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hour. the power outage 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. a nasa astronaut captured these photos, unbelievable, from sfas before it made landfall. and the french quarter in new orleans was hit hard, ida causing significant damage all throughout the city. the president of the united states approved assistance declaration. >> for the people on the gulf coast, i want you to know the plan for the best is planning for the worst. as soon as the storm passes, we're going to put the country's full might behind the rescue and recovery. >> we're going to go live to mississippi. first let's go right to meteorologist bill karins for the very latest forecast.
bill. >> yeah, good morning. with every storm, there's kind of like a fog you have especially right after a landfall. if you go through overnight, people don't have power and we can't tell what's going on in a lot of the areas. that's kind of what we're in right now. we know southeast louisiana was hit hard. we did get some video from the area that made landfall by some of the storm chasers out there. we won't get a real good scope of how bad the damage was until the sun comes up and we get helicopters in the air to show us what some of that looks like. in the new orleans area, we know the biggest issue is power, the power for sewage, the power for people in their houses. it's new orleans. it's hot. it's humid. everyone's had one very uncomfortable night and everyone is wondering how long that's going to continue. the majority of louisiana's power outages are right there? downtown new orleans. as far as the latest on the
storm, it's still barreling just barely. it's approaching areas to the east of natchez, mississippi. it will be toward jackson by the time we get to daybreak. what a night on the coast of the gulf of mexico. the winds off the waters are relentless. there's where we're very concerned with flash flooding problems and now that's starting to shift toward mobile. as far as max wind gusts, they've come down significantly. baton rouge is at 23 miles an hour. the wind damage portion of the storm is starting to come to an end. that's good. as far as the strongest winds, down along the coast. 150-mile-per-hour wind gusts. there was a boat that was docked
in the area. the boat was a higher elevation than the ground surface. they had a wind gust of 172 miles per hour. that's where the extreme wind damage is going to be. that's also where the highest storm surge was. new orleans had a gust at 87 miles per hour. that was enough to peel a roof off. we still have our tornado watch that goegs from new orleans to biloxi and covers pensacola. pretty far over to the florida panhandle and hattie'sburg and biloxi included. by 7:00 p.m. thisevening the storm is down by jackson, mississippi. then the storm system, it's going to be bringing heavy rain all the way through the mid-atlantic and even into areas of the northeast by the time we get through wednesday night and thursday morning. all this means is a chance of
significant flash flooding as we go throughout the day today, tonight, and the next couple of days. areas of mississippi, tennessee, kentucky, how much rain are we going to see? that area of maroon, that includes biloxi to baton rouge and hammitt. we have a growing number. additional rainfall today, up to 5 inches in mississippi. look at that rain in tennessee. it's been a wet summer in west virginia, pennsylvania, and southern new england who seven days ago was hit by tropical storm henri was hit with 5 to 7 inches of rain. we'll be talking flood conditions to rhode island. the wind surge is over with and storm surge is over with. now it will be my job to keep
track of who's going to be experiencing the worst flooding. >> to reiterate, you say until the end of the week to the northeast this storm is going to continue? >> well, the storm itself, we'll stop calling it a tropical storm by sometime tomorrow and then it will mofr into a regular event storm across the country, but it's still going to have this tropical moisture with it. it's going to be a big heavy rain event. it will not be an issue for other areas. it will be a wet summer. a lot of the rivers are running high. it will be very easy to get flash flooding. >> bill karins, thanks very much. we'll see you in a little bit. joining us now from gulfport, mississippi, shaq is with us. you talked about potential tornados and flash flooding. how are things looking there now, my friend?
>> i'll tell you. i'll start on the threat of tornadoes we had. our team had very little sleep yesterday. that's because all through the night you had those alarms going off warning of possible tornadoes. that tornado warning threat was all throughout the night. in addition to that bill mentioned the tropical force winds and the rain they're still getting on the outer most parts of the storm. you're definitely still feeling that in gulfport. we talked to the mayor yesterday and the police chief. their biggest concern was the storm surge and the possibility of the storm surge and the closures that would lead to it. highway 90 right now, we're kind of in the same fog bill was talking about in terms of it being the middle of the night where you hadn't been able to go out and assess the full damage and assess what's happening. sprinklers are going on right now. highway 90, which is the main road that goes along the beach,
that's washed out. in some areas it's completely closed, in others, completely impa impassable. that's why a curfew has been in effect. you saw throughout the day where this storm really shifted and it shifted very quickly. it would go through periods of light rain, light wind. sometimes you would see the sun break out and 20 minutes later wind bets really whipping up. gusts that bill said yesterday were getting up to 60 miles per hour. that's enough to do significant damage, enough to bring down tree limbs and power lines and again that threat of tornados. there are local reports of possible tornados in the gulfport area. of course, that can't be confirmed until the national weather service can come out and do their assessment. as the wind picks up a little bit more, we're going to have this push and pull where things die down and then you have aggressive gusts as this hurricane continues to make its way through the country.
jacob? >> nbc's shaq brewster in gulfport, mississippi, where there will be a flash flood warning. joining us now nbc national news correspondent sam brock. sam, what are you seeing there? >> reporter: it's a sobering situation, jacob. good morning. it's pitch black. no power. a million-plus customers in the state of louisiana have no electricity. you've got to figure more than half the state right now probably with no power. i'm standing here in prairieville because we're on our way to laplace. there's so much wind and tree damage, power lines down. we're in ascension parish, a suburb of baton rouge. this is where the first fatality has already been noted, a 60-year-old man inside his home. a tree fell on his house. he has passed away.
we're looking into that. this is south of lake ponchartrain. there are reports with the navy fleet captain, thousands requesting rescue that they cannot reach right now because of how dark and dangerous the situation s live wires in the water, pitch black, boats in the water. they're not going to do it. sometime around 10:00 last night they started seeing water rising from the storm surge to the point where people were seeing 6 to 12 feet of water in their homes. our nbc station hear! hear! said a family was contacted 891 911 from their attic a lot of people not having success with that. they had a couple hundred of people head count. it's probably in the thousands. we're on our way over there.
that's another major story line. then you have the city of the new orleans, which energy, the largest energy provider, has lost all transmission lines. there's no power there. they say without power, they're trying to find a pathway to restore power for using backup generator for everyone that's on. they warned going into the situation it could have been a matter of weeks before they fully restore power. one other point, jacob, i'd like to make, regarding water and sewage. the sewage and water board for new orleans, their pumping stations, many of them may have sustained critical damage. why is that so important not just for pumping sewage out but pumping drinking water into the city has been compromised. they've been using self-generated power. energy said they've been trying to get backup generators there
as well. that's a critical situation we're watching here. the rain coming down not too far from baton rouge has started to subside as the storm moves north but there's a rescue situation that will be going on all day. we're headed to laplace as soon as we finish our conversation. clean drinking water is absolutely critical. we talk about that on our channel. if you do not have clean drinking water down there? louisiana, we all know the consequences of that. sam on his way to laplace, louisiana, a 40-minute drive from where he is now. still ahead, we're going to be following the path of hurricane ida all morning long and the latest from afghanistan where overnight the united states shot down rockets aimed at the kabul airport. we'll be right back. kabul airpt we'll be right back.
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special edition of "way too early." we're going down to afghanistan. according to a u.s. official who spoke with reuters, a missile defense system intercepted multiple rockets fired at hamid karzai international airport this morning. officials say as many as five rockets were fired, although, it was not clear if the defense system brought down all of them. white house press secretary jen psaki said president biden had been briefed on the thwart of the attack writing in brief, quote, 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 in 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 that was, of course, set by president biden. according to the latest numbers provided by the state department, approximately 250 u.s. citizens are still in the country. since august 14th, the u.s. says it's evacuated more than 114,000 people, including close to 3,000 between just saturday and sunday alone. and as for the thousands of afghans who worked with the u.s. military who have not yet been evacuated. "the new york times" reported their window to be airlifted out has been closed. a text message was sent out late saturday which read in part, quote, we regret to inform you that international military evacuations from kabul airport have ended. joining us now from germany, matt bradley. matt, glad to talk to you this morning. as evacuations are slowing down and i'm sure you're seeing it
there on the ground, what is the scene at the air base? >> reporter: yeah, what we've been seeing the whole time -- we've been here ooh week, jacob -- if you look behind me, you'll have to use a little bit of imagination. you can't really see it. what you're seeing is the rare sight of commercial jets landing at what is the largest air base outside of u.s. borders. this has been going on since the crisis began. almost everybody who comes out of after gaffe stan was ferried through here at ramstein. this is where the state department does their processing. the tempo hasn't necessarily changed. it's been frenetic to say the least. what is at the peak, about 17,000 people. that is what we heard late last week, which is the maximum that's been accommodated here in the massive tense sprawling city you can almost see to the left sitting off of one of these hangars here. it was supposed to take 24 to 72
hours to process each person. it's a massive process. the jets had been basically requisitioned by law. we've been watching that the whole time. so, you know, whether they can pick up the pace here, it doesn't seem as though they can. they're stopping in doha, in qatar, and then they move here. it really is up to the state department to see how fast they can process these people. you know, jacob, we're talking about the panic in kabul. it looks as though you just mentioned the data to get americans, that has left. the diplomatic personnel were finally being lifted out. the embassy had moved to the airport. they picked up sticks and was on
its way out too. that deadline for finally leaving afghanistan, that's tomorrow. remember, there are still thousands of u.s. troops there. they have to be evacuated too. that's also a massive undertaking. so to say that this is a major effort is really sort of an understatement. this is continuing. it's continuing at a pace. any rocket fire can't possibly stop this. that's why in any situation if airports were going to be taking rocket fire as it did today, it would staal things, but it is not. it has to keep going. >> matt, i want to ask you about this drone strike against isis-k that was announced by the administration. i know you've reported extensively on isis and are following this closely. there are reports the target was assassinated in the strike, but also reports of civilian casualties. what can you tell us about the latest on that strike?
>> reporter: yeah, jacob. i can't tell you anything about that. nothing is confirmed. what we have learned is from local media, "associated press," others. the taliban has been saying the children were killed. nbc news hasn't been able to fully nail that down. a lot is going to have to come from the u.s. government. they say they were going to go in and check on reports to say civilians have been killed. from what we could tell from the original reports, this air strike happened in what seemed like a residential neighborhood. this was a car loaded with essentially isis-k suicide bombers who had explosives on them and it looked as though they were headed to the airport to fulfill what was an intelligence warning from, as of yesterday morning, that there was going to be yet another catastrophic suicide attack on the environs around the area. that was going to be isis-k's second strike. so if it looks like this drone
strike, this what they call over-the-horizon drone strike succeeded in killing these isis-k operatives, it's unclear whether that threat has diminished. again, this question of civilians is something everybody is still trying to nail down. jacob? >> nbc's matt bradley. thank you. hospitalizations across the country continue to surge, now past 100,000. before we go to break, a live look at new orleans. the city is completely at this hour without electricity. we're going to get a live report in a few minutes. doan go anywhere. we're going to be right back on msnbc.
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average for hospitalized covid patients is 100,000. this is higher than any surge with the exception of last winter before most americans were eligible for the vaccine. hospitals are overwhelmed by the influx of patients and health care workers being absolutely pushed to the brink. for the first time since march, deaths have risen on an average of more than 1,000 a day. in the past two months, patients vin creased by nearly 500% particularly across the southern states where icu beds are filling up. meanwhile florida is seeing the brunt of the impact where more than 17,000 people are hospitalized. that is the midwest of any state in the country, and that's followed by texas. florida is so overrun with covid cases right now that more than a dozen mobile morgues are being sent to nine hospitals around the central part of the state. an nbc affiliate in orlando reports that advent health, which is receiving some of these portable morgues is also using,
this is a quote, rented refrigerated coolers and those are becoming filled as well. they believe it's due to a bag lock at local funeral homes that cannot keep up with the demand. meanwhile a florida judge has knocked down the law and says it doesn't pass muster. school districts have a right to set policies like mask mandates so long as they have a tailored interest. the judge made clear he was not ruling against the governor ron desantis, but taking action to bar state agencies enforcing the governor's orders on mask mandates. in response the governor's office said, quote, it with us made not based on science and
facts and the merits of the case. the state plans to appeal. meanwhile here in new york health officials have made masks mandatory for schools. on friday, newly installed governor kathy hochul confirmed the order that requires students, faculty, and staff to wear masks. others in the country have pushed back against mask and vaccine mandates. as numbers have started to rise, more local governments are starting to implement these rules. kids under the age of 12 have yet to get approval for a vaccine. an unvaccinated teacher who showed up to her classroom in marin county who had symptoms of a cough, fever, and headache ended up infecting half of her students with covid-19 as well
as officials as well. they initiated an investigation into the classroom outbreak three days after the teacher reported testing positive. while she was usually masked she made an exception for story time so she could read to the kids. the "washington post" reports that by the time she learned she was positive for the coronavirus two days later, half of her class of 24 had been infected. nearly all of them in the two rows closest to her desk and the outbreak passed on to parents and siblings. it highlights the potential danger for kids under the age of 12, the only group right now in the united states ineligible for the vaccine as the absolutely hyperinfectious delta cases pass through the country. still ahead, new orleans is all too familiar with devastation brought on by hurricanes. we're going back to the big easy
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nearly 1 million homes are without power as i'm speaking to you right now, including the entire city of new orleans. let's go right to jay gray. jay, good morning. how are things there? >> reporter: jjacob, you described it perfectly. this city is battered. we're getting wind from the elements. the rain has dropped off thankfully. i'm going to show you some of the damage we talked about. we see a portion of a roof. it is totally blocking this area in the french quarter, and i'm going to show you where it came from. it came from across the street. it was lifted off the top of that building and thrown across the street in the french quarter. you hear the alarms going off, windows shattered.
we're getting a first glimpse. it ravaged the entire city. no power. there won't be power for 72 hours, in some areas, even longer than that. some lines snapped. they're actually in the mississippi river right now. so they're going to have to be pulled free and re-established and obviously that's going to take some time, jacob. it's a real mess. as the sun comes up, we'll get a better idea. thankfully at this point, a bit of a break. it's something this city needs. >> nbc's jay gray. thank you so much. i want to go an hour outside of new orleans to check in with nbc news correspondent sam brock in prairieville, louisiana. sam, have the conditions changed at all since we last talked? >> reporter: no. the rain is light. the wind has started to die down as well. we're fully expected to see a picture of devastation once we have the light of day.
i will say this. 911 communications, the operation center in new orleans where jay is right now tweeted overnight. they're having serious communications. if you have an emergency, find the nearest fire station or police officer. that's the advice going on right now and how dire the situation is in new orleans. as you mentioned, i'm in prairieville right now. we were driving along highway 61 as we see sheriff's deputies driving by right here. this tree in the middle of the highway. this is not the main highway. it's highway 61. i'm safe right now. this tree has spilled out onto the road. there are power lines on the road as you mentioned, jacob. about a million customers in the state of louisiana have no power right now. this is also the same location in ascension parish where we have one confirmed fatality. it's the first one from hurricane ida so far. a man had a tree fall over onto his home, 60 years old.
the local sheriff confirming that much. there's a potential crisis situation going on 45 minutes from where i am right now in laplace. that's a small community near lake ponchartrain. i called the fleet captain who's part of a volunteer group that goes out to rescue people in flood situations like this. they tell me the reports are accurate. thousands are calling in for rescues, and they can't do anything about it at the moment because it is simply too dangerous. he said there are countless volunteers just waiting so they can see in the light of the day if there are live wires or be able to steer their boats through 6 to 12 feet of water there. a local nbc affiliate had contact with a family from their attic. they say their 911 communications were going in and out. it's one community. it's kind of scary what we might
find. again, that's our next destination. i would add finally the transmission lines as jay was saying are out in new orleans. all eight transmission lines are affecting sewer and water operations. there are 84 stations throughout the city, and they tweeted out this is new orleans sewage and water board, that they're not sure how many are functional, but they're expecting critical damage to a number of them which affects not just the city's ability to pump sewage out but clean drinking water in. it could have a major impact on people's ability to function right now in the immediate aftermath of ida. i take it that's where things stand right now. >> i know you want to get on your way to laplace. i want to say eight minutes away is where gonzalez was. i want to say i'm thinking about all the people there as well. now let's turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins. you're the man everybody wants
to hear from. i'll let you take it away. >> we're going to find out in the next 15 minutes if this has been downgraded to a tropical storm and if we can can cancel hurricane warnings. the winds haven't been that strong. we haven't had many gusts close to hurricane strength, so we continue to watch the wind effects minimizing. so we have obviously the landfall yesterday, 150-mile-per-hour winds. it's taking a long time for this thing to slowly weaken down in probably a couple of minutes. here's the latest advisory. they still have it at 75. we'll probably come down to somewhere between 65 or 60 with the next update. notice the rainfall. yesterday it looks like this could have headed over to baton rouge. it tracked a little bit to the east of there, and baton rouge compared to new orleans, the
forecast wasn't as bad. new orleans was a little worse. that's because of the shift in new orleans after it made landfall. we were thinking 12 to 16 inches of rain. but with that shift to the east, the heavy rain is situated over mississippi and the alabama border than it is over areas from baton rouge. it's barely even raining in new orleans right now. maybe that's a glimmer of home for when the sun comes up in new orleans. they'll get some rain, but the torrential rains will be to your east. eventually it will be heading up to areas like birmingham and tuscaloosa. as far as the forecast goes, the areas you see in yellow and red, that's the heavy rainfall. today it moves slowly across mississippi. there will be a tornado threat this afternoon. and areas of nashville up to kentucky. once you get a storm like this in the mountainous areas of
chattanooga, that's where you'll see flash flooding. on wednesday the storm passes over the afternoon lay shans in the areas of west virginia. pennsylvania, even washington, d.c., could get heavy rain come wednesday evening, and the flood threat will go over the top of new york city,er hartford, and providence. we will track the storm as it goes through the northeast. as far as flash flooding goes, jacob, the areas in maroon down on the coast, that's where we have floosh flooding or flash flooding emergencies for levies that are over the top, flooding, or the hen rain threat. the latest is the mobile area is under a flash flood warning. there's damage being done from the water, but the wind damage is just about over with. there shouldn't be too much more of that. >> hurricane ida on its way to becoming a tropical storm ida. thank you very much, bill. still ahead on this special edition of "way too early,"
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carrying multiple suicide bombers from the affiliate isis-k before they could attack the kabul airport, according to american officials. an afghan official speaking on a condition of anonymity said three children were killed in the strike. according to a senior u.s. official, a u.s. military fired a drone into a truck. there was an initial explosion followed by a much larger fireball. a spokesman for central command said, quote, substantial and powerful subsequent explosion resulted from destruction of the vehicle which may, they say, have caused additional casualties. he added the military is investigating further, and, quote, we would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life. yesterday's drone strike following the isis-k suicide
attack on thursday. it took service members and 169 afghans. the president and first lady gathered with the families of 13 service members killed in last week's kabul airport attack. it was part of a tigny feed transfer to honor the flalen. nbc news correspondent ali vitali reports. >> reporter: president joe biden honoring the fallen, the remains of u.s. service members killed in kabul arriving home in the united states in flag draped caskets. among them, 23-year-old marine sergeant, nicole gee, one of two women kill odden the front lines. she captured this video cradling a baby, i love my job. the president himself at times bowed his head and closed his
eyes. he and the first lady along with the secretary of defense, state, and joint chiefs gathered with families at the dover airport base for hours. a somber dignified transfer, a weight born by presidents before him. the white house on alert for the high likelihood of more attacks still to come and preparing for new realities after the august 31st deadline. >> in terms of have an on-the-ground diplomatic presence, that's not likely to happen. >> reporter: the taliban giving assurances they'll be able to leave freely. >> after august 31st, we believe we have substantial leverage to hold the taliban to its commitments. >> reporter: and the defense against isis-k ongoing. >> they're in the process of
identifying further targets to action. >> our thanks to ali vitali for that report. still ahead, much more on where ida is heading next after pound the gulf coast as a dangerous category 4 hurricane, plus remembering a tv legend. the life and legacy of ed asner when we come right back. now with the samsung galaxy z fold 3 on verizon 5g ultra wideband, there's no more fear of missing out. or as i like to say... (crowd) no mo fo mo! download a movie in seconds, while acting in a movie. hyah! while also writing a movie. game on the go on the fastest 5g in the world. he's cheating! (crowd gasps) (whispers) i gotta go! (vo) 5g ultra wideband, available in many major cities. switch to verizon and get up to $1,000 off. (hasan) no mo fo mo forever!
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california's board voted to free sirhan sirhan, the man who killed kennedy. there was an argument to keep him behind bars. six of nine kennedy's surviving children were shocked to reverse the parole board's position. they wrote late friday, he took our father from our family and he took him from mirk.
we're in disbelief that this man would be recommended for relief. sirhan has served 53 years for the 1968 assassination jr. robert junior and his brother told the board they were relieved. in a wide interview, justice stephen breyer said he's struggling to decide when to retire from the supreme court but said, quote, i don't think i'm going to stay there until i die. the seniormost liberal justice is taking into account a host of factors including who will follow him. he said i don't want somebody appointed who will reverse everything i've done for the last 25 years. justice breyer added that will inevitably be in the psychology of his decision, according to "the new york times." some have asked him to step down
while democrats control the white house and senate as well. television legend ed asner is dead at the age of 91. he was best known for portraying the gruff news man lou grant on "the mary tyler moore show." we have more on the gifted actor. >> you know what? you've got spunk. >> well, yeah. >> i hate spunk. >> reporter: he plays no-nonsense lou grant. he drew from his blue collar roots. >> the job pays $10 less a week than a sectarian job. >> reporter: born in kansas city, missouri, his first job was on the assembly line for general motors. the acting bug bit him while in the military overseas. in 1969 he landed his break in
an elvis presley movie in which mary tyler moore also played a role. >> when i read that script, i thought, this is the best character i've ever come across. >> i'm not going to embarrass you by spinning this. >> reporter: playing the same character for seven more years. >> i was tired. prior to the show being canceled, i thought, oh, bo, have i lost my love of acting? >> reporter: asner preferred roles that played opposite his character. >> santa. >> back off, slick. >> i realized i was a better actor and loved it more than ever. >> reporter: offscreen, asner
fought for artist rights, serving two terms as president of the screen actors guild. he was very vocal against the iraq war. in 2009 asner ee voice as the grumpy old man carl from pixar's "up" led to a new generation. he won seven emmy awards, equal parts actor, activist, and leader, an old school approach that helped shaped hollywood on and off the screen. steve patterson, nbc news. >> ed asner dead at 91. our thanks to steve patterson for that report. coming up next, we're just over an hour from daylight from the gulf coast. we'll see the latest on ida. the latest from the storm when we come right back. when we come right back
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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