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>> it's noon only the west coast. 3:00 in south florida. the situation is getting more serious by the minute. >> it's nothing to worry a question of if florida will be impacted, it's a question of how bad will be impacted. >> unless irma dramatically changes course, it should impact severely the miami metropolitan area. six million people in its path. that would be just the beginning. ahead, the latest forecast. how many people are getting out of harm's way and those refusing to leave. we'll speak with the mayors of miami-dade county and ft. lauderdale to see how their people are preparing. and how teens across the country are racing to help people with
the storm. >> we're doing whatever we can to help. >> shepard: let's get to it. good friday afternoon from the fox news deck. we're tracking hurricane irma. florida's governor says the window to escape the path of the storm is closing. with each updated forecast, the chance of a direct hit on some part of south florida and then up the peninsula of florida are increasing. this as the head of fema says i don't know anybody in florida has experienced what we're about to get. the florida says we should expect life threatening conditions from coast-to-coast. he says this is a catastrophic storm like our state has never seen. over 500,000 people there from mandatory evacuation orders, including miami, miami beach, the keys. rick scott telling people to be
patient when dealing with crowded highways. he says more troopers are on the road to help with the flow of the traffic. he says the state has sent school buses to get residents out of dangerous areas. some gas stations have long lines. others have no fuel at all. governor scott says the entire state, more than 20 million people should be ready to leave, if necessary. >> this storm is wider than our entire state. it's expected to cause major and life threatening impacts from coast-to-coast. remember hurricane andrew is one of the worst storms in the history of florida. irma is more devastating on its current path. >> shepard: irma has left a trail of destruction in the caribbean. the death toll is 23. thousands of others homeless. the storm battering the turks and caicos islands this morning with waves as high as 20 feet across that island. thousands of tourists trapped on
the virgin islands in st. bart and st. maarten. witnesses saw the damage first hand. the storm destroyed homes, schools and businesses. it ripped rooftops off of houses as families huddled inside. a television station said i feel like i'm on the moon. there's not a single tree standing anymore. forecasters say the storm is extremely dangerous. maximum sustained winds are at 155 miles an hour down from 185 at the peak. still a powerful category four hurricane. the winds are widespread, extending 70 miles from the center. if it goes up the center of the state, hurricane force winds could be felt by everybody in the peninsula. we know by know whichever way
the storm is moving, to the right of it is the worst. if it's moving forward at 14 miles an hour, you have to add 14 miles an hour on the right-hand side. so close to 170 miles an hour on the right-hand side. on the left hand side, you subtract it. the winds are moving counterclockwise. six million people in dade and broward before moving up the atlantic coast. actually the center. the west side, you're not out of the woods. irma could set its sights on georgia and south carolina. let's show you the forecast cone. here's the forecast cone from the national weather service. you can see the red areas here. those are hurricane warning areas at the moment. all the way up to lake okeechobee, down the west coast from lee county, collier county,
charlotte county. of course down in monroe county, miami-dade, the palm beaches and eventually beyond. we have absolutely no doubt, this is the state. i'll show you what is the most likely track. that cone, the cone still includes the entire peninsula of florida. it's further over here now and here. so the entire cone could take a district sight. they can't know yet. the models have come together. here's what is most likely. marathon key now. the earlier thinking, yesterday, it might go like that. come in around key largo, skirt on the western edge of miami-dade, broward and the palm beaches and go north of st stst. st. lucie. now we're taking marathon key. zoom in here.
marathon, big pine, duck key. somewhere in this area. put that back and show you the track that is coming. according to the best estimates, the center of the track. anyone could be affected. this is what they're thinking now. come up around here in everglades national part, everglades city. east of fort myers and naples. come up east of lakeland, west of orlando and head up the state. so the thinking here is as it comes ashore, the most likely area, everyone could be affected. the most likely area for the eye wall, thick of labelle and sebring in from southwest florida. lake wales as you move past the lake. lakeland, ocala and heading north. that's most likely. everything is in the cone. anything here could be hit by the walls of this storm. sometime tomorrow forecasters
say it should churn north. flooding across all areas of the coastal areas. forecasters say the current models show miami is in the risk for the dirty side of the storm. the higher winds and the storm surge. think what will happen with the storm surge. remember, it's moving counter clockwise. as it comes in, the waters are coming to shore like this. that brings in the storm surge up the state. all the way up to melbourne, daytona beach. because it's counter clockwise, the waters will come in in this direction in fort myers and naples, everglades city and tampa bay. that's the way the storm moves. at any rate, typically the strongest winds are on the right-hand side. that means miami-dade and the palm beaches. phil keating is in miami beech. slight changes, same idea. >> yeah. everybody in florida is going to get it, everybody in the
peninsula of florida is dealing with this storm, probably experiencing hurricane force winds. it's a danger. we have covered these. the center does make an impact at least for the worst of the storm surge. but that also gives the indication that the others don't need to worry. that's not the case. everybody probably for the lower past of florida will experience major hurricane force winds, which will blow all kinds of trees down, all kinds of power outages across a wide swath. this is the radar. right there, over towards the bahamas. we've seen the bands get closer and closer. a couple things, the latest advisory that just came out at 2:00. it's not the complete advisory but the intermediate ones. they raised the winds. they've been at 150. the pressure has come down. >> they're bad signs that we could she a strengthening storm. it's also though moving a little more to the west instead of to the northwest. that may be has some implications for us. here's the official track. most of south carolina out of
this for now. it's getting narrower, at least the center of this track is getting narrower. it puts all of the peninsula in to play. all right. here's what i'm talking about. this is the model. we like this. take a look at this by tomorrow morning. this is bringing it to the south and interacting with cuba. if this happens and the storm spends time over cuba, it will weaken it a little bit. that will be good news. still a major hurricane. don't mean to say it won't be devastating here. it will be. now this brings us here around marathon key around sunday. one other bright shot, shep, if you're going to have a hurricane, it coming in the daylight is better because you can see. it's not night time. this will be a sunday daytime storm where the most of this energy is coming on shore. take a look at this. we're probably going to be dealing with hurricane force
winds to north florida. maybe even as far north as central georgia before this is done. we still don't have perfect -- these models are not in perfect agreement. most of them are over the peninsula and the western sides of florida maybe a little bit more in play here. we've said all along, we don't know when this right-hand turn will take. we probably won't know until it happens saturday. by this point, we would like to see these closer. still don't have it. we'll still see fluctuations back and forth over time. one last thing, it's been going through this eye wall replacement cycle. the center of this is really well-organized. the water out in front of this is really warm. still the warmest waters that it will have to go. temperatures here around 89 degrees for this water here in the bahamas. so plenty of fuel for this storm as we move forward. watch little fluctuations on the eye, little fluctuations in the tracks. the point is everybody has a
major hurricane on hands. >> shepard: thanks, rick. many people obeyed the order to get out of miami beach. you don't have to do what you don't want to do. the mayor in at least one city says they're getting out. you can see homes and businesses boarded up. sidewalks and streets empty. some people will try to ride it out. team coverage continues. phil keating on miami beach where there's no traffic on a friday morning. it's a stunner. >> it's crazy. it's a ghost town here. i have tragic news to report before we show you around. we have the first hurricane irma related fatality. a davey florida man fell 15 feet to his death from a ladder while trying to install hurricane shutters. here on ocean drive, everything pretty much is closed. boarded up, shuttered up. world famous news cafe where johnny versace used to hang
outs. this is wet willie's. boarded up. that's what you see in all the buildings. this is all about storm surge and keeping flood waters out. the storm surge forecast is 5-10 feet. all of this will undoubtedly be under water. there's been a smatteders of people that have come down to take in the emptiness of it all, flying drones and driving by with cameras rolling. while hundreds of thousands have evacuated to the north, including many miami beach residents, some still as the clock is ticking refuse to leave. >> i work in the fire department. i have to be at work sunday anyways, if i can make it to work. i'm nervous but focused. >> because my building, we have electricity and we'll be safe. yeah, i don't know.
i have no idea. this will be my first hurricane. i don't have idea. >> you sure picked a good one. >> yeah. >> as of about 8 minutes ago, the last plane outside of miami international airport took off heading northbound. we expect over the next several days perhaps longer depending on the destruction, no more inbound planes will be coming either. >> thanks, phil. and the mayor has ordered 650,000 people to evacuate. the mayor will join us live to tell us how they're preparing for a catastrophic storm. that's coming up from the fox news deck on this friday afternoon. prudential asked these couples: how much money do you think you'll need in retirement? then we found out how many years that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9? how did this happen? it turned out, a lot of people fell short,
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>> a live look i-75 northbound. in is about ocala, florida. if you're familiar with the area, ocala south of gainesville on i-75. well north of the city of orlando and tampa, of course. ocala is a spot where two different major roadways come together just south of there and northbound in ocala is difficult. northbound is on the right-hand side. these pictures from news 6, wkmg out of orlando, our network news partners. we appreciate our new affiliation with wkmg.
i used to work at news 6 in orlando and had some of the best reporting days of my life. i know their coverage will be invaluable for viewers. we look forward to shows casing their correspondents. traffic is nightmarish. the governor says traffic is not supposed to be pleasant. get in it, live through it and have plenty of gas and get to safety and hopefully come back to a home. don't wait to evacuate. that's the specific warning from the mayor of miami-dade county. he expanded the evacuation orders to include 650,000 people in miami-dade. country's biggest -- the county's biggest evacuation ever. we have the mayor here with us. good afternoon. how is detthe evacuation going? >> for the most part, smooth.
like any big event like that, we've had some hiccups. we're fixing those as we go on. some information was given out about shelters we were about to open. they weren't open yet. people started showing up. we weren't ready to receive them. we're taking care of those issues and expanding the number of shelters that we'll have here in miami-dade county the a capacity of over 100,000 people, which is unheard of. when you doing something way out of the boundaries of what you plan for, you're bound to have a couple of hiccups. all and all, it's gone well. >> shepard: great to hear. what is your thinking on what percentage of your population is doing as you're asking them to do? >> a large percentage of the population is leaving. but we're seeing people that are not in the evacuation zones that are leaving or trying to find some other shelter because maybe they went through andrew and
maybe they think their home won't be able to sustain a category four or five hurricane. that's different than other storms we've had here. most people hunker down and ride it out. this is different. we're seeing that dynamic play out here. >> shepard: what is working well and what is giving you troubles? >> i think our response plan as well, we're prepared for the storm, prepared for the aftermath of the storm. right now, it's the issue of an unprecedented number of people going into our shelters. we've asked miami-dade county residents to help each other and take those folks that are evacuating from a mandatory evacuation zone. i think in terms of traffic, it's somewhat better than i thought it would be at this point. yeah, i know human nature and people tend to wait to the last
minute. maybe it's not come this way and do at the last minute, maybe a shelter or take off in a car. we have to be prepared for that. the police department is prepared for that events. it's a big job. county of 2.7 million people. you know, there's a lot of working parts here that have to go smoothly. >> thanks, mayor. all the best to you and all those in south florida. thanks for taking the time with us. >> it's my pleasure. thanks very much. let's hope this storm veers off and goes somewhere else. >> shepard: we're sure hoping. >> into the atlantic and just fizzles out. >> shepard: out to sea. leave us alone. carlos jimenez. i want to show you the traffic helicopter again. this is about a mile south of ocala. the trees have blocked it as
>> shepard: as hundreds of thousands of people leave the state of florida, hurricane hunters are gathering data. right now, we have lieutenant colonel sean cross with us. he flew through hurricane katrina before it made landfall in 2005. thank you, sir. >> thanks for having us on, shepard. appreciate the opportunity. >> shepard: how is this go something. >> it's going good. i got handed this phone two
minutes ago and said can you go live? i say heck yeah. we're busy right now. the air force reserve, we're just crushing it. we're making it happen. >> shepard: what are you learn something. >> you can see, this is an extremely powerful storm. it's going to be the benchmark storm for the next decade. katrina, as you well know and i know first hand, it's been a benchmark for the long time but now looks like irma will be the replacement for it. >> shepard: for me as far as destruction, there was hurricane hugo in the carolinas. that just snapped millions of trees and turned them to projectiles. and then hurricane andrew. with the very tight eye and small area that it crossed. when it went through cutler ridge, homestead, levelled everything. but it wasn't that big around. this thing though, it's got a little bit of everything to
hate. >> yeah, it does. it's a massive storm. the big thing here, everybody listening right now, just really pay attention to the authorities and civil defense. don't take this storm lightly. i rode out andrew in louisiana when it came across the gulf as it hit florida and wiped those guys out. don't get complacent. the other thing is don't have this false sense of security. just because you made it through andrew, no big deal. that is -- the level is there for andrew, it's higher for irma. heed the warnings. >> shepard: we talk about how successful the evacuation has been. it has been. if 10% of the people you asked to evacuate don't leave, that leaves tens of thousands of people behind on that coast. that is frightening. >> that is frightening. our guys and gals in the hurricane hunters and the emergency responders are working
hard to help people. it's really important that everybody leaves. if we can save everybody, that's awesome. >> shepard: lieutenant colonel cross, have you seen anything at all that would suggest outside of a overrun of the mountains in cuba, anything that might make it diminish in size. >> we don't really get in forecasting. it's been over open water. you can see the eye. it's really tight. almost like a textbook example of the most powerful hurricane. really incredible. there's things out there that will interact with it, but i can't say whether or not i think there's anything that will effect it. >> shepard: lieutenant colonel sean cross, all the best. thanks a lot. >> good luck to everybody. >> shepard: thank you. people getting out by land, air and by sea.
a lot of boats. cruise ships that just dropped people off in miami and now they had to scramble. some are going to shelters. and then people leaving by boat. >> yes, some people on cruise ships came back early. they weren't able to get out of miami. so one cruise ship, norwegian -- >> do you have a live map of cruise ships? >> yes. you can see this big empty space where the hurricane is and all of these tanker ships. the reds are tankers and the blue are passenger ships. pinks are the pleasure yachts. this one, the norwegian escape, which is an appropriate name, they said they were going west. they have about 4,000 passengers on board that couldn't get out of miami. they said we don't know when we'll be back or where we're going. looks like they're going to mexico. the captain said get on board. we'll get you to safety. we don't know when we'll bring
you back. >> shepard: interesting. mexico has the storm on the southeastern coast. >> yeah. they're going in this area. >> shepard: cancun. >> yeah. some ships are just headed to safety. >> shepard: think of the logistics, getting the people out, the planes and then return everyone when it's over. thanks. ahead, the latest on the evacuation efforts. we'll get an update from the miami area and up the coast. first, a look at the hurricane from the international space station. 250 miles above earth. cuba on the left there and irma on the right. right behind irma is jose. and by the way, jose now category four. and non-24 can make me show up too early... or too late. or make me feel like i'm not really "there."
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hundreds of thousands of them on the move. hitting the road as hurricane irma heads their general direction. traffic going north is in some places above the lake a nightmare. a reporter with the palm beach post newspaper says the drive that normally takes two hours took him eight hours. at 1:30 a.m. that's traffic northbound. that's traffic southbound obviously. top speed on florida's turnpike at that time, 1:30 a.m., 5 miles an hour. the line to get into a rest stop for gas, at least a half mile. the reporter says families driving minivans and u-hauls and rvs packed with as much as they could hold. gas stations are out of gas in many stations. this is a fairly familiar scene. people trying to fill sand bags and board up their homes and board up their homes and businesses before getting out, going to a shelter or trying to ride out the storm system where.
steve harrigan is one to do that he's in miami shores in south florida. hello, steve. >> shepard, a little wind kicking up. gusts 20 miles an hour. more and more, it's getting to be like a ghost town, a different mood here. people are afraid. people who have been here, been through a lot of hurricanes, they're afraid. they're afraid of what they've seen. the death toll 23 and continuing to rise. just the devastation on so many islands in the caribbean. complete destruction. it has people here afraid. when you talk to them, listen to them, you can see the fear in their faces, eyes and jaws. shepard? >> shepard: i heard mayor jimenez said they had some crowdiness in the shelters. >> many are filling up,
especially shelters that take pets. a real concern for people. a woman across the street from me says i have three dogs. the shelters were the pets are full. you have a tough choice. do you get on highway and go 5 miles for 24 hours or stay put in a home that could be destroyed? miami-dade has more than 40 shelters and house 100,000 people and already filling up, shepard. >> shepard: steve harrigan, miami shores. thanks. on the coast -- i should say on the coast just north of miami, the mayor of ft. lauderdale says his city is ready for hurricane irma. parts of broward county under evacuation orders. major jack siler is on the phone with us. good afternoon. >> thanks, shep. >> shepard: how are things around ft. lauderdale? >> we're ready. gearing up for three or four days now, this is one of the biggest and baddest storms across the atlantic in a long
time. we've been ready. started evacuations on the barrier island and most people are compliant with it. the issues you're talking about with miami shores, same issues up here in ft. lauderdale. i just had to open a second shelter for pet owners because the one shelter that was for owners with pets and their pets filled up already. they opened a second one west of ft. lauderdale. >> shepard: i know a lot of young people, some not so young say i don't want to go. i'm on the 20th floor. i'll be fine. have you made an impression on the seniors? >> we've made an impression through an active campaign. our public of affairs staff has done a lot of work. what has made a bigger impression, watching your tv storm and when they see a picture of the storm, it makes a heck of an impression.
it's big and broad and we're very concerned about these storms surges. that's the major factor here in ft. lauderdale. we feel we can handle the rain, we can handle the winds. the storm surge could create a problem for people on a barrier island. you might be on the 20th floor. if your first floor elevator stops working and fills up with water and all of a sudden, the electrical and the utilities go out, i'm not sure what good it is if you can't get in and out of the building. we're making sure they're educated so it's not just about where you are, it's about first responders getting in and out and it's about the residents getting in and out. >> shepard: i was wondering about your flood areas. i realize on the beach along and over to u.s. 1, is that all a major flood area? >> not all of u.s. 1 east. we have low-lying areas. you know ft. lauderdale well.
we have close to 200 miles of waterways and our nickname is the venice of america. we have a lot of low-lying areas east of federal highway, predominantly the barrier island. other areas east of federal highway are higher ground and we're not watching them as closely as the low-lying areas as we've been dealing with for the seasonal high tides. remember, this time of year, our seasonal high tides are none as king tides. you tie that in with a full moon, tie that in with an east wind and a storm surge, the recipe is there to have flooding in those low-lying areas. >> shepard: had it skirted the way they talked about, you would have had a real, real wind problem. i wonder if the vast majority isn't going to be surge and flooding as far north as you are. >> i agree with you, shep. i think a couple days ago we were focused on the wind factor.
that has shifted. now we're looking at a storm surge of 5-10 feet. they can change depending on the precipitation with the storm. our real fear right now is the storm surge. every time it takes a jog one way or the other, the storm surge alters itself a foot or two. and also the timing. if it continues to slow down and comes in with a high tide, that's a bigger problem than if it comes in under a low tide. these are all things that mother nature just playing games with our preparations. look, we're ready. we've been doing this 100 plus years in ft. lauderdale. we feel we're ready. >> i believe you. mayor jack siler. hope to see you soon. >> thanks, shep. >> shepard: folks in volusia county, up the coast, which includes daytona beach, east of orlando, ordering evacuations for people in high risk areas.
that's set to go in effect 5:00 east florida time. the order includes beaches, low-lying areas and mobile homes. again, that's the daytona beach area. volusia county. officials say shelters will open there tomorrow morning. if you're in volusia or brevard or any counties along the coast, your local stations in orlando will have all the specifics for you, this map shows when forecasters at the national hurricane center expect not hurricane force winds, this is when they think the tropical storm force winds will hit different areas of florida. so just around the keys tomorrow morning around sunrise, in the lower keys. by 8:00 around everglades city and then be 8:00 tomorrow night, everything south of the lake from the lake okeechobee south should have at least tropical storm force winds. that's from coast-to-coast. so lee county, collier county, down into the keys, miami-dade, broward and the palm beaches all
with tropical storm force winds by 8:00 tomorrow saturday night. then by sunday morning, tropical storm force winds are well north of tampa approaching the orlando area. and then by sunday at 8:00 p.m., day after tomorrow night, by 8:00, the entire peninsula all the way over to tallahassee, almost to panama city beach area, tropical storm force winds have now reached the entire state of florida. speaking of daytona beach, the home of the 500 and a great spring break back in the day, rick leventhal is there. what a ghost town. that's nuts, rick. >> yeah, it's pretty quiet here on north beach street. most of the businesses have boarded up, they're closed. some of them have decorated the fly wood on the front of the stores. not clear how many people are heeding the mandatory evacuation order. county officials say if you're going to get out, get out by 5:00. if not, you should pack your
stuff and shelter in place or go to one of the 21 shelters that will open tomorrow morning. we have seen people boarding up in the low-lying areas, boarding up their homes, boarding up their businesses. major sandbagging going on, including south daytona beach where we were earlier today. there were 21 truck loads of sand delivered to the one location. they were backing it up as quick as it could be delivered. people were taking up to 25 bags each. some of them were helping each other out. not just helping family and friends but helping strangers as well. >> this morning, got off work. filled up sand bags for my grandfather. all kinds of people helping. just kind of helping the community. >> today was the last day for sandbags. if they don't have them by now, they won't get them. >> thanks, rick. while thousands in florida try to get out of irma's way, power crews from across the nation are
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up from canada. officials in florida say they expect millions of people to lose power for weeks if not longer in some areas. trace gallagher has this news. how do they organize these power crews from everywhere? >> most of the power crews, shep, will be arriving in florida some time today and mobilize in lake city, florida, which is in columbia county near the georgia border. that is considered inland county and thought to be well-protected. separately, florida power and light has set up 22 staging areas across the state. thousands of fpl crews and the crews from visiting states will be disbursed to the areas with the greatest needs. if you consider that 90% of florida power and light's customers live or work in coastal areas, which are more exposed to high winds and storm surge, you get a better idea of why they are predicting that millions of people will be without power for several weeks. most of the power crews from
other states have agreed to stay for at least 30 days, if longer, if needed, shep. >> shepard: trace, many of these out-of-state power company workers have helped with hurricane repairs over and over. >> they have. and florida would draw from southern states. but many of those are in texas. which is why florida requested crews from canada, michigan and other states. there's crews from indiana that have helped turn the power back on in florida after every hurricane since andrew. florida power and light has a mutual aid agreement with some companies like pacific gas and electric in can can and one pg&e worker says he can help. >> shepard: thanks, trace. officials in miami say they don't have time to move more than 20 construction cranes that
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>> shepard: there's the traffic coming. that's just around tampa. that's highway 75 northbound on the right-hand side. southbound on the left. that's around highway 301 in tampa. just a little south of tampa. people are still northbound trying to get out of the state of florida. some people in florida say they're still thinking about stating put for hurricane irma. we're getting a look at damage caused in the caribbean. we'll show you a little bit of it in the slide show. this is the airport in st. maarten. if you've been to st. maarten, you've probably been there because the runway is here and
people sit along the beach. there's a restaurant and watch big planes land. they have sunset beach bar it's called. dutch officials tweeted this picture out. they say they're getting the airport back up and running. it's a high priority for delivery of supplies to get the economy back moving. so far it's not yet. this is a house in puerto rico. didn't get a direct hit there. the owner says starting a generator. a million people lost power there. this is st. thomas and the u.s. virgin islands, this is system to the mass. flooding there from hurricane irma. the damage there is nothing short of catastrophic. more than 20 construction cranes that tower over miami aren't no coming down because of the hurricane. that's from city officials. people that live nearby are told to leave their homes. the deal is it can take two
>> shepard: on this date in 2003, hurricane isabel strengthened to a category four and made its way to the u.s. less than two weeks later, it slammed into north carolina's outer banks. isabel made a landfall as a category two with 105 maximum sustained winds. isabel killed 17, cost $3 billion in damage after becoming more powerful 14 years ago today. the next comprehensive update
from the national hurricane center, 5:00 east entime. 4:00 central. one hour from now we'll have live team fox coverage at that moment. until then, have a good afternoon. neil cavuto coming up right now. >> i can guarantee you, i don't know anybody in florida that is around to experience what is about to hit. >> if you're still home, please go. >> gridlock on the roads, people are bumper to bumper. we've had reports of people driving 17 hours. >> we've got some water, canned foods. made sure we stocked up on gas. all the important things. better to be safe than sorry. >> we're hunkering down for the hurricane. >> it's okay. we're on the second floor. unless it's 20 feel rolling in the street which come on. once it gets there, we can get out. we're fine. >> neil: all right. lc