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>> this is a fox weather alert. the sheriff's office in sarasota county, florida, issuing an alert this morning of a possible levee break sending deputies door-to-door in the hidden river community to advise evacuation, in 14 miles of a major interstate in the area, i-75 now shut down and deemed unsafe for travel as water rises from a nearby river. >> and hundreds of thousands now without power across southwestern florida and south carolina as hurricane ian has now weakened to a post tropical
cyclone. associated press reporting at least 30 people have died, including 27 in florida. griff: ian now set to bring heavy rain to the east coast after definiting-- leaving devastating damage and landfall again in the carolinas, ap confirming at least 35 have died including 27 in florida. welcome to fox news live. i'm griff jenkins. jacqui: good to be with you all, i'm jacqui heinrich. and molly is in south carolina, and adam klotz in the weather center and rich at the white house. we'll start off with steve harrigan in north port. >> jacqui, the water in north port is going up and they're struggling to make rescues. a waiting list of 500 people, calling 911 they're trapped by the water and want to get out we've seen national guard, and
private citizens, too, trying to help people. you can see the houses one after the other have become little islands about chest high, four or five feet height of water around some of these houses. first responders are joined by a lot of people who are bringing their air boats and private boats to help out and more aid from different parts of the state because some of the first responders have been going at it hard for several days and electricity still out for more than one million people. some of the buildings damaged so bad that you simply can't flip a switch and turn the electricity back on. jacqui, back to you. jacqui: all right, quite the scene there where you are, steve harrigan live for us, thank you so much, steve. we'll check with you later. griff: and hurricane ian leaving parts of the coastline battered. molly line is on polly's island where it caused flooding and washed away the polly's island
pier. >> hi, griff. this is polly's island, a beautiful, beautiful place on a given sunny day like today. they were hit really, really hard and you see the debris on the beaches. this is an island four miles long and in places it's only about a house wide. you mentioned the pier and we're standing next to it. the police department sent pictures of it, it collapsed and floated south. incredible damage done to the homes and sand on the streets. utility crews have been on the island and residents have been allowed to return and take a look at the damage. the pictures during the height of the storm and watching intense water come in and ravage the area. and the water came over the streets into the homes on polly's island. pets, people taken to safety and really today they're working to get things back to normal. further south, charleston, thankfully that city not getting the brunt of the storm.
charleston looking pretty good in the recovery. there were branches and home owners going out to assess the damage, but many of them felt a sense of relief they weren't hit as hard as they had been in previous storms. >> we did get some water in the payments and these are crazy storms. i was just so glad we didn't get water over the south battery. that's what killed it, you could see the waves coming across this whole park and they rolled in here and fortunately, we didn't see that this time. we're lucky. >> the big line of traffic, of cars, residents returning here. it's going to be a rough damage, you saw the damage to the homes. and debris and momentos and what happens in the wake of a flood. it's pretty messy here on pawleys island. >> they're trying to get it
cleaned up and as some of you may know, i've spent more than 20 summers, the past, 20, 25 summers with my family and seeing the pier gone is he heartbreaking and i've been sending messages to people that live there. does it look like they're already moving into a recovery mode there in pawleys and other south carolina areas you've been to? >> yeah, it looks like people have done this before. utility crews are on ground and sewer crews, and the utility crews. police were here had the streets blocked off making sure to get the heavy equipment in here and clear off the streets so residents could get safe passage to get to their homes. that's what we're seeing, for the most part people are able to get back and assess the damage to various residence. hopefully it's going to be able to rebuild swiftly and you'll be back on vacations again. >> sound good, thank you very much, molly.
jacqui. jacqui: ian continuing to weaken as it moves through north carolina and virginia. meteorologist adam klotz has your fox weather forecast and adam, is it looking good for cleanup the next few days? >> yeah, things are clearing up in big ways, not even a tropical storm, post tropical ian continuing to lift. there could still be flooding in some of the areas, much more minor than you've seen from the track so far. particularly in the appalachian mountains, west virginia and parts of new england along the coastline is where the water is hanging around. this is the future forecast, i'm taking you into monday morning and it has the tropical moisture going to continue to drop some of that rain. the flooding likely in some of those low lying areas and quickly, and stretches into new york and up towards new england where there's at least an opportunity, again, right along the coast line.
see the darker greens, that's where flooding will be likely as there's going to be a lot of rain between now, taking you all the way into monday, and in some areas, particularly some of the higher locations and maybe another three to four inches of rain, obviously, when it's mountainous, that can turn into flooding, but most the rain stays off shore unless you're right along the coast and being see the heavier rain there, a couple of inches right around coastal communities getting up into the mid atlantic, stretching into new england. and that's what's left of this system as it makes its move. if you're cleaning up and you're down in some of the harder hit areas of florida, you know what? things are going to look really clean here for the next few days, nothing, but sunshine for the weekend and really, nothing, but sunshine taking you into the middle of the week. so if you have a lot of cleanup to do, that's good news. the weather is going to cooperate. temperatures there, hovering in the 80's, until the middle of the week that you see the cloud cover beginning to move in and that's the case when you run into north florida, and temperatures running into the
80's and a whole lot of sunshine and that's good news. folks are going to have an opportunity to get outside and kind of assess the damage, jacqui. jacqui: thank you for that, thank you, adam klotz. griff: president biden offering federal aid to florida and south carolina and promising to visit florida when conditions allow it. the senior national correspondent rich edson with more. >> president biden has declared disasters in florida, south carolina, and now north carolina, what that does it frees up a host of federal resources and talking help with search and rescue, talking about mobile cell phone towers and also have crews that go in with the army corps of engineers to see if the infrastructure is okay, bridges and roads things like that. the president did tweet a little ago. what's going on in florida, devastation would rank among the worst in american history and that the government will stay as long as it takes. >> i've directed that every possible action be taken to save lives and get help to
survivors. because every single minute counts. it's not just the crisis for florida, this is an american crisis. we're all in this together. >> the president is also coordinated with one of his critics, florida governor ron desantis. a reporter asked biden to describe his relationship with desantis the president said that's irrelevant, but said the relationship was very fine and that desantis complimented him and thanked him for the immediate response. other republicans have praised the federal and state partnership. >> i want to thank governor henry mcmaster and president biden for working together when the governor issued his emergency declaration on wednesday. this was a very unpredictible storm, but getting our emergency centers up and running and the president's approval on that we now have access to resources for disaster relief and any search and recovery assistance that we need. >> now, the president said that he will travel to florida as conditions allow and he also
says it's his intent to go to puerto rico, remember, hurricane fiona hit there a couple of weeks ago, griff. griff: rich edson live for us on the north lawn. thank you. jacqui: for more on the response on the ground in florida, we're joined by republican congressman from florida and member of the house energy and commerce committee. congressman, thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. jacqui: thank you. as i understand it, your district, sir, was set to get the brunt of this when it was still off the coast and your area was spared pretty well. but can you speak to, you know, what kind of preparation you had to do in your district when it was looking like it was going to hit you guys head-on, and whether that, you know, was an appropriate response and whether there was not enough of that same kind of urgency to get out of the area to the south of you? >> well, we were prepared for the worst.
you know, the evacuation zones, people in our area evacuated to the shelters or with loved ones that were not in the-- that would be in the evacuation areas, you know, the sand bags for months. we've always had sand bags prepared for something like this. you know, floridians stick together when it comes with this. neighbor helping neighbor. you know, the elderly going in with their kids and it's all very important. we were prepared for the worst. we hadn't had a direct hit since 1921 in the tampa bay area, and we also prayed to st. nicholas and that's the name of my church, st. nicholas and you know, he kept us safe. now i feel terrible for the people down south and i'm sure they did everything they possibly could, they have great leaders down there.
by the way the governor's leadership has been outstanding. and all throughout this state, but you know, getting a direct hit and being on the coast, unfortunately, these things happen and we are taking a risk, but you know, people love living in this great state. we have great leadership. wonderful, wonderful. maybe helping maybe. jacqui: as you mentioned the governor has been vocal trying to get resources to certain areas and trying to communicate with folks about the threat during the storm and in the aftermath. and it seems like, they've been getting the support that they've needed from the biden administration. have you felt that the federal government has shown up for the state of florida? >> yeah, i feel that they have. you know, there are a few counties that haven't been included in that national disaster declaration.
we have to work on that because they're going to need some funds. we've had calls from constituents, even though we were relatively spared, fortunately, that our neighbors to the south were not as fortunate. but even in the tampa bay area, i will tell you, we've had strong winds and some flooding and there are constituents that are having issues where their roof is no longer there, unfortunately, so we've gotten a lot of calls in the congressional office. i'd like to see pasco county as part of the emergency declaration. we're going to work on that. pinellas and hillsboro are included as well as i believe sarasota county. jacqui: so you believe there need to be more federal money spent in the cleanup effort than you're getting now. i have to ask you then, why did you vote against the continuing resolution that would have given $2 billion to fema?
>> well, that money -- that money right now, we have a -- an excessive situation, and we know that $9 billion was available. the responsible thing to do is to wait until, you know, the fund are depleted. we'll get more funding to the state of florida, but i wanted to be fiscally responsible and tell you there were some bad things in that continuing resolution, and-- >> like what? what did you oppose in the bill. well, money, additional $12 billion going to ukraine, there's no accountability there. you know, where is that money going? i know some of the past money that i vote against, theed 60 billion, somebody went toward their national debt. what about us? what about us? i feel bad for the people in ukraine, but we're having
issues here in the united states. jacqui: do you feel though, especially with putin upping the nuclear rhetoric, this is the right time to stop helping ukraine defend itself? >> well, we have to be responsible and throwing money at the matter, particularly in other countries, is not going to do it. so no, i stand by my vote. i voted against the cr. jacqui: so what would you like to see in terms of how we should spend money to help ukraine if you're saying you support the people of ukraine, how do you want to resolve that? how do you square that circle? >> again, unless we can assess the situation, i'm not going to-- i'm being fiscally responsible, okay? sure, we through n.a.t.o., obviously, we support ukraine, but again, we have a lot of issues here in the united states, here at home. such as this disaster relief,
and it will come to florida, believe me, it will come to florida, i've been working with mario on this particular issue and byron donalds and i spoke to him last night and we'll be helping from tampa bay because we help our neighbors. jacqui: not to go down rabbit hole, we can't support ukraine through n.a.t.o. or there's the concern that we would be provoking a war between n.a.t.o. and russia something we've been trying to avoid. >> let me just say this, let me say this, we've given ukraine a lot of money over the years, i mean, it's been over a year now with the war, and listen, unless there's accountability, i have to be fiscally responsible. i believe that that's what my constituents would like. jacqui: i hear your message and i hear your call for more funds to your area. the people of your state that are suffering so much in the wake of this devastating storm. and i hope you get the help
that you need down there. best wishes and thank you so much for your time, sir. >> thank you, we've had tremendous-- thank you very much. tremendous response and again, we are going to get the funding and we will work with the administration and i have in the past, but again, the money needs to come home instead of overseas. jacqui: congressman, thank you, appreciate it. and tomorrow, shanann bream will have an exclusive interview, and check your time and channel anl brian kilmeade will join howie kurtz to break down the reaction and the leaked roger stone videos on 11 a.m. eastern. griff: surviving the overwhelming damage from ian. we'll talk about a woman who survived major flooding at her apartment building. that's next.
>> our next guest and her family were forced to watch helplessly as their furniture, possessions and even cars were damaged in rising flood waters. one of hurricane ian's many victims as the storm leaves a path of destruction and devastation in much of southwest florida. ashley is joining us over the phone. tell us where are you now and where were you when the storm
hit? >> right now, i'm in cape coral at our apartment. we come here during the day to clean up. we've been fortunate we have family members in naples we can stay there during the night. during the storm, we were here in our apartment. we kind of underestimated it because past storms they said were going to be so bad and they ended up not being bad. just some wind damage, which you can live through that usually, usually. and this one, the storm, we weren't expecting the flood because we never had that happen in this area before. griff: how are you prepared for this? you obviously decided to stay behind? >> we prepared just the stuff we usually do with water, food, ways to charge our phones and everything. we figured, okay, we have battery backup, we could charge in our car, our cars were filled with gas.
so, we thought we were good. our parents, who live right across the street, have a generator, or my parents have a generator right across the street, but unfortunately, both of our homes were destroyed, cars, we were very fortunate. my boyfriend, who i live with, his family is in naples and they had power and everything so they came and got us in their vehicles when things calmed down. griff: ashlee, what was the most frightening part of it and what we're seeing, by the way, our viewers are seeing some of the footage you shot. it just terrifying, looking out of it looks like the window of your apartment. what was the most terrifying part of it? what point were you concerned you might not make it through this? >> it was the not knowing. we lost phone service, we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and even sending
a text out, some might go through, some didn't. so we were trying to text people to ask them to let us know what was going on, which thankfully, we have friends that were able to text us updates, but we still didn't know, especially when our-- like i didn't get pictures of the worst of it, it got higher, the flood waters, we were busy trying to put everything up high, like our computers, up on top of the fridge, and we made a blanket and towel barricade to try to slow the water coming down from outside, which it did help, we didn't get as much water inside as some of the other places around here. >> we're looking at a picture on the screen now, i believe of that towel barricade and with the stand-up paddle board maybe to reinforce the windows? >> we had the paddle board in case things got worse, and we had to leave the house and if
case the surge went to nine feet and our ceilings aren't that high and we'd put the cats on the paddle board and swim out. griff: thanks goodness, you can't replace life. your area was hit hard and can you give us insight into how some of your neighbors were impacted? >> we have neighbors across the street, actually that they-- they can't move well and they have some disabilities, they don't have any-- they weren't prepared at all, they have nothing, they can't get to any of the distribution sites for water. we ended up taking them a case of water and some like disinfectants and hand s sanitizers, because the water had sewage and backing into the home and they were, too. we were in it for hours before the water level went down and,
yeah, it still smells of sewage. griff: good on you helping the neighbors. it's amazing during these times of crisis, how americans help each other. and we've got to let you go. thank you for taking time just in the last 15 seconds, what will you do now? what's next for you? >> to clean up, see what we can get done, get back to school hopefully. griff: well, we're so fortunate to have you call in and we're glad you are safe and your family and we wish you the best as you try now to recover. thank you very much, ashlee. >> thank you. griff: all right. meanwhile, ukraine notches another victory on the battlefield against russian troops a day after vladimir putin declared four eastern ukrainian provinces now part of russia. we'll take you live to kyiv next.
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>> south carolina governor, henry mcmaster is about to hold a press conference with state emergency officials to provide an update on hurricane ian's impact on his state. we'll bring you that live when it happens. griff: meanwhile, take a look at the dramatic images from southwest florida showing extensive damage left in the wake of hurricane ian and fort myers beach, pine island, sanibel island. the before and after pictures as hurricane ian slammed into the area and then again as now a post tropical cyclone. the cleanup continues. if you look at the causeways at fort myers, the before and after looks simply like a bomb had gone off and wreaked that kind of damage and now as we're getting such a better, a fuller extent of the damage, with both the wind in the storm surge,
it's quite clear, jack jacqui, this is one of the strongest if not the costliest to hit florida. jacqui: and with more on the relief there, we're joined by red cross relief, sherry mckinney. thank you for your time. we appreciate it. we're talking about the resources that you're pushing into this area and the urgency with which you're trying to move that material. you mentioned tractor-trailers, filled with disaster supplies, and there's also a challenge in making sure that your volunteers are safe in getting that relief to that area. can you talk about that for us a bit? >> absolutely. and we appreciate you all having us on the show today to talk about this. we have got thousands of people here volunteering to try to get these supplies where it's needed most. but the biggest challenge for us right now are many of the roadways, as we saw, are
completely underwater or washed away altogether. including interstate 75. still underwater. so, the challenge is, transporting all of these products, food and needed necessity, emergency supplies to the areas safely with our volunteers in mind. and also, making sure that the residents know we're on the way. that's why it's so important what you all are doing. so, what we want to do is make sure that people know that the red cross is here. we are going out into these neighborhoods. we had all of these trucks, at least five semi tractor-trailer full going out into the area this morning about 7:00. jacqui: in your experience, how does this store compare to damage you've seen following past hurricanes? >> well, you know, i think the challenge here is that it's strictly -- it's just the damage caused from
transportation for the roadways, as we saw, sanibel island is literally cut off. there's-- there's no way to get there unless you get there by boat. so we are working with our partners and government officials and emergency officials here to try to figure out the best way to deliver those items quickly and safely, where they're needed. jacqui: now, i understand there's so much warning ahead of the hurricane for people to get out of the area, but the danger does not subside immediately after a storm. you know, can you tell me what they need to know about when it's safe to go back in to try to find your belongings and what kind of risks you might encounter if you're walking into flood waters? >> well, i highly suggest that people listen to the emergency officials and first responders that are in their area on when they can safely go back. but again, these waters were so high, even here in orlando, we saw homes with water up to the
roof. and so, they're dealing with a lot of dangerous situations that the water is extremely dirty and dangerous to get in, not to mention we're seeing, you know, alligators in these waters, so, and snakes. so, my suggestion would be for folks to pay attention to what your county and state officials are telling you to do. do not think that it's okay to go in because you feel it's time to go in. listen to what the folks are saying, they're on the ground and they're seeing what's out there. >> all right, thank you so much for taking time to talk to us and for your response down there, the people of florida appreciate it, we appreciate it, thank you. >> well, we appreciate you all, thank you. griff: all right. south carolina's governor holding a press conference with officials to update the hurricane's impact on his state, let's listen in. >> lord, we ask for your wisdom
for those who lead relief efforts from hurricane ian, sustain those who work to rebuild their lives, fill us with hope and remind us that you are our rock and redeemer. let us remember what it says in isiah 54:10, the mountains move, my unfailing love for you never be shaken or peace be removed. may you lord, receive the glory during this press conference today in your holy and blessed name we pray, amen. >> amen. >> john. >> good afternoon, national weather service. hurricane ian made land fowl south of georgetown south carolina at 2:05 p.m. with peak wind 85 miles per hour. it is a first hurricane to make landfall in south carolina since matthew in 2016. some of the highest observed peak wind gusts were 92 miles per hour in charleston har barry, 87 miles per hour at the bay.
and 85 miles an hour at fort sumpter, 73 miles per hour at folly beach. 69 miles per hour at charleston airport, 61 miles per hour at spring peer and 58 miles an hour at north myrtle beach. some areas inland experienced wind gusts 56 miles per hour. mcintyre joint national guard base 51 miles. all of the strong wind brought down a significant amount of trees, even as far inland was the midland of south carolina. a storm surge was significant along the george down and orey county coasts and the tide at spring made pier reached the third highest value on record only surpassed by hurricane hugo in 1989 and matthew in
2016. storm surge inundation, 6.42 feet above ground level add measured at spring made, and higher once water levels are sur surveyed. rain values, 5.63 inches at charleston airport. 4.81 at monks corner, 4.18 at georgetown. 4.2 at darlington and 3.55 inches at north myrtle beach. fortunately, no significant river flooding is expected anywhere in the state. and for those focused on recovery efforts, the weather should cooperate over the next several days with no precipitation expected through tuesday and highs through tuesday. >> thank you, thank you, john, a few points and we have a number of people here to answer questions, but i'd like to do
some thank yous. we know that we have much cleaning up and rebuilding to do. most of us who have seen the pictures, particularly on the grand strand. we had a lot of water of the northwest corner of our state that did not experience the storm very much at all, but the rest of us did, but we had no storm related deaths. we had no hospitals damaged. the water systems were and are okay. we had only a few cellular problems, but most of the electricity has been restored and i need to add in record pace. i don't think we've seen such organization and speedy service as we saw there. insurance adjusters are here. the requirement for permits have been lifted so those from out of state can come help and speak to our people. so, i want to thank two groups
of people and the first is the 52.million south carolinians, who listened to the official advice, listened to the professionals, used their common sense and this is including those who have never seen a hurricane. but as a result of that, we've had the wonderful response that are outlined above and they followed the advice of the professionals and for that, we are very thankful for our people. also, i want to thank the thousands of first responders and that includes the utility linesmen that i mentioned and the county officials who have been working around the clock and city officials and mayors who have been doing same thing and we've been in contact throughout this, around the clock, of the red cross, the law enforcement, police, the firemen, the highway patrol, the national guardsmen, this is
what we call team south carolina. and when you have people like this with experience-- >> govsouth carolina governor menry mcmaster how his state was impacted by hurricane ian. the headline there, good news, no loss of life, but clearly the extent of damage and we've been showing you the pictures and we'll monitor and bring it to you as news warrants. ja jacqui. jacqui: ukrainian forces retaking lamon, a city from the donetsk region recapturing one day after russian president vladimir putin annexed four ukrainian regions under their control. and trey yingst has the latest from kyiv. >> good afternoon, some big ukrainian advanced today one day after russian president
putin announced the annex asian of four occupied territories, following sham elections in eastern ukraine. the authoritarian leader then held a choreographed event where state workers were given russian flags to wave in moscow's red square. we became stronger because we are together. the truth is with us, and the truth is power and therefore the victory, putin said, the victory will be ours. at a simone early in the day, the signed decrees with the self-proclaimed leaders of the area and add blaming the west for the leaks in nord stream one and two. and volodymyr zelenskyy quickly responded to the ceremony saying his country is applying for fast track n.a.t.o. membership. president biden also weighed in calling putin's announcement a sham routine. >> america and its allies are going to-- are not going to be intimidated. are not going to be intimidated
by putin and reckless words and threats. >> that city in the donetsk region that was liberated today was used as a critical supply area for the russians, now the ukrainians are able to move in artillery units and push further east. jacqui: good news for ukraine. thanks. griff: a new fiscal year begins with skyrocketing encounters with migrant over the past year. we have the details and a special guest coming up next. once upon a time, at the magical everly estate, landscaper larry and his trusty crew... were delayed when the new kid totaled his truck. timber... fortunately, they were covered by progressive, so it was a happy ending... for almost everyone.
>> mirthing beach, south carolina is now dealing with widespread flooding and power outages afhurricane ian slammed into the area yesterday. nate foy is on the ground for us. what are you seeing? >> well, jacqui, i'll just show you what's behind me right now. you can see a shrimping boat washed ashore at 3:00 yesterday and the peak of the hurricane,
a category 1 storm with 85 mile per hour wind and officials came out and they've set up the fencing to keep people away from the boat, which is not totally secure. we've seen workers going in and off the boat and i've seen officials here, they're not sure how they'll take care of it. one idea, digging trench and flipping it around and into the eegs. and how it got here from 3:00 yesterday. strong waves washed ashore. we know four people were on the boat, two of whom did not initially want to evacuate the boat. all four did and thankfully all are safe. and the apartment complex from myrtle beach not far from where we are now. four people were rescued by firefighters from a cherry picker. an electrical box shorted and they could not walk in the water. and thankfully they're all safe. how bad the flooding got, storm
surge over four and a half feet and these are streets just off the ocean and you can't tell the difference, the water rushing in a amusement park nearby and flooded out damages to businesses. a city official tells that things could have been a lot worse. listen to this. >> we're back in business for the most part and making the beach a priority and primarily that's where everybody is at this point. >> and people are out right now, jacqui. one concern they have is the dunes were badly damaged and they have to rebuild that, but a lot of people out on the beach and enjoying the weather and things could have been a lot worse. >> back to you. >> could be a long road to cleanup, but incredible images there. thanks so much, griff. >> jacqui, we'll take you back to florida for a live report from kissimmee after the break. stay with us.
>> first responders and aid workers in florida are working to sift through the wreckage left in the wake of hurricane ian. katie is live in florida where the storm caused major flooding there. what are you seeing? >> as ian moved through the carolinas and now sets its sights on virginia, some parts of florida are dealing with flooding and for some people
it's getting worse. rising waters, rivers and creek. this creek is now level, actually, with the highway here, you can see a car got stuck in it in the distance and emergency management officials expect the water to rise another two feet and won't recede for four days. and this is in sarasota county. cars were stuck, as water was flooding a 12-mile stretch of the highway and fema gave an update what we're dealing with with the stolen rivers across the state. >> there are nine river gauges right now indicating record flooding across florida, st. john's river and rivers in central and eastern, northeastern florida will continue to rise or main at record levels until the middle of next week before slow recession begins. >> meanwhile, in southwest
florida, rescue crews are still going door-to-door in some places, helping people who were trapped riding out the storm. we expect an update from the governor in the next hour and here in kissimmee, we know the army corps of engineers is sending a team to pump water from creeks like today. jacqui: make sure that i heard you right. the water is not going to crest for four days and begin receding for days? and can you confirm and explain why it is the way it is? >> that's right. county officials gave an update about this and reiterated that point and that's why they're start to go put the evacuate orders in place in places like kissimmee. people are moved out of their homes and rescue operations underway right now, boats in fact had to get people out of their homes this morning and in fact, the county chairman said in order for him to get to the press conference, a boat had to
pick him up and rescue him from his home to get there. jacqui: incredible. the storm might have passed, but the danger hasn't. katie, we'll check in later. for more coverage of the latest weather updates in your area, go to foxweather.com and download the fox weather app today. griff: jacqui, we're just seeing now fema giving an update here. let's dip in and take a listen to what they say. >> we're very, very appreciative for sending charles williams to assist us here within our emergency operations center. he has been a tremendous help and assistance to those of us within the county as we've been responding to the emergency. at this time i'm going to ask orlando mayor to come forward and then we'll have the sheriff come forthfor comments and then open it up to any questions that you have.
>> thank you, mayor, and i also want to thank president biden and the director for including us in the emergency declaration. it's important as we respond to this historic storm event that we're collaborating at the federal level, the state level, and the local government level. we know a lot of our citizens have been impacted, a lot of still being impacted by having water intrusion into their homes and floods. no power. at least in the city of orlando, we're now down from 95,000 customers without power to somewhere around 7,000. they're working hard to reduce that number as well. i want to especially thank the men and women of the orlando police department, orlando fire department, public works, parks, rec, forestry, all that have been out on the first line helping and responding to citizens, many of whom have had extended periods of time and worked extremely hard to try to
restore our community to where we need to be. and thank you for being here. >> thank you, mayor. good afternoon. so i'll be brief, but i want to again, talk about the great collaboration. and we've all been working together for decades and you know, we train together, we prepare together and then we respond together. so i think our central florida community is in great hands and i want to thank the administrator for coming, one thing to hear about fema coming, but to have the administrator here and talk to her about our concerns and the fact that she cared about, you know, we have many employees who, while they're out there saving lives and rescuing folks, their own homes were flooded so she asked about that and we really appreciate that, thank you. >> and i'll just echo the words of the mayor with all of the men and women who have been
working across the various disciplines to keep our community safe during this period of time. we know the work that has not concluded. we still have much work to do as we are now in the recovery phase. what we will do at this point is open it up for any questions that you may have for the administrator or any of the other persons who have joined us at this time. any questions? >> all right. here we go. >>, [inaudible question] . >> yes. there is no curfew in place at this time for orange county and we have based that upon the recommendation of our law enforcement personnel led by the sheriff. we're fortunate we're not seeing widespread lawlessness within our community, as a result of that, if that needs to change at some point in the
future then we'll make that modification. >> i have another question for you. for residents, what is the plan of action helping them evacuate? >> there's a simple way, they need any assistance, if there's an emergency situation they simply have to dial 911. our first responders if it's not an emergency, they simply need to dial 311 here within orange county. that is the number that they will call for any of other services that we have to offer at a local level. that includes information about housing, other services that we have to offer here. so they don't have to remember many different numbers, that's that one number, 311 if it's not an emergency. >> chief, anything that you wanted to add? i know that y'all have been out to rescue? >> yes. >> in addition to 1700