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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 consider it a technical
challenge to stand here. i know people are hurting and they're scared. we're standing right here, and we're going to tell you what's happening throughout this as this water gets to about 6 or 7 inches, and i can't even turn this way because it is pure gray. all the light is gone behind me, and the water is just coming sideways down this street, shepard. shepard: we now have a wider shot, and we can see the trees. that looks unbearabling, and i'm sure there are people sitting in their living rooms going get him the hell inside. >> reporter: yeah, yep. shepard: we've learned not to tell steve what to do. >> reporter: yeah. well -- whoa. well, the trees are not snapping. i'm seeing been. s but not full trees. category four, you expect trees to be uprooted, you expect roofs
to fly off, and you expect side walls to fly off. that's not happening here. we're seeing strong winds and branches snap, but we're not seeing disintegration of buildings. shepard: yeah. category three, maximum 120 miles an hour, it may have gone down just a little bit from that, but we don't have that from the national hurricane center. you'd be the better judge, i think, than the equipment right now, steve. >> reporter: i think gusts of just over or 100 -- just over 100. but, you know, thank god i'm not seeing trees uprooted, because we would take shelter then. at least not where i am. i mean, i can't speak for the entire area. i'm just in this little corner here. shepard: we do have an update as of just about 25 minutes ago from the hurricane center, maximum sustained winds down to 115 miles per hour, the minimum pressure is weakening as predicted but not quickly enough.
>> reporter: this is just a stream of water now. this is more rain than we've seen so far today. it's coming in sideways, and it's just -- there's no space in between the drops. it's a stream down this road now. this road was dry an hour ago, and now it's a stream. i've got to figure in the coastal areas it's going to be much worse. shepard: i would guess that's right. 115 miles an hour maximum sustained winds. that's down from 120 miles an hour in the last hour. and the update from the national hurricane center -- steve, just talk us through it as you can. >> reporter: all right. we've seen worsening of conditions over the last hour or so. the part that you're really concerned about in any of these storms -- wow.
this is just circling now in front of me. the wind is beginning to swirl around. the worst part of any hurricane is the front-right quadrant in the u.s., and we think that's what's been hitting the city of naples now, a city of about 20,000 people. this storm has fooled a lot of people where it was going to hit. people in miami were afraid, they went to naples. i know people who moved their families to naples. i almost moved mine here but, fortunately, made a different decision. so people have tried to dodge this, and people left naples and went north to get out of this storm. it was such a headache because, basically, you had to leave the state of florida. and after a while you couldn't do that by plane. you can only do that by car, and there were gasoline shortages and traffic jams. at one point, you know, the florida turnpike and 95 north were about 5 miles an hour. so i really understood people like my neighbor who said what am i going to do?
am i going to get in a car, who knows if i'll get gas or a hotel room. so you make life-threatening decisions whatever you co. i'm really tired of people hearing scold floridians for not leaving. i mean, leaving was no bargain. it was no picnic to get out of this state. and i've got to tell you, oh, jesus. so 15 minutes then the eye's going to come out. that's probably going to last about 20 minutes, and then the back side of the storm, and then we'll see if what they're saying is true. is there going to be a 15-foot storm surge, is it going to come up abruptly and suddenly. that's what they've warned us, that's why everyone's phone is blinking. if that does happen, the first story of most buildings could be underwater. we could see people on their roofs tonight if that does happen. with all these storms, you have
to wait and see if it actually does happen, shepard. shepard: i think it will. janice dean is with us watching. janice, this is the front edge, the leading eye wall, we presume. >> reporter: that's exactly right. if you look at the radar, you have the strongest winds right now over steve harrigan. and we're saying 115 mile-per-hour sustained winds right mow from the national -- right now from the national hurricane center. that's their latest advisory. and as steve mentioned, i think around 4:50 p.m. eastern time is when he will experience that crazy calm when the eye of the storm actually comes over steve. shepard: how's it going, steve? >> reporter: it's fine, shepard. i know, i know that you'd like to be here right now. [laughter] shepard: you always want to be where the storm is but, you know, you do what you do. >> reporter: yeah. you're doing a great job there. [laughter] shepard: it's very dry here, and
we have catering, steve. you know, watching you is unpleasant. >> reporter: i'm going to take that as a compliment. shepard: you should. >> reporter: but this is, you know, it's, it can buckle you a little bit, but it can't knock you off your feet yet. it's, water's about 6 or 7 inches, and it's beginning to pool. it's dark and there's not a soul out. we've seen a few people walking around earlier in the day. now no one's out. and in the distance people are sort of like shadows or figures, because the visibility is down to about zero. you can understand why a first responder would be putting his life at risk were he or she to venture out in these kind of conditions. you have a power line dangling over there, power lines are going to be coming down, you have trees snapping, you have debris in the road, and you have wind that could -- and gusts, certainly, move your vehicle off the road as well. so i know that first responders
in the naples area are itching to get out and save people, and i think, you know, rules might be bent or broken in the next couple of hours for them to do so. but it would be, it would be suicidal to be driving around in this right now, shepard. shepard: september 10th is a lot of things. september 10th is the absolute peak of hurricane season. it's the most hurricane-y day of the entire hurricane year, september 10th. and september 10th is also -- should you tell them or should i? [laughter] >> reporter: it's not about us, right, shepard? shepard: it is this time. it's steve harrigan's birthday. and what are you going to do? go to a ball game, maybe hang out with the family, or do you want to be on the leading edge of the eye of hurricane irma stand anything the water in naples, florida, and talking to moron shepard back in new york. steve, thank you for choosing the latter. >> reporter: no way, man. thanks, shepard. let's just hope everyone gets through this okay, you know?
as senator rubio said this morning, you don't want to be the guy that a tree falls on, and we certainly don't want to be that guy, shepard. shepard: no, you never do. never the hero. you know, you can't be the victim. our teams, we've got more than 100 people down there, i know. i don't know the exact number, but when i saw that storm at 185 licking up the coast of cuba and about to head north, it just sent shivers up your spine worrying about your friends and colleagues and all our friends down in miami. so far, well, it's not as bad as it could have been but, man, you're going to get a pounding, steve. >> reporter: yeah. you can go and talk to other people, just keep the shot on me to see if i can hold my feet. i've said pretty much everything i can say about this, now it's just a question of whether it'll knock you over. shepard: the warriors that we are, we'll stay and watch that. steve harrigan, the birthday boy, there in naples. if you're from the naples area,
marco island, we have one little spot -- what corner, do you know exactly where you are, steve? >> reporter: yeah. we're right on fifth avenue, and props to the -- [inaudible] for having an amazing, safe hotel and for taking us in and for taking in first responders. this is the hotel of choice for your category five hurricane. [laughter] shepard: steve harrigan, be by the inn at fifth. another prop for the inn at fifth right there on fifth avenue very near downtown naples. so that's the heart of the city, and what a beautiful place it is on a normal day. not so much today. all this is headed north toward or fort myers, and i think the eye of the storm has just about left marco island. jim castos is riding out the storm on marco island. did you get the eye there, jim? >> it's still calm -- shepard: still calm.
describe it for us. >> it looks like it's about to yet a lot worse, because that's what they say. how you doing, shep? big fan. shepard: always during the eye of the storm, it's calm. you went through a lot as it was coming, right? could you take us through the process? >> yeah. you know, it was a regular -- the storm just progressively was getting worse and worse. the palm trees, you know, moving more and more. then about 45 minutes ago it got really bad, that's probably where we hit our max winds. they were -- from what i heard -- 120 miles an hour or so. maybe higher. the palm fronds, you know, are just basically covering the streets. i'm looking at some of my neighbors' houses, some of their roofing tiles have been knocked off but, fortunately, this was a neighborhood that was build after andrew, so everything is impact windows and, you know, up to hurricane standards, so we're pretty fortunate. the worst that we've had happen on the house is the screens on the lanai have been ripping in,
and there's a dent in one of the cars. other than that, it's turned out better than i was, you know, better than it could have been. but then again, i hear the bad part is still coming, so i might eat those words in a few minutes. shepard: what's it like to be there after you've -- all that you've just been through, and then suddenly it's nothing? >> i went through the last hurricane in 2005 in miami in a high-rise where the building was swaying and the windows looked like they were going to cave in. that was terrifying. this hasn't been as bad. plus, the way the wind is coming, it's coming from the part of the street where it's getting blocked by the other houses, so it's not as bad as we were getting the full impact right into the side of it, you know what i mean? but it's weird how calm it is right now. it's just a slight drizzle. it's very hot, very humid. but, you know, we know it's coming, so it's going to start getting nasty in a few minutes, i would guess. shepard: i would think so. usually the back side of the storm after the eye crosses
over, the wind shift toss the opposite direction, and whatever was blowing down in one way usually blows down the other. >> yeah. we're on an inlet here, i mean, a canal, and i was just out there, and water's still about 5 feet below sea, below the top of the seawall. but from what i hear, the big storm surge comes in the back end so that's, i guess, the part to be scared about. i think we're about 12 or 15 feet above it so, hopefully, we'll be okay. but, yeah, this is a doozy. it's quite a bad storm. i've been having friends from miami where i used to live send me videos. i sent some to your producer, and miami's underwater. it almost looks worse there than it does here, and we're getting more of the brunt of it. shepard: jim catsos who's live on marco island, he's been riding out the storm, the eye of the storm now, the back side of the storm is coming. we'll see how that goes. of jim, we'll check back in with
you. on the right side of the picture, the picture on on the right-hand side of your screen is from marco island police, and it's a picture of debris in the road there. we're waiting for more details. if this is during the eye they went out and took this picture, marco island police. our senior meteorologist janice dean with us again. this eye ought to reach naples pretty quick now. >> reporter: very quickly. the outer eye wall is now moving into the naples area, and i think we still have steve harrigan's camera up. he should be experiencing the eye, he should or be experiencing the eye very, in the immediate future, probably around 5 p.m. so now he's seeing the worst of the eye wall, which is 115 mile-per-hour sustained winds, certainly 100 mile-per-hour is in the vicinity of what he's experiencing right now. and, certainly, he is going to feel that calm of the eye that moves through the region. and i know he's felt it before. but it's this very calm period
of time that lasts for about an hour, and then the back side comes in. and people who are experiencing that think that they can go outside and maybe, you know, shift some furniture outside around and see if everything is okay, maybe take the dog for a walk which they can do, but they've got to come right back inside because the back end of that storm is going to move in. and as you mentioned, we had a second landfall, marco island are, around 3:35 p.m. eastern time. that's our second landfall, and is we are expecting another one to come later on this evening, overnight tonight, shepard, somewhere along the coast north of the tampa area, perhaps around the panhandle of florida. and then we're going to watch this storm continue to move northward and bring the threat for not only the storm surge along the west coast, but the tornado threat. we have a lot of tornado-warned storms across the east coast of florida, around fort lauderdale, and those will be ongoing. they're weak tornadoes, but they can cause structural damage and, obviously, when you have a lot of rain and wind, you're not going to hear those warnings, so that's the concerning part of
it. we are going to get another update, a full update at 5 p.m. eastern time with the full coordinates and whether the storm will continue its weakening trend. certainly, that seems to be the case, which is good news. but this is a storm surge story with all these vulnerable coastlines. so that's an ongoing threat especially as we get into the tampa bay area. shepard: no doubt. look at wsvn interviewing someone on the streets in florida. listen to this. >> here we go. we're going to let you get inside, we're going to do the same. >> all right. >> all right. stay safe, we'll be talking to you soon. those are the folks we're actually seeing out here -- shepard: you know, 4:10 p.m., so, like six minutes ago, sustained winds of 87 miles an hour in name, but a gust of 131 at the naples municipal airport. at 4:10 p.m. eastern daylight time. so just six minutes ago, 131 miles an hour.
that's one heck of a gust. and some of the things that we're probably seeing with phil keating now. i was told that wfxt, i believe we wanted to go to, and hopefully full screen because these double boxes are about to make my head explode. how many televisions are you going to put in my television? good grief. this is live wfxt, is that right? are they talking? [inaudible conversations] oh, wftx. let's listen. >> the visibility's much better, the winds have eased up. you don't see that horizontal rain. so what would be happening in this moment are these just little pockets? >> like i said, we were talking about those -- i was talking about mezzo very diss -- vortices, think of like a ring or a circle, and then you draw little mini circles around the edge of the inside. what happens in these strong hurricanes is you'll get these little mini spin-ups on the inside. tornadoes will do the same
thing, the multiple vortex tornado, these very small, mini tornadoes that spin around the main, parent tornado. and the eye sometimes of these strong hurricanes, you can get these mini vortices, and you can get stronger winds as those pass by. it's not a question of we could be looking at that situation there where you get these little spins that spin around the entire eye and create even stronger winds from the ambient winds, i guess, within the eye wall. so it's a very frightening experience because they come up on you really quickly, they produce -- shepard: live coverage with what looked like a picture in the parking lot. fort myers, of course, north of naples. the storm bearing down on naples now. we think the eye's going to cross over there soon, and we'll get back to our steve harrigan who's on scene. first, let's get to carlos who's riding out the storm near names. where are you and allow are you? >> good, thanks, shep.
it's carlo. my folks are italian. shepard: oh, my bad. how are you and where are you? >> good. we're about 5 miles east of marco island right now. shepard: and how are things? >> the winds are really starting to bust up now. we're -- gust up now. we're getting, we lost power about 30 minutes ago. it's been in and out, but we lost it permanently about 30 minutes ago. the water's rising out in the street, you know, some downed trees. so we're just sitting tight. we're on the main floor of a two-story building, but we're ready to move upstairs if we have to. shepard: well, i hope you don't have to. thanks and very good luck. i want to get to phil keating who's out in the midst of it, and i believe phil's in miami on the 79th street causeway. how's it there now? good grief, all these hours later it's still like that? >> reporter: goodness gracious. i know, we just had about ten minutes of no rain, and actually i got optimistic, and now i'm
being pelted with rocks. check out that black car. that's the same one we were showing you several times earlier this afternoon that had stalled out in the middle of the flooded street. now you can see the waters in the street are finally starting to go back down. another big change here in miami-dade county is the wind and rain was coming straight at my face in this direction, northeast to southwest, it's now coming from the southeast heading to the northwest. so we're starting to get that rotation of wind and rain as the center of the storm now is getting further north than the latitude of miami, so we're getting the opposite wind effect, the wrap-around effect. it's still hellacious to be outside when it's coming in at 20, 30, 40 miles an hour, doesn't feel so good whatsoever. curfew tonight was so many roads are impassable and so many traffic signals -- shepard: the storm's hitting naples in earnest right now,
wsvn interviewing people, and what a howling wind storm. >> how much are you worried about storm surge even in the last few minutes i've seen more water than we saw in hours before. >> it's very important to follow the directive of the national weather service, the hurricane center. they will let you know what is expected in the next, coming hours. storm surge here i have heard it may be changed at this point, could be up to 1-2 feet around this area. if you're along the shoreline are, definitely more than that. but once again, follow the directive of the national weather service and listen to their reports, and they will give you the best information available. >> all right. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> grant, appreciate it. thank you, you stay safe. so we're lucky we've got experts in miami, we've got experts here. we're surrounded by experts, so we're good. shepard: plenty of experts, lots of wind, lots of rain. our folks to wsvn's team riding it out in naples and watching this storm come ashore from. the looks of things, the doppler radar, the leading edge, the worst of the rain -- these
pictures that you're seeing now, the worst of it coming to naples, and shortly they should be in the eye of this storm as this, the storm now has maximum sustained winds of 115 miles an hour. it's a category three storm, so a major storm still. partly over land, the eye is. and northbound through collier county about to make it into and then through naples and headed to fort myers, florida, which is on the southwest florida coast. 115 mile-an-hour maximum sustained winds, forward progress 12 miles an hour, central pressure now 940 millibars. so the central pressure is going up on the scale which is really good news. that means the storm is weakening and continuing to move in a north direction. again, more live pictures coming out of naples, and you can see the sheets of rain just gliding across all of those palm trees. it's great to see we don't see a
lot of structures down. some of the worst of the winds are coming now and should for the next, i believe, 10 or 15 minutes. but we could be off by 5 or 10. and then -- and you saw them wipe the screen there. and then eventually they'll be in the eye of the storm, and i think we'll be able to get a better idea of exactly how damaged things are in and around. it is certainly a testament to our engineers that we can still get out of there live signals. they're very difficult. we like to talk about rain fade in a nondigital world. rain fade will set you on your rear. but somehow they're using all kinds of sophisticated equipment and the internet and have been able to get these pictures out of there. and the height of the storm with 115 mile-an-hour winds and 131 mile-an-hour busts nearby -- gusts nearby at the naples regional airport. so a lot to deal with. and, certainly, amazing pictures coming out of there.
survival is the word of the day, and we're getting pictures out of cuba now, and they are really breathtaking. lillian has them here. >> yes, pictures from today in havana. shepard: this is today. >> today. shepard: oh, wow. >> reporter: people floating down the streets, looks like a father with his son. just people kind of going about their lives, but in a disaster zone. this wave coming in, what looks like streets. shepard: this is incredible. you can see people on the left-hand side of the picture there, and that clearly was a street. >> reporter: yeah. shepard: guess it will be again. >> reporter: up to their knees, it looks like, and powerful waves. shepard: wow. that's havana today. we wonder and have been wondering if there will be a humanitarian crisis on the northern coast of cuba. i'm not sure we know for sure yet. especially the coastal communities down along the
shepard: we've been watching -- if you look real closely, you can see a flag in there or what's left of one. this has been one of our live looks for much of the day, and the flag had been held up -- hasn't held up too well. i'm guessing somebody will get out there and replace that thing as soon as the weather allows. the sights and sounds of a powerful category three storm coming ashore and just tearing through the community. listen to this. [background sounds]
[background sounds] shepard: 115 mile-per-hour maximum sustained winds with gusts to 131 miles an hour at the naples airport and other gusts as you see at the bottom of your screen up to 160 miles an hour. i know because i see it at the bottom of the screen. and sustained winds right here in naples were at 87, and the eye wall getting closer and closer, and there's the wider
view. these pictures from aptn, associated press television news. just incredible to look out over the landscape there. you wonder what it was like at cudjoe key, once you get there, you're almost to key west. you can almost taste mallory square by then, see the cat lady walking by and waiting for that perfect sunset at mallory square. i wonder, key west on the drier side of the storm, on the best side of the -- on the west side of the storm when it went by. it'll be interesting to see what everything looks like there. i can tell you one thing, they'll fix it up and get right back after it. they always have. can't imagine that changing. now they're dealing with it in names. and the -- in naples. and the storm is headed north toward the fort myers area. let's listen. >> incredible.
all right, thank you so much, phil fair row. as soon as we can hook up back with our very dedicated reporter, we'll do that -- shepard: of course, the moment i go to him, he's finished. but here are the live, here are the live pictures coming to us there. lynn martinez was the anchor there at wsvn. when they get back to phil, we'll take a look in there. we've got some very interesting imagery coming in that's showing the making of a second landfall. look from wtvt, the meteorologist explaining what it was like just as this storm came over land there in marco island. >> imagery of the past couple of months. we've been using it a lot. let's shift gears a bit and go back to my weather graphics, if we can. we'll take a look outside. 77 -- shepard: that's in clearwater beach, but look and see what it looks like in naples, those same pictures. we've been watching these from naples for the last hour or so. they're able to keep the gift of technology, to keep giving us
these shots. and we're expecting at some point that the eye will pass over, and we'll have a calm a day and be able to assess a little bit about how this went. as the storm continues to head north, the eye of the storm is sort of straddling the land. so part of the eye wall is over the water, part of the eye wall is over -- part of the eye is over the land. so the storm is still able to have that fuel that it needs, the warm, warm water of the gulf of mexico, still fueling that storm as it continues its move northward. if at some point it gets completely over -- and look at the -- oh, never mind. i'm looking at the sky tower radar for you, and i can see that almost all of the eye of the storm is over land, though some of it is still over water. and we'll be able to see how much the strength diminishes here in the next few minutes. fully in naples now, so is our
steve harrigan. steve, how you doing? >> reporter: shepard, we're doing fine here. there's really been little let-up in the wind force right now. we're starting to see more and more debris fill the roads and also come off from buildings. there's one building down the road which is beginning to lose part of its roof. we've seen the tile just batter around down the street. we're seeing larger pieces, larger branches fall off. and as you can see, the roadway behind me is really beginning to be filled with debris. the two concerns here for people's safety are, one, that wind and, two, a storm surge. the storm surge which could reach 10-15 feet here right after the eye passes. over the last hour or so, we've seen a steady rise in the water here on the streets really streaming towards this way. so really twin concerns; strengthening wind now which has been strong for about the past hour and the storm surge which could follow that in naples, a city of about 20,000 people.
most of those people have left or evacuated. a few stubborn or experienced people deciding to stay here. but right now first responders are not answering the call under these conditions and certainly understandable why not. very dangerous to be out on the road moving arounding under these conditions. but certainly, they will be out perhaps performing water rescues throughout the night if we do get such a storm surge of 10-15 feet, shepard. shepard: steve, did you say it's calmed down just a little bit? because it looks like the eye's very close to you. >> reporter: it comes and goes, and i think in the last two or three minutes it has calmed down, and now we're seeing the wind abate right now. so what we could be seeing here -- and i'm just speculating, i don't know, and it could certainly kick up again in a minute -- but we could be seeing the eye of the storm approach naples. i don't know that for certain.
but the -- as we see some debris fall there. the wind has abated, and the wind has aa baited as well. i'm not seeing that clear sky we've seen in the past when the eye of the storm goes over, shepard. shepard: i'm watching it on the radar. the eye is a little shaky, a little wobbly. a straight-up look in just a minute might show something a because the eye of the storm, the eye of hurricane irma is passing over naples and north naples right now. >> reporter: it's just one more way that these storms can be deceptive, how dramatically they can change from one minute to the next. you can see gusts of up to 100 miles an hour, parts of buildings collapse, large branches blown off, and then a few minutes later we're seeing a light ping of the sky here. but i can't say whether this is the eye or not, shepard. shepard: i can't either. i can just tell you from looking at the radar that naples itself
will be under the eye very soon, and i know that it is a somewhat wobbly eye. they often become a little more disorganized once they get over the land. when you look around in your general vicinity there on fifth, steve, how does it look? >> reporter: it looks like a very powerful wind storm in this part of the city with a lot of debris on the roads, a lot of downed branches. i'm not seeing uprooted trees, i'm not seeing wanton, complete destruction of the kind we saw in katrina where entire buildings and vehicles were picked up and thrown. that might be because i'm in a very built-up part of the city, some very sturdy buildings around me, so i can't give the full picture. but where i am it's branches and bits of rooftops but not wholesale destruction of buildings, not street signs snapping, but just debrie and rise -- debris and rising water. now, that rising water could prove to be deadly in the hours
to come, shepard. shepard: we can hope not but, certainly, there's much more storm to come once it passes by there in names, they'll certainly get the backside of the storm. griff jenkins is in naples as well just up the beach, i believe, just a little bit. griff, how are you guys holding up? >> reporter: shep, it's really coming hard now. i know i'm only a few miles away from my colleague, steve, but this tree right here just snapping off. you can see the water behind us. this is the strongest winds we've felt yet, and it's complicated by this pond here that the water's rising at least a foot or more upon us as they put out the flash flood warnings. but the winds are the strongest sustained that i've felt since we've been out here today and, certainly, debris now flying not off of buildings, but flying at 10, 12 feet in the air. just try, if you can, look at some of the things falling on
us. just a absolute fierce part of this storm laying in on us now 3 miles east of the ocean off of vanderbilt beach drive. and we are just getting whipped right now with it. the other problem, of course, this wind is whipping us somewhere along the coastline 3 miles from me bringing that surge and that water into where we took some of those earlier shots. this beach road, we'll see how far -- it won't be 3 miles, but it'll certainly be like it was in wilma in 2005. when you talk to the locals, the first thing they tell you, oh, i hope it doesn't flood like it did on gulf shore drive in 2005. my guess is, and i'm not going there anytime soon, when this blows over, it's going to be equally that bad. and it's also worth pointing out that back literally on this day in 1960 hurricane donna whipped this area and devastated according to the locals here,
devastated naples, and they're taking a beating right now, shep. shepard: griff jenkins in naples. let's get down to marco island. remember, the storm's eye passed a short time ago. wayne is there, he rode out the storm where the hurricane made its second landfall of the day. how are things there? >> right now -- there's a lot of damage, a lot of downed trees. the hurricane -- [inaudible] next to me, quite a bit of warnings -- [inaudible] doors were also blown out by the wind. just before coming on here with you, i was told that there
are -- [inaudible] i won't know more until i get down there after the storm -- [inaudible] my facebook page. also everybody is okay, the fourth floor okay except for those -- [inaudible] shepard: wayne ploghoff is speaking through a phone with a lot of -- excuse me, speaking into a phone with a lot of water there, so it's very hard to understand. it's understandable that that would be the case, but it sounded like mostly things are good. he said a couple of roofs are off. wayne, everybody safe around you? no problems with health, right? >> yeah. no, there's plenty of people around us more help -- shepard: what was that? >> there are plenty of people around for help if needed. shepard: okay, that's great. wayne, who's ridden out the
storm on marco island where the hurricane made its second landfall just a short time ago. we've been watching the storm surge, and the concerns about it, lots of that is the florida everglades. but just above that second, the higher of the two arrows is marco island and naples, and then you see fort myers up forth of that -- up north of that. and there's names on the map. naples is where the storm is right now, and the doppler radar shows us just a short time ago the eye is over parts of naples right now, and over in brickell, remember we were showing you just south of downtown miami how brickell was flooded? well, it still is. these live pictures coming to us from wsvn in south florida. listen. >> you see right there in front of colonnade plaza, that's what
the storm surge because, it's like a river. so we're, like, three blocks west of the bay, and so the water is just coming from the bay, and it's being pushed down these streets. and you see brickell is now underwater. what i've been taking a look at is these steps over here. the water earlier today was up to the top of these steps, and now it is, we've got like two or three steps showing at the top, so i'm hoping that's a good sign that things are receding out here. but it's been interesting because people should really stay inside. i mean, you don't want to be in this water. it's sea water, it's murky, you can't tell where the road and the curbs and the sidewalks begin and end, and there's no tell what's under the water. but a lot of people have been coming out, and there were actually miami police out here a while ago urging them to stay inside. i actually saw, about a half an hour ago, i saw a big expedition roll through here not realizing how deep it was, and they actually got stuck for a second, and the muffler was bubbling.
so i walked over as close as i could yet, and i noticed inside the expedition the people inside were wearing bike helmets. and, apparently, there are these amateur storm chasers who have come to town who are trying to get as close to the damage as they could, but it was such a strange sight because they were in, like, this rental white expedition, and they had on these bike helmets inside. needless to say, they didn't make it through the water. they got stuck for a second, and they were finally able to turn around and get out of flooded brickeverything ll avenue. shepard: there you go, that's the latest from miami. let's take a live look down in naples where the wind gusts are still just howling. we just got a new report from the naples airport confirmed by the national weather service, 142 mile-an-hour gusts. and go to the wtvt picture that's coming to us out of tampa. this is the beach in tampa bay just a second ago -- and there are the anchors, of course.
my timing's impeccable. just a second ago, they were showing clearwater beach, and on clearwater beach, the water is off the beach because the storm itself is pushing the winds out to sea, and largely there is no water, not at least up where there normally is right along the seashore in tampa bay and clearwater beach. these are live pictures coming from naples. this is steve heir began's position. the windows -- heir began's position. the winds have picked back up again with 142 mile-an-hour gusts at the naples airport. i'm say they've picked up. we're just waiting for that eye to pass over there. we really think parts of the are over naples now. it seems to be wrightening up just a little bit -- brightening up, but this storm is still on the move. officially from the national hurricane center, we're expecting yet another update from the national hurricane center at 5:00 eastern time, so
in about 17, 18 minutes from now we'll get that update. and so far we know 115 mile-an-hour maximum sustained winds. the direction is due north. due north at, with 115 mile-an-hour maximum sustained winds, cue north at 12 miles -- due north at 12 miles an hour. so, fort myers, it'll be coming up to you shortly, and then into the tampa/st. pete area after the sun goes down this afternoon. you'll start feeling the effects of this storm shortly in tampa/st. pete. but not the full effects of it for another number of hours at least because it's a long way up there. this just in from florida power and light, more than three million homes and businesses are now without power in the state of florida. three million. and in the main, according to the power authorities, based on people -- not households -- one in five people in the state of florida right now has no power.
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shepard: fast approaching 12 minutes before the temperature of the hour. live on fox news channel, and our continuing coverage of hurricane irma as it makes its way north. it's made a second landfall in marco island, florida, at 115 mile-an-hour maximum sustained winds, continues in the northward direction, is now slam into naples, florida, expected to move north and hit fort myers, florida, shortly. some crazy waves in northeast miami-dade that we've been watching along a marina from wsvn-7. they've had live reporters out there all day, and to think how many hours they've been through this is really difficult to measure. listen to him. >> reporter: west of the dock. and we're walking along that right now as carefully as possible, because i just want to get you another vantage point.
oh, man, i'm looking at the rest of the common areas of this complex here, and it's just a shame. patricia, why don't you pan off, get a shot of that boat that's completely upside down. yeah, right there. and then just pan, i guess back the ore way, if possible, so we can show the other side of the marina. lynn and jeff, just about -- i would say conservatively -- half the slips here, maybe more, probably more, were occupieded by boats. and it's knotts just poet -- it's not just boats that are thrown up and destroyed. you've got other just pieces of debris and chunks of the dock that have been thrown up in this area. and the big concern with surge is p depending on how high that surge gets, you worry, and the question was raised last night, could it be that one of these boats get pushed up onto the dock itself, and the answer is i wouldn't put it past this situation here, guys. shepard: so that's the scene
there on miami beach. let's get to matt finn who's up the coast in st. pete beach after you go through fort myers and naples, st. pete and tampa are on the way, and deterioration it looks like there, matt. >> reporter: yeah, shepard, gradually getting worse here. consistent, very strong wind and rain. all these homes along this area, along st. pete beach were under a mandatory evacuation, and there's really not a human in sight. behind me the pink hotel is now officially closed, affectionately known as the don around here, and a lot of our colleagues have been reporting how this storm is sucking all of the water out to the gulf. when we first got here today, the water was right about here, and now you can see how far out it is. and, in fact, since we've been here in the past hour, it's dipped out probably even 10 or a 15 feet more because you could see the wet sand still. as the water's getting sucked out, we see jellyfish and all types of shells and remnants and
trash and debris. that is definitely happening here along st. pete beach. this area was under a mandatory evacuation. if you're still here, it's too late. police tell us they're not going to respond. when the winds hit 40 miles an hour, it seems like we're probably at that point right now. everything we've been reporting on and have seen on your shows in the past couple hours is on its way here to st. pete beach. shepard: matt finn live for us. matt, we appreciate you. thank you. i've just gotten this in from "the miami herald", a massive airborne relief mission is enroute to the keys to help with what they are calling a humanitarian crisis. quoting now, a huge airborne relief mission is enroute to the keys to help the impacted area by devastation caused by hurricane irma as it blasted the lower keys. monroe county emergency management's director caused the construction cause by irma which was a category four at the time a humanitarian crisis for the keys. among the services coming to the
keys are disaster mortuary teams he said in a conference call. help is on the way, said the emergency management director, calling it a humanitarian crisis. joe drew is a charter boat captain riding out the storm on a boat based in st. johns -- i should say in john's pass, florida, which isn't far from tampa. how are you doing there? >> we're doing pretty good. shepard: joe, how'd you make the decision and why? >> i've been on the boat my entire life since i was a small child, third generation captain in the area, and chose to ride it out. i think the boat is very sturdy, stable, it's a big boat, it's a big catamaran, we've got two generators onboard, three anchors ready to drop in case we do leave the slip. but at this point we're just happening tight and hoping for the -- hanging tight and hoping for the best. shepard: what are reasons like
now there, joe? >> it's raining pretty good, probably blowing 35, maybe 40 knot, definitely starting to pick up pretty quick. shepard: have you ridden out a storm before? >> i have. i've been in a few storms but never experienced anything to this degree. this'll be a first for me. shepard: any second thoughts at all? >> i've spent, i've been on here the last few nights, definitely spent some time thinking, but i think when it's all said and done i think it was the right decision, and i wouldn't want to walk away from the boat, so we're going to ride it out. and the idea is to stay in the ship for as long as possible. we have a ton of lines onboard to keep the boat secure, and if this thing does spin around and start blowing out of the west, then our goal is to pull the boat out of the slip, back into the intercoastal and get anchored up in the lee of the
land and try to protect ourselves. shepard: joe drew is a charter boat captain who's riding out the storm on a boat in john's pass in florida. who's there with you, and what are they doing? >> it's myself, i'm the captain of the boat, i also have another captain onboard, captain jeff ballard, and then we have a third guy, rich shippingel, and -- stickel, and we're just work as a team just standing by at this point. shepard: any second thoughts. >> no second thoughts. once the storm's said and done and it's all over with, like i said, we have two generators onboard, we're going to bring the boat back to the dock if there's a dock left. either way, we'll be tying in at the slip or at the end of the dock. we have of two generators onboard, so we'll still have power after the storm and start preparing for recovery from the
storm. shepard: joe drew, we wish you all the best as they ride out the storm there on the boat on florida's west coast. thanks a lot. we're continuing to watch these pictures coming to us out of naples. and the storm is continuing its northward trek at 12 miles an hour, 115 mile-an-hour maximum sustained winds. and in just about five minutes, we're going to get a brand new update from the national hurricane center down in miami. and hopefully, we'll have a much better idea about where this storm is going. actually, they've sent out an advanced copy of this now, and i can now tell you here is the brand new information from hurricane irma as of five minutes early for a 5:00 release. it's now a category two storm. so enough of this eye is over the land to where it has reduced its wind speed, and it is not nearly as strong. maximum sustained winds now 110
miles an hour. central pressure is 939 millibars, so it keeps getting weaker. it's now moving, and we speculated about this earlier, it looked to us on the radar like the storm was moving faster than 12 miles an hour, it is. it's now moving due north, still due north, at 14 miles an hour and expected to pass through naples in the next few minutes and then on to marco island. i meant on to fort myers. the next order of business is to get a live report from the national hurricane center down in miami. and we'll be able to do that at the top of the hour with their chief forecaster down there with specifics about where this storm is going as it moves north. a quick commercial break, and we'll have that for you right after this. grams of protein, ad 26 vitamins and minerals... for the strength and energy, to get back to doing what you love. ensure, always be you.
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shepard: it's 5:00 in southwest florida, time for an update from the national hurricane center on the path of hurricane irma. the storm made a second landfall in marco island, florida, in the last hour. it's now northbound at 14 miles per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles an hour. so it's getting weaker, and it's speeding up just like they predicted. here's the director at the hurricane center. >> this is mark demaria with your 5 p.m. eastern daylight time update on irma from the national hurricane center. the latest update is that it made landfall near marco island at about 3:30 p.m. this afternoon with maximum winds of