florida, people in texas are still recovering from devastation caused by hurricane harvey. houston texans are raising money. it's football weekend as you know to help their team heal. the team's president joins us next. todd: gas is a rare commodity as people try
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abby: welcome back to "fox & friends." we are watching hurricane irma. florida residents frantically leaving that state as gas stations face a major shortage. fox news correspondent lauren blanchard is live for us at downtown orlando gas station. lauren, much of that state have you gas stations that are either closed down or completely out of gas. what is the situation where you are. >> yeah, abby. so this one is one of the few that is still open, even though it is all boarded up. it is still open. they have fuel.
but they only have the regular fuel. so, as you can see. some folks here this morning already trying to fill up. perhaps they're headed out of town. maybe they are getting ready just to hunker down because that evacuation time definitely narrowing. the governor telling folks here along the west coast they have until about noon today if they plan on evacuating. after that, that's when some of this terrible weather is going to start hitting. after that the governor telling folks there is no guarantee there would be any sort of police, first responders, emergency vehicles that would be able to get in there to get people out. a very dire warning. now, this is one of the largest evacuations in the state. 5.6 million people being told to get out. that's about 25% of the population of florida. and it's leaving behind ghost towns in south florida. now some good news for drivers. the gas prices have stabilized here.
$2.69 and abby, we have abby people have been using gas buddy apps crowd sources how folks are trying to find where gas left. abby: keep a close eye on that. thank you so much, lauren. ♪ abby: pete, over to you. todd: football team immerse themselves in relief efforts raising millions in aid. pete: now the team is ready to help the community heal by doing what they do best which is play football. joining us now is houston texas team president jamie roots. thank you for joining us this morning. we appreciate it give us a full background on what the houston texans have been doing. >> well, we play the new orleans saints in the presign on the night of the storm when it came in on saturday night. we weren't able to go back to houston. so we went to dallas. guys were great.
focused worked hard for on wednesday, it prepared give us we cancelled the game. brought the guys back to houston. those impacted by the storm directly, they needed to get back to their families. those that weren't were desperate to go out and help their neighbors. we call it texans helping texans. thursday to sunday. guys all over town. volunteering at shelters and at the foodbank and going to community centers to show the fans and the entire community how much we care about them. todd: you are going to play big game number one on sunday. why are sports in general so important during a time like this? >> well, this will be the largest gathering of hughes houstoniangathering ofhoustonia. entire fan base will be decked out in white showing unity. we will rise above. this houston has this incredible can-do spirit. can you dream it and do it in houston, texas. we are well on our way to the recovery. that game also is special
for us because we recognize first responders. and to couldn't be more appropriate to do that than this weekend. it's going to have a tremendous meaning and in addition to the first responders, we'll celebrate all of the neighbors that went out and helped each other because that's how we do it as texans. as how we did he do it as houstonians step up in time of need and need our support. pete: texas showed a lot of americans what texas stands for and how strong you really are you said you are going to be honor first responders and others. how will you be doing so? >> well, throughout the game. i mean, there are all kinds of vignettes. we have our home field advantage. captains made up of police chief, fire chief, constable, the sheriff and houstonian who got out in his boat and saved a number of people from their houses as they were beginning to be flooded. and throughout the game. we'll be recognizing a lot of different people, including the cajun navy, our friends in louisiana who came to our rescue. i mean, it's just amazing the outpouring of support
and on sunday we have a chance to say thank you and recognize the heroism that we see every day out of our first responders. pete: jamie other games in the nfl being affected by the weather. what has been communicated with you schedule changes. >> nfl communicating with all of the clubs. fundraising efforts across the league. all of the stadiums will be encouraging fans to give to the red cross as will the national television broadcast and all the broadcasts you see of the games. i will tell you our hearts go out to our friends in florida. they were there for us when we were in our time of need. i can guarantee you texas will be there for florida in the coming days. todd: janey roots we appreciate all you are doing for the stated of texas and city of houston. >> thank you, guys have. great day. todd: you too. senator bill nelson meeting with emergency officials on the ground this morning. he joins us live coming up.
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unleashing on cuba right now and irma is on the move headed straight to florida. abby: key west people getting slammed by monster storm. pete: most powerful recorded hurricane in atlantic history blamed for 23 deaths and unprecedented damage across the caribbean now it's on its ways to the shores shores of the u.s. rick reichmuth joins us live with the very latest path. what do you have? rick: i know you just read this. key west isn't getting slammed really. the writers wrote it that way. not just slammed just yet. they will get really slammed. they will. not happening yet. this is the center of the storm been hugging the coast line of cuba. that's weakened it a little bit. hurricane hunters go through this storm and getting information. they have found a weaker storm, cat 4 storm. that doesn't mean a weak storm at all. slightly weaker storm. they're also saying the message is they do expect restrengthening once it gets back over the water. the water in the florida straits and on the west side of the florida coast if that's where the track goes
which it certainly looks like it will is incredibly warm and plenty of time over water to strengthen. this here is a storm surge forecast that comes out from the national hurricane center. take a look at this. here is the key up here. that color 5 feet to 6 feet. this is all in biscayne bay and florida. coast line. you see water going over the coast line in towards the homestead area. now go towards the south. keys are going to be dealing with 5 to 10-foot storm surge. the worst of it is going to be north of this in and around the everglades and naples area at least according to the forecast right now. fort myers as well. go in to port charlotte dealing with incredible storm surge maybe up to 10 feet. that's going to push a lot of water in. the probable you have here talking to abby about this. here is tampa. you see all of this inlet here in to this bay the water will eventually push up into this bay and gets stuck there. can't come out quickly. that's why the storm surge around these cities that are
located in these spots is potentially so dangerous. so, we are in a situation where it's going on the west side of florida. it certainly looks like of a major hurricane and a major hurricane raking the entire coast here for a long time. probably about a 24-hour period. pete: i don't know if you can go back to that shot of naples. color white is 10 plus inches. think about that. that's a city that didn't expect to get hit as much as it did. and now you are looking at 10 feet. a lot of people maybe a little bit older, maybe not able to travel and they could be stuck. rick: that's a big part of this. we say evacuate if you can. think if you are living there alone. if you are older and don't drive as well. and you say evacuate. well, i don't know that i can get in my car and drive 12 hours up to georgia alone. and then can afford to get a hotel and all of the means for that this isn't just a thrill seeker staying out to ride out the storm. it's a very different thing. but, the west coast of florida we certainly we have said all along we don't know. it will impact florida.
we don't know exactly where at this point it's the west coast is looking worst than the east coast. that doesn't mean the east coast doesn't get impact. they still get hurricane force winds. they are still going to get the storm surge over here. they are still going to get a lot of rain. but the worst of it and i say this, it's still bad on the other side. but the worst of it right now is looking to be this west coast. there are a lot of people living on this west gulf coast of florida. pete: rick, we remember those images of the women in the nursing home in wheelchairs in houston. that was slowly rising water. the difference here in a place like naples how fast does that surge happen? rick: the sea will come up throughout the day today and in to tonight. but when the eye makes landfall, the storm surge does come in rather quickly. say within about an hour or two hour period the worst of it. that said, so, this right now, this is a -- i think i put this on as of noon tomorrow forecast. this is the circulation here. all of this water pushing up into the everglades. the water pushing offshore
here. if this switches and moves to the north, we start to see more water continuing to pulled up into the bay, it's not as quick of an in and out thing. do you see that when these storms cut straight across, which is what we saw with andrew all those years and came across here south of miami. didn't cover a lot of land here in towards south florida. and cost $26 billion of damage. this is a storm that's going to go throughout the entire area for about a 24-hour period, possibly a stronger storm, certainly a large storm. and hitting a lot more people than that storm ever did. abby: all right. thank you so much, rick. we want to bring in now senator bill nelson who of course is a senator in that state of florida. senator, really good to have you on. such an important morning to get your perspective. you were hearing there from our meteorologist rick reichmuth. this is a difficult life or deaf decision for a lot of the people. death decision for a lot of the people. thinking of my own grandma. some of them evacuating and jumping on a plane is not possible for them to do.
what is going through your mind if you are just waking up this morning? >> remember that just two days ago we thought this was going to be an east coast of florida storm. and now west coast storm. as a matter of fact, what they say in a crash landing in aircraft, brace for impact, the west coast of florida, brace for impact. this thing has had a westward drift. if it drifts a little more to the west, and it is fueled by the warm water of the gulf of mexico as it goes up to the peninsula, just as your weather forecaster said, it's going to drive that water up into the bay, charlotte harbor, tampa bay, this could be tampa bay's worst nightmare. and all of that wind pushing that wall of water, if the eye gets out over the gulf of mexico, that is the worst
scenario. by the way, we can't say enough thank you to the weather forecasters. todd: right. >> the national hurricane center. the national weather service, noaa all the equipment they put up. the plane flying above the hurricane last night, all of these are giving us much more precise measurement, directions, and wind speeds. todd: senator nelson well-said there. i want to ask you a question, specifically about the federal response. what have you been told so far about the lead up to irma as far as the resources you are getting and then after irma hits? >> well, fema is stretched. they have had to pull people out of texas. they have prepositioned supplies. but, you remember that fema was going to run out of money yesterday if we didn't two days ago do that emergency funding. and thank goodness it's
$15 billion. half of it to fema, half of it to local governments for emergency response. thank goodness. but that's only going to last a month. you are going -- in the middle of october we will have to do another supplemental emergency propositions. pete: senator, you talked about the forecast and how important they are which is absolutely correct. based on initial forecasts as you said it was the east coast of florida that everyone was anticipating, maybe more of a hurricane wind event on the west side. now it looks more like a water event on the west side, the fear are those storm surges. what is your advice and how has your advice changed to residents on the west side? hunker down? move over to the east side? what's the latest on that? >> well, i think people were lulled into a false sense of security since the tracks for days have had it going up the east coast of the united states. and i will tell you if i were sitting in fort myers right now, you have got
another 12 hours. if you are on the beach with this thing drifting westward as it is, i would start moving. but don't take my advice. listen to local law enforcement. law enforcement will know best what to do to get you to the safest place. abby: all right senator bill nelson great to have you on. our thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in the storm's wrath. we appreciate it. pete: florida governor rick scott warning people in his state to get out or the storm may kill you. the governor joins us live next. ♪ ♪ day 13. if only this were as easy as saving $600 when you switch to progressive. winds stirring. too treacherous for a selfie. [ camera shutter clicks ] sure, i've taken discounts to new heights with safe driver and paperless billing.
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taking the time to be with us this morning. sir, discuss where your resources are deployed right now throughout the state. >> we have 7,000 members in the national guard. we have got first responders all across the state. we have emergency management officials in every county. we're constantly opening up shelters. we're trying to get that we can out of these evacuation areas. my biggest concern is, of course, the storm surge. the wind is bad enough. we're going to get rain. but the real concern here is we could see 12 feet of storm surge. this water is going to gush in. it's going to engulf your house. you are going to have a very difficult time leaving. i want everybody in evacuation zone to get out of evacuation zone. if you don't have a friend to stay with or a family member, get to whatever shelters. we will do everything we can to keep you safe. if there is not -- this thing is starting to hit our state and we can't keep waiting until we have got to take care of each other.
and i want to take care of you but have you got to get to these shelters. abby: you said just recently we can rebuild your home but we cannot rebuild your life. take what you need but only what you need. and, governor, as you are watching the direction that the storm is taking more westward, a lot of people evacuated to that area. and this is where the storm is going to be the hardest. what is your biggest concern as it barrels up that coast as we have been hearing likely to hit tampa bay quite hard for people that can't get out at this point? >> we are opening up shelters all along the west coast. we have shelters in every county that's going to be impacted other than monroe county where the keys are. everybody there should have evacuated to miami. we have shelters in miami. you don't have to evacuate to another state. you can evacuate in our county. we have, i shut down all the schools on friday through monday. we're opening up shelters all around our county. but you have to get out. i mean, this is a tough state. we have been through these
things before. nothing like this. this is way bigger than andrew. but you have got to get out now. if you are not -- if you are on the west coast and not on the highway getting out by noon today, it's going to be too late. i'm trying to do everything i can to get more fuel in this state but it's coming. pete: governor, that's such an important point worth reiterating. you don't have to leave now to another state or even another part of the state. you are saying if you live within that surge zone on the west side of the gulf coast of florida. don't take a risk and wonder whether the water will rise to your door level or higher or even further than that moved to an approved shelter which you have set up where you know you will be dry and safe and you will stay close. is there a number folks can call if they feel like, hey, i don't have the ability to get there? what's the best place for information? >> so, first off, you can go to florida disaster.org/shelter to find shelters all across the state. we have a state emergency hotline 1-800-242-3557.
there is a local one in your county. we also by the way we also do need nurses. we have a lot of special needs individuals going into our shelters. we are trying to get 1,000 nurses. if you would be interested in helping there, you can go to bprchz preparedness at fl.gov. we have had thousands of people volunteer. we continue to need more volunteers. the red cross is here. i have talked to the white house and fema constantly. they are making sure we get all the resources. everybody is local, state, and federal, they are working hard. but you have got to evacuate. have you got to get to a shelter or get to a friend's house or family member or get to a hotel. get to safety and get away from this storm surge. abby: have you spoken to president trump? i know is he watching this closely. now you are talking about making sure you coordinate with the federal government and with fema and when it comes to recovery, what the
state is going to need just like texas has needed is money. have you had those conversations? how has the president been towards you? >> i have been talking to the president pretty much every day. he makes sure that we have all the federal resources we need. i spoke with brock long this morning. i have been speaking with scott prosecute. rick perry. elaine chao, other cabinet members. they are making sure we have all the resources we need. other governors have offered resources. so everybody is working to provide the resources that keep people safe. but i keep reminding everybody. it's your decision. wheyour family and wife, i lo my family. i know everybody thinks that way. let us help you make sure you keep your family safe. todd: governor scott i understanding you have a briefing coming up in less than half an hour. can you give us a preview right now? >> what i'm doing is i just
landed in sarasota. i will get a briefing from their local officials. see what their needs are. at 11:15, 5:15 every day we do a briefing with all our counties. what i'm doing today is i will be here, i will be in orlando and back in emergency center in tallahassee. what do you need that you are not getting? how can i help you? can i help you make sure people get out? what can i do? i love every citizen of my state. i want them all -- i want everybody here to be safe. pete: governor rick scott we will let you get to your duties. we will post those websites so our viewers can get the information. thanks for what you are doing. keep at it our thoughts and prayers are with you as well. abby: trump white house facing its second major test in just two weeks as hurricane irma approaches florida. our next guest says administration has not been challenged like this since the cuba missile crisis. todd: plus you just heard governor rick scott's plea
♪ pete: welcome back. the trump administration tested once again for the second time in just two weeks a massive hurricane will be making landfall in the united states u here to weigh in on the white house's response is former navy seal derek van or den. thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> great to be here. pete: you have a triple threat facing this administration. >> right. pete: first of all, what is it and second of all how are they responding. >> two hurricanes back to back and everyone seems to forget north korea is still an issue right now. if you look at how the trump administration is still responding. you can say is he exercising absolutely fantastic executive leadership.
why just had governor scott on. we noticed that he was speaking about the local folks in florida. they are asking him for resources. they respond -- they asked the governor directly and then he asks the trump administration for them. that is what the president is supposed to do. people think the leaders should get down there and fill sandbags and things like that. it's counter productive. if we look at two examples of what the trump administration has done in the last couple days. he walked across the aisle, stepped on some toes. got $8 billion to help out the folks with harvey. made some people mad. that's what a leader does when it's required. the next thing he is he empowered the secretary of homeland defense to waive the jones act in order to pump all the fuel that's recorded to get the people out of florida or the folks that are there sheltering in place to allow them to do so safely. pete: just to get a sense of historic scope. you say no administration has seen a challenge like this since jfk in the cuban missile crisis. >> 11 months into jfk's
first year as president. he was challenged with the cuban missile crisis. he was unexperienced leader. what we have with the current president is this man has spent years and years and years as a chief executive of companies that have raised and sustained billions of dollars worth of revenue. is he sitting and delegating authority down to subordinates. pete teeth to his critics say who say he has never been a politician and never been here before. you say it's opposite. >> you have to manage as a ceo or someone in charge of these things really unpredictable but predictable unpredictable. meaning there are things we can and dr. cannot control. you reduce the amount of variables and exploit the things you are able to exploit for success. that's what this man is doing right now. pete: derek, we have to leave it there you are with the rosy network that inspires the wives and operators. >> rosy network www.rosy network.org. what they do is allow the -- relieve the financial burden of being in the military by
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♪ the forecast for florida growing ever more grim. >> hurricane irma quickly approaching the state of florida as a category 4 storm. >> florida officials urging people to evacuate before irma hits. >> once those storms reach proportion -- >> it's wider than our entire state. you can't survive this. >> take it seriously. >> the entire peninsula will be directly impacted by this and in a catastrophic way -- >> 5.6 million people have been asked to evacuate their homes. >> get to a shelter immediately. this is no laughing matter. >> anybody that stays around here is really better pray hard. >> be divisive, b dee dee dee d. >> anybody florida keys at
risk for their life. >> get out now. >> can you rebuild your house. i can't rebuild your family. >> america stands united. >> we will endure and come back stronger than ever before. ♪ abby: straight now to a fox news alert. hurricane irma a catastrophic category 4 hurricane now on florida's door step just hours from making landfall. the state now bracing for a direct hit. pete: governor scott ordering the largest evacuation in u.s. his industry. nearly 6 million people told to get out. todd: right now you are looking live at hollywood, florida near miami where the monster storm will strike those outer bands already knocking out power for nearly 30,000 people at this hour. bringing extremely dangerous storm surges. authorities warning this is as real as it gets. >> anybody who is left in the florida keys is at risk for their life honestly today. >> you can't survive this. [sirens]
abby: irma now blamed for 23 deaths unleashing on cuba and pounding the bahamas overnight. pete: learning not just the winds but the water. islands already destroyed by irma's wrath bracing for round 2 right behind irma is hurricane we had live team coverage on morning long for you. life in miami but first we begin in florida where patients were just evacuated. it is about 45 minutes south of tampa and as you can see behind me. manatee memorial hospital completely evacuated. the hospital ceo said this is the busiest eat are in the region. as they close in that er is now shut down. beginning last night 206 patients began to be evacuated including open heart in nicu babies.
although a nurse just walked out and said there are still a few patients and their need to be of equity. they just went home against the advice of professionals. we see over 85,000 visits per year. and after this hurricane get the patients back into the hospital. the hospital evacuations happening across florida in the keys. if you're talking about the whole machine. if to move the whole machine.
the thick of how many mom to b's out there are about to deliver and the elderly that need this assistance. thankfully present trumpet is very good at that. the most powerful hurricane. or see the largest evacuation of her. hurricane irma's deadly path the wind has picked up significantly. about an hour and half ago we have a line of storms roll through. the wind has continued. we want to give you an update with what's going on with the red cross. give us an update on the shelters. we head over 40 shelters open. we started off with 21. they are recorded in the efforts . we are continuing to expand our presence here.
you have emergency vehicles ready to go. they are states just outside of here. they will come in and help people begin the recovery and picking up your homes. you weren't sure where once the storm hits where you're going to need to disperse them. we brought in over a thousand volunteers so far we find needs throughout the state. and they will likely need to go everywhere. some are also moving to the west coast also. a lot of people want to know if i'm here and i want to let family know that i'm okay you can check in could check in on a website. people can find you when they register there. it's a great site. we've an emergency app i think everybody should unload the app. it gives you all sorts of
great information on how to stay safe. which ones are full at capacity. they get so much for joining us. you still always need volunteers out here. absolutely. he just lost his hat. the out here at the last minute before the storm really gets tough. it's changing rapidly at the conditions out here. there. we will certainly keep you updated. >> they were supposed to evacuate. is it pretty much empty other than the people you just showed. >> there is one other person the guy we interviewed earlier this morning he is still out there digging for treasure. aside from him it's empty out here.
we've people holding everybody up right here. please take care of yourself out there. thank you very much. >> rick we were just talking about the catch on this. what is the very latest. this is minute by minute right now. we will be happy once we see it make that turn. in the short term i will tell you it's been going over this area of cuba not a very populated area. it could be a best case scenario for the u.s. because it has weakened it a little bit. we expect to see that. the bad part is that it just measures under that.
all of the fuel is right there. also if it spends more time overwater more time to strengthen if they had 24 to 36 hours over water no reason why we would not see the strengthen. by wind time tonight. it's a very far to the south. echoes all across south florida. around 24 hours from now. 104 miles in key west. this potentially goes right over it. we will have a better idea of that overtime met in general this pulled up towards the north and pushes a lot of water into this area. i'm only going out so far here until tomorrow afternoon. some of the models predicting that we will see wins in the hundred and 30 mile-per-hour weight range. as has a lot of wind. in the track you will notice at least the center of it now
does not include east florida or miami. echoes it goes all the way over almost towards epileptic coal. major hurricane right along the west coast. i worst case scenario for all of west florida. that doesn't mean that east florida doesn't get it. they still get the wind and rain but those amounts that are probably coming down to cat one strength across the east east coast instead of the cat three, four or five. lister has become more and more about the storm surges on the gulf coast. talking a little bit more about rising water and when that could happen. it will start happening throughout there.
it will start to make it a little bit. when the storm does eventually come on sure at some port tomorrow afternoon. well have a first landfall across the key west probably tomorrow morning. when it comes on that it's good to be the worst of it. the wind shifts behind it. you may have to start off. the water pulling out of some of the bays and then as it gets closer and even as it pulls on the wind coming back around. and filling up those bays. each one of those is different based on the direction in the and the track of the storm. >> if there's any question that you need to stay with fox news throughout the next 2448 hours. we are going to be life until tuesday morning. it could be a worst nightmare scenario for the tampa bay area. it is changing so quickly. thank you so much. even though the eye of burma is expected to eat hit west.
picking up our team coverage. a neighborhood in miami is griff jenkins. that part of town is going to look very different in just a matter of hours. that is exactly right. you head in talking been talking with rick about hitting the keys just in our last few minutes we had been texting with brian the dock master there where we were reporting yesterday morning the only person in operation that stayed behind. live on and off heavy rain man's sustained 25 to 30 with 35 to 40 guests already there. as i expected to make landfall until tomorrow morning. they are boarding up in little havana and getting ready for the worst. we talked a lot this morning about the power outages but the folks here in this cuban
community heavy hearts and a lot of worry after irma hit cuba overnight we spoke just moments ago one of the residents nelson blanco who is worried about his father still in havana. here's what he said. my father lives in the apartment building. the building is like 25 years old. his say. who knows what winds are going to get here but it's all boarded up now. we will see if that's can hold. we are awaiting a press briefing from florida governor rick scott. when we have that we will bring it to life. parodontax,
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15 minutes after the water -- after the hour now. half up for florida homes in flood zones do not have insurance. then i had flood insurance. that is alarming. a lot of these coastlines they actually unless you have to go out and buy your own flood insurance. we talked a little bit about this last week. i think what we are learning as how amazing the people that live in this area don't have because like everything else they don't think it's can
happen to them. rick has done a fabulous job explaining this to all of us. this is a lot more wind also. there is a lot of complicated issues here. and business owners. this may include people that did not expect water to rise where they are. what about car insurance or watercraft insurance. does a hurricane count in those situations. >> as it relates to cars your comprehensive will cover car losses. once we get to the place where people are able to function again. watercraft generally stinky to know. there is a certain type of coverage you can buy for watercraft. in vehicles and boats and things like that. your homeowners insurance will not cover those types of things.
that something we don't think about. we may even be closer to the water. our most business is covered for something like this. >> there is a thing called business interference insurance. you lose your income than business interference insurance steps in and pays a portion of what your monthly overhead is. our retail stores. what about the rents there. how are your employees going to be paid. this could cover some of those types of expenses while this is all going on and a lot of businesses that are well-informed they have business interference insurance. let's talk about the federal private daytime of the that
exist. is this comp located is very comp located for example. if you have homeowners insurance and someone is in in your house and your house gets flooded most of the time it will cover that type of water damage unless they could show that you are negligent. and not maintaining. but with flood insurance they basically said this comes from natural disasters. that's what were talking about. it's not really cost prohibitive. but people need to look into these things. and by the way i mentioned the other day a lot of lenders where they are giving loans in coastal areas they require you to have a certain type of flood insurance because they understand that there could be a potential payee here in order to pay off the loan in different things like that. a lot of times it's a tear down home. very comp located issues.
for some people are going to be needing it as soon as tomorrow it sounds like. we will make sure to have all of this information on our website. florida governor rick scott about to give an update. from sarasota florida. that is just south of tampa. it's expected to hit very hard. it's all coming up next. midas has a lifetime guarantee on these parts. that's right. on things like struts, brakes, shocks. all kinds of automobile parts. [king] guaranteed for life. does he turn everything to gold? [kinbrakes. not everything. [kinbrakes. not everything. [kinstruts. luckily, he's not a dog person. [kinshocks. luckily, he's not a dog person. at midas we're always a touch better with limited lifetime guarantees on select parts, complimentary courtesy checks and more. book an appointment at midas.com
it set to take a second powerful punch. hurricane josé now currently a category four and could strengthen to a category five at any moment. the storm following right behind which already left unprecedented destruction behind it. once a paradise getaway. more than 90% of the island a barbuda completely gone take a look at those photos. that number is expected to rise. just heartbreaking. and in the golf tropical depression kitty a weakening. the storm brought heavy rains and winds of up to 75 miles per hours. i didn't know either way. florida wet residence overnight making overnight preparations as it they
undergo the largest evacuation ever they pick up the team coverage. phil, good morning. this has been under a mandatory evacuation for three straight days now and i tell you if you don't have your shutters up in your sandbags blocking the door. your hours of opportunity are fast approaching as the outer bands of wind and rain have already began here on the east coast. i will have more coming up. i don't know if you still there. even since we spoke to you a couple of hours ago has picked up significantly as you said. any debris yet that you have seen. it's not too bad. the winds are certainly coming in and then dined down a little bit and then time to pass. these are very dangerous to put up.
with winds of this caliber especially if they get even stronger as they are supposed to start today. the hurricane warning is still in play all the way down from the upper east coast although it up through the keys. and now up the west coast. i may take we take a quick walk out to the beach. in the meantime check out some video of the shelter situation. the long lines and big crowds of people showing up as of last night many of the shelters were declared closed to all newcomers. that is simply because they are already at capacity. everybody who goes to these has to bring all of their supplies. as a safest place to be for many people in this county who live in more flimsy low-lying structures. storm surge is still a big
threat. there at home depot grocery store yesterday. pretty much everything is closed down today. much of the beach has evacuated. the winds will get to 40 miles per hour and all of first responders will stop responding. no cops, no paramedics no firefighters until after the storm passes in the winds get back down to 39 miles per hour. do not evacuate. you're out of luck. until the rest of the storm passes. with someone who is enjoying the weights. >> this guy here did not evacuate. he was just actually doing some sit ups on the beach. this is certainly dangerous surf. all of the beaches are
officially closed. the sky i would not advise getting deeper than that this is only going to get more and more dangerous. the winds are just in a pickup. you're showing a business is completely boarded up. have you talked to anybody like this man here that had decided to stick around even though they had been warned? >> i haven't have a chance to talk to them just yet. here comes a couple of other people. what he think about the storm the risk to your own safety this morning. >> what you think about the risk to your own safety at this point. as we speak the eye of the storm is due south of us by 220 miles because it is crossing the 80th meridian which is 80 degrees west longitude. i'm not so worried because so
far away. and it's not just westbound. it was 20075 degrees. that's only one 15th above due west towards true north. the thing is moving and has been moving in a very westerly direction and because it several hundred miles south the risks are less and less. i'll think it is good to get much worse to what we're seeing right here. they do suggest that it's gonna get worse. landfall looks to be happening around 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. cuba right now is getting raked along the northern coast just east of havana. the big threat now is to the florida keys. it will all be in the dirty side of the storm. the northeast quadrant there is can be some serious in some
serious storm surge down there. age 12 he is quite possible. as a long 7-mile bridge that you go over. that is now closed. everybody who did not evacuate too late at this point. why are they still there. why are they still there. here's a little family taking self is the latest thing. have you been in a big hurricane like this before. >> no, i'm a little scared. what's your name. you chose not to evacuate are you worried at all my cousin
has a category five house. and storm surge could really be several feet here on the beach. their chart says one to three but then there seen on tv three to five. it's confusing. maybe they could clarify that. what he think about about you still here. sf really scary. i've never been through one of these before. >> the thing you should do is go into a surf. coming up how the federal government is preparing for the response to irma. any moment now rick scott will hold a press briefing on the
now and listen to rick scott giving a live update right now. >> dangerous winds and continues to remain at catastrophic and life-threatening storm with winds of hundred 30 miles per hour. this is a deadly storm. the state has never seen anything like it. millions of floridians will see if major hurricane impact with deadly storm surge and life-threatening wins. the threat of significant storm surge flooding along the east entire west coast of florida has increased. in six to 12 feet think about that six to 12 feet of impacts above ground level are now probable. this will cover your house. if you've ever been watching how it flows in fast and very fast and then flows out. you will not survive all of the storm surge. this is a life-threatening situation. if you had been ordered to evacuate you need to leave now. do not wait. evacuate. not tonight, not in an hour you need to go right now. if you are in an evacuation
zone leave. evacuations are in place across the state more than a 5.6 million floridians have in order to evacuate. you need to listen to local evacuation orders. if you live in an evacuation zone in southwest florida you need to be on the road by noon or find the nearest shelter. to avoid a life-threatening weather. these wins are coming. if you have not done so by noon. you have a hard time getting out. just remember this. once the storm starts i love my family more than anything. i cannot imagine life without them. do not put your life where your family's life at risk. right now is the time to do the thing for you and your
family. school buses are aiding and evacuations. please take advantage of the service. if you need to leave and for whatever reason you are unable to leave and you need help whether it's fuel, whatever the issue is call 1800-342-3557 and we will do everything possible to get you out. 1800-342-3557. there will be no resource or expense spared to protect life. we want to protect every person in this state's life. i urge everyone to check on your neighbors, your family and your friends. if you know someone who is not evacuating and should contact them and make sure they have a plan to get out. we are being very aggressive in our preparation for the storm and my hope is every floridian should take it the
seriously and be aggressive to protect their family. a house could be replaced. your possessions can be replaced. your life cannot be replaced or your family. great shelters. we had been working with counties to ensure there are enough shelters. they're more than 2060 shelters open across the state in every county in the state. at least 70 more shelters are opening today. more than 50,000 the radiance have taken shelter and there is still room for more. if you have a building and the ask you to open a shelter please comply. it will save people's lives. this is so important for families seeking safety. everyone needs to find a safe place to go. traffic. we still see some traffic but overall evacuation routes are moving. evacuations are not meant to be convenient they are meant to be safe. i'm glad sony are taking in the seriously and driving to a
safe place. if you don't need to be on the road don't be on the road. we increased the number of troopers on florida roadways to continue moving traffic along. you can check real-time traffic information at sl 511.com. you don't have to evacuate under the state we had shelters in every county other than monroe and those have evacuated to miami-dade. shelters are available in every county. again if there is any reason you can't get out, 800-342-3557. we can't do it once the storm starts. do it now. we are working aggressively to keep our gas stations open and filled but this won't last much longer because it's can be unsafe to be on the roads. were doing everything we can to get as much fuel into the state as we can. all of the fuel ports are now
closed for safety our ports had closed were not getting any more tankers and following the storm they will resume that directly to gas stations in your community. as soon as we can get fuel trucks moving we will do it again. i waved the import tax for five days to help bring more fuel to our state. we all know fuel is important. and we we can devote every state resource we can to get the fuel here. law enforcement, florida is prepared we have great first responders and we've great law enforcement. every single florida guardsman has already been deployed and they are prepared to respond to the storm. we have so many members of law enforcement that are putting their life at risk to help them get to a safe place. they will not stop until it is no longer safe for them. i cannot thank them enough. utilities, our providers are
pre- positioning resources repositioning resources throughout the state and neighboring states. we know how important power is and we are going to be very aggressive in getting power back on. i want to be clear. we are under a state of emergency. employees who perform vital services we need you to be there to help your community. we need 1,000 volunteer nurses to help at our special needs shelters. if you can volunteer let me give you website. bpr chd preparedness at sl health.gov. all available in nurses if you would please respond we've already received thousands of
replies. this is great news and we are actively working with all of these individuals to support this need. seventy people across this country had called to offer the prayers and support. i want to thank the governors of other states that provided every resorts we've asked for. the entire country is behind us. i've been talking to the white house almost every day. i talked to president trump and he is promised all federal resources. and brock young has promised all federal resources from fema. if you are in an evacuation zone i hope you'll go right this minute. get to a safe place. this is a catastrophic storm we've never seen this before. bigger than our state. florida is tough for it is resilient florida is unbreakable let's all stay together and help each other. we are an amazing melting pot of wonderful people this is a great state. we will come out of this very strong.
[spanish [spanish] >> he is going to a secondary language there for the briefing. six to 12-foot storm surges do not put your family's life at risk, leave now life is a top priority. a very strong message there. he said interstate has never seemed anything quite like what is coming their way. you will not survive these surges. leave right now if you are in the evacuation zone. you need to leave again. we can replace the homes we cannot replace your life. governor scott did give a phone number if you need to
get out you need to call that number asap because governor scott said once the storm gets underway they will not be taking calls through this number. 1800-342-3557. if you need to get out and you can't do so on your own. he referenced that fema director brock long. we have a first-hand perspective on what they are dealing with right now. you are a busy man. what is at the top of your mind right now. right now my job is to get governor's got everything he needs to support the life sustaining mission that lies ahead for us. unfortunately the rain bands are already encroaching on south florida. if anybody is still in the storm surge area down there and they need to get out of that area and they need to do as quickly as possible. >> you think about the lives that are in danger when the storm hits. most recently in texas oftentimes it is after that
storm hits that you see the devastation and you see even more life lost. you're talking about providing them with everything they need. how important is the aftermath of this. forget the money right now. what the message is that this is going to impact the entire state of florida. it will move through in the further north and west that this moves the greater the impacts will be along the west west coast of florida and into the panhandle as it starts to turn north people have to realize that the inland wins and affect are going to go through the entire state. as far as the support to go. congress is working with the white house diligently to give us the support to go forward to support the mission after the fact. right now my goal is to amplify the mission that governor scott has put forward on that. get in the shelter and make sure that when you are in fact waiting your actually leaving an area and going to it is
that state. we need to make sure that we amplify that message. i'm working very diligently to make sure that once the storm passes we have to quickly inspect the bridges. to be able to support commodity flows. i also need to set expectations that it's get a be very difficult because of the roadway core doors running north too south through the state. they could be heavily damaged. that's when we ask americans to take preparedness seriously and had supplies for three days. we will move as quickly as we can. we will do everything that we can to support the governor's response and recovery mission. just a few hours ago it appeared the storm was going to hit on the east coast. now it appears that golf area
the west coast of florida really does seem like it is in the bull's eye right now. what does that mean in terms of resources in terms of your allocations. it doesn't have an impact on the weight we have already staged. we had been staged in the state for this past 4872 hours. with supplies ready to support. we placed three days worth of commodities in the state centrally and in orlando and that's on top of what the florida division of emergency management has already staged as well. we feel comfortable where we are but it's gonna take us some time to get through the damage and move the debris out of the roadway systems and support the state with points of distribution when it comes to commodities. in the military there is a principle that you want to be able to fight two wars simultaneously. from your perspective how prepared are you for something
like harvey and then you irma and essentially josé on the horizon. do you feel stretched or do you have what you need. i have what i need right now. i've great confidence because we have good lines of communication with florida. the governor has been very clear expressing his needs to not only meet but to president trump as well. we had been positioned for quite some time to be able to take care of that. in regards to harvey we had established recovery commands. we move those decisions down to the event level inside the state of texas so that headquarters here and the other regions can support everything that we need to be supported. josé is going to frustrate the mission for the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico because there is high seas and we have to bend down that to take care of our staff today but once it moves forward and it has good steering current.
the support earlier on the show when he said the storm is moving more was said west it could be a nightmare scenario for a place like tampa bay. it just to get people some context here. the last time it was hit by a major hurricane was back in october 1921. the population then was 10,000 the population is 4 million people. a lot of people went over to the west to evacuate thinking that was to be the safe place to be how are you not speaking about things. tampa bay has a tremendous storm surge vulnerability. and it hit again. and wind intensity is what drives the storm surge. the coastal flood inundation.
it is why we design it. it is the water that causes the highest potential. in the most amount of destruction. when you evacuate make sure you are evacuating to an area that is safe. not checking into a hotel that is along the west west coast of florida or right now even in the florida panhandle. if see what happens. any small ship to the west has major implications for communities of the west coast. it has major implications for miami. we are talking about a wide area. twenty to 30-mile shift. i can have dire effects. all of the county -based shelters. should there be a storm surge. i think you heard some reports
that it have to be full. my mission at fema is to support shelters logistically. when they are running low on supplies to be able to support the knees. the other thing were helping to address this morning is the functional areas. we are helping the state to back fill medical supplies as staff. it is going to be a long and arduous one. we know your support is going to be able to handle it. the very latest on 951.
on the track of irma. the rain is getting all the way up there. the rain is moving in. the storm is taking a beating. is now spent about 12 hours to reverse here. the wind has come down a little bit. that said the overall structure is still there. what does that structure look like. this is one of the forecast models. it puts key west at hundred 15 mile-per-hour winds.
the major hurricane force winds. we wins in tampa almost a hundred. fort myers to 103. cedar key at 101. here we are guys. almost 10:00. this takes us to monday morning. and we still have this. the longer the spends time overwater the stronger it potentially gets. the winds can get higher again. and it will have less chance to weaken overland like it would have been south florida. it brings it stronger all the way up into georgia. it makes it really big differences when the storm is cutting parallel or along the coastline of florida here.
twenty or 30 miles one direction. we can't say. the big impacts. we were talking earlier about tampa. they were not expected to get hit the hardest. i was talking about the history of tampa. how interesting you think the last hurricane that hit the population was 10,000. now we could have another cat three or cap four going right over them. >> is it worth it for the for the track to go right over the top. >> all of these questions are worse for hu. the problem with all of this. everything's in miami are looking a little better doesn't mean they are out of the woods here. at the expense of the west coast. cuba is taking a brunt of this. they've have a rough time. for us it has weakened the structure of the storm little bit. that would be great for us.
eighty-six hours back over the water i want to focus on miami for a moment. the interviews that we head with individuals. they are sort of a sense of we had dodged a bullet. i want to disavow us of that notion. is miami still vulnerable during hurricane irma. i don't think it's going to get cat for her cat five wins. and by the way we are still seen these models go a little bit back and forth. we can't say that until it makes the turn that we think it's can i make until it makes that we can't say. this is a in the gulf even
longer. it is conceivable. if that did happen it would not be good news anywhere along the coast. it would be on the worst side of the storm. it would be worst news. it is such an important part of this. the six to 12-foot surge coming their way. adding onto that. it was just talking to somebody that was saint that storm surge is above a dry land.
it has to be really locally done. it might be a really difficult decision. at 8-foot above sea level. as above to the above sea level. i might be spare that. that's why the storm surge can do that. been talking about previous hurricanes. did that have the storm surge. it's probably right where that came on. it was straight across. so many more people hitting
this into something more vulnerable areas. that's why this one is concerning. stop talking about this. it is real. it is sometimes. this is another one that is real. just again can you tell people what you are seeing there now. this is why this is so important for moving in the same direction. this is a really big storm. that's why the subtle variations are big deal. it will be good. it is built to kind of absorb the impact.
it saves over water along there. when we were seeing this it made landfall within 10 miles. some forecast we know exactly what's can happen. and this is still we don't have a handle on it. they have a cat five storm five days ago. another storm on the shower. it will stay up to see. i'm not willing to stop talking about it again. i might start talking about it again in a week.
all day long we will have continuing team coverage. if you want we got it. we will be covering this life the latest we will see back here tomorrow. it is on. folks are fleeing in. the coverage of the storm. the next stop is florida when it is winds that will be gussied more than a hundred miles per hour at a minimum. coastal waters will be minimizing.