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turns the system inside out because the thing designed to keep the water out now sort of keeps it in and, frankly, there's nowhere for water to go. that's what authorities are looking for through all of this, whether or not they're winding up with places where the water just can't go anywhere except to the places where people live. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hello again, everyone. welcome to this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we we are on storm watch. breaking news, hurricane barry is now a category one hurricane, expected to make landfall shortly. this is morgan city, louisiana where already the surf is kicking up and they're experiencing bands of rain because of that hurricane. right now the storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 7 -- 75 miles per hour. nearly a million people in all are directly in the path of
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hurricane barry. moments ago the mayor of new orleans once again urging residents to stay put. >> although you may not have seen rainfall as we've been discussing, it is coming our way. so, please, continue to listen and react accordingly. >> we've also learned a levee in myrtle grove is overtopping, about 40 miles outside of new orleans. it is one of two levees that was not reinforced and hurricane katrina. power lines snapped, more than 77,000 people without electricity in louisiana. we're covering the storm across the region now. natasha chen is west of new orleans in morgan city. natasha, you've been hit by
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bands of rain in and out. what else are people feeling and experiencing there? >> reporter: it's a lot more wind than rain just at the moment. we ran into the public information officer for st. mary parish, the parish we're in right now. he was talking about some of the concerns they have. they've gotten a couple of medical calls, for example, in a neighboring city and there are growing concerns that they may not be able to get to some of those calls very soon because a lot of roads are blocked right now with debris and downed trees. i want to show you the street that we're on. for a while there were some people coming by and just looking around, but you can see sandbags, people have prepared the best they can around these straits. that's because the main concern here is flooding and the rain, the heavy rain that we're expecting is yet to come. so the city's pumps will be tested at that time. of course we're also seeing massive flooding from the river here. it was already quite flooded before the storm. you can see that -- you can
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barely see the top of that trash can right there. this is all a major concern. the mayor was talking about what people should do. there was a voluntary evacuation as of yesterday, and he had a message for the people who are still here. >> there's a lot of work to be done. we're out there to protect you, but it's hard to do it when we're trying to deal with a lot of sight seers. hunker don't, we'll try to get this city back to normal. the problem is we haven't seen the worst of it yet. it's just starting. >> reporter: a lot of people here in morgan city are without power. we saw some transformers across the river blow up this morning as we were here. we'll definitely be tracking some of this weather, expecting more rain as the day goes on, fred. >> natasha, when you pointed and said it's difficult to see the trash can -- i think you're on a bridge, right? just below you is a river walk
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or promenade and now it's inundated with water? >> reporter: this is the morgan city sea wall and the sea wall is next to this river, these stairs go owl the wall the way bottom. you can't even see the top of the bench right now but there are definitely waves now splashing at the bottom of thieves ste these steps. it was already flooded even before the storm, fred. >> that's very significant. appreciate it. let's talk now with reid timmer, an accuweather and weather extreme meteorologist. what's going on? where are you? >> reporter: i'm on the northern side of morgan city. this is an exposed area. we're getting hammered by southerly winds. there was a very large camper that was just about 200 yards east of my location here.
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you can see a bit of storm surge as well it's coming in squalls. almost look minuty water spots. and it's heavy rain, that's when it mixes up and the stronger winds at the surface -- squalls around here. there are power lines down. folks are without power. i expect the winds to continue to ramp up here in morgan city.
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>> reed, that live shot demonstrative of what 75 mile-per-hour winds ares are a category one, in morgan city. appreciate that. our chad myers i believe is in our weather center. yes? chad, let's take a look at this storm and what it is doing. just last hour it was 40 miles or so off the coast. it is a slow mover and that is very frightening for folks in this low basin area because that means the slower it goes, the more rain that's dumped, the more accumulation, et cetera. kind of paint the picture of what this thing is doing right now as a category one storm. >> the whole issue is the slow movement. and those were extreme pictures there from reed and reed's always in the middle of everything. he takes chances like no one else does. that's why he gets those
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pictures. but it's the rainfall that's going to be the true problem here. 75 mile-per-hour wind will knock a few things down, but it isn't going to be a category two, three or four 130 mile-per-hour damage maker. it's going to be a flood maker. all of these rivers are going to be out of their banks. maybe not the mississippi at new orleans, that's the good news, the levees are in place, the levees are fine, the water's at 17, the levees go to 20. there may still be some surge but not that significant of a surge. we're not going to see water getting pushed up the mississippi. we saw it yesterday, but it's not truly going to happen anymore. and all of this rainfall from baton rouge down to new orleans, even though it's 10 to 20 inches, that doesn't go into the mississippi. there are no rivers that go into the mississippi south like that. all the water there has to go away from the mississippi because the levees hold it out.
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all those rivers and streams, ditches and bayous go away from the mississippi river. so there's no real flood threat yet from the mississippi to new orleans because we're not going to get any real rainfall falling in it. we're going to see it spin, we're going to see it die. as it dies, it's just going to dump its water. it's going to dump its rainfall. we haven't seen a lot of rainfall onshore. it's in the gulf of mexico right now. when the rain gets here, that's when the rain south of the low is going to be on land. that's the real problem we're going to have. i do think we're going to get landfall here rather quickly, if it hasn't already happened. it's hard to tell where land starts and water ends in louisiana when you're way down where they are down there. we're going to see many rivers at major or even record crests over the next couple days, fred. >> all right. we are already seeing a prelude
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to some of those consequences and already it doesn't look good in a lot of areas. chad myers, thank you so much. with me, ken graham, the director of the national hurricane center in miami. what are your expectations here? every hurricane is unpredictable. you can only expect, you know, far off so much. but what is it shaping up to be right now, this hurricane barry? >> i tell you, chad really hit it hard. he's right. look at the water and the moisture that we have with the system. what an unusual look to it. you look in a textbook and see what a hurricane should look like. it's not this. it's hard to tell where the land begins and where the ocean is there. at the same time, it's kind of a large area with some different spins within it so the center is even hard to find at this point. the precipitation doesn't even wrap around the center, 75 mile-an-hour winds, very gusty. this is one of the rain bands
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we've been advertising for about three days. it looks like the storms are moving fast but the reality is they're moving over the same area. you don't have to be near the center to have problems. 150 miles away you can have some of those flooding rains so a very dangerous situation. >> you said the center is difficult to pinpoint but you know it's a hurricane because of the wipds nds, 75 miles per hout least 74 which makes a storm like this a hurricane, but what else is characteristic of a hurricane that you're seeing in this system? >> it's interesting. it really is about the winds. we are getting the winds that are hurricane strength. there's a center but it's so large. in this case look at the size of the center. how many times do we see a hurricane with this small eye and eye wall. that's not what we see. that's what makes this an interesting situation, how large the center is. a lot of it is not even closed off by precipitation. you can't even see it by the
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rain. it's just the winds. it's got the classic look of the rainfall but not necessarily the center. >> what kind of advice do you have for residents who are in their homes? we heard from the mayor of new orleans who says pay attention and stay where you are, shelter in place. you know, these floods can be very unpredictable because just as you and chad have been describing kind of the low basin, this is below sea level in so many parts that are being hit right now, the water can come really fast. >> yeah, the big advice that i have is even looking at the satellite, we've got a long way to go. this is a slow-moving storm. all this moisture in the gulf of mexico still has to stream up. the stalts are easy. 83% of the fatalities in the last couple of years have been local water, especially in cars.
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stay off the roads. >> ken graham, thank you very much. this is new orleans. you can see the water is very high. the ground already saturated, not only because of the rainfall today but over a period of days there's been a lot of rain. we'll be right back with more. ♪ when you have diabetes, dietary choices are crucial to help manage blood sugar, but it can be difficult to find a balanced solution. try great-tasting boost glucose control. the patented blend of protein, fat, and carbs is part of a balanced formula that's clinically shown to help manage blood sugar levels. in fact, it provides 60% more protein than the leading diabetes nutrition shake and contains only 1 carb choice. enjoy the balanced nutrition of boost glucose control as part of a healthy diet.
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a category one, is already moving closer to landfall with winds of 75 miles per hour. i'm joined right now on the phone by guy mcguiness, president of st. bernard parish in louisiana, which includes parts of new orleans. give me an idea of what you all are experiencing there right now. >> yes, fredricka. thank you for calling us here today. we are blessed here. we have very little surge associated with this storm for us. the predictions of overtopping of the mississippi river levee and plaquemines parish did not pan out here. we did not experience a lot of rain. the sheriff and i are assessing
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our parish pnd. we have a few downed trees and out of power and that's about it so far. >> are you on pins and needles? it's such a slow-moving storm. it's nearly standing in place because it's creeping along at just 40 miles per hour. it's expected to dump a lot more rain over the next couple of days. >> we are still staying vigilant and weep a are still taking thi storm serious. i tell you, back on wednesday when they were talking about the flood stage being at 20 feet, knowing that our levees are on average of 20 feet and there are some low points in our levees, there was a lot of contentious discussion amongst local leaders. our governor did a great job in getting the correct information to the local officials to make sure that we could give our residents the right information. but i can tell you, this is a
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three-prong approach to us. we have a surge from the river, a surge from the gulf and a heavy rain event that we might get. as you know, new orleans got flooded just a couple of days ago with the deluge, but we are always on the lookout for that. >> sure. so do you concern yourself at all about making sure, you know, residents are not lulled into a sense of complacency that, okay, your levees are at 20 feet and some of the expectations of water have been lowered to 17 feet, that people will get out and about in their vehicles, walking, et cetera, and there's still another day of rain. do you worry people could find themselves in trouble? >> i really don't, fredricka. we go back to katrina, it was the next morning, the sup was out and people were picking up trashs and that's when the
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floods came. people know that from the messages from our governor, the local and federal local have been please stay off of roads if you can being take this storm serious, wait until it complete hi passes us we can look at the weather report. i don't worry about that as much because of we've been through in the past. >> i love your sense of confidence there. people there are largely very wise and very experienced. they know what these storms can bring and what the potential usually is. guy mcguiness, thank you so much, president of st. bernard parish. appreciate it. all the best. >> with barry about to make landfall very shortly, the impacts are being felt in other places, along the louisiana coast. emergency preparations are indeed under way.
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randy kay -- randi kaye is in baton rouge. >> reporter: the water is definitely rising, the winds have picked up. you see the trees out there, they're already dipping into the water from the wind and the water is rising along them. what people here are most worried about is the water. it's the number one issue. as strong as the winds are here right now, that he in 2016 experienced a huge storm here and people are still recovering from that. you can see here the water is already coming up just on the steps of where we are. but they're still recovering from that. i talked to one woman who has been living in a fema trailer for three years, another woman who has already evacuated her
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home in denim springs because she had five feet of water back in 2016. just a few weeks ago, a man here in baton rouge died in his car trying to escape flooding from a storm. right now they have the national guard in place. they are at the ready. they have the high-water vehicles so they can go to people's homes and rescue them if they do get trapped in flooding as the storm rolls through the area. there's also public works guys that are checking all the pumps in the city, making sure they're working to p ing ting t ing tin here. the problem is if you great lot of water into the mississippi and other rivers and water ways, it has nowhere to go because the gulf is pushing the winds up this way and the wends are pushing the water up this way. we're going to keep an eye here. we know there's a a couple of
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shelters here as well. we spoke to the mayor's office and they say they are ready. no matter what this storm brings, neighboring states are here to help them. these winds are kicking up. you can see it here and we're feeling it for sure. hopefully it won't get too bad here in baton rouge. but we are ready. >> 75 mile-per-hour winds are pretty forceful. take care. we'll check back with you, randi. we will continue to follow breaking news on the track of this hurricane, hurricane barry, a category one storm. amount least one of the levees that was not reinforced after hurricane katrina is now overtopping. we have live coverage from louisiana. look for the updates at the top of the hour.
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take a look at video of rescuers who have come to the aid of these horses. we'll have live team coverage from louisiana coming up. also now turning to the political firestorm around immigration. i.c.e. eights are expected to carry out raids against undocumented immigrants in at least nine u.s. cities starting tomorrow. here as a look at where those raids are expected to take place, but mayors in several cities have already made clear that they will not allow their police forces to cooperate with i.c.e. agents. meanwhile, vice president mike pence is defending the deportation rates as a critical way to enforce the law and stem the flow of illegal immigration. pamela brown spoke to the vice president about those raids. >> >> reporter: it's important to ask you about the i.c.e. raids on sunday that the president
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talked about. who exactly will they be targeting? >> i can't talk about the timing of law enforcement activity. let me say that immigration and customs enforcement has continuously been doing their job over the course of this administration. but the upcoming efforts are going to focus exclusively on individuals who have been fully adjudicated and ordered by a judge to be deported. >> reporter: what about families? >> these will be individuals who are facing a deportation order, and the priority that homeland security and ice will be placing will be on those individuals who have also committed other crimes in this country and represent a threat to our communities. >> reporter: so not just crossing the border illegally but other crimes? >> the focus and priority will be on individuals who have also committed other crimes, but it's very clear in my conversations
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with immigrations, customs enforcements officials and d.h.s. that every individual who will be apprehended in this upcoming effort has already been ordered out of the country by a judge, is facing a legal deportation order, and we expect immigrations and customs enforcement to act on deportation orders and remove people from this country that our courts have said will no longer be here. >> reporter: will families be separated? >> people will be separated from this country who our courts have ordered to be deported. >> reporter: so families could be separated? >> i want to be clear on pamela. priorities will be on people who have committed crimes this this country, members of ms-13, people who have committed violent acts, they'll be moving against those individuals and deporting them under the law and under a lawful order by a judge
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at that they be deported. that's what the america people expect to us do. >> reporter: what happens if a child is at day care or at summer camp, the parent is arrested. is that child going to go home to an empty house? what's going to happen? >> pamela, i am very confident that the american people recognize that the way forward to deal with this crisis of illegal immigration is to enforce our laws and enforcing court-order court-o court-ordered deportation. the american people expect to us enforce our laws and put the interests of americans first. >> reporter: these raid expect
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to start tomorrow and will be at several cities throughout the country. there are people expected to be arrested. but there are some questions and i asked four different times whether families would be separated. he was vague. he did say the priority would be on those who have committed crimes beyond crossing the border, but he was vague on whether those who haven't committed crimes will be swept up in these raids and also the practical questions of what will happen to those parents whose kids are u.s. citizens or whose kids are away at day camp that day, will they go home to an empty house? this was a raid put on hold by president trump, he was asked for a plan on asylum laws and now they're back on. back to you. >> reporter: and touring the facilities, what were his
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impressions overall? >> reporter: we went to two different facilities here in mcallen, texas and nearby. the first was a facility housing families. it was a cavernous, large, air-conditioned facility, built in may to help with the overcrowding. it's considered one of the fine are facilities. there was an abundance of supplies, of snacks, of medical supplies. the kids were watching hispanic animated film that we saw and they seemed to be well cared for by the c.b.p. agents. a couple of the kids said it took them two to three months to make it there from their home country and that was evidenced by the crusted mud on their shoes and clothes. we are told they're given showers shortly after arriving. that was a facility housing the families. they are all processed normally within 30 hours, well within the
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72-hour limit. then we went to the single adult migrant facility and it was a starkly different experience there. we walked into what was called a sally port. there was nearly 400 men packed into cages. many of them the only thing they had were these continue to foil blankets. we are told by c.b.p. the area is cleaned sometimes a day. some of. men complained, they say they hadn't taken showers. the trailer with showers had just arrived the day before v.p. pence's arrival there. some complained about not brushing their teeth, those c.b.p. says they have the opportunity to do that once a day. it was very hot there. that is really where we saw the overcrowding we've opinibeen reporting on.
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d.h.s. says it's building a new facility because of supplemental funding from congress that has recently passed. but certainly the question is what will happen moving forward? right now border crossings are down because of the heat, because mexico is helping out more, but moving forward it remains to be seen how this is going to be handled. back to you. >> pamela brown in mcallen, texas, thank you so much. >> we are also following breaking news of hurricane barry expected to make landfall soon as a category one storm. the governor of louisiana is expected to give an update on the storm. we'll bring that to you as it happens. we'll be right right back. jimmy's gotten used to his whole room smelling like sweaty odors.
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hurricane barry now a category one storm, and it's expected to make landfall shortly. grand isle, louisiana is already feeling the effects of the storm with the majority of the roads covered now in water. almost a million people overall are in barry's path. both louisiana and mississippi are now under states of emergency. and people there are being warned to now shelter in place. more than 77,000 residents are already without power. cnn meteorologist chad myers is tracking barry for us. still a slow mover and that's a big problem. >> it certainly is. it's a problem with people that
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are very anxious about when landfall is. honestly, the calls here "has it made landfall" -- can you hear me now, can you hear me now, can you hear me now? no, it hasn't and we'll say so when it does. it's going to be very hard to figure out when it's over land because the land is so interspersed down there. there are people in their houses down there and they will make the call. 75 miles per hour, moving northwest at 6 miles per hour and that is going to be the problem. six miles per hour. all of this rain, all of this humidity from the gulf of mexico which at one point before the storm just sat on top of it was 90 degrees fahrenheit. that's the fuel to the fire. that's the humidity in the air. that's what we call precip itable water. what is in the air that is going to precipitate?
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that's likely over the range of baton rouge. the models have moved west over the last couple of mod els. no model had as much rainfall over gulfport, biloxi, mobile than we saw this morning. the wend is going to be somewhere around 75 miles per hour at landfall and that could be at any time. then it will begin to slow down just a little bit. winds could be 40 or 50 all the way up to the winds in shreveport. if you have your umbrellas on your deck outside, now will be a good time to take them in. we are going to see river flooding here. many of these rivers will be out of their banks. this is the radar right now. beginning to see some lightning strikes here, especially in this band of very heavy rainfall.
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remember, this is going to spin, fred and this rain is going to get up here, maybe over toward new orleans. that's why we can't let the guard down. this is why there has been so much consternation over where the eye is. is it over the bay? is it over the national wildlife refuge here or was it on land for a while and then actually moved offshore now? we'll have to keep watching that. national weather center and national hurricane center will let us know and we'll let you know. >> what's extraordinary, too, is this whole six miles per hour. that is beyond slow moving and the ground has already been saturated there from days prior of rain. >> absolutely. we saw the six inches in new orleans, that made a flood. that was three days ago. that had not much to do at all with the storm. now we really are getting that sirk racial lags. as the 12 hours go on, the rain
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will get heavier and heavier. >> let's go to louisiana and see what they're bracing for. >> the track did shift slightly to the west. however, it is well within the cone that we were told to expect from the national weather service so there were no real surprises there. rainfall remains the primary hazard. we are still looking at 10 to 15 inches of rain with the possibility of higher isolated amounts. as we all know, however, it doesn't take much saturation of the ground so that even slighter winds can have a devastating impact with respect to trees falling on to houses and highways and so forth as well as utility poles. so power outages will be significant and are already significant in some areas of the
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state. while rainfall remains the number one threat, we're also experiencing storm surge flooding that will continue throughout the day. tropical storm force winds will also likely impact much of the southern part of the state. in fact, if you look at it, they're going to extend from cameron parish in the rest over to lake pontchartrain in the east and now well north of alexandria as the storm continues to move north. any time you have a storms like this, there is a possibility of tornado. we are keeping a close eye on the rivers across south louisiana, all the way from the west to the river in the east and actually even further than that. but with particular eyes upon the rivers here in the capital region. based upon regional experience that we had in 2016, we do
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expect the comeet to crest if not higher than the crest in august of 2016, that is obviously not good news here. we expect the ameet to crest rights around the crest of the 1983 flood levels. that's a little better than in 2016 but still a very serious flood threat. some good news is that the gauge at the -- the carolton gauge of the mississippi river in new orleans is expected to crest at 17.1 feet. as of yesterday we were expecting that crest to be 19 feet. even at 19 feet we didn't anticipate river overtopping levees anywhere. we can say now that we are not
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expecting water to top levees anywhere in mississippi. in the lower portion of terrebonne parish was under a voluntary evacuation order. i want to pause to thank the coast guard for doing that. incredibly important that those services were available and they have the expertise and the equipment to be able to make those rescues, even by air during the period of the storm when most other air assets are not able to fly. and so that's another federal resource that has been brought to bear here in the state of louisiana. i do want to clear up a little bit of misinformation going around. the overtopping that has over kurd is not the mississippi
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levee. it is a back levee in the vicinity of myrtle grove and it points further south. at this point highway 23 in the parish and that validates having an evacuation in plaque mens parish. not a single levee in the state of louisiana as of right now has failed or breached. finally, i want to share with everyone that if you are in need of a shelter, you can text la shelter to 898211 or you can call 211 to find the list of
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shelters that are open in your area. again, text lashelter, that's all one word, lashelter to 898211 or call 211. i also want to caution everybody this is just the beginning. i ask everyone to stay vigilant and be safe. this has always been projected to be a rain flood event and it will be. the vast majority of the rain that's falling right now is falling in the gulf. that will soon change as the storm continues to move north. >> louisiana governor john bel edwards imploring everyone to be vigilant and be safe. he offered new information of the coast guard conducting rescues of 11 people. he said while there has been an overtopping of a back levee in
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oak grove plaque mines parish, he said no louisiana levee has been breached at this juncture and for everyone to be vigilant and safe as hurricane barry continues to pummel along the coast of luce looouisiana and mississippi. we'll have much more straight ahead after this. air wick at air wick, we know that, in nature, scent comes in waves - gently and beautifully. air wick essential mist is an expression of nature. voted best innovation in air care, it transforms natural essential oils into a fragrant mist.
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all right. this breaking news now. it was hurricane barry moments ago. now it's a tropical storm. let's check in with cnn meteorologist chad myers. what's it doing? >> you know, i told you as soon as it happened. and that was three minutes ago. now hurricane center has now said that this thing made landfall as a hurricane over intracoastal city louisiana and has now weakened to a ts. a 70-mile-an-hour storm. so losing 5 miles per hour from the 75-mile-an-hour threshold to be a category 1 or a ts. that's like making an omelette with 11 eggs or 12 eggs and trying to tell the difference, really. this is still going to be the rain-maker that we anticipated. this is going to be the storm that puts down rainfall that people haven't seen in a long time. they have been -- people there
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have been very worried about how much rain is coming in, and then for 48 hours, nothing really has happened. but now because the center is on shore, the center is going to move to the north. and all of that rain that was south of the storm, fred, now it's going to be on land, because the low is going to move to the north. so all the rain that's down here is going to be here. then it's going to move up and it's only going to move up at 6 miles per hour. that is too slow for my liking. that's the speed almost where harvey was when it was meandering west of houston. we don't have this stor storm meandering, but moving slowly. >> and equally damaging, because just because it's been downgraded to a tropical storm, it's the wind. no longer 74 miles per hour but still dumping rain, moving slow, as you mentioned. still very threatening and potentially dangerous. >> it is no less dangerous right now than it was 5 miles per hour
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ago. absolutely, you are correct. yep. >> all right, chad, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> oh, you know what? i'm going to tell you more about what the governor just said moments ago. the louisiana governor saying there have been no levees that have been breached throughout the state of louisiana. but flooding is definitely indeed still a major threat for so many areas. our ryan young is in new orleans for us. so what's it looking like? okay, you do at least have some rain. but tell me how people are feeling about these elements. >> reporter: well, you know what, fred, i think the one thing chad is talking about, the fact the storm is moving so slowly. so you have so many people here who are tourists who are like, when is it coming? they want to get something to eat, they have been walking around, looking to see if any shops would be okay and, of course, a lot of the shops are closed. you look at the mighty mississippi out there and we have seen the water rising in terms of the water levels over the last 24 hours or so. but people are looking for impact. and i can tell you, even the city understands people are
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getting frustrated. in fact, listen to the mayor imploring people to stay inside. >> i want to just thank the citizens of new orleans. you heeded the call and you stayed off of our streets after 8:00 p.m. last night. we will remain consistent with that message again this evening, asking you to stay off the streets, being prepared to shelter in place. >> reporter: fred, people are getting restless, asking us when is this going to go away, because we don't see a storm. but, of course, you listen to chad and you hear it's slow-moving. we could get that rain they're talking about. let's not forget wednesday when the city was hit with a lot of rain over a short period of time, really impacting the city. we'll have to see what happens next as the storm continues to roll in. >> yeah, i love with a sense of humor how you mention when people want to know when they can get something to eat. because, hello, people go to new
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orleans because the food is good and you want to get something to eat. but as the mayor said, you've got to be safe right now. ryan young, thank you so much. all right. let's head over to morgan city, and that's where we find natasha chen, where the conditions are really not improving, at least it appears to be the case. describe what's happening. >> reporter: well, fredricka, there is definitely a lot more rain than there was about an hour ago when i last spoke to you. and i've come down the steps to take a look here. i'm not going to take any further steps down, that would be a bad idea. just wanted to show you that there are definitely more steps down this stairwell. the river level has risen since we were here this morning significantly. again, we are getting more rain than just an hour ago. throughout the city, we are hearing of more down trees and power lines, and we also know and we have seen images of a roof torn off a building. so definitely this is still coming through, and people are being told to stay inside if they possibly can, because it is
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definitely not over. though we have seen people driving by, trying to take a look, just interested in the river here. the mayor, of course, told us that yesterday he brought in new pumps, extra pumps, to try and handle all the rainfall that's coming in. because those pumps can handle the first 5 inches and then maybe 1 inch of rain extra per hour. but not if 10 or 20 inches come in a concentrated way all at once. and, of course, this morning they had to help a nearby city rescue a family whose power line had fallen on their mobile home and, of course, the st. mary parish folks are concerned about anyone with medical calls right now, because it's hard to get to them if roads are blocked, fred. >> oh, my goodness. natasha chen, thank you so much for the update and get back up those stairs. young lady. in morgan city. thank you. all right. coming up, millions under threats of flooding as hurricane barry bears down on the gulf coast. more live updates from the
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ground, next.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me this saturday. i'm fredericka whitfield. this breaking news. barry is now a tropical storm. take a live look at morgan city, louisiana, where you see the impact already being made there. right now the storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. this is what the flooding situation looks like in lafayette, louisiana. and it's not just people dealing with the effects of this storm. animals are also battling these rising waters. deer right there. earlier we saw horses being rounded up.


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