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the dangerous category 4 storm making landfall just a few hours ago along louisiana's southern shoreline with maximum winds of 150 miles an hour. louisiana governor john bel edwards just finished his latest briefing on the state's response while president biden was briefed earlier today at fema's washington headquarters. >> this is going to be a devastating -- a devastating hurricane, a life threatening storm. please, all you folks in mississippi and louisiana, mississippi and god knows, maybe even furtherese, take preindications. listen, make iters isly. >> over the next hour we will bring you the latest on hurricane ida along with the costs, of course, the political impact of hurricane ida as the
president has to contend with extreme weather at home and continued chaos in afghanistan after a week of violence ahead of tuesday's withdrawal. all that on "politics nation." with me tonight for the hour is msnbc's richard lui. first, we go live to new orleans, where msnbc's ali velshi stands by. the latest on hurricane ida's landfall and immediate effects. ali, what are you seeing? >> reverend, it is windy. it is rainy. there has been a lot of damage. we have about a quarter million people just in new orleans without power right now, let alone the people west of here, baton rouge, houma, port fourchon, places like that, plaque win parish that have been without power for hours and are getting the harder part of the storm. i am in new orleans.
lake ponchartrain over here, the mississippi river over here. we are actually get among the least of this storm. it is pretty bad. the streets are cleared. we are getting heavy gusts from time to time but again really speaking it is just a little bit of wind. the good news here is unlike hurricane katrina, which struck 16 years ago today, this is a fast-moving storm. it's moving at about 15 miles an hour. so it's not gotting a ton of time to dump the rain here. rain of course ends up pushing these trees down. you can drop trees off, things flying all over the place because the ground is loosened. on the other hand, we have heavy winds. heavy winds is what take these trees down and power line down. that's why we have power down already. new orleans is below sea elf. their big problem is flooding. they have spend 16 or $17 billion since hurricane katrina hit in 2005 in terms of
upgrading this place so that it doesn't flood. so authorities here have not issued mandatory evacuation orders from people in most of new orleans because they are, they feel, protected from this storm. seem people have left. i drove in here from houston overnight and i 10 west bound was completely clogged. i-10 eastbound, there was three of us on the road. those who evacuated have gone. those who stayed have stayed. officials say there will be no rescues or emt until morning, and until winds are below manager levels. we don't know what it will look like here, but most people in new orleans are saying prayers of thanks for the fact that this thing went west of them, where it is doing serious, serious damage. but it is not doing that damage in new orleans as well as flooding new orleans, which of course we remember was such a big problem in hurricane
katrina. not a great situation, but not as bad as it could have been here in new orleans, rev. >> ali, i remember katrina well. in fact, 16 years ago we were down in new orleans, many of us, in the civil rights community, because of the levees breaking. as you said, they have spent millions of dollars since then in the new orleans area. but are there structural problems that are of concern in baton rouge and houma, where you say the storm has gone? >> yes. big structural problems, actually. we have got reporters there who are reporting. we are seeing videos of roofs being blown down, of buildings sort of coming apart. the winds there are very, very heavy. we have got 140-mile-per-hour sustained winds west of here. there is very little that can withstand that, even if you have built things up. that's part of the issue west of here. they are going to be hit hard.
at port fourchon all the oil pipelines come in. it is built to withstand some of the harsher whether. residents, especially in the poorer sections was port fourchon and baton rouge, they are getting hit hard. >> thank you, ali. we go now to ken graham, national hurricane center director for the national weather service. mr. graham, what can you tell us about what this storm is poised to do next? >> we have a brand-new update we issued just moments ago. the winds incredibly strong still. this storm is not weakening by any means. winds around 130. houma. grand aisle, port fourchon, incredible devastation associated with this. it is not just the center. nits the band. over in new orleans, the airport is reporting 707 to
80--mile-per-hour wind gusts. it is not just in the center. it is a large area of dangerous wind. and there is a danger of flooding as well. >> richard? >> richard lui. as you are watching the data, what has surprised you so far? in what chapter are we early on of course of hurricane ida at this hour? >> we look at the situation, how overnight just that rapid intensefication. this storm continuing to want to be so strong. think about landfall just hours ago. even after landfall the storms looks as healthy as it has at any time in the last day or so. we still have an eye over land. you look at the incredible damage that's going to occur with 130-mile-an-hour winds. with time, even with time, places inland. we are not done yet. donaldsonville, baton rouge. overnight -- dangerous overnight
when you have hurricane force winds. they are going the see those even in baton rouge. that's going to cause significant power out ans. the rain is adding up, too. as this storm slowly moves to the north, these rain bands haven't moved much. the rain totals are going the add up quick. >> katrina had storm surges like a cat 5. every storm has its own personal. what is the personal of ida? how might this hurricane surprise you? >> i think the continuation of these winds. it's just -- you have had hazards associated with the wane. you about the winds continuing, i mean to have -- still have well after londsfall 130-mile-an-hour winds is significant. it's damaging. that points to this as well. you think about our storm surge. we are not done with that yet. you have some of the storm surge ahead of the storm. but with that flow out of the south -- review the landfall point here and the location of the storm here. you still have that on-shore
flow. you still have those hurricane-force winds. as longz as that stays strong you are piling the water up still. the storm surge isn't done in many of these areas. >> as your map shows, the most vulnerable area of the united states when it comes to storm surge. ken graham thank so much over there at noaa with the latest. rev. joining me now, the former new orleans mayor, president of the national urban league. thank you, mark, for being with us. >> thank you, reverend. >> i know that obviously you still have family there in new orleans, and you were there just a day or so ago for a funeral of one of our former trusted aides, which is why you weren't at the voter rights march. you were represented ably, though. what can you tell us about what is going on in terms of the people in new orleans, the reaction, this being anniversary of hurricane katrina, it must
have special memories, haunting memories to be within the range, even if they are not getting the direct hit of this hurricane. >> reverend, thank you for having me. ask people to keep the people of the gulf coast, louisiana, mississippi, and alabama in their thoughts and prayers. hurricane ida is a wicked monster storm that could carry out a great deal of damage. right now, in new orleans, and the region, many people who could -- this was the case with hurricane katrina -- have left. they have evacuated either north or west. i have got friends who have gone to houston. some who have gone to atlanta and birmingham. but many people are following the instructions and suggestions of the mayor, have sheltered in place. because they have sheltered in place, now what they are going to experience is a loss of power, which means you can't use your television, ultimately, your cell phone, you can't
recharge it. you will not be able to use it. that creates a great deal of concerns. my concern -- the biggest risk now, rev is you have got the wind, and the damages that the wind can do. but you have also got the larger question is whether this enhanced $14 billion improved levee system will hold against these surges and whether the pumping system which -- in new orleans, there have been problems in 99 drainage pumps. about 96 of them, according to the city are operable today, will in fact work at full capacity to ensure that the kind of thing that we saw during katrina does not happen. remember, in katrina, the intensefication of the flooding took place after the winds had dyed down. the levees broke after the winds had died down? right. >> so it is too early for anyone
to say the levees have withstood. it is too early to say that the pumps have withstood. we hope and pray that the levees and the pumps withstand the intensefication of both the rainfall and the storm surge. >> so is this the real first test that we are seeing of the levees in new orleans since all of this investment to and bring them to a level of being able to be a fortress for the city? is this the first real test? >> this is the test, reverend. this is the real live test as to whether that new system of intense raising levees to higher heights, improving levees, creating redundacy with storm barriers and barriers to withstand storm surge can withstand this. i have concerned. 65% of the region is below sea
level. those areas that are above sea level are only above sea level by one or two or three or four feet. therefore, the possibility of flooding both from rain and from storm surge is a risk for people who remain in their homes and now have to stay there and ride this storm out. >> mark, you know yesterday in washington we had our mass march on washington for voting rights, which you were a partner in in the national urban league. even what we are seeing in the gulf right now, both the extreme weather and the inevitable rebuilding, i keep thinking that it all comes back to the vote. because we are talking about climate change and infrastructure. that's about people. sure. but it's also driven by policy. your thoughts? >> rev, it's about climate change and climate justice. it's about whether the infrastructure plan which we all
support -- that -- where the projects take place, where the priorities are are equitably distributed and whether communities of color have both the jobs and business opportunities that are necessary, that as we rebuild the infrastructure and address climate change we are also addressing the racial wealth gap. so it is about the power of the vote. it is about the vote and whether people will have an opportunity to be heard to insure that things are equitably done. on the recovery -- there is going to be a recovery effort after this storm. the extent of it, the depth of it, the magnitude of it is uncertain. for those of you that live in mississippi and further north, the rainfall of this storm is pretty intense. it's expected to put about 15 inches of water via rain in new orleans. new orleans typically gets about 65 inches a year. this one event is going to drop
15 inches. well, that rain is coming to tennessee. it's coming all the way up to new york. the impact on communities, communities of color, on urban communities could be beyond the gulf coast. so we have got to keep an eye on this, this issue, and what we cannot have is a repeat of the negligence, the fumbling and the stumbling of katrina. >> yeah. >> which waslevees and also the response afterwards. rev, we are going to remain active and engaged and involved, and i know you will, too, to ensure that people who are impacted get the relief they need to rebuild their lives. >> oh, no. we are going to definitely stay on it and be working together on that follow-up. thank you to the former new orleans mayor president of the national urban league. coming up on "politics nation," we are staying on top of tracking the storm, including how natural disasters like these
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welcome back. we are still tracking hurricane ida, and that's where i will start with my political panel. joining me now is tim miller, writer at large for bull work and an msnbc political analyst and ateama amoura democratic strategist and founder of the omara strategy group. turn ida is currently making landfall. and the fallout that will follow this storm will likely be catastrophic. recent studies based on federal
data have shown that white americans and communities receive more aid from fema than people of color and their communities even twe level -- even when the level of damage is the same. ateama, what steps should the biden administration be taking right now and in the coming days to ensure that federal aid is distributed quickly and equitably? >> yes, reverend, it's going to be a big issue, especially when you are already looking at programs that are being slowed down right now, like rental assistance for eviction -- it could help with the eviction moratorium that has been struck down by the supreme court. one of the things that i think the biden administration can do to ensure those who have had their homes destroyed in predominantly black areas is make the application process easier. right now even if you are a homeowner and a black person arc
black family, and you plier less likely to get funding than your white counterparts, you are likely to be denied with no reason that's give. if you are successful in applying it is an ar dusz process. doing things like self certifying on income and other paperwork because of how arduous it is to apply for fema would help sbeed up the process similar to what the biden administration has already done with the treasury depth to help speed up rental assistance are some of the things that he could probably do. >> now, the mitigation and evacuation efforts for hurricane ida are complicated by pandemic. louisiana has a vaccination rate of just over 40%, and neighboring states where people will evacuate and shelter in congregate settings aren't doing much better. hospitals all over the south are already close to or over capacity. tim, is this hurricane a storm
sized superspreader event? and is there anything we can do to this point to protect the communities that have already been hit the hardest by the pandemic? >> yeah, thanks, rev. first i want to give some love to all my yadys down there in louisiana. we will be with you after all of this. it is certainly going to be a tough week coming up, and more, as we deal with the recovery mg i think you hit it on the head with covid. i think there is good reason to be deeply concerned. a lot of people from new orleans or southern louisiana are going to be evacuated into mississippi. hospitals in mississippi are right now already overwhelmed. mississippi has now passed new york as the second highest state in deaths per capita in the country as a result this pandemic. high unvaccination rate down there. one of my friends is a doctor, an infectious disease doctor in louisiana and says the hospitals are overwhelmed by overwhelmingly unvaccinated
individuals coming in with covid issues. look, the neighboring states, mississippi, to the north, you have arkansas, and all the way over the alabama, they need to be concerned about how their icus are going to be able to potentially unvaccinated evacuees coming into a state that is already dealing with really crowded hospitals. i don't think there is an overnight solution to this except for the fact that all of these republican governors in mississippi, alabama, florida, all across the coast, need to wake the heck up and start doing everything in their power to incentivize vaccination and possibly -- you know, we will see in the coming weeks, but president biden and cedric wilson who is from this area might have to send additional resources, not just natural disaster resources but hospital resources and doctors down south as the crowding continues.
>> as this hurricane makes landfall on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina and experts warn that these kinds of devastating storms will happen more frequently really due to climate change, we should remember that climate disasters are not equal opportunity events. a study outlined in scientific american shows that black neighborhoods are disproportionately harmed by flooding, including in the aftermath of katrina. ateama, as these storms get more frequent and intense, is climate action a racial justice issue? >> absolutely, 1,000%. you know, a lot of these black cities, particularly the ninth ward, are in areas literally built by design low lying areas, areas that white politicians did not prioritize for white communities. as a result you are seeing urban
flooding in those areas like houston or chicago or new orleans where they are backed up right against the levees, using lack of investment in fixing sewers in those areas because of systemically raced policy. so, you know, you cannot have a conversation about climate change at all without having black and brown -- at the table because they are set up in urban development and overall community development in this country that has disproportionately put them in areas that have harmed them as our climate has changed. >> this might be one of the most challenging weekend the biden administration has faced yet. earlier today, the president attended the dignified transfer of the remains of the u.s. military personnel killed in afghanistan in thursday's terrorist attack. all the while, the administration is sticking to the august 31st evacuation
deadline, and conducted an air strike in kabul just this morning. meanwhile, this deadly hurricane is hitting millions of americans in a region where the pandemic is already out of control just a day after thousands of people marched around the country demanding a federal solution and presidential leadership on voting rights. tim, will the biden administration be able to appropriately handle these crises. >> what roles do you anticipate the president and vice president for that matter -- what roles do you see them taking on? >> rev, we need them to. they are dealing with three simultaneous crises with the delta surge, the hurricane, and what's going on in afghanistan. they said we needed to get adults back in charge. the adults need to act like adults. they need to take these on one at time. i trust that theed a strigs -- biden gave a briefing earlier at
fema and said they are more prepared than they have been in 40 years. that doesn't mean they won't need resources. but they can't take their eye off the prizes. democratic congressman are waving the warning flag about leaving americans behind in kabul. we cannot do that. that is not an acceptable solution to this. it is going to be a challenging situation. more people are going to be put at risk. but the biden administration cannot pack up and leave. and they cannot imagine that afghanistan is just going to be a story that goes away after august 31st if they leave people behind. there will be additional stories, rightly, for people that we have responsibilities to that we need to get out. so, he's got to figure out a way to juggle all that. >> as of you no, he's sticking to that deadline in kabul of this tuesday, as of now. >> as of now. and he's got to come up with another solution if not for
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we are back with the latest following hurricane ida. with me for the hour is richard lui. richard. >> rev, joining us right now sharks keel brewster in gulfport, mississippi. i was watching the latest report coming out of noaa. the miles per hour sustained winds 130, that's down from their last report by ten miles an hour. it doesn't look like it means a lot of difference to you standing there. >> that's right. i mean, you know, when they talk about the maximum sustained winds, that is the eye of the
storm. we are here in gulfport, mississippi where we are well over 100 miles away from where the eye of the storm s. you see the wind, you see the rain here. that really is an insignificant distinction for folks here. that's why officials have been ere was an 8:00 a.m. curfew since this morning. they have been saying staying off the roads avoid the conditions that you are seeing here because they are going to be changing extremely quickly and they are going to be dangerous. that's what we are seeing right now. some of the roads are getting a little bit washed out. nowhere near the impact or what was feared initially. but you are having impact. you are seeing downed tree limbs. there have been flickers at our hotel in terms of electricity. we lost power for a little bit of time. despite that -- you might be able to see that right there, you see people driving around, riding around spending time in
this storm sometimes spectating, pulling over and taking a picture. one thing that we are seeing along this strip of road here which is right along the coast, we are seeing law enforcement, police officers come up and down, drive up and down honking their horn, or telling people to go home, get off the street, that this is not something they should take likely. they are enforcing that. i spoke to the mayor and the police chief here. they warn that if these winds that you are feeling right now reach a sustained speed of 45 miles an hour or more, then they will tell their officers to hunker down. they will bring them back in, and they will not respond to any emergencies that happen. so that's why they are saying, look, the worst of the storm is still ahead. or we might be right in it in terms of gulfport mississippi. but they are saying don't take this for granted. don't take it too lightly just because you are handle the wind and rain that you are seeing right now. >> shaq, in context here, as you
look behind you and the level of the water, which was different from four hours ago to right now, to give us a sense of relativity. >> i will say the level of the water has stayed fairly consistent at least where we are right now. but i will tell you, compared to last night when we came in, where you see that wooden fencing, that was full of sand. that was the entire shore that you saw there, the beach area. now you see that all the way up until that point you get to the sidewalk. so you definitely see some surge there. in this area experts and officials are excepting three to six feet of storm surge. not sure if they are getting that yet but this storm is only getting closer. it is only getting more intense. i will tell you in terms of sustained winds, in terms of the amount of rain, the combination that we have been saying together this is definitely the most that we have seen since the beginning of this storm. then, in addition to the storm and rain and the risk that that
poses, folks are also concerned about the storm surge and river flooding along river areas that can flood very easily. they are concerned about what that will look like and the possibility of flash flooding in those areas. then, if you want to add on another layer to it you also have the tornado watches and warnings that you feel and see along the coast. you feel the rain coming in. it's really whipping up right now. this is only going to increase. this is exactly why -- this is the difference from when i first started talking with you. this is why they say stay home, hunker down, seek shelter. because you see how quickly the conditions can change. imagine being in a car at this time, feeling this wind, seeing this rain -- it can become very dangerous especially when you consider this is enough wind that can force things to start flying around. that's when the situation becomes extremely dangerous. >> still sanding along with the frees behind him as well as the
waffle house stand there is shaq brewster for us live there in gulfport. thank you so much, shaq. rev, back to you. >> the danger caused by hurricane ida is heightened by the fact the country is in the middle of a pandemic. now joining me is msnbc medical contributor covita patel. today is the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina, a storm you experienced up close as you helped evacuate patients. now, with ida blowing into our shore as a category 4, the national weather service has issued warnings that certain areas may become uninhabitable for weeks to come. thinking about your experience during katrina versus now, what is it about ida that will make this storm -- make it an unprecedented one for
louisianans? >> rev, unfortunately, the pandemic we are in combined with the very state -- i was in texas -- the state we were evacuating people to we had capacity at that time. we had health care workers who were not burnt out or at the end of their rope from taking care of patients. those combination of things give me grave concern. if there is consolation, it is that the levees are still holding and some of the hospitals within new orleans are able to keep their population within their four walls. but they are not going to have much room if they have the aftermath from people who don't have power for weeks and people who don't have their medications. we expect that will happen. >> the concern is the hospitals, which are pretty full because of the pandemic, which we didn't have before. so even if the levees hold --
again talking to the former mayor, this is the first real test. even if they hold, you do have the problem of capacity there because of the pandemic. how was covid-19 conflicting the evacuation efforts? are people still recommended to seek shelter in close proximity to one another, in groups, even as the risk of getting infected remains so high? >> yeah, they are, at least now, still recommending that if you can't find a way to kind of hunker down or be able to be safe inside your own home at least there is an option after landfall in some of the parts of louisiana, and they are still going through some of the brutal winds, as you saw shaq physically. people should stay off the roads for now but if they need to in the coming days and weeks rev being able to go to a shelter is an option. shelters look different. number one they are requiring
masks. number two, they are not mandating but they are urging everyone who goes inside. remember, a vaccine is not going to prevent you from getting covid-19 today but it will help you down the road. and after natural disasters we see an increased incidence of other viruss and bacteria because of sewage backups, because of water contamination, and because there is so much debris, asthma and lung conditions can get exasser baited. the best thing people can do right now is make sure they have access -- if they have got medical conditions or if they know someone who is not evacuated to a shelter, have a safe way to check on them. usually, phone lines are down but you can usually get through sms texting. hopefully we can find a way. this year, louisiana had a special needs registry to ask
people who might have difficulty evacuating to register so law enforcement, health care officials can go and find them. this is a battle tested part of the country. if there were ever a place that could be prepared, it's louisiana. >> what tips would you recommend for those who are worried about getting covid-19 as they choose to seek shelter indoors with others today? >> definitely a high quality mask. if you have fabric masks, you can wear two. most shelters are supplying surgical masks. you can wear two of these. number two, air ventilation with wind gusting and horizontal rain forces, you can't go outside, but they have been putting in fans, putting in filtration systems. third, if you are with your family, keep your family in a bubble. they are trying to make accommodations for families to have those distances. but it is a real world impact.
try to encourage anyone around you to stay close to you. number four, they are asking for people who want to come forward to get tested. they will be doing testing. this will d&i over the next days and weeks. if you are not symptomatic but if you are positive you can isolate safely. first is masking and protecting yourself as possible, and those folks around you. >> thank you, doctor. coming up, louisiana is no stranger to hurricanes. one representative will fill us in on what's being done to protect residents who braved the storm before. we look at how much you've saved, how much you'll need, and build a straightforward plan to generate income, even when you're not working. a plan that gives you the chance to grow your savings and create cash flow that lasts. along the way, we'll give you ways to be tax efficient. and you can start, stop or adjust your plan at any time
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welcome back. we were hoping to have congressman troy kaert, democrat, representing louisiana's second congressional district, but as expected, he's having no service. so i am going to ask dr. patel to stay with us. dr. patel, i want to ask you something that came to mind because it has been a concern around the country. that is the issue of mental health. how does the mental health issue become a factor either as an increased problem or not when you are dealing with people in the middle of a storm like this
that all of a sudden may be with no power, that are having to hunker down together, that are dealing with not being able to be mobile? i mean, does this, and can this affect mental health situations? >> yeah, rev. thank you for bringing it up. because it is something that we saw after katrina. and i am 100% confident it will happen now. we saw it immediately, within days, there was a spike and an increase in anxiety and symptoms related to depression. and then even more concerning, rev, initially children, because of the actual physical displacement and just the stress it put on their lives and future -- they were at a much higher risk. and rev, even years later, two thirds of children surveyed were experiencing ptsd. so this is very real. if you layer on top of that,
rev, these are children who largely haven't been allowed in school. they have been largely isolated from others. this is not just a pandemic on top of a natural disaster on top of racial disparities and systemic racism. this is trowly a collapse of our ability to even off a safety net. people are going to do the best they can but there is not much that they can do when the damage is going to be there for years. >> what about trauma? does this help bring on a lot of trauma that people would suffer in being right in the middle of this storm and can't do anything? >> that's right. especially to your point, just the inability to kind of help yourself or even help others find that after this -- actually, right now, people are kind of -- if they don't have power, they are sitting there in the dark, in the silence, trying to know what is happening around them. imagine not being able to understand, not being able to
look out a window because it's not safe, and evacuating. many people will have to go up high to attics, to rooftops, not knowing if the helicopter that they hear in the distance will be able to help them. rev, this is truly something on thisanniversary, you know, you could never, ever, ever want to prepare for this. but i hope that we have got some safety net for people to get back -- you asked about the biden administration. they need to not only be sending health care resources. they need to be sending integrated mental health resources to not just the effected areas, to the surrounding areas and they need to make sure that these folks come, because of our inability to protect them. it's been our responsibility, and we failed. >> all right. thank you for bringing that up, and thank you for staying with us, dr. patel. and thanks to richard lui for
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hello, everyone. i'm alicia menendez. a busy sunday of breaking news along the gulf coast where as we come on the air, hurricane ida remains a category-4 storm, maintaining its strength, slamming much of southern louisiana and mississippi. as the national weather service in new orleans put it moments ago, ida is not weakening. this is not what you want to see. ida made landfall near port fourchon, louisiana, in the afternoon. and by the hour, video like this from houma, louisiana, showing the power of this storm, entire roofs ripped away. then there's flooding from rain and storm surge. before it's all over, up to 20 inches could douse southern louisiana. higher than the total from katrina, which hit new orleans 16 years ago today. at this moment, some half a million people are without power