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storms to every hit the country and continues to crawl across the state. at least one person is dead after a tree fell on a home near baton rouge, louisiana. the storm made it to a category 4 on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina. more than 1 million people are still without power. it could make the area more susceptible to flooding. and take a look at this video, a roof being swept away, pulled from a building by powerful storm winds. and then there's this. a nasa astronaut captured these photos of the hurricane from space before it made landfall. the historic french quarter in new orleans was hit hard, ida causing significant damage throughout the entire city. president biden approved louisiana's request for a disaster declaration over the weekend, and that move releases federal funding to assist affected areas. >> to the people on the gulf coast, i want you to know the
plan for the best is planning to prepare for the worst. as soon as the storm passes, we're going to put this -- we're going to put the country's full might behind rescue and recovery. >> let's go right to meteorologist bill karins. bill, you've been tracking this thing relentlessly. i know you got an update from the national hurricane center. >> as expected, downgraded to a tropical storm. so it made landfall, 150-mile-per-hour category 4 yesterday, 1:00 local time, and it's taken all the way until now to become a tropical storm. so it's finally weakened down. in other words, about 99.5% of the wind damage has already been done, so that's not going to be a big concern going forward with the storm. will will be some minor tree damage in possible areas, mississippi with power outages. let me give you an update. 60-mile-per-hour winds, 90, 95 miles south of jackson, mississippi, and it it's heading to north around 8 miles per
hour. i ee moving pretty slowly. it's kept rain in the southern areas of mississippi and in through alabama. exclusively the rule of thumb is the winds have to be above 40, 45 miles an hour to get a power outage. macomb, hattiesburg, you could see that. the winds are still barreling high enough. we've had a couple of tornado warnings lately in southern portions of mississippi. if any tornados spin up, those could cause considerable damage and power outages. the heavy rain zone pushing into central mississippi and into areas of alabama. as far as the max wind gusts, there was that landfall on the ship, 172-mile-per-hour wind gusts. the highest in new orleans, 87 miles per hour at the airport. by landfall when the contin hels get up there, there will be extreme wind damage to a lot of
structures, roofs torn off. it will look like tornadoes went through those arias. more toward new orleans, it's going to look more like peripheral damage, awnings, some roof damage, but you won't see completely devastated structure. the tornado warnings will go on throughout the day, biloxi, mobile, and pensacola. they do have it becoming a tropical depression about this time tomorrow. so even by 1:00 p.m. third quarter have it becoming a tropical depression. the winds rapidly lose strength and then this will be a big old rainmaker sliding all the way up through west virginia, right up to the top of washington, d.c., and over philadelphia and new york. that will come thursday morning that the heavy rain threat will come to the northeast. if we're going to get additional damage from the storm, it will be because of water, the rainfall, and the flash flooding threat. 13 million included.
d.c. and philadelphia are included. that number is going to jump to 30 million or so once we get the big metropolitan areas included. as far as the rain fall forecast goes, mississippi, and then eventually tennessee, kentucky, west virginia, all the way through d.c. and new york. jacob, i was going through some of the flash flood warning, the maroon colors down around areas of southern mississippi and north of new orleans. there still are numerous flash flood mnchs that are ongoing because of very heavy rainfall and then there are a couple of flash flood emergencies that exist because of levee failures in areas. i think what we're going to hear and see once we get to daylight, most of the levee structures held up especially in the new orleans area. anyone that was outside the system that was told to evacuate, that's where all the problems are and that's where we're going to have a lot of water issues. we'll see that at daybreak.
>> bill, thank you and thank you for continuing to track this storm. hurricane now a tropical storm ida according to bill karins. i want to go to one of those places that is under a flash flood warning at this hour until 7:30 local time. nbc news correspondent shaq brewster has been there. shaq, what's the latest? >> reporter: you know, jacob, with bill mentioning this is now tropical storm ida, i think one thing to note here is what we've been experiencing in gulfport are the tropical storm warnings. and that was the most that you saw, the extent of the winds and the rain that you saw, but the concern there is that that is still a significant amount of wind. that's still a significant amount of rain. i want to show you this right here. this is over by our live shot position. this is part of the roof that we believe flew off. this is from tropical storm force winds and rain. don't take that too lightly by hearing that it's no longer a hurricane and now it's a tropical storm. what you're seeing here, you still have the wind bins, the
rain coming across. one thing that they're concerned about is the storm surge. in a town ten minutes away from where we are right now, they say they saw a storm surge of about 7 feet. that's significant. that's nowhere near what this town saw during hurricane katrina which was the fear that folks had not necessarily with ida coming through but in terms of the idea of another hurricane coming close in its path. one thing you're also seeing is tornado watches and warnings that are in effect. throughout the night we got an alert after an alert of tornado warnings. our local affiliate is warning there is tornado-like damage. we don't know if that's confirmed yet. the national weather service needs to come out and confirm that. there is a possible tornado that did touch down in the evening hours. that's what you're seeing in gulfport. as we go through the day, you can continue to expect the rains to happen. you can continue to feel the winds we're feeling right now. that's why officials are pleading with folks to still
stay inside, still abide by that curfew that's been in effect since 8:00 a.m. yesterday. we know the conditions can change very quickly and go from situations where you have sunshine and winds that aren't that aggressive to situations where you have parts of roofs being blown off and tree limbs falling down. that's what we're seeing in gulfport. comparing it to one other note we're seeing in louisiana, power outages. you're seeing a million people without power. in mississippi, it's about 93,000 people that are reported to not have power right now. you sigh we have power. you see the light behind me. while power did go out for a portion of the time last night, it returned fairly quickly. we still have it right now. so you get a sense of the difference and the distinction between what a tropical storm looks like. again, tropical storm still brought a wind gust of 74 miles an hour at one point last night to what a hurricane looks like, what you see in new orleans and louisiana, complete lack of
power and a much different situation there. still a serious situation, but a much different situation than what they're seeing in louisiana. jacob? >> shaq, i'm glad that you pointed that out. the hurricane ida may be downgraded to a tropical storm, but the tropical storm-storrs winds are no joke. thanks so much for that update. joining us over the news, nbc news correspondent sam brock. sam, you are now, i believe, on your way to laplace, louisiana. you are on the road. are the roads passable, first of all? what are you seeing along the way? >> reporter: it's interesting you're saying that, jacob. in the direction we're heading, they are. based on how the winds are coming in, i'm looking westbound, and there are trees littering this highway. it's highway 61, which will take you basically from baton rouge to south of new orleans where we're heading to laplace, which is near lake ponchartrain. it's pitch black. we heard the governor already
say this is one of the strong eest storms to make landfall in modern times. that's how we characterize it. that is bearing fruit as we're starting to see more of the damage. in a number of hours we should have a much clearer picture of what things look like. it's so catastrophic that all eight transmission lines that deliver power in new orleans are currently out of service. that is according to entergy, which is the main utility, electric provider for new orleans. they say they're assessing the damage and trying to identify the path. according to restoring the power as shaq was talking about, roughly a million people in the state of louisiana with no foul eric there's probably three or four people per home on average and business, you're really talking about 7 million people. it could take days or weeks to restore that. another element of that, a tentacle, you have sewage issues. tla're trying to drain storm water and pump in clean drinking
water. they're not sure how many have sustained damage. fema has been prepared for this. they have water that will be distributed to louisiana and mississippi. 3.5 million meals. this is why officials tell you to be prepared for a natural disaster and have food and water in case you can't get out and there's not electricity or clean water coming to your home. speaking of which, we're heading to laplace. the concerns are very deep as to what's going on in our community. i spoke with a fleet captain for the navy, jodie bloodworth. he said overall there are over 7,000 requests for rescues. he describes it as very bad. st. john's parish says winds are trech rush. there are about 30,000 people in
laplace, south of new orleans. on average there's roughly 6 feet of water if you had to guess in most people's homes, anywhere between 9 and 12 feet depending where you are. one family said they were hiding in the attic trying to reich first responders, but the communications have been so shoddy, they had difficulty doing that. they reached a tv station. that's one critical situation right now. the cajun navy doesn't want to deploy boats. while it's dark, there could be live wires in the water. it's extremely dangerous. and then south of that, jacob, we have a fleet who says there are a couple of hundred of people in danker with a levee overtopping. we're heading out to laplace right now. hopefully we'll be able to provide you an update.
>> sam brock eastbound. a hard-hit place, normally a beautiful drive, pitch black as sam brock talks to us this morning. thanks, sam. still ahead, we'll be following the path of tropical storm ida all morning long. >> and we'll bring you the latest from afghanistan where overnight the united states shot down rockets aimed at kabul airport. we'll be right back. airport. we'll be right back.
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now to afghanistan where the united states military is fending off more attacks against kabul's main airport. according to a u.s. official who spoke with reuters, a missile defense system intercepted multiple rockets this morning. the official said as many as five different rockets were fired, although, it wasn't clear if the defense system is what brought down all of them. in a statement, white house press secretary jen khaki -- psaki said president biden had
been advised. he has reconfirmed his order that commanders redouble their efforts to prioritize doing whatever is necessary to protect our forces on the ground. this comes after 13 u.s. troops and more than 100 afghans were killed in gunfire and two suicide bombings near the airport on thursday. meanwhile the united states military is also working to evacuate the hundreds of americans still looking to leave afghanistan before tomorrow's deadline set by president biden. according to the latest numbers provided by the state department, there are probably 250 united states citizens still in country in afghanistan. since august 14th, the united states says it's evacuated more than 114,000 people, including close to 3,000 just saturday and sunday alone. as for the thousands of afghans who have worked for the military who have nod been evacuated, the
"new york times" says their window to be airlifted out has been closed. quote, we regret to inform you that international military evacuations from kabul airport have ended. joining us now, nbc foreign correspondent matt bradley. matt, i want to ask you about that. what are the options left for afghan civilians looking to leave now that the u.s. said this text went out that the airlift for those civilians has stopped? >> reporter: yeah. the main option is for them to try to get out from the airport while it's under taliban control, and that could still be an option. jacob, i spent the last week or two talking with young afghans, some afghan women, young politicians. some of them are willing to give the taliban a shot, to give them a chance because they really have no choice.
they might be willing to believe, take the taliban at face value. in the taliban says they're not going to be retaliating, punishing people, even though we've heard scattered reports of that, they're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because they have to and so far they haven't seen the kind of terrible attacks and violations that really define the taliban rule in the 1990s. so it's possible that they might be able to go to the airport under taliban rule and fly out. the taliban, of course, has been very clear that they don't really want a lot of it, especially younger afghans who speak english, who are well educated who leave for reasons of a brain drain. they don't want to see the best and brightest fleeing from the country under their rule, but they've already said and they said recently they will allow people to be flying out. so, you know, it's easy for us to say there's no hope, that once the americans leave,
tomorrow that due date, august 31st, there will be no hope for anyone to leave afghanistan, but some of the people i've spoken to said they might be able to. they can leave and operate the airport as a normal international airport but under taliban rule. and then there are also some plans and talks between turkey and qatar, trying to secure the airport under some sort of international koopgts and administration that would allow people to operate within the airport, leave it as kind of an enclave that wouldn't necessarily be completely controlled by the taliban. it would be kind of an international airport, quite literally, operating under international rule. whether or not that comes under fruition, that's another issue, but for a lot of these people, i don't think they're out of hope completely. >> matt bradley with a bird's-eye view quite literally. thank you very much. still ahead on "way too
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streets. homes are left without power including an entire city in new orleans. i want to go to the man who's been tracking it all night long, meteorologist bill karins. bill, what's the very latest. >> we're watching the storm pushing through mississippi. the effects of louisiana are getting less and less by the hour, which is fantastic. the tornado threat has shifted. that gives louisiana more of a break. i think we're going to get a good deal of daylight and low enough wind conditions in southeast louisiana to get the rescue crews in there that need to get to the areas that are flooded, get helicopters up to assess who needs help in those areas, and we can get a good idea where all the damage is. one of the huge stories is in new orleans with this massive power outage. i want to go to nbc's jay gray. i was just reading that the big huge transmission tower fell into the mississippi river, which is one of the reasons that caused this power outage. i know it's hot and humid.
it's going to get very uncomfortable in the days ahead. >> reporter: it's going to be miserable, jacob. you're absolutely right. eight of them that bring power into new orleans and much of jefferson parish are in the mississippi parish. it's going to take time and be difficult. when they're restored, they're going to have to be at a tlaevl will allow traffic along the mississippi river. this port is such a busy port. they're going to have to take time to get that back up and running, and that's not good news for over a million people that don't have power right now. i'm not sure how long it's going to take to get that repaired. take a look at some of the damage behind me. you get a break from some of the elements here. the wind's dropped off almost entirely at this point and the rain's gone after 16 hours. we expect more throughout the day. you see this rooftop that was pulled away. it pulled with it some street
signs. you can see the elevated stree side arm that was ripped off, shuttering from doorways. windows are shattered. doors thrown open. you hear alarms throughout the french quarter buzzing and beeping at every block. where did that roof come from? i came from across the street. when you take a look, you see jack's brewery. inside you've got restaurants, bars, shops, businesses, popular for tourists here in new orleans. the rooftops have been pulled off that, at least part of it, and thrown across the street. there are shops and homes missing portions of their roofs. you have problems with the levees, two with breaches, water rushing into neighborhoods. there are several hundred people who chose to ride this storm out who are now being told by
officials there, you need to think about moving because this water is coming in more quickly than we can stop it. so as you can tell, jacob, there's still a lot going on and will be for quite some time. it's going to be a tough time. >> the power authority there said they had restored a generated power, backup generated power to the sewage facility that's a critical infrastructure there. is there any indication backup pow letter be restored anywhere else? will anyone have power restored any time soon? >> reporter: right. you can't sustain a million people without power for an extended amount of time. generated power is all that's available right now. the mayor has said and she's said it several times, she won't share what those options are at this point. you can understand that. they're frantic and trying to do what they can here. but they're working on ways to get power to some of these communities. it's something that's going to be a struggle, but the thing
you've got to get done to start the repair process. until you get any of the electricity back, it's tough to get people back, and it's tough to start cleaning up and repairing things here. and that's one thing the mayor has stressed. until the situation is right, she wants all of the people evacuated to stay out and let these teams coming in and working do their job. that's a tough ask for people who have watched the storm and the voracity of this storm rip through their home and don't know the status of where they live, don't know about their communities. asking them to stay away is going to be difficult. it's probably best at this point. you don't want to come into an area and deal with what new orleans is dealing with right now. >> jay gray and new orleans completely without power. thank you and thanks to bill karins. still ahead on "way too early," what secretary of state
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list of names to taliban to guarantee their safe passage into kabul airport. they were provided to expedite things. andrew, i'm just curious about your reaction to secretary blinken's comments there yesterday. he said the reporting was simply wrong. what's your reaction? >> well, at the same time that he and other officials are saying it's wrong, they're confirming what we have reported, which is that in some instances the u.s. has provided lists of names of individuals, both americans and afghans to the taliban. they're outsourcing security at the airport and in particular right outside the airport to the taliban and that is president biden's, for lack of a better
word here, strategy when it comes to trying to expedite these evacuations. the problem with that is the fact that the taliban has orchestrated a brutal crackdown in particular against those afghans who helped the u.s. war effort over the last 20 years serving indispensable roles as translators and interpreters. so the senior officials and lawmakers from both parties that we talked to were very concerned about this practice for that reason alone. >> you know, we've seen denials from top national security officials, andrew, but the president himself was asked about this. and if i recall, he didn't seem to deny them. >> that's right. the president also confirmed our reporting. he used the similar explanation as secretary blinken and national security adviser jake sullivan, which is the goal here is to expedite the evacuations, and when they eave needed to, they've provided a list or in the words of secretary blinken, a manifest of people coming through. now, "the new york times"
reported last night that students from the american university of afghanistan in kabul were trying to be evacuated and ultimately could not be evacuated over the last few days, and they are trapped in kabul. meanwhile the u.s. has given their names and passport information to the taliban. and one of those students was quoted in that "new york times" story as saying he was terrified for his life. this was an afghan student. so it goes to show you the risk of outsources security to the taliban. the president has come under risk against his democratic allies. also bob menendez said it's clear we cannot trust the taliban with the security of americans. but the administration would counter and say, look, there are really no good options here. we would prefer not to be trusting the taliban with americans' security and the security the afghans are trying to evacuate. but it's a tough situation. >> you know, the nation's
attention has been focused on the hurricane and tropical storm ida. we're a day away from the august 31st deadline to get troops out of afghanistan. this friday briefing where everyone was briefed by the biden administration. you mentioned senator menendez. what else about the call and the concerns that came up, particularly i'm curious about isis-k and another potential attack at the airport after this drone strike over the weekend. >> that's right. that was a major focus of the briefing call on friday with senior officials. it was not the principals whoa briefed senators, meaning the secretaries, but it was top state and defense department officials who tried to, number one, reassure senators that the u.s. was taking these threats seriously and was trying to protect u.s. forces at the airport and make sure we don't have any more casualties like we did last week. and, you know, secondly, to ensure senators that they will try to get as many americans out
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a weight borne by wartime presidents before him. in afghanistan, the harried evacuation continues. preparing for new realities after the august 31st deadline. >> in terms of having an on-the-ground diplomatic presence on september 1st, that's likely not going to happen. >> reporter: people with authorization can still leave the country freely. >> august 31st is not a cliff. after august 31st, we believe we have substantial leverage to hold the taliban to its commitment. >> reporter: and the defense against isis-k ongoing. >> they're now in the process of identifying further targets to action. >> nbc news correspondent ali vitali. thanks for that report. joining us the the president for immigration and refugee service.
she previously served former first late michelle obama. good morning to you. it's good to see you. the window has officially closed as we talked about earlier for afghans to evacuate the country before the u.s. deadline to withdraw. you and i met because of your work on the separated children during the trump administration. what will you do? will you shift your efforts entirely to resettlement of afghanistans or are there things you can do to help them once americans are gone? >> we try to do both. we get desperate pleas from families, individuals, women who are fearful of being married off to a taliban militant. and so what we're continuing to do is advise them to find a safe house. we're trying to explore what pathways may still be available by land, you know, into pakistan, and also advising them how to sort of digitally sanitize, knowing that we have a
number of reports of our contacts who have been harassed by taliban affiliates looking for american-affiliated afghan get them welcomed. so we are very much ramping up our efforts there. >> i saw that you said 40,000 people, an incredible number in the u.s., have volunteered to assist in this resettlement with afghans coming to the united states. what specifically is needed and what can people do if they want to help? >> refugee resettlement is the embodiment of america at its best. there's so many families arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs and it's an incredibly daunting challenge to start over in a new country,
new language, so we're trying to make the transition as soon as possible. we had volunteers who have begun to look for housing, knowing that's an incredibly big challenge right now with the affordable housing crisis. volunteers will help us furnish those apartments so they're ready to move in, even stock the refrigeraor with culturally familiar foods, help as english tutors. it's amazing the outpouring of support of people who want to help. >> thank you for the work you do, and for waking up early with us good to see you. earlier we asked why are you awake? i'm up "way too early" to see how my brother who lives near new orleans made out throughout the night. good luck to you guys. i'm awake with jake up to check
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themselves from president joe biden on his handling of afghanistan and that distancing takes place in two categories. some is outright criticism we have congressman rice in pennsylvania saying the withdrawal has been mishandled the more likely criticism is the date certain, the august 31st. there's a great push on capitol hill to have some flexibility there to make sure you not only get all the americans out but you also get the afghans that have american values that helped america, worked for ngos. that seems to be the distancing. i don't want to call it criticism, i want to be clear about that, and i don't want to overplay the politics of this, the election is a long way away. most think the election will be determined on the economy, the delta variant, covid in general not necessarily foreign policy. but you are seeing a shift this week. we'll see if that continues
throughout the fall. >> in afghanistan the taliban insists they're more humane, they're the strange bedfellows now with the united states. what is the level of trust from the biden administration? i saw the agreement with 90-some nations about evacuations and travel after the deadline on the 31st. what is the white house saying about the level of trust that exists between the u.s. government and the taliban at this point? >> they won't use the word trust. they'll use the words mutual interest. they'll get to pressure points and use carrots and sticks to make sure the taliban continues to honors the agreements made. central to that is the amount of cash that flows into afghanistan. something 40% of afghanistan's economy comes in from foreign aid or 40% of the budget, 75% of gdp. this is an economy that requires foreign assistance, there's some 9 billion in foreign currency reserves held at the various central banks around the world.
that's the amount of money dedicated to afghanistan. so officials, i want to be clear on this, too, officials are clear they don't trust the taliban but they think their interests in some case are aligned and that's the north star going forward. it's a difficult situation, and when u.s. troops actually leave on the ground, that will be one of the first tests. so far as we heard from generals like general mckenzie, they're clearly working with the taliban on the security perimeter, the perimeter of the airport, so at least military to military the contacts are holding. >> before we go, i wanted to ask you, hans, about something i saw axios is reporting, the scrutiny on tech giants come fall. what is in store for all of these companies? >> a lot of hearings, a lot of scrutiny and not a lot of sympathetic ears for the googles, facebooks, microsofts, not a lot of allies within the
administration. look at the top people president biden has appointed, they're all critical. it's a combination of critical and skeptical of big tech. there will be multiple sort of questions and scrutinies in a variety of different forms and that's going to be a difficult fall for all the major tech companies as they face questions on a whole host of issues. >> just finally because we've been tracking it so closely, i want to ask you about the storm, the white house's response to the storm we saw the president at fema headquarters yesterday. what are we expecting to hear from the white house today about the continued path of what's now tropical storm ida? >> you can be sure president biden will get briefings, he will make clear any assistance needed will be offered and that all of america's thoughts are with residents down in louisiana and new orleans to make sure
they get power back and that federal assistance, if warranted, will be quick to come. >> thank you as always for getting up early with us. and thanks to you as home for getting up "way too early." i'll see you tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. and this morning on the "today" show. "morning joe" starts right now. good morning, welcome to "morning joe," it is monday august 30th i'm willie geist. louisiana residents are sheltering in if place this morning as ida, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the country continues to crawl across the state and the gulf coast. at least one person is dead. the storm made landfall yesterday as a category 4 storm on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina. after hours overland, ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm, that happened within the last hour. as the sun rises this morning we'll get our first look at some of the extreme damage across the gulf
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