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this storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state. you have to take this seriously. >> new projections showing hurricane irma on a path that could devastate florida. meteorologists say miami is now in the worst possible position. overnight, new hurricane warnings for coastal areas. we'll have the latest on irma's track. also the latest on that 8.1-magnitude earthquake in southern mexico. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. friday, september 8th. 4:00 a.m. exactly in the east. let's begin with the national hurricane center issuing a hurricane warning for southern florida. this extends from juniper -- jupiter inlet on florida's east coast southward around the peninsula to bonita beach and including flat keys and florida bay. >> storm surge warnings also being issued in coastal communities. those surges could reach ten feet.
mandatory evacuation orders now in place for parts of miami-dade county, broward county, palm beach county, low-lying brevard county, and monroe county, as well. >> it is not just florida bracing for irma. georgia's governor ordering a mandatory evacuation for anyone east of i-95. that includes the city of savannah, it includes chatham county and other low-lying areas. in south carolina, a mandatory evacuation order, mandatory evacuation order takes effect saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. eastern time in the coastal counties including charleston. >> irma holding strong at category five, slamming turks and caicos overnight and now approaching the bahamas. meteorologist karen maginnis tracking the monster storm from the weather center. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> how long is the window for people to get out of florida
now? >> it is closing so fast. i'm not sure that if i were living in south florida, i'm not sure that i would get in the car and try to make a run for it because all the services that would be available are so limited now. you can't even really buy an airline ticket. delta and american are saying that by tomorrow afternoon they're not going to have flights in and out of those international airports. those are the big airports. the window is closing for sure. i would say that if you report out by nower -- if you aren't out by now, this is going to be tricky. the northern coast of cuba, here are the bahamas. the southern edge is going to be riding right along that northern coast of cuba, and then by saturday morning, we're looking at a category-four hurricane before making its way into south florida. i'll explain more about that in a minute. is it -- is it near miami? is it on the everglades side? where is it going to go? when's it going to make
landfall? it goes up the spine of florida as a category three. so it's interaction with lands is going -- so its interaction with land is going to weaken it. a major hurricane, category three. even into georgia, tropical storm strength as we go into the beginning of the workweek. here we are at friday. this has been a category-five hurricane since early morning tuesday, and it's friday. this is a frightening storm. and as the mayor of miami said a day or so ago, this is a nuclear hurricane. it is so broad and so -- you know, just concise, a clearly defined eye has given little up. even as it has interacted with some of these islands, bahamas will be the next, and if you on are the upper right quadrant of the hurricane, that's where we look for tornadic activity. it could happen anywhere. that's really kind of the core.
this is very important. we were looking for this -- this european model, we were looking to see what would happen. let's split florida that half and see where the european model goes. it goes to the florida keys or southwestern florida, to the west of center. the european model looks like it makes landfall around miami-dade county, 2.5 million people, brevard county, about 2 million people. throughout the state of florida, over 20 million people. no one will go unscathed from this. maybe you remember andrew, maybe you remember wilma. but a hurricane like this -- we haven't seen anything like this. but now as it marches toward west/northwest quickly, supporting winds 160 with gusts to 200. this is already a deadly hurricane. we'll have another report at the bottom of the hour. back to you guys. >> all right. karen, thank you very much. sobering, sobering pictures.
sobering information. millions of people in florida are in irma's path. that number is higher today than it has ever been. last year the three-county area that stretches from miami to palm beach topped six million people in population for the first time. we've got time-lapse video of the region showing rapid growth since 1992 when hurricane andrew hit the area. the state's governor, rick scott, warning people to get out fast. >> we cannot save you when the storm hits. just remember this -- once there's an evacuation order, get out. we can't take care of you in the middle of a storm. >> the administrator for monroe county that includes the florida keys making it clear all hospitals will be closed, ambulances will be gone by this morning. he warned if you dial 911, no one will be there to answer. cnn's isa soares live with the latest in miami.
>> reporter: good morning to you. the message from officials very, very clear in the last few days. if you're going to stay here, you -- recommending that people go to shelters, seek shelters more inland, 13 shelters added, in addition another 8 being set up. for those of you who don't want to hurchger down, they're -- hunker down, they're recommending that they go really outside as far north as they can go. and that's exactly what people are doing. they're heeding that advice, hence why so much of miami beach is very much a ghost town, not just at this time of the morning but also for very much throughout the day. what i've been seeing throughout the day is long cues, long lines, long lines not just for people buying food, food is flying off the shelves, may i add, but also long lines for people getting petrol. that has been a huge concern in miami. people trying to head north,
packing their bags, and going north. as they try to leave, really they're faced with long lines. what authorities here have done is really brought in police, coming in with fuel tankers to try to mitigate and facilitate the flow of fuel to keep that going so that people can get out sooner rather than later. of course, those people who were staying here have been -- many have been hunkering down by themselves. we've seen them boarding windows, boarding doors. and there are, of course, others who are going -- who are seeking shelter. some 650,000 people have been moved or ready and told to seek shelter. also worth pointing out that despite the fact that so many people are leaving, dave and christine, i did speak to a couple of people in the last few hours who who basically said, look, i've gone through andrew, i know what it's like.
i'm going to ride this out. i'm going to help those who can't get out by providing food, water, whatever that may be. the majority taking notice, heeding advice, and leaving. we're not just talking about what may happen the next 48 hours, but of course what may happen in the next two weeks if not longer. while people may have food, water, and electricity now, that might not be the case as some are suggesting in several weeks' time if the storm, the hurricane, is as ferocious as it's shown up to be. >> the only good news about this as opposed to harvey is it's moving fast. it won't sit there and park over miami. but to your point, there are people staying that want to help others. are there people telling you that they're staying because they don't think they can get gas, they don't think they can get out? >> reporter: no. those i've been speaking to are telling me why they're staying, they're staying because they believe they want to help.
that is more the sense i got from them. one gentleman says he has a restaurant here in miami beach. he says, look, i've gone through last hurricane, i know what it's like, but either i'm -- i had a full restaurant, he said, tonight, and i am helping those who perhaps don't want to leave. this is my city. i want to city here. i don't want to leave. having said that, dave, he did say has the hurricane moves closer, he will be looking closely to see whether he should stay put or whether to seek some more shelter more inland. >> everyone who's staying, please be careful. please lay in supplies. don't leave at the last minute. when we've seen terrible storms, people who leave at the last minute, they end up really in fatal positions. >> heartbreaking stories over the years. >> thank you very much for that. ahead, irma starting to move over the bahamas this hour. parts of some of the islands in the atlantic already left in ruins by irma.
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welcome back to ouring coverage of -- our continuing coverage of hurricane irma. this is a southeastern storm turning over the bahamas overnight. a hurricane warning in effect as irma takes dead aim at central bahamas today and continues tracking toward florida. our journalist joining us via skype now. he is in the bahamas. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: what we're seeing is that the sea is -- the sea level is rising, and the winds are coming in and starting to pick up. the wind in particular is the main source of concern here in the bahamas. we're talking about gusts of 175 miles per hour. these are winds that can blow away any sort of building that can move into the island where you don't have buildings -- buildings are hard concrete as you may have in the inland of the united states. the people of the bahamas are telling us that the main source
of concern are the wind gusts. they're taking particular precautions against it. we see most of the windows in nassau have been boarded with metal boards or wood en boards. some trees have been chopped down. as much as they can be used by tropical storms -- these people are worried. these -- this is something they've never experienced before. >> this is big, powerful. those winds are devastating, no question. thank you very much for that from the bahamas this morning. four people have died in the u.s. virgin islands as a result of hurricane irma. that brings the number of storm-related deaths to ten. hurricane warnings remain in effect for parts of cuba, the dominican republic, and sadly haiti, which has already, as you know, been devastated. some say they are not prepared for this or the aftermath. part of the devastation, the bridge connecting to the dominican republic to haiti washed away by the category-five
storm. >> a hurricane warning also issued in turks and caicos where conditions rapidly deteriorated overnight. governor freeman warning everyone on the islands not to test mother nature. >> hunker down. stay where you are. you can't go out because the winds are far, far too strong. nobody can get to you either. people are on their own. >> there is damage to part of the roof of the hospital there. to politics. out of this, a senior republican aide tells cnn the house will vote this afternoon on a $15.2 billion hurricane harvey relief passage. that's before they get to what this storm will cause. the measure increases the debt ceiling and funds the government for the next three months. >> meantime, all five living presidents -- former presidents are joining forces to help hurricane harvey victims. >> hurricane harvey brought
terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity. >> as former presidents, we want to help our fellow americans begin to recover. >> our friends in texas including presidents bush 41 and 43 are doing just that. >> people are hurting down here. as one texan put it, we've got more love in texas than water. >> we love you, texas. >> president trump not included in the public service announcements, but he tweeted his support for the initiative saying he's proud to stand with presidents for one america appeal. all right. breaking news now. at least five people died in a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake in southern mexico off the border near guatemala. power outages reported in mexico city 600 miles away. the quake triggering name is, but the threat appears minimal this hour. guatemala has activated security protocols. police are report something damage along their border with mexico. we'll follow all the developments here throughout the morning and bring you the latest
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this storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state. and you have to take this seriously. >> get out while you can. that's the message from florida officials. get out while you can. weather experts call this a once-in-a-generation storm. brand-new hurricane warnings issued overnight. we're live in miami. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is 4:30 eastern time. we begin with the national hurricane center issuing a warning for florida. it starts from jupiter inlet on the east coast, southward around the peninsula, bonita beach including the florida keys and florida bay. >> storm surge warnings being issued in coastal communities. those surges could reach ten feet. mandatory evacuation orders in
parts of miami-dade county, broward county, palm beach county, low-lying parts of brevard county, and monroe county. >> and it's not just florida bracing for irma. georgia governor nathan deal ordering a mandatory evacuation for anyone east of i-95 including the city of savannah, along with chatham county and other low-lying areas. and in south carolina, mandatory evacuation order takes effect saturday morning at 10:00 eastern in coastal counties including charleston. >> irma holding strong this hour at category five. slamming turks and caicos overnight. it's now approaching the bahamas. meteorologist karen maginnis tracking the monster storm from the cnn weather center. this is a storm not to be underestimated, karen. >> no, you're absolutely right. it is one for the ages. the window is rapidly closing
for anyone who's thinking about leaving, at least in south florida to leave. here's the reason why -- we've got about a 24-hour window before we see any kind of significance as far as the rip current here and the storm surge expected across the region. looks like it will interact with land, weaken to category four. still a major hurricane. it is expected to make its way into south florida, exactly where -- we have to look at the computer models, the european being the one that is favored because it's more precise, has more data associated with it. saturday, well on shore, goes up the spine of florida and into south georgia, and then maybe curving toward the west. all right. let's talk when what we can expect as far as winds. you think you're in a condominium or highrise. maybe you're protected. let's look at this.
are you protected? well, at the surface, perhaps you're looking at winds at 145 miles per hour. so you're looking at very powerful winds. if you went up about 30 stories, then your wind is going to increase about 20%. go up another few stories, maybe between 80 and 100 stories, and we've got an additional 30% greater wind. why? simply friction. there is more friction in the lower levels of the atmosphere than there is higher up. if you're thinking you're a little safer because you're in a highrise condominium, that you're going to be more protected, that is untrue. there is going to be stronger winds, the higher up you go. what are we looking at as you go through time? over the next 48 hours -- we think that landfall within the next 46 to -- 36 to 48 hours, perhaps as a strong category four, maybe it will maintain
category-5 intensity. the storm surge, rainfall, already flights at the major airports are ending tomorrow afternoon. even if you wanted to buy an airline ticket and go, that's not going to be a possibility. the computer models vary. the european model has it just to the west of central florida. the american model just to the east. either way, this is such a major hurricane. there's almost no escaping anywhere in florida. they have to batten down the hatches now. >> the size of it just going to -- >> that's good context with the buildings. the third highest skyline in the united states in terms of highrises. a building boom the last decade in particular in miami. it's terrifying. >> let's talk about the building boom. millions live in florida in the path. the number is hire than it's ever been.
last year the three-county area that stretches from miami to palm beach topped six million people for the first time. we have time-lapse video i guess. it's time-lapse satellite pictures showing rapid growth since 1992. that's when hurricane andrew hit. florida's governor, rick scott, warning people to get out fast. >> we cannot save you when the storm hits. just remember this -- once there's an vaccination order, get out. we can't take care of you in the middle of a storm. >> the administrator for monroe county which includes the florida keys making it clear all hospitals will be closed, ambulances will be gone by this morning. he also warned that if you dial 911, no one will be there to answer. >> wow. >> cnn's issa -- isa soares live for us. >> reporter: i heard your conversation with karen maginnis about the boom we've seen in
miami. that is without a doubt one of the most striking things that i saw coming in is the highrises peppered along the way. that is one area i think that many people will be concerned about despite, of course, the fact that many people have left. despite the fact that many have gone into shelters. one hotel person i was speaking to this morning, she was basically saying to me to there -- they had reservations. then they decided to evacuate the whole hotel. and they were basically hunkering down, closing everything. they were putting plastic over every single bit of tableware that they could because they think there is just no way they could actually escape the fierceness of this storm. on the ground, what we are seeing is in many ways a ghost town. it doesn't matter if i've arrived here at 7:00 or 3:00 or 4:00. it's very much empty. i have seen a couple of people
walking their dogs and some on their bicycles. like karen maginnis was say, we've got between 36 and 48 hours before it's expected to make landfall. in the meantime, those who are leaving miami, they are preparing not just with goods, supermarkets, basics such as water, food, that's practically empty at one of the supermarkets i went to today. also filling their tanks with gas. and those are the biggest problems. long lines of cars trying to get out of miami but also long lines of cars trying to get petrol, trying to get gas. and what the authorities are doing here, trying to facilitate that, trying to mitigate that is the police are escorting these fuel tankers into these key petrol stations, gas stations, to try and make the fuel, get it moving again. so that is one area they're hoping to get things moving.
of course, if you're thinking of leaving, some may add, some may say that perhaps now may be too late, in fact. >> yeah. >> christine, dave? >> really important moments here. you look at the hotels around where you are. all of them -- they've canceled all the reservations, not taking any new reservations until the 11th -- september 11th or 12th at the earliest. thank you very much. joining us by phone, director of emergency management for broward county. thank you very much for joining us. i know it's very busy, very busy moments for all of you. can you tell us what exactly you're doing right now, and warning people, telling people to do in broward county. >> hello, good to be with you. broward county is under a hurricane warning. basically 36 hours out of tropical storm-force conditions. we're strongly urging preparations to be completed by late this evening.
late friday evening. so we have issued a mandatory evacuation for our low -- our coastal areas. and our two evacuation zones basically from u.s. 1 east. we don't want people to get on the road and start evacuating hundreds of miles. we believe in evacuating tens of miles, not hundreds of miles, evacuating in county and staying at one of our 14 shelters which are now open and available to the public. our emergency operations center is now fully activated as well with over 300 representatives from agencies that are dealing with transportation issues, to medical health issues, our utility board of power and light is also available to assist with
power outage situations. we're all working in a coordinated fashion to ensure the public safety. >> that's good. i was going to say, you know, to say that people don't need to go hundreds of miles, they maybe just need to go out of the danger zones. ft. lauderdale, hollywood, boca raton, you've got -- i think of all of these canal ways and boatways here, you locked down the drawbridges. tell us a little about the threat you're expecting. high winds, high waters, what are you looking for? >> especially with the category 4 possibly 5, we can expect destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, maybe four to five feet. flooding rains. possibly tornadic activity, tornadoes. very important that the public heed our evacuation orders
especially along the coastal areas, our two evacuation zones. >> how do you balance the desire for people to get out with the difficulty, the degree of difficulty just to get out now? we're told 40% of gas stations are out of gas. roadways are clogged. what do you say to people who say it may be too difficult to get out this morning or later this afternoon? >> again, if you're in one of with the two evacuation zones, basically from u.s. 1 east, we definitely want you out of there. the window to get out of there again based on the arrival of tropical storm-force winds is later this evening. it's important the public heed the evacuation order. broward's ft. everglades remains
open. basically stores, a lot of our fuel for south florida and in fact most of florida so -- we have received up to 8.4 million glance of gasoline yesterday, and deliveries to gas stations will continue through the end of today, friday. so we're trying to ensure gasoline is flowing freely. tanker trucks are also being escorted by law enforcement officers. we're trying to ensure the gasoline is getting to the retailers as quickly as possible. >> i saw they were getting police escorts, the tanker trucks. we know there are 14 shelters. one is pet friendly. we're told by your mayor that that is already filled up. we know that the ft. lauderdale airport is still open, but i suspect that's going to have to
close later today. you'll start feeling the effects of the storm by tonight, right? >> yes, the last flight out of the broward/ft. lauderdale international airport is expected about 7:45 p.m. this evening. >> all right. wrapping up for this -- the arrival of irma. >> the emergency -- director of emergency management for broward county. it's nearly two million residents. thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. irma starting to move over the bahamas this area. parts of other islands in the atlantic already left in ruins. hurricane jose is not far behind. we're live in the bahamas next. s'cuse me. mind if i sit here? not if you want your phone to work. let me guess, can't livestream your lobster roll. and my mobile pay isn't connecting and i just got an unlimited plan. right plan, wrong network. you see, verizon has america's largest, most reliable 4g lte network and now unlimited plans start at $40 per line, you know what i'm saying?
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the national hurricane center saying hurricanes jose and katia both in the atlantic, getting stronger. >> irma churning over the southeast corner of the bahamas. a hurricane warning as irma takes dead aim at the central bahamas today and tracks toward florida. our journalist via skype right now from the bahamas where the storm is going to be underway. what are you seeing? >> reporter: yes. the storm is going to be out of the way, and we expect we are -- in the island of nassau, in the northeastern of the archipelago of the bahamas. the storm is expected to arrive between tonight and early tomorrow morning. we can already feel its presence and can see the sea just behind me about 50 feet behind me is the seashore. the sea has been rising, and the wind is extremely picking up. the wind is the main source of
concern for these islanders -- these people yesterday. authorities warned the main warning is winds. winds about 175 miles per hour, they can blow away anything that can go -- anything that's not batoned down. >> we'll look for real damage from the winds, sustained winds of 180 miles per hour. stefan oh, thank you very much. we'll check in with you again very soon. stay safe. four people have died in the u.s. virgin islands as a result of hurricane irma bringing the number of storm-related deaths to ten. hurricane warnings remain in effect for parts of cuba, the dominican republic, and haiti. this is just part of the destruction. a bridge connecting the dominican republic to haiti washed away by the category-5 storm. >> a hurricane warning also issued in turks and caicos where conditionsdeteariated
overnight. the governor -- deteriorated overnight. the governor warning everyone not to test mother nature. >> stay where you are. you can't go out because the winds are just far, far too strong. nobody can get to you either. people can stay on their own. >> 15 roofs have come off including the roof of the hospital. major breaking news. at least five people dead after a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake near the border with gatt mall amp the strongest earthquake -- guatemala. the strongest earthquake in mexico in a century according to president nigeto. power outages reported 600 miles away in mexico city where people were running out in the street barefoot in their pajamas. the threat of a tsunami appears minimal. guatemala has activated security
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welcome back. a senior republican aide tells cnn the house will vote this afternoon on a $15.2 billion hurricane harvey relief package passed by the senate on thursday. the measure also increases the debt ceiling and funds the government for the next three months. the deal was sealed by the president and chuck and nancy, democratic leaders. is the long-awaited trump to -- is it the long-awaited trump pivot to partisanship? we'll bring in zach wolf, director of cnn politics. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> color me skeptical.
48 hours ago, less than that, here's chuck schumer and nancy pelosi on president trump's daca move. listen -- we don't have that. what they said is that essentially president trump was brainless and gutless. the very next day -- >> and heartless. >> and heartless. >> yes. >> the very flex day -- very next day, a pivot to bipartisanship. should the american voters be skeptical? >> yes. you know, just not be fooled. i don't think this is a move toward bipartisanship on other things. it is a very -- focused moment where we see trump coming together with democrats to fund the government in a short-term matter. i don't think the american people honestly care if it's a three-month extension or six-month extension or 18-month extension. you know, how often they do the debt ceiling. i think they're more interested
in getting the money for fema that's needed for harvey and presumably for irma very soon and funding the government. you know, when trump did this sort of surprise turnaround and caught republicans off guard, i don't think he was thinking so much about this republican chess match with democrats on capitol hill. he was thinking more probably about what's going to look good on tv which i don't think it's any surprise that that is more of his focus. >> yeah. and he wants a win. he badly needs a win, right? and so this -- at least in the short term, this gets him a win. what does it do for the republican legislative strategy, though, coming into the beginning of december? >> you know, and what you said there is important. it gets him a win. it doesn't get republicans a win. that's the distinction. he was elected outside of the party almost. for him, a win is not what mitch mcconnell and paul ryan see as a win. that's the real difference here.
>> yeah. cnn spoke with congressman peter king from new york who described the interaction between president trump and chuck schumer as almost a love-in. they were finishing each other's sentences. i don't know if it's a pivot as much as it is a dramatic u-turn. can the president trust democrats? >> let's not kid ourselves. this is a transactional relationship between these guys. they're both new yorkers. maybe there's some camaraderie there. i think they have something of a history. this is not them suddenly joining forces to ride off into the sunset. this is a very specific thing that they did. >> all right. zach wolf -- you know, it's been a crazy week for politics, no question. it's -- natural disasters are the headlines here. interesting. zach wolf, digital director, we'll talk to you again next hour. thank you. let's check cnn "money
stream" this morning. u.s. stock futures pointing lower partly because the value of the dollar is weaker because of some moves out of the european central bank. got the two hurricanes. worries about north korea. stock markets in europe also lower. and shares in asia are mixed. shares of equifax are tanking 13% premarket trading after the company disclosed a huge data breach that could affect 143 million americans. another 209,000 people had their credit card numbers stolen. 182,000 people who were involved in credit disputes were also compromised. the stock had been a strong performer this year, up 20%. the company will not be contacting you. no. instead, you have to sign up for the free credit monitoring to find out if your info. was stolen. and there's -- there's plenty of outcry on social media this morning about how that does not seem very fair that you have to jump through hoops -- >> to say the least.
credit freeze. two words. >> credit experts are saying perhaps you should go to the major, three major credit agencies and put a freeze on your credit. if you're not going to open up a credit card in the near term, not getting a car or house loan, freeze them. >> listen to this lady. "early start" continues with the latest projections on irma and the two hurricanes right behind her. the storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state, and you have to take this seriously. >> projections show homeowner -- show hurricane irma on a path that could potentially devastate florida. overnight, new warnings for coastal areas. two other hurricanes in the atlantic are gaining strength. a brand-new update from the national hurricane center is moments away. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it's friday, september 8th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we'll also update you on