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tv   MSNBC Live With Alex Witt  MSNBC  September 10, 2017 6:00am-7:00am PDT

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>> these winds are tropical storm force. 40 to 50 miles per hour, gusting to 70 miles per hour. >> starting to feel the wrath of this hurricane here in miami beach as it is moving forward the keys. right here in florida. >> if you're getting close to that storm surge, i'm really concerned for you. >> it looks like the water came up couple feet since last night, it's still not over the dock. you have the seawall, and then a dock where boats can pull out. >> look all right here? is it okay here? >> we're going to lose a lot of power. we do have a lot of resources already in orlando. good morning, thank you for being here for our special coverage of hurricane irma. we're tracking the storm that florida's governor is calling the most catastrophic to hit the state. it is about to hit landfall or
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it has made landfall. a dangerous category 4 hurricane. the storm is 300 to 400 miles wide. this is florida city right now. over 400,000 people in florida are without power. this will dramatically rise as the storm climbs in the northwest track. every tree that falls over, every power line down will be lost, it will not be fixed until the winds come down below 40 miles per hour. irma killed 23 people in total. it continues a life threatening path. rescue efforts are suspended. this is what the storm is looking for. earlier this morning the city said extreme sustained winds stalled the rescue teams. we're hearing that all over florida including on the gulf coast. calamitous winds and rainfall is
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what people need to lookout for, flying debris and tornadoes are also putting officials on high alert in is a map of storm surge, right? the pink there are areas you will see large amounts of water being blown on shore by the hurricane. look north of miami, up past ft. lauderdale and that area, no noticeable storm surge. or no storm surge danger over there. we have our teams across florida to cover this. i want to the go to our meteorologist first who has new numbers on this hurricane. >> we're waiting for the 9:00 advisory to come in to see where the center is. it is making landfall as we speak, the center of the storm moved over land. it is happening right now. the worth part of the storm right now for southeastern areas
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of florida, the wind and the water are piling up. you have seen it in the live shots, we're seeing that wind and it's only going to get windier as this core begins to work to the north. conditions in southwest florida will get worse as this corp moves up to the north because the winds will wrap in behind and you will see the gulf water compilie and you will see the gulf water compil come piling in here. it will be moving to an environment that is not as friendly. i don't think we will see it get stronger, but it is a monster in size. >> why? >> because we need light winds in the atmosphere to keep it alive, it will shred out slowly but surely. >> that's the update, sam champion standing by for us in
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miami, what have you got? >> the one thing that we have been noticing is with these gusts, and again they come and go, we're in the open area of miami, the airport is that way, downtown is that way, and you're going to see me looking this way all all a lot. i have a block of a buildings and some trees and one is like this so i'm keeping an eye on it. the bands that we have been seeing are coming from that area that marianna is. she is out in that area and we're getting them straight across and then they wrap around and go out the other side and curve into that storm. we have been noticing with every 15 or 20 minutes as you predicted, the heavier winds are pushing north. the bands have been heavier. have not gotten into what we saw yesterday, and that was like a
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sheeting rain ban. just like a solid sheet of rain that was going sideways. we have not seen that today, yet this morning. we will by the time we get there this afternoon. the rain bans that we have been watching that are down south of us, when you see those ban that's are yellow and orange, that's the rain that you're really hunkering down for. one of the things we were just talking about here was somewhere asked me, some of the worst damage i had ever seen in a storm, and the funny think was some of it was from a cat 1 hurricane on the coast of texas, but it stayed over that one area for 18 hours. so many times we get caught up in the worst damage with a cat 5 or 4, but the duration of the storm. just think about it, if you put something in a blender and you
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pop it on blend, it will chop it, but then if you hold it it gets whipped and whipped by that and that's what happened to whatever is under the storm the longer it stays. i bring it up because the storm has slowed down significantly. it has been moving faster every moment than it is right now. as it slows down, that means it stays over these years longer. there is a lot of concern about the damage because of the longer it is staying in place. >> i know this is something you have remarkable expertise in, you have had more than 30 years in this business. i have to say it, sam. you're fantastic for it. let's talk about the winds, the interesting thing about the
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winds here is they're not going to be consistent everywhere you think there are. there are places inland that get remarkable wind and at the levels of wind that you got there, not hurricane force yet, there is remarkable damage that can get done. i just talked to the city commissioner for miami beach that said debris is their biggest concern. >> yeah, and you make an excellent point. so often people start to think about the damage of a hurricane much like the damage of a tornado. then try to follow that storm and say it is bad here, here, here, and here. once we have contact with land what happens in a hurricane is it really is bans. and the best way to see it is look at the radar and see what is going on in the radar with the wind and the rain. each one of them are little cells feeding moisture and wind feeding into the eye of that storm. each one of those is varying difference of wind speed. so when you look at it, you're
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looking on the radar for where is a cluster of bad rain. so outside of storm surge, if you're looking at wind and rain, you're looking for clusters that are spread out throughout the storm. what you see in the center is that 130 miles per hour wind with that storm, but outside of it, it will not be a steady field. you're not looking at a steady 70 to 80 miles per hour wind. it will be 30 or 60, and then a gust with a little area that is 78. you a big field of damage. i went from hunkering down to standing up with no wind, and now we have another whip behind it. that's what will happen now all day long. as we get closer to the eye of the storm, as the eye moves north, and when it gets closer to ft. meyers and tampa, the
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stronger winds and the gusts will get stronger. >> they will be even stronger. >> in the time we have been talking to your gusts were in the 58 miles per hour range. >> we'll come back. i want to show you more about what sam was saying. sam is there, 71 miles per hour gusts. when you see him doing that, it's because the winds are getting to the higher speeds. this is what steve was telling us is that winds are weakening, but look at where the landfall has been, 106 in big pine key. here is the issue, this is about 25 miles between big pine key and key west. and the winds are half as strong. this is what you get in a hurricane like this. variables, fluctuations in wind,
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and when you go up here it will affect people, right now we're in naples at 55 miles per hour, these are gusts, not sustained winds. that affects the storm surge and the debris, and the trees that will go down. let's bring in kristin dahlgren who is live in ft. myers, florida, where you should be in the 50 to 55 miles per hour range gusts right now. what is it feeling like. >> we're definitely getting the gusts through that can sort of move you off of your feet a little bit and you to brace, hunker down, and hold on to your hat. this is the worst that we have seen in ft. myers as we have gone through the last 20 minutes or so. just a tiny lull, but we keep getting gusts through. this is ft. myers beach, an area
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where many residents did evacuate. it is a mandatory evacuation area, but a lot of people we have seen that decided to ride out the storm here. it will get a little ugly as i come under this shelter here, but i want to show you what we're most afraid here. this is the gulf of mexico. the tide going out, it will start to come back in, and if that timing matches up with the storm passing here and getting those onshore winds, this could be disastrous here for the storm surge. hurricane donna came through just to the south of here on this day in 1960. 75% of the homes here on ft. myers beach were damaged by that storm. many were rebuilt, but in the '60s they didn't have the same strong building codes. they have been retro fitted and
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new hotels have been added, but there are still many buildings that are low and will not survive if we get a 10 to 15 foot storm surge. still a lot of concern. the bridge off of this island, the two bridges, they're telling people don't go on it once winds are above 40 to 45 miles per hour sustained, we will not rescue you. this island will be cut off from any type of rescue operations. one guy is staying out here and he says i have five kayaks, and he said my plan is to get out and rescue people after the storm passes. because even the rescue officers may not be able to get here with the type of flooding they're expecting. s so a dire situation but at this point it's too late for people to leave and get some place
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safer. >> make sure you always have cover because the gusts come along and they will build where you are. we have measurements in naples of 55 miles per hour. let's go back to sam champion. kristin just made an interesting point, the speed slowed, it is going 8 miles per hour now, it was faster moving, it is slowed and now it is over the keys. the keys is not really enough land to be particularly disru disruptive to this hurricane. >> no, not really, not at all. and you're not going to notice that it, at the same time, it is multitasking. as it is going across the keys, it is trying to eye wall replace. for reasons that we don't completely understand about hurricanes. as they go, as they strengthen, all of the storms will kind of
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tighten up into the center. they will make a really tight circle as it strengthens. and that sensor here. sorryly stand like that. let me see see if it holds up, the center tries to tighten in, when it has it's strength, an outer area starts to reform and that is what we call the eye wall replacement cycle that gives it a bigger space to strengthen more and titan and tighten. one of the things we were noticing as it was moving across the keys is that as it was moving or tipping into the keys, we were getting an eye wall replacement. there was another little ban trying to form to make it wider to give it a chance to a chance to move.
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it is kind of interacting with land, but you really start to see it when the eye starts to interact with a land mass. so one of the things you have been doing and we have been doing too, we are looking at the wobble of the eye if is wobbling and shifting more toward that western tip of florida. and for all of the way up of the line of florida, and please, people, please don't think, i took some criticism the other day, i said this is good for one community and not another, it changes the future of everyone down the line. nothing is good at this point, but we're talking about what helps people down the line. if the eye wobbles into the tip, that is the everglades and they were built to absorb the impact. they can absorb the surge when it comes into those areas. it won't go past those areas
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because the grasses and trees will take it. it will do the same for the winds and it will start to disrupt that eye. if there is one place on the tip of florida ta hat we want that happen that is everglades national park. people are saying houw much we need wetlands all over the coast. that's why they were so important in louisiana, and where ever they naturally form. they are an incredible barrier to absorb storms like this that come on shore. if the wobble abhappens, we als won't drive the storm up the west coast of florida in it's current strength. i'm not saying it will happen, we're all just looking at it saying look at that wobble. >> we'll keep a close eye on it, sam, please stay safe. i would like you to do this for another 34 years. let's look over here at the
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florida keys. this is where the eye, you see the eye is over the florida keys right now. i want to go to key largo. last night i was talking to gadi schwartz, let's see what he is up to right now. what's your situation? >> that is right, ali. we were in florida city. we came down to see what the us 1 looked like. south dictixie highway. that's the only way in and out of the keys. we found ourselves on the southbound lane, the southbound lanes were still open, but the northbound lanes have become impassable at this point. debris washed up on the road way, so instead of turning around and exposing ourselves. we looked at the map in is where we're at right now. you can see the winds are unrelenting. we could have hours of these types of winds, so we kept the
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suv facing the hurricane force winds. we found this brick building giving us a little break from the wind, but if you look over here you can see what it is doing. we have trees coming down, trees snapping, and this station where we're at, this thing, you see the roof rocking. if it fols it will go left. but basically what we saw on the u.s. one is something that emergency crews were hoping would not happen. that is a choke point. that is how emergency relief comes in and out of the keys. the southbound lane is open right now that means crews can come back and forth, but only protected by about a three-foot barrier. if the water levels continue to rise. the storm surge will continue to rise.
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it will make the situation more dire. >> the officials in the central keys, places like marathon have evacuat evacuated. officials are going inland, and you're probably in a place where there are a number of responders staged and ready to go if and when they're ready to move back. >> we talked to a few of them. one captain with the sheriff's department was giving us a update on how they are. they said the building they're in where most of the emergency crews are spending the night are safe and secure. they sprung a few leaks, some of the water is seeping in. look at this, it's really kicking up right now, but he is saying they are preparing six to possibly eight hours of this type of hurricane force winds. that will bring down trees. they have come down, the power
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lines have come down. but they will hunker down. the worst of the of it is there and the north is tracking west of us. you can see the conditions are bad right now and fortunately we have this building. >> step out of the shos where i can see the edge but i can see what's behind you. our worviewers are worried abou you. you shelter, but all around dwlou is you there is no shelter. >> exactly, this building, a brick building, a brick building, we're parked here, our suv is here, and we don't want to expose our suv unnecessarily
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to these winds. we built this suv so it can cover these types of things, but we will mark it right here and this just out of precaution. whoa. did you see that? yeah, that was the debris flying and that is why we will be protected right here. let's take a look again, very fortunate that we are even able to talk, if we were out there i don't think you would be able to hear us. >> just to be clear that debris flew from around that corner. >> i don't know if you can see that, but that came from right over there where we're looking. >> yeah, it was right here a little bit earlier, and watch out in is where it ended up and it will probably get picked up and tossed again. we're starting to see a little vortex that this building is
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creating from the winds nap over there is supposed to be the one, i'm glad we got off of the road when we did, but we're losing visibility in basically every direction. >> gadi, so what is your plan? you're going to hunker down there for a little while because you're good until the winds change direction? >> right, right now it looks like the way that the storm is tracking. the way the storm is tracking, it looks like we're probably going to be out of the worst of it in the next hour or two hours, the emergency crew that's we're in touch with, they will be in it for quite a bit longer because they're further south than us. the plan is to go back over to the mainlands, and to make sure that the 1 is still passable. right now only the southbound lanes are passable, but there is a three-foot barrier protecting the southbound lanes.
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don't go anywhere. we have steve here, we have the official land fall statement. it happened at 9:10 at kujo key in the southern part of the keys that we saw there. a reported wind gust of 106 miles per hour near the national key deer refuge in big pine key. we have been sieeing those 100 miles per hour wind gusts all through the keys. >> that is very close to kujo key where we now now land fall is there. we often think of hurricanes going over land and deteriorating them, but it's not enough space or land. >> these are small pockets of land surrounded by very warm water temperatures. it won't do anything to the center in terms of disrupting it. >> there is some deficiency in the environment not feeding the hurricane as much as it could. we have a hope it will start to
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weaken. >> we saw the inner eye deteriorate last night and it took over and rebuilt. >> let's go to tampa where lester hold is standing by. all eyes on tampa, at this point we have evacuated some of the lowest lying places, but there are a lot of low lying places in tampa. >> we but they have a little more time here because this is considerably north of the storm, but there is concern the tampa bay area could be the next land fall. they are taking preparations. keep in mind people here were feeling they might be spared but everything changed in the last few days. we were in ft. myers where
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people were deciding whether or not to get out. here with the bay, there is obviously huge concern about the storm surge. i can tell you it is something that people sometimes take for granted because they watch the bending trees, the wind, and the howling, but the wind just comes in. it sneaks up but it happen very quickly as it moves with the speed of the storm. when they warn about storm surge, take is very, very seriously. to see it with your own eyes, it is breathtaking. last check they have about 17,000 people in shelters here. i was watching the local news and people were still finding places to go, but they are taking it seriously. it is easy to get in denial about these things. i'm standing here and if i didn't know any better i would just say it is a rainy day in
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flori florida. then i glass at my phone and see the radar images, and the other parts of florida and you realize there it is coming. people can be lead into a false sense of security or a sense of denial, but you only need to look at the pictures here and again they have a bit of luxury of time. some time in the overnight hours. >> we're still about 90 minutes away from the newest report of the track of the hurricane and the cone. the hope, of course, that is stays out of the way. the mayor said that he doesn't believe yet they need to extend the evacuation zones, but as we show, and i will ask my control room if they have it, the map of
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tampa, it has been coastal tampa. >> where we're at right now, i will say ten feet above the water. i'm afraid i don't know this river, but that will be the wat water. we have been saying it for the last several days, this thing is bigger and wider than this state, so everybody in the state will feel this storm with varying intensities. as of right now the western part of florida looks like it will take a hard hit. as you note, we're ready to watch the continuing tracking reports. >> lester holt, joining us from tampa. just so you know, we're getting weather service reports that winds in florida and miami, at
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higher levels, because a lot of people live in buildings, reaching 100 miles per hour now at the highest levels in miami. we have 250,000 people reported without spoer in florida. i'm sorry. that is not 250,000 -- sorry, 750,000 people without power. what a dramatic scene where you are. what have you got? >> that's right, it is pretty crazy. we heard that it made land fall. we checked in with emergency responders down the way, they say that the wind is kicking up. they say that he is loaded up their boats and those lines are starting to rip, and some of those are swaying back and forth. and then we have debris over here that is starting to move.
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i want to show you what is over here and we have a little bit of tree pieces, branchs that have already fallen, and two trees here have cracked. this is our suv that is protected by this shelter, but we're being very careful not to mark it under that thing, because that is moving in the wind. let's watch as a gust comes, you see it shaking there, if it falls, it will fall to the left of us. and that is the way the winds are whipping, but this tree over here and this tree over here have been torn up, and where we're at right now, that is the one over there. so that is u.s. 1, that is the choke point in and out of the florida keys. just beyond that way, there is a bridge that is a cause way to take you over to the mainland. we were coming down that way and
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we realize that the lanes have become impassable. it is clumpy land, so you two or three feet in debris. so right now the southbound he we should be able to get in and out in the southbound lanes. some people are saying the storm surge could be six to 12 feet. other long time mariners are likely saying it could be three feet to four feet. it is difficult to know who to trust at this point, but the conservative estimates are who to go with. the ones better safe than sorry. . that is what everybody is
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manning for now. >> he has now gone further into the keys. just so you know, many of you are tweeting about the safety of the reporters,k key largo is where the emergency crews have gone to stage to get ready. mayor, you're getting serious winds up in ft. lauderdale. >> yeah, we're getting very, very strong gusts coming through. not as severe as we're seeing in other parts of the state, but listen, this is such a huge storm, it is just amazing. the intensity, we're seeing substantial gusts coming through here. it looks like it will be a very long day. >> everybody should be inside, what is your concern in ft.
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lauderdale, what are you hearing? >> that's right, we're not going to send any responders out. you're exactly on point saying stay indoors, stay safe. i would like everybody, even when it starts to clear, it will be many hours. even when it starts to clear we're asking people to stay in doors. we have a curfew in place until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and they said i have cabin fever, and i said let's hope that's your only health issue. people get cabin fever. they want to take a selfie, they want to put an instagram up, in several hurricanes we have seen fatalities on that front. i don't have a picture up at the moment. it is kind of remarkable looking at the palm trees and the winds
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going in. >> the biggest concerns, that is on the west coast, but we have seven miles south of that, but no, it is, this wind right now is just potential for projectiles, potentials for hazards flying around. we have been really emphasizing just to stay indoors. we are not sending out any first responders at this point in time. high winds that will only get higher. we have wind that's are 100 and 90 miles per hour gusts. a hurricane warning, a tornado watch. >> for anyone in florida
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watching this, particularly the atlantic coast of florida, you never know when it is come, the conditions are in place. and again, the wind is at high levels. we know that in miami, winds at high levels are reaching 100 miles per hour. in some of youral buildings, you have hurricane winds and many have been replaced. they can handle inds up to 1-- s up to 150 miles per hour? >> yes, and the cranes also are supposed to withstand 145 miles per hour. but no one wants to test those. we're looking at this and encouraging people to just stay inside, make smart choices.
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>> on i-95, we were repositioning our reporters, going up i-95 saying people punched who eed holes in the si you have on the highway, the big ads. is there traffic on i-95, is that closed off? >> there is no traffic in broward. like i said we put a curfew in place. the only people that will be out and only in a rare situation. i have been out a few times. we had our law enforcement, no one should be on the highways here or in broward county. there is just too much risk and uncertainty. we have been very fortunate because of the move that the storm made. for anyone to think we're not going to feel the substantial brump of a very, very intense
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and immense storm. >> anyone that knows anybody in ft. lauderdale, that is incorrect. please make sure your people are safe. these are pictures now of ft. lauderda lauderdale. look at those massive trees and the way they are swaying. trees like that can snap, that's how power lines go down. we'll keep a close eye on that. let's go to miguel who is in florida city, florida. what's the situation where you are? >> the rain out here is certainly blinding, it has been pelting us in the face, in every direction, for the last few directions.
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we have seen several transformers explode. we know electricity is out for so many. we want to give you the layout. we're staying at the police department, at city hall. we're working outside of their front doors here. what we have done here is taken shelter from this overhang here. we're next to this building here, and the reason why that is a safe place is going in this direction, another 40 or 50 feet, this is where we have seen some trees go down the street. and i don't know if you can make out in the distance here, some of the power lines are beginning to sway. certainly a very precarious situation. we don't anticipate it getting stronger any time soon.
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it can be catastrophic, they're maintaining the position. so they say if anyone has an emergency call, at least until the storm passes, and it is coming down hard, ali, back to you. >> okay, that is from florida city florida. he is next to a building that is blocking some of the wind, the rain is coming down. when the winds are this high. first responders can't get out. this is when first responders come down. they can't clear that, they can't get power back until the winds come back up. for those people in, they will have to wait this out. i see no traffic around you, but
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it sounds like even they are not on our roads. we did see a police cruiser this morning. a complete ghost town, conditions are peaking at their worst. but we saw a citizen in their vehicle driving down, they waved to us, they certainly should not be out here. i want to show you what it looks like to face directly into the storm. our photographer is getting splashed with rainwater. that's why we're going back to this direction. the conditions here, the winds blowing this way make it. not nerve this city evacuated. he believes the majority of people did not evacuate, but he
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says he believes the city will be safe. he thinks folks will hunker down and try to ride out the storm. we could hear what sounded like pieces of the roof beginning to peel off. this morning it appears it is in tact. it was a precarious scene overnight, and the weather here is beginning to slow down a little bit. it hits us, and we can go back to our safe quarters. >> make sure you go back. trees and signs coming down. stay with us, you do what you have to do, i'm seeing more debris in the streets, what's the situation where you are. >> i don't know if you can make
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out the ban is coming in very strongly. it is coming in from the right. you're also starting to see debris flying around. i also want to point to collins avenue, a fancy area with lots of tourists. a lot of these businesses did not board up. this business does not even have sandbags. you're seeing the opposite situation, here, this one is more protected, but with the ip wind and the sand, and the debris that i'm getting from the beach right here, you're starting to get a sense of how dangerous and volatile this situation can be. the first responders, we have not seen them for the last couple hours. we also spoke to a resident at the parking structure behind us and said that her home is starting to flood.
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people saying i'm going to ride the storm out here. water coming into their homes. you're seeing the smaller signs topple over. they can't compete with this wind. power lines that are down. we have a camera in the back of our suv. you can just see how fragile everything becomes with the kind of windgusts that we're seeing. ly step away from this sign here. trees falling. i see a tree that is fallen to my right. ly ask peter to drive faster so i can show that to you. i have never seen anything like this on collins avenue. look at this right here, ali. this is a treat that had families taking photos yesterday, we saw a kite surfer trying to catch some waves. clearly a totally different
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scene. i want to show you right over here, some of the debris that we're seeing flying around, and some of the trees that are beginning to come down. i know that it is hard for the camera man to pan this way, but it is the scene that i have never seen really covering hurricane matthew last year, and as someone covering florida for the last five years, i have never seen collins avenue just like this. >> you just walked by a coconut, they can blow, and they can go. the coconuts can blow in, that's what they worry about with windows and cars. >> we'll stay on her shot until she can hear me, but she is walking north on collins avenue, this is the main street in miami beach. a coconut right by her rolled by
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her. the beach is to her right. the ocean is to her right, she is walking towards us and this is the scene that you're seeing in miami beach. so we're watching that very closely. what we're looking at right now is at least gusts of 47 miles per hour, those gusts have been seen coming down. lower winds right now in the miami area and north of that. still very heavy winds. still measuring 100 miles per hour in parts of the keys. moving over the land fall, going over the keys, and it's not breaking it is going generally
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north. it is moving slowly at about 8 miles per hour in is where landfall was, this is where your storm surges were. they are talking to her own guys, hunkering down. you have miguel almaguer. we're seeing loir winds and gusts in miami? >> yes, they come in bans. we had one push to the north. that will happen here in the next several hours. that said, next band. so that will be working up in sam's direction. these lands are moving very fast. meanwhile in the lower part of the keys, they reissued the warning. we have wind that's will be gusting 110 to 115, act like a
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tornado is going over your house. put on a helmet, put a mattress over you. >> we had periodic tornado warnings popping up. brief spin ups, not powerful tornadoes, but enough to knock out your windows. >> sam champion, you're in what is a wind lull, you had gusts to 47 miles per hour where you are. >> so, standing here, one of the things that we noticed is that i could have said to you, and you verified it there that we were in a lull for the moment. the other thing i want to tell you this shot is that i will explain how we set this up, if i push this way to you, i'm pushing north.
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if i push this way on camera, i'm pushing east. the winds are coming straight off of the beach. now they're coming from the north a little more. we're twecompletely blocked. the winds are getting the full force of the wind and we have a little protection from the wind where we're standing. so gauging what is going on out there is looking at the trees. you see how they're constantly getting a little -- but the way we know it's a slul it is laying over side ways. one of the things we have been following is the ban that we showed at key largo. there have been 80 to 90 miles per hour winds. that ban is lifting to the north. when it gets to homestead, and then lifts a little towards miami, that's when we will see
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those conditions and that will go on all day today. the storm will continue to move north, they are getting stronger around that storm. that is why we're saying that all day long today, every time we talk to you before hours and hours this is what we're getting. a lull for the moment, then a whip. with that whip, as it gets closer, each time they pick up they get higher and higher. we have several hours, almost a full day, really of this. >> sam, we're going to watch that yet. >> referee: i just spoke to the mayor of ft. lauderdale. that is what a lot of the worry is in this kind of weather. it is remarkable how resilient the palm trees are. >> that is a great point, i'm so
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glad you made it, sometimes you forget to say things like that that are important. there has been a instructiconst boom. they say the cranes are safe. what they have done is they have unpinned the crane so it can swing in the wind. the structure of the construction cranes is good for 143 miles per hour. it was important to know when we thought the eye wall of that system was going to hit here in miami, but we won't get 143 miles per hour winds so we know that crane is safe, but the construction zone, 40 and 50 story buildings that have debris on every floor, when you have the winds blowing through there, the crane may be okay, but every piece of plywood, bag of
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concrete, piece of scaffolding that comings off of the building, every neighbor thatwi. so that's why we tell people, clear the debris. we try to give people warning after warning to get the debris out of the way because anything that's left out, that's why you saw people taking the city taking the trash cans off the street. i remember in new orleans, i almost got nailed by a trash can and it seems harm lts but if that thing is howling at you at 70 miles an hour, it's not harmless. little thing like that. >> all right. sand buy. i want to go back to miguel am ma geerp. what the situation where you are? it looks like it's picked up substantially? >> reporter: yeah. alley those whipping winds do continue to be a problem. speaking about debris we haven't
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seen a ton flying down the streets. they did a very good job in the hours before the storm trying to take care of as much as they could. we've seen a garbage can or two but for the most part not too much debris. the powerful wind is doing a lot of damage. as a matter of fact, p we know much of this region is without power. we're told that first responders won't come out on the streets for several more hours. nobody here will likely get power back until at least a day or two if not longer. the mayor says most of the city has00kerred down in place. the rain is still coming in h sideways pelting us. coming down pretty hard. it's the wind causing most of the damage. we're a good 8 to 10 miles inland so not concerned about storm surge as much as about the powerful winds. >> that is the place -- careful. that is the place from which a
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number of the people in the keys ended up. that's where they're seeking shelter while the keys gets flooded. >> you're absolutely right. the bring from the keys leads right into florida city. this is basically the home base for anyone coming back from the keys. here outside city hall a can youle days ago they were loading people up from the keys that wanted to evacuate by the bus load. there was one last bus half full. they took those folks to safer ground. every now simply has no choice. >> all right. miguel, hang on one second. i want to ask me control room what we're looking at. this bottom left is miami beach. look at this. this isn't flooding. this is the ocean that has come into the streets of miami beach. here in the bottom left conner. we're looking alt various shots here. we're going to take this up. this is a modern condominium. look at where the water levels
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are. for people who felt that water wasn't going to rise, there is real sea water there in parts of miami beach. miguel what happened behind you? what did you look at? >> reporter: there's definitely fronds from palm trees. look at this big would you know right here. this came down a few seconds ago. i saw another one fly behind me. this is about as strong as we have felt the wind all day long. it's been picking up here over the last 20 to 30 minutes. we expect to see more debris flying down the street in the hours to come. >> i want you to just make sure you're safe. check out where the wind is coming from. i'll come back to you. we'll take one more look at miami beach. show people what we're looking at right now. this is parts of miami beach. i want to listen in. this is the weather channel.
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downtown miami area. look at the waefs crashing over the sea wall. look at this in front of me. we've had some of the pavers here that have dropped down because of the force of the water. we're seeing that happen and lost about 20, 25% of the decking. there's a board walk on the other side the sea wall. other than that is correct we haven't had a tremendous surge. i think it's up a couple feet. based on where 9 water was yesterday, 4:00 or 5:00, it's come up a couple feet. but the wave action is amazing. remember, we're not getting the full brunt. imagine what the waves are like on miami beach and fort lauderdale. we also have port miami behind me off to the east, kind of blocking the wave action. not blocking the wind by no means because we're still gusting above hurricane force. we had that gust an hour and a
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half ago of 100 miles an hour. we've got a long way to go. but one thing is for sure. it won't get much worse than this here. the it's just going fob unrelenting for at least four or five more hours until we get the storm farther away from us and get into some of the weaker bands later on today and this evening. that's mike sigh del in miami for us. that's remarkable, miami getting that kind of pressure. i want to ask the control room. take a quick break and find out our reporters are safe. we like to reset and just make thur that they are doing everything possible to stay safe to continue reporting for you. you're watching life coverage of hurricane irma an msnbc. we'll be right back.
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ms we are taking the brunt of hirk irm and for more than 100 miles from the center winds blowing about 50 miles an hour with hurricane force gusts ripping through the city. >> do not leave your home. in dade brower county orney else. the only vehicle we have seen out here, a lone police cruiser. they tell us that they are not responding to emergency calls because it's simply going to become too dangerous for first responders to go out. >> yrn if yi don't know if you out the sand that has made it a quarter of a mile all the way here. if you can just imagine what this will look like a couple hours from now. >> that's miami beach. i'm ali vel chi. it is on. thanks for staying with us.
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it's now 20 miles east of key west. a satellite tap toured this. i want to retu i want to warn you. the blue you saw for a moment radar station's even been knocked out. so we can't get a good read from key west. there are reports of wind gusts reaching over 100 miles per hour. scattering debris, thrashing trees. there's a picture of mariana again. it's crawling at 8 miles per hour. slow storms mean more zee struck sthn. more than 750,000 people at last report are without power. that number expected to rise rapidly as the storm climbs further up the state. at least 23 people have been killed by irma as wrath so far. and violent winds and

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