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>> we just did a flyover, and i have to tell you, my heart sunk. this has been one of the worst days of my life. the entire country has been decimated. i have never seen anything like this before. >> stay with msnbc tonight and all weekend long for all the news of hurricane irma. i'll be back at 10:00 a.m. eastern tomorrow morning. brian williams continues our live coverage right now. well, good evening once again from our msnbc news headquarters here in new york. a storm that was born on the west coast of africa as a rainstorm last month. a storm that has grown to the size of texas, is getting ready to roll over the entire florida peninsula before the weekend is out. it's been a couple of hours perhaps since you last checked in since we all last got the last guidance from the hurricane center. there's been something of a change, the storm is tracking
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more west. that means it's taking something of a side trip to the south, where it's hitting cuba right now in a way that was not forecast. that also means when it turns, makes its predicted turn to the north, the eye could come up the west coast of florida, and because of this storm's sheer size, while that doesn't really mean good news for the east coast of florida, it could mean really bad news for places like marco island, naples, santa bell, ft. myers and orlando for starters. that's after it grinds over the florida keys, while it more than covers the state and generates winds perhaps north of 100 miles an hour in the city of miami. we've got 36 hours to go. this is not an exact science. but what we do have is the urgent and always vital 11:00 p.m. eastern time update from the national hurricane center. for that, i am joined by our
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meteorologist bill karins. what do you have? >> it's a cat 5, we just updated right along the coast of cuba. it's literally sitting on the beach of cuba. the storm has just swallowed cuba it looks like. our thoughts are with them this evening, because they are going through right now the eyewall of a category 5 hurricane, which is extremely rare on this planet to have winds this strong anywhere. we saw what it did to a lot of the islands. now we have to wait to see what it does to us? >> category 5, despite its interaction with land because it -- >> it hasn't happen eed yet. the land interaction is just happening. so that's the question, how much will cuba weaken it? i was just updating the new path, trying to get you some of that new information. here's the new stats.
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ignore this category 5, this just came out. 160-mile-per-hour winds once again. so it did intensify a little bit. it was 155. it's moving to the west at 13. that takes it over land and into cuba for the next 12 to 18 hours, and the hope is that this will weaken the storm in the core, at cuba's expense. the immediate thing you notice is miami is no longer in the cone of uncertainty. west palm beach you're out of it, too. we have eliminated the worst case scenario in miami and ft. lauderdale. it doesn't mean you're not going to get damaging gusts and power outages, but the worst of it has shifted to the west coast. key west and marathon, you're likely dealing with a category 4
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or 5 hurricane. catastrophic damage over the keys. then we go throughout the day on sunday. this is also what i don't like. this is 12 hours from here to 12 hours just north of the naples area, right over the top of naples, heading into cape coral and ft. myers at 130-mile-per-hour. it weakens to a lower end category 4 from a stronger category 4. so we're expecting a category 4 landfall into areas that are highly populated. this area is very vulnerable to storm surge. then here in tampa. this line keeps shifting closer to you. if this was closer to you, it would be stronger. then we worry about the storm surge in sarasota and tampa. it's a close call and you're verier in use, those areas to the north of there. >> i know we have a storm surge
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graphic and i would like to get a definition on the table. storm surge is the amount of water above dry ground. >> this is the amount of water this storm is going to produce. this is going to produce this amount of water on areas that are typically at low tide, 8 to 12 feet above that low tide. so that's why it's essential in areas that have a dramatic shift with high and low tide, how much higher that water could be. these are the updates from the 5:00 p.m. advisory. i have to look at the 11:00 p.m. advisory and see if we have any updates. that path didn't shift too much, but the thoughts for captiva, naples, heading up through venice. the storm surge watch into tampa, down to sarasota, this
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could go to a warning and those numbers could go up. >> our next guest is the mayor of key biscayne in florida. is there any reluctance to use terms like the city of miami is outside of the cone. >> i still think -- miami could still get 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts. if we didn't have a category 5 and we said it looks like a category 1 or 2 storm is heading towards miami, that's a big story. but the fact that we could have 150-mile-an-hour winds on the west coast. i'm sure some people will be complaining, why did we evacuate, it hit the west coast. this is not an exact science, so be safe. we still got 36 hours. we've already had a bunch of shifts. it could shift more. >> because the mayor of key biscayne is listening to our conversation, what is the latest that you can tell about the storm surge that goes up both
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side, like the atlantic side. >> they're still on the dirty side of the storm. they're still going to get wind gusts in excess of hurricane force, still 70 to 100-mile-an-hour winds. we'll still have power outages on the east coast of florida. so for everyone that evacuated that has power, that's better than sitting in your house a week or two waiting for the power to come back on. >> thank you so much for rushing that 11:00 on to the air. bill karins our meteorologist. we are joined by the mayor of key biscayne, florida, an island just off the coast and south of the city of miami proper in the waters of southeast florida. it sects to the rest of the state via brings and causeways. mayor, how does what you just
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heard affect at all how you view this storm and your preparation? >> well, i think the idea of how dangerous it is, is relative. this is a monster storm. it's unprecedented and we've never seen a storm like this before. and i'll tell you, to expect over 100-mile-an-hour winds and particularly the storm surge, which we are expecting at high tide during a full moon. so it will be at the peak, is troubling to me, and we take this very seriously. i'm confident that it could be worse and it seems that we are catching a little bit of a break. but this is still a very dangerous storm. >> those of us a certain age remember the first time we heard key biscayne is because richard nixon had a home there.
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john f. kennedy visited him there. how would you describe key biscayne? i know a lot of it is uninhabited wetlands. >> we have approximately 580 acres of beaches and wetlands and mangroves. we have a small town, a village that is 1.5 square miles, and it is very much a small town. we all love the ocean. we -- access is through a series of bridges. and we are a low-lying barrier island. we take our building code and our resiliency very, very seriously. so we work hardin kre ment-- ha we are extremely concerned about hurricane irma. >> is everybody out and everyone who could be expected to
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evacuate other than first responders? >> we have a couple of hard core people that are staying. it concerns me tremendously. but we have gotten almost everyone out. >> mayor, we're going to be hoping for the best for you and your community and all of our friends on the florida peninsula. thank you very much for taking the time to be with us. we know you have other concerns on your mind, the mayor of key biscayne, florida. which bricks us to cal perry here with us in new york. he's been checking out what it looks like for people who are still trying to get out. and welcome, first of all. secondly, this has been a moving target and all night long and into tomorrow, we'll be talking about the people who got out of miami, drove across perhaps on 75 to the west side of florida, where now they could live long enough to see the eye of a hurricane. >> people are already interacting to what bill karins
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said, i left miami and headed west. keep going, find somewhere safe, because this is massive. take a look at i-75. we pulled video of just northeast of tampa. this gives you an idea of what it's like trying to get out of florida. a lot of people ask me why traffic is moving both directions. they've got to get fuel south. that's why they have it opened up. in georgia and florida, all the tollgates should be open. all construction should have stopped to allow traffic to move. the airports are a mess, as well. miami airport, last call. 10:30 was the last night, that's it. nothing is going to move tomorrow or the next day. one of the other things that's been happening, we heard a lot about the gas issue is luggage. people are checking in for flights and not getting that luggage back. take a listen. >> i have two kids. i need to take care of my
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family. >> the previous storms across the state and we had an opportunity to go north or south to get provisions. there's no place to get provisions. >> i visualize myself going back to my konld md yicondominium an destroyed. >> go to now to miami, you mentioned that people are going to be talking about why did i leave? we've been hearing about these cranes, 20 to 30 of these cranes looming over miami. they are going to leave these cranes untethered because they want them to swing in the wind. now, october 2012, west 57th street. >> we remember. >> here it is. this is why you're leaving the city of miami. >> during sandy. >> right. so if you're asking yourself why did i get out of miami?
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this could easily happen with those 100-mile-an-hour winds regardless of the track. so that's why we're telling people, if you left, keep doing what you're doing, get somewhere safe and don't second guess yourself now, because this could move, as well. a new american tradition, signage on the buildings, stay away, irma, we're seeing that everywhere. >> and to our friends in places like miami, it is also true that in a high rise, the wind speed increases as the floors increase. it's not impossible to go up one category of storm if you're living in the upper floors, so 100 miles an hour ground level is way to much to stand on the sidewalk. it will pick up large octobbjec. >> the storm is -- as it moves
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faster, you're looking at 150-mile-an-hour winds. >> we remember during harvey, people could walk faster than the storm was progressing. but as bill laid it out, this storm is going to take its time churning up the coastline of florida. thank you very much, cal perry. earlier, we talked about the brave men and women who fly into the eye of these storms to collect data to save lives on the ground. one of those brave souls will join us next. plus, the head of the national hurricane center will join us with the very latest on this devastating storm and this changeable track. live when "the 11th hour" continues. because he chooses to walk whenever he can. and he does it with support from dr. scholl's. only dr. scholl's has massaging gel insoles that provide all-day comfort to keep him feeling more energized. so he even has the energy to take the long way home. keep it up, steve!
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welcome back to our broadcast on a friday night. as we said earlier this week, the computer science and computer graphics of hurricane prediction, all this, never been better. but hurricane prediction still relies in large part on a human component, and it requires great bravery and skill among our very bestpublic servants who make up the hurricane hunters, the men and women who drive aircraft into the eye of the hurricane. among those brave souls, our next guest lieutenant colonel shawn cross, a pilot with the 53rd weather reconnaissances squadron based in mississippi. first of all, the question i imagine you get asked most often, what is it like up there? >> thanks for having us on. as you can imagine, it can be bumpy and i can tell you first
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half, having flown in a tremendous amount of storms myself, as well as the member and women of the 53 that are currently flying, generally a storm like this that is well developed with a large eye is relatively smooth. that's hard to believe for a lot of people out there. but currently the people that have been flying reported back that it's been a bumpy ride in irma. it's been a very different storm. every storm has its own unique personality. you can never drop your guard in this mission. you can fly along for a couple of hours and never feel a bump. all of a sudden you feel like the plane is going to come apart on you. people ask me all the time, is it really that bad? like i said, you never know what to expect. you cannot be complacent in this mission. >> let's talk hardware. the aircraft behind you, knowing something about it, i imagine
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you have many crew members younger than the aircraft you're flying in. why propeller driven and not jets? >> turbo engines, we're at the freezing level there. there is a tremendous amount of hail that we interact with and rainfall. so the good thing about the propellers in this aircraft, those props are churning that rain up and pushing it through the engine. the engines are extremely powerful. >> lieutenant colonel, i hope you're a patient man. i'm going to ask you to hold because we have a narrow window of opportunity with a meteorologist tonight who is on the gulf coast. we want to go to one of the great veterans of the weather channel paul goodloe who is set up in naples where they may now see the eye of this storm pass overhead before we're all said and done. paul, i've been watching you all
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night on the weather channel. as you've been telling us all night, if the storm comes up the gulf side, that doesn't spare the atlantic side. explain why storm surge is a bigger problem where you are on an otherwise beautiful night on the gulf coast. >> you raised two issues here. a lot of people are concerned with the point, the center line of the forecast of the national hurricane center. and a hurricane like irma is not just one singular point where the eye will go by. this is a huge, powerful hurricane. so folks on the east coast of florida, miami, ft. lauderdale, oh, we're going to be okay. no, you're not. a, you're still going to get that right front quadrant as it passes by and makes landfall in the keys first. so yes, this is a huge hurricane and you'll have major impacts, including surge.
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but here in naples, i will not be here as the hurricane approaches. i would be under water. we're talking perhaps an 8 to 12 foot storm surge in this area and i'm 6'5" and maybe four feet from the high water line here. so that would be a couple feet over my head. definitely impacting this hotel that we're staying in. so it's just not safe to be here. we have an area well inland that will be safe from the storm surge. everybody across florida will feel the winds of irma, as we head out as early as tomorrow morning, but all through saturday, making landfall on sunday and then continuing to move right up the state as we head throughout the day on sunday into monday. then we have some impact in georgia, the carolinas, even tennessee and alabama. but the strongest impacts will be right here. you mentioned the storm surge threat. it's because of our coastline. we have beautiful beaches here, beautiful barrier islands.
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a lot of high dollar real est e estate. another thing about this is the timing. you're going to have the strongest winds first, but the storm surge lags behind it. so people will try to get out and survey the damage when they think the eye has passed them by. so it's kind of a double concern here, just the timing of the storm surge, brian. again, as you've never been to southwest florida, it's great for vacation and picking up sea shells by the thousands. but it's also vulnerable because of the way it rises for a big push of water from this approaching hurricane, especially with the latest updates bringing that center further to the west coast. that means a bigger chance of a surge even for tampa bay. >> the weather channel has meteorologists all over the region.
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our friend paul goodloe happens to be in the place that, based on current projections, may get all the storm that they can handle and that's naples, florida. great to see you, my friend. i'll let you go back to your job on the other network. paul goodloe, meteorologist with the weather colonel, what do y say to people on land? some say seen them come, seen them go, going to ride it out. we've got a guy waiting to talk to us in key largo. >> we're out here, risking our lives, we're getting the information to the national hurricane center, so they can make outstanding predictions. if you've got a plan, stick with the plan. if you don't believe me what these storms can do, i've been doing this a long time. i rode out hurricane katrina after i flew it. i've flown a lot of storms over the years. i've got 150 penetrations of
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major hurricanes. i will ride through a storm any day before i ride one out on the ground. google biloxi, mississippi, look at the grand casino that was washed on shore. those pictures will change your find. it is amazing what the force of water can do to concrete and rebar when it's a form surstorm. >> for people just joining us, the 11:00 p.m. advisory put this storm at a category 5, in large part because of the atmospheric readings that were achieved tonight because of the air force reservists in this very wing. lieutenant colonel, just a flying question. i've heard it said that you guys sometimes fly at a 35 degree flip, meaning you are -- you are flying in effect sideways in
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order to go straight because of the wind? >> that's correct. you must be a pilot, because you used the term "crabbing." the winds are counterclockwise. the auto pilot sets up a predetermined track that we fly. when we do that to get to the eye, we're crabbing to the left. we're sort of flying sideways as we approach the center of the storm. once we look for the lower center of pressure, we annually steer the aircraft to find it. >> i am not a pilot for the health and safety of those around us, but i read a lot about it. thank you, lieutenant colonel. to our viewers and the audience, the key word here, this is air force reserve. these are very brave members of the united states. a branch of the united states military. our fellow citizens who are willing to go up and do this so we can do the predictions here on the ground and pass it all
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off to you. ed rappaport is the man in charge of the national hurricane center in florida. among the busier people in this country, with a hell of a job these days and being that this is "the 11th hour" for storm predictions, we thought we would ask you to come on during this hour, ed, and we appreciate it. i just got a text from a friend of mine who said, does this latest spaghetti strand mean miami is out of the woods? i'm so reluctant to report this westward swing. tell folks just how big this thing is. >> the hurricane is quite large, and in fact, we'll switch over to the graphic that shows the track. here's are we have hurricane warnings up for florida and the florida keys. with the center forecast to come along the west coast now. but it's so big that the hurricane force winds extend all the way to the east coast.
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so while the trend to the west might be a little better for the east coast, it's much worse now for the florida keys and the west coast. they could see the most extreme of the winds and the storm surge. >> as we've been saying, it took a little side trip to cuba. cuba's losses, our gain. is it going to get degraded enough to bring its strength down a little bit, before it roars up and over the keys? >> it's possible that if it spends more than a few hours over land, and you can see here is the eye right next to the coast, that the maximum wind speeds will come down, but it won't strange the overall structure and that the winds extend out 75 miles from the center. indeed, we have a storm surge up for much of the peninsula. this is where there could be a life threatening inundation.
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as much as 6 to 12 feet. those very vulnerable florida keys where we could have a 5 to 10 foot storm surge. >> later in this hour, we're going to talk to a guy in largo, who is in a bar where they're going to ride it out. what is your message to them? >> a little disappointed to hear that and concerned about it, as well. right now it's a 5 to 10 foot surge with waves on top, i'm not how survivable that is in the key largo area and southward. >> we will pass it along to him. ed rappaport, thank you for joining us. one of the busiest men in our country, as we head on to the next 36 hours. another break for us. coming up, we'll check on the preparations in ft. lauderdale. as we've been saying, an interesting circumstance for them and a changing moving
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welcome back to our broadcast. with florida bracing for this hurricane, one of the biggest concerns you're going to hear over and over is storm surge. just once more, the definition is, that's the amount over normally dry land. we have ocean waves, as tall as 20 feet high, that could slam into the florida coast.
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that damage could be catastrophic still in places like ft. lauderdale. the city sits on the east coast, north of miami. it's known for its beaches obviously. but also for a 200 mile canal system that runs through the city, making it extremely vulnerable to flooding and storm surge. we're joined by the mayor of ft. lauderdale, jack syler. thank you for taking the time to join us. where do you stand on percentage of your city evacuated? how many folks have chosen to stay behind? >> brian, we've evacuated the barrier island in ft. lauderdale. broward county issued evacuation orders for everything east of u.s. 1, as it comes through ft. lauderdale. but there are low-lying areas east of federal highway and the barrier island that is very
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susceptible to storm surge and rising tides, to the whole sea level change. and that area we've evacuated, we've instituted a curfew that will take effect tomorrow to keep people off the barrier island. but this has been a, you know, an ongoing thing. to follow just what's taken place in the last couple of hours with the experts you have. we know the whole state is going to be impacted by this. we know the whole state is going to get hit by this hurricane. it's just a matter of whether we get the storm surge side, the wind, whether we get the rain. it is just an immense, immense storm with incredible intensity and it's only going to get more intense as it comes off cuba. so we're ready, as prepared as we're going to be. right now, probably 20%, 25% of the city is in an area that we've recommended that people move to higher, drier ground.
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>> you must worry about complacency now, because the story line changes a little bit. that move the eye to the west. the storm is the size of texas, and as i said, a friend texted me and said does this mean miami is out of the woods? no, it does not. it means you're going to get a combination of what you were just walking about. and god forbid if people went to naples to get out of the way and thinking about heading back home to lauderdale tonight. you're going to have confusion and trouble. >> absolutely. the advice that you have all given, that your meteorologists have given, that your experts, the advice is, stay out of this area and wait and see what happens. for us to flip-flop across the state, go from naples to ft. lauderdale, ft. lauderdale back to naples, this could make a move overnight that puts us back in that cone.
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we're all in the cone. the state as a whole. the peninsula, the state of florida peninsula is in the cone. right now, all i was concerned about as we were looking at this was a full moon situation, the seasonal high tides that pick up in october and november, a strong east wind that was creating this storm surge that was 5 to 10 feet, which has a huge impact. we have a barrier island, we have as you depicted, hundreds of miles of navigable waterways. we cannot handal 5 to 10 foot storm surge. now that swifted ed tshifted t storm surge. guess what? we could be waking up at 3:00, and somebody might say, mayor, the storm surge shifted back east. now that surge is back in play. here high tides are essentially midnight and noon.
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low tides are 6:00 and 6:00. whatever happens with this storm, we wanted to see it come ashore under the low tides, which will provide some relief, regardless of where you are. >> yeah. unfortunately the clock looks like noon sunday high tide may have your name on it. mayor, we're going to be thinking and praying for all of you and your fellow souls there in ft. lauderdale. thanks for making the time to talk to us. we wish you the best during this. >> thank you, brian. thanks for engiducating the pub. >> cal perry is back with us. again, i mentioned the top of the broadcast, this starts as a rainstorm near gambia, on the west coast of africa, the day harvey makes landfall in texas, irma is born. traverses the entire atlantic. we happen to have a time today when we had two category 4
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storms in the atlantic for the first time in history. but it has run rush shod over so many places. >> and jose is a concern now, because as it went across the islands, people lost power and the accessibility to where this is headed. in bard buddbuda, 95% of the structures on this island destroyed. the prime minister got into a chopper, got to the island. he's bartering to get boats to get people off of the island. that island was cut off from the world for about 12 hours, no communication. now, to st. martin, an island shared between the french and dutch. roofs were shredded, boats were torn into pieces. electricity poles were snapped in half. on the dutch side, you have troops deployed to get people back on their feet there. moving east to west, the u.s. virgin islands, we saw the roof
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of the medical senter in st. thomas ripped clear off. we heard from officials "total destruction." the coast guard and national guard are on the scene, telling people to get off the island, jose is come and it may hit here. puerto rico was on its knees economically before the storm. that power line tells the story there. you're talking about hundreds of thousands without power and they could be without power for six months. the funding from fema is going to be clipped. it's going to be only a portion is going to be allowed to go to island because of that bankruptcy. so that economy has been devastated. i have two aunts in florida that are upset that i've been doom and gloom here and they wanted me to tell an uplifting story. >> do they live in the pan handle? >> they do. this is about a generator. pam's father is on oxygen, went to the store, there was no
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generator. take a listen to what happened. >> she needed a generator. it's okay. >> i don't know him at all. he's a stranger. he's an angel from god is what he is. >> she gets up to the checkout, they say, i'm sorry, ma'am, we just sold our last one to this gentleman. he gives it to her because he saw how distraught she is. her dad is in a condition where he can't be evacuated. that generator is going to make a life or death difference. you want to know what a nice guy looks like? that guy that is hugging her right there. >> we'll be looking for stories like that. >> i hope the panhandle stays in the clear because of the new routing of this storm. when we come back, we're going to switch into politics for a short time. our panel is here to talk about today's story in the world of robert mueller's investigation. that and more when "the 11th hour" continues on a friday
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welcome back to our broadcast. we'll go live to moiciami and t keys in a moment. but we wanted to divert to our political coverage right now. because of a report in "the washington post" earlier today that says robert mueller and his team have their eyes on interviewing six white house aides, including current and former members of the president's inner circle. white house special counsel ty cobb lawer said the white house doesn't comment on mueller interview requests but it will "continue to be as transparent and cooperative as possible in an effort to see this through to an appropriate resolution." let's bring in our panel to talk about this tonight. both we're happy to say are msnbc political analysts. ely, we showed the picture of
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all of them. who are these players and why is this important? >> well, i believe if you put the graphic on the scene, all of the six are white house staffers or were at some point. she is the one in the upper left that i would focus on most. reince priebus was chief of staff, sean spicer was press secretary. hope hicks is the closest person to the president, sits right outside the oval office, always been the conduit to donald trump, trying to teal with him when he wants to talk to somebody. there's not a lot that goes on in the oval office that hope hicks is not aware of. so i think that is the most interesting one. and she's never fallen out of favor with this president. in all the times she's worked with him. spicer, priebus, others at times, the president has chosen to sort of freeze them out and not let them in on things. that's never really been the case with hope hicks.
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>> heidi, you're robert mueller -- see how i just did that? what are the questions you want to ask these people and what is "the post" reporting about the story lines, this might mean he's pursuing? >> there are several nexuses with these aides, but one of the most important ones is that air force one ride back from europe where president trump reportedly directed his aides to craft a misleading statement about the nature of his son's meeting with the russians and that russian attorney. so that is going to be one of the main pressure points here, and to ely's point, hope hicks, by the way, was one of the aides on the plane there, and she was, according to the reporting, advocating for a more transparent statement and she was overruled. there were other people also on the plane there, including shawn spicer, who may be able to attest to that, and while it is not really illegal to lie to the
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media, that was a statement that was forced by the media. according to some ethics experts, when you get a multitude of aides who would attest to this effort to mislead and what the calculation was going into it and the intent, that could feed to an obstruction case. brian, i did go back and look at some of mueller's previous investigations. one of them was enron, one of his biggest cases was enron. if you look at the way that was conducted, the first way of charges were what? obstruction of charges. so we do know that this is one of the major arteries that they are pursuing. but there are many other things that these aides may have witnessed that he's going to want to question them on. for example, don mcgann, the attorney, was the important man to sally yates, the former acting a.g. who warned the white house that michael flynn was compromised and lying to the vice president. he will want to know, did you
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relay that information to the president? what is the president's knowledge of that and why wasn't nine fired? >> ely, this must send a chill wind through the west wing. >> yeah, i think that wind has been felt for months inside the west wing. some of these folks have gotten outside counsel. my friends are reporting that hope hicks has gotten her own outside attorney. so they've been bracing for this. they know it's not just going to be sitdown interviews with mueller and his team, about what their roles are. he's going to want to see a lot of electronic paper trails of texts and e-mails. we know there were a lot of conversations taking place, and not just the conversations on air force one that heidi is talking about, but conversations leading up to the firing of former fbi director jim comey. we know that the president wanted to do that, and aides were trying to discuss what are we going to tell everybody the
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reason for that is? what are we going to say? there's a lot of paper and information. the people in this administration know it. they're going to try to protect themselves and this president. but they know it's for being go friends of the broadcast, great friends of the guest, and we are off topic compared to our usually evening. we turn back because of the urgency of the moment to hurricane irma. for that we go to sam champion who's been with us all eechg. i'm worried about two different aspects. i'm worried about the folks who left miami, drove west on 75 to the western coast, the gulf coast of miami who now learn it's going to concentrate on that side. i worry about x-rays come place where you here phases like miami is outside the cone.
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you could get 100 mile sustained gusts. >> this is a monster category 5. this has been a record setting hurricane its entire life. those of us who have been in the hurricane business our entire life never take one point in the cone of uncertainty too seriously, this storm will spend the next day dragging its eye wall across the coast of cuba. it was not forecasted to do that. we're not sure what shape it will come out. we know the waters between -- the florida straights and the keys are warm, they are feeding grounds for a powerful hurricane to regain its strength. we know this storm will make a right hand term. we know it is 300 and something miles wide. every city in the state of florida needs to be on guard for this storm. it's true, the most powerful
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force of the storm is in the eye wall, the worst winds, storm surge, and if that eye wall is on the east coast of florida toward miami, it makes a difference, if it's on the west coast of florida and it's fort myers or naples or on up the west coast it makes a difference. i want everyone in the entire state of florida prepared for all aspects of the storm. we know it will hit the state, we don't know which tip will get the worst of the storm. we'll be facing big time wind, damage, power outages. >> that's what i was hoping you were going to say from miami. i'm sure we'll be talking to you a lot along the way. stay safe. earlier tonight we wanted to let our viewers know the national weather service in key west took the extraordinary step of sending this statement in twitter, in all caps, quote,
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this is as real as it gets, nowhere in the florida keys will be safe. you still have time to evacuate. that was this afternoon. they asked people to bounce it around on social media and thousands did. having said that, joining us from key largo is a guy who intends to stay in key largo. his title is extreme meteorologist and storm chaseror acuweather. read, we had the head of the hurricane center on earlier tonight. he was saddend and dismayed to hear that there were people in largo staying to ride this out. he's worried about your safety. he said again nothing there will be survivable. tell us where you intend to spend this storm. >> yeah if you're in the florida keys you need to get out and get out of the path of thissing this. it's up graded to category 5 again. we're in island mirada. we don't plan to ride out the storm here.
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it's a staging point. we're monitoring the track of that. likely in the morning retreat back toward the mainland and cover land fall in naples, it could continue even further west, then the whole entire west of florida, the whole florida peninsula is at risk for a potentially deadly situation. we have unmanned science probes we deploy in the path of hurricanes. we put them in the path of tornado and we record them and record pressure fall, also the direction of wind speed and direction. we employ these in the eye wall of hurricane harvey we mounted it on a bridge and measured wind speed. we won't ride out something. if there's a 10 foot storm surge, and you're at 5 feet, you'll have potential 150, 200 miles an hour winds above that, that's not a survivable
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situation. >> i was told you were in a bar or tavern where there are many in the keys. did you run into people that plan to stay there. if so, where? where there masonry buildings that have survived previous storms that are several stories up. >> i was actually not at a bar today. i ate lunch earlier at a pizza place. there were a lot of emergency personnel, police, and from the sounds of it they're going to bunker up in a concrete hotel in the center -- after a certain time out there, after those winds increase, they're going to pull them off the streets, seek shelter and not going to be able to respond to those emergency calls. that's more reason why you've got to get out of here. there's still time to evacuate and you've got to get off the keys and get out of south florida. >> i am happy to learn you are among those getting out of the florida keys, 125 mile chain, one way in and out, a highway that will not stay open at the
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height of the storm. thank you for joining us. to our viewers, thank you for being with us. that is our broadcast for tonight. our hurricane irma coverage continues here on msnbc. who picks things up after this short break. stay with us. wherever the story goes. >> if there's news, we'll bring
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good evening midnight on the east coast here at mnb -- hurricane irma tonight and we're looking at it potentially making landfall as a category 5 storm in cuba the winds have been maurd up to 160 miles per hour. this hurricane is tearing towards florida. the entire state is potentially in its path. 1 out of every 20 americans live. >> people are in a panic because we have nothing in stock for


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