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site of the storm is the eastern side of the hurricane. you know, this thing over the water, it would continue to maintain the strength, potentially could have intensified. you know, >> so it was another bullet ta was dodged with the surge. i don't think we got the surge quite oos we were expecting. i waited in the parking garage to avoidny kind of surge. i never saw any in downtown fort meyers. that was quite a bullet being dodged there. i'm waiting things out fdayligh to see what kind of damage happened. i see plenty of tree damage in downtown. but buildings here are pretty well built. i expect maybe if i get away
from the downtown where there's smaller buildings i might see a little bit more damage. >> we're all waiting for the sun to come up to see exactly what will be the legacy of irma for this part of the state. thanks for being with us. stay safe, as you head out starting a little later this morning. >> no problem, guys. the talk to you later. >>reporter: all right. thanks so much. dave and vis teen back to you. >> looks very calm back there in tampa, literally the eye of the storm. >> maybe not so much rain but certainly wind to come as "early start" continues right now. hurricane irma shows no mercy on florida. communities from coast to coast
without power as strong winds tear across the state. coastal areas fear storm surges. good morning everyone. welcome to "early start" this morning. i'm christine roman. >> it is monday september 11. victor black well coanchoring. >> potentially deadly winds. the relentless pounding ripping down power lines leaving a trail of debris behind her. take a look at this transformer blowing in miami. scenes like this playing out all over the state. right now, nearly 4 million people without power this morning. >> in naples, water levels are rising att an alarming rate.
nine feet. even though irma a category 1, forecasts saying be prepared for a life threat threat inc. water surge. there appears to be a significant water main break. >> sheriff's department reports two tornadoes touching down in palm bay, mobile homes destroyed. but thus far no injuries reported. irma's ferocious winds collapsing at least two construction cranes in miami. one swinging precariously over downtown, another one dangling over the city's edgewood neighborhood. >> a driver killed in a single car accident in orange county. first responders already executing rescues. north miami police department tweeting it had to pull a mother
and 4 month old infant from the home. >> the hurricane tearing through the tampa area. about 28,000 people taking refuge in 45 shelters throughout hillsborough county. victor black well back in tampa. >>reporter: david and christine, good morning to you. we are in an extended moment of calm here. but we know it is not over for tampa. i'm in downtown tampa alongside the hills borrow river here. the really rough front edge of the eye wall here has passed. that happened about 1:00 a.m. eastern time, so, we're about three hours into this moment but we know the back half is coming of this storm. the winds have picked up. there have been gusts of wind, so we know that the storm is not done. we know this also is a moment where some people will venture
outside and try to drive around or look around hills borrow said do not come out. there is amanda toer curfew: major reason, there are two reasons. first, because there was a mandatory evacuation of mobile homes across this county. the concern here that those rough wind that is came through would rip those apart and be a threat to the people living there. also, the low-lying areas around tampa bay, around the river here, on the island would cause major flooding and that storm surge would make it almost impossible for people to get out of the way of the water in time. now, in the discussion of storm surge, what we're seeing here, several feet, maybe 5 or 6, not
the 15 feet that was expected or feared when hurricane irma was still a category 4 and 3 and potentially was heading up the west coast. the mayor here said this city was about to be punched in the if that was going to happen. that did not happen but we still don't know how bad the damage is. we'll get more when the sun comes up. we're start to go get the drizzle, the rest of the storm is coming. >> all right. victor stay safe. thank you. i want to go via skype to miami bring in the national spokesperson for the miles an hour red cross. you have thousands of volunteers on the ground there running and managing these shelters and for all of these people who have been displaced by the storm. give us a sense how well this has gone. this must have been of the biggest evacuations. >> it's been enormous but
overall gone very well. red cross has been here for over a week. give you an idea just saturday night alone, 127,000 people spent time -- spent the night in our evacuation shelters we kwoord nated with the communities. over 450 shelters being operated. it's been a massive undertaking but it's gone very well. >> most of the cities in the direct path of irma, still about two hours away from cur fis being lifted. what's the primary concern once the sun begins to come up? what's first? >> the primary concern is people might take it for granted they can begin to immediately go out. they need to listen to the local authorities and make sure given the green light before making their way back to the homes and communities so see exactly what damage is done and what the needs will be. the red cross is going to be here to continue to support
them. the evacuation shelters will be transitioning into longer term facilities, bringing cots, blankets food, first aid in. this is going to be the beginning of yet another long-term support process. >> right on the heels of hurricane harvey. you had a little more warning for this one. for about a week you've been pre positio positions supplies and personnel. talk to us about the challenges about one right after of the other. >> i think speaks to coordination and cooperation. no one agency, whether it's charity or government is fully equipped to handle a disaster of the magnitude but working closely with the local state and federal government and coordinating the efforts, you can handle it. that's exactly what happened in florida. >> being the national spokesperson you're aware of a
strange backlash on social media against red cross. some suggest steering clear of the red cross. what do you say to those people that are concerned this morning that their donations toed red cross won't go directly to the people that need the money most? >> well, first of all, 91% of every dollar that is donated to the red cross goes to disaster services. i've been a volunteer for 12 years, this is my tenth major storm and i can tell you that spending time in the shelters yesterday and the day before with people that were seeking support and shelter with their pets in many cases, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing the red cross doing its work across the country and especially here in florida. >> i know my family has all made donations to the american red cross. jim, thanks so much for doing what you're doing. we appreciate it. >> you're welcome. what is to be expected from irma today?
who will feel it the worst. let's bring in our meteorologist karen maginnis. we saw sara sidner in these wicked winds having to anchor herself down with the concrete wall and then we see this calm with victor blackwell is in tampa. where are those wicked winds now and where are they headed next? >> jacksonville, that is kind of the -- it hasn't gotten as much attention because we have been so focussed on where it made landfall, which was about just over 12 hours ago, right around marco island. we talked about the storm surge in tampa, but really, this northeastern quadrant where we knew -- where i mentioned is the most dynamic portion of the hurricane. and in fact that's what we're seeing now. there's a tornado watch in effect. seeing these tornado warnings pop up. dang reports that damage report
that is have come in. but what is interesting now, we're seeing a different dynamic. the southern edge of hurricane irma had eroded away and lots of dryer air moving in. across this western edge you can kind of see on this water vapor imagery. here's the last frame. sara sidner is not out of danger yet. we've got essentially lots of moisture which is aimed at georgia, and into south carolina and they are seeing storm surges there. two, three and four feet. mayport florida, daytona beech. in daytona they're saying get to higher ground because the water is rising there, not just from the rainfall but because we're seeing that wall of water push on shore along the central northeaste northern coast.
even into south carolina, the concerned in mt. pleasant, all of those area, very vulnerable. one other thing has been the power outages. it's staggering. we're reporting 4 million people don't be surprised if that number goes up -- exponentially down in broward and miami dade county, 70 and 77% of the power and light customers are without power. collier county, 95% of the people in that county are without power. irma has spared virtually no one in the state of florida and she's not finished yet. dave? christine? >> all right. thank you so much for that this morning. no matter where you are in florida, dangerous winds whipping up from coast to coast. millions in the dashlg. we're going to go to florida with more coverage of hurricane irma.
welcome back to cnn's continuing live coverage of hurricane irma. i'm victor black well. the back half continues to move north and hits this point. if you have been watching, you know sara sidner out on the east coast of florida on daytona beach has been holding on to a cement wall. what is it like now? >> reporter: we want to make clear this is not a place for people to come out. we did see some folks trying to come out here who were staying at our same hotel but it does blow you around. we're out here because it's our job and we want people to see and satisfy their curiosity if you will. this is an incredibly powerful
band that is coming through. these are hurricane force winds. we're on the fifth floor so that intensifies it just a bit. i'm going to get down low so you can hear me better but we are sitting in an area where we are blocked here by the wind and this helps to block the wind as well but it is so incredibly strong, hard to stand up in. i do want to mention that we've been seeing transformers blowing at throughout that evening just like you saw in many other places as the eye wall was coming through. now we're getting these winds. i have to tell you that the folks here in this county and in brevard county about 60 miles to the south of here where cape canavr alis, but they weren't expecting these types of high winds. talking about gusts of 70 to 80 miles. what are' learning is in bref
county there were two tornadoes confirmed touched down. people have to stay in their homes, and even after, even after the storm, they have to stay inside until florida power as light in some of these other utilities can come out and make sure the power is safe and that there aren't lines for example in the water that electrify the water. people die during almost every storm from being electrocuted not knowing for example that a puddle might be electrified. we know in is an unprecedented event and with that you are seeing an unprecedented reaction from for example the utilities. florida four and light telling us they have 16,000 people getting to work tomorrow. >> sara sidner you are hard-core. thank you for doing what you're doing showing us the potential
damage this storm possesses. nearly 200 miles south west of tampa, over night, appears calm but more certainly on the way as well. let's go live and get the latest from cnn's stephanie elam. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: good morning, dave. i kw tell you i checked in this with the police department in tampa and they did confirm they do have tampa police and fire kesk out here responding to calls now. they're saying the most they're seeing most of what they're seeing is downed tree limbs which may have taken out a fence here or there, but still the threat of power lines so much like sara just said you've got to stay off the roads while they're assessing this. if you look behind me, you can see in the distance there some techny color where you with see first responders are out. we're seeing a little bit more of this. i saw a ambulance go by as well. but for the most part here tampa
is so much better than we thought it was going to be at this time going into the storm here. a lot of concern whether or not there was going to be such a lashing of wind or rain that the p.o. power was going to be out for days or weeks, we never lost power. as far as the officials are concerned, this is so far better than expected. the winds are beginning to pick up but still it has stayed relatively calm and dry. it's not difficult to talk or walk around like it was earlier to do. but still, as far as tampa is concerned, they want to have people stay off the streets. still dangerous and you never know if a downed power line to end your life. stay inside. looking much better than they expected. >> thank you so much for that. again, still very dangerous out there. power now out foremore than 4
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destruction across the southern part of the state. 100 miles an hour gusts causing major damage at miami international airport which does remain closed this morning. officials hope to resume a limited flight schedule on tuesday. now schools in miami dade county also closed until further notice. >> take a look at that video showing just how powerful the winds were in miami blowing the roof right off this two story building. cnn meteorologist derek van dam. this is a very dangerous part of the storm where people try to figure out what kind of damage there's been but it's dangerous. >> reporter: authorities keep telling us to tell you at home you need to stay put this morning. heed the calls for the curfew that is mandatory if you're in miami beach and decided no to leave because you do not want to be checking things out and cup across downed power lines. 91 miles per hour wind gusts in miami beach, we were in h the
thick of it this morning. it was brutal. and the damage that we are seeing is consistent with that of a category 1 muhurricane. tree that the have toppled into telephone wire, electrical pole the and of course we continue to show transformers lighting up the horizontal. it was quite incredible to see that sight. once they get taken down they quickly start to burst. without electricity, about three quarters of mooichl date without power. everything is dark. they're susceptible to looting to the miami dade police tweeted they had 28 arrests overnight from looting across the county. that's because there's simply no electricity, nobody in the area because they've listened to evacuation orders.
check the power of this toppled tree. caused a water main break here as well. one of the other concerns going about, you can imagine if you had a live wire fall into this water that would be very dangerous to step in. those are the hazards among many. the cleanup is under way this morning. christine, they really had full force here, hurricane 1 -- category 1 status but it could have been a lot worse. >> all right. thank you. as irma batters florida with wind and rain, how much will the damage cost? well it's early, but the estimates here is a price tag of $172 billion making it one the costliest storms ever. that's not just property damage. florida is the fourth largest economy. tourism alone generated $90 billion last year and it could
take a hit in the storm damages infrastructure and airports. in fact several key airports of line. most of the states major theme parks are currently closed. very rare to have disney world closed but it is one of those few days when it's closed. it's not just tourism. it also hurt the housing market. americans have been moving to florida in droves and significant property damage could trigger a slowdown. >> we'll continue to hear about the national flood insurance program which is a disaster, $25 billion in debt. "early start" start continues right now. who will see those wicked winds. sara sidner in daytona beach next. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. millions in florida waking
up with no power this morning after one of the most ferocious hurricanes in years, threat of storm surge rs lurking in the south where the storm left plenty of devastation behieptsds. welcome back to "early start" everybody. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. victor blackwell is coanchoring. right now devastating winds whipping through florida from coast to toast. >> relentless pounding ripping down power lines leaving a trail of destruction. take a look at this transformer blowing in miami. it seems like that playing out all over the state. more than 4 million lectry customers without power and that number likely to go higher as the storm travels north. >> in naples water levels rising at an alarming rate. nine feet in a three-hour span.
forecasts are warning everyone in the path to be prepared for potentially life threatening storm surge. in the city of venice the utilities have shut down the water. brevard county sheriff's department reporting two tornadoes touched down. mobile homes destroyed and thus far no injuries reported. winds collapsing at least two construction cranes in miami, one swinging precariously over downtown another dangling over edge wood. >> a driver killed in a single car accident in orange county. first responders already executing rescues across florida. under way along the intercoast cal waterway right now in daytona beach. north miami beach tweeting this. it had deployed a personnel
carrier to carry a mother and baby to a shelter. >> he did unfortunately say looting remains a big problem. but severe punishment is on the way. >> hurricane tearing through the tampa area over night. about 28,000 people taking refu refuge 45 shelters. all rez -- victor black well? >> reporter: christine, david, good morning to you. a bit of a change in the weather here. we had the calm of the eye. just a soft breeze, no real precipitation. we're start to go get what was an intermittent mist to being pretty steady and we're expecting there will be more showers coming, but the worth is over for this worgs of florida. the front really brutal eye wall passed through about 1:00 a.m. bringing with it the strongest
gusts we've seen in this part of the state. but 75 miles per hour wind gusts which would make that in h the category of a 1 on the scale. so that has passed through. but we know more is coming. there are about 28,000 people as we know, who are in shelters across hillsborough county, most of them there because of mandatory evacuations. the city of tampa evacuated low-lying areas close to the bay, close to hillsborough river because they expected that storm surge to flood the area and make it impossible to get out of the way of the water. also people who live in h mobile homes across the county were forced to leave through the mandatory evacuations. with the winds whipping threw, those could be torn apart quickly and put a lot of people's lives in danger. there is a mandatory curfew across the city. the mayor bob buckhorn saying the police would be aggressive
making sure people stay off the roads while they assess the damage across this area. we know that what was expected to be a really strong storm surge, if the storm passed to the west, has not come to fruition as it passed to the east, but still they're looking to determine what has really been the legacy of irma for tampa. but a half million of the roughly 4 million people across florida who have lost power are here in this part of the state. let's go to karen maginnis. maybe i spoke too soon, am i right that the worst is over for tampa? >> well the next few hours are critical because there's high tide taking police statilace ri. that's a two to three feet between the high and low tide. still, the wind is coming in from the west and i think that north westerly component sent a little bit of a surge. now it's coming in from the west across the tampa bay area.
that increases the storm surge but we have seen tremendous storm surge along this northeastern coast of florida. as a matter of fact, that hasn't been given a lot of attention. i've been talking about it quite a bit. now we have have seen water going over the sea walls from jacksonville down to daytona beach. i mention daytona beach because one of the lasting memories that we will probably have from this is sara sidner who's been pelted in the face and there you can see it right now. sara is really braved irma if its worst form there. there are saying there are high water rescues taking place around daytona beach now and india atlantic beach area has all righted very heavy rainfall. some of these locations, we could see isolated amounts there of 20 inches but indy atlantic some of the water and homes were up to waist deep.
also right around lakeland we had reports there were some water in homes up to about 19 inches. daytona, you could see another poengly hvy bachbds before it really starts to taper off. that's the news for sara. but i want to mention the power outages. we know about miami airport having been impacted by the heavy rainfall. they are closed. september 11. may open for limited service on tuesday, but that's still an unknown. you can see this east coast of florida, which if you were second-guessing yourself and saying why did i go from the east coast to the west coast, because they were impacted as well. all the way from brevard into dade county, 70 to 77% of the florida power and light customers are without power. and then you jump over here towards naples, florida, caollir county, 95% of the florida power
and light customers without power. not out of the woods for georgia, south carolina and into alabama coming up. >> really important information there. talking about some of those coastal areas expecting four to six-foot storm surge. look at the satellite imagery of what the water's going to look like, just ugly. thank you so much for that. >> charleston floods easily. that could be a trouble spot ahead. no matter where you are in florida, dangerous winds whipping up from coast to coast. millions are in the dark. live coverage in florida with more of hurricane irma next.
moisture. steady just a moment ago. i want to go to stephanie elam who is also in tampa. there is of course this curfew here that was enacted yesterday during the evening hours. are you seeing people defying that curfew? are they out on foot? driving around? what are you seeing where you are? >> i did see one car. here's the thing. the first responders are out here now. you see the pleat cars out here now. see them in every direction now. every direction i've looked i've seen them out here. they are out responding to calls that are coming in, as it fire rescue as well. and they are not playing around. the mayor made it clear, do not come out here. while it is not really raining on my side of tampa where i am rite now, victor, they are still very much concerned about downed power lines. fences, trees, blocking roadways.
the smallest of puddle could be completely energized. that could be devastating. it could end your life. it is not worth being out here unless you -- you don't need to be unless you are a first responder or perhaps the news. we can tell you to stay ot home. but we are seeing more of that activity. i can tell you where i am, the winds are starting to kick up more but not really seeing the rain we thought we'd be seeing as irma started moving north of us. all in all, the senty meant is that turned out to be better than expect the for tampa, a city that is very nel special. but looking better than expect the. >> reporter: all right. thank you so much. we know that we just got information from authorities along the intercoastal waterway, on the east coast of flaorida there are evacuations and rescue
operations happening right now. we'll get you more about those. let's stay on the east coast and go to daytona beach with sara sidner. you said et' gotten worse and it's as bad as it has been. each time you said that how is it now? is it even worse? >> actually, it's believe it or not, calmer than it was earlier. but then those gusts. it is the gusts that get you. the sustained winds aren't terrible but it's the gusts that seem to just push us over. i'm here with my photographer jeff king and producer stephanie becker. she is literally holding on to the light and has things barricaded up against the lite. we're also standing literally two feet from our hotel room. we're out on a balcony on the fifth floor. this gives you an idea just how gusty it is up here. it is if a are more than where we were on the ground.
this is why they close bridges. this is why they don't want vehicles going over high areas, bus when you get up elevated -- we're not that far from the ground, the wind speed really changes significantly. you can feel it. you can hear it. and a lot of people are curious. if people are constantly saying why do they put reporters out and these crews out. we're safe. all i have to do is get down here and the wind subsides quite a bit. but it gives people a sense of what's going on. it satisfies their curiosity. we've teen folks coming ow out. the storm is incredibly powerful still. it gives you some idea of just how powerful eirma has been smacking the west coast and then the east coast yet again. this is up from miami quite a ways, about 220 mile the or so from tampa.
and we are really seeing the winds pick up here. we do know that the florida power and light situation, we've got workers here that are planning on leaving as soon as this wind dies down during the die lagt. back to you guys. >> thank you so much for that. >> stay safe my friend. >> city of miami and nearby areas dealt a harsh blow by irma. cranes toppled, roofs ripped off buildings. we'll talk to the mayor of fort lauderdale next. we just got to take it one game at a time. next question. odell! can you repeat everything you just said? my livestream won't load. (blows whistle) technical foul! wrong sport. wrong network. see, you need unlimited on verizon. it's america's largest, most reliable 4g lte network. it won't let you down in places like this.
coverage of hurricane irma as it tears across florida. leaving a trail of destruction. that airport will remain closed today. the officials tell us they hope to resume a limited flight schedule on tuesday. >> schools in miami dade county of closed until further notice. here's some dramatic video showing just how powerful the winds were in miami blowing the roof right off this two story building. let's go to cnn meteorologist derek van dam live in miami. certainly calm there this morning but still an hour left before those curfews are lifted. what are you seeing there? >> we had 91 miles per hour wind gusts this morning and saw the full force the mother nature. this is an example of what she did. category 1 hurricane winds. this is pretty consistent with that.
look how it up rooted this massive tree. what's more astounding than this if my camera man backs up, you've got to check this out. it pulled up this six-inch slab of concrete as well. water main break here. just a multitude of issues associated with the cleanup efforts going forward with hurricane irma's aftermath. talk about electricity, 75 percent of miami dade without power. 850,000 people. it's all because of trees that have done damage to electricity wires like this. you can above me, this tree is being supported by one of the electrical wirings. transformers in the sky, many of them just brightening the horizontal with purples and blues as the storm reached its height and peak early this morning. the bridges that connect the metro miami region to the miami beach area actually closed right
now because they want to make sure they're structurally sound to be open and want to prevent people coming back after evacuating. we've got lots to talk about here but in the meantime i want to send it back to victor in tampa. what do you see in? >> reporter: we're getting a little bit of rain. i want to bring in the mayor of fort lauderdale. good morning, to you. i wonder if you now have a pretty good idea of what the damage or the effect of irma there for your city. what are you seeing overnight? >> well, we did a pretty substantial assessment last night by the biggest problem was the storm moved out and it was just getting dark. so we really haven't completed our full assessment but i'll tell you what i heard from miami beach, very similar in fort lauderdale. i counted over 100 trees down
blocking roads, sidewalks, driveways. a lot of trees down. some structural damage, most significant one was a roof over on the beach that looks like it had gotten peeled off, and also we had a crane go down like miami dade did. we had a crane collapse. i was very surprised at the amount of damage from a storm we all thought had sort of moved west of us. >>reporter: yeah. that westerly move really didn't leave miami or the east coast out. let me ask about reports of looting. we had reports of arrests. >> yes. we were very clear from the start that we were not going to toll late rooting. we were not going to tolerate people trying to take advantage of those disadvantaged by the storm. and we were very fortunate to
get out there timely and we made several arrests. two nights ago and then made some more arrests yesterday. in fact i was out last night with our emergency operations people and our police and firefighters and also made a few more arrests last night. so, the message is very clear. this is not -- the crime of opportunity you're going to jump in there and loot and make a further victim of somebody that's been victimized by hurricane irma and we are not going to tolerate it and strictly enforce it. 99.9% of the residents have really been remarkable throughout this whole event. and a few, very small percentage, something like this happens, and that, of course, becomes the news. >> let's bring in dave and christine. you've got questions for the mayor? >> yes. mr. mayor, couple million people
there without power. the question on the minds of those people, how long should they expect to be without power? have you guys heard? >> we've started those conversations. as i said, what happened when the winds finally got below 45 miles an hour, it was getting dark, so we weren't able to get a full assessment and we'll be doing that this morning starting in about 15 minutes, half hour. but, they've not going to be able to really get to us on a schedule for probably another 24 hours. they told us yesterday probably about 36-hour window. there are some high priorities, water treatment, sewer treatment. they are going to get to us on the public infrastructure and facilities that provide water to so many but the individual homeowners will probably get a better idea of that later today.
but just like you're hearing in miami dade county, hundreds of thousands of homes have lost power. i actually lost power at my house. it's been a very, very significant power outage. >> mr. mayor, just quickly. christine mow mans here in new york. remind people how dangerous it still is to be out there walking through the treat streets and poking around. the most dangsrous parts of storms tend to be afterwards. >> absolutely. in fact we still have the curfew in place. we're going to go until 10:00 a.m. this morning. but last night i was out with the professionals out on the street with the people that are supposed to be there. we watched a car drive into a tree that had fallen down into the road. actually drove into the tree because they didn't see it in the darkness. we're telling people stay off
the roads. stay off the streets. let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, powerlines, trees, and then you can get out there and determine what happened your individual property or your neighborhood. >> mr. mayor, it looks, by all appearances that the state of florida that government officials first responders were all very well prepared. it's possibly too early to assess, but, looking back on it, did you do everything you hoped ahead of storm? >> well, yeah. absolutely. a lot of credit goes to you all. i mean that sen seriincerely be this storm was so bad and broad for such a long period of time, we were made aware of its intense narts by the media. in addition we made our neighbors and residents aware of it but the media was on top of this. so we had time to prepare.
our neighbors had time to prepare, the communities did. the so for the first time i think we were not surprised by anything that this storm did or could have done. i think a lot of us in south florida feel like it could have done more and we were very fortunate to only get the brunt of what we did get, not the full brunt of it. >> all right. mayor jack sieler, fort lauderdale. a lot of credit goes to the scientists, right? . victor blackwell thank you for your great reporting, all of our teams in florida. thanks for that. "new day" picks it up now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> special coverage of hurricane irma, be very clear, it is not over. hurricane irma still battling the state of florida. right now some 24 hours plus after first making land fall. this is an unpress dentszed beating. even though the hca