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Drew Griffin, cnn anchor: From the CNN Center in Atlanta, a special early version of CNN on Saturday morning.
This is Drew Griffin.
On August 14, 2004, the morning after the storm.
Betty NGUYEN, cnn anchor: I\'m Betty Nguyen.
With the arrival of a day of hurricane attacks in Florida, government officials and people in the affected areas began to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Charlie.
It is now reported that from Fort Myers in the southwest to Daytona Beach in the northeast, Hurricane Charlie is in the Atlantic Ocean and has now been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane.
Storm Eye East Florida-
Georgia vertical line near Jacksonville
It will pass over the coast of Georgia and then target South Carolina, possibly near Georgetown.
Along the South Carolina coast, they are boarding and leaving.
The evacuation order at South Carolina\'s Grand Strand is in effect.
Thousands of residents and tourists are said to have blocked the highway leading inland.
Charlie should be ashore in Georgetown in about three hours.
But the hurricane caused havoc in Florida, killing at least three people, not including a mobile family Park in Punta Gorda.
There are no exact casualties yet, but an emergency official said several people were killed.
Keep you informed
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Griffin: it\'s time to assess the loss in Florida.
Emergency officials say some people have died in Punta Gorda, a small town in Port Charlotte;
Just north of Fort Myers.
A tornado in the hurricane directly hit some of the mobile houses there.
CNN reporter John Zarrella reported the latest development story in gorgorda.
Obviously, most of the losses, John, are concentrated here.
John Zarella, cnn correspondent: That\'s right, Drew.
We are now on a main street in the city center.
I walked along the street.
As you might expect, there are pictures of the storefront being blown in, the trees falling, and the wires collapsing on each road.
Emergency operation centers are being set up in the hospital;
A triage area is being set up to treat the wounded.
At the entrance of the area to Punta Gorda, search and rescue teams lined up.
We saw dozens of emergency vehicles waiting in line and at the first traffic light they were ready to get into the assessment of the damage.
The entire area of Punta Gorda is covered in mobile family parks.
As we all know, the first place to evacuate during the hurricane is the mobile family Park.
But unfortunately, the storm suddenly turned and many people did not evacuate.
Hundreds of people are reported missing and thousands are homeless.
Once again, just look at what we \'ve seen in this very narrow corridor, and it\'s not surprising that we \'ve been able to check.
It is clear, officials say, that it will take a while for them to really grasp the scale and scope of what is happening here.
But in Charlotte County, as you said at the top, there must be a large area of destruction.
Of course, this is one of the worst.
In the case of hurricane forecasters, when you have a major hurricane that is fast growing like Charlie, when it is close to the coastline and then goes inland and catches people.
It\'s already happening here.
It\'s still dark here.
No lights anywhere.
We saw a clock building.
It stopped at 4: 30 yesterday. -Andrew.
Griffin: John, I know you \'ve spoken to Wayne soleda, emergency director at Charlotte (ph)
I believe it\'s his name.
He is reporting to CNN that there may be deaths in four different areas.
Are you facing problems there too, they just can\'t get to these areas?
ZARRELLA: Well, they had a little bit of luck going to these areas.
But they were so shocked and shocked.
You know, what you\'re talking about may be in some places, maybe I\'ll highlight the kind of damage you see in Andrew, where the building collapsed completely.
Where there is a trailer park, the mobile house collapsed completely.
Unless they can find the search and rescue team there and find the dog team there to start looking for these victims, it is not possible.
We know they started last night.
But again, they mobilized at the command center, set up a triage area, and set up a mobile command center next to the hospital, about 25 miles from where I was.
But in the darkness here, it\'s hard to really grasp the scope of what\'s going on.
But the difficulty is that they have to get those search and rescue teams in.
You have to get the dogs in because obviously in these areas-
And, obviously, because there is no first-hand accounting information.
Some of these areas have indeed suffered such a severe blow that the mobile houses have been completely destroyed.
It will be the first light before you actually get in there and start doing what needs to be done, trying to find victims and rescuers, or find any casualties ---Drew.
John, we will see you all morning when the sun rises.
Thank you for your report.
We will get back to you.
NGUYEN: you can see a lot of vandalism in the video.
What we want to tell you is that the weakened hurricane is now in the Atlantic Ocean.
But as far as we know it is expected to land later this morning, about three hours later.
Now, we want to get an update on the storm from Ed lapapport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center.
He joined us live from Miami this morning.
Good morning to you.
Ed in LA, PotterDIR. , NAT\'L.
Hurricane Center: Good morning.
NGUYEN: We just heard from Rob Marciano about the storm.
Let\'s talk to you about this.
For people in Carolina, what should they expect this morning?
He described it very well.
The center of the hurricane, which you can still see on the radar, is not as clear as yesterday.
But moving north-
The Northeast is very fast.
But from the weather, heavy rain and strong winds are now in the east.
So the center goes through the coast and from there north is where we will see 6 inch or more rain.
We also expect four to 7 feet storms.
Let\'s talk a little.
When we saw the damage caused by the hurricane yesterday and how it hit Florida, there was a lot of concern about this forecast this morning, how powerful the hurricane was, because at first people only expected it to be the second category.
All of a sudden it becomes class 4 and it hits an area that is not on the map.
What do you have to say about this?
Well, there are two questions.
One is the track, the other is the strength.
In terms of strength, the predictions do start with categories 1 and 3, and the rest are actually quite radical.
It is unusual for us to predict that the storm will become so strong.
It does change from Class 1 to Class 3 and then to a category.
We are the first to admit that there are limitations.
As far as the track is concerned, there is a hurricane alarm on the southwest coast of Florida.
The hurricane landed in the hurricane warning area.
The problem with the track is that there will be some shaking, of course, because we have a warning that it is bigger than the hurricane forcing the wind.
The center did land in the warning area a little south of the location we initially pointed out.
NGUYEN: it always looks like 20/20 afterwards
It is difficult to predict the storm.
Ed lapapport, we would like to thank you for your time this morning.
Lapapport: Thank you.
Griffin: people are trying to assess the situation in South Carolina.
So is our Dave martinley.
He lives on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Dave, what happened there?
Dave martinley, CNN: Good morning, Drew.
We \'ve had some storms and there was some heavy rain on Myrtle Beach this morning.
Now everyone is looking for seaward, trying to keep an eye on the storm, and they expect Charley, a Category 1 hurricane, to land at some point in the afternoon.
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued.
The order came from the governor of South Carolina, which affected the place known as Grand Strand.
If someone is on holiday here, they know it\'s a long way
Rise to this part of the luxury hotel in South Carolina beach.
Those hotels are empty today.
80,000 tourists and residents were forcibly evacuated last night.
According to state police, the roads were blocked when people tried to get out last night.
But the traffic did move and it was very slow.
And nothing was reported.
Now everyone is looking forward to Charlie landing here sometime in the afternoon.
If it appears as they expected, it would be some good news in terms of timing.
Because it will happen after the ebb tide, it means that the storm here will not be a huge factor.
So everyone is praying and hopefully Charlie will either be in the first category when he gets here or maybe downgrade to tropical storm Charlie ---Drew.
Griffin: Dave martinley lives on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hoping the hurricane will be downgraded by then.
NGUYEN: Hurricane Charlie is also expected to slide along the coast near Savannah, Georgia.
Mayor Otis Johnson spoke to us on the phone this morning.
Good morning to you.
Otis Johnson, Governor of Savannah, Georgia: Good morning.
NGUYEN: Let\'s talk about the preparations for this hurricane in your area as it starts landing, just later today, a few hours later.
Johnson: We have been preparing for the past few days.
Our Chatham Emergency Management Agency has opened their command center.
City staff are in place.
We have backup equipment for both power and utilities.
So we\'re ready.
We seem to be spared, and we are very grateful for that.
NGUYEN: do you order people to evacuate, or do you want to stand firm and think that emergency personnel are ready for what is coming?
Johnson: We encourage people to live in the right place.
Prepare extra food, water, battery, portable radio and other things.
So, it looks like we \'ve had a good rehearsal, but we know it\'s the season\'s climax now.
Even if we were not hit, we had a good rehearsal.
NGUYEN: It\'s always great to be prepared, especially in the event of a storm.
You never know what will happen.
But let\'s talk about the necessities that people hoard.
Do you want to know when people are ready, or at least worry about price fraud in this area?
Johnson: Well, our governor has issued an urgent order to put in place measures to punish people for doing such things.
So they noticed.
We have tried our best to be proactive in this regard.
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson
We thank you for your time this morning.
Johnson: Thank you.
Griffin: we will get our first live photo from Punta Gorda this morning.
We want to take them now, if we can, and show the trees, apparently on a main road there.
John Zarella is reporting on Punta Gorda and we hope to do so soon.
NGUYEN: The area was hit badly by a hurricane.
We know there are a lot of deaths.
The exact number is not yet determined.
But as the morning goes on, people start searching for the area and determining the damage and we will prepare these for you.
We will report it to you as soon as we get it.
Well, what would you do if something like Charlie hit your neighbor? -
How is the weather like this storm?
Just ahead, some tips can help you prepare for the power of nature.
Griffin: The Red Cross is there too.
We will talk to the assistant workers who deal with the most serious consequences. (
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Unidentified male (voice-over)
: Hurricane Floyd formed a powerful Category 4 in September 14, 1999.
It destroyed parts of the Bahamas.
Looking at its destruction, Freud tore off part of the pier as he reached Daytona Beach, Florida.
When Freud turned to the north, it weakened a bit, but hit the land near fear Point in North Carolina again.
High rainfall caused flooding inland.
Freud killed one person in the Bahamas, but 56 in the United States. (END VIDEO CLIP)(
Start Video Editing)GEORGE W.
US President Bush: Tonight, we pray with you and your family.
We have deployed resources to help.
I have declared an emergency and have now started assistance to provide federal assistance to those who may be affected by the hurricane. (END VIDEO CLIP)
Griffin: This morning, in many parts of Florida, the emergency was just beginning as the staff tried to find out what happened and where the damage was.
NGUYEN: how serious that loss is.
We know there are a lot of deaths.
When we get this information, we will also bring it to you.
Griffin: we want to go to Venice Beach in Florida right now.
Just north of the hurricane.
Mayor Dean Calamaras joined us by phone.
Mayor, can you tell us about the damage in your city?
Dean Kalamaras, mayor of Venice Beach, Florida: Good morning.
Our losses are small.
We were lucky that the storm turned East successfully, bypassing us.
We are ready to be the epicenter of that storm and take it very seriously.
But we survived.
Our losses are small.
In fact, we are sending emergency crews to Port Charlotte to help them.
We were lucky in Venice.
Good news, mayor.
I want to talk about the forecast for this storm, which seems to have caught Florida off guard.
Of course, they are ready for the hurricane.
But in this case, the hurricane will be north of your area.
It should only be class 2, maybe Class 3.
The fact is that not only did the people in the South not evacuate, they really did not have the incentive to evacuate because the evacuation route would go through the proposed path.
This is correct.
We had this experience. -
We are right on the road of prediction.
So we can take it very seriously.
We are ready, we are evacuated, most of our buildings are blocked and we are ready.
Unfortunately, due to the fast jogging of the hurricane to the right and so rapidly intensifying, the people in our South really didn\'t expect to be hit and caught in the middle of it.
Particularly in the heart of the state, Arcadia and De Soto counties have been severely damaged.
When the storm hit them, they had only about two hours of warning.
Will you go to the forecasters or do anything to find out what\'s wrong or how the forecast is improved?
Well, I don\'t know.
We were really surprised that we could sit here in Venice and watch the storm progress with satellite photos and all the news actors like yours, because it actually shows the state in which it is about to appear.
When it came to us, it was tracking it all morning.
This is an inaccurate science.
We were surprised when it went up to the fourth class.
We never expected it.
When it came to us, it was actually in Venice.
It was handed in at the last point.
This is the south of the month, but it becomes--
So we\'re really lucky for 20 miles. -
But in those 20 miles, the damage to Port Charlotte was here.
Mayor Dean Kalamaras of Venice Beach, I think you\'ll be relieved this morning when you escape the eye of the storm.
Thank you, mayor.
CALAMARAS: Thank you.
NGUYEN: a sigh of relief at Venice Beach, not at Punta Gorda.
Just hit it.
They are evaluating the loss and death toll this morning.
CNN reporter John Zarrella reported the latest news in Punta Gorda.
John, what can you see so far this morning?
ZARRELLA: Well, Betty, as you said, they certainly didn\'t breathe any relief in Punta Gorda.
It was hit directly from Hurricane Charlie\'s eye wall.
You can see that we are entering the main street of Punta Gorda.
It\'s just some damage.
The tree fell, the storefront was destroyed, many windows were blown in, and the street lights were knocked down.
This is just a point we can really do at this point.
There are so many wires here, there are so many trees on the street, it\'s hard to navigate, and through these streets negotiate your way to find out exactly what\'s going on.
This is also a problem that the emergency management team, the search and rescue team will encounter before the sun rises.
We began to see a glimmer of dawn in the east, because the first point of Dawn broke dawn here.
This will give everyone a better chance.
Maybe you can see further down the street.
You can see that along the way in this block, there is the aluminum roof plate down, the sheet metal down.
Again, there are trees falling and no electricity anywhere in the city.
When you drive in, when everything is very lifeless, very calm, you will definitely have that weird feeling.
Of course, in addition to the members of the media gathered here, all the moving things on the street are those emergency vehicles you see.
About a mile from here is where they are assembling so that they can start entering the area and start a real assessment of what\'s going on in search and rescue ---Betty.
NGUYEN: It looks like a lot of people have been evacuated in that area.
But let\'s talk about the mobile family park, and unfortunately a lot of residents have spent the storm here.
They are looking for the death toll in the area this morning.
So far, do you know what they found?
ZARRELLA: Well, the information is just beginning to flow slowly.
All we know is that there are also deaths in mobile home parks and other mobile home parks.
The numbers are not clear.
Emergency management officials in Charlotte County say many people have died;
At this time, thousands of people were homeless.
Many people were injured in Punta Gorda.
Again, it will be an issue I know you talked to the mayor in Venice a few minutes ago.
It\'s the worst to talk about the rapid escalation of the storm --
In this case, the storms quickly intensified and caught people off guard, especially in these mobile home parks that were not evacuated ---Betty.
NGUYEN: it will be a very difficult morning.
Thank you very much, John Zarella.
NGUYEN: We saw some incredible images as we reported this hurricane.
Next, look at some local journalists who have installed cameras to capture the landing.
Griffin: Also, what happens when rescuers need their own rescue.
When Charlie attacks, we will share some tense moments captured on the tape of the Sheriff\'s Department. (
Griffin: that\'s what we know about Charlie right now.
The storm is now near the coast of Carolina and is expected to hit places north of Charleston, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach in about four hours.
At this point it is considered the first class.
The storm is expected to move west from the resort town of Myrtle Beach and continue along the North Rail into North Carolina.
That means the next major city could be 130-mile inland.
Forecasters are predicting an attack there this afternoon.
NGUYEN: At the same time, residents of the Gulf Coast of Florida have watched Charlie\'s game for more than a day, when Charlie suddenly recovered his strength and turned to land.
Here are some reports from local affiliates. (
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Chris West, Winke-
Television reporter (on camera)
We heard the phrase \"the weather is deteriorating rapidly\" this afternoon.
We want to show you what it looks like from here.
These are gusts of 60 or 70 miles an hour.
I can tell you what that sound you heard in the studio a few minutes ago was.
We lost a satellite antenna on this.
We\'re going to loose the antenna over there.
Unidentified male (voice-over)
: At the southernmost point, the waves burst out of the ocean and hit anyone standing too close.
This is a powerful sight.
Man: very crazy.
I have never seen such a thing before.
Never have a wave like this ever crossed a wall.
Unidentified male: along the street, debris carried by angry waves crashed from the water.
Unknown man: it could be 60 miles an hour.
We have a lot of wave breakers coming from the pond.
Unidentified male (on camera)
: About 50 miles south of the strike area, Craig and Bill, I want to show the cracks in the clouds here before we get into a video.
We \'ve been going through a very violent regional band for the last hour and a half.
There are some very strong storms here, 75 miles per hour of wind and a lot of heavy rain.
It hurts you when it hits you.
Unidentified male: We are on Venice Beach, about half an hour and 35 minutes north of Port Charlotte.
Now, the wind is accelerating, and it is roughly estimated that the speed coming out of the North may be 20 or 25 miles per hour.
The rain began to get a little heavy.
Unidentified men: these are storm bands across from us.
Now behind us, you can see that they are acting fairly quickly.
Like I said, there was almost no wind here 15, 20 minutes ago.
But now it must have been picked up. (End Video Clip)
Griffin: The front-line Reporter reporting the storm.
The aftermath is likely to be reported today.
NGUYEN: another busy day, especially along the coast of Georgia and Carolina.
On top of that, we will keep you going.
We have more hurricane reports, right on CNN Saturday morning. (
The trees bend and the buildings flatten.
NGUYEN: After 14 hours of Hurricane Charlie whistling, parts of Florida were hit hard.
Griffin: from Fort Myers in the southwest to Daytona Beach in the northeast, Hurricane Charlie is now downgraded to level 1.
It\'s in the Atlantic Ocean.
Eye of the storm in eastern Florida-
On the Georgia line near Jacksonville, it will pass through Georgia and then target South Carolina, possibly near Georgetown.
NGUYEN: The hurricane caused massive damage in Florida, killing at least three people, excluding a mobile family Park in Punta Gorda.
There are no exact figures on deaths and injuries.
But an emergency official said several people were killed.
Griffin: next target, South Carolina coast.
They boarded and moved there;
The evacuation order at South Carolina\'s Grand Strand came into effect.
Thousands of residents and tourists have blocked the highway to the interior.
Charlie should be ashore near Georgetown in three hours.
This is CNN, the most trusted name in the news.
NGUYEN: After hitting Florida, Charlie is still a hurricane that targets Georgia and Carolina.
Chad Myers is in Florida.
But first of all, we want to go to Rob Marciano at CNN Weather Center in Atlanta for the latest storm path.
Good morning, rob.
This is a difficult problem for many people.
Rob marciano, cnn meteorologist: Oh, yes.
Betty, of course. Betty, Drew.
We filmed a video in Orlando where we had 150 miles of wind per hour yesterday.
There are also seven reports of tornado attacks.
This is some amateur. -
Amateur videos of some funnel clouds may go down to the ground all the way.
That\'s some dramatic video anyway.
Chad Myers is in Tampa Bay.
Chad, you are on the northern edge of this storm.
Tell us what it was like yesterday.
Chad Myers, cnn meteorologist: We were completely missed.
Rob, we missed it.
This is the front. page of the St.
\"A difficult turning point\" is certainly a difficult turning point.
For the people of Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, this is a very difficult turn.
I know we \'ve been following these two cities today, but let me tell you that this storm is still a level 3 Storm 30 miles inland.
It was not until it went far beyond Orlando that it was downgraded to category 2 and then to category 1.
All the people in Polk, de Soto, and Arcadia were damaged and killed.
I read some local reports from Fort Myers and some people from the National Guard.
This is a bit ominous for the dawn we will see.
The National Guard said this morning that there were many bodies in the mobile family Park in Punta Gorda.
Obviously they have arrived there now and there are only 3 deaths officially, but I know we\'ll find out more.
They have found them at night.
There are so many completely collapsed buildings below.
Punta Gorda in Port Charlotte is a large retirement area.
People moved there.
They got these little houses.
They have a mobile home.
They put the houses in the factory.
They erected the walls and twisted them together.
These families perform much better than mobile families.
But when we talked to one of the people with our mobile phones in one of the man-made houses, the roof was completely detached.
He is only on one side of his eyes.
He is still going to go to the other side of the eye wall, because he touches the eye itself, which is a completely clear place.
Rob, it will be devastating.
We\'re catching a helicopter this morning.
We\'re starting from Sanibel Island--
I mean, we haven\'t talked about barrier island either.
They were really hit.
Someone is outside.
I can\'t believe they didn\'t evacuate either, 145 miles per hour.
We will have some pictures later today.
I don\'t think people want to see it.
This will look very much like Homestead back--or Andrew.
But we just don\'t have these pictures yet.
MARCIANO: Chad, I kind of scratched my head and why people don\'t evacuate.
Florida\'s entire western coastline is under hurricane warning.
Rob, you know what?
That wedge, that cone.
I tell you, the people here are screaming and clamoring why the predictions at the Hurricane Center are so bad.
Rob, this prediction is great.
We call it the prediction of a wedge.
What we call this color, usually red, is what we call a tornado or hurricane, in any case; could --
That could be the case with a hurricane.
And Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, they\'re always in that cone.
They never had that cone.
They have also been on hurricane alert.
MARCIANO: It\'s hard, Chad. You\'re right.
They did a great job in the National Hurricane Center. . .
They did it.
They did it.
MARCIANO: . . .
Hopefully the photos won\'t be as bad as you described this morning, as we continue throughout the afternoon. Thanks, Chad.
Betty, this is the latest news from the two meteorological departments, both here and at the location.
We will keep you up to date throughout the morning.
Thank you, Rob.
As Chad has mentioned about a pile of bodies, we just want to do a little bit of news here, which CNN has not confirmed.
According to CNN, we know that some people have died, but the number is not yet certain.
This morning, things were far from calm before the storms in Georgia and Carolina.
Georgia Governor Purdue has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Charlie is getting closer to the coast of Georgia.
Now, Mike Easley, governor of North Carolina, has also declared a state of emergency.
South Carolina chief executive Mark Sandford urged people in the coastal areas to evacuate.
Of course, we will continue to focus on all this.
While other states are preparing for Charlie, Florida is also working on the aftermath.
Authorities have reported that several people have died in a mobile family Park in Punta Gorda and we have been talking about this all morning.
Just north of Fort Myers.
Dozens of people were also reported injured in Sunshine State.
Many buildings were damaged and power lines were disrupted, officials said.
As Charley approaches, people have boarded windows near the island of tabby, Georgia.
But the state is preparing for the flooding and other damage caused by the hurricane.
The governor\'s state of emergency statement is also intended to prevent price fraud.
Georgian law prohibits the price of basic goods and services after the declaration of a state of emergency.
The winds reached 60 miles an hour, and it rained for half an foot. this is what forecasters said about Hurricane Charlie, which may sweep through parts of South Carolina this morning.
It then moved to North Carolina, where local officials say three people have been killed by a tornado triggered by Charlie and Tropical Storm Bonnie. -Drew.
Griffin: The Red Cross is on the phone with us now. Petersburg-
Clear water area of Florida.
Her name is Lisa Hutchinson. Ms.
Hutchinson, thank you for joining us this morning.
Lisa Hutchinson, spokesman for the Red Cross: Good morning, Drew.
Griffin: can you tell us about the injury or death before we start your surgery?
Hutchinson: The state released the data.
We\'re just trying to assess the damage the sun had just started rising in Florida and see what we can do to help people in need.
Griffin: did you get any instructions from the state government where they need you to go now?
You know, we handled almost everything about the whole country.
Our section was asked to tell us where we needed to go and that\'s where we sent the emergency response vehicle.
So, I mean, destruction is universal.
You know, we \'ve heard about Punta Gorda and the Port Charlotte area, but it\'s all statewide.
This is what we are doing now.
We have volunteers and staff all over the country to make sure that everyone, not just the hardest hit areas, has the necessities.
Griffin: What will your agent do?
It looks like there is a minimum need to provide temporary housing.
We still provide shelter.
There were also people in the shelter who needed to stay until emergency management told them it was safe to go home.
So we will provide them with funding if needed to get them temporary housing.
This is what is being evaluated at this time.
This is going to be a massive operation, obviously our biggest since Hurricane Andrew.
GRIFFIN: Yes. Miss.
Hutchinson, how many of you are using the statistics of your sanctuary?
Hutchinson: No, this is an unstable situation.
I mean, these reports are starting now because people are in and out of shelters.
But usually during storms, three to 5% people used shelters during evacuation.
Others go to hotels, families and friends in a safe area.
A spokeswoman for the Holy Red Cross this morning. Petersburg-
Miss clear water in Florida, thank you.
Hutchinson joined us.
Hutchinson: Thank you.
Char: Charlie hit the west coast of Florida with winds of 140 miles an hour.
The security department in Charlotte County found itself on the way to the storm.
CNN affiliate WINK\'s Jason Wheeler finds himself in a storm with his deputies. Take a look. (Start Video)
Television reporter (voice-over)
Charlotte County Sheriff\'s Department was taken away by the storm.
About six deputies and the sheriff themselves are now facing a personal emergency. . .
Are you all together?
WHEELER: . . .
How to deal with the roof that is falling apart.
When they were looking for a safe room in their own building, we joined them.
We are all hiding here.
This is the only place that seems to be united.
If the eyes pass, we will go to the headquarters for a trip. But don\'t. . .
Wheeler: our ears pop out of the pressure drop and we listen to the roar of the storm outside and invite the roof to join in.
Communication was hampered.
The situation has become serious.
Finally, call someone else to inform who we are and where we are in case the worst happens.
Unidentified male: I will tell you the names of each of us.
But Charlie\'s worst experience is finally over.
Those men and women who stayed to survive started checking for damage. (on camera)
: When we are in there, would you imagine it would be so bad?
Not only for their buildings, but also for their community.
Their findings were shocking.
This Friday, 13 people were indeed unfortunate for the region.
As you can see from here, there seems to be no place to survive.
Charlie, passed here very quickly, but left a lasting impression at least.
The people here are walking around in a daze and they say they can\'t even start thinking about cleaning up now because the damage is too big. (END VIDEOTAPE)
NGUYEN: There\'s too much damage there.
The report was expressed by Jason Wheeler.
Griffin: Betty, we now have breaking news from CNN anchor and reporter Anderson Cooper, who is at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center.
Good morning, Anderson.
Anderson Cooper, cnn anchor: Good morning.
Actually, I\'m only a block away from there right now.
I\'m in the center of Punta Gorda, right at the intersection of Marianne Avenue, where (AUDIO GAP)
Scattered in the middle of the street.
The street lamp hung down and almost no wires were hung up.
On the lamppost just around the corner, there is a part that looks like a metal roof that loops (AUDIO GAP)
Around the lamppost at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center, this is (AUDIO GAP)
Griffin: We obviously lost Anderson\'s signal.
If he comes back, let\'s put him up.
Obviously not. The phone is rough.
The same is true of the mobile tower there.
So we\'re trying to get in touch with him.
We will be back soon after. (
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In September 12, 1979, Hurricane Frederick swept through the fragile coastal areas of Alabama and Mississippi.
Witnesses said the three-level storm razed some of the mobile devices to the ground and looked like a bomb exploded.
In southern Alabama alone, Frederick has lost millions of dollars.
With more damage in parts of Mississippi and Florida, Frederick\'s price is really high.
Losses exceeded $2 billion. (END VIDEO CLIP)(
Griffin: Our Anderson Cooper is on the phone again now.
He\'s in Punta Gorda.
Anderson, I think, reports of death or injury.
There were some deaths.
We don\'t have a phone number yet.
Apparently, there have been some deaths in a mobile home park protected by the National Guard.
Similarly, we do not have clear figures.
The Charlotte Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Punta Gorda, which itself has been closed.
Now they are transferring patients in hospital before the hurricane hit.
When we spoke, there were many ambulances lined up outside the hospital.
They put (AUDIO GAP)
Inside the ambulance, take them to other hospitals in the area, which are still operating in the Tampa area.
The hospital is no longer functioning.
The nurse told about a tragic night last night when doctors and nurses on duty tried to protect patients from broken windows, which struck Punta Gorda with winds of 140 miles an hour.
It caused damage to the whole town here.
When dawn breaks here, and as we speak, the disaster is becoming clear.
Griffin: Anderson, we\'re live now.
I don\'t know if this is where you are.
A car traveling in the ruins;
The car seems to be floating on the ruins here.
This is not my location, but these scenes are now common in Punta Gorda.
In the corner where I was standing, a lot of people said, two or 300-
The pound-class air-conditioning unit that was just randomly stored on the street.
One is right next to a crossroads in downtown Punta Gorda.
Almost all the street signs were knocked down.
It\'s hard to find your direction here because all the signs are gone.
Actually, this live shot I see right now looks like a car repair shop.
The store has actually melted or destroyed around the car on the elevator.
Anderson Cooper joins us from Punta Gorda and we look forward to your report this morning as you look into Charlotte\'s losses.
Thank you, sir.
NGUYEN: this is the case with Punta Gorda when you watch the devastating video there.
We would now like to take you to South Daytona, where we get to know Jane Roberts of Central Florida News 13 who was with us this morning to update us on the damage in the area.
What did you see this morning?
Jane Roberts, Central Florida press 13: Well, there must be a lot of damage at this point.
The wind did amazing things here overnight.
We are in the general area of Daytona Beach, about a mile south of there.
When Charlie passed, it was actually a first-class storm that hit the area.
It left quite a bit of damage.
We\'ll show you our stuff now.
We are at the gas station, near the United States. S.
South of Daytona Beach, there is not much left at this Valero station.
The awning here has just been ripped off.
You can see the support going straight into the air.
Obviously, one of the cars in the parking lot is in the wrong position here.
The woman tried to figure out how she was going to get the car out of the bottom this morning.
But in the storm in southern Daytona, a garage was demolished and reinstalled
Part of the apartment building.
During the flight, the metal roof crashed into several cars on the way out of here, causing some damage to these men.
The trees and wires were cut down;
We heard estimates in a city in our county that there were 40 trees on the House in that city.
There seems to be a tree and a wire every few blocks.
This is really dangerous for drivers.
In addition, the railway crossing signals, they are all signals, and the weapons are all up this morning.
Of course, this is a dangerous place for drivers, although some are taking risks.
In our Volusia County, due to the last minute of Charlie East\'s turn, all the people in the mobile House have a delayed evacuation order.
People here, some are unprepared for how serious the situation is in our region.
For some of them, they can be evacuated in just a few hours, so some decide that they just wait for the storm to come.
Some of the people we talked to felt very sorry for them doing so.
A tree goes through their bedroom.
At that time, they grabbed the dog and walked out of the house and tried to move a safe place as much as possible.
Of course, that was the worst time for Charlie.
Call you back, Betty.
NGUYEN: We \'ve been talking about Punta Gorda this morning and the damage to a mobile family park there.
You said a lot of people did come out of the mobile home park in your area.
Any signs of injury or death in the area.
Roberts: At this point in time, we don\'t have any signs of injury or death at this point in time.
It was really late for people to evacuate from the mobile family Park here.
Maybe a lot of people are staying. -
Decided to stay.
Just two or three hours before the storm really starts, you can go to the shelter or find somewhere else to live in.
Therefore, at this point in time, it is uncertain how many people have succeeded.
But at this point, the total number of injuries seems to be very, very low.
This morning, Jane Roberts of Central Florida News 13 gave us a damage update on Daytona Beach. Thank you --Drew.
Griffin: Hurricane Charlie is still reporting and is still moving north. -South Carolina;
It should be in a few hours.
After that, we will come back and check the progress of it. (
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On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck southeast Florida.
The Category 5 hurricane destroyed home town, killing 15 people and seeking asylum.
Andrew is the most expensive natural disaster in history to hit the United States. S. , doing $26.
Damaged 5 billion.
Many claims relating to Andrew were filed;
Nearly a dozen insurance companies have closed down. (END VIDEO CLIP)(
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: The streets of Daytona Beach are relatively deserted.
Occasionally, you will see a police car rising.
Some happy riders, according to police, but this night the wind has blown up to 90 to 95 miles per hour, which is not a good idea.
Now the roads are beginning to flood.
On this abandoned road, you can see that some signs across the street have disappeared from the building as Hurricane Charlie\'s shock came to the east coast of Florida.
Here, your traffic lights are shaking.
You have a bridge across the street and we are very worried about it hanging from the hotel into a parking lot.
It is still intact so far.
But the police advise everyone that the tourists enter their hotel now and play safely.
This is a very unusual hurricane, and in a normal sense we expect that the hurricane that enters the Gulf of Mexico will eventually have someone coming to the Atlantic to escape it without worrying about the impact of the hurricane.
Instead, they ended up here and the hotel was full because so many people left the west coast of Florida and Central Florida, away from the hurricane, and eventually they moved into the hurricane.
There are almost 100% hotels in Daytona Beach.
Normally, when we finally cover the hurricane, there is only one of us in the hotel.
Now people live in their rooms.
They were told that it was dangerous outside and that they were waiting for it all to pass, to enter the ocean and move on.
But for now, there doesn\'t seem to be any major damage to Daytona Beach.
But, of course, we need to get into the morning to see everything.
I\'m CNN Gary turchman from Daytona Beach, Florida. END VIDEOTAPE)
NGUYEN: As we have been reporting throughout the morning, as you have just seen, Hurricane Charlie has had a devastating blow to the areas around Punta Gorda, Florida, and many others.
Punta Gorda is about 40 miles south of Tampa.
Griffin: For more, here\'s Mike Walcher from affiliate. (Start Video)
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We had a hard time with Charlotte\'s police and firefighters.
The wind speed roared at a speed of hundreds of miles per hour;
More horrible violent experience than any storm picture you \'ve ever seen.
The anxious firefighters couldn\'t wait to go out and answer the phone, but the loss shocked everyone when we left.
The wind blew the huge bins hundreds of yards and then hit them into the car.
Huge concrete buildings disintegrated in the wind.
The storm broke many Poles and paralyzed the line.
Wind makes aircraft toys at Charlotte County Airport;
Under the collapsed hangar and twisted steel, many people were crushed in the chaos.
The hurricane also overturned the roof of the airport administration building.
Later, we drove to East Punta Gorda and saw the destruction of the residential area.
A woman rode out of the storm in the house.
Just before the strong wind destroyed her place, another man ran away.
The houses of Judy and Fred Hildebrand lost their roof.
Fred Hildebrand, hurricane victim: I just crashed.
I just can\'t believe it.
WALCHER: Hildebrands said they survived after being prompted on emergency manager Wayne Saladay\'s WINK News.
They pulled a mattress on themselves, but they had trouble dealing with the loss.
Judy Hildebrand, hurricane victim: I am very, very upset. I --
There is no place to go. I. . . F.
We lost everything.
We lost everything. Take --
Go and see the house. there\'s nothing left.
All under water, man. (END VIDEOTAPE)
Griffin: you\'re watching the ongoing report of Hurricane Charlie.
Now the first category is heading south Carolina.
In fact, Georgetown is expected to strike for two to three hours later this morning.
The path you see it is right there, Florida. More than 1.
Now 8 million people in Florida have lost power.
NGUYEN: when we see this satellite photo, it will reach the coast of Georgia and get to Carolina.
Our own Rob Marciano is following this storm as we have also given you losses in many other areas where Charlie attacked overnight and earlier yesterday afternoon.
As you mentioned, Florida.
Florida alone has 8 million people without electricity.
Punta Gorda is one of the worst-hit areas in Florida, where there are deaths.
This exact number is still trying to figure out when the sun starts to rise, because a lot of this damage assessment is happening.
Griffin: that\'s all CNN reported on Charlie\'s Road on Saturday morning.
The rest of CNN\'s news is ahead.
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