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biden approved a major disaster declaration for louisiana. i became sure as a category four storm with maximum sustained, winds over 150 miles per hour. it has been weakening as it's moved inland, but slowly. and it is now to a category two. the national hurricane center says it is still bringing catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding, to southeastern louisiana. and that has brought scenes like this in the city of houma. >> the extraordinary power of those high, winds meanwhile, the entire city of new orleans is in the, dark without power tonight except for those with generators. the power companies is ida caused quote, catastrophic
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transmission damage. across louisiana more than 930,000 people have lost power. we have also had our first confirmed death, caused by this hurricane. a 60-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on his home, just south of baton rouge. of course this catastrophic storms taking place during the pandemic, in a state that has one of the highest covid hospitalization rates in the country right now. louisiana's hospitals are full. and evacuation was not an option because all the hospitals across the entire region are also full with covid patients. so those patients, and staff, have been hunkering down in hospitals as this hurricane blows through. a nurse capturing this moment, when a piece of roof blew off a hospital in the new orleans area, that is one of two hospitals in that region that are reportedly planning to transfer dozens of patients now, just as soon as the weather allows, now it is making its way into louisiana louisiana's
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capital. all of this happening 16 years to the day, since the devastating hurricane katrina, came ashore. joining us now for the very latest on this storm is nbc meteorologist jen a so. up jessica, would you, have wears the storm headed? you know chris. we're still dealing with a deadly and destructive storm system that continues to race in. then the problem that is now for the last 11 hours, it has dramatically slowed down. so this is going to be a prolonged moisture, and the problem, is it's not just impacting southeast louisiana right now. now it is starting to see going into parts of mississippi, the panhandle of florida, into alabama as well. these bands are allowing severe weather as well to spark up, we've had tornado warnings now in place across central mississippi, and that is going to last for at least ten more minutes. yes it has been downgraded, the impacts are still the same.
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st. john's parish, is really a concern right now. as we are dealing with a five inch per hour rains. that is dramatic and it will be a monumental flooding across this area. just checking lake pontchartrain new orleans finally getting a little bit of a break, but we are seeing that lake rise about four feet just in the last ten hours, that is going to allow the storm surge to really be a problem. wind gusts, they are not really an issue across southwest louisiana. and even baton rouge getting lucky at this hour, the bulk of the east quadrant of this storm system, sitting in new orleans, winds have calmed down in the last hour, but still seeing gusts up to 59 miles per hour. with some isolated wind gusts up to about 80 miles per hour. power is still going to be an issue. and i do want to say it is very muggy across this section of the country, so people dealing
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with warm, air in place, along with winds blowing, and the power currently out. the national weather service, just updated, here to a category two storm, but you can see winds now down to 100 miles per hour. the reason for that the pressure of the storm system is starting to go, up and that's going to allow wind gust to really go down. it's still very slow movement out of the north northwest, and nine miles per hour, and that's going to allow eta really to still produce a ton of moisture. i do you think that overnight, we will start to see this storm system go back down to a tropical storm, going into tomorrow it does turn into a area of low pressure. the thing that will not change, is the amount of moisture that would still be in place, across the tennessee valley, to ohio valley, remember nashville, to parts of tennessee is dealing with that canada child strict flooding last week. and therefore they will see an additional 5 to 8 inches.
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we are still not. done it continues to make its way into areas of the northeast. so the flooding, and the storm surge, the winds are going to be an issue for at least a few more hours. you can see hurricane warnings. they are still in place where baton rouge. tropical storm warnings, they have started to expand, if you are in oklahoma city, parts of arkansas, nashville, tennessee, i do you think these tropical warnings will go in place, in about the next hour. i think this area is going to be looking a lot different compared to what we saw, at 6:00 chris. now that the sun has gone down, and there is still this dramatic severe weather threats. it's the feeder bands that are coming off the gulf. we are still seeing warm air that's in place, and that is going to allow the spin ups to really continue overnight. people still need to be aware, if you hear sirens, go down to the lowest place of your home, to avoid the severe weather as well. >> the power and the breadth of
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this storm really does tell you just how dangerous it continues to be. janessa we will be checking with you all throughout the evening. thank you so much, stick around. let's turn now to msnbc's reporter who's been on the scene in new orleans is that city has been getting battered. a storm so powerful in reverse the course of the mississippi river. hate, we've been hearing reports from everything from winds taking roofs off municipal buildings, two barges on the mississippi being knocked loose. >> chris they seem to have lost your audio, let me just tell you what i know right now. first of all a few things, we are seeing for the first time in several hours, some vehicles driving through. here they seem to be police are official vehicles. it means that things have quieted down a little bit, we are still getting these dust that unesco is talking about, in fact we're getting one right. now you can feel it blowing right, now it's maybe 40 or 45 miles per, hour it's hard to tell, it's mostly much calmer
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around. here as you said this city is in the dark. we jump from having about a quarter million people around the stay out of power, to having close to 1 million. that you've just reported out of power. in a lot of that happened about three hours. ago when there was with a call it catastrophic transmission, failure at the energy plant here. that cut power to the entire city. you can see very little power around me right now. including a building back there, that's all generated power. this is a densely populated urban area. so people typically don't have generators. you're out of power and there are no rescues, nothing like that under way, until these wind gusts up. and there's first light. it may not even be in the morning. we will see how this goes, the other thing is that we have a real people in danger, here other than because of power outages, in lafitte county, you hear a lot about jefferson in those kind of parishes as they call them in louisiana, but in, lafitte which is south of here,
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we know that there are people who are reportedly trapped on, grandiloquently to a hurricane four grand, i leitao know why there would be anybody on grand isle right, now because it's surrounded by water. and it has been a target of this hurricane for days. i'm a bit surprised that anybody is there. but north of, there in the bayou, between new orleans and grand aisle, is jean lafitte. and we are hearing that there are people perhaps as many as 200 people who are trapped, there and in need of rescue, cajun navy and others search and rescue team say they will be out again tomorrow morning, and once it's safe to do so. meaning was these winds of calm, down but we don't know when that will, be so there are people, there are 9-1-1 systems that are out across the state in part because of the electricity. the energy company says it is providing power to these sewage and water system here in new orleans. so we don't have a new problems, in so far, the levies in and around new orleans, many of them newly built since hurricane katrina hit the city
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16 years ago today, are holding, up we do have word of levees that have been over topped and some surrounding parishes. but not yet in new orleans. that's what we know for now. this is still a city that is in danger. chris. >> ali, he obviously can't hear me, we're glad we are able to hear and see him. we will continue to check in in new orleans. for now i want to go to nbc mcgill el mcguire in baton rouge, where winds have been picking up speeds. i can see the way the winds are swirling around, what is the latest from the state capital? >> we've seen pretty violent in pretty study weather here in baton rouge over the last few, hours we suspected to stay this way for the next several. hours that's part of the big problem. here just over my shoulder we have two police officers who are meeting in the middle of the street, we know that folks here have been told not to expect any rescues at this hour, because the conditions have turned so violent. unfortunately, we know that
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people have also lost power in this area, that's another issue the capital silly is dealing. with there's about 225,000 people who live in baton rouge, and nearly no one evacuated, the mayor told us a short time ago, she said almost everybody in this city was going to ride out the storm at home. as of right, now there has not been the need for those dramatic rescues, in some of the low lying areas this around this area, there is a need for help, and of course police are going to have to try to sort out those rescues as the night goes. and of course it's very dangerous out right. now not just because of the weather system, power is out in much of this area, i was watching a local broadcasters here short time ago. they lost broadcasting power, several times over the last few hours. we also know that in addition to localized flooding, of course these powerful winds are causing all kinds of problems with down power lines, that's going to be another thing there dressing over the next few hours, and as you mentioned earlier in the broadcast, covid remains a major concern inside local hospitals.
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the mayor told us all of the local hospitals are already packed with people, they cannot take on anyone else who gets her in these weather conditions, so they are hoping for the, best as the storm certainly continues to roll through, baton rouge. chris. >> please tell me my depth perception is not so, good in that tree that's behind you, that looks very poor curious, is not as close as it looks. >> no it's not too terribly, close it's in a pretty big planter, a couple of these trees are. they've been blowing for quite some time. we think they're pretty secure. but it may not be a bad idea for us to take a couple steps away from him as the night goes on in the wind starts to pick up. >> take care out there, we'll check back in with you as well. thank you so much. nbc's reporter in baton rouge. in st. tammy parish about an hour north of new orleans, a paris right curfew went into effect at noon on sunday, and is expected to stay in place until the danger passes. joining us now, the president, michael cooper, thank you so much for being with us.
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why is the situation right now in your community? >> we're seeing rain bands, in our area, that's dropping tens of inches of rain, throughout our parish. our coastal force of water coming from lake pontchartrain, is causing flooding, in low-lying areas. from madison ville to slide all, we have trees that are down, we have power outages. over 90,000 customers, are without service, in over 3000 people with the washington state. without power. we are suffering from power outages, trees out, heavy rains, rivers rising, and we're about halfway through this storm. >> within the number one
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priority is always in a storm like, this is the preservation of, life what's your biggest concern as you watch the next several hours? >> then of course's are major concern, preservation of life. with the heavy rains, the strong winds, many have evacuated, to other areas, out of state. but we still have many people here, and we asked that they continue to watch the weather and weather the storm. they have to stay in place, until we can in the morning, hours assess the damages, assess the trees that are down. so that we can get the roadways clear, so our power companies can begin to long task of restoring power. which we feel will be out for days. >> we were listening throughout the evening, to various counterparts of viewers for
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example, in jefferson, parish they were saying that they were getting a, lot of calls obviously it's very dangerous right now to be going out, and thinking about doing rescues. but how busy has your emergency response team ben? in what kind of calls are coming in? t kind of calls ar coming in?we are getting the cad our emergency operation center. trees down, power lines down, water coming into our homes, those are the kind of calls we are getting. our emergency response teams are not able to go out with winds over 40 miles per hour, and we are still seeing sustained winds of winds over 40 miles per hour. so it will be until sometime until the winds, we can't say enough about the expertise of those folks. thank you for being here.
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stay safe. and much more of our coverage of, up next we will go live to new orleans where the entire city is out of power tonight, raising the question of whether the pumps that keep that from flooding can keep running. we will be right back. l be right back.
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sheltering in place throughout the evening. it is vitally important. conditions are still severe throughout the city of new orleans. but also, we have now lost power. this is citywide, so this is the time to continue to remain in your safe places, not a time to venture out. it is unsafe. >> she couldn't be more clear. new orleans mayor latoya
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warning residents shelter in place, power is out throughout the city, and the flash flood warning is still in effect in new orleans until 1 am eastern time. nearly, 1 million people in new orleans area are without power tonight, and the city's electricity supplier says their facilities have sustained catastrophic damage. power will remain off line through the rest of the evening, you're not gonna get power until the morning. many have to wait for for many days. joining us now from new orleans, john stat, an editor of the gambit newspaper. john, thank you so much for being there. first, tell us what you saw today, and what you know about how the situation is right? >> now a whole lot is going on right now. i pretty much did -- because it was so bad outside. it is really remarkable. the level of wind damage to the area has taken, i think is the
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most significant in terms of immediate effects from the storm. the sheer constant wind has been extraordinary. it is scary, to be honest. >> do you have any, do you have generators, or what's your personal situation? what you know about family or friends? >> i don't have a generator. i have a bunch of battery packs which i charge. most people don't have generators, but to be honest, i've been trying to wait until tomorrow to go into my office in the cbd part of town which could have power. which now clearly looks like
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that's not gonna be the case. we are talking until wednesday until getting power back. >> and not to stay too much of the obvious, but we're talking about a widespread power outage affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the sweltering heat of summer. >> yeah, and this is also very quickly to turn from a natural disaster to a humanitarian crisis. it is extraordinarily hot here. it is much harder once the storm pulls out. the city is kind of on edge because of covid, and of the new restrictions that had to go back in place. everyone here is kind of going along with it because we are trying to do our thing, but it also creates -- we're gonna have an extended period of time without power. that is gonna become a very big problem for everybody, and
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everything from people keeping safe at night, to feeding people. all this is starting to get a big challenge. >> you're talking about people getting sick, you're talking about covid. we are in a situation where every single hospital is at the risk of flowing. people who go out when they should not be going out, potentially, we have to be hospitalized. >> also without power, -- it's going to evacuate people into crowded situations another state. and again, even sort of mundane things, walking around and getting water just eating food
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that maybe isn't -- not having power very very fast. john stanton editor of the gambit in new orleans. it's good to talk to you. >> it has been exactly 16 years since hurricane katrina struck louisiana back in 2005. that disaster, of course, was marked by a major infrastructure failure, when the levees and flood walls protecting new orleans broke, causing catastrophic flooding across most of the city. since, then the u.s. army engineers has helped rebuild the city's levee system, spending nearly 15 billion dollars to prevent anything like that from happening again in future storm. joining us now chief of public affairs from the u.s. army corps of engineers in new orleans. thank you so much for being with us. we appreciate it. can you give us an update on the state of the levee system? >> right now, the levee system
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we have is performing as it's designed to do. that's good news, but right i do want to note that it is still under surge warning. we still have a way to go. we still have to monitor it, and watch what's happening in the storm. if i can say indicators -- that this system will likely not over top, and we hope that this trend can meet continues. >> with a power outage in new orleans, should we be worried about palms stop working. with that put pressure on the pumps? >> you have those that are internal drainage that are operated by the water board, and you have those that are constructed as part of the hurricane system. any component, whether it's a pump, or anything that we believe needed to be operated on power throughout in advance, we did it with independent
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powers. so each of our pumps stations had their own fuel source, their own generators, and their own pumps. essentially, we built this system knowing that it was gonna be operated in the worst conditions possible. >> tell us about the upgrades and improvements that have been made over the years, to make sure that something like what happened in 2005 does not happen again. >> we completely redefined how we looked at building a hurricane system. we knew from the lessons of katrina, that one thing, no matter how high or how large we build that system, there is always gonna be a storm that has the capability of over topping. so not only did we build this system elevation for 1% storm surge, we built resiliency in it. we looked at it and considered over topping our design system. >> how long might we expect this storm order to sit in you orleans? in other words, how many days
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the levees have to hold up, before you are out of the woods? >> it is a complex system. so when the operator in the state, or local authorities operate the system, there is that trigger base that when we close the system, and then there are also equally triggers when it is okay to open it. we do not open the system until it is safe to do so. >> some of the best news we can get in a bad situation which is that those levees are hoarding, and the system is operating the way it supposed to. i have a feeling it's gonna be a long night, long couple of days for you. chief, thank you so much for being on the program. we appreciated. up, next this was the scene tonight out of louisiana hospital. that's part of the hospital roof being blown off. we're gonna talk to a health reporter in new orleans, next. er in new orleans, next. ica's most
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continues. here's what's happening. the entire city was in the dark tonight after that powerful storm knocked out a transmission lines into the city, that's all the transmission lines there. the number of people without power just got to a new number in, has now topped 1 million. hurricane ida has been downgraded to category one hurricane, with maximum security winds of 95 miles per hour. still strong enough to do some serious damage. and it continues to make its way inland. item made landfall near the 12 hours ago, as the strongest storm to hit louisiana and more than 150 years. just last, hour president biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state. let's go back to nbc news meteorologist janessa webbed. janessa, update us on what the national weather service is saying now. and the national hurricane center. >> yeah chris, we actually just
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had some breaking news coming in from the national weather service, new orleans. i'm going to go ahead and read this statement. we do have a flash emergency for lafitte, and jean lafitte. what they are saying right now, we've had a levee breach. local law enforcement re-reports levy following it over 200 people are in danger, currently we are dealing with a breach in the area, because heavy rain is coming, down we have seen about five inches just in the last hour. even though the system is being downgraded to a category one, the rainfall amounts will continue. this is troubling news as water rises. and it really continues. lake pontchartrain, we are dealing with the rise of about four feet in the last 11 hours. that's going to continue to be a problem in the area, as you can see the storm system continues to make its way north and east, it's --
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that torrential rain. that will continue it least for the next half hour. in that area. due to the slow movement of this storm system, since its come onshore, we have only seen the northwest movement, northeast movement, of about nine miles per hour. the crumbling of the eye, and that's why we're seeing it continue being downgraded, in the winds. they are going to start to die down, the problem is really across i-ten, hopefully we have no people on this major highway, because it is dumping a ton of rain. now this is starting to go into portions of arkansas, to mississippi. even alabama will watch southern georgia as well, in the panhandle of florida. and in the severe weather threat is going to continue throughout the overnight. look at this flash flood risk. it will be a danger across the mississippi valley into west virginia in sections of the northeast, even as we go into
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thursday. currently have 14 million people dealing with flash flood watches, and we expect warnings to go in place throughout the overnight into tomorrow morning. unfortunate news that we do have a levee breach, and it's all due to the rain that's continuing to stack up across southeast louisiana. chris. >> janessa we will continue to check with you throughout the evening. we should say that not so long ago, the police cheese in jovita, or the breach happened said there's about 400 people who did not evacuate, so obviously they have a very serious situation in lafitte parish. meantime in new orleans, the only power in that city is coming from generators. let's get the latest there with nbc's national correspondent jay gray. jay what do you see? one of the conditions on the ground? >> it is a mess here. we're still getting wind gusted. at times the rain is not stop. look i want to show you with some of the wind earlier did.
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if you look back across the jackson square, this old oak tree was ripped apart and scattered across the french quarter. we're seeing trees down across the city right now, you're talking about the power outages, that could last for up to 72 hours. these have been rooftops have been lifted off businesses in. homes cutting a shopping, area a huge portion of baton rouge's been pulled away. windows are shattered. this city, has been battered by ida. again the rain is continuing to fall here. there is been standing water, in the french, quarter which is the highest area in the new orleans. we have standing water there. and in other areas here, the mississippi still hedges surge warning in place. this is not over by any means, you just talked earlier about the pumping stations, they seem to be doing their job, but understand that that job is not over. and it will not be for quite some time. >> nbc senior national
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correspondent, live from new orleans. you stay safe out there jay we may be checking back in with you as well. stay safe. we louisiana of course is dealing with at least two crises simultaneously. a large and dangerous hurricane of course, ida that's been battering the state. but also that surge in covid related hospitalization, which means that patients and staff in the storms path, were unable to move out of harm's way. tonight, check this out, video shot by a nurse at a louisiana hospital, showing her harrowing view of a piece of that facilities roof being blown away, by those hurricane-force winds. this is just one of the states hospitals, some are reportedly planning to move patients at first late tomorrow. joining us now is the health reporter for the times you, and the new orleans advocate. emily thank so much for being here. you have reported on those two hospitals, they may have to move patients. as soon as they can. what can you tell us? >> from what we know right now,
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the storm did not skip over hospitals. it's like this in a lot of other places as well. one of them part of the roof came off. so it's taking on water. windows are cracking, and i think the situation is dire, they're trying to move people out as soon as possible. >> one of the most harrowing things you reported from one hospital today, that was obviously in a particularly hard hit part of the state, was that they lost power, and doctors and nurses had to manually push air into an out of the lungs of some icu patients? >> yes, from what we know, right now, one generator lost power, and so on the other floors the generators are still working. this was actually an icu floor, where they lost power. so those patients are very sick. to move, them they had to walk them downstairs, in manually ventilate them. from the reports we're hearing.
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>> to the best of your, knowledge have all those patients been able to be moved? and are they out of danger? and other words away from a place where there is no power? to operate that machinery? >> that's what we've heard, and the generator that was off line did actually come back online. that's the latest there. i'm not sure, exactly what happened after that. >> as we look ahead we know that many power outages are going to go for a. while we know that there are hospitals across the state that are pushed to their limits. what is the biggest concern, as you talk to hospital administrators, doctors and nurses across louisiana tonight? >> i think, the biggest concern has always been, to care for people. now it's that some of these hospitals are uninhabitable. it's just an avalanche of
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concerns right now. i don't even think we know or understand really what is happened yet. emily, we thank you for taking the time to talk to us tonight. health reporter for the times picky yun in the new orleans advocate. we appreciate. it much more of our coverage of hurricane ida when we return. stay with us. hurricane ida when we return stay with us
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we are back live continuing to
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monitor hurricane ida as it makes its way up through louisiana. and d.c. news mcgill has been on the ground in baton rouge. some places that have seen from what i was looking at, monitoring local tv stations there, but maybe you have more information. wind gusts of 75 miles per hour, and above. what are you hearing, how are things feeling there mcgill tonight? >> chris these are some of the strongest conditions we felt divided over the last hour. to seems like the storm system here has intensified. we are feeling some of those very powerful gust. we know there is been widespread reports of power outages across baton rouge. the city of about 224, 000, here downtown, at least the power lights the, street lights behind me are still on. many of the buildings still have generators are also having some lights inside of them. that is not the case in many low-lying neighborhoods, where officials are particularly concerned about flooding, we know police have told us they will not be making rescues tonight, in conditions like
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these, it's simply too dangerous for them to be out in a 9-1-1 calls that are made in this community. so they're waiting for the brunt of the storm to pass over. when that exactly will be remains unclear. we have been told that officials say this system that we are now experiencing the height of this system, could last several hours. we are expecting more heavy rain. and that very powerful win over the next couple of hours to continue. officials say they are prepared for the worse, they're also worried about hospitals, here all of the local hospitals are full, they say there is no room, they are bulging with covid patients. and really there's no room to put people, that are injured in a storm like this, some of the local shelters are also housing people, tonight we know they will write out the storm at least for tonight, in those local shelters chris. >> have you talked to many folks at the local hospitals, what is the backup plan if they have to take and more patience. as you say they are already breaking at the seams. >> many of these big medical centers say they can turn,
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rooms waiting rooms even into centers where they can accommodate more patients. they simply do not want to do that. a big concern here is of course spreading covid. many covid patients here, are infectious, and there's concern, even at the local shelters here, we need to get tested for covid if you want to be inside one of those shelters. and they're isolating people who test positive, in the areas. of those larger convention centers, to make sure they don't mix with the general population. so they are taking the covid threat here very serious, but they have another crisis on their hands, this hurricane, that continues to barrel down across baton rouge. >> two crises and obviously both having an impact on the other. nbc news mcgill on the ground there in baton rouge. thank you again. stay safe please my friend. tonight we have some very said news, hurricane night's first confirmed death, the sheriff's office in ascension paris, just southeast of baton rouge. said a man was killed when a tree was fell on his home. that area, is smack dab in the
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middle of hurricane night at the moment, for more on how the whole area is holding, up we go to david, mitchell a reporter for the baton rouge of bucket, who works out of this parish bureau, david thank so much for joining me tonight. what is the latest you are hearing, how are things where you are? >> pretty good. the winds are blowing pretty hard. it definitely seems to be picking up. the weather service told us we have seen the worst of it between ten and one in the morning, so the sort of matching up. as far as the wind, there's lots of reports of wind damage, trees, power, power outages. in this unfortunate incident about his man that was killed when a tree fell right through his house. last i talked to someone, they're trying to determine whether or not they would get him out. they may have to wait for a
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while before they get the body. which is tragedy. >> it's tragedy upon tragedy, and obviously there's great concern about the emergency crews who have to go, out you never want them to go out into the dark. talk about what the major concerns are when daylight. comes would are they looking to. do where they hoping to assess, i think emily put it well. my colleague. that we don't really fully know what's going on yet. we are literally operating in the dark. i don't have power, and it's hard to know exactly what is going, on you know there is obviously a lot of wind damage, but how much flooding there is yet. i haven't got a good read on that. we know at the projections are. but in so you get out there and start looking at stuff, it's hard to know what's going on. i know speaking with some repairs officials, we are expecting a, lot those per shows are subject to title, surge but we're not seeing a
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lot of that yet. that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. maybe they just don't know it because they can't see it. and it's not clear. earlier before it got really dark they were telling me that water was coming up to some of the bayous. sort of a gradual rise. but not the extreme, surge that we were hearing projected earlier. that remains to be seen. we have to wait and see what happens when delight comes. >> a long night ahead. david you have been very jitters with your time in your expertise. we do appreciated. thanks so much. reporter for the baton rouge advocate, up next, we will talk live with the man who has been writing out this hurricane on his boat. in hard-hit houma. in hard-hit houma.
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get out. that's the advice that 63 year old barry rogers from louisiana gave his fellow residents, just hours before hurricane ida his tone. roger says, he expects the storm to be the worst one yet to hit the parish. and he was probably right. i had a hit home with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. leaving a terrible path of damage in the area. despite a mandatory evacuation in place, rodgers went against his own advice, and stayed home. he's riding out the storm and his 47 foot boat. and he's joining us now live from louisiana. mr. rogers, thank you for
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joining us, first the obvious question, how are you? >> i'm fine, much better than we were today. tell us about the storm, tell us, did it hit as hard as you head anticipated it might? >> i don't think it would be this, bed i don't even know it's a call. it was a monster. it's absolute devastation in south louisiana. >> have you been able to see much? what are you able to see? can you assess the damage? >> the wind still kind of glow in about 30, but what we're seeing on social media and my friends, from grand aisle louisiana, and other places. if there's absolute devastation, everyone's house is messed up. i haven't heard of anyone's house that hasn't been messed up. boats are flipped, houses, it's just absolute devastation down
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here in south louisiana, we took 100 to 150 mile an hour winds, for over four hours, it just never stopped, it just seem to be getting worse and worse, in just absolutely never stopped. >> did you think during that time, that you might not make it out alive? and i guess the obvious question a lot of people have is, why did you stay? >> i have a dad here that's hardheaded him wouldn't leave. so i don't want to leave him in case he needed me. and i have a bow that i did not want to leave. it's just the nature of us here in louisiana. >> did you think you might not make it? >> the scariest day of my life, for hours, and hours, and hours i was thinking this was it. >> barry, from home in louisiana, i'm glad to hear your voice. i'm glad to hear your okay. i know that you and your friends in neighbors have a long road ahead. you take care and thank you so
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continuing coverage with hurricane hideout. here's what we know this. our it's been 12 hours inside a roared ashore, in louisiana, on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina. but even as it has been downgraded from a category four,
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to a get a gory one hurricane over those 12 hours, ida is wreaking havoc. especially from the storm surge, it's leading in its wake. authorities last hour reported 11 failing around lafitte. just south of new orleans. officials warn that more than 200 people are in intimate danger there, and need to seek higher ground. one death has been confirmed elsewhere in the state. a 60-year-old man was killed, when his house was hit by a falling tree near baton rouge. in the entire city of new orleans is in the dark tonight, the power companies say it suffered catastrophic transmission damage. the number of people without power, throughout louisiana, is now more than 1 million, and rising. and there are fears that some of those people could remain without power, four weeks. one area of particular concern tonight, louisiana's hospitals. we have seen harrowing video today of two different hospitals, they have had portions of their roofs blown off. at least to louisiana hospitals
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that have been damaged, are hoping to evacuate dozens of patients as soon as the weather permits, but there are not many places for evacuated patients to go. we louisiana's hospitals are full of covid patients, as are the hospitals in all of the neighboring states, joining us now with the latest on the storm, isn't as bc, -- janessa what can you tell us at this hour? >> chris the good news is that we have a kind stuff a lopsided storm. system things are starting to break apart, now sustained winds are pretty strong at 85 miles per hour. a cat, one but we're starting to see this storm system crumble. the problem is, that the winds might start to die down, but the moisture is still going to be in place. it has dramatically started to slow down, coming out of the north, and nine miles per, hour so this is going to be a very prolonged event, and then this severe weather on top of that. is now an issue for sections of
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mississippi, all the way to the florida panhandle. and even sections of alabama. you can see from our radar, it's making its way, in and with this is torrential rain. and the spin ups of tornadoes that we are really going to have to watch throughout your overnight hours. the latest update just coming in, we are going to see this turn into more of a tropical storm as we go into tomorrow morning, but look how long this goes, this is going to drag out to about thursday afternoon, four sections of the tennessee valley all the way into the northeast, we will lose the wind flow with this storm system but the rain, we are talking at least 5 to 10 inches possible across nashville, into knoxville. in the next few days, the winds there coming down, this is a lot better from an hour ago. where we saw wind bursts of about 90 miles per hour, for new orleans. now down to 55 miles per hour. we are starting to see widespread power outages. across central mississippi.
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and that is going to continue throughout the overnight hours as well. now you are dealing with, just the right quadrant, which is a very strong side of the storm system, it's going to be dropping a good 5 to 10 inches in some spots of mississippi. throughout the overnights. flash flood watches, and emergency still in place for sections of southeast louisiana. now they are starting to expand in areas of the tennessee valley in the deep south, so the flash flood risk for the next three, days is still very high across this section of the country, and it will continue into the east coast. flash flood washes in a place for 14 million people throughout the overnight, and we will expect that to really expands, and potentially some flash flood warnings that are going to go into place. i am really concerned about these bands that are currently making their way across the i-, ten to i-12. hopefully we don't have people on the roadways, but the severe
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weather threat, the flood threat is still in place. this storm system from day one has been a big time rainmaker. across the area, it did not make the storm system die down. and then when it got back into open water of the gulf, it allowed it to really gain some more momentum, i know people are like hey the categories starting to go down, we are out of the woods, but just not yet because this is packing a ton of moisture, and it's just not going to be for the deep, south it's starting to make its way into the tennessee valley. chris. >> nbc news meteorologist janessa, webb thank you tonight, now joining, us live from the city of new orleans, is msnbc's alley, she has been standing strong throughout the night in this storm. i don't know how your evening still standing ali. give us a sense of the course of this storm, which you are hearing in with the main concerns are right now. >> you know exactly how i'm still standing cause you've done this is many times as i
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do. there is one of these gusts, that eunice is talking about. very few of them now. there's virtually no rain. this feels like a typical new orleans, gusty, night where it's humid, it's a little bit of, agus this will go, away and it's over with. in fact one of the things we've been seeing increasingly as police vehicles around the city. typically seeing they wait until the gusts are below a certain level, so they are not walking around while they're having trees fall on them or things like, that it is not common enough to have those bucket trucks out there, repairing power lines in trees, there are a lot of trees down around here, and generally speaking, if the hurricane finishes overnight, they wait until firstly anyway, so that people are not driving over things and creating more problems. it looks like things are getting a bit more still here. you can still see, it's been 12 hours since this thing made landfill in louisiana and it's
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still blowing around, it still gusting around. the big problem here is since you and i talked an hour, ago there are more people without, power the count keeps going up. it's obviously not going the other way because no one is fixing anything overnight. we know more than 1 million people in this state without power, the vast majority of them in this city, because of what the electronic, an electrical generation in transmission company says, it's been a catastrophic transmission failure, and had to do with the, load and demand, in this system basically shorted itself out, and showed itself, down they said very clearly this is not going to be fixed tonight, they use the words catastrophic. i don't know whether that means it's easier or harder to fix them power lines going down, but that's where the power is out, here but in the more areas of new orleans we've seen trees come down, one of the things that's interesting, because you covered a lot of hurricanes before. this is not a case of the ground getting saturated and trees becoming uprooted, there's some of that, but
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earlier today the winds were so high that the trees were just snapping and breaking. as you said, we have it least one report of a confirmed, death we also have a lot of problems with hospitals, because they are working on generator in backup power. as for new orleans, still in the dark. the few late you see around the city, including that decorative late there, on that building behind me, that's generator stuff. there is no naturally generated power in new orleans right now. anybody who has power is using a generator. this is a densely populated city. people don't have generators typically in their, homes unless they are in sort of a suburban style home or a bigger home, so most people are without power in new orleans tonight. in the wake up tomorrow will be looking at all the damage this thing is. caused as janessa, said there are people trapped, in lafitte, there are 200 people who are subject to rising waters. doesn't know whether it means they're trapped are not trapped. there will be search and rescue efforts lodged as soon as first
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lady is up. >> let me go back to those people in louisiana, who don't have power. and the myriad of problems that come with that. and how that can get exponentially worse, as the days in potentially weeks go on. i know you've been talking to folks, and so, what did you see first of all when you came into the city, in terms of the staging of trucks. and what have you learned from both city officials and power company officials, about how prepared they are, about what kind of spread they have to get people back on power online as quickly as possible? >> so the one thing authorities of been seeing here is that they were prepared. i don't know how that fits into the catastrophic failure at energy, but they were prepared for the size of the storm, in the power outages. i actually landed yesterday houston airport, about 24 hours ago, and i drove only to get to new orleans, it's usually about a five and change our trip, it was a little longer last night,
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i saw as you often, see those bucket trucks, coming in, and there's sort of an interstate agreement, these trucks come from all over the country, the state in a lot of towns where they are not going to be in the eye of the thing. but they can stay in motels and in fact, where i'm staying in new orleans, on this property, there are about 15 of those trucks, stage so they're ready to go out, these workers are very well trained at this, they will get out there and they will start, it's a two part operation, you have to cut the trees that are still a threat, you have to remove those trees so that the trucks can get their. and then you have to start repairing the line. so typically it starts within 24 to 36 hours, after the winds of all die down, and the rain has stopped. in the danger has been eliminated, and the water has receded. in most places we are not seeing flooding, but in some places we are. so there's no repairs to take place, but they do seem to be ready for this. so hopefully, this can be a few day to maybe a few week after.
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you do know last year in the year before that some of the hurricanes we saw, particularly on the east coast, it was several weeks, depending on what the weather. isn't how hot it. is that does cause other problems. if you do have other problems including health problems, in the state of louisiana, you'll have even bigger problems, because the icu beds are almost filled up my covid patients. the hospitals have, problems in the major hospital centers here in new orleans and baton rouge, actually are talking about transferring patients out. in a normal world, those two hospital systems, receive patients, from all over the state. who are suffering from serious matters, they are not looking at dispensing patients into a hospital system statewide, that is overrun, so there are a few complicating factors, here which means that even though a place like new orleans, dodged a big bullet. meaning the hurricane did not come right over new orleans, it didn't fled the city, it does not mean that people in the stair out of the woods by any means. and probably will not be for severe. weeks >> we heard that story a little earlier today from a
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local reporter about the generator that went down, in an icu. in their emmanuel leaky pink people alive, it's just, the problems that will be caused by this, are widespread and potentially long term, we wish the all the best to all the folks who have to deal with that starting in the morning, and thank you for staying up with, us we really appreciate your reporting tonight. you stay safe out there my friend. when disaster strikes, they show up. they are the cajun navy. a citizen led disaster relief foundation, dedicated to helping people, all over the country during emergencies. this time, they will have to go far. the group founded in louisiana, in 2016, and has been preparing for days to his sister own neighbors, affected by hurricane ida. the storm as you know hit the state sunday afternoon, with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, throughout the years, the cajun navy has been credited with having rescued thousands of people, and they
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are ready to do it again. joining me now, the thing captain of the louisiana cajun navy, captain, thank you for joining us tonight. i know your boats are at the ready, tell me what your expectation is. what are you going to need to do. >> just try to get where we're going as fast as possible. trying to leave as soon as we can, but we have to wait so daylight, so we make sure the roads are passable you don't have trees or power lines down or things like that. we have some work to do. >> i know you've talked about the fact that your organization has the technology, that you need to identify and get to people. tell us a little bit about what is going on, so that when the moment comes, that you can safely go out you are ready to go. what happens between now and then? >> starting earlier, tonight some of the storm surge came up in those quarters, and it's been pretty much devastated. so i've been coordinated with the sheriff of st. johns parish,
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and will be there in the morning. between now and then i have all my team is ready. probably have about 20 boats are sort of start, directly under me. warmer gonna go to the sheriff's department, meet them, and start doing some rescues. i know probably close to 40, maybe more phone calls, text messages, things like that, of addresses of people who are trapped in their homes, that no one can get to, because it's still too bad out there right now. >> you have far too much experience with these kind of rescues. would you biggest concerns going into them tomorrow? >> just safety for everybody we are trying to get these people out as quickly as possible, but there is so many different aspects of every house you go into, some people are out of the way, some people are sick, some might be injured. at the same time we have to be careful ourselves because we don't want to cause a problem, or become another problem. just safety, trying to do
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things is quickly but is smart and efficiently as possible. >> how has covid changed your calls? >> a little bit, it's affected were much more aware, to be clean and safe and stay healthy, and not transmit anything. it's hard to work, for the most part, we just have to do what we have to do. it's in the back your mind a little bit. personally, i'm not concerned about. it there's a bigger issue right now. staying alive, and getting out. and then worried about catching something. >> how long do you expect that you will have to have your services needed? do you even have a sense of the breadth of what is out there right now? >> i think i do. unfortunately, from floods in 15, in harvey in 16 17. i can't even keep track now,
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the charles last year. i think i have a pretty good idea of how much it's been affected but rescue wise. it will probably be two maybe three days. there's tons of help coming in, so hopefully we get that par over soon. and the back end of it, to distribution in donations, it could be a month, two months that were able to provide hot meals and food supplies water and things like that for people, because that they were talking about earlier, in jefferson new orleans parish, there's a transmission tire that went down. you're looking at probably four weeks minimum. until they can get the power back. >> a long road ahead. just before i let you go, i'm assuming your home now, you are ok, your families okay, are houses of k. >> i am, my house we dodged a bullet, it looks like it was gonna be pretty bed in baton rouge, which is somewhat odd,
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usually neuron means gets it more than baton rouge does but, we dodged a bullet and it made that yeast jump, and kind of missed my house directly. i have power by the grace of god some way. so it looks like my house might turned into a hub for some of my team when we need it. everything that i own, has made it, my family friends the majority of their stuff is made it, nothing life-threatening or detrimental. we're very lucky. >> we're happy to see, it we're happy to see your dog is okay as. wealthy captain of louisiana cajun navy, thank you for joining us, and thank you for all that you do. in just a moment we'll talk to a man who helped louisiana recover from hurricane katrina. lieutenant general, we'll be right back. , we'll be right back now with the samsung galaxy z fold 3 on verizon 5g, there's no more fear of missing out. download a movie on the go, while acting in a movie. hyah! while also writing a movie. maybe a rom-com.
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you about last hour, we told you that they were the navy breach in louisiana. and now according to the
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national weather service, there has been another breach of a levee this one in alliance. and they have sent out a warning, a flash flood emergency issued for northwest parish, which is in southeast louisiana. they say it is a particularly dangerous situation that people who wear their should seek higher ground. they're worried about low water crossing small creeks, streams urban areas highways. this happened in fact near highway 23. ana bring into the conversation lieutenant general russell honore who led the response to hurricane between 2005. general honore, we appreciate you being here. and these are the kinds of warnings that were familiar to back in 2000 and. five >> absolutely -- in the state when it comes to hurricane flooding, it is a confluence of levy, but then
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there is some leverage that are run by the parish. i'm not quite sure exactly what you made reference to. when we have hurricanes come to that area, it's not unusual to have some flooding or some levees that fail -- from what i can tell, so what the big thing -- from landfall up towards new orleans, that have problems and that have been. >> so talk to me about this stage of hurricane response, and here we are, in the middle of the night, so there is danger out there both in terms of the storm itself, but also the fact that you cannot see anything. tell me what needs to be done right now. >> there is search and rescue,
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once the wind goes down. i think the difference today and between a 16 years ago, there is a lot of personal communication. the cell towers have gotten stronger. the people of the community are communicating, more which means we should be able to know where they are, especially the ones that are still -- to navigate and get into them. that being, said we still got the challenge of roads that are closed with downed trees, so this is gonna be a challenge for certain rescue missions because the area that we are looking at is so large. all over from the gulf coast up to new orleans and even more north. right, now there are few reports to a place called luck laugh, which is just east of new orleans -- has a low spot there. the good news is we have not
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approved, that will prevent this from happening, but this is happened several times before. with search water coming out of lake pasta train getting into the west. so thinking ahead -- laws of claim water, what kind of resources are there that need to be mobilized? >> and don't forget covid. >> and covid. >> all the hospitals are full. this is gonna be a big challenge. within a matter of hours, we will get the search and rescue. much of that will be able to go and knock on every door, but the fema tsirkin rescue team
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and get much done. sustained big loss of the power grids, of the power lines running across the river, that is gonna be significant in the impact. make sure those people are good, but that is gonna be a problem. they're gonna have to work their way around to get back to homes. so, this could be a couple of weeks operation, when you lose power, and drinking water, as well as to which water. so, there may be a second evacuation in you orleans. there may be a need for it because it's gonna be hard to stay in that population there, with the sewage in trouble, and the drinking water in trouble. with that amount of power out, it is hard to maintain that many people in the city. >> so many lessons from katrina,
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and frankly, from every storm since. very few places have as much experience as new orleans does. obviously, you apply those lessons to try to prepare, like the way the u.s. army corps of engineers showed up the levees, rebuild the levees, but in terms of response, how much have we learned, and how confident are you that the resources are in place for the coming days, weeks, and potentially months, general? >> the federal government of the and the department of homeland security -- we built most of the parish levies. and the incident management system. this governor emergency agreements with other states, and they are not shy to ask for
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federal aid. united states military don't stand by, as well as -- [inaudible] the situation on the ground is gonna be tough, but that was a game-changer especially with the levee system. >> we'll, late sunday night we should, to your point say that president biden did approve louisiana that disaster that declaration, which put a lot of resources into the days and weeks ahead. lieutenant general russell honore, thank you so much for being with us tonight. we appreciated. up next, we'll talk to the sheriff from one of the hardest hit parts of louisiana. stay with us.
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of hurricane ida, which is absolutely pounding louisiana. here is what is happening. ida is now a category one storm, but its danger is far from over. as hurricane conditions spread further inland, the national hurricane center continues to warn of catastrophic storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and flash flooding and southeastern louisiana. still, more than 1 million customers without power tonight in louisiana. that number is expected to continue to grow, and it includes the entire city of new orleans. the storm has already claimed one life, and it is hitting louisiana at a time when hospitals, all across the region, are full with covid patients. i want to turn now to one of the hardest hit places in louisiana. terrebonne parish, at the southern tip of the state home
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to the city of houma, where today the winds were so strong, roofs we're literally flying off buildings. [noise] >> if ever there was a time to call 9-1-1. joining us now, and we are very grateful to have him help us understand the situation on the ground, timothy soignet sheriff of terrebonne parish. i was on the phone with one of the residents in home who actually decided to ride out the storm with his dad, and he described hour after hour, terrifying winds, how are you all doing tonight? >> well it's pretty calm now. we are working with a lot of local --
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we're trying to clear all of the major roadways, so we can start cleaning up in the next. actually, right now we got a crew leaning trees up, and got a crew for power lines, and also for buildings and houses collapsed. it is devastating right. >> now can you talk about the extent, at least as much as you've seen, of the damage, how much has been lost? >> normally about a 15-minute ride, it took me four hours to navigate around power lines in trees, just to cover about a normal 15 minute drive. this is how bad it is. it's gonna take a while for us to get this cleaned up, but we have pretty much consistent wind, roughly about 9:30 to 10:00, and it stayed very
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intense. it was very intense. >> tell me how you were able to work in the night, because i know one a lot of places, they are saying they can't even start to assess the damage to do the cleanup until the first flight in the morning? >> i got some rescue vehicles. we have some vehicles. and we got lights, and we're gonna work tonight so we can actually get around. right, now a lot of major roadways, at the southern end of our parish, it is pretty much filled with double trees and power lines. >> do you feel you have a good handle on how many people had decided to wait out the storm in their homes, and how difficult it is gonna be to figure out who might really be needing help most? >> as we speak, not only clearing roads, we do have some
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search and rescue going on. clearing roofs, they had to hunker down so -- via 9-1-1 when they call. we started documenting addresses, try to put them in a safe place, and now we are starting to clean that up. the last update from one of my assistance is, the last couple of hours. >> 50 people already? >> 50 people at their homes, the last couple of hours, and i said [inaudible] >> the bravery of you and your crews, the folks who work for you, boggles the mind. i prefer you to stay safe, and
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thank you so much. good luck, timothy soignet, step up terrebonne parish. >> if i could say one thing. >> sure. >> the crew they're one of the best guys here. i really appreciate whether they doing. >> i will second that. obviously, they are doing heroic work tonight. let's go back to nbc news meteorologist janessa web. janessa, he said they may be another levee collapse -- which is that just because it's now a category one storm, the danger is far from over, and that's just what we heard from the sheriff. >> the impacts, they are stretching white and long, and i'm really concerned still about louisiana. we are seeing reports of flood emergency in place, and it's gonna stay in place for the next hour. we saw rainfall, rains about 1
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to 5 inches per hour, so major flooding that is going to be monumental across that area, and mostly southeast louisiana. i do not want to see the photos that are about to come out and all the damage when we see sunrise. this will be devastating across the area. the problem is you can see it from our radar, this is a large system, and it is now managing to make its way into sections of mississippi. we have people without power in that section of the country, and this is going over i-ten to i-12 and bringing in torrential rain. now we are doing with a strong sided system, the eastern quadrant of the storm system, it is going to continue to flow north and east. so, alabama -- you can see from the rain or the gulf is speaking up some more moisture, and that's going to allow this pin-ups to be really cause throughout the overnight. severe weather is a realtime threat.
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we've already seen a couple of tornadoes and warnings across central mississippi, and i expect that to continue through early morning. the winds that are trying to make their way out of the southeast louisiana, but look how they are starting to flow into central mississippi, jackson, mississippi, throughout the night we're gonna see wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. but some isolated communities have a potentially strong winds. >> that so the national hurricane center, 85 miles per hour. once this system makes landfall, it slow down dramatically, and that's why it's about to drop just a ton of moisture across the east louisiana, and it sat in the golf for about 24 hours, and really gain some fuel, and that's why the moisture caught that strength. across eight states that will just see tomorrow, and it will
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make its way into sections of the northeast. yes, this is turning into more of a depression in areas of low pressure, but we just had that devastating flooding in nashville, parts of tennessee, where we lost about 20 people. just because the system is gonna go, we downgraded more, it doesn't mean -- so hurricane baton rouge new orleans. with these tropical storm warnings that start to extend. , so we are seeing the system be downgraded, chris, but we're just not in the clear yet because flooding we cannot escape that. the winds are starting to die down, that's good news, but it is just gonna continue. >> thank you janessa for being with us. i want to turn now to nbc jay gray in new orleans.
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we are catastrophic transmission damage has plunged the city into darkness. you're gonna be without electricity in that sweltering heat. jay, let's start with the weather as it is. how is this now, compared to how it's been during the night for? >> you it hasn't been this good. probably 12 to 14 hours we are getting a break right now. the wind is gusting at times, but not nearly severe as it has been just coming through a wave now. we're gonna continue to see any minute rain for the next 24 hours, i mean this the slows down so dramatically. we've talked about the damage on the ground here. this city is holding on. as you can see, it is barely hanging on.
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rooftops rift away part of roofs were torn away. windows have been shattered and then the power outage that you talked about that significant, people need power to get back and figure things out. so that's gonna be at least 72 hours in some areas, and effect so much here, it affects the water system, in effect every day life here, and every day life is not gonna be the same for quite some time. we got over 1 million people without power right now. only tell you we have seen, and what has changed in the last 30 to 45 minutes. patrol officers, we've seen police officers, local and state, getting out and taking a look at some of the initial damage here, they were locked down and we're not getting out until things calm down a bit. that's something that's different. we got vehicles moving in and out of the area, and again, just assessing the situation. bauer teams, some of the other teams --
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they're not out yet because we're going to see more from the storm. what we have seen some police officers. >> nbc news senior national correspondent jay gray in you orleans. jay, thank you so much and stay safe out there. and while hurricane continues to pound louisiana with high winds intentional rain, the coast guard is standing at the levee to respond. we will talk with the coast guard commander. up ahead. stay with us. stay with us
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we're back with our hurricane ida coverage. on saturday, the coast guard announced in alabama in preparation for the hurricane. it has crews staged and ready to respond. rescue equipment onside, boats in strategic locations, -- pilots on standby, they are ready to go. however, because of conditions now, it is possible the coast guard may not begin rescue operations in louisiana until the storm fully passes. the situation on the ground remains a very dangerous. ida is still lashing the area, as a category one hurricane. john understand the risk at hand, joining us now is pilot lieutenant commander demonstrator, he is live in mobile, all alabama. thank you for being with us lieutenant. what is the situation, and when do you think you might be able to get out in? how >> thank you for having us.
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i'd like to say our thoughts are with the folks of the louisiana -- we actually had aircraft airborne last night. in the wake of the storm, we launched aircraft to be an onshore surveillance, or any of the offshore platforms, we so we've done that. -- certainly we start acting several days ago to prepare, putting aircraft off in houston, texas. in addition, we put several small boat urban rescue response groups throughout the region. several dozen of them are on standby, on standby helping
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civilians that are stranded. we have ships that are offshore following the storm. we're gonna provide command control platforms for ships, as the storm moves, or the harbor -- we have report assessments. and there are buoys -- [inaudible] and then finally we're gonna let the ports open as soon as we can. that is a very significant source. >> let's talk about the immediate concern, which is, are the people out there whose lives are in danger, and how do we save? them how to coordinate with local, state efforts, and where
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do tend to focus and be most successful at being able to use your resources? >> we started this, this is an ongoing process. we work every day of the year with our local partners and normal search and rescue operations. we've built these relationships so for years and years. it's a very strong network. they are liaisons embedded in all the emergency operation centers, and we have our own field unit set up for response. they're being sent out to the appropriate, and responding as fast as we can. >> you channel, you have a lot of work ahead of you. thank you for being with us tonight. we've got more storm coverage ahead. we'll be right back. we'll be right back.
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what we've learned over the last hour or so, more than 1 million people in louisiana are without power, everybody in new orleans. there have been two levy breaches, not a new orleans, and even though it has been downgraded to a category one hurricane, warnings from the national weather service about the potential for damage ahead, and almost when it wherever you are in the country, there is a good chance on the east coast to the central part of the country, that some weather related to hurricane ida could be coming your way in the days ahead. that is gonna do right now for me. i am chris jansing. our coverage of hurricane continues next. keep it here throughout all night and tomorrow on msnbc. stay safe. out therestay safe. ou ther
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