Tampa mayor on Irma: 'We are going to get our glimpse of what the wrath of Mother Nature looks like'

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talks with George Stephanopoulos about Hurricane Irma's impact on his city.
2:00 | 09/10/17

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Transcript for Tampa mayor on Irma: 'We are going to get our glimpse of what the wrath of Mother Nature looks like'
case scenario for this bay area. T.J. Thanks. The mayor is joining us by phone. Thanks very much. You said it yourself, you have put all the plans in place. The big question is can it survive the storm? George, I never thought I would be quoting Mike Tyson but I think it's appropriate. We work all year round to prepare for this even though we have taken a direct hit since over 90 years. We train hard. We practice hard. We practice during the week as if it were game day. I think we're ready but obviously until you get into this situation you're never going to know. I'm sure we'll find glitches, I'm sure there'll be things we can do better but right now I got hundreds of people ready to go help their fellow citizens. We're Tampa strong George. Tampa strong after it passes through but you have a warning out there right now, once the winds top 40 miles an hour your police, first responders will not go in those streets? We will not. I will not put those men and women at risk. Folks, if they're in a situation they need to find shelter because we cannot come and get you if the winds are sustained at 40 miles per hour. It's just not going to happen. We'll come and get you as soon as the winds die down but in that period of time I've got to keep my officers and firefighters safe. So you have got the concern of wind. You have got the concern of downed trees and power lines the concern of storm surge. It's all going to pass through several hours from now and a big job in the wake of all that. It is indeed. It is the biggest thing we have ever faced. This is not a situation that anybody would want to have to experience. But I think it will take the measure of this community. These are good people who are going to look after each other, rise to the occasion. They are going to survive. We're going to be okay. But we are going to get our glimpse of what the rath of mother nature looks like in a few hours. Mayor buckhorn good luck with all that. Thanks for joining us this morning. Want to go to the red cross right now.

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