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at msnbc world headquarters. we're watching the breaking news story. 3:00 a.m. in the east. you're watching our special coverage of hurricane irma here on msnbc. the storm now roaring past the bahamas and cuba as it takes aim at florida florida. at a category five hurricane. the state is bracing for the worst as the storm looms closer. >> right now as we look at the latest radar pictures you have on screen. you can see how irma remains to be giant. and now a deadly category five storm again. the first band of the storm the size of texas. or twice the size of florida. whichever you want to call it it's big. bringing wind gusts of 50 miles per hour. anyone remaining in the keys told to evacuate immediately. the storm veered west ward earlier tonight. and charting a path that could take it through naples, fort myers and potentially tampa on
sunday. but every count in florida is expected to be hit hard. the question is how hard. the storm is pummelling cuba. land fall could weaken irma. packing 160 miles per hour winds. storm surges in florida could reach 12 feet. earlier we were saying ten. causing big concern here. 23 lives have been claimed by hurricane irma as it destroyed parts of caribbean. the scenes from st. martin where the storm left much of the island in ruins and flattened. florida gv nor is issuing warnings that the storm is unlike anything the state has seen. and urging locals to heed evacuation orders in the area. last night he took action to bring more fuel by waiving the motor fuel impor tax. as motorists face a major gas shortage. live in hollywood, florida for us with the latest and you are at a gas station earlier, and you know so well they ran out.
or closed down. and unsure of when they might have more gas. you're in the streets where the winds and rain picked up. >> it's ju right down the street here on ocean drive. in hollywood. about a block away from the beach. this is normally on a friday night and saturday morning such a bustling area. all the nice hotels here. now it's a ghost town. this area is under a mandatory evacuation. right next to me is the crown plaza. which has been closed for a couple days. maybe hard to read the sign. closed since yesterday. you see the sandbags in the front. this area has cleared out. we saw a few of the skragleers at the gas station. right down the road. one of the few places that have stayed open. they ran out of gas couple hours ago. they are open for the essential s supplies you might need.
hot dogs and sandwiches. anything people can use to get through the next couple days. and even that 711 down the road they will only be open for a another couple hours. noon that's it they'll close down. and send employees to safety. it's just such an odd scene. completely gone. the lights go from green to yellow to red. and no one is there. at the end of the road and on some roads we see police officers on patrol. we see police have blocked off certain roads to neighborhoods. that is just they're trying to prevent new looters. only letting people in who live there. and can prove ta live there. so trying to prevent anybody coming in and taking advantage of the situation. here in hollywood they are under a mandatory evacuation. and we know they have eleven shelters here. already reached capacity as yf yesterday. opened up several more. as this point, not too many people are trying to get out
that we see. they have made the decision to stay here and hunker down and place either in their homes, at a friends or at the shelters that are being provided. >> as you have been there, what sort of preparations have you seen? some of the sang bags there at the hotel. have you seen windows boarded up with sheet metal or plywood. what are the things that you have seen? is there a lot of it? >> not a lolt of sandbags. we did going up and down the street. there are a couple hotels -- this is a row of nothing but hotels. high-rises. yes, we saw some of them that had plywood up to the top. these that you're looking at i do not think you can see the plywood up there. but certain hotels they did make the decision to put that ply board in place.
you're right, not too many sandbags on the ground. for the most part people are, they're gone. and they're smart for it. >> gone is good. in a situation like this. it's strange to stand out in the street. your pictures that you and the photo journalist are giving us a look. it's good it's quiet there. joining us now. meteorologist. and it seems like it's quieted down. that happens. the fingers of the storm kind of work their way through the city. >> it hasn't even really gotten that koes. it's 275 miles south-southeast of miami. but i want to show you the storm is really unfortunately impacting cuba in a negative way. the eye came on shore and skirting the northern island. you're getting a bulk of dangerous winds across cuba. it's long lasting. that's one of the problems with the storm. it's so large it takes a while
to pass through. let's look at the latest statistics. i mention the location. max winds 160 miles per hour. it's a category five. it's interalkting with cuba, because it's so large it's not weakening. the movement it to the west at 12. they extend up the coast to jacksonville now. a hurricane watch. along the coast there. and of course a hurricane warning. and for the bahamas as well. dealing with strong winds. let's take a look at the track. that shifted. things have changed a lot in the past 24 hours. the track shifted further to the west. keep in mind the line this red line is not an exact path of where for certain hurricane irma will work. where it will go. it could go to the left or right. that's why we call it the cone of uncertainty. the models are daeting a west ward track for the storm along florida. it's a really large storm.
t going to impact everyone in some way in florida. look at when we super-impose the state of florida over the size of the hurricane. it covers the entire state. hurricane force winds will likely extend coast to coast. when we look at the computer models, that's exactly what they say. even if the storm makes land fall on the west coast you'll feel strong winds on the east coast. this is a look at the model. notice sunday you'll be feeling the strong winds up the peninsula of florida. through much of the day. it will be an ongoing battering of winds. when it works its way towards florida. that turn is expected within the nebs 24 hours. so looking at the wind gusts happening now, you mention it was breezy where phillip was. not surprising lt winds have picked up in miami and areas and key west. we have seen really strong wind gusts there. low sustained winds are lighter. another huge threat we're dealing with.
storm surge. storm surge is like a wall of ocean water on land. if you're in a low lying area rkts this could happen quickly. it's very scary. the water builds in along the shore and rushing to the inland areas. we're expecting storm surge to be so substantial. that's why we have the evacuations in so many locations. tically the low lying areas like florida keys. dangerous storm surge with hurricane irma. here's a look at the warnings. they go to tampa bay now. to melbourne along the beaches and mar coi lan. and the keys. how much, how high will the water get. depends where you are and depends on the track of irma. we have upped the ante. it's up to 12 feet on the high side for storm surge. that's not including whether or not we have it at the time of high tide. that's the basic storm surge. three storms right now. across the tropics. an active time of year. not surprising when you look at
the date. we're around the peak of hurricane season. it is unusual to see three hurricanes. we have impacting mexico. we have hurricane irma. category five major storm. and hurricane jose. likely to work its way away from the u.s. mainland. but the storm is bearing down on the islands. it's so tragic really to have one storm after the other. a major hurricane is 95% inhabitable and we have another storm headed that way. >> no matter how many people are affected. 10, 20,000 people. it's people affected by potentially jose. we hope it continues with the loop to the right. hurricanes have their own mind it appears. a lot of us every day folks might say. quickly, we're about to talk to
the mayor of cape coral. near fort myers. with the new estimation coming out an hour ago. what does it mean? >> it's a more concerning track for cape coral. because of the location of the latest models that we're seeing. we're expecting the track to be more to the west coast of florida. that would affect the community more. currently the storm is away from florida. you mention the bands. some of the energy getting so close to the florida keys already. so yes, we'll see more storm surge in southwest florida than originally expected. things can change and shift. it's always better to be prepared for the worst. >> we'll talk to you later. let's get to the mayor of cape coral. thank you for being with us. you heard the forecast coming from bonny. she has concern as you do, so what have you learned in the last hour that you can tell us about? >> we're really just trying to make sure we're evacuating.
we have about 35,000 people right now. that are under mandatory evacuation. that was taken effect about 2:00 today. so bussing them in, bussing them out i should say. trying to open up shelters. pretty much i know cape coral is the best kept secret. we're the tenth largest city in the state of florida. we are the second in land mass. 122 square miles. and two-thirds of that is in a storm surge area. so doing everything we can to make sure our residents are evacuating or getting to shelter making sure we're preparing and embracing. i hate to say it for the worst. >> how do you react to news that you got maybe an hour and ten minutes ago that okay, now you have to because a mandatory evacuation, you have to get 20% of your population out? >> you just, you know what, we have an amazing community and i think just seeing everybody
going around and making sure everybody has their shutters up and being able to secure the home and leave. we have the buses going. we have governor scott has been wonderful with making sure that the communication is there. the support is there. the fuel is there. and that he's getting water to us. and the shelters the county has been amazing with making sure we only have one shelter in cape coral. unfortunately that's full. and they have been bussing them and have been them go over to fort myers and beyond. and we expect more shelters to open tomorrow. we have 35,000 people. we will make a decision tomorrow morning. if we're going to go ahead and evacuate zone b. if we do that, it could be catastrophic for our city. >> what is zone be? is that ten, 20, 30, 40,000 more people? >> absolutely. i'm praying my city has taken heed. and those that could fwet out,
left. they should have been on the road. i sent my kids to atlanta two days ago. so we could go ahead and handle it here. i'm praying they get out. >> the freeway. we were showing pictures the governor has allowed some freeways to stay open to get gas to stations. talk about the freeways if they're open and good to help people get out. number two, availability of gas and other staples that people need. >> gas has been a problem. i have been on the phone for the last two days with the governor. and brian coop part of the emergency management team. they have been doing all they can. gas has been pretty sparse. throughout. you have to drive to get it. you know what, as of midnight tonight, we are not recommending that any of the residents get on the 75. if anything they need to go to a shelter. no more, don't get on the road
and try to out run it at this point. >> don't try to out run it. the issue that you know so well, not a lot of gas stations open. i was looking at gas buddy.com. 3% of the states gas stations have gas right now. 3%. i hope that number is not right. that is indicative of what you have to go through. can we touch base again later? >> absolutely. >> thank you so much. i appreciate your time. cape coral, florida. now part of the western part that will see more of irma. sam champion on miami beach. here's part of the report he filed a short time ago. about how serious the storm is there. >> let's reset. this is a monster category five. the top of the food chain. this has been a record setting hurricane. it's entire life. it is within a day of the u.s. coastline. and those of us who have been in
the hurricane business for our entire lives never take one point in the cone of uncertainty too seriously. this storm will spend the next day dragging its eye wall akros the coast of cuba. it was not forecasted to do that. so we're not sure what shape it will come out. we know the waters between cuba and the florida straits between cuba and the keys are warm. they are feeding grounds for a powerful hurricane to regain strength no matter what happens there. we know the storm will make a right hand turn. we know the storm is 300 and something miles wide. every city in the state of florida needs to be on guard for this storm. and yes it's true, the most powerful force of this storm is in the eye wall. the worst winds, the worst storm surge. if the eye wall is on the east coast of florida towards miami it makes a difference. if it's on the west coast and that means fort myers or naples and it's on up the west coast. it makes a difference.
i want everyone as we have been saying for days, everyone in the entire state of florida prepared for all aspects of this storm. this storm will hit the state. we just don't know exactly which tip of the state will get the worst. we'll all be facing big time rain, big time winds and damage. power outages. you name it. >> weather contributor there. with what he's watching. helping those in need. that's a big demand right now. we'll talk to a representative from the red cross about how folks can help people in florida. this as hurricane irma bears down.
the category five tomorrow still. after the latest report coming out of the national hurricane center an hour ago. red dentds in the strike zone on the west coast will face more of irma. this based on the latest information. in the last hour. folks repairing for the worst. a reporter with our affiliate saying city buses still running at the moment to shuttle people to shelters. >> what i will say that i saw that i found interesting was a miami-dade county transit bus when we were driving down kolens. and i just looked up on twitter and i found that miami-dade county tweeted metro bus will be providing is was to evacuation shelters sp will continue to do so until three hours prior to sustained winds reaching 39 miles per hour. so metro bus providing service to evacuation shelters until
three hours prior to the sustained winds. i assume i saw a bus. it seemed to be in service at this moment. so if you still have not sought shelter, if you need to get out of miami beach. now is a great time to do so. >> joining us now on the phone. from the miami-dade police department. officer thank you for being with us. captain, rather. >> thank you. >> what do you know about hearing a report from wtvj about buses still operating and helping folks to get out of the city. what do you know about that? >> it's our priority. we make sure the citizens of miami-dade can kbet to a shelter in a secure manner. we will be providing escorts, also to provide security within the shelters. i do tell you that currently we have 43 shelters open. and we have some unprecedented numbers. right now we have 26,000 residents occupying shelters. these are numbers we have never
seen before. in prior years. unfortunately. so we're encountering some challenges. i think we're doing a great job. >> in cases like this. it's where your job becomes so important. so crucial. do you have enough shelters then? are you going to be able to put people in safe places? do you have smas? >> we do. i was talking to somebody from the office of emergency management. we have cable space up to 80,000. i hope we don't get to that point. that's an overwhelming number. we do have space up to 80,000. so we have ask the residents in the low lying areas please heed the warnings. don't take the risk. and go find a shelter. there's ample time now to do that. >> captain, how about the police department this is when you work the 72 hour shifts. that you know so well.
we understand we're hearing some reporting that all of miami-dade police now need to be working. about a thousand is that right? and according to to miami pd in 12 hour shifts are required. >> that's correct. we mobilize as of yesterday. and base chi we're working 12 hour shifts and all hands on deck. we're in order to assist the residents. as well as have the manpower available after the storm. so yes, we have all the resources sp manpower on the road. to handle this storm. this catastrophic storm. >> now, we are hearing it called bet a mode. >> it's actually alpha and bra bravo shift. the 12 hour shift. bra row is the actual afternoon
shift. the midnight shift. which i'm on now. >> i appreciate you speaking with us. during the shift. >> no worries. >> we saw this in harvey. and those who are gouging. and then those who are looting. i hate to fwo go to the negative. this is something you have to watch after. >> that's correct. we have been the message has been if you can report gouging, price gouging and would be followed up with a state attorney office. i tell you the majority of the -- i'm sure you'll have bad seeds. the major of the businesses have been doing thipgs in a reputable manner. the majority of the citizens of miami-dade county have taken the warning and are doing proper preparation in regard to this. many i known have fled the state itself. to avoid from being dealt with the storm. >> all right. can't thank you enough.
captain. public servant working those long hours. and the alpha and bravo shifts in the next two or three or five days. thank you, captain. joining me now by phone. also a direct tr of communications for the american red cross. currently working on the disaster response operation in orlando, florida. thanks for being with us. and tell us about your volunteers, how they're doing. do you have enough? >> good morning, thank you for having us. i'm here in the orlando staging area where what i have been watching is our volunteers coming in and staging and being sent by bus. we're getting them to the shelters to the evacuation centers. and really our priority has been working with our government community partners. to make sure the evacuation centers are open and we're providing people a safe place. and one of the things i want to talk about this morning is how people can find those shelters. >> how can they find those
shelters? >> we have several different options. you can call 1800 red cross or down load the emergency app. i recommend that it's a free app. go to the app store type in emergency red cross. and one of the nice things about that app is we're really looking at this time frame where people are in shelters now and finding shelter. this will give a list of shelters close by. in your area where you can go. then the other step to that is that once you are there, and once you are safe, it has an option to get connected to your family by sending a message. saying you are safe. and you are being cared for. >> great that you have an app. makes it so much easier. now that we are watching irma, shift further west. and that means shelters will have to be in places different places than 90 minutes ago. the mayor said now i have to evacuate 30,000 people that i didn't have to evacuate 90 minutes ago. have you adjusted now based on
what you need for shelters that are further west? >> so the great thing about working with community partners and government, we're looking at how their needs are shifting and we're shifting as well. we'll be working very closely with them in the next few hours. there's a hub and buzz of people in the operation center that are on call and ready and making the changes happen. so we're really hoping that people are heeding that warning. it sounds like from what i'm hearing and seeing that people really are listening. and they are prepared to get shelter. one of the nice things atishlly about that app, it tells you what to bring to a shelter with you. making sure you are prepared. >> can they bring pets? >> yes. there are different things going on. no one will be turned away with their pet. we'll take everyone in. we'll make sure they're safe and we'll make sure after this is over that the things are managed as we need to.
>> got to love what you do. thank you so much. >> red cross working so hard. in the harvey now with irma. we'll touch base with you later. thank you. >> a hurricane researcher at colorado state university joins us. we're looking at -- i was discussing it here. about how things have shifted. irma going further west. the latest information how are you thinking about this. >> yes, we're looking at how the models have been shifting to the west. the big change has been the strength of the subtropical high which is keeping the storm close to cuba keys. and having it slide along there. it's been interesting to look at from the science perspective is how it's interacting with cuba and what it means for the north ward turn sfwl. >> what did you gleam from that.
and how it's interacting with cuba. >> staying near the keys it's in an area where there's low -- normal land fall for going into the u.s. mainland. and drawing energy off the warm ocean waters. some of the water in the area is close to 85 fahrenheit. which is really warm. and plenty for a storm to reintensify. which is what we saw with harvey. this has kept the storm from experiencing wind sheer. how the wind changes with height in the atmosphere. and that usually takes the storms apart. we saw this with the end of harvey. we see this with other storms. staying to the south we won't see that right away. also comes in the internal mechanisms and the storm work. we weakened a bit from that record period of 185 winds.
for 36 hours. something we have never seen on the globe before. at least being able to measure that. and these internal processes cause it to temperature rayly weaken. and the storm recovered from that process. it will be interesting to see as it begins to enter the stroets of florida how the storm continues to respond to its environment as it makes the turn. >> as it makes the turn, there's a cone of uncertainty. and it could tackle further west, or east. in either case of those extremes, which is better if at all for the state of florida. >> i think the better is people in florida need to be prepared. if you look at the area the winds occupy and the winds are greater than that. it's about the size of the state of wyoming. you have that moving toward the florida peninsula. the hurricane force winds the area that occupies is almost about the size of massachusetts or maryland. you have that moving toward the
state as well. of course the region has the strongest wind the major hurricane winds occupies an area about 80 miles wide and of course florida peninsula is only 160 miles wide. that area that's going to effect florida is small. but the other impacts can be rather large. of course winds, we have the rain. forecasted at the moment 10 to 15 inches of rain. and of course whenever you have land fall you have the possibility of tornados and flash floods. two concerns that we often don't talk about as we look at the forecast. because it's something we can't really forecast that far out. they are always concerns and worry about where those maybe imbedded in the storm. >> before we fwo, quickly. your hurricane researcher, is this going to be a bad year? >> it looks like another active year. we haven't seen active years for
a while. of course the big year we got from the normal alphabet. hurricane center used. the greek alphabet was 205. 12 years ago. so it's been a while since we have seen a season like this one. i'd like to see how the rest of the season shapes up. there looks like another. the origin of the storms is off of africa. the hurricane center is beginning to monitor that. we'll see what ta looks like in the coming weeks. >> hopefully we do not even make it to y or z. in the next months. thank you, sir. great to speak with you. hurricane researcher, colorado state university. and if you're just joining us we're at the bottom of the hour to get you updated. watching special coverage right here. of hurricane irma. and here's the latest we know. hurricane irma barrelling down on cuba after regaining strength. climbing now back up to category
five. late last night. the storms path moving a little bit more west now. potentially sparing miami from the worst case. still hurt. also raising the threat level for those along florida's west coast. which wasn't seeing this just a day ago. the national weather service latest update says the storms winds are about a ferocious 160 miles per hour. and warns of potential storm surges of now 12 feet. in some areas. it was ten feet before that. also here's a glimpse of what the storm looked like when it hit. leaving a trail of devastation through the caribbean islands. 23 have been confirmed dead so far. trees as you have heard and so many times sideways. back with us, meteorologist. looking at storm. we got the update 90 minutes ago. and trees sitting sideways. that will hit florida. >> it's unfortunate the storm is
a category five. it's so large in size and strong. right now it's pummelling cuba. we're seeing the eye very close to the northern tier of the country. still the eye wall winds and the fierce winds really hamering cuba. it's been doing that for hours. where exactly is irma at this hour? 275 miles south-southeast of miami. and the storm is moving at a decent clip. west at 12. eventually expecting it to move faster when it makes the turn to the northwest. which is will tomorrow. let's look at some of the advisories. we have hurricane warnings that are far up the coast. and even hurricane watch extended north ward to jacksonville. we're expecting most of florida impacted from this storm. taking a look at the track. this is where it gets interesting. if you have been following the computer guidance most of the models 24 hours ago were pointing to an east coast. now they are concentrated nd saying it looks like impacting at least the center perhaps along the west coast of florida.
as a strong storm. if not a cat five than cat four. up the coast of florida. the cone of uncertainty extends into the panhandle monday. the path could go anywhere in the cone. it looks more towards the west coast. models could change. look at the size of florida compared to hurricane irma. this puts it into perspective. we super-imposed florida itself into irma. even though the eye is offshore in the gulf, it will be felt across much of the state in terms of wind and rain. the winds field is large. so you will feel it whether you're on the east or west coast. remember hurricane force winds are greater than 74 miles per hour. i expect them stronger than that. sustained winds. gusts will be higher. and it will be fairly long lasting. that's the problem. because of the size. it's not moving slowly.
it's just so large. how about current winds. we have had a correspondent in south florida saying the winds have picked up. not surprising in miami beach some of the gusts are well over 40 miles per hour. and key west i have seen them get hire than that. this is really just the beginning of the winds building. and with the wind comes the water. the storm surge. strong winds pushing that water in ward. ef storm surge warnings well in place. i think it will be the worst in southwest florida along the coastal areas. low lying areas because of the current track of irma. so i think all of florida will be facing storm surge. some worse than others. >> you heard chris. saying taking a step back and also jose. we could see a year we'll run out of letters in the alphabet. >> it's possible. when he was saying that i can't believe it was 12 years ago. i remember there standing there 205 doing the same thing. same hour of the day talking about all the storms into the greek alphabet.
i hope that's not the case. we are at the peek of hurricane season. we have a ways to go. november it's over. we see storms in october. remember sandy. that came around late october. so you certainly can't let your guard down and say after this storm it's all over. it's not. we have a way to go with hurricane season. notice in here it could be up to 12 feet. that's really high. of course at the time of high tide it's higher than that. that wall of ocean water coming on shore. and you mention the fact it's so active vmt there it is three hurricanes out there impacting different parts of the world right now. >> and again that benchmark we hate to talk about. the year of katrina. 2005. over 30 storms that year. >> busy one. >> the concern about all of this. whether florida's buildings, the structures. can they with stand the 160 miles per hour wind gusts that
people. elsewhere in the caribbean. these are pictures of cuba here. from today. and you can get a sense of how they're getting battered. a week ago it was beautiful there. a week later, it looks like this. thousands of folks left now homeless. if there is even a home to go back to. the hurricane now expected to hit florida early sunday morning. the latest information in from noah about an hour and a half ago. already making itself felt. 50 miles per hour winds in some places. knocking out power. to about 9,000 people. on the ground in hollywood, florida. where many have already evacuated. and phillip, earlier we saw some wind. we saw rain. and as typical in the storms, now it seems calm. >> yeah, i had to throw my jacket on when we did that. about an hour ago. we were just pelted with rain and with wind. and i had to take it off because it's almost 90 degrees here.
it is so hot. when it's not windy and rainy. you're right it's flux waiting. some moments it's calm and breezy and then it will be downright torrential for a few minutes. so that's what we're experiencing on the ground here. right now i'm standing essentially in the middle of ocean drive. this is usually bustling at this hour. when there aren't conditions and mandatory evacuation under way. it's completely silent. really eerie. all the hotels the majority of them have evacuated and closed down. so we're not seeing a lot of activity here. this brow ard county. it is under the evacuation. i just checked and there are a 19 out of the 20 shelters here are at full capacity. so many people here are doing the smart thing and heeding the advice of officials and have evacuated or shelter in place.
we're on the border of hoo miami-dade county. you see the police set up a roadblock. because of the evacuations, they are not letting anybody in who is not a resident. trying to prevent looting or trying to take a advantage of the situation here. he said they haven't had to do much. not seeing a lot of activity. there's about 80% of the people who live in the neighborhood beyond these police vehicles. have evacuated. so again the good news here is that people are taking this storm very seriously. and they are either have left town, or they are in place exactly where they're at in their homes. >> in some cases the hotels stay open. for couple reasons. one, they're the newest safest buildings to be in. number two, it's a shelter. for folks to get into. you're around areas with hotels, not small ones. are they open? closed? what's happening? >> the majority that we have
seen are closed. we were at a crown plaza. we saw even a trump hollywood that was around here. that looked closed. there are thoels here and high-rise hotels here. major it are boarded up and. it's so danls. we're only a block away from the beach. because the uncertainty of the storm, they took as a precaution and had that mandatory evacuation and made sure everybody got out of here. for safety sake. >> it could be because of the proximity to the shore and the storm. and the standard building standards have been reporting, they built to category three. we're talking about cat five now. that's probably potentially why they decided to close. >> unchartered waters here. >> appreciate it. the looming dangers that lie ahead in south florida. even with so many people getting out of the danger zone, it's still could be tough.
all right. so the latest from the national hurricane center, shows now hurricane irma now tacking further west. these are the latest pictures based on that data. coming from the national hurricane center. irma is expected to move near the north coast of cuba. as we speak. then will take a turn towards the northwest later today. the eye of the hurricane hitting florida. over the next day. and at the moment irma still packing winds up to 160 miles per hour. as a category five hurricane. that changed in the last 12 hours. serious fears had morning about miami's buildings and the can with stand the blow. the wind gusts from hurricane irma. from storm surges and low lying
areas to destructiconstruction . that's part of it. we have the looming dangers. >> throughout south florida, chaos. more residents race against time to escape irma's wrath. >> very concerned. >> reporter: on gridlock highways searching for gas that's becoming harder to find. at the bus station passengers with tickets, but no bus. >> they can't. >> reporter: estimated half million people heading to more than 40 shelters. >> when you see the destruction in the caribbean, do you wish maybe you left. >> reporter: there's no room -- andrew in 1992. >> we are running out of time. the storm is almost here. if you are in an evacuate zone, you need to go now. this is a catastrophic storm
that our state has never seen. >> reporter: coming with irma a deadly storm surge up to 12 feet. southwest florida could see the most flooding. two feet and the car is floating. 3 to 6 feet, life threatening. in part because of everything floating in the current. at nine feet the water is above the first floor. despite the danger some residents staying put. like richard. who made sure to secure the boats at his club. >> i have a gut feeling i haven't had before. this is really scary. >> reporter: some of the most vulnerable the residents in trailer parks who cannot afford to leave. >> this is going to be wiped out. >> reporter: authorities detaining the homeless. to protect them against the storm. throughout the day last minute shopping for crucial supplies. police helping to manage out of control lines at this home depot. one man about to buy the last generator. giving it up to a woman for her sick father's medical needs. >> an angel from god.
>> reporter: another urgent threat. 40,000 residents advised over night of evacuate. fears the could breech causing katrina style flooding. picking up debris that could turn into project tile missiles in hurricane force winds. and at zoo miami. animals moved inside. all 3,000 animals will shelter in place. with the storm less than 16 hours away, normal bustling communities including south beach, virtual ghost towns. >> the damage that's been done, a look at the destruction irma has already caused.
expected number of inches of water to be dumped by hurricane irma. that's now up to 10 to 15 inches. in the southern bahamas and cuba. in the florida keys, more than that. eight to 15 inches in with up to 20 inches in some areas. so those are big numbers in term of what we're watching. those will change as we get another update from the national hurricane center. in about an hour. irma already striking the caribbean. with some deadly force. in the st. martin, french and dutch territory. ten people killed. widespread flooding. uprooting trees and damaged property remains on both sides of the island. france and the netherlands sending help to the area. in the u.s. and british virgin island, eight people have died. helicopter footage here. shows just how powerful irma is. that is footage for you. what wind have done to the ports and boats. now on land.
an unfortunate telltale sign. puerto rico had three storm related deaths. irma leaving the streets littered with downed trees. key thing the power lines. more than 70% of homes and businesses don't have electricity. some estimates up to half a year because of what you see there. the transformers and the poles snapped. and now on the streets. in a in. take a look at the intensity of the wind at the height of the storm. and officials say 90% of the homes were damaged. airports and sea ports remain closed. 17,000 people remain on the island. barbuda. a tiny island with a population of 1,500. wub person killed there. officials estimate 90% of the buildings on the island gone,
just gone. ahead of hurricane jose. another headed towards the tiny island. perhaps within days. we tell you all of that because of the people that were affected by irma so far. what it might mean for florida. coming up in the next hour. we check in on the cities preparing for irma. and what lies ahead.