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county is about to get taste of what the storm is all about. the eye wall coming across marco island and surely in marco island, florida they will be ine eye of the storm of hurricane irma. it's 3:00 o'clock in southwest florida i'm shepard smith, fox news continuing coverage of hurricane irma. the storm is moving now at 12 miles an hour in a northward direction. minimum pressure 936, so decreasing in strength if ever so slightly and the maximum sustained winds 120 miles an hour which makes this a powerful category 3 storm and major hurricane that's now bearing down on marco island, everglades city, naples and generally collier county before heading north to the state of florida, janice dean is live with extreme
weather center, 120 miles an hour, nothing to mess with. >> no, when katrina made landfall 12 years ago, that was also a category 3, people are saying, oh, it's weakening, it can't bring much of a punch, it certainly can. this is going to be a storm surge issue. certainly the winds at 120 per hour is going to be very hard on a lot of structures but the storm surge is water that comes from the ocean and piles up along the very vulnerable areas across the west coast. now i just want to move in with radar, shepard, i know that you have been talking about marco island. that's the strongest of the core of the strongest winds at 120 mierp -- 120-miles-per-hour sustained. everglades seeing the worst of the weather. sustained winds. the worst of onshore flow and
potential for tornadoes in northeast quadrant of the storm, that will remain a concern not only right now but throughout the overnight hours and into tomorrow, so we have tornado watches in effect and right now tornado-warned storms. i know that you have been concentrating on warnings throughout the show, melbourne, port pierce, they can cause structural damage. if we are telling you to go to the highest portion of your home and there's a tornado, we typically tell you to go to lowest portion of the home. this is a very dangerous situation no matter how you slice it. we have several tornado warnings. six of them in an around the florida area including some of the highly-populated areas. tornado threat will continue not only tonight but into tomorrow for much of the florida state and we are still watching the potential for this storm to continue to move northward,
there could be a potential for multiple landfalls, that's the lowest pressure point if the center comes on shore. we already saw that in the keys earlier this morning. we potentially could see another landfall in the next couple of hours depending if the center, the lowest point comes on shore, there's marco island, there's naples and again they're feeling hurricane force winds. this is a storm surge story. i know the winds are a big threat, the tornadoes will remain a big threat but the storm surge on particularly vulnerable coastline on west coast will be inundation of the homes and that's why we have been told to evacuate. storm surge in and around tampa area, naples, port myers and storm surge potentials all the way towards southeast coastline. we are watching tampa tonight. the high tide is at
7:00 o'clock. offshore flow right now. we will start to see onshore. however, shepard, could potentially be catastrophic for them. shepard: this is the eye of hurricane irma. the outer bands have crossed it and just right there there's a little bit of a peek of daylight. live pictures from miami beach. that tells the story, bigger picture, concern here, the concern for all of this region is the storm surge is that it's deadly in the end. that's a heoring experience.
what happens when the eye is moving over land? partially over land, we presume it will become over land and what happens then, the storm will begin to weaken almost immediately but the storm surge does not go away, they'll will meeting the full brunt of it in naples. steve harrigan is there on the front end and i saw a huge band going through there, steve. >> we are seeing more debris come down too. the buildings are starting to break up as well as larger branches. the roads are getting littered as warnings pour in from every side, warnings about extreme wind in excess of 115 miles an hour. warnings about life-threatening storm surge, the storm surge that could be 10 to 15 feet and could come up on people suddenly. i'm here in naples with
photographer eric barnes, producer ivána moore and jason, it's been interesting to see what the next hour brings here. this town has done everything possible to get ready. sheriffs were going door to door. they opened shelters when shelters became full. they tried to get everyone out of here and for the most part they tried to get everyone out. we have seen remarkable pictures in the last hour of waters rushing into the rivers, that water is going to be coming back soon once the eye passes, the next 90 minutes could be tough, shepard. shepard: thanks so much. carla is riding out the storm with her family right there in naples, carla, how are you? >> i'm good, shep. how are you? shepard: where are you in naples? >> well, we are in north naples and we are located in a community that is actually on a
man-made lake but we are about 8 miles from the shore, from the gulf. shepard: you're well inland. >> yes, well, we are not in the storm -- i wouldn't say well inland but we are certainly out of the storm surge area. so we've prepared as best as we could. naples is a very community-minded city. shepard: absolutely. >> neighbors helped neighbors put up shutters. taken in our out door furniture. shepard: you were not in a mandatory evacuation zone, right? >> no. we were not in a mandatory evacuation zone but we are worried about our friends who were and they had to -- they had to leave. it was last-minute preparations, so, you know, a lot of people
just helped each other, tried to get out and sort of luckily are, children left to the west coast and they went up north, i've had some friends who left town days ago and i work on -- i work very close -- i work for a company whose office is very close to the shoreline. shepard: carla bogart riding it out. all the best to you and yours. i want to show you the storm making its way -- the center of the eye making its way into marco island. here is naples, port myers, punta gorda, call -- collier county florida. the circulation within the walls, now we are going to make this a little bit bigger for you so you can see the southern tip
of marco island. the worst of the bands right over it. marsh lands down to south and east, everglades city inland. if this continues north, the storm is heading due north, the eye walls will hit naples and then naples will be in the eye of the storm sometime in the next couple of hours, like i said, as the crowe flies, probably 35 miles. as the crowe flies, 30, 35 miles. if the crowe flies, i'd say 35 miles, at 12 miles an hour that's about 3 hours. if it's hitting marco 2 or 3 hours from now, it will hit naples, south naples and north naples, it's on the way. the worst of the storm band is coming into naples probably in the next 15 or 20 minutes and that's a really impressive eye. think how far we are zoomed in here and to think that that whole eye.
we are stealing the radar from station in tampa, the entire eye will go into naples. no one should do the following thing, no one in naples should walk outside and see a completely calm afternoon sometime around 4:00, 4:30 afternoon because the other side of the wall is coming and it's very dangerous to go out in the middle of the eye of the storm. it's tempting but it's extremely dangerous. a few news items to update you on. the second construction crane collapsed now confirmed by the associated press in the miami area, two tornado -- the one we mentioned earlier that was on the ground in brevard county. it hit a mobile home community, palm bay police say at least 6 homes in the mobile home community have been damaged, no reports of any injuries there and hurricane centers with water levels are beginning to rise now in naples and they think the rise will continue. griff jenkins is live in naples
now. griff, it looks like a mess out there. >> it is, shep, this is just the kind of conditions that you are talking about and why you don't go outside. you can see -- look at this tree, snapping on, the wind i'm not at what level we are but gusts at 75 miles an hour and janice dean talking about the storm surge being problem but the immediate threat to anyone that should possibly consider leaving their house which is the worst idea is that the trees have literally snapped in the last hour or 90 minutes. not sure you can see, there's a stop sign here teetering, you're seeing on the streets, it's beginning to flood a little bit. and we have lakes near us that are starting to gather, lagoons, right now the problem with this storm is the wind. the storm surge is coming and
it's coming very quickly along the water which is 3.1 miles east of us, but where we are inland, we are showing you the damage, the terracotta flying off roofs and trees and branches flying. it's actually difficult to walk in this kind of wind with the gust as they've got leading -- right now it looks like debris but they are very, very sharp, very, very heavy. we are trying not to flattened our tires but we are trying to have everyone have a look as far as the eye can possibly see, shep. trees snapping, debris flying everywhere like a hailstorm of palm trees. hep shep and it's going to get worst before it gets better. once the storm has been blowing in one direction, the winds have for so long, the winds shift and so often tree that is were blown in one direction end up blowing
over back in the other and that's what's happening there. just in from the national weather center, breaking from the the national weather service, you can kill the audio from espn, 130 miles per hour. the eye wall was coming right over marco island. official from the national weather service, 130-miles-per-hour wind gust 130 would be category 4 level winds hitting marco island in the last two minutes. let's listen. >> very busy but i don't say a you can imagine, it is just dead. there's a lot of destruction in this area happening as -- the
mall here has really turned into essentially a wind tunnel as the winds have come through. take a look over here. the hard rock coffee out there. -- cafe. maybe you can see some of the palm trees out there ongoing as well. the water here where all the boats are docked, not so bad. we should have video to show you because we are feet away from biscayne bay right now and the storm surge is large, it is actually not safe for anyone specially us to be standing right there -- [inaudible] shepard: we are losing the audio there a little bit. let's go to phil keaton live on 79th street in miami, phil, still raining. >> oh, my gosh, the rain has picked up again and the winds howling, blowing debris at me and past me at the street.
it's too much rain for it to drain after storm surge and high tides flooding roadway connecting you mainland, over to the beach barriers island. curfew has been announced for tonight within the past hours because the roads are too dangerous, so impassable, so many streets have flood waters in them and so many county wide have traffic lights that are not working, not operable. power is out for three quarters of all residents of miami-dade county at 750,000 the count according to fpl and that accounts for at least 1.4 million people and they think it's going to be 3 million after the storm is said and done. it'll be a while before you get power back. not having air-conditioning in the days after the hurricane can
make recovery and life just extremely that much more miserable and challenging, but it's been 26 hours now of the onslaught of rain and wind for the east coast, southeast coast of florida, palm breach, broward, miami-dade county, remember, a lot of these people thought this was going to be happening with the eye of the hurricane coming straight up miami to fort lauderdale and the storm shifted over to going the same route south to north up the west coast of florida. that gave a lot of people, many people the idea that it was going to be nice and easy here today not the case at all. this is tropical storm force, borderline category 1 force winds and rain so it's causing a lot of damage, a lot of chaos and a lot of danger for people. the car way out to the distance.
that's one car we know. i'm gletting blown around -- getting blown around perhaps more extensively than the day and a half. this is supposedly the tail-end of the infliction of irma's raft on southeast florida. so we will remain -- we will stand in it, shep, but it is -- shepard: that's just north and east, pretty far northeast actually. right on the coast of the big lake. tornado on the ground, tornado warnings till 3:45, flash flood warnings for all of southwest florida specifically golden gate, naples, marco island and the flash flood warning for this whole area, the whole area of southwest florida coast, that's until 6:00 o'clock eastern time, 6:00 o'clock local time this afternoon. we just got a tornado warning
where phil keaton is. phil keaton needs to go inside because there's been tornado warning issued. the video box on the side of the screen until a split second ago, the video box was of the area where the -- this is our local weather guy here talking about specifics of tampa, we have been stealing their local -- they are radar that's ground base there to which we use our afill -- affiliates for access. we thank our friends, sky tower hurricane watch weather here. it's right over marco island now and because of that they're about to be in the eye there in marco island. inside the eye of hurricane irma in just a matter of minutes and then by tonight at 8:00 o'clock, this thing ought to be slightly north of fort myers, by tomorrow morning it should be north of
tampa, by tomorrow evening it should be on the florida-georgia line and then continue up through the state of alabama and eventually be in the memphis area by tuesday flight. matt finn in florida which is north of -- north of marco and north of fort myers, north of naples and an area that we are worried about flooding later on. how are things? >> shepard, one of the biggest concerns will be the storm surge in this area. the fire chief warning anywhere from 15 feet. five-lane road that would probably be busy on summer weekend, it is absolute ghost town right now. no humans in sight. the fire chief saying that unfortunately -- fortunately
evacuation was so smoothly. if you happen to be here, it's too late. right now, we are probably getting there, shepard, back to you. shepard: update for some of the viewers, the airport, all of the major south airports are currently closed. miami international airport, closed, just as of the last few minutes, southwest florida international airport, used to be southwest regional closed down until mid-week at the earliest and executive airports are closed as well. you cannot get into south by air. do not go outside after the eye wall passes. marco island right now is in the eye of the storm. if you're there, we do not want you to leave your house to go
take pictures. we want you to remain safe. that said, there will be pictures and show up in news feed and you'll see what it's like in the eye of the storm. rare thing so often when they do cross over, people who have evacuated the area. in just a matter of minutes if not this minute, marco island is in the eye of the storm. that's a live look at naples, the storm is headed directly in that -- to that vicinity. whether it will hit exactly over naples or just a little bit more inland, we don't yet know. if it continues northbound, if you're from the region, you know where marco island is, if it does head north part of naples will be in the eye, eye wall which would be extremely, extremely dangerous. now, the storm has not officially made landfall because landfall is declared when the area of lowest pressure within that eye, the lowest pressure of that storm comes across the land
mass, this morning that happened, a few minutes after 9:00 o'clock in cudjoe keys, in lower keys in north and east of key west but lower keys we now e reports of 15-foot storm surge there. the next landfall will be coming startly. truth be told, it's made landfall and the eye of the storm is there but when the lowest pressure rating, reading makes its way inland at marco island or nearby, we will have a second landfall in marco island and could be many more to come. at some time the storm will pass right through naples and i believe in the next couple of hours, steve harrigan is there and watching and waiting. >> shepard, this is probably the approach of the eye wall, the worst it's been, sustained winds of more than 80 miles per hour here and just to think about
what the first responders are up against, they had to evacuate several fire houses here and we have seen the force river here off to my side actually have water sucked down into the gulf and that's all starting to come back down, there are multiple warnings for the naples area right now. warnings from extreme winds in excess of 115 miles per hour. we have seen gusts from that but haven't felt it consistently. everyone's phone is beeping for flash flood warnings in naples. there's a real fear of storm surge, 10 to 15 feet and fear too that that surge could be -- people here including first responders on the alert about multiple warnings as the outer edge gets closer to us, shepard. shepard: what's happening now is you have the wall of the eye and
then right after that is really tight and heavy band that proceeds it. i think the eye wall is right now about 20, 20 to 25 miles away from you. >> that's probably about an hour, a little more than an hour, because the storm has sped up. as far as the debris it's gotten more significant. the roads are becoming littered with branches and pieces of roofs are beginning to fly off as well. we are not seeing the sign here but civil emergency in effect. people are being told to stay in their house and not get on the roads. at least it's daytime so it's not as scary as some of these things at night when you can't see what's around you. shepard: i was thinking exactly that. there's nothing more terrifying than it's the middle of the
night, the lights don't work, you hear noises your house has never made, there's a palm -- steve, it looks like it's getting dangerous out there. >> no, i think we are in a pretty good spot, shepard. i think we have a pretty experienced team. shepard: that said, we are here to worry specially about y'all, not that we need to worry about you. hey, the other thing, the storm, the eye if it stays over land, it's going to diminish in strength, it'll still be a powerful hurricane by the time it gets to tampa st. pete, once it gets up there, steve, it will be dark outside and that will be frightening. >> yeah, you know -- i mean, you remember katrina so well. i remember i was in gulf port when it was 110. we heard 110 in marco island.
shepard: there is no more power in marco island, we just got word from power authority down there and then you see these top bands, this is naples right here. it actually stretches along the whole portion and you see these -- steve harrigan is about right there. he's about to get this red section. steve, there's a whale of a thunderstorm. >> 20 feet from safety so we will hang here as long as we can. we just want to show you what teskts are and -- the effects are and what people are dealing with here. wind gusts in probably in the 80's and structural damage. i have seen the water come up behind me gradually in the past
hour or so. the frightening thing is we could see water rise very quickly. that's what people really have to watch out for, you have to be high up, you have to be ready to move, shep. shepard: 15 to 20-inches storm surge. this is marco island right here. this is collier county and live out into the field. at any rate, that's the area of the heaviest storm surge, 15 to 20-foot storm surge suggesting there. now all marco island without power and the storm moving generally speaking to the north. janice dean, the weather machine in the weather center, the lowest pressure hasn't reached land but landfall has been made. >> it's animus.
men and women work so hard to keep us safe. i know you mentioned this earlier, we have official wind gust of 130 miles per hour for marco island. that's significant. strong category 3 storm hurricane. we had one across the keys. we will record one, perhaps naples, the the the national wer service has to give us the lowest pressure point. this area is going to feel a period of calm and that's very dangerous too, shepard, because people feel calm, it's okay to go outside but they have the backside of the storm that's going to come in. that's potentially very dangerous situation and fascinating one going over the eye where it's very calm but then you get the backside of the storm with another round of very strong winds and rain and storm surge. so tornado threat again, this is going to be ongoing through the
afternoon and overnight and into tomorrow. tornado watches in effect until the overnight hours with several tornado warned storms in all of the areas where people are hunkered down. that'll be terrifying for the east coast of florida and we will be getting another official update at 4:00 p.m. but we are expecting another landfall eminently off the coast of the west coast of florida around marco island, perhaps naples, that's yet to be determined. back to you. shepard: everglades city, largely evacuated. getting strong bands. when you look at the storm, whatever direction -- janice: okay, no problem. shepard: this is headed north. that's the worst part of the storm. that's what they're getting over there in everglades city. in marco island -- this is marco island right in here. marco island completely in the eye of the storm and then the really bad wind and rain which is the outer walls of this storm, again, wrapped around the
eye of the storm, all of that making its way into names right now and just from the looks of this knowing the distance is here, i would get that the eye itself is over all of naples, the eye itself is over all of naples, probably in the next two hours. it's now 3:30 eastern time by about 5:30 they would be in the eye of the storm and marco island may sit in the eye for quite some sometime. steve harrigan you're still out there. i see the wind and the rain. >> that's right, shepard. i'm just looking down the road as you can see it coming and, of course, you can't but you can hear it. sometimes it turns into just a tremendous whoosh and howl and comes and goes with sharp gusts of 100 miles an hour. that's something you really have to keep an eye on. that's what people are afraid of.
15 feet, one story, could be under water in the next 24 hours. it's also remarkable buildings here in the naples area are not built to withstand more than a category 3 storm, we could have first responders already evacuating as the outer eye wall gets closer, shepard. shepard: there's a large elderly population, one of the wealthiest cities in the country. >> you're right, i can say they took this seriously even though there was all sorts of confusion of where this was going to make landfalls. sheriffs were going door to door to get people out. people knew that this was deadly. they saw what it did in the caribbean. they saw it kill people in the caribbean. there's been constant updates from local officials. at this point it's a civil emergency. at this point what's done is
done. so it's odd in the situation like this when you hear don't call 9-1-1 because that's your instinct, that's your reflex, someone is going to help me always, but at times like this, for the next couple of hours, no one is going to help you. shepard: steve harrigan in naples, our friends of espn is in naples as well watching a roof blown off. >> i can hear you. >> there are more winds picking up just offshore, you will probably be getting some of the strongest activity here, 100-miles-per-hour plus winds coming in shortly and one of the updates, the surge 10 to 15 feet plus. 10 to 15 feet plus. we are asking when it would arrive, you will get the landfall of the hurricane and then the surge will just lack in
time a little bit because of the drag on the ocean's surface but as soon as you see the wind coming down, that's because of the passage of the eye, be careful. the surge starts to come in,-little -- come in and there's little lag and water will start to come in rather quickly. >> okay. phil, if you can hear me, when you say a lag, what -- would we see what looks like clearer eyes or we will see the winds start to die down, what exactly would look like a lag so we can identify it when we are in it? >> your first bit of information, the eye is moving towards you or over you, i should say is the wind is going to calm down. you may not see clear skies but the wind will come down, it will give you false sense of security that everything is fine, the storm is done, but it is not and
if this is the same as we had down in florida keys, it's about 2530 minutes before the wind picks up again in opposite direction and that'll be a clear sign that the eye has gone right over you. >> right. i don't know if this is a question you can answer. some to have meteorologists were talking about storm surges, 3 to 15 feet. in this particular area, do you have any sense of how far inland that goes or are we talking about people who are right up by the gulf. >> we did have a surge map a while ago to show where the surge was going to be and the surge will take much of southwest florida specially along the coastline. the thinking is that the storm is officially moving at 12 miles an hour. we are watching it on the map.
it appears that the forward progress of the storm has accelerated. thethe national weather service said it would happen and meteorologist said it would happen. we have been watching it, it appears to be moving faster than that. this is up along punta gorda. hello. charlotte county. thank you for letting us borrow your maps. 38 miles an hour gust. this is weird. let's listen to him. >> winds are running 50, 60. 38 to 35 in punta gorda. heavy rain. a couple of the bands could produce quick tornado. tornado risks probably not as
high here. this weather is going to all slide up. shift the radar up tampa bay. shepard: that's where the storm will be later today. shingles come off a roof there. live pictures from naples. phil explaining what we are seeing. >> the eye wall is coming closer along with the eye, heads up, be very careful and stay out of direct risks. >> okay, definitely. thank you very much for the information. >> thank phil. we are worried for your safety. >> thank you, phil, thank all of you, guys. shepard: key largo, florida,
adam has been there. adam, it looks like it has calmed down. >> still significant enough that the sheriff's department has not yet gone back out in monroe county. there's still very concerned about marathon. they haven't had a chance to talk with the operation center there or evacuation center for over two hours because calms are down. they are able to call through cell phone. they are concerned there, shepard. we hear about the storm surge, i went out and checked the bay, still empty. we are talking about 6 to 8 feet of water that's just not there. we talked to locals who live there and they side the tide --
full moon maybe more and the flood waters come in a little bit. it's empty to see nine boats, some maybe half a mile offshore just sitting on the bottom of the ocean with no water. something i have never seen before. we are anticipating that water coming back at some point, we don't know what to expect. we don't know how high, how fast it'll come or when it will come. right now the bay -- you can see we are getting significant gust and we are hearing reports from some damage on the atlantic side or ocean side of the key here, shepard. shepard: adam housely in key largo, florida. look at north bay village coming in, north bay village which is central miami, i guess, the winds are just howling over there. this even as the eye of the storm is making its way over marco island, southwest coast headed northbound. it'll be reaching to port myers
area and not too far off at least within the next couple of hours. randy henderson is the major of fort myers joins us live. a few days ago the best money was on southeast florida landfall, now we know what really happened was marco island and fort myers is on the way, are you ready? >> right, we are ready. we expected the storm to go straight up the center of the peninsula. maybe cheating to the east, we were prepared for it to come our way, we knew that the potential for it and the stretch all the way across the peninsula to the gulf of mexico and to the atlantic was there so we were prepared. shepard: what does fort myers look like now? >> evacuated. many to the north and we were able to make it over to the east since it did come west. i'm hunkered down here in the middle part of the city where it's safe and away from the
surge that's expected. shepard: chief, if you would, when the storm gets to you, if you're safe and have an opportunity to call us back, i would really appreciate it because i know so many viewers have friends and loved ones in naples and fort myers and they would love to hear from you. chief thanks, mayor henderson, the mayor of the city of fort myers. let's get to acting deputy director of the national hurricane center in miami. i know it's not official yet but clearly the eye has hit marco island. >> the main course of the storm passed marco island and right now over the naples area. the center hasn't officially crossed land but very close. shepard: you believe naples and fort myers is next? >> yes. maybe a little bit west,
certainly thereafter. shepard: santabell. >> we anticipate the wind damage, particularly populated areas but also a combination, extreme damage in the naples, marco island area and continuing up to fort myers and santabelle island region. shepard: i read your current dispatch, up to 15 feet aboveground level. that would be incredible flooding. >> yes, that would penetrate inland as well. shepard: specially in collier county.
another thing to keep in mind is when you have offshore float, you have the level rise. that shortly be followed by a quick rise. that's what we are expecting here to get quick wind shift in naples area. shepard: once the eye is fully over land, mark, how quickly should the storm diminish in strength? >> well, the inner part of this storm, if this take a track over land, we should see spin down fairly quickly. if it stays offshore it'll be slower. we don't anticipate outer circulation to dissipate shortly. shepard: your model suggests
that tampa bay area will get this. do you have an idea about when conditions will begin to deteriorate there? >> in terms of rainfall, the reasons are already deteriorating. you see in the radar that there's considerable amounts of heavy rainfall there. in terms of the wind, we anticipate that coming in in outer bands later this evening with the peak shortly after tid -- midnight and 4:00 p.m. shepard: mark from the national hurricane center, thank you very much. >> you're welcome. shepard: let's go straight the naples, griff, sounds like from the national hurricane center the worst of it all should be there shortly. >> i think that's right, shep. they're going need new palm trees here in southwest florida because it has just ripped them out.
we have taken high ground simply because the rainfall is likely going to be flooding. now flash flooding coming this as fpl, florida power&light says more than 70,000 people in collier county without power. you asked a little earlier, shep, about elderly wealthy area here and we stopped by to check in on a hotel here and there was quite a few number of elderly couples hunkered offer and it's become very dangerous. they live in the surrounding area to ride it out. but right now we are just sort of keeping high ground.
as you can see, it's just absolutely pounding as far as the wind goes, certainly i would say some of the gusts have reached upwards are pushing 100 miles as the storm and the eye wall gets much closer. shepard: thanks very much. griff, thanks. wsvn, we have just made landfall. landfall is now official. landfall at marco islands, 3:35 eastern daylight, this storm which had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles an hour, spectacularly strong category 5 hurricane, roared across the caribbean, swiped the northern coast of cuba, 185 miles an hour, longer than any storm ever on the planet.
it has diminished, it has lessened in strength to some degree as it made its way to florida straits. it has made turn to the doubt but hit down in the lower keys, cudjo key -- cudjoe key, cudjoe key had category 4 storm. it has officially made landfall in marco island florida, 3:35 p.m. eastern daylight time. look at the radar coming to us from tampa, leading edge to have storm, highest of the winds, there it is. it is clearly moving fastly
which is really good news for anybody who is there and has property there or loved ones there because the faster the thing gets out of the way the better for everybody involved. this will continue up the coast. the thinking is that because it's on land now, it's not fully on land, it could continue to straddle the water and that would be really horrible. the hope once it's on land, it will stay on land to decrease strength. eventually it will happen. by tuesday morning, it's around birmingham by tuesday evening around memphis somewhere as a much weaker storm. probably low pressure center by the time it gets to birmingham. right now 120-miles-per-hour
winds about to hit down. after passed naples, clearly the storm will begin to deanyonish -- diminish a little bit. north naples and you make up to bonita spring and bonita bay, the caloosahatchee is right on the other side of sanibel island. you see where fort myers is. there's sanibel island, a block there. but the water rushing up to caloosahatchee would cause potentially flooding in fort myers and across the river and always the risk of florida in cape corral and anybody knows from that part of the world
knows they dredged them out and very prone to flooding. as the storm leaves naples and approaches fort myeers we have new challenges as it makes its way toward the caloosahatchee river and the cape corral bridge there. all those expected to be okay as the storm should lose a little bit of strength and continues to head north over florida peninsula, southwest florida. we have a couple of people down in naples who have been riding it out and in just a little while they ought to be dealing with the outer bands of this storm which would be the worst that it had to give. i will say that as i have been watching it, the last couple of images of the storm, the eye wall looks less organized. you go to sky tower radar again
from fox 13. this is ground radar that we are getting from fox 13 in tampa that covers the naples and fort myeeers -- myers area. leading edge up to sarasota as you can see. a long way to go about 12 miles an hour. i personally think it's moving faster now. moving its way up the coast and we just hope that it doesn't have anymore of that warm gulf, gulf moisture that continues to strengthen itself. if it were to run out of fuel there, the storm that we have dealt with for so long through so many people that have endured so much punishment from this, that storm would begin to weaken. this is the satellite radar of the storm as it moves its way, the time lapse that we are seeing, moved its way over the keys there and making its way up toward southwest florida over, over land now in marco island and the last little blip there,
the upper reaches of the eye wall, making landfall now with -- with naples and in a short time, look at the live pictures that wsvn coming out of naples. you can see the winds whipping the trees around and quite a scene there. there's a reporter there live. let's listen. >> so that's the kind of area we are in. we are in a parking garage right there and then on the other side of the parking garage you're seeing sort of a residential area, homes like the ones you see behind me. a duplex, it's got -- boarded up shepard: let's go to steve harrigan live as well. steve, it looks like it's happening now. >> it is happening, shepard and coming sideways and the water is beginning to rise on the street and getting pretty good current as the outer eye wall gets closer and closer to naples, probably the next hour.
probably the most intensed damage we have seen here. the city of 20,000 people, at least 20,000 people in this area are in shelters. it's a real headache for a lot to get there and families waiting four or five hours to get in stadiums as we are begin to go see small objects in the air, there's palm branches and this is the strongest we have felt it. i'm going to have to go to the goggles here. there's a really double hit coming at naples right now boast from -- the storm surge could reach 10 to 15 feet. we have seen some scenes of waters being sucked out of rivers and into the gulf and as we speak starting to come in. the concern and dangerous and warnings are pouring in. warnings of flash flooding,
warnings about storm surge that could be abrupt. you hear in calm tone from the weather service, life threatening winds and life-threatening storm surge in the next hour, shepard. shepard: steve, you have been in a lot of these, rank it. >> it's not as bad as corpus and harvey and i've never seen anything than gulf port. you couldn't fall down. i have a lot of skepticism about these and all the hype, so we will see in the next hour if this one lives up to it or not. there's been a lot of inaccurate predictions of where it's going to hand. right now we are seeing some physical destruction. we are seeing small pieces of roof fly off buildings, we are seeing larger branches fly off and emergency rescuers are not
going to help you. they have had to evacuate themselves. we will see how this gets in the next half hour. oh. i can't see a thing out of the googles, shepard, but we have to do it. shepard: we believe that in the next 15-20 minutes this is your reality and at some point the eye is going to hit you and you'll be in calm. >> the eye i saw once in everglades city, i don't want to encourage anyone to go out there and do something foolish but it's miraculous, i don't i don't want to encourage anybody to do that. it's a deadly storm and dangerous storm that's killed a lot of people in the caribbean on the way up here. you have to think that the storm surge of 15 feet could kill some floridans. 20 million people in the state and 17 million of them are been under hurricane warning or watch
and they've been on the run. people are getting criticized for what they've done but a lot of people have tried to do things right, they thought it was coming to miami, they went to naples or tampa. now they are getting wacked in naples or tampa. seniors got out of tampa and went to tallahassee and slept in shares when they got there. people around the state have tried to get out of the way. officials have helped but there's a lot of suffering and you know when drama is over with the wind and surge, we are looking at weeks of -- of no power for people, weeks in the heat and i'm just coming out of houston where everything was ruined, you have people pulling out their entire life's worth, entire savings, pile of junk. i'm hoping that doesn't happen here. i'm hoping this one moves on quickly and doesn't kill anybody, shepard.
shepard: man, i hope so too, steve. the strongest and longest lasting storm in the history of the planet. there has to be more specific, there's never been a storm to maintain 185 miles an hour, maximum sustained winds for 35 miles, for 35 hours in the history of meteorolog on the planet. that's a fact. we are thankful this this storm has gotten 120 miles an hour. i can't even imagine the storm that hit cuba had come to hit you. >> yeah, we saw what it did in the caribbean and places like barmuda. let's not get ahead of ourselves on what it could do to florida,
sanibel, florida. we talked to three generations floridans and said they could expect a different geography by morning. whether it's category 4 or 3 is one thing. if you're going to get 15 feet of surge here, it's going to change geography overnight, shepard. shepard: 15 feet will show -- every time i go to weather wall, you can see in lower-right hand corner of the screen. the eye is still partially over marco island. steve, we believe the eye of the storm is going to reach you very quickly as we approach 4:00 o'clock on the east coast and maximum sustained winds of hurricane irma are now hitting between marco marco island and naples and steve harrigan in naples, describe it. >> there we go. no choice at this point. this wind is starting to swirl here behind me and it's really gotten a lot darker too and you
know that cliché when people hear sound of train or boom, we heard a large boom as well. so it's darker and this has got to be the wall eye. i think we are seeing over 100 right now as i'm trying to keep my feet and the other thing might be hard to notice, i've got in the last 3 to 4 minutes 6 or 7-inches of water here flowing like river, one of the highest parts in naples. we would like to get around and show you much worst parts if we can, but i don't think we can move. we have to figure that water is rising. that's what you don't see and that's the real danger here, shepard. shepard: water is rising, expect it to rise between 9 and 15 feet aboveground level.
>> yeah, these things are so hard to visualize. to think you will be in feet of water in the next hours it's hard to process no matter how many storms you've been in. shepard: i think you are very close to the eye wall now, steve. i'm looking at the radar and knowing your exact location and i think you're at the worst of it and probably will be for i'm guessing 10 to 15 minutes and then eye wall time -- and then eye of the storm. >> yeah, well that's -- if we can make it another 15, that's just testament to fox engineering, they've gone through 4 or 5 live views, hats off to everybody here who got the equipment up to keep the shot up. if we can get through the next 15, i think we will be all right but the next day or two we will be showing you people's flooded houses and hopefully not people who have been suck -- stuck in their cars and houses, shepard.
shepard: live coverage out of that but now the utter bands of this storm, watch the last movement here just getting to naples, so steve is in the thick of it and will be now for, i don't know, foreseeable future >> reporter: still not going for it, shepard. shepard: no, understood. [laughter] when katrina came ashore and wiped out the southern part of the state of mississippi, that was another thing, indeed. this storm two days ago was worse than that. >> reporter: yeah. shepard: that's what they tell us. >> reporter: you know, yep, yep. i'm just sorry for old people, i'm sorry for people on oxygen, i'm sorry for people out here who are scared, you know? we've been through 'em, we're not scared. i just consi