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friends and family in southeast georgia, south carolina, know if you are on the coastal region, inland, flooding due to storm surge could be an issue for you, as well. >> absolutely, stay with fox weather, we'll be here taking you through the storm all day long, watching hurricane ian, we have seen the damage it has done in southwest florida. >> fox news alert, central florida being pounded with 75 mile per hour winds as hurricane ian inches east as category one hurricane. >> todd: you are watching "fox and friends first" on thursday morning, i'm todd piro. >> carley: i'm carley shimkus, central and northeast florida could get up to 20 inches of rain and storm surge is a major
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threat across the state. residents are urged to stay inside. our team is on the ground and crews mobilize and janice dean is tracking ian in new york city. >> todd: lauren, we begin our coverage with you in st. pete. >> in st. pete beach, they were prepping for the worst, but it struck more southeast. let me show you what is looked like yesterday in the naples, fort myers area. ian came with category four, wind speeds 155 miles per hour, dropped a foot of rain and life-threatening storm surge turned roads into rivers and left homes on the other hand water. take a look at the radar, ian has weakened since making landfall as it moves to florida.
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latest update has it 75 miles per hour, making it a category one hurricane, officials warn communitiess in central and northern florida, they are still in danger from flooding and hard to process amounts of water. central and northeast florida, 12 to 20 inches of rain possible, some areas according to national hurricane center, looking at a possible up to maximum of 30 inches. northeast florida, be careful today, national hurricane center saying there is possibility of six-foot storm surges, what will happen today, ian is going to continue to make its way across the state out into atlanta up the coast of georgia, possibly making landfall in south carolina tomorrow, guys. >> todd: lauren, thank you, let's bring in janice dean, obviously a tough day yesterday,
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where are we going forward? >> janice: area of low pressure is over orlando, they will see incredible amount of wind and rain, this is landfall, 12 hours ago. we had landfall near cayo costa, that is where hurricane charley made landfall, almost the exact same spot, this storm was three times the size of charley and top five most powerful hurricanes that has ever hit the u.s. here is water rise in fort myers, this is before we stopped getting updates. we'll see higher totals, but to put in perspective, this would be highest storm surge fort myers ever felt in their history. top wind report, 140 mile per hour at cape coral, punta gorda, one spot where charley made incredible damage in 2004.
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top rainfall 20 inches in northport, upward of close to 30 inches of rain from this system when all said and done and this area of low pressure across orlando, bringing heavy rainfall, so category one storm. it will continue to weaken as it moves out into the atlantic, there is a chance it could strengthen a little bit, maybe even back to a hurricane, we are anticipating a tropical storm next couple hours. most powerful storm is over, we'll still see impact, heavy rainfall, storm surge, counter clock wise wind is pushing the atlantic side storm surge to north florida and into georgia and south carolina, where we're anticipating another landfall in the next 12 to 24 hours. you can see the heavy rainfall nothing orlando toward daytona beach, flash flood warning, where flooding is imminent,
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we'll get two to three inches per hour. over two million people are without power. this is today's situation and we could be without power for weeks in some areas, emergency crews can't get into. that is a big concern and story we'll follow over the next couple days and weeks. still hurricane warning for central florida and tropical storm warning for coast of north florida to georgia and the carolinas. we're not done with this storm yet, dealing with a category one storm and expecting it to weaken as we go through the next couple of days and making another landfall on friday, we think in coastal south carolina. here are impacts, we're dealing with hurricane-force gusts as it moves through the rest of florida and into georgia and south carolina. we're dealing with heavy rain, hurricane-force winds and power outages, heavily populated
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neighborhoods friday and saturday. flash flooding in georgia and carolinas heading into the weekend and getting into saturday and sunday, will this impact you in the mid-atlantic and northeast? yes, the appalachians will get a heavy track. impacting north florida to georgia, carolinas and this mountainous terrain in portions of the virginia and west virginia, tennessee and kentucky, flood alerts for the morning, afternoon and weekend for much of the state of florida and into coastal georgia and south carolina. rain still to come anywhere from eight to 12, even 12 to 18 inches, so we'll see significant impacts throughout the state of florida after ian is gone and as we get into the next five days, seeing potential for six to eight, 12 inches of rainfall for
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parts of the mid-atlantic and northeast. flash flood threat through today and friday focusing on northern part of florida, north central florida and that track moves into georgia and south carolina, watches and warnings going through the next 12 to 24 hours for north florida, georgia, south carolina and then we'll have to see what happens as it goes toward the mid-atlantic, hurricane watches in effect because that system is going to hold together as it moves into the atlantic and brings hurricane-force gusts into portions of northern florida and toward coastal georgia and south carolina and remember, we're going to see that storm surge because counter clock wise winds will push the atlantic side water in toward the coastline, that will be really dangerous, as well. peak storm surge will cause damage in the next 12 to 24
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hours, so we can't forget our friends in georgia, south carolina and north carolina, as well. the worst of the storm is over, but we are still dealing with impacts from north florida, portions of orlando in toward daytona and the carolinas, we have to be concerned about this region, as well. we haven't seen the worst footage yet, it is hard for emergency crews to get in there and i'm really concerned once the daylight hits we'll see some of the worst damage we've ever seen in the state of florida. >> todd: that is the fear, jd, thanks, let's go to nicole valdez, residents are told to shelter in place. >> carley: nicole joins us with the latest. what are you seeing right now? >> good morning, you can see the wind is still very much a factor in tampa bay, talking about
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across the state, two million people are without power, about 600,000 in the tampa bay area alone, despite not feeling or feeling some of the worst of hurricane ian like we are seeing unfortunately in the southwest florida area. a lot of what we did see over the last few hours yesterday afternoon were the strong winds and a little rain. i'll show you video of what we did see happen so far. trees, of course issue getting knocked down by the winds andic taking down power lines and street lights even collapsing here. interesting impact of the storm was what some call reverse storm surge, the water in tampa bay being sucked further into the bay off of shore, which was the beginning of what many worried could be a dangerous storm surge, it is what the threat was for the last several days.
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emergency officials worrying about how high the water could come over the bay, we have not seen that happen yet. flooding has been from rainfall, rather than from storm surge specifically, talking about the next phase of the storm. it is all focused on the southwest florida and fort myers area. counties, charlotte, sarasota, issued curfews because of the threat, especially under the cover of dark with just the amount of water that we saw in areas like fort myers beach just devastating, homes, picking up vehicles and boats in some cases, flooding businesses, the effects have been unimaginable, unrecognizable even. i can tell you, so many in tampa bay are -- were on guard, ready, so many people listened to evacuation orders, they got out
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expecting things to be worse, i'm sure they feel lucky, seeing our friends a few hours south of us what they are dealing with this morning. >> carley: nicole valdez, thank you, high tide is 5:45 this morning, more water to come along the coast, the last thing all the areas need. bring in tom potter, from naples, florida, riding out the storm with his family. he joins us by phone, his power is out. you are 50 miles south of fort myers, which bore the brunt of the storm. how are things where you are right now? >> good morning, carley and todd, things have started to ease up here, we have strong gusts even after sunset, the storms did not want to let up and we continued to feel the winds and effect. we are sheltering at home, i live a couple miles inland from the coast. we denot feel the storm surge, we had plenty wind and rain.
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it was a day of shock yesterday watching the footage coming in, we were getting a lot of phone videos and texts from our clients on the beach, residents on the beach, unimaginable circumstances out there, yet to be out to the beach myself to assess things, i will try to get out at sunrise today. the authorities have a job to do, we heard boats, cars, scattered across what used to be streets have turned to rivers and oceans and i'm not sure what we'll find this morning, i think it will be devastating. >> todd: you own a construction company that builds beach front homes, how catastrophic are you expecting the damage to be? do you think yulee have to restart a lot of homes from scratch when you see what the damage is? >> from scratch, no, florida has a strong building code and part of the building code involves
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breakaway walls, a function feature, if we have a storm surge event, the walls on the ground floor are designed to collapse and take pressure off the structure of the building. we have elevation and home has to be high enough for the living area, to create a ground floor of nonliving space, those are spaces that have been washed out and taken apart in most cases. there will be plenty of older homes prior to building code, you will see wash out, complete destruction of the homes, but yulee see the full spectrum of damage and i don't think there are many boats left on lifts, there are cars everywhere and it is a mess. >> carley: we just saw unbelievable image on our screen of a rescue effort of someone stuck in their car and that rescue attempt took place in naples, florida, where you are.
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naples is along the coast of florida, yesterday must have been unbelievable day for you and your family, can you describe what this storm sounded like and what you were experiencing during the worst of it? >> yeah, pretty intense, we have impact grade windows designed to be hurricane proof, it is thicker glass, it shouldn't break, we felt secure inside our home, the doors are rattling, the wind is rushing down the street. you have branches falling down, it is pretty intense, our thoughts were with the coastal area, especially our clients and their neighbors. it is a community here and we're part of the community and to see that happening in your hometown and the community you work is gutting, it is gut-wrenching and yesterday was a day of shock and i think today will be more emotional, if we're allowed on the ground to see it first
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happened. >> todd: live at shot of daybreak, that shot in daytona shows massiveness of the wind continuing. tom pr potter /* tom potter, you are -- >> carley: you are one home that doesn't havure po, have you been told when power will be restored to your area? >> no clue. send them way, love to have them on >> >> carley: and you and 2.4 million other people, tom, thank you, we appreciate it. central florida is at serious risk for flash flood and several other states are declared state of emergencies as hurricane ian moves up the state. >> todd: governor desantis calling this one of the worst flood events he's seen so far, president biden will meet with fema, to map out federal response. we're following the storm all morning long, don't go anywhere,
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>> todd: fox news alert, president biden heading to fema in washington.
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>> carley: more states declare state of emergency as the storm races north. ashley strohmier is live in the studio with details. >> ashley: the white house has been in constant contact with governor desantis and mayors of st. petersburg, tampa and clearwater. workers are on the ground to help in the aftermath of ian. >> president biden: when the storm passes, the federal government will be there to help you recover, clean up and rebuild, to help florida get moving again and we'll be there at every step of the way, that is my commitment to the people of the state of florida. >> ashley: florida governor ron desantis says he is expecting significant help from the white house. >> i spoke with the president and he wants to be helpful, we submitted request for reimbursement next 60 days at 100%, i will work with anybody
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that wants to help southwest florida and throughout our state. >> ashley: virginia, north carolina declared states of emergency, virginia leaders want to ensure our communities have resources to recover from the effects of the storm. officials in north carolina focused on farmers and those getting ready for strong rainfall likely to pour on the state. in georgia, all state resources ensure safe and quick recovery for all citizens there. we'll keep you updateod ian as the hurricane rages norths, back to you. >> todd: thank you, governor desantis says hurricane triggering the biggest flood event he's seen in southwest florida, warning floridians restoring power will be biggest logistical effort in the history of the state. >> we have 100 cell towers we can help stand up for
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communication, 42,000 linemen coming in. if you are driving in florida and see the trucks coming into the state and it has been ongoing, that will be the biggest logistical issue in the state. it is clearly the biggest flood event, not just lee and charlotte, that would be collier, you have places that have massive standing water, that of course, presents a lot of hazards on the backend. we've been telling folks, be careful. >> set to hear from governor desantis 8:45 a.m. eastern for update on the devastation. >> carley: nasa bracing for impact as it turns to the coast, artemis is being moved to temporary shelter, nasa scrubbed the launch because of the storm and next launch window no
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earlier than october 17th. this is coco beach, florida, we will get that image as soon as we can. hitting the state's east coast. hurricane ian turning orlando vacation getaways into make-shift shelter in place videos, videos from guests at walt disney world as visitors and employees ride out the storm, closures at the theme parks are slated to last throughout at least today as power outages rise and extreme winds rip through florida. later a family stranded at disney world will tell us how the vacation turned into a nightmare, not what they expected. >> todd: naples fire station abandoned after smoke began to rise from a vehicle inside the fire house, crews pushing the truck outside, beginning to haul equipment off wading through
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chest-deep flood waters. 2.4 million people across florida waking up without power this morning. >> carley: talking to the former mayor of tampa who led the city during hurricane irma and his wife is a doctor at tampa general hospital, they'll tell us what the next few days will look like.
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>> carley: these images here, hurricane ian sucking water out of the tampa bay area as it approached the state yesterday. the area was spared from severe devastation originally predicted, but the area has major clean up effort to wake up to. former mayor -- his wife is a doctor at tampa virginia hospital, stayed behind to help
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out there. great to have you both on at the same toochlt bob, you were the mayor during hurricane irma, in 2017 and you say what is going on now feels earily similar to you. >> it does, it is like i have ptsd after watching what the communities to the south is going through. as mayor, you feel like the father of your community and you wake up this morning waiting for dawn to occur, waiting for the sun to come up to see the devastation and heartbreak, to see what has happened to your community. fortunately for us in irma, we were bypassed by just a few miles, but i really, really fear for what dawn is going to bring for our communities to the south. the devastation we saw heading into last night and what we've seen this morning, it is going to be a really, really bad day. >> carley: we see that as we are see are devastation on our
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screen that played out in tampa yesterday. kathy, you stayed behind to care for people during the storm, what is the situation at the hospital? are people coming in because of the storm? >> as it stands right now, we're not having that many people compl in because the winds are high. the er is open and i'm sure people are coming in there, but until the winds drop down further, i believe there is not that much traffic out on the roads. we will soon, i'm sure, start to help as bob said, once the sun comes up and things get assessed and we know our status, we'll get patients probably from areas south of us in order to transfer from facilities or because of no ability for care down there. >> carley: absolutely. bob, this is all hands on deck, state, local, federal, what will
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the next few days and weeks lycopene? >> it will be assessing damage, urban search and rescue teams will be going house by house in the more devastated areas, those communities hopefully have equipment staged outside the eye of the storm for push teams, folks that can go in and move debris, heavy equipment operators. the power companies, there were thousands coming into the area, prepositioned to go in and start restoring power. it is critical people understand it, be patient with local authorities, do not try to get back into your neighborhoods right away, let the local authorities clear it and make it safe. did not drive through standing water. you could die if there are power lines in there. be smart, respect, empathetic and let authorities do what they need to do before you try to get
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back into the neighborhoods, the other thing, carley -- if they don't have g -- generators at pump stations, you could have sewage overflow and release of sewage in the environment, which makes the standing water more dangerous, just be careful, use common sense, don't be stupid, don't make us come get you in a body back, take your time and let the authorities do what they need to do. >> carley: thinking about what governor desantis is going through, must have the weight of the world on his shoulders, so much to consider and so much to consider at local level. what are things local officials are thinking about right now that we might not be? >> first and foremost, they are thinking about their communities, their friends and
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neighbors and ramifications of what this will be like and in the short term, how to help their friends and neighbors, get debris cleared, power back on, thanking healthcare professionals like my wife, those guys standing by, they can't get out in winds more than 40 miles per hour. they need to assess damage, some communities will have to put curfews on because in situations like this, you see the best of people, for some, it is the opportunity to demonstrate their worst traits. >> carley: absolutely. >> we have to be careful, for mayors, for governor desantis, president biden, but particularly for local officials, carley issue the weight of the world is on their shoulders, it is, this is when mayors rise to the oak and
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succeed or destroy their legacies. >> carley: we have to leave it there, i am sure the weight of the world is on first responders, kathy being one of them. some hospitals did evacuate, there was an aqua fence placed around the hospital, i'm sure other preparations were made. kathy, thank you for staying at the hospital and caring for patients. bob, we appreciate your insight, as well, hope you can reunite soon and a sense of normalcy will return to florida in the days and weeks ahead. thank you so much. search and rescue efforts a top concern in several of florida's major cities and first responders will go from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for anyone trapped in the flood waters. >> todd: st. petersburg fire chief says the hurricane did major damage to his city, but
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his crews are ready to get to work as soon as possible, we'll talk to him next. >> hold on, hold on, hold. ♪ ♪
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>> todd: central florida battling rain, pleading with residents to stay inside, with the worst still to come in some wears, 2.4 million floridians without power at this hour. >> carley: homes and cars submerged as storm surge is a major threat across the state. crews are mobilized to assess the damage ahead of sunrise. senior meteorologist janice dean is tracking the damage. what are the images we will be getting once the sunrises and we see the extent of all that unfolded yesterday. >> janice: we have drones that can get into areas where emergency crews cannot. some people that have not evacuated, it might take days
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for emergency response, that is why if there is a storm coming, make sure you have preparation for seven days without air conditioning, electricity. it will be warm. you have standing water, do you have food and water? this is a dire, awful situation, this has been the worst hurricane to hit the state of flo florida -- well, we had matthew across the opinionhandle, category five, much smaller storm, this is like three times the size of matthew and that is why it is so devastating and impacting so many low-lying areas and we're still not done. this is minimal hurricane, 75 miles per hour, it is still going to bring incredibly rough condition. we saw the video of daytona, the winds are blowing, hurricane-force winding and that will impact orlando, the wind
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and the rainfall, could get upward of two peat of rain. take a look at it, rainfall yesterday at 3 p.m., 155 mile per hour sustained winds. i have a feeling once they go assess things, this might be upgraded to a category 5, storm, it is one of the top five most powerful storms to ever hit the u.s. over the orlando area and heavier rain bands in the orange and red, dropping two to three inches per hour, hurricane-force winds and the fox model shows the storm in the atlantic and there are storm concerns for north florida to georgia and carolina, coastline talking about six to seven-foot storm surge, you have to know where you live, what does that look like? do you have to also evacuate from your beach home this
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weekend? look at daytona, eight to 24 inches of heavy rainfall, that will cause problems. we don't have hurricane force gusts just yet, but we'll report that and reporting stations we don't have equipment anymore, it is not working. we will have reports for the next weeks. fort myers broke a record, but then the instrumentation broke, it will take a while for the national weather service to get out and bring us important reports. hurricane warning for central portion of the state, hurricane conditions over next several hours and then we'll see the storm exit the coastline and bring potential for tropical storm force winds, sustained winds over 60 miles per hour. it slows down a bit, talking about saturday and now it is
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finally in toward charleston, it will take some time for this area of low pressure to get up into the areas and then of course, the power outage forecast, we have over two million people without power, still going to see the potential for some of the heavily populated neighborhoods, tens of millions of people here in the state of florida that still have yet to feel the effects of the storm. when talking about 8-24 inches of rainfall, we have flooding conditions for much of the state and then coastal areas ever georgia and the carolinas, flash flood threat will exist for florida and up toward the southeast and in toward the mid-atlantic, we have mountainous terrain, rain will be squeezed against the mountain and addition 8 to 12, 12-18 inches, we'll be talking about the storm today and into the weekend and into next week. we have not gotten into the areas that have been greatly
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affected by this powerful storm and when the sun comes up, it will start to settle in. i will tell you this, after covering so many hurricanes almost 20 years, you see the best in humanity after the storm has left and people need help. you see strangers helping strangers, you see helpers out there and that will bring us together, i think. >> carley: absolutely. you teed us up perfectly for the next guest, st. petersburg fire chief, who will be heading out the first chance he gets to start recovery efforts right at daybreak. chief large, good morning. st. petersburg is 110, 115 miles north of fort myers, which bore the brunt of the storm. you have a big job in front of you this, mo, what are the things you'll be facing and what are your biggest concerns? >> well, it's much like irma was when we had irma come through, we had a lot of debris and of
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course, massive power outage, fortunately this power outage hasn't been as bad as irma, i think we had 87% of the county out of power with irma, we are between 35 and 40%. we have push teams located strategically at fire stations for getting out at daybreak, it is combination of several departments, road clearing, we have the search and rescue, pd and we'll be working our way through main access points, making sure hospitals are accessible, all the really critical infrastructure is we're able to get to it and make sure that it is not damaged significantly and the other issue is traffic control, which partly cloudy d is working on, we have street lights out all over the city, making sure as people get up and start moving around we don't increase the
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calls for service that we don't need to have, we'll have enough of those without that added traffic, if you will. so i hope that answered your question. >> carley: it did, sure did. >> todd: have you had to rescue anyone so far or has that not been possible because you are in the thick of the storm? >> actually we've not had any calls for any rescue, it is too early to tell for sure, but i think we didn't have a large number in our shelters. i think a lot of people listened to the early warnings and maybe evacuated because in irma and some other storms, our experience is we get calls for rescue, particularly in low-lying areas of shore acres, we didn't get any calls during this storm. it's definitely either they listened or we'll see when we get out there what we find. >> todd: fingers crossed they did listen, james large, you have a busy day ahead of us, thank you for joining us to kick
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it off. daytona beach after unleashing on southern florida as category four monster storm. >> massive, storms are coming into the downtown area, flooding all of these stores in fort myers. >> todd: next guest has no water, no power, doesn't know the state of his business and joins us next. >> carley: get updates with the fox weather app available in the apple app store and on google play.
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>> todd: hurricane force winds whipping daytona beach, florida. >> carley: officials say the worst is yet to come, nicole valdez is on the ground in tampa, what is the situation where you are? >> >> todd and carley, good morning. you can feel the wind that continues to gust here across tampa bay, but i will tell you, as i know you can hear a helicopter flying above me, i believe the sentiment across tampa bay is gratitude. so many people here are beyond grateful this storm did not do more damage than it did for the tampa bay area.
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i apologize, we are near tampa general hospital, i know you are hearing that helicopter make a landing, not sure where the helicopter is coming from. as we look at video across tampa bay, we know trees have gone down and power lines are down, with strength of the winds we feel in tampa bay in the late afternoon to overnight hours here and that was really where a lot of power outages for the hillsborough county have come from, about 600,000 are in this county and many are waking up in the dark trying to go through the next phase of this storm. interesting and unique, in fact, was they call reverse storm surge, which was all the water being sucked out into the bay instead of flooding many of the roads here, which is again, a better outcome for tampa bay than many prepared for initially, unfortunately, the
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images out of southwest, florida and fort myers, some words indescribable. people are saying their homes are gone, they have been flooded, the storm surge there catastrophic and tampa bay was bracing for similar, if not worse impacts over last few days, thinking they would see the direct hit. it is a mixed bag. people are grateful they were spared innism ta, but just a few hours south of us, so many are waking up to complete devastation and are going to have to start from scratch there, carley and todd. >> todd: hope that chopper overhead is saving a life. property owners waiting to assess damage once the sun comes up and the water recedes. a business in sarasota, the owner joins me now what was last
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night like? >> going without sleeping. >> how did your household up? >> really well actually, just the pool cage and lanai came down. it is daring to come through the glass, hoping that doesn't happen any time soon. >> todd: what is it like now? >> it is pretty windy, it died down around midnight, it was quiet, i let the dogs out. now it seems like it is picking up again actually. >> todd: any sense how your pizzeria is doing? >> we boast power at 4:30 yesterday, i will have to throw away product, but the structure seems pretty good. >> todd: good. what about your employees? >> i've checked on them, but i haven't heard back from them, i think because of service in the area. >> todd: in light of everything
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you have gone through, you are saying to yourself, this is not the worst case scenario, right? >> exactly. it could have been worse, i'm home by myself with my two dogs, i'm glad we made it through the worst hopefully, and if the pool cage goes down, i'm okay with that. >> todd: how soon do you think you will reopen your pizzeria? >> i will take another day to assess the damage and give everybody another day, maybe two, depending how they are doing, no idea what is going on in personal situations, if i have to take two or three days, i'll do it, it will take time. >> todd: you mention product spoilage, do you think you can bring in enough product to serve peep snel >> excellent point, i will check with my distributor to see if they are delivering or open, that is another reason why it may take a few more days to open up. >> todd: as somebody whose family suffered through a
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hurricane, pizza is something you need, it is eza, cheap and quick and you need it during a situation like this when trying to clean up. best of luck getting your pizzeria open, we wish you best of luck and your employees, thank you, sir. next hour of "fox and friends first" starts right now. >> carley: central florida is being pounded with heavy rain and 70 mile per hour wind as hurricane ian inches east as category one hurricane. >> todd: 2.5 million floridians without power after one of the most powerful storms in u.s. history soaked southwest florida, tearing apart structures and stranding people in their homes. you're watching "fox and friends first"s, i'm todd piro. >> carley: i'm carley shimkus. storm surge is a major threat across the state


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