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>> please do that. you read my mind, all our minds. thank you, mariana. >> that's two to four feet of storm surge. that's winds gusting 50 to 70. we could probably stand up easier. the miami area is seeing the worst of the storm now. they're as close to the center of the storm as they will be. >> that's what storm surge looks like. >> that's two to four feet. was three to five they estimated, lowered it to two to four. hopefully only go two to four, that limits the amount of water in people's properties, basements, homes. again, the worst case scenario, three or four days was the miami area. doesn't look pretty, but this is as bad as it gets there. times that by five and that's what we're going to experience in three hours from now, starting in southwest florida. >> talk about tornadoes. veteran watchers of this, folks that have been through
hurricanes know that all kinds of tornado watches and warnings can be spawned because all kinds of rotational clouds can get spawned. we already had a couple. >> we had a bunch yesterday. interesting with land falling systems, science gets difficult. some storms produce a lot of tornadoes, some don't produce that many. when charlie's eye came over at night, i was outside in a parking lot in the eye doing live shots, wasn't until the next morning i realized there was a tornado in the eye five miles north of where i was standing, never would have seen it. typically tornadoes are weaker than ones in oklahoma, texas, southeast. they're what we call ef-0 or 1, maybe ef-2. enough to knock the roof and trees. can extend far from the center. unless it hits a population, building and roof collapsed, i don't think we will hear many reports from tornado damage. >> show the weather channel
graphic if we can, throw that up on the air. they're showing an interesting graphic that speaks to the flow now as the storm approaches. where all the waters are going. >> cal was just looking at this, did his segment on the water in the bahamas. people are sending pictures from tampa, saying the lowest they've ever seen the water. >> that's right. the dynamic you encountered in the bahamas, that's not fake news. those pictures are real. the water, as i understand it, it is several things going on. it is building of sand that makes a new kind of beach contour. it is ultra low tide, but also the water has gone away because it was sucked up to be part of this monster storm. >> the way i look at it is as low as it is getting is as high as it will get on the back side, winds are blowing it out, pushing water out to sea, then as the storm goes past you, winds switch from ocean to land and all that water comes rushing
back at the same time, plus the storm surge. it will be scary, when we see and hear stories of what the storm surge was like on the back side of the storm, that's why we fear the lives. biggest message even after the eye passes, if you're near the coast, stay above ten feet. get up as high as you can. wait until you have the all clear after dark. it will be a long and dangerous afternoon. >> look at the screen. severe weather folks at the weather channel are using what's called high resolution future radar. folks tuning in, this is not present, this is their best along with hurricane center view of what may happen and how. >> what they point out, see the arrow south of tampa, they point out radar shows it may not be raining on the back side of the eye, dry air has been sucked into the storm, but that's when storm surge will come. the fear is we don't want people
coming out because they don't hear pounding rain, the storm surge is still on its way. >> we are standing by to talk to jack siler, mayor of ft. lauderdale, where they've had an interesting mix of weather, and i'm not sure, can the mayor hear us? >> yes. >> thank you for joining us. you and i last spoke friday night. days and hours have been running together. talk to us about conditions there versus predictions, and i know we're still in the thick of it. >> i tell you wharks tt, the discussion friday night was different than we're seeing now. we're seeing less of the storm surge and less for potential for storm surge, but the winds here have been gusting at 80 and 90. we had two tornadoes in greater ft. lauderdale area last night. i've been out this morning and
trees are breaking, palm fronds are flying, we have trees down in some roads, couple hundred thousand lost power in ft. lauderdale area. we thought we would miss the brunt of this, and we did, we're still in the midst of it, what you have been emphasizing, it is an immense, intense storm, so big and so broad, even missing the eye, we're having probably one of the major impacts we've had from a hurricane in years. >> mayor, you and i were both kind of regretting in advance the fact that the spaghetti strands friday night were showing more western flow. your regret, my regret was people were going to think they had evacuated in vain. i think the weather that showed up on your doorstep already today is proof that everybody did the right thing. >> they absolutely did the right
thing. brian, one thing i want to emphasize, you have tremendous coverage of this, but you have professionals out in that weather. sometimes people are watching and see people outdoors, and as i have been spreading the message by every means, social media, code red alerts, those are professionals know where to stand in wind, how to be set up. we are telling our neighbors do not go outside, do not be in these conditions. don't expect when you get a lull you can step out. we have a curfew in place through tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. please recognize that those that are out there, first responders, emergency operations people, experts, weather experts in the media, that's different than the average person walking out during a lull in the storm and thinking oh, we're okay, because i am watching palm fronds where i am standing flying across a
golf course with incredible speed. if that hit you, that would hurt you. >> between palm fronds and coconuts and other things that are airborne and could become airborne in this storm, hazards are many. that's why we need people, indoors. >> thank you. >> mayor siler, ft. lauderdale, thank you so much for being with us. hoping and praying for the best for your community and all communities across florida. our correspondent jolene kent is in ft. lauderdale, give us a bit of a situation report on what's going on outdoors. jolene? >> reporter: brian, we are soaking wet, a new band has come in. want to show you, we are in front of moonlight diner, a place we have been frequenting. one of the few businesses still open until yesterday in ft. lauderdale after everything shut down. police instituted a curfew until monday morning. i'm going to tell you why. because we are getting serious winds. i want to show you this enormous
tree that's been uprooted in the past couple hours. fresh soil. you can see the roots are still a little dry, now getting rain pelted on it. what you see is palm fronds flying down the main streets. that's why no one is to be outside, with these high winds now. broward county sheriff's office has been taking breaks, responding to 911 calls to protect safety of their emergency responders, of course. we are looking at an area with about 300,000, 200,000 people out of power. it is going to take a major economic impact as well. this area is usually pull of tourists beaches, bars, restaurants, all of those sh shuttered yesterday. these bands are hitting us hard and we're not even in the eye of the storm, i want to remind you. this is an area full, shelters are packed, they thought they would be in the eye, yet we are
not, but it is getting very bad out here, brian. >> jolene, the other sad news, the storm is not yet parallel to you on the other side of the state. i'm afraid if you promise us that you're being smart about your own personal protection, i'm afraid it is going to get sportier where you are, when it does, we will come back to you. jolene kent, thank you very much. cal perry is back. >> the crew in tampa, i had them e-mail photographs. here's the water, water in tampa bay is receding. >> that's incredible. >> bill, you want to chime in, you're doing a thousand things. look at this. they're going to feed shortly. this is what they're seeing on the ground. >> you can live there all your life, not see this sight, not see what's beneath the water you walk by every day. >> that's got to scare people. the storm is not there yet, see the water going out.
people think about tsunamis, when the earthquake happens, water goes out first, then the huge wave comes at you. this is a different event, this is the storm blowing the water out to sea, causing lower height. >> and one of the things we want to mention because people have power are probably seeing this, don't go look. let us show you. don't go down there. tampa, you have six, seven, eight hours until they have to get to safe rooms, but you know, you don't want to be driving around. >> forward this on instagram, pretend you shot it, and we'll look the other way. >> that's the city in the background. governor rick scott of florida is briefing. while this is carried on all television and radio in the state of florida, good many people don't have power. so let's do our part and listen to the governor. >> the big bend area will see surge of four to six feet. also see increase in flooding of
rivers throughout the peninsula. we have seen tornadoes in central south florida, the threat will continue today and tonight. this is a life-threatening situation. remember, southwest florida, the storm surge comes after the strongest winds. do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down. local officials will let you know when it is safe to go out. storm surge will rush in and could kill you. we have thousands of national guard members and fish and wildlife officers on stand by to help with search and rescue as soon as it is safe, but they cannot help you until the storm has passed. you need to stay in a safe place. with the storm's latest track, families in the panhandle need to be prepared for hurricane force winds. tallahassee is likely to experience hurricane force winds and families must prepare.
we are doing all we can to be prepared to respond to the storm. today, i requested a major disaster declaration from president trump to bring important federal resources and aid to florida. i have spoken with the president nearly every day as well as today and as well as other federal partners. we are working closely with the federal government to make sure floridians have the resources needed for the storm. this has been a challenging week for our state. all week i traveled florida to spread the message. take this deadly storm seriously. stay safe. be prepared. listen to local evacuation advisories. my first duty as governor is to protect the people of florida and the storm is here now. everyone's family matters, every life matters. please know that we will do
anything and everything to protect and rescue every person, and we will spare no expense doing it. this week demonstrated to everyone around the world that floridians care about each other. we have each other's backs, we are proud to call florida home, and nothing will change that. we have done everything we could to prepare for the storm. we can never do enough. i heard from governors and from people all over the world about ways to help the state can make it through the destruction. we received direct support from 16 states. we received national guard from texas, fish and wildlife members, from ohio, incident management team, colorado, emergency operation support team, we have taken all help and all resources that have been offered. n florida is known for beaches, theme parks, college teams. our most important asset is our
people. many people from all over this great country and world asked me what they can do. if you would like to give, text disaster to 20222 to make a one time $10 donation. if you like to volunteer, volunteerflorida.org. pray. i don't see prayers as last resort, should always be first resort. we will continue to keep you updated as we go through the storm, but let me be very clear, we will make it through this together. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the governor switching to
speak spanish. this is being broadcast throughout the state of florida, so people on battery power, people at home, people in shelters are able to hear the message. last we spoke, we were talking about this extraordinary rare and eery meteorological circumstance in tampa where the water has simply disappeared from at least one vantage point in tampa bay, coupled with our warning for those not to go down and look at it. there are explanations for it. the water is just being pulled out to this monstrous storm named irma. bill karins is at the wall. i see you doing something. what are you doing? >> mostly trying to get the new estimate on northern eyewall. you can see on weather one, lightning strikes are popping up on the map. that's the northern eye.
that's very strong. northeast eye is very strong. that's where all of the damage will occur, that's what we hoped would miss people. if i take it from beginning of the really intense stuff, draw a line distance wise to marco island, we're at 30 miles away. storm is moving, increasing forward speed. now about 10 to 12 miles per hour. again, now we are about three hours away from the first real significant besides what happened in the keys, first real significant wind damage. then after the eye goes through which will take three hours, we get storm surge south of that. i can zoom out further, going to go into areas around the tampa region. we were talking about wind. i only have the radar set here in south, i want to explain what we were seeing with the bay. this is where we showed you pictures with cal. winds right now, on the north side of the storm winds are doing -- >> no rain in tampa yet. >> actually i only have -- we
have single sight radar around the state. this is focused just on south florida. but the wind is doing this through the region, coming across like this. that is blowing water. we saw pictures from right here. that's blowing out to sea. it will be the opposite later, brian. that's why we are seeing the low tide, which it is now, just coming out of low tide, plus wind. and that's why you see eery pictures on the coast. >> thanks. stay there. sam champion is getting buffetted in miami. sam. >> reporter: we have seen some of the worst wind gusts in the last 30 minutes. the kind of wind just to show you, i've got this regular cement block barrier on both sides. it is the kind of win coming d, protected from the north and east. you have to hunker down to get away from the winds.
we have gotten closer to the eye as it continues to move north. winds tend to relax. those with the strongest winds, we have been looking south, they carry hurricane force gusts. next few hours, we have more of this. at any moment, you have to drop and hunker down for winds to pass by. just to tell you about the damage, we have a parking lot below us, and cars haven't shifted, there's no movement down there, good, solid, steady. tree limbs, i see metal pieces coming off roofs. it adds to debris concern. now we're getting after well, we have been doing this since 7:00, 7:30. after four or five hours of
steady tropical storm force winds and hurricane force gusts, we're beginning to see roof damage and pieces of roof coming off, and trees are just getting shredded. you know, just imagine taking a tree and stripping it out of all its leaves. that's what this constant wind has been doing to foliage that's around the area. we have not only seen all that wind, water damage but wind as well. >> sam, thank you very much for that. as you're talking, we're able to see the bands coming through. we keep making the point, the storm is not yet parallel on the gulf side to where sam is on the atlantic side. let's fit in a quick break. we have correspondents and forecasters standing by to talk to us as our coverage of hurricane irma continues. >> hard for me to look that way, there's so much sand, with velocity of the wind, it is pounding your face right now. ♪
welcome back. we continue to follow the northern progress of hurricane irma. especially until what is the second landfall for the eye, all signs pointing to at or near marco island, florida. and then points north from there, cal perry, global news editor has been looking around. >> our producer sent in more photos, tampa bay quickly again, better shot here. the water has receded from the bay. it's really something to see. another one here. this is what we are talking about, people have come out to take a look.
marco island, quick update. police department saying they experienced a system wide water pressure loss. this is why when we talked before the storm, it is important that you do things like fill the bathtub with water. a lot of cities on the gulf coast as water pushes up is going to start damaging that infrastructure. we talked a lot about bridges in the keys. again, we haven't talked much about infrastructure along some cities and towns on the gulf coast. that's something we'll keep an eye on. >> thanks. >> cal brings up a point, reminded me, we forget, tracking where the worst is, for getting, telling people sheltering in place what they can be doing. fill every container you can with fresh water that's in the house. fill the bathtub with fresh water, last resort, it is another big huge area to put fresh water in. other things you can do, take as many jugs as you can fit in the freezer, get them frozen, as soon as they're frozen, put in
the refrigerator. when the power goes out, keep food a little longer. there are a lot of little things. and when we get to peak of the storm when you need to shelter in place in a safe room, make sure you have it. important to know which direction wind is coming from. my uncle was going through last year with matthew, i taucalled because he didn't evacuate, said where do you have big trees. i said wind is coming out of the north. you don't want to be on the north side of the house when the trees fall, get to the south side. figure out where the wind is come, go to the opposite side. >> for construction minded, where load bearing walls, ceiling joists are, we keep repeating it for a reason. don't run a generator indoors. don't renun it in an attached garage. get it out of the structure if you can. and everybody remember, i don't know of a fire department in
this country where the winds when they get north of 40 or 50 miles per hour is willing to send apparatus out. they need that apparatus later when the work begins. they will not risk the entire department to rescue people. we have been giving that warning on a rolling basis as the evacuation orders have come. have you noticed anything with the eye the last couple frames? >> it stopped north wards movement, it is pretty much on the way to worst case scenario for the west coast of florida. look at the black line on the bottom left of the map shows you where the past path was, tracks, every hour they give locations where the eye is. it is just connecting the dots. if you draw that line, this is going to -- may not make landfall, may come right up along the coast from naples all the way to tampa. >> even worse because of the corrosive effect. >> it is a cat four. >> still a category four. >> it will go down to a cat
three soon. if i had to do it percentage wise, 20% of this damage will be from wind, 80% from storm. and as far as lives lost about the same ratio on storm surge side. storm surge is what makes this storm historic. obviously it will be historic anyway with mass evacuations across the state. when we are satid and done, wha it does in the next six to eight hours from tampa, sarasota, clearwater beach down the coast through ft. myers into naples and marco island. >> chris hayes is standing by in naples. chris, i am assuming you heard all of that. it's not looking good for how much of this you guys are going to get there. >> reporter: no. if there's one little bit of up side, it is that the slow progress, like i said before has been excruciating, will create more damage, it opened up that window for folks to get to
places. yesterday the sense in collier county in naples and lee county and up to ft. myers was a wrong footed scrambling as the storm tracked further west than people thought. we passed a huge arena 20 miles north of here, folks slept on the street overnight to try to get into the shelter. it is holding 4900 people. naples shelters were essentially full to capacity. the timing gave people more window to hunker down safe. right now, basically everyone is indoors, we are six or seven hours from the eye brushing up past naples beach which is about four miles due west of where i'm standing. that's going to push 10 to 15 foot storm surge, national weather service has been warning about. all of that real estate along the beach, that's very expensive real estate. there's a ton of developments, high-rises that you can't see
through the rain and fog behind me, but that's going to produce a lot of damage. >> chris, i want to drive the point home to people, you are in a sheltered spot where you need to be. behind you not too far, we are seeing what these localized rain and wind bands are doing to palm trees. it is going to keep going and intensify throughout the day. now the wind has reached your back. >> reporter: yeah. an hour before we had jacob soboroff a few miles west. as you get further west to the water, you get stronger winds. we're only dealing with essentially tropical storm gusts. what you see behind me is six hours from that 9 miles per hour storm moving its way slowly up the water. this is still the furthest outer band. there's a lot of security personnel around that don't want people generally going outside,
even now. we are sort of sheltered off from the wind. i have a wall on the northern side that's blocking that north south wind coming as the churn comes around. you can tell it is starting to really pick up. >> evidence of how much it is picking up. let's stay on this shot. on the left, chris hayes in naples, on the right is kerry sanders in naples. kerry's location is facing directly into one of these localized bands. bill karins, see what is possible within the same town. >> that's going to rotate through. the eye where kerry is is still 30 miles away. kerry is squarely now in hurricane sustained winds. those winds are gusting up to 90, maybe getting close to 100 in some cases. he is 30 miles from the eye. >> he can't hear us to viewers wondering why we are not talking to kerry. we're going to put him on when
we can hear from him. they continue to wipe the lens. you see a lot of that the next couple hours. without it, it is impossible to see our correspondents. bill, that's how the shifting tides of the storm. >> getting close to the point to tell all the families that still remain in that area to -- if they still have power, they're lucky. it is just about time to get to safe rooms, when you see it get like this. and two hours from now, a lot worse. look at kerry. that's how it is. that's how the squalls come in. they come in quicker and more ferocious until you get to the eye. it will be what you saw, maybe times two. >> we lost our ability to talk to a number of correspondents. we lost our ability to broadcast live pictures out of a number of communities where they're getting the brunt of this storm. as bill points out, it may deserve repeating, this is still a category four hurricane.
we made some history sadly because we had two landfalls by category four storms in our country. >> friend of mine said we have gone two weeks since category four hurricane landfall in this country, before that we went 14 years before even a major hurricane. >> just unbelievable. >> yeah, it is. unfortunately, a lot of people said we were way overdue. mother nature is kind of paying us for that. you go to the radar on weather one, i can point out for you the hurricane force winds are now extending further to the north now. it is not only just naples area, now we are getting ft. myers, too. get the last preparations done in those areas. we have kerry. >> reporter: passing further north of us, then we'll see winds coming from the west. that's where you may see some of the most powerful winds and also the storm surge. the police are huddled inside a hotel two blocks from here.
fire department no longer responding to 911 calls. they're getting some of those calls but saying look, we cannot put our own people in jeopardy at this point. the hurricane is expected to see the eye somewhere around 2:00, 2:30 through the area. that means it will be close to high tide, a grim picture for the area. as a kid, my grandmother would tell me about hurricane donna come through. i fear something like that coming through. with winds from the east, it is going to hit this area hard. you see winds blowing in from the gulf of mexico. >> kerry sanders. >> that's amazing, and that's not the eye. >> it is not uncommon for people to -- you talk about need to wear a helmet if people are trapped in the house, not uncommon to wear ear plugs in a storm because of noise and because of pressure change.
>> there's no shame. if you're still there with your family, like when a tornado comes through, you do what you can. there's no shame going in the bathtub and putting a mattress over the top of you for two or three hours. hopefully you will walk out of there. >> you talked about this earlier, these gusts are so violent. there's no predicting them. it is like someone comes up behind you and shoves you. exhaust the air from your lungs. >> you can see the radar on the bottom right. naples is on top. bright red south of naples, over the water, that's the eye, northern eye. they're in what i call one of the strong feeder bands north of the eye. that's just what's going through naples now. what kerry is in will be in naples in 15 minutes for our friends in that region. >> wow. so the northern eyewall. what is notable about the amount
of red. you were saying earlier, we are watching for the energy to be sapped. >> we wanted it to weaken. that's a visible satellite picture. you're seeing bubbles that look like water boiling in a pot. you look at a view from space. this is a satellite taking pictures every minute, we put it in a loop. that's the radar. we have this on a looping base. goes back to satellite image in ten seconds, those are tops of the thunderstorms bubbling up around the center of circulation. we wanted to see those dying off. you get confirmation on that, back to radar imagery, we have lightning strikes in the eye still occurring, a sign it is still a formidable, strong storm. we have a lightning tracker system that shows us where lightning is. you can see where it was in the last 30 minutes or so. that eye, if we continue that path, the way hurricanes works, strongest winds are in the northeast quadrant of the storm.
looks now that marco island, naples, ft. myers, you're going to go squarely through that northeast eye. you may not get to calm. may not get the break. you may go -- it is like the worst spot, through the northern eye, northeast eye, then on the south side, then you get storm surge. remember cal was showing you pictures of the storm surge. i want to show you this graph over here. cal, want to show you this. this is amazing. they threw this together. weather one guys, this is a graph of water in the naples area. this map shows you water height. here's the 0 water line. this is naples. right now, water is this red line. it is down five to six feet compared to where it normally would be. as we were showing, winds are blowing out. that water is five feet lower. that confirms what we were watching.
this graph, i'll show this graph throughout the afternoon and evening, right now water is five feet below. when that storm surge comes in, it will be 10 to 15 feet above. that graph will show how sudden the storm surge will be. >> that's the point we need to drive home. people are going to out of natural curiosity go see this because you're never going to see tampa bay empty again in your life. we're asking them, let our photos of it suffice because it is going to go from empty to more than full in very short order. >> and again, we are estimating the highest storm surge will be two hours after the eye goes through. so you get wind damage and possibility of tornadoes in the eye. that's when you're in the safe room. then usually you hear the eye has passed, weather is improving slowly, but the deadliest part of the storm is two hours after the eye. >> i am looking at the weather channel coverage, they're showing one unit on the road in
naples where the situation is going to degrade quickly. doing high wind warning for collier county in florida. just been handed power line explosion in boca raton. all these reports coming in. what do you have, bill? >> don't want to forget friends on the east coast. sam champion was showing a band of rain developed, torrential storms over homestead area, shift north wards up the east coast. highest storm surge will occur with that band going northward. you see homestead, 50 miles per hour gusts, that band is a torrential amount of rain, highlighting the same thing. when that kicks north wards, we will watch the highest wind gusts so far with the storm in miami area, carol city, up north
wards to ft. lauderdale. if you haven't lost power yet in those areas, good chance you could when that goes through. >> note what they were noting on weather channel, they recorded a gust just north of miami at 109 miles per hour. put the weather channel back on our air. they have a tornado warning north of miami they were highlighting. the northern part of the peninsula is under tornado watch, we always assume people know what this nomenclature means. watch for anything means conditions are favorable, a warning means conditions are imminent. there's a big difference between the two. watch puts you on watch for something to develop. this is a terrific graphic from weather channel showing flow now as the storm moves that flow will reverse.
>> then high tide between 3:00 and 4:00 on the west coast of florida. expect about 4:00, this storm is somewhere over the top of ft. myers. and then the back side surge comes in. timing of high tide along with 10 to 15 food storm surge is the worst for the naples area. they correspond with each other. remember, worth refreshing. storm surge is just the amount of water caused by the storm, period. doesn't take into account anything else, just what the storm will do. then we add on top of that whatever the tide is. so if we're at high tide in naples, adds another two to three feet to 10 to 15. just makes it that much worse. >> jolene kent is in ft. lauderdale in a vast empty street which has become something of a wind tunnel there. >> reporter: yes, that's right, brian. we hear wind howling for the first time today as the outer
bands of hurricane irma come in. the wind you mentioned earlier is really picking up. let's head down this way. want to show you something because of the wind, we've seen debris. you see this branch, there's no tree next to the power line. that's a branch that's flown across an entire block, attached itself to the power line. we are seeing over 400,000 people according to broward county sheriff's office, now completely out of power in this area. that doesn't even count. good people in miami-dade county, hundreds of thousands of people there without power. millions across the state of florida. what we are seeing is broward county being hit, well prepared county. thought they were getting the eye of the storm, they didn't. they're still hunkering down. people are heeding the police curfew until 10:00 monday, as winds continue to pommel and it keeps getting darker in ft. lauderdale. >> we're going to assume again you're taking steps to ensure your safety not on the air talking to us.
let's look at this is naples, florida. again, what is a rapidly changing situation. we have northern eyewall, now 19 miles away from the southern tip of marco island. from marco island, it is then north into naples. bill, as a practical matter, we're talking about some beautiful real estate, home to so many families. >> fishing towns down there. >> this is gorgeous territory, this storm is about to tear into. >> with that northern eye is when you have the chance. hurricane center says what they think is max sustained winds with storm. saying that's 130 miles per hour. that's sustained for at least a couple of minutes, with gusts to 160. that is only 19 miles from marco island area. that is when you get winds like
that, we saw kerry in gusts 80 to 90. if you get 120 was the highest gust measured early this morning when it went through the keys. about to see what it is going to do. that same thing, 120 miles per hour winds will play out in the next six hours. >> kerry sanders can hear us in naples, florida. kerry, we have been watching you and the rain bands that you're in. and as you have been listening, storm is 19 miles from marco, which is of course to your south. >> reporter: just to our south. just got off the phone a short time ago with a resident that decided to ride it out in marco on the third story of his condominium. he lost power, lost water pressure, but felt like he was safe inside now with the hurricane shutters. he just said loss of power, sitting with a battery light, gets eery, especially when winds
like this come blowing through. irma is definitely here. please note that winds are coming from my back. they're blowing from the east coast to west coast. the concern is when the eye passes north of us, when the winds start to turn from west and blowing towards shore from the gulf of mexico, that's when we're going to see storm surge. right now, there are power lines that are down because we drove to this location. there are also lots of trees and tree limbs down. no major destruction yet, quite frankly we're still really early as irma is making her way to naples area. police put themselves in safe position about a block from here. some fire officials are with them, as has been repeated in every community up the coast here since irma's eye and heavy winds start hitting community after community, 911 calls are accepted but not being responded to until this blows through.
>> anxious to tell the viewers, this is not your first rodeo, you are a floridian. tell us what direction, what kind of structure you're on, what direction is to your back. >> so we are on the fourth story of a parking garage. it is a garage only built ten years ago. you can see i am holding on, winds are just really strong. not too far that direction is u.s. 41, known as tamiami trail. that's the street you take from tampa down to miami, unless you take alligator alley and cut across. we are about three and a half city blocks from gulf of mexico. if the storm surge follows through as is predicted, we will likely look over going to grab on in case of a gust, look over the opposite side of the parking structure. from there, we should see water
coming in. we are not right on the beach, won't see the initial flow of water, should see it coming in. if predicted to be as high as it has been predicted at 15 feet, the first level of this parking garage will go underwater. >> this is bill karins. you're three hours from the eye coming on top of you. what are your plans, to stay up there during the eye or seek shelter? >> reporter: actually, this is going to be interestingly the best shelter we could have asked for. you may hear a hum in the background. that's a generator that's running to provide some electricity to this area to allow us to continue our broadcast. because we are elevated, we are in an area where storm surge will not be an issue, and as you know, the winds come from a more or less consistent direction. so i have the wind now coming from the east to west at my back. we have the interior walls of a
parking garage we will be able to move ourselves around to keep the hardest winds from hitting us. one thing that is a legitimate concern is debris. you see palm trees behind me that are swaying, those can come off. they weigh a lot. it could come through. the general idea is that we move to a safe location when the wind gets to a point where palm frond can get ripped off, go airborne, become a missile. we are seeing a shift in direction of the wind, too. i feel it coming from the north here. >> kerry, we're getting a little buzz from your mike line, that's inevitable, it happens when water interferes with electronics. how are you transmitting, will you be able to transmit during the eye do we think? >> reporter: well, you know, we have this amazing technology, brand name is live you. it takes cell phone signals and
my signal is digital, it goes out on 8 different cards, it is on at&t, on verizon, on t mobile and sprint, and then all those signals are recombined up there in new york for the transmission. so as long as the cell phone towers continue to hold up to winds, we'll be okay. cell phone towers in florida and much of the country are constructed to when they lose power, whoa, there we go, still have batteries to keep them going up to 16 hours. as you know, even though emergency officials have their own radio systems, they very often rely on cell phones themselves. there's a high degree of expectation that the cell phone signals will hold. >> bill karins, while kerry is talking, can we take the weather full screen and show to make this point, how far kerry is from the eye of this hurricane.
people who have been saying, is it going to be that bad. should we really have evacuated. >> that's why we evacuated the east coast of florida. two days ago, thought this was possible over the top of that area. let me show you the distance tracker. he is in naples. we already lost key west doppler radar site. miami is getting fickle. >> getting break up, yeah. >> that's to be expected. we have other doppler sites in melbourne and tampa. we'll use them. but this is the eye here, he is still 38 miles away from the strongest winds they'll encounter in that northern eyewall. that's four hours, brian of what you're looking at now. >> kerry, that's the definition of cold comfort, in your case, 80 degree comfort. you're 38 miles away from the eye passing over you. and the eye is moving at a forward speed of 9 miles per hour. >> you say cold comfort, i have
to wish, even when you see me in the rain suit, nothing keeps you dry. i am soaked through. my crew soaked through. wind is peeling off the the win >> yeah, that is true, when we've covered these things, they have not made the garment yet that keeps you dry. >> you said the fourth floor so you must have a pretty good view of the area around you. what kind of damage can you see off that roof? >> you know, i actually did a little drive-around because we came from the naples pier and came here. the damage when we came here about -- i think it was about 90 minutes ago, we weren't in the hurricane force winds. they were still the tropical force winds with a few very strong gusts. so driving on the main road, u.s. 41 here, palm fronds littering the street. you have to zigzag yourself on the highway there. there's some trees that have
already come down, palm tree, a couple others that are nonnative trees that are more likely -- >> whoa. >> it's amazing we're not using the signal. >> -- swaying but they're not coming down, and then we also have the street signs, you know, the businesses and stuff, they haven't come down, but i should say, they haven't come down yet. when we got ourselves up into this position, that's what really got the hurricane force winds picking up. our team came up with a really good timetable to get here. that's probably a lot to do with what you're doing here, the weather center, giving us timetables, so dog gone accurate, it's amazing. -- better idea of the damage, but what i'm looking here is trees swaying. not a lot of damage yet but i hate to say it we're still early into this. >> if anyone's just joining us, it's important to say again kerry and his crew are the equivalent of professional storm
chasers. they've done this so many times. they have the generator to keep power. they're on a parking garage that's made of concrete. we'll tell people in the same city that kerry is to seek shelter and go to their bathrooms with their families and maybe even use mattress because they don't have the information that kerry and his crew has to keep safe. a lot of times we will get criticized for this, brian, by people who say they're in harm's way. they are doing the right thing -- >> -- if i need to, i can get down here and i've got protection. see, the wind's hardly even blowing me here because i've got what is a 12 inch concrete wall here. so if i need to, i can literally lay down here. and that could happen later in the day as we see what happens with the storm. again, the winds are going to change direction. and they're going to come from -- let me get myself into position here, they're going to come from that way soon. i think that's what i'm more worried about.
that's what i would say in naples. >> we're happy to see you've got that option of concrete. i've been told by the control room to tell you we're going to give you a little break to go back and get reset. we're going to get reset by taking a break. we've just had a recorded wind gust inland at 115 miles per hour. by the way, this deserves repeating, bill karin's been talking about this, the entire state of georgia is under a state of emergency. this is of course not going to stop. the story's going to remain florida. the state of georgia is the next frontier. days from now. >> a lot of trees in georgia. >> a lot of pine trees in georgia, especially in that southern portion. >> a lot of power outages anticipated. >> a quick break in our coverage. we've got a lot to get to. a lot of people standing by. as we continue.
we are back as we track the northern progress of hurricane irma. the leading edge of the northern eye wall is now nine miles away from marco eiland, florida. i want to read you the way the associated press is putting it, at the top of the hour. hurricane irma roared through the hurricane keys on sunday. and began pushing its way north. knocking out power to more than 1 million and a half people across the state. we'll have more on that. but let's go to miami before we
go to meteorologist bill karins. we've got sam champion who i note has put on another protective layer. good luck with that there, sam. >> not just because we were soaking wet, but the temperature, it's much, much cooler than it was when we were getting the leading edge of that warm air. now the temperature's dropped a little bit. it becomes really kind of important to be protected and dry. we'll see how that goes. one of the things i've been watching since you and bill pointed it out is that one band, that very sharp bright red band with the heaviest winds that we've seen yet kind of working its way from key largo through homestead and toward miami right now. because as you read at the top of this -- when you just came into us, that from what we've seen earlier, we had all the crane damage and everything else. so we've been trying to repair people. even our reporters out in the
field for the strongest winds we've seen yet in this storm. to come across the state of florida and back into that storm. and that includes everybody from miami and homestead and key largo north. we're trying to watch the timing of that band. thanks to you, by the way, for pointing it out. >> sam, we keep asking for descriptions of marco island for folks. for people around the country who may not know just how beautiful an area sadly is in the -- under the gun. >> yeah, it is -- it is gorgeous. so -- and people crowd to the areas that are most beautiful on this planet and this is one of those areas. it truly is. the marco island/naples area, it's kind of a beautiful -- seriously, these days, very luxurious home community. that's built on these canals.
so there's even more waterfrontage. because everybody wants water these days. everybody wants to be able to live on it. and open your living room door. wow, that tree i was concerned about just snapped. but thankfully it didn't come towards us. so we really do have more wind coming our way right now, brian. but it's a community where they've dug in and created these canals all the way through these neighborhoods so that every home can be on water. now, that's gorgeous when it's dry. but it's problematic when we have a storm surge. as you and bill have been talking about all morning long. this probably coming up in excess of 15 feet. because then we not only drive that water right up against the coast, but we drive that water into everyone of those canals and everyone of those communities and basically turns into one big wall of water going through all those luxury beautiful golf curioourse communities. it is a gorgeous area. this is one of