tv State of the Union With Jake Tapper CNN September 10, 2017 9:00am-10:00am PDT
this is cnn breaking news. hello, i'm jake tapper. this is state of the union. you're watching breaking news coverage now. the eye of hurricane irma is barrelling towards southwest florida after making landfall at 9:10 this morning eastern. and this and worse is what people can expect as irma tracks up florida's west coast. we have reporters in the florida keys and in major cities both along the east and west coast. what is it like there? >> you can definitely feel when the bands come through because you get hit with sudden gusts, sudden very strong gusts of hurricane force winds. i am standing next to a steel rail, so, mom, holding on. but we do want to show you what it's like here.
we want people in the west to understand what is coming your way and what we're experiencing here in miami beach it's being viewed by the city as really dodging a major bullet here. we have not seen a storm surge. there is hurricane force winds. it is very strong. you can see that signs have toppled over. and i want you to take a look down the street. a major concern here is flying debris. you can see all those branches. all of that has been flying through the streets. we've seen some of it in the form of broken street signs. o that is a major concern. but trying to stand up right is almost impossible if you're not standing next to something. so this is the reason why the miami beach police department and the fire department say they're no longer able to respond to calls. you physically cannot respond to calls as emergency personnel without putting yourselves in danger. that's why there was a mandatory evacuation. we have heard from the police
and fire. they themselves are hunkered down because they simply cannot respond to any sort of emergencies. as far as what they did over night, though, they did try to put out some fire, did try to make some immediate rescues. but we have not heard of any major injuries or iftalities here in miami beach. >> just hold on one second whereby because i want to bring in john berman, who is right next door in miami. and i want to keep both of you with us right now. but berman, tell us about where you are right now? >> i'm in the wind, jake. the wind is gusting pretty fiercely here. i'm in miami close to downtown miami right now getting some pretty fierce gusts. two things happening in downtown miami we need to tell you about. kyung law out there in miami peach, not getting storm surge.
in brickell, water waist-deep in some areas there. and starting to flood the streets. the wind just pushing the water up into the streets. and behind me i don't think if you can see right now, the jetsties. the water lapping up the dock right there. there are all these docks you can't see. and the water creeping up ever so slowly here. the other story here in downtown miami is the wind. all over getting reported wind gusts of 100 miles per hour in the tops of high rises. and that now has had a consequence. this crane collapsed or cracked depending on how you want to call it at 300 boulevard. the boom has sort of fallen off the rest of the crane, appears to be resting on top of this building under construction right now. we don't know if it's still attached in any way by cables or anything else. but there are dangling a cables around there. city officials telling people
not to go anywhere near that area. frankly, if you were smart in miami you would go inside. there's no reason to be outside not with the winds blowing the way they are and not with reports of some of the storm surge on the streets here. the areas, by the way, there were mandatory evacuations because they were worried about just this type of thing, jake. >> john berman stay with us. i want to go to chad. we saw kyung law taking the brunt of is it and also john berman with storm surge. what's going on? >> miami going to see wind gusts probably now in excess of 15 miles per hour, greater than where you are now. big pine key, that is 120 miles
per hour. miami international, 94. the higher you go up in elevation across those buildings, the higher the wind goes. here's where the wind is right now. right through key biscayne and into miami beach, our kyung law is there. i know it looks bad for you right there, but the winds are going up 20 miles per hour here. i need you in a safe place. >> you heard that the. >> cres, we're standing next to the betsey hotel where we're staying. there are some safe barriers. there's a steel barrier i'm holding onto. there's no projectile i can see that's heading our way. but what i can tell -- oh, my goodness, so this is incredibly. and i'm just going to call it. this is stupid. these two guys going out in the rain and in these storms. first of all, i don't know how they're staying up on two wheels.
do not do that. they may be joy seekers, but that is absolutely unsafe. the miami beach police and fire have said if those two guys get injured, they will absolutely not be able to help them out. they stopped responding to emergency calls. if you dial 911 here, they can't physically get to you. so if you are preparing on the west side for these hurricane force winds, remember you've got to make sure that you are in a safe place that you know what you're doing. do not be riding your bicycle out here. the winds that we're experiencing here, it makes it very difficult for me to stand. if i didn't have this steel railing, i'd be flying. what you can see happening to the trees here, they're just blowing in the wind. when we were out here earlier, yesterday some of those trees -- i don't know if it's those in particular, but there were trees up and down this particular street hat had coconuts on thel. those are long gone because
they've blown in the air. the debris is a major issue. the fire department told us over night they had transformers blow, some fires, a gas leak. people who had to be rescued out of an elevator. they tried to respond to as much as they could, rescue as many people as they could, but then all of this started. so you just want to stay inside as much as possible. and then on the west side you see what we're going through. part of the reason is to show you and put it into perspective of what's coming your way. >> and kyung law has been reporting all morning. first responders will not leave. so if those people like those cyclists or anyone else does get injured, sadly they will be on their own. chad, back to you in the cnn weather center. where is this storm headed back
to point? >> it is headed to naples and in the everglades city. it is heading into the everglades national park. when it parallels miami, that will be its closest approach, and what kyung law is experiencing now is closer to 80. when it gets closer it will be around 100. the problem i have with your live shot is that water will still come up 2 to 3 feet, john. where are you going to go? >> yeah, chad, we're watching that very, very carefully. if the water does increase any much more we will move inland to higher ground. we have a route planned out. we do appreciate that. and again, the winds already strong enough to topple that crane, jake. >> all right, kyung law is standing more safely off to the side there. i don't think if you can hear us
still, but feel free to stay out of the shot. no, stay out of the shot. just tell us what you see, but there's no need to subject yourself to 80 miles per hour winds. but, let me ask you the storm surge, you're saying you're witnessing it than in other parts of florida. when that comes and chad feel free waweigh in after john, when does that come gradually or like a giant wave? >> it comes, gradually, jake. but in some places like we saw in brickell downtown, it comes up gradually. but when it gets to barrier, it will flow in very rapid fashion. but people have been warned about this for days and days. that area, brickell boulevard is in a mandatory evacuation zone. that's why they wanted these areas clear. they don't want you living on an
island in a high rise building where you can't get down past the fist floor. so hopefully people did heed those warnings and get out. the fact it may be going up another 2 feet, we've been watching it. this was 3 feet high when we started. but we've seen it coming. and when it does move up, we will move to higher ground, jake. >> chad myers, i know from covering previous storms, i know what 110 mile per hour wind feels like. it feels like your face is being ripped off your skull. i experienced that in a wind tunnel, not in an alcohol hurricane but to try to explain it to the public. randy kaye did that a few days ago. that is what the winds are going to be like where john can kyung
are. >> sure enough. every time a cell comes onshore, a wind band comes onshore, that wind gusts gets to 95. and here is the bay. this is biscayne bay. before you go coral gables, again easy 90, 95. it's this open area here, here's government cut with the cruise ship park, this is open. all this water is pouring into key biscayne and into biscayne bay. across the bay and across and into miami. and that's what's flooding now. this wind direction will not change for two to three more hours. and the water is going to continue to come up. we're at 3.5 feet right now surge -- >> let me interrupt you for one second. you're talking about that surge, and we're looking at images right now from a cnn affiliate in downtown miami.
and the streets look like a river. that surge has arrived. >> it absolutely has. here's the map that i made three days ago. what we expect with a 6 foot surge. all of downtown miami will be covered in this blue color that you see there. that's the water depth if the water goes to 6 feet. right now it's 5 1/2. that's where the water is at this exact point and still going up. >> berman, the water where you are obviously the water the deadliest force in all of this. as horrific as the winds are, it is the storm surge that ends up taking the most lives in hurricanes such as these. and where you are, you're seeing the water surge. >> yes, you're seeing the water rise slowly, jake. and it's been rising slowly over the last several hours. what chad was talking about right there is just where it over flowed some areas where it came up and rushed down onto brickell boulevard. that's 5 1/2 feet. as chad was saying they've been
predicting as much as 6 feet of storm surge. but there are some mandatory evacuations for some 600,000 people in miami county, jake. and those people were told to evacuate because of storm surge, not the wind. there's nothing you can do. once the water starts coming, if you live on one of the bottom floors, the water is going to come into your participant. if you live on one of the higher floors, you won't be able to get out and first responders won't be able to get to you. hopefully, again, most people dist did listen to those warnings and get out. people now sheltering inland, hopefully not helping to tampa to shelter because that's a whole not world of problems you're going to get in the few hours. but it is remarkable even though the eye of this storm did hit miami, there's been concern about this storm moved west, heading towards fort myers and
tampa, not the worst of the storm. but this huge, wide sform has caused and is still causing damage, jake. >> let me go back to kyung law in miami. we see streets have turned to rivers, that the surge is coming. and it's flooding parts of downtown miami. >> and i can't see that from where we are. what i can tell you is the last time i chengedded in with the miami beach fire department, they said as far as massive flooding, that is not something they have experienced as of yet. as chad pointed out, the stronger winds still have yet to come. when my producer went onto the beach to check out the storm surge, he didn't see all that much. that the beach looked like it had been beat up, but we didn't see the massive 5 foot, 10 foot
storm surge that was predicted. what we are seeing and experiencing here right now is generally more wind. there was just a tweet by the police department asking people to remain inside because of the severity of the winds. and i also want to tell people who are watching this is that this is not the worst area to stand in. if you walk through some of the city streets, through the commercial districts of miami beach, the wind there is unbelievable. it has created wind tunnels because of the buildings. and that's where a lot of people, some of the people who live in high rises live, people who have chosen not to heed the mandatory eiacuation order, it's much worse over there. so it's far more dangerous in the commercial ma'am beach district. and so that's why you're hearing so many -- why you're seeing so many tweets from the police and fire to please stay inside. >> kyung law in miami beach
where the winds are horrific right now and projectiles are a real risk. john berman in miami, the city proper where both the wind and the water. john, the water behind you that you say has been rising behind you over the last several hours, how close is it to ground level? >> well, look, so what this is a marina right now. so it goes down to really the water's edge right now. and i'll walk over. i'm not going to get too close right now. after the cement, there is 2 feet to the water right now. at low tide there's probably 5 feet. so it's up 3 feet. and right there, you see that rope, that's actually tied to a dock that normally is above the water right now. it's not above the water. now it's a foot under water. so you can see where the water has creeped up. those jet skis, they're attached also to a dock where the water
is lapping over right now. we actually have seen a dock detach and into the bay here. so that's what we've seen in terms of water. as far as the winds, jake, this is as strong as i've seeb. i mean the wind has not blown like this yet here in miami. and chad says we're going to see another 10 to 15 miles an hour over the next couple of hours. that's going to be pretty strong. >> and we know kyung law is covering the storm from the hotel, right outside the hotel. but she's staying in that hotel, and that is where she can get to safety at a moments notice if need be. what about you? people at home are watching and wondering about you. how quickly can you get out of there and to a safe place? >> talking about my mom and dad who are both watching right now, we are on slightly higher
ground. if this water gets much closer, we will simply pick up your stuff. and our hotel is a block away, and we have another safe location going to as soon as we need to. we have a plan. there is a way to do this. we're doing it safely. and we're out here so people can see the danger, so they can understand why the officials in this city and state have told them to stay inside or in some cases told to evacuate to get to higher ground, jake. >> and john, just to explain to the people at home if the winds you're speerntsing right now are somewhere in the 80 to 90 mile per hour territory, tell us what that feels like. tell us what the experience is like, and why it's dangerous even beyond the storm surge, which is the most dangerous. >> well, you have to do this ridiculous dance, jake. where you're leaning into the wind the whole time.
or some cases one way and then the wind will come in behind you and push in some more. that's not even the real concern. the real concern is projectiles. i don't know how far i can go back here and the camera can still see me, but this right here is an awning that snapped off the building that used to be up there. and down there you can see two-pieces of this metal flashing. that also has flown off this building. that's a giant spear flying through the sky. you have to be very, very careful of that. and the rain itself, when it comes at you at 70 miles an hour or more, it's not a pleasant feeling, jake, i can tell you that. >> no, it feels like little needles going into your face. let's go back to chad for one second. chad, the people in miami, not just john, the people in miami beach, not just kyung, how much
longer are they going to be going through this? and this isn't even the eye of the storm or close to it. >> this is not the closest approach of the eye of the storm here. i would say we get this for another six hours before it oven starts to go down. and that's the real reason we don't want you ipyour home if it's not a strong house. this is a long duration. this goes on and on and on. now, i want you to just think about this for a second. grab a cup of coffee and blow on the top of a cup of coffee and try to cool it off. the waves your breath makes will blow the coffee to the other side of the coffee cup. that's what's happening here. the waves because of the wind is blowing the ocean on the other side of the coffee cup. and there's our kyung law rights there. what's happening here is the water is piling up, but it's going around here and piling
here. so if we keep pushing the air from our coffee cup or the wind, it's going to pileup here. not so much in miami beach because it's going to go around. not so much on fisher island because it's going to go around. there's our john berman, this is the area that's flooding right now. it's the brickell area of miami. and we're seeing those waves and storm surge numbers at about 5.5 feet. that's enough to get over some sea walls there in downtown miami. >> we're going to take a very quick break. when we come back, we're going to check in with some people on the west coast of florida, where the eye of the hurricane is headed. keep in mind all of this horror that we're seeing in miami and miami beach, this isn't even the eye of the storm. the eye of the storm has gone through the keys. we don't know exactly what the situation is like there, but we're going to now experience -- the country is going to experience the eye of the storm hitting the west coast of florida.
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the union". we're back with breaking news. that's powerful irma hitting florida. rosa, tell us about what you're seeing right now. what are the conditions where you are? >> you know, this area is really getting pounded not just by surge but as wind as you know. when it rains in miami, it usually ponds because the water has to drain out. take a look behind me. you'll see that this area is already ponding heavily.
unfortunately, you can also see a few people trying to walk through this water. it's not recommended, of course. but for people who are familiar, this is the area where the grocery store publix is. we've been trying to get the best position out here, jake, to show you the ponding and the surge. you can also see lots of water on this end. it a lot of the skyline from miami you can see also here. a lot of these residential buildings. but this is a huge problem, of course for miami because these roads are ponding. they are receiving a lot of surge from the ocean. i'm about three to four blocks from the ocean, and you can see that ponding is occurring, surge is coming through. and the 16 counties in south florida have a system of about 2,100 canals, 2,000 levies that protect this city.
those structures have to work to drain all this water. irma testing the structures here in miami and also testing the decisions made by people both by public officials and people who decided not to evacuate when an evacuation order was issued. >> we're also seeing these photos from our affiliate that shows a street in downtown miami basically having turned into a river. do you know how far away that is from where you are? >> that is probably a few streets down. we're a few streets down from brickell avenue. i'm not sure if we're able to zoom in, but you'll see raging water behind me, in the street that's behind me. and again, just to give people a sense of where i'm at, i'm in brickell and right next to the
publix grocery store. this is combination of high winds, the winds pulling the water, ponding and storm surge. that's the big issue. all these three things converge, and it creates a huge problem. the other thing, too, is that the drainage system has to work in order for the this water to come down. there's a lot of debris. there are trees down. a lot of the time, that blocks drains. so even if those drains were working right now, they're being stopped because of it. now, the south florida management district, did decrease the levels of the canals, jake, that we through the 16 south florida counties that drain out into the ocean, they lowered those water levels to make sure there was capacity for those canal tuesday take a lot of the water that you see around me and flush it into the ocean. but when you combine surge, these high winds and debris that are blocking those drains, it's
very difficult for the system to do what it's designed to do. >> rosa flores, stay safe. she's in the brickell neighborhood, the financial district. chad, was flooding this bad expected? >> yes, it was. no question about it, jake. earlier the numbers were somewhere between 6 and 10 for miami. but that's when miami was getting a direct hit from the eye or at least a closer hit. and i would say that was about 40 to 50 miles from the east as we start to flood the other side. but what's going on right now is the wind is pushing the water into biscayne bay and over a sea wall, and into downtown miami. that's exactly what we thought when the winds were going to blow this way for such a very long time. now we have about a 3 foot surge in miami, but the wind is also
pushing this way on the other side. we have a 4 foot inverse surge in naples. the water is down 4 feet from being sea level. and that will rush back in as the eye goes by, and then the water will rush out of miami. for now we have at least five or six more hours of miami with the water rushing onshore, pushing in the same direction with more water trying to drain out. that's never going to drain because the rain is blowing from this direction so hard. and then we get up toward tampa, sarasota, this is where we're going to see the significant wind damage, too. wind 125. what we're showing you on tv is like 70, 75. i know burma was still in the wind, but he was kind of sheltered. i know there's a building to protect him a little bit. but still all that debris that was blowing around berman, we
had to get him out of there. so now he's in a safe place. into atlantic beach, too. and then tampa, you're right in the middle of this thing. so many millions of people, somewhere in the ball mark of 110 to 120 mile per hour winds. with winds pushing the water out of tampa bay, tampa bay almost empty. and then the storm goes by and fills back up rather quickly. a surge coming in the other direction after the water has already left. please don't go into any water. if the water has left, don't go onto that land where water should be, because that water will be back and higher than it was when it left. >> and indeed don't leave. don't go outside. thank you so much. i want to go to chris cuomo right now who's in napeal, one of the towns where this is headed. chris, describe if you can for us how conditions have changed just in the last few hours.
>> the wind is picking up. the gusts are measured in excess of 70 miles an hour, the rain has been constant. this is what the vets would call the snap crackle and pop phase of the hurricane. you're starting to hear these eerie sounds as branches and part of the structures start to give away. you here the crackle of the transformers as they start to fail, and you're starting to hear the sounds of the trees falling around you. and it's a little eerie because you have to figure out where these sounds are coming from so you can assess the risk of where they'll fall. and the real problem is as you were just hearing from chad, we're still on the measuring blows phase on the west coast. the water here has been sucked out as well. took a drive down to the south side, a few streets this way and the water has been receded
significantly. and when it comes back, the energy and momentum of the storm surge, that's where this situation is going to get very serious here. the other problem is duration. this storm moving as slowly as it is, that means it stays in each area that it hits longer. ask that's my concern here. that all of these trees that are starting to sway and all these parts of buildings that are getting hit hour after hour, what will happen when this wind almost doubles in terms of the gusts? that's the concern here, jake. >> and chris, tell us how naples has prepared for this storm, have residents taken the reiac augz orders seriously? we were checking in with kyung lah in miami beach, and there were two charitable, let's call them thrill seekers riding their
bikes in miami beach. and the winds were such that they were not going to be able to go out to save anybody. how are people in naples heeding the risks? >> no body's going out. the first responders can't risk it. the best of us have to be there for the rest of us. so you can't go utin these conditions because you don't know when something's going to fall. just over my shoulder, this huge tree just went down. and they go down unannounced. trees only go down slowly in movies and when lumberjacks are chopping them down. in these conditions they go down very quickly. this is a little bit of a nobird place, naples. and it's not as heavily populated right now. and people took early cues and got out of here. so they believe they're
significantly evacuated. and that's a good thing. but it's also low lying. and it is spongy, and there's a lot of it that could get really damaged. that's why ed laven dareo wept down to predict what we're going to see with storm surge. ed, can you hear us? >> hey, chris, i can hear you. we are driving along the western edge of naples. this is an area that is under mandatory evacuation. you can see the scene here. we're about a block off the water here, and, you know, we probably won't be able to do this for much longer here as the conditions have continued to deteariator. but as we drive along this street here, you can see even on the initial stages ask the early bands of this hurricane, as they start approaching southwest florida, you look out onto the
streets, this is exactly how things are quickly falling apart here on this particular street that we're on. you can see the trees that have already started to come down. there's one up ahead here on our right that we're going to have to manage our way to get around here. and this is already starting to be seen all through the city of naples here. so this is a situation we won't be out here much longer. so this is a downed tree here. we've seen several along this stretch. you can see another one off to your right as well. so, again, this is just the initial bands of this hurricane as it is several hours away from making landfall here in southwest florida. and it gives you a pretty good sense of how quickly things are going to deteriorate and how dangerous the situation out doors will be even here probably in the next seven or eight hours, chris. >> please get somewhere safe. chris cuomo, we thank you as well. we're going to squeeze in a
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welcome back to cnn's breaking news coverage of hur cabe irma. the extremely dangerous core of this storm is headed for the southwest florida coast. it made landfall through the florida keys a little over four hours ago. it's a category 4 storm. it has 140 mile per hour sustained winds, and now expected to track up florida's west coast. among cities facing the greatest
danger, tampa, florida. and that's where we find cnn's anderson cooper. we've seen the outer bands of this hurricane hit miami. chris cuomo is in naples and starting to feel some of that as well. what about where you are in tampa? >> people have been watching the coverage here in tampa, seeing it in brickell whers, incredibl pictures of that water rushing down the street. this is a city has grown so fast over the years. and they have not experienced a storm of this magnitude, a cat 3 storm, which is what it's expect today be when it hits tampa, since 1921. it was not a very developed city. there were not a lot of people living here. there was one fatality.
this is hillsborough river. this water is moving out towards tampa bay. and we've been watching the water actually go down over the last couple of hours. on the river, you can see a sandy embankment. we cannot see that where when we first came out here a couple hours ago p. and as chad pointed out, all that water that's going out, that's going to rush back in along with that storm surge. it was expected to be 5 to 8 feet yesterday. we still have no idea how much water that's going to be. it's a huge question in the even in the best of times in tampa with heavy rainfall they've had problemwise flooding and getting rid of that water in st. petersburg and surrounding areas. there's 700 miles of coastline on tampa bay. with all that water, the damage could be extreme. i want to go to the mayor.
you have been raising flags about this. i think it was last year you were standing on the steps of city hall and you said if a category 3 starm directly hit tampa, that area would be under more than 3 feet of water. how concerned are you about the flooding in tampa? >> i'm hugely concerned. that is our worst nightmare. what we really fear more than anything is that storm surge. that area where you are standing, anderson, will be under water. my office, if that storm hits will lee likely flooded. my house will probably be damaged as well. this is a serious storm. and for those folks that are watching that have not moved to higher ground, they need to get to higher ground quickly. >> mayor, i just want to bring in chad myers as well because i
know he has a question for you. chad. >> mr. mayor, you are watching zone a, zone b, hillsborough. now that the storm should travel right over tampa bay, are there any changes in the evacuation zones from what we knew 24 hours ago? >> no, there's not, chad. it is still a zone a ezackuation. the issue in zone a will be the amount of the surge and the height of the surge. unfortunately, this will take place at a time when the high tide is at its highest, which will be tomorrow morning. so all those houses on davis island, downtown tampa, will be affected by the high tide as well. >> mayor, jake tapper here. i'm sorry, anderson. we've heard different things about the kind of threat tampa wassed under. the latest information obviously that tampa might not get a direct hit, but it might actually be worse because the storm surge will be that much
worse for tampa. what is the latest information as far as you understand it about what tampa is facing, and what is your message to any citizens in tampa or the surrounding area right now? >> well, jake, what we are concerned about is herwhether t storm continues to move to the west or not. if we remain on the good side of the storm, the backside of the storm, the surge will be less. if the storm continue tuesday move more to the west and we're on the bad side of the storm, that's going to be the problem. so my message is really simple. if you haven't taken the appropriate steps to get to a level c, b, d, or e you only have a few hours to do it. if it starts blowing consistently, 40 miles an hour or more, i cannot send tampa fire rescue to come get you.
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ryan todd is enduring the wind of one of the outer bands of the hurricane. he's in west palm beach on the east coast of florida. bryan, what are you going through there? >> well, jake, we're inside the window now of one of the most intense hurricane force activity we were probably going to get for the next several hours. and we're also getting pop up tornadic activity. if you look behind me, the intensy of the wind. it looks like that palm could come down. the palm fronds along with the coconuts have become projectiles. and we're going to walk a little bit. these street signs really wobbling. and now we're getting pelted with a really heavy rainfall. i just talked to the mayor of
west palm beach. she is fearful this street is going to get flooded. we see some water on the street now, but we're just now getting to the beginning of the wind activity and the storm surge on the intercoastal waterway, which is just over here. we're really getting nailed here with some intense wind and rain. also, jake, i just talked to one of the top fire chiefs of west palm beach. i asked him about the construction cranes that are right near here. you might be able to get a glimpse of one over my left shoulder, people have been very concerned about that especially since we reported that crane cracking in miami. the fire chief tells us they have just done a survey of these cranes. they're okay for now. they're monitoring them closely, but there are apartment buildings right next to these cranes some of whom in these apartments have evacuated. others have not. we're going to be looking at these cranes very closely.
>> and let me bring in the past president of the meteorlogical society. what goes through your mind when you're watching this hurricane, hurricane irma. you've covered dozens of hurricanes. is this one more frightening than previous? >> i think with the population on the florida coast and also the number of people who have never experienced something like that, that's the danger. we've heard all the authorities taking the proper steps for prepation. but you can't prepare for something that's once in your lifetime. folks that have gone through this or going this will probably never take a second chance. >> and what is it about irma that makes it a once in a lifetime storm? just the magnitude of it? >> i think the mayor said it was the size of arizona. this is monster, which is actually continuing to draw in
moisture from cuba and the gulf of mexico. that's why the east side, chad talked about the east side is so dangerous and that's why miami is getting it so bad. but the eye wall, the heart of that storm has still yet to go into marco island and on the west coast. so it's going to be a long day and a long night. >> yeah, as devastating as this is, this is just the beginning. and let me show you these pictures if we can put those pictures back on the west side of the screen of downtown miami, flooding in those streets. it looks like a river. >> and it's 100 miles away, but those east to southeasterly winds continue to pile it up. and if the core goes just to the west of tampa, once those winds shift around, it could be like almost a tidal wave of water coming in later tonight and unfortunately, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00
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