Florida governor on Hurricane Irma: 'The most important thing is to pray for us'

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells George Stephanopoulos that Florida "has never seen a storm surge like this."
4:01 | 09/10/17

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Transcript for Florida governor on Hurricane Irma: 'The most important thing is to pray for us'
That is a scene in key west overnight. The transformers blowing up. The winds come in. Key west and the entire Florida keys getting hit so hard as the eye wall of hurricane Irma hits. We're joined by Florida governor Rick Scott. What can you tell us? I spoke to the keys a little bit ago. They're getting pounded. The -- the person I spoke to still has cell service. And he has the internet. What they're worried about is the other part of the island. He's in the north part. The other part is getting flooding, a lot of waves. He's worried about the storm surge. We're going to get it. We're going the get everything. All the winds of Andrew. Across the whole state because it's so big. The state has never seen storm surge like this. I live in Naples. This will go up our west coast. We're going to have 10 to 15 feet above ground level of storm surge. The west coast is very, very low. So, I ask everybody to -- the most important thing so to pray for us. We have done everything we can to be prepared. I'm sure there is something else we could have done. You can text disaster at 20222 to donate. We're asking for volunteers. We have opened over 4,000 shelters. We need volunteers to distribute food. Go to volunteer florida.org to volunteer as the storm passes. So we're going to just bsh just pray for us pip talked to the president today. I've talked to him pretty much every day. He said he'll be praying for us. He's a -- offered every resource there is of the federal government. Ky tell you whether it's what we're doing here in Tallahassee or first respond irs, the federal government, we're going to make sure every person in the state is taken care of to the extent we can. Hard to do it during a storm. As soon as the storm passes, the first responders will be out there doing everything they can. You could not have been more clear in the warnings you gave people across the south of the state and now the entire state. Do you have a sense of what different that made, especially in the keys? I hope so. George, we don't have the exact numbers of how many people stayed in 2 stay Ed in the keys. They're going to have 130-mile-an-hour winds. 10 to 25 inches of rain. A low-lyinging area. Potential 15 foot of storm surge. I hope everybody listened. I hope that's true along the west coast. I looked at the traffic cameras this morning. People are off the roads pip hope they all got to high ground and safe places. We opened up over 400 shelters around the state. We kept opening them yesterday. So I heap people are -- it's -- now it's late. But I pray that everybody got to safety. What is your biggest worry right now? My biggest worry is the people that didn't evacuate. They don't understand the risk of the storm surge. Last year, we got storm surge in the panhandle. The water comes in. And it just fills up your house. And then it goes out. And people -- this lady,ky tell you a story. She was -- wanted to stay because of her pets. A one-story house. The water got to three feet. She knew she wouldn't survive. Thank god there was a high-water vehicle just leaving. She got -- survived. Of course, her pets didn't. But, I just hope people ups that this storm surge is just deadly. Okay. Governor, you did put out the warnings. Thank you. I know you have big job ahead. Want to bring in Brock long now,

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