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tv   Anderson Cooper 360  CNN  September 11, 2017 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT

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good evening. we're broadcasting tonight from braid enton, florida which is south of tampa just north of sarasota. this community largely dodged a but. you can see not everybody was quite so lucky in this area. we're on the west coast, but it's hard to find a part of this state that wasn't affected one way or another by hurricane irma and over the next two hours we're going to take you all over the state, from the florida keys where we're really just getting a first look at the extent of the destruction there to up in jacksonville which saw historic storm surge and flooding and
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they are still right now dealing with very dangerous flooding. irma's storm winds are hitting atlanta right now. so far there's one confirmed storm related death in florida, which is a single car accident in orange county. but sadly that will likely wise. the full extent won't be known for days. there's the immediate issue, lack of electricity. millions are still without power, but as we've seen all over the state, the people here may be without electricity, but they are certainly not without their strength. irma's fury. in the past of destruction not seen in florida in decades. the storm knocking out power to millions. >> i've been here for 22 years. i've never seen nothing like it. >> the southernmost keys bore the brunt of the storm. the images emerging show widespread destruction. some of the towns remain cut off, making getting them aid a
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challenge. naples was hit hard as well. this aerial footage over the storm captures some of the understooding. the number of homes damaged or out right destroyed is still unknown, but the impact of irma spans nearly the entire state. many first responders had to row main off the streets during the storm but quickly got to work as soon as possible. they rescued 50 people after the roof partially blew off two of the buildings. and amidst the day os a healthy baby girl was born thanks to the help of the coral springs fire department. >> we gt there she was pretty much all the way -- almost all the way out and she was -- and her -- the patient's mother, the mother of the person in labor, was actually pretty much delivering the baby, her own granddaughter, in the bathroom on the floor.
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>> moving all the fla ming owes for the hurricane. >> people went out of their way to protect animals. these men helped save a stranded man atee. >> brought her horses inside during the storm. >> as irma moved north, it brought record breaking flooding to jacksonville. water levels surpassing the previous held record set in 1964. and in charleston, south carolina, portions of the city are flooded. the governor says thousands are without power. we're going to talk to the mayor in jaksville shortly just to get a sense of the extent of the flooding. there's a lot of water still on the ground. we're also getting a look at the dpaj now at the florida keys. irma as you know hit the keys sunday morning.
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it was a cat 4 when it hit. thousands of people stayed there to ride out the storm. our bill we're has been reporting from the keys since before the hurricane hit. he joins us now. so tell us what you're seeing, where you are and what it's like. >> reporter: you know, anderson, the sky today turned from black to blue. paradise blue and the mood turned from anticipation and then fear of the storm to just utter shock and heartbreak as you see what's left of so much of the florida keys. this is a sea breeze mobile home park. about 60 miles north of where the eye of the storm, so it gets worse the farther south you go. you just can't get down there. the resides are impassable. so much uncertainty as to how loved ones, neighbors are doing. it's so hard to talk to each other and the basic necessities are all gone. i actually met a few residents of sea breeze. these folks moved out of here in
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may. good to see all of you. billy, you're here as well. i was seeing the shock, stays dwri, on your face as you came and saw what your old neighborhood looked like. >> it's just devastating. we feel for our friends and family that became part of our family when we lived here. we were here for about three years. we came to take pictures for people that are concerned about their homes and they're not just snowbirds. these are their homes, families that lived here. and we're just so, so sorry and we just pray that everybody is safe and everybody will be okay. >> right. you see -- i don't know if you can see behind stacy the x on the door there they did sign, the date and time, that means no bodies were found. thankfully no lives lost. you rode out the storm nearby here. your family has been here since donna blew ashore in 1960.
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>> yeah. it's devastating. we were right on the ocean front there and so there's nothing left. it's completely gone. and we're hoping, just like stacy said, we're hoping to get the families back in here and back to normal living conditions and we're hoping fema will help us out doing that as soon as possible because this was a residential neighborhood, see breeze mobile home park, not a tourist destination. >> these are year-rounders. >> yes. absolutely. >> and what's so striking to me today, i had total strangers come up and offer us water and offer us gasoline. that's sort of the spirit of the keys, right, and that gives hope that the rebuilding will come together. >> we actually brought pizza to somebody that lives across the street. >> one place, yeah. >> so we had just enough gas for one more trip and a lot of people have been on facebook that live here. they kept asking us again and we were able to get in. just please tell us what's left, take a picture and like i said,
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sadly that was -- these are people that, you know -- >> yeah. you see homes, families. >> exactly. exactly. >> what about just the day to day going forward? billy, come on in. we've got no power, no ac, no telephone service, no running water. are you going to stay here and ride all this out? are you going to get out and let things -- >> stay here and help out the residents as much as possible. get back to normal living conditions. we're devastated here. we still have probably 50% of the buildings still standing, but everything else is off its foundation. hopefully fema and subpoena communities will help us out. >> sun community is a big multinational that i heard bought a bunch of mobile home parks recently. >> yeah. >> it's up to them to either turn this into condos or give the trailers back to folks -- >> and we're hoping that doesn't
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happen. >> to -- >> people that work at the local restaurants, bars or, you know, the dock master across the street at the park, you know. it's a community. hopefully it can return to a community. >> well, our hearts go out to all of you and i know our viewers do as well. and so thank you for talking to us and being so hospitalable. >> just a little sample. just a couple families still reeling from what irma wraut. send it back to you. >> i was watching you walk around earlier today when i was seeing some of your reports and one of the things that really struck me is just kind of the silence that exists. you know, you hear the wind coming off the water, but you don't hear cars, you don't hear the usual sounds of a community alive. you hear, you know, things that are broken. you hear a storm drain, a storm gutter that's scraping on the street. the residue of peoples' homes.
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it's a surreal and kind of sickening sound. >> reporter: it is. it strikes me. i've covered a few disasters and one of the pieces of the sound track is car alarms or home alarms just sounding to no answer, you know. and you walk through a neighborhood like this and you see children's coloring books on the ground. we found a box of family photos. and you imagine, you know, what this place, how it would sound like full of life, right, but at the same time we also heard the sound of the calveary coming. we saw first responders from la fire department rolling down u.s. 1 s. miami dade. so soon they'll hear the sound of rebuilding and life back to normal. it will take a while, but you've got a sense of the resilience of the kongs who call this place home. >> bill, we appreciate you being there and wish everybody the best. key west has been cut off. we haven't heard from many officials there. just before airy spoke with the
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manager jim shoel. >> jim, how are things on the island? how are residents doing? >> we're doing reasonably well considering that we had a cat 4 make landfall just 20 miles up the road. it was a lot of devastation, but mostly as the mayor told you, vegetation and the complications of trees falling on utilities, either falling on power lines or the roots tearing up some of the water distribution system. those times of impacts. the storm surge in key west was not as bad as it was in some of the areas of the keys. we were fortunate that we were on the weaker side of the storm and that eye wall area, i think, could have been stronger, but it seemed to not batter us as bad as we expected.
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strongest storm we've seen in key west in decades, but we got by much less damage than what i thought. >> yeah. i mean, when you were riding out at the height of the storm, given what you saw, what you were hearing, did you think it was going to be much worse? >> well, i expected it to be, but i have to tell you, we're in a new city hall building that we just moved into this last november, and it was built to the latest building standards for south florida, and it was amazing how solid this building was and looking out the windows and seeing the effects of the wind and the water, but really not necessarily feeling the impact behind the walls and the windows of this building. so my hats off to the contractors for that. but still, it's a very impressive to be in a weather event like that and then be able to come out and start the recovery process and help out
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our community. >> and just in terms of supplies right now for residents who are there, obviously water is an issue, you know, electricity. i know cell service is out. what kind of supplies do you need? >> well, we need the same supplies everybody needs. we need food, water, fuel and communication, better connectivity. we plan for these things constantly, and we know we're going to have deteriorated ability to communicate, but this one has been particularly challenging with the power out throughout the keys and then having the cell phone communications and internet communications out. we've had to degrade down to old analog pot system telephones, plain old telephone systems, and those have been working. so we've been making that work. and some of us are old enough to remember how to do that and we're teaching the younger ones. but, you know, that makes it a
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challenge. you know, we only have one road in and one road out for the keys, and key west is at the end of the that road. and we were, again, very fortunate that as the mayor said the bridges were not compromised to the point where they're not able to handle traffic. that really will help the recovery process having the ability to have vehicles come down and not have to rely on all aircraft or sea born logistics to bring in the resources. but the resources are starting to trickle in and we expect them to start flowing in much more tomorrow. we've got three air feels that are open and ready to receive aircraft and the florida department of transportation did clear the road for road passage all the way down here to key west. >> well, jim, i wish and everybody there the best. thanks so much. >> thanks, anderson. take care. >> well, again, we're on the western coast of florida tonight. we're in braid enton.
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you know, so many corners of this state, so many communities, basically every community in one way or another was affected by this hurricane and now by its aftermath. in the northeastern jacksonville saw record storm surge and flooding. i spoke with the mayor of jacksonville just before we went on the air to talk about the dire picture. he was saying, look, this is not over for the people in jacksonville. there's a lot of water on the ground. going to have more. cnn's kelly har tung is in jacksonville. kelly, you've been covering this now all day, all yesterday. can you describe what you've been seeing in jacksonville today and how big the flooding is there right now and how much of a concern it is? >> absolutely, anderson. i'm standing in downtown jacksonville here. anybody familiar with this area will be familiar with the landing, a very popular watering hole in these parts. but this morning a category 3 storm surge carried the waters of the st. john's river here up and over this sea wall and rolled it through the streets of
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downtown jacksonville. when we walked up upon hogan street here at 11:00 a.m. this morning, the waur was three blocks inland and it continued to rise throughout the day. as bad it looks then three blocks inland, we were told it was going to get worse. 2:00 p.m., that's when the tooitd was at its highest here is when the water was at its highest through these floods. five and a half feet today above what you would typically see at high tide in jacksonville. at times we saw white kams in those waters as they flooded the streets of downtown. i had my rain jacket on all day, but i don't think i ever felt rainfall from the sky. it was the wind whipping up on this tunnel that it created on these downtown streets to then smack us with the water as it kept coming. you could really understand the power of the storm surge throughout this day as we felt incredibly powerful gusts of wind. so now, yes, some of these waters have receded, but as the mayor told us, don't be fooled when you see some of these pockets with the water starting to recede, because you can turn another corner and find more
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water. we all recognize how unpredictable these waters can be. but this situation very far from over. >> it's also kind of a slap in the face to residents who thought when that storm started going to the west, what, two days oog and everyone thought it's going to be tampa, it's going to be naples, its going to be fort myers, i think probably some folks in jacksonville, they've been told to evacuate any way, but probably breathe a sigh of relief, it's not going to really affect us. but obviously now we are here talking jacksonville one day after the storm made landfall. >> yeah. and downtown today, i met so many people staying at downtown hotels, who had come here from other parts of florida, from as far south as boca raton or hollywood, others coming from amelia island, but they thought it was a safe place to be. and then they come out from their hotel to mrng to see
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waters happening up at the doors of hotels downtown. the other area of concern i need to point out, anderson, while we spept our day in the central business district down here, it's the residential areas in jacksonville that are still feeling so much of the pain and suffering through what the damage, the flood waters could cause. there's river side area just behind me, or teeinga to my right and san marco further up. these are areas where those flood waters rpt going anywhere anytime soon where many of the rescue operations that are under way today and will continue tomorrow, that's where a lot of them will be happening. the mayor, other officials saying if you are in one of those homes, maybe on a second floor thinking you can ride it out, that's not the best idea. these waters aren't going anywhere anytime soon. make that call for help. >> appreciate you being there. as i mentioned, we're going to hear from the mayor of jacksonville in just a moment. i spoke to him just before we
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went to air to get the latest. this is not over maybe not by a long shot. also more from the keys, there are people who rode out the storm there against all odds, against all the advice. i'm going to speak with one of them coming up. we have reporters all across florida and other states. all the latest ahead. we'll be right back. t-mobile mnemonic sfx: t-mobile mnemonic sfx: t-mobile mnemonic t-mobile's unlimited now includes netflix on us. that's right, netflix on us. get four unlimited lines for just forty bucks each. taxes and fees included. and now, netflix included. so go ahead, binge on us. another reason why t-mobile is america's best unlimited network. sfx: t-mobile mnemonic tais really quite simple.est it comes in the mail, you pull out the tube and you spit in it, which is something southern girls are taught you're not supposed to do. you seal it and send it back and then you wait for your results. it's that simple.
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irma is blamed more the worst storm surge flooding ever recorded in jacksonville. earlier i spoke with the mayor and he said it's not good at all and it's certainly not over yet. >> mayor curry, just in terms of the latest in the flooding in jacksonville? what are you seeing now? how bad is it. >> this is a serious event, and we've been telling the people of jacksonville this is going to be a serious event for days. on wednesday we started voluntary evacuations and we told people those were going to be mandatory in just a couple of days. and we started them early because of the traffic coming from south florida. and now her worry, we have category 3 storm surgery and a tropical storm. and so we are in rescue mode right now. that's exactly what's been happening all day and will continue to happen. >> do you have a sense of the scope of those operations? i mean, any sense of how many
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people may be unaccounted for or stranded in any way? >> well, it's seergs. i can tell you that i was around today visiting some of the places that were being searched and rescued and just anecdotally i had some of the fire guys and gals that were doing the work told me they had rescued about a hundred people just within a small area of town. the thing we need the people of jacksonville to know if they think that they're going to wait this out, maybe on a second floor, they're going to wake up tomorrow and everything is going to be okay. this could take up to a week. maybe days, maybe a week. and we wish everyone had heeded our evacuation orders when we put them out there, that didn't happen, but now it's time for us to go in and save our people, make sure that they're safe. we've had a great partner in governor scott. he's been on top of this on the front end through the entire state and in jacksonville. the president's team reached out early on to ensure that we had access to those resources when
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we need them, but right now we are working in rescue mode to make sure our people are taken care of. >> you talked about trying to get people to heed your evacuation orders. clearly people were caught off guard, not just in jacksonville butless where, particularly when this storm shifted more to the west in the days before. did you think or did people there think they were out of the woods before all the flooding happened? >> around son, one of my concerns was that people would think that. and it's very clear the message that i communicated when it started to shift to the west. i said please, people, do not think that this is not going to be a major event. do not think this is going to have major impact. we are not changing our evacuation orders. they're as serious now than ever. so, you know, we weren't surprised. i wasn't surprised. my team wasn't surprised by such a major event. the development that was new was the type of event that it was. this morning we learned that it
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would be hurricane category 3 storm surge and a tropical storm. and so we are just dealing with that now. the policemen, firemen, contractors are here, neighbors are helping neighbors just doing everything that we can, first things first, make sure our people are safe. >> and obviously it differs in different areas. do you have a sense of how deep the water is in some areas? >> oh, gosh. there are areas that i was in today that you can't drive a major public rescue vehicle into. i mean, with major tires, high up off of the ground. you've got to take the big truck in. you've got to drop the boat in that the rescue guys take, and you've got to go down the road, get these people in a boat, get them out and get them back to a truck and drive them out and then get them to a shelter or to someone's home that can take care of them. it's deep accident it's serious, and it's dangerous. and the threat is still with us.
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but this is -- around son, this is what i told the people today. this is why we're here. this is my be o. this is the job that policemen and firemen sign up for and they are answering the call of duty, and i am so proud of this community working their butts off right now to save people. >> mayor curry, we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. thank you. wsh you the best. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> i think for some people who in other states haven't been permanently affected by what has happened here they think well, if the storm wasn't as bad as people anticipated, thank goodness, but when you see what's happening in jacksonville, there are people with water on the ground, electricity is out, it is dark. it is just miserable conditions and there are millions of people without power right now. obviously that is a major concern. i want to check in with john berman who is in miami. he has been there all throughout this storm. the mayor says 72% of the city
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has no power. that's 6.5 million people across the state. but john, i mean, that's the vast majority of people in 3450i78 without power according to the mayor. just walk us through the damage to the marina where you are because i've been watching you all day and just those images of those boats piled, it gives you a sense of just the power of that water and that wind. >> it really does, especially considering as you just said, around sop, miami did not get as hard as it could have been. i'm in the coconut grove neighborhood of miami. this marina was really, really affected by the storm surge. came up four to six feet and just pushed all these boats right under on to the shore here, one boat after the other. and it's too dark to see right now that were just krurnd against the shoreline. a little bit down the street we saw a sailboat in a baseball field. the waters have all receded now, but obviously it's going to take some time to cleanup. we were here all day and people
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were walking checking out their boats shake being their heads wondering if they would ever get them back in the water or if it was even worth trying. >> let's talk about the power situation, just across florida, how long before that's expected to come back online? >> unfortunately, officials here say it could take weeks and weeks. we have more than 6 million customers right now in the state of florida without power and about 800,000 in miami dade county alone. if you listen to officials, it's going to be a mammoth undertaking it get it back up. they have more than 20,000 line workers out in force, working 24 hours a day. with every trick and tool they have, using drones right now to fly over areas to identify the places of greatest need. one thing they tell us is that it will be more than 1 million man-hours to get the lines back up and running.
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they have a serious task ahead of them. you know, hurricane andrew, someone just told me that 1.4 million people lost power after hurricane andrew. this is 6 million. part of the reason was andrew really was a southern florida event. this is the entire peninsula, anderson, and right now the crews can't even get everywhere they need to get. but they won't stop until they're done. they do say they have 1 million customers who have been brought back online over the last 24 hours. but even as they're bringing some people up, other people like in jacksonville are ludsing power. >> tough days, weeks ahead. joining us now cnn contributor david hall stead. you've got mandatory curfew right now in miami until 7:00 a.m. just in terms of emergency responders, what tonight are they most concerned about? >> well, i think the mayor of jacksonville said correctly we're really still in that life
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saving mode. we're still looking for people that might be trapped or caught in a lot of areas. in miami itself, though, what we're worried about is the people that go out after dark and perhaps are looking to do things that they shouldn't be doing after dark. so again, that curfew is in place to protect the businesses downtown and also to protect the citizens and the homes that have been damaged. very important that people obey that curfew and stay off the streets. >> you know, we were talking to john about getting power back online and in some places, you know, authorities are saying weeks and weeks. explain just the difficulty that that entails. >> well, you've just talked to the leadership in key west, and they said it correctly. they're going to need support and supplies now. why? primarily because that electrical system has been dropped off. and that runs from the mainland out to the keys and especially ends there in key west. so it's very difficult to get that power grid back up and running. but the power not being up, that
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means people have to be in shelters. people being in shelters means the schools are still going to be closed. so it's a trickle down effect until we get the power solved, all those other issues support and so forth for the people in shelters, support for all the people that are still down in the keys at the end of the road at key west is still going to be there. >> and obviously authorities want to get businesses back online, want to get stores opened so people can get supplies. but until that happens, people are going to end up running low on their supplies and ending up relying on aid from authorities. >> well, that's certainly true. and we've got the great secret weapon here in florida, and that is a warehouse in orlando called the state logistics response center. it has 300 truckloads of water which is a couple millions of gallons of boltsed water. and it has over 1 million shelf stable meals. those are already pushed out.
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fema is now in partnership with the state because of the presidential order and they're going to be pushing 200 truckloads of each of those products out probably every day or if several days. so the food and the water is coming. but you're right, the faster we get stores up and running, then i don't need to provide free food and water. you can go to the local stores. >> yeah. makes a huge difference. appreciate that. up next, more from the florida keys. another survivor shares hiss story riding out the storm at a marina there. we'll be right back. you know who likes to be in control? this guy. check it out! self-appendectomy! oh, that's really attached. that's why i rent from national. where i get the control to choose any car in the aisle i want, not some car they choose for me. which makes me one smooth operator. ah! still a little tender. (vo) go national. go like a pro.
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almost two hours south of braid enton where i am tonight
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you're going to find the city of bonita springs also hard hit by irma. >> much of bonita springs florida is underwater. this small stoic community sandwiched between fort myers and naples was slammed with irma's highest winds and unrelenting rain when the imperial river flooded, so did this mobile home neighborhood, the imperial bonita estates. caretaker of the mobile homes, she's visibly worried about an elderly couple who decided to stay in their home. through water that sometimes comes up to our wastes, water contaminated with oil, chemicals and garbage, we truj about a mile into the neighborhood. homes are inundated, badly damaged. some are completely overturned. we meet doer yen's husband roger who couldn't get to that couple. he's shaken by the condition of his neighborhood. >> there's a loft damage. a lot of damage. >> we finally make it to the
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home of edith and he had that help pa. she's 88 and he's 93 and has parkinson's and diabetes. the water is happening the front door of their trailer. the alarm of their flooded car is buzzing. >> do you want us to call the fire department or the police department? >> no, no, no. we're pine. we're doing good. >> she said she knew they'd probably have flooding. >> difficulties taking care of my husband. we have everything here at home. he has all of his medications and everything. >> and a question we often ask of disaster victims like edith and ed, do they want to continue to live in a place so devastated? >> we love it here. we've been here 47 years. this is home. >> and brian joins us now. brian, we're so glad you found them. they're doing okay. strong, but they want to stick this out. is the water in their home or is
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it just about to be? and how long might that water be there, because in some communities, you know, they're talking about water being on the ground for days and days. >> the water was just happening the front door of the their home, anderson. it was not in the home just yet. hopefully it will recede. other homes were completely inundated and completely uninhabitable. by the way, we offered to give them food and water, this elderly couple. we offered food and water. we offered to call the police and fire departments tore them. we even offered to physically care them out of that neighborhood themselves if they wanted us to and they were very resolute. they said no. they've got supplies. and she said they had flood insurance too. her spirit is really just incredible. >> and in terms of, you know, authorities, are they able to go and check on peoples' homes in a community like that or at this point is it still too kind of
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early hours, early days? have authorities not been around? >> you know, i talked to the mayor of bonita springs today and i asked him that very same question. they're trying to get their arms around this. they're sending fire and rescue police teams out 24/7 just to try and check on people. but that neighborhood where that elderly couple is is inundated. it's hip deep in water, so getting assets out there is going to be tough and getting people like them out of those neighborhoods is going to be tough. i'm not sure that city has the resources for it. >> and brian, just so i know, if they decide -- if that couple decides to change their mind, are there people around there who can check on them, neighborhoods so that they can at least tell somebody, you know what? i think we want to go now and somebody can come and help them? >> there are. i mean, the two people who were the -- they were another couple, the care tears of that mobile home community. they were worried about them. they're around. and the ahelp pass have a phone.
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they can call people, but they're older and, you know, the elderly couple who are the care tears of that nand, they had no way to get to these people. they were telling us how worried they are about them. so we just trujd up on foot through the waist deep water to find them ourselves. again, resources in that neighborhood, they may not be so great right now. >> yeah. brian todd, appreciate you being there. thanks for checking on them. this storm certainly caught a lot of people by surprise. no matter where you were in florida, there were a lot of different reports. up, the tracking was pretty good, but then this storm surprised a lot of people over the course of 24 hours. tom sater is in the weather center. let's check in with him h. tom, i mean, you know, it moved to the west coast. that surprised a lot of people who were on the west coast who had gone there from the east coast and then it started moving hooes. and certainly a lot of people in jacksonville are certainly surprised to see the record setting flooding there on the ground tonight. >> it's interesting to note. i mean, the forecast and the warnings from the storm surge and the winds, it did encompass
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all of florida. and we were talking this for days. a lot of it, even with harvey in texas, if you tell someone they think three, four, five and then they got fort or 50 it's hard to fathom. and that's part of the issue here as well. when you talk about a category 4 hurricane and a storm surge, it's hard to fathom the damage. and the forecast even called for 3 to 4 million without power. it's a little bit greater of the even a couple of days ago when the storm was 500 miles from naples, we were talking about that surge coming into jacksonville and the radar was even hipting at the accumulation there with the surge moving. in didn't expect to break a record from matthew. the flooding in saint jons, it's the worst since they started recording the flood records back in 1846. the center of now tropical storm irma is 120 miles south of atlanta and we now from two fatalities in georgia and one in south carolina due to falling trees. for the first time ever, a
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tropical storm warning is in effect for all the way into north georgia, from eastern alabama to south carolina. so that again is shocking people because still wind gusts are 50, even 60 miles per hour and we talked about the massive area of pine trees in here and they easily fall. heavy rainfall, tornado watch still in effect for parts of south carolina. charleston under a flash flood emergency. the state of florida issued 69 tornado warnings. the all-time record was 46. but i want to take a look at -- show you all of these numbers. florida, 6.5 million without power. georgia, almost a million yon. 930,000. south carolina, 166, almost 167,000. 45,000, alabama, new york -- that's a total of 7.67 million people without power. that staggers the imagination. but it's all going to come to an end and it falls apart over night tonight. >> thanks very much.
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we've been getting reports over the last couple of days from about people trapped and in need of aid, in need of evacuation and each just american tourists who are on vacation trapped on some of the islands in the caribbean, u.s. territories like st. john, saint
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thomas, st. croix, even some of -- i had a report yesterday of two americans in tore toe la in the british virgin islands who were desperate getting off the island. they managed to get off today. but there are also reports obviously out of saint march ten. so we were just in contact with someone on saint thomas who rode out the storm there and was going to tell us about the reality of a lot of the people there and it is not a good reality. we just lost contact and try to get back in touch with him. but we do want to head right back now to the florida keys. irma showed little mercy to this string of islands when it slammed. every one was told to evacuate. we all know that. some chose to stay. how are the other boats in the area? >> we had a few minor issues.
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one lost a mast. one lost his sun desk. there's a couple that have drifted in from the surrounding neighborhood. one of those is upside down and the other one sank. one is drifting around in the marina. we did very well. we faired it much better than we expected. >> do you feel like you made the right decision to stay, to not try to evacuate? >> yeah, we did. we were all today talking about, you know, that we -- i mean, i wouldn't say we got lucky, but we all feel like we made the right decision staying here. had we not, there were a couple of boats that we would have lost because they broke free and we were able to pull them back before they got damaged. in that respect, yes, we did. we're here and able to get the marina put back together before the rest of these residents get back. >> how were you set up just in
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terms of food, of water? obviously there's no electricity now. cell service in a lot of places i understand is out. do you have cell service or -- >> barely. barely. >> barely. >> yeah. >> so in terms of other supplies, how are you? >> we don't have any ice. we have plenty of water because all the boats have water tanks. we have plenty of water. my car actually happens to be a diesel car, so we have plenty of fuel for our cars. some of the other ones don't. food is a little bit sketchier. we have some. unfortunately, we didn't think quite far enough ahead and some of it needs to be cooked and we've lost power to the boat, and so we don't have the ability to cook as much as we've wanted to. we've been doing a lot of grilling, a lot of camping. >> well, no doubt that's going to go on for a couple days. i know authorities obviously were able to get there today. we talked to the mayor. we're going to obviously
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continue to cover that. and tim, we just wsh you the best. >> thank you. >> certainly more supplies are said to be coming in the days ahead. when we come back, a look at the wreck age in naples, florida. if you were watching yesterday all those folks in naples riding hout that storm. just some incredible 140-mile-an-hour gusts wind there. what families are facing there today ahead. with my moderate to severe crohn's disease i kept looking for ways to manage my symptoms. i thought i was doing okay. then it hit me... managing was all i was doing. when i told my doctor, i learned humira is for people who still have symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease even after trying other medications. in clinical studies, the majority of people on humira saw significant symptom relief and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems,
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city officials say some parts look like a war zone, but it could have been worse they say. randy kaye has the latest. >> our main objective is we want the roads open. >> to open the roads in naples and collier county, the north kol year fire rescue is on a mission. they call it push and clear. >> imagine how long it would take to us chain saw that. >> we'd be in one community a whole day just cutting trees. this is a super effective way for us -- we call it push and clear. >> they had to wait for the flooding to recede first and the winds to calm down. but they've been at it ever since, eight teams working in shifts. >> how many neighborhoods have you cleared so far? >> probably 20%, 30%. this will be going on for the rest of the week. what if an emergency is actually occurring in here, we have to be
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able to get to it. the first objective is clear the roads. >> others in town are left to do their own cleanup, like ernie boarden and his family, who rode out hurricane irma, in naples. >> it sounded like three freight trains all at once all around the house. the noise, the sound. >> just hammering it? >> it's unbelievable. the wind, it wasn't whistling or moaning. it was screaming. the wind was just like screaming. i mean, it was -- it was deafening. >> they listened as hurricane irma blew right through here. incredibly, the house is still standing. >> the whole house started vibrating. like i felt it. i had my nose against the glass and everything started shaking. >> they lost power, and the property is a disaster. there were white caps in the
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driveway. we literally had waves in our driveway last night. >> wow. >> it was unbelievable. >> i feel like one man trying to clean the sand off the beach one grain at a time. which one do you pick up first. >> but their horses luckily survived. >> the tree used to be this big, magnificent gorgeous shade tree they really enjoyed. and now it's shredded. i look at it and it looks like charlie brown's christmas tree. it's just pathetic. >> pa ththetic perhaps, but the borden family is counting their blessings they survived. >> randy joins us from naples. how much structural damage has there been in the areas you were in? >> plenty, anderson. we had to pull off the road when we saw this. this is ace oil gas station. you can see behind me there, to put it in perspective for you, that piece used to be up there. that's basically the top of the gas station. it just went over and you can
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see it took, in the distance, some of the gas tanks went down with it. this area here is where you would drive through and pull up with your car. now it's just a mangled mess. this isn't the only structural damage we saw. we found a trailer home that had a roof blown off and a side wall and sitting there was a television set, a big comfy sofa and two big chairs right next to it. it was like an outdoor living room. almost like a stage set, anderson. >> randy, appreciate you being there. up next, one of the hardest hit iryas in florida, key largo a lot of homes and business were damaged. we'll take you there. can i get some help. watch his head. ♪ i'm so happy. ♪
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>>. welcome back from bradenton, just north of sarasota. this community seems to have done well. on this block this home is obviously severely damaged. but most of the houses on this block are okay. they even have electricity tonight. for six and a half million customers elsewhere in florida, they are out power. irma isn't even done yet. there are four storm-related deaths in other states, three in georgia, one in south carolina. florida has one confirmed storm-related death. there has been flooding in charles, south carolina, historic storm surge in jacksonville, florida. so we have a lot to cover over the next hour. we want to begin in the florida keys which took a direct hit from the hurricane when it was still a category 4.
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kim k i understand you had to take a boat out to key largo because there's no way to access the island by car? >> you're absolutely right. we were forced to. that is the only way to get down there with any sort of speed. highway 1, which is the way to get into the keys, that is shut off. some emergency vehicles are being let through, but the people who were down there, the people who decided to stay down in the keys, there are an estimated 10,000 of them, they are essentially cut off. so not only do they have damage to deal with, but we're talking about no power, dwindling food and water, this will rapidly become, anderson, a supply problem. that's why we're seeing the military involved to do some of those supply drops and do some of the rescues. >> in terms of of the damage you saw, we talked to a number of people in the keys, the mayor, a man who road out the storm at a marina.


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