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good evening and good morning, depending on where in the country you are. we have continuing coverage of hurricane ida. which continues to pummel louisiana tonight. 11 hours after making landfall, as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the united states. in the last hour president
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biden approved a major disaster declaration for louisiana. i came to shore as a category four storm with maximum stints over 150 miles per hour. it has been weakening as it's moved inland but slowly. and it is now down to a category two but the natural hurricane center says that 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 company says ida caused quote, catastrophic transmission damage.
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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 storm is 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 climbing to transfer dozens of patients now just as soon as the weather allows. ida is making its way into louis's capital, all of this
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happening 16 years to the day since the devastating hurricane katrina came ashore. joining us now for the very latest on this storm is and bc meteorologist janessa. janessa, where is the storm headed? >> we are still dealing with a deadly and destructive storm system that continues to race inland. the problem is that for the last 11 hours it has dramatically slowed down. this is going to be prolonged moisture and the problem is it's not just impacting southeast louisiana right now. now it is starting to go into parts of mississippi and the panhandle of florida. into alabama as well. these are allowing severe weather as well to spark up and 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 five inch per hour rates of rainfall. that is dramatic and it will be monumental flooding across this area. just checking lake pontchartrain new orleans getting a 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 but the bulk of the quadrant of the storm system sitting in new orleans. winds have calmed down in the last hour but we are 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. people dealing with warm air in
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place of winds blowing in the power currently out. the national weather service this just updated here saw a category two storm but you can see winds are now down to 100 miles per hour. the reason for that is 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 a very slow movement in the north northwest at nine miles per hour and that is going to allow ida to really still produce a ton of moisture. i do think overnight we will start to see this storm system go back down to a tropical storm and going into tomorrow it does turn into an area of low pressure. the thing that will not change is that the amount of moisture that will still be in place across the tennessee valley to ohio valley. remember nashville to parts of tennessee dealing with that catastrophic 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. the flooding in the storm surge and the wind is going to be an issue for a few more hours. you can see hurricane warnings are still in place for baton rouge. tropical storm warnings have started to expand. if you're in oklahoma city parts of arkansas nashville tennessee. i do think these tropical warnings will go into place and about the next hour or so. 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 there is still this dramatic severe weather threats. it's the feeder bands that are coming off the gulf, we are still seeing some warning air that's in place. that will allow the spinoffs to really continue overnight. people need to be aware if you hear sirens go down to the lowest place of your home to avoid the severe weather as well.
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>> the power and breadth of the storm really does tell you just how dangerous it continues to be. janessa we will be checking with you all throughout the evening so thank you so much. stick around. now let's turn to msnbc's reporter has been on the scene in new orleans as it's been getting better. a storm so powerful it reversed the course of the mighty mississippi river. hey. we've been hearing reports of everything from winds taking roofs off municipal buildings to barges on the mississippi being knocked loose. tell us which. uc >> i've lost your audio so would 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 vehicles driving through here. they seem to be police are official vehicles. it means that things of quiet down it a little bit and we are still getting these dust the janessa was talking about, we're getting one right. now you can feel it blowing right now. maybe 40 or 45 miles per hour it's hard to tell. it's mostly much calmer around
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here as you said the city is in the dark. we jump from having a quarter million people around the stay out of power to having it close to 1 million. out of power. a lot of that happened three hours ago we had a catastrophic transmission failure at the energy plants 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 generator power. this is a densely populated area and people don't usually have power. there's no rescues underway until these wind gusts stop. there may not be in the morning. we'll see how this goes. we've got some real people in danger. here other because it power our just, -- and jefferson in those parishes as they call them, in louisiana, but in the feet, which is south of here, we know that there are
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people that are reportedly trapped on grand aisle. we've covered a hurricane from grand aisle, i don't know why anybody would be on grand aisle right now, because it's surrounded by water. and it has been a target of this hurricane. i'm surprised anybody is there. north between there in the bio between new orleans and grand aisle is jean lafitte. and we are hearing perhaps as many 200 people who are trapped there and in need of rescue. cajun navy and others are in search of -- once it's safe to do so, once the winds come down, we don't know when that will be, there are people, there are 9-1-1 systems that are out across the state. in part because of the electricity. energy company says that it has provided power to the sewage and water system here in new orleans, so we don't have new problems. so far the levees in and around new orleans, many of them newly built since hurricane katrina in the city 16 years ago today,
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are holding up. we do have word of levees that have been over topped in some surrounding parishes. but not yet in new orleans. that's we know for now. this is still a city that is in danger. chris. >> ali, he obviously can't hear me, but we are glad we are able to hear and see him. we will continue to check in in new orleans. now i want to go to nbc miguel l maguire in baton rouge, where winds of it picking up speed over the last hour or so. i can see it behind you. i can see the way the winds are swirling around. why is the latest from the state capital? >> chris, we've seen pretty violent in pretty study weather here in baton rouge of the last couple of hours. we expected 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 now that folks here have been told not to expect any rescues at this hour, because the conditions have turned so violent. unfortunately, we know people
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have lost power in this area, it's another issue, that the capital city is dealing with. there's 225,000 people who lived in baton rouge. nearly no one evacuated the mayor told us a short time ago. she said almost everybody was going to ride out the storm at home. and as of now, there has not been the need for those dramatic rescues that we're hearing in the low lying areas this around this area, there is need of help. police are going to have to try to sort out those rescues as the night goes on. of course it's very dangerous out right now. not just because of the weather system, power is out in much of the area. i was watching the local broadcast is here short time ago. they lost broadcasting power, several times over the last hour or so. we also know that in addition to localized flooding, of course these powerful winds are causing all kinds of problems with downed power lines, that is going to be another thing they are dressing of the last couple of hours. as we mentioned earlier in the broadcast, this remains a major concern insides local
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hospitals. the mayor told us all local hospitals are already packed with people, they cannot take anyone else who gets her in these weather conditions. so they are hoping for the best, as this storm certainly continues to roll through baton rouge, chris. >>. please tell me that my depth perception on tv is not so good, and that tree behind you, that looks very pro curious, is not as close as it looks. we >> know it's not too terribly close. it's in a pretty big plants, or a couple of these trees. are they bubbling for quite some time, so we think they're pretty secure. but it may not be a bad idea for us to take a couple steps away from them is the night goes, on in the winds pick up. >> take care out there. we will check back in with you as well. thank you so much. nbc's miguel, in baton rouge. in st. timothy parish, which is about an hour north of new orleans, a parish ride curfew went into effect at noon on sunday. and is expected to say in place until the danger passes. joining us now is the president, michael cooper, thank you so much for being with us.
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what is the situation right now in your community? >> we are seeing rain bands, in our area that is 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 thousands of people without power. we are suffering from power outages, trees down, heavy rains, rivers rising, and we are about halfway through the storm. >> with the number one priority
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always in a storm like, this preservation of life, what is your biggest concern, as you watch the next several hours? >> that of course is our major concern. the preservation of life. with the heavy rains, the strong winds, many have evacuated from here. two other areas. out of state but we still have many people here and we ask that they continue to watch the weather and weather the storm. until we can assess the damage is in the morning. and assess the stories that are down, so that we can get the roadways clear, so we can begin the long test of restoring power. which we feel will be out for days. >> we were listening throughout the evening to various counterparts of yours for
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example in jefferson parish they were saying they were getting a lot of calls. obviously it's a very dangerous right now to be going out to be thinking about doing rescues. how busy has your emergency response team ben? and what kind of calls are coming in? >> we are getting the calls that are emergency operation center here in covington, to the tune of trees down, power lines down water coming into our homes. those are the kind of calls we are getting in our emergency response teams are not able to go out with winds over 40 miles per hour. and we are still seeing sustained winds with winds over 40 miles per hour. it will be until such time as the winds subside before our emergency services can get out. >> michael cooper, presidents of saint tammy parish, we cannot safer now for the bravery and expertise for those who dear this year after year. thank you for being with you.
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stay safe and our best you and all the folks and tammy. much more of our coverage on hurricane identical. up next we will go live to new orleans, where the entire city is out of power tonight. raising the question of whether or not the pumps that keep that city from flooding, can't keep running. we will be right back, can't kep running. running. we will be right bac now with the samsung galaxy z fold 3 on verizon 5g, running. we will be right bac 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. (vo) switch to verizon and get up to $1,000 off. touch after touch bacteria in your home never stops . that's why microban 24 doesn't just sanitize and stop. microban 24 keeps killing bacteria for 24 hours. spray on hard surfaces to kill 99% of viruses and bacteria initially, including the covid-19 virus. once dry microban forms a shield that keeps killing bacteria for 24 hours ... ...touch after touch.
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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 and this is citywide. so this is the time to continue to remain in your safe places and not a time to venture out throughout our city at all it's. unsafe >> she can be more
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clear. new orleans mayor warning residents that shelter in place in power is out throughout the city. in a flash flood warning is still in effect in new orleans until 1 am eastern time. nearly 1 million people in new orleans without power tonight, the city's electricity supplier says their facilities and sustain catastrophic damage. power will remain off line, through the rest of the evening. they will not have power until the morning. but many hundreds of thousands may have to wait many days joining us now from new orleans, the editor of the gamut newspaper. john thanks so much for being here. first, tell us what you saw today and what you know about the situation is right now. >> i didn't see a whole lot. this storm just started getting going and i pretty much stayed at my house it was so bad outside. it's been really remarkable the
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amount of wind damage in the area is i think the most significant that we will probably face, in terms of immediate effects from the storm. the sheer constant size and breadth of the wind has been extraordinary. it's been pretty severe and we've hunkered down here for the entire day like this. >> do you have any, a generator, sort of what's your personal situation and what do you know about family and friends? >> i do not have a generator. no i have a bunch of battery packs and i have charged them beforehand. i think most people don't have generators. we've been trying to wait to tomorrow to go into my office in the part of town which traditionally has power. and we thought would have power
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if not all day today if not restored sometime tomorrow. it clearly looks like it will not be the case. they're talking until wednesday in the early is to get power back. to this part of the city. >> not just too much of the obvious but we are talking about a widespread power outage affecting hundreds of thousands of people, in the sweltering heat of summer. >> this is going to quickly quickly turn from a natural disaster to a humanitarian crisis i think. it is extraordinarily high here and it's going to get much much hotter once the storm pulls out. the city is already on edge because of covid and the restrictions that i've had to go back in place and everyone here is been going along with it, because we are trying to do the right thing. but it's also pretty tough on us and i think if we're going to have an extended period of time without power it's going
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to become a very big problem, very very fast, for everybody. from everything from people being safe at night, to keep people from getting sick. feeding people. it's going to become a big challenge. >> you talk about people getting sick and you talk about covid. here we have a situation or every single hospital is already full to overflowing. the last thing you can possibly afford is people who go out when they should not go out. and potentially have more people hospitalized. >> also without power era having any kind of place with power then, or anywhere near us, we are going to have to evacuate people into crowded situations and other part of the state. again i think that's a risk of people getting sick. even mundane things like getting sick from walking around in water.
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if you're in the part of town where it does fluid or just eating food that isn't something you should be eating. there's a lot of challenges that will come from us not having power very very fast. the editor of the gambit newspaper of new orleans, it's very good of you to stay up and talk to us tonight. thank you and stay safe. we appreciate 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 corps of engineers has helped rebuild the cities levee system. spending nearly 15 billion dollars to prevent anything like that from happening again in a future storm. joining us now is the chief of public affairs for the u.s. army corps of engineers in new orleans. thanks so much for being with us. we appreciate.
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it can you give us an update and the state of the levee system? >> so right now the latest information we have is that it's performing as it's designed to do. that's good news. but i do want to caution the west bank of the mississippi whatever is still under surge warnings. we have a ways to go, we have to carefully monitor and watch what is happening with this storm. if i can say there's good indicators is we are starting to see those indicators that that the system will likely not over top, we hope that trend continues. >> with the power out in new orleans tonight, should be worried about the pumps not working with that had extra pressure in the levees? >> there are really two kinds of pumps in the city of new orleans you. have those that are internal drainage that are operated by the surging water corps. and you have those that the core construction as part of the hurricane system. any component whether it's we
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believe needed to be operated through at an event we did it with power. so they have their own fuel source in their own generators. and their own pumps. essentially we built this system knowing that it would be operating 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 look at building a hurricane system. we knew from the lessons of katrina that one thing no matter how high or large we build that system there is always going to be a storm that has the capability of over topping. not only did we build the system to elevations for 1% storm surge, we built resiliency and it. essentially we looked at it and considered over topping our design. >> how long might we expect the
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storm order to sit in new orleans in order, how many days will the levees have to hold up before you know you're out of the woods? >> it's a trigger based system, when we operate or in this case the local authorities operate the system there's a trigger base, then we close the system and then there's also equally when it's okay to open it. when you don't 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 holding in the system is not breaking. ricky, i have a feeling it's going to be a long night, a long couple of days for you, chief of public affairs for u.s. army corps of engineers in new orleans. thanks so much for being on the program. we appreciate it. and up next, this was the scene tonight's, and a louisiana hospital. that's part of the hospitals roof being blown off. we are going to talk to a
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continues, here's what's happening. the entire city of new orleans is 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 we just got this new number in, has now topped 1 million hurricane ida has now been downgraded to a category one hurricane. with maximum sustained 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 12 hours ago as the strongest storm to hit louisiana in 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 web.
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janessa, update us on what the national weather service is saying now. the national hurricane center. >> hi. we actually just had some breaking news coming in from the national weather service new orleans. i'll read the weather statement. we do have a flash emergency four feet in jeanne-le feet. what they are seeing right now, we have had a levee breach, local law enforcement reports levy falling in 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 this system is being downgraded to a category one, the rainfall announce are going to continue. this is troubling news as water rises and continue. lake pontchartrain is dealing with the rise of about four feet in the last seven hours.
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that will continue to be a problem in the area. you can see the storm system continues to make its way north and east. it's in louisiana that's really dealing with the torrential rain. that's going to continue for the next half of our in that area. due to the slow movement of the storm system, since it has come onshore, we have only seen that northwest excuse me northeast movement about nine miles per hour. that the crumbling of the eye and that's why we are seeing it continued to be downgraded and the winds. they are going to start down but the problem is 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 come into portions of arkansas mississippi even and alabama we will watch southern georgia as well. in the panhandle of florida. and in the severe weather threat is going to continue throughout overnight. look at this flash flood risk it's going to be a danger
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across the mississippi valley into west virginia. and sections of the northeast even as we go into thursday. currently out of 14 million people that are dealing with flash flood watches, and warnings will go into 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 continues to stack up across southeast louisiana. chris. >> to nestle we will continue to check with you throughout the evening for the update. we should say that not so long ago, the police chief where the levee breach happen, said there were still about 400 people who did not evacuate, obviously they have a very serious situation in lafitte parish. meantime in new orleans the only power is coming from generators. let's get the latest there with nbc's senior national correspondent jay gray. jay what do you seeing? what are the conditions on the ground? >> it is a mess here.
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we're still getting wind gusts and torrential rain for several hours. i want to show you what's some of the wind earlier did, if you look back across where this old oak tree has been ripped and scattered across the french quarter. in across the city right now. they talk about the power outages that will last for up to 72 hours. reeves to been rift off of businesses and homes including the shopping area, a huge portion of that roof's been pulled away. windows are shattered. this city has been battered by ida and again the rain is continuing to fall here. there is been standing water in the highest area. it's the top of the peak in new orleans in a standing water there. and in other areas here in the west side of the mississippi still has a surge warning into place. this is not over by any means and we just talked earlier about the pumping stations they
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seem to be doing their job. that job is not over and it won't be for quite some time. >> nbc senior national correspondent live from new orleans you. stay safe out there we will be checking back in with you as well stay safe. louisiana is dealing with these two crises simultaneously a large and danger came of course ida that's been battering the state. but also that surge in covid related hospitalizations. which means that patients in the storm's path were unable to move out of harm's way in tonight's check this out, video shot by a nurse in louisiana hospitals, showing her harrowing view of a piece of that facilities roof being blown away by those hurricane-force winds. this is just one of those states where hospitals are reporting the plan to move patients efforts late tomorrow. joining us now is the health reporter for the times tribune and the new orleans advocate. emily thank you so much for being here. you've reported on those two
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hospitals that may have to move patients as soon as they can what can you tell us? >> from what we know right now the storm -- as it is in a lot of other places. i know at one of them part of the roof came off and, it's taking on water. the windows are cracking and i think the situation is just dire now they're trying to move people out as soon as possible. >> one of the most tearing things that 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 it out of the lungs of some icu patients? >> yes so from what we know right now one generator lost power, and so the gender freighters work and the other floors and it was actually icu floor where they lost power so
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those patients are very sick. they had to walk them downstairs, and manually ventilate them from the reports that we're hearing. -- to the best of your knowledge have all these patients been able to be moved? and are they out of danger, in other words away from a place where there is no power? due to operate that of machinery? >> that's what we've heard and the generator that was off line did actually come back on, inland so that's the latest there, but i am not sure exactly what happened. >> as we look ahead we know many of these power outages will go for a while. we know that there are hospitals all across the state that are pushed to their limits. when is the biggest concern as you talk to administrators doctors and nurses across louisiana tonight? >> i think the biggest concern has always been staff to care for people. and now is that some of these
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hospitals are uninhabitable. it's just an avalanche of concerns right now and i don't think we know or understand what has happened yet. >> that is true. emily we thank you for taking the time to talk to us tonight's. held three ford or for the new airplanes advocate. we appreciate. it much more of our coverage of hurricane ida return. stay with us. rage o hurricane ida return stay with us
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we are back live, continuing to monitor hurricane ida as it makes it weighs up through louisiana. and pc news mcgill emigrants 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, we have got 75 miles per hour and above. what are you hearing and how are things feeling there mcgill tonight? >> chris these are some of the strongest conditions we spelled on the over the last hour to. seems the storm system has intensified. we're feeling some of those very powerful gust and we know there been widespread power outages across baton rouge, the city of now 224,000 here in downtown and we use the power the street lights behind me are still on, and many of the buildings, although many of them have generators they also have lights inside of them. that is not the case and many
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low lying neighborhoods, where officials are particularly concerned about flooding. we know police have told us they will not be making rest is tonight and conditions like these, it's simply too dangerous for them to go out to any 9-1-1 calls that are made in this community, so they are waiting for the brunt of the storm to pass over. when that exactly will be remains unclear. we've been told officials say the system we are now experience at the height of the system could last several hours, so we're expecting a powerful win over the next couple of hours to continue, officials say they are prepared for the worst and 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 there really is no room to put people that are injured in the storm like this. some of the local shelters are also housing people tonight and they will ride out the storm at least for tonight in those local shelters. >> have you talked to any folks at the local hospitals what's the backup plan if they have to take and more patients?
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as you say they are already are breaking at the seams. >> many of these bigger medical centers say they can turn 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 of the covid patients here, are infectious and there's concern even at the local shelters here, you 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 mixed with the general population, so they're taking the covid threat here very serious. of course they have another crisis on the year hand the hurricane that continues to burial down. >> two crises. obviously both having an impact on the other, and bc hughes mcgill on the ground in baton rouge. thank you again, stay safe please my friend. tonight we have some very sad news, hurricane ida's first confirmed death, shares office
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just southeast of baton rouge, confirmed tonight a man was killed when a tree fell on his home. that area the river parishes near baton rouge, are smack dab in the middle of hurricane ida at the moment. for more on how the whole area is holding up we go to david mitchell, a reporter for the baton rouge advocate. who works out of the river parishes bureau. david thanks for joining me tonight's, what's the latest you're hearing, how are things where you are? >> we pretty good, the winds are blowing pretty hard, the reporter showed it seems to be picking up. the weather service told us will probably seen the worst of it between ten and one in the morning. it's sort of matching up and as far as the wind, there's less reports of wind damage with trees down and power outages in. this unfortunate situation where the man had a tree foray
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through his home. last i talked we are trying to figure out whether or not we could get amount. we may have to wait for a while before they can get the body out, which is tragedy. >> it's tragedy, upon tragedy, upon tragedy. 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 with the major concerns are when daylight comes. what are they looking to do better they looking to assess? >> i think emily put it, well my colleague, we don't fully know what's going on yet. we're literally operating in the dark. i don't have power. and it's hard to know exactly what's going on, you know there's obviously a lot of wind damage but not how much flooding there is. yeah i haven't had a good read on that yet. we know at the projections, are but until you get out there and start looking at stuff, it's hard to know what's going on, i
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know and speaking to some of the officials and essentially st. james parish, we are expecting those perished subject to title, surge but they were not seeing a lot of that yet. that doesn't mean it hasn't happened, maybe we just don't know it because they can't see, it and it's not clear, but earlier before it got really dark they were telling me that water was coming up some in the bayous. it was a sort of gradual rise but not the extreme title surge that maybe we're hearing projected earlier. that remains to be seen, we have to wait and see what happens when a delay comes. >> a long night ahead, david mitchell you've been very generous with your time and expertise, we do appreciate, it thank you so much. reporter for the baton rouge advocate. up next we will talk live with a man who has been writing out this hurricane on his boat, in hard-hit houma. hard-hit houma
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stayed home. he's riding out the storm on his 47 football, and he's joining us now live from louisiana. mr. rogers thank you for joining, us first the obvious question, how are you? >> fine, much better than we were today. tell us about the storm and tell us, did it hit is hard you had anticipated it might? >> i didn't think it was going to be this bed, i don't even know what to call it, it was a monster. it's absolute detached devastation in south louisiana. >> have you been able to see? much would've been able to see? how can you assess the damage? >> the wind is still kind of low in about 30, but from what i'm seeing, -- from grand aisle louisiana. all of southern parish, it's all absolute devastation
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everyone's house is messed up. i haven't heard of anyone's house that hasn't been messed up, boats flipped, houses flipped. it's just absolute devastation. we took 100 to 150 mile an hour winds for almost four hours, it just never stopped, it just seems to be getting worse and worse. and 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? >> because i have a dad here and when it leave, and i didn't want to leave him in case he needed me. and i have a bow that i didn't want to leave, it's just the nature of louisianans. >> did you think you might not make it? >> scariest day of my life, for hours an hours i was thinking this was it. barry rogers, from home over
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louisiana, i'm glad to hear your voice, i'm glad to hear you are okay. i know you and your friends and neighbors have a long road ahead. you take care. thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us tonight. much more of our special live coverage of hurricane ida next. ge of hurricane ida next
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