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to a category 4 when it went over land. that's to be expected. hurricanes do lose energy when they go over land and we'll see the same thing when it does come to florida. remember it's not an if, it's a when and the giant concern now is that as the storm leaves cuba it will re-energize over open water as it heads to the florida keys. cnn is everywhere the storm is expected to be. we're here in downtown miami, we're still about -- half an hour or so from high tide. and we see that the water is already well over the docks that are in place here in many places and coming over as storm surge many of the barriers and bulkheads in the area and we're only seeing winds of 40 miles per hour in gusts. that number is relevant to first responders. when the wind is sustained at 40 miles per hour. they will not go out any more. there's too much flying debris, too much chance of risk to those though we will need to do the rescuing in the aftermath once
the storm passes. that's the situation here, the path has moved. it's moved west/northwest at about 12 nautical miles an hour and we will be tracking it every step of the way and we have people everywhere. let's start with kyung lah, she's in miami beach, across the water from here, another vulnerable area. it can't take a lot of storm surge. they're expecting up to at the time feen there, kyung. and we've heard from the mayor and other local leaders that the track has shifted, but the priority has not. do not come back and stay safe if you are here. because the threat here for miami beach, which is an outer barrier islands, is the storm surge. and we're starting to see some of the conditions changing, to see how windy it is, i want you to look over here. and you can see deet bring starting to come up here. and as you take a look at the beach, it's almost completely empty. emphasis on almost there are a
couple of stragglers here. but the winds are strong. these are sustained. are tropical force. so. >> here is the last safety concern. here is what the fire chief told us. >> are you concerned with the latest weather forecast, people will say, we're done, we're not coming back. >> we want them to stay safe, stay inside this is still a highly serious situation and dangerous. >> you can see the waves, what we're seeing here on miami beach, i want to tell you somethi something, see that area there? that's for sea turtles. it's not just humans who are going to have to deal with this it's the wildlife out here, chris. of course what the city is
worried about most of all, trying to keep people safe and try to keep them completely evacuated out of miami beach. >> kyung, those are the right priorities and we hear them and we are repeating them. as a public service. right now, hurricane irma is battering cuba. thoughts and prayers to the people there, especially along the northern coast. we just checked in with patrick oppmann. he and the crew had to bunker down in a closet because of the winds. let's get to chad myers in the weather center. it bears repeating, the headline is, the storm as it is shading into the land area with cuba going from a 5 to a 3, but the 3 is doing some damage. what do you see? >> it's going to head over warmer water, chris. and likely regenerate at least a little bit. what i'm seeing now, the hurricane center just put out the 11:00 advisory. this is for you, this is for the
keys and for naples and ft. myers up to tampa. the storm surge has increased. the water bubble under the storm is large. the wind that's going to blow the water onshore is high. so now from captiva, all the way down to cape sanibel, 10-15 feet. they've bumped that three feet higher. this does not matter, chris, listen to me on this. the hurricane center, this does not matter about tide at all, the tide is only about one foot. so the difference between 11 and 16 or 10-15, doesn't matter, it's life-threatening. pay attention to it, don't consider what might happen at low tide. because low tide is insignificant when you're talking 10-15. to ft. myers, 6-10 and a major change for a major population is tampa, tampa bay, five to eight feet of surge into the bay. because now the storm is
literally on the west coast of florida. a little less for miami. you're four to six now. to the north of there, fort pierce, melbourne, west palm, two to four and they stay with the five to ten along the florida keys. that's the take-away from this 11:00 advisory and we'll have more as we get it because it's still coming in, minutes by minute. we're making graphics as fast as we can. but all you need to know, is that if you're in naples or nft myers or less than that, it's time to go someplace more safe. >> chad listen, we're getting the information out and people should heed the warnings, i'm only mentioning we're not near high tide, just to show what the new normal is for the pend cenc of the hurricane irma storm track. we don't have high tide, a small difference in winds we've seen, chad, boom, it's over the docks here. the boats are moving in a
different way, it's coming over the bulkheads and we're still just seeing gusts here. in the 30 to 40-mile-per-hour range. not even sustained. right now let's get to brian todd so when you're looking at the peninsula of florida, you have the keys, you also have this barrier stretch of land, that's west palm beach. that place also acutely vulnerable. they have been getting warnings, you've had the police going door to door there. for people in evacuation zones to talk to them. about the realities of what irma could bring even with the shift as chad just expected. a shift does not mean it's gone. brian todd is there, brian, what's the situation? >> you talked about the police going door to door. we just spoke with officials in palm beach county saying they now have a curfew in effect for about four hours from now. after 3:00 p.m. eastern time, they don't want to see anybody on these roads, even walking. if you are on the roads here,
walking or driving you could get arrested, and official with palm beach county just toll me that, they're going to start shutting down these bridges in a little bit when the storm hits here in earnest. we get the brunt of it tomorrow. these bridges, according to the police, like this one connecting west palm to your left with palm beach to your right are going to be shut down and police are going to be manning check points. you mentioned a high tide where you are, chris coming soon. it's coming here and the good news from chad we just heard is that the storm surge here may not be quite as high as we thought. but if you look at how close the intracoastal waterway is to here, you know the storm surge of four feet is still dangerous. we'll show you in several hours, when the storm hits here in earnest we're not going to be standing at the spot we're standing this is a construction crane this building goes up about 14 stories. the crane is much higher. can you see two-thirds the way up the crane there's a brace where they've secured the crane to the building.
but still, with winds this high, and debris flying there's a threat from construction sites like this one. we will not be here in the spot when the storm hits in earnest. they are concerned about cranes here as they are in miami. the tops of the cranes are going to be allowed to swing like weathervanes, we're going to be monitoring areas like this closely. we have an update on sheltering here. they have about 15,500 people in shelters, they're saying the window is closing with that curfew coming up, they're not encouraging people to get out. they want as many to be in shelters as possible. they have a lot of spots open in the shelters, you get the sense they don't feel like enough people took shelter in this country. >> brian i hear it and the governor said, we're waiting to hear from the governor, he's about less than an hour away now from the latest briefing, we're seeing as things pick up a little bit. you see the boat owners trying to come out and make adjustments, the governor said
he has 50,000 people in shelters across the state there are 260 open right now. they believe they're going to need to open another 70 or so. that could change as the path and the needs and the urgency shifts. he's putting a call out for volunteers, nurses, they say they need 1,000 to help with the infirm and the elderly in place in shelters wooxt i did we move? just to show what a difference just a little shift makes, the wind has picked up a little bit. we're still seeing gusts here, nowhere but 35, 40 miles per hour. half of what they expect. six more feet of storm surge doesn't mean it moves six feet in linear fashion, that's just six feet more. it's up, it's six feet higher than it is right now. even here in downtown miami, that won't just mean that this dock is gone and these boats may few of them may break away, hopefully not but it goes well over the bulkhead here and into the buildings, some of them are even a little bit below sea
level right now. that's what they're talking about. so that even though it may not be a direct hit that doesn't mean it's not going to be a bad hit. we keep saying this. the only thing that matters is safety. the only thing that matters is people in harm's way take the extra step. err on the side of caution. all of the expressions and cliches apply, better safe than sorry. god forbid you get caught in where there's more storm surge than expected. you're flooded out. you can't get to safety. who knows what happens next. so as chad just told us, our meteorologist, the shift of irma, it's not about if it hits florida, but when and where and how. we are seeing a shift towards the west. that means that the west coast of florida cutely vulnerable now, increased urgency. we talked to the mayor from tampa and what they're doing to ramp up their needs there.
drew griffin is showing us the face of that need. the reality of that need outside ft. myers. he is near a shelter there where people are waiting in line to get help and gep get inside somewhere safe. drew, what do you see? the city of ft. myers just expanded their evacuation zone. and we're continuing to see a flood of these storm refugees coming over here this is the jermaine center, a big arena here in estero, florida, outside of ft. myers. the line wraps all way around this building. comes back around the parking lot, this is the end of the line. but it continues to wrap around and snake almost like one of those huge lines you would see at a disney world park ride. but this is no ride. these are people who are evacuating. many different areas for many different reasons, chris, we want to talk to the jones family from nottingham, england. are you on vacation? >> we are, yes.
>> and you're having a great american experience. >> we certainly are, aren't we. >> where were you just now and why did you decide to come to the shelter? >> we're staying in cape coral, a villa, and it backs on to a canal. so we're really concerned about storm surge. so that's why we're here really, we didn't want to put any of our family at risk. we're here with our three boys. we didn't want to be at risk. >> are you nervous, is this the first hurricane for the family? >> yes, first hurricane so we don't know what to expect. but we know it's going to be bad and it's hitting this area. so anything to do, it's going to be the shelter, really. >> we've never had an experience like this. never had hurricane issues, it's going to be an interesting experience. >> this is a family on vacation. there are people here with dogs, leaving their homes. people here with just about everything they own. their parents, their pills, their needs for the next several days. there's a whole laundry list of things that the lee county wants
you to bring to the shelters. they keep opening up more and more. the warnings, increasing warnings that this is going to be a real west coast storm is what's driving this. shelters are filling up. this arena looks like it can take the thousands of people, other arenas are opening up. one opened up at the florida gulf coast university. so there is capacity. but bring your patience and hopefully all of these people can get inside under cover before the rain starts. crit. >> drew, thank you very much. an important time to be sensitive to these people and what they're going through. this is very stressful. waiting in lines like that can be hard. and unfortunately the urgency is increased where they are we'll check back withdrew griffin, he's outside ft. myers. and again the west coast has become more sensitive. a lot of this has taken place online. the calls and the information and attention. we're on twitter monitoring social media. communicating right now with the
mayor of tampa. bob buckhorn and his needs. we're going 0 get to him. senator marco rubio from florida has very much been out there and getting people ready. he's speaking right now, let's listen in. >> we thank them for their service. a couple of things that happened around this town. i think i'm speaking to you, everyone knows someone like this someone becomes an amateur meteorologist. they tell you see it on facebook, we're out of the cone. the people that established the cone will be the first to tell you the cone is about the cone of the center of the storm. that's not the storm and its impact. number two, a tropical storm winds which we are projected with great certainty to be impacted by, those are serious winds, that stuff blows off tiles it knocks down trees. don't be the guy that gets killed by the tree, all right? every year we have it, the guy that's standing around. the guy that falls on their head, don't be the guy or gal that gets killed by the tree. if you don't lose power, that's
great. it's a great time to get home. catch up on "game of thrones." whatever it's called. if you're in the shelter, just ride it out at this point. where are you going? you know, i think it's important for to us know that. because we just heard a report as we were walking out, i think the mayor heard it, too. people taking down their shutters. don't be the guy that gets killed by the shutters taking them down. these are the things we want to you think about. you've made preparations, you're in place, it's going to be dangerous. if you're near water, you know the surge threat and all that it poses. let's ride this thing out. you're in a good spot. one last point and obviously i'm very concerned about the rest of the state if you have loved ones in the tampa bay region and they're anywhere near the water, they need to look at the map and they need to move. a lot of us know people who left, they left miami-dade, they drove up north and now they drove into the center of what they might be the direct impact. they're in a safe place, that's where they need to stay.
can't play chick with your preparation, stay where you are. if you're safe there and wait until this thing comes through. because the tropical storm winds which we are going to get, are very severe and can be life-threatening and mayor just mentioned this. the gusts. when you see the wind projections, that's sustained winds, but you'll have gusts going to 100, 110, 115. that's not a game and you can't predict the gufrts, it happens and it kills so everybody, let's
just ride this thing through continue with your plan. and hopefully on tuesday we'll be heading in a positive direction. again let's take time to pray for and thank the men and women out it there who are away from their families, prepared to serve us, let's do them a favor. let's not create emergency calls for them unnecessarily. let's just stay in place here and be safe and ride this thing through. thank you. >> very good words, senator. and actually personally i experienced it today. i lost a tree already in my property. so yes, it's very dangerous situation, please stay home. if you don't have to go anywhere. please stay home. any questions? >> we were just listening to senator marco rubio, and everything he said was spot-on. one thing we're seeing online
that should stop like a minute ago. this is not about left, right or about politics. this is about people. senator rube yo is not only a lifetime floridian who has seen a lot of storms come and go, but he's the official who has the information that is informing his perspective and his message was clear. if you were in this storm's path you have to heed the evacuation warnings, you have to get to a position of safety. you have to have a plan, you have to have supplies. if you're in a situation like we are here in miami proper where the storm path is shifting a little bit, you still are not now in some magically better situation. look how little it takes to make a difference, we're 30, 40-mile-per-hour gusts here, not sustained wind and already the place where we started our coverage this morning is gone, it's under water. dave just pan to the right for a second so you see what i'm talking about. i was standing on the docks, the water is now near them.
they're now gone. just because of a little storm surge, who cares, it's just boats, it's just property. true, what i'm say something the storm surge, when it communicate to elevation of six feet up higher, that being gone that submerge becomes the bottom of buildings, the foundation of a place that people are taking shelter. now it has made a real difference and it will remain for hours, if not longer. so the senator was spot-on hopefully people are listening to whey says and not play politics. so the latest information, the storm is over cuba. think and pray for people there. they are getting hammered. we have patrick oppmann there, we talk to him. they are hunkering down in a closet waiting for it to pass, we'll show you the pictures when we have them. it's going to have devastating effects, it's moving towards the keys right now. the path shifting west, still has our coverage and our resources. we talked to the mayor of tampa.
we have alex marquardt, he's in port charlotte, north of ft. myers where we were withdrew griffin, south of tampa. alex, are people heeding the new warnings and concerns? and what are the preparations like that are in place there right now? >> well largely, they are, let me give you a sense, we in port charlotte as you mentioned on the west coast, we just came from the east coast. we started to see last night in ft. lauderdale, the beginning of the effects of hurricane irma, the winds picking up. as the storm tracked to the west, we're heading north towards sarasota as we speak. we're in one of our roving vehicles. i want to take advantage of the cameras around to show you what exactly we're seeing. this is the road heading west out towards the coast. we're going to turn right towards sarasota and if you look out the side, these are the homes that we're going past. now to a large extent this is what the officials want to see,
there are very few people around. very few cars on the road. you can see a lot of these cars are boarded up. they have hurricane shutters. their cars are between walls, you can't see too many people out and about, there are a lot of homes that are have not been boarded up. so they will likely bear a lot more of the brunt of the damage. of these winds. now you can see a family right there. it looks like they're heading out soon. we've been speaking with some of the families here. one was evacuating as soon as possible. just looking for their cat. we're speaking with another family that said they were going to hunker down with another family and try to ride it out. that is not what the officials want to hear. want to see everyone getting out of here as soon as possible. governor scott spoke an hour ago from sarasota which highlights the urgency in this region. the biggest fear here is storm surge. they're expecting around 10 feet of storm surge.
there's the mandatory evacuation zone along the coast. they're shutting down the airport tonight. they've stopped sandbag operations, the main message governor scott had for this area is you need to get to a shelter immediately or you need to get in your car and go north. he said literally by noon, everyone needs to be in a shelter or on the road. they want people to get safe or get out before noon. that's just 45 minutes away. chris? >>ed stoblt w the storm was not anticipated to be along the west coast. but with new information, new urgency, there has to be new preparations. we have about 24 hours. the good news. what people decide to do is the major variable. one thing we know from all the experts, the water always wins, here we are in miami.
the winds are just gusts, 35, 40 miles per hour, look at the difference the storm surge is making. it's making a total difference of the boats, our original live shot spogs gone. it's overwhelming the shore here. and this is nothing. we'll show you where irma is expected to go. please. stay safe and stay with cnn. (flourish spray noise) (flourish spray noise) (flourish spray noise) (flourish spray noise) the joy of real cream in 15 calories per serving. enough said. reddi-wip. (flourish spray noise) share the joy.
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chain, the chain of barrier islands here off florida, that will be the first point of impact. we have people stationed there. we've checked in with bill weir, we'll get back to him. we have other there is as well. but that's the future. the present is cuba. they are getting hammered, thoughts and prayers for the people there. we've seen what happened in the british virgin islands and in the caribbean. death, devastation, it's going to take years to rebuild. and billions and billions of dollars. but you can't replace life and that's why we just heard senator marco rubio, republican from florida, saying what should be obvious to all -- heed the warnings. if you're told to evacuate, please do so if you can. if you're going to shelter in place, have a plan and supplies. we're in downtown miami. this is nothing. 35 miles per hour. gusts not sustained. we're going to see three times this here. a little bit of storm surge already overwhelms the docks. overwhelming the shores. overwhelming where our original
position was. and of less impact here why, this is an arena we care about boats this is a big lifetime down here but they're not people. when the storm surge and another six feet of it goes into the surrounding buildings, now you have a problem. and that's why all the experts are saying, if the path shifted, that's true. but the urgency has not. the priority on your safety has not. do not come back to miami beach, that's not the word from cnn, it's the word from the fire chief. it's the word from the mayor. it's the word from the governor. the governor is saying get out now if are you in a mandatory evacuation center. don't play meteorologist which is what we just heard from senator rubio. let's bring in another lawmaker who understands the realities in florida and wants to speak to you directly. ted deutsche, congressman from florida. congressman, can you hear me? >> i can hear you fine, chris. >> all right. congressman thank you for being with us, we are all in this together. everybody is monitoring the situation. what do you want people to know about what's coming your way?
cy appreciate everything you've been saying. the fact is that we've known for days that this was an enormous storm that was going to affect all of florida. and to our friends on the west coast, from naples and ft. myers up to the tampa/st. pete area had are fleeing to shelters, they should continue to follow all of the directions that they're given. in south florida where you are, chris, and where i am, we can't watch the cone as we've done for a week now. and think that because it's shifted, suddenly everything is fine. that it's okay to go outside. that it's okay to start taking shutters off of your house. we're going to see consistent winds 50, 60 miles per hour for more than 24 hours. with gusts considerably higher. we're going to see the storm surge, people will lose power. roofs will be affected, trees
will come down. people should continue to say where they are there's a curfew in palm beach county, there's a curfew in broward county this afternoon. that's just to help keep people safe. people should abide by it and get to where they're going and hunker down. and stay safe. that's the most important thing to remember. >> congressman, while you're speaking i'm watching a guy down at the marine, he just caught a baby tarpon and is now down at the dock which is submerged, trying to release it. it's a nice thing to, do but as a sportsman it's a crazy thing to do, the urgency coming. we're about a day away. to the people who say the path has shifted, congressman. she, the storm has weakened. she's a 3, yes, she may pick up back to a 4, but she ain't andrew, she ain't a 5, she's not coming at us directly here in south florida.
what do you say to them? >> well, for people who are here for hurricane wilma, i would remind them that wilma wasn't a hurricane the size of andrew, either. but it did dramatic damage. i'm not predicting that. but we hope that that's not going to happen. when you have tropical storm-force winds. continuously for hours and hours and hours. and gusts much greater than that. it, that will put people's lives at risk if they're out and they risk walking around if a tree falls, if something falls flies off of a roof. the scale shouldn't be whether something is as devastating as andrew or not. to take it seriously. it should simply be a question of whether it's serious enough that it could put you in peril. put you in general jepdy and that's certainly the case with this storm. even for those of us on the southeast coast and we need to take it seriously and see it through.
>> look, your message should be heeded, it is a wise one and the good news is that we hear from the governor on down. that people do seem to be more sensitive to this storm than in the past. we will keep getting out the information congressman. let us know what people need to know and i hope wherever you are, you are safe, thank you for joining us. >> can i mention one more thing, please? there is the -- it's worth repeating. there's a real need for volunteers. in shelters throughout the state. go to volunteerflorida.org and sign up to be volunteers to get to shelters. if they have skills, particularly special needs shelters, it's something that's really important and if people are able to do it. while staying safe, they should know how to do it. just wanted to put that out there as well.
>>under stood, the call for volunteers, we heard the governor say they need nurses. we're going to volunteer as well, when we're not working we'll be with search and rescue, to help, whether it's relaying information that the spirs firs responders' familiirst responde families are okay. we'll get the word out. we're going to take a break here. we've just seen again some gusts to what, griff? 55 miles per hour. we're going to see twice this and it's made such a difference. i'm going to leave this, there's no reason to be in water if you don't need to. so we're going to take a break, when we come back we'll show you where the storm is headed. what the areas of concern are and the preparations that are in place. been trying to prepare for this day... and i'm still not ready. the reason i'm telling you this is that there will be moments in your life that...
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it's not the point. the point is with the storm surge that's expected, now with the little bands of rain start to come through, with the wind they can overwhelm the banks, flood lobbies and put you in danger. right now irma is putting a pounding on cuba. our thoughts and prayers are with the people there who are suffering right now. what are they seeing? what comes next? >> they are seeing 160 overnight. now they're down to about 125. but they are right on the eyewall. those keys that are north of cuba. the archipelago that is there our patrick oppmann got knocked off the air because of the wind. it's hard to keep any kind of signal there. the storm will be moving into warmer water. it will get into the florida straits this water comes out of the gulf of mexico, through this area and turns north to become the gulf stream. forecast back to 140 before it
moves in very close to a ft. myers, maybe i would maybe say, not quite sanibel certainly, but very close to a landfall there. there is a hurricane warning now all the way up and down the florida peninsula. now 10-foot to 15-foot storm surge into the ft. myers area. to the south of ft. myers, into naples really. even tampa, five to eight. these numbers were adjusted just in the past couple of minutes from the hurricane center. there you go. people have been asking, why doesn't tide mat centre why, why did you say last time tide didn't matter? the surges will last through high and low tides. they're not just going to be for five minutes, he they're going to last a long time. your home will be under water for a long time and so will you if you're in that area in southwestern florida. and you are less than 15 feet above sea level.
it is the area, it is the land above sea level that the hurricane center is worried about. not tides going up and down, because the water is going to be there a very long time. it's eventually going to move towards key west. i can truly see key west be hit with 130, to 135 miles per hour. but as long as it's in the water or very close to tampa, let me show you some very scary numbers, chris. this is from ryan maui, dr. ryan maui putting this together at weather bell. i'm going to take you to some wind gusts here and anderson cooper we spent a couple of nights in punta gorda. that says an expected gust of 150 miles per hour. let's hope that doesn't happen, chris. it's triple what we've seen here, chad. i'll check back, the situation keeps changing and as the science changes, the situation
on the ground changes. the people among us are the angels on earth and the red cross is among them and we've got craig cooper. so this is nothing. we just had a little bit of rain come, this is not the storm, this is the outer, outer, outer edge, we're still about 24 hours away. but we see what this amount of torm surge is doing to the banks here and this marine. what do you need people to know about the urgency, even if they're not in the path of the storm. >> everything we've seen and heard is that the storm is wider than the state of florida. everybody on the east coast and the west coast, we're all going to get hit and hit hard. people should not be lured into a false sense of security. because the category number changes. ? going to be a huge storm. we need people still at home to make sure that they have food, a safe place to stay. you know it's go time here in miami. there's pretty much no more time to do anything except hunker down at home.
the red cross is prepared here in miami and all over the state as the track of the storm shifted to the west. we have been opening shelters all up and down the west coast. here in the miami area we have 37 shelters ready that are red cross operated or red cross supported. my understanding is that we had 57,000 people in shelters here in the miami area just last night. >> we heard from the governor who said 50,000 are going to shelters. he put out the call for volunteer nurses. he said they need about 1,000. let's talk about what the red cross is doing and what your concerns are at this point. when you see the red cross, it's a blessing and a curse. because that means you're in a bad situation. the blessing says they are there, the caribbean, cuba, puerto rico and now the keys in florida. do you think you can meet the needs as they are expected now? >> the needs grow, the extent of
our deployment is going to grow as well. we saw what happened in texas with harvey. we were prepare wad certain number of shelters and a certain number of capacity. as harvey took aim at houston we needed to double and triple our shelter capacity in a short period of time. the good news in florida is we're not doing this alone. the red cross is working with government agencies and other partner agencies. this is not just the red cross show. really what's happening now is we feel prepared, we have cots and supplies for 110,000 people, that are in position or can be brought in very quickly. and once the storm is over. 36 hours from now, we're done here in miami. at that point we need to find out what's happening in the neighborhoods, we need to have our emergency response vehicles, begin to go block by block. check on people, provide food to them and that's our next step after the storm. >> important point and fair criticism, when the media
leaves, the red cross stays. harvey, people coordinating flood insurance, where they get their food, how they get back on their feet. red cross is still there. >> the red cross is there to provide for their immediate needs in our shelters we're providing food. we have vehicles still in texas and will be for a long time, going block by block, providing meals, providing what we call clean-up kits and other supplies so people can get their lives back in order. that's exactly what we're going to be doing in florida. it's a drill we know, a drill we improve every time we learn from a past disaster response. what we can do quicker, better, more efficiently. and the good news in florida is that we're not doing it alone. we have great partner agencies to work with. >> it is one of the beautiful things that comes out of tragedy. you see mother nature at her worst. human nature at its best and the coordination so far has seen like it's putting them in the best position they can be. craig? you do god's work, good luck to you, i'm sure i'll be seeing you
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all right. we are here in miami covering the path of hurricane irma. we're seeing gusts of about 60 miles an hour but we're still 18, 20 hours away from what they're or with ied about here with hurricane irma. let's get to rene marsh at the fema headquarters in d.c.-she just talked to the director. where is his head in terms of the level of preparation and concern?
>> you get the sense in this room here, chris, that there is a high level of urgency. and when you -- once the storm passes through and you start seeing those resources, i want you to realize that it's all being coordinated right in this room. this is a 24/7 operation here. the spire federal response is being coordinated in this room. these people that you're looking at, they ear working 12-hour shifts, seven days on, seven days off and right now their primary focus is this hurricane. there are more than 200 people in this room from agencies like the epa, department of energy, state department, department of homeland security. they're all work together. i just saw someone from fema talk to someone from the salvation army and red cross and they're literal hi coordinating what you're going to see out there in the field, trying to determine what sort of resources are needed, where they need to be. now, as you mentioned i spoke with the head of fema just a short time ago. he had this message for the people who are refusing to
evacuate from those low-lying areas. take a listen. >> what we have to do is set citizen expectations. we are not going to be there right after the storm passes. we have to make sure that the roadways are clear, we can move trucks in to get sufficient there and that's why we ask people to be prepared for three days. hopefully these land mark events, citizens will start to take the preparedness measures seriously all over the country. we're asking you to be prepared. we can't be there right after the storm. >> all right. so he said it and his words, i'm quoting him, he said, you are on your own if you did not evacuate. now, again, back to this 24/7 operation, again, 200 people crammed into this room all focused on this hurricane on a regular day where storms or any other natural disaster is not an issue, there are only five people in this room. so you understand the level of urgency here. i did also speak with the head of fema about this shift that we
saw, this storm take overnight and whether that will impact how they're able to respond. he says no, they are prepositioned, their assets are prepositioned and they're as ready as they're going to be for this massive storm, chris. >> all right, renay. they can only e prepare for so much so we'll keep monitoring where they are in terps of their homicide, their concerns, and here, here's one thing we know for sure -- you won't see us here tomorrow because if there's another six feet of storm surge, which is what they expect, this is gone. okay? people keep thinking about storm surge in linear fashion. it's about volume of water. this is going to be six feet higher, six feet to here. that means this area inundated with watt ir, these buildings are inundated with water and that's the concern, that once the water hits it wins and you're going to be stuck. that's what the experts and the officials keep telling us. heed the warning. we're going to take a break. when we come back, we're going to look at what hurricane irma has done in the caribbean, what
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now in cuba, and of course florida specifically the keys is where hurricane irma is expected to head next, especially along the west coast of this state. we have anderson cooper, in the place that is expected to get the hardest hit now. we're going to be giving coverage over to him and he'll take us through the preparations and the concerns in that area. right now, here in downtown miami, we of soon gusts up to 60 miles an hour. they are expecting sustained winds well above that when this storm hits about 20-plus hours from now. so this is nothing and already the shore is being overwhelmed by storm surge. they're expecting six to ten feet, even though track has shifted of this storm. the urgency for those in in area has not. let's go the chad myers in the weather center. and it's something that we're battling here with the perception of even floridians, which is if the storm has