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lauderdale and there is more ahead. >>thank you for joining us. we will see you back here at 6:00. >> >> quijano: irma's first punch. the monster hurricane's outer bands lash south florida, ahead of a direct hit sunday morning. >> this is a deadly storm. the state has never seen anything like it. >> quijano: the storm's projected path shifted west, and now cities along the gulf coast are in the crosshairs. >> now is the time to execute on your plan. >> it's time to punch out. we need to get out of here. >> quijano: but millions across the peninsula face the threat of buzzsaw winds, blasting rain, and an enormous surge of sea water. >> evacuations are not meant to be convenient. they're meant to keep you safe. >> quijano: officials warn tonight it's too late to escape. i didn't remember is here.
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this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening. i'm elaine quijano in cooeg. this is our western edition. the sunshine state is taking its first blows from hurricane irma. power was knocked out to tens of thousands today as the outer bands of the monster storm started lashing south florida. tomorrow morning, the keys are expected to take a pounding before the category 3 storm barrels up the gulf coast. cities, including naples, fort myers, sarasota, and tampa, are now expected to get battered witbatteredbatteredwith triple-d possibly a 15-foot surge of sea water. the storm could dump more than a foot and a half of rain. tornado warnings have also been posted across south florida. i didn't remember is about 400 miles wide, and it's still expected to cause plenty of problems across the entire florida peninsula. about 17 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings.
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more than seven million in florida and georgia have been urged to leave their homes and get to a safer place. the storm killed more than two dozen in the caribbean. here in the keys, evacuation orders are mandatory. still, some have chosen to ride out the storm. hurricane irma's tropical-force winds lashed the keys this after, hours before the storm's expected landfall. florida governor rick scott's warning was unmistakable. >> do not wait. evacuate. not tonight, not in an hour. you need to go right now. >> reporter: the islands could be swamped, including half of the island of key west. the storm surge is predicted to be 5-10 feet. anything over three feet is considered life threatening. >> it's time to punch out. we need to get out of here. >> quijano: law enforcement evacuees from the barrier islandses turned up at this turnpike rest stop, one of the only places still selling gas. >> we've been working really hard the last couple-- probably
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week trying to get everything buttoned up. and we don't know what we're going to come home to. >> quijano: longtime residents, known as capital gains, have been through many a hurricane. but irma they say is different. >> you left a lot of people back there. >> my aunt and in-laws. >> we're not certain that the key west high school is even going to save them. so we're worried about the people we love. >> quijano: across the state, at least 330 shelters are open. 11 of the 42 in miami-dade county are at capacity, including those that are pet friendly. about 175 miles northwest of here is the city of naples, one of the jewels of florida's gulf coast. it's expected to be one of irma's first stops as it rumbles towards tampa. jonathan vigliotti is there. >> reporter: as hurricane irma moves in on florida's west
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coast, residents who initially thought the coast was clear scrambled to escape. >> by the time we decided that it was bad enough to get out, everything was sold out. >> reporter: naples residents al and carol rodriguez tried but failed to book a flight earlier this week to higher ground. >> that's the mattress in case we come in at night. >> reporter: reluctantly, they will ride out the storm in their home. art neumann, who lives five blocks away from the gulf said he's staying in defiance of irma. for your wife's and children's safe, is there anything i can do to convince you to leave? this doesn't sound like the best plan. >> not really. >> reporter: even though the longer we spoke, the more concerned he sounded. >> you never know. i could get through this and decide to head north. >> reporter: the governor says neumann and thousands more in mandatory evacuation zones should go to a shelter. the fear is not so much the damaging winds but the drowning storm surge, a wave of water expected to be over nine feet, a
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killer for a region that's only three feet above sea level. further north in fort myers, businesses were taking no chances. >> a lot of people have really been serious about this one. they're taking precaution a lot sooner. >> reporter: you're staying here? >> yes, we are. >> reporter: patrick cavanaugh, another defiant hold-out, showed signs of defeat this morning. his stroll along boarded up storefront was a sober reminder of the head start other residents had. >> the word "catastrophic" gets your attention. >> reporter: many of the shelters are at max capacity with over 15,000 people staying inside. and this afternoon, the evacuation zone, it was expanded, meaning thousands more people may be desperately seeking out a safe place to ride out this storm. elaine. >> quijano: thanks, jonathan. let's bring in eric fisher, chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station, wbz. what's the latest, eric? >> well, elaine, what we've been
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watching over the last 24 hours is interaction with cuba. essentially, when that core of a hurricane comes over land, you cut off that heat source of the warm ocean, so there was some gradual weakening, not a case to let your guard down because the eye is working its way off the coast of cuba now, starting that turn, and now it's a little more than 100 miles away from key west and there's a lot of very warm ocean out ahead of it. we also have rain bands well in advance of the center of the storm in florida. latest, still a category 3 hurricane. that is a major hurricane and a very dangerous one at that. it's moving west-northwest at nine and will move west-northwesterly as we head into the overnight hours. a little shift to the west compared to boston, and that's maybe some good news for miami but it's very bad news for the west coast of florida. there is more time over the warm water, which is in the 80s, and we expect landfall near the fort myers area, and that will bring wind gusts of 90 miles per
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hour. those strong winds extend well inland, even places like orlando. it will bring down trees and cause a lot of power outages and rainfall. we're talking 6-12 inch for many spots. and the heavy rain will also extend up into southern georgia and south carolina. perhaps the most serious part of a hurricane that's this large is the storm surge, and that has really escalated in last day or so. a surge of 10-15 feet possible in spotsf southwest florida. that's why the evacuation orders are out, elaine, a dangerous storm it take very seriously. >> quijano: eric, thanks. if folks in miami think they dodged a bullet, they better think again. the city is well within irma's reach, and mark strassmann is there. >> reporter: in this miami marina, ron shelton tied dune "dopamine" a 72-foot yacht. with irma now tracking west, shelton will keep the boats from
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his business here. >> it's a huge relief. i mean, unbelievably huge relief. >> reporter: miami-dade county no longer expects to be in irma's bullseye. 670,000 people here were ordered to evacuate, most in county history. communities like miami beach managemented out. but zoo miami today evacuated more than a dozen flamingos and other exotic animals to a safe bunker. there are hold-outs, but winds are picking up, and once they reach 40 miles per hour, first responders will not respond to emergencies. florida governor rick scott: >> we're doing everything we can. we have shelters you can go to. just don't take a risk with your life. >> reporter: at this shelter, we found elliot guerny, his wife, jill, and their cat, cody. >> the conditions are very good. and the food is good. and, you know, we're not looking
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forward to the storm put we had no choice other than to be here. >> reporter: you feel better about it? >> of course. >> reporter: so much so that shelton will ride out the storm aboard "dopamine. of the. >> the boat's rock solid. as you can see i've got 40 lines on the boat. and it's not pleasant, but it's survivable. >> reporter: as irma draws closer, various municipalities here have started to impose curfews. elaine, in broward county, north of here, the curfew has already started and will continue until further notice. >> quijano: mark strassmann, thanks. president trump's palm beach resort, mar-a-lago, is just one of the properties that has been evacuated along florida's so-called "treasure coast." carter evans has the latest from jupiter. >> reporter: you may see an appearance of the sun every once in a while today but the danger is not necessarily over yet. attack a look at the ocean here. you can already see the effects of the hurricane, all the whitecaps and heavy surf. but that hasn't scared people away from the surf.
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you can see people in the ocean, and all the spectaculars. this has become somewhat a spectator sport today. the concern is not over yet, but people are starting to come out of their homes to see what things look like. earlier we were at lake geneva, the state's largest lake. there is concern the water could overflow. the army corps of engineers seems to have things under control here. a lot of people on the east coast seem to believe they may be out of the woods but that is not necessarily the case. they are still expecting tropical storm-force wind here with hurricane-force winds gusting at times. that will happen tomorrow. and the governor says don't get too comfortable on the east coast. the hurricane could also change courses again. carter evans, cbs news, jupiter, florida. >> quijano: irma killed at least 27 people as it roared across the caribbean sea. its last stop was in cuba. will grant of our partner network bbc news, is there. >> reporter: well, i can tell you that from havana, which up
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until this stage has been pretty protected from this storm, it's clear that the winds are now picking up significantly, and a hurricane warning is in place for here as well. we've seen the sheer amount of rain and water that has hit coastal villages along cuba's northern coast. the small fishing village of mitchell islargely submerged. telecommunications to those parts of the island are out. and there is a desperate situation for many, many families on the northern perimeter of cuba. a lot of people have already been taken out of harm's way, and brought to places like havana. but there is no protecting from the sheer magnitude of this storm, a category 5, when it hits cuba.
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that's the first time a category 5 storm has hit cuba, has made landfall in cuba, since 1932, just to give you a sense of the historic nature of this storm. elaine. >> quijano: will, thanks. coming up next, the gulf coast city of tampa braces for irma.
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irma's projected path shifted west to the gulf coast city of tampa overnight, thousands began to take the threat more seriously and started scrambling. john blackstone is there. >> reporter: tampa is now where hurricane irma could make landfall on florida's west coast. tampa has not been hit by a
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major hurricane since 1921, when just 10,000 people lived here. but now this metropolitan area of some three million is bracing for the worst. the city is largely deserted. today, the few people we have seen around here have been preparing for the storp and getting ready to leave. workers were putting up aluminum sheets over the glaz at kenward's office building, something he hasn't done in over a decade. >> we only had to board up one other time. that was when hurricane charley came up, i think 2004. it was supposed to be a direct hit, just like this, but it ended up turning and going instayed stateand we're hoping, you know, maybe we get a little break like we did then. >> reporter: tens of thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas called evacuation zone "a." dozens of shelters have opened in the county. and officials have told some 260,000 people in evacuation zone "b" that they should also be ready to go.
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that comes with a warning that the storm surge here could be higher than expected, at 6-9 feet, and that would put large parts of downtown tampa under water. elaine. >> quijano: we'll have another update on irma later in the broadcast. up next, more of the day's headlineheadlines will from new, including steve bannon's comments to "60 minutes" that catholic bishop bishops are calg outrageous and insulting.
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>> ninan: tomorrow on "60 minutes," charley rose has a much-anticipated interview with president trump's former chief strategist, steve bannon. it's already making headlines for bannon's controversial comments about the catholic church. bishops criticized president trump's decision this past week to scrap the daca program, which protects about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.
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>> look what he did on daca the other day. okay, i don't agree with that daca decision, but i understand how he struggled with it. i understand how he's giving the possibility of a legislative thing and he said last night in a tweet, even a tweet, he would rethink it. trust me the guys on the far right, the guys on the conservative side are not happy with this. >> can i remind you-- a good catholic-- that cardinal dolan is opposed to what's happening with daca. cardinal dolan. >> the catholic church has been terrible about this. >> okay. >> the bishops have been terrible about this. by the way, you know why? you know why? because unable to really-- to-- to-- to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens. they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. it's obvious on the face of it. that's what the entire catholic bishops condemning. they have an economic interest. they have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration. and as much as-- >> boy, that's a tough thing to say about your church.
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>> as much as i respect cardinal dolan and the bishops on doctrine-- this is not doctrine. this is not doctrine at all. i totally respect the pope, and i totally respect the catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine. this is not about doctrine. this is about the sovereignty of a nation. and in that regard, they're just another guy with an opinion. >> ninan: you can see charley rose's full report sunday on "60 minutes" right here on cbs. still ahead, advice for the 143 million victims of ecof the equifax megahack.
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>> ninan: the massive cyber attack on the credit report company equifax has already triggered a class action lawsuit and calls for congressional investigation. equifax revealed on thursday that hackers earlier this year
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stole the personal information of 143 million americans. here's chip reid. >> reporter: equifax keeps track of the credit ratings of american consumers, which means its database is a massive treasure trove of personal information, including birth dates, social security numbers, and addresses. avivah litan is a cyber-security analyst. >> this is basically the irma of data breachs. it's a 10 on a scale of 1-10. >> reporter: for the hackers, it's like finding a gold mine. >> they can take out mortgages, they can file tax refunds, they can file for social security benefits. you name it. they can take all your benefits away. >> reporter: what should average consumers do? >> they should be hypervigilant and monitor their accounts. >> reporter: equifax c.e.o. rick smith posted this statement on the company's website. >> and although we've made
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significant investments in cyber-security, we have more to do. >> reporter: this is the third major hack of equifax in the last two years. >> it makes you wonder did they do as much as they could have done? >> reporter: critics also wonder why equifax waited six weeks to announce the hack and they want to know three senior executives sold $1.8 million in equifax stock soon after the hack was discovered. equifax says the executives did not know about the breach at the time. the perpetrators of the hack have not yet been identified, but some experts say she's massive hacks are often done by international cyber criminal organizations, who then silent information to russia or china for millions of dollars. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> ninan: when we return, an update on hurricane irma as it barrels towards south florida.
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an update on hurricane irma as it bears down on florida. it's expected to hit the keys sunday morning as a category 4 storm. let's go back to elaine quijano in key largo. elaine. >> quijano: reena, irma is here. conditions will deteriorate rapidly overnight. the storm is expected to gain strength as its center gets closer. before daybreak, the weather where i'm standing will be life threatening, with driving rain and enormous storm surge of sea water, and, of course, hurricane-force winds. irma will then turn north, barreling florida's west coast. naples and fort myers are among the cities bracing for the
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highest storm surge. farther north, the tampa bay area is in the bullseye. but forecasters warn the zigzagging storm could still shift direction. it's also important to note, irma is hundreds of miles wide so it could do serious damage from the gulf coast to the atlantic. the storm has already killed dozens in the caribbean. its destruction has been catastrophic. stay with cbs news throughout the weekend for tank coverage of hurricane irma. tomorrow, we'll have a special edition of "cbs this morning" beginning at 7:00 eastern, followed by storm updates on "sunday morning" and "face the nation," and special reports throughout the day. for now, i'm elaine quijano. for reena ninan, and all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us, and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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r the storm. millions of people in florida race to get out of hurricane irma's path. >> tonight, 6 1/2 million people have been ordered to leave. one of the most powerful storms ever recorded sets its sights on florida. it is blamed for two dozen deaths. cutting a path of destruction to the caribbean and the storm is turning toward the gulf coast with wins as fast as 125 miles per hour. it is expected to strengthen before making landfall tomorrow morning. kenneth craig begins team coverage. he is live in miami with the
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latest. what can you tell us? >> reporter: one minute. of ate, thinking he was escaping irma. (sot: mike weaver) because i thought the potential of the storm would be on the east coast. others in the same situation are now trying to drive back home, creating reverse traffic jams. (kenneth craig, cbs news, miami) officials here in miami are warning people they're still very much in danger. curfews are in effect. (sot: of miami-dade co., fl) florida is starting to feel the effects of hurricane irma. the storm is tracking further west after passing over cuba. those along the gulf coast are in the storm's crosshairs. they are scrambling to save the business. >> if the surge comes in, or bottom floor will be toasted and gone.>> more than 75,000 floridians are in shelters work centers along the west coast are filling quickly. mike fled from the other side of the state thinking he was escaping


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