tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN September 11, 2017 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT
storm-related death. there has been flooding in charles, south carolina, historic storm surge in jacksonville, florida. we have a lot to coffer. we want to begin in the florida keys which took a direct hit from the hurricane when it was still a category 4. 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. not only do they have dodge to deal with, but we're talking about no power, dwindling food
and water, this will rapidly back supply problem. that's why we're seeing the military becoming involved. >> we talked to a number of people in the keys, the mayor, a man who road out the storm at a marina. he's doing okay for water because they have water on the boats that remain. he's a little bit low on supplies. in terms of structural damage that you saw, what was it like? >> from the water, what we saw was -- we were surprised actually just passing around key largo that a lot of the the newer structures seemed to be doing okay. we did pass by a bar that while we couldn't tell the extent of the damages, from our vantage point it looked like it was pretty banged up. but the major, major damage, that was miles from where we
were. we couldn't get down to that area because of limited fuel. that's a pro bono thatblem that plaguing this area. we met a woman who decided to stay. here's what she told us. >> why did you stay? >> to do somebody a favor. and i feel like a fool. now i know. >> and not only does she feel like that, anderson, she said afterwards she just feels, quote, stupid. she would not recommend that for anyone. she says she is also stranded and wondering about how she's going to continue to get water. supplies, anderson, supplies, supplies, that is going to be the problem in the keys. >> kyung lah, long road ahead. we got a first look at the destruction in the keys. i want to show the before and after picture. on the left side is in front of snappers bar in key largo thursday. three days later, on the right,
is the same location yesterday. the bar, parts of the bar decimated. i spoke with the owner, peter. >> i'm sorry for what you're going through. we saw pictures of your bar before and after the storm. what's your understanding of the extent of the damage? >> well, one of my bar tenders -- i haven't been there, but one of my bartenders was there today. the main building where we have our restaurant and upstairs for hotel rooms is badly damaged, but it's still there. the office and the storage next door is still there. i try to go tomorrow when the roads are clear and have a
better look what we need to do. but for me, it's very obvious we will recover. we will rebuild. we will make it happen. one way or the other. my first concern goes out to our 80 employees and their families. that's why actually we developed a rebuild -- rebuild shirts. we're still online. we're not physical there, but we're still online. we sell -- >> you made a hurricane t-shirt to raise money to help rebuild and help your employees? >> exactly. during the rebuild period to get things going, to get things working. >> peter, do you have any idea -- based on what you see, do you have a sense of how long it might take to rebuild?
>> it's hard to say. i do know construction work, but i haven't seen it yet. as far as my bartender described, we have to rebuild the turtle club as well. you know how many people called me, how many people offered help, it's so nice to hear that everybody is ready, everybody wants to help. so we're going to make it happen and we're going to make it happen as soon as possible. we want to be an example of the upper keys, but actually the whole keys. we want to be an example of the american standard. we will make it happen and we will do it. >> peter, what's your website if people want to get your t-shirts? >> snappers key largo.com. >> peter, we wish you the best, take care. >> thank you very much and good luck to everybody because we're not the only one in this situation. everybody, be safe, be strong, and let's make it happen.
>> peter, good words to end on. thank you. >> thank you. >> be safe, be strong, let's make it happen. key west has been cut off from communication. i spoke with the city manager just before we went on air. also just before we aired, i spoke with key west mayor, mayor kate. what's the situation there? >> we have quite a bit of damage. mainly in key west, not so much structural damage, mainly trees going down. we broke a lot of water lines. we have a lot of large, older trees. because we haven't had hurricanes they've grown very large. one took the roofs of businesses, but other than that we fared we will. we don't have water because of the damage at the keys which was
worse about 20 miles from here. and the power lines are down. we heard the power is going to up tomorrow at the airfield and hospital and where is they'll be bringing other areas up with power as they repair those power lines damaged by the trees falling. >> what about cell service? do residents have cell service? >> there's no cell service. i don't think it starts until 80-mile marker up from here. it's hard to understand why we haven't got the service up because the the towers are up. we're waiting on the phone company to put that back together. they've been npinspecting the bridges to make sure that we're safe for travel to bring the
larger trucks and vehicles in. we just got word that they were all inspected today, and they should be open after are for bringing in the trucks to help put up the power lines and repair whatever else is necessary. we need fuel. that'll be bringing fuel in. we're not letting any of the residents back yet because we don't have water or power yet. and we don't have any services for them. so we're holding off. i know they really want to get back and check their houses out. but we didn't have hardly any flood daniel in key west, nothing like wilma. this storm was dirt there was a wind event, not water. so we did really well with that. other than that, we fared very well. the airports are both up and running now. no power, but thanks to
emergency responders, aircraft will be able to come in. we have rations and food for residents that stayed and the first responders. everything's starting to come together, but it takes a little while. i want to thank everybody that's working hard to bring this together. >> given what might have been, i'm glad that you're doing okay and folks are doing okay there. we'll ton talk to you in the days ahead. thanks so much. >> thank you very much. >> that's the mayor. 60% are without power. today people who evacuated started going home. also later, it's not a hurricane anymore but it's not over yet. we'll see what's happening right now in georgia, alabama, the carolin
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psychics and a half million customers are without power throughout the state of florida. in sarasota, the city manager says 600 -- 60% are without power. alex mar quart reports on that tonight. >> reporter: steve and laura brady got back bracing for the worst. >> i was worried that we were going to have the big pine up front go right through the bedrooms.
>> we met them at a shelter on sunday with her ten-year-old daughter payton and their dogs. >> we boarded up the home on friday. and got her 7:30 yesterday morning. >> they're now back, like six and a half million others with florida without power. >> are you hunting around for a gent tore? >> we have friends with generate troz. a few days from now might be a different story. >> power is out for the whole street including the home of philip and beverly dennen. philip a korean war vet needs electricity for his oxygen fly. >> i have enough zoxygen to las for several days. we have enough gasoline that you could -- i could get out of the car. but without power, we'll be in a
little trouble. >> the state's biggest power company is frantically working on restoring service. for some, until be hours. for hours, weeks. >> it's going to take weeks because not only do we have to repair parts of our system, in some cases we're going to find to do a complete rebuild. >> the white house says it's mobilizing the largest ever number of power workers to help. >> we will have line restoration workers. >> these are the tactical first in teams, the first groups of authorities out here on sarasota's barrier islands so residents can get back as soon as possible. >> most like the braidss are brazil they can get home even fit takes weeks to get back to
normal, everyone knows this could have been far worse. >> we are so lucky compared to what just happened in texas. it's a big deal and it's stressed me out pretty bad. but i can breathe a sigh of relief tonight i think once i get to sit down. >> a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. crews trying to restore power. it's going to be a slow process in a lot of places. >> reporter: yeah, the crews are there around the clock. it's a slow and steady process, but they are making progress. around one million customers had their power restored today by fpl. we're standing in one of their staging areas, in front of their bucket trucks. they're getting assignments around the clock. their ceo says they are working
24/7. he's called this the most widespread damage in the company's history. this power outage is not just affecting florida. as the storm swept north, it affected a million customers in alabama, south carolina, north carolina, and georgia. this is going to be a monumental task to get everyone back online. anderson? >> alex, thank you so much. people in florida are just starting to get an idea of the damage beginning the long road to recovery. joining me is lieutenant russell honore. the winds are moving away, all these people, more than 6 million or so without power tonight. you say that in itself is a disaster. what do you mean? >> anderson, we usually go through these scenarios when i was commander of joint forces homeland security. what we would do if we lost
power. if you take a 24-to 36-hour period, the whole structure would start to deteriorate as far as being able to live in that community, based on the weather conditions, those are those in high-rise, in this case wave double disaster because we have the power out, roads that are out, we've got homes that are destroyed. so when you look at that scenario in the keys and the great review y'all done earlier in the show, it's going to be hard to build that infrastructure back and the gentleman with his bar, when there's no businesses and no places for people to work, and there's no water that they can use, it breaks down that ability for that community to sustain itself. so decisions are going to have to be made in the coming days on how much of that community need to evacuate. because if you build your business right, you don't have
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get the infrastructure up. so the community can take care of one another. >> in some places you're saying city officials are town officials may start to think about encouraging people to evacuate if it's going to be a long rebuilding process in that neighborhood, in that community? >> absolutely. every one of those individuals have to now negotiate with fema. they have to negotiate with an insurance company. or they have to negotiate with the small business loan, unless they're independently wealth. all that takes time. they have the build the buildings back with new building codes. always takes time. the thumb and the adrenaline rush, reality is going to set in. and the sad things is 40% of small businesses fail after a disaster like this uncomforta e unfortunately, anderson. they can't sustain their
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>> some of the water has started to recede, anderson. i'm standing on dry ground just a couple feet from the seawall here of the saint john's river. earlier today there's no chance i would have ventured this close to the water. when we first arrived in jacksonville at 11:00 a.m., these waters came across this seawall thanks to the storm surge and headed three blocks inland. high tide here at 2:00, but we watched those waters continue to rise. as bad as it was around 11:00 a.m., we saw it get worse. but these waters have stored recede, and the next milestone here, the next high tide at 1:00 a.m., we don't know what they will bring. but as the mayor has told us the threat, far from over here. that storm surge this morning, a
category 3 storm surge. it wasn't just the water you saw flowing, but it was the wind that would come ripping down these streets. when you have high-rises here that can create a windtunnel for that wind. it was ripping up the water that it would hit. that was the spray we were feeling all day. it was a very bizarre feeling to not feel rain falling down. these waters continue to rush. it was just the water that that incredibly powerful wind was whipping up all day. >> is it areas beyond downtown that have been affected? >> absolutely, anderson. we spent our time in the central business district because that was where we were seeing so many of these powerful pictures. being right here at the edge of the water, it was easy to see where it was coming from. but there are so many areas of jacksonville that have been termly affected by these same waters. just behind me, the riverside area, ortega and san marco,
residential neighbors where we can only imagine rescues will continue to take place in the coming days. >> kayleigh e prescient y, appr being there. it's not over yet. we want to play that interview with the mayor because what he had to say is important for y'all to hear. >> mayor kerr, just in terms of the flooding in jacksonville, what are you seeing now? how bad is it? >> that is serious event. we've been telling the people of jacksonville this is going to be a serious event for days. on wednesday we started voluntary evacuations. now here we are. we have category 3 storm surge in and a tropical storm. so we're in rescue mode. >> do you have a sense of the
scope of those operations? any sense of how many people may be unaccounted for or stranded in any way? >> well, it's serious. i was around today visiting some of the places that were being searched and rescued, and just anecdotally i have some of the fire guys and gals doing the work told me they had rescued act 100 people just with an small area of town. so the thing we need the people of jacksonville to know is if they think they're going to wait this out on a second floor, this could take up to a week, maybe days, maybe a week. we wish everyone would have heeded our evacuation orders when we put them out there. that didn't happen. now it's time for us to go in and save our people, make sure they're safe. we had a great partner in governor scott. he's been on top of this. the president's team reached out
early on to ensure we had access to those resources when 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 evacuation orders. clearly people were caught off guard, not just in jacksonville, but elsewhere, particularly when this storm shifted to the west in the days before. du did you think people were out of the woods before it happened? >> anderson, one of my concerns was that people would think that. it's very clear the message i communicated when it started to shift to the west. i said please, people, do not think this is not going to be a mainly event. do not think this is not going to have major impact. we're not changing our evacuation orders. they're as serious now as ever. i wasn't surprised, my team wasn't surprised by such a major event. the new development was the type
of it was that there would be category 3 storm surge and a tropical storm. and so we are just dealing with that now. police, fire, contractors are here. neighbors are helping neighbors just doing everything that we can. first things first, make sure our people are safe. >> obviously it differs in different areas. do you know how deep the water is in some areas? >> oh, gosh. there are areas i was in today that you can't drive a major public rescue vehicle into. with major tires, high up off the ground. you've got to take the big truck in, drop the boat in that the rescue guys take, and you have to go down the road, get these people in a boat, get them out and 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. so it's deep, it's serious, and
it's dangerous. and the threat is still with us. but this is -- anderson, this is what i told the people today. this is why we're here. this is my job. this is the job that policemen sign up for and firemen. >> we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. thank you. wish you the best. s. >> thank you. thank you very much. i want to check in with tom satyr. in terms of jacksonville, how long can people there expect to see this kind of flooding in jacksonville or the storm surge? >> basically this afternoon it started to recede, which is good news. we knew we were going to have this onshore flow even before the system made landfall. we were talking about jacksonville, i didn't think they would break the record from hurricane matthew last year, but they did. they got up to five and a half feet and that broke the record
by half a foot, all the way up to saint john's river. it beat our dora in the '60s. in the savannah river they made it to 12 feet. up in the charleston area which still has a little bit of anion shore flow, they made it up to 9.92 feet in the harbor. it was over the battery and that was significant. still, third place behind hurricane hugo and matthews. it's going to lightning up somewhat. when it comes to the watches and the warnings we have in effect, obviously there are still flash floods. still have a flash flood emergency, and that is for the charleston areas as you see here across georgia, a tropical storm
warning for atlanta, eastern alabama to the carolinas. irma's a 45-mile-per-hour winds, overnight it will become a depression. but now we have three fatalities due to the downed trees. it's significant and breaking down. what a storm. we will never ever have another hurricane harvey or another irma. those two names are going to be retired. it's significant to know both of these landfalls were within 16 days of each other. and the u.s. has never had two category 4s in the same year. >> i'm getting texts and e-mails from people who didn't experience the storm, from other states, who said this didn't live up to some of the hype they heard from officials. one official called it a nuclear hurricane that was approaching. obviously it was an incredibly powerful storm, cad 5, we saw
the damage it did to the caribbean. what happened to this storm? can you explain from the time it hit the keys at a cat 4, did it surprise you how it broke up, how it dissipated? it ended up being a low cat 2 toward when i signed off last night around 11:00 in tampa. >> keep in mind we started watching the storm on the 31st of august. the computer models were excellent. again, when you unroll the entire scenario and where the rain is now and where it was moving, we always said we would never know where landfall was going to be until it hit cuba. how many press conferences did we have from fema and federal officials from the governor, local mayors, everybody knew
this was a great risk of losses life and property. and i think it did. i begged begging to differ to those to say it wasn't that bad, well, where? tallahassee tallahassee? pensacola? when it turned north, still significant, the possibility, thank goodness it made landfall in cuba or we would have had a category 5. but it's still a 4 and a 3. but that jog to the east of tampa instead of expecting it west a few hours before was significant for tampa. but as areas like new haven. you didn't get the flooding in a orlando had, but we had 90-mile-per-hour winds and tornado warnings. i do think this was significant. two storms, harvey and now irma, you have an impact of a category 4, and yes, maybe every losses life is precious. could have been much worse and a
higher death toll, but who wants that. now over a billion dollars in texas and 100 billion in economic loss in florida. i think for those who say maybe it wasn't that bad, just count your blessings. i don't want to see another one of these come by. unfortunately the hurricane season runs until the end of november. >> certainly had not as many people heeded the warnings and been out and about, who knows what the impact of it could be? >> absolutely. >> i see this as people heeding warnings, officials heeding warnings, people taking shelter, people evacuating and listening to the warnings. go ahead. >> even in miami, they thought i can go back there.
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all the food is gone. that's the headline from the "new york times" from a 63-year-old man who lives on the french side of french martin. there's still plenty to worry about. the zuch side of the island also got hit. u.s. virgin islands a 30 miles east of puerto rico. we've been getting reports from americans on those islands saying they haven't gotten the attention they need or the supplies and there are people who need to get off those islands and that the damage has just been extensive. we were supposed to talk to someone from saint thomas earlier, we lost contact with them. gives you a sign of the difficulty of getting in contact with them. we'll trying to bring you
interviews with them tomorrow night. i want to go on the phone with josephine who survived in an gee la. joseph even if, when we first talked, you were concerned about the response by the british government, which is the authority for the island. that they had not responded quickly enough. i'm wondering what response have you seen since then. >> thank you for keeping us if your mind's eye and for sharing with the world the plight of angle gill la. the devastation is incredible. catastrophes. so in religious to thation, thes
been orally lacking. we seem like the stepchild of this issue. it's unfortunate, but i thank you all, members of the press, both in the u.k. and in the u.s., for continuing to shed light on this because we will be relentless in making sure that the u.k. understands its obligation to its overseas territories. today we had a navy ship land. it deposited 50 marines. they came with their own water. just to put things in perspective, there was a helicopter that made one drop of aid to the island. you know what that was? two pallets of-ply wood.
this is unacceptable. and the people are making their voices heard with relation to that. >> josephine, in terms of the hospital situation, medical situation, how are people -- how is the community just dealing with this? >> it's extremely rough, anderson. you have to recall that we have a population of 13,000. we have one hospital. and that hospital suffered damage. it is remarkable that members of parliament in the u.k. are putting out to the outside world that the breach in the hospital has been fully repaired. they've made the indication that heavy equipment was landed on on
the island that power was restored, all of which is incredibly untrue. we keep abreast and we are beginning to wonder whether fake news is also in angle gill la. we are currently out of power. an gill la's populate still has a hole in it. >> josephine? obviously there's just regular medical needs that people have, dialysis, medication, prescriptions, things like that that are just as important as more immediate medical needs. we'll continue to check in with you. thinking about saint john, saint thomas, those islands that are also frustrated with what they're seeing and very concerned and some trying to get off the island and having trouble. the broadcasts seen on cnn
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mexico, there's a fishing village. the eye of hurricane irma chain sawed its way here, and gary stringer stared down the sharpest edge of the storm's blade. he sat in this room as the 130-mile-per-hour winds recovered outside. >> did you feel the house was going to get picked up off the ground. >> i thought, almost, yeah. >> as the house shook, he heard the cracking and rumbling of a giant tree ripping out of the ground. he opened the door to see the tree had fallen on to the neighbor's house. he was spared. >> at that point did you start telling yourself maybe i should have left town. >> yeah. i was telling myself that an hour before that. >> emergency officials say some 40 people decided to ride out the storm here in good land, but there were no serious injuries reported. the hurricane ripped apart this town that's home to several hundred people. boats tossed around, trees top
peld and several homes destroyed. >> it blew out my oil cap here, the pressure from the water. >> the storm surge pushed about 7 feet of water under dustin shepherd's home. the water is gone now, but the surge brought in fish that aren't supposed to be here. >> what do you have there? >> we've got a puffer fish here. >> he works as a charter fisherman and stayed inside his home with his wife and a friend. >> my windows broke on the backside and for a couple hours i thought the house might come down. and it got scary. it was -- it was something i'll never forget, i'll tell you that much. >> friends showed up to hug gary stringer, gateful he survived. he might have an incredible story to tell, but he just feels lucky that he can walk away. >> you took a direct hit? >> i won't do it again, trust me, you know. if no one comes, i'm going to book a flight about a week early and i'm going to be on the other
side of the world at a tiki bar somewhere. oh -- >> you learned your lesson. >> yeah. >> i'm glad you're all right, man. >> yeah. >> did he say he would be in a tiki bar? how are the conditions right now in good land and nearby marco island? >> well, you know, what is really striking here, around son at night, the sense of no power anywhere. when we turn all of our lights off a little while ago, you can see the millennialy way. that is how dark it is out here and that is why officials are urging people that as long as the water and the power is not in service here in this area, they're urge lg people to stay away as long as they can. makes it easier for them, makes it easier for the first responders, except there's no real timetable on exactly when all of those services are going to be back online. anderson. >> yeah. ed, appreciate you telling us that story. thank you. rosea florence just got off a
plane. she had an air yoel view of the destruction of the keys. describe what you saw from the air. >> you can see both destruction from 9 air and from the ground. we were to get a brief tour of the federal facilities in key west. and anderson, it is shocking. first of all, there is no one there. so i want to kind of take you through what we saw. the first thing that you notice as soon as you get up in the air and closer to the keys, you see that the water is very mercury. and of course, that water is crystal clear on any normal day. but it looks very, very murky. once you pass over the seven-mile bridge you start seeing a lot of the destruction. you see mobile homes that look like dominos, like somebody maybe brushed pieces of dominos with a broom. you see trees that were smacked and palm trees that were smacked. now, as you get closer and closer to the keys you start seeing boats in places that they're not supposed to be, in the middle of yards.
you start seeing just things that are not supposed to be in certain places. now, from about a thousand feet it's difficult to discern exactly the destruction that is on the ground, but as soon as we got to the nail air station in key west, it became very clear there was a lot of debris all over the place. you could see garage doors buckled, boats that have come onshore that were not supposed to be there. you also saw houses submerged, yachts submerged. anderson, just a lot of destruction. and again, this erie feeling because you don't see anyone there. there's no one there. >> let me ask you, i wanted to say those ijz because it's the first i'm i've been able to see it from that vantage point. the bridge in there, one road in, one road out, is that safe enough for relief supplies in because i know authorities were sending some vekds over today. >> yes.
we actually, you know, were on that main road from the naval air station to key west, and we were able to drive on it. now, of course, there's debris and we were with federal officials, with the u.s. coast guard and with the u.s. navy. but the latest that we heard fr from i believe the florida department is they're working to clear those bridges. and in talking to these federal officials, they say that they need to inspect the structural integrity of those bridges before anyone can get on them. >> all right. rosea, appreciate it. we're continuing to monitor irma as it travels over southwestern georgia tonight. coming up next, remembering the lives lost on september 11th, 16 years ago today. looking at a hive shot of ground zero in new york that we want to show you. the tribute in light shining in lower manhattan. stay with us. over the course of 9 days...
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don lemon. cnn tonight starts now. >> thanks, anderson. we have seen torrential rains, though, record storm today as irma heads north. i just want to tell our viewers i'm don lemon. we're going to talk to anderson a little bit. millions of customers without power in florida. what are your impressions of the damage left behind by irma? >> you know, i think it's different different places. i'm in braid enton where it's really there's not extensive damage except for this house behind me which is what's so surreal because most of the houses on this block are fine. it almost seems more like a tornado. sometimes a tornado will touchdown and destroy one house but leave others untouched. wherever you go it's a different story. in jacksonville, you know,ville storm surge, flooding on the ground. that may last for several days. think about 6 million people or