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tv   Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo  FOX News  September 10, 2017 7:00am-8:00am PDT

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>> shep: it's 10 in south florida i'm shepherd smith and this is fox news channel continuing coverage of landfall of hurricane irma. the storm made landfall in a tiny cudjoe key in the lower key , the florida keys chain just after 9:00 eastern time this morning, packing winds of 130 miles an hour. right now we've just gotten a new update from the national hurricane center in miami as of 30 seconds ago here are the new coordinates it's at 24.8 north and 81.5 west, moving at north northwest at eight miles an hour , maximum sustained winds 130 miles an hour so that makes this a very strong very powerful very dangerous category 4 storm with minimum pressure at 929
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millibars. strengthening is possible. weakening is not expected and a continuing track to the north is what they believe is going to happen. the keys have been hit and it continues to pound here 100-mile an hour winds at the miami international airport and headed in the general direction of southwest florida, marco island, naples, bonita springs, fort myers up the coast into charlotte county. where it will make the next landfall is really unknown. it's possibility could in the southwest florida area, also possibility could in the tampa/ st. pete area, also possible that it could go north and come in somewhere in the panhandle. so many variables now because as the storm moves, it wobbles left and right and the strongest winds right around that eye wall , those are the ones that are most destructive and where they hit, well it could be most anywhere. this storm is expected to move straight up the peninsula of florida, eventually into alabama
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and northeast alabama and eventually become a storm for memphis and the mid south but that's days away. what happens over the next 24 hours will tell the tale, and this is a storm that no doubt rick richmuth will go down in the had history books. >> already it's pretty much in every history book, strongest storm over 180 miles an hour anywhere on the globe we've seen since we had satellite recording that kind of stuff so it's an amazing storm already. what you were just showing on the latest track has shifted just a little bit towards the west, again and that's because the latest european model keeps it just offshore making landfall somewhere up around the big bend so because that model is so reliable, that we give a lot to that and nhc does. shepherd you talked about that wobble this little track here that you see, that is exactly that. if you have a top on your plate as a kid and you spun it and it spins really tight but then it kind of does that that's what these storms do and also take a look at this that wave energy
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even since last hour pulled even a little bit closer towards miami so miami i think the worst of the winds are coming towards you in the next couple hours and also the worst of the wave energy. the center of it is still over the keys here, but if we zoom in right here, that goes black because the key west radar has been taken offline, so i'm sure the wind did a number on it. i want to show you real quick shepherd the storm surge. go towards the tampa bay area. i just tweeted out by the way a link to the nhc storm surge forecast so if you're in that area if you got access to the internet you can go on twitter and get that link, and you can get very specific like block by block storm surge forecast but this is the problem. initially this is tampa bay which is the city that's really prone to damaging storm surge and this could be the storm that does that. some of these models here, at least the storm surge forecast coming from the nhc talking for maybe from a five to 10-foot storm surge and initially those winds coming out of the northeast push all of that water
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that's back up here into the bay pushing it across these shores here and then as the storm moves on by, the wind direction changes and eventually, we start to see all of the water that piles up on one side of the bay move back across the other side of the bay so the storm surge moves into one side and then moves out across the other side. so that's what we've got going still plenty of time here with the storm across water and you see these wobbles going on its been moving closer to north and then northwest that would be good news to be honest with you. it could take the brunt into the everglades that are built to protect from some of these storm s, but probably it's going to go up towards the west, shep. >> shep: the storm surge flooding map we have this from the national weather service that you've sent us and this is largely the everglades until you get right up about here is everglades city and then naples. some of the worst of this storm surge looks like it could be for the key deer. >> i'm sorry i missed the last thing you said there, shep?
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>> shep: mostly the worst of the storm in the everglades the worst of the surge. >> and again that's kind of the spot there's not a lot of population in the everglades obviously and it's built for that. that said yeah, right when you go just to the north of it that's where the population begins and that's also the bad storm surge, so some spots here in that 10-15 feet range and a lot of that because it's so flat , shep, it goes miles inland in that storm surge forecast. that's why i think if you have internet access there and you're wondering especially now i've seen griff jenkins reports where he's standing on the beach and there isn't storm surge that's because the water is being pulled away from shore so the sea looks pretty calm right there because it's going away. it's not allowing that water to come on shore. as soon as that shifts there and that water goes in it's going to go a long ways in because it's such a flat area the water can travel miles inland. >> shep: rick we've just gotten disturbing news from south florida from downtown miami. i'm going to be able to show you in just a second.
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we believe a large crane has just collapsed in downtown miami our local station wsvn-7 we're working on that but this is a picture they were talking about the local station a little while ago about how these cranes can take up to two weeks to come down and the hope was they would be able to bend and swivel in these winds and not collapse. well this one has collapsed and when we get live coverage out of miami we'll have that for you again that's in downtown miami where clearly a construction crane has collapsed on top of a building, details beyond that should be here in just a moment. right now a very strong band of wind and rain crossing over key largo, florida adam housley live , adam how are you? >> reporter: shepherd still getting battered on. we had a viewer on not long ago that's about five miles from where the southern end of key largo. the winds continue to batter this area and we spoke to you last night and i left the sign
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to my right literally tear off and blow away big piece of metal probably about four feet by three or four feet, just blew off into the distance and trees have snapped everywhere. again we're not in the eye wall from what the forecast says we are just outside of that so this is the type of weather that's coming from fort myers and all the way up the west coast and i have to tell you its been a very long process of battering. it started yesterday morning with winds in the 30s or so that's around 10 a.m. and it continued and continued now throughout today and into last night and now into today where we are getting gusts over 100 miles an hour the rain continues to come down as the viewer talked about the water surge on the ocean side which is to my right as the way the wind is coming as this thing swirls the ocean surge we saw last night had about midnight already three feet deep in some parts as it approached the interstate. to the left of us that's where the ocean surge will come and the wind will come when the storm starts to pass it it will come the exact opposite direction so all these trees and
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signs these houses everything that's been spinning and battered from this direction will now be battered from the opposite and that's where you start to have major problems shepherd. we already have them but it makes things that much worse. >> shep: any damage, i know you can't get out and look about but have you received any reports of damage, major structural damage, or beyond out there? >> reporter: not yet, shepherd but we have a pretty good view here on this vantage point but i'll walk over and give a look. i mean i see trees down into a couple of buildings but i've seen tops of buildings where you see the roofs ripped out but other than that i haven't seen much more than that from our vantage point. i will tell you that the water damage we did see a restaurant that was total totally flooded last night at midnight and with this wind not only does the surge come but rick talked about and you guys have as well, that winds blow those waves, and creates a surge so we've got to believe that the water there is significantly deeper and further in than what we saw some 10
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hours ago shepherd. >> shep: adam housley in key largo. the national weather service tells us some weakening is possible but right now hurricane force winds extend 80 miles from the center of the storm and that means there are hurricane force winds right now at every position on the entire florida keys. so from way down the southwest in key west to the northeast of the keys in key largo hurricane force winds through the entire stretch all at the same time. some weakening is possible as it moves north but they really think that this warm water in the gulf of mexico is going to give this storm life or some time to come until at some point when it makes landfall again, somewhere on the west coast of florida. the national weather service is warning about storm surge, combination of dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters, moving inland from the
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shoreline, so all of this water pushing from the gulf of mexico inland and the water is expected to reach extreme heights in some areas, captiva is an island off the coast of naples or fort myers. captiva island, the barrier island used to be plantation way back in the day. 10-15-foot storm surge there. that would put all of captiva island under water. card sound bridge through cape s able, any time with hurricanes you hear about those locations five to 10 feet of storm surge. clearwater beach in florida, five to eight feet of storm surge. north miami beach all the way down to card sound bridge which is like the beginning of the keys so up in miami beach all the way down to the beginning of the keys at card sound road three to five feet of storm surge so many areas around there are just three or four feet above sea level. all of that will be under water according to the reporting of the national hurricane center. let's go to northeast miami-dade
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where wsvn is showing signs of trees down and some clutter about. let's listen. >> something like that breaks loose, it could really hurt somebody even kill somebody and that's why it's so important that everyone stay inside right now. these winds, it's just unbelievable. it will quiet down for a little bit and then it will get so loud and so furious that you certainly couldn't stand in it. it's a very dangerous time right now. i know that we're in for this for much of the day so everybody is really asked to stay inside and also driving right now. absolutely out of the question. i believe we have some video that we took on the way over here to kind of show you what's going on in the streets. this is in the miami shores area can you hear that wind? it is just something else. on the way over here in the area of northeast 96th street and 12th avenue we saw two trees down just snapped and then palms
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all over the road. not safe driving not to mention you may not see the power lines that are down in the area. in this area this is the area where i live we had power until about 9:00 last night. power went out at 9:00 last night and it came back on at midnight and when this wind started moving through a couple of hours ago, we went to black over here. the power is out and there is a generator keeping emergency lights on but the power is out so let's just take a look one more time if you can. these gusts are just i have to turn a little bit because the microphone picks up the wind. it's just hard to hear. these gusts are just unbelievable and extremely dangerous and because of that, we're trying to stay inside the garage but we are giving you a look at what has happened to these trees and shrubs and palm trees being bent over by the
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strong wind. >> shep: that's northeast miami wsvn reporting live let's go to our next live remote this is from south beach. this is right along eighth street so if you've been to south beach, down there is at the very tip right along i believe they were at ocean drive though i'm not sure and of course now the camera has panned to the left but i know it will make its way back there. lots of debris in the roads there and apparently we're about to get a drive along but you would know once they go to the picture that it would change over. we'll wait for this to get back on the pictures we were looking at moments ago. let's go back to northeast miami-dade actually that live shot has ended as well. just a lot to keep up with now because as the storm moves north northwest, the winds are really picking up over on the east coast. i mentioned that miami itself, the miami international airport had a hundred mile an hour winds let's go to coconut grove in south florida wsvn reporting live from there now.
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>> we've been taking cover most of the morning of course trying to be safe but we're also trying to bring you the very latest. i want to show you video from behind us from the miami city hall and you'll see us singing. you'll see a catamaran taking in water, dangerously high waves just rocking that boat and i'm talking, i mean, once we were out there, the wind, i mean we had to run for cover literally. i couldn't open the door to our vehicles and it was just something i've never experienced also the rain-- >> shep: this is eighth street on south beach and these are live pictures and a live drive along. look at those palm trees at the top there and you can see some debris down in the road. i'm not 100% sure but this looks like ocean drive to me. in fact it is. right along ocean drive one of the most famous stretches of roadway certainly in all of florida if not in all of the
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country. normally on a sunday morning, at 10 in september, this would be teaming with people, there would be hundreds on bicycles and riding up and down on skateboards and running there along the boardwalk. right in the heart of south beach and it is just taking a pounding right now, with 100- mile an hour winds inland at miami international airport out on the beach of course miami beach is a barrier island and these live pictures tell the story. you can see the winds coming in from the east so those palms moving inland at the moment because the storm has not yet passed by miami. once it goes north up the west coast, then the winds will shift down in the city of miami but you can see that the street lights are still on. the traffic lights are on. there's electricity around in some places, but you have to wonder how long that's going to last. see the signs whipping in the wind there and the windshield
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wipers on as this car drives up this famous stretch of roadway and not a soul to be seen in at directions. we know for a fact there are people who remain behind in these high rises in south florida. a number of people about whom we have direct knowledge who told us here on the news deck will be staying behind. we're going to shelter in one of the high rises. we have one man whose on the 17th floor of a high rise in this very neighborhood and they were just hoping the storm would move west. the eye of the storm certainly has. people along miami beach and bow and county are very fortunate this storm moved west and out into the gulf of mexico or at least headed in that direction and towards southwest florida generally speaking but these pictures from right there on miami beach are quite a thing to see. just it being empty is striking and to see these strong winds and heavy rain it will be coming
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in for the better part of the next five or six hours. we're fortunate enough to join now governor rick scott whose. >> governor: ing an update on hurricane irma at the emergency operation center in tallahassee. governor how are things across your state? >> governor: well shepherd, i know a lot of people are asking me what they can do for us. first thing i'll say is say a prayer for every person in our state. i know a lot of people want to donate text in disaster at 20222 and make a $10 donation and as this goes on there's a lot of cleanup, so go to i've talked to a friend down in the keys. they're getting hammered right now and i'm really worried about the storm surge down there, as the storm goes through. my hometown is naples, florida. we're suppose supposed to get 10 -15 feet of above ground storm surge so i'm worried about them.
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i've watched the cameras all across the state people are not on the roads which i hope because this is going up our west coast and hit fort myers and tampa and sarasota and st. pete. i hope people are in their shelters or in high ground. we're going to do everything we can to take care of every person , we will not bear one expense and we want everybody to survive the storm and then if you have a problem afterwards, our national guard, our first responders, fish and wildlife we will do everything we can to take care of you. >> shep: governor its been quite a thing to see you jumping all over that state for the past few days when almost hourly update for the people of florida. how are you and your team holding up? there's a long road ahead for all these first responders. >> governor: we have a really good team here. we've gone through disasters. we do a lot of preparation. we care about every person in our state so i know everybody is working hard and we know that this is i spoke to our whole
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tomb this morning and this is a long road. i talked to the president this morning i've talked to fema administrator brock long, i've talked to secretary of hhs, duke , everybody is committed to do everything they can. the president said whatever you need, he said i will do everything i can to get you the resources. we're going to do everything we can to keep everybody safe, but it's going to be work. we're going to have a lot of rain and the storm surge is devastating. the winds are you can see the winds that you're showing. those are going to be devastating but i know everybody is going to show up. >> shep: you know charlie back in 04 northern captiva and then wilma as a cat 3 in 2005 but since then, with some notable exceptions, florida has fared pretty well. never see anything that's hit the whole peninsula like this personally. >> governor: there's nothing that's been this big. i mean here is the difference. typically if we have a hurricane
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, it will come in from one coast to the other so you can also prepare assets on the other coast. we can't do that as much this time because it's impacting our entire state and we really never had this amount of storm surge before. i went through andrew and 25 years ago i was in the hospital business and i had to evacuate hospitals. we evacuated south because we thought it would go north and it changed the last half hour and we had to keep patients alive and people are going to show up to take care of other people in the state. i'm going to be very focused, i know everybody is at keeping everybody a live and safe and shepherd as i started we need everybody's prayers. >> shep: a few days ago, governor people along fort lauderdale/hollywood were looking at the storm saying we've got to get out. maybe we'll go to fort walton beach because the storm is come up the east coast. now you have a bunch of evacuees one i know very well sitting in fort walton beach wondering wow
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is this our storm. where do i go now what do you tell them? >> governor: well, we have very good county emergency management teams and state. follow the evacuation orders in your area. we have over 400 shelters open we'll open more shelters in the northern part of the state if we need them. we will do everything we can to keep you safe but you just got to continue to listen to what local officials are saying. we care about every family so if somebody happened to move to des tin or fort walton beach and we end up impacting that part of the state, we will figure out how to keep you safe. we'll create the shelters we'll do everything we can to get you safe. >> shep: governor rick scott of florida all the best governor those prayers are with you and i know americans will come help you out because you'll need it when this is over. >> governor: all right, thank you, shepherd. >> shep: rick scott the governor of the state of florida. wsvn in south miami-dade with a
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live report. remember south miami-dade is where andrew hit. it went right into homestead and just by secretaried the bottom part of the state before going back out into the gulf of mexico and eventually going toward louisiana but andrew was the bellweather until now. >> the whole hurricane andrew connections is when we think of south dade because they were devastated by the storm and a lot of the the pictures we look at show the physical toll the storm is taking but the emotional toll i'm wondering if leading up to it because so many people had so much anxiety if you talk to people that were really nervous about this storm? >> we did, you know, we were down here in the homestead area for a couple days before the storm came through and meeting with people and a lot of them told us they remembered andrew and they had this mind set at first, almost as bad that i survived andrew, i can survive anything, but then last minute, you saw them frantically trying
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to go get sand bag, trying to get gasoline, trying to board up their windows and i think it brought back these memories of oh, my gosh yes we survived andrew, but we hardly did. we survived, and that right there was a very difficult process for them to get through. a lot of people did choose to leave the area. a lot of people who also live in some of the homes around here also chose to come to the shelters, so even though they boarded up their homes, and even though they weren't necessarily in an evacuation area they still chose to come to the shelters because they felt like this was a safe place and i walked through one of the shelters yesterday and a woman told me she goes i was here for andrew, i was at home. my roof collapsed so i'm at the shelter now and i asked her did you board up and get ready? she says she did absolutely everything she was supposed to do but she didn't want to take any chances because she just knew how powerful a storm was and when governor rick scott came out and said this storm is bigger than andrew, it is stronger than andrew that concerned a lot of people.
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>> shep: you knew it would. everybody's memory in that part of south florida very fresh memories of andrew 25 years ago. look at this this is a live drive along in naples, florida. it looks like that sign right there says vanderbuilt beach boulevard i assume what's coming up there but at any rate the storm is headed in the general direction of naples and it's so susceptibile to this flooding as the governor mentioned a minute ago they are expecting 10 to 15- foot storm surge along this gorgeous stretch of florida down there. the very wealthy area about 20,000 people in, 21,000 people in the city of naples proper but in the region which is southwest they're pulling into beach walk now in the region of southwest florida about 330,000 people now extraordinary growth over the past three decades or so and they are really about to get it there. marco island is to the south and west of there, beautiful stretch
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with a lot of tall condos and elderly people who live there and a lot of vacationers and great family place to go vacation but really tall buildings all along the shore in mark o island so all of that to take a big brush from this storm many hours of rain to come. the storm moving to the west northwest right now at eight miles an hour, so think how long with hurricane force winds extending 70 miles out from the center you could have hurricane force winds in that region once they finally get there which they haven't yet in the naples area. let's go to wtbt in tampa where they talk about this storm in particular with sky tower radar. >> moving north maybe just west of due north now so here is naples and then you have fort myers and these particular spots and all of the core of this storm is now heading up into that area and the enhanced satellite will show this now. if you wooden out you'll see the actual general moving north
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northwest and as it does, you're going to bring this immense wall of water into southwest portions of florida from everglades city up through naples and eventually into fort myers. it's 10:25 so we'll get another track from the hurricane center in about half an hour so give or take a few minutes so this track you're about to see is from 5 a.m. which literally brings it up the west coast but it keeps it a major hurricane, so by tomorrow morning at 2 a.m., we're going to have winds gust ing perhaps over 100 miles per hour. not to mention the storm is so large that you've got hurricane- force winds that extend out 80 miles from the center of this storm. that's how big and just a large the storm is and tropical storm force winds out a couple hundred miles from the center of the storm and eventually it heads up just east of panama city maybe as a category 1 hurricane. this makes the hurricane all the way through up into the eastern portions of the panhandle so i want to head over to lindsay to
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talk about what our current wind gusts because look around punta gorda and sarasota-- >> shep: fox 13 wtbt in tampa serving the tampa bay area the worst of the winds are still to come for tampa bay still to come for southwest florida and naples and fort myers. they're getting hit pretty hard in the city of miami where there were hundred mile an hour winds at the miami international airport. right along biscayne bay on the city side not the beach side but the city side is our own phil ke ating on the 79th street cause way. how are things, phil? >> reporter: things are still very very very bad. the wind and rain is pounding and coming on horizontally. this is part of biscayne bay here at the pelican harbor marina. we've been here all morning. the water level gone up at least 18 inches as we speak almost spilling over on to the sidewalk so far the boats are pretty much
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staying afloat at this point but this has been going on for like 14 hours now. this pounding wind and rain and i've got to tell you about 12 more hours to go and all of the people that were on the beach in my live shots yesterday of course before it really started yeting bad well they never would have ever expected this day would look and turn out to be as dangerous and treacherous as it is. many people who did not evacuate in south florida then saw friday afternoon, the track of the center of the storm going from south to north up the east coast and instead going south to north up the west coast and suddenly they're like oh, this is going to be great we never should have evacuated and we'll prove everybody wrong. this is just a crazy crazy bad storm. it's tropical storm form strength borderline category 1 storm strength but for the most part tropical storm because we're so far away from the center of the storm which is over on the west coast but for m
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arco island, sarasota, tampa bay it's a cat 3 maybe cat 2 if you're lucky. i mean that's bad. you think this is bad and this is just tropical storm form, wait until the full on hurricane that's why everyone needed to heed these evacuation warnings. power outages are super widespread already more than a million people in florida currently without power and that's probably going to get up to six to eight million before it's all said and donna cording to the estimates by the two main utility providers in the state. i know several people who evacuated south florida. some went up to tampa and tampa on thursday night, you could hardly find a hotel room because there was so many south and east coast residents who had gone over to evacuate and escape hurricane irma there. so they saw the track of the storm yesterday and all afternoon or morning, really wasn't very windy at all down in miami-dade or broward or palm beach county. in fact 50 people up in palm beach county one of their
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shelters actually went back home yesterday morning. i would imagine today they certainly regret that decision, shep. >> shep: phil keating along the 79th street causeway in miami. phil thanks very much. we've just gotten 120-mile an hour winds now reported around big pine key in the lower keys. more than 1.2 million people now reported to be without power in multiple counties around florida i mentioned a little while ago this is a live look as a drive along in miami you can see the waves kicking up there at biscayne bay and i told you earlier if you're with us about a boat rescue they were going to try to do way up in martin county just to the east of lake okeechobee and sure enough somebody was trying to ride this storm out in their boat and the martin county sheriff's office sent us pictures of this and here it is. the sheriff's department coming out there, they are still doing rescues in martin county which
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is way away from all of the action at this point but in miami and in fort lauderdale the fire rescue departments are down until further notice and no service calls down in the florida keys either. the worst of the storm, 130 miles an hour maximum sustained winds very low central pressure. that storm continuing to the north northwest at about eight miles an hour. generally speaking, its hit the lower keys did so after 9:00 eastern daylight time this morning and is on the way generally speaking to southwest florida, naples, marco island, fort myers, cape coral, all of that in its sight. might it veer to the west and head up to st. pete and tampa? it might but everyone along the peninsula especially on the west coast is feeling the storm for the better part of the next 24 hours and our coverage continues right after this.
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landfall again some time this afternoon but as we've been reporting these storms tend to wobble left and right, east and west in this case and where it is exactly going to make landfall we don't know yet but that's where the strongest of the winds will be 130 miles an hour in the center there's been 120-mile wind reported down in big pine key and certainly hundred mile an hour winds in the city of miami. julie berg is riding out the storm. she's the sister of one of our executives here for fox television stations and the fox news channel. julie, it's nice to talk to you i hear you and the family are hu nkered down. we are shepherd. >> shep: tell me about your situation? >> so we felt pretty safe to stay here because we stayed in this house for andrew and especially when we knew the storm took a little westerly path we were feeling pretty confident that the house would
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be fine. we are okay but it's not quite the freight train that andrew was definitely not but i mean, we lost the palm tree it's in our pool already. >> shep: we're looking at your video, julie. >> yeah, both sides of our fence is down in the back, so it is swirling, yeah. definitely. >> shep: is it about what you'd expected? >> well actually, this is better than i expected here, thank goodness with that path change, but we i don't think have seen the worst of what we're going to see here yet i don't think but it's swirling. >> shep: it's our understanding that this is going to go on for many many hours. i know you're seasoned hurricane professionals do you have the food food and stuff you need? >> oh, absolutely. luckily throughout this week, we were preparing, so if things ran out one day, we went the next day and got a few more things so
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yes, we are fully prepared. >> shep: the south florida wind gusts now up from wsvn-7 julie let's listen for a second stay with me. >> sure. >> 70-mile per hour winds in downtown miami, so the duration of the wind for broward county, from now until early monday, you are still going to get these tropical storm force winds of over 39 miles% hour. miami-dade basically from now through early monday as well. now there's still the potential -- >> shep: so julie that means you've got 24 more hours of this mess. >> yes, absolutely, and the other problem is we're like under tornado warnings which is really scary so we have an internal closet that we have setup as kind of our refuge, we have some food in there, water, chairs for each of us, my husband, my son, and my two dogs , so we have a safe place should something like that occur
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>> shep: that's great to hear. i've just gotten an alert from associated press. the first ever tropical storm warning, first ever has just been issued for atlanta, georgia never in recorded history has there been a tropical storm warning for atlanta, according to the associated press but it has just happened so i guess it really doesn't matter where you go in the southeastern section of the united states, julie. your chances of at some point of another being affected by this thing are pretty good. >> oh, yes. we had people evacuate here, it was incredible to me how many people left that weren't even in an evacuation zone and unfortunately, some of them went to tampa, to atlanta, and places like that. unfortunately for them. >> shep: julie i wonder how many people watched our friends and neighbors down in texas and all they endured over the last couple weeks and said i just
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can't. >> oh, i know. and we have friends in houston that have been reaching out to me over the last couple of days saying they're praying for us, they hope we don't get anything like what they got. >> shep: well, we all do, there's lots to go here but for the southeast coast of florida, certainly dodge the eye wall of this storm southwest coast is another matter entirely. thanks very much, julie berg, nice to talk to you best to the family. >> same, shepherd. >> shep: down in south florida eight and a half inches of rain in key biscayne, four inches so far in miami, three inches so far in miramar, and it's still raining especially down in key largo where adam housley is live >> reporter: take this into account the first recorded hurricane force wind here is 12 hours ago, so for 12 hours the winds here has been battering this island, i should say for that matter this entire area here. the winds still hitting as hard the rain still coming down. we had a chance to sneak away
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shepherd because we spoke to you last only about maybe a hundred yards to my left is the bay out there. we talked about the phenomenon where the storm is swirling counterclockwise so we're getting hit now from the east that will eventually come from the west but where the water gets sucked out it gets sucked out of the bay and it will come back. i had a chance to take my phone out there and get a couple photos i e-mailed to your staff. take a look. this is the bay outside of key largo. the water is gone. you can look out for maybe a quarter mile and the water is just not there. its been sucked out by the power of this hurricane shepherd. it will come back. the worry here is when it comes back, it's going to come back likely at high tide, so that means we may get three feet or four feet of water on the bay side. that's a lot of water and more than they got in andrew i'm told , so that is a very interesting phenomenon people actually i met a guy who came down here one of the few people who stayed that we met who was here just to take one of those
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photos. he wanted to see that phenomenon and not really a smart idea to do unless you're obviously in a good situation but shepherd here , when i walked back it was an area we walk through where there's no flying debris that's why we took the chance took the photo but i looked down the coastline on the bay side there is damage all up and down the coast. you can see the power of these winds and the gusts that continue to go over 100 miles an hour, trees snapped everywhere, roofs ripped off signs have come down and the rain is just batter ing us along with those winds so you're getting the wind and the rain. the worry is going to be that flying debris of course. we're lucky we're in a spot where we're protected but if you look out there anybody who decided to venture out would not be doing a smart thing. >> shep: stay with us wsvn in south florida we mentioned this crane that collapsed in downtown miami let's listen. >> you know, that's the part that's been very scary for a lot of people to see all those construction sites and we saw a lot of pictures of rebar that--
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>> shep: the crane down we don't know about damage or injuries but much of downtown is evacuated. adam you don't see a lot of people out and about there do you either? >> reporter: no shepherd this is my tenth hurricane and i've got to tell you i haven't seen anybody out walking. that's a first for me, a smart maneuver on their part. i will tell you that for people that live here in key largo and all the way down we drove down several islands and been around here three or four days the people that live here a number of them one after another who stayed for andrew said they weren't staying and got out, when i talked to the sargent for the monroe county sheriff's department last night he was telling us also that he was very pleased with the evacuation shepherd. >> shep: adam housley in key largo where the trouble is just beginning one side of the storm hitting it now another side of the storm hits it later many dangers ahead. the storm is still a strong category 4 hurricane. maximum winds 130 miles an hour. its passed over the keys made direct hit in cudjoe key just after 9:00 this morning, eastern
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time and en route to collier county, naples, marco island in that region we'll get a live update from the national hurricane center minutes from now stay with us.
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>> i've in orlando as our coverage continues ongoing in the fox news channel we are awaiting the arrival of irma here in orlando. we are still several hundred miles north of the center of that storm. some time later tonight, 7:00, 8:00, midnight, and into the hours after that, we will feel the strength of this storm push forward. what is extraordinary on the map , if you were to get in the car and drive from south beach in miami down to key west florida it's about 170 miles. in the images that are coming out from both locations are so similar that gives you an idea for how massive this storm is. if you were to get a car here in orlando, a center part of the state, and drive east toward the
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atlantic ocean in daytona 50 miles or drive west to tampa 80 miles to the gulf of mexico, it is likely the entire part of that state will feel hurricane force winds throughout the day today into the nighttime hours and into monday as well as we continue to watch this now, we just had a briefing from the sheriff's department here in orange county. there will be a curfew that goes into effect 7:00 tonight and it will be in effect for at least 23 hours perhaps longer. the warning about the possibility now of tornadoes later tonight because in central florida, they believe right now based on this track as it moves up the west coast, they will be on the strong side of the storm and so those warnings are going out right now. when i go to my colleague now southwest florida in naples, florida, griff jenkins is riding out the storm there and griff, it looks like at the moment, if this storm continues on this
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track it is coming right toward your location in naples. how are conditions now? >> reporter: so bill, the conditions are about 75 miles an hour gust winds reported by coll ier county and as you may have seen a little earlier we were on the beach down in naples and we've pulled back because at the end of the day the number one priority with your crew and anybody's preservation of life and staying safe so we got off there but we were watching was the real threat to this area, aside from these high winds and that is the storm surge. we kept hearing about it time and time again, the officials, the governor, the mayor here, who by the way just e-mailed me telling me he's pulled first responders off the streets do not call 911 they're not coming for you, shelter in place but the real storm surge we watched the water pull off of the beach going out to sea. the winds blowing up to 70 miles an hour offshore. here is what happens and several
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hours from now it comes back and as the governor mentioned in his hometown in naples 10 to 15-foot storm surge, that would be twice my height of water coming rushing in. we wanted off of that beach because when that happens, it is the end of your chances for survival and it becomes life threatening and catastrophic. we are a few miles inland and even here we're seeing branches break as we drove here and we may see if we could get you a driving shot but as we drove here branches were coming off trees and this storm is just beginning here, just coming here we're going to keep you posted as it starts to set in here, bill. >> reporter: thank you, griff. griff jenkins naples, florida to you and your crew, be well and stay safe. that warning goes out to everybody working behind the scenes throughout the state and this chain and everywhere else. two blocks down the road you can pop into a 7-eleven that's been open all night still selling gas , all boarded up very few customers but they are open for business. at 11:00 about 10 minutes or now
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we'll get an update from the national hurricane center the latest on that track the tampa mayor brief is at 11 a.m. and in one hour we'll hear from the florida governor rick scott keep it here on the fox news channel.
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>> shep: a live look at miami beach right along state route 836 and the camera panning up to an overpass there. this is the highway to take you off to miami international airport and you can see the rain is still coming down. the entire street as this camera has been driving along in the car there. they've gotten under an overpass for a moment for a bit of shelter. it looks like the traffic lights are now out across much of this architecture yeah. 1.1 million people said to be
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without power around the southeast section of the state. we've been watching in coconut grove which is just up from a live report and live report from wsvn. let's listen. >> earlier this week we saw folks with the sand bags, folks stocking up on supplies, i can tell you also when we were driving into coconut grove there were downed trees all over the roads so we had to take back roads and fortunately we are familiar with the area so if you're driving around south florida and not familiar with the area that can be very dangerous and side note we were in an suv, and that was still very tough for us to get around. also, i know a lot of residents in coconut grove don't have power. family and friends in palmetto bay who aren't able to watch they don't have power but were listening to us through other means, so it's a very scary dangerous situation. something that i know you all have been doing a great job, as well as all of our colleagues to make sure that we're there with
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everybody every step of the way and informing them the best that we could. >> shep: that's the scene in coconut grove some pictures have just come into us from marathon down in the florida keys. these photos, marathon high school and we don't have them quite yet but at any rate i've just gotten we'll have them for you in just a second very high water in and around marathon. cars are flooded and expecting lots of localized flooding throughout the florida keys for the rest of the day and these pictures, pictures in bat 7 and there they are. this is from marathon high school in the florida keys, just sent to us over twitter a short time ago. here is what's coming up now the national hurricane center does updates every three hours but every six hours they give a detailed update with brand new coordinates on the storm. the last one of the detailed ones was at 5 a.m., 11 a.m. is the next, 11 a.m. eastern daylight time so that's just minutes away. we're going to squeeze in a
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quick commercial break right after that, we'll have top of the hour headlines, we'll go live to the national hurricane center, for the brand new wind speed and the brand new directional chart, that's next on fox news.
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