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>> it made landfall yesterday and it is still moving across the state today. this could be the deadliest hurricane in florida's history. the numbers are still unclear, but we're hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss of life. parenthetically i should note i've spoken with the governors and mayors and commissioners, i've been on the phone with the governor this morning. i spoke with the commissioners and mayors and they are worried, but every one of them are telling me what an incredible job is being done to save their cities, their towns, their counties, their ports, their bridges, et cetera. in the face of serious danger, search and rescue operations got under way before dawn this morning for people stranded and who are in desperate shape. water rescue is critical.
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coast guard deployed 16 rescue helicopters, six fixed wing aircraft and 18 rescue boats and crews. that's just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams staged in florida and the governor talked about how impressed he was with what the coast guard is going this morning. these are dangerous missions and i'm grateful for the brave women and men, federal, state and local governments working as one team, risking their lives to save others. and we're going to learn a lot more in the coming hours. but we know many families are hurting, many are hurting today, and our entire country hurts with them, because all over the country we've seen so many crises, but in florida today is the epicenter. we're continuing to see deadly rainfall, catastrophic storm surges, roads and homes flooded. we're seeing millions of people without power and thousands hunkered down in schools and commune centers. they're wondering what's going
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to be left when they get to go home, quote, unquote, home, or even if they have to home to go to. some of the folks have been through this before but that doesn't make it any easier. actually, it makes the anxiety even higher in my view. my message to people in florida, at times like this, america comes together. we're going to pull together as one team, as one america. first thing this morning, i talked to governor desantis and again offered the fullest federal support, earlier this week i approved his request for the pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide direct federal assistance to the state, for emergency protective measures to save lives, including search and rescue and shelter and food. earlier this morning i approved the governor's most recent request for extradited major disaster declaration. that means the federal government will cover 100% of the cost to clear debris and for all the costs the state has to
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engage in and expend to save lives. the federal government will also cover the majority of the cost of rebuilding public buildings like schools and fire stations, and folks in florida who have destroyed or damaged homes, you don't have enough insurance, it means the federal government will provide individual assistance of $37,900 for home repairs and another $37,900 for lost property, everything from automobiles to a lost wedding ring. that's what we mean by lost property. i've also spoken with mayors across the state, both republican and democrat, and i've to do them the same thing, we are here, whether you need -- whatever you need, i indicated, to call me directly at the white house. they know how to do that. we're going to do everything we can to provide whatever they need. we've dispatched over 1,000 fema personnel and pre-positioned
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major federal capacities and capabilities and supplies. that includes millions of liters of water, millions of meals, and hundreds of generators. we've deployed dozens of search and rescue teams, along with high-water vehicles and rescue helicopters to help get survivors to safety. thousands, thousands of national guard members have been activated. at my direction, the departmens. i also want to say again to everyone in ian's path, the danger is real, to state the obvious. please obey all warnings and directions from emergency officials. and while the water is receding, don't go outside unless you absolutely have to. it's risky for you and it impedes first responders from doing their job. i also want to say again to the oil and gas executives, do not, do not, do not use this storm as
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an excuse to raise gasoline prices or gouge the american public. the price of oil has dropped in recent weeks. the price of gas should be going down as rapidly. it's not. my experts inform me the production o impacted by this storm. that's less than 2% of our country's daily production. it's small and temporary and provides no excuse, no excuse for price increases at the pump, period. if gas station companies try to use this storm to raise prices, i'm going to ask officials to look into whether or not price gouging is going on. america is watching and the industry should do the right thing. i expect them to do the right thing. and while we're seeing the devastating images in florida, i want to be clear, to the people
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of puerto rico, we've not gone away. i am committed to you and the recovery of the island. we'll stand by you for however long it takes to get it done. i know the folks here at fema and across the federal government are working nonstop around the clock. that's why, finally, i want to thank the first responders, the national guard, the coast guard, service members, and the search and rescue personnel who are working to get people to safety and to restore power, water and phone lines. and i want to thank everyone here at fema and other federal personnel. i've seen you in action, all across the country, from the west coast to the northwest, to the northeast, to down in louisiana, all across this country. and just in the last two weeks you've been working 24/7, no matter what and when emergencies happen, fema is always there. you deserve the nation's gratitude and full support.
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and right now if you're in the national guard and you get called up, you can still keep your job. but if you're in a fema reserve, that's not the case. that's why earlier this morning i signed into law the bipartisan crew act, championed in the senate by gary peters and rob portman, and that law will ensure that fema reservists have job d up to help with a disaster, you can now focus on that mission without worrying you might lose your job, your day job, or receive some other penalty at work because of this national service. that's what the crew act guarantees. it's going to help people become more civilian -- gain more civilian reservists out there and it's going to make fema stronger. it's going to make america stronger. that's who we are. every time disaster strikes,
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emergency crews from all over the country, all over the country, from across the federal government, show up to help, that's right now i a country of women and men willing to serve, leaving their own families to help a stranger's family. everyone hard at work in florida right now deserves our thanks. and when the conditions allow it, i'm going to be going to florida to thank them personally, so we don't get in the way. we're going to do our best to build florida back as quickly as possible, but we're not going to be leaving. we're going to build it back with the state and local government. however long it takes, we're going to be there. that's my commitment to you. i want to now turn it over to secretary mayorkas. [ inaudible ] >> i'll meet with everybody who is around. the answer is yes. >> do you plan to go to puerto rico as well? >> that's my intention. >> thank you very much, mr. president. our hearts go out to the people
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in the affected -- >> we'll continue to monitor this event. we just heard from president biden speaking after his briefing with fema. the key message, ian is not done yet and it could be the deadliest storm in fort myers. you can see the roads are inundated. as the receding water is beginning to reveal the magnitude of destruction. nearby, massive sections of this bridge washed away. this is the sanibel causeway, the only way to get on and off sanibel island by vehicle. the damage where ian struck as a category 4 hurricane is overwhelming. some homes just blown apart. the surge so powerful, a boat now rests in this building's back yard. rescue is also happening inland
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as flooding traps families. this crew in the orlando area kneeing a high-water vehicle to carry people and dogs to safety. ian's rainfall has become a 1 in 1,000 year event. an airboat, the only way to save this group with kids. we're waiting to learn more about where the death toll stands. you can see this line of ambulances just waiting to get into one hard-hit town. right now ian is a tropical storm. it is expected to become georgi carolina now. let's start with our teams out assessing the damage. let's get right to randi kay in fort myers. that's a really hard-hit area. what are you seeing? >> reporter: ana, we came to downtown fort myers. we were seeing all those pictures yesterday of flooded streets here in downtown. it was quite shocking. so we came here, we wanted to see what was going on.
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to really illustrate how forceful this storm was, this is a piece of the dock, all of this. this is a piece of the dock which is several blocks away in that direction. we drove by, the water and along the dock area and marina, that's how we know how far these huge pieces of dock travelled. we also saw a whole bunch of sailboats stacked up on top of each other and all kinds of other boats. here is another piece of it right here. it's no surprise that these travelled, given how much water there was and how much force there was in the streets here, and with that storm, of course, we made our way here from north fort myers, where we were earlier. we talked to a whole bunch of residents there in a community that had been completely flooded out. many of them rode out the storm, including a family of five, and then an 85-year-old woman whose furniture was floating around in her home and hurt her so much, she was so badly cut up from her own furniture, which forced her
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against the wall. many of them, they rode it out because they thought it was going to go toward tampa and it ended up hitting them, including this one young woman we spoke with who had just moved there one year ago. listen to what she told me. >> it's flooded, completely ruined. the couches are turned upside down. the toilets are on the floor. this is water in our cabinets. everything is flooded. everything is ruined. we grabbed what we could, most of, but we didn't think it would be this bad. we watched the news and they kind of explained to us that it was going left and then it just smacked us really hard and we fled to my mom's and that's all we could have did. now we're homeless. >> reporter: we were there just as the sun was coming up, and there were finally research and rescue teams that were showing up. it was really about neighbors. that's what it was about. they were going door to door trying to make sure their neighbors were okay and people
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were alive inside. the power was still out. there were power lines down there in the water, very dangerous. but when you see something like this, a piece of the dock that travelled so far, you know what a lot of folks here went through overnight. ana. >> randi kay, thank you for showing us and sharing all of that with us. just incredible debris and destruction behind you. thank you for your hard work. fort myers mayor kevin anderson is joining us by phone. i know you have a lot going o. thank you for taking the time. can you give us a sense of the breadth of destruction in your city? >> well, ana, yesterday afternoon i stood on the second floor and looked down toward the river and watched the water slowly creep up until it started flooding the downtown businesses. so we've got extensive flooding in the downtown area, a lot of
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trees, damage to roofs. it looks like a war zone. >> it looks like a war zone. have you been able to confirm the extent of injuries or even deaths? >> the only thing i can tell you is i've been told that within the city limits of fort myers there have been no reported deaths. i'm not sure about injuries. i can't really speak for outside the city limits. >> you talked about flooding still being an ongoing problem. are rescues still continuing right now? >> the water has subsided and right now they're just cleaning up the streets so people can move about. >> what are the biggest challenges and dangers right now? >> the biggest thing is people who want to go out and move about, the traffic lights are
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not working, we have downed power lines, there are trees leaning on power lines that could take the line down at any moment. there's traffic lights hanging. it's not safe to be out moving about, but people are out there, wanting to take videos and record the damage. >> the images that we've been seeing coming out of fort myers are unbelievable. have you ever been through anything like this before? >> yeah, i've been in southwest florida for 40 years. i was 25 years with the police department. i've worked through a lot of different storms. i have never seen a storm that's caused so much damage in this area before. >> i know you spoke with president biden last night. what was that conversation like? >> the president assured me that there would be relief efforts and assistance available to help us in the recovery. >> what does fort myers need
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right now? >> we need electricity, we need water, and we need the wherewithal to start rebuilding. >> how much of your city is without power right now? do you have an estimate? >> my guess is about 80%. >> and i guess you're still assessing and the full extent is still being revealed in terms of the damage and destruction hort picked up. but the rebuilding of the businesses and homes that have been lost, that's going to take time. >> mayor kevin anderson, we wish you and the rest of fort myers the very best in these difficult days ahead. thank you again for taking the time. >> thank you. and just so you know, we are
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resilient, we're strong, and we will come back stronger. >> yes, it's an important message. i hope all of your residents are hearing that. i know so many of them don't have power. they need that encouragement. and, again, we are sending our best and all of the good vibes your way. let's stay in fort myers. our next guest came face to face with hurricane ian yesterday. you may remember this footage he shared with us capturing the storm surge just inundating the beachside community beneath him. let's check back in with an architect from california, who is working in fort myers and took shelter in higher ground. how are yo we still have our li. we were able to take shelter in a steel reinforced concrete condominium building. i personally, as an architect, i did a thorough inspection of the building prior to the storm's
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arrival, just to ensure that there wasn't any pre-existing damage that would exacerbate into a bigger problem. and our building performed excellent in the storm, however it's just total devastation. i'm actually quite emotional when i look around. this is a community that i've child, and we're seeing homes that are completely detached from their foundations, cars, there's about five to six cars on our property from other properties. boats and large debris just everywhere. we're inundated with debris and fallen trees. it's very -- it's devastating. it's hard to put into words the appearance. we're on fort myers beach, for those of you who don't know, it's a very narrow island, and it looks like a different place.
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it looks like a war zone. >> that's how the mayor we just spoke to of fort myers described it as well. it's breathtaking to see the kind of destruction there. i'm glad to hear you are safe and that your building is still sound. as you're surveying and getting a look around, are you coming across people who are in need of rescues or are injured, in need of help? >> well, as we walked around this morning, we didn't initially see anyone that was injured. we've done what we can to help ensure that people in this building have survived and didn't sustain any injuries. we did what we could walking around the street. we went down to the north end of the island where the times square area is, and there were quite a few residents outside. but we didn't see anyone who was injured. obviously we would have been ready to help. and then soon after that -- >> frank, forgive me, i've got
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to jump in here because we are going live right now to orlando. we're going inland. you see don lemon, there are rescues happening. what is going on? >> reporter: this gentleman has been rescued right now. how are you doing? are you okay? >> i'm all right. >> what happened? >> the pumps that regulate the water, they burnt out. >> when did the pumps go out? >> about 6:00 this morning, i think. >> and do you have water in your home? >> luckily, i don't. but some of the homes have at least a foot of water, the ones that are along the canal over here. >> so they're rescuing you and your neighbors? do you know how many people are here? i know there were 150 they got on the other side of the neighborhood. >> i have no clue as to how many people are left in our park. >> your neighbor, david, do you know david phillips came out and
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he said he was here for irma, he's never seen anything like this. >> me neither. the last time i was here for the last one, the water only came up a little ways in my driveway. it flooded my car this time. >> people are watching around the world. what do you want them to know about this? >> i wish they had given us a heads-up when they realized they were having problems with the pumps and not being able to keep up with the flow so we could have got out. >> and the pumps went out before the electricity went out? >> yes. >> and they usually work. what's your name? >> michael. >> how long have you lived here? >> 15 years. >> michael, this is all you have, with you? >> yes. >> three bags? >> that's it. >> where are you going here. they've put a number of boats
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here. this is one side of the neighborhood. they have done at least 150, we are told, rescues on the other side, 150 people, i should say. and countless pets. but this is more dangerous than you realize because there are gators out here, we're told to be careful on the edge of the water. you've got divers and you can see the divers are going into the water, wading into this very dangerous water in this neighborhood, getting people out. there's one boat going back in. there's several boats that are in there now. but you can see how high the water is, up to stop signs. we're told at least one of the homes, the mobile homes here, under water at this point. so this is just one side of an operation that they're doing here. again, dozens, hundreds of people, they said, that they're having to evacuate from these areas. if you wait long enough, there's a boat going out, but there are other boats coming in. but that's the very dangerous
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situation. this is the havoc that ian has wreaked on this entire state. >> don, do you know if they had warning? was that area part of an evacuation order or did this just catch everybody off guard there? >> reporter: here is my understanding, is that there were fire and rescue people going around when we got here yesterday on fire trucks and emergency vehicles, on bull horns asking people to leave voluntarily and checking on them and telling them if they stayed, they were on their own, and telling them the possibility of what could happen, the danger. some people heeded the warnings, others did not. we're told at this point that some of the folks have water in their homes and they're still refusing to leave. and having grown up on the gulf coast in louisiana, i know it's hard for people to leave their homes. they don't want to leave their homes. they're concerned about what's going to happen when they get back. they want to save their property. they think they can always go to a higher part of the home and
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it's tough to get people to leave. we spoke to one gentleman earlier who is on a cpap machine and his mother is disabled, and so he needed electricity, so he wanted to go to a hotel to make sure that he was able to take care of her and himself in the proper manner. he did not want to go to one of the shelters. that's the tough part. we went to one of the shelters this morning where they were bringing people over from a nursing home and it was tough to get some of those folks out. they had to leave the nursing home because there was water up to their waist. so there were folks going in, ana, into the neighborhoods, trying to get people to leave. but you can't always get them to leave. what happens is that you end up having to be rescued. >> okay, we'll continue to check back with you, don lemon. stay safe. thank you for that reporting. we are seeing images of rescues under way right now. that's in the orlando area, so inland, further across the state, as, again, ian continues to wreak havoc, and it's moving,
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it's strengthening, and already hurricanane warnings, it could become a hurricane once again ns it continues its way north up to south carolina. we're gogoing to stay on top of all of this. we're back with more of our special hurricane coverage. >> grandkid: here you go! >> tech: wow, thank you! >> customer and grandkids: bye! >> tech: bye! don't wait, schedule now. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ ooh, the chewy app. clumping litter. salmon paté? we have enough to splurge on catnip toys! i feel so accomplished. pet me please! great prices. happy pets chewy. making time for the dentist isn'easy. but when your mouth says it's time, you listen. so do we. aspen dental was built around your life. so come on in, no matter how long it's been. we're not just on your corner... we're in your corner. with smarter, more affordable care. that'll bring more life to your smile...
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we are expecting an update any moment now from governor ron desantis on ian's destruction. i want to bring in cnn's john berman. john, you've moved to north port, about an hour north of fort myers. you spoke to a woman who really experienced the wrath of ian. tell us about this. >> reporter: i am in north port, about ten miles or so from the ocean. you can still see the flooding
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here, the extreme flooding on these streets behind me. this is the fresh water, the 20 inches or so of rain that fell from the river that flows into the harbor. now you have this water sitting here on the streets and people try to go get by. not every vehicle was successful. i hope that white car makes it. it's a pretty small car. it is treacherous, you shouldn't be out driving in this weather. officials say stay home, don't try this. there's so many parts of the state that are like this now, even inland from the coast. so if you survive the storm surge and get inland, you're getting the river and freshwater flooding. now, this road i'm on right now, or stream as it is now, actually blocks in an apartment complex and i spoke to one woman who actually can't get out of the apartment complex, out of the parking lot. she told me what happened during the storm, basically the wind and rain blew a hole through her roof. >> tell me what happened during
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the storm. >> well, it was really windy, i've never seen it that windy, and it was really pouring out and all of a sudden -- well, the water was coming in through the door, the top, the bottom, the windows over here. it's in my closets. all of a sudden, it just started, you know, coming down the ceiling and everything and it was blowing up in the air and i didn't know what was going to happen. so i thought they would send someone today to at least seal it. >> water coming through? >> yeah, it still is. it's dripping right now. i mean, just everything got ruined. i just didn't want to touch it without them seeing it, but they haven't been by. >> it's hard to get around. were you scared when this was happening?
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>> oh, god, yes. it was just me and my puppy here. scared the heck out of me. >> reporter: cars are driving by. i'm getting a motorboat wake. we haven't seen rescue crews, but this may not be the area of greatest need, which really tells you something. >> looking at how much water, i can't believe that's ten miles inland. i know you're in a coastal community, but to think that the water is so high so far in, and as you point out, rescue operations are under way all across the state. john, thank you so much for that reporting and your quick work getting to another area so we can get more eyes s and ears on the ground and give our viewers a sense of the level of destruction. we're going to take another quick break. we're continuing to await a presser with the governor of florida, ron desantis. we'll bring that live when it starts. stay with us. try downy light inh freshness boosters. it has long-lasting ght scent,
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right now ian is a tropical storm and is slowly moving into the atlantic ocean where it could regain its strength and turn back into a hurricane.
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meteorologist jennifer gray is with us now. when might this happen and who is still in the storm's path, jennifer? >> it looks like it is going to regain its hurricane strength, most likely later today. right now 70-mile-per-hour winds, so four more miles to go before we're back at hurricane strength. it's moving at nine miles per hour. while it's hard to see the center of the storm because it has become so disorganized, we see the center here off the coast of florida, but all up and down the georgia and south carolina coast already feeling tropical storm force winds. so as the storm continues to track and end up bending back around and impacting georgia and south carolina, you'll continue to get tropical storm force winds throughout the entire duration until the storm makes landfall, not to mention increasing to hurricane force winds right before approach. so expect it to become a category 1 and then making landfall tomorrow, sometime around midday, and then just
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basically shooting inland. but you have to remember, this is an extremely vulnerable part of the coast. just like southwest florida was, south carolina, portions of georgia, very vulnerable. this is a very low-lying area, and if water pushes up places like charleston, downtown charleston, could be completely under water. it's going to back up into all of these rivers, the inlets that run through here. so charleston could see 4 to 7 feet of storm surge. that is going to be significant for this area, while we paid so much attention to southwest coast of florida, as we should, we can't forget to look forward because this storm could cause quite a bit of destruction all along the south carolina coast, basically from that water inundation, as well as the rainfall, ana. we've seen the amount of rain that's come with this storm and we could see some flooding from that as well in the coming days. >> jennifer gray, you'll keep watching it and we'll check back as you get new information. we're watching this closely.
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hurricane ian, tropical storm ian, it's still impacting the east coast right now, and of course we're going to stay on top of all of it. at least six deaths confirmed in one county, with the president saying moments ago this could become the deadliest hurricane ever to hit florida. we'll be right back. >> just devastating to see my neighborhood like this. it's notot even recognizable. this right h here is the sidewa. this church had beautiful, beautiful trees all around. it's just gone.
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welcome back. we're standing by for an update with the governor of florida. any moment now. we'll break it to you as soon as it happens. let's go to south of tampa, still feeling the effects of the blinding rain we see in the earth cam video. that was a big problem yesterday. the storm's impact forcing one hospital to close. cnn's carlos suarez is joining us live from englewood. what are you seeing on the ground there now? >> reporter: yeah, ana, that one
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hospital was forced to close earlier today and they began transferring their patients to another hospital. we're live right now at a mobile home community where a lot of the residents are returning for the first time and this is what they are seeing, just twisted metal all over the place. parts of roofs from these homes out here, what appears to be a part of a carport, blocks the entrance to this property. on the other side, that mobile home is also missing its roof. and then on the other side of that is a red car that's been park, the front windshield has been blown out. this is one of three mobile home communities that we drove by earlier today as we made our way down from the tampa bay area. folks, again, they are showing up for the very first time and seeing the damage. we talked to one woman and her mother. they moved in just six months ago, only to realize that everything they own is gone. >> we started last week, all the
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things that we were supposed to do to get ready. but mother nature was a little stronger than us. >> when you came back, what was your biggest fear, that nothing was going to be here? >> yeah, and actually the biggest fear is that you'll see all your personal effects just gone or all over the place. and that's what happened. >> you can't imagine it until you see it. the winds that just never stop, everything is going sideways, the rain was so heavy and going sideways, it looked like you were in a heavy fog. >> reporter: ana, every single person that we talked to out here did exactly what they were supposed to do. they all evacuated to somewhere safer, and now they're dealing with the fact that some of them don't have a place to call home anymore. >> thank goodness they evacuated. carlos suarez, thank you for showing us all of that. we send our best to those
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people. as we wait to hear from florida governor ron desantis, we just heard from the president on working with ron desantis. take a listen. >> how would you describe your relationship and your conversation with governor desantis? >> it's totally irrelevant, but i'll answer it, okay? very fine. he complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had. he told me how much he appreciated it. he said he was extremely happy with what was going on. this is not anything having to do with our disagreements politically. this is about saving people's lives, homes and businesses. that's what this i is about. so i've talked to him four o or five times already. it's not a matter of my disagreements with him on other items. tech: wow, thank you! >> customer and grandkids: bye! >> tech: bye! don't wait, schedule now. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ ♪ here goes nothing. hey greg. um...hello?
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some of the areas? sho charlotte county. from the wee hours of the morning there are people who have descended to south florida. we are bringing people in safety in lee county but also charlotte and in naples and collier county. and you have people, the electrical, the power, they're all here. we have eric solaji from florida power and light who will give an update. from the minute they could get in here, they've been in here working on being able to get people connected again. i've talked to to ceos from telecom companies about their restoration services, and fortunately some of their infrastructure has done okay. they do more -- or dem is putting the mobile cell phone
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towers to be able to help restore communications, and we've got an enormous amount of food and water that is either here or very close on the way. life safety, of course, is critical. anyone stranded on one of those barrier islands, we want to make sure that they're safe. and i know here in charlotte, any of the neighborhoods that experienced a lot of wind or water damage, these folks are there. they're working to make sure people are safe, and that is true in lee and collier county as well. that's really point. we have to stabilize the area and we'll continue. this is going to be a 24/7 operation because we realize how important it is. we understand there's a lot of people have asked what they can do to help the people of the state of florida, particularly down in this region, and the first lady will talk in a minute. but we have
10:54 am or tex disaster 20222. you can make a contribution. at the end of the day, we got supplies that have been pre-staged that are being used, and that's important. we don't necessarily need people to send us stuff. what we need is to be able to help those relief organizations help the folks. i mean, there's obviously -- we're swaurveying the damage rit now. is there flood damage, wind damage, is it habitable. all those things as those happen, we'll get a clearer picture of some of the unique needs that individuals in this region may have. and so your financial contribution can make a world of difference. and so we're happy so many people -- i think we're over $2 million already within less than 24 hours. i know many more people want to do. but i'm really impressed with the resiliency we're seeing in charlotte county. this is not anything anyone wanted to deal with. if you go back 72 hours before
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landfall, most of southwest florida was not even in the cone. and then you have a situation where where you're staring down the barrel of a hurricane making landfall at 155 miles an hour. so the response here and the way people have reacted has been very, very impressive. we understand this is just the beginning. there's a lot more that's going to be need to be done and the state of florida is going to be good partners with the folks at the local level. i'm going to let the first lady talk about relief efforts, and then we'll have kevin guthrie and then eric solaji will give an update on the power situation. >> i just have to echo that we're just so proud of the people of southwest florida, the resiliency and the encourage and strength you're exhibiting, the people here at the emergency operations center and, frankly, people across the state of florida. we just couldn't be not more proud of what you have done to support your fellow floridians and also the people across the country. so the governor mentioned a second ago the disaster recovery
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fund, disaster. we can take those resources and microtarget them and get them directly to the ground as quickly and as efficiently as possible. i reiterate this. we're going to cut through any red tape and bureaucracy because we know people need those funds and they need help. and so we're really committed to making sure that we do that. the other thing is you can text dis"disaster" to 20222. those funds will obviously go to the same spot and we'll be able to deploy those resources very quickly. on behalf of the state of florida, the governor, myself, all the people, the first responders, the eoc, thank you to the people across the state and the country for stepping up big. we were at $1.6 million less than 24 hours after we launched the fund. that was at 8:00 a.m. this morning. we're well over $2 million as of a little while ago. and i think we'll have more funds at the end of the day. again, that goes directly to the great people here in southwest
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florida and all the way across the state. so god bless you. >> thanks. and, you know, some of the responders who were ready, the storm is going to go before you can get in there because it's very hazardous, and some of these guys are coming across alligator at midnight, literally knocking on the door of a tropical storm to get in and help people. you look at these usar teams from miami-dade. we want to thank them, thank the national guard, thank the coast guard. they've been able to do a lot of successful missions already, and it's really been great to see everybody working together. part of the reason that happens is because of the coordination at the state level. that's under the direction of kevin guthrie, our emergency management director and he's going to provide an update. >> thank you, governor. so i got here frifrlg -- first thing when -- >> that was the florida governor ron desantis with an update on the rescue and recovery efforts under way across florida.
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it's in good shape. at fpl we didn't lose one single transmission tower. we are now in the process of getting the distribution system back up and the substations that have flying debris go into them cleared out so we can get them back online. there are sections close to the beach along the barrier islands that will require rebuilding. there's some destructive areas that simply cannot be repaired


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